Sunday, February 11, 2018

The 2nd Week of February - Winter Olympics/Valentine's Day/ Ash Wednesday Edition

Last Friday, St. Gabriel celebrated "We Love Nature Day" at school, as well as our Grade 2 Bake sale. A big thank you to everyone who helped support our school initiative. Friday also marked the start of the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. It is a time when the world comes together in the spirit of unity and sporting excellence. How many medals will Canada win this year?

We have another busy week here at St. Gabriel. Tuesday is Shrove Tuesday, also known as "Fat Tuesday", which is the day before Lent begins. Traditionally, people will "indulge" in rich foods such as pancakes before beginning their Lenten fast.

Wednesday is a Double-Whammy of both Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday. Due to the conflicting nature of both events, we as a school community have decided to focus on Ash Wednesday, while teachers may choose to celebrate Valentine's Day earlier or later in the week at their own discretion. Mrs.Brennen's class will share valentines with each other in the afternoon on Valentine's Day.
Our school will mark the first day of the Lenten season with an Ash Wednesday service in the gym at 9:30 AM. Parents are invited to attend. As we enter into this season of Lent, we try to remember that doing things for others is living in the light of Jesus.  


The kindergarten classes are leading a special social justice project for our whole school community to participate in.  For the month of February ~ Kindness Month, the kindergarten students are asking that our school support Soles 4 Souls.  

We want your old shoes, sandals, boots etc (in any state and any size). A donation box will be located in the front foyer of the school. Collection will take place beginning February 1 - 28, 2018.  The Kindergarten students thank you in advance for your generosity and kindness in supporting their social justice project.  

In language, we continue working on our narrative unit. The students are developing their skills using adverbs and adjectives in their narrative writing.

In math, we are learning different strategies to multiply and divide whole numbers, such as using arrays, groups and skip counting

This Week:

Monday - Mr. Ho's class will be attending their second Swim to Survive lesson at the Walter Baker Recreational Center. Please be sure to pack your swim suit, towel and bag for wet clothes, as well as some extra food for after the swim.

Wednesday - Ash Wednesday ceremony in the gym at 9:30 AM. Parents are invited to attend. Valentine's Day, show someone you care through a kind act. Report Cards go home.

Friday - Happy Chinese New Year. Following the Lunar Calendar, it is the Year of the Dog!

Looking Ahead:
Monday - Feb. 19 - Family Day Holiday, there is no school today. 

Math: Write a number sentence and answer for each question.

1) Steve collects Pokemon cards. He goes to the store to buy some card packs. Steve has enough money to buy 4 booster packs. Each booster pack contains 7 cards each. How many cards does Steve have altogether?

2) Eliza wants to make some cookies for 5 of her friends. She wants to give 5 chocolate chip cookies to each friend. How many cookies does Eliza have to make in total?

Language: What does it mean to be kind? Write a paragraph about what it means to be kind and give an example of a time when you were kind to another person. Be sure to give details and use proper spelling and punctuation

Sunday, February 4, 2018

February 4th-10th - Winterlude & Snow Fun!

Last Friday, Feb. 2nd was Groundhog Day and we all waited in anticipation for the result. Did the groundhog see his shadow or not? The answer: He did see his shadow. That means we’re getting an extra 6 weeks of winter! Fortunately, Winterlude has also opened for the season, so get your ice skates ready and enjoy a day on the Rideau

In language, we continue working on our narrative unit. We are using our “Shape Go Map” to create organized narratives where there is a clear “Beginning, Middle, and End” with all of the elements included in each.

In math, we are beginning to move into our unit on multiplication. At the Grade 3 level students are to know their multiplication facts through to the 7 times table.We will be examining and learning about how arrays, groups, skip counting and repeated addition can help us understand multiplication. Practising at home is fun and quickly improves multiplication skills. This is also very beneficial for the related concept of division.

This Week:

Monday - Mr. Ho's class will be attending their first Swim to Survive lesson. Please be sure to pack your swim suit, towel and bag for wet clothes. The bus will leave after 9:00 AM so please don't be late to school!

Friday - Grade 2 Bake sale to support The WWF.
            -The Winter Olympics begin!
On behalf of the entire Grade Two Team:

Greetings St. Gabriel Friends, 

We will be hosting "We Love Nature Day" Friday, February 9th. There will be a theme day, a bake sale/raffle (with proceeds going to the Canadian Wildlife Federation, our Social Justice/Deep Learning initiative), and a Green Squad recycled bookmark and "Kind-o-gram" Sale 

Bookmarks- Primary students can purchase a colourful personalized laminated bookmark made from recycled Kleenex boxes! Wahoo! Only 50 cents.

Kind-o-grams- Junior students can purchase a small card (designed by Green Squad members) which will be delivered to a friend who has been kind, thoughtful, caring or loyal. Cards are anonymous. All cards will be delivered to the homeroom teacher on Valentine's Day to be distributed. 50 cents a card
Junior teachers will receive a complementary class set of Kind-o-grams as well to ensure everyone is included in the fun.

Spirit DayStudents and staff are invited
 dress up in animal-related hats, costumes, T-shirt logos, or earth colours or tree/nature motifs to celebrate your love of nature! 

Thanks for your support (and patience),

The Grade Two Team

Math: Grace has 4 treat bags with 6 jelly beans in each bag.

a) Show how many jellybeans Grace has altogether by creating an array. Not sure what an array is? Click this link to learn or review this concept: Arrays

b) Create an addition sentence about this question:

_____ + _____ + _____ + _____ = _____

c) Create a multiplication sentence:

Language: Read the narrative:

One dark night, a young boy was walking home from a friend’s house. All of the sudden a flashing light blinded him. When the light faded away, the boy saw a mysterious shadow. He thought it was a person walking down the street, so he didn’t think much of it. As the shadow got closer, things got darker…

What happens next? Write a paragraph to continue this story. Make your story fun and interesting! Check your spelling and your punctuation!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

February is here!

Friday, February 2nd is Groundhog Day!
Will he see his shadow or not?
If he does, we all know that means six more weeks of winter.

In Language Arts, we continue to study and write narratives that have all the elements of an interesting story. We are working to add details and depth to our writing to capture our audience's attention.

In Math, we have measured perimeters and are determining the area of a variety of shapes, using appropriate units of measurement. Our next math focus will be looking at multiplication and division.


A few gym class times have changed for Mrs. Brennen and Mrs. Isaac's classes. Mrs. Brennen will now have gym on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:15-11:45 a.m. and Mrs. Isaac's class will have gym on Wed. from 12:45- 1:15 p.m. and Friday 1:30 - 2:00 p.m.

What's happening this week:

It is a quieter week this week at St. Gabriel.

Thursday, February 1st is National Sweater Day. Wear your favourite and warmest sweater!

Image result for national sweater day

Last Chance to Buy a Yearbook is this week!

Next Week:

Monday, Feb. 5th: Swim to Survive - Mr. Ho's class will be attending their first Swim to Survive lesson at the Walter Baker Center in Barrhaven. These classes are taught by professional lifeguards and teach your children what to do to survive situations where they may fall into water. Please have your child pack his/her swimsuit, a towel and a plastic bag to carry his/her wet clothes in.

Friday, Feb. 9th: The XXIII Olympic Winter Games begin in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Math: 1. What is the area of the shape shown below?
Hint: Your answer must be in square units.

2. What is the perimeter of the shape below?
Hint: Your answer must be in cm and you need to determine the length of some of the sides yourself.

Language: Imagine you have found a map in the school playground. Write an adventure story about where the map takes you. Remember to include creative details and always double check your spelling and punctuation.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Midweek Update!

Please check out the St. Gabriel Social Emotional Learning Site, which can now be viewed and connected to, via the link on the side bar below the french teacher link!

Thursday is PJ and Favourite Book Day to help celebrate Literacy Week. We will also be attending a presentation by book author Chris Nihmey.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Winter Days

The Loblaw's field trip last week was amazing! We all learned how to determine healthy eating choices by the star system used in the grocery store. Our dietician leaders toured us through the different food sections, made us guess the names of a variety of fruits and vegetables and then treated us to a delicious strawberry smoothie sample. We left more educated about healthy foods and with a loot bag in hand!

Loblaw's Field Trip

Students have been getting sick all month and often spread it around at school. It's always important to recognize flu symptoms, such as high fever, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, head and body aches, chills, fatigue, nausea and vomiting. If your child has more than two of these symptoms, they may have the flu. Health Canada states that the best way to treat the flu is with plenty of bed rest, drinking lots of clear liquids like broth and sports drinks (to replenish electrolytes), and using a humidifier to ease breathing. Additionally, children strength medicine can give temporary relief and ease fever and pain. It should be noted that over-the-counter medicine can only ease symptoms and it is necessary for children to rest completely to rid themselves of the flu. 

To prevent the spreading of flu germs at school, students need to sneeze into their sleeves and not into the open air, dispose of used tissues immediately, and wash their hands or use hand sanitizer often. It is also wise to advise your children to refrain from sharing clothing and personal items.

With the weather causing melting and freezing, many students are coming in from recess with cold, wet feet and hands. Bringing extra pairs of dry socks and mittens may help this matter. 

This week in school, we are continuing with our Linear Measurement Unit in Math.  We are focusing on measuring things in centimetres, metres and kilometres. We are also finding the Perimeter and Area of different shapes. 

In Language Arts, we are beginning to analyze Narrative Texts and their features, as well as continuing with Descriptive writing.

In Religion we continue with the story of Jesus' ministry.  This week is the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary time and the Gospel tells how Jesus recruited His disciples.

This week is Kindness Week!

Monday: Mr. Graitson's class has their last Swim to Survive class. Please remember to pack a swimsuit and towel.

Friday: PD Day - no school


Math: Ask your parent for a ruler or measuring tape (IKEA has free paper measuring tapes). Measure these items from around your house using the MOST appropriate unit of measure:

1) the height of your refrigerator
2) the length of your bed
3) the width of your television (the main television that you use)
4) a parent's shoe size
5) the height of the front door

Language: Using the Shape Go map, complete the rest of this story. Be sure to use full sentences and to make the story interesting.

"One day Steve and Lisa were walking home from school when suddenly they heard a loud noise from behind a bush. When they went over to investigate, they found . . . ".

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Jan. 15-19


After a fun-filled Christmas Break, it is always great coming back to school and continuing our Grade Three journey together. We had an excellent first week back -- and what a way to start the new year! This year, St. Gabriel School has had a focus on Sleeping Better, Eating Better and Moving Better. In the new year we are focusing on eating well; and with that in mind the Grade 3s will be going on a special field trip to our local Loblaws to learn about nutrition and making smart food choices while shopping from their in-house nutritionist. Encourage your kids to make healthy choices about their lunches and snacks and allow them to take part in shopping.

Important Dates:

Monday, January 15th - Mr. Graitson`s class will have their second of three Swim to Survive sessions. Please remember to pack your bathing suit and towel.

Wednesday, January 17 - Mrs. Brennen and Ms. Hudson's class will be going to Loblaw's for their nutrition session.

Thursday, January 18 - Mr. Graitson's class will be going to Loblaw's for their nutrition session.

Friday, January 19 - Mrs. Isaac and Mr. Ho's class will be going to Loblaw's for their nutrition session.

What have we been up to?

Math: Most of us have started our unit on Measurement. Ask your child to show you how they measure objects with a ruler to the nearest millimetre, centimetre, and metre. We will also be discussing and determining both perimeter and area as part of our study.

Language: While we are continuing to improve our understanding on how to write descriptive paragraphs, we will soon begin writing interesting narratives. We are positive some will be quite adventurous! Stay tuned for more exciting stories coming your way! 

Science: We are beginning our unit on Forces and Movements. Ask your child if they can name a type of force!(Hint! There are plenty of forces to be found in NHL hockey, figure skating, etc. Have fun!) 


Math: Watch this video to learn what perimeter means. Some of us will be talking about it this week in class!

Question 1 - In Canada, what type of measurement do we use?
a) Metric
b) Imperial

Question 2 - What would the perimeter of this shape be? Remember to write what unit of measurement it is measured in!
Language: Read this descriptive paragraph about a sunset:

"Sunset is the time of day when our sky meets the outer space solar winds. There are blue, pink, and purple swirls, spinning and twisting, like clouds of balloons caught in a blender. The sun moves slowly to hide behind the line of horizon, while the moon races to take its place in prominence atop the night sky. People slow to a crawl, entranced, fully forgetting the deeds that still must be done. There is a coolness, a calmness, when the sun does set."

Question 1 - Did this paragraph paint a picture in your mind? Why?

Question 2 - List as many adjectives as you can find from the above paragraph. Remember that an adjective is a describing word - they help you see in your mind what the author is writing.

Question 3 - Pick a favourite food. Describe your favourite food in a paragraph using all of your senses. What does it look like? What does it taste like? Can you describe the feeling it has on your tongue? Wait until the end of your paragraph to tell us what it is so we can try and guess!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Happy New Year!

Wishing you and your loved ones a very happy, healthy and blessed 2018! 

The weather we experienced in late December has continued to be a snowy, Winter Wonderland (although now it is a wee bit colder!). Please send your children to school fully equipped to play outside, with warm, comfortable clothing each and every day.

Sunday, January 7th is the Epiphany of our Lord. We remember the three Wise Men following the star to baby Jesus, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. What gifts will we give to Jesus this year? Will we choose to embrace his light and share it with the world?

Important Dates:
Monday January 8th - Mr. Graitson`s class will have their first of three Swim to Survive sessions (remember to bring your swimsuit & towel)

Math: In our study of 3-D shapes we examined their attributes (faces, edges, vertices), and created and worked with nets before Christmas. Next up will be measurement!

Language: We continue learning how to write descriptive paragraphs using our senses (sight, hearing, taste, touch, smell). For each descriptive activity, we focus on one or more of our senses and use that to write a full and detailed descriptive paragraph (example: showing students an image and having them use their sense of sight to write a descriptive paragraph of what they see -- being as specific and as detailed as possible).

Science: Most classes have finished our unit on soils and will begin our unit on Forces and Movements. 


Language: Write a descriptive paragraph about your two weeks of Christmas holidays. Describe your family traditions - what food does your family enjoy and how do you celebrate the festive season? What was the highlight of your holiday and why was it so special to you? Use detailed and descriptive sentences, with interesting words, to capture your teacher's attention!


Look at these shapes.
a) Which of these shapes are parallelograms? Explain why.

b) Which of these shapes are not parallelograms? Explain why not.

Look at this net:


1. This is a Net of what 3-D shape?

a) Square-based pyramid
b) Triangular prism
c) Cube
d) Triangular-based pyramid

2. How many faces does this Net have?

a) 3
b) 6
c) 5
d) 4

The St. Gabriel Grade 3 Team are excited to be back and are looking forward to sharing the learning and discoveries of 2018!

The 2nd Week of February - Winter Olympics/Valentine's Day/ Ash Wednesday Edition

Last Friday, St. Gabriel celebrated "We Love Nature Day" at school, as well as our Grade 2 Bake sale. A big thank you to eve...