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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Week of May 25th to June 1st

EQAO week is here!
Another busy week has passed! Students in Grade 3 are well prepared to begin EQAO testing and we are looking forward to them showing their best work to the EQAO assessors.  Good luck! It's time to put your thinking caps on and get ready for EQAO testing!


Testing will take place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday first (9:00-10:40 am) and second (11:25-1:05 pm) blocks. It is critical for your child to be in attendance, promptly, each day.  Late arrivals to school as well as going to and coming back from appointments, will interrupt other students who have already started to write. Arriving to school well rested and with a tummy full of nutritious breakfast treats will ensure that your child will do his or her very best.  

Please keep in mind that EQAO tests knowledge and skills accumulated from Grades 1-3 and test scores will be sent to your home in the near future. For further information, please do not hesitate to review the EQAO website.

Due to the nature of the week, we will not have official homework tasks due this week.  We encourage your child to continue to read nightly, share their reading with you and to visit the Math links available on this blog.

In French, we are continuing to learn about the time of the pioneers and are practicing a traditional dance to our song, "La laine des moutons".  We are eager to start our inquiry projects on an aspect of pioneer life if we can squeeze it in with our EQAO work!  Due to EQAO, there is no assigned French homework this week.

What's Happening at St. Gabriel?

Monday-EQAO testing
Tuesday-EQAO testing
Wednesday-EQAO testing
Thursday-make up day for EQAO testing, Freezie Day
Friday-Swim to Survive for Mrs. Cummings's class-bring swimsuits and towels in a plastic bag;   News Show 2pm 

As always, we thank you for your continued support at home.  The partnership between home, school and parish is a critical one and ensures success for your child!

Yours in Catholic education,

The Grade 3 Team

Monday, May 18, 2015

May 18th to 25th

Our last week before EQAO!  Our focus for the next four days will be reading responses, solving math problems, recognizing what operation ( + - x  etc.)to use, and writing forms (letter, diary, poem, recount, etc.) Students have been learning about expository writing (how and why questions). We continue to work on growth and change in plants, but we will put this aside slightly for the week while we do our final reviews.  We appreciate your support in having the children do their weekly reviews and handing them in each week.  These are vital for reminding the children what they need to know and remember.  A reminder that the children will write their tests the following dates:

Monday, May 25th-1st and 2nd block
Tuesday, May 26th, 1st and 2nd block
Wednesday, May 27th, 1st and 2nd block
Thursday, May 28th-possible catch up day
You can see by these dates that it is critical for students to arrive to school on time and to be well rested and fed-extra snacks are a good idea.

Our biggest congratulations to all of the Grade 3's who were in the Treasure Island choir.  What a wonderful show it was!  We are so proud of their months of hard work and dedication.  They were able to show how perseverance really pays off!  Well done!

A reminder to watch the weather.  May and June can be very changeable and dressing appropriately is key. So is a water bottle.  Please ensure that the children have one so they can stay hydrated in the heat.

This week at St. Gabriel:

As a way to raise money for our upcoming trip and leaving ceremony, the Grade Sixes at St. Gabriel school will be running a Freezie Fundraiser for the next 5 weeks. “Jumbo” Freezies will be sold to gr.3-6 classes for $1 each and “Small”-sized Freezies will be sold to Kindergarten and Gr 1-2 classes for$0.25. Grade 6 students will sell the freezies at the beginning of 2nd Nutrition Break on the following days:

  • Thursday, May 21st, 2015
  • Thursday, May 28th, 2015
  • Thursday, June 4th, 2015
  • Thursday, June 11th, 2015
  • Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Students in grades 1-2 will be given time to both eat their lunch and their freezies, with time to finish them outside at recess. Grades 3-6 will be purchasing their freezies outside at the beginning of recess.

Those interested are asked to bring in your change on the specified days. Money will be collected at that time.

Swim to Survive:

This Friday is Mr. Ho's class' last week to go swimming. Please remember your bathing suits and towels.

Mrs. Cumming's class will start their Swim to Survive on Friday, May 29th. Their dates will be:
May 29th
June 12th
June 19th

Homework this week:

We will continue to send home another math review sheet for the children. They need to practice adding and subtracting with regrouping up to 3 digits. Showing all work in a word problem is very important and explaining their thinking is too. Please return the work next Monday.
Language: Choose any book from your level of RAZ books. Read it over. Then answer these questions using "because" to explain how you know and using words from the text to prove your answer.

1. What was the main idea of this story?
2. Who is the main character (for a fiction story) or the main subject (if it's non-fiction)? Tell a character trait or description.
3. Retell the story using your own words and remember not to use too much detail. It's a summary and must include the beginning, middle and end of the story without being too long.

Monday, May 11, 2015

EQAO...We're Getting Ready!

The Grade 3's are in full forward preparation for the upcoming test.  By now each family should have the Grade 3 Review package that includes all Math strands taught in Grade 3. Use this package to help guide you as you support your child during homework time.  Each week, a new sheet(s) will go home that will include many of the strands.  Please have your child complete the sheet(s) and return the following Monday. Please help to ensure that your child is rested and ready for school as we will be working very hard for the next two weeks. Proper rest and morning nutrition allow your child to perform in class to his/her best potential.

In Math, students are concentrating on Probability.  Mass, Capacity and Grid Geometry are up next!

In language, we will be focusing on reading responses to stories and nonfiction pieces.  We always apply our writing forms during Science as well! 

In French, each student has drawn an imaginary pioneer family and is now writing to describe them and their daily activities. We are eagerly looking to forward to starting our inquiry projects once the writing task is complete!  For parents that have volunteered to help with Pioneer Day, there will be a meeting scheduled shortly after the busy week of the Musical.  An email will be sent out later this week. We are still looking for more volunteers, so please let Mme Vida know if you can assist on June 17th!

Thank you very much for all of your participation in the Education Week activities, including the News Show, the Open House, Jump Rope for Heart and more.  It was a great success and highlighted many of the wonderful things going on at St. Gabriel! Go Griffins Go!

This week:


  • Grade 3 Liturgy 


  • National Denim Day
  • Swim Meet at the Nepean Sportsplex for our Special Needs Students
  • Dress Rehearsal for "Treasure Island"

  • Treasure Island performances at 9:15 am and 6:30 pm.  Tickets available at the door!
  • Mr. Ho's class-Swim to Survive

Homework this week:

Language:  Write a short letter to a new student explaining some of the special activities that St. Gabriel has and why it's a terrific place to go to school. (This is a typical EQAO-type question)
Math:  See sheet(s) going home-due next Monday please!

Have a great week!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Education Week and Review

Here is our week at a glance:

Monday: A Community of Prayer
9:15 a.m. - Community Prayer - all classes will say the Hail Mary Prayer together inside the school
9:30 a.m. Author Chris Nihmey presents to Gr. 3-6
12:00 p.m. - Music Monday

Music Monday is an annual initiative that brings together thousands of students, musicians, parents and community members across the country to celebrate the gift of music in our lives, on the same day at the same time.

Practise the song by clicking the link below:
12:10 p.m. - Mrs. Cummings' class to preview Book Fair
12:30 p.m. - Mrs. Brennen’s class last Swim to Survive session (remember your suit and towel)

Tuesday: Welcoming Others to the Table
8:15 a.m. - Open House and Muffin Breakfast (each family is asked to bring 6 muffins to share)
9:15 a.m. - News Show (all parents are welcome to watch) Gr. 3's singing a French song and those in choir singing a song from Treasure Island.
12:10 p.m. - Mr. Ho's Class to preview Book Fair
1:50 p.m. - Mrs. Brennen's Class to preview Book Fair

Wednesday: Recognizing Jesus in the Breaking of the Bread
**Please return all Jump Rope for heart envelopes today!**
9:00 a.m. - Double Lunch Day (bring an extra lunch for the Ottawa Mission)
Double Lunch Day letter 9:45 a.m. - Education Week Mass at St. Isidore (we will be travelling by bus to the Church for Mass)
12:30 p.m. - Mrs. Brennen's Class to purchase at Book Fair
1:50 p.m. - Mr. Ho's Class to purchase at Book Fair
2:10 p.m. - Mrs. King's Class to purchase at Book Fair
2:30 p.m. - Mrs. Cummings' Class to purchase at Book Fair
Thursday: Proclaiming the Good News
9:30 a.m. - Jump Rope for Heart - please make sure all donations are collected or made on-line
**Students are asked to bring their own skipping/jump rope as we will not have enough using the school supplies**

Friday: Walking Together and Sharing Our Stories
10:00 a.m. - Teacher Reader Swap - teachers will switch classes and read their favourite book to the students!
12:30 p.m. - Mr. Ho's class first Swim to Survive (remember your suits and towel)
2:00 p.m. - Ottawa Walking Day - Mrs. Brennen's Class

It's Review Time!
Our dates: May 25th, 26th and 27th
Please ensure that no appointments are booked for these days and that the children are on time for school each day. We are now at the time of year when we must start to review the concepts that have been taught so far this year.  As we prepare for EQAO, we need to look at the Math that we have learned and go over any areas that are still difficult.  We are sending home a Review Package for parents.  This has all of the strands, terms and concepts taught in Math in Grade 3.  This does not need to be returned-please keep it at home as a reference. We hope this helps to provide the language needed to help the children with their weekly reviews.  Each Monday, a new weekly review will be sent home to complete and return the following Monday. This is the first time paper will be used for homework.  There will be no Math homework on the blog, but we do encourage the children to continue to do Dreambox, Xtra Math and any other programs that build skills.


Math: Please complete the first review package (explained above and return to your teacher).

Language: Write a procedural account of the day you planted your seeds/bulbs. Include the step by step process that someone would need to follow if they too wanted to plant some seeds/bulbs (like a recipe).
Remember to mention all needed steps.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The 4th Week of April

If April showers really bring May flowers, then we better see a whole mountain of flowers. 
As we round off the final week of April we continue on our countdown to EQAO and Education Week.  Fun Fact! Did you know that April gets its name from the the word "aprilis", which means to open. Some people interpret this to mean that this is the month that opens the way for Spring!

In Math we are continuing to develop money sense. We encourage parents to show price tags from shopping items to your child and ask them how much change they would get from a $5 or $10. It's always beneficial when students get to apply their learning in the real world. In language, we are continuing our persuasive writing using logical and factual reasons and arguments. In Science we are beginning to look at plant life and ecology.

In French, we have continued to learn about the origins and way of life of the pioneers through reading, map work and some role play scenarios.  Students will be bringing home a letter this week inviting parents to assist with our Pioneer Day on Wednesday, June 17.  While a long way off, it is helpful to organize our parent volunteers and plan the day!  French homework is posted on the link under Mme Vida's homework.  These readings are worked on in class as well and will be part of the students' reading assessment.

*Special Update*
Next Monday is Music Monday at St. Gabriel School and we will be singing Conner Ross's "We Are One" together at 12:00 PM. Students across Canada will be singing this song together at the same time. Students can practice the song at home with this link here.

This Week:

Monday: Mrs. Brennen's class to Swim to Survive-please do not forget your bathing suits and towels.

Friday: The Tri-School Dance at All Saints High School. Be there or be a shape with four 90 degree angles.

Next Week:

Education Week. Check out next weeks blog update for a full list of events.


1. Steve goes to the store. He buys a tape measure ($1.56), a box of cotton swabs ($2.09), plastic wrap ($1.78), and nylon tights ($3.21). At the cash register, he pays with a $10 bill. How much change will Steve get back?

2. Using your answer in question 1, list 2 different combination of coins Steve could receive for his change. (You may use Toonies, Loonies, Quarters, Dimes, Nickels, and Pennies).

We will continue our focus on persuasive writing.  This week, write a letter to the principal explaining why recess should be longer.   *Don’t forget to include your opinion, reasons and examples. 
Always edit your work before pressing “submit”!  Did you check for capitals, punctuation and correct spelling? Did you follow the correct format for writing a letter?

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Week of April 20th

It's a busy time in Grade 3!  We are working hard to prepare for EQAO.  We will be doing the test the week of May 25th.  Please try to ensure that the children do not have appointments that week and that they can be here at school each day.  More information will follow regarding reviews.

In Math our students are finishing up time, calendar and temperature and will be studying money.  Students need to be able to identify all the coins and bills.  They will also need to be able to make change from $10.00.  This means addition and subtraction with regrouping.  The children need lots of practice and support for this difficult skill.  
In language, the students have studied poetry and have been answering EQAO sample questions to help them understand what is required of them.  They have also begun to appreciate poetry a little more.
In French we have wrapped up French week.  The children really enjoyed the activities around French culture and des auctochtones. Poster contests, crafts, reading buddies and movies were just some of the activities.  Thanks to Mme Vida and the rest of the French team for all of their work.

This week
Earth Week: There are many activities going on.  The children are asked to bring Litterless lunches all week. No garbage or boomerang lunches. Wednesday is Earth Day. 
Monday: Mrs. Brennen's class to Swim to Survive-please do not forget your bathing suits and towels.
Wednesday: Sens jersey day
Friday:  P.D. Day-no school for children


Pretend to have a store in your home.  Choose 4 or 5 things to sell to your family. (you don't have to use real coins but it would help). Give prices for the things you want to sell. Practice having your family buy things from you for under ten dollars.  Then give them back the change that you owe.  

Paragraph: We will soon be starting our unit on plants. Write a paragraph about why plants are important in our world.  Why do we need them?  Give three good reasons and explain how they help our world, using what you already know about plants, trees or flowers.

Have a wonderful week!!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Another Great Week in Grade 3!

Sunny days are here!  Please keep in mind that mornings are still quite cool and the yard is still quite wet.  Extra socks, cozy jackets, splash pants and hoodies are always great choices for these spring days.  
What's happening this week? 

  • Volunteer Appreciation Week - 13 - 17
  • French Week (La semaine de la francophonie-April 13 - 17
    • French announcements daily
    • French reading buddies
    • Friday last block - screening of French film - La Legende de Sarilla
  • Tuesday, April 14 -
    • Lone Star Family Restaurant Night
  • Wednesday, April 15 - School Council Meeting
  • Mrs. King's Class will have their last Swim to Survive session (Mrs. Brennan's class will begin their sessions next Monday!)

Reminder for Treasure Island Members:

All students involved in the musical Treasure Island (choir and actors) will be rehearsing Tuesday AND Wednesday at 8:00am each week until our show dates. These twice a week rehearsals begin on the week of April 13th.  Please watch for a very important drama update letter to be sent home April 14th.

Homework this Week:

Language:  We have turned our focus to creating persuasive pieces and examining a variety of poems.  This week, we would like your writing to feature an important part of caring for Earth.  Your question is:  Should we continue to recycle at St. Gabriel School? Why or why not? Don’t forget to include your opinion, reasons and examples. Always edit your work before pressing “submit”!  Did you check for capitals, punctuation and correct spelling?  Do you have at least 4-5 sentences that are on topic?

Math:  We will be wrapping up our exploration of the concepts of time and temperature and turning our focus to money. Grade 3 and 6 students are also beginning to prepare for EQAO in May/June. This week, you will put your brains to the test and practice on a few EQAO word problems from previous years.  Are you ready? Of course you are!

1.  Miss Jill loves to read!  She reads every night for 30 minutes.  After two weeks, has Miss Jill read for 6 hours? How do you know? Justify your thinking! 

2. A frog jumps a distance of 25 cm on each jump. If the frog jumps 6 times, how far does it travel? Explain your thinking!

Have a great week!

Your Grade 3 Team