Sunday, April 22, 2018

Week of April 23-26, AKA the last 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 E.Q.A.O. and to 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. We are also starting Probability - the chance something has of happening.  We use spinners and number cubes.

In Language Arts, we are continuing our persuasive writing using logical and factual reasons and arguments, as well as reading and writing poetry. We will beginning Explanatory writing next.

In Science we are beginning to look at plant life and ecology.

Homework:

Please complete your Week 4 EQAO Math Package and return it by Thursday.

This Week:

Thursday - St. Gabriel Spring Clean up the Capital. Please bring in a pair of reusable gardening gloves to help us clean up the school yard.

St. Gabriel News Show will be at 1:00 PM. Parents are invited to attend.

Parent Council invites all families to it's St. Gabriel Movie Night in the gym at 6:00 PM.


Friday - PD Day, have a great long weekend!



Next Week:

Education Week is May 7th to May 11th, but the book fair will be set up next week!



May 2nd-3rd - St. Gabriel Drama Club presents "The Granny Awards"

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Earth Week



Earth Week at St. Gabriel

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 bill. 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. Some of us are also learning about different types of poems and have begun writing our very own! In Science we are beginning to look at plant life and ecology. 

Our third EQAO package went home last Friday and the fourth EQAO package goes home this week. The math is from all 5 strands that will be tested upon during EQAO. Please ask your child to work on a few pages every night and bring the booklets back to school each Friday. Even if it is not completed, the booklet must come back to school each week so that they have the opportunity to go over the questions with the rest of the class!

This Week
Earth Week - all students are encouraged to bring litterless lunches to school everyday - top class will be awarded the Enviro Mascots Award
Mon., Wed., & Fri.: National Art Gallery presentations for all grade 3 classes
Tues., April 17th - Mrs. Isaac's class has Swim to Survive. Please remember to bring a swimsuit and towel.
Wed., April 18th - Ottawa Hydro Safety presentation
Fri., April 20th - Wear Earth colours 

Looking Ahead:
Thursday April 26th - Family Movie Night
Fri., April 27th - PD Day - no school


Friday, April 6, 2018

April Showers Bring May Flowers - What does April Snow Bring?

We've had a very cold start to April so far, however, warmer days will soon be here!

In language, we continue to work on our persuasive letters. Also, we are starting to read and discuss a variety of poetry.  The students are particularly interested in the poet Shel Silverstein and here is a great website to explore his poetry: Short and Sweet Shel Silverstein Poems

In math, we are working on fractions. Here is a link to help review how to identify the numerator and denominator! Numerator/Denominator

Next, we will be moving on to our money unit. 

Homework:
A reminder that this week's homework package is due back Friday April 13th.  Please return the package even if it is incomplete because we want every student to have the opportunity to go over it with the class.  

This Week:

Tuesday, April 10th: Mrs. Isaac's class has Swim to Survive. Please remember to send your child with a swimsuit and towel to school. 



Looking Ahead:
April 16-20 - Earth Week & Art Gallery Visit (in school)
April 18th - Hydro Ottawa Safety Presentation
April 26th (Thursday) - Movie Night at St. Gabriel
April 27th - P.D. Day
May 2nd & 3rd - School Musical Production
May 7th to 11th - Education Week


Monday, April 2, 2018

Happy Easter!


Easter is the celebration of Christ's resurrection from the dead. It is celebrated on Sunday, and marks the end of Holy Week, the end of Lent, the last day of the Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday), and is the beginning of the Easter season (50 days) of the liturgical year which ends at Pentecost.
As we know from the Gospels, Jesus Christ rose from the dead on the third day following his crucifixion, which would be Sunday. His resurrection marks the triumph of good over evil, sin and death. It is the singular event which proves that those who trust in God and accept Christ will be raised from the dead.
Since Easter represents the fulfillment of God's promises to mankind, it is the most important holiday on the Christian calendar.

April is Poetry Month!

In Language Arts, we are finishing our persuasive letters and looking forward to our poetry unit. Enjoy some time with your child reading everything from limericks to free verse! Here is one to get you started:

Raindrops
By Aileen Fisher

How brave a ladybug must be
Each drop of rain is big as she.

Can you imagine what you'd do
if raindrops fell as big as you?




In Math, we continue working on telling time and temperature and exploring fractions.  Starting your day by discussing the temperature encourages conversation about how we dress, what we can do outside and typical weather expectations for each season. Benchmark temperatures our students need to know are the freezing (0 degrees C) and boiling (100 degrees C) points. Reading both analog and digital clocks, children in grade 3 are asked to tell time to the nearest five minutes. This is another concept that is easily practiced throughout the day, with a focus on using language that includes the quarter and half hour.

Looking Ahead:
Apr. 10th, 17th & 24th: Mrs. Isaac's class at Swim to Survive


Looking Further Ahead:

EQAO testing for grade 3 will begin on Wednesday, May 23rd and continue for the next three days. While teachers are moving forward with new concepts in math, there is also a strong emphasis on review to ensure that students are remembering and practicing all of the five math strands that will be examined. These include Data Management, Number Sense, Geometry, Patterning and Measurement. EQAO also tests Reading and Writing/Grammar skills, which we have been practicing throughout the school year.

This past Thursday, all of the Grade 3 teachers sent home a math EQAO package to be completed and returned to class by the following Friday. This routine will continue each week (new booklet handed out on Friday and then to be returned the following Friday for corrections) until the week before EQAO testing. 
There is no online homework until EQAO testing is finished. A language component will be added to the package in  week five. This will give your child the opportunity to review a variety of skills in a similar format to what they will experience on their EQAO tests. 
It is very important that your child practice math every day and the EQAO package will seem less overwhelming if a regular daily routine is established at home. Every Friday, when the work is returned, teachers will review the answers and take up any questions from the students.



Next Week:

Sat. April 7:  The Destination Imagination  Team travels to Toronto for the Provincial competition.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Holy Week

The final week of Lent is upon us, as we prepare for 
Good Friday and the joy of Easter morning. 
We wish all of you a blessed Easter season.

Last Saturday was Earth Hour. Families were encouraged to turn off all lights and unplug all electronics for one hour. If everyone around Ottawa unplugged themselves from electricity for just one hour, then we could prevent 41.6 tonnes of carbon emissions!

Despite all the snow and icy rain, the weather is slowly warming up and we are getting more and more sunlight. While it may be getting warmer, there is still snow on the ground and it is rather wet and muddy around the school yard. Therefore, students still need to dress appropriately for the weather with proper boots, splash pants and jackets. 

While we constantly warn students to stay out of puddles to avoid wet feet, this seems to make it even more enticing for them and even more of a guarantee that they will jump into the puddles. So please, pack a few extra pairs of socks for your child to wear in case their feet get wet.

In class, we are slowly shifting towards our EQAO practice lessons and the key to success is sufficient practice in class and at home. It is important now, more than ever, that students attempt and complete their online homework, as there will be questions from previous EQAO tests. These questions encompass the same content and follow the same design as questions that will appear on this year's exams.

In language, we are learning about persuasive writing and effective techniques to convince someone to agree with a particular perspective. Watch out parents!

In math, we are exploring fractions and working on telling time and temperature. Starting the day by discussing the temperature encourages conversation about how we dress, what we can do outside, and typical weather expectations for each season. Benchmark temperatures our students need to know are the freezing and boiling points. Reading analog and digital clocks, children in grade 3 are asked to tell time to the nearest 5 minutes. This is another concept that is easily practiced throughout the day, with a focus on using language that includes the quarter and half hour.


This Week:
Thursday, March 29th: Amie Talbot visits Mrs. Isaac's class
Friday, March 30th: Good Friday - no school
Monday, April 2nd: Easter Monday - no school

Looking Ahead:
Apr. 10th, 17th & 24th: Mrs. Isaac's class at Swim to Survive

For homework, let's try answering some sample EQAO questions:

Homework:
Language: Imagine you have invented a new method of transportation. Write a paragraph explaining how it helps people. Remember to check your spelling, grammar and punctuation.

Math: 
1. A pattern starts at 2 and ends at 23. What could the pattern rule be?
a) Add 2 each time.
b) Add 3 each time.
c) Add 4 each time.
d) Add 5 each time.

2. A store has 6 tricycles. How many wheels are there altogether? Explain, using math vocabulary, how you would get your answer.

3. What is the most appropriate unit to measure the length of a school bus?
a) metre
b) kilogram
c) kilometre
d) centimetre



Sunday, March 18, 2018

The 3rd Week of March

Image result for happy spring
Welcome back from March Break!  We hope that you had a fun and restful vacation. 

We are doing a lot of finishing up this week.  In Math, we are completing our Patterning unit and are moving on to time and temperature. We have learned so much this year, so don't forget to let your child practice their math skills at home on Dreambox, Prodigy or Xtra Math.


In language, we will begin writing persuasive letters and exploring how best to convince someone to think the way we do!  

Before the break, the Grade 3's all attempted a sample EQAO assessment which included 1 reading passage and 1 topic for writing. The assessments have been scored and will be returned this week. The biggest difference between an EQAO assessment and any form of testing we do at school is that an EQAO is scored, while school tests are marked. It might seem like seem like semantics, but it simply means that scoring looks for a clearly defined and explained answer, there is no "grey" areas, it is simply right or wrong and there is no room for interpretation of the answer. When we mark student work, we base it off of our understanding of our student and we try to understand their thinking and assess them from that. This assessment is a good opportunity for you to see how your child will be scored during the EQAO. We encourage you to sit down with your child and go through their answers. We have linked the answers to both sections here:

We continue to share in Lenten prayers and readings, looking forward to Easter. 

In Science, we are finishing up our unit on forces and how motion is created through the various forces (muscular, direct, indirect, magnetic, etc.). We will begin our study of plants over the next few weeks!

Important information for this week:

Friday : Earth Hour - We think of the Earth and how we can conserve energy. On this day we will turn off the lights and electronics for 1 hour to reduce our carbon footprint. We encourage everyone to do the same.

Great Big Crunch - St Gabriel School will take their BIG CRUNCH. The Great Big Crunch is an annual moment of anti-silence where everyone gets together and bites into crunchy fresh local produce in unison.  Please send an apple to school with your child on Thursday March 22nd so that they can participate in the school wide BIG CRUNCH!



Homework this week!

Language:  Here's a review of both descriptive and recount writing. Write a detailed paragraph about the best thing you did during March Break. Why was it so fun?  What did it feel like and look like and sound like?  Who were you with?  Where was it?  Make your reader feel as though he or she can see it with you!



Math:  Here is a EQAO like problem to solve.  Mrs. Smith had books to sort in her classroom.  She had 3 bins of books. In bin 1, she had 32 books.  In bin 2, she had 45 books.  In bin 3, she had 26 books.  When she spilled out the books she decided to make piles of 10.  How many piles of 10 could she make?  Ensure that you explain how you solved this.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

The week before March Break!




The first week of March has gone by in a blink of an eye. As time seems to quickly pass us by, it is important that we always take a moment to pause and to truly appreciate everything and everyone around us. We share a beautiful world together, and we are all truly lucky to know one another and to be able to create wonderful memories with each other. All the good that we do together, for each other, and for others in need is a true reflection of our dedication and belief in our Gospel Values. We are all part of God's community. 


This Week:

Please remember to return all report card slips and French forms (as well as IEP pages) - there are still many that are outstanding. Thank you for your co-operation!


* Friday, March 9th: News Show, 2:15 in the gym
* Friday is Mrs. Hudson's last day before going on maternity leave. We wish her and her new bundle of joy all the best.
* Sunday, March 11th: Daylight Savings time begins.
* Reminder: The week of March 12-16 is March Break. We look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Monday March 19th! Have a wonderful holiday!


In Language, we continue to work on our reading comprehension and narrative writing. We have been learning different strategies to aid us when responding to questions based on a text. Comprehension is being able to reflect and understand the deeper meanings in a story and being able to answer questions about that content without the "answer" being directly written in the text. It is the ability to infer, and to respond to a question using support from the text to prove/support your answer.

In Math, we have been working on patterning. We are examining and learning how to create and extend number patterns and shape patterns. Working with patterns is always fun and exciting, especially when you are able to recognize patterns outside of math class (i.e. patterning in art, dance, music, etc.). 

Homework

Math: Look at this number pattern and answer the following questions.
5, 10, 15
1) What is the pattern rule? (Hint: What is changing in the pattern from 5 to 10 and then from 10 to 15?)

a) Add 2 each time         
b) Add 3 each time          
c) Add 4 each time         
d) Add 5 each time

2) What would the 5th number in the pattern be? (Hint: You will need to extend/continue the pattern to find the answer)

a) 20        b) 25        c) 30        d) 35


Language: You woke up one morning and saw a DINOSAUR in your living room. Write a story that expands on this idea. Here are some questions that might help you get started: Where did the dinosaur come from? What is it doing in your house? What did you do when you saw it? What does the dinosaur want? 

Remember to organize your ideas in a manner that makes sense (use your shape-go map process to make sure you cover all areas for a narrative), and to always use proper punctuation and spelling. 










Week of April 23-26, AKA the last 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 w...