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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

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Choir Notice

Important Notice for Choir 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.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Happy Easter!

We hope you had a wonderful extra long weekend celebrating Easter with your family and friends! 

Upcoming Important Dates:
Friday April 10 - News Show - all are welcome!
Monday April 13th - last Swim To Survive for Mrs. King's class
Tuesday April 14th - Lone Star Family Restaurant Night
Monday April 20th - first Swim to Survive for Mrs. Brennen's class

The backyard of the school will continue to be very wet for the next while - please wear rubber boots if you have them and bring extra socks to help keep feet dry!

In math we are starting both time and temperature and then will begin work with money. Persuasive writing and how to write a friendly letter are the focus for language along with understanding different types of poetry. We are finishing up our study of forces in science and will begin to look at plants in the next few weeks.

Please continue to work with your child on paragraph writing. Ask them what the following types of writing are and how they are different from each other: procedural, descriptive, report, narrative and persuasive. Any extra practise adding and subtracting word problems will give your child more confidence when it comes time to complete the EQAO test.

In French, we are continuing to learn about the people from our past including "les Autochtones, les Voyageurs and les Pionniers".  We have been creating a timeline and learning some traditional French folk songs that mark the period.  French homework is to practice reading some passages about our social studies topic.

SWIM TO SURVIVE - Program Information:

Swim to Survive® is different than swimming lessons - and not a replacement for them. Swim to Survive®teaches just the essentials needed to survive an unexpected fall into deep water - an important first step to being safe around water.

Basic swimming ability is a requirement of any meaningful attempt to eliminate drowning in Canada. Swim to Survive®defines the minimum swim skills needed to survive an unexpected fall into deep water. Because most drownings occur close to safety and most victims had no intention of going into the water, Swim to Survive® focuses on basic survival skills performed as a sequence of three skills:

Swim to Survive Standard
Swim to Survive defines the minimum swim skills needed to survive an unexpected fall into deep water. Because most drownings occur close to safety, and most victims had no intention of going into the water, Swim to Survive focuses on three basic survival skills: 

ROLL into deep water – TREAD water for one minute – SWIM 50 metres 








Sunday, March 29, 2015

Monday, March 30

With the weather slowly warming up and the fact that we are getting more and more sunlight, I think it's safe to say that spring is coming . . . unless someone jinxes it by wearing shorts and t-shirts prematurely and Mother Nature decides we can't have nice things. 
With the snow melting in the schoolyard, there are more and more puddles everywhere and the back schoolyard will once again become St. Gabe Lake. While we constantly warn students to stay out of puddles to avoid wet feet, that seems to make it even more enticing for them and it is 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 of soggy socks. The smell of 20 pairs of wet socks drying is worse than a pack of wet dogs.

This week is the last week of Lent and everyone is  preparing for Christ's sacrifice and resurrection. At school we will have a special display of the Stations of the Cross in the Learning Commons. Everyone is welcome to visit it. 

Mrs. King's class will continue with Swim to Survive on Monday, so remember your towel and bathing suit. 

This Monday, we will be having a special presentation on Bicycle Safety in the Learning Commons for all grades.

Any student who wishes to participate in this years Running Club must submit their forms and fees by Tuesday to be eligible.

This Wednesday we celebrate "We Day". The students learn that while alone their voice may not be heard, when they all stand together, their voices have the power to change the word.

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, and while they will not be the same questions on this year's test, the questions will be asked in the same format and quality.

In French, students have begun to explore some of the different groups living in Canada between 1780 and 1850 (les Voyageurs, les Autochtones et les Pionniers) as part of our next unit in social studies.  The students have been exploring some of the French folk songs from these early days and their significance to Canada's history. Students will also be invited to participate in a poster contest to promote French.  Interested students will be able to work on them during recess over the next couple of weeks and they will be displayed during our "La semaine de la francophonie"  (French Week) coming up in mid-April.  More details to follow as we get closer to the date.

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.

1. A pattern starts at 2 and ends at 23. What could the pattern rule be?
- Add 2 each time.
- Add 3 each time.
- Add 4 each time.
- Add 5 each time.

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

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