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Sunday, October 26, 2014

All Saints, All Souls and Halloween - another busy week in the making!

This week we will be praying for those saints who helped define what it truly means to be a Catholic believer. We will also pray for all those who have passed away in our families, in our communities and in our world. Friday is Halloween - All Hallows Eve - the night before All Saints' Day and two days before All Souls' Day.

Important dates this week:
Mon.-Fri. Oct. 27th-31st - St. Gabriel will participate in the waste-free lunch challenge (click link for video ideas on how to make a litterless lunch litterless lunch ideas or this one for other tips litterless lunch tips and facts ) 
Monday Oct. 27th - Election Day (gym will be closed all day)
Thursday Oct. 30th - Progress Reports will come home for students in grades 1-6
Friday Oct. 31st - Wear Black and Orange today
                         -2 p.m. St. Gabriel News Show (parents are always welcome to attend)

In French, students are showing off their art and writing talents working on describing their monsters.  Very scary!!  We continue to enjoy Halloween songs which the students can practice for homework this week.  We have also introduced the class Dojo to help keep students on task and listening.  Ask your child to explain how it works! 

In math we continue to work on addition and subtraction with and without regrouping. Students are encouraged to work on Dreambox and Xtramath every night to help improve their addition and subtraction skills.

In language we are learning about the characteristics or features of non-fiction text. Ask your child to define some of these features for you when looking at their non-fiction library book or other non-fiction books you may have in your home.


Language - Do you know that there are many people identified as Saints in the Catholic faith? In fact, a different Saint is celebrated almost every day of the year. Click this link to see which Saint is connected with your birthday.
Pick one Saint (either the one that is celebrated on your birthday or any Saint of your choosing) and write a paragraph about them. Remember to start with a good opening sentence. Include in your paragraph the Saint's name, where they were born and why they were so special. You can even include a sentence or two about whether you would have liked to meet that Saint (remember to explain why or why not)!

Question 1:

Question 2:

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Week of October 20, 2014

As the leaves change colour and the birds begin to fly south it is important to take a moment to enjoy the wonders of Autumn. This time of the year is also a time for celebration for other cultures around the world. October 22-23 is Diwali, the celebration of lights. In India, this celebration marks the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance and hope over despair. Are there any special celebrations that your family participates in? What are they? and How do you celebrate? 

This week is a busy week at St. Gabriel. This week is Waste Reduction Week, where we will try to reduce the amount of waste we create at the school. Parents can help too by using more reusable containers and less packaged goods for your child's lunch.

There will be a special "Anxiety Workshop" for parents on Tuesday, October, 21 at 7:00 PM in the Learning Commons.
This week we will have both our Fire Safety Presentations from the City of Ottawa's Fire Fighting Crew and our School Photos.
Grade 3 students will have their photos taken on Wednesday, so be sure to dress your child up and be sure that they don't have bed head in the morning.
The Fire Safety Presentation will be held on Friday for all Grade 3 and 4 students.
Friday is also the night of our Halloween Dance. Everyone is invited and there will be prizes for the best costumes.
The Grade 6 students have chosen "Feed the poor" as their social justice initiative and therefore have started their "We Scare Hunger" event at our school. Each grade is encouraged to donate a designated food item for their class. The Grade 3's are asked to donate Rice or Stew (Chunky Soup).

In Math, our students are progressing through place value and how to represent a number using standard, extended, pictorial and word form. In Language, students are examining non-fiction texts and features.

In French, students are providing feedback to each other about their presentations on "Voici mon école".  They are excited to begin their Halloween writing task where they will draw a monster and then develop their writing skills to describe it so that the reader can visualize their creation.  Homework this week is a link to our song, "C'est l'Halloween!"



 Base-ten blocks

Look at the above pictorial of base ten blocks. 
Write the number in Standard Form, Expanded Form, and Word Form.
Here's an example for the number 254:
Standard: 254
Expanded form:  200 +50 +4
Word: Two hundred fifty four


Last week we had a special presentation on Bicycle and Bus Safety. What were some of the important messages on how to stay safe? Write two rules about bicycle safety and two rules on bus safety. Be sure to use full sentences and proper punctuation.

Monday, October 13, 2014


Happy Thanksgiving Day to all of you.  We hope that on this special day you are surrounded by family and friends and that you are enjoying a long weekend together.  We want you to know that we are so very thankful to have your children in our lives and that we are blessed to have the job of educating young people. That's what we are thankful for!

We believe that children need to build more resiliency and perseverance in order to be the best they can be. This is commonly called Grit. Here are two amazing videos that are valuable for everyone to see. 

For Parents - Eduardo Briceño - TEDx Talks The Power of Belief - Mindset and Success

For Parents and Students - Grit: The Key to Your Success at FLVS

Homework for the Week of October 14th to October 20th


In Language, students are learning about the differences between fiction and non-fiction writing.  They will be learning how to find the important details in a non-fiction text so that they can begin the process of researching a topic.  Ask your child to tell you some of the features of non-fiction writing. 

In Math, they are learning how to represent numbers in different ways and to understand the place value of each number.  This will lead to addition and subtraction with and without regrouping (carrying). This can be a difficult concept for some children so they may need some extra practice at home. Learning the facts to 20 by heart really helps the children to learn the newer concepts more easily.

In French, students are completing their graphs and Tellagamis to describe what they like about school. The home work this week is to continue to practice the reading from last week. We will soon begin our spooktaculer writing task for Halloween!

Homework this week:

Write a paragraph recounting your Thanksgiving weekend.  Did you go somewhere or did someone come to visit you?  Did you have a big family meal?  What was your favourite part of the meal or weekend?  Did you get to go to church?  Do you have any special traditions that you do each Thanksgiving?  If you answer these questions in full sentences, or add your own, you will have a nice paragraph.  Don't forget to hook your readers with a good opening sentence and a closing sentence that maybe tells how you felt about the weekend.


Solve this problem using numbers and words to explain how you got your answer.
Mrs. Brennan and Mr. Ho's classes had a pumpkin seed counting contest against Mrs. King and Mrs. Cummings' classes.  They had a lot of seeds that they gathered from their class pumpkins.  Can you figure out which ones are the winners? 
Mrs. B.'s class had 43 seeds                        Mrs. C.'s class had 30 seeds
Mr. Ho's class had 21 seeds                         Mrs. K.'s class had 42 seeds

What team won?  How do you know and how did you figure it out?

Have a great week!

Looking ahead to the Week of October 20 - 24

Photos - K - 2 on October 21/3 - 6 on October 22
  • Anxiety Workshop - October 21 - 7 p.m.
  • Hallowe’en Dance - October 24

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Homework for the Week of October 6th.

Welcome to another wonderful week in Grade 3!  We have participated in our first News Show of the year and look forward to celebrating our students each month!

Math blocks are now full of place value magic! Using a variety of strategies we are representing numbers in many different ways.  Ask your child to share their knowledge of numbers!  Sharing our reading strategies and looking for the important details continues in our Language studies as we turn our focus toward descriptive report pieces.

In Science, we continue our inquiry on soil.  We are so fortunate to have Griffin's Grove and our large yard to observe different types of soil. Do you know the difference between loam and sand? Ask your child!  

In French, students are finally ready to interview classmates about what they like at school. With the survey results, they will be preparing a graph and presenting it using Tellagami! The homework this week is a composite of the story we have been reading.  Students should be able to read the whole story with understanding and good pronunciation.  Ask your child to explain the story to you in English to confirm their understanding.

This week is a busy one at St. Gabriel:

  • Did you know that the Grade 3 classes will be leading the St. Gabriel school community in our Thanksgiving Mass this week?  Please join us as Father Virgil presides over our wonderful, Fall celebration on Tuesday, October 7th at 9:30 am in the gym.

  • Fall Clean up the Capital-students will be working to tidy up our yard and surrounding areas.

  • International Walk to School Week - Students are encouraged to walk to School Wednesday, October 8th


We will soon be celebrating a wonderful, Fall holiday...Thanksgiving! We all have so much to be thankful for and we are focusing our paragraph this week on just that!   


For this week's homework, we'd like you to write a paragraph about the people, places and things that you are most thankful for. While you are planning for and writing your paragraph, be sure to include supporting details such as:  family, friends, food and world.  Be creative, listen to your heart and be sure to include exciting, descriptive words.   Don't forget that a good paragraph has a strong opening sentence to catch the reader's attention and  a closing statement as well.


All students are asked to log into Xtra Math and/or Dreambox at least 2 times a week for a minimum of 15 minutes. If you can do more, great! Spending time in Dreambox will help strengthen your math skills.  If you have not yet received your log in information, it is coming home soon!

We are inquiring about place value.  Here is a great review video:  Place Value

Look at the chart below:

**Don't forget!  This Friday, October 10th is a PD Day and there will be no school for students!**

Enjoy your week and wishing you the very best as we approach Thanksgiving.  Blessings to you and your family.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Week of Sept. 29

We are in our last few days of Sept. and the month of October begins on Wednesday! Our first month of school is behind us and we are adjusting to the new routines and expectations of Grade 3.

We had a great time during our Pulse Retreat last Thursday! 

This week we will be participating in the St. Gabriel Terry Fox walk around the Beaver Pond on Tuesday morning. Thank you in advance to all the parents who have volunteered to walk with us. We will be leaving shortly after the morning bell (9:10 a.m.). The first News Show of the year also happens on Tuesday - in the afternoon! All parents are welcome to attend the News Show.

Your children have been working hard on writing recounts in language and data management/graphing in math. We will be transitioning to place value (math) and descriptive non-fiction writing (language) over the next week.

In French, students are eager to share what they love about school and will be surveying their classmates about their preferences in order to make a graph.  They are also excited to sing all the French songs we have been learning and look for "les mots amis" to help them understand.  This week's song is "Mon sac à dos" which they can practice as homework!


Language - Research information about Terry Fox. A good place to start is this website: Terry Fox Facts

After reading the information, list three (3) facts that were new to you about Terry Fox that you think others would like to know and learn about.

Math - 1) Look at the table below and answer the following questions:

Math 2) Find the mode in the following question:

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Week of September 22nd

As we reflect on the fact that we are in the 4th week of school, September is nearing its end and Autumn is coming up. This is an excellent time to remind parents to ensure that their children are dressed appropriately and warmly for the weather.  It is far easier to take off a sweater when you are hot than to put on sweater that you did not bring. 
Students have transitioned nicely into Grade 3 and seem to be enjoying the change of scenery.

We would like to thank all the parents who came out on Thursday to our Pizza Night and Open house. Parents are an integral part of our school community and it was a pleasure to welcome everyone into the classroom.

This week:

On Thursday, special guests Gabe Dipple and Mason Normand will be presenting the Pulse Elementary Retreat at St. Gabriel. The purpose of this retreat is for students to encounter the person of Christ through music, video, and gospel discussions. You can check out their website here:

In French, students will be doing a new song about Terry Fox as we prepare for the annual walk to honour this hero.  We have also begun our new unit, Voici mon école!   We will be learning about what our classmates like about our school and what other children around the world like about their schools.  It was wonderful to see so many parents at our open house evening.  If you had hoped to say hello, but didn't get a chance, feel free to contact Mme Vida at anytime!  

*Update - Parents can now buy St. Gabriel clothing online at -

Students need to be sure to finish their online homework regularly and on time. Additionally, students are encouraged to use their Raz-Kids and Dreambox accounts often.


What are the missing numbers of the scale for this graph?
What is the total number of grade 2 and 3 students who walk to school?
What is the total number of grade 1 and 4 students who walk to school?
What is the total number of all students who walk to school?

2. In Data Management what is "Mode" and how do you find it?


Choose one memory from Grade 2. Write a recount paragraph of that memory. Be sure to start your sentences with a capital and end them with a period.
Be sure to recount your memory in its proper order.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Week of September 15th

It's beginning to feel a lot less like summer and more like autumn.  Please remember to have the children dress in layers as the weather can go from very cold in the morning to bright and sunny in the afternoon.  We want the children to be as comfortable as possible outside when they are playing.

This week we look forward to our Welcome Back Pizza Night.  It's this Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  The plan is to have the pizza for the first hour and then visit the school and the children's classes for the next hour.  This year, we are so fortunate to have many of our community organizations and partners available to meet with and speak to during the evening.  The Kanata Community Resource Centre, our school Nurse, and Father Virgil are among some of the people who will be available.  Please take the time to visit with our partners in education.  Students will be taking parents to visit classrooms and we hope that once you have met your child's teacher, you will take the time to ask your child about the classroom and school activities he or she is taking part in.  We hope to have the chance to meet as many of you as possible in a very short time.  If you want to speak with your child's teacher at length, please take a moment to set up a time, perhaps later in the week.

This month, we will be celebrating Terry Fox once again.  We will have the walk later in the month and hope that the children will have an opportunity to read about and learn what this young hero did and continues to do.  

In French, we are continuing to create and practice basic conversations. Students are excited to video their work. This week, we will also begin to explore our school and why we love it. Homework this week is to practice our song of the week, "qu'est-ce que c'est".

We continue to work on reading strategies, recount writing and data management and graphing in Math. We are still learning routines and getting to know one another through our Family Life program. Dreambox and RAZ reading are being set up and your child's teacher will let you know when you can begin to practice and use these very helpful programs.

This week's homework:

 Paragraph:  Terry Fox was a hero to many people. Write a paragraph about what a hero is to you.  If you answer these questions one at a time in a full sentence, you will have a paragraph.  Add an opening and closing sentence too!

 What is a hero?  What does someone have to do to be a hero?  Why do you think that? Do you know any real life heros? What has that person done that makes him or her a hero to you?


  Look at this tally chart.  Write 3 statements that you can say about the data collected here. 

                      Favourite Movie Snacks







M & M’s




Have a great week everyone!