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Sunday, December 14, 2014

The 3rd Week of Advent

Well we've finally made it, it's the last week of school before the Christmas break and everyone is full of anticipation. But while we are excited to see family and friends and to open presents under the tree, we must also remember that this season is a celebration of Jesus's birth. Therefore, I ask that you please keep Christ in Christmas.
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I would like to thank everyone for their donations to our food hampers. We were able to build 15 hampers for 15 families with all your donations. The best part is that these hampers were going to needy families right here in Ottawa and our students were able to be a part of helping those who live here. 
We would like to give a special thanks to Mrs. Hill who organized the Winter Play day on Friday, which allowed the kids to enjoy lots of fun outdoor games. 
This Thursday, Jan Bentham will be coming to St. Gabriel for our annual sing-a-long and Mrs. Hill will read a special Christmas story.
Thursday will also be our Pajama Day.
On Friday, Grade 7 & 8 students from All Saints High School will be coming to St. Gabriel for a Special Drama Presentation.
Finally, in this season of gift giving always remember, the greatest gift that you can give someone is your time and your love . . . or an Xbox One, those things are awesome.

Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.
The Grade 3 Team

Try to hug as many people as you can. Bonus points for hugging multiple people at once. 

Tell your parents how much you love and appreciate them.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Week of December 8th to 15th

We are so blessed here at St. Gabriel to be able to help families in need.  Thank you for all of your generous donations to the Hat and Mitten Tree and to the hampers for our sister school St. Elizabeth.  They are always so grateful for our gifts. God bless you for that.
This week at St. Gabriel:
Wednesday, December, 10th-Advent Liturgy in the gym at 2:00 p.m. Parents are of course welcome to attend.
Friday, December 12th-Play Day. The children will be participating in outdoor games and activities run by Mrs. Hill and Mrs. Arnold. Children need to ensure that they are dressed for lots of outdoor fun!

Students are busy finishing their non-fiction reports and are learning about 3D Geometry.  We enjoyed a wonderful trip last week to the NAC to see the Nutcracker ballet as we are sure your children have shared with you.  Did you know that we had the first 4 rows?  Did you know that the Tour Directors gave a very special talk after the show just for the St. Gabriel children?  Ask your child about these things! We are writing descriptive paragraphs to tell about what we saw and enjoyed.  It was a wonderful experience. 

In French, students are continuing to make progress on their community murals. They enjoyed a well deserved break last week including the Nutcracker excursion and a PJ day with a French movie. This was to reward their efforts at staying on task and listening during French.   Homework this week is a reading assignment with added audio to assist with pronunciation

Homework this week (This is the last homework of 2014!!)
Paragraph:  In our Advent liturgy, we talked about water and the gift that it is.  If you were to give a gift to the Baby Jesus for His birthday, what would you give him?  Why would you choose that gift?  Why do you think he would like it? Is it a gift you can wrap and put under the tree or not?  Think about this carefully before you write it.

Math:  Please spend some time with your parents looking around your house for objects that are 3D. Name 5 everyday objects and name the 3D solid that they are made of.
For example:
Television-rectangular prism

Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Week of December 1st

Week of December 1, 2014
Christmas Spirit is in the the Air!

We welcome December by preparing  to celebrate and share during the season of Advent. This time holds such a special place in our hearts! Last week,  Grade 3 students enjoyed wonderful visits from Miss Emma and Miss Hannah and learned new skills to become ballet superstars! Thanks to both of our beautiful ballerinas! We also enjoyed a delicious bake sale in support of our Grade 2 friends and their social justice initiative. Our celebrations will continue as we journey through the month of December, stay tuned!

We continue to work hard in our classrooms and look forward to sharing our learning with our families! Why not ask your child about their report writing task?  With our research skills being refined each day, our texts will surely be fantastic!

What’s happening in Grade 3?

  • Each class will be sharing the joy of Christmas with a family in need.  Notes will go home detailing our Advent project and will list an item that your child will bring in to fill our Christmas hampers.  What a wonderful project to inspire stories about the true meaning of Christmas! Thank you, as always, for your amazing generosity and kind spirit.

  • Did you know that we have been learning about the Nutcracker?  Our focus hasn’t been only on the story, but also on the beautiful music and dances that we will see during our visit to the NAC on December 3rd! Stay tuned for more stories, pictures and delightful conversations as we share our experience of attending the Nutcracker ballet!

  • At St. Gabriel, we practice safe winter play!  Reminders have been given about safe play at all times in our yard and on the pavement.

  • We will be beginning our study of 3D Geometry! Students will share their knowledge and begin to explore the attributes of 3D figures.  Why not practice! Check out this site:

  • Our writing focus continues with nonfiction, descriptive reports. Students have also been focusing on determining the main idea of a text, while also finding supporting details. When reading with your child at home, asking him/her questions about the main idea of the book would help support in-class learning.

  • Don’t forget! This Wednesday, December 3rd, all Grade 3 students will be attending the matinee performance of The Nutcracker at the NAC. We thank you in advance for supporting your child by sending in the fee and permission slips. We look forward to seeing the delight in each child’s eyes as they experience the beauty of this ballet! A gentle reminder:  students will be returning to the school AFTER the buses have left, between 4:30 and 5:00 pm (depending on traffic/weather).  Please arrive on time. Students who will be going to extended day care will be sent safely to their rooms upon return.

Looking ahead to next week:

  • December 10th:  Advent Mass
  • December 12th:  Playday

As always, we thank you for your continued support and wish you many blessings during this Advent season.

The Grade 3 Team :)

This week's Homework:


We will soon be attending a performance of the The Nutcracker at the NAC.  There are many people that contribute to making the show a great success!  First, watch this video:   Next, explain why costumes are an important part of any performance. Then, describe your favourite costume on the video. What do you like most about this costume and why? What would you change about this costume and why? Which character from the story are you most looking forward to seeing? Why? Be sure to include wonderful adjectives to make your writing "pop"!   Don't forget to edit your work carefully.

Look at the 3D shapes below:  

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Week of Nov. 24

We hope you had a wonderful long weekend! All the teachers/educators in our whole school board spent the day downtown for Christian Community Day.

There is a special parent information night to help you support your children in french on Wednesday evening from 6:30 - 7:30 in the Learning Commons. Please RSVP to he school if you plan to attend.

We will be studying and learning a lot about the Nutcracker this week. We will listen to music composed by Tchaikovsky, read and compare  different versions of the story, learn a few ballet steps (from a special guest visitor), see how the costumes the dancers wear help them to tell the story and practice acceptable etiquette in order to be a good audience at a ballet.

Please click the link below to find out more about the Nutcracker - the composer, story and ballet!


Read the paragraph below. What would be a good sub-title for this paragraph? Hint: A subtitle gives an idea of what the paragraph will be about.

Woodwind and brass instruments include the trumpet,
clarinet, flute, oboe, trombone, tuba, and harmonica.
Stringed instruments include the banjo, guitar, harp, violin,
and viola. Percussion instruments include the cymbal,
chime, timpani, drum, and tambourine. Electronic
instruments are the keyboard and the synthesizer.
Keyboard instruments include the accordion, organ, and


What kind of angle is this?


a)Right b) Acute c) Obtuse        a)Right b) Acute c) Obtuse                 a)Right b) Acute c) Obtuse

French: Please click the link to the right to see the new homework for Madame Vida

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas . . . so I suggest you bundle up your children because it is COLD outside! As you dress your children in their warm winter clothing, here's a pro-tip, be sure to put their name on EVERYTHING. I don't know how they do it, but 7 out of 10 kids will end up losing an important piece of clothing and you will not see it again until June. 
In regards to our school play, we have chosen to perform "Treasure Island" this year. All Grade 3 students are invited to join the choir, however, this requires a high level of commitment from the students, as they will have to come to school at 8 AM  twice a week to practice. All students who audition for the choir will be accepted. Auditions will be held in January.
It is with great pleasure that I announce our annual Grade 3 exclusive trip to the "Nutcracker Ballet". In the upcoming weeks leading up to December 3rd, our students will be learning about Tchaikovsky, musical instruments and dance. Parents will pay $15 for tickets (a fraction of the actual cost for tickets), while our student fees will cover the bus ride to the NAC. I have attached a copy of the Permission Form here.

This week is Anti-Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week here at St. Gabriel. Our city ordained bullying expert, Matt Harding, will be here all week to discuss all forms of bullying, from knowing what it really is and how we can prevent it. 
This Wednesday will be our Photo Retake Day, so parents who wish for their child to have a retake may dress them up and send them to school for a redo.
Incidentally, Wednesday also happens to be "Wear Pink to School" to fight against bullying. Parents who want a photo retake can either dress their child up in fancy pink clothes or have them bring a change of clothes.
Wednesday night is also our "Reading Workshop" for parents. It will begin at 6:30 PM in the Learning Commons. 
Finally, this Friday is a PD day, so please refrain from sending your children to school on that day.

In Language, we are continuing nonfiction report writing. Please be sure that your child reads at least 15 minutes every night. In math, we have moved into 2D geometry and their attributes.
In French, students continue to explore the many communities we find in Ontario.  This week, we will look at agricultural, forestry and mining communities. Please be sure to click on the French link on the right to access the French homework.

Language: This week is Anti Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week here at St. Gabriel. At St. Gabriel we like to use our WITS. What is WITS? Have you ever been in a situation where you had to use your WITS? Please write a paragraph about what happened. If you need help remembering what WITS is you can find out here

Math: Look at the shape below.  How many triangles are needed to cover Shape P entirely?  Share your strategy. (Psssst! This is an EQAO question from a previous test!)

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Week of November 10th to November 17th

It has been a pleasure to meet with so many of you! Talking about your wonderful children gives us a lot of joy.  They are learning so much and have so much to look forward to. We are finishing our units on place value and addition and subtraction.  We will be revisiting addition and especially subtraction over the year.  We move on to 2D and 3D Geometry.  In language, we continue to work on our non-fiction reports. Descriptive writing will be next as we explore the story, music and dance of the Nutcracker Ballet.  Look for notes going home this week about our trip to the NAC to see the Ballet. More to come on this exciting event!

This week:

The NORCARD fundraising orders are due tomorrow. Please return the white and yellow order forms to the school along with the money or cheques in the envelopes provided. The pink copy of the order form is for your records. The orders will be delivered to the school 3-4 weeks after they are received by NORCARD. Thank you for your participation and continued support of St. Gabriel School. 

Tues. Nov. 11th:  Remembrance Day Service in the gym at 10:30 am. Parents are welcome to attend.
*A reminder for brownies, cubs, guides, etc. to wear their uniforms that day.

Wed. Nov. 12th: Double Lunch Day! Please bring an extra lunch to share with someone in need at the Ottawa Mission. More information can be found on the school web-site.

Homework this week:

Language: This week marks Remembrance Day.  It is a day to remember all those soldiers who fought for us in the many wars and conflicts there have been.  Write a letter to a soldier to say thank you for what he or she did for us. You might mention that you appreciate how hard soldiers work and that they put themselves in danger every day.  You might say thank you for the peaceful country we live in and the many freedoms we have because of them. Put your own ideas in as well.

Math: Mrs. Hill bought a lot of treats to share with her classes that participated in the Earring Challenge.  She bought a bag for each grade.  For the grade 3 classes, she needed 85 treats.  The bag had 122 in it.  How many will she have leftover?

In French, students are exploring the different types of communities that make up Ontario. We will be focussing on the characteristics of urban, rural and suburban communities this week. Homework is the same song from last week. 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Welcome November!

Another month has passed by and we welcome November and the exciting things to come!  Last week we celebrated Halloween with a fantastic News Show.  The gym was a sea of orange and black and as always, the talent show was amazing!

We continue to work hard in our classrooms and we look forward to meeting with parents this Thursday, November 6th for Parent-Teacher Interviews.  If you need to change your meeting time and haven't already done so, please call Mrs. Milks in the Office. Thank you for your continued support and commitment to helping your child learn and grow.

Call for Pictures of Family in the Armed Forces

In preparation for Remembrance Day, we are asking all families to consider sending in a photo of a family member (Aunt, Uncle, Parent,Grandparent, Cousin-past and present)who has served or is serving in the military. We ask that with the photo you include the name of the student affiliated, the name of the individual and their rank/position. We are asking for digital photos only to be sent to The deadline is Friday, November 7th. If you are unable to supply a digital photo, please send one with your child and his/her teacher will create a digital copy. Thank you!

What’s happening in Grade 3?

  • At St. Gabriel, we use our WITS! We can hear students using their WITS on the yard and in their classrooms to deal with conflict. Great work!

  • We have been exploring many different strategies to add and subtract 2-digit numbers! Why not practice your math facts at home? This will help students to work on more challenging questions.  Be sure to set some time aside a few nights per week for Dreambox or Xtra Math.  Why not check out this fun game too!

  • Our writing focus has moved to nonfiction reports.  We will soon be writing descriptive reports where we will showcase our writing skills!  Stay tuned!

Looking ahead to next week:

  • November 11:  Remembrance Day
  • November 12:  Double Lunch Day

As always, we thank you for your continued support.

The Grade 3 Team :)

This week's Homework:

FRENCH: In French, we are beginning our social studies unit on communities in Ontario. We will be studying the various kinds of communities including urban, rural, agricultural, mining and forestry. Any discussions you can have at home to introduce these concepts in English would be most helpful. We will also be learning a song to honour our veterans as we prepare for Remembrance Day. The lyrics are posted as this week's homework. They may prove challenging, but we will be working on it for the next 2 weeks.

The Chilly Weather is Here!

Chilly weather has us bundling up and thinking wintry thoughts. We would love to hear about your favourite cold weather activity! Describe a perfect chilly day! What would you do? Where would you go? Who would you spend time with? Would you have a special treat or warm drink? Use wonderful, descriptive words and interesting sentences to grab the reader's attention. Don't forget to edit your work! Try reading your paragraph to a family member or friend.

A Sweet Question!

Mrs. Hill has 78 chocolate bars and 14 Starburst candies. She adds them together using mental math. Solve the problem and don't forget to explain your thinking!