Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Music Monday - May 1st!

Please practice this song at home so you can sing along with the school outside on Monday afternoon!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Final 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 Friday.
Next week we will begin EQAO Language practice (Reading, Writing, Grammar).


Next Week:

Education Week is May 1st to May 5th
Book Fair is all week!

May 1st - Music Monday (1:00)
May 2nd - School Mass at St. Isidore (9:30)
May 3rd - Last Double Lunch Day
May 5th - Muffin Breakfast
                 Jump Rope for Heart kick-off
                 News Show

Looking Ahead:

May 19th - PD Day
May 22nd - Victoria Day (no school)
May 24th to May 26th - E.Q.A.O. for Grade 3.



The Destination Imagination team from St. Gabriel's placed first at the Ontario Provincial tournament and they will be the only team representing the entire Ottawa Catholic School Board at the Global Finals in Tennessee, USA this upcoming May! As a start, we are hoping that every family help us by selling Little Caesar Pizza Kits. They are a fantastic product and we promise you will want more in the future. We make 5$ for every kit sold. We will be giving generous prizes for top sellers - 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Please follow the link below to sell the links:  http://www.pizzakit.ca/fundraising-products?shop=1&f=333068&s=250905


Group ID#: 136257

Fundraiser ID #: 333068

Delivery Date: 05/17/2017


**REMINDER**

ST. GABRIEL 2016-2017 YEARBOOK
Purchase your yearbook online now!
Last day to order: May 8, 2017
Price: $20.00
www.YearbookOrderCenter.com

School Code: 15978

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Warmer Weather is finally here!








Happy Easter!

We hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful Easter long weekend with loved ones! What a wonderful time of year!

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 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!


Important Dates/Reminders:


Monday April 17th- Easter Monday (school closed).
Thursday April 20th- Running Club meets at 8:15.

The Destination Imagination team from St. Gabriel's placed first at the Ontario Provincial tournament and they will be the only team representing the entire Ottawa Catholic School Board at the Global Finals in Tennessee, USA this upcoming May! As a start, we are hoping that every family help us by selling Little Caesar Pizza Kits. They are a fantastic product and we promise you will want more in the future. We make 5$ for every kit sold. We will be giving generous prizes for top sellers - 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Please follow the link below to sell the links:  http://www.pizzakit.ca/fundraising-products?shop=1&f=333068&s=250905



Group ID#: 136257


Fundraiser ID #: 333068

Delivery Date: 05/17/2017


Looking Ahead:

Thursday, April 27th - News Show
May 1st to 5th - Education Week
May 2nd - School Mass at St. Isidore
May 3rd - Last Double Lunch Day
May 5th - Muffin Breakfast
May 19th - PD Day
May 22nd - Victoria Day (no school)
May 23rd to May 29th - EQAO for Grade 3 every morning.




**REMINDER**

ST. GABRIEL 2016-2017 YEARBOOK
Purchase your yearbook online now!
Last day to order: May 8, 2017
Price: $20.00
www.YearbookOrderCenter.com
School Code: 15978



Sunday, April 9, 2017

On Our Way To Warmer Weather!

We've had a very rainy start to April so far, however, warmer days are slowly approaching!

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

Homework:
A reminder that this week's homework package is due back this Thursday instead of Friday, as this Friday is Good Friday and there is no school.  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:
April 12th to 13th - Rocks and Rings, students will take part in a curling lesson in the gym.
Friday, April 14th - Good Friday (no school)
Sunday, April 16th - Easter Sunday
Monday, April 17th - Easter Monday (no school)

Looking Ahead:
Thursday, April 27th - News Show
May 1st to 5th - Education Week
May 2nd - School Mass at St. Isidore
May 3rd - Last Double Lunch Day
May 5th - Muffin Breakfast
May 19th - PD Day
May 22nd -  Victoria Day (no school)
May 23rd to May 29th - EQAO for Grade 3 every morning.

*Reminder*


ST. GABRIEL 2016-2017 YEARBOOK
Purchase your yearbook online now!
Last day to order: May 8, 2017
Price: $20.00
www.YearbookOrderCenter.com
School Code: 15978

Sunday, April 2, 2017

April is Here!

April is Poetry Month!

In language, 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 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 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:

EQAO testing for grade 3 will take place the week of May 23rd, as well as the Monday of the following week, ending on May 29th. 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.

This past Friday, 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 until the week before EQAO testing (with the exception of Good Friday, when the package will be sent home on Thursday instead). 
There is no online homework until EQAO testing is finished. A language component will be added to the package in a few weeks. 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.

Order your 2016-17 Yearbooks Now!
Only Available Online: $20 by May 8th

Next Week:
  • Monday, April 3rd: A nutritionist will be visiting the Learning Commons to instruct all the Grade 3 students on Healthy Living.



Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Last Week of March - Has Spring Finally Sprung?


Despite all the snow and icy rain, the weather is slowly warming up and 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. 
Last week we had a few rather sunny and warm days, and many students wished to go out in their t-shirts. 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, that means proper boots, splash pants and jackets. 
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.

Last week we celebrated World Water Day, students and families are encouraged to think of many ways to conserve water in their homes and communities.
Last Saturday was also Earth Hour. Families were encouraged to turn off all lights and unplug all electronics for one hour from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. If everyone around the Ottawa unplugged themselves from electricity use for just one hour then we could prevent 41.6 tonnes of carbon emissions!

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 Math we are wrapping up multiplication and division and moving into fractions.

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?
- 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 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Happy Spring!

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 multiplication/division unit and are moving on to fractions. The children will be learning about parts of a whole mostly in picture format and in words. They will colour 3 out of 4 squares or identify how many shapes out of how many are blue, for example. The number representation of fractions (i.e. 1/4) will be introduced. 


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

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:

Monday March 20, 2017 - Math Club (after school for those who signed up)



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.

Music Monday - May 1st!

Please practice this song at home so you can sing along with the school outside on Monday afternoon!