Sunday, June 18, 2017

End of Year Fun Time!


Happy Father's Day to all of our great dads - we hope you enjoyed the great weather and were treated well on your special day.

This is our last full week of school together (there are only 3 days of the next week)! We are still busy completing various health, science and arts initiatives!

A HUGE thank you goes out to all the student and parent volunteers for the fabulous family BBQ held last Thursday night at St. Gabriel. The food, ice cream, petting zoo and bouncy castles were enjoyed by all!

Tuesday - Mrs. MacKinnon and the Grade 4 group will be presenting the end of year mass starting at 9:30 AM. All parents are welcome to attend and give thanks for another year done.

Wednesday - Mrs. Brennen's class will be having their Harry Potter Party. A reminder to all parents and students (of Mrs. Brennens') to please wear your costume and bring your food feast item!

Thursday - Today the students will get a special visit from  Goulbourn Museum in the morning. Students will get a sample of daily life in Pioneer Times.
In the afternoon, the students will have a special bicycle and helmet safety presentation in the Learning Commons, just in time for the summer! 

Friday - Mr. Ho's class will be having their Harry Potter Party. Please be sure to dress up in your favourite Harry Potter Costume and please bring your Harry Potter Potluck food in the morning (parents be sure to fill in your food choice on the Google Doc).
- Grade 3 Choir will be singing at St. Isidore Parish at 1:00 p.m. for the Grade 6 Graduation Ceremony. If you haven't already, please hand in your permission slip to Mrs. Isaac ot Mrs. Baker on Monday.

Sunday, June 11, 2017





With the EQAO behind us and the summer holidays ahead, let's not forget that we are not out of the woods just yet. There's still plenty to do at school before that final bell rings at the end of June! 

Last Wednesday, we had special guests from the University of Ottawa in our school teaching our students about structural stability and leading us in a fantastic activity building strong, freestanding structures that could support weight with only 30 straws and tape.

We also spent time last week learning about making healthy drink choices. It is amazing how sugar can be hidden in the fluids we drink which makes them a form of liquid candy!

As well, students have been exploring the many areas of Substance Abuse including the damage smoking has on our bodies.

With the nice weather on its way - check out the information below on sun safety 


Check out this video:

Things to think about:
When do people apply sunscreen?  Are there other ways that we can protect ourselves from the sun's harmful rays?


This Week:


Monday - Mr. Ho's class last Swim to Survive at Richcraft! *Remember to bring your swimsuits, towel and a bag.
Tuesday - last Parent Council Meeting for this school year
Wednesday - News Show 1:00 p.m.
Thursday - School BBQ  & Community Boundary Meeting
Sunday - Happy Father's Day to all of our amazing Dads!

More information about the BBQ:


Join us this Thursday at 5:00 PM for our St. Gabriel Summer BBQ. Admission is $5 per child and adults are FREE! Your admission includes access to all rides and activities - food and beverages will be sold separately.


Looking ahead:
Tuesday June 20th - End of year Mass
Thursday June 22nd - Pioneer Museum Guest Visit (a.m.) & Bike Helmet Safety visit (p.m.)

Sunday, June 4, 2017

June 5 - 9



With the E.Q.A.O. testing behind us and the summer holidays ahead, let's not forget that we are not out of the woods just yet. There is still plenty to do at school before that final bell rings at the end of June. 


What's on this week:

Monday, June 5th: Mr. Ho's class will be going to their Swim to Survive Lesson at the Richcraft Community Center. Please remember to bring your swimsuit, towel and a plastic bag. Students will also need to pack an extra pair of pants/shorts and shirt so that they can simulate falling into water fully clothed. Additionally, please pack some extra food for after the swim lesson.

Wednesday, June 7th: Engineers in the School will be visiting all the Grade 3 classes. These special guests from the University of Ottawa will be teaching our students about structural stability and leading us on a fantastic activity where we will build strong, freestanding structures that can support a load. 

FREEZIE SALE: The next scheduled day to purchase freezies will be during lunch recess on Wednesday, June 7th. Jumbo freezies are being sold for $1 each, and the money raised will be going toward the Grade 6 end of year trip.

All week the Grade 3s will be using learning kits, "Sugar Shocker" and "Substance Abuse", to continue to learn about health concerns and positive attitudes. Ask your child questions at home to see what they learned.

This is the last week for library book exchange.  Starting next week all books must be returned to the library.

Friday, June 9th
Friday, June 9th, is a PD Day. There will be no school for students on this day.


Looking Ahead...

Wednesday, June 14th: Our News show has been moved to this new date due to EQAO scheduling.  See you at 1pm!




Save the date for the St. Gabriel Summer BBQ taking place on Thursday, June 15th, from 5pm to 8pm. Volunteers are needed for this event. Please contact:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e054da4ac2ea64-stgabriel2






Sunday, May 28, 2017

Moving Forward!

We have officially completed our EQAO testing. We are all so very proud of the efforts and focus of our students during our week of testing. Now that we have wrapped up our EQAO testing, it is time to move forward with our final month of school.



This Week....

Monday May 29th: Mr. Ho's class will be going to their first Swim to Survive Lesson at the Richcraft Community Center. Please remember to bring your swim suit, towel and plastic bag. Additionally, please pack some extra food for after the swim lesson.

No Freezie sales this week due to Grade 6 EQAO testing. Sales will continue next Wednesday June 7th!


Looking Ahead...


Next Friday, June 9th, is a PD Day. There will be no school for students on this day.


Tuesday June 6th: Newshow at 1pm.
Wednesday June 7th: Engineers in the School visit for Grade 3 students.
Thursday June 15th: School BBQ at 5pm.


Monday, May 22, 2017

It's Time for EQAO

Good Luck!
EQAO testing begins promptly on Wednesday morning and will continue through Friday for the first and third blocks for each of the three days. Teachers have everything organized in their classrooms, so students will feel comfortable and able to access resources easily. It is true that students are allowed to chew peppermint gum during EQAO exams, as there is scientific research indicating that this particular flavour stimulates the brain. Now we are relying on parents to ensure that their children have lots of rest, a refillable water bottle and healthy snacks to maintain high energy levels throughout the week. After all of our extensive review sessions, students are ready to show what they know. Good luck to everyone!


Thursday, May 25th: Freezies for sale at lunch recess for $1.00. 



Sunday, May 14, 2017

Last Week Before EQAO!

One week of school and one very long weekend before we begin our EQAO testing! Exams will run on Wednesday, May 24th, Thursday, May 25th and Friday, May 26th in the mornings and afternoons. Everyone has worked very hard to prepare for these examinations and the opportunity has finally arrived for students to showcase their knowledge and ideas. Children who are well-rested and equipped with healthy snacks and a reusable water bottle will be in optimum shape to write their tests. Parents, thank you for all of your home support with review practice in math and language over the past several weeks.
Wishing mothers a very special day 
full of love and happiness. 
You deserve it for all the 
wonderful things you do 
all year!
Jump Rope for Heart and the Grade 6 Bake Sale were huge successes last Friday. Thank you for all of your participation in obtaining pledges and sending in raffle money.

 
This Week:

The final EQAO homework packages are due on Thursday, May 18th because of the PD Friday, May 19th holiday. No homework for the rest of the school year!

Thursday, May 18th: Freezies for sale at lunch recess for $1.00. Many children were disappointed last week when they forgot their money.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

On the Road to EQAO


The Grade 3's are in full forward preparation for the upcoming  provincial test.  By now each student has been given a variety of different Grade 3 EQAO Review packages that includes all Math strands taught in Grade 3, as well as different reading and writing samples and tasks. Please keep and review any packages that go back home, as they are excellent review material. Please help to ensure that your child is rested and ready for school as we will be working very hard for the next two weeks. Proper rest and morning nutrition allow your child to perform in class to his/her best potential.

In Math, students are concentrating on Probability.  Mass, Capacity and Grid Geometry are up next!


In language, we will be focusing on reading responses to stories and explanatory pieces. 



Thank you very much for all of your participation in the Education Week activities, including the News Show, the Muffin Breakfast Open House, Music Monday and more.  It was a great success and highlighted many of the wonderful things going on at St. Gabriel! Go Griffins Go!


This week:



Thursday:
  • The Grade 6 students will be selling yummy cold Freezies every Thursday during the Lunch Recess outside at 12:05 PM. Freezies cost $1.
Friday:  
  • Jump Rope for Heart (Rescheduled from last week due to rain).
  • Grade 6 Bake Sale in Support of the Global Education Initiative and Free the Children. 


End of Year Fun Time!

Happy Father's Day to all of our great dads - we hope you enjoyed the great weather and were treated well on your special day. This...