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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Hope (Nov. 30 - Dec. 4)


As we approach the final day of November, we welcome the beginning of December.  This week is the first week of advent, and so we celebrate the theme of “Hope” as we light our candle. 

This Week:

Friday, Dec. 4 – Nutcracker permission forms are due
Friday, Dec. 4 – News Show, at 2:00pm in the school gymnasium

**At our News Show this week, the grade three choir members who performed at Centrepointe will get an opportunity to share his and her angelic voices to the school.

In math, we have begun our geometry unit. We are examining 2D shapes and their properties (sides, angles, vertices, parallel lines). We are also looking at regular and irregular polygons and the different types of polygon names (triangle, quadrilateral, pentagon, hexagon, octagon).

In language, we still continue our nonfiction unit. We have been working on projects that involved technology, and good old fashioned books. Many of us have used our library time to sign out nonfiction books to use for research purposes in order to complete a given assignment or class project. Along with our nonfiction unit, we continue to work on our writing skills and reading comprehension.

In French, students continue to work on their research projects on a community in Ontario. For homework, they should study the posted study sheet and review the suggested pages in their social studies duotang. They must bring their duotang back to school each day as we are using it regularly.



Write a nonfiction paragraph (on paper first) about an animal. Choose an animal that you love or that you want to learn about and write a paragraph about that animal. Be sure to use facts. Remember to include an opening and closing sentence in your paragraph.


Look at these shapes and answer the questions below.

Which polygon has 3 sides?

a)      Quadrilateral

b)      Triangle

c)       Pentagon

d)      Hexagon

Which polygon has a right angle?

a)      Triangle

b)      Pentagon

c)       Square

d)      Octagon

All of the above polygons are Regular polygons.

a)      True

b)      False

Monday, November 23, 2015

Social Studies Test

Grade 3 students will be having a test on our communities social studies unit on Monday, December 7th for all classes except Mr. Ho's class which will be on Tuesday, December 8th.  The study sheet is posted with the French  homework link.  Students are also encouraged to bring home their social studies duotangs and study pages 9 and 19. Bonne chance!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Last Week of November!

Congratulations to our "Holly and Ivy" grade 3 choir for their wonderful performance at Centrepointe Theatre last Thursday evening. This entertaining play left us eagerly awaiting the Christmas season.

This Week:
Monday: Photo Retake Day
Tuesday (Mr. Ho); Wednesday (Mr. Kassabri); Friday (Mrs. Isaac) - Mrs. Brennen's class had their session last week: Bullying Awareness Sessions 

On Wednesday, November 25th, Linda Jamieson and her ballet dancers will be visiting our school to explain the storyline of The Nutcracker and demonstrate some ballet moves to our grade 3 classes. Melanie, from Mrs. Isaac's class, will be performing in the show on December 11th!

The cost of each student ticket is $15.00. We are asking parents to pay this amount. The cost of the bus will be taken care of through the student activity fees. We ask that you pay this fee online at:

More information about this event will be going home this week in the form of a permission letter.

In language, we are researching for our nonfiction writing projects, incorporating the text characteristics we have been identifying and analyzing in class.

In math, we are finishing addition and subtraction regrouping of three-digit numbers, but please keep on practicing at home! We are also beginning our unit on 2D geometric shapes and their properties.

In French, we are beginning work on google slide presentations to present research on a community in Ontario.  Students will have a test in social studies next week.  Watch for a separate post with more details and a study sheet!


Language: Write a nonfiction paragraph about something you know about. Include an opening sentence, 3 "body" sentences that include details, and a closing sentence. Check your writing for proper use of capital letters and punctuation.

Math: Aryan and Aadi were picking apples at a nearby orchard. Aryan picked 344 apples and Aadi picked 371 apples. How many more apples did Aadi pick than Aryan? How many apples were picked altogether?

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Interview Information!

If you have an interview scheduled between 3:40 p.m. and 5:50 p.m. please meet the teacher in their portable (Portable 2- Mrs. Isaac, 3 - Mrs. Brennen, 4 - Mr. Ho or 5 - Mr. Kassabri).

If your interview is scheduled 6:00 p.m. or after, please meet the teacher in the Learning Commons - we will have tables set up inside.

We are looking forward to meeting you and discussing your child's progress!


The Grade 3 Team

Sunday, November 15, 2015

November 16-20: Anti Bullying Week

This Week is Bullying Awareness Week here at St. Gabriel and we are committed to raising awareness to what bullying really looks like and how we can prevent it. Remember bulling can be:

Verbal bullying - name-calling, sarcasm, teasing, spreading rumours, threatening, making negative references to a person.

Social Bullying - mobbing, scapegoating, excluding others from a group, humiliating others with public gestures to put others down.

Physical Bullying - hitting, poking, pinching, chasing, shoving, coercing, destroying or stealing belongings, unwanted touching.

Cyber Bullying - using the internet or text messaging to intimidate, put-down, spread rumours or make fun of someone.

Bullying occurs when these actions happen repeatedly by a person to demonstrate power over others. Students need to know that they are not powerless and that they all have a voice to stop bullying and bullying behaviour.
You can get more info at

In math, we are continuing our adding and subtraction with regrouping. Students are encouraged to practice their fundamentals at home. We will also be introducing 2-D geometry.
In Language, the students are working hard researching different forms of non-fiction texts.

This Week:

**Please return the tear away portion of the Progress Report to your homeroom teacher**

All week is Bullying Awareness. Matt Harding from the Community Resource Centre will be here to empower students with anti-bullying strategies.

Tuesday - Lockdown Practise

Wednesday - Wear Pink to School Day.

Thursday - Double Lunch Day - please bring an extra paper bag lunch to school. Double lunches will be brought to the Shepherd's of Good Hope to help feed the needy. Please click link below for more information!
Double Lunch Day Letter

Parent-Teacher Interviews - We will be having interviews with parents who have signed up.

Grade 3 Choir - The "Holly and Ivy" will be singing at 5:15. Parents who are attending the choir may reschedule an interview with their child's teacher.

Friday - PD Day - No school!


Math: Steve wanted to  bake some cookies for a bake sale. He baked 24 cookies for his class. Later, his little sister ate 8 cookies when he wasn't looking. When Steve found out, he decided to bake 12 more cookies. How many cookies does he have altogether? Show this question as a standard form question and answer it using a full sentence.

Language: This week is Bullying Awareness week. Have you ever encountered a bully? What happened? How did you resolve your problem? Be sure to write in full sentences and to check your spelling and grammar.

Monday, November 9, 2015

A Time for Remembrance

We will soon be finishing our units on place value and addition and subtraction. Our next math unit will be 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 in the next few weeks about our trip to the Algonquin College Commons Theatre to see the Ballet performed by the Linda Jamieson Dance Company of Ottawa.  More to come on this exciting event! Click below for a little preview of what we can expect.
Nutcracker Ballet

In French, we are continuing our social studies unit on communities in Ontario. Please be sure to check the homework link for this week's reading assignment.  Students are also encouraged to visit Lecture Enfant regularly to improve their reading skills.

Important Dates for this week and next:

Wed. Nov. 11, 2015 - Remembrance Day Service beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the school gym.*A reminder for brownies, cubs, guides, etc. to wear their uniforms that day.

Mon. Nov. 16, 2015 - lockdown practise

Thurs. Nov. 19, 2015 - Double Lunch Day - Please bring an extra lunch to share with someone in need at the Ottawa Mission. We will gather all the donated lunches at the front of the school and deliver to The Ottawa Mission!

Thurs. Nov. 19, 2015 - Holly and the Ivy performance at Centerpointe Theatre. Students are to arrive at the theatre for 4:15 p.m. The production begins at 5:15 sharp!

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 the 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?

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Nov. 2 - 6


As we start a new month it is always important to take a moment and to self-reflect on our journey so far and the progress we have made.  October was a fun-filled month, and we are sure that November will also be filled with fun, laughter, and learning.

In Math, we continue working with numbers. Students have been learning about place value, being able to identify the value of a digit in a 3-digit number, writing numbers in standard, expanded, and word form, while also being able to read and represent numbers using base ten block images. We are adding and subtracting 3-digit numbers with and without regrouping using a wide variety of strategies that we have learned (using the hundreds chart, number line, manipulatives, drawing out images).  Many of us have begun including word problems that involve addition and subtraction.

In Language, we continue our fiction vs. nonfiction unit. Many of us have already begun to write simple fiction or nonfiction paragraphs using what we have learned about the characteristics of each text. As the days continue, we will slowly be moving into identifying the main idea within a given text. We encourage our students to read nightly and to apply what they have learned in Language to their daily lifestyle.

In French, we will begin our Social Studies unit on communities.  Students will be investigating the different types of communities in Ontario and how they can create differing employment opportunities and support our needs. Encourage your child to share their ideas about communities and what different kinds we find in our province.  This week's homework is a reading about out unit of study.   

This Week:
Wednesday, Nov. 4: Bus Evacuation Drill

Thursday, Nov. 5: Progress Reports go home.



St. Gabriel School has 924 Ipads. They are giving away 367 of their Ipads to another school. How many Ipads will St. Gabriel have left for their school? 

a) 1,291
b) 557
c) 643
d) 491


Read this paragraph and then answer the following question:

My Super Awesome Dog

I have a dog and his name is Rocky. Rocky is the fastest dog in the world! He is only three years old but he is super strong. Rocky always makes me feel happy when I am sad. He is my best friend in whole wide world. I have a super awesome dog and I want the world to know it.

What is the main idea of the text? Is it…

a) I have a dog
b) My dog is awesome
c) My dog's name is Rocky
d) I love my dog