Sunday, June 17, 2018

End of Year Fun Time!

Happy Father's Day to all of our wonderful 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 (only 9 school days left)! 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!

Last Monday, June 11th, our  grade 3 classes enjoyed a visit from the NAC String Quintet. We discovered some new and interesting facts about stringed instruments. Did you know that the bows are made of horse hair? We listened to music that spanned Mozart to the Pink Panther and one of our students learned to play the cello with the quintet and another had a turn as a conductor. It was a very educational experience for all.

All library books are due back, so please make sure to return them this week, if you haven't already.

Wednesday, June 20th: Last Mass of the school year. Parents are welcome to join us in the gym at 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 21st: Mr. Ho's class will be having their Harry Potter Party. Parents may drop off warm food items at the office before the start of school.

Looking Ahead:

Monday, June 25th: Final News Show

Wednesday, June 27th: Report cards go home.
Thursday, June 28th: Last day of school.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

June 11-15 - Summer is Coming!

What an amazing week we had last week and yet there's more fun things to come!

Last Thursday, 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 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 - Musicians from the NAC will be coming 3rd block to serenade and teach students about the wonderful world of classical music.
Tuesday - Members of the University of Ottawa Gee Gees Woman's Soccer team will be at St. Gabriel all day giving a soccer clinic to all students.
Thursday- School BBQ;  all families are invited to our school BBQ, which starts at 5:00 PM. There will be food and all kinds of family fun events for everyone.
Friday - Jump Rope for Heart - Be sure to have your forms handed in before Friday and be sure to bring a water bottle and some comfortable shoes, because we will be jumping rope for heart health!
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.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Welcome June!

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 4th - The Dental Hygienests will be visiting Mrs. Brennen's and Mr. Ho's classes to talk about dental health

Tuesday through Friday - various kits (sugar shocker, sun safety & substance abuse) from our Ottawa Health Unit will be available to all Gr. 3 classes.

Thursday, 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. 

Friday, June 8th
Friday, June 8th, is a PD Day. There will be no school for students on this day.

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

Looking Ahead...

Monday June 11th: A few of The NAC orchestra musicians will be visiting our grade 3 group to share their love of music with us!

Tuesday June 12th: There will be a soccer session for all grade 3 students.

Thursday June14th: School BBQ (please watch the GAB wesite for more info)

Save the date for the St. Gabriel Summer BBQ taking place on Thursday, June 14th, from 5pm to 8pm. Volunteers will be needed for this event. 

Friday June 15th: Jump Rope for Heart (a.m.)

Wednesday June 20th: School Mass

Monday June 25th: News Show

Wednesday June 27th: Report Cards go home

Thursday June 28th: Last day of school for students

Sunday, May 27, 2018


We have officially completed our EQAO testing. It is now the Grade 6's turn. 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.

Congratulations to all of the Children's Marathon Runners - you did an amazing job preparing and challenging yourselves at the big race!

A Quiet Week....

Wednesday, May 30th - 7 p.m. - Parent Council meeting

Looking Ahead...

Thursday, June 7th: Engineers in the School from the University of Ottawa visit the Grade 3 students to have workshops on Strong and Stable Structures.

Friday, June 8th, is a PD Day. There will be no school for students on this day.

Monday, June 11th - NAC musicians perform for the Grade 3 classes at 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 20, 2018


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 set up 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, the students are ready to show what they know. Good luck to everyone!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

One week of school and one very long weekend before we begin our EQAO testing! Exams will run on Wednesday, May 23rd, Thursday, May 24th and Friday, May 25th 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!

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

This Week:

The final week before the EQAO. This week's practice package is due on Thursday! Please review all of the EQAO homework packages from the previous weeks in anticipation for the provincial assessment.

Monday, May 14 & Tuesday, May 15 - Grade 3 and Grade 5 students will be learning how to play tennis from Adamson's Tennis Academy. Students need to have proper footwear for this event.

Friday, May 18 - PD Day! No school today!
Monday, May 21 - No School today, either!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Catholic Education Week

***Important Reminder***
St. Gabriel is a nut-free school. This means that absolutely no nut products (in any form) are allowed to come to school. Nut products include peanuts and tree nuts. This is very important as some students are bringing in chocolates (for example: ferrero rocher) that contain nuts (ie. hazelnuts) or nut butter sandwiches (cashew/almond butter). Please save these treats for home as we have many students and staff that have life-threatening allergies to these products.

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There are special events every day during 
Catholic Education Week!

Scholastic Book Fair Purchase Day: Mrs. Isaac's class
Music Monday for the entire school.


Scholastic Book Fair Purchase Day: Mr. Graitson's class

11:00 a.m. Easter/Education Mass at St. Isidore Parish (busses leave St. Gabriel for the church at 10:30 a.m.)


Scholastic Book Fair Purchase Day: Mrs. Reavie's 
                                            and Mrs. Brennen's classes.

Double Lunch Day - Please bring an extra lunch to give to a person in need at The Ottawa Mission.


Scholastic Book Fair Purchase Day: Mr. Ho's class

EA - Entrepreneurial Adventure of Grade 6 handmade products. Students may make a purchase for items of their choosing. Items range from $1 to $5.


Muffin Breakfast and Open House 8-9am
**Parents are asked to bring in 6 peanut/nut free Muffins PER FAMILY

Coffee and Juice will be served

9:15 a.m. - News Show in gym

Permission slips went home last week for the bus trip to St. Isidore Parish for our Easter/Education Week Mass on Tuesday. These slips must be returned to your teacher by MondaySince this is a school wide excursion for Catholic Education Week, there will be no supervision for students not attending. We kindly request that you keep your child at home for the morning if they are not allowed to attend. They will be able to return to school after 12:30 p.m. once everyone has returned from the Church.

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Please remember that EQAO homework is due on Fridays. We have switched to language for this week's homework. You can keep practising math as well! Here is a good site to help with review: Math Review on-line link

Jump Rope for Heart! Pledge forms went home after our Jump Rope Assembly. They can be returned anytime - no due date has been set as of yet.

In Language Arts, we are studying Explanatory and Procedural writing. For practice, have your child write all the steps, in chronological order, necessary to complete a task (e.g. getting ready for school or making a sandwich).

In Math, our focus is on Transformational Geometry and finally Mass & Capacity.

Looking Ahead:
EQAO -   Our testing dates begin on Wed. May 23 and end on Friday May 25th. Students will write 2 sections per day - one first thing in the morning (9:15 - 11:00 a.m.) and the second session will run right after lunch recess (1:00 - 2:45 pm).  Please do not plan any appointments for your child during these 3 days.  Thank You in advance for your support.  

End of Year Fun Time!

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