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Terry Fox Walk: Friday, Sept. 30th

All of our Grade 3 classes will enjoy a Terry Fox Walk through the beautiful Beaver Pond on Friday, September 30th. Please ensure that your child dresses appropriately for the weather and that your permission form has been submitted to your teacher. Here is the link, if you need another copy: 
Congratulations to Grade 3 for hosting the first Mass of the school year. Students worked very hard organizing and rehearsing their songs and roles for this Thanksgiving Mass.
The members of the Rag and Bone Puppet Theatre have invited Grade 3 singers to be a part of their Centrepointe production of Wind in the Willows on November 15th. Check this link out for more information: 
Mrs. Isaac and Mrs. Baker will be rehearsing twice a week at lunch with the choir and taking them to Centrepointe to sing three songs in the puppet show. The children will sit on stage with the actors, watch the performance and sing when cued. Parents are invited to buy tickets and attend the show. The choir will be comprised of 25 singers and we have 120 Grade 3 students, so if you and your child are interested, please fill out the commitment letter that will be sent home this week and we will choose 4 students from each class by lottery. This is an amazing opportunity for our students, but it also involves the dedication to attend all practices and the ability to attend the Tuesday, November 15th performance at 5:00 p.m.

In math, we are finishing up data management this week by examining pictographs and remembering to check the key carefully. We are also learning that "mode" is the number that appears the "most".

In language, we continue to form complete paragraphs in recount writing, with particular attention to developing interesting opening and closing statements and detailed sentences in between. Including descriptive vocabulary in our writing, helps to capture the reader's attention.

This week:
  • Thanksgiving Mass, Monday, Sept. 26th at 1:00 p.m.
  • Terry Fox Walk, Friday, Sept. 30th (1st block)
Please remember to send in all forms. including the Student Verification and Consent sheets, Student Activitiy fees ($30) and the Terry Fox Walk permission slips and donations.

Looking Ahead:
  • Friday, October 7th is a PD Day
  • Monday, October 10th is Thanksgiving
Language: Hosting the Thanksgiving Mass is a very wonderful task for Grade 3 students. Write a recount paragraph of your experience and describe what you enjoyed most about preparing and participating in the Mass with Father Virgil.

Math: The pictograph below shows the eye colour of a group of students.

Sept. 19-23 - St. Gabriel's Open House


The heat wave is over and we are welcoming in the cool Autumn weather. Our students have been very busy here at St. Gabriel and it's time for parents to see what we've been up to. 

In Math we're analyzing different graphs and data. In Language, we are examining the features of Recount writing. In Science, we are discovering soil and it's properties. 

This Thursday we will have our Open House Pizza Night. Feel free to visit the school and mingle with the teachers and other parents as we discuss all manner of things.

Parents are also reminded to return their Student Information Verification forms ASAP and be sure to check out your child's teacher's classroom blogs and sites for any additional information pertaining to their class.

This Week:

Thursday - Welcome Back Open House and Pizza Night @ 5:00 PM.


Math: Analyze the Bar Graph below and answer the following questions:

1. What was the most popular season?

2. What was the least popular season?

3. How many more students like summer than spring?

4. How many children were surveyed altogether?

Do you remember the first day of school? Please write a recount paragraph about your first day as a Grade 3 student at St. Gabriel.
Be sure to use proper spelling and grammar. Also, be sure to keep it in the past tense.

Week 2 Begins!!

Grade three students have been busy at St. Gabriel.  We continue to focus on getting to know one another and developing wonderful classroom communities.  

Our focus on Data Management, specifically data collection and graphing, has begun. Students will be practising their data collection skills by participating in surveys. They are organizing their data using tally charts, creating graphs with their data and are beginning to make statements about their graphs.  We will focus on success criteria-what makes a great graph?

Here is a great review video:

In Science, we will soon begin our inquiry on soils.  We look forward to sharing our “wonders” and brainstorming ways to meet our learning goals for this unit.  

Sharing our reading strategies, including making connections and recount writing are our foci in Language Arts studies.  

Please see the sidebar to access the French Teacher's blogs to learn about what we are doing in French!

Did you know that the Grade 3 classes come together each Tuesday in the Learning Commons to share in a weekly liturgy?  Why not ask your child about the message we learned in the Gospel this week?

What’s happening this week?
  • Tuesday:  Welcome Assembly 11 a.m.

Upcoming events:
  • St. Gabriel Open House - Thursday September 22, 2016 - 6 p.m.- 7 p.m. (more information to follow)


Please click under your teacher’s name on the right to complete the Google Form for this week.

Math:  Look at the graph below:

Language:  We have completed our first week of school.  We would love to hear about what you love the most about Grade 3!  Using your best “juicy” words, describe what you love the most about Grade 3 so far.  Remember to write in complete sentences and edit your work! (Don’t forget capital letters, punctuation, etc.)

As always, feel free to contact your child’s teacher should you have any questions or concerns. We are all looking forward to a fantastic year of learning in Grade 3!

Your Grade Three team.

Welcome to the 2016/2017 School Year!

Hello and a very warm welcome to Grade Three!  

It's a new school year and we are so happy to have you in our classes. Mrs. Brennen (Mr. Di Salvio, Ottawa University teacher candidate), 
Mr. Ho, Mrs. Isaac, 
Mr. Graitson, Mr. Labrash/Ms. Cuddihy, Ms. Oldak, Mme Christine and Mme Ingrid will be your Grade 3 team and we are looking forward to an exciting year! 

Please read below to learn a little more about our homework program for this school year:

Letter to Parents About Online Homework

Dear Parents,
Welcome to On-Line Homework!  The grade three program at St. Gabriel Catholic School includes homework that is submitted using a Google Form which students can access through the Gr. 3 Blog at www.stgabrielgr3.blogspot.comThe homework is posted each Monday and the students have until Friday to complete all tasks.

Through experience we have found that the whole process and quality of work is best when the students complete any of the written components, such as the Weekly Paragraph, in a Word or Google document first.  This way the students can develop their editing and revising practices which are essential  skills to any writer.  It also gives the parents opportunities to read over their child’s work and give feedback. Once this is done the work can be copied and pasted into the Google Form found under your child's teacher's name.

We are aware that student’s keyboarding skills are just developing and this can cause frustration for some students and their families.  It is recommended that children use the website
 to develop these skills.  In addition, there have been students in the past who do not have access to a computer or whose access is limited.  If this is your child’s situation, the homework document can be printed off so that he/she knows what is expected and then your child can complete all sections by hand.  Your child may then submit their handwritten responses to his/her teacher on Fridays.

This process may be new to many of you and there may be questions that arise.  Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher at any time. We believe there is substantial benefit to the practice of homework but also believe that home should not be a battlefield and that completing homework should not result in frustration.  If you are struggling to get your child to follow-up on his/her responsibility to complete homework please talk to your student’s teacher.  Together, we can try to find solutions to make the whole process run smoothly.


Bonjour!  We are Mme Christine and Mme Ingrid, the grade 3 French team for all Grade 3 students.  We look forward to getting to know your children and sharing our excitement about the French language.  We will also be teaching your child Social Studies in French during our time together. 

Please check this blog for weekly announcements or information about our French program and any assigned homework.  The link to our site will be located on this blog along with other important links and homework. We are excited for a wonderful year in Grade 3!

Homework for this week:

Please click the link below your teacher's name to access your homework for this week. It is all about "Getting To Know You" better! What would be the most useful thing for me to know about you as a student? What do you wish was different about school?  What do you wish I would ask you so that I can be a good teacher for you? What makes a weekend day great for you? Try and answer as many of these questions as you can!!

Thank you for your continued support,
St. Gabriel’s Grade Three Teaching Team