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Have a Great Summer Vacation!

What a wonderful year we have experienced in Grade 3! Congratulations to our students for all the progress they have made throughout the year. Now it is time to relax and enjoy the summer months.

In case you missed Mrs. Isaac's class performing at the last News Show, here is a clip of their singing:

News Show at 11:30 a.m. 
Report Cards go home

Last Day of Grade 3

Canada Day!

The End is Near!

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 Mrs. Kovacs and her team of volunteers for the fabulous family BBQ held last Thursday night at St. Gabriel. The food, ice cream, dunk tank, petting zoo and bouncy castles were enjoyed by all! Below is a link to the movie Mrs. Hill created from our fun night!
June BBQ

Grade 6 Bake Sale is Wednesday...

Wednesday is also Pioneer Day for all grade 3 students. Please refer to the note that was sent home last week for specific details. It will be a full day packed with many fun activities. Thank you in advance to all of the parent volunteers who are helping to make this day happen - we couldn't do it without you!

Please click the link to view the attached flyer for registration information about anxiety courses for children 4-12 years old. The courses are being offered in the fall at the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre. Anxiety Course

We have another busy week lined up:

Tuesday - End of Year Mass (11:30 a.m.)

Wednesday - Pioneer Day (remember your costumes) and Gr. 6 Bake Sale

Thursday - visit from the Goulbourn Museum (to recap the pioneer experiences)

June 13-17 - Let's Keep on Trucking

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 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 15 straws and tape.
In class we will be studying the art styles of Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh. We will focus on Impressionism art and the use of colours to set the mood.

The students will also explore the topic of sun safety.  We will learn more about ways to protect ourselves in the sun--which is a great reminder to please apply sunscreen each morning and perhaps pop some sunscreen into your child's backpack to reapply later in the day!  

Check out this video:

When do the children apply sunscreen?  Are there other ways that they are protecting themselves from the sun's harmful rays?

We are collecting magazines for an end of year activity-if you have any magazines that you don't need and can be cut up and kept, please send them with your child as soon as possible. Thank You!

This Week:

Join us this Thursday at 5:00 PM for our St. Gabriel Summer BBQ. Admission is $5 per child and adults are FREE!

There will be food, games, a petting zoo, inflatables, plus you may get to dunk your favourite teacher! 

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.

In French, students are continuing to explore the life of pioneer and First Nations peoples. Students are considering several options for an in-class project. They may research a question that they are interested in or create a mural drawing of a pioneer village. We will also be touching on a few grammar concepts. There is no assigned homework in June, although students will always benefit from practicing reading in French.

This Friday, June 10th, is a PD Day. There will be no school for students on this day.

Many thanks to the McDiarmid Family that hosted the Grade 3s at their dairy farm last week. The outing was most educational and enjoyable! Be sure to ask your child of a recount of our extraordinary day. Please click the link to watch a video from our amazing day!Farm Field Trip

The next scheduled day to purchase freezies will be Wednesday, June 8th during second recess. Jumbo freezies are being sold for $1 each, and the money raised will be going toward the Grade 6 end of year trip.

There will be a 2015-16 St. Gabriel School Yearbook this year. The cost is $20. An order form will be sent home this week. You can pay by cheque, cash, or using school on-line payment.

Save the date for the  5th annual St. Gabriel Summer BBQ taking place on Thursday, June 16th, from 5pm to 8pm.

Volunteers interested in helping out on the event night or with planning can contact Lindsay at

It's Time for EQAO!

Good Luck!
EQAO testing begins promptly on Monday morning and will continue through Wednesday for the first and second blocks for each of the three days. 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.

Grade 6 students are raising money for their year-end trip and this means Grade 3 students may purchase a jumbo freezie on the following Wednesdays: June 1st, 8th & 15th. Freezies will be sold for $1.00 at a table set up outside during second recess. 

On Thursday, June 2nd, all grade 3 students are going on a field trip to a dairy farm in Osgoode. Everyone should bring along their lunch and a water bottle, as usual, and be dressed appropriately for the weather, including sunscreen and a hat if it is sunny and proper rain gear if it is rainy. Rubber boots would be a great idea. The buses for the farm will leave around 9:15 a.m. after classroom attendance.

Friday, June 3rd at 11:30 a.m. is the News Show and Mrs. Isaac's grade 3 class will be performing a musical number that shouldn't be missed!

Mrs. Isaac's class has one more Swim to Survive session on Monday, May 30th. Please remember to bring your swim suit, goggles and towel on Monday.

Looking Ahead: June BBQ
Save the date for the 5th Annual St. Gabriel Summer BBQ taking place on Thursday June 16thfrom 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Volunteers interested in helping out on the event night or with planning can contact Lindsay at

Last Week Before EQAO!

We hope you have enjoyed your long weekend as a family. There will not be any new official homework this week in English. Please take a few minutes every day to review past booklets/questions/text in preparation for the upcoming testing period.  In French, students are having a test in Social Studies based on the homework readings for the last month.  They are all posted under Mme Vida's homework for review this week.  Students are writing the test on either Wednesday or Thursday.  See the earlier post (below) on this blog for more information!

Students should come to school each day well rested and with a good breakfast in their tummies. EQAO testing will begin promptly at 9 a.m. beginning Monday May 30 and continue through to Wed. June 1st. Please ensure your child arrives at school on time and that they are ready to start their day on a positive note!

Please click the link to read The May NewsletterMay Newsletter

Volunteer Week at St. Gabriel - May 24 - 27th:
June BBQ Information:
Save the date for the 5th Annual St. Gabriel Summer BBQ taking place on Thursday June 16th, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Volunteers interested in helping out on the event night or with planning can contact Lindsay

French Social Studies Test!

All grade 3 students will be having a French Social Studies test on our pioneer unit next week.
The test will be on:
 Wednesday, May 25th for Mrs. Isaac and  Mr. Kassabri.  
 Thursday, May 26th for Mrs. Brennen and Mr. Ho.
The test will have a section with multiple choice questions and a section with matching words with their definitions.  All questions are based on the readings that have been posted as homework for the last 4 weeks.  They have been reviewed in class and students have been encouraged to practice at home as well.