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Continuing our Journey!


After a fun-filled Christmas Break, it is always great coming back to school and continuing our Grade Three journey together. We had an excellent first week back -- and what a way to start the new year!

Important Dates:

Monday January 16th - Mr. Graitson`s class will have their second of three Swim to Survive sessions. Please remember to pack your bathing suit, as well as an extra set of clothes to wear in the pool!

What have we been up to?

Math: Most of us have started our unit on Measurement. Ask your child to show you how they measure objects with a ruler to the nearest millimetre, centimetre, and metre. We will also be discussing and determining both perimeter and area as part of our study.

Language: While we are continuing to improve our understanding on how to write descriptive paragraphs, we will soon begin writing interesting narratives. We are positive some will be quite adventurous! Stay tuned for more exciting stories coming your way! 

Science: We are beginning our unit on Forces and Movements. Ask your child if they can name a type of force!(Hint! There are plenty of forces to be found in NHL hockey, figure skating, etc. Have fun!) 


Math: Watch this video to learn what perimeter means. We will be talking about it this week in class!

Question 1 - In Canada, what type of measurement do we use?
a) Metric
b) Imperial

Question 2 - What would the perimeter of this shape be? Remember to write what unit of measurement it is measured in!
Language: Read this descriptive paragraph about a sunset:
"Sunset is the time of day when our sky meets the outer space solar winds. There are blue, pink, and purple swirls, spinning and twisting, like clouds of balloons caught in a blender. The sun moves slowly to hide behind the line of horizon, while the moon races to take its place in prominence atop the night sky. People slow to a crawl, entranced, fully forgetting the deeds that still must be done. There is a coolness, a calmness, when the sun does set."

Question 1 - Did this paragraph paint a picture in your mind? Why?

Question 2 - List as many adjectives as you can find from the above paragraph. Remember that an adjective is a describing word - they help you see in your mind what the author is writing.

Question 3 - Pick a favourite food. Describe your favourite food in a paragraph using all of your senses. What does it look like? What does it taste like? Can you describe the feeling it has on your tongue? Wait until the end of your paragraph to tell us what it is so we can try and guess!

French - Social Studies Retake Quiz


Please note that if your child was away on Thursday December 23rd and missed the French Social Studies Quiz, there will be a retake next Tuesday January 17. Please encourage him/her to go over notes in the next few days. We are also reviewing together in class.

Thank you,
Mme. Christine

Happy New Year!

Wishing you and your loved ones a very happy, healthy and blessed 2017! 

The weather we experienced in December has continued to be a snowy, Winter Wonderland (although now it is a wee bit colder!). Please send your children to school fully equipped to play outside, with warm, comfortable clothing each and every day.

Sunday, January 8th was the Epiphany of our Lord. We remember the three Wise Men following the star to baby Jesus, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. What gifts will we give to Jesus this year? Will we choose to embrace his light and share it with the world?

Important Dates:
Monday January 9th - Mr. Graitson`s class will have their first of three Swim to Survive sessions (remember to bring your swimsuit & towel)

Math: We began working with 3-D shapes; examining their attributes (faces, edges, vertices), and creating and working with nets before Christmas. Next up will be measurement!

Language: We continue learning how to write descriptive paragraphs using our senses (sight, hearing, taste, touch, smell). For each descriptive activity, we focus on one or more of our senses and use that to write a full and detailed descriptive paragraph (example: showing students an image and having them use their sense of sight to write a descriptive paragraph of what they see -- being as specific and as detailed as possible).

Science: We will be finishing our unit on soils and beginning our unit on Forces and Movements. 


Language: Write a descriptive paragraph about your two weeks of Christmas holidays. Describe your family traditions - what food does your family enjoy and how do you celebrate the festive season? What was the highlight of your holiday and why was it so special to you? Use detailed and descriptive sentences, with interesting words, to capture your teacher's attention!


Look at these shapes.
a) Which of these shapes are parallelograms? Explain why.

b) Which of these shapes are not parallelograms? Explain why not.

Look at this net:


1. This is a Net of what 3-D shape?

a) Square-based pyramid
b) Triangular prism
c) Cube
d) Triangular-based pyramid

2. How many faces does this Net have?

a) 3
b) 6
c) 5
d) 4

The St. Gabriel Grade 3 Team are excited to be back and are looking forward to sharing the learning and discoveries of 2017!

Merry Christmas!

Time to light the Candle of Love as 
we celebrate the final week of Advent.

Excitement and anticipation fill the air as we wait for the coming of our Saviour and the joy of Christmas festivities with family and friends! At school, there is a Christmas Mass on Tuesday, December 20th at 10:45 a.m. Please remember that parents are always welcome to attend.

Also on Tuesday, December 20th, students of Mrs. Isaac's and Ms. Cuddihy's classes will be walking over to the Symphony Retirement Home for a very special concert of Christmas music, poems and stories at 9:30 a.m. The children have been rehearsing together for the past several weeks and they sound beautiful. Meanwhile, the other Grade 3 classes have been preparing Christmas cards, ornaments and designing 3D snowflakes as gifts to be sent along for the seniors. These will be distributed after the concert, when the students are mingling and meeting with the residents.

This Week:
Tuesday, December 20th: 
  • Mrs. Isaac's and Ms. Cuddihy's classes are performing at the Symphony Retirement Home at 9:30 a.m.
  • Christmas Mass at 10:45 a.m.
Wednesday, December 21st:
  • Mrs. Brennen's Class - last Swim to Survive
  • PJ Spirit Day
  • Bring $2 to donate to our school family who lost everything in a house fire last week
  • Christmas Sing-a-long in the gym
Looking Ahead:
  • Mr. Graitson's class will have Swim to Survive the first day we are back from holidays on Monday, January 9th, 2017. His students need to remember to bring a towel and swim gear to school that day.
Rory sorts 4 figures into Groups W and X.
In which group should Rory place the following figure? Explain your thinking.
Only one more week of school before the Christmas holidays! What are you planning to do over the next two weeks? Describe your holiday plans in detail and if you don't have any yet, describe what you would like to do while you are away.
Wishing you and your family
a blessed Christmas 
and all the best in 2017!

Quiz - √Čtudes Sociales


Students in Mme Christine's class will be writing a quiz next Thursday, December 22nd.  Children who are away that day will have a chance to write it when they return. Please have them review all their notes relating to Rural and Urban Communities in Ontario.


The Third Week of Advent - Joy

I love those J-I-N-G-L-E Bells. As we enter the third week of Advent, we light the third candle. As many of you may notice, the third Advent candle is pink, and it represents the joy that fills our hearts as the birth of Jesus is coming. Now is the time to fill our hearts with love for family and friends and to think of others as we await the birth of Christ. We should be joyful for what we have, rather than longing for things we do not, and remember, "tis the season for giving, not receiving".

Last week we had a wonderful time at Linda Jamieson's production of The Nutcracker. The students were dressed up and had a spectacular time watching Tchaikovsky's ballet. The dancing was graceful, the costumes were colourful, and the music was enchanting. Thank you parents for letting your children experience such a timeless classic.

We would like to also thank all the parents and students who helped donate a food item and $2 donation to the Christmas hamper. We will continue to collect food items and donations until Friday, so please see the previous post to find out what item your class should donate. These hampers will go to directly help people in our community and at our sister school St. Elizabeth. Thank you for showing what a loving and caring community we are here at St. Gabriel.

If you are leaving after this week to go on an early Christmas break, please let your teacher know in advance so they can plan accordingly. 

This Week:

- The Grade 3 students will have a special ballet presentation in the gym at 10:30.


Language: On Friday we watched the Nutcracker Ballet at the Algonquin Theatre. Write a reflection about your experience. Did you enjoy the ballet? What was your favourite dance? Who was your favourite character? What was your favourite costume? Did you like the scenery? Be sure to write in full sentences and check your spelling and grammar.


3D Shapes are made up of 2D shapes. When we use a bunch of 2D shapes to make a 3D shape, it's called a net.

1. What 2D shapes are used to make a cube? How many of them do you need?

2. What 2D shapes are used to make this pyramid? How many of each shape do you need?

Second Week of Advent

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This week is filled with excitement! After weeks of anticipation we will finally be attending the Nutcracker Ballet.  We go on Friday! Please remember to wear your special clothes and bring your best behaviour with you.

As part of the St. Gabriel Advent project each class is responsible for bringing in one type of item to place in the 17 care baskets we are preparing for needy families. All items and twoonies/Canadian Tire money (which will be used to buy gifts and fresh food items) are due in by Friday, December 16th.

Mrs. Brennen's class is to bring in syrup

Mr. Ho's class is to bring in pancake mix
Mrs. Isaac's class is to bring cake/brownie mix

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 Ms. Oldak's class has been assigned cans of soup or stew

Mr. Graitson's class has been assigned a Box of Stuffing

and Ms. Cuddihy/Mr. Labrash's class pasta sauce

Thank you in advance for your generosity and support. Our sister school, St. Elizabeth, is so appreciative of these donations and help during this special season of sharing and giving - because of you the true meaning of Christmas is alive and well at St. Gabriel.

In language we are finishing with non-fiction writing and moving towards descriptive paragraphs. I am sure everyone will enjoy writing about their favourite scene/part of the Nutcracker in great detail using many adjectives to describe the dancers, costumes and scenery portrayed in the ballet.

In Mathematics, we are finishing 2-D shapes and will continue on to 3D shapes including pyramids and prisms.

Our focus for the next month in Religion is the Christmas Story and following the weeks of Advent.  A lot of discussion is happening in the classrooms about these important events in the church calendar.

Important dates this week:

Monday Dec. 5th - Mrs. Brennen's class has their 2nd Swim to Survive session. Please to remember to bring an extra pair of pants and top to wear in the water!

Thursday, Dec. 8th - We are having another edition of our wonderful "News Show".  Come one, come all and see what has been happening at St. Gabriel Catholic School. All are welcome!

Friday, Dec. 9th - Nutcracker Ballet - we will leave our school at 10 a.m. and hope to arrive back at St. Gabriel by 2 p.m.  If you have volunteered in the your child's class, please arrive at 9:30 so we are all accounted for. Thank You for giving of your valuable time.



We will soon be attending a performance of the The Nutcracker at Algonquin College. There are many people that contribute to making the show a great success!  First, watch this video:   Next, explain why costumes are an important part of any performance. Then, describe your favourite costume on the video. What do you like most about this costume and why? What would you change about this costume and why? Which character from the story are you most looking forward to seeing? Why? Be sure to include wonderful adjectives to make your writing "pop"! Don't forget to edit your work carefully.


Look at the two shapes below:

a) How are these shapes the same?

b) How are these shapes different?

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