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February Continues!

On Monday we celebrate Family Day! Last week, on Wed. Feb. 15th, we celebrated Flag Day in Canada. Our flag turned 52 years old this year!Click the video below to see the real story behind the Canadian Flag! Do you have a Canadian flag? Where have you seen Canadian flags being waved or flown?

On Wednesday March 1st we will have our Ash Wednesday service in the gym. Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the Lenten season in the Catholic Church. As we enter the season of Lent, we will try to remember that doing things for others is living in the light of Jesus. 

In language, students are continuing to explore the parts of a narrative, from snappy beginnings, powerful verbs and detailed descriptions to interesting characters and creative problem solving. Patterning is the current Math strand that the children are working on.  They are learning about the attributes of a shape (size, colour, position, etc.) and how the changes determine the pattern. They are also exploring growing, repeating and shrinking number patterns.

Please remember to return the signed portion of the Report Card as soon as possible. Also, the French Immersion forms are due next week - if you have questions please do not hesitate to contact your child's teachers!

This week:

Monday:   Family Day - hope you are able to do something fun with your families!
Tuesday: Lone Star Night - a portion of the money from all food orders will come back to St. Gabriel. Join us for this awesome family fundraiser!
Friday:  Chew for Cheo (see below for details)


Language:Your report cards went home last Wednesday.  Write a paragraph about how you feel you are doing at this point.  Were you happy with your results?  In what area have you most improved?  In what area do you need to work harder? Do you feel that you are giving your best effort?  Be sure to use examples in your paragraphs.


Look at this pattern below.  Tell what the pattern rule is. Write the next 4 numbers in the pattern. Then name the kind of pattern - is it repeating, shrinking or growing?


Random Acts of Kindness Week

As we celebrate the love we have for family and friends on Valentine's Day, we are also remembering to be thoughtful toward everyone we meet during this special Random Acts of Kindness Week.

Bring your old shoes to the box in our front foyer until February 28th to support the Kindergarten classes with their social justice initiative.
We wish the amazing Ms. Cuddihy all the best as she leaves our Grade 3 team to take on a full-time position in the Grade 1/2 class at St. Gabriel. Taking her place, is Ms. Disipio and we warmly welcome her to our wonderful group of Grade 3 teachers and students!
Our flag turns 52 years old on February 15th, 2017, National Flag of Canada Day. In this exceptional year of the 150th anniversary of Confederation, we celebrate our magnificent flag, which was raised for the first time on Parliament Hill in 1965.

This Week:
Mon., Feb. 13th - Swim to Survive for Mrs. Isaac's class. Remember to bring your swim gear and an extra set of clothing.
Tues., Feb. 14th - Valentine's Day!
Wed., Feb. 15th - Report Cards go home. Remember to sign and return the report card slip and envelope.
Looking Ahead:
Mon., Feb. 20th - Family Day Holiday


Math: Complete the pattern and write the pattern rule.

A) 5, 11, 17, 23, 29, __, __

B) 11, 13, 16, 20, 25, 31, __, __

C) 25, 27, 30, 32, 35, 37, 40, __, __

LanguageWhat does it mean to be kind? Write a paragraph about what it means to be kind and give an example of a time when you were kind to another person. Be sure to give details and use proper spelling and punctuation.

Double Lunch Day is now Thursday!

Due to busses being cancelled - our Double Lunch Day initiative will now be tomorrow - Thursday February 9th!

Double Lunch Day - Wed. February 8th - tomorrow!!

St. Gabriel Catholic School
400 Keyrock Drive, Kanata, Ontario, Canada K2T 0G6
Tel: (613) 271-6181     

February 6, 2017
Dear Families,

Welcome to our Double Lunch Day Initiative. The St. Gabriel community would like to help those less fortunate in our community. We are joining together to help The Ottawa Mission by providing lunches for their back-to-work and back-to-school programs. In order to help support those less fortunate, please send in to school a second lunch. These lunches not only help many valuable members of our society, but they also lessen the load of The Ottawa Mission.

How can you participate?

The second Double Lunch Day for St. Gabriel school is this Wednesday, February 8! On this day, we ask that you send your child to school with an additional lunch. The lunches can have perishable and non-perishable items. We ask that they are healthy lunches and that they be packed in a bag that will travel to The Ottawa Mission (brown bag, Ziploc bag, etc.). Feel free to include a thoughtful, spiritual message and/or a hand drawn picture that will be collected separately and sent in their own special container. The lunches will be transported to The Ottawa Mission after the children enter the school. Upon their arrival at The Mission, the lunches will be distributed to the various programs in need. Please see their website for further information

The Mission has asked for a few special requests and additional items in need:
-please do not include mayo on the sandwiches
-winter clothing suitable for adult males (gloves, hats, etc)

Your support in this initiative is truly appreciated by the patrons of The Ottawa Mission. The staff also sends their thanks. If you have any questions about the Double Lunch Days please feel free to contact us.


Lisa Brennen/Christine Maidment

Our Mission Statement (The Ottawa Mission)

The Ottawa Mission reflects Jesus' love in serving the homeless, the hungry
and the lost by providing food, clothing shelter and skills, and offers faith
and hope for building a wholesome life.

The 2nd Week of February

Last Thursday, Feb. 2nd was Groundhog Day and we all waited in anticipation for the result. Did the groundhog see his shadow or not? The answer: He did see his shadow. That means we’re getting an extra 6 weeks of winter! Fortunately, Winterlude has also opened for the season, so get your ice skates ready and enjoy a day on the Rideau

In language, we continue working on our narrative unit. We are using our “Shape Go Map” to create organized narratives where there is a clear “Beginning, Middle, and End” with all of the elements included in each.
In math, we are beginning to move into our unit on patterning. We will be examining and learning how to read, create, and extend number patterns and shape patterns. Working with patterns is always fun and exciting, especially when you are able to recognize patterns outside of math class (i.e. patterning in art, dance, music etc.).


The kindergarten classes are leading a special social justice project for our whole school community to participate in.  For the month of February ~ Kindness Month, the kindergarten students are asking that our school support Soles 4 Soles.  

We want your old shoes, sandals, boots etc (in any state and any size). A donation box will be located in the front foyer of the school. Collection will take place beginning February 1 - 28, 2017.  The Kindergarten students thank you in advance for your generosity and kindness in supporting their social justice project.  

This Week:

Monday - Mrs. Isaac's class will be attending their first Swim to Survive lesson at the Richcraft Community Center. Please be sure to pack your swim suit, towel and bag for wet clothes.

Thursday - News Show @ 1:00 PM. All parents are invited to attend.

Math: Look at this number pattern and answer the following questions.
5, 10, 15
1) What is the pattern rule? (Hint: What is changing in the pattern from 5 to 10 and then from 10 to 15?)

a) Add 2 each time         
b) Add 3 each time          
c) Add 4 each time         
d) Add 5 each time

2) What would the 5th number in the pattern be? (Hint: You will need to extend/continue the pattern to find the answer)

a) 20        b) 25        c) 30        d) 35

Language: Read the narrative:

One dark night, a young boy was walking home from a friend’s house. All of the sudden a flashing light blinded him. When the light faded away, the boy saw a mysterious shadow. He thought it was a person walking down the street, so he didn’t think much of it. As the shadow got closer, things got darker…

What happens next? Write a paragraph to continue this story. Make your story fun and interesting!

February is here (or at least it will be on Wednesday)!

Thursday, February 2nd is Groundhog Day! Will he see his shadow or not? If he does, we all know that means six more weeks of winter.

In language, we continue to study and write narratives that have all the elements of an interesting story. We are working to add details and depth to our writing to capture our audience's attention.

In math, we have measured perimeters and are determining the area of a variety of shapes, using appropriate units of measurement. Our next math focus will be looking at patterning.

What's happening this week:
Monday, Jan. 30th:
                 P.D. Day for all students

Tuesday, Jan.31st:
Puzzle Day
We encourage students to bring a puzzle to school where they will be given a chance to "unplug from technology" and play together to create and complete a puzzle!

Thursday, Feb. 2nd:
National Sweater Day
It's a day to turn your thermostat down a degree or two, and wear a warm sweater. Students will be invited to wear a snuggly sweater to school that day. We also invite families to take a picture of their family wearing sweaters - and then send us the picture - either electronically to or printed.

Next Week:

Monday, Feb. 6th: Swim to Survive - Mrs. Isaac's class will be attending their first Swim to Survive lesson at the Richcraft Community Center. These classes are taught by professional lifeguards and teach your children what to do to survive situations where they may fall into water. Please have your child pack his/her swimsuit, a towel and a plastic bag to carry his/her wet clothes in.

Thursday, Feb. 9th: News Show at 1 p.m.

Math: 1. What is the area of the shape shown below?
Hint: Your answer must be in square units.

2. What is the perimeter of the shape below?
Hint: Your answer must be in cm and you need to determine the length of some of the sides yourself.

Language: Imagine you have found a map in the school playground. Write an adventure story about where the map takes you. Remember to include creative details and always double check your spelling and punctuation.

January 23 - 27

It's the 4th week of January and it a terrible month for the flu. Students have been getting sick all month and often spread it around at school. It's always important to recognize flu symptoms, such as: high fever, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, head and body aches, chills, fatigue, nausea and vomiting. If your child has more than two of these symptoms, they may have the flu. Health Canada states that the best way to treat the flu is with plenty of bed rest, drinking lots of clear liquids like broth and sports drinks (to replenish electrolytes), and using a humidifier to ease breathing. Additionally, children strength medicine can give temporary relief and ease fever and pain. Though it should be noted that over-the-counter medicine can only ease symptoms that that children should rest completely to rid themselves of the flu. 

To prevent the spreading of flu germs at school, students need to: sneeze into their sleeves and not into the open air, dispose of used tissues immediately, and wash their hands or use hand sanitizer often. It is also wise to advise your children to refrain from sharing clothing and personal items.

With the weather causing melting and freezing, many students are coming in from recess with cold, wet feet and hands. Bringing extra pairs of dry socks and mittens may help this matter. 

This week in school we are continuing with Linear Measurements in Math.  We will focus on measuring things in centimetres, metres and kilometres. We will then continue on to find the Perimeter and Area of different shapes. 

In Language Arts we are beginning to analyze Narrative Texts and their features as well as continuing with Descriptive writing.

In Religion we continue with the story of Jesus' ministry.  This week is the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary time and the Gospel tells how Jesus recruited the disciples, His apostles.



Monday - , Mr. Graitson's class has their final Swim to Survive class.  
Wednesday - bring your favourite book in to share with the class to celebrate Literacy Week!
Friday - dress up as your favourtie book character!

A reminder that Monday, January 30th is a PD day for St. Gabriel's school.


Math: Ask your parent for a ruler or measuring tape (IKEA has free paper measuring tapes). Measure these items from around your house using the MOST appropriate unit of measure:

1) the height of your refrigerator
2) the length of your bed
3) the width of your television (the main television that you use)
4) a parent's shoe size
5) the height of the front door

Language: Using the Shape Go map, complete the rest of this story. Be sure to use full sentences and to make the story interesting.

"One day Steve and Lisa were walking home from school when suddenly they heard a loud noise from behind a bush. When they went over to investigate, they found . . . ".