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Happy Spring!

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Welcome back from March Break!  We hope that you had a fun and restful vacation. 

We are doing a lot of finishing up this week.  In Math, we are completing our multiplication/division unit and are moving on to fractions. The children will be learning about parts of a whole mostly in picture format and in words. They will colour 3 out of 4 squares or identify how many shapes out of how many are blue, for example. The number representation of fractions (i.e. 1/4) will be introduced. 

In language, we will begin writing persuasive letters and exploring how best to convince someone to think the way we do!  

We continue to share in Lenten prayers and readings, looking forward to Easter. 

In Science, we are finishing up our unit on forces and how motion is created through the various forces (muscular, direct, indirect, magnetic, etc.). We will begin our study of plants over the next few weeks!

Important information for this week:

Monday March 20, 2017 - Math Club (after school for those who signed up)

Homework this week!

Language:  Here's a review of both descriptive and recount writing. Write a detailed paragraph about the best thing you did during March Break. Why was it so fun?  What did it feel like and look like and sound like?  Who were you with?  Where was it?  Make your reader feel as though he or she can see it with you!

Math:  Here is a EQAO like problem to solve.  Mrs. Smith had books to sort in her classroom.  She had 3 bins of books. In bin 1, she had 32 books.  In bin 2, she had 45 books.  In bin 3, she had 26 books.  When she spilled out the books she decided to make piles of 10.  How many piles of 10 could she make?  Ensure that you explain how you solved this.

The first week of March has gone by in a blink of an eye. As time seems to quickly pass us by, it is important that we always take a moment to pause and to truly appreciate everything and everyone around us. We share a beautiful world together, and we are all truly lucky to know one another and to be able to create wonderful memories with each other. All the good that we do together, for each other, and for others in need is a true reflection of our dedication and belief in our Gospel Values. We are all part of God's community. 

Last week, a letter was sent home to parents about the upcoming "Fully Alive" unit of our Family Life studies. If there are any concerns, please email your child's teacher.

This Week:

* Monday - A Reminder for those who signed up for Math Club; it begins today after school.
Tuesday is the Grade 5s Used Book Sale.  All proceeds will go the CHEO Clowns to aid putting a smile on a sick child's face. Other events:  A Mystery Box - tickets $1.00 and "Tape a Teacher to the Wall" - tickets $0.50
* Sunday, March 12th: Daylight Savings time begins.
* Reminder: The week of March 13-19 is March Break. We look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Monday March 22nd! Have a wonderful holiday!

In Language, we continue to work on our reading comprehension and narrative writing. We have been learning different strategies to aid us when responding to questions based on a text. Comprehension is being able to reflect and understand the deeper meanings in a story and being able to answer questions about that content without the "answer" being directly written in the text. It is the ability to infer, and to respond to a question using support from the text to prove/support your answer.

In Math, we have started working on multiplication with skip counting.  Using a variety of strategies, we are learning to multiply numbers and to solve word problems that may involve more than one step.  Once again, in Grade 3, we must be able to multiply to 7 x 7 fluently.  Practising at home is part of this process and can quickly improve multiplication skills. Try flash cards! This skill will benefit with the concept of division. 


Math: Lucas has 3 bags with 7 jelly beans in each bag. Cassidy has 5 bags with 4 jelly beans in each bag. 

1) How many jelly beans does Lucas have?

a) 20                   b) 21                  c) 10                     d) 1

2) How many jelly beans does Cassidy have?

a) 20                   b) 21                  c) 1                     d) 10

3) How many more jelly beans does Lucas have than Cassidy?

a) 20                   b) 21                 c) 10                     d) 1

Language: You woke up one morning and saw a DINOSAUR in your living room. Write a story that expands on this idea. Here are some questions that might help you get started: Where did the dinosaur come from? What is it doing in your house? What did you do when you saw it? What does the dinosaur want? 

Remember to organize your ideas in a manner that makes sense, and to always use proper punctuation and spelling. 

The Fourth Week of February

Let's hope this is true for our March weather!
The weather has been very unpredictable as we leave February behind and move into March! Make sure to wear water proof footwear and bring extra socks.

Thank you for your generous donations to the Soles for Souls initiative put on by the kindergarten team. St. Gabriel has donated 655 pairs of shoes so far! 

There will be a Used Book Sale happening on March 7th to help raise money for Cheo. Please bring in gently used books before that date, that will in turn, be sold at the book sale. All the money collected will help our Cheo Clown put smiles on sick kids' faces!

It was great to see so many of you at the Lone Star Restaurant fundraiser last Tuesday night! The place was packed with familiar faces and it was fun to see students and families enjoying great food and visiting with each other.

A letter will be going home to parents this week about the upcoming "Fully Alive" unit of our Family Life studies. Please read over and send your signed letter back to your teacher this week. Take a look at this website for more detailed information on this topic.

This Week:

In Language, we are working on comprehension by reflecting on the deeper meanings in a story and answering questions about the content of what we are reading. Some of us are also continuing our unit on narrative writing and writing our very own fiction stories!

In Math, we are finishing up our unit on Patterning and will be beginning to learn different multiplication strategies, including groups, arrays, repeated addition and skip counting. In grade 3, we must be able to multiply to 7x7 fluently. Practising at home is fun and quickly improves multiplication skills. This is also very beneficial for the related concept of division.

Important Notes:
*Please remember to sign and return report card slips and the French form indicating request for extended or immersion placement for next year.
*Math Club has been postponed until next week and will begin on Monday, March 6th.

This week:

Monday: Last Swim to Survive for Mrs. Isaac's class. Remember to bring your swim gear!
Wednesday: Ash Wednesday Service in the gym.
Friday: Movie Night-Students will be watching The Lego Movie which will begin at 6:00 pm.


Math: Grace has 4 treat bags with 6 jelly beans in each bag.

a) Show how many jellybeans Grace has altogether by creating an array. Not sure what an array is? Click this link to learn or review this concept: Arrays

b) Create an addition sentence about this question:
_____ + _____ + _____ + _____ = _____

c) Create a multiplication sentence:

Language: Read your favourite fiction story at home. Think about the following as you read the book and answer the following questions:
1. Where and when does the story take place (setting)? Who is in the story (characters)? What is going on (problem)?
2. What are the main events and problem (middle)?
3. How does the problem get solved (end)?

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.