Mrs. Cummings' Homepage

Mrs. Cummings' Homepage

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Welcome to Grade 3!

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, Mrs. Cummings, Mr. Ho, Mrs. Issac, Mrs. King and Mme Vida will be your Grade 3 team and we are looking forward to an exciting year! We will also be joined by Ms. Dunn who joins us as a teacher candidate from the University of Ottawa.

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  The homework is posted each Monday and the students have until the following Monday 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 hand written responses to his/her teacher on Mondays.

This process may be new to most 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!  I am Mme Vida, the grade 3 French teacher for all Grade 3 students except for those in Mrs. Isaac's class.  I look forward to getting to know your children and sharing my excitement about the French language.  I 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.  On my website, you will find more general information about the grade program and numerous links.  The link to my website is on this blog along with other important links and homework.  Should you need to contact me, please send me an email to, write a note in your child's agenda or leave a message for me at the school. Looking forward to a wonderful year in Grade 3!

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

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Our Last Week!

Happy summer and welcome to the very last week of school!  We still have plenty of exciting events planned for the week!

What's Happening This Week?

Monday:  "Play" Day hosted by Grade 6 students-please bring a Loonie to donate the Save the Children
Tuesday:  MASS at 11:30 am in the gym followed by the NEWS SHOW at 2 pm in the gym
Thursday:  Reports go home

Just a reminder that sunscreen, hats and water bottles are great items to have on hand as we spend time enjoying the last sunny days of school outside.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support this year.  It's been a honour to teach your child, and we wish you all the very best for a relaxing summer!  See you in September!

Your Grade 3 Team,

Mrs. Cummings, Mr. Ho, Mrs. King and Mrs. Roussy

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The End is in Sight!


Greetings everyone and Happy World Cup! As we are counting down to the end of school, we are still have lots of events and activities here at St. Gabriel to look forward to. Students may notice painted foot prints on the sidewalk in front of the school. St. Gabriel school, in cooperation with the city of Ottawa, encourage all students to stay active and try walking or running more.
The Learning Commons will officially be closed on Tuesday, so please return all borrowed library books ASAP.
Students will be participating in Pioneer Day on Wednesday.  Refer to the letter that was sent home last week for more information.  Be sure students dress in pioneer fashion, pack their regular lunch, a water bottle and sunscreen.  Any parent volunteers should arrive at school by 8:30 AM and go to Mrs. Cummings room to find out where they will be helping. On Thursday, the Goulbourn Museum will be at school to present more on the pioneers and display some artifacts.
We would also like to remind students to please bring in any spare magazines for our end of year craft.

This Week:

Monday - There is a bike safety presentation for all students in Grade 3 to Grade 6 (as well as Mr. Ho's Grade 2's).
The St. Gabriel BBQ will begin at 5:00PM, it is $5 admission and there will be lots of fun and games for the whole family.

Wednesday - The Grade 3's will all participate in our special Pioneer Day. Please dress up in your pioneer fashion and parents please arrive at school by 8:30AM.

Thursday - The Goulbourn Museum will have a special pioneer presentation at school.


We have had a very eventful year. Whether it was our trip to the NAC to see the Nutcracker Prince, our field trips to Beaver Pond, our Swim to Survive Lessons, or any of our amazing News Shows, everyone has their own special memories.
Please write down your top five favourite memories from this school year. Be sure to describe why they were your favourite memories.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

     Week of 
 June 9th-16th

This Week:

Monday:  Healthy Living Day

The students will be experiencing many activities that revolve around healthy living.  Our community nurse, Shari Kneen, will be presenting to the children 1st block around substance use and abuse.

The students will also learn about sun safety and nutrition facts about sugar!  Last, the children will take a walk around the Beaver Pond to get some fresh air and exercise. We will be taking pedometers with us to measure our steps and link to our measurement curriculum.

**Please ensure that your child returns his/her permission form to walk around the Beaver Pond on Monday.**

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!

Please keep checking the blog for events and reminders-thanks so much!

Monday, June 2, 2014

June 2014!

"Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June" - Al Bernstein

Summer is around the corner! Now that the hot weather has finally arrived, we are doing our best to keep cool in the classroom and protected outside at recess.  Please make sure that your child has a water bottle as well as a hat and sunscreen to wear outside.  
June can be a very busy and exciting month.  We will be wrapping up our topics/expectations from the second term and enjoying many presentations and end of year activities.  This week will actually be our last week for homework, yet keep checking the blog to keep up to date with all our activities!  Also please feel free to continue with RAZ, Dreambox and other math games that they enjoy to play. Keep those skills sharp:)

This week's events

June 4th: 
-2014 Heroes Tour is coming to St. Gabriel's.  An Olympian will be at school Wednesday morning to talk to our students!  
-Engineers from the University of Ottawa will be visiting each class and doing some hands on learning about structures.
June 5th:
-Mr. Ho's Grade 2's will be going to the Museum of Nature.
June 6th:
-PD day. No school for students today!


Write a paragraph on the following

How did you feel about EQAO? What did you like or not like? What did you find easy and difficult? What level do you think you received on each section? 

Upcoming Events

June 12th: Biking & Walking Safety workshop
June 14th: Sidewalk painting at St. Gabriel

Sunday, May 25, 2014

EQAO testing and More!

Another busy week has passed! Students in Grade 3 are well prepared to begin EQAO testing and we are looking forward to them showing their best work to the EQAO assessors.  Good luck! It's time to put your thinking caps on and get ready for EQAO testing!


Testing will take place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday first (9:00-10:40 am) and second (11:25-1:05 pm) blocks. It is critical for your child to be in attendance, promptly, each day.  Late arrivals to school as well as going to and coming back from appointments, will interrupt other students who have already started to write. Arriving to school well rested and with a tummy full of nutritious breakfast treats will ensure that your child will do his or her very best.  

Please keep in mind that EQAO tests knowledge and skills accumulated from Grades 1-3 and test scores will be sent to your home in the near future. For further information, please do not hesitate to review the EQAO website.

Due to the nature of the week, we will not have official homework tasks due this week.  We encourage your child to continue to read nightly, share their reading with you and to visit the Math links available on this blog.

What's Happening at St. Gabriel?

Monday-EQAO testing
Tuesday-EQAO testing
Wednesday-EQAO testing, Freezie Day
Thursday-make up day for EQAO testing
Friday-News Show at 11:30 am in the gym

As always, we thank you for your continued support at home.  The partnership between home, school and parish is a critical one and ensures success for your child!

Yours in Catholic education,

The Grade 3 Team

Monday, May 19, 2014

Our Last Week Before EQAO

I hope everyone has had a restful Victoria Day Weekend. It looks like all those April showers have brought out the May flowers and the tulips that the students had planted last year are in full bloom in the front of St. Gabriel. As the weather is getting warmer and the sun is shining brighter, we would like to remind students and parents to dress properly for the weather. While students are allowed to wear skirts, shorts and t-shirts, please be sure to follow our schools dress code, which prohibits short-shorts and spaghetti strap shirts. It is also a good idea to send your children to school with some sunscreen as well. They should always apply it to exposed skin 20 minutes before going out, so before nutrition break is the ideal time.

Last Friday we had an unexpected guest in our schoolyard prior to the school day start. Fortunately, our young friend was properly isolated and returned to the woods to be with his family. We thank all the parents and students for BEARing with us during this situation.

As a way to raise money for an upcoming trip and the Grade 6 leaving ceremony, the Grade Sixes
at St. Gabriel school will be running a Freezie Fundraiser for the next 5 weeks. “Jumbo”
Freezies will be sold to gr.3-6 classes for $1 each and “Small”-sized Freezies will be sold
to Kindergarten and Gr 1-2 classes for $0.25. Grade 6 students will sell the freezies at the
beginning of 2nd Nutrition Break on the following days:

• Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
• Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
• Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
• Wednesday, June 11th, 2014
• Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Students will be given time to both eat their lunch and their freezies, with time to finish them
outside at recess.
Those interested are asked to bring in your change on the specified days. Money will be
collected at that time.

This Friday will also be St. Gabriel's Track and Field day, so students are encouraged to wear proper sporting clothes and to bring water bottles to stay hydrated.

With EQAO coming up next week, we will be focusing on math, reading, and writing skill reviews. Please remind your children to go through and practice their EQAO math review sheet nightly to familiarize themselves with key terms and ideas.


French homework:
Mme Vida's grade 2 students will continue to discuss family traditions and students are continuing to present their projects in class.  Grade 3 students are working on writing about "Ma Famille de Pionniers" in class and will soon begin literacy centres on this topic.  The new reading practice for this week has been posted which students should be practicing every night.  

1. An increasing pattern is shown. What are the next four terms in the pattern?

1, 14, 27, 40, 53, __, __, __, __

2. What is the missing number in this equation:

30 - 4 = 20 + ?

3. Ethan saves 9 quarters. He wants to buy a book that costs $5.50. How many more quarters will Ethan need to save to buy the book?
Show your work.

Write a persuasive letter to a newspaper explaining why everyone should be responsible for
keeping their community clean. Be sure to offer at least 3 ideas to support your opinion.
*Remember to check over your work for spelling, grammar and punctuation.