Sunday, 17 March 2019

News for Week of March 18 - 22


We hope everyone had a safe, restful, and fun March Break!

Wacky Weather!
Although Spring begins on Wednesday, the winter weather is set to continue for at least another week and with it, a very wet, snowy, icy schoolyard. Please ensure that your child comes to school this week with snowpants, warm boots, a hat, and mittens. The warmer temperatures around the corner will mean that the schoolyard will become very wet soon. Please help us keep our students, school, and classrooms dry and clean by reminding your child to wear appropriate outerwear such as snowpants or splashpants. Extra gloves or mittens, socks, and even a change of pants are helpful. Thank you for your support.

No online homework this week. We will resume next week.

Curriculum Update:

We are finishing up our unit on patterning. We will explore growing and shrinking patterns, as well as number patterns.

In Reading, we continue to work on retelling stories using the Shape Go! Map. We will also practise making connections to help us better understand what we read. We will also learn how to answer reading comprehension questions in writing using full sentences, details, and proof from the text. In Writing, we will learn how to apply what we have learned about the features of fictional narratives to write our own stories. 


We continue to learn about matter, specifically solids and liquids. The children love the hands-on experiences.

Sunday, 3 March 2019

News for Week of March 4th - 8th

Wednesday, March 6th- Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. During Lent, we will learn about what it means to sacrifice things we really enjoy to better understand how hard it was for Jesus before he died for us. We will focus on the three pillars of Lent: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving (giving to those in need).

* No online homework will be assigned this week *

Monday, March 4 - Dental screening for Mrs. Maidment's students
Tuesday, March 5 - Dental screening for Mrs. Jackson's Grade 2 students

March Break - Reminder that there is no school March 11 - 15

Curriculum Update

In Math, we continue to work on identifying, extending, and creating patterns with two changing atttributes (e.g., shape, size, colour, number, direction). We will begin to explore growing and shrinking number patterns.

In Language, we continue to study the features of fictional narratives and we are practising retelling stories using the Shape Go! Map. We will continue our discussions about character traits. We have also been working on contractions and homonyms.

In Science, we continue to learn about matter, specifically the properties of solids and liquids.

Sunday March 10th - Don't forget to move your clocks ahead one hour. 

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Week of February 25 - March 1st

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Last week of February already! It looks like March might come in like a lion so let's hope for a lamb at the end of it!

Students should be sure to dress appropriately for the unpredictable, wet weather. Extra mittens, socks, and even pants are highly recommended. 

Your Help Please
If your child will be leaving early for March Break activities, please send us a note in advance. This will help us plan our lessons accordingly. Thank you.

Curriculum Updates
We are working on the reading comprehension strategy of "Making Connections" to the texts we read to better help us understand the text. We can connect to personal experiences, the feelings of a particular character, the setting of a book, a challenge presented in the story, etc. We are learning the features (elements) of fictional narratives (stories) (e.g., beginning, middle, ending, setting, characters, problem, main events, solution) and we will practise retelling narratives using the Shape Go! Map. Also, we will brainstorm character traits (e.g., determined, brave, lazy, kind-hearted, etc) and learn to describe the specific traits of characters from books and be able to find proof in the text as support.

We will soon begin our unit on Patterning - describing, extending, and creating patterns using two changing attributes. We will explore time and temperature over the next few weeks as well. Please take every opportunity to talk to your child about time, time benchmarks (e.g. 1min=60 seconds, 1 hour=60 minutes, 1 day=24 hours, 1 week=7 days, etc) and temperature, temperature benchmarks (e.g., 0C water freezes, 21C room temp, 37C body temp, 100C water boils) and discuss the types of clothing and activities you might do at various temperatures (e.g., -10C wear a snowsuit and skate on the canal, 20C have an outdoor picnic at the park in your shorts and T-shirt, etc). If your child has a wrist watch, encourage them to wear it and learn to reference times throughout the day that are important to them.

Here is a little poem to recite and learn:

30 degrees is hot.
20 degrees is pleasing.
10 degrees is cool.
0 degrees is freezing.

We are starting to look at the properties of solids and liquids in our Matter and Materials Science Unit because... matter...matters!!!

Monday, 18 February 2019

Week of February 19-22

Monday was Family Day and we hope that everyone enjoyed time with those who matter most. Hopefully you were also able to enjoy time outdoors in the sunshine and bearable temperatures after weeks of cold and stormy weather. 

Curriculum updates:  We have begun our unit on Data Management in Math. We will learn how to gather and organize data in tally charts, pictographs, and bar graphs, as well as how to read and analyze data. In Science, we will begin to explore Properties of Liquids and Solids. In Language, we are making connections and visualizing when reading. In Writing, we are beginning to look at the features of fiction texts, in particular fictional narratives (e.g., a "make-believe story"). You can help your child at home when he/she reads a fiction book by asking him/her to retell it to you - Who are the characters? What is the setting (where and when the story takes place)? What is the problem? What are the 4-5 main events in the story? What is the solution (How is the problem solved)?

Just a reminder- Your child's report card was sent home on Thursday, February 14th. Please return your child's report card envelope and the slip signed as soon as possible. Thank you in advance. If you wish to discuss your child's progress or the report card with your child's teacher, please check the box on the report card slip, "I would like to discuss this report card. Please contact me." 

Sunday, 10 February 2019

February 11-17th

News Week of February 11th to 17th

This Week:

We are continuing our Sorting and Data Management unit in Math and will be moving on to 3D Geometry afterwards. We are also wrapping up our Animal Unit in Science and will soon be studying Properties of Liquids and Solids in our Matter and Materials Science Unit. In Writing, we continue to work on descriptive writing using adjectives and complex sentences. We will be introducing the features of narrative (story) texts shortly (beginning, middle, ending, problem, characters, events, setting, solution, etc) as well as the reading comprehension strategies of "visualizing" and "making connections". We will also continue our discussion of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, with Bible readings and discussions of God's love and forgiveness through the Parable of the Lost Sheep and the Story of Zacchaeus. Congratulations to those students who have already made this blessed Sacrament in their parish.

Thanks to everyone who participated in "National Sweater Day" and "100's Day" celebrations last week! It was a fun day!

Thurs., Feb. 14 - Valentine's Day - Your child is welcome to bring in Valentine cards to hand out if he/she wishes. Your child should include everyone in the class if bringing in cards. Just a reminder to send in only non-food items (e.g., cards) due to food allergies. Thank you.

Thurs., Feb. 14- Report Cards Go home - We look forward to your child sharing his/her successes and learning goals with you.

Fri., Feb. 15 - P.D. Day    No school for students

Monday, 4 February 2019

Week of February 4 - 8

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Saturday, February 2nd was Groundhog Day! While Nova Scotia's famous groundhog, Shubenacadie Sam, saw its shadow and so heralded six more weeks of winter, Ontario's own Wiarton Willie predicted we will see an early spring. After an extremely cold January and a string of inclement weather days, we certainly hope that Willie is the one to believe!

Kindness Month
February is kindness month. It is a time when we stop and think about how we treat others on a regular basis. Are we kind? Are we forgiving? Do we do things for others without being asked or looking for a reward? It is in these acts of kindness that we become closer to Jesus. 

Dates to remember:

Wednesday, Feb 6-Winter Walk to School Day (walking to school has many benefits; it is good for health and the environment)
Friday, Feb 8th- National Sweater Day (Wear a warm wooly sweater and turn down the heat...little changes made by many people can help combat climate change)
Friday, Feb 8th- Hundreds Day- Dress up! Show us what you will look like when you are a hundred! (Your wooly sweater or cardigan will complete the look )

Valentine's Day at School - Thursday, February 14th 
Please note that the Grade 2 teachers will be providing a class list of first names (where the weekly homework is linked) so that children may use them to write their Valentine cards. Participation is always optional, however, if your child decides to bring in Valentine cards to hand out, we do ask that he/she includes everyone in the class. Also, a reminder to send in only non-food items (e.g., cards) due to food allergies. Thank you.

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Week of January 28 - February 1

Curriculum updates:
Math:          Finish up linear measurement, perimeter, area; 
                   Begin sorting unit
Language:  Descriptive, detailed writing using adjectives
Religion:     Reconciliation preparation
Science:     Animal Research Project

World Read Aloud Day 
Celebrate on February 1st this year. Check out this site sponsored by Scholastic for more details

Why World Read Aloud Day?

We think everyone in the world should get to read and write. Every year, on World Read Aloud Day, people all around the globe read aloud together and share stories to advocate for literacy as a human right that belongs to all people. 

Learning Skills Focus:

We will be asking the students to reflect on these 2 learning skills over the next couple of weeks and to identify their strengths and next steps based on the criteria below:

- I follow routines and instructions
- I know how to do things in the right order
- I start my work right away and stay on task
- I get information from different places (classmates, teacher, books, online)

Independent Work:
- I make a plan to help me complete my work
- I use my time wisely
- I follow instructions the first time without help
- I use feedback to improve my work

Sunday, 20 January 2019

News for Week of January 21 - 25

Grade 2 Homework - Sacramental Preparation
This week, the Grade 2 Students began their discussions centered around the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Every Grade 2 student has been given a Reconciliation workbook as part of our Religious Education curriculum. The initial lessons focus on the Sacrament of Baptism and how each family shares in their faith journey at home. Your child’s homework is to complete pages one and two of the booklet, which was sent home with your child on Friday. Your child will require your help to complete the first page. Both pages were explained in class. For those students who are not baptized or who practise another faith denomination, we would ask that parents discuss their own faith or cultural traditions and reflect on those in order to complete pages one and two of the Reconciliation booklet. Although not all students will be receiving their sacraments this year, all students are invited to support their classmates in their preparation for Reconciliation and First Eucharist. Please return the booklets to school by Tuesday, January 22nd as we will be working in them this week. Thanks in advance for your support.

Family Literacy Day: January 27

Family Literacy Day® is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and held annually on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.

Please check out the family resources/activities posted on this site

Family Literacy Day Activity Ideas:

What do you mean?: Write a sentence about something you want to tell your mom or dad. Cut the words out and tape each word to a building block and mix up the blocks. Can they figure out what you want to say?

Home Restaurant: Spice up mealtime and have kids create a menu by drawing food items or using grocery store flyers – kids can take orders too!

Map it!: Pretend your family is anywhere in the world – on a world map, point to a location. Find out more about that county. What language do they speak, what is the weather, what sports do they play?

Reminder: There is no school on Friday, January 25th as it is a Professional Development Day

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Week of January 14 - 18

Help Please - Calling For Waste-free Lunches this week:

We all recognize that changes need to be made by each one of us to reduce the amount of single use plastics and garbage in our world and to protect our beautiful planet. 
The Green Squad Waste Free Lunch Campaign will be running this week. Please help your child package his/her lunches and snacks in waste-free (litterless) containers or no containers. For example, send yogurt or other snacks in reusable containers or send a fresh apple or banana which requires no packaging. There are many new products on the market to wrap lunch foods and snacks that can be reused indefinitely. Another idea: send in a reusable water bottle as a drink instead of juice containers, which is a healthier choice as a bonus! This is a great reinforcement to our Healthy Eating unit too!

Curriculum Updates:

Over the next couple of weeks ...

  •  in Math, we are focusing on measurement. Children are expected to know how to estimate and measure length, height, and distance, using non-standard units (e.g., paper clips, popsicle sticks, cubes, steps, etc.) and standard units (eg., centimetres, metres). We will be using the following math vocabulary: centimetre, metre, unit of measure, measurement tool, height, length, distance, standard unit, non-standard unit, area, and perimeter.  

  • in Language, we will continue to practise using adjectives and descriptive language and details to describe objects, people, and animals in our exploration of descriptive writing. We will also begin our descriptive animal reports.

  • in Science, we will continue our unit on Growth and Change in Animals. We will be consolidating what we have learned about the six animal groups - mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish, and insects and applying our research skills to investigate an animal of choice. 

  • in Health, we are learning about healthy eating and how eating foods consisting of the important nutrients from the Canada's Four Food Groups can help. 

  • in Visual Arts, we will be exploring different types of line in works of art. The children will also have opportunities to reflect on pieces of artwork as we develop art appreciation. In Music, we are developing music appreciation and learning about beat and rhythm. 

Learning Skills

Our focus for the learning skills is on organization and independent work habits. Each class at St. Gabriel is working on identifying ways in which the students should be independent workers and organized learners at school.

Friday, 4 January 2019

We hope that all of you had a restful, joyous Christmas holiday and that the children are ready to come back to school refreshed and renewed. 

Curriculum Update:

We look forward to the weeks ahead as we complete our animal unit in Science, healthy eating Health lessons, measurement unit in Math, and descriptive writing unit in Language. We know that with the cold weather, the children will be dressed warmly, and we highly recommend sending in extra mittens and socks to keep at school in case of wet clothes.  

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O Come Let Us Adore Him !

January 6th was the Feast of the Epiphany - the day we celebrate the Three Wise Men who followed the star to find the Baby Jesus. We will talk about this special event together at school.


Online homework and Snuggle Book homework begins again this week. Please ensure that your child is doing his/her homework and submitting it on time. We are asking students to be diligent about borrowing and reading their Snuggle Books regularly. Reading nightly is an excellent way to practice skills and to spend time together. 

Sunday, 16 December 2018

News Week of December 17-21

As we prepare our hearts for the birth of Christ and for the second coming of the Lord, we light three candles, including a special one of a different color. Lighting the lighter-colored pink candle this week is a symbol of JOY. It's a sign that what was dark is getting brighter, and joy is on its way as the birth of Jesus is coming. We can hardly wait to rejoice and sing at Christmas! It's the time to fill our hearts with love for family and friends, and to think of others as we await the birth of Christ. It's time to be joyful for what we have!

Help Please: Christmas Craft Afternoon Wed., Dec. 19th
Mrs. Jackson's class and Mrs. Maidment's class will be Christmas crafting this Wednesday afternoon beginning at 12:45 p.m. We welcome any parent volunteers who are interested in participating in the festive cheer and helping out. All parents are welcome!

Special dates to remember this week:
Monday, Dec. 17th- Advent liturgy 9:20 a.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 19th - Earl of March band @9:15 a.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 19th - Craft Day @12:45 p.m. Mrs. Maidment's and Mrs. Jackson's classes
Thursday, Dec. 20th- School Movie a.m. and wear your Pyjamas Day (bring a small stuffy); Christmas sing-a-long @ 1:20 
Friday, Dec. 21st- last school day of 2018

Wishing all of our students and their families a joyful Christmas and a safe holiday. Blessings and best wishes in 2019!

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Week of December 10th to 14th

There will not be regular online homework for the rest of December. We would like the students to continue their Snuggle Up and Read reading homework and log on to RAZ routinely throughout the month of December to practice their reading skills.

Please continue to visit the blog for updates or announcements as we will continue to post what's going on at school.

Christmas Hampers

Each class has been designated non-perishable food items to contribute to a hamper for a family in need from our sister school. The school is collecting items to fill several Christmas food hampers. Please send in your item by Wednesday, December 12th. We are also welcoming a donation of $2 to purchase food gift cards, so the family can purchase a turkey and fresh fruit and vegetables. 

This week:   

Mrs. Jackson's and Mrs. Maidment's classes will gather to pray, sing, and listen to versions of the Christmas Story for the second week of Advent. The children continue to perform acts of kindness to prepare their hearts for the coming of Baby Jesus. 

Sunday, 2 December 2018

News for Week of December 3rd - 9th


Sunday, December 2 marks the first Sunday of Advent. Advent is the season of waiting for the birth of Jesus Christ. Our Grade 2 and 2/3 classes come together weekly to participate in Advent liturgies and to enjoy special activities that bring meaning to this season.

Christmas Hampers:
St. Gabriel will be participating in the Christmas Hamper initiative once again. Each class has been assigned food items to contribute to Christmas hampers which we are preparing for families in need from our adopted school, St. Elizabeth. By assigning classes to specific items, each member of the class will be able to feel a sense of pride when he/she places his/her food items in a basket.  For example, each member of Mrs. Maidment’s class is asked to bring in cans of vegetables and/or cans of fruit. A donation of $2 would also be most appreciated. Money collected will be used towards purchasing grocery store gift card for each family, so the family can purchase a turkey and fresh fruit and vegetables. Please see the letter being sent home for further information.

Online Homework:
This will be our last week of online weekly homework until January 2019.  We appreciate that  this a very busy time for everyone but hope that our grade 2 students will continue to do their Snuggle Up and Read homework regularly and log into RAZ Kids whenever possible. 

SchoolBOX and Snuggle Up and Read Goals:
As part of our Deep Learning social justice initiative, we have made a connection with Canadian grassroots charity SchoolBOX. SchoolBOX is ‘Making Education Possible’ by helping thousands and thousands of kids go to school in Nicaragua by providing the children with school supplies. SchoolBOX also builds safe classrooms and has started small local libraries throughout Nicaragua.

Last Friday, your child brought home a package explaining our involvement with SchoolBOX and our hope to link it to our Snuggle Up and Read Program in Grade 2. As you and your child read your Snuggle Books and record your reading in your log, we ask that you please consider supporting Schoolbox by helping your child set a reasonable reading goal (number of times they read e.g. 25) and collecting pledges for SchoolBOX from family members, close neighbours, and family friends. Every $10 collected empowers a child in Nicaragua to go to school for a year.Any family or friends who wish to support us can donate directly at This way we can keep track of our funding total and tax receipts can be issued for donations.

Our St. Gabriel Snuggle Club Donation page is:

In November, members of the SchoolBOX team from Nicaragua (Ronald and Jasmine), Jon Tam (Executive Director) and a student volunteer, visited our Gr2 and 2/3 children to tell the SchoolBOX story. The students and teachers were truly inspired!

We thank you for taking the time to find out more about and supporting this initiative.

Mrs. Jackson & Mrs. Maidment

For more information about the SchoolBOX organization visit:

Sunday, 25 November 2018

News for Week of November 26 - 30

Double Lunch Day for The Ottawa Mission - Tuesday, Nov. 27         
We are joining together to help The Ottawa Mission by providing lunches for their back-to-work and back-to-school programs for people who are homeless in Ottawa. 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.). Please do not include mayonnaise on the sandwiches and, if possible, avoid pork products. Feel free to include a thoughtful, spiritual message and/or a hand drawn picture that will be collected separately and sent in a separate special container. The lunches will be transported by our generous parent volunteers to The Ottawa Mission shortly after being collected in the morning. Upon their arrival at The Mission, the lunches will be distributed to those without a home in Ottawa. Please see their website for further information

The Mission is also in need of a few additional items:

-winter clothing suitable for adult males (gloves, mittens, hats, scarves, etc)

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Week of November 19 - 23

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week Nov. 18-24

In Ontario this week has been designated as Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week to help promote safe schools and a positive learning environment.

At St. Gabriel we are committed to raising awareness and learning more about what bullying looks like, sounds like, and feels like, its effects on student learning and well-being, and how we can prevent it. 

Bullying is defined as a repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause fear and/or harm to another person's body, feelings, self-esteem, or reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived imbalance of power.

Bullying can take different forms including:

  • Physical - hitting, shoving, pinching, poking, chasing, stealing, or damaging property
  • Verbal - name calling, mocking, teasing, threatening, making negative references to a person 
  • Social - excluding others from a group, spreading rumours about a person, humiliating others with public gestures to put others down 
  • Electronic (commonly known as cyberbullying) - using the internet, cell phones, email, text messaging, or social media to spread rumours or hurtful comments, intimidate, put down, or make fun of someone.
  • You can get more information at Bullying Canada

Curriculum Updates

 Language and Science:                         

These two areas will often be integrated from now until Christmas. As the grade 2 students study the animal groups and research a specific animal, they will explore their reading and writing skills. They will learn how to determine what ideas are important in a text and how to share these ideas in their own words. These are very important skills for sure! They will learn about descriptive information reports (non-fiction report writing) and the features of this writing form. 

The children have done a lot of work exploring a variety of addition and subtraction strategies for numbers to 18. We will continue to focus on fact families this week. 

Important Dates:

Friday, Nov. 23 - News Show 

Friday, Nov. 23 - St. Gabriel Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week Spirit Day: Dress in flowers/plants for Flower Power Day 

Tuesday, Nov. 27 - Double Lunch Day for The Ottawa Mission