Tuesday, 19 June 2018


Week of June 18th - 22nd, 2018


We will be working on our Student Portfolios. We will be decorating pizza boxes with a collage of pictures that represent the students interests and talents. If possible, please send in old magazines, flyers and catalogues for our project. Alternatively, parents are invited to help your child find some pictures on-line that they can print and bring in to school.

Some of our grade 2 classrooms are busy planning a "Favourites Day" on  Thursday, June 21st or 
Friday, June 22nd by surveying their classmates for their favourite school activities. Please check your child's agenda for additional details.

As the weather is warm, and we hope to enjoy some outdoor activities, please be sure to send a reusable water bottle to school so that your child can stay well hydrated. Sun hats and sunscreen are also recommended. 

Upcoming Important Dates:

Sunday, June 17th:          Father's Day and Kid's Run for Nature

Wednesday, June 20th:   Year End Mass @ 1:00pm

Thursday, June 21st       Favourite's Day
or Friday, June 22nd

Monday, June 25th:         Final News Show

Thursday, June 28th:       Last day of school for students 

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Sunday, 10 June 2018

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Week of June 11th - 15th, 2018

It is so hard to believe that there are only 14 more days of school left! We are making the most of those 14 days. Children are busy planning a "Favourites Day" for June 21st by surveying their classmates for their favourite school activities. 

Last week was our last opportunity to exchange library books. All books should be returned to school this week, please. Over the course of the next 2 weeks, there will be many things sent home in the mailbags, so please check it daily and keep any finished work that is sent home.


 As the weather is warm, and we hope to enjoy some outdoor activities, please be sure to send a reusable water bottle to school so that your child can stay well hydrated. Sun hats and sunscreen are also recommended. 

Kids' Run for Nature

Looking for a way to protect nature, save animals, and get some fun family exercise and time in the Great Outdoors? Please join us at the World Wildlife Federation "Kids Run for Nature" Ottawa event (Organized in part by St. Gabriel) on the morning of Sunday, June 17th.    Fun for the whole family!

Please register here - WWF Kids Run for Nature 


Upcoming Important Dates:

Thursday, June 14th:      St. Gabriel BBQ  5:30pm-8:30pm

Friday, June 15th:           Jump Rope for Heart 

Sunday, June 17th:          Father's Day and Kid's Run for Nature

Wednesday, June 20th:   Year End Mass @ 1:00pm

Thursday, June 21st:       Favourite's Day

Monday, June 25th:         Final News Show

Thursday, June 28th:       Last day of school for students 

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Sunday, 3 June 2018


   Week of June 4th - 11th 

With June comes warmer weather. Students are encouraged to bring hats and water bottles to fill-up and stay hydrated throughout the day!



Learning Update:

Last week all Grade 2 students participated in a Metis Dot art workshop with OCSB Arts Consultant Kristen Charles and Daphane Sandre. They learned about The Seven Grandfather Teachings, the symbolism of the Medicine Wheel, and Spirit Animals. Please watch for their beautiful artwork that will be sent home soon.

We also enjoyed a pencil crayon drawing and colouring workshop  with Amie Talbot. As part of our deep learning inquiry, the students drew a detailed picture of their adopted endangered animal. 


Later in the week, all grade two students participated in a Road Safety presentation.  Please ask your child to tell you the 5 things that we reviewed about crossing the street safely.


This  Week:

Language: We continue to study the parts of a narrative (story) and we are reading lots of wonderful stories. The students will review the Shape Go Map as a plan for retelling stories and to help them fully understand the parts of a narrative (beginning, middle, ending, character, setting, problem, events, solution). In the near future, the students will be working on writing their own narratives!

Please continue to read at home with your child on a regular basis, and access Raz Kids if you require level-appropriate texts. The discussion that you engage in after reading, while you ask your child to retell the important elements and events in the story (characters, setting, problem, events in order and solution) should be the focus.



Math: We will be finishing up our unit on Data Management this week. We are learning about gathering, displaying and analyzing data. We will conduct surveys and graph our findings as we prepare for an end-of-the-year "Favourites Day". Stay tuned for more information. We will be starting our next Math unit on measurement very soon.


Science: We are currently exploring Simple Machines (inclined plane, lever, screw, wedge, and wheel and axle) and we are looking forward to out hands-on learning this week with Scientists in the Schools sessions and Scientist Donna. We are excited to continue our learning!  Many thanks to all of the parent volunteers who will be supporting us on these days!   


Please consult the note that went home for the specific times for volunteers to arrive.  The Scientists need some time to show you how to run the activities.


Kids' Run for Nature

Looking for a way to protect nature, save animals, and get some fun family exercise and time
in the Great Outdoors? Please join us at the World Wildlife Federation "Kids Run for Nature" 
Ottawa event (Organized in part by St. Gabriel) on the morning of Sunday, June 17th.  
Fun for the whole family!
Please consider registering below.



WWF Kids Run for Nature







Monday, 28 May 2018




               Week of May 28-June 3rd

We hope that you all enjoyed the long weekend!  We have a lot going on this week.  We continue to encourage the children to read books daily, to practice their word wall words, and to go on RAZ reading whenever possible to keep their skills sharp. Please check the blog weekly for news of activities and special events going on at school.

Monday, May 28th:  Grade 2's are participating in a Metis Dot Art Workshop with OCSB Arts Consultant, Kirsten Charles, and OCSB Indigenous Consultant, Daphne Sandre. They will be learning about The Seven Grandfather Teachings, the symbolism of the Medicine Wheel, and Spirit Animals.

Tuesday, May 29th- Thursday, May 31st: The Grade twos are scheduled to participate in a drawing and pencil colour workshop with local artist Amie Talbot. Each class will draw and colour their adopted Canadian Wildlife Federation animal as an extension of our Deep Learning Inquiry.

Wednesday, May 30- Thursday, May 31st- Safety Presentation (Road and Bicycle Safety)

Monday, May 4th-May 5thThe Grade 2's are excited to welcome Scientists in Schools who will lead interactive workshops on Simples Machines.  The hands on experiences allow the children to learn and understand how simple machines work at their level.  The children really enjoy these informative workshops.  Thank you to the parents who volunteered to assist.  Please consult the note that went home for the specific times for volunteers to arrive.  The Scientists need some time to show you how to run the activities.

Kids Run for Nature!!!

Looking for a way to protect nature, save animals, and get some fun family exercise and time in the Great Outdoors? Please join us at the World Wildlife Federation "Kids Run for Nature" Ottawa event (Organized in part by St. Gabriel) on the morning of Sunday, June 17th. 
Fun for the whole family!

Please register below.
WWF Kids Run for Nature

As always, please check the weather each day so that the children are dressed appropriately for the changing weather and are comfortable outside.  Thanks so much!

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Week of May 15 to 20

There will not be any more online homework for the children. We do encourage the children to continue to read books daily and to go on RAZ at least 3 times during the week. We will continue to post updates and news weekly so please keep checking the blog weekly.  

Curriculum updates:  

In Math, students are beginning Data Management (Graphing and Tallying) shortly. Skills they are learning include: reading a pictograph & bar graph, conducting a simple survey, and creating a graph.

In Science, we will be exploring Simple Machines (inclined plane, lever, screw, wedge, and wheel and axle). 

In Language, we are beginning to study the parts of a narrative (story) and are reading lots of great stories. the children will review the Shape Go Map as a plan for retelling stories and to better understand the parts of a narrative (beginning, middle, ending, characters, setting, problem, events, solution). The children will eventually write their own narratives.


Deep Learning Inquiry

Our students have "adopted" the following Canadian animals at risk:  spotted owl, little brown bat, and the orca. Each class has completed an inquiry about their adopted animal and have created displays to help educate the rest of the school as to why these animals are at risk or endangered. The next step in our Deep Learning Inquiry is to find ways to act to help care for God's Creation. Please ask your child if they have an idea for some small action they can do to help protect God's Creation.


Outdoor Classroom Day - May 17th

Grade 2 students will be participating in Outdoor Classroom day on May 18th. Fun outdoor learning activities will be planned for this day. Please don't forget to ask your child all about their outdoor adventures!

Important Dates:

Monday, May 15- Presentation on "Ecological Footprint" with guest speaker/parent Mrs. Jorgensen

Thursday, May 17- Outdoor Classroom Day! Please dress for the weather (sun screen and hats if it is warm and sunny)

Friday, May 18- PD Day for students

Enjoy the Long Weekend!

Monday, 7 May 2018

May 7th- May 11th

Welcome to May! What a beautiful weekend! Hopefully all the April showers help to bring beautiful May flowers. With May comes a change in the weather. The mornings are still chilly so please make sure to send your children with a jacket or hoodie to wear outside for recess.

Thanks to everyone for packing Wastefree or " Litterless Lunches" during Earth Week and everyday! We appreciate your efforts to reduce plastics and single use packaging at St. Gabriel. 

Catholic Education Week
It will be a busy week at St. Gabriel for Education week with many events planned. Here are some of the events to remember:

Monday May 1st
  • Indigenous Education with guest Daphne Sandre "How do we care for God's Creation?" through Indigenous wisdom. Grade twos only
  • Church Visit permission forms must be brought back by today
  • Music Monday
  • Book Fair Viewing
Tuesday May 2nd
  • St. Isidore Mass at the Church at 11am
  • Wear blue for Autism
  • East Side Mario's Parent Council Fundraiser  5:30 pm
Wednesday May 3rd                  
  • Final Double Lunch Day for the Ottawa Mission - Bring an extra lunch to support the Mission's Back-to-Work programs
  • Double Lunch Letter    
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Thursday May 4th
  • Grade 6 Entrepreneur Sale Day - Students inventions for sale are priced between $1 and $5 and profits go to CHEO. 
  • Grade Two Dance Showcase at Sacred Heart HS
  • WITS Presentation for Grade Twos
  • Book Fair buying
Friday May 5th
  • Open House/Muffin Breakfast from 8am-9am - Students invited to bring in 6 muffins to share
  • Come see the Grade Two Animals at Risk inquiry display in the Grade Two hall (part of our How do we care for God's Creation Deep Learning)
  • News Show 9:15
  • Mrs. Jorgensen Guest speaker- Nature exploration and Eco Footprint Challenge
  • Jump Rope for Heart event from 2pm-3:15pm
  • School Spirit Day- wear purple and grey
The book fair will also be happening all week. Classes will have the opportunity to preview on Monday and Tuesday to be able to buy later in the week.



Curriculum Update
Language: We are continuing to learn about the reading comprehension strategies of Visualization and Making Connections as strategies to help us read. We are continuing to develop Procedural Writing and Poetry Writing skills and we will soon begin learning about Narrative Texts through the Shape Go Map. Please continue reading at home each night.
Math: We will be continuing our unit on addition and subtraction of 2-digit numbers with regrouping. Soon we will begin a study of money. We will be focusing on the names and values of Canadian coins and how to count them using our addition strategies.
Science: We will soon be finishing up our unit on the Three States of Matter. Our next unit will be on Movement and Simple Machines. 

Sunday, 29 April 2018



Week of April 30th-May 6th

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Homework
We have reached the time of school year where all of our Grade 2 Word Wall Words have been completed! We will be spending now until June reviewing all the words studied this year.


Upcoming Events

Yearbooks on Sale
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Scholastic Book Fair
This week, students will get the opportunity to preview the books for the Scholastic Book Fair. They will make a list of books that catch their eye and will bring it home for you to look through. Please return the book fair sheet next week, with cash or cheque,  indicating which books the students are allowed to purchase. During Catholic Education Week, we will be returning to the book fair to purchase the selected books!

Catholic Education Week
May 7th- May 11th is Catholic Education Week. St Gabriel will be celebrating this week with various special events and activities. Please make sure to check next week's blog post for more details about this exciting week in education!

Important Note: There will be no library this week or next week, as the Scholastic Book Fair is set up in our Learning Commons.





Monday, 23 April 2018

April 23rd-April 29th

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Congratulations and God Bless to those children who received their First Communion this past weekend. We hope it was special for you and your families! Please bring in a photo from your First Communion to display in your                                                             class. 



Dates to Remember:

Thursday, April 26th - French Cafe 1 p.m.

Thursday, April 26th - Family movie night from 6-7 p.m.

Friday, April 27th - P.D. Day  No school

Language - Since April is poetry month, we have been reading poems and visualizing what we see as we read through them. The reading comprehension strategy of visualizing helps readers better understand what they read. We are also continuing with our procedural writing.

Math - We continue to work on our double-digit addition and subtraction skills using student-invented strategies. We will soon begin our money unit, with an emphasis on counting and representing coin amounts to one dollar. You can help by ensuring your child can name and identify all Canadian coins to two dollars. 

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Week of April 16th-22nd
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 This week we are celebrating Earth Week at St Gabriel. We will continue exploring how we can care for God's creation in the Grade 2 classes. 

Litter-less Lunches
Students are asked to bring in litter-less lunches this week to raise awareness of the amount of waste that we can cut back on. Please send your child to school with a reusable water bottle, lunches and snacks in tupperware containers. The class with the most litter-less lunches this week will win a visit from the litter-less lunch mascots!
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Language
This week, each student will be choosing their own procedural writing topic to teach us how to make/do something, ex. How to brush your teeth, how to make a paper airplane, etc.
 
Math
We will be beginning double-digit subtraction this week.

Sunday, 8 April 2018



 Week of April 9th-April 15th
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 This week is National Wildlife Week. Each class has chosen to 'adopt' an animal from the Canadian Wildlife Federation. We will be doing deep-learning inquiries to learn more about our adopted animals.

Language
The children are beginning their first independent writing task in procedural writing where they will teach others how to make or how to do something (ex. How to brush your teeth).

Math
We are focusing on the strategies they can use to solve double-digit addition problems. We will also be practicing using our math language to explain these strategies. 

Science
We continue to learn about matter and the different states, specifically solids and liquids. There will plenty of hands-on experiments this week to explore their questions about matter!

Wacky Weather
Spring is playing tricks on us this year! Please check the daily weather before your child comes to school to ensure that they are wearing the appropriate clothes for playing outside for the weather of the day. We ask that they continue to wear snow pants or splash pants to ensure that mud does not come into our classrooms. 

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Week of April 2- April 8

   We hope you had a wonderful and blessed Easter holiday with family and friends. The children will be learning about the resurrection and participating in Easter-related activities this week. 
  
First Eucharist
This week, we will also be preparing for the Eucharist. Many of our students will be receiving their first Eucharist throughout the month of April. You should have received your date and mass time on the letter that was sent home with your child. Please ensure you arrive at the church at least fifteen minutes before mass on your scheduled day and register with the priest. Please have your child practice holding his/her hands correctly for receiving Communion and blessing themselves at home. We will also be practicing how to receive Communion at school.
 
Math 
We are continuing our unit on addition and subtraction. We are focusing on the strategies that our students are using and practicing our math language to explain these strategies.

Language
In reading, we are finishing up our unit on making connections. We will be moving onto visualization next. In writing, we are looking at procedural writing and practicing it in our classes. April is also Poetry Month. Many of our classes will be looking at the power of poetry and trying our hands at it. 

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

Dressing for Outdoor Weather
Please ensure that your child comes to school with the appropriate boots and splash pants for the wet and muddy ground in our school yard. Wet and muddy pants and socks are uncomfortable and make a mess of our classrooms.

Dental Screening
On Wednesday and Thursday, the Grade 2's will be visited by a dental hygienist.
The following is pulled from the St Gabriel Weekly News Flash
(more information can be found on the news flash):
Lucy Charbonneau, registered dental hygienist with Ottawa Public Health,
will provide a dental screening using a tongue
depressor on April 4 & 5, 2018, for grades JK, SK, 2, and other
children as necessary. Only children identified as having
dental needs will bring home a form. Follow-up school visits
by the dental hygienist for individual children may be done.
 THIS DOES NOT REPLACE REGULAR DENTAL VISITS WITH YOUR FAMILY DENTIST.

Sunday, 25 March 2018


Week of March 26 - April 2



 It's Holy Week - a time for prayer and quiet reflection. Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday and leads to Easter Sunday, the most important time in the Catholic church. At Easter, the Alleluia returns and life is renewed, as it was for Jesus through his resurrection. The children are hearing the story of the Passion this week in class through the story of Benjamin's Box. Ask your child to retell the story to you. Many of our children are preparing to receive their First Holy Communion later in April and in May. We hope that you will all keep them in your prayers as they prepare for this very special event. A letter went home from the church for those children. If you did not get a letter and are expecting your child to receive First Communion at St. Isidore Church, please call the church as soon as possible to ensure that your child is registered.

This Week:


Tuesday, March 27 Gr. 2 Trip to Museum of Nature - 
Thank you to those parents who have volunteered to join us. We ask that all parent volunteers meet in their child’s classroom at 8:45 a.m on the day of the field trip. Due to limited space on the buses, we ask that parents arrange for their own transportation to and from the museum. Carpooling is suggested. Please ensure that your child arrives to school on time that day as the bus will leave school at 9:15. We will eat lunch on site, so children need to bring a lunch, as per usual. We respectully request that parents do not send money for food purchases or to visit the gift shop. 

Friday, March 30 - Good Friday. No school.  
Monday, April 2 - Easter Monday. No school.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

The month of March is Nutrition Month. On Friday, March 23rd at 2:30 pm, St Gabriel School will take their BIG CRUNCH. The Great Big Crunch is an annual moment of anti-silence where everyone gets together and bites into crunchy fresh local produce in unison.  Please send an apple to school with your child on Thursday March 22nd so that they can participate in the school wide BIG CRUNCH!



Next Tuesday, our class will be visiting the Museum of Nature. If you have not yet returned the permission slip, please do so by Wednesday, March 21.