Sunday, 21 October 2018

News for Week of October 22 - 28

Agendas - We appreciate your efforts to return the agendas daily.  We ask that parents sign/initial the agenda each evening please.

Online homework – Thank you for helping and supporting your child in completing the weekly online homework. The students are showing enthusiasm and dedication in their new endeavour!

Halloween Dance - Friday, October 26 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
We need volunteers to help our St Gabriel kids enjoy a SPOOKTACULAR night of FUN at our Halloween dance. High School Students are welcome to volunteer and bring their community service forms to claim volunteer hours.
Please go to the following link to sign up:

Upcoming Dates To Remember:
Wed., Oct. 24th - Take Me Outside Day 
Fri., Oct. 26th - Halloween Dance St. Gabriel gym 6-8 p.m.
Tues., Oct. 30th - Photo retake day
Wed., Oct. 31st - Orange and black day (wear orange and black)

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Week of October 15 - 21

Now that Fall has officially arrived and the mornings are cool, please make certain that your child is dressed in layers and has warm clothes like a hat, mittens and a coat each day. The weather is often unpredictable and some children have not had adequate clothing at recess. Putting an extra pair of socks in your child's backpack is also a great idea for when little feet get cold and wet.

Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion:
If you are interested in having your child receive his/her sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion but were unable to attend the mandatory Sacramental Meeting held at the St. Isidore Church Hall last Tuesday, October 9th, it is very important that you contact Fr. Matthew or the Sacrament Committee at St. Isidore Church: Phone: (613) 592-1961   Email:

Curriculum Update

Religion:  We have been learning that we belong to a classroom and school community, our family, and God's family. We will be discussing ways that we pray. We will also begin to learn about the Sacraments, starting with Baptism.

In Writing, the children are learning about the features of recount writing and the students are using these features to write their own personal recounts (for example, their Thanksgiving recounts). During our Grammar and Working With Words lessons, we are working on "What is a sentence?", including how to write a complete sentence using capitalization and correct punctuation (e.g., a period, question mark, exclamation mark). We are also learning about the parts of speech called nouns and adjectives. A noun is a person, place, thing, or animal. An adjective is a describing word that describes a noun.

In Reading, we are working on Fix-Up Strategies, the reading strategies we can use to help us decode and understand unfamiliar words. We are also reviewing the short "a", short “e”, and "short i" vowel sounds and rhyming words that have those sounds. Please continue to have your child practise reading and writing the Words of the Week we have sent home each week. This week's words have the "short i" vowel sound. 

Math:  We continue to work on numeration with a focus on skip counting by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s, 10’s and 25’s to 100 using hundred charts and number lines. Some students have begun skip counting past 100. The Grade 2 Ontario Math curriculum expectations for skip counting are as follows:

– count forward by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s, 10’s, and 25’s to 200, using number lines and hundreds charts, starting from multiples of 1, 2, 5, and 10 (e.g., count by 5’s from 15; count by 25’s from 125);
– count backwards by 1’s from 50 and any number less than 50, and count backwards by 10’s from 100 and any number less than 100, using number lines and hundreds charts (Sample problem: Count backwards from 87 on a hundreds carpet, and describe any patterns you see.);

Art: We continue our exploration of the primary and secondary colours.

Science: We continue our exploration of the similarities and differences between animals, with a focus on the characteristics and ways to classify animals (e.g, vertebrates vs invertebrates; mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, birds, fish).

Sleep and School-aged Children (6-13 years)

Children aged six to 13 need 9-11 hours of sleep. At the same time, there is an increasing demand on their time from school (e.g., homework), sports and other extracurricular and social activities. In addition, school-aged children become more interested in TV, computers, the media and Internet as well as caffeine products – all of which can lead to difficulty falling asleep, nightmares and disruptions to their sleep. In particular, watching TV close to bedtime has been associated with bedtime resistance, difficulty falling asleep, anxiety around sleep and sleeping fewer hours.

Sleep Tips for School-aged Children

  • Teach school-aged children about healthy sleep habits.
  • Continue to emphasize need for regular and consistent sleep schedule and bedtime routine.
  • Make child's bedroom conducive to sleep – dark, cool and quiet.
  • Keep TV, computers, and other devices out of the bedroom.

Monday, 8 October 2018

This Week in Grade Two - October 9th to 14th

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! This is the time to reflect on and thank God for our many blessings. We are so thankful to have your children in our classes!

We hope that online homework is going well and that you find it to be a positive experience. Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions or concerns and remember that homework is expected to be submitted by each Sunday evening.  

IMPORTANT: Tuesday, October 9th Sacrament Information Parent Meeting St. Isidore Church Hall:

There will be a mandatory Sacrament Information Meeting held at the St. Isidore Church Hall on Tuesday, October 9th at 7pm if you would like to have your child make the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist this year with his/her classmates. IMPORTANT: If you cannot attend the meeting but wish for your child to receive the sacraments you will have to contact Father Matthew directly at the Parish.

Upcoming Events:
Wednesday, October 10 - School Thanksgiving mass at 10:45 in gym - parents welcome
Wednesday, October 10 - Earth Rangers Presentation
Friday,October 12th - Fall Clean the Capital (Please bring gardening gloves and dress for the weather)
Tuesday, October 30 - Photo retake day
Wednesday, October 31 - Black and Orange Day

Finally, we encourage the children to get outside as much as they can!  The leaves are falling and that's a great excuse to run and jump and play! Have fun outside.  We wish all of you and your families a blessed and joyful week ahead!

Sunday, 30 September 2018

This Week in Grade Two - October 1st to 8th

Orange Shirt Day Monday, October 1st:

What is Orange Shirt Day? Orange Shirt Day is an influential movement sweeping across Canada that is helping to educate our students and communities on the history and legacy of the Residential School system. For more information, see Official website:

When is it? Orange Shirt Day is commemorated on September 30 each year. As September 30 falls on a Sunday this year, schools are encouraged to participate on Monday October 1 (we don’t say celebrate) by wearing any piece of orange clothing.

Why commemorate this day?  Orange Shirt Day was created during the St. Joseph Mission Residential School Commemoration Project in Williams Lake, BC, in May 2013. Former student, Phyllis (Jack) Webstad, told her story of her first day at residential school when her shiny new orange shirt, bought by her grandmother, was taken from her as a six-year old girl, which prompted the realization that many survivors have similar stories.
 To hear Phyllis Webstad's story, w
atch the video on the website: Phyllis Webstad's story
Terry Fox Walk Wednesday, October 3rd:                              Image result for terry fox 2017

Please ensure your child has submitted his/her permission form and that he/she dresses appropriately for the weather (dressing in layers is always a safe bet!). The Grade Two children will enjoy walking around our neighbourhood while keeping the memory of Terry Fox in their hearts. Many of the children have identified loved ones for whom they will be walking. Thank you to all our parent volunteers who have informed their child's teacher that they are able to assist with the Terry Fox Walk on Wednesday. Just a reminder that the Ottawa Catholic School Board now requires all parents interested in volunteering for school events in any capacity to complete a police check. Please register as soon as possible. A temporary declaration was sent home with the Terry Fox information package but it must be followed with a formal police check:   Police Record Check

Curriculum Update

In Reading, we will work on identifying and using a variety of reading strategies to decode and understand unfamiliar words when reading. In Writing, we continue our study of recount writing (recounting a personal experience in writing) for the month of October. Each class has been creating an anchor chart for the features of a recount (title, opening, events, closing/conclusion). In Media Literacy, we have begun our unit on how to be good digital citizens and how to be safe when using online tools. We are using the school board's unit: Samaritans on a Digital Road

We continue to work on representing numbers to 100 and on counting using ten-frames, number lines, and hundreds charts. At home, please have your child practise skip counting by 2's, 5's and 10's to 100. When your child is ready, have him/her count by 1's, 2's, 5's, and 10's to 200 as that is the end goal for grade 2. We have been spilling counters and finding the most efficient strategies for counting them. For example, when counting large amounts of objects (i.e., 72 objects) grouping then counting by tens would be more efficient than counting by each one individually (counting by ones). We are also using language such as, "What number comes before 37?", "What number comes after 42?", "What numbers come between 89 and 93?".

This week we will prepare for Thanksgiving. We will discuss what we are thankful for and how we can use prayer to show that we are thankful.

We continue to explore what is the same and different about animals.

Important Dates:

Monday, October 1 - Orange Shirt Day:  Wear an orange shirt to remember and honour those affected by residential schools in Canada. 
                            - New online homework posted. 

Wednesday, October 3 - Terry Fox Walk
Thursday, October 4- Pizza and Movie Night at St. Gabriel 5:30 - 8:00. Please see attached poster for more details: pizza and movie night.pdf 

Friday, October 5 - P.D. Day for all students. No school.

Monday, October 8 - Thanksgiving Holiday. No school.

Tuesday, October 9 - Gr. 2 Sacrament Information Parent Meeting at St. Isidore Church Hall @ 7:00 p.m.

Finally, we encourage the children to get outside as much as they can.  The leaves are beginning to fall and that's a great excuse to run and jump and play! Have fun outside!  We wish all of you and your families a blessed and joyful Thanksgiving!  God Bless!


Monday, 24 September 2018

Week of September 24th to 30th

Thanks to all of you who were able to come to our St. Gabriel Program Night last Thursday.  It was wonderful to see so many parents. We appreciate the time you took out of your busy lives to attend our presentations. The classroom teachers created a slide deck of information relating to our classes and program. Please click the link below to view the slide deck.

Mrs. Maidment's Program Night slide deck

Mrs. Jackson's Program Night slide deck

Classroom News
Routines are established now and the expectations for the children to follow these routines are in place.  We begin to work on the skills of collaboration and responsibility, our learning skills foci for this term.

Your child's Agenda costs $5.00 payable using School Cash Online.

In Math, we continue to construct and deconstruct bigger numbers (using ten frames and base ten manipulatives) and develop the knowledge of number relationships.  In Language, we are studying the writing concept of recounts (the retelling of events in order, using past tense and sequence words like first, then and next, etc.) We are beginning our Science inquiry about the characteristics and classification of animals. In Religion we continue All About Me.  In Art, we are learning about Primary and Secondary colours.

Important homework news!

Welcome to the wonderful world of online homework! We hope that you and your child will enjoy and learn from the weekly homework experience. Please remember that homework will be posted each Monday and is expected to be submitted by the following Sunday. In this way, children have a week in which they can complete the assigned work and practice some of the reading and math websites that we will soon recommend and link. A large part of the Gr 2 homework is the practice of our Word Wall Words. Each week, your child will be given 5 new word wall words for the week (Words of the Week or"WOW" ). Your child will write the 5 new Words of the Week  in his/her agenda at the beginning of each week. Your child will practise typing these words each week in the online homework and use them to write two/three sentences (also in the online homework). Your child should then practise reading and writing (spelling) the words regularly at home.

Here's a reminder of how to submit the homework:

Click the link with your child's teacher's name to find a Google Form with questions and response boxes. Type the responses into the boxes provided. When each box is completed, hit submit once. You will receive a message telling you that you have been successful! Helpful hints:
  • If a box has a star beside it, you must provide a response or you will not be able to submit your homework.
  • Please feel free to help your child type their responses. At this age, children are just learning to keyboard. The homework forms will be very predictable so your child will eventually learn to type their own responses in time.
  • You have a week to complete the homework. It should be submitted by Sunday. This gives busy families the flexibility to complete homework at times that are best for them.
  • If you or your child have any difficulty, please contact your teacher right away for help. We want everyone to have a successful experience with online homework.

Terry Fox Walk Information Letter for Families

St. Gabriel Catholic School

400 Keyrock Drive, Kanata, Ontario, Canada K2T 0G6
Tel: (613) 271-6181     

September 2018
Dear Parents and Guardians,

Our school will be holding our annual Terry Fox Walk fundraiser to commemorate Terry Fox’s inspirational Marathon of Hope on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 at 9:15 am.  

Millions of students are expected to participate across Canada. Since Terry’s Marathon of Hope began in 1980, annual Terry Fox Runs have contributed millions for cancer research. Your generous contribution of donated funds total more than $13,000.  Please help us make this year another successful Terry Fox Walk!

Student in Grades 1 - 3 students will be walking a loop the neighbourhood. Parent volunteers are welcome, please consider volunteering your time.

In order to show our support for cancer research, we are requesting that each student make a donation of $1.00 or $2.00 for the Terry Fox Foundation. You can make this donation is a number of ways

Terry Fox donations can be made directly to this link:
Terry Fox Donations

Or you can have your child give his/her classroom (homeroom) teacher $1 or $2.

Please dress your child suitably for the weather.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Important dates this week:

Wed. Sept. 26th 9:15am -Terry Fox walk around the neighbourhood.  

Friday, Sept. 28th - School Photo Day for all students (class and individual photos)

Dates to Remember:

Monday, October 1st- Orange Shirt Day 
Wednesday, October 10th - Thanksgiving Mass @ 1:00 pm in the gym
Friday, October 5 - PD Day for all students
Monday, October 8 - Thanksgiving holiday (no school)

Tuesday, October 9 -  Sacramental meeting at St. Isidore Church hall
This is a mandatory meeting for all parents who wish their child to receive their Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Communion this year.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Week of September 17-21

We did it! A great second week of Grade Two - congratulations to all of our wonderful new little friends! We look forward to another super week. Here are a few reminders to keep things running smoothly:

Agenda - Thank you for signing the agenda every night.

Indoor Shoes - Mr. Zoorob, Mr. St.-Cyr, Mr. Tom and their crew worked hard over the summer to get our floors shiny and ready for the school year. Every student requires indoor shoes to remain at school. Both our gym floors and classroom carpets thank you!

Grade Two Blog - please find some time in your week to regularly check our blog. It will be updated weekly and soon online homework will be posted on the blog as well. Thank you for completing the Parent Questionnaire.

Homework- Online homework will be starting Monday, September 24th. At school your child will be shown how to do their homework so that they know what to do at home. We will also post instructions and helpful hints on our Blog. Please ask your child's teacher about online homework while you are visiting your child's classroom during the school Program Night on Thursday.

***New this year**: Parents wishing to volunteer in the school, classroom, for class field trips, or simply visit the classroom to share an expertise, must present a police record check. The Ottawa Catholic School Board requires all parents to have this check completed. Please register as soon as possible! 
You can pick up a letter from Mrs. Montgomery (at the front office) to take to the police station in order to have the fee waved.
Police Record Check

Dates to Remember:

Thursday, Sept. 20 - St. Gabriel Program Night 6 p.m.-7 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 26 @ 9:15 a.m. - Terry Fox Walk 
Terry Fox donations can be made directly to this link:
Terry Fox Donations

Friday, Sept. 28 - Photo Day

Monday, Oct. 1 - Orange Shirt Day - Wear an orange shirt to remember and honour residential school survivors and to promote Reconciliation 

Have a great week!

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Week of September 10th - 14th

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are off and running with the Grade Two program. 

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The following are a few informational items which will help you gain a better understanding of our class routines.

Physical Education

The children will have Physical Education in the gym each week. At times, we will also have outdoor Physical Education classes, weather permitting. We recommend that your child have a clean pair of running shoes with non-marking soles for gym. Since we suggest that each child have a clean pair of “indoor shoes” which remain at school, the gym running shoes can also be their “indoor shoes”. Please dress your child for the weather each day as we will be learning in the outdoor environment as well. No open-toe shoes or sandals please.

The online homework will begin the week of September 24th. Each week, your child will be given a few new word wall words for the week (Words of the Week). Your child will write the new Words of the Week (“WOW words”) in his/her agenda at the beginning of each week. These words will be used in your child's homework. Much of your child's homework will be completed online. On occasion, your child may also bring home work in order to complete an assignment that he/she did not complete in class.

Grade Two Sacraments

As part of the Grade Two Religion program, we will be learning about the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion. The dates will be announced once they are confirmed with Father Matthew. More details will be provided shortly.

Agendas and Home-School Communication  

The school agenda book will be used as an organizational and communication tool. The agenda will be kept inside a plastic bag to keep the agendas dry and clean. The agenda should be returned every morning. Please sign or initial your child's agenda every day. Also check the clear pouch at the front for notes. If you have a confidential message, please let your child's teacher know you'd like her to give you a call or write the note on a separate paper and staple it to the agenda. Please help your child and the teachers by keeping the agenda open at the current week so we can quickly see if there are any messages from you. Please try to make it your child's responsibility to show you his/her agenda after school each day.

September Topics of Study

The following are some of our current and upcoming topics:


Unit 1 – Number Relationships (representing numbers using ten-frames; finding missing numbers on a number line; counting by 1s, 2s, 5s, 10s, 25s past 100; addition and subtraction problems to 18)


Ongoing Working With Words  program (word study: spelling, phonics, and grammar; word wall words/Words of the Week; Making Words program).

Some of the important literacy skills and strategies we will practise :

  • Good readers use several “fix-up strategies” when they are having difficulty reading a word or sentence, or having difficulty comprehending what they are reading. Some fix-up tools include rereading a sentence or section, reading ahead, thinking about what word would make sense, looking at all the letters in the word, looking for parts you recognize in a word, and trying to sound out the word.
  • Our Writing focus will be on Recount Writing, in which we will practise writing recounts of personal experiences.


 Unit 1 – Growth and Changes in Animals

Religion & Family Life:
Friendship Unit 
We Belong unit: We Belong to a Family at School, We Belong to God's Family, Gathering as God's Family

Visual Arts:

Primary and secondary colours; types of lines, shapes, and forms in art works and in the environment; repetition of colour, shape, and line in everyday objects and in works of art

Health & Phys. Ed.:
Bus safety, fire safety, safety rules for phys. Ed.,; travelling and locomotion skills (e.g., hopping, galloping), ball-kicking skills, (soccer lead-up skills), cooperative indoor and outdoor games

Housekeeping Items

Please label all of your child's belongings (lunch boxes/bags, containers, backpacks, shoes, rubber boots, winter boots, outdoor clothing, etc.) with his/her full name. Your child and his/her teachers will thank you! Please know that fidget spinners are not permitted in class.

School Communication

In order to receive all school communication, please register at: 

Thank You

Thank you for all the supplies you sent in with your child. We'd also like to thank you for your support and interest in our Grade Two program.  Please do not hesitate to contact us at the school (613-271-6181), via email, or via a note in your child’s agenda at any time if you have any questions or concerns.

It is very important that you check our Grade Two blog every week as there will be important news items as well as information about your child's homework and our topics of study. There will also be links to suggested websites for your child to visit.