Sunday, 25 June 2017

Week of June 25th-28th

The last week of school...when did that happen? What a great year of discovery and learning it has been in Grade 2! Congratulations for making it through this year. The Grade 2 team wishes you a safe, relaxing and happy summer with your family.

This week:
Monday June 26th: The final News Show at 1:00.
Tuesday June 27th: Report Cards go home.
Wednesday June 28th: Last day of school!

Monday, 19 June 2017

Week of June 19-26

The homestretch to summer is on!  We still have plenty to do in Grade 2!  We will be busy until the last minute learning, exploring and inquiring.  Please note that we will be starting to send things home soon, so please keep an eye on your child's bag.  If you could send in a large bag with your child, extra things can be sent. All library books should already be returned. Water bottles are needed for the warm days.  

Upcoming dates to remember:

Thurs. June 22nd-Trip to the Museum of Nature-your child's teacher will be contacting you to confirm that you are coming. Please meet us at school at 8:50.  Follow us in your cars (you may be able to arrange carpooling with another parent) and meet us at the Museum school entrance. It's on the East side of the building.  The bus will leave St. Gabriel at approximately 9:10.  Pick up at the museum is 1:45 to come back to school.  We really look forward to this day of exploring.

Tues. June 20th-End of Year Mass 9:30 am-parents are always welcome

Last News Show-date to follow

Wed. June 26th-Last day of classes for children.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

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Week of June 12 - 19

Wednesday, June 14 - St. Gabriel Year End News Show

Thursday, June 15 - St. Gabriel BBQ

Field Trip to the Museum  of Nature - Thursday, June 22

All the Grade 2 children will be participating in an exciting field trip to the Museum of Nature. Please return the permission form to your child's teacher asap. Parent volunteers will be contacted this week. Please be aware that all volunteers are asked  to provide their own transportation to the Museum or carpool since space on the bus is very limited

Looking ahead.....

Tuesday, June 20 -  Year End Mass @ 9:30 am

Wednesday, June 28 - Last day of school for students 

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Week of June 4th- 11th

This week, the students will explore non-standard and standard (cm, m) units of measurement. In language, we will focus on elements of a narrative (characters, setting, events, solution) and writing a well-organized story. In drama, we will have opportunities to explore tone, voice, movement, and facial expression through a variety of drama activities such as "Reader's Theatre" and "Tableau".  Building on the learning from the Scientists in Schools workshops, we will begin Simple Machines exploration and research centres this week. In gym, we are participating in balance activities.

Media Literacy Project

Please expect a letter to come home this week from your child's teacher regarding a Media Literacy Project connected to our year-long inquiry "Why go outside?" and "How can we protect nature?" The letter will outline what you can do to help support your child with their project.

Dates to Remember:

Wednesday, June 7th- Freezie Day (Last one)
Friday, June 9th- PD Day
Sunday, June 11th- WWF Kids' Run For Nature 8 am Britannia Park
Thursday, June 22nd- Trip to Museum of Nature (Parent volunteers will be needed)

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Run for Nature

On Sunday June 11th, the World Wildlife Federation is hosting a Kids' Run for Nature at Britannia Park. There is a 1km, 3km and 5km run to celebrate nature and help to raise funds to protect wild species and their habitats across Canada. We would love to get a St. Gabriel family team together for this fundraiser, which has been so close to our hearts this year. Please let your child's teacher know if you are planning to register your child. Here is the link to register, for those who are interested:
Thank you for your support!

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Hello June!

Week of May 29th to June 4th
It is hard to believe that we are already starting June this week. The time is flying by! With June comes warmer weather. Students are encouraged to bring water bottles to fill-up and stay hydrated throughout the day!

Learning Update
Language: We are continuing our unit on narrative fiction writing. We are focusing on parts of a narrative and using the ShapeGo map to guide our learning. The students will soon be writing their own narratives and are very excited to start!

Math: We are finishing up our unit on Data Management this week. During this unit, we looked at conducting surveys, tally charts, bar graphs and pictographs. We will soon be starting our next Math unit on measurement!

Science: We are currently working through our unit on simple machines. We all had an incredible time with Scientist in the Schools last week, where we were able to have some hands-on learning. A big thank you to Mrs. Maidment, Scientist Donna and all the parent volunteers who helped make it all happen. We are excited to continue our learning!

This week:
Grade 6 Freezie Sale: There will be no freezie sale this week because the Grade 6s are will be taking their EQAO tests. Freezie sales will return next week.

Monday, 22 May 2017

               Week of May 23-29th

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

Wednesday to Friday this week:  Grade 3's are writing their EQAO tests.  Since the Grade 3's are largely in the portables, final recess of the day will be at the end of the day to minimize noise and interruption. The schedule will change only during the testing period.  The children will still have snack at their regular times. We want to do what we can to help the Grade 3's concentrate as best they can. 

Thursday and Friday: The Grade 2's are excited to welcome Scientists in Schools.  They will be coming in to do 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 workshops.  Thanks so much for parents who volunteered to help out.  Please consult the note that went home for the times to arrive.  The Scientists need some time to show you how to run the activities.

As always, please check the weather for many changes from hot to cool, wet to dry so that the children are comfortable outside.  Thanks so much!