Monday, 11 December 2017

Week of December 11th to 17th

There will be no regular online homework for the rest of December. We would like the students to continue to read and log on to RAZ routinely throughout the month of December to practice their reading skills.

Please continue to come to 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 a non-perishable food item to contribute to a hamper for a family in need. The school is collecting items to fill 15 Christmas food hampers. Please send in your item by Friday, December 15th. We are also welcoming a donation of $2 and/or Canadian Tire money to purchase food gift cards, etc.

This week: 
The classes will gather to pray, sing, and listen to versions of the Christmas Story for the second week of Advent. Children continue to perform acts of kindness to prepare their hearts for the coming of Baby Jesus. 

Dates to Remember! :  

Monday, December 18th  10:45- News Show and Christmas Sing Along with guest Jan Bentham
Tuesday, December 19 11:00pm- Christmas Mass
Thursday, December 21 9:30am- Movie Day and Pyjama Day 
and Pajama Day 
Friday, December 22- last day of school

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Week of December 4th to 11th, 2017.


The children have done a lot of work building addition and subtraction strategies. We are wrapping up this unit and we will be starting a new unit on Time before Christmas. 


Today marks the first Sunday of Advent; the season of waiting for the birth of Jesus Christ. Our grade 2 classes come together weekly to participate in Advent liturgies and to enjoy special activities that bring meaning to this season.  Please click here to access our Advent songs.

Christmas Hampers: Link to Parent Letter

This year St. Gabriel will be participating in the Christmas Hamper initiative once again. Each class has been assigned a food item to contribute to the hampers.  By assigning classes to a specific item, each member of the class will be able to feel a sense of pride when he/she places his/her food item in a basket.  For example, each member of Mrs. Jackson’s class is asked to bring in one jar of jam. Please see the list below for your food item.

Ms. Beyer’s class:  Bag (or box) of pasta/noodles
Mrs. McEvoy's class: Wow butter
Mrs. Jackson’s class: Jam
Mrs. Maidment’s class: Container of icing
Mrs. Justinch's class: Gravy mix

IMPORTANT Reminder: Sacraments

Please be advised that the deadline to submit your “Sacramental Registration” package to the church is Sunday, December 10th.  Please place your completed registration form in the St. Isidore Church collection basket during Mass or drop it off to the Parish Office, located next to the church.

Please do not send your registration package to school.

This will be our last week of on-line weekly home until January 2018.  We appreciate that  this a very busy time for everyone but hope that our grade 2 students will continue to read regularly and log into RAZ Kids over the holidays, whenever possible. 

Taking Ownership
In each of our classrooms, we are encouraging students to take responsibility for their actions and “own” their behaviour.  We are guided by this wonderful season of Advent, our Gospel Values, and the St. Gabriel Code Conduct which all promote accountability and good choices. Please take the time to review the St. Gabriel Code of Conduct with your child.

St. Gabriel Catholic School
Code of Conduct
I am respectful.
I am responsible.
I am safe.
I am prepared.
We are here to learn.
Therefore, I will do nothing to keep the teacher from teaching and anyone,
including myself, from learning.
I will demonstrate cooperation with all school people.
I will respect myself, others and the school environment.
By acting this way, I am capable, caring and contributing.

Flu Season

Flu season is here. Please follow these guidelines to help stop the spread of germs at school:

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible  and cough into your elbow to avoid spreading germs
  • If you are sick with flu symptoms, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.     

To order your very own copy of St. Gabriel Yearbook 2017-2018
Please use this link

Odd and Ends

We are looking for used Christmas cards and ribbon for our classrooms to use for Christmas crafts. If you have any of these items or other Christmas craft type items you would like to donate to the classrooms,  please feel free to send these items to school with your child. We are also still accepting donations of used animal magazines which can be cut up. Thank you for your continued support!

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Week of November 26th - December 3rd, 2017

Just a friendly reminder to access your weekly online homework assignment link under your teacher's name.  Thank you !

Curriculum updates:

Language and Science    

These two areas are closely linked this month.  As the grade 2 students study the animal groups and research a particular animal, they will also be learning how to determine what ideas are important in a text and how to share these ideas in their own words. They will be learning about  information reports and the characteristics of this writing form.  They will also be exploring the reading and writing 
skills necessary for non-fiction report writing. Big skills for sure!

Fun link to support Science Connection:

WebCam captures Bears in their natural Habitat:
Search the site for live video feeds showing a wide variety
of animals and their habitats: Bats, many bird species,
many bear species, african wild animals, bisson, forests,
oceans, and much more!


The children have done a lot of work building addition and 
subtraction strategies.  We will continue to focus fact 
families and on subtraction strategies this week. 

 Lastly, please send an extra pair of socks 
and mittens or gloves with your child.  Many
children enjoyed building with snow this 
past week and this led to wet, soggy clothes. 
Extra dry clothes would be most helpful.  
Thank you for your continued support!

Week of November 20 - 26

Zones of Regulation Parent Information Session Tuesday, Nov. 21 @ 7 p.m.

If you would like more information about our St. Gabriel focus on the Zones of Regulation and strategies to ensure that our students are calm, alert and ready to learn, please join us for an information session on Tuesday, November 21st, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m in the St. Gabriel Learning Commons. Click here for more information and to register your attendance.

Double Lunch Day for The Ottawa Mission - Wednesday, Nov. 22         
St Gabriel Video                                             

We are joining together to help The Ottawa Mission by providing lunches for their back-to-work and back-to-school programs. 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. 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 to The Ottawa Mission shortly after being collected in the morning. Upon their arrival at The Mission, the lunches will be distributed to the various programs in need. 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, hats, etc)

The Grinch - All Saints Drama Performance on Nov. 22

Please ensure your child has the permission form signed and returned to his/her teacher before Wednesday, Nov. 22. 

Parent volunteers are welcome and encouraged to indicate their availability on the form sent home or attached form here:  Permission Form.

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week
  • Ontario has designated the week beginning on the third Sunday of November as Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week to help promote safe schools and a positive learning environment.
  • During Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week ~ November 20-26, 2017 Ontario students, school staff and parents are encouraged to learn more about bullying and its effect on student learning and well-being.     

PD Day (No School for students) - Friday, Nov. 24

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Week of November 13 - 19

Animals Preparing for Winter

The weather is showing signs of cooler days ahead. Please ensure your child is dressed appropriately each day for outdoor learning activities, including a change of clothing in case of a fall on wet ground. Teachers will be continuing to take classes outdoors on a regular basis for environmental education activities. We want to ensure that all students have the opportunity to participate in these great experiences. We remind you to please label your child’s boots, jackets, mittens, etc., with his/her name to avoid confusion.

We strongly encourage students to work towards a litter-less, healthy lunch each day. Please help support your child in developing an environmental awareness of how his/her food choices can have a positive impact on the world by using reusable containers, water bottles, and multi-use bags. In addition, please avoid unhealthy snack foods in your child’s lunch.

Zones of Regulation

Do you know what SEL is? Are you familiar with the zones of regulation? Ask you child what the "yellow zone" feels like.

This year at St. Gab, we are learning about strategies to ensure that our students are calm, alert and ready to learn. On Tuesday, November 21st, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, there will be an information session in the Learning Commons. Click here for more information and to register your attendance.

Reading focus: Nonfiction Text Features
Here are a few short videos that can help you and your child identify nonfiction text features.

Reading Strategy: Determining Importance

Determining importance means the reader should be able to filter through text and find the important information to determine key ideas or themes. A lot of times, this is applied to nonfiction text. Readers use all of their reading strategies together to try to figure out what the author is trying to communicate.

Helpful Hints...How can you help at home?
Ask your child to use these Sentence Starters after they read:
         “The most important ideas are…”
          “So far, I’ve learned that…”
          “This part is mostly about…”

More information:

Math: Addition Strategies with numbers to 20
These are some of the  Addition Strategies children are discovering in our classrooms:

Upcoming Events:

  • No school on Friday, November 24 (PD Day)

Benefits of Outdoor Play
  • Supports creativity and problem solving. Studies of children in schoolyards found that children engage in more creative forms of play in the green areas. They also played more cooperatively (Bell and Dyment, 2006).
  • Play in nature is especially important for developing capacities for creativity, problem-solving, and intellectual development (Kellert, 2005).
• Enhances cognitive abilities.
• Improves academic performance.
• Increases physical activity.
• Improves nutrition.
• Improves eyesight.
• Improves social relations.
• Improves self-discipline.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

November 6 -12

Beaver Pond Walk
The Grade Two teachers would like to thank all the parent volunteers who accompanied our classes on this special adventure. We were so blessed with wonderful weather. A special thank you to Ms Deanna Wright who led us on the walk. We hoped your children have discussed their experiences. The children will continue to study animal adaptations and animal characteristics in the upcoming weeks.
These pictures were taken on our walk to the Beaver Pond last week.

Next Steps from Progress Reports: How Parents Can Help At Home
Some parents have been asking how they can academically support their children at home.
Here are some suggestions:
* Memorize Math addition facts to 10 and doubles

* Read daily with your child.
Best books for 7 - 8 year olds:

Phonics - Song for letter sounds:

* After reading - ask comprehension questions like " Have you ever felt the way the main character felt?"  "What would be another ending to this story?" etc.

Please remember to return your Progress Report envelopes. An email was sent to you regarding booking your interview with your child's teacher for November 8th.

Upcoming Events
Wednesday, November 8 - Interviews with teachers
Friday, November 10 - Remembrance Day Ceremony @ 10:30 am in the gym:  Scouts, Guides, Brownies, Sparks, Cubs, Beavers are invited to wear their uniforms.

Science Connection

WebCam captures Bears in their natural Habitat: Fun Viewing for the whole family!

Search the site for live video feeds showing a wide variety of animals and their habitats: Bats, many bird species, many bear species, african wild animals, bisson, forests, oceans, and much more!

Healthy Eating: Food for Thought

Canadian children are consuming five times more sugar than they should - Globe and Mail article