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.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

We would love to involve our parents as guest educators in our Grade Two inquiry!  Please consider sharing your gifts/talents with us and complete the survey below.         

Many thanks to all of the parents who have already completed this form.  We will be reaching out to all of you in the near future. 
With deep appreciation,
The Grade 2 Team

News - Week of March 19-25


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

Wacky Weather!
Although Spring begins on Tuesday, the cold weather is set to continue until at least mid-week and with it, a 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. Extra gloves or mittens, socks, and even pants are helpful. Thank you for your support.

Curriculum Update:

We are finishing up our unit on 3-dimensional geometry. The students have been busy identifying and describing various three-dimensional figures (i.e., cubes, prisms, pyramids), and sorting them by their geometric properties (i.e., number and shape of faces, number of edges, number of vertices). They have also been creating models and skeletons of various 3D solids, using concrete materials (e.g., cardboard, straws and modelling clay).

In Reading, we are working on making connections to help us better understand what we read. We have also been working on parts of speech such as contractions, homonyms/homophones, and adjectives, verbs, and nouns.


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

Monday, 5 March 2018

We would love to involve our parents as guest educators in our Grade Two inquiry!  Please consider sharing your gifts/talents with us and complete the survey below.           
With Gratitude,  The Grade 2 Team

Exciting News!!!
All grade 2 students have been asked to sing
2 songs at the  upcoming News Show.  
 It is scheduled for 12:45pm 
this coming Friday, March 9th!
All parents are welcome!

Please send your child to school with rain pants, waterproof boots and with an extra pair of socks and pants.  With Spring around the corner and many puddles in our yard, some children have come in from recess with wet, soggy clothes. Extra dry clothes would be most helpful.  Thank you for your continued support!

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Please note that Spring Break is March 12th to 16th

* No Homework will be assigned this week *

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 ~ 6:45pm
Just a reminder to arrive at St. Isidore Parish at 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday evening. We ask that all students meet their teachers in the front lobby of the church. Parents are asked to kindly find a seat behind the reserved section and save one additional spot for their child. The children will begin the service at the front of the church and will later join their parents for quiet reflection and prayer after speaking privately with the priest. After your child has completed his/her reflection/prayer, you are welcome to leave with your child. We kindly ask that you refrain from taking photos in the church during the service or during Confession. We look forward to this special evening and appreciate all of your support.

Please remind your child to practise this prayer which he/she will recite when confessing his/her sins to the priest:  

Forgive me Father, for I have sinned. This is my first Reconciliation (or First Confession) and these are
my sins: ___________

Curriculum Update

In Math, we continue to work on completing our unit on 3D Geometry.
In Language, we are working on our reading comprehension strategy of making connections and finishing up our work on descriptive writing. We will be exploring procedural writing in the near future. We have also been working on contractions and homonyms.
In Science, we continue to learn about matter, specifically solids and liquids.

Sunday March 11th - Don't forget to move your clocks ahead one hour. 

Monday, 26 February 2018

Week of February 27th - March 4th

This week marks the end of February and the beginning of March. Can you believe that March is already here? Time is flying by!

We are already in the third week of Lent. Our Grade Two students have made Lenten Promises to try to do something helpful or kind or to give something up for Lent to prepare their hearts. This is an important time for reflection, prayer and renewal.  It is the perfect time for the children to continue preparing for their First Reconciliation.

We are finishing up our unit on descriptive writing and are beginning our unit on making connections. In this unit, we are looking at how important it is to be able to connect with the story that we are reading. Children may connect to personal experiences, the feelings of a particular character, the setting of a book, a challenge presented in the story, etc. 

We will be exploring 3D Geometry. We are focusing on ways to describe and sort 3D solids using math terms such as vertices, faces, edges, base, etc, and how they are the same and different.

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

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Week of February 20th-25th

Sheet, Forest, Nature, Cones, Plant

It's melting!  The warmer temperatures mean that we are in a melting trend, so it's very important for the children to have waterproof boots and an extra pair of gloves or mittens.  The yard will be very wet this week.

Reconciliation-We are preparing the children for their upcoming Reconciliation (Wed. March 7th at St. Isidore Church). The children are learning stories and songs that teach them about God's love and forgiveness. A note will go home this week. Please practice "The Act of Contrition" prayer at home.

Curriculum updates:  We will begin 3D Geometry in Math and will be beginning Liquids and Solids in Science.  In Language, we are making connections when reading and are finishing descriptive writing.

Olympic Fever!
The children are very excited about learning about winter Olympic sporting events, cheering on our Canadian athletes, and representing their assigned countries during Olympic Spirit Week at St. Gabriel!

Just a reminder-If you have not already done so, please return your child's report card envelope and the slip as soon as possible. Thank you in advance.

Monday, Feb. 20th- Olympic Opening Ceremony Day
Thursday, Feb. 22nd- Outdoor Fun Day (Make sure to dress appropriately for the weather)
Friday, Feb. 23rd- Canada Day! Closing ceremonies.
St. Gabriel Family Movie Night- "Hotel For Dogs" 6-8pm

Monday, 12 February 2018

February 12-18th

News Week of February 12th to 18th

We would like to Thank everyone who worked so hard to make our Grade Two We LOVE Nature bake sale and raffle for the Canadian Wildlife Federation a HUGE Success! A special thanks to the parents and grandparents who volunteered their time at the sale. We could not have done it without you!!!

This Week:

We are busy completing our Pattern unit in Math and will be moving on to 3D Geometry soon. 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 have also begun our discussion of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We will soon begin our practice for the Reconciliation service to be held at St. Isidore Church on Wednesday, March 7th at 7:00 p.m. (Wednesday before the March Break). More information will be sent home in the coming weeks. 

Tues., Feb. 13- Shrove Tuesday! 

Wed., Feb. 14- Ash Wednesday

Wed., 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.

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

Valentine's Day 2018

Valentine's Day at School  

Please note that the teachers will be providing a class list of the first names of the children in your class so that children may use them to write their Valentine cards. Participation is always optional, however, we do ask that the children include everyone if they are bringing in cards to hand out. Just a reminder to send in only non-food items (e.g., cards) due to food allergies. Thank you.

Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours. 

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Week of February 5th - 11th

It is a BIG week in grade two!

Please welcome Ms. Amber O'Reilly, who will be replacing Mme. Feraco as the French teacher in Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. Justinach's classrooms until the end of the school year.

We LOVE Nature Bake Sale (in support of The Canadian Wildlife Federation)

Friday, February 9th is the Grade Two "We Love Nature" Bake Sale!
Please make sure that you have completed the Bake Sale form and returned it to your child's teacher by Wednesday, February 8th. Your participation is critical to the success of this event and we look forward to your contribution to this Grade Two social justice initiative.

A reminder: Please drop off nature-themed baked goods and raffle items to the front lobby at St. Gabriel at 8am, Friday, February 9th or send in baked goods with your child. Please make certain that your family name is written on any container or Tupperware you wish to have returned.

Thank you in advance to all of those who have volunteered their time to help at the Bake Sale.


We have begun preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Please complete page 2-3 of the OCSB Reconciliation Booklet and return the booklet promptly as we will continue to use it in class as we prepare for the Sacrament. Thank you for your support.

Online Homework will resume this week. Please check the Grade Two Blog routinely for important updates and information.

Sunday, 28 January 2018



Week of Jan. 29th - Feb. 4th, 2018


There will be no Online homework this week.   
It will resume next week.   

This week, students will be asked to complete the first 2 pages in their Reconciliation books with you.  Please see your child's agenda for additional information. It is important that you work on this with your child to support their learning. Many of the activities beyond the first two pages will be completed at school. This booklet will be used to help prepare our children to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation scheduled for Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Isidore Church.

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.  

Curriculum updates:
Math:          2 D Geometry and Symmetry
Language:  Descriptive, detailed writing using adjectives
Religion:     Reconciliation preparation
Science:     Animal Research Project

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. Here's why that's important:
Read Aloud Guide
Review and print our handy guide for your best read aloud yet! Get the guide >>

FINALLY,  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.

Name: _______________________   Date:__________________________

Criteria for Responsibility



Needs Improvement
I can follow the routines and expectations in the classroom.

I finish and hand in my work in class.

I complete my homework each week.

I manage my own behaviour appropriately.

I take care of my own belongings and workspace.

Criteria for Independent Work

Needs Improvement
I make a plan to help me complete my work.

I use my time effectively to get my work done.

I follow instructions.

I use feedback to improve my work.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Grade 2 News ~ Week of January 22nd - 29th, 2018

Gentle reminder: Upcoming Gr 2 Class Trip to St. Isidore Church on Jan 25th
All Grade Two students will be visiting St Isidore's Parish for a tour with Father Virgil. Mrs. Maidment's, Ms. Beyer's/Mrs. Zani's and Mrs. Justinch's students will be participating in the morning and will leave at 9:45 am and return at 11:00 am. Mrs. Jackson's and Mrs. McEvoy's students will be attending in the afternoon - leaving at 12:45 pm and returning for 2:00pm.
Please return permission forms by Thursday, January 17th. THANK YOU!

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

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: Friday, January 26th is a Professional Development Day

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!

Finally, a gentle reminder to check out our  St. Gabriel Social Emotional Learning Blog that highlights the ZONES of REGULATION with strategies on how to support our students identify and regulate their emotions.