Saturday, 14 October 2017

Week of October 16 - 22

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.

There will be a mandatory Sacramental Meeting held at the St. Isidore Church Hall on Tuesday, October 17th at 7pm if you would like to have your child make the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist this year with his/her classmates. It is very important that if you cannot attend the meeting but wish for your child to receive the sacraments you will have to contact Father Virgil directly at the Parish.
Friday is Hat Day!   
Students are asked to bring in donations for the United Way on Friday, October 20th and in return, they can wear a hat at school! This is a fun-filled spirit day for a very worthy cause.

Leaf press Art
Students are asked to collect a variety of leaves from outside of all shapes, sizes and colours (only already fallen leaves please). At school, students will be arranging leaves to form a their own unique image. Please feel free to try this at home with your family!

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 and computers out of the bedroom.




Dear Parent/Guardian,     

The Ottawa Catholic School Board was one of the first school boards in Ontario to allow students to BYOD - Bring Your Own digital Device - to school. Over the last ten years, we have made significant investments to ensure our students and staff have access to a variety current technologies. The use of technology to support learning remains a key priority to ensure that students are equipped with the skills to flourish in an increasingly digital world. Chromebooks have proven to be versatile, reliable, and affordable digital tool in the classroom.

As students have engaged more with the technology that is available in their classrooms, many families have expressed interest in purchasing a device for their child to use at school and at home.  Many parents have reached out, seeking advice about which technology would best support their child’s learning, is reasonably priced, yet durable enough to withstand the wear and tear of daily use as it’s transported back and forth to school each day.

We have been working with STAPLES CANADA to provide three good Chromebook options that families can choose to purchase at a STAPLES store or online. These three models are the same devices that are currently used in schools. Each is a rugged commercial-grade Chromebook, with a full keyboard and touchscreen, (and some that fold over to also act as a tablet with a pen).  Each of these devices will support your child’s school work, including the use of their @ocsbstudent.ca Google account and all related educational applications they are already use at school.

Detailed information about the recommended options are available online at the following site: https://www.staples.ca/sbdca/en_CA/cre/programs/byod/ottawa/            
OR visit your local/Ottawa STAPLES store to view these three Board-recommended devices:
  1. Lenovo N23 Yoga Chromebook
  2. Acer R13 CB5-312T-KOYQ Chromebook
  3. Acer Spin 11 R751TN-C5P3 Chromebook

Please note that here is NO expectation that students must purchase and bring their own devices to school, nor is there any incentive to the Board beyond sharing this information. Devices will continue to be made available in schools for use by all students.

Sincerely,

Shelley Montgomery
St. Gabriel Catholic School

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

This Week in Grade Two - October 10th to 16th


We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!



We hope that the online homework is going well and that you find it to be a positive experience.  Please contact your classroom teacher if you have any questions or concerns and remember that homework is expected to be submitted by each Sunday evening.  


St. Isidore Meeting on October 17th in the Church Hall


There will be a mandatory Sacramental Meeting held at the St. Isidore Church Hall on October 17th at 7pm if you would like to have your child make the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist this year with his/her classmates. It is very important that if you cannot attend the meeting but wish for your child to receive the sacraments you will have to contact Father Virgil directly at the Parish.


Curriculum Update


Religion:  Beginning to learn about the Sacraments, starting with baptism, and continuing our friendship unit. We will be discussing the ups and downs of friendship.


Language:
In writing, we are working on "What is a sentence?" ex. capitalization, punctuation, parts of speech  - nouns, verbs. We are working on rhyming  short "a" and short “e” words.  As well, the children are learning about the features of a personal recount and are using these features to write their own.
In reading, we are working on fix-up strategies. Students are learning how to use a variety of strategies to help them decode unfamiliar words.


Math:  We continue to work on numeration with a focus on skip counting (forwards and backwards) by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s, 10’s and 25’s to 100 using hundred charts and number lines.


Art: We are moving on from the primary colours to the study of secondary colours.


Science: We are studying characteristics and classifications of animals.

Upcoming Events:


October 27th and 28th - Photo days


October 12th - International Play Outside Day


October 26th - News Show in the gym at 1:00 pm


October 31th - 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!

Saturday, 30 September 2017



This Week in Grade Two - October 2th to 9th


Welcome to the wonderful world of online homework!  We hope that you and your child 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. A large part of the 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 practice 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 practice reading and writing (spelling) the words regularly at home.


This week the homework is not due until Tuesday as we have the Thanksgiving holiday. Here's a reminder of how it works:


Click the link 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.

Important Dates:


Monday, October 2 - New homework posted


Tuesday, October 3- Thanksgiving Mass in the gym


Friday, October 6 - P.D. Day for all students. No school.


Monday, October 9 - Thanksgiving Holiday. No school.


Finally, we encourage the children to get outside as much as they can!  The leaves will soon be 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 Thanksgiving!  God Bless!




Sunday, 24 September 2017

Please find the shared Grade Two Open House Slide deck here!

-Grade 2 Open House Sept 202.pdf

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Week of September 25th to October 2nd


Thanks to all of you who were able to come to our St. Gabriel Open House/Pizza Night last Wednesday.  It was wonderful to see so many families. We appreciate the time you took out of your busy lives to attend our presentation. It was a great success!


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


In Math, we continue to construct and deconstruct bigger numbers 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 unit on 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. A large part of the 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     
E-Mail:  Gabriel@ocsb.ca


September 2017
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 Thursday, September 28th, 2017.  


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 - 6 will be walking a loop to the Beaver Pond and then returning to the school. Parent volunteers are needed to assist each class, please consider volunteering your time.


The Terry Fox Walk for the kindergarten classes will be held in our school yard.


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:


1) You can donate through “School Cash Online”: https://ocsb.schoolcashonline.com/
2) You can have your child give his/her classroom (homeroom) teacher $1 or $2.
3) Families also have the option to make donations online at www.terryfox.org . You can donate to our school fundraiser at:


In an event of rain, the Terry Fox Walk will be on Wednesday, October 4th.


Thank you in advance for your support.
Sincerely,

The Staff of St Gabriel  


Important dates this week:


Thurs. Sept. 28th -Terry Fox walk around the Beaver Pond.  The rain date is Wed. Oct. 4th. Thanks for all who were able to volunteer.  Your child's teacher will contact you with details.


Friday, Sept. 29th - Picture Day for all students (class and individual photos)


Dates to Remember:

Tuesday, October 3 - Thanksgiving Mass @ 1:00 pm in the gym
Thursday, October 5 - Clean the Capital (more information to follow)
Friday, October 6 - PD Day for all students
Monday, October 9 - Thanksgiving holiday (no school)


Tuesday, October 17 -  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.

Friday, 15 September 2017



Week of September 18th to 22nd
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Wednesday, September 20


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. Barber and his 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.  New posts will be generated weekly and important information will be posted about learning goals and upcoming events.

Snack Time and Lunch: we are encouraging students to have litter-less snacks and lunch. All garbage will be placed back in student's lunch bags to be recycled at home. To help your child establish environmentally friendly eating habits we encourage the use of reusable containers and water bottles.

Homework- Online homework will be starting Monday, September 25th. At school your child will be shown how to do their homework so that they know what to do at home. During the Open House Teacher presentation, parents will be shown how the online homework is organized and completed.

Dates to Remember:

Open House is Wednesday, September 20
Pizza dinner from 5pm - 6pm

Open House Teacher Presentation :  please choose 1 presentation to attend. The Grade 2 teachers have collaborated and created a presentation highlighting key elements that parents need to know to help support student success.

  • Grade 2 Teacher Presentation 1 : 6:00pm in Rooms 166-165 (we will have the wall open to accommodate all Grade 2 parents).
  • Grade 2 Teacher Presentation 2 : 6:30pm in Rooms 166-165 (we will have the wall open to accommodate all Grade 2 parents).
  • Mrs. Justinich's Grade 1/2 Teacher Presentation will take place in Room 164.
Terry Fox Walk : Thursday, September 28th
  • Soon you will receive an information letter and permission form. At that time, please complete the permission form and indicate if you are able to volunteer to help your child's class walk to the Beaver Pond.
Picture Day: Friday, September 29th
  • Your child will be participating in a class photo and an individual photo session. At a later date, you will be given the photo proofs and you will be able to select the photos you would like to order. 

Monday, 11 September 2017

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 twice per 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.
Homework

The online homework will begin on the week of September 25th.
Each week, your child will be given 5 new word wall words for the week (Words of the Week). Your child will write the 5 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. You are invited to attend a sacrament parent information meeting being held at the St. Isidore Church hall. First Reconciliation will be also held at St. Isidore church. These dates will be announced once they are confirmed with Father Virgil. The sacrament of First Communion will take place at St. Isidore Church after Easter. More details will be provided at the parent information meeting .


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/October Topics of Study

The following are some of our current and upcoming topics:


Math

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)

Unit 2 – Patterning (creating, extending, and representing patterns using two changing attributes such as colour, size, shape, number, position)


Language:

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 during term one:

  • 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.
  • We will examine the features of nonfiction texts and work on determining important ideas in nonfiction texts in order to help us better understand the text.  During your at-home reading time, please encourage your child to read information books and retell some important ideas and facts from the texts.
  • Later in the Fall, our Writing focus will be on nonfiction descriptive writing. The students will  practise their research skills and use the information they find to do some descriptive writing on an animal.


Science:

 Unit 1 – Growth and Changes in Animals


Religion & Family Life:
 
Friendship Unit 
Belonging to our Family unit 
Baptism


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., healthy eating, food groups; 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.


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.


IMPORTANT:  GRADE TWO BLOG
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.


Sincerely,


The Grade Two teachers:
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christine.maidment@ocsb.ca

lisa.wong@ocsb.ca (Jackson)

sarah.feraco@ocsb.ca

jodi.beyer@ocsb.ca

karen.mcevoy@ocsb.ca

amber.o'reilly@ocsb.ca