Sunday, November 11, 2018

Nov. 12-16 - Lest We Forget

Remembrance Day Ceremony - 
Our St. Isabel Remembrance Day Ceremony will take place on Monday, November 12th, at 10:45 AM in the gym. Service personnel, as well as community members, are invited to attend this very special ceremony. Students will be selling poppies this week. Please send in a donation with your child.

Warm Clothing Drive 

Cleaning out your closet? St. Isabel is accepting gently used winter gear and cold weather clothing for those in need. Anything from newborn to adult sizes are being collected. Donations can be shared with us at Parent Teacher Interviews on Thursday or dropped off in the front foyer at anytime.

Parent Teacher Interview

This Thursday is our Parent Teacher Interviews. Be sure to sign up for an appointment on the sign up sheet found on the St. Isabel website. If you are unable to book a meeting with your child's teacher on this day, feel free to contact the school or the teacher to set up an alternate meeting time.

In Math, we are continuing our place value, addition and subtraction units. Be sure to encourage your child to practice problem solving at home. 

In Language, we are continuing to work with nonfiction texts and our nonfiction reports. Our next unit in Language will be descriptive writing, during which, we will be exploring the story, music and dance of the Nutcracker Ballet. Look for notes to be going home in the next few weeks about our trip to the Algonquin Commons Theatre to see the ballet performed!

This week:
Monday, Nov. 12 - Remembrance Day Ceremony - Parents are invited to our ceremony in the gym starting at 10:45 AM.

Thursday, Nov. 15 -  Photo Retake Day - Students who missed photo day or parents who wish for retakes will get the opportunity today, so dress up and be ready.
Parent Teacher Interviews - We will be conducting our parent teacher interviews tonight. Be sure to sign up for a time.

Friday, Nov. 16 - PD Day - Students do not go to school. Enjoy the long weekend.

Marlee and Haylie were picking apples at a nearby orchard. Marlee picked 344 apples and Haylie picked 371 apples. How many more apples did Haylie pick than Marlee? How many apples were picked altogether?

Write a nonfiction paragraph about something you know about. It could be a place, a sport, an animal - anything nonfiction. Include an opening sentence, 3 "body" sentences that include details, and a closing sentence.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

We Remember

Parents are invited to join our Remembrance Day Ceremony on Monday, November 12th at 10:30 a.m.
As we enter November, it is important for parents and students to remember that it is getting colder and colder outside (and some days, wetter), so please dress accordingly and always wear your coat or jacket. If you have not already done so, bring an extra pair of socks to school in case you have wet feet after playing outside!

Please remember to send in your signed progress report envelopes. We reuse the envelopes throughout the year.

Proofs from Picture Day are coming home. Please return all orders by Monday Nov. 12th.

Thursday Nov. 15th is the date for our Parent Teacher Interviews. You are requested to sign up using the link sent to you from the office last Friday (see St. Isabel website for more info). Please be mindful of the other parents waiting for their interview time. Interviews are 10 minutes in length. If you think you will need a longer appointment please let us know and we can try and schedule one for another time.

In Language, we are continuing our study of fiction and nonfiction characteristics by analyzing a variety of texts and writing our own nonfiction pieces. Soon we will be finding the main idea of a story and writing paragraphs using "juicy" vocabulary and detailed descriptions. 

In Math, three-digit subtraction with regrouping is the concept we are focusing on and practicing daily. At home, please challenge your child with word problems involving addition and subtraction with regrouping, similar to the ones in this week's homework. It is important that students are able to know all of their math facts to 20. Daily oral practise (asking the question verbally) with an adult of simple equations (i.e. 5+4) will help your child to become more confident when answering math problems on their own.

Looking Ahead:
Monday Nov. 12 - School wide Remembrance Day Service in our school gymnasium @10:30 a.m.

Monday Nov. 12 - orders for school pictures are due

Thursday Nov. 15 - Parent/Teacher interviews (by appointment)

Wed. Nov. 21 - Double Lunch Day (please send an extra lunch packed in a ziplock/paper bag to share with The Ottawa Mission)

Language:  Remembrance Day is this coming Sunday (Nov.11th).  It is a day to remember all those soldiers who fought for us in the many wars and conflicts there have been. Write a letter to a soldier to say thank you for what he or she did for us. You might mention that you appreciate how hard soldiers work and that they put themselves in danger every day.  You might say thank you for the peaceful country we live in and the many freedoms we have because of them. Put your own ideas in as well.

1) At the Remembrance Day Assembly, Mrs. MacPhee asked Claire to give a poppy to each of the 685 St. Isabel students. Claire handed out 391 poppies and then asked Carter to give out the rest. How many poppies did Carter have to hand out so that every student received one?

2) There are 127 dancers in the Nutcracker Ballet. Another 176 people design costumes, manage the stage and sell tickets. How many people are needed altogether to create the Nutcracker performance?

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Happy Halloween!

Did you know that Halloween is an abbreviation of "All Hallow's Eve" otherwise known as "Saints Day Eve"? The day of October 31st is a feast dedicated to remembering the dead. Traditionally, families would lay out a feast for the spirits of loved ones who get to return home for this one evening. That is why we give a treat to spooky ghosts, or kids dressed up as such. 

This year at St. Isabel, students are encouraged to dress up for Halloween on Wed., October 31st. Please ensure that your child's costume is easy to move around in and doesn't include any inappropriate accessories, such as swords, etc. Minimal makeup would also be appreciated. 

Socktober! continues to be a huge success, with all of the grade 3 boxes filling up and overflowing with warm socks for the Ottawa Mission. We have one more week before this social justice initiative comes to an end. On our Double Lunch Day in November, these socks, along with all of the lunches, will be taken downtown to the Ottawa Mission.

Progress Reports are going home this Thursday and you will have a chance to review your child's learning so far this school year. Please look over these reports with your child, sign and comment in the space on the bottom, and return this portion, along with the envelope, to your child's teacher within the next week.

Our Place Value unit is finished and now we are working on adding and subtracting 3-digit numbers with and without regrouping using a wide variety of strategies that we have learned (using the hundreds chart, number line, manipulatives, drawing out images).  Many of us have begun including word problems that involve addition and subtraction. Please review these concepts at home - many students find this a very challenging area and benefit from extra review!

In Language, we continue our fiction vs. nonfiction unit. Many of us have already begun to write simple fiction or nonfiction paragraphs using what we have learned about the characteristics of each text. As the days continue, we will slowly be moving into identifying the main idea within a given text. We encourage our students to read nightly and to apply what they have learned in Language to their daily lifestyle.

Next Week:
Mon., Oct. 29th & Tues., Oct. 30th: Scholastic Book Fair (viewing only) in the Learning Commons
Wed., Oct. 31st & Thurs., Nov. 1st: Scholastic Book Fair (purchasing)
Wed., Oct. 31st: Happy Halloween! Wear your costume.
Thurs., Nov. 1st: Progress Reports go home.

Looking Ahead:
Thurs., Nov. 15th: Parent Teacher Interviews
Fri., Nov. 16th: PD Day
Wed. Nov. 21st: Double Lunch Day

With Halloween on Wednesday, many students will go trick or treating. While this is a fun activity for everyone, it is important to stay safe. Please write a paragraph in detail explaining what you can do to stay safe while trick or treating. Be sure to use full sentences and explain why it is important.

Afterward, you can read these tips on how to stay safe:

1. St. Isabel School has 924 books. They are giving away 313 of their books to another school. How many books will St. Isabel have left for their school? 

a) 1,237
b) 557
c) 611
d) 491

2. What number goes in the question mark space to complete the following number sentence?
6 + ? - 5 = 20

a) 11
b) 14
c) 19
d) 31

Sunday, October 21, 2018

The 3rd Week of October and Halloween is Almost Here . . .

It is the last full week of October and what an exciting week it will be! There are so many wonderful events at school for everyone to enjoy. 

In Language Arts, we are looking at fiction and non-fiction texts and identifying the characteristics of each. At home, choose a few random books and analyze them with your parents. Sometimes fiction and non-fiction books share a few features. For example, you might see a table of contents or drawings in both a fiction or non-fiction text. You might want to draw a Venn Diagram showing the similarities and distinctions between the two types of literature!

In Math, we are writing numbers in different ways (e.g. base ten pictures, expanded form, etc.). Our addition is well underway and we are moving into regrouping with three- and four-digit numbers. Practice your math facts daily. Do you know your doubles (6+6, etc.)? Can you skip count by 2's, 3's and 4's fluently?

In Science, we went out on Friday to plant some bulbs in the Grade 3 garden. Ask your child if they remember the name of the flower that is planted in Autumn before the first snow fall.

Our Socktober! social justice initiative continues in all grade 3 classes. We have researched why this is important, some have created graphs of the socks coming in, most have made posters, and some have created Google Slides.  If you haven't donated already, please send in new socks for the men at the Ottawa Mission. This campaign is running until October 31st. The socks will be delivered in November with our first Double Lunch Day. Healthy food and new socks, what could be better?

Additionally, the Social Justice Club is running a "We Scare Hunger" food drive for the Kanata Food Cupboard.

We never ask for you to give more than you can, but if you have any spare canned, non-perishable goods, you can bring them in to school. The grade who collects the most goods can even win a movie and popcorn party! 

This week:

Friday, Oct. 26th: Family Halloween Dance from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Next week:

St. Isabel Book Fair in the Learning Commons

Wednesday, Oct. 31st: Happy Halloween

Thursday, Nov. 1st: A reminder that candy should not be brought to school & Progress reports go home.


The students in Mr. Ho's class separated straws into boxes of 100. The model below shows how many boxes they made and the number of leftover straws.
What number is represented by the picture? Show your work by describing this number in 5 different ways (e.g. standard form, expanded form, base ten blocks, base ten language and using words).


Read the following four sample texts. Decide whether they are fiction or non-fiction and give your reasons why you made that decision.

1. There are about 3,000 different lizards. Only two kinds are poisonous. One is the Mexican beaded lizard.

2. Ernie the Earthworm was excited about his first day at school. He munched on his breakfast and slithered out the tunnel door.

3. Isabella had a fascination with aliens, but when one showed up in her classroom, she couldn't help but scream!

4. The Sun is the star closest to the Earth. It is made up of burning hot gases, so it is impossible to go near it.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Fall has Arrived!

As we head into the 3rd week of October, we can truly appreciate the change of seasons. The foliage has begun to change colour, trees are becoming bare, and the air is getting cold and crisp (some days!). With that, I would like to remind students to dress appropriately for school. It's easier to take a jacket or sweater off if you are too hot, than to not have enough clothing when you are cold.

In Math, we are developing our numeration and place value skills. Students are encouraged to practice their skip counting skills at home. Try to practice skip counting by 2's (2,4,6, 8,10,12,etc.) and 3's (3,6,9,12,15,etc.).

In Language, we are comparing features of fiction and non-fiction texts. Students should be reading for at least 15 minutes a night. At home, have your child read some non- fiction texts, such as a newspaper or magazine article, a cookbook recipe, or a biography. Non-fiction texts have photographs, captions, titles, facts, etc.

Our Socktober! social justice initiative has begun in all grade 3 classes. Our students gathered as a team and looked at all the things we have in our lives to be thankful for. We discussed ways that we can help those that are not as fortunate as we are. We came up with a way to support the men at The Ottawa Mission by giving them a warm pair of socks to keep their feet warm this winter. We realize that parents are often asked to support many different initiatives over the school year so we tried to come up with one that is not too expensive. Students came up with a few stores that adult socks can be purchased for a reasonable price (i.e. Dollarama, Walmart, Costco, SuperStore/Loblaws). Our goal is to collect one pair per person on our team - that means 64 pairs of socks (60 students and 4 teachers). Our social justice initiative ("Be Just") will be incorporated into all areas of our curriculum (math, language, religion, art) and will enable us to be community builders! Our campaign is running until October 31st.

Gathering as a team to decide on our social justice initiative! We are excited for Socktober!

Important Dates:

  • Picture Day is Wed. Oct. 17th
  • Earth Rangers visit Thursday Oct. 18th

Looking Ahead:
  • Mon. October 29th to Friday Nov. 2 - St. Isabel Book Fair

Look at the picture below and answer the following questions.

1. Show the sum of Model 1 in Standard Form & Expanded Form.

2. Show the sum of Model 2 in Standard Form & Expanded Form.

3. What is the sum of both Model 1 and Model 2 altogether?

Below is an example of a non-fiction text.

List at least 3 features of a non-fiction text that you don't usually see in a novel.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Day to all of you. We hope that on this special day you are surrounded by family and friends and that you are enjoying a long weekend together.  We want you to know that we are so very thankful to have your children in our lives and that we are blessed to have the job of educating young people. That's what we are thankful for!

Our school Thanksgiving Mass will be held on Tuesday, October 9th at 10:45 a.m. in the gym. Our new priest will be officiating the ceremony and our grade 3 students will be reciting the readings and bringing up the gifts. All parents are welcome to attend this special celebration.

Our Terry Fox Run last Thursday was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who participated and donated to this very worthy cause. 


In Language, students will be beginning to learn about the differences between fiction and non-fiction writing. They will also be learning how to find the important details in a non-fiction text so that they can begin the process of researching a topic. Ask your child to tell you some of the features of non-fiction writing. 

In Math, they are learning how to represent numbers in different ways and to understand the place value of each number. This will lead to addition and subtraction with and without regrouping (carrying). This can be a difficult concept for some children so they may need some extra practice at home. Learning the facts to 20 by heart really helps the children to learn the newer concepts more easily.

This Week:

Mon., Oct. 8th - Thanksgiving (no school)
Tues., Oct. 9th at 10:45 a.m. - Grade 3 Thanksgiving Mass in the gym

Looking Ahead:

Wed., Oct. 17th - Picture Day



Write a paragraph recounting your Thanksgiving weekend. Did you go somewhere or did someone come to visit you? Did you have a big family meal? What was your favourite part of the meal or weekend? Did you get to go to church? Do you have any special traditions that you do each Thanksgiving? If you answer these questions in full sentences, or add your own, you will have a nice paragraph. Don't forget to hook your readers with a good opening sentence and a closing sentence that maybe tells how you felt about the weekend.


Solve this problem using numbers and words to explain how you got your answer.
Mrs. Brennen and Mr. Ho's classes had a pumpkin seed counting contest against Mrs. Isaac and Mrs. Stockdale's classes. They had a lot of seeds that they gathered from their class pumpkins. Can you figure out which ones are the winners? 
Mrs. B.'s class had 43 seeds                        Mrs. I.'s class had 30 seeds
Mr. Ho's class had 21 seeds                        Mrs. S.'s class had 42 seeds

Which team won? How do you know and how did you figure it out?

Sunday, September 30, 2018

The First Week of October - Orange Shirt Day & Every Child Matters

We can’t believe that we are already in the month of October! The month of September went by in the blink of an eye. The Grade three students have had a great first month together and we look forward to seeing what October holds in store.

September 30th was Orange Shirt Day and we shall commemorate it here at St. Isabel on Monday, October 1st. It is a day created by Phyllis Webstad in recognition of the effects of residential schools and as part of Truth and Reconciliation. You can check out her story here:

On Monday, please wear an Orange shirt to show solidarity with Phyllis and all Indigenous people.

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This Thursday is our first Terry Fox Run at St. Isabel. Please return all fundraising forms this week. The students will be walking around our school perimeter and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing for the weather, as well as footwear for prolonged walking.

The Lunch LadyThis Thursday is also our first Lunch Lady day. Parents are able to order a hot and fresh meal for their child, which is delivered every Thursday. That's one less meal you need to worry about. You can access the website here: The Lunch Lady

Finally, this Friday will be our first PD day of the year. There will be no school, so spend the time enjoying this wonderful Autumn weather.

Next, Tuesday the Grade 3's will be presenting our first school wide liturgy with Father Matthew Keshwah. It will be our Thanksgiving Celebration and all parents are invited to attend. The Mass will begin at 10:30 A.M.

What we’ve been up to:
In Math we are wrapping up our unit on data management. The students have really enjoyed creating their own classroom surveys, collecting data, presenting their findings on different types of graphs, and analyzing different graphs and groups of data. In our next unit, we’ll be focusing on representing numbers, rounding, and addition and subtraction with regrouping.

In Language we are finishing up our unit on recount writing. Throughout the month of September, the Grade three students have looked at all of the parts of a recount and have written personal recounts. In our next unit, we’ll be focusing on detecting important ideas in a text, as well as the main idea. We will also be looking at and comparing fiction and non-fiction texts.

In Science, we are still continuing our unit on Soil. Many of our classes have already taken on the scientist role and have begun investigating different samples of soil.

Important dates this week:

Monday, October 1st - wear orange to honour residential school survivors
Thursday, October 4th - Terry Fox Walk at School
Friday, October 5th - PD day (no school for students)
Monday, October 8th - Thanksgiving Day (no school for everyone)

HOMEWORK (reminder - homework will be due Thursday this week!)


Terry Fox is considered a Canadian Folk Hero for helping spread cancer awareness. Please write a paragraph on why you think Terry Fox is a hero and how he has inspired you. Remember to include proper capitals and punctuation.

Math: Analyze the Pictograph below and answer the following questions: 

1.     What is the mode? Why is it the mode?
2.     How many students picked Red as their favourite colour?
3.     How many students picked Orange as their favourite colour?
4.     How many students picked Blue as their favourite colour?
5.     How many students picked Purple as their favourite colour?
6.     How many students were surveyed altogether?

Nov. 12-16 - Lest We Forget

Remembrance Day Ceremony -  Our St. Isabel Remembrance Day Ceremony will take place on Monday, November 12th, at 10:45 AM in the gym. S...