Sunday, May 12, 2019

Happy Mother's Day!

One week of school and one very long weekend before we begin our EQAO testing! Exams will begin Wed., May 22nd in the morning. Everyone has worked very hard to prepare for these examinations and the opportunity has finally arrived for students to showcase their knowledge and ideas. Children who are well-rested and equipped with healthy snacks and a reusable water bottle will be in optimum shape to write their tests. Parents, thank you for all of your home support with review practice in math and language over the past several weeks.
Wishing mothers a very special day 
full of love and happiness. 
You deserve it for all the 
wonderful things you do 
all year!
Thank you very much for your participation in our many exciting activities during Catholic Education Week. We loved seeing parents at the Muffin Mingle, Community Celebration and STEAM night. St. Isabel's first Education Week was a resounding success!

This Week:
The final week before the EQAO. This week's practice package is due on Thursday! Please review all of the EQAO homework packages from the previous weeks in anticipation of the provincial assessment.

Fri., May 17th - PD Day (no school)
Mon., May 2oth - Queen Victoria Day (no school)

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Catholic Education Week!

There are special events every day during 
Catholic Education Week!

Kick Off Assembly and Prayer for Staff & Students
Music Monday (you can practise the song here song)

School Board Mass at Notre Dame Basilica @ 7pm
St. Isabel Muffin Breakfast and Open House 8:30-9:15 a.m.
Community Celebration Assembly 9:15-10:15 in gym - the choir is performing!
Double Lunch Day - Please bring an extra lunch to give to a person in need at The Ottawa Mission (click here to view letter to families).

Dance Showcase
St. Isabel STEAM night 5:30-7:00

School Spirit Day - wear school colours (shades of green)
Choral Celebration for Choir members
Run for World Wildlife Federation

Please remember that EQAO homework is due on Fridays. We have another language booklet for this week's homework. You can keep practising math as well! Here is a good site to help with review: Math Review on-line link

In Language, we are studying a variety of poetic forms, from acrostic to concrete poetry. Explanatory and procedural writing will also be explored this month. For practice, have your child write all the steps, in chronological order, necessary to complete a task (e.g. getting ready for school or making a sandwich).

In Math, we are covering transformational geometry this week and mass & capacity next week!

Looking Ahead:
EQAO -   Our dates for testing are as follows: We will begin testing on Wed. May 22nd and end on Monday May 27th. Students will write 2 sections per day on Wed. & Thurs. - one first thing in the morning (9:15 - 11:00 a.m.) and the second session will run right after lunch recess (1:00 - 2:45 p.m.). On Fri. writing will take place in the a.m. and on Mon. we will write in the afternoon!

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Final Week of April/First Week of May

If April showers really bring May flowers, then we better see a whole mountain of flowers. 

We exit April and enter into May.

A reminder that all students will be going to St. Isidore Parish this coming Wednesday for a school wide mass at 1:00 PM. Parents are invited to share in our celebration.

On Friday, a delegation of educators from Korea will be visiting St. Isabel in the morning.

Fun Fact! Did you know that May gets its name from the Greek Goddess Maia. She was one of the seven Pleiades and daughter of Atlas, the titan who holds up the sky.

In Math we are starting Probability - the chance something has of happening.  We use spinners and number cubes. Our fraction skills will be quiet useful.

In Language Arts, we are continuing to read and write different forms of poetry.

In Science we are beginning to look at plant life and ecology.


Please complete your Week 4 EQAO Math Package and return it by Friday.

Next Week:

Education Week is May 5th to May 10th

May 5th - Music Monday (1:00)

May 8th - 
-Muffin Mingle 8:15 -9:00 am  
-EA booth
-Community Celebration 9:10-10:15 am- Celebration in the gym (Newshow).

-Double Lunch Day for the Ottawa Mission

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Easter!

Easter is the celebration of Christ's resurrection from the dead. It is celebrated on Sunday, and marks the end of Holy Week, the end of Lent, the last day of the Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday), and is the beginning of the Easter season (50 days) of the liturgical year which ends at Pentecost.
As we know from the Gospels, Jesus Christ rose from the dead on the third day following his crucifixion, which would be Sunday. His resurrection marks the triumph of good over evil, sin and death. It is the singular event which proves that those who trust in God and accept Christ will be raised from the dead.
Since Easter represents the fulfillment of God's promises to mankind, it is the most important holiday on the Christian calendar.

We wish you and your family a very happy and blessed Easter!

As we round the last full week of April, we continue on our countdown to E.Q.A.O. and to Education Week.

Fun Fact! Did you know that April gets its name from the the word "aprilis", which means to open. Some people interpret this to mean that this is the month that opens the way for Spring!

In Math we continue learning about money. Students must know how to make change from both a $5 and $10 dollar bill. They can use a count up strategy (count up from the cost of the item to $5/$10) or use subtraction (lining up the decimals and remembering rules for subtracting across zeros). Next we will be starting Probability - the chance something has of happening.  We use spinners and number cubes.

In Language Arts, we are reading and writing poetry. We will beginning Explanatory writing next.

In Science we are beginning to look at plant life and ecology.


Please complete your Week 3 EQAO Math Package and return it by Friday. Week 4 will focus on language and will be sent home on Friday.

This Week:

Please send in your plastic bags (those from grocery shopping, etc.) as the grade 1 students are collecting them as part of a St. Isabel eco challenge.

Wed. has been designated as our Clean Up the Capital day. Feel free to bring in gardening gloves to wear as we pick up any debris left in our yard over the winter!

Looking Ahead:

Education Week is May 6th to May 11th - look here next week to see all of the events that have been planned!

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Holy Week

The final week of Lent is upon us, as we prepare for 
Good Friday and the joy of Easter morning. 
We wish all of you a blessed Easter season.

In Math we are finishing up fractions and beginning our unit on money. We encourage parents to show price tags from shopping items to your child and ask them how much change they would get from a $5 or $10 bill. It's always beneficial when students get to apply their learning in the real world. 

In Language, we are learning about different types of poems and have begun writing our very own!

Our second EQAO package went home last Friday and the third EQAO package goes home this week. The math is from all 5 strands that will be tested during EQAO exams. Please ask your child to work on a few pages every night and bring the booklets back to school each Friday, except this week when packages are due on Thursday, April 18th because of Good Friday. Even if it is not completed, the booklet must come back to school each week so that students have the opportunity to go over the questions with the rest of the class!

Grade 1 students are inviting us to join in their Plastic Bag Challenge! Beginning Mon., April 15th and lasting for two weeks, students are asked to bring in as many plastic bags as possible for this initiative. All collected bags will be taken to Wal-Mart to be recycled, which means they will be kept out of the landfill.

This Week:
Mon., April 15th - Mrs. Winters talks about Social Emotional Learning and Mental Health with our classes.
Tues., April 16th
  • One of our parents, who is a dentist, will be making a guest appearance during 1st block to share important dental hygiene tips with our students.
  • Stations of the Cross will be in the gym during 3rd block.

Wed., April 17th - Special health presentation from a local Loblaw's nutritionist.
Good Friday, April 19th - No School
Easter Monday, April 23rd - No School

Looking Ahead:
May 6th-10th - Education Week

Sunday, April 7, 2019

2nd Week of April

We've had a very cold start to April so far, however, warmer days will soon be here!

In language, we continue to work on our persuasive letters. Also, we are starting to read and discuss a variety of poetry.  The students are particularly interested in the poet Shel Silverstein and here is a great website to explore his poetry: Short and Sweet Shel Silverstein Poems

In math, we have finished up Time & Temperature and are now ready to introduce fractions. Here is a link to help review how to identify the numerator and denominator! Numerator/Denominator

Next, we will be moving on to our money unit. 

A reminder that this week's homework package is due back Friday April 12th.  Please return the package even if it is incomplete because we want every student to have the opportunity to go over it with the class.  

This Week:

Monday & Tuesday, April 8 & 9th: Rocks & Rings - The students will learn how to curl with our special guests.

Looking Ahead:

Tuesday April 16-  A visit from a Dentist. A special guest appearance from a parent in our community who will share some dental hygiene information to our students.

Wednesday April 17 - A visit from a nutritionist. We will have a special health presentation from our local nutritionist from Loblaws. 

Friday, April 19th - Good Friday

Monday, April 22nd - Easter Monday

Sunday, March 31, 2019

April Showers Bring May Flowers

April is Poetry Month!

In Language Arts, we are finishing our persuasive letters and looking forward to our poetry unit. Enjoy some time with your child reading everything from limericks to free verse! Here is one to get you started:

By Aileen Fisher

How brave a ladybug must be
Each drop of rain is big as she.

Can you imagine what you'd do
if raindrops fell as big as you?

In Math, we continue working on telling time and temperature and exploring the calendar and fractions. Please encourage conversation with your child about daily weather temperatures, patterns on the calendar and times for your daily routines (e.g., eating breakfast at 7:00 a.m., starting school at 9:00 a.m., etc.). This creates authentic connections to the concepts we are learning at school.

Looking Ahead:
Rocks and Rings (curling): April 9th

Dental Health visit by a parent who is a dentist: April 16th
Community Nutritionist visit: April 17th
Easter Weekend: April 19-22
Clean Up the Capital: April 24th

Looking Further Ahead:

EQAO testing for grade 3 will begin on Wednesday, May 22nd and continue for the next four days (Finishing up on Monday May27th in the afternoon). While teachers are moving forward with new concepts in math, there is also a strong emphasis on review to ensure that students are remembering and practicing all of the five math strands that will be examined. These include Data Management, Number Sense, Geometry, Patterning and Measurement. EQAO also tests Reading and Writing/Grammar skills, which we have been practicing throughout the school year.

On Friday (April 5th), all of the Grade 3 teachers will send home a math EQAO package to be completed and returned to class by the following Friday. This routine will continue each week (new booklet handed out on Friday and then returned the following Friday for corrections) until the week before EQAO testing. 
There is no online homework until EQAO testing is finished. A language component will be added to the package in week five. This will give your child the opportunity to review a variety of skills in a similar format to what they will experience on their EQAO tests. 
It is very important that your child practice math every day and the EQAO package will seem less overwhelming if a regular daily routine is established at home. Every Friday, when the work is returned, teachers will review the answers and take up any questions from the students. Even if your child is unable to answer every question, they must bring their homework booklet back to school on Friday so they can follow along and learn/make corrections as the work is reviewed with the whole group. A new booklet will be sent home every Friday.

Last on-line homework before EQAO:

MATH - 1. Susie starts working on her homework at 4:15 p.m. She finishes everything 45 minutes later. What time is it when she is done?

2. School finishes at 3:30 p.m. Mrs. Brennen stayed after school for a teacher meeting. Her meeting lasts 60 minutes and then she marks some math problems for another 45 minutes. What time will it be when she leaves for home?

LANGUAGE- Write a paragraph telling about your favourite part of Swim to Survive. Remember to use descriptive words to help paint a picture in the mind of someone who is in grade 2 so they know what to expect next year!

Happy Mother's Day!

One week of school and one very long weekend before we begin our EQAO testing! Exams will begin Wed., May 22nd in the morning. E veryone h...