Sunday, January 13, 2019

2nd Week of January

After a fun-filled Christmas Break, it is always great coming back to school and continuing our Grade Three journey together. We had an excellent first week back. Our classes collaborated to discuss and determine the key elements of the learning skills to be assessed for the upcoming report card - organization and self-regulation. Our school is focusing on the Gospel Value of Excellence and encouraging our students to always give their personal best to each other and their school work.
Important Dates:
Friday, January 18th  - 2nd Swim to Survive session for Mrs. Isaac's class and a few students from Mr. Ho's class. Please remember your swimsuit and towel.

Looking Ahead:
Friday, January 25th - PD Day - no school.

Math: Most of us have started our unit on Measurement. Ask your child to show you how they measure objects with a ruler to the nearest millimetre, centimetre, and metre. We will also be discussing and determining both perimeter and area as part of our study.

Language: While we are continuing to improve our understanding on how to write descriptive paragraphs, we will soon begin writing interesting narratives. We are positive some will be quite adventurous! Stay tuned for more exciting stories coming your way! 

Science: We are beginning our unit on Forces and Movements. Ask your child if they can name a type of force!(Hint! There are plenty of forces to be found in NHL hockey, figure skating, etc. Have fun!) 


Math: Watch this video to learn what perimeter means. Some of us will be talking about it this week in class!

Question 1 - In Canada, what type of measurement do we use?

a) Metric

b) Imperial

Question 2 - What would the perimeter of this shape be? Remember to write what unit of measurement it is measured in!
Language: Read this descriptive paragraph about a sunset:

"Sunset is the time of day when our sky meets the outer space solar winds. There are blue, pink, and purple swirls, spinning and twisting, like clouds of balloons caught in a blender. The sun moves slowly to hide behind the line of horizon, while the moon races to take its place in prominence atop the night sky. People slow to a crawl, entranced, fully forgetting the deeds that still must be done. There is a coolness, a calmness, when the sun does set."

Question 1 - Did this paragraph paint a picture in your mind? Why?

Question 2 - List as many adjectives as you can find from the above paragraph. Remember that an adjective is a describing word - they help you see in your mind what the author is writing.

Question 3 - Pick a favourite food. Describe your favourite food in a paragraph using all of your senses. What does it look like? What does it taste like? Can you describe the feeling it has on your tongue? Wait until the end of your paragraph to tell us what it is so we can try and guess!

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Happy New Year 2019!

Wishing you and your loved ones a very happy, healthy and blessed 2019! 

The weather we experienced in late December has continued to be a snowy, Winter Wonderland (although now it is a wee bit colder!). Please send your children to school fully equipped to play outside, with warm, comfortable clothing each and every day.

Sunday, January 6th was the Epiphany of our Lord. We remember the three Wise Men following the star to baby Jesus, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. What gifts will we give to Jesus this year? Will we choose to embrace his light and share it with the world?

Important Dates:
Friday, January 11th - Mrs. Isaac`s class  (plus 3 of Mr. Ho's students) will have their first of three Swim to Survive sessions (remember to bring your swimsuit and towel)

* Update 
  1. Anyone wishing to order popcorn for this term must order on School Cash Online tonight.  Reminder to students that the first term for popcorn has ended so if you do not reorder you will no longer receive popcorn on Wednesday.  Please ask your parents tonight if they ordered it for you.

2.  Yearbooks are for sale on School Cash Online.  They will be delivered in June but you must pre-order.  If you would like a yearbook please mention it to your parents.

Math: In our study of 3-D shapes we examined their attributes (faces, edges, vertices), and created and worked with nets before Christmas. Next up will be measurement!

Language: We continue learning how to write descriptive paragraphs using our senses (sight, hearing, taste, touch, smell). For each descriptive activity, we focus on one or more of our senses and use that to write a full and detailed descriptive paragraph (example: showing students an image and having them use their sense of sight to write a descriptive paragraph of what they see -- being as specific and as detailed as possible).

Science: Most classes have finished our unit on soils and will begin our unit on Forces and Movements. 


Language: Write a descriptive paragraph about your two weeks of Christmas holidays. Describe your family traditions - what food does your family enjoy and how do you celebrate the festive season? What was the highlight of your holiday and why was it so special to you? Use detailed and descriptive sentences, with interesting words, to capture your teacher's attention!


Look at these shapes.
a) Which of these shapes are parallelograms? Explain why.

b) Which of these shapes are not parallelograms? Explain why not.

Look at this net:


1. This is a Net of what 3-D shape?

a) Square-based pyramid
b) Triangular prism
c) Cube
d) Triangular-based pyramid

2. How many faces does this Net have?

a) 3
b) 6
c) 5
d) 4

The St. Isabel Grade 3 Team is excited to be back and is looking forward to sharing the learning and discoveries of 2019!

Saturday, December 15, 2018

3rd Week of Advent!

We love those J-I-N-G-L-E Bells! As we enter the third week of Advent, we light the third candle. As many of you may notice, the third Advent candle is PINK, and it represents the JOY that fills our hearts as the birth of Jesus is coming. Now is the time to fill our hearts with love for family and friends and to think of others as we await the birth of Christ. We should be joyful for what we have, rather than longing for things we do not, and remember, "tis the season for giving, not receiving".

Last Wed. we had two very special guests come visit the Gr. 3 team to teach us a few of the fundamental positions and steps of ballet. It was so fun trying out some of the steps that we watched the dancers perform during our field trip to the Nutcracker!

We also had a special visit from Mr. Sean Wong, Director of The Ottawa Mission, who came in to share with us some information about how our socks from our Socktober initiative were shared and appreciated by their clients. The men are very grateful for our help in keeping their feet warm this winter!

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This "Busy" Week:

Tuesday Dec. 18:
Christmas Liturgy (10:30 a.m.)

Wednesday Dec. 19:
Christmas Sweater Day - wear your beautiful/ugly sweater!

Thursday Dec. 20:
Special dance guests will be coming in to teach us about hiphop dancing (2nd block)
Christmas News Show (1:00 p.m.) - wear your favourite Christmas hat or hairband!

Friday Dec. 21:
Pyjama Day and Sing Along (2:15 p.m.)
Last day of school before the holidays. Merry Christmas!

Looking Ahead:
  • Mrs. Isaac's class will have Swim to Survive the first week we are back from holidays on Friday, January 11th, 2019. Her students need to remember to bring a towel and swim gear to school that day. 
  • Everyone returns to school on Monday, January 7, 2019.

Homework (Last one for 2018):

Rory sorts 4 figures into Groups W and X.

In which group should Rory place the following figure? Explain your thinking.
Only one more week of school before the Christmas holidays! What are you planning to do over the next two weeks? Describe your holiday plans in detail and if you don't have any yet, describe what you would like to do while you are away.

Wishing you and your family
a blessed Christmas 
and all the best in 2019!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Second Week of Advent: Peace

This week, we light the second purple candle on the 
Advent Wreath, symbolizing peace.
Last Friday, we had a wonderful time at Linda Jamieson's production of The Nutcracker. The students were dressed up and had a spectacular time watching Tchaikovsky's ballet. The dancing was graceful, the costumes were colourful, and the music was enchanting. Thank you parents for letting your children experience such a timeless classic.

If you are leaving after this week to go on an early Christmas break, please let your teacher know in advance so they can plan accordingly. 

Grade 6 is still looking for items for their White Elephant Sale on Friday, December 14th. Any books, toys or household knick knacks are welcome. 

This Week:
Wed., Dec. 12th: Centrum's Chapter's Fundraiser from 5:30-8:30 p.m. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to St. Isabel.

Thurs., Dec. 13th: Visitor from the Ottawa Mission to speak to our classes about our Socktober! donations and how this kind of charitable work helps the people who come to their organization.

Fri., Dec. 14th: White Elephant Sale. All items are priced between 25 cents and $5.00 and the grade 6 students will wrap any Christmas presents purchased.

Looking Ahead:
Tues, Dec. 18th: Advent Liturgy in the gym at 10:30 a.m. All parents are welcome to join us.

Thurs., Dec. 20th: News Show in the gym at 12:45 p.m. Parents are invited to attend.

Fri., Dec. 21st: Christmas Sing Along in the gym at 2:15 p.m.

Language: On Friday, we watched the Nutcracker Ballet at the Algonquin Theatre. Write a reflection about your experience. Did you enjoy the ballet? What was your favourite dance? Who was your favourite character? What was your favourite costume? Did you like the scenery? Be sure to write in full sentences and check your spelling and grammar.


3D shapes are made up of 2D shapes. When we use a bunch of 2D shapes to make a 3D shape, it's called a net.

1. What 2D shapes are used to make a cube? How many of them do you need?

2. What 2D shapes are used to make this pyramid? How many of each shape do you need?

Sunday, December 2, 2018

The First Week of Advent

Season's Greetings and Merry Christmas to all. It is the first week of Advent and we celebrate by lighting the first Advent Candle of Hope. We fill our hearts with hope in the weeks leading up to Christmas Day and the birth of Jesus.

Last Thursday, we had our official school opening and blessing ceremony with many honoured guests, such as the Director of Education, Denise Andre and Archbishop Prendergast. We would also like to add a very special thank you to all parents and students who helped in our celebration. We could not have done it without your help and support.

We continue to work hard in our classrooms and look forward to sharing our learning with our families! Why not ask your child about what descriptive words are?  Or what they are doing for their Nutcracker Art project? We are all working hard.

What’s happening in Grade 3?

  • In math we are continuing with 2D Geometry. You can help your child at home by quizzing them on all the geometric shapes found around the home (e.g. try to find something that is hexagon-shaped or rectangular around the house).

  • Did you know that we have been learning about the Nutcracker?  Our focus hasn’t been only on the story, but also on the beautiful music and dances that we will see during our visit to the Algonquin Commons Theatre on December 7th! Stay tuned for more stories, pictures and delightful conversations as we share our experience of attending the Nutcracker Ballet!

  • Our writing focus continues with nonfiction, descriptive reports. Students have also been focusing on determining the main idea of a text, while also finding supporting details. When reading with your child at home, asking him/her questions about the main idea of the book would help support in-class learning.

  • Don’t forget! This Friday, December 7th, all Grade 3 students will be attending the matinee performance of The Nutcracker at the Algonquin Commons Theatre. We thank you in advance for supporting your child by sending in the fee and permission slips. We look forward to seeing the delight in each child’s eyes as they experience the beauty of this ballet! A reminder to parents to please dress your child up for the ballet, as it is a formal occasion and students should look their best.

As always, we thank you for your continued support and wish you many blessings during this Advent season.

The Grade 3 Team :)

This week's Homework:

We will soon be attending a performance of The Nutcracker at the Algonquin Commons Theatre.  There are many people that contribute to making the show a great success!  First, watch this video:

Next, explain why costumes are an important part of any performance. Then, describe your favourite costume on the video. What do you like most about this costume and why? What would you change about this costume and why? Which character from the story are you most looking forward to seeing? Why? Be sure to include wonderful adjectives to make your writing "pop"!   Don't forget to edit your work carefully.




3. In question 2, why is the polygon you chose not a parallelogram?

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Last Week of November!

We had our Socktober Initiative finale last Thursday as a Gr. 3 team! Please click the link to view some of the learning activities we did that were associated with this fabulous social justice initiative. Click the word Socktober below!
Socktober 2018!

On Wednesday, November 21st, Linda Jamieson and her ballet dancers  visited our school to explain the storyline of The Nutcracker and demonstrate some ballet moves to our grade 3 classes. We loved watching them and cannot wait to watch the full show in Dec.!

Please remember to return the Nutcracker permission forms and pay the ticket fee on-line by Friday, Nov. 30th. The cost of each student ticket is $15.00. We are asking parents to pay this amount. The cost of the bus will be taken care of through the student activity fees. The cashonline amount will show as $15.50 as the online payment service charges a .50 transaction fee.

In language, we are finishing up our nonfiction writing projects. We have learned a great deal about the many different text features that are found in non-fiction books and how to use those features best. Children should be able to tell you the differences between fiction and non-fiction writing and how to quickly find an area of interest in a non-fiction text. Along with our nonfiction unit, we continue to work on our writing skills and reading comprehension.

In math, we are well into our unit on 2D geometric shapes and their properties. We have been looking at regular and irregular polygons and the different types of polygon names (triangle, quadrilateral, pentagon, hexagon, octagon). 

This week:

Thursday - Official Grand Opening of St. Isabel - School Blessing Ceremony (6:30 p.m. Liturgy and Official Opening Ceremony in gymnasium)

Friday - all Nutcracker permission forms and ticket payments are due.


Language: Write a nonfiction paragraph about one aspect of winter. You can research one aspect to learn facts about your area of interest. Be sure to use facts. Include an opening sentence, 3 "body" sentences that include details, and a closing sentence. 

Math: Look at these shapes and answer the questions below.

Which polygon has 3 sides?

a)      Quadrilateral

b)      Triangle

c)       Pentagon

d)      Hexagon

Which polygon has a right angle?

a)      Triangle

b)      Pentagon

c)       Square

d)      Octagon

All of the above polygons are Regular polygons.

a)      True

b)      False

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Bullying Awareness Week

This week is Bullying Awareness Week at St. Isabel and we are committed to raising awareness to what bullying really looks like and how we can prevent it.  Remember, bullying comes in many forms, like:

Verbal bullying - name-calling, sarcasm, teasing, spreading rumours, threatening, making negative references to a person.

Social Bullying - mobbing, scapegoating, excluding others from a group, humiliating others with public gestures to put others down.

Physical Bullying - hitting, poking, pinching, chasing, shoving, coercing, destroying or stealing belongings, unwanted touching.

Cyber Bullying - using the internet or text messaging to intimidate, put-down, spread rumours or make fun of someone.

Bullying occurs when these actions happen repeatedly by a person to demonstrate power over others. Students need to know that they are not powerless and that they all have a voice to stop bullying and bullying behaviour.

You can get more information at Bullying Canada
A very special thank you to our Junior teachers and students for the wonderful Remembrance Day assembly last Monday. The choir sang beautifully and the ceremony was an amazing tribute to all the brave men and women who have protected and continue to protect our country.

Last Thursday, we had our first Parent-Teacher Interview Night at St. Isabel. It was a pleasure to meet so many of you and discuss the progress your children are making this year.

St. Isabel is partnering up with the Ottawa Mission for the Double Lunch Initiative. This week will be the first Double Lunch Day of the school year. On Wednesday, November 21st, students are asked to bring a second lunch to school to be donated to the Ottawa Mission to help families in Ottawa. All the socks we have collected for Socktober will be sent to the Ottawa Mission along with these lunches.

Also on Wed., Nov. 21st, the Linda Jamieson ballet dancers are visiting St. Isabel to showcase the Nutcracker dances, costumes and music to our grade 3 students. We are very excited to welcome these dancers and enjoy their presentation. We will be going to see the Nutcracker Ballet on Friday, December 7th at Algonquin Commons Theatre. More information will be coming your way this week.
This Week:
Wed., Nov. 21st: Double Lunch Day, Nutcracker Dancers visit St. Isabel

Looking Ahead:
Thurs., Nov. 29th: Official Opening of St. Isabel at 6:30 p.m. The St. Isabel choir will be singing at this event.

What we’ve been up to:
In Math, we are beginning our unit in Geometry. We will be starting with 2-D geometry. Ask your child to name and describe some shapes for you using some vocabulary we have been discussing in class (e.g. parallel sides, vertices, and right angles).

In Language, we are continuing to work with nonfiction texts and our nonfiction reports and finding the main ideas in texts. Our next unit in Language will be descriptive writing, during which we will be exploring the story, music and dance of the Nutcracker Ballet. 

Language:  This week is Bullying Awareness week. Have you ever encountered a bully? What happened? How did you resolve your problem? Be sure to write in full sentences and to check your spelling and grammar.

Math:  The students at St. Isabel are very generous! On Double Lunch Day, the primary students brought in 216 lunches and the junior students brought in 208. How many lunches were brought in altogether? Last year, 397 lunches were collected. How many more were collected this year than last year?

2nd Week of January

After a fun-filled Christmas Break, it is always great coming back to school and continuing our Grade Three journey together. We had an ex...