Thursday, October 10, 2019

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 Liturgy was last Thursday! We are so proud of our students for the awesome job they did leading the whole school in prayer and celebration. Thank you to all of the parents who came to share in our liturgy with us! 


Monday October 14 - Thanksgiving Monday (no school)

Wednesday October 16 - Picture Day (Please ensure your child is not wearing green as that colour is not compatible with the green screen technology being used for the picture background).

Our Learning:

We continue our study of the differences between fiction and non-fiction when looking at various forms of literature. Please ask your child what they know! All three classes are enjoying their participation in the Global Read Aloud novel titled "Stella Diaz Has Something to Say". Last week, each class participated in a class Kahoot questionaire about the first 4 chapters of the book. It was so much fun and made us realize that we really need to listen and pay attention to what the author has written so that we can understand and answer the questions correctly and quickly!

We have been busy representing numbers in different forms (standard, word, numbers & words, pictures and expanded). We are also learning to compare numbers (greater than/less than) and order numbers from least to greatest and vice versa. Next up we will start adding and subtracting with and without regrouping!

Did you know we have a new gr. 3 & 2/3 Social Justice Initiative? We are collecting new men's socks during the month of October to donate to the men at The Ottawa Mission. We decided on socks because they are important to help keep people warm during our cold Ottawa winters and because they are a resonable enough cost that we, as students, can do some extra chores at home to help raise enough money to go and make a purchase to buy a pair!  Thank you in advance for your support of our Socktober Initiative!



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.


Gr. 3

Place these numbers in order from greatest to least:

124, 5, 89, 957, 23

Place these numbers in order from least to greatest:

735, 34, 8, 89, 213

Gr. 2 

Place these numbers in order from greatest to least:

12, 5, 89, 57, 8

Place these numbers in order from least to greatest:

35, 34, 8, 89, 13

Sunday, October 6, 2019

The week before Thanksgiving

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Our school Thanksgiving Liturgy will be held on Thursday, October 10th at 1:00pm at St. Isidore Church. Our priest will be officiating the celebration 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 was a huge success where we exceeded our initial fundraising goal! Thank you again to everyone who participated and donated to this very worthy cause. 

Friendly Reminders

* Please send your child a pair of headphones to school to use with our technology. This enables students to fully take advantage of hearing the sound on interactive activities and using speech to text features while also maintaining good hygiene!

** If you have not created an account for each of your children on School Cash Online please do so at the link. 


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:

Thursday, Oct. 10th at 1:00pm - Grade 3 Thanksgiving Liturgy at St. Isidore Church.

Friday, October 11th- PD Day (No School)

Mon., Oct. 14th - Thanksgiving (No School)

Looking Ahead:

Wed., October 16th- School Picture Day 

Homework: (REMINDER Homework is due Thursday this week)

Write a paragraph on what you are thankful for. Are you thankful for your family? Your friends? Your school? Be sure to provide a reason why you are thankful for these things and think of a way you can show your appreciation. Don't forget to hook your readers with a good opening sentence and a closing sentence that maybe tells how you feel about these things.                                    


We have been talking about representing numbers and the many ways we can do this and show our thinking. Using the number 126, describe as many ways as you can think of to represent a number (example: hundreds, tens and ones, expanded form and word form). 

Sunday, September 29, 2019

The Last Day of September & 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 2/3 & 3 students have had a great first month together and we look forward to seeing what October holds in store.

Monday, September 30th is Orange Shirt Day and we shall commemorate it here at St. Isabel. 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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Last Friday we participated in our school wide Marathon of Hope. Our school goal was to raise about $750, or a toonie per student. The students had a wonderful time walking, jogging and running around the school grounds. The Grade 6 students did an amazing job placing landmarks around the school grounds to indicate all the major cities that Terry Fox ran (and planned to run) through on his Marathon of Hope. The students got to stamp a shoe print on our class passport at each city. By the end of the day all the donations were counted and tallied and we as a school community exceeded our fundraising goal by leaps and bounds. We had raised over $1000 dollars for cancer research. Our students were ecstatic knowing that they were able to make a positive change in the world, and through their actions we were all able to see what an amazing and caring community that we have here. Thank you to all the parents who helped keep our hopes alive and strong. 

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 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 for the gr. 3s and Air and Water for the Gr. 2s. Many of our classes have already taken on the scientist role and have begun investigating different samples of soil and the effects of wind in our environment.



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?

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Last (Full) Week of September!

Welcome to our last full week of September. Hopefully all of you enjoyed Meet the Teacher Night, visiting your child's classroom and meeting their teachers is a wonderful way to share in what they do everyday. The entire Gr. 2/3 & 3 team were very pleased with the turnout and enjoyed meeting all of our students' parents!

The Gr. 2/3 & 3 class teachers have created a slide deck of information relating to our classes and year. Please click the link below to view!

St. Isabel Gr. 2/3 & 3 Meet The Teacher Night Information Slide

In Math, we are finishing up data management by drawing bar graphs, examining pictographs and their key and learning that "mode" is the number that appears the "most".

In Language, we continue to form complete paragraphs in recount writing, with particular attention to developing interesting opening and closing statements and detailed sentences in between. Including descriptive vocabulary in our writing, helps to capture the reader's attention.

As our new technology becomes available we want to be ready. We are learning all about on-line safety and how to be good digital citizens in our Samaritans on the Digital Road lessons!

This week:

Please remember to send in all forms (including the Student Verification and Consent sheets) and pay online your Student Activity fees ($30), agenda fee and Terry Fox donations!
  • Monday Sept. 23rd - Fire House Safety Sessions
  • 1st Pizza Lunch Day is Tuesday
Looking Ahead:
  • Terry Fox Run - Friday Sept. 27th
  • Orange Shirt Day - Mon. Sept. 30th  - Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.
  • PD Day - Friday Oct. 11th
  • Monday, October 14th is Thanksgiving

Language: We continue to practice our Recount Writing (retelling a past event).  One of the features of a recount is that we use the First Person, "I" or "we" when writing.
List some of the other features that should be included in a Recount Writing Paragraph.

Gr. 3 Math: The pictograph below shows the eye colour of a group of students.

Gr. 2 Math: Look at the pictograph below and make three "smart" statements about the graph.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Meet The Educator this Week

Our grade 2/3 & 3 students have been hard at work already and it's time for parents to see what we've been up to. 

In Math we're conducting surveys, analyzing different graphs and recording data. In Language, we are beginning to examine the features of recount writing. In Science, the Gr. 3's are discovering soil and its properties and the Gr. 2's and learning about the air and water in our environment! 

This Wednesday, September 18th, we will have our Meet the Educator Night. Please meet in the school gym at 6:00 p.m. for a welcome greeting by Mrs. MacPhee! At 6:10 p.m. your child's teacher will be ready to greet you in the classroom to discuss classroom routines and expectations, as well as answer any questions. Parents are welcome to bring along their personal electronic devices if they would like educators to show them how to access class blogs and twitter accounts.

Important: St. Isabel will be using School Cash Online to collect all school fees, including agenda payment ($10)student activity fees ($30) pizza orders, etc.:

Terry Fox donations can be made directly to this link:

Terry Fox Donations. More information to come.

**Reminder**: parents wishing to volunteer in the school, be a class expert (to come in and share your career experience) and for class field trips, need to present a police record check. The OCSB requires all parents to have this check completed. Please register as soon as possible!
Police Record Check
 You can pick up a letter from Mrs. MacPhee (at the front office) to take to the police station in order to have the fee waved. 

Zorbits Math Home Connection: Please click the link below to learn how your child can access Zorbit's Math at home! Zorbit's Math

This Week:

Mon., Sept. 16th: International Dot Day (wear dot clothing)

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Wed., Sept. 18th: Meet the Educators Night (6:00 - 7:30)

Looking Ahead:

Fri., Sept. 27th: Terry Fox School Run. More information to come. 

*Homework for the Week*:

Math: Analyze the Bar Graph below and answer the following questions:

1. What was the most popular season?
2. What was the least popular season?
3. How many more students like summer than spring?
4. How many children were surveyed altogether?

Do you remember the first day of school? Please write a recount paragraph about your first day as a Grade 2 or 3 student at St. Isabel. 

Remember to use proper spelling and grammar. Also, be sure to write in the past tense.

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

The 2nd Week of September

The Grade two and three students have been busy at St. Isabel.  We continue to focus on getting to know one another and developing wonderful classroom communities.  

The students are continuing to explore the school and school grounds. They are learning routines and schedules. We would like to thank all our students and parents for their continued development of our school culture. This year our school focus is on being Kind to each other. Communication is key, so if you have any concerns or questions feel free to contact us through the agenda, email or a call; we are glad to answer your queries.

Our focus on Data Management, specifically data collection and graphing, has begun. Students will be practising their data collection skills by participating in surveys. They are organizing their data using tally charts, creating graphs with their data and are beginning to make statements about their graphs.  We will focus on the success criteria of what makes a great graph?

Here is a great review video for Gr. 3:

Here is a different review video for the Gr. 2's about tally marks:

In Gr. 3 Science, we will soon begin our inquiry on soils.  We look forward to sharing our “wonders” and brainstorming ways to meet our learning goals for this unit.  The Gr. 2's will be learning about Air and Water in the environment!

Sharing our reading strategies, including making connections and recount writing are our foci in Language Arts studies.  

Did you know that the Grade 3 and 2/3 classes come together each Wednesday in the Grade 3 pod to share in a weekly liturgy?  Why not ask your child about the message we learned in the Gospel this week?

Here's a quick message from Mrs. MacPhee in regards to our student agendas:

The school agenda is provided to assist students with their organization and time management skills. It is also used as a means to communicate with your child’s classroom teacher. I encourage parents to maintain contact with teachers so that we can work together to help students accomplish their goals. Additionally, it contains information about our school policies and procedures. The entire school community is committed to ensuring that St. Isabel remains a safe and an enjoyable place to learn each day. We encourage you to take time to review the first 11 pages of the agenda with your child as this is where school information and procedures can be found. Please encourage your child to show you his/her agenda each evening. 
The cost of this years agenda will be $10.00 and the student activity fee is $30. ​ A reminder to all parents who have not made their payments, it can be made through School Cash Online School Cash Online 

Upcoming events:
  • Our Meet the Teacher Night will take place Wednesday, September 18th, from 6:00 - 7:30 pm.​ This will provide parents with an opportunity to meet your child’s teachers and to receive information about school/home communication, school procedures and to get into your child’s classroom to see where great learning opportunities take place. 


Please click under your teacher’s name on the right to complete the Google Form for this week.

Gr. 3

Math:  Look at the graph below:

Language:  We have completed our first week of school.  We would love to hear about what you love the most about Grade 3!  Using your best “juicy” words, describe what you love the most about Grade 3 so far.  Remember to write in complete sentences and edit your work! (Don’t forget capital letters, punctuation, etc.)

Gr. 2

Math: Look at the picture below
1. How many donoughts are there?
2. How many loaves of bread are there?
3. How many cupcakes are there?

Language:  We have completed our first week of school.  We would love to hear about what you love the most about Grade 2 and your new school!  Using your best “juicy” words, describe what you love the most about Grade 2 and St. Isabel so far.  *Hint - a "juicy" word are fun and interesting words.

As always, feel free to contact your child’s teacher should you have any questions or concerns. We are all looking forward to a fantastic year of learning in Grade 2/3 and 3!

Your Grade 2/3 and Three team.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Welcome to Our New School Year!

Hello and a very warm welcome to Grade Two/Three and Grade Three!

It is a new school year in our fabulous school and we are so happy to have you in our classes. Mrs. Brennen (2/3), Mr. Ho (3), Mrs. Hudson (3), Mme McCann (2/3) and Mme Ingrid (3) will be your grade 2/3 & 3 team and we are looking forward to an exciting year! This blog will be updated weekly and will include all the news, learning goals and homework for this school year.

Please read below to learn a little more about our homework program for this school year:

Homework will be assigned and completed on-line (Gr. 3 will switch to paper homework in April). Homework is submitted using a Google Form which students access through this blog. Students simply click the link provided below their teacher's name on the sidebar. Homework is posted each Sunday evening and students have until Friday morning to complete all of the tasks. Classes will take up the answers as a group every Friday.

The homework this year for Gr. 2 will encourage reinforcement of the skills being learned in class. The Gr. 3 focus will be on preparing students for the EQAO test in May. Each week there will be one language portion (usually a paragraph) and a few math questions (centred on the math strand we are working on that week).

Through experience, we have found that the whole process and quality of work is best when students complete any of the written components, such as the weekly paragraph, in a word or Google document first. This way, students can develop their editing and revising practises which are essential skills to any writer. It also gives parents opportunities to read over their child's work and give feedback. Once this is done the work can be copied and pasted into the Google Form under your child's teacher's name.

We are aware that student's keyboarding skills are just developing and this can cause frustration for some students and their families. It is recommended that children use the website to develop these skills. In addition, there have been students in the past who do not have access to a computer or whose access is limited. If this is the case, the homework document can be printed off so that he/she knows what is expected and can complete all sections at home by hand. Your child may then submit their handwritten responses to his/her teacher each Friday.

This process may be new to many of you and there may be questions that arise. Please feel free to contact your child's teacher at any time. We believe there is substantial benefit to the practise of homework but also believe that home should not be a battlefield and that completing homework should not result in frustration. If you are struggling to get your child to complete the homework please speak to your child's teacher. Together, we can try to find solutions to make the whole process run smoothly.


All information this year will be sent home from your child's french teacher through a welcome letter that will be sent to families directly via email (through School Connect).

Please refer to the link in the sidebar to access the French St. Isabel Website.

Homework for this Week:

Please click the link below your teacher's name (on the right side of this blog) to access your homework for this week. It is all about "Getting to Know You" better! What would the 5 most useful things be for me to know about you as a student? You may need to watch the video a few times to give your brain a chance to think about what you want to write and share!

That is all for this blog post. Please look for a few letters, etc. coming home in the agenda and mailbag this week and next.

Thank you for your support,

The St. Isabel Grade 2/3 and 3 Teaching Team

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