Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Double Lunch Day- November 22nd

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St. Gabriel Catholic School
400 Keyrock Drive, Kanata, Ontario, Canada K2T 0G6
Tel: (613) 271-6181     

Dear Families,

Welcome to our Double Lunch Day Initiative. St. Gabriel is hoping to help those less fortunate in our community. We are joining together to help The Ottawa Mission by providing lunches for their back-to-work and back-to-school programs. We have designated Wednesday, Nov. 22nd and Wednesday, May 2nd to bring in a second lunch. These lunches not only help many valuable members of our society, but they also lessen the load of The Ottawa Mission.

How can you participate?

The first Double Lunch Day for St. Gabriel School will be on Wednesday, November 22. On this day, we ask that you send your child to school with an additional lunch. The lunches can have perishable and nonperishable items. We ask that they are healthy lunches and that they be packed in a bag that will travel to The Ottawa Mission (brown bag, Ziploc bag, etc.). Please do not include mayonnaise on the sandwiches. Feel free to include a thoughtful, spiritual message and/or a hand drawn picture that will be collected separately and sent in a separate special container. The lunches will be transported to The Ottawa Mission shortly after being collected in the morning. Upon their arrival at The Mission, the lunches will be distributed to the various programs in need. Please see their website for further information

The Mission is also in need of a few additional items:

-winter clothing suitable for adult males (gloves, hats, etc)

We will be sending a number of socks that the Gr. 3 classes collected as part of their Socktober social justice enterprise (approximately 350 pairs of socks)!

Your support in this initiative is truly appreciated by the patrons of The Ottawa Mission. The staff also send their thanks. If you have any questions about the Double Lunch Days please feel free to contact us at the school.


The St. Gabriel Double Lunch Day Committee
Lisa Brennen/Christine Maidment/Tony Ho/Lisa Jackson

Our Mission Statement (The Ottawa Mission)

The Ottawa Mission reflects Jesus' love in serving the homeless, the hungry
and the lost by providing food, clothing shelter and skills, and offers faith
and hope for building a wholesome life.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Appropriate Clothing for Outdoor Play

Related imageNow that winter seems to be upon us, we have been practicing what to wear when going outside.  We are ensuring that each child is wearing their winter jacket, a tuque, a pair of mitts ( gloves are too hard for them) and appropriate warm boots. We do a lot of outdoor play throughout our day, therefore it is important that your child is dressed appropriately. We have been practicing the order of how we put things on. We are helping our students verbally on the order through song. If this is something that you can practice at home, we would appreciate it. Independence with these items is something that we work on.

 As well, we would like to remind you kindly if you can ensure that all your child's items are labelled. We tend to have parents that might shop at the same store and we tend to see students with similar pairs of mitts and shoes. This will help us when helping your child get ready.

Many thanks for your help!
Mme. McCann, Ms. Couch, Mrs. Parnell and Mrs. Bean

Lockdown Practice and Upcoming Drill

Hello Parents,
Just as is the case of fire drills, we are mandated to have "lock down" practices in our school. In anticipation of a school-wide lock down practice, we will be reviewing this practice this week. We will be explaining the need for a  lock down practice in age appropriate terms. In the case of bad weather or a frightened animal accidentally entering our school, we need to go to a safe place. This safe area is our cubby area in our classroom. We need to be ever so quiet so that the scared skunk or raccoon doesn't know were are in the classroom!! If you have any further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us.

Mme. McCann, Mrs. Couch, Mrs. Parnell and Mrs. Bean

Friday, November 3, 2017

Mystery Reader Mondays

Our Mystery Reader program is about to begin next week and we are looking for more parents who are willing to come and "surprise" us with a visit.  We are still hoping for an 11:00 (ish) start time, however, if there is another time of day that works better please let us know so we can try and work something out.

Remember to keep it a secret.... You are welcome to bring a book of your own or borrow one from our classroom.  Please send me an email at if you have any questions or need to chat!

Here is the you see a Monday that you can come and visit??? Email me with a preferred date.  I think many has problems opening the google doc. :)

Date  (Monday)
Name & Student Name
November 6
Catherine & Ella Cooke
November 13
Linda Hay
November 20

November 27
Sarah & Carter Larose

December 4
Mrs. Montgomery
December 11
Sara Braden
December 18
Karyn Perrier

January 15

January 22

January 29

February 5

February 12

February 19

February 26

March 5

March 26

April 9

April 16

April 23

April 30
Sue Perrier

May 7

May 14

May 28

June 4

June 11

June 18

Monday, October 30, 2017

Math Talks

Here is a great example of the learning that can happen from the everyday play that takes place within our classroom.  With loose parts and play dough, a "cupcake" has provoked a great math conversation.  At the end of our play time, I posted this picture on the Smart Board and asked one questions.... 


With our elbow partners (the person sitting beside us) we chatted about what we saw and took turns sharing our thinking with the class.  Here's what we saw!!!

"A triangle!" - Colton
"Circles" - Yianni
"black, orange, black orange.  It's an AB pattern."
"I see circles" - Liam
"Down and Up, down, up, down, up...." - Allison (AB pattern)
"It's a zaggle line"
A pattern: black/orange, black/orange... It never stops!" - Max
"There are 15!"

It is pretty amazing that so many different math concepts can come from a play doh cupcake!  This is a great example of the learning happening everyday!