October 15 - 19



Thank to everyone for your support of our Terry Fox Walk.  We raised a total of $668.90 this year with approximately ( ask your child about rounding/estimating) 300 students participating.  Well Done!

What's Happening This Week:


Friday, October 12th - Clean the Capital day - we were out in the front of the school cleaning the property.


Friday, October 19th - Scholastic Book Orders are due
Grade 6 Math Test (See below for content)


In Math:

We are coming to the end of this unit, so on Friday there will be a test on the following: Standard, expanded, written numbers, rounding numbers to whole, tenths, hundredths, estimating, adding, subtracting of decimals and multiplication of whole numbers using a method of their choosing.

In Language Arts:

For Spelling , we are on Week #6.
Library Day is Tuesday.
Autobiographies are now being graded by yours truly.  Next week, we will begin two new tasks: 1) Reading of the novel Iqbal, where we will practice note taking and comprehension.  This will lead us into WE Day. 2) Starting research of a Canadian soldier which will bring us to our Remembrance Day assembly which the Grade 6s are presenting.

Other:
The Grade 6 teachers are presently making decisions about who will attend WE Day.  We have tickets for 20 students (we are still hoping for more).  That information will be coming home in the next few weeks.  We Day is November 14th.

We are also pleased to announce that the entire Grade 6 class has been invited to the Canadian Museum of Science and Technology for a week long study for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) to look at a project concerning sustainable living.  All the 6s have been invited with 2 teachers and 2 parents (chosen already) to assist. (We do need 1 parent for Thursday and Friday.  If you are interested please send a note to Mr. Graitson or Mr. Mayhew.) Again, more information will be coming as we get closer.  The dates for this event is November 5 - 9.

October 8 - 12






What's Happening This Week:

Monday, October 8th - Thanksgiving Day - No School
Tuesday, October 9th - School Mass Song Practice - 1:20 p.m.
Wednesday, October 10th - Thanksgiving Mass at 10:45 a.m.
Friday, October 12th - Clean the Capital day - where we go out and clean our school area.


In Math:

We continue to work on Decimals.  This week we will be estimating sums and differences and then adding and subtracting decimals. 

In Language Arts:

For Spelling we are on Week 5.
Our Library day is on Tuesday.
We are finally finishing our Autobiographies.  There have been so many interruptions for the students to get class time to work on them.  But, they are finally due on Thursday, October 11th. We will have one more class work block on Wednesday morning.

October 1 - 5


What's Happening This  BUSY Week:

Monday, October 1st - Orange Shirt Day - wear an orange shirt to recognize the history and legacy of the Residential School system. For more information click here, http://www.orangeshirtday.org/
Wednesday, October 3rd
Terry Fox Walk (again) at 9:15 a.m.
Thursday, October 4th
Pizza and Movie Night - starts at 5:30
Friday, October 5th is a PD Day - No School
Monday, October 8th - Thanksgiving Day - No School

In Math:

We continue to work on Decimals.  This week we will be estimating sums and differences and then adding and subtracting of decimals. 

In Language Arts:

For Spelling we are on Week 4.
Our Library day has been reset - it is on Tuesday.
We are continuing with our Autobiographies.  The class is getting to the end and the final product will be due on Tuesday, October 9th. There are 3 work blocks this week (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday) and by the completion of the assignment the students will have had 7 hours of class time to complete this task.

In case you haven't had a chance to donate ...

 

Our 2018 Terry Fox School Run - Wednesday, Sept. 26

Donations are now welcome for our Terry Fox walk.
Because of construction, we will not be walking to the Beaver Pond this year.  Instead we will go out into our community; we will walk from St. Gabriel up Keyrock and down Kanata Avenue, going past All Saints H.S. and then back down Goulbourn Forced Road to our school.  We will be walking on the left hand sidewalks the entire way.
How to share your fundraising page link:
Our school has been set up at terryfox.org to receive online donations. 
Our school is proud to be participating in the Terry Fox School Run. Please join our school community and support this worthy cause, click: http://www.terryfox.ca/StGabrielCSKanata to be taken to our school’s fundraising page. The Terry Fox Foundation has a great reputation with 82 cents of every dollar going directly to cancer research. Thank you for joining us in the fight against cancer.
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September 24 - 28

Welcome to Week Four!

Sorry to all if this is appearing late.  I live in Barrhaven and that meant no power until Sunday night = no internet = no blog.

What's Happening This Week:

Saturday, September 22 - First Day of Fall
Wednesday, September 26th - Terry Fox Walk at 9:15 a.m.
Friday, September 28th is Picture Day

A Request

Our P.E. Team has asked that if there are gently used equipment such as: Baseball items, soccer balls, volleyballs, basket balls, or badminton items we would love to have them for yard equipment.  Just send them in and they will be used. Thanks 

In Math:

We are working on Decimals to the thousandths place; reading and writing decimals, and next we will estimate them and then multiply a decimal by a whole number.  

In Language Arts:

For Spelling we are on Week 3.
Our Library day has been set - it is on Thursday.
We are continuing with our Autobiographies.  If your child has not already asked you questions about their baby days, they will be. By weeks end we should be close to halfway finished. 

 

Our 2018 Terry Fox School Run - Wednesday, Sept. 26

Donations are now welcome for our Terry Fox walk.
Because of construction, we will not be walking to the Beaver Pond this year.  Instead we will go out into our community; we will walk from St. Gabriel up Keyrock and down Kanata Avenue, going past All Saints H.S. and then back down Goulbourn Forced Road to our school.  We will be walking on the left hand sidewalks the entire way.
How to share your fundraising page link:
Our school has been set up at terryfox.org to receive online donations. 
Our school is proud to be participating in the Terry Fox School Run. Please join our school community and support this worthy cause, click: http://www.terryfox.ca/StGabrielCSKanata to be taken to our school’s fundraising page. The Terry Fox Foundation has a great reputation with 82 cents of every dollar going directly to cancer research. Thank you for joining us in the fight against cancer.
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September 17 - 21

Welcome to Week Three!

What's Happening This Week:

Thursday, September 20th - Open house night at 6 and 630 p.m.

Friday, September 21st - Grade 4 going to the Carp Fair.

In Math:

We continue to work with Place Value, where all places in a number have a value.  We are working up to the millions place.  We are going to start working on Decimals to the thousandths place.  Then we will be working on Estimating/Rounding and multiplication.

In Language Arts:

For Spelling we are on Week 2.
Our Library day has been set - it is on Thursday.
We are focussing on writing now and have started working on our Autobiographies.  If your child has not already asked you questions about their baby days, they will be.

 

Our 2018 Terry Fox School Run - Wednesday, Sept. 26

Donations are now welcome for our Terry Fox walk.
Because of construction, we will not be walking to the Beaver Pond this year.  Instead we will go out into our community; we will walk from St. Gabriel up Keyrock and down Kanata Avenue, going past All Saints H.S. and then back down Goulbourn Forced Road to our school.  We will be walking on the left hand sidewalks the entire way.
How to share your fundraising page link:
Our school has been set up at terryfox.org to receive online donations. 
Our school is proud to be participating in the Terry Fox School Run. Please join our school community and support this worthy cause, click: http://www.terryfox.ca/StGabrielCSKanata to be taken to our school’s fundraising page. The Terry Fox Foundation has a great reputation with 82 cents of every dollar going directly to cancer research. Thank you for joining us in the fight against cancer.
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September 10 - 14



Welcome to Week 2!

We are settling into our class routines and have meet all the teachers who teach us.  Mr. Mayhew is teaching Family Life and Mr. Laverne is teaching Religion.  We see each of them twice a week.

From the Office:

"In order to received all school communication, you MUST register at:  http://ocsb.ca/schoolmessenger/ "  

What is happening this week:

Tuesday, September 11th - Last day to order pizza
Wednesday, September 12th - School Council Meeting - 7 p.m.
Thursday, September 13th - Milk/Juice orders due
Friday, September 14th - 10:45 a.m. - First School Assembly

Classroom News:

We are starting our spelling program.  We get our words on Monday (20 words) and we will do activities around them during the week.  On Friday we have a test of those words.
If you would like to see the words, they can be found at https://www.k12reader.com.  Look at the Grade Five list, as it teaches most of our spelling lessons for the Grade 6 year

If you were wondering, I worked for Brian Mulroney before teaching. I was a media analyst; my job was to read newspapers from across Canada and create a relevant newspaper for the Prime Minster.  It was to be at his desk each morning when he arrived and then updated for Question Period at 2 p.m.  This 'newspaper' was sent to staff who requested it in the PMO (Prime Minister's Office), PCO (Privy Council Office) and FPRO (Federal Provincial Relations Office). Mt special projects included the Free Trade Agreement and the Meech Lake Accord. It was a 7 days a week job with weekend work presented on Monday unless it was requested earlier.  I did that job for 7 years.

That should be all for now.  Ask your child about our Reward Coupons, if they haven't already told you about them.

Have a good week!

September 4 - 7

Welcome back to St. Gabriel school!

Background:
I wanted to introduce myself so you had some idea who is teaching your child.  My name is Tim Graitson and I will be teaching Math and Language Arts.  I have taught all grades from Kindergarten to Grade 7 for the past 27 years (9 years in Primary and 18 years in Junior grades). I am happily married (34 years and counting) and I have one child, a daughter who is finishing her 2nd year of residency at medical school in Belleville. Before teaching, I worked an exclusive contract to the Prime Minister's Office monitoring media from across Canada. (I will let you try to figure out which Prime Minister it was but here is a hint: his son is a tv personality).

Homework:
My policy for homework is to try to get it done at school.  There will be work to be done at home like practicing spelling words but most work should be able to be completed at school; class time is given for this work, so if school work is sent home, it is because it was not completed during class time. This work should be completed without parental help but feel free to give guidance - it cannot be used for assessment purposes.

Contacts:
If you need to contact me, you may call the school at 613-271-6181, write a note in the Communication Book or email at tim.graitson@ocsb.ca.

I hope we all have a wonderful school year learning together!