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Welcome 2018.w2

At Home...
Please ask your son or daughter to explain...
    Math: what a fraction is and to give an example? 
        LA: what a hook, hurdle or twist? 
            Religion: what is faith? where does it come from?
                Science: what are fossil fuels?
                    Health: what are calories?

Loblaws Visit - Tomorrow, January 18 - Our class will be visiting Loblaws to learn about reading labels and healthy eating - we leave school at 9AM (8:55) sharp (please be earlier if possible). Bus returns approximately by 10:30.
Scholastic - 
Book orders are due Monday, January 22 as there has only been one submission. Please send in filled out form from booklets (last page gets removed) and a cheque (not cash). Note: there has not been much interest so I believe this will be the last order.

Reminders:
Friday, January 26 - PD Day
Thursday, January 18 - Loblaws visit - we leave school at 9AM (8:55) sharp (please be earlier if possible) Monday, January 22 - Scholastic Book orders Due. Please send in cheques and not cash.
Friday, January 12
 - Last day to purchase Yearbooks at the discounted price.
Reading at Home: Students are being encouraged to be reading up to 15 minutes a night. 
Chapter books, Graphic Novels, Magazines (non-fiction) and online!


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Welcome 2018.w1

Loblaws Visit - Thursday, January 18 - Our class will be visiting Loblaws to learn about reading labels and healthy eating - we leave school at 9AM (8:55) sharp (please be earlier if possible). Bus returns approximately by 10:30.
Scholastic - Book orders are due Fridday, January 19. Please send in filled out form from booklets (last page gets removed) and a cheque (not cash).

Reminders:
Thursday, January 18
 - Loblaws visit - we leave school at 9AM (8:55) sharp (please be earlier if possible) Monday, January 22 - Scholastic Book orders Due. Please send in cheques and not cash.

Friday, January 12
 - Last day to purchase Yearbooks at the discounted price.
Reading at Home: Students are being encouraged to be reading up to 15 minutes a night. 
Chapter books, Graphic Novels, Magazines (non-fiction) and online!


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Welcome to 2018!
I hope everyone had an amazing break, Christmas and wonderful start to 2018! 

I would first like to thank Mrs. Santo for being your child's teacher while I was gone. It was a blessing to have her in for me while I was gone.

It was tremendously difficult to be away during the time of wonderful St. Gabriel Christmas Spirit! However, my hernia(s) operation was a success and it is wonderful to be back.

Please check curriculum links for updates for student learning...

Reminders:
Friday, January 19 - Scholastic Book orders Due. Please send in cheques and not cash.
Thursday, January 18
 - Loblaws visit - we leave school at 9AM (8:55) sharp (please be earlier if possible)
Friday, January 12 - Last day to purchase Yearbooks at the discounted price.
Reading at Home: Students are being encouraged to be reading up to 15 minutes a night. 
Chapter books, Graphic Novels, Magazines (non-fiction) and online!


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Last day tomorrow.
Unfortunately, tomorrow will be my last day for a few weeks as I have an operation. I will be sending a note home regarding this. Class pictures will also be sent home. Have a great weekend.

Double-Lunch Day - Wed., Nov. 22
Our Double Lunch Day Initiative at 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 Wed., Nov. 22nd and Wed, 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.

Homework Tonight (Tue., Nov. 14) 15-20 minutes.
There is a 3-page review handout that covers patterns and some addition. As well as the page they were working on today. They should only work on this for 15-20 minutes (note: Most should finish in this amount of time).

Stories:
Students have begun work on their narratives - please ask them about the plot (what happens?) of their story, who (character or characters) is in it and what the problem (solution) is? How will they hook their readers in - what will keep their reader interested? What keeps YOU interested in reading a book?

Multiplication:
Students should have already completed their multiplication flash cards (3-9: example 3x2-6, 3x3=9, etc.). We are encouraging them to know up to 5 by Christmas.

Time:
We are also going to start working on time (as part of measurement) as we continue on
addition and subtraction word problems.

Reading at Home:
Students are being encouraged to be reading up to 15 minutes a night.
Chapter books, Graphic Novels, Magazines and online!

Interviews 

Thank you to everyone who could come in to see meet with me. If you couldn't make it you can call the school or email me at:

Reminders:

* Double-Lunch Day - Wednesday, Nov. 22
* WE Day (Nov. 15)
Progress Reports went home November 2. Please sign, detach and send back slip with envelope. Thank you.
* Operation Date (Nov. 22)


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Welcome to Week 10
 

Interviews (Wed., Nov. 8):

Thank you to everyone who has filled out the Interview Form. 
If it does not work, please contact the school to book your time. 
Thank you to all the parents who signed and send back the Progress Report slip with envelope.

November 10
Remembrance Day Ceremony – 10:30am


Reminders:

Interviews - Wednesday, November 8. 
* Remembrance Day Ceremony - Nov. 10 (10:30)
Progress Reports went home November 2. Please sign, detach and send back slip with envelope. Thank you.
* Operation Date (Nov. 22)
Growth Mindset Assignment - we will be reviewing this in class and a paper assignment will be going home for those who could not do the online assignment for some reason. 


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Welcome to Week 9
- Happy Halloween!
I hope everyone who made it out to the Halloween Dance had a great time!

Operation Date (Nov. 22):
As some of you know I unfortunately have some hernias that require surgery. I spoke with the class today about it to get them ready for my absence. I am scheduled to be off until mid-December. The guest teacher will continue with the scheduled plan for all subjects. 

Narratives:
Students will begin their pre-writing for their stories next week. I have asked them think about their audience and what interests them - why do they 

Scholastic - Due: Nov. 10

Interviews (Wed., Nov. 8):
Thank you to everyone who has filled out the Interview Form. 
If it does not work, please contact the school to book your time.

Thank you to all the parents who signed and send back the Progress Report slip with envelope.

Progress Reports / Interviews.
Progress Reports went go home this Thursday and interviews will be next Wednesday evening - you can use the following link to book your time: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/15uLUesgiRU27-NgeE3DLrbVv71yxGfmlySTLkzFu190/edit?ts=59f36764
* You can click on any time to make a booking - we ask that you only book one 10-minute appointment with your child's HOMEROOM Teacher.  Please be sure to indicate your child's name and your family name.  Cancellations can made by calling the School (613-271-6181) or emailing the School (gabriel.ocsb.ca) Thank you!

Tuesday, Oct. 31 - Orange and Black Day
Tomorrow! Picture Retakes - Monday, October 30th


Reminders:
* Interviews - Wednesday, November 8. 
Progress Reports went home November 2. Please sign, detach and send back slip with envelope. Thank you.
* Operation Date (Nov. 22)
* November 1 is Take Your Child to Work Day.
* Growth Mindset Assignment - we will be reviewing this in class and a paper assignment will be going home for those who could not do the online assignment for some reason. 


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Welcome to Week 8!


Halloween Dance Tomorrow! - Clothing Donation for Entry
Tomorrow is our Halloween Dance and the fee to enter is a donation of clothes.

School Photos / Orders
Just a reminder that School Photo orders are due Oct 26th. Late orders will NOT be accepted at school. If you would like your child to have a retake photo, please indicate on the photo order form or send an email at gabriel@ocsb.ca 
Retakes will be taken on Monday October 30th.

Weather
As we approach the colder weather, students may want to have a sweater or hoodie in their bag, as well as a toque and some mits. :)

Update:HOMEWORK assignment on Growth Mindset
We are having some difficulties with the sharing of files accessed by multiple students. If your filed opened up please let me know. We are also have some troubles logging into their OCSB gmail accounts. 
Please Note: The last thing I want to do is cause any stress at home so please simply let me know if you are having any troubles and we will figure things out at school. 
Homework - Students who do not do the assignment online will have it for homework on paper.

AMAZING!!! News Show: Oct. 26 (10:45)
Halloween Dance: Oct. 27 (6 PM)
Picture Retake: Oct. 30 (in LC) 
Play For Change: Oct. 30 (in Gym) 

Reminders:
* Growth Mindset Assignment - due date is now pending...
Play for Change is on Monday, Oct. 30 - students are encouraged to bring in spare change to play games in support of the grade 6 Social Justice fundraiser for Me to We.
* Math "Show-me's" were sent home two weeks ago to be signed. I am still looking for a couple more to be returned. 
* St. Gabriel is an Eco-Gold School - please continue to send 
reusable containers for Boomerang Lunches.

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Welcome to Week 7 of School

HOMEWORK assignment on Growth Mindset
* I have shared a homework document (via their OCSB email accounts) with all students called Growth Mindset (note: This includes my extra afternoon students as well). This is homework due next Friday (Oct. 27th). Students will be given some time in class work on this assignment as well. Please note that some students are having difficulties logging into their OCSB gmail accounts - this could be because they changed their password or they are new students. We will work to rectify any issues as soon as possible. Thank you

In Math we are now working on Addition (Regrouping) and Subtraction (Borrowing)
and in Language students will be beginning their pre-writing (brainstorm) for their narratives as well as working on Main Idea.

This Friday is Hat Day (for the United Way)
To support of the United Way, Students and Staff are encouraged to bring in a tooney and wear a hat!
Thank you for your support.

Fire Prevention: Oct 25
News Show: Oct. 26 (10:45)
Halloween Dance: Oct. 27
Picture Retake: Oct. 30 (in LC) 
Play For Change: Oct. 30 (in Gym) 

Reminders:
* Growth Mindset Assignment - due Friday, Oct. 27.
* Friday is Hat Day for the United Way (please support by bringing in a tooney).
* Play for Change is on Monday, Oct. 30 - students are encouraged to bring in spare change to play games in support of the grade 6 Social Justice fundraiser for Me to We.
* Math "Show-me's" were sent home on a week and a half ago to be signed. I am still looking for a couple more to be returned. 
* St. Gabriel is an Eco-Gold School - please continue to send 
reusable containers for Boomerang Lunches.
* Students are to log into their email (see below), create a doc and share it with me.

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Welcome to Week 6 of School

Thursday is Clean Up the Capital Day - If your son/daughter has gardening gloves please have them bring them in and maybe wear an old pair of pants. And if it is wet out please have them wear their boots.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and a super long weekend!

Gmail / Google Doc
We are trying to make sure that all student Gmail accounts work. I was hoping this could be done at home, but we are starting to work through it at school. A successful login is important as students will be learning how to create a Google Doc and share it with me. In the future, students will be collaborating with their peers and the use of these skills will be imperative. In the near future we will be exploring some other Google Apps including Google Sites, etc. These are skills that students will need as they progress toward high school.

To Check Gmail:

Please use the following info to access email.

Students: (@ocsbstudent.ca)

Username: firstname.lastname@ocsbstudent.ca 

(mary.smith@ocsbstudent.ca)

Password: "1"

* Unless the student has already changed their password.

Next, in the top right corner there is 9 small squares and if you click it you will have many options. Please have your son/daughter try to create a Google Doc (The title is: Their Name Growth Mindset) and share it with me:
darren.labrash@ocsb.ca. Thank you

Reminders:
* Clean the Capital on Thursday (bring gardening gloves if you have them and wear appropriate clothes)
* Math "Show-me's" were sent home on Thursday to be signed. Please return them as soon as you can. 
* St. Gabriel is an Eco-Gold School - please continue to send
reusable containers for Boomerang Lunches.
* Students are to log into their email, create a doc and share it with me.

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Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Weekend!
* Please note:
I sent home the students math "showme's" today to be signed for Tuesday.  Please review with them.
We will be continuing on some rounding and place value for a few days before heading into patterning and addition/subtraction.
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Welcome to Week 5 of School

Thanksgiving Mass: Tuesday
Mass starts at approximately 10:30.

What is a Growth Mindset?
Please ask your son/daughter to explain how we move from a 'fixed mindset" to a "growth mindset"?

Prodigy:
Your child should we well under way into playing Prodigy. Thus far I have had not had any students ask for logins/passwords so please make sure they are up in running. Please note I receive progress updates from Prodigy Admin so I can monitor students progress. If you are having difficulty, please let me know and we will get it working at school. Students will begin having time to work on Prodigy during class time once they are done particular activities.

Gmail / Google Doc
This week (and next) we will be making sure all student Gmail accounts work and if not we will find a resolution. A successful login is important as students will be learning how to create a Google Doc and share it with me. In the future, students will be collaborating with their peers and the use of these skills will be imperative. In the near future we will be exploring some other Google Apps including Google Sites, etc.

Google Gmail

Please use the following info to access email.

Students: (@ocsbstudent.ca)

Username: firstname.lastname@ocsbstudent.ca 

(mary.smith@ocsbstudent.ca)

Password: "1"

* Unless the student has already changed their password.

Next, in the top right corner there is 9 small squares and if you click it you will have many options. Please have your son/daughter try to create a Google Doc and share it with me: darren.labrash@gmail.com. Thank you

Scholastic:
Order forms were due last Friday, but I will still accept any forms that are returned by Tuesday. Please make sure your child's name is on the last sheet of the booklets (where you check the box of the books you're ordering), and that you use a cheque for payment, and that both are put into a Ziploc (they easily fit into a small baggie if folded). Please note we will be ordering again this month so your child will have another chance to order books then. We encourage you to order a French book as well to reinforce their second language. Thank you.


Reminders:

* Picture day was last Friday - If it was missed we will be scheduled Picture Retake shortly.!
- As we head into Autumn (I think :), please make sure your child has a pair of indoor and outdoor shoes. Students cannot where outdoor shoes in the class or the gym.

We are an Eco-Gold School so please ask your child what a Boomerang Lunch is? (Please send lunches in reusable containers)
* Please send me an email so I create as parent reminder group for my AM and PM class.  Thank you.
* Friday is a PD day.
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Welcome to Week 4 of School

* Picture day this Friday! (Tomorrow!)

Terry Fox PERMISSION FORMS - There are many permission forms that have not been returned. If we don't receive them your son/daughter will not be able to join us tomorrow.
Terry Fox this Week!!!  Thursday, Sept. 28 has been set for this year's Terry Fox Run. Info letters and permission forms were sent home on Tuesday.

Scholastic
 order forms were handed out Thursday and are due back by next Friday (Sept. 29). Could you please make sure your child's name is on the last sheet of the booklets (where you check the box of the books you're ordering), and that you use a cheque for payment, and that both are put into a Ziploc (they easily fit into a small baggie if folded). Thank you.

Prodigy: By the end of the this week I hope to have everyone set up and running on Prodigy. I am also hoping to have another program, called Xtra Math, introduced and being used by all by the end of next week. As mentioned on Pizza Night, these programs play an integral part in reinforcing the math being taught at school. 

WITS - students have begun brainstorming ideas about situations where they might need to "Talk it Out" with a bully.
Over the next couple of weeks students will work in groups to create, practice and perform their plays on using their WITS.

Reminders:

* Picture day this Friday!
Students need a pair of indoor and outdoor shoes. Students cannot where outdoor shoes in the class or the gym.

We are an Eco-Gold School so please ask your child what a Boomerang Lunch is? (Please send lunches in reusable containers)
* Please send me an email so I create as parent reminder group for my AM and PM class.  Thank you.
* Next Friday is a PD day.

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Welcome to Week 3 of School 

Thank you to the parent volunteers that helped make the Carp Fair such a great time!

Scholastic
order forms were handed out Thursday and are due back by next Friday (Sept. 29). Could you please make sure
your child's name is on the last sheet of the booklets (where you check the box of the books you're ordering), and that you use a cheque for payment, and that both are put into a ziplock (they easily fit into a small baggie if folded). Thank you.

What a great night!
It was great to meet so many of the parents last night! Tomorrow is the Carp Fair.
Please note I am away at a workshop on Monday.
Have a great weekend!

Pizza / Meet Teacher this Wed. 
and Carp Fair this Fri.
In Math we will be continuing work on Place Value and will be introducing Rounding and review of 2- and 3-digit addition and subtraction.
In L.A. we will be continuing work on the Writing Process (Brainstorm and Pre-writing) and the Parts of Speech, and students will be starting to write their own plays (group work) on how to use their WITS (the focus being on how to TALK IT OUT!). 
In Religion / Media Literacy, we will continuing onto lesson 4 of the Samaritans Along the Digital Road.
And in Science we will be starting our Rocks and Minerals unit, which will include some Art!

* AwesoME
Please ask your son/daughter to explain what they are hoping to achieve this year!!!

Reminders:

Students need a pair of indoor and outdoor shoes. Students cannot where outdoor shoes in the class or the gym.
We are an Eco-Gold School so please ask your child what a Boomerang Lunch is? (Please send lunches in reusable containers)
Wednesday Night Pizza and Meet the Teacher night!
Carp Fair Friday - I will be in contact with any parents who have offered to volunteer (we only need 4, but I will check if more are needed)
                               Thank you so much for offering your time!!!

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Welcome to Week 2 of School!
We have been continuing to work on Place Value, the Writing Process, using our WITS, 
Samaritans Along the Digital Road, Growth Mindset, and lots of fun little things in-between!

The first couple of weeks have been also dedicated to getting students back into the routine of school
and "Getting into the Zone" in order to fully take advantage of our learning processes.

* Next week we will be starting to move deeper into our learning by adding some online math and greater expectations for homework (logging into our gmail accounts, and creating and sharing documents).

I look forward to meeting you on Wednesday, September 20, at our St. Gabriel, Pizza & Meet the Teacher Night!
Mr. L

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WELCOME BACK!
I am very excited to be your child's teacher this year. Please have a look around the site and check back to this page for upcoming events, updates and reminders.
This week will involve introducing subjects, our learning goals and the expectations to achieve success.
Please contact me should you have any questions:
darren.labrash@ocsb.ca
* Also, I will be asking all parents to send me an email so I create as parent reminder group for my AM and PM class.
Thank you.