Friday, 15 June 2018

Happy Father's Day!

You're the best Dad, HANDS down!

Wishing you all a happy father's day. We hope that you enjoy and make use of your new placemats.

Monday, 4 June 2018

Fun in Science!

Grade 3 students have been working on a fun and exciting plant research activity. Students worked on putting together their beautiful plant using tracers and construction paper. They are researching information about plants to complete their flower project.   

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Upcoming Events

Just a reminder of some upcoming events (Play Day and Family Carnival). Both forms were sent home last week.

Monday, 28 May 2018

Outdoor Garden!

Our Grade 3 students had a lot of fun participating in an outdoor learning experience! We had a chance to explore plants and to work on our school Garden with Mrs. Linn. The grade three classes are currently studying and learning about plants in science class. This was a great opportunity for us as a group to do some hands-on observation to connect what we learned in class (plants, parts of a plant) to what we have right in-front of our school. Thank you to Mrs. Linn for being a part of this experience with us!

Wednesday, 16 May 2018


Reminder that Friday, May 18, is a PD day.

The EQAO provincial testing will begin next week, Wednesday, May 23.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Good News!

GOOD NEWS:  our chicks began to hatch. We are loving witnessing the beauty of God's creations right in our schools.

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Grade 3 Rocks!

We have been very busy in grade 3! Take a look at some awesome pictures of our students at work below:

In math, we learned a lot about money. We learned different types of coins, their value in cents, how to find a total (adding), and how to make change (subtracting). When working with word problems, students are encouraged to look at the three parts of a word problem to help them problem solve. The three parts to a word problem are: Scenario (what is happening?), Information (what are the facts?), and Question (what is being asked?).

In language, we had an amazing poetry month. Students learned different types of poetry styles and were able to create their own. Ask your child to share with you some of their poems and/or to teach you a specific style of poetry.

In science, students continue to look at structures and the idea of stability. Grade 3 students had an opportunity to create their own stable structures using toothpicks, marshmallows, and straws. Ask your child about their experience building their structure and if their structure was stable. We will be planting seeds soon in science as we start to discuss plants and how they grow.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018


The pizza order form and Education Week information form were sent home today. Please review and return back to your homeroom teacher as soon as possible. 

Please have your Pizza form returned by April 24th.

Please have your Education Week form returned by April 30th.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Learning Together!

Our grade 3 students joined together to start reading from the Wild Robot part 2 novel: The Wild Robot Escapes. We also learned a new strategy together to help us with our understanding of elapsed time. Ask your child about the Mountain, Hill, and Rock strategy!

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Telling Time / Poetry Month

Students in grade 3 have begun learning to tell time to the nearest 5 minute using analogue clocks. The next time you need to know the time, ask your child! There is a great online clock link under the  blog Math links.  

To celebrate poetry month, the grade 3 students have begun learning and writing a variety of poetry styles. Our most recent learned poetry style was the Haiku. Ask your child about their poem ideas!  

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Math and Language Updates

We have been very busy in grade 3!

 In math, we are exploring fractions (parts of a whole, naming fractions, writing fractions (numerator/denominator), and fractions of a set (e.g. 1 fourth of 12) ).  

In language, we have been working on writing full and complete paragraphs, writing full and complete written responses to questions based on a text.  We are also building our persuasive writing skills by including examples to support our statements. We continue to develop our inferring skills and reading comprehension through rich discussion based on text read, as well as using reading strategies such as relating text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world. We recently completed our second class read-aloud titled "My Father's Dragon" which was recommended to us by our Global Read Aloud partners in Delaware. Ask your child about the book!  Elmer was a quick thinker!

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Happy Easter!

The grade 3 team hope that our grade 3 students and families had a blessed Easter weekend. We are happy to have our students back in the classroom and look forward to continuing our learning together.

Last week, in preparation for our Easter weekend, the grade 3 community gathered together to participate in a variety of fun and exciting activities. We made beautiful crosses, we baked delicious pretzels, and we reenacted the Last Supper. We participated in rich discussion which focused on our faith and the meaning of Easter. Ask your child about the meaning behind the pretzel and why we made them (besides to eat them). Take a look at the pictures below.

Monday, 26 March 2018

Multiplication and Division

Take a look at our multiplication and division strategies that we have learned and used during our math studies. Ask your child what strategy they enjoy using when solving multiplication and/or division questions.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Visit to Delaware

Mrs. Rochon visits the gr.3 classes in Delaware during the March Break to bring greetings from Good Shepherd School and responses to their letters.  Our Global Read Aloud penpals were very interested to hear about the Canadian flag, our coins and the fun things we do in winter such as skating and sliding. We can't wait to read the Wild Robot Escapes (the sequel to the Wild Robot) and Google Hangout with our new friends in the USA at Lancashire School.

GRA penpals in Delaware receive their friendly letters!  They were so excited and happy to all get their own letters to read.

Forces in ACTION!

Our grade 3 students had a lot of fun during our hands-on science task. We examine the forces of tension, gravity, and muscle. Ask your child to know more about this experiment with a paper cup, balloon and a ? 

Back from March Break!

We have returned back to school after a relaxing March Break! We are welcoming spring and saying goodbye to winter as we continue moving forward in our learning. We have been very busy at Good Shepherd since our return. 

Fun in Science!

We had our Scientist in the School workshop this week and we had a blast! Huge thank you to all of our parent volunteers who made this learning experience extra special for our students.

Tennis in the Gym

This week we in gym class, we had the opportunity to play and practice our tennis skills. For some of us, it was our very first time playing tennis. The students had a lot of fun.

Healthy Foods

We had a guest presenter from the University of Ottawa who led the grade 3 students in an informative discussion on the importance of eating healthy. The grade 3 students engaged and participated in a variety of topics related to nutrition and healthy foods. It is part of the new Growing Tower adventure at our school. We learned a lot!

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Scientists in the School! Volunteers Needed (First Come First Serve Basis)

The grade 3 classes will be having a Scientist in the School on Wednesday, March 21st! It will be done in two parts (Mr. Kassabri's class in the morning and Mrs. Rochon's class in the afternoon) and will take place in our school Learning Commons. We will be focusing on 'Building Structures'.

We are looking for parent volunteers to help facilitate the learning experience. We need 4 volunteers for the morning and 4 for the afternoon.

Please contact your child's homeroom teacher if you'd like to help us by volunteering.  A big thank you in advance!

Newspapers are also needed for the workshop, Ottawa Citizen size.  If you have any, please send them with your child.

Scientist in the School Schedule

Where?   Good Shepherd Learning Commons 
When?   Wednesday, March 21st.

9:15 - 12   Mr. Kassabri's class. Volunteers are asked to be present by 9.

1:00 - 3:45   Mrs. Rochon's class. Volunteers are asked to be present by 12:45

Monday, 5 March 2018


March 5, 2018

Dear Gr.3 Parents/Guardians,

The Good Shepherd gr. 2 and gr.3 have been invited to the Blackburn Public Library to meet a special Canadian author, Roy MacGregor. We will leave at 1:15 and return to school at 2:30. He will be presenting his new series, Ice Chips. We are quite excited to meet him and will be reading his book after the March Break.

C. Rochon, M. Kassabri

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Kindness Week!

This week is Kindness Week at Good Shepherd Catholic School. Not only do we follow the Golden Rule with one another, but this week we were also reminded of the importance of being kind to animals. We had a special guest who brought her pet dog with her to share with our school community the importance of being kind to animals. Take a look below at some of our captured moments. Ask your child about what they learned!

Thursday, 22 February 2018

GRA Pen Pal Letters!

Our Global Read Aloud Pen Pal letters have arrived! We had so much fun reading and sharing our letters with one another. We look forward to writing our next letter to our new friends.

Math and Language Updates

We have been really busy since we returned from our Christmas break!

In math, the grade 3 students have explored and learned measurement, area & perimeter, and patterning. When exploring measurement, students learned how to convert measurements (e.g. 100 cm = 1 m,   1000 m = 1 km), and how to measure objects using standard units of measure (cm, m) and non-standard units of measure (paper clips, pencils). In area & perimeter, students learned how to discover the area of an object using squared units, and how to discover the perimeter using squared units and measurements.

Currently in math, we have begun exploring and learning multiplication and division.

In language, the grade 3 students have been working on narrative writing. They have explored the shape-go-map and have utilized that to help them when writing their stories. We continue to use Google Slides for research tasks - ask your child about our most recent research task for Black History Month. We also continue to work on our reading comprehension by exercising our inferring skills by relating text-to-self, and writing full and complete responses to questions based on the text using clues found in the text.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Report Cards

Last week (Friday, Feb 16), report cards were sent home. Please sign and return the bottom slip of the last page along with the envelope to your teacher as soon as possible.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Learning Together!

The grade three classes had a lot of fun working together to create their own catapults! The students researched ideas using their chromebooks, drew out a plan, and then followed instructions to build their catapults. Once the catapults were made, we tested them in the gym by launching paper, marshmallows (big and small size), and cotton balls. Students also measured the distance of each item launched by their catapults. Ask your child about our friendly Olympic competition using our catapults. 

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Grade 3 ART

Our Grade 3 students created amazing Red Cardinal's following a step-by-step instructional. Some of our friends created sketches, while others created paintings. Each art piece focuses on our Red Cardinal in the foreground.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Walk away, Ignore, Talk it out, Seek help (WITS)

The Grade three students at Good Shepherd school have begun promoting WITS around the school.  Using our WITS provides us with positive strategies and solutions of how to respond to negative interactions.