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.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

I Read, You Read, We Read!

Family Literacy Day - Saturday, January 27th, 2018
Our grade three classes will be snuggling with a 'stuffie' and participating in some special literacy activities together on Thursday, January 25th!   See this blog for some fun reading activities to do with your child on FLD on Saturday:

The students read regularly during our Language blocks. We read picture books, chapter books, and online stories. Independent and shared reading is always practiced and encouraged at Good Shepherd. It is important that our students also read regularly at home to further develop their visualization skills, inferring abilities, and overall comprehension.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018


Important forms (winterlude field trip, ice skating, and milk forms) were sent home. Please complete all forms and return back to your teacher as soon as possible.

Milk Form Due before Wednesday, Jan. 24th
Winterlude Field Trip Date: Friday, Feb. 9th
Skating Dates: Feb. 16th, Feb. 23rd, March 2nd

Monday, 15 January 2018

Math and Science Fun!

Our grade three students had a lot of fun combining Math and Science learning in one activity. Students created parachutes to explore the force of gravity in action! They also had to use precise measurement to ensure the success of their parachutes.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

GRA Letters

Our Global Read Aloud Christmas letters (and Canadian treats) to our pen-pals have been delivered and received! We look forward to hearing back from our counterparts in Delaware. 

Friday, 22 December 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Wishing you all a warm and safe holiday break. We look forward to seeing you all again in January and to continuing our learning journey together! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Early Christmas Fun Part 2!

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The grade 3 students were wonderful today at the Christmas Concert. We are very proud of their participation. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22nd is Christmas Sweater Day! If your child does not have a Christmas sweater, dressing in Christmas colours is festive too! 

This past week we loved making the gingerbread houses and crafts.  Thank you to all the families who shared candies to decorate them.

A BIG Thank You to our volunteers who joined us on our Joy Day! We had a lot of fun building our ginger bread houses.


Friday, 15 December 2017

Early Christmas Fun!

Today, our grade three students joined together as one class and worked on preparing our letters to send off to our Global Read Aloud partners in the United States (Delaware) before the Christmas break! 

We had a blast writing introductory letters and sharing our thoughts about the book, the Wild Robot, to our pen pals. Ask your child about some of the questions that they asked their pen pals.

During the week, our grade three students created their very own Nutcrackers using quadrilateral shapes. 
Math and Art together = FUN!

Primary Joy Day:  Tuesday, December 19.

The two grade 3 classes will be combining together for Joy Day. We will be working on our gingerbread houses and crafts and ending with a movie.

A letter was sent home requesting your child bring a small amount of candy to decorate and share for his/her house. The teachers will provide the graham crackers and icing. 
If you would like to join us, please let us know Monday in your child's agenda.

We also practiced music together today, two traditional songs. Ask your lads and lasses about the songs we sang.  The school is having their annual Christmas Concert on Thursday, Dec.21 starting at 1 pm.  We hope you can come!

Friday is Christmas Sweater Day!

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Jingle Jam/Hour of Code!

Our grade 3 JINGLE JAM BASKETS are ready for auction! We have a a spicy Mexican Fiesta basket and a delicious Baker's Delight basket. Dinner and Dessert served by our grade 3 students. Happy Bidding!

This week our grade 3 students participated in the Hour of Code, an introduction to computer science skills using coding promoted by the OCSB. The students had the opportunity to code their favourite games and to use their problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration skills to complete their tasks and levels.  Ask your child about the Hour of Code!

Friday, 24 November 2017

Have a Great Weekend!

We have been very busy in grade three. In math, we continue to examine 2D shapes and their attributes.  In language arts, we continue to focus on descriptive writing.  Ask them about the pirate description they were doing this week.

Our Global Read Aloud continues to be a success. We have connected with our counterparts at Lancashire School in Delaware through google hangouts and discussed and shared our thoughts on what has been happening in the Wild Robot. 

We have had a wonderful time teaming up as a grade three community to learn and have fun together. Recently, we collaborated to create our own Roz with a goal of adding a special feature to our robot (e.g. making the arms move). We followed up this activity with a reflection sheet where both partners worked together to complete, as well including a description of their robot.  More STEM fun learning to come!

Wednesday, 22 November 2017


Pizza order forms for Dec 5 - February 13 term were sent home yesterday. Please fill them out and return back to your homeroom teacher before Tuesday November 28.

Jingle Jam Gift Basket forms are due by Thursday November 23. Please send your donated items by Friday December 1. 

Monday, 20 November 2017

Math and Language updates

In math, the Grade three classes have been working with 2D regular and irregular shapes: Naming shapes, examining shape attributes (vertices, sides, right angles, angles less/more than a right angle, , parallel lines). We continue to work on number sense (word problems/problem solving) as well.

In language, the Grade three class have been working on descriptive writing. We continue to follow a comprehensive literacy approach, and although we are focusing on descriptive writing, we continue to look at fiction and non fiction text features, recount writing, paragraph writing, reading comprehension, and online presentations/researching skills.

Check out some of the Grade three students below writing descriptive paragraphs using Google Slides.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Jingle Jam and Gift Baskets

The Good Shepherd staff, parents, and students are assembling gift baskets as a fundraising activity for our school council. These baskets will be displayed at our upcoming Jingle Jam scheduled for Friday, December 8, 2017.
A form has been sent home today with more information. Please review and return the form and your donated item to your homeroom teacher by or before the due dates noted on the form.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Thank You

We had a wonderful Remembrance Day ceremony at Good Shepherd. We'd like to thank all of our guests in uniform who attended, as well as our parent community. 

The Grade three students would like to give a special thank you to Mrs. Raquel Burrell (Antony's mom) who provided beautiful Lest We Forget bracelets and poppy stickers for the two grade three classes.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

A Pledge for Peace

As a grade three community, we remember all those who have sacrificed themselves for us. Here is our Pledge for Peace.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Blackburn Public Library

Blackburn Public Library 

Hello Parents and Guardians:

Our grade three students will be visiting the Blackburn Public Library in the near future. Could you let the teachers know if your child has a card already for the Ottawa Public Library? Please write a note in your child's agenda to let their teacher know. We will send home applications for new cards or replacement  cards once we know who needs them. 

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Nov. 5 - 11

Nov.5-11 Veterans' Week 

The students will be creating a Pledge for Peace and using resources from Veterans Affairs Canada to learn about the sacrifices many have made for peace.  They will be participating in the Post Cards for Peace program where they write notes to those who have served and are still serving in the military.


Any boys or girls who are in Guiding or Scouting are welcome to wear their uniforms this Friday, Nov.10 at our school Remembrance Day Ceremony at 10:45 am.  All family members are welcome to join us.

The Global Read Aloud Continues!
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The students are enjoying the adventures and challenges of Roz and Brightbill.  We are excited to share our observations with our partner school in Delaware.  This week we will be planning some STEM activities around the book!

Scholastic Book Fair
Good Shepherd is hosting a book fair on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. The grade 3 students will be purchasing on Friday morning.  Take a look at the flyer sent home last week for some great ideas.
Parent Teacher Interviews
Your child was given their Progress Report last Thursday with an interview slip inside. We ask that you return the envelope and the return slip at the bottom of the report as soon as possible. Interviews are Thursday, Nov. 9th.  If you cannot attend the assigned time, please let your child's homeroom teacher know in advance.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Father Shroff Visit *Updated with photos

Father Shroff is visiting our classroom this Thursday.  We look forward to welcoming him into our classrooms.   He is visiting grades 1 -3 this week.

Monday, 16 October 2017

We are learning!

We have been very busy in Mr. Kassabri and Mrs. Rochon's classes. Take a look below to see our learning through pictures.

Using chromebooks for learning. Solving math problems online, reading online, and research reporting/creating Google Slides online! 

Working with numbers! We are learning place value and utilizing base ten blocks to assist with our understanding and learning.

We had a chance to explore the soil outside in our school yard. Our scientists were able to inspect and examine soil and what is found within it. We also had a chance to explore the different types of soil that we could find in our yard.

We are thankful for many things. The students had an opportunity to reflect upon what they were thankful for and were then able to create a wonderful Turkey for Thanksgiving.