This week in Kitah Gimmel

This week Kitah Gimmel was been busy learning about Yom Kippur. We spent time learning about the five tefillot of Yom Kippur, as well as the importance of reflecting on the relationship we have with ourselves, with G-d, and with our friends. Another theme discussed this week was Lashon Hara (talking badly about our friends, gossip). We played the game broken telephone to gain a better understanding of how easy it is to unintentionally pass the wrong message.

Gmar Chatima Tova,

Morah Sigal

Student blogging challenge!

Good Morning all!

This week we will be starting The Edublogs Blogging challenge alongside Grade 2,4,5 and middle school. This is a great introduction to blogging without any pressure of being alone online.

Grade 3 will be completing the challenge as a class so all projects and post will be created together and monitored by myself. There will be interactions with other classes from around the world via the commenting section in each blog post so you are able to check in and see the challenge as we complete each stage.

Here is a link to the official Edublogs parent communication.

Any question or queries, please feel free to contact me.



Reminder about Grade 3 field trip this week

Good morning!

This is just a reminder that Grade 3 (along with grade 4) are attending the Pumpkin Run sporting event on Thursday 10th October from 9:30am until approx 1:30pm.

Students will need to arrive at school in their gymkit/sport clothing. With the weather being as unpredictable as ever, I would suggest students bring layers of clothing (sweatpants, t-shirt, hoody, light rain jacket and sneakers). The races are staggered so alongside cheering and supporting other groups, their will be down time. I encourage students to bring along a book or playing cards. I will bring a soccer ball (space depending!) Beyblades will not be allowed on this field trip.

Students will be eating snack and lunch outdoors so ensure to pack food that needs minimal preparation and leaves zero trace.

Thank you for sending the permission trip forms back so promptly!

Miss M

Grade 3 Rosh Hashanah


This week our class has been preparing for Rosh Hashanah by learning the Tefillot (prayers), and the difference between the blessings for Yom Tov and the regular brachot we say when there are no holidays. We also learned about Tashlich and how we spend this time of year thinking about how we can be better versions of ourselves.

Shana Tova ,

Morah Sigal

Reminders for Friday!

Good afternoon all,

We have a busy Friday this week so here is a little reminder about what is happening!

Friday is our first dress down day AND the OJCS Terry Fox run. Students need to bring sneakers that you can change into to do the run on the field. Also dress appropriately for doing the Terry Fox run (athletic clothes are best!)

We ask that you can donate whatever you can; usual amount is a Toonie for Terry.

Exciting day on Friday 馃檪

Any questions or queries just email!

Have a great evening,


Miss M

Exciting news for Grade 3!

Calling all potential Grade 3 representatives!

Each class from grades 3-8 will have one student representative on the Knesset*.聽

Students must express an interest in being the class representative by the end of day on October 4. Candidates will prepare a 60-90 second speech to present to the class by the end of October 11. Voting will take place by secret ballot in a polling station.

Students can also create election posters.

Any interested students should get the information form from Miss M.


*The OJCS Knesset (Student Council) is the representative body for students at the Ottawa Jewish Community School. The role of the Knesset聽 is to represent and promote the interests of students to staff, administration, and parents. The council organizes events to promote student life and Tikkun Olam while developing and supporting student leadership. The executive and class representatives model our 7 Habits and North Stars.

This week in pictures…

Happy Thursday everyone!

Again, I am astonished at how quickly time is passing. This week we have looked into our first science topic of plants, opened up our curiosity into structure word inquiry (we will become investigators of language!) continued our reviews of all things math, exploring new ways and strategies to help find the answer. Our Guided reading book at the moment is Stuart Little (who knew hats and canes could be so small!?) Plus the beginning of our research skills workshops. Creative writing has become the most requested extension task this week; opening the imagination to the creation of graphic novels, fiction and non fiction with the added bonus of working on collaboration and team work skills.

With this class, there is no ceiling!

Have an great day!

Miss M


Grade 3 parents – Just for your information…

Hello Grade 3 parents,

Please see below the general overview of Sept-Dec General studies skills map as mentioned in my email. Personalisation and enrichment will happen on an individual basis.


Miss M


Literacy Numeracy Social Studies and Science

(Project based learning)

  • Recap of basic literary skills (Nouns/adjectives/adverbs/verbs)
  • Recap of basic punctuation skills (Capital letter, period, exclamation marks, question mark, comma)
  • Recap of presentation of work and handwriting
  • Introduce Accelerated Reader
  • Star reading assessment (comprehension and decoding)
  • Media Literacy – introduction to blogging.
  • Guided Reading blocks with Higher order inquiry skills
  • Structured Word Inquiry (SWI)
  • Inquiry based questioning – identifying audience, purpose and topic
  • Creative writing
  • Novel study – The Twits.
  • Presentation skills (Speaking/performance)
  • Listening skills
  • Organizing and classifying聽
  • Recap of basic skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication, early division)
  • Word problems
  • Time
  • Measurement聽
  • Shapes
  • Patterns
  • Charting聽聽
  • Representing and ordering to 1000
  • Money聽
  • Plants and soil聽
  • Land use and the environment
  • Early Settlers and First Nations


November/December 2019


Literacy Numeracy Social Skills and Science聽
  • Continuation and development of all recap skills named above.
  • Development into sentence structure and paragraphing.
  • Use of connectives and developed adverbs to develop written fluidity聽
  • Continued use of Accelerated Reader and Star reading assessment
  • Continued SWI
  • Continued Media Literacy – independant Blogfolio launch, commenting, POV audience
  • Non-Fiction reading with higher order inquiry聽
  • Non fiction writing – writing to inform and critique
  • Presentation skills – titles/subtitles
  • Summary skills
  • Compare and contrast
  • Inquiry based questioning
  • Creative writing – drafting
  • Developed use of similes and alliteration
  • Novel study – The Twits.
  • Presentation skills (Speaking/performance)
  • Listening skills
  • Continuation and development of all recap skills named above.
  • Project based learning activities聽
  • Time – looking into addition and subtraction in time
  • Perimeter
  • 3D shapes
  • Developing patterning
  • Using and interpreting Graphs
  • Early area
  • Temperature (plus and minus)
  • Money skills
  • Plants, soil
  • Land use and the environment
  • Early Settlers and First Nations

Welcome back!

Welcome back Grade 3!
Wow what a first day, I don’t know about you but it flew by for me. From French to English then Hebrew and gym – I know it was fun filled for you too!
For those of you who were unable to drop by last week for the meet and greet here are a few photos of our new classroom :

Homework for General Studies will be coming home tonight. I will send it Wednesday and it will be due the following Wednesday. All students will have general studies homework folder with a front sheet explaining the tasks. If you have any problems understanding the tasks, I have attached my email address for clarification.
I am so excited to get to know Grade 3 and for you all to get to know me.
Be sure to check in on the Grade 3 blog for all new updates.
Here’s to a GREAT day first week and beyond!