Welcome to Mrs. Martel's Grade One Page

We are at St. Stephen School in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Don't forget

Literacy Cafe and Games Day Tomorrow!! Bring in a board game to play and share with all your grade one friends!!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Events at School December 17-21

The Countdown is On!
Here are some important events at school this week!
Tuesday, December 18th - Last Day to bring in any remaining items for our family hamper.
Wednesday, December 19th - Literacy Cafe at 9:30a.m. we have 5 readers from our class and they have been practicing at school and at home.
Wednesday, December 19th - Grade One Games Day - please bring in a non-electronic game to play and share during our games day! (cards, Connect 4, Operation, etc) Please label the game as much as possible.
Thursday, December 20th - PJ Day for the School!! Singalong in the afternoon.
Friday, December 21st - Last Day of School before the Christmas Break!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Buses are Cancelled Today

Transportation to our school has been cancelled today. If you are coming in, please drive safely!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Bake Sale

Friday is our Bake Sale at school. All items will cost between $0.25 and $1.00. As well there will a cake raffle. Students can purchase tickets to possibly win a cake in the raffle. The grade 5/6 class appreciate your support.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Christmas Hampers

Today a letter went home about the family our class is supporting for Christmas. We have been assigned a family with a Mom, a girl 8 years old, a boy 12 years old and another boy 14 years old. Today in class you child volunteered to either bring in some food or a gift for the family. If you have any questions or comments please email me. Thank you for your continued support for those in need through out this holiday season.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

A Little Reminder

Don't forget, we are off to Walden Retirement Home on Monday, December 3rd. Please ensure you return your permission form. 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Our Book to Stop Bullying

Here is a link to our class book about bullying. Each student was placed in a group and as a group they had to decide how to set up a tableau to show a scene about bullying. Our focus was "How to Stop Bullying". Each student said one sentence about their character as well - however at this point I can't seem to attach the audio but I thought I would share the book anyways. Please use our book to start a discussion about bullying with your family, your class and with anyone who will listen. Bullying needs to stop and we hope this book will create a discussion for you!

Our Musical Theater Performance

Don't forget the Musical Theater Performance on Friday! Please come according to your child's last name.
A-I is at 9:30 and J-Z is at 2:15.
Bring your video cameras! And don't forget your rain boots and rain coat if you haven't brought them in yet! I feel like it might rain tomorrow!!

It is also Movie Night at school. The Lorax will be showing at 6:30p.m.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

When Pigs Fly

"I will sing a lullaby to an adult when pigs fly!" EL
"I will turn into a zombie when pigs fly!" DR
"I will jump over the moon when pigs fly!" MM
"I will jump over my parents when pigs fly!" AG
"I will rule the world when pigs fly!" TG
"I will be a pig when pigs fly!" EG 
"My writing will talk when pigs fly!" GL
"I will live in the Smartboard when pigs fly!" KS
"I will pull out my eyes when pigs fly!" AK
"Kids will drive cars when pigs fly!" JS
"I will eat Mrs. Martel when pigs fly!" MD
"I will ride a pig when pigs fly!" MW
"I will turn into a t.v. when pigs fly!" AF
"I will kiss a talking sock when pigs fly!" EL
"I will eat Grace when pigs fly!" TP
"I will put my Mommy in a crib when pigs fly!" AD
"I will eat eyeballs when pigs fly!" EL
"I will turn my Mom into a t.v. when pigs fly!"JT
"I will turn my Dad into a zombie when pigs fly!" GB
"My Dad will do ballet when pigs fly!" BP

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

November School Newsletter

The November School Newsletter is published to the St. Gabriel Website or you can access a copy here. Happy Reading!!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Fun!

Here are a few pictures from our Halloween Activities!
Our class pumpkin.

The inside of our pumpkin.

Black and Orange Day!

Sharing early Halloween Treats.



Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Did I scare you?
It is a special day at school tomorrow. Remember to wear black and orange! Feel free to bring a treat to share with the class. Ms. Phillips our student teacher starts tomorrow and it is the News Show at 2pm! WOW! What busy Halloween! Don't forget to take a picture of yourself in your costume so you can bring it in to show your classmates!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Important Dates

Mark your calendars:
Monday October 22nd - Picture Day
Thursday October 25th - Fall Play Day (Tentative)
Halloween - Orange and Black Day & October News Show
Thursday November 1st - Progress Reports Go Home & Grade One Halloween Reading Day
Friday November 23rd - Parent Performance of our Musical Theater Numbers

Monday, October 15, 2012

Welcome Primary Blogging Partners

This is our week to be the focus blog. We hope you enjoying looking at our blog. We love our websites especially Clay Yourself, Halloween Websites and ABCya! We look forward to hearing from you this week!
Love Mrs. Martel's Class

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Our Visit To Walden Retirement Residence

Here are a few pictures from our awesome visit to Walden.

After our reading lesson it was time to read together.
Getting organized.

Reading to a new friend.

Sharing and reading together.


Everyone working and learning together.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Events at School This Week Oct. 9-12

It is going to be a great week!
Tuesday - Trip to Walden Retirement Village for a reading lesson and community building.
-Musical Theatre practice - our song is "Singing in The Rain"
Wednesday - Andrew Chinn is performing for the school
Friday - Homework is due and draw day!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Primary Blogging Project

We have joined The Primary Blogging Project and today we explored our first blog. We visited Mrs. Robinson's Class Blog. We loved it! We love their fish! We left a comment on their blog with lots of questions. We hope to hear from them soon! Check out the links on the side of our blog to see the other blogs we visit.

DJ Inkers Fonts and ClipArt

A Quick Peek Into Our Class

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Monday October 1st

Today at school we fixed up our patterning page. We had center time. We will have French at the end of the day. We have a dancing star of the week! We used our new words of the week and wrote in our journal.
Homework is due on Thursday. Remember to bring in your permission form to go to Walden Retirement Home.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Patterns All Around

Did you know there are patterns all around us? We had a lot of fun today using the iPod Touches to find patterns all around the school. Here are a few of our pictures.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Meet the Teacher Open House Night

Don't forget, tomorrow is the Open House and Meet the Teacher Night! Your child will guide you through our classroom and explain our usual routine for the day. Hope to see you there! 5-7pm

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

What an Awesome First Day!

Today was a great day! Everyone did an excellent job learning the routines, remembering where our classroom is and finding there way home at the end of the day. Great job everyone! Thanks for a wonderful first day of 2012-2013!

Monday, September 3, 2012

The Night Before Grade One

I have been very busy getting ready for the first day of school! I am so excited to meet my new students and get to know them! Here is a sneak peek into the classroom. It looks a little empty because it is missing the most important thing - The Students!

This is where we will keep all of our school supplies.

Here is the coat room.

Here is a picture of the tables and a little piece of our carpet area.

Monday, June 18, 2012


In Mrs. Martel's Class we are having our second Bring Your Own Device or Game Day to celebrate reaching our reading goal of 1000 Snuggle Books for the entire year! Well done Grade One!! Please see the attached note for more information.

Innovation Award News

Rogers TV is broadcasting the award ceremony on Monday night at 9pm and again at noon on June 20th. Our school's Innovation Award is the last award of the evening...

Here is the link to the video that was made for the award. Our school is featured 2nd!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Events at School This Week

Can you believe there is only 2 WEEKS left??? Wow!
A couple of important notes about this week:
-Tuesday, June 19th - School Mass at 11:30a.m. in the School Gym
-Remember to return your library books as soon as possible.
-Please hand in any snuggle books, homework books or other classroom materials.
*Mrs.Martel's class is having another B.Y.O.D.O.G. Day on Thursday, June 21st

Our final News Show is Monday, June 25th at 2pm - All are welcome!!

Last Day of School is Thursday, June 28th!!

Monday, June 11, 2012

St. Gabriel Yearbook

The St. Gabriel Yearbook is available to order! The deadline in June 14th!! Please fill out the order form and return it to school on or before June 14th if you are interested in ordering the first ever - St. Gabriel Yearbook!
Order Form

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Thank You

The Ottawa Mission sent a wonderful thank you letter for all your generous donations to Double Lunch Day! Thank you very much for supporting this initiative! Please read the letter here

June School Newsletter

Our school newsletter is out! In case you don't get the flash alerts - you can view a copy here!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

School Council BBQ

Can you believe it is June?? There are a few exciting things happening this week at school!

Monday, June 4th - School Council Mtg

Wednesday, June 6th
  • News Show at 9:15 am
  • School BBQ at 5pm Please read the flyer here
Friday, June 8th - PD Day for Students

Also the Itinerant Physical Education Teachers are here for the next two weeks. Our students will receive additional physical education time from these awesome teachers!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Field Trip Info

Are you getting excited for the Mill of Kintail? Let's pray for good weather!! Here are a few tips for you:
- bring extra socks, rubber boots, bug spray, suncreen and wear running shoes. 
- we also recommend throwing an extra pair of clothes in your bag - just in case.
- pack a good lunch and bring a water bottle!

If you are volunteering for the day...
- please come to school by 8:45a.m. for a brief parent/volunteer meeting.
- feel free to bring a camera.
- bring some rubber boots and running shoes.
- be prepared to catch some bugs!

We can't wait to see you on Friday!!


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Freezie Days

To help reduce the cost of the grade six end of year activities, the grade six classes are selling freezies at school every Thursday for a $1 each (50 cents if you are in kindergarten). The freezies will be available every Thursday until the end of school.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Changes for Wednesday

In case you missed it - Double Lunch Day Tomorrow is still on but Jump Rope for Heart has been postponed to Friday!! Thanks for your patience and understanding!
Don't forget your second lunch!!

Monday, May 14, 2012

The Week of May 14th

Just a few things going on this week..

Wednesday, May 16th is our final DOUBLE LUNCH DAY - please bring a second lunch to donate to the Ottawa Mission. They are also in need of gently used or new towels.
Wednesday, May 16th is also tentatively booked as our Jump Rope for Heart Day - weather dependent!
Thursday, May 17th - Kindergarten Information Session for New Students coming into Kindergarten (Sept 2012)
Friday, May 18th - The grade 9 band from All Saints High School is coming to play for us!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Jump Rope For Heart

Jump Rope For Heart has been postponed until sometime next week. Most likely next Wednesday...we'll keep you posted.

Reminder about the up coming field trip on Friday June 1st. We need as many volunteers as possible! More information to come!

Check the calendar on the side for regular updates. Don't forget to sign up for flash alerts from Mrs. Hill. Flash Alerts

Monday, April 23, 2012

Earth Week Activities

Our school April Newsletter is posted on the school website. A quick link is here.

This week is Earth Week at St. Gabriel. We have many activities going on!

Monday, April 23rd - Power Hour - Turn off our lights for an hour.
Tuesday, April 24th - Tupperware Tuesday (Litterless Lunch) - Please bring a completely litterless lunch to   school.
Wednesday, April 25th - Earth Colours - Wear your Earth Colours or any shirts that have environment awareness print on them.
Thursday, April 26th - Water Bottle Day - Bring a reusable water bottle to school to participate in the water bottle taste test!
Friday, April 27th - Family Dance at All Saints High School and PD Day!

Book Fair this week - Mrs. Martel's Class is visiting the book fair on Tuesday at 2:00-2:30 and Mrs. McCord's Class is visiting the book fair on Wednesday from 9:40 to 10:10. Feel free to come and visit with your class.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Spring is here and that means we have a lot of runny noses! Which also means the grade one classes have run out of tissues! We kindly ask that if you happen to have an extra box of tissue, please send it in. We have exhausted our supply! Thank you!

There are many events happening at school in the upcoming weeks. Please ensure to check the calendar section at the right hand side of the webpage for important dates.

Here a few important ones coming up:
Thursday, April 19th - Fiddler on the Roof Presentation at School for Grades 1-6
Thursday, April 19th - Lunch Lady Forms are Due
Friday, April 20th - Dance Tickets are due Need a form? Click Here

Tuesday, April 24th to Thursday, April 26th - Book Fair at School
Friday April 27th - P.D.Day

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Thursday April 12

It is time to cheer on the Sens! Wear your Sens Stuff or red every game day - starting Thursday! Go Sens Go!

The Lunch Lady Promotional Lunch is also scheduled for Thursday.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Google Hangout Lesson

On Thursday April 5th, Mrs. Martel's Class participated in a Google Hangout Procedural Writing Lesson that was taught by a wonderful teacher in Florida. Please check the YouTube links to watch the lesson. What an awesome experience!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Google Hangout

Google Hangout with friends in North America! We are learning about  procedural writing.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Food Drive and Personal Care Items

St. Gabriel's School is hosting a food drive to support the Kanata Food Cupboard. The Food Drive is to support our focus of "Hunger" through out the season of Lent. Please send items into school to help stock the shelves of our local food cupboard. 
Thank you!

Also Mrs. Cummings class is collecting personal care items for the Shepherd's of Good Hope. They will collect these items and deliver them to persons in need who are currently staying at their shelters. Please send donated items into school in a freezer bag. Thank you so much for all your support towards our community projects!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Earth Hour

Movie Night Tonight

Don't forget! Movie Night Tonight!
School Council is putting on the Muppet Movie at 6pm!
Bring your favourite blanket and your adult to come with you!
Click here for more information.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

School News and Updates March 26th

Here is a link to the upcoming school community dance. Check it out - Dance

Mrs. Cummings Grade 3 Class is collecting donations for the Shepherds of Good Hope
The Grade 3 students in Mrs. Cummings' room are helping the Shepherds of Good Hope as a way of reaching out to others in our community. They will be collecting Hygiene Care bags for the men and women who use the shelters. They are asking for soaps, shampoos, toothpaste and toothbrushes, socks, etc.-anything that fits into a freezer bag. Please label "Men's" or "Women's". Please help them to collect as many bags as possible for the truly needy. Collection will begin on Monday, March 26 until Thursday, April 5th. Thanks so much for your continued support.

The Lost and Found
Items will be on display this week - there are many many pairs of mitts, hats, shoes, sweatshirts.... that are unclaimed in our lost and found. If your child is missing something, please remind them to look at the items that are placed in the hallway for viewing, or you are welcome to come in and check them out yourself.

E-Waste Collection Day Saturday March 31st
On Saturday, March 31, the St. Gabriel Catholic School Council is holding an e-waste collection. Drop off your old, obsolete, or worn out electronics for safe disposal and recycling. The drop off is at St. Gabriel School. We are still looking for volunteers for that day - either the morning 9 - noon shift, or the noon - 3 p.m. shift. Please contact the school if you can volunteer.

Director of Education Award
This year I have been chosen to receive one the Director of Education Awards for this school year. I am sincerely gratefully to my nominators including Kathy McCord. It is an honour to be chosen out of the large amount of employees for our school board. I am very proud to be a Catholic Educator and I am very humbled to receive this honour. Thank you for all your inspiration and support!  ~ Mrs. Martel

Events at School March 26-30

Tuesday, March 27th - True Sport Day - Wear your favourite sports outfit. Assembly at 11:30
Friday, March 30th - Muppet Movie at St. Gabriel - Bring your Family! 6pm 
Saturday, March 31st - E-Waste Day - Drop off your e-waste at school.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Thursday March 22

Starr Gymnastics is at school tomorrow! Please dress in comfortable clothes and be ready for lots of activity! Also just a reminder, if you ordered the Lunch Lady - it is not running at the current time. Please bring a lunch tomorrow.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Events at School This Week

March 5th to 9th
There is no regular homework this week!
Please take the time to review word wall words, practise math facts and READ!

Tuesday, March 6th - Presentation by Shepherd's of Good Hope
Thursday, March 8th - Lunch Lady Forms are Due
Friday, March 9th is Beach Day at School!

Please see Mrs. Martel's section on the right for further classroom information.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

School Buses

School Buses are running today! Please be careful out there! See you soon!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

This Week - Feb 27th to March 2nd

Events at School This Week
Mon. Feb. 27th - Maggie Mamen presenting at Georges Vanier – Raising Resilient Children – 7 p.m.
Fri. March 2nd – News Show at 11:30 p.m.

Monday, February 20, 2012

This Week February 21-24

Happy Family Day!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Family Day!

This week at St. Gabriel:
We have a Mass at 11:30a.m. on Wednesday to celebrate Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.
Mrs. Martel and Mme.Nathalie will be conducting interviews on Wednesday as well (by request only).
On Friday, February 24th their will be dental screening for all kindergarten, grade one and grade two students.

Have a great week!
And Double Lunch Day was another great success - almost 300 lunches went to the Mission last week! Thank you for all your support!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Spirit Week Feb. 13 - 17

Spirit Week

Monday Feb. 13 Backwards Day
Tuesday Feb. 14 Valentine’s Day (Wear Red, White and Pink, don’t forget your valentines)
Wednesday Feb. 15 Double Lunch Day & Crazy Hair Day & Maria Hawkins Performance

(For Double Lunch Day, The Ottawa Mission kindly asks that you pack cheese, ham and cheese or sandwiches that do not have mayo on them. Thank you very much!)
Thursday Feb. 16 School Spirit Day (Wear purple and grey) Report Cards Go Home

Friday Feb. 17 PJ Day & Winter PlayDay

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Number Cards

The Grade One Students from Mrs. Martel's class went home today with a number (or two) to decorate. Our goal is to decorate all the numbers from 1 to 100! Please decorate the number and send it back to school as soon as possible! Have fun!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

100th Day of School

Friday, February 10th is the 100th Day of School! We will be 100 Days Smarter!
Are you excited? The students are asked to bring in a collection of 100 items placed into groups of 10. We can't wait to see all your collections! Look for photos of our collections to be posted to the website!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Groundhog Day Predictions

Please make a prediction about Wiarton Willie.

Click Here -


Our Winter Newsletter is now posted in the Notes Home section. Please check it out to find out more information about up coming curriculum topics, scientists in schools, a house building project and of course the
100th Day of School!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Jersey Day on Thursday

In support of the NHL ALL Star Game we are invited to wear our favourite jersey to school! And don't forget it is Literacy Cafe on Thursday at 9:15 a.m.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Homework This Week

Homework is Due on Thursday! Literacy Cafe is at 9:15 on Thursday! And a P.D. Day on Friday! Start thinking about the 100th Day of School on February 10th...you need to bring in a collection of 100 things in groups of 10!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Our Gingerbread Man Exchange

During December, our class participated in a global Gingerbread Man Exchange. We made paper Gingerbread Men and sent them to classrooms all over the United States. In return we received Gingerbread Men with a note all about where the Gingerbread Men came from. It was a wonderful exchange thanks to Jen (Projects by Jen)! Check out a map of where all our Gingerbread Men came from!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Busses Are Cancelled

Good Morning it is a snowday! Busses are cancelled but school is open.

Monday, January 16, 2012

New Homework Today

Our regular homework has changed. Beginning this week our homework includes, words of the week, a weekly poem and making words. Please see the "Notes Home" section for more information.

Primary Teaching Mass at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow. All are welcome!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Welcome Back

Welcome Back! School is back on
Monday, January 9th. I hope everyone had a peaceful and restful Christmas Holiday. Dress for the weather and remember to label any new outdoor clothing! Please check the calendar at the right for important dates and information.