September 25

What is Heaven like?

A visit to Mass last week prompted a discussion in our own classroom about heaven. During Father John’s homily, he was asking what we all thought heaven was like.

Children’s ideas and thoughts about heaven is always so interesting…and often beautiful.

There are so many questions about heaven that even adults have such as…

  • Where is heaven?
  • Will there be other children in heaven?
  • What does heaven look like?
  • How do I get to heaven?
  • How long do I stay in heaven?

We’ve been reading together a lovely picture book called Someday Heaven by Larry Libby. It helps answer some of those difficult questions.

Have a peek at our students’ ideas of what they think heaven might be like…

April 1

Spring Has Arrived!

After March Break, time always seems to fly. We are in the season of Lent, moving closer to Easter. The students in our class have been working incredibly hard on their school work. We have been diligently studying and practicing our times tables. Mrs. Sullivan has been impressed!

As a class, we’ve been pushing ourselves to strengthen our Word Study test scores overall and the results have been outstanding!

Several students have been challenging themselves to achieve silver certificates in Mathletics. Wow! Who will earn the first gold?

We continue to move along nicely in our newest writing unit called Realistic Fiction where we are gathering ideas.

Take a look at some of the activity in our room as of late:

What do you like the best about Spring?

March 5

Our Lenten Promise

Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday which is the first day of Lent. It’s a day of penitence, to clean the soul, and a day of celebration as the last chance to feast before Lent begins.

Lent is a time of abstinence, of giving things up. So Shrove Tuesday is the last chance to indulge yourself, and to use up the foods that aren’t allowed in Lent. Historically in the old days, there were many foods that Christians would not eat during Lent such as meat and fish, fats, eggs, and milky foods. So that families wouldn’t be wasteful, they would have a feast on the shriving Tuesday, and eat up all the foods that would go bad over the next 40 days.

Pancakes became associated with Shrove Tuesday because they were a dish that could use up all the eggs, fats and milk in the house with just the addition of flour.

In addition to indulging in some pancakes, students were asked to reflect on what this year’s Lenten Promise might be. How will we behave more like Jesus?

January 23

What is Empathy?

At our school, we are focusing on one particular virtue each month. A virtue is a type of morally good behaviour or character.

The virtue this month is EMPATHY. So, what is empathy? What does it mean to be empathetic?


Today, we read a book introducing this word and what it looks like. Students learned what it means to put ourselves in someone’s shoes. We shared examples of how we have shown empathy for others in our own lives. We had lots to talk about!

If you’re still not sure what empathy is, take a look at this short video made by 8th graders from Kalispell Middle School in Montana, U.S.A.

January 18

What Makes a Good Friend?

Friendship is such an important part of Grade 3 life. Not only is it important to us now, but all through our lives. We lean on our friends in good times and in bad. Friends lift our spirits when we are sad, they celebrate with us when something great happens, and they lend a hand when we need help.

In class, we’ve had great discussions surrounding friendship. What is a friend? Here is what our classmates had to say…

We compared friendship to a flower. In order for a flower to grow and flourish, we need to water it, give it light, plant it in good soil. This is similar to what we need to do to nurture a friendship .We must take care of our friendships the way we would a flower.

We’ve also read a couple of books about friendship. There are so many great ones out there.  Here are the 2 we read:

What other qualities would you add to our list about what

makes a good friend?

December 10

Advent–a time to prepare

Advent is important because the advent season is the time leading up to Christmas. Advent means ‘a coming’.  Of course, during Advent, we are anticipating Jesus’ birth.

We light the candles in a special order: Purple, purple, pink, purple, and finally white. The first purple candle means the Candle of Hope. The second purple candle is lit as it symbolizes the Candle of Preparation. The third candle is pink and it represents the Candle of Joy. The fourth candle in the Advent Wreath is another purple candle. It stands for the candle of Love. The final candle is called the Christ Candle which is white. The light represents Jesus who is the light of the world.

This is a beautiful way to represent our Lord, Jesus Christ.

How do you prepare for Christmas?

Do you have any family traditions?

November 9

How Do We Define Peace?

Our class has been talking a lot about peace. What does it look like on the schoolyard? In our homes? In our country?

How can we be peacemakers

not peacebreakers?

If we’re not sure where to find peace, we know we can always seek it in Jesus. After all, Jesus is peace.

Listen to what grade 3 students have to say about what peace means to them…

Have a beautiful weekend.


October 19

Talking to God

Learning our school prayer, looking closely at the Hail Mary, Glory Be, praying the Rosary. What do the words mean when we recite these prayers? Do we understand what we are saying?

Prayer is so special because it is talking to God…anywhere at anytime. God listens to us without judgement. He is a good listener. When we pray we give thanks, ask questions, ask for help, and so much more.

Recently, we wrote our own prayers to God. The students showed so much pride in their finished copies. They look beautiful! They are currently on display in our classroom and will go home soon.

What is your favourite prayer and why?

April 4

He is Risen!

The season of Easter is upon us. It lasts 50 days and will end at Pentecost on Sunday May 20. The Greek Orthodox Easter is celebrated one week later on April 8th.

I hope you enjoyed your Easter holiday and celebrated with friends and family and perhaps some yummy treats, too!

There are many symbols of Easter. The students brainstormed several including:



  • eggs
  • rabbits
  • flowers
  • candles
  • crucifix

The students enjoyed a little Easter egg hunt around the classroom and a beautiful presentation of the stations of the cross the Thursday before school ended.

How do you celebrate Easter?

Do you have any special traditions in your family?

Have you ever seen these beautifully decorated eggs? Check out this video that shows how the Ukrainian Easter egg is created:

February 26

We are Pillars of Lent

‘Give alms…Pray to your Father…Fast without a gloomy face…’ (Matthew 6:1-18)


There are 3 pillars of Lent: Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving.

During Lent, we are called to get closer to God and the Pillars of Lent help us to do just that.

Prayer–when we pray, we let God know we believe in Him. When we pray we learn to feel God’s love in our hearts.

Fasting— Fasting takes a lot of effort and dedication as we offer up to Our Lord the food we’re not eating. Perhaps you’ve decided to sacrifice eating snacks between meals or giving up a favourite treat. Fasting is difficult for everyone but is one way

Almsgiving–We are encouraged to do charitable acts every day and to pay attention to the needs of others.

We hope to approach Easter Sunday with hearts overflowing with love for God.

The students worked in their teams to create tableau (frozen picture) demonstrating what the 3 Pillars of Lent looks like. Check out some of their work: