GCS Grades 3 and 4

The Adventures of Mrs. Bouter's Class

Happy Victoria Day! – Week 36 at GCS

Hello parents!

Hope you all had a great Victoria Day! Be sure to check out last week’s post for information regarding the Golf Tournament and the Spring Potluck and Arts Showcase.

Track Thanks

I just wanted to extend a big thank-you to those of you who came to our rescue to drive when the bus was unavailable last Wednesday. Be on the lookout for information coming up about our next track and field day on May 31st, when students in grades 3-6 (plus a few of the grade 2 students who qualified) will be competing with ACSI schools across the Maritimes. Parents are more than welcome to come join us at UPEI on that day to cheer their children on.

The Hunt for Missing Mitts

Well, winter is long behind us but I just recently went to wash all the classroom mitts that I allow students to borrow when they have forgotten their own only to find that there is only one pair left. That means that students had been taking them home. If you would be so kind as to go through your stash of mitts at home and send in the ones that you know aren’t yours, that would be greatly appreciated. I’ll check them out and see if they indeed belong to the classroom. Hopefully I can track down a few pairs so students next year can enjoy the same privilege as yours have.

Picture Orders

Your children’s lovely spring pictures were sent home last week. Please note that, although Life Touch has sent the real pictures, they still need to be purchased if you intend to keep them. If you are not planning on keeping the pictures, then please send them back. Orders and pictures that you do not want are due back on May 25th.

Upcoming Assessments

Grade 3

  • Wednesday – Language Test 11
  • Friday – Spelling Test 27, Math Test 28

Grade 4

  • Friday – Spelling Test 27

God bless!

Mrs. Bouter

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Important Change of Plans! Plus Bible Stuff

Good afternoon everyone!

Track Try-out Day

Unfortunately, the bus that we were hoping to take to Wednesday’s track event is in the garage and not available. That means that we will need drives for Wednesday morning, going to UPEI at 9:00 and returning to the school at 12:00. Please fill out the permission slip and return by tomorrow. If you are able to drive, please indicate the number of students you are able to take.

Bible Stuff

Mrs. McGonnell informed the students today that they all did a fantastic job reciting the books of the Old Testament. Memorizing the books of the New Testament is the new goal. They will be due on Thursday, June 1st.

I think that’s it for now.

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Sunshine and Track Stuff – Week 35 at GCS

Hope you all are enjoying the sun while it lasts!

Track Try-out Day (a.k.a. In-House Track Qualifiers)

Be on the lookout for an important permission form being sent home tomorrow regarding Track Try-out Day. This Wednesday, students in grades 2-6 will be travelling by bus to UPEI to participate in training exercises for Track & Field events. This day is set aside for students to compete against their classmates to determine which students will participate in track events in the upcoming ACSI Track Meet on May 31. We will leave the school at 9:00 AM, and return to the school around 12:00 PM. Students are required to take sneakers, fitness wear, and a water bottle.

Travel Brochure

Please be aware that students have been assigned a Travel Brochure Project for Social Studies. Rough copies are due for ESL students on Friday, June 19, so that Miss Kelsey can review them with her students. For non-ESL students, rough copies are due on Tuesday, May 23. Final copies and presentations will be the week of June 5-9. Please take time to review the outline which was sent home and email me with any questions you have.

Bowling Night with the Boys

For those of you who were able to join us for our Mother, Daughter, Grandmother Tea Party last weekend, you will recall the special moments that we were able to share with one another – quality time, treats, and tea for all.

With that being said, it’s the boys’ turn to make memories. We hope all our elementary boys will join their fathers, grandfathers, and those who are like their fathers next Friday evening from 6:00 – 7:30 at the Murphy Centre for $5 bowling.

For more information, please contact Mrs. Effie Able.  Grab your bowling shoes, boys!

GCS Annual Golf Tournament

Our annual GCS Golf Tournament is just around the corner.  We are anticipating a very successful tournament again this year.  Please take note of the following information:

DATE: Saturday, June 3rd, 2016
TIME: Sign in at 7:00am – 7:45am  /  Shotgun start at 8:00am
PLACE: Clyde River Golf and Country Club, 384 Clyde River Road, Clyde River, PE

ENTRY FEE: 
$100.00 per person OR $400.00 per team (includes: green fees, cart rental, sleeve of balls, complimentary snacks & drinks on the course, surf ‘n turf lunch, and $40 charitable receipt per entrant) . Student rate (18 years and under): $75

SPONSOR A HOLE:  We invite you to show the friends, neighbors and colleagues of Grace Christian School your commitment to quality education by becoming a sponsor for this event.

Registration forms can be picked up at the school office, or emailed directly to you.  For more information, please contact Mrs. Natalie MacNeill at nmacneill@gcspei.ca.

Spring Potluck Dinner & Arts Showcase

Save the date for our Annual Spring Potluck Dinner and Arts Showcase from students in grades 7 – 12.  Please bring a dish for 6 people to share.  Families with the last name beginning with A – H should bring a main dish or sides. Families with the last names beginning with I – Z please bring desserts.  Salad, Rolls and drinks will be provided by GCS.  After dinner we will enjoy a presentation from our Drama class and hear from our award-winning musicians.

DATE: Monday, June 5
TIME: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Meal & Arts Showcase begins at 6:35 pm sharp

Important Dates

  • May 17 – Track Try-out Day (UPEI)
  • May 19 – Father & Son Bowling
  • May 22 – Victoria Day (No school)
  • May 31 – ACSI Track Meet (UPEI)
  • June 3 – GCS Golf Challenge
  • June 5 – Spring Potluck Dinner and Arts Showcase
  • June 14 – Grade 6 Graduation (9:15am)

Upcoming Assessments

Grade 3

  • Thursday – Math Test 27
  • Friday – Spelling Test 26, Language Test 11 (depending on if we get a lesson in on Wednesday morning or not)

Grade 4

  • Tuesday – Language Test 9
  • Friday – Spelling Test 26, Math Test 14
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May Days – Week 34 at GCS

And just like that, we are in May! We are gearing up for lots of learning and excitement throughout the final quarter, so be sure to check the blog weekly for important notices and information.

Switch Day!

Over the past few months I’ve been acknowledging the students’ good character traits and positive attitudes by rewarding the class with little pompoms to fill up what I call my “I Like It!” Jar. The class has reached their goal of filling the jar! For a prize, the class has chosen to have a “Switch Day”. This Tuesday, grade 3 students will be switching places with the grade 4 students. (It’s actually an educational ploy to introduce some new concepts to the grade three students and to have the grade four students do some creative writing and review while having fun… Shh! Don’t tell your child!)

Say Cheese:  Dental Clinic Information

The Provincial Dental Clinic will be at GCS for two weeks this month, beginning Monday, May 8.  Please note that only preventive services will be provided and the screening is not a substitute for an annual dental examination.  It is strongly recommended that parents take their children to a dentist for regular examinations and treatment.  The Children’s Dental Care Program assists with the cost of basic dental care delivered in private and public dental offices for children from ages 3 -17.  For more information, please visit http://www.healthpei.ca/dentalhealth.

GCS Cheerleaders Expo

Family and friends are invited to attend the GCS Cheerleaders Expo on Thursday, May 11th at Immanuel Christian School gymnasium. The expo will begin at 4:30 PM, and both Jr. and Sr. cheerleaders are asked to arrive dressed to perform by 4:00 PM sharp. We hope you will join us as our cheerleaders showcase all their hard work, and championship routines!

GCS Annual Golf Tournament

Our annual GCS Golf Tournament is just around the corner.  We are anticipating a very successful tournament again this year.  Please take note of the following information:

DATE: Saturday, June 3rd, 2016
TIME: Sign in at 7:00am – 7:45am  /  Shotgun start at 8:00am
PLACE: Clyde River Golf and Country Club , 384 Clyde River Road, Clyde River, PE

ENTRY FEE: 
$100.00 per person OR $400.00 per team (includes: green fees, cart rental, sleeve of balls, complimentary snacks & drinks on the course, surf ‘n turf lunch, and $40 charitable receipt per entrant). Student rate (18 years and under): $75

SPONSOR A HOLE:  We invite you to show the friends, neighbors and colleagues of Grace Christian School your commitment to quality education by becoming a sponsor for this event.

Registration forms can be picked up at the school office, or emailed directly to you.  For more information, please contact Mrs. Natalie MacNeill at nmacneill@gcspei.ca.

Important Dates

  • May 17 – Track Try-out Day (UPEI)
  • May 22 – Victoria Day (No school)
  • May 31 – ACSI Track Meet (UPEI)
  • June 3 – GCS Golf Challenge
  • June 5 – Arts Showcase & International Potluck
  • Jun 14 – Grade 6 Graduation (9:15am)

Upcoming Assessments

Grade 3

  • Wednesday – Math Test 26
  • Friday – Spelling Test 25

Grade 4

  • Thursday – Math Quiz 14
  • Friday – Spelling Test 25

Have a great week!

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April Showers Bring May Flowers – Week 33 at GCS

With crocuses in bloom and birds chirping, it’s obvious that spring has arrived! That being said, it is STILL not going to be quite warm enough this week for children to be without a jacket or sweater. Please ensure your child has something to put on in the event that it is colder than it appears.

Mother, Daughter & Grandmother Tea Party

Please join us on Saturday, May 6th, at 2PM for our Mother, Daughter, Grandmother Tea Party at GCS.  We will enjoy one another’s company, make a craft, sip on some tea and lemonade, sample some sweet treats and capture a few memories on camera.  The elementary girls are asked to RSVP by May 3rd with their homeroom teacher.

Track and Field

Track and Field practices are beginning THIS week for all interested students!  Details are as follows:

  • Who: Students in grades 3-12
  • When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00-4:30 pm
  • Where: UPEI Track
  • What to Bring: Sneakers, water bottle, appropriate clothing

Students are to be dropped off at UPEI right after school and can be picked up there at 4:30 pm.  For more details, please contact Mrs. Laird (alaird@gcspei.ca).

Upcoming Assessments

Grade 3

  • Wednesday – Math Test 25, Language Test 10 (rescheduled from last week)
  • Thursday – Spelling Test 24

Grade 4

  • Tuesday – Language Quiz 18 (rescheduled from last week)
  • Wednesday – Math Test 13
  • Thursday – Spelling Test 24

Have a great week, everybody!

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Fitness Fun! – Week 32 at GCS

I just want to say how blessed I was to meet with parents last week to discuss the tremendous progress your children have made over the past months. It has been a joy to see them transforming day by day. I’m looking forward to completing this last quarter with them!

Re-Enrollment Reminder

We are now at the mid-point of April – this is a reminder that April is re-enrollment month.  If you have not already re-enrolled for next year, please be sure to submit payment to school office ($200) by April 30 to ensure your child(ren)’s place in their class for the 2017-18 school year.  Re-enrollment increases to $250 after April 30 and we cannot guarantee availability in classes after that point.

Please Welcome Ms. Jenkins & Mrs. Wilting

As we say goodbye to our beloved Mrs. Barton as she goes on maternity leave, we are excited to announce two new staff members that will be joining the GCS team – Ms. Chloe Jenkins and Mrs. Julie Wilting.

Ms. Jenkins will be taking over for Mrs. Barton in the role of Lead Teacher in Grade 1/2, while Mrs. Wilting will be assuming the responsibility of all elementary music in the next week.  Please take the time to welcome these two new team members to the GCS community!

Family Fitness Week & Family Fun Run

Mrs. DeBeor and her Gr. 10 Leadership class have prepared a fun-filled week of events, challenges, and activities that are sure to encourage students to get in shape and celebrate the importance of a healthy lifestyle.  Family Fitness Week starts tomorrow with events happening daily leading up to Saturday’s Family Fun Run. Here are some details about the events:

Stop-Drop-and-Exercise! – The Gr. 10 exercise gurus will visit classes twice a day to lead students in one-minute exercises. After all, “If the bum is numb, the brain is the same.” 😛

Healthy Tip of the Day – Each day, students will have the opportunity to win prizes if they are able to recite the fitness tip for that day. The fitness tip will be announced in the morning and posted on the board for students to write down as their first morning activity.

Teacher Pedometer Guess Challenge – Who do you think is on their feet the most in the school? Well, we’re about to find out! Every day, one teacher has been asked to wear a pedometer to see how many steps he or she takes in the day. Every morning, the Gr. 10 fundraising coordinators will be at the entranceway to take students’ guesses about how many steps that teacher will walk. Guesses cost 10 cents a piece. This is open to the entire school and a prize will be given to the person with the closest guess.

Hoops Competition – On Monday at 12:30, the Gr. 10 class will be leading a knockout competition in the gym. It is 10 cents to enter a game. This is open to the entire school. Everyone is encouraged to come out and participate or cheer on the competitors.

Elementary Station Day and Game Day – The Gr. 10 class will also be leading an educational station day for the elementary students on Tuesday from 2-3 p.m. and a game day on Wednesday from 2-3 p.m.

Elementary Pedometer Challenge – The elementary will again be competing across classes for the greatest average steps per student. Each class will have one day to wear pedometers and try to earn the title of The Most Active Class.

Family Fun Run – Ending the week is the annual Family Fun Run! Gr. 10 class hopes to see you all on Saturday! Registration begins at 10:00 am, warm-ups at 10:45, and the race at 11:00 am.

Track and Field

Track and Field practices are beginning next week for all interested students!  Details are as follows:

  • Who: Students in grades 3-12
  • When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00-4:30 pm
  • Where: UPEI Track
  • What to Bring: Sneakers, water bottle, appropriate clothing

Students are to be dropped off at UPEI right after school and can be picked up there at 4:30 pm.  For more details, please contact Mrs. Laird (alaird@gcspei.ca).

Important Dates

  • April 29 – Family Fun Run
  • April 30 – Last day for early registration for the 2017-18 school year
  • May 5 – Professional Development Day (No Class)
  • May 22 – Victoria Day (No Class)
  • June 3 – GCS Golf Challenge

Upcoming Tests and Quizzes

Grade 3

  • Wednesday – Math Test 24
  • Friday – Spelling Test 23, Language Test 10

Grade 4

  • Tuesday – Math Quiz 13
  • Wednesday – Language Quiz 18
  • Friday – Spelling Test 23

A happy fitness week to everyone! Now I guess I better get off the couch and do something active…

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Easter Blessings! – Week 31 at GCS

I hope you all had a blessed Easter filled with praises to the Son of God who loved us and gave Himself for us!

Open Chapel Service

Remember that everyone is invited to join us for our weekly Chapel service tomorrow from 9:00am – 10:00am. We will sing some of our favorite chapel songs. Grades 1-6 will have the opportunity to perform some of the songs they have learned in music throughout the year. Kindergarten will also preform a short musical which they having been working hard on in music with Mrs. Bouter. Please invite grandparents, aunts and uncles and other family members. All are welcome! We hope to see you there.

Re-Enrollment Month

Over the years, the reputation of Grace Christian School has grown, attracting new families to our school, both locally and globally.  We have seen enormous growth in the student body throughout this school year and have already received numerous inquiries for the 2017-18 year.  Due to there being waiting lists already for a number of our classes, more than ever before, it is imperative that you re-enroll before the end of April to ensure your child(ren)’s spot for the next school year.  For more information, please visit the school office.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher interviews are scheduled for this coming Thursday, April 20th, from 6:00-9:00 PM and on Friday, April 21st, from 10:00-12:00 AM. Sign-up sheets are located in the lobby of the school early next week. Please sign-up for an appointment to discuss your child’s progress.  I look forward to chatting with you all!

Tests and Quizzes and Bible

There are no tests or quizzes this week. However, students can begin practicing the books of the Bible for their final Bible grade. The books of the Old Testament will be due on May 11, the books of the New Testament on May 31, and both will be recited on June 14.

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Signs of Spring – Week 30 at GCS

I don’t know about you, but I was very excited to see my first robin of the season over the weekend. It looks as if warmer days are headed our way!

Re-Enrollment Month

Over the years, the reputation of Grace Christian School has grown, attracting new families to our school, both locally and globally.  We have seen enormous growth in the student body throughout this school year and have already received numerous inquiries for the 2017-18 year.  Due to there being waiting lists already for a number of our classes, more than ever before, it is imperative that you re-enroll before the end of April to ensure your child’s/children’s spot for the next school year.  For more information, please visit the school office.

Cheerleading Notice

There is to be a practice for both Jr. and Sr. cheerleaders this Wednesday from 3:00-4:00 to prepare for their upcoming expo.

Open Chapel

Everyone is invited to join us for our weekly Chapel service on April 19th from 9:00am – 10:00am. We will sing some of our favourite chapel songs. Grades 1-6 will have the opportunity to perform some of the songs they have learned in music throughout the year. Kindergarten will also preform a short musical which they have been working hard on in music with Mrs. Bouter. Please invite grandparents, aunts and uncles and other family members. All are welcome! We hope to see you there.

Also, just a reminder to grade 3 and 4 students to continue practicing their two songs which they will be playing on recorder so that they will be ready for Open Chapel.

Important Dates

April 14 – Good Friday (No Class)
April 17 – Easter Monday (No Class)
April 19 – Open Chapel
April 20 – Report Cards
April 20 – Parent Teacher Conferences (pm)
April 21 – Parent Teacher Conferences (am)
April 29 – Family Fun Run

Upcoming Assessments

Grade 3

  • Tuesday – Bible Quiz
  • Tuesday – Penmanship Test
  • Thursday – Spelling Test 22

Grade 4

  • Tuesday – Bible Quiz
  • Tuesday – Penmanship Test
  • Wednesday – Math Test 12
  • Thursday – Spelling Test 22
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Extra Information

Well, as happens in the course of the week, we have some information to add to the blog.

Cheerleading Notice

This just in: Cheerleaders will have a full run-through of their routine Friday after school from 3:00-4:15. Only cheerleaders participating in the Storm game on Friday evening are required to come to the practice. Originally the practice was going to be tomorrow but due to short notice and ticket sales it has been moved to Friday instead.

Language Test

I noticed after the blog was posted that I failed to mention that grade tree students will be having a Language test on Thursday. This will cover the section on word usage.

Recorder Practice for Open Chapel

Grade three and four students will be performing with their recorders in our Open Chapel on the morning of April 19th. As such, they need to be sure to practice the two songs “Merrily We Roll Along” and “Gently Sleeping” at home. Mrs. Barton wants to make sure they do their best on stage!

Have a great rest of the week!

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Book Reports and Basketball! – Week 29 at GCS

Here we go!

Island Storm Game & GCS Fundraiser

Have you purchased your tickets for the Island Storm Game on April 7th, featuring our Jr & Sr Cheer teams? Please return your money to your child’s homeroom teacher to receive your ticket vouchers before game day. You will need to cash in the vouchers for an actual seat before the game.

Cheerleaders:  We are pleased to be offering our Jr. & Sr. Cheerleaders a free student ticket to this game. That being said, each cheerleader is expected to purchased a minimum of 1 adult ticket. While this is a school-related event, students MUST be supervised by a parent.  Jr Cheerleaders who return their form to their homeroom teacher indicating the number of tickets they wish to purchase, as well as payment, will receive their student ticket voucher at that time. Mrs. Able has agreed to cash in the tickets for the senior girls cheer team, however each Sr cheerleader is expected to purchase a minimum of 1 adult ticket as well.

Any questions regarding tickets, please email Mrs. MacNeill at nmacneill@gcspei.ca.  We hope you will spread the word to family, friends, co-workers & neighbors. We’d be happy to have you all join us to cheer on our Island Storm.

Open Chapel – You’re Invited!

Everyone is invited to join us for our weekly Chapel service on April 19th from 9:00am – 10:00am. We will sing some of our favourite chapel songs. Grades 1-6 will have the opportunity to perform some of the songs they have learned in music throughout the year. Kindergarten will also preform a short musical which they having been working hard on in music with Mrs. Bouter. Please invite grandparents, aunts and uncles and other family members. All are welcome! We hope to see you there.

Provincial Science Fair

Please join me in sending best wishes to Grade 4 students Eva and Riley as they represent our class and GCS at this year’s provincial science fair at UPEI later this week.

Upcoming Tests and Quizzes

Grade 3

  • Tuesday – Book Report Due
  • Wednesday – Penmanship Test
  • Thursday – Language Test 9
  • Friday – Spelling Test 21, Math Test 22

Grade 4

  • Tuesday – Language Quiz 16, Book Report Due
  • Wednesday – Penmanship Test
  • Thursday – Math Quiz 12
  • Friday – Spelling Test 21
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