Well, now that you’ve all been dug out from our mad cascade of 154.2 cm of snow and your children have hopefully revived from cabin fever, it’s time to get back to school! There is a LOT coming up, especially in the near future with a new student, Love of Reading Week, our first skating day, and Valentine’s Day.
We are happy to welcome Aaron into our class starting on Monday! Aaron is a Chinese student who is here to be immersed in an English-speaking classroom for the next few weeks. I encourage students to reach out to our new comer with open arms as it is sure to be overwhelming to jump into such an unfamiliar environment.
Report Cards and Cancelled Interviews
I trust that you all had an opportunity to look at the report card that went home last Wednesday. If not, you may want to chase it down and ensure that you take time to review it with your child! Since Parent Teacher Interviews were cancelled, I will be happy to set up an alternate time to meet for those of you still wishing to do so. Just send me an email at email@example.com. Please be sure to sign the receiving slip attached to the report card and return it inside the white envelope.
Love of Reading Week
It’s that time of year when we celebrate literacy and the gift of written language with which God has blessed us! It has been proven that the more children read, the better they become at reading. Furthermore, just 20 minutes a day reading with a child develops important critical thinking skills. As such, all week we will be having activities that involve reading, reading, and more reading! Oh, what fun!
- Monday 9th – All School Kick Off – What’s Your Favorite Book Presentation
- Tuesday 10th– Stop, Drop, & Read Day. There will be fun prizes and treats for those who are caught reading throughout the day. Don’t forget your favorite books!
- Weds. 11th – Design a Book Mark Contest – Grades 1 – 6
- Thursday 12th – Character Dress Up Day – Students are encouraged to come dressed as one of their favorite book characters. High school students will host character snack time & reading buddies throughout the day as well. Thursday we will have a special guest reader in the Elementary. Hmmm, who will it be?!
- Friday 13th – Students who bring their bookmark design to the library & tell us what they have read throughout the week will receive a delicious treat, and perhaps a fun prize.
Family Violence Prevention Day
In recognition of Family Violence Prevention Day, students and staff of GCS are encouraged to wear purple on Wednesday, Feb. 11. We can do so much more though – why not take some time throughout the day to pray for those who are coping with family violence!
As a friendly reminder, students will need to return their permission slips and money ($3.00) for skating before Wednesday, February 11. Students will be leaving the school at 1:15 on Wednesday and will NOT be returning to school for pick up at 3:00. Parents are asked to make arrangements to pick their children up at Simmons Sports Arena, on North River Road, by 2:45 PM. Students in after school care are to provide their teacher with a note indicating that they will require a drive back to the school, and accommodations will be made for these students to receive a drive back. Helmets and mittens are required for skating. Students who are not planning to skate may be picked up at the school prior to 1:15. Parent drivers are required and we would be most thankful to have you join on us the ice as well.
As a friendly celebration of Valentine’s Day, students who choose to participate can bring in cards or small treats for their classmates this coming Friday. We will be making Valentine’s card holders in art class on Wednesday.
Trip to the Mount
A permission slip went home for an upcoming class trip on Thursday, February 19, to The Mount to visit and read to the residents there. This is an extension to Love of Reading Week which I’m sure will be a blessing to young and old alike. We are in need of drivers for this event. Please let me know if you can help out in this area.
Students in grade 3 and 4 have grown very excited about their joint science fair project! In fact, they were thrilled to see that some of the seeds and beans they had planted themselves had already sprouted. Thus far, Mrs. MacNeill has been footing the bill for all the supplies needed for this project, from expensive fertilizer to soil to seeds. Parents are asked to please send in $4.00 to cover the cost of the supplies. Thank you for your support for your child’s very first science fair!
International Potluck and Chinese New Year
As our school continues to be blessed with so many families from China, we are going to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Mark your calendars and dig out your recipe book, because on Tuesday, February 17, GCS will host another international Potluck Dinner. All are welcomed for another great night of food and entertainment from around the world. Entertainment will take place in the church sanctuary at 5:00 pm, followed by a potluck meal at 5:30.
Book Report Marvels!
Finally, I was BLOWN AWAY by the fantastic book report projects that were presented in class. The students obviously worked hard and I am so proud of their effort and creativity, along with the quality of writing I received. Well done, grade 3 and 4!
Upcoming Tests and Quizzes
- Thursday – Math Test 16
- Friday – Spelling Test 17, Language Test 7
- Friday – Spelling Test 17, Math Quiz 7