Thank you for those who came to meet with me and discuss the progress of your children. I am looking forward to the second half of the year with this great group of kids!
There is a lot coming up in the near future!
The Gift of Generosity for Callum
Grace Christian School is working towards fostering generosity in our elementary students. We would love to partner with you in developing this important character quality in your child. Our elementary students have been praying for an eight year old boy, Callum Thomson, who was recently diagnosed with APL leukemia. This young man went to the emergency room at the Queen Elizabeth hospital on New Year’s Eve, and was diagnosed with this disease just five hours later. He and his mother had to leave immediately so that he could undergo treatments in Halifax, and will be there for nine months. His father and two younger siblings are travelling to Halifax to visit Callum and his mother on weekends.
Callum loves to watch and play hockey. The Belfast rink, where he plays hockey, has started a fundraiser for the Thomson family, selling black toques that say “Go Cal Go.” These hats are selling for $10 and all the proceeds go towards Callum and his family. We are giving each elementary student an opportunity to purchase a hat. We are encouraging your child to find a way to give from their own pocket, if at all possible. There are many ways to make this happen, so we look forward to hearing all the stories from your children as they take up this challenge. We would like to give you a few ideas to get the creativity juices flowing. Your children may:
- Offer to help with some household responsibilities to earn money (shovelling, dishes, sweeping, dusting, etc.)
- Give from their own savings
- Sacrifice something “extra” that cost money and give the money for Callum instead (movie, treats, hot lunch at school)
- Sacrifice their time and create a little fundraiser of their own
- Ask siblings or friends if they would like to purchase a hat as well
When given the opportunity to be generous, children will often amaze us! If your child is interested in helping share the love of Christ in this way, please send the money in a clearly labelled envelope by Wednesday, February 10. When the hats come in, our elementary students who have participated will have a photo taken with their hats on. The Grades 1-6 Bible classes will make a giant card to send to Callum in Halifax. The card will include the class picture as well as lots of encouragement.
If you have any questions, please contact Francine McGonnell at email@example.com.
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, February 8 – All School Kick Off – What’s Your Favorite Book Presentation
- Tuesday, February 9 – 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!
- Wednesday, February 10 – Reading Buddies & Reading Fair Presentations – Everyone is invited to check out the book fair projects made by students in grade 5-12 from 2:15-2:45.
- Thursday, February 11 – Character Dress Up Day – Students are encouraged to come dressed as one of their favorite book characters.
- Friday, February 12 – Students can bring their favorite book and their colored picture to the library at lunchtime and receive a special treat!
Sharing the Love with Seniors
As an extension to our celebration of Love of Reading Week, grades 3-6 will be travelling by bus to The Mount, a seniors’ residence, to read stories to the elderly there and to give them handmade Valentine’s cards. Be on the lookout for a permission form. We will be leaving on the bus at 9:05 on Friday so be sure to be there on time!
Valentine’s Day Party
To end the week, the grade 3-4 class will have a little Valentine’s Day party on Friday afternoon from 2:00-3:00, with a craft, valentine exchange, and a few sweet treats. Students are encouraged to bring in valentines for all their classmates. In order to ensure that no one is forgotten, I will be sending home a list of the students in the class to use for addressing valentines.
In the coming days your child will receive a permission slip to attend our ski day at Brookvale Provincial Park. In previous years, only high school students were allowed to snowboard, however with the popularity of this sport, and a growing number of younger students who participate in snowboarding on a regular basis, we have decided that with parent’s written permission, students in Gr 3-6 can have the option to rent snow-boarding equipment. Students MUST have written permission from their parents to rent the equipment, and have previous snowboarding experience.
If you have any questions regarding this procedure, please let me know.
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!
- Friday, February 12 – Trip to The Mount; Valentine’s Party
- Monday, February 15 – Islander Day (NO SCHOOL)
- Wednesday, February 17 – Skiing
- Monday, February 22 – Skating
- Thursday, March 17 – Skiing for grade 3-12; Skating for grades K-2
Upcoming Tests and Quizzes
- Thursday – Math Test 17
- Friday – Spelling Test 18
- Wednesday – Math Test 9
- Friday – Spelling Test 18