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One More Thing…

Kraft Hockeyville: PLEASE VOTE

O’Leary, P.E.I. has been named as one of 10 finalists for Hockey Night in Canada’s Kraft Hockeyville competition. This is the hometown of both Mrs. MacNeill & Mrs. Barton, both of whom have spent many hours with their friends and family over a good game of hockey. Even today, many of our students at GCS play hockey at the O’Leary Community Sports Centre. The community is already guaranteed a $25,000 dollar prize to upgrade the O’Leary Community Sports Centre, just for making the top ten. It’s hoping to be in the top two, which would mean another $100,000 for rink upgrades and the top prize – the opportunity to host a preseason NHL game. Residents of PEI are urged to showcase their Island-way of helping one another by going online to vote for O’Leary. At the same time, residents are asked to reach out to their family & friends, whether they are Islanders or not, to give O’Leary that little extra push towards the final line. Online voting begins on Sunday at 10 a.m., and runs until Monday at midnight. Please visit the Kraft Hockeyville Website to cast your multiple votes.

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Winter Carnival – Week 27 at GCS

Hello parents,

Winter Carnival is here! Students are invited to join in the school spirit and participate in our themed dress-up days. Again, the days are as follows:

Monday: PAJAMA DAY – A student favorite! Wear your favorite pajamas to school but
don’t forget to wake up!

Tuesday: DECADE DAY – Dress up like people from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s or any other decade from the past. Raid your parents’ closets!

Wednesday: RED CARPET / PRINCE & PRINCESS DAY – Dress up in formal celebration
clothes today. Wear a crown or a tiara if you want.

Thursday: DISNEY DAY – Have you got a costume? Great. Are you a creative mind who
can make one? Great. If not, join in the day by wearing a t-shirt or sweat-shirt, or carrying something with a Disney character motif.

Friday: SKIING at BROOKVALE (grades 3-12)

Mathletics

We’re off to a great start with the Mathletics March Madness competition. Currently GCS is in 19th place out of 700 Canadian school who are participating! That’s a LOT of math practice!

The Grade Three Cooking Show

Parents of non-ESL students in grade three are reminded that the Grade Three Cooking Show will take place this week on Wednesday and Thursday. Students are scheduled to present their procedural writing telling how to make a simple food on one of the two days. Please check the outline which was sent home in the agenda to see which day your child will present and ensure he or she is ready with the necessary supplies. I will be editing the remainder of the rough copies that I didn’t get to last week tomorrow so that students will have some time to practice their presentations. If it so happens that we have a snow day on Wednesday (which it looks like we may) ALL presentations will take place on Thursday.

Skiing

Permission forms and Brookvale ski rental forms will be going home for the ski trip on Friday. Please make sure these are filled out and returned to the school. Currently, only three students have told me that they will be taking ski lessons. If your child needs lessons, then please either write a note in the agenda or have your child tell me as soon as possible. If your child wishes to snowboard instead of ski, we need a written note of permission.

Upcoming Tests and Quizzes

As it is the week before March Break and grade three students have a presentation to focus on, we will NOT be having a spelling test this week.

Grade 3

  • Tuesday – Bible Memory Quiz
  • Thursday – Math Test 20 (AND Oral Math Facts Quiz on 6, 7, and 8 division tables)

Grade 4

  • Tuesday – Language Quiz 15, Bible Memory Quiz
  • Thursday – Math Quiz 11

Happy Winter Carnival!

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Time “Marches” On – Week 26 at GCS

A good evening to you all,

Hope you all stayed safe on this blustery day!

School Spirit Day & Championship Basketball Game

Please join us at Holland College this Monday, March 6th, at 6:00 PM, and help us cheer our Sr. Girls Basketball team to a gold medal victory!  There will be a small admission cost associated- $5/adult and $2/student to help cover the costs of the event.

Students are strongly encouraged to wear their GCS apparel to school on Monday as well.

New Student

We are pleased to welcome Angela Fu our classroom. Angela is a grade four ESL student and I am sure the others will make her feel comfortable in our school.

Mathletics March Madness Competition

Get your math brains on, students! The elementary classes have entered a national competition through Mathletics, an award winning interactive site that aims to improve maths skills through fun activities linked to the Canadian curriculum. Students earn points by completing activities and answering questions in Live Mathletics competitions. We are hoping the enthusiasm surrounding this competition grows and will help to increase our students’ math skills. And, who knows? We may even win a prize. J

For the duration of this competition, I am allowing students to bring in devices so that, when they are finished of the required daily work, they can spend time doing Mathletics. This does not mean that you have to send in a device if you are not comfortable doing so! Students who do not have a device can use school computers if they are available. Any devices that come in will be kept in a safe place in the classroom when not in use and will be sent home at the end of the day.

Students can do Mathletics activities at home as well as in class. As long as they are connected to the internet and not using an offline Mathletics app, the points that they earn will count toward the competition.

Happy math-ing!

Mandarin Classes

GCS is proud to announce the beginning of Mandarin classes for elementary students. We look forward to welcoming Mrs. Lin who will teach Mandarin starting this Wednesday.

Scholastic Book Orders

Scholastic Reading Club flyers went home last week.  Please don’t feel you need to place an order, but if you would like to order a book for your child, the order form and the money is due on Wednesday, March 8th, 2017. All cheques are made payable to Scholastic Canada. If you have any questions, please contact kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Perry.

Winter Carnival

Grace Christian School WINTER CARNIVAL is March 13th to 17th.

Show your school spirit and join in the fun by participating in our theme days! Remember that modest, clean, neat and appropriate is always the rule! Winter Carnival is organized and sponsored by G.C.S. Student Council.

Monday: PAJAMA DAY – A student favorite! Wear your favorite pajamas to school but
don’t forget to wake up!

Tuesday: DECADE DAY – Dress up like people from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s or any other decade from the past. Raid your parents’ closets!

Wednesday: RED CARPET / PRINCE & PRINCESS DAY – Dress up in formal celebration
clothes today. Wear a crown or a tiara if you want.

Thursday: DISNEY DAY – Have you got a costume? Great. Are you a creative mind who
can make one? Great. If not, join in the day by wearing a t-shirt or sweat-shirt, or carrying something with a Disney character motif.

Friday: SKIING at BROOKVALE (grades 3-12)

The Grade 3 Cooking Show

Grade Three Cooking Show

Next week the grade 3 students will be doing a presentation on how to make their favorite sandwich or another simple food for our unit on procedural writing. Students will need to practice their presentation at home to make it professional. Also, students will need to bring all their materials to class on the day of the presentation, which will either be next Wednesday or Thursday. We will make a formal schedule of who will present on which day at the end of this week. I can’t wait to see these little chefs in action!

Upcoming Tests and Quizzes

Grade 3

  • Wednesday – Math Test 19
  • Thursday –
  • Friday – Spelling Test 19

Grade 4

  • Tuesday – Language Test 7
  • Wednesday – Math Test 10
  • Friday – Spelling Test 19
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A Taste of Spring?? – Week 25 at GCS

Good evening parents,

The snow has begun to melt! But be warned: it is wet and it is muddy out there on the playground! I highly recommend packing an extra change of clothes, just in case the seemingly inevitable slip in the mud happens to your child. Also, it’s getting more and more sunny (yay!) but please remember that sun does not always mean it is a warm day. Please keep an eye on the temperature and have your child dress accordingly.

Skating

This Wednesday we will again be heading to the skating rink. Please remember that pick-up will be at Simmonds arena.

Bible Memory Verse

This next verse will be due on March 14th.

“For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
the Lord bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold
from those whose walk is blameless.

Lord Almighty,
blessed is the one who trusts in you.” – Psalm 84:11-12

French

Mrs. Laird has sent home a French study sheet last week that non-ESL students should review as there will be a test this coming Thursday.

Important Dates

  • March 1 – Elementary Skate
  • March 10 – Elementary Skate
  • March 13-17 – Winter Carnival (Details about dress up days will follow soon)
  • March 17 – Grades 3-12 Ski Trip
  • March 20-24 – March Break (No school)
  • April 7 – GCS Storm Basketball Game
  • April 14 – Good Friday (No school)
  • April 17 – Easter Monday (No school)

Upcoming Tests and Quizzes

Grade 3

  • Tuesday – Penmanship Test
  • Wednesday – Math Test 18
  • Thursday – French Test
  • Friday – Spelling Test 18, Language Test 8

Grade 4

  • Tuesday – Math Quiz 10, Penmanship Test
  • Thursday – French Test, Language Quiz 14
  • Friday – Spelling Test 18
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A Short Update

Hi all!

Skating was a success! A big thanks to those who helped by driving and tying skates.

Non-ESL grade three students may have some questions about their homework for this evening. They are to read chapter two of Secret in the Maple Tree. Then in their new reading response journal they are to write a short summary (one to three sentences about the MAIN action of the chapter), and then respond to the chapter by asking a question,  making a comment (telling what they liked or didn’t like and why), making a prediction (telling what they think will happen and why), making a connection (telling what the story reminds them of), or clarifying something (telling what they know about the story). We went over what a good quality four-star response would look like today.

In other news, a survey is going home tomorrow to see how many people would be interested in purchasing a yearbook. Please check either yes or no and then return the piece of paper to school. This will help Mrs. Huizing to know whether or not to go ahead with getting her students to design and produce a yearbook.

I believe that is all for now.

 

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And We’re Back! – Week 25 at GCS

I hope you all had a very happy Islander Day!

This week is fairly normal except that, on Wednesday, we will be going skating for the first time this season. Please ensure that your child has a signed permission form to pass in tomorrow.

Upcoming Tests and Quizzes

Grade 3

  • Wednesday – Math Test 9, Bible Memory Quiz
  • Thursday – Language Test 7
  • Friday – Spelling Test 17

Grade 4

  • Wednesday – Math Test 17, Bible Memory Quiz
  • Friday – Spelling Test 17

Let’s hope for a snow-day free week!

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Snowy Enough Fer Ya? – Mid-week Update

Well, it appears winter is against love of literacy… With that being said, here is the mid-week update.

Elementary Skate

The elementary skate scheduled for Wednesday, February 15th has been cancelled. Students should come prepared for regular afternoon classes.

Valentine’s Party

Grade 3/4 will go ahead with a small Valentine’s Day party tomorrow afternoon. Students are still encouraged to bring in valentines for their classmates and, if they wish, a treat to share with the class. However, we won’t be building reading forts as we will have less time for our party and, let’s face it, lots of work to do. We will save that activity for another day.

Muffin Sale

Tomorrow morning, Mrs. Huizing will be selling her fresh blueberry and chocolate chip muffins for $2.00 in support of The Coldest Night of the Year.

Fro-Yo Sale

This Thursday, the GCS Senior Cheerleaders will be selling vanilla frozen yogurt with rainbow sprinkles for $2.00.  All money generated from this sale will go towards helping the team attend a cheer competition in April.

Love of Reading Week Revised

Scheduled events on school days that have been cancelled will not be rescheduled.  If you have any questions regarding Love of Reading week, please contact Mrs. Biech.

Wednesday: Sweet Reading – Each student will have the opportunity to complete a sheet about books they love.  When this is returned to Mrs. Biech in the library (during lunch), she will have a sweet treat.

Thursday: Book Character Day – Dress up as character from a book.  Also, during lunch or during the afternoon classes, students will be invited to check out some great book report projects from various grades in the foyer.

Friday: Skiing, Art and Reading – Grades 3-12 will be heading to Brookvale for the day (see below) while grades K-2 will enjoy art and literacy activities with Mrs. Biech.

High school students are welcome to participate in each of the days.  All students should be encouraged to bring a book with them each day as there will be some Stop, Drop, and Read times fit in as well.

Ski Trip (This Friday)

Skiing is still planned to go ahead as scheduled.  Right now, the weather looks as if there will be LOTS of snow!  Skiing forms and permission slips will be sent out with the students to be signed as soon as we return to class. All money will be collected the following day, and must be collected by Friday morning.

The most important information that Mr. Biech needs is number of students taking lessons.  Please have a discussion with your child to determine their need for a lesson so that they can tell their teacher tomorrow.

Revised Assignments

We will reschedule all quizzes and tests until next week.

Happy shoveling!

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Love of Reading – Week 23 at GCS

Well, with rescheduled Parent-Teacher Interviews, Love of Reading activities, Valentine’s Day, skating, and skiing, we have LOTS planned for the coming week! Let’s see if the weather will cooperate…

Parent Teacher Interviews – Rescheduled

Due to the cancellation of previous scheduled PT Interviews, the conferences will now take place in the following manner:

  • If you were scheduled for a conference Thursday evening, those conferences will now take place at the same time as previously scheduled on Monday evening (6pm-9pm)
  • If you signed up for a conference and are unavailable at that same time slot on Monday, please contact the school office (902-628-1668 or office@gcspei.ca) to cancel that time slot.
  • If you would like to change your timeslot, please contact the school office to determine possible availability (Monday 6pm-9pm)
  • If you signed up for a conference for Friday you can either contact the office to determine possible availability for Monday evening or can contact the teacher directly to schedule a different conference date.

Love of Reading Week – February 13-17

This week there are various activities happening in the school to encourage students to READ, READ, READ! Check out the schedule below:

Monday:  Bring Your Favorite Book Day – All students are encouraged to bring a favorite book with them to have during the day. Mr. Biech will also be reading to the elementary classes. Hmm… what silly story will we have him read to our class??

Tuesday: Bedtime Story Day – Dress in your pajamas, bring a teddy, and have your favorite bedtime story with you today.  There will also be reading buddies in the elementary from 10:45-11:15. Students in grade 3-4 will also be building reading forts in the afternoon (see below).

Wednesday: Sweet Reading – Each student will have the opportunity to complete a sheet about books they love.  When this is returned to Mrs. Biech in the library (during lunch), she will have a sweet treat.

Thursday: Book Character Day – Dress up as character from a book.  Also, during lunch or during the afternoon classes, students will be invited to check out some great book report projects from various grades in the foyer.

Friday: Skiing, Art and Reading – Grades 3-12 will be heading to Brookvale for the day (see below) while grades K-2 will enjoy art and literacy activities with Mrs. Biech.

High school students are welcome to participate in each of the days.  All students should be encouraged to bring a book with them each day as there will be some Stop, Drop, and Read times fit in as well.

Valentine’s Party… with Reading Forts! – Tuesday, February 14

Grade 3-4 will be taking an hour on Tuesday afternoon to have a small Valentine’s Party. A list of all the students in the class was sent home in the agenda last week so that students can send valentines to one another. Students can also take in a treat to share with the class if they so desire. After exchanging valentines and snacking, students will continue the fun and the love of literacy by building reading forts! Students can use blankets brought from home to construct “forts” or little tents made with blankets over furniture. Then they will spend the rest of the time reading inside their forts. It should be a lot of fun!

Elementary Skating – Wednesday, February 15

This winter, the elementary grades are planning on going skating at Simmonds Arena on four separate afternoons, the first one being this coming Wednesday. Permission slips have not yet been sent home, so please be on the lookout for them coming soon. The cost of skating is $4 which covers all skating times. Helmets are required by everyone going on the ice (parents included). We will need drivers for these events. Parents are asked to please pick your children up at the arena at 2:45. Students in afterschool care will be transported back to the school. If your child is unable to go skating, then we ask that he or she gets picked up before we leave the school for the arena.

With the potential of a blizzard this week, please keep up to date with possible skating cancellations via social media and MSM.

Ski Trip to Brookvale Ski Park – Friday, February 17

Students will receive important forms early next week that will need to be returned ASAP. 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 grades 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.

Please sign and return your child’s permission form and rental sheet, along with the money.  Students will be leaving promptly at 9AM. Drivers are required for approximately 16 students, so please confirm with me whether or not you are available to drive.

Upcoming Tests and Quizzes

Grade 3

  • Tuesday – Language Test 7
  • Thursday – Math Test 17, Spelling Test 17

Grade 4

  • Wednesday – Math Test 9
  • Thursday – Spelling Test 17

Whew! That’s a lot! We will see what he week will bring!

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Second Quarter Starts – Week 22 at GCS

With the first half of the school year drawing to a close there are a few items to make note of.  Check out the following information and mark your calendars:

GCS Pride Basketball Game

This coming Monday, February 6th, our Sr High Girls Basketball team will play their last regular season home game at ICS, beginning at 4:00 PM.  (68 Allen Street, Charlottetown)

In celebration of the girls successful season, we wish to invite all GCS families to come out and support our girls. All individuals who come dressed in GCS apparel will be entered into a half-time draw, so get your Knight gear ready!

Our Jr. Cheerleaders will also be cheering at this game, and are asked to arrive by 3:45PM to prepare for the event.  Please have your cheerleader dressed in their new uniforms, including their indoor sneakers.

On your way out the door, $2.00 treats can be purchased from our Sr. Cheerleaders in support of their upcoming cheer competition in April.

A friendly reminder that no outdoor shoes or treats are allowed inside the gymnasium. We hope you will join us this upcoming Monday.  Go Knights Go!

Fostering Generosity

The elementary Bible classes have been busy preparing SURPRISE Valentine messages for Miss.Fanning, Mrs. Thorne, and Mrs.Barrett  to show our love and appreciation for their many years of faithful service to Grace Christian School.  Our grade 1-6 elementary students are looking to bless these ladies with a beautiful bouquet of flowers as well.  As a school, we are always looking for ways to foster generosity as a valuable character quality in our students.  Your child has the opportunity to make a donation towards purchasing the gifts for these staff members.  We are asking that any money contributed be from your child’s own pocket.  They are welcome to share money they have saved, or even come up with a creative way to make a few dollars!  When given the challenge to be generous, children will often step up in amazing ways.  If your child is able to share in this, please send the money in by Thursday, Feb 9th.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. McGonnell at fmcgonnell@gcspei.ca.

Elementary Skates Coming Soon

On the following dates, elementary students will be heading to Simmons arena for a school skate:

Wednesday, February 15th
Wednesday, February 22nd
Wednesday, March 1st
Friday, March 10th

Please keep in mind that all students must be on the ice. If you do not want your child to go skating he/she must be picked up at noon time. All students must have skates, a helmet, and mittens to go on the ice.

Also, we will be looking for a few parents to help out with tying skates and being on the ice with students.  If you are planning on skating, please keep in mind that the city of Charlottetown requires everyone, including adults, to wear a helmet on the ice.

Important Dates

February 9 – Report Cards
February 9 – Parent-Teacher Conferences (6-9pm)
February 10 – Parent-Teacher Conferences (10am-12pm)-  NO CLASS
February 15 – Elementary Skating
February 17 – GCS Ski Trip (Brookvale)

Upcoming Tests and Quizzes

Grade 3

  • Wednesday – Math Test 16
  • Thursday – Spelling Test 16, Language Test 7

Grade 4

  • Tuesday – Math Quiz 9
  • Thursday – Spelling Test 16
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Where Has the Time Gone?! – Week 21 at GCS

Did you blink?  I must have because I cannot believe I started preparing second quarter report cards already.  I guess it’s true: “Time flies when you’re having fun!”

I am hopeful that your children are extending their joy of learning outside the classroom and sharing with you all the exciting things we have been working on inside the classroom. Last week, we had a fantastic time gathering data from the Island Storm players for the class science fair project. We also took time to learn about the persecuted church and pray for those around the world facing hardship due to their faith. This week, we look forward to making bracelets for persecuted women in Sri Lanka and then presenting book report projects. There’s always lots of learning happening!

Book Report Confusion

Speaking of book reports, I sincerely apologize for any confusion regarding the due date of the project. I realized last week that I misprinted the final due date as Friday, February 3rd. We are not supposed the have class that day as it is a Professional Development Day (see below). Therefore, I had to move the due date to Wednesday, February 1st. If your child cannot have the project completed by that day, then please send me an email or a note in the agenda and we will be flexible. Again, I’m sorry for any trouble this has caused.

 PD Day, Weather Depending

There will be no class on Friday of this week due to a Professional Development Day. However, as high school students have exams this week, this could change. If there are any cancellations due to weather, the exams will be moved to Friday, which means we will have class that day after all. The forecast looks good so the week will likely run as scheduled.

Off the Wallz Trampoline Park

We will have exclusive access to the new trampoline park in Slemon Park, Summerside on Friday, February 3rd, beginning at 7 PM. Tickets MUST be purchased from the homeroom teacher prior to the event, so please return your child’s form and money by this Monday.

A friendly reminder that this is NOT a GCS supervised event, and partner are responsible for their own children.  A waiver form must be completed before the event as well.  The cost will be $20 each (Full Park Access) and $15 for Soft Play Park (4 feet and under). Spectators are free.  This is a fun way for families to see each other and get to know each other outside our school.

Bible Memory Verse

A new Bible verse already! This one will be due on February 23rd.

“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.” – James 1:19-21

Important Dates

  • February 3 – Professional Development Day (no class – depending on weather cancellations earlier in the week)
  • February 9 – Report Cards
  • February 9 – Parent-Teacher Conferences (6-9pm)
  • February 10 – Parent-Teacher Conferences (10am-12pm)
  • February 15 – Elementary Skating
  • February 17 – Grades 3-12 Ski Trip

Upcoming Tests and Quizzes

Note: There will be NO spelling this week as students are working on book reports, we will need class time to present, and this is only a four-day week.

Grade 3

  • Tuesday – Penmanship Test
  • Wednesday – Math Test 15

Grade 4

  • Tuesday – Penmanship Test
  • Thursday – Language Test 6
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