GCS Grades 3 and 4

The Adventures of Mrs. Bouter's Class

Week of December 10th-14th

Many thanks to all those who helped to make our trip to the Wizard of Oz possible last Friday.  The production was fabulous, and the students thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  What a blessing to have such an amazing opportunity!

Looking ahead to the coming week, there are a few things to take note of. The students have been working diligently on the musical “Joyland”, which we will share with you on Friday, December 14th.  Performances will begin at 1:30pm and 6:30 pm.  For the evening performance, please have students at the school no later than 6:15pm.  Students are expected to wear special occasion dress for  the evening presentation, unless they have been directed to wear costumes.

Elementary students will also be performing our musical at Whisperwood Villa on December 18th in the afternoon.  Students will be taking home a permission slip on Monday, but I have enclosed a copy here for your convenience. Whisperwood Villa Permission Slip

Please ensure that those students who have library books outstanding return them by this Wednesday.

During this busy season of the year, it is very important to continue on with established homework routines.  Last week,  many students came to school unprepared for their daily work.  This will be our last week for homework and testing during this month, so let’s finish well! Here is our class schedule for the week.  Feel free to print a copy for your perusal at home. Dec 10

Happy December!

Mrs. Devries

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Week of September 24th-28th

On Monday, our class will be visiting the Cow’s Creamery and Anne of Green Gables Chocolate Factory in North River.  If you haven’t already done so, please make sure your child has returned their permission slip and $5.00 fee for the tour.  Many thanks to parents who have volunteered to drive for us.  Your availability and help is MUCH APPRECIATED!

Also this week, our school will be participating in our annual Terry Fox Run on Wednesday afternoon from 2-3pm.  This is a wonderful opportunity to join in as parents. You will see first-hand what a blessing it is to have a K-12 school!  From the tiniest kindergarten students to our most “senior” of students (and staff!), we all walk and run together in remembrance of a remarkable young Canadian.  Please make sure your child brings their own water bottle to drink from.

Coupon book order forms are due back Tuesday, Sept 25th.  Our Scholastic book orders are also due on Friday of this week.

Here is the class schedule for the week.  Please review this with your child in preparation for the week to come.

Sept 24th Newsletter

Enjoy each day – it is a blessing.

Mrs. Devries


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School’s in, and we’re off to a great start!

We had a wonderful day on Friday celebrating our Back to School Olympic Theme.  Miss Farrer’s class did and awesome job organizing our fun.

Our new Monday-Friday schedule will take effect this week, so students will be participating in music, library, gym, French, computer, art, and drama. We are thrilled to have Mrs. Thorne teaching science to our class for the first and last quarters of the year.   This being our first week, our only test will be our List 1 Spelling Test, which will take place on Friday for both grades.  Please ensure that the children are prepared for this by studying their lists each night.  This is an excellent time of year to establish great study and homework habits! 

I am looking forward to hearing about and seeing all the wonderful treasures in the “Me” In a Bag projects that went home last Thursday!  What a great way to start our Monday 🙂

 Have a fantastic week.  See you at the Parent Information Night, Tuesday, September 11th at 7 pm.  This is an important night to connect with our school’s leadership and catch the vision for the new school year. 

Mrs. D. 

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May 14th-17th


This week, we have many exciting things taking place in our classroom.  On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Grade Three students will be writing their provincial writing assessments.  Please be sure that your children are getting to bed on time!  As the year winds down, it is so important for the children to have a positive attitude and clear focus. 

On Tuesday evening, The GCS Knight Lights and the Grade 5/6 Recorder class will be playing at the Awards Gala for the music festival.  Both groups will be receiving awards. This will be  a wonderful night of music, taking place at 6:00pm at Park Royal United Church.  Students who are involved in this event will need to come dressed in their Knight Lights T-shirt and jeans at 5:15 pm.  There are many children involved in the event, and seats fill up quickly. The cost for admission is $5.00 for adults, and all proceeds go to the Music Festival Association to help with the costs of hosting these wonderful events. 

I still need parents who can help me move instruments to Park Royal Church after school on Tuesday.  If you can spare a few moments to drive over there after picking your children up from school and to help us transport instruments, that would be a wonderful help.  As you can imagine, it is a logisitcal feat : )

We have a very exciting opportunity for a full day FIELD TRIP on Thursday, May 17th.  A very talented friend of  mine works for the Town of Stratford.  He and a colleague have created two interactive workshop sessions to teach children about the importance of water conservation and watersheds.  I have attended the water conservation session, and it is SO much fun!  Over the weekend, he was telling me about his latest watershed project, and invited me to bring my class to the town hall for a full day of  fun, interactive learning. The children will attend one session in the morning, have an arts and gym session, eat their lunches, and attend the second session in the afternoon.  There is no cost for this, and I guarantee that it will be a most memorable and highly educational day.  I will send home permission slips tomorrow, and will need to know if I have enough drivers for this as soon as possible.  We will need to leave the school at 8:30am to be at the town hall by 9:00. 

There will be no regularly scheduled tests for this upcoming week, as it will be a shorter week with the field trip on Thursday and the Student Appreciation Day on Friday. (Our high school Jamaica team will be leaving this day, and the junior high track and field team will be traveling to Truro for the annual meet. There will be NO SCHOOL on Friday.)  The following Monday, May 21st, is Victoria Day (NO SCHOOL), and Tuesday the 22nd is our trip to the Moncton Zoo!  Exciting things are happening in Grades 3 & 4! 

I would like to thank you  for your continued support for our classroom events.  We thoroughly enjoyed our “Bean” party on Friday afternoon, and appreciated the yummy treats that were brought in by the grade threes. 

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. D.



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News and Notes!

We had a fabulous time celebrating the 100th birthday of the OREO cookie yesterday!  What great fun to share the excitement with Mrs. Perry’s kindergarten class.

Tomorrow’s Knight Light’s rehearsal will be cancelled for tomorrow afternoon.  We will continue with lunch time sectionals, and will meet again next Thursday afternoon.  Those children who offered to bring snacks for the end of our rehearsal can do so next week.

Next week, our entire school will be participating in Winter Carnival Events.  Here are the details for the elementary school:

Monday, March 12th            PAJAMA DAY

Tuesday, March 13th            TWIN DAY

Wednesday, March 14th      SKIING AT BROOKVALE

Thursday, March 15th          SUPERHERO DAY

Friday, March 16th               GREEN DAY,  SKATING AT SIMMONS

This is a wonderful week for our students, and participation is strongly encouraged.  We ask the children to be creative with their costumes, to avoid spending money on this.  Have fun planning, and happy tickle-trunking!

Also, next week, we may have a guest student visiting our class for the week.  She and her family are visitng Prince Edward Island.  Let’s make her feel welcome and at home in our classroom!

Mrs. D.

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Week of February 6th-10th

Snow, glorious snow!  What a beautiful weekend…All that white makes these winter months so much more pleasant.

Invitations have gone home for our class Valentine’s Day Sledding Party at the Terry Fox Sledding Hill.  (Those were just for fun!) Permission slips will be sent home this week.   Drivers will be needed.  I’ve posted a copy of the invite here:  Sledding Party

Report Cards will go home Wednesday, February 8th. 

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday evening, February 9th, from 6pm-9pm, and Friday morning,  February 10th, from10am-12pm.  In light of this, there will be NO SCHOOL February 10th.  Remember to drop by the office to sign up for your interview time.  I look forward to meeting with you.

Brookvale Ski Trip (grades 3-12)  Friday, February 17th.  Permission slips will be sent home with specific details.

Simmons Arena Skating  Friday, February 24th.  This will be the first of four Friday afternoon skates for our elementary students.

Here’s our class newsletter for the week: Feb 6 Newsletter

Islander Day, Monday February 20th.  There will be NO SCHOOL for this provincial holiday.

Mrs. Devries

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Two More Days!

Good Afternoon, Parents!

What a fabulous concert our students put on!  I am so proud of each and every one of  them…Congratulations also to the new members of Knight Lights, who experienced the thrill of their first performance.  What a delight!

Looking ahead to this week, tomorrow is our annual CHRISTMAS EVE CHAPEL. Students are invited to dress up in their coziest pajamas (teddy bears included) for a fun celebration of Christmas.  

On Tuesday morning, we’ll be having our class party.  As a part of our celebration, we’ll be making an edible nativity craft.  If you haven’t already sent in three dollars to contribute to the cost of this, please remember to do so tomorrow morning.  Parents are also invited to send in some snacks for our party.  Students will need to be picked up at 12:00 pm, and school will officially be finished for 2011!

The first day of school in the new year will be Tuesday, January3, 2012.  Keep an eye out for our first blog entry of the new year.

God Bless each and every one of you. I wish you all the best as you take time with your families to enjoy the blessings that surround us.

Mrs. Devries






Last Full Week of School Begins!

It is hard to believe, but we are entering our last full week of school before the holidays.  As much as possible, please try to maintain nightly reading and homework routines, as we will continue regular testing until the end of the week. 

There will be an extra rehearsal for the Knight Lights on Monday, December 12th, from 3-4 pm.  This is to ensure that we are ready for the upcoming concerts.  This will be in addition to our Thursday practise, which will be held upstairs in the sanctuary.  For all new members, I have ordered t-shirts which will arrive on Wednesday (phew!!!).  Please send in $10.00 for these as soon as possible. 


Our Class party will be held on Tuesday morning, December 20th.  I will be purchasing candy for the decorating of a nativity scene.  There will be a $3.00 charge for this, so  please send this with your children by Wednesday, December 14 th.  Any “nutritious” treats you’d like to send in for our party (crackers/cheese, clementines, fruit, muffins, etc.) would be greatly appreciated.  Junk food is also accepted 🙂

You’ll find our newsletter attached below.  Please be sure to read it carefully for extra details and information regarding our Christmas concert.

Dec 12 Newsletter

Enjoy these busy days!

Mrs. Devries


News and Notes This Week

Good Morning, Parents!

This is a quick posting to remind you to check our newsletter from last week, as it covers news for this short week and for last week.

Please remember to send in the money for our Fall Party, which is taking place this Wednesday afternoon.  The cost is $3.00 per child. Children are encouraged to dress up as friendly scarecrows – let’s see how creative we can be with things from around our homes.

Library books will be due on Monday mornings from now on, as Mrs. Huising and Mrs. McPhail will be recataloguing books before our Wednesday library times. 

Please remember that there will be no school this Thursday and Friday, as the teachers will be attending the Teacher’s Convention in Moncton, NB.


Mrs. D.

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Coming Soon…A Scarecrow Shindig!

Next Wednesday afternoon, we’ll be having our fall party with the Grade 1 and 2 class.  Please read the attached information to learn more.  I have encouraged the students to use materials they have at home to make a costume for their friendly scarecrow.  Thanks for your continued encouragement and support for our classroom events!

Scarecrow Shindig

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