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 October 2nd-6th

Please remember, as previously messaged, there will be NO SCHOOL MONDAY, OCTOBER 2nd.  Our staff will be traveling to NB to show love and support for Miss Bannister.  School will resume the normal schedule on Tuesday.  Any milk orders that were sent for Monday will be credited to the following week.

As we enter the month of October, we will be participating in our annual World Vision Penny Drive.  All this week, we will be collecting pennies and other change (and bills!) to raise money for this amazing organization.  We always look forward to our visit from the World Vision Representative, who shares with us personal stories of where this money goes and how it makes a difference.  Thank you for encouraging your children to participate in this.

Students did an amazing job on their Bible memory verses this past week! I was so impressed at how well they recited them, with expression and articulation.  Keep up the good work at home! Next week, we will have our first Bible test, covering our entire overview of the Bible.  Students will be expected to know the books of the Bible in order and be able to recite them or fill in the blanks.  The children have all the information in their Bible notebooks, and anything that is highlighted will be required to know.  We have been reviewing these since the beginning of the year, and they have a song that they can practise with.  Please make an effort to begin reviewing this in preparation for next week’s test.  We will not have a new Bible memory verse until after this test is completed.

In spite of the shorter week, we will have a spelling test on Friday, October 6th covering all of the words from List 4.  If you would like to get a head start on the list, I have posted them here for your convenience.  List 4

Please have a look at our newsletter for this week.  October 2 Newsletter

God Bless,

Mrs. D.

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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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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


November 28th-December 2nd


This week marks the World Vision Penny Drive.  Many of our students have already participated in this wonderful opportunity.  Keep it coming… We’ve almost filled our jar!

Many thanks to all of you for attending our Annual Pancake Breakfast.  We had a record number of people through, and it was a wonderful time of food, fellowship, and fun. 

Please ensure your children’s milk orders are in by Friday morning  for the following week.  This makes Miss Fanning’s job much easier.  Thank for your participation in the school milk program.

With the cold weather upon us, please remember to send your children with warm clothing, boots, and an extra pair of socks. 


Here is our newsletter for the week:

Nov28 Newsletter

Have a great one!

Mrs. Devries





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November 14th-17th

Looking ahead to the upcoming week, I have posted the current newsletter for you.  If you have any questions, feel free to email me at adevries@gracechristianschool.ca.


Our science quarter with Mrs. Thorne has ended, and she will return to continue our science program in the fourth quarter.  She has done a wonderful job with our students, and we appreciate her creativity and fun approach to science. We will be continuing on with Health and Geography.


Please remember to bring your Samaritan’s purse boxes back to the school by Wednesday, November 16th. No money needs to be included in the shoebox, as one family has generously offered to cover all the shipping costs for our school.  Have fun shopping and have a great week!

Mrs. Devries


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News for November

Welcome back after a long weekend!  The teachers had a wonderful time in NB learning from some inspiring educators.  The more you learn, the more you realize that there is to learn.  Such fun!

The next few weeks will be busy ones, so hang onto your hats.  This upcoming week is a full one, with a regular schedule.  The following week, we will be celebrating Remembrance Day as a school, and I would encourage everyone to come and join us as we commemorate those who have fought for us.  This is an incredibly moving time with our students, and it is a ceremony you won’t want to miss.  Following this, we will have our Grandparent’s Day celebration, which is always a wonderful time.

Here is the detailed newsletter for the next two weeks:

Nov 1st-11th Newsletter

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