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Fitness Fun! – Week 32 at GCS

I just want to say how blessed I was to meet with parents last week to discuss the tremendous progress your children have made over the past months. It has been a joy to see them transforming day by day. I’m looking forward to completing this last quarter with them!

Re-Enrollment Reminder

We are now at the mid-point of April – this is a reminder that April is re-enrollment month.  If you have not already re-enrolled for next year, please be sure to submit payment to school office ($200) by April 30 to ensure your child(ren)’s place in their class for the 2017-18 school year.  Re-enrollment increases to $250 after April 30 and we cannot guarantee availability in classes after that point.

Please Welcome Ms. Jenkins & Mrs. Wilting

As we say goodbye to our beloved Mrs. Barton as she goes on maternity leave, we are excited to announce two new staff members that will be joining the GCS team – Ms. Chloe Jenkins and Mrs. Julie Wilting.

Ms. Jenkins will be taking over for Mrs. Barton in the role of Lead Teacher in Grade 1/2, while Mrs. Wilting will be assuming the responsibility of all elementary music in the next week.  Please take the time to welcome these two new team members to the GCS community!

Family Fitness Week & Family Fun Run

Mrs. DeBeor and her Gr. 10 Leadership class have prepared a fun-filled week of events, challenges, and activities that are sure to encourage students to get in shape and celebrate the importance of a healthy lifestyle.  Family Fitness Week starts tomorrow with events happening daily leading up to Saturday’s Family Fun Run. Here are some details about the events:

Stop-Drop-and-Exercise! – The Gr. 10 exercise gurus will visit classes twice a day to lead students in one-minute exercises. After all, “If the bum is numb, the brain is the same.” 😛

Healthy Tip of the Day – Each day, students will have the opportunity to win prizes if they are able to recite the fitness tip for that day. The fitness tip will be announced in the morning and posted on the board for students to write down as their first morning activity.

Teacher Pedometer Guess Challenge – Who do you think is on their feet the most in the school? Well, we’re about to find out! Every day, one teacher has been asked to wear a pedometer to see how many steps he or she takes in the day. Every morning, the Gr. 10 fundraising coordinators will be at the entranceway to take students’ guesses about how many steps that teacher will walk. Guesses cost 10 cents a piece. This is open to the entire school and a prize will be given to the person with the closest guess.

Hoops Competition – On Monday at 12:30, the Gr. 10 class will be leading a knockout competition in the gym. It is 10 cents to enter a game. This is open to the entire school. Everyone is encouraged to come out and participate or cheer on the competitors.

Elementary Station Day and Game Day – The Gr. 10 class will also be leading an educational station day for the elementary students on Tuesday from 2-3 p.m. and a game day on Wednesday from 2-3 p.m.

Elementary Pedometer Challenge – The elementary will again be competing across classes for the greatest average steps per student. Each class will have one day to wear pedometers and try to earn the title of The Most Active Class.

Family Fun Run – Ending the week is the annual Family Fun Run! Gr. 10 class hopes to see you all on Saturday! Registration begins at 10:00 am, warm-ups at 10:45, and the race at 11:00 am.

Track and Field

Track and Field practices are beginning next week for all interested students!  Details are as follows:

  • Who: Students in grades 3-12
  • When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00-4:30 pm
  • Where: UPEI Track
  • What to Bring: Sneakers, water bottle, appropriate clothing

Students are to be dropped off at UPEI right after school and can be picked up there at 4:30 pm.  For more details, please contact Mrs. Laird (alaird@gcspei.ca).

Important Dates

  • April 29 – Family Fun Run
  • April 30 – Last day for early registration for the 2017-18 school year
  • May 5 – Professional Development Day (No Class)
  • May 22 – Victoria Day (No Class)
  • June 3 – GCS Golf Challenge

Upcoming Tests and Quizzes

Grade 3

  • Wednesday – Math Test 24
  • Friday – Spelling Test 23, Language Test 10

Grade 4

  • Tuesday – Math Quiz 13
  • Wednesday – Language Quiz 18
  • Friday – Spelling Test 23

A happy fitness week to everyone! Now I guess I better get off the couch and do something active…

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Easter Blessings! – Week 31 at GCS

I hope you all had a blessed Easter filled with praises to the Son of God who loved us and gave Himself for us!

Open Chapel Service

Remember that everyone is invited to join us for our weekly Chapel service tomorrow from 9:00am – 10:00am. We will sing some of our favorite chapel songs. Grades 1-6 will have the opportunity to perform some of the songs they have learned in music throughout the year. Kindergarten will also preform a short musical which they having been working hard on in music with Mrs. Bouter. Please invite grandparents, aunts and uncles and other family members. All are welcome! We hope to see you there.

Re-Enrollment Month

Over the years, the reputation of Grace Christian School has grown, attracting new families to our school, both locally and globally.  We have seen enormous growth in the student body throughout this school year and have already received numerous inquiries for the 2017-18 year.  Due to there being waiting lists already for a number of our classes, more than ever before, it is imperative that you re-enroll before the end of April to ensure your child(ren)’s spot for the next school year.  For more information, please visit the school office.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher interviews are scheduled for this coming Thursday, April 20th, from 6:00-9:00 PM and on Friday, April 21st, from 10:00-12:00 AM. Sign-up sheets are located in the lobby of the school early next week. Please sign-up for an appointment to discuss your child’s progress.  I look forward to chatting with you all!

Tests and Quizzes and Bible

There are no tests or quizzes this week. However, students can begin practicing the books of the Bible for their final Bible grade. The books of the Old Testament will be due on May 11, the books of the New Testament on May 31, and both will be recited on June 14.

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Signs of Spring – Week 30 at GCS

I don’t know about you, but I was very excited to see my first robin of the season over the weekend. It looks as if warmer days are headed our way!

Re-Enrollment Month

Over the years, the reputation of Grace Christian School has grown, attracting new families to our school, both locally and globally.  We have seen enormous growth in the student body throughout this school year and have already received numerous inquiries for the 2017-18 year.  Due to there being waiting lists already for a number of our classes, more than ever before, it is imperative that you re-enroll before the end of April to ensure your child’s/children’s spot for the next school year.  For more information, please visit the school office.

Cheerleading Notice

There is to be a practice for both Jr. and Sr. cheerleaders this Wednesday from 3:00-4:00 to prepare for their upcoming expo.

Open Chapel

Everyone is invited to join us for our weekly Chapel service on April 19th from 9:00am – 10:00am. We will sing some of our favourite chapel songs. Grades 1-6 will have the opportunity to perform some of the songs they have learned in music throughout the year. Kindergarten will also preform a short musical which they have been working hard on in music with Mrs. Bouter. Please invite grandparents, aunts and uncles and other family members. All are welcome! We hope to see you there.

Also, just a reminder to grade 3 and 4 students to continue practicing their two songs which they will be playing on recorder so that they will be ready for Open Chapel.

Important Dates

April 14 – Good Friday (No Class)
April 17 – Easter Monday (No Class)
April 19 – Open Chapel
April 20 – Report Cards
April 20 – Parent Teacher Conferences (pm)
April 21 – Parent Teacher Conferences (am)
April 29 – Family Fun Run

Upcoming Assessments

Grade 3

  • Tuesday – Bible Quiz
  • Tuesday – Penmanship Test
  • Thursday – Spelling Test 22

Grade 4

  • Tuesday – Bible Quiz
  • Tuesday – Penmanship Test
  • Wednesday – Math Test 12
  • Thursday – Spelling Test 22
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Extra Information

Well, as happens in the course of the week, we have some information to add to the blog.

Cheerleading Notice

This just in: Cheerleaders will have a full run-through of their routine Friday after school from 3:00-4:15. Only cheerleaders participating in the Storm game on Friday evening are required to come to the practice. Originally the practice was going to be tomorrow but due to short notice and ticket sales it has been moved to Friday instead.

Language Test

I noticed after the blog was posted that I failed to mention that grade tree students will be having a Language test on Thursday. This will cover the section on word usage.

Recorder Practice for Open Chapel

Grade three and four students will be performing with their recorders in our Open Chapel on the morning of April 19th. As such, they need to be sure to practice the two songs “Merrily We Roll Along” and “Gently Sleeping” at home. Mrs. Barton wants to make sure they do their best on stage!

Have a great rest of the week!

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Book Reports and Basketball! – Week 29 at GCS

Here we go!

Island Storm Game & GCS Fundraiser

Have you purchased your tickets for the Island Storm Game on April 7th, featuring our Jr & Sr Cheer teams? Please return your money to your child’s homeroom teacher to receive your ticket vouchers before game day. You will need to cash in the vouchers for an actual seat before the game.

Cheerleaders:  We are pleased to be offering our Jr. & Sr. Cheerleaders a free student ticket to this game. That being said, each cheerleader is expected to purchased a minimum of 1 adult ticket. While this is a school-related event, students MUST be supervised by a parent.  Jr Cheerleaders who return their form to their homeroom teacher indicating the number of tickets they wish to purchase, as well as payment, will receive their student ticket voucher at that time. Mrs. Able has agreed to cash in the tickets for the senior girls cheer team, however each Sr cheerleader is expected to purchase a minimum of 1 adult ticket as well.

Any questions regarding tickets, please email Mrs. MacNeill at nmacneill@gcspei.ca.  We hope you will spread the word to family, friends, co-workers & neighbors. We’d be happy to have you all join us to cheer on our Island Storm.

Open Chapel – You’re Invited!

Everyone is invited to join us for our weekly Chapel service on April 19th from 9:00am – 10:00am. We will sing some of our favourite chapel songs. Grades 1-6 will have the opportunity to perform some of the songs they have learned in music throughout the year. Kindergarten will also preform a short musical which they having been working hard on in music with Mrs. Bouter. Please invite grandparents, aunts and uncles and other family members. All are welcome! We hope to see you there.

Provincial Science Fair

Please join me in sending best wishes to Grade 4 students Eva and Riley as they represent our class and GCS at this year’s provincial science fair at UPEI later this week.

Upcoming Tests and Quizzes

Grade 3

  • Tuesday – Book Report Due
  • Wednesday – Penmanship Test
  • Thursday – Language Test 9
  • Friday – Spelling Test 21, Math Test 22

Grade 4

  • Tuesday – Language Quiz 16, Book Report Due
  • Wednesday – Penmanship Test
  • Thursday – Math Quiz 12
  • Friday – Spelling Test 21
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Back in Action – Week 29 at GCS

And here we are at the start of another week! The sun is shining and hopefully beckoning the coming of spring. 🙂 Please take note of the following:

Island Storm Game

Please look for an important announcement being sent home with your child on Monday regarding our upcoming Island Storm basketball game on Friday, April 7th.  This fundraiser allows for half the proceeds of our tickets sales to go right back to GCS. You simply buy a ticket at a reduced rate of $10, and come enjoy the game.

The Jr & Sr Cheer teams will be performing during the half-time show, and our Sr High Ladies Basketball Champions will be recognized as well.  Please send in your ticket forms and payment to your child’s homeroom teacher.  If friends, family, and/or coworkers would like to purchase tickets, please let me know and I will arrange to make that happen!

The Island Storm will also visit the elementary this coming Monday. Kids are encouraged to wear their GCS apparel!

Great Mathletics Success!

The students certainly rose to the challenge of keeping their math skills sharp! GCS is currently in tenth place in the March Madness Mathletics Competition! Only one more week to go!

I did promise that the top scoring students over March Break would receive a special treat. Congratulations to Micah Bailey (2206 points), Octavian Lui (1696 points), Jasmine Han (1550 points), Phu Vo (1721 points), and Cody Rancourt (1000 points)!

New Bible Memory Verse

This is the last Bible verse for this year as the remainder of the year will focus on learning the books of the Bible. This passage is due on April 11.

With your help I can advance against a troop;
with my God I can scale a wall.
 As for God, his way is perfect:
The Lord’s word is flawless;
he shields all who take refuge in him.
For who is God besides the Lord?
And who is the Rock except our God?

  • 2 Samuel 22:30-32

Book Report Reminder

This is a reminder that the board game book report information boxes will be due this Friday, with the final project due on Tuesday, April 4. Please email me with any questions you may have.

Upcoming Tests and Quizzes

Grade 3

  • Friday – Spelling Test 20, Math Test 21

Grade 4

  • Friday – Spelling Test 20, Math Test 11

I think that is it for now!

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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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