GCS Grades 3 and 4

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Storms! (Both Literal and Figurative) – Week 20 at GCS

Good afternoon, everybody!

Literal Storms

It looks as if we may be getting a bit of weather on Tuesday into Wednesday. Therefore, I’m going to post, as a reminder, the cancellation procedure for GCS.

In the case of a “one hour delay”, school will begin at 10:00am, while a “school closure” results in no school at all for the day.

When announcements are made for a delay or closure, GCS follows the Public School Board, formerly knows as the English Language School Board.  Alternatively, sometimes only certain schools will be delayed or closed and will be announced by “family of schools”; GCS follows the Bluefield Family, Colonel Gray Family, and Charlottetown Rural Family of schools.  If any of these are delayed or canceled, GCS will be also.

There are a number of ways to know if there is a school delay or closure; they are as follows:

  1. We will post on the GCS Facebook (Grace Christian School – Prince Edward Island), Twitter (@gcs_pei), and Instagram (gcspei) accounts
  2. Each PEI radio station regularly announces delays/closures
  3. The CBC Stormcentre website (http://www.cbc.ca/stormcentre/pei/)
  4. The PEI radio station websites also post delays/closures on their sites
  5. Families can opt in to a GCS text message notification.  If school is delayed or canceled, a text message can be sent from GCS to one cell phone in the family to notify of the delay/closure.  This is an OPT-IN ONLY program.  If you would like to use this option, please email Jordan Ellis (jellis@gcspei.ca) with the cell phone number that you want to have the text message notification be sent to.  If you opted in last year and still have the same cell phone number, it is already still in the system

Storm Basketball Team + Science

Now for the other type of “storm”! On Friday, January 27th, students in grade 3 and 4 will be travelling to UPEI for the afternoon to perform some scientific research with the Storm basketball players at one of the team’s practices. We will be leaving school at 12:15 and returning by 2:00. If you are able to drive, please indicate how many students you can take on the permission form that was sent home last Friday.

Bracelets for Persecuted Women

On Monday, January 30th, grade 3 and 4 will be help Voice of the Martyrs ministry by making bracelets with colors that represent Psalm 23 for persecuted women in Sri Lanka. The bracelets act as a hidden sign of being a Christian, as well as a reminder for the persecuted that they are prayed for by their family in Christ.

Upcoming Tests and Quizzes

Grade 3

  • Wednesday – Math Test 14, Penmanship Test
  • Thursday – Bible Quiz
  • Friday – Spelling Test 15

Grade 4

  • Tuesday – Language Quiz 12
  • Wednesday – Penmanship Test
  • Thursday – Math Test 8, Bible Quiz
  • Friday – Spelling Test 15, Language Test 6

Have a wonderful week!

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Celebrating Diversity and Heritage – Week 19 at GCS

Hello parents! I trust that you are enjoying this day that the Lord has given us. Here is a look at what is going on at GCS this week.

Heritage Celebration & Dumpling Day

The culture at Grace Christian School is diverse. Tomorrow, Monday, January 16th, we are encouraging each student to help us celebrate our diversity by wearing something that represents their family heritage- a family tartan, a traditional costume, or even a t-shirt displaying their country’s flag.

We are also looking forward to Dumpling Day, thanks to the generosity of some of our GCS students and their families. Each student will have the opportunity to sample the dumplings, and there is a rumor that a contest may occur to see who makes the prettiest dumpling! See you tomorrow.

School Spirit Day

To show our ongoing support for our GCS basketball teams we are asking everyone to wear GCS apparel to school on Tuesday, January 17th.  A small treat for everyone wearing GCS clothing will be delivered to classrooms. A draw for a GCS T-shirt will also be made.

Chess Club

The last day of Chess Club will be on Thursday morning, January 26th. The club will resume on Monday, March 27th and continue until Thursday, June 8th. New forms and another fee of $20 per student will be collected in March.

Book Reports

I have sent home the outline for the cereal box book report for both grades 3 and 4. Please ensure that you read it over so you know what is expected. Grade 3 will be doing some of the writing with me in class but regular non-ESL grade 4 students will be completing the project mostly independently.  I will still look over their rough copies. If your child happens to misplace the outline, I am putting a link to it here: 2016-reading-cereal-box-book-report-outline-for-grade-3-and-4

Bible Memory Verse

I believe I have not yet written the new Bible memory verse on the blog. Do not fret for it is a short selection and due on January 26th.

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Important Dates

January 16 – GCS Dumpling Day
February 3 – Professional Development Day (No Class)
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

Grade 3

  • Tuesday – French Test on Unit 1
  • Wednesday – Math Test 13, Penmanship Test
  • Friday – Spelling Test 14

Grade 4

  • Tuesday – French Test on Unit 1
  • Wednesday – Language Quiz 11, Penmanship Test
  • Thursday – Math Quiz 8
  • Friday – Spelling Test 14

Have a blessed week!

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New Year and Fresh Snow – Week 18 at GCS

Welcome to 2017! I trust that you had a blessed holiday season. I know I did but I am certainly happy to be back with the students. They add so much joy to my days!

Dress for the Weather

Please make sure your child comes to school with appropriate winter wear such as mittens or gloves, a hat, boots, and snow pants. Also, I highly recommend packing an extra pair of socks as snow has a way of getting into boots, causing wet socks, discomfort, and the wonderful aroma of stinky feet.

Book Report Projects

Students in both grades were given books last week for a cereal box book report project. Grade three is reading Pilgrim Boy and grade four is reading Saved at Sea. Some chapters will be read together in class while others will be assigned for homework. It is important that students are reading the chapters aloud to an adult who can check for comprehension. A project outline will be sent home this week. Parents of ESL students, please note that ESL students are also doing the project with Miss Kelsey, although the books being read by some students are different than the ones mentioned.

Upcoming Tests and Quizzes

Grade 3

  • Wednesday – Math Test 12
  • Thursday – Language Test 6
  • Friday – Spelling Test 13

Grade 4

  • Tuesday – Language Quiz 10
  • Wednesday – Language Test 5
  • Thursday – Math Test 7
  • Friday – Spelling Test 13

That is all for now!

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Yay! – Week 17 at GCS

Hello all!

The Elementary Christmas Program has been moved to tomorrow, Monday, December 19th. As already mentioned, please make sure your child is dressed in red, white, silver, or black for BOTH performances, one taking place at 1:30, and the other at 6:30. Also, please make sure your child is at school by 6:15 to get lined up and ready for the performance.

This week is a special one! On Wednesday, we will be having a half-day Christmas party. Students need to be picked up by 12:00. Then, it is time for a break! Classes resume on Wednesday, January 4th.

That’s all! Merry Christmas, everyone!

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Christmas Musical Reminder!

The students are practicing very hard this week for the Christmas Program THIS Friday. Students are to dress in red, white, silver, or black for BOTH performances, one at 1:30 and the other at 6:30. Since the performance begins at 6:30, please make sure your child is here by 6:15 to get lined up downstairs. It should be a smash hit! We are looking forward to seeing you there!

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Christmas Theme Days – Week 15 at GCS

Just for Fun – Christmas Theme Days

Well, Christmas is a-comin’! And here at GCS we like to get in the holiday spirit by being a little goofy!

Throughout our final full week of classes, students from K-12 are encouraged to participate in a variety of fun dress-up days.

Monday: Christmas Hat Day

Tuesday: Christmas Sweater Day

Wednesday: Christmas Pajama Day

Thursday: Christmas Movie Character Day

Elementary Christmas Program

The elementary students are very pleased to be presenting the musical The Power of the King for our annual Christmas program to take place THIS Friday, December 16th. Performances will take place at 1:30pm and 6:30pm. Students are asked to dress for the concert in red, silver, white, or black clothing.  No jeans, sweatpants, or t-shirts please.

Elementary Basketball Camp:

We will be launching a Grade 3-6 Elementary Basketball Camp next week!  It will be designed for learning and practicing basketball skills, team work, and sportsmanship.  Details are as follows:

  • Who – students in Grades 3-6
  • Day/Time- every Monday from 3:15-4:30pm
  • Date – December 12 to March 6
  • Cost – $12 (includes camp t-shirt)
  • Bring – sneakers, gym clothes (t-shirt, shorts/gym pants), water bottle

If you are currently on one of the basketball teams, we are welcome and encouraged to attend.  If you have any questions, please speak with Mrs. Laird (alaird@gcspei.ca).

Half Day Christmas Party

On Wednesday, December 22, we will have a special half-day Christmas party in each classroom. We will end our year with games and activities for the kids! Please be aware that the day ends early and students are to be picked up at 12:00.

Upcoming Tests and Quizzes

We have some tentatively scheduled tests this week, but we will see what happens with practices and the possibility of snow. Also, we will be completing our Christmas writing this week as I extended the due date. There will be no spelling test this week.

Grade 3

  • Wednesday – Math Test 11

Grade 4

  • Friday – Language Quiz 10, Math Quiz 7

Have a good week, everyone!

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It’s Beginning to Look Like… – Week 14 at GCS

It’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas, of course! This week we will be carrying on with concert practices, as well as writing a retelling of Jesus’ birth and continuing our Social Studies unit on Christmas celebrations around the world!

Hour of Code

Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 190+ countries.  Every 21st-century student should have the opportunity to take part in creating technology that’s changing our world. The basics of computer science and coding help nurture creativity and problem-solving skills, and prepare students for any future career.

Over 300 partners have come together to support this grassroots campaign, including Microsoft, Google, Salesforce, The Walt Disney Company, Target, the Gates Foundation, Khan Academy and more.

This week, every learner at GCS, from our youngest to oldest, will participate in a minimum of one hour coding tutorials.  We are thrilled to be part of this campaign for a second year, and look forward to watching students embrace challenges and feel empowered by their learning.

Upcoming Tests and Quizzes

Grade 3

  • Wednesday – Math Test 10
  • Friday – Spelling Test 12

Grade 4

  • Thursday – Math Test 6
  • Friday – Spelling Test 12, Language Quiz 9
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In Case of a Storm…

Winter Weather & School Cancellation

Well, it’s looking nastier by the minute out there. Therefore, it’s time to review the following information regarding potential school closures or delays.

In the case of a “one hour delay”, school will begin at 10:00am, while a “school closure” results in no school at all for the day.

When announcements are made for a delay or closure, GCS follows the Public School Board, formerly knows as the English Language School Board.  Alternatively, sometimes only certain schools will be delayed or closed and will be announced by “family of schools”; GCS follows the Bluefield Family, Colonel Gray Family, and Charlottetown Rural Family of schools.  If any of these are delayed or canceled, GCS will be also.

There are a number of ways to know if there is a school delay or closure; they are as follows:

  1. We will post on the GCS Facebook (Grace Christian School – Prince Edward Island), Twitter (@gcs_pei), and Instagram (gcspei) accounts
  2. Each PEI radio station regularly announces delays/closures
  3. The CBC Stormcentre website (http://www.cbc.ca/stormcentre/pei/)
  4. The PEI radio station websites also post delays/closures on their sites
  5. Families can opt in to a GCS text message notification.  If school is delayed or canceled, a text message can be sent from GCS to one cell phone in the family to notify of the delay/closure.  This is an OPT-IN ONLY program.  If you would like to use this option, please email Jordan Ellis (jellis@gcspei.ca) with the cell phone number that you want to have the text message notification be sent to.  If you opted in last year and still have the same cell phone number, it is already still in the system.

Stay safe, everybody!

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December Approacheth – Week 13 at GCS

Thank you all SO MUCH for helping to put together what I think was the best of the baskets for the pancake breakfast and silent auction! The art tote looked fabulous! In just a few short hours, we generated approximately $4000 for our school.  More importantly, it was a blessing to see families visiting with on another and building stronger ties within our GCS community.

Starting this week, we will be gearing up for the annual Christmas Program with practices on Monday and Thursday during school hours. Other than that, there is not too much going on!

The Promise of Cookies

Students are still working on verbs avoir and etre in Mrs. Laird’s French class. She will be testing them again this week, with the promise of cookies for the class when the material is mastered by all the students. C’mon, kids! You can do it!

New Bible Memory Verse

Provers 7:1-3 will be due on December 12.

My son, keep my words
and treasure up my commandments with you;
 keep my commandments and live;
keep my teaching as the apple of your eye;
bind them on your fingers;
write them on the tablet of your heart.

Upcoming Tests and Quizzes

Grade 3

  • Tuesday – French Test
  • Wednesday – Math Test 9
  • Thursday – Language Test 5
  • Friday – Spelling Test 11

Grade 4

  • Tuesday – French Test
  • Thursday – Math Quiz 6
  • Friday – Spelling Test 11
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Retakes and Pancakes – Week 12 at GCS

Thank you, parents, for coming in to discuss your child’s progress with me. My apologies to my ESL parents who did not realize that they could come to have an interview with me as well. The sign-up sheet for grade 3/4 was hidden beneath some of the others. If you still wish to meet, please email me at mbouter@gcspei.ca and we can arrange a time to do so.

Picture Retakes – Rescheduled

Please know that retakes which originally were supposed to take place last Thursday have been rescheduled for TODAY, Monday, due to the photographer being unable to come.

Well-Done Book Reports

Congratulations to the grade 4 students on their book report projects that they presented this week. They did a spectacular job on both the creative portion and the oral reports. It was obvious that a lot of effort went into these projects! Well done! This week, we will take some time during reading class to make lemonade and have some fun with one of the main lessons from Song of the Brook: If life gives you lemons, make lemonade!

Pancake Breakfast – Getting Together Our Art Tote

Our 12th Annual Pancake Breakfast & Auction will be held on Saturday, November 26th, 8:00 am to 11:00 am, and you are invited.

This is one of the ways in which we hope to bring the GCS community together to celebrate our incredible school and the success of this event depends largely on your participation.  As we get closer to the date, a form will be sent home with your child for you to indicate the number of tickets you wish to purchase. Please return your form and payment to your child’s homeroom teacher before November 25th.  Additionally, tickets may also be purchased at the door. Tickets can be purchased for $5 per person, and includes traditional or gluten-free pancakes, sausages, tea, coffee, and juice. Children aged 4 and younger eat for free.

The proceeds generated from this community-building fundraiser will go toward our Plant a Seed Campaign and the 2018 mission trip to Jamaica.  We are asking for ALL FAMILIES in the school to contribute towards the auction portion of this event by donating items to this event. This can be done in one of two ways:

  1. Each homeroom class is preparing a themed gift basket that will be auctioned off during this event.  Each student is asked to contribute to the class basket by donating items associated with their class theme.  For parents wishing to give a cash donation, this is also gratefully appreciated and will be utilized to fill the basket with extra goodies!  Again, please send the donated basket items associated with the class theme to your child’s homeroom teacher before Thursday, November 24th. Grade 3/4’s theme is An Artist’s Tote. Students have been asked to bring in materials such as markers, coloured pencils, a sketch pad, paint, and brushes. Other ideas are gladly welcome!
  2. This year we will have a selection of homemade preserves, desserts, craft items, and other food items. These items will be up for auction, however this year they will also be assigned a “buy it now” price.

If you are willing to make a donation of any of these items, please contact Mrs. Brenna Boudreau (Bboudreau@gcspei.ca), or Mrs. Natalie MacNeill (nmacneill@gcspei.ca). These items must be delivered before Friday, November 25th at 3:00 PM.

Thank you all for your continued support of GCS.  We look forward to seeing you on November 26th.

Upcoming Tests and Quizzes

Grade 3

  • Tuesday – French Test
  • Wednesday – Math Test 8
  • Thursday – Bible Memory Verse Quiz
  • Friday – Spelling Test 10

Grade 4

  • Tuesday – Math Quiz 5 (missed from last week), Language Test 3, French Test
  • Thursday – Math Test 5, Bible Memory Verse
  • Friday – Spelling Test
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