GCS Grades 3 and 4

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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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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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