Sept. 22nd – 26th

Hello Parents,

This school year is off to a great start.  We have  lots of things to keep you updated on.

Grade two spelling and this week’s tests

This week will mark the first spelling list for grade two.   On Friday grade two students were given a spelling notebook which will be used to write their lists out each night.  The list is located in your child’s how homework folder.  Each night students should write out their list three times in their notebook.  There is an example in the front of the homework folder to let you know that should look each night.  We will have our first spelling test on Friday for Grade 2.

Grade one will begin testing this week as well.  Grade one and two will be tested on the same days.

Penmanship Test — Monday Sept. 22nd

Math Test –  Wednesday Sept. 24th

Phonics Test –  Thursday Sept. 25th

Spelling Test – Friday Sept. 26th (Grade two only)


Terry Fox Run 

The Terry Fox Run will take place on Wednesday September 24th.   In the afternoon students will meet in the sanctuary to see a short video on Terry Fox then we will head outside to walk around the loop.   A school picture will also be take after the run is over.   If you do not wish to have your child in this picture which will be used on our blogs and website, please ensure that you have signed the parent commission form.   Here is a link to where you can find one if you need it.  On the bottom of the form there is a box to agree or disagree to have your child’s picture used on our blogs and school web site.


Coupon Booklets:
Once again this year, students will have the opportunity to participate in the 2014 Fantastic Fall Saver Coupon Book campaign, as part of our school’s fundraising efforts.  The money raised is necessary to allow for various educational and extra-curricular activities at GCS.  This year, a portion of the funds raised will also be donated to the QEH Foundation.  The booklets can be purchased for $10. Students are asked to return their sale forms and money on October 8th or 9th.  Coupon booklets will be sent home on Tuesday, October 14th.


Lunch Program:

This year we are blessed to have some wonderful volunteer who will be heading up the lunch program.  There will be a rotation of Subway; Papa John`s pizza; Papa John`s chicken strips and hotdogs. These lunch choices are OPTIONAL.  You are not required to purchase them for your child.  Forms will be sent home at the beginning of each week. Please put all money and forms in an envelope with you child’s name clearly marked on the envelope. Money will be collected on Wednesdays.

 GCS Clothing:

The GCS Committee has once again organized a GCS Apparel Sale.  An order form outlining all of the different options (t-shirts, hoodies, polo shirts, etc.) as well as pricing and the actual order form was sent home in your child’s agenda. If you would like to order apparel, please fill out the order form and return it with the required payment to your child’s homeroom teacher by Friday, September 26.  If you have any questions, please contact Leanne Newson at or at 902-940-4657.  



In social studies this year grade one and two will be learning about Canada.  We started off our social studies by helping the students understand their place within Canada.  Our first lesson involved students creating a personal shield in which they drew pictures about their family, what they like to do, their home and what they would like to be when they grow up.  Students were then given the opportunity to present their shields to the class.   Our second lesson we looked at the map and the students we able to find their place on the map.  Here are a few pictures of our class project which helped the students understand their place on the map.

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Ava Presenting her shield to the class:

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