November 2nd – 5th

Hello Parents, 

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. It’s hard to believe that we are into November already.  Coming up this week:

Fall Party At The Laird Farm:

Once again this year, students have been invited to enjoy lunch and an afternoon of celebration at the Laird family farm, this coming Wednesday, from  noon until 2:30 PM.  We will use this time to explore the farm environment and admire the beauty of God’s creation during the autumn season.   Students will receive their permission slip on Monday, please return it on Tuesday morning.  Parents who are willing to provide some sweet treats for the children to share are encouraged to send them with your child on Wednesday morning.  We will require drivers to and from this event, so please confirm whether or not you are available to help us out!

Scholastics Book Order

A Scholastic Book order form was sent home with your child this past week.  There is NO expectation that you place an order from it, however, if you do wish to order a book for your child there are new options this year.  Parents can pay online with a credit card or via cheque.  Please refer to the last page of each order form for more details or go to:

Please have any orders placed by Wednesday, November 4th.

This week’s tests:

Wednesday — Math Test

Thursday — Spelling test (List # 4 grade one, List # 6 grade two)

Thursday — Phonics test

Christmas Craft Club:

We are pleased to announce that GCS will be hosting an after-school Christmas Craft Club on Thursdays from Nov 26th – Dec 17th, from 3:00-4:30.  Details and a permission slip with full details will be sent home early next week.


PD Day (No Classes- For Students Anyway!)

As important as it is for your children to be learning and growing academically, so to it the case for us teachers.  On Friday, November 6th, students will not have classes as teachers from GCS participate in a professional development day.

Remembrance Day Invitation

Mark your calendars for our annual Remembrance Day service here at GCS.  Tuesday, November 10th, 1:45-3:00 PM.  No classes on Wednesday, November 11th.

Here are a few pictures from the last couple of weeks, including science and technology week.

Reading buddies

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Science and Technology week

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Doing a craft with Mrs. Arthurs

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October 26th – 30th

Hello Parents,

We have received the news that Mrs. Helen Fanning (the mother of our secretary, Miss Judy Fanning) has passed away to be with her Saviour.

The wake will be held at the Belvedere Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 27, from 4pm to 7pm.  The funeral will also be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, October 28, at 10:30am.  As we advised you earlier, to support Miss Fanning through this difficult time, staff will be attending the funeral; therefore, school is cancelled on Wednesday.  There will also be no after-school program on that day.

Messages of condolence can be sent to Miss Fanning through the funeral home’s website or left in the school office.  Please be in prayer for Miss. Fanning and her family through this difficult time.

There is no school Thursday, Oct. 29th and Friday, Oct. 30th this week as teachers will be attending the annual ACSI conference in Moncton.

We will not have any tests this week.  However, please have your child continue to study spelling and read at least 15 minutes each night.  Grade one is working on list # 4  Grade two is working on list # 6.

This week’s Bible Verse:

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.  Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.  This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.

(1 John 4:7-9)

 Dates to Remember: 

Wednesday Oct. 28th — No Classes (Helen Fanning’s Funeral)

Thursday Oct. 29th, Friday Oct. 30th — No Classes  (ACSI conference)

Friday Nov.  6th — No Classes – PD Day

Thursday Nov. 12th — Parent teacher interviews 6:00pm – 9:00 pm

Friday Nov. 13th  — Parent teacher interviews 10:00am – 12:00pm  (No classes)

Enjoy your week!

Mrs. Barton

October 19th – 23rd

Hello Parents,

Science and Technology Week:

We have a busy week ahead with Science and Technology week. Here are some of the activities planned for this year:

  • Grades 5/6 will participate in a “Science Of Skating” event hosted by Andrews Hockey School (Tuesday)
  • Grade 3/4 will go geocaching and engineer aluminum barges (Thursday)
  • Grades K-12 will participate in a full afternoon of collaborative science & technology centers (Wednesday)
  • Grades K-12 will come dressed as Scientists, Mathematicians, or Engineers (Wednesday)
  • Grades K-12 will choose a treat from our edible periodic table thanks to the Gr 9 Kitchen Chemistry class (Thursday)
  • Grades 5/6 will participate in a Little Bits Innovation Lab (Friday)

This is just a sneak peek at Science & Technology week at GCS.  Students will also participate in themed art classes and Bible classes that focus on the Creator of all things Science!  Be sure to check out our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.  We love to see these posts shared, liked, and retweeted!!!

Grade one and two bible verse: 

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.  

 (1 John 4:7)

Wednesday:   Don’t forget to return your library books today.  As well money for lunch orders and milk are due today.  Please put any money you send in a sealed envelope.  On the envelope please write your child’s name, amount of money as well as what the money if for.

Friday — This Friday students will be getting their school pictures taken.

This week’s tests:

Wednesday — Math Test

Thursday — Phonics Test

Friday – Spelling test  (List # 3 grade one, List # 5 Grade two)

Important dates to remember:

Oct 23 – School Pictures (THIS FRIDAY)
Oct 28 – Fall Parties
Oct 29-30 – ACSI Teacher Convention (No Classes)

We all know that the election is coming up tomorrow, and we thought that it was important that even the youngest students learn a little bit about what it means to vote and why we vote in Canada.  On Thursday students in JK – Gr. 4 took part in an election of their own.  Students learned about the process of voting by voting for a class mascot.  Grade 3-4 prepared campaign speeches and posters to represent the mascot they were campaigning for.  Students were encouraged to listen carefully so they could vote for the candidate that they felt would make the best mascot for our class.   Students also learned that we vote in secret.  Students understand that on Monday, our country will vote for who becomes the Prime Minster of Canada.  Tomorrow, grade 5 and 6 will help us better understand what we are voting for when they come in to the class and campaign for one of the four major political parties.  Each student in grade 5-6 has prepared a campaign speech for their perspective constituents and riding (Grades 1-4), and will deliver their speeches Monday morning before having the younger students of GCS cast their votes to elect their government.

Here are a few pictures from our Mascot election on Thursday.  I am happy to announce that Desneiges the Polar Bear is now our new class mascot!

The Candidates:

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Mrs. Arthurs checking off the voters list and handing out the ballots:

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Voting for the Candidates:

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Placing their ballots in the ballot box:

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Mrs. Bouter and Mrs. Arthurs tallying the vote:

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The Candidate with the most votes:

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October 13th – 16th

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend.   I had a busy day today with a house full of family and friends, and lots of turkey.  Today I am thankful for all my nieces and Nephews all of whom I love dearly.  It’s crazy busy when everyone is here but I LOVE having everyone here.   God has blessed my life in so many ways!

Tomorrow, Tuesday, we will start our day off with Gym with Mrs. Laird.

Students will start learning a new bible verse this week.  It is posted below if you wish to review it with your child at home.

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.  

 (1 John 4:7)

Extra Change of Clothes: 

I have noticed that many students in grade one and two do not have an extra change of clothes at school. Each student has a box in their cubby to keep a full change of clothes.  Please send in a complete change of clothes with your child this week.  It is helpful to have if students get wet outside or when spills happen in the classroom.

Library books: 

Please remember to return your library books on Wednesday.  Students are not able to sign out another book if they have not returned books signed out the week before.

Toys, money and other things:  

Just a quick note to let you know that students should not be bringing toys ,extra money or other valuables to school with them.  These items are valuable to you and your child; we do not want them to be lost.  Money sent for field trips, lunch or milk should be sent in on Wednesdays and turned in first thing in the morning.  Students in after school care are sometimes allowed to bring electronics or other items when Mrs. Squires instructs them, however these items should be kept in their backpacks until after school.

Free Milk Day:

This Friday each student will receive a free chocolate milk.

This week’s Tests:

Thursday — Math Test grades one and two

Friday — Spelling test (List # 2 grade one, List # 4 Grade two.)

Science & Technology Week:

During the week of October 20th -23th, students will participate in collaborative learning stations, working alongside students and teachers from Kindergarten through Grade 12.  Students in elementary will also participate in a “Dress like a Scientist” day.  This is just a preview of some of the great activities we have planned for next week. Be sure to check out our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages throughout the week!

Dates to Remember:

Oct 23 – School Pictures
Oct 28 – Fall Parties
Oct 29-30 – ACSI Teacher Convention (No Classes for the children)

Enjoy your week!

Mrs. Barton

October 5th-9th

Hello Parents,

It’s hard to believe that it is October already!  Nice to see the sunshine on this great Sunday afternoon. I hope you were able to get out and enjoy the sunshine with family and friends before it turns too cold.

This week grade one will start their spelling list # 1.   Each night students should write out their list twice in the notebook that will be provided for them.  These notebooks can be put back in their homework bag each night and handed in on Friday to be checked.  Our first spelling test will be this Friday.

Reading homework and Blue Folders: 

Thank you all for being diligent in signing your child’s agenda.  Your support in your child’s education is essential for your child’s success.  Just a reminder that when your child is reading at home he/she should be reading once to themselves and out loud twice to an adult.  After hearing your child read, it would be beneficial to ask a couple of questions about what they have read.  (For example:   What happened in the story?   Who is in the story?   Why did this happen?  etc..)  This will help your child to better understand what they have read.

Please check your child’s blue folder each night.  Sheets that are on the right should be completed for homework and placed back in the right hand side.  Any papers on the left should be taken out each night.  These do not need to be returned to school.

This week’s Tests:

Wednesday — Math test (Grades 1 and 2)

Thursday — Phonics Test (Grade 1 and 2) , Penmanship test

Friday  — Spelling Test   (List # 1 grade one, List # 3 grade two)

World Vision Coin Drive:

Throughout the week of October 5th-9th, GCS will be hosting our coin drive to raise funds for World Vision. The school has participated in this week-long event for many years, raising thousands of dollars for a worthy cause. Students are encouraged to bring in coins all week long. Let’s see how much we can raise as a class for this worthy cause. Every dollar counts!

Important Dates to Remember: 

October 5th – 9th — World Vision Coin Drive

Oct 12 – Thanksgiving (No Classes)
Oct 23 – School Pictures
Oct 28 – Fall Parties
Oct 29-30 – ACSI Teacher Convention (No Classes

Enjoy your week!

Mrs. Barton