November 30th – December 4th

Hello Parents,

We are nearing the end of 2015.  Only three more weeks of school before Christmas break.  I am sure some of you are busy shopping for that perfect gift for your loved ones.

It is the time of year where we want to students to realize that God uses his children to bless others, and that it truly is better to give than to receive.  What a better time than the holiday season to share the love of Jesus with others in our community? So, that is exactly what we plan to!   This year grade one and two will again be travelling to a seniors home to sing a few songs and bless the residents with a Christmas card.    Details will be finalized this week and information will be posted on the blog as soon as plans are finalized.

This week’s memory verse:

For to us a child is born,  to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,  Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

(Isaiah 9:6)

Introducing…Mandarin?!

We are thrilled to have high school ESL students teaching the elementary classes a third language this year.  Students will taking Mandarin classes during second quarter! We are looking forward to these engaging classes every Wednesday afternoons.

Weather & School Cancellation

Due to the dropping temperatures and the snow in the air, please 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 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 (as English Language School Board)
  3. The CBC Stormcentre website (http://www.cbc.ca/stormcentre/pei/) (as English Language School Board)
  4. The PEI radio station websites also post delays/closures on their sites (as English Language School Board)
  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.

 

Christmas Program — December 11th 

The school’s Christmas program  is scheduled for December 11th ,with a matinee performance at 1:30, and an evening performance at 7:00 PM. For this year, we ask that students dress in cowboy and cowgirl attire such as plaid shirts and jeans, but no hats as they tend to block the view of students standing behind. See y’all there!

This week’s tests:

Wednesday — Math test

Thursday — Phonics Test

Friday — Spelling test ( List # 8 grade one, List # 10 grade two)

Dates to Remember: 

Dec 11 – Christmas Program (1:30 & 7:00)
Dec 18 – Christmas parties (half day)
Dec 21 – Jan 1 – Christmas break

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November 23rd -27th

Hello Parents,

I hope you are all enjoying your Sunday afternoon.  It sounds like we are going to be in for a very wet Monday.   Thankfully it will be rain and not snow.  In light of that, however, it is the time of year where you never know when the snow will come.  I just wanted to remind you of our school cancellation procedure when the weather is bad.   Grace Christian School will follow the English Language School Board for delays and cancellations.  Announcements are made on the local radio stations as well as posted on our Facebook and Twitter pages. If you wish to have a text message sent directly to your phone you can message Mr. Ellis at jellis@gcspei.ca and he can set that up for you.

On Friday we started practicing for our Christmas play.  Students have been learning the music in music class, but we had our first group practice that went very well.  Mark your calendars for December 11th, as we will be preforming our play in the afternoon at 1:30 and again in the evening at 7:00.

A Huge thank You! 

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We would like to say thank you for all those who filled a box or sent in items for the Operation Christmas Child Boxes.   The school was able to send 176 shoe boxes to Samaritan’s Purse!

We would also like to thank you for your support in the pancake breakfast and silent auction.   At our 11th  annual pancake breakfast and silent auction we served 350 guests and raised $6000. Thanks to all who supported the Jamaica Mission Team in any way.

This week’s Memory Verse: 

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

(Matthew 22:37-39)

This week’s tests

Wednesday:   Math Test

Thursday: Phonics Test

Friday: Spelling test  (List # 7 grade one, List # 9 Grade two)

Dates to Remember: 

Dec 11 – Christmas Program (1:30 & 7:00)
Dec 18 – Christmas parties (half day)
Dec 21 – Jan 1 – Christmas break

 

Enjoy your week!

Mrs. Barton

November 16th – 20th

Hello Parents,

Thank you to all of those who came out to parent teacher interviews this past week.  We appreciate your support in your child’s education.  If you were unable to make it to parent teacher interviews and you would still wish to meet, please email me at jbarton@gcspei.ca to set up an appointment.

Pajama Day in grade one and two on Monday: 

Grade one and two have earned a day to wear their pajamas to school.  This will take place tomorrow, Monday Nov. 16th.   Students may wear their PJ’s and bring along a well behaved stuffy if they wish.

This week’s tests:

Wednesday — Math test

Thursday — Phonics test and Penmanship test

Friday — Spelling test (List # 6 for grade one, list # 8 for grade two)

Operation Christmas Child boxes:

A small shoebox can have a big impact. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out of it is eternal. Be a part of changing children’s lives all over the world in Jesus’ name through the power of a simple gift with Operation Christmas Child.  Boxes were sent home with your child on Thursday.  If you fill a box, please return to the school by Nov. 18th.  If you are unable to fill a complete box on your own, but still wish to contribute, individual items can be sent in and Grade 5/6 will pack it in a box. Please bring those items on Monday or Tuesday of this week.

Last year GCS collected over 200 shoeboxes. In Canada alone, there were over 70,000 shoeboxes.  Make sure you check out: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child and help us reach children who need to hear about the love of Jesus.

Pancake Breakfast & Silent Auction:

The GCS Committee and Jamaica Missions Team are busily preparing for our 11th Annual Pancake Breakfast & Silent Auction, to be held THIS Saturday, November 21st, 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM.

Tickets have been sent home for you and your children to sell for the breakfast. Tickets are $5 per person, or $20 per family and include traditional or gluten-free pancakes, sausage, tea, coffee, and juice. Please return any unsold tickets, ticket stubs, and all money on Wednesday of this week.

Families wishing to make a donation to our Silent Auction are asked to deliver them to the school any time between now and November 19th. Baked goods should be delivered on November 20.

GCS Online Clothing Store

The new school clothing shop is now open! Go togracecs.entripyshops.com and start building your new GCS-branded wardrobe! What a fantastic Christmas gift to your children!

Important Dates:

Dec 11 – Christmas Program (1:30 & 7:00)
Dec 18 – Christmas parties (half day)
Dec 21 – Jan 1 – Christmas break

Enjoy your week!

Mrs. Barton

November 9th – 12th

Hello Parents,

We have a short week coming up this week.  There will be no school Wednesday Nov. 11th in honour of Remembrance Day. There will be no school on Friday because of parent teacher interviews.  Interviews are scheduled for next week on Thursday, November 12, from 6:00-9:00 PM and on Friday, November 13, from 10:00-12:00 AM. Sign-up sheets are located in the front office of the school.  I look forward to chatting with you all!

This week’s spelling test will take place on Thursday Nov. 12th.   Grade one is working on list # 5, Grade two is list # 7.

Remembrance Day Service:

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, is the date for Grace Christian School’s annual Remembrance Day service. It will begin at 1:45pm and last for approximately one hour. Each of the elementary classes will be taking part in this service.   Grade one and two will be reciting the 23rd Psalm.  Following the ceremony, family may accompany students to their classrooms to visit and see examples of their work, etc.

As in the past, we are asking for your help in inviting veterans, or currently serving members of the military, to the service so that we can honour their contribution to securing our freedom. If you know that a veteran or service person will be in attendance as a result of your invitation, please contact Mrs. Thompson atpthompson@gcspei.ca and give her the individual’s name, rank, and field of service. This will enable us to give him/her appropriate recognition during the ceremony.

Operation Christmas Child: 

A small shoebox can have a big impact. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out of it is eternal. Be a part of changing children’s lives all over the world in Jesus’ name through the power of a simple gift with Operation Christmas Child.  Boxes were sent home with your child on Thursday.  If you fill a box, please return to the school by Nov. 18th.  If you are unable to fill a complete box on your own, but still wish to contribute, individual items can be sent in and Grade 5/6 will pack it in a box.

Last year GCS collected over 200 shoeboxes. In Canada alone, there were over 70,000 shoeboxes.  Make sure you check out: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child and help us reach children who need to hear about the love of Jesus.

Usborne Book Sale

Once again this year, Mrs. Biech will be hosting an Usborne book sale during parent-teacher interviews. This is a fantastic opportunity to begin some early Christmas shopping! For those unable to attend, you can always email Mrs. Biech with any orders at mbiech.ubooks@gmail.com.  The online catalog can be found athttp://www.usbornebooksathome.ca/usborne_books/browse.asp.

Pancake Breakfast & Silent Auction:

The GCS Committee and Jamaica Missions Team is busily preparing for our 11th Annual Pancake Breakfast & Silent Auction, to be held on Saturday, November 21st, 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM.

This is one of our largest fundraisers for GCS and its success depends largely on your participation. The proceeds generated from this fundraiser will go toward the 2016 Grade 11/12 Mission trip to Jamaica.  We are asking for ALL FAMILIES in the school to contribute to the auction by donating goods or services to this event. Popular items include gift cards, baked goods, gift baskets, preserves, books, concert tickets… we welcome you to use your imagination to come up with something to donate! Services are also welcome, i.e. professional services, computer help, lessons (voice, Pilates, music), dog sitting, handyman services, spring cleaning, coaching, etc. Please take some time to think about what you and your family can contribute to this very important event.

Some Homemade preserves, craft and food items will be available for immediate sale rather than auction.

Tickets have been sent home for you and your children to sell for the breakfast. Tickets are $5 per person, or $20 per family and in include traditional or gluten-free pancakes, sausage, tea, coffee, and juice.

Items for the silent auction can be taken to the school any time between now and November 19th. Baked goods should be delivered on November 20.

If you have any questions, please contact Principal Biech (principal@gcspei.ca), Florrie MacLean (902 566-2680), or Alumnae Brenna Boudreau (Bboudreau@gcspei.ca) or Taylor O’Connor (taylordawnphoto@gmail.com)

Upcoming Events:

  • November 9 – Remembrance Day Learning Stations
  • November 10 – Remembrance Day Assembly
  • November 11 – Remembrance Day (no school)
  • November 12 – Report Cards; Parent-teacher Interviews from 6:00-9:00
  • November 13 – Parent Teacher interviews from 10:00-12:00 (no school)
  • November 21 – GCS Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction

We had a blast out at the Laird farm this past Wednesday.  Here are a few shots from the afternoon:

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