September 26th – 30th

Hello Parents,

It’s hard to believe that we are nearing the end of September.  We  have had a great start to our school year.

Blue folders and agendas: 

Just a reminder that sheets  on the right hand side of the blue folder are to be completed at home and returned to school the next day to be corrected.  Also, please remember to sign your child’s agenda when their homework is completed.

This week’s Bible verse: 

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.  “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”

Ephesians 6:1-3

This week’s tests: 

Wednesday — Phonics test  grade one and two

Thursday — Math Test grade one and two

Friday — Spelling test # 3  — grade two

Wendy’s this week: 

If you ordered Wendy’s for your child last week, we still have that order and it will be placed this week for lunch on Thursday.  If you did not order last week and wish to this week, please submit your order by Wednesday.

Terry Fox: 

The Terry Fox run that was suppose to be held this past Friday was postponed because of the rain.   It has been rescheduled to this coming Friday.  Students will take part in the Terry Fox run from noon until 12:30.


Upcoming events: 

Terry Fox run- Sept. 30th

October 10 – Thanksgiving (no school)

October 19 – Fall Parties

October 20-21 – ACSI Teacher  Convention (no school)


Enjoy your week,

Mrs. Barton

September 19th-23rd

Hello Parents,

We’ve had another great week in grade one and two!  Mrs. Wainwright has settled into our class like she has been there all the time.  Here are a few reminders about procedures in grade one and two as well as some upcoming events.

Morning work:

Each morning when students arrive at school they will be expected to complete a morning work assignment. This is a sheet that reviews concepts in math or phonics and should take about 5-7 minutes to complete.   It is essential that your child arrives at the school at 8:45 so they can get prepared for the day, as well as complete their morning work.  Our day then starts at 9:00 am with Prayer, O’Canada and a review of our bible verse.  Reading groups start at 9:05.  Students who arrive after 9:00 will be marked late.  Please make every effort to have your child arrive on time.

Bible Verse:

Please continue to review your child’s bible verse each night.  Mrs. McGonnell  will send home a sheet each time the verse changes.  Your child will put it in their blue folder. You can keep it in the blue folder on the right to remind them that they should review it each night or you can hang it up at home in a place where your child will remember to review it.

Blue folders:

Please remember to check your child’s blue folder every night. Sheets that are on the left can be taken out of the folder and left at home.  This is a great way for you to see what your child is learning each day and also a great way to review with your child.

Sheets that are on the right hand side should be completed and returned to school the next day.

Reading homework:

This week in your child’s agenda you would have noticed a sheet stapled  on the current week.  On that sheet you will find the pages that your child is  expected to read each night for homework.  Please sign the agenda each night after homework is completed.

Lunch time:

Please remember that we do not have a microwave in our classroom. Please send lunches with your child that do not need to be heated up.  Also, please send a spoon or fork in your child’s lunch box if it is required to eat their lunch. I do not have a large supply of extra spoons and forks in the classroom.

Extra clothes:

Each student has a spot in their cubby to keep a change of clothes in the event of an accident.  If you have not already sent in a full change of clothes to be kept at school please do so as soon as possible.

Tests this week:

Most weeks grade one and two will have a test in math, phonics and spelling.   Each week on the blog I will post the dates of the tests.   Spelling tests will start the first week of October for grade one. Here’s what is happening this week

Wednesday– Grade two will have a phonics test

Thursday– both grade one and two will have a math test.

Friday — Grade two spelling test list #2

School Lunch Program:

We are extremely blessed to have a School Lunch Program this year that will offer students a variety of options throughout the year. This Thursday, students will have the opportunity to order any of the following items from Wendy’s:

Caesar side Salad-$3.00
Grilled Wrap-$3.00
Spicy Wrap-$3.00
Baked Potato -$3.00
A reminder that we also offer the milk program again this year! Orders must be placed a week in advance, with white milk costing $.45 and chocolate milk costing $.75. Please be watching for a more detailed message regarding our full lunch program in the near future.

Terry Fox Run:

This Friday afternoon, from 2:00 – 3:00 PM, the entire school will be taking part in the annual Terry Fox Run. While we are not sending our students out to canvas the community, any donations received will be added to the proceeds of our first Casual Day and sent to support cancer research. Parents are most welcome to join us in celebrating Terry’s life and his cause!

I will leave you with a few photos from our introduction to Canada Scocial Studies lesson:



September 12th – 16th

Hello Parents,

We had a great first week back.  I would like to thank Mrs. Bissett for filling in this week while Mrs. Wainwright was away.  I am excited that students will get to meet Mrs. Wainwright tomorrow.  She will be working in our class this year as an  EA.


Grade two will begin their spelling lists this week.  They will receive their lists tomorrow as well as a scribbler to complete their spelling homework each night.  Students should write out their list twice each night.  Ensure that students are writing neatly.  At the top of the page write the list number (This week # 1) as well as the date.    We will review our list each day in class and grade two will have their first test this Friday, September 16th.

Grade one will have their first spelling test the first week of October.

Bible Class with Mrs. McGonnell: 

Each week Mrs. McGonnell goes over a memory verse with grade one and two.  Each morning, as a part of our morning routine we will go over the Bible verse in order to help them learn it.  Students are asked to review their Bible verse each night at home.  Mrs. McGonnell will send a copy of the verse home in their homework folder to assist you in helping your child memorize their verse.

GCS Family Carnival: 

All GCS students and their families are invited to the school grounds this Monday, September 12th, from 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM, to kick off a new school year.  Grab a snack from our canteen area, try your hand a numerous carnival games, have your face painted, or perhaps play inside our inflatable soccer field. We can promise you that there will be fun for all ages- yes, even you too, Mom & Dad!

Admission to the carnival is free, however snacks can be purchased for $1.00 each (Hotdogs, Hamburgers, Cotton Candy, Popcorn, Water).

Families are also encouraged to wear their GCS apparel to demonstrate their school spirit. Each family member wearing GCS apparel can enter their name into a draw for a fantastic prize!

GCS School Spirit T-shirt Orders:

This week order forms to purchase GCS School Spirit t-shirts for 2016-2017 were sent home with each student. While purchasing these t-shirts is completely optional, students will be asked to wear these t-shirts when competing in Track & Field, Cross Country, and other school-wide events. Students are asked to return their order form and money to their homeroom teachers by Wednesday, September 14th.

More GCS Apparel & Online Store:

Visit our online GCS Clothing store to get all of your school and athletic apparel. Show your school spirit with high quality shirts, jackets, hoodies, and more. Shipping is free and most clothing is custom designed by you! Check it out: 

Milk Orders & School Lunch Program:

We are pleased to offer the milk program again this year! Beginning next week, students will have the option of ordering either white or chocolate milk.  Orders must be placed a week in advance, with white milk costing $.45 and chocolate milk costing $.75. You may wish to pay for your child’s milk on a weekly basis or pay in advance, a month or two at a time.

Because of our excellent volunteers, we are extremely blessed to have a School Lunch Program. Students may order food selections from various restaurants (soon to be announced) for their lunches. Also, every second Friday, Mrs. Barrett will be selling hot dogs to raise funds for former GCS teacher who now works at a school in Niger.

For both milk orders and school lunch orders, we ask that you send money in a sealed envelope. On the envelope, please write the following:

  • Name of the student
  • The amount in the envelope
  • The purpose of the money

Sending in money this way helps the teachers keep orders organized.  In an effort to keep our morning routine running smoothly, we will be collecting money for both milk and lunches only on Wednesday morning.

Sherwood Parkdale Skating Club 

Registration is now open on-line with programs starting in September and October. Register early to save your spot. Visit our website for registration information.

The Sherwood Parkdale Skating Club offers skating programs and instruction at three locations: Our home site is at Cody Banks Arena, located in the Sherwood area of Charlottetown on Maple Avenue.  We also offer community programs at the South Shore Actiplex in Crapaud and the Cavendish Farms Wellness Centre in Montague. A Skate Canada authorized club, the programs are conducted by certified professional coaches.  Whether your goal is recreational skating, figure skating, hockey, ringette, or becoming a competitive/test stream skater we have a program for you from Pre-Canskate (3-4yrs), Canskate (5yrs +), Starskate/Competitive Skating, Adult learn to skate and Adult Synchro.  Translators available by e-mail or on-site for some of our newcomers. We look forward to seeing you on the ice!


Here are a few pictures from our first week of school:



Enjoy you week,

Mrs. Barton


A Great first Day!

Hello Parents,

What a great first day on school we had in grade one and two.  It was a pleasure to meet my new construction crew!  This year we will be talking about building in a number of different ways.  We will build our skills academically, in math, reading, and spelling.  We will be talking about how to build good relationships with our classmates, teachers and most importantly we will building our knowledge and relationship with God.

Our theme verse for the school is 1 John 3:18, which was a great introduction to our classroom construction theme.

Dear Children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by out actions.

I wanted to take this time to inform you of some of the day to day classroom procedures and expectations in the grade one and two class.   As you look through your child’s backpack tonight you will notice a few items that have been sent home with your child.


This will be familiar to grade two students, but is something new for grade one.  Students will write their reading homework and spelling homework in their agenda every day.  The agenda is to be signed by a parent after the homework has been completed.  In the front of the agenda there is a plastic pocket.  Please check this pocket every night when your child is doing homework.  Important notices and permission slips will be sent home in this pocket.  You may also use the agenda to write notes or questions to me.

Blue folder: 

Each student will have a blue folder sent home every night.  This is their homework folder.  There are two pockets; the left side is for papers that have been completed in class and can be “left at home.”  Please take out all papers on the left hand side every night. The right pocket is for seat work pages that have not been completed in class.  Students are given time everyday to complete these pages in class, but for those who do not finish them they must be completed at home and brought “right back to school” to be corrected.   Students that do not complete their homework will be asked to stay in at recess to complete it.


Each night students will be expected to complete reading homework.  The pages students will be expected to read each night will be printed off and stapled inside their agenda for the current week.  Students should read through their pages once to themselves and twice to an adult.  Repetition of the same passage is the best way to gain fluency in reading. Please listen that they are reading the correct words and are reading fluently.  Reading should sound like they are talking to you.

Grade two students will start spelling home work next week.  Each students will be given their lists and will be expected to write their list out twice each night in their spelling scribbler.  Spelling homework is to be handed in every Friday to be checked.  Spelling test will also take place of Fridays.   Grade one spelling will start the first of October.


Homework bags:

Both of the items above will be found in your child’s homework bag.(Grey for Gr. 1 and Burgundy for Gr.2)   When students get their readers and the spelling lists, they will also be located in the homework bag.  Please ensure that all items go back in the bag every night as these items are necessary for class each day.


Extra clothing: 

All students have a plastic bin in their cubby for extra clothing.  If you have not brought in a full change of clothes for your child, please do so as soon as possible.  Students will often require a change of clothes in the event of spills or other accidents where their clothes may get wet.

Lunch times:

Unfortunately the grade one and two classroom does not have a microwave.  Please do not send items in your child’s lunch that need to be heated.  Last year, a lot of parents would heat their child’s lunch in the morning and place it in a Thermos that would keep it warm until lunch time.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about this.

School rules and classroom expectations:

To create the best possible learning environment for all students, GCS has school wide rules that are expected to be followed by all.

  1. Obey right away
  2. Show respect
  3. Be polite and helpful
  4. Be prepared
  5. Take care of our school

Our classroom also has some rules and expectations to make our day run smoothly:

  1. I follow directions quickly the first time.
  2. I raise my hand if I want to speak.
  3. I raise my hand if I want to leave my seat.
  4. Make smart choices.

Please encourage your child to follow these rules each day.

Toys and other items:

Students are asked not to bring toys, money and other items from home unless it students have been asked to do so for show and tell or special events or field trips.  We do not want your child’s personal items to be lost.

Milk Program and School Lunch Program

We are pleased to offer the milk program again this year! The cost for white milk is $0.45 and chocolate is $0.75 (NOTE THE CHANGE FROM LAST YEAR).  Milk money is due on Wednesday for the following week. You may pay on a weekly basis, or, if you wish, you can pay in advance for a month or two at a time.

Because of our excellent volunteers, we are extremely blessed to have a School Lunch Program. Students will be able to order food selections from certain restaurants (soon to be announced) for their lunch on Thursday. Also, every second Friday Mrs. Barrett will be selling hot dogs to raise funds for former GCS teacher Miss Farrer who now works at a school in Niger.

For both milk orders and school lunch orders, we ask that you send money in a sealed envelope and place it in your child’s agenda. On the envelope, please write the following:

  • Name of the student
  • The amount in the envelope
  • The purpose of the money

Sending in money this way helps the teachers keep orders organized.  In an effort to keep our morning routine running smoothly, we will be collecting money for both milk and lunches only on Wednesday morning.

Important information about our daily schedule:

Gym:  Tuesday and Friday –  Students must have running shoes on gym days. These can also be used for your child’s indoor shoes.

Library:  Friday — students will be allowed to take out books from the library each week.  Please ensure that these books get returned on the Thursday before library class.  Students who have not returned their book by Thursday will not get to take a new book on Friday.

Computer: Tuesday and Thursday — We will be using a program called mathletics.  Your child will receive a user name and  a password for this online program and it can be used at home.  It is a great resource to practice their math skills.


I am very pleased to be working with your child this year.  If you have any questions, please feel  free to email me at  Please pray for your child’s class throughout the year as another aspect of building is building a habit of prayer. I am looking forward to a great year!


Mrs. Barton