October 31st – November 4th

Hello Parents,

We had a great time celebrating science and technology week.  Students had the opportunity to view the high school students’ Art of Science displays and make comets with an engineer from UPEI.  It was a very fun and educational week of activities!

Operation Christmas Child

One small shoe box can have a big impact! You can 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. This excellent ministry blesses thousands of children each year who would otherwise never receive a gift. Not only that, but these children have the opportunity to hear the good news of the gospel! Last year, we sent 350 shoe boxes from our school and we are hoping to do so yet again! Empty boxes were sent home with students last week. Collection day will be Monday, November 14th. Thanks to a generous donor, the shipping fees have already been covered so all you and your child have to do is get busy filling the box. I don’t know about you, but I am already excitedly planning what gifts to include.

What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out of it is eternal.

Thank You! 

I would like to thank all of the parents that took the time to drive our class to Geneva Villa.  It was a great time of visiting with the residence and getting to know them.  I was so proud of how well every student interacted with our friends at the Villa and showed God’s love to the residents there.  Here are a few shots from the afternoon. Thank you Ken Hovland for capturing this so well!


The Weather is getting colder! 

The weather is getting colder and the children are feeling it on the play ground.  If you have not done so yet, pleaseImage result for children's cold weather outerwear send mittens and a hat for the children’s recess time.  Also, please ensure that they have a warm jacket.  We love to play outside in the fresh air when we are dressed for it!

Bible Verse: 

Students will be learning a new Bible verse this week.  Mrs. McGonnell  will send a sheet home so they can go over it each night.

Luke 18:16

But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.

This week’s Tests: 

Wednesday: Phonics test

Thursday: Math test

Friday:  Spelling test (List # 4 grade one, List # 7 grade two)


Enjoy your week,

Mrs. Barton

October 24th-28th — Science and Technology week.

Hello Parents,

We have an exciting week coming up at GCS.   It’s science and technology week. Throughout the week students will complete a variety of activities.  Here’s a few of the activities we have planned for the week:

Monday- Oct. 24th Engineering In Space:  Making Comets (K – Gr. 4)
Monday – Oct. 24th Engineering:  Water For The World Project (Gr 5 – 12)
Tuesday- Oct. 25th Chopped Design Challenge (Gr 1/2)
Tuesday – Oct. 25th Dress Like A Scientist Day (K – Gr 12)
Wed – Oct. 26th Grade 12 Physics Demonstrations (K & Grade 5/6)
Wed – Oct. 26th Future City Competition- Submission of Project #1
Thurs – Oct. 27th 3D Product Design  (Gr 5/6)
Thurs – Oct. 27th Periodic Table of Elements- Cookie Display  (K – Gr 12)Gr 12 Bio Microscope Art Display
Friday – Oct. 28th Edible Human Skeletons (Gr 3/4)
Friday – Oct. 28th Guest Speaker: Engineering – Jonathan Barrett (Gr 10)

This is just a sneak peek at Science & Technology week at GCS.  Students will also participate in themed art and music classes, as well as 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!!!

Geneva Villa Trip – Oct. 26th 

This Wednesday, October 26th Grade one and two will be taking their first trip to Geneva Villa.  We will be leaving the school by 12:40 to arrive at the Villa for 1:00pm.   We will leave the Villa by 2:00pm.  I am excited about the opportunity that we have this year to build relationships with the residents at the Villa.  We will make several trips throughout the year.   During our first trip we will be colouring  and reading with the residents.  Students  will be encouraged to get to know the person they are paired with.  They will have the opportunity to correspond with that person throughout the year.

Permission slips will be sent home with your child on Monday.  We will need drivers for this event. Please indicate on the permission slip if you are available to drive.

This Week’s tests:

Wednesday:  Phonics test

Thursday:  Math test

Friday:  Spelling test (List # 3 grade one, List # 6 grade two)

Important Events/Dates:

Oct. 24-28 – Science and Technology Week
Oct. 27 – School Pictures
Nov. 9 – Remembrance Day Assembly
Nov. 10 – Professional Development Day (No School)
Nov. 11 – Remembrance Day (No School)


Here are a few snapshots from our Fall Party on Wednesday:


Enjoy your week,

Mrs. Barton

October 17th -19th

Hello Parents,

It will be short week for students this week.  There will be no school Thursday and Friday this week as teachers will be travelling to Moncton for the annual ACSI teacher’s conference.

Fall Party – a few changes. 

Yehaw! For our annual Fall Party, the elementary classes will be travelling to Anne and Lee Laird’s farm on Wednesday, October 19th.  Note that we have made a change to the time that we will be leaving.   We will now be leaving the school by 9:30 to arrive at the farm for 10:00am.  We will enjoy a barbecue, a hayride, and some good old-fashioned games. Students can dress up as cowgirls and cowboys or any variety of country bumpkin. Please be mindful of the weather as it is getting colder this time of year and have your child dress accordingly.  We will leave the farm at 1:00 to be back at the school for 1:30.  

We are also looking for parents to help out with the food for the BBQ.  Each class has been assigned an item to bring.  We are asking grade one and two parents to supply hot dogs.  Please send in one package of hot dogs with your child on Wednesday morning. Kindergarten students are supplying the hot dog buns, so please just sent in the hot dogs.  Additionally, we will be able to travel by bus, but it cannot hold all of our students. If you are available to drive, then please indicate how many students you can take on the permission form.  A new form will be sent home with your child on Monday. Thanks in advance!

Because this is such a short week there will no be no tests this week.  Spelling tests for the next list will be written on Friday, October 28th.


Important Dates to Remember

Oct. 19 – Fall Parties (Laird Farm)
Oct. 20-21 – ACSI Teacher Convention (No School)
Oct. 24-28 – Science and Technology Week
Oct. 27 – School Pictures
Nov. 9 – Remembrance Day Assembly
Nov. 10 – Professional Development Day (No School)
Nov. 11 – Remembrance Day (No School)

Enjoy your week!

Mrs. Barton

October 11th – 14th

Hello Parents,

Happy thanksgiving!  I hope you have enjoyed your long weekend with family and friends.  I certainly did. Our house has become the place where our family gathers on holidays.   Even though it gets a little crazy with so many people in our house, I love spending time with each one of them.  I am very thankful for my family and friends.

Bible Verse: 

Grade one and two will be learning a new verse this week.  It is Proverbs 3:5-6. Please take some time each night to review your child’s verse.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not lean on your own understanding.
 In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths.

This week’s tests: 

Thursday: — Grade one math test

Friday — Spelling tests — List # 2 Grade one,  List # 5 Grade two


Important Dates to Remember:

Oct 19 – Fall Parties (Laird Farm)
Oct 20-21 – ACSI Teacher Convention (No Classes)
Oct 27 – School Pictures
Nov 9 – Remembrance Day Assembly
Nov 10 – Professional Development Day (No Class)
Nov 11 – Remembrance Day (No Class


Enjoy your week,

Mrs. Barton

Friday and Holiday Monday

I just wanted to send a quick note to reminder you that school will be closing at 12:00 pm this Friday October 7th to allow staff to attend Mr. Stewart’s funeral.  Please ensure that your students are picked up promptly at twelve o’clock as the funeral directors will be arriving at the church shortly thereafter.

Those wishing to extend condolences to Mrs. Stewart may attend the visiting hours Thursday from 2-4pm or 7-9pm at the Hillsboro Funeral Home or send a message through the funeral home’s website (http://www.peifuneralcoops.com/Hillsboro.php).   The funeral will take place at Grace Baptist Church at 2:00 pm.

Monday, October 10th is Thanksgiving Monday and there will be no school that day.

Mrs. Barton

October 3rd – 7th

Hello Parents,

October is going to be busy month.  Here are a few things that are coming up.

Potential School Cancellation:

Some of you will recognize the name Mr. Martin Stewart; others may have noticed a smiling elderly man with mobility issues, accompanied closely by his wife, at many of our school programs and activities over the years. Your children will definitely know him.  Mr. Stewart and his wife, Dorothy, have been faithful supporters of Grace Christian School for many years, praying for students and staff individually, by name, every single day.  Words are inadequate to express how much this man of God has meant to us with his shining example of perseverance and contentment, his encouraging words, and his love for His Saviour and others.

For several weeks now, Mr. Stewart has been hospitalized as the result of a stroke; the doctors have now informed his family that his death is imminent.  When Mr. Stewart passes away, please be aware that school may be affected, as the funeral service will be held at Grace Baptist Church.  In addition, to demonstrate our love and respect for our prayer warrior and to support Mrs. Stewart at this time of grief, staff will attend. We will inform you of the sad event as quickly as we can, so that you can make alternate arrangements for your students on that day. We appreciate your thoughtful support of this beloved couple at this difficult time.

Changing weather: 

As the temperatures start getting cooler, please ensure that your child brings warm outer ware.  We go outside each day as long as it’s not raining.  Also, it is helpful for your child to have a full change of clothes that can be left in their cubby in case of a spill or clothes getting wet/dirty on the playground.

Elementary Extracurricular Activities:

Grace Christian School has a diverse lineup of fun extracurricular activities available to all elementary students, thanks to a number of parent volunteers, coaches, and dedicated staff. These activities aim to encourage students to explore interests, learn new skills, and build confidence in a variety of content areas.  Please take a closer look at this year’s line. More details about each extracurricular activity will be provided to students throughout the school year.  elementary-events

School Lunch Program: 

We have recently kicked off our school lunch program with some tasty treats from Wendy’s.  Throughout the year, students will have the opportunity to order from Wendy’s, Subway, Greco Pizza, and Taco Boys.  Although lunch forms will be sent home each week to indicate the option available for that week, parents may also wish to check our online school calendar to plan ahead.  GCS Calendar  This week’s lunch option is Subway!

Geneva Villa:

Our theme verse this year is “Dear Children, let’s not merely say that we love each other, let us show the truth by our actions.”  I John 3:18.   It our desire to help students understand this verse and also give them an opportunity to apply it.  This year grade one and two students will be travelling to the Geneva Villa a few times throughout the year.  It is my hope that students will be able to serve the residence at the Villa and show God’s love toward them.  Our first trip to the Villa will be October 26th.  During this trip students will colour with the residence and read with them.   Students will be paired up with one of the residence and asked to get to know their name and little bit about them.  We will visit the Villa again at Christmas time,  February and again in April.  Throughout the year students will be asked to write letters of encouragement to the person that they were paired up with.    More details about each trip will be send home with your child.

On October 26th we will be leaving the school at 12:40 and returning to the school by 2:20.  We will need drivers for this event.  Please let me know if you will be available to drive for use.  jbarton@gcspei.ca

Grade one spelling starts this week:

Tomorrow your child will be sent home with their spelling lists and a scribbler to write out their list each night.  Students will be expected to write their list twice each night in their scribbler.  Please put the date at the top of the page.   Spelling homework will be handed in every Friday to be checked.  A weekly homework grade will be given. Spelling tests will be given  on Fridays.

This Week’s tests:

Thursday — Math test

Friday — Spelling test ( Grade one test # 1, Grade two test #4)

Important Dates to remember:

October 10 – Thanksgiving (no school)

October 19 – Fall Parties

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

October 26th — Grade one and two trip to Geneva Villa


Enjoy you week!

Mrs. Barton