November 28th – December 2nd

Hello Parents:

A sincere thank-you to all of you who generously contributed to the success of our pancake breakfast this past Saturday. In just a few short hours, we generated approximately $4000 for our school.  More importantly, it was a blessing to see families visiting with one another and building stronger ties within our GCS community.

This week’s Bible Verse:

And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

Luke 2:7

Winter Weather & School Cancellation

Due to the dropping temperatures and the snow in the air today, 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 Public School Board, formerly knows as 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.

GCS Online Clothing Store

The school clothing shop is a great spot for Christmas shopping too! Visit  gracecs.entripyshops.com and continue building your GCS-branded wardrobe!

This week’s tests: 

Wednesday — Phonics test

Thursday — Math test

Friday — Spelling test (List # 7 grade one, List # 10 grade two)

 

Here are a few shots of grade one working on math learning stations:

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A nice rainbow over the playground on Thursday.

 

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Enjoy your week,

Mrs. Barton

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November 21st-25th

Hello Parents,

Thank you to all who came out to parent teacher interviews. It was great to chat with all of you about your child’s progress. If you were not able to make it Thursday or Friday and would still like to meet with me, please let me know and we can set up a time to meet.

Pancake Breakfast:

Each homeroom class is preparing a themed gift basket that will be auctioned off during our 12th Annual Pancake Breakfast on November 26th. Each student is asked to contribute to the class basket by donating items associated with their class theme. For parents wishing to give a cash donation, this is also gratefully appreciated and will be utilized to fill the basket with extra goodies! Again, please send the donated basket items associated with the class theme to your child’s homeroom teacher before Thursday, November 24th.
Grade 1: A Coffee Lovers Basket
Grade 2: The Kitchen Sink (Items For The Kitchen)

Information regarding ticket sales was sent home with your child. Please have your child bring the money for each ticket sold then tickets will be given to your child. Hope to see you all on the 26th from 8:00am-11:00am!

This Week’s tests:

Thursday: Phonics test

Friday: Spelling test ( List # 6 grade one, List #9 grade two)

Picture Retakes:
School picture retakes were previously scheduled for  November 17; however, the Lifetouch photographer representative was unable to do the retakes on that date. Therefore, picture retakes have been rescheduled for this Monday, November 21.

Important Dates:

November 21st– Picture retakes

November 26th– Pancake Breakfast

December 13th– Grade 1-2 trip to Geneva Villa

December 16th- Christmas Program

Enjoy your week!

Mrs. Barton

 

 

 

 

November 14th -17th

Hello Parents,

I hope you all had a good weekend and took some time to honour our many soldiers who fought for our freedom.

Operation Christmas Child:

Shoeboxes are due THIS Monday 11/14 – Let’s see how many we can bring in this year!

Each shoebox is an opportunity to get the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ into the hands of children who may have never heard of Him before. That is the best part!

Five Things To Remember:
1 No food items or candy
2 No used or dirty items
3 No liquids or items that leak, melt or freeze 4 No breakable items
5 No items that scare or harm a child

Parent-Teacher Interviews:

Parent-teacher interviews are scheduled for THIS Thursday, November 17, from 6:00-9:00 PM and on Friday, November 18, 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!

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.

Picture retakes:

Picture retakes will be on Thursday, November 17th. Please let me know if your child will be having his or her picture taken again. The original school pictures should be coming in soon for you to view and decide if you would like to order any or if you would like to have retakes done.

Pancake Breakfast & Silent Auction: SAVE THE DATE

GCS is busily preparing for our 12th Annual Pancake Breakfast & Silent Auction, to be held on Saturday, November 26th, from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM.  More details on how you can contribute to the success of this event will be provided later in the week.

This week’s tests: 

Thursday — Math test

Friday — Phonics and Spelling test  (List # 5 grade one, List #8 grade two )

Important Dates:

November 17 – Report Cards
November 17 – Parent-Teacher Conferences (pm)
November 18 – Parent-Teacher Conferences (am) – NO CLASSES

Here are a few shots from our Remembrance Day centers on Wednesday.

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Enjoy your week!

Mrs. Barton

November 7th-9th

Hello parents,

We have a short week this week.  Students will have classes on Monday-Wednesday this week. There are NO CLASSES on Thursday (Professional Development Day) or Friday (Remembrance Day).

Remembrance Day Service:

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This Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, marks the date for Grace Christian School’s annual Remembrance Day service. It will begin at 2:00 pm and last for approximately one hour. Following the ceremony, students will be dismissed for the day.

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 at pthompson@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.

Also, Mr. Ellis is again preparing a Power Point to be played during the service; therefore, we are soliciting photographs of family members who served during the World Wars, the Korean War, the Afghanistan conflict, or in peace-keeping, to personalize our presentation. Any photos received will be scanned and returned in a timely manner. We understand that they are family treasures. Photos can also be scanned at home and e-mailed to the school at jellis@gcspei.ca. Please indicate the name, rank, field of service, arena and time served (e.g. Corporal Joe Smith, army, France, 1939-1945) of the individual pictured, as well as the relationship to your student (e.g. great-uncle of Katie Jones, grade three). Please note that photos shared in previous years are on file and do not need to be re-submitted, but, if adjustments or corrections are required, please send that information. New photos and/or adjustments must be received by Mr. Ellis no later than 3pm, Monday, November 7th.

Thank you for partnering with us to make this year’s ceremony the best it can be.

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.

Wee Knights:

As another aspect of our vision becomes a reality, we are excited to announce the official launch of Wee Knights Child Care Centre to our school community!

Wee Knights Child Care Centre will provide a program that will encourage children, through God’s love, to grow intellectually and socially, challenging and stimulating them through a variety of developmentally-appropriate activities in a nurturing and caring environment. This program will prepare children for a successful transition into Grace Christian School’s Junior or Senior Kindergarten.

We are anticipating an official opening date of Monday, January 9, 2017.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with our Centre Director (Mrs. Janet Neill), please call (902) 368-7120 or email info@wkpei.ca. Space is limited and it is our desire is to have our current school families be the first to register.

Important Dates: 

November 9 – Remembrance Day Assembly (2pm)

November 10 – Professional Development Day

November 11 – Remembrance Day (no school)

November 17 – Report Cards

November 17 – Parent-Teacher Conferences (pm)

November 18 – Parent-Teacher Conferences (am)

Enjoy your week!

Mrs. Barton