And We’re Off to the Races!

What a blessing to have such an amazing group of students in grade five this year. It is heart-warming to see veteran GCS students making our new students feel so welcomed into the GCS family. Each week throughout the school year be sure to check in to see what’s happening inside our classroom and to learn about any up-coming assignments, assessments, or special events.

As we look to next week, there are a number of events to be aware of:

  • Monday, September 10 – ESL Parent Orientation Night
    • This is for parents of GCS students that are part of our ESL program.  The event begins at 6:30 pm in the chapel area.
  • Tuesday, September 11 – Meet the Teacher
    • Parents are invited to the school to meet their child’s teachers from 3:30-5:00 pm.  This is a “drop-in” event.  I look forward to meeting you and providing you with an opportunity to visit your child’s learning environment.
  • Wednesday, September 12 – GCS Community Event 
    • All students and their families are invited to our GCS Community Event from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.  Please wear your GCS clothing to demonstrate your school pride.  Please watch our social media accounts for more details.
  • Friday, September 14 – Terry Fox Run
    • 2:00-3:00 pm – 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!

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony:

Late on Thursday evening, GCS launched a 24 Hour Knight’s Challenge to raise $24,000.  If you have not been a part of the 24 Hour Knight’s Challenge yet, there is still time!  Each student has received a pledge form for the 24 Hour Knight’s Challenge. Please return your pledge form and payment to your child’s homeroom teacher by Monday if you wish to be included in this Challenge!

There are also online and texting opportunities to support GCS as well. Visit or text “GIVE” to (204) 817-6871 to contribute to our on-going Buy A Brick Campaign.

Your Child’s Teachers:

As the lead Gr 5 teacher, I will be responsible for teaching your child Math, Language, Spelling, Gym, and Digital Literacy.  Your child will be blessed to have multiple teachers throughout the week for various content areas:

  • Mrs. Biech:  Reading
  • Miss Jenkins:  Writing
  • Mrs. Wainwright: Genius Hour
  • Mrs. McGonnell: Bible
  • Mrs. Bouter: Art
  • Mrs. Wilting: Music
  • Mrs. Thorne: Social Studies
  • Mrs. Smylie: French
  • Mrs. MacNeill: Science
  • Mrs. DeBoer: ESL

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: 

Class Schedule:

Students in Grade 5 are very busy throughout the week, and in efforts to make every day run smoothly, we ask that they come prepared for each of their classes. Students will be given their weekly schedule on Monday morning to be kept in their school agendas. The schedule for Monday will goes as follows:

9:00-9:05 Morning routine
9:05-9:35 Bible
9:35-10:40 Math & Technology
10:40-10:55 RECESS
10:55-11:15 Spelling & Vocabulary
11:15-12:15 Language Grammar
12:15-12:35 LUNCH
12:35-12:55 RECESS
12:55-1:55 Art
2:00-3:00 Social Studies

No Homework???

Please rest assured that this is NOT the case for students in Grades 5.  Although many class assignments are completed throughout the day in class, there are a number of items that students should be spending time on each night.  These homework items include: any math corrections, spelling & vocabulary review, reading for a minimum of 15 minutes, as well as Bible memory work. Any unfinished classwork in Math or Language must also be completed.  Weekly math quizzes or tests and spelling quizzes will be administered on Fridays. ESL students will have additional homework from the ESL Department which will be tracked using the SeeSaw App.

Milk Orders & School Lunch Program:

We are pleased to offer the milk program again this year! More information will follow in the coming weeks.

After School Care:

With the majority of families in today’s society having both Mom and Dad in the workforce, Grace Christian School has recognized the need for additional support for your child during the after-school hours. We are blessed to offer a comprehensive After-School Program, Monday to Friday, from 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM, within our school building.  This option is available to all elementary students for a fee of $12/child or $16/family.  This fee includes a light snack, opportunities for homework assistance, and outdoor play when possible.  If you would like to use our after-school program, please contact Mrs. Victoria Kelly ( for more details.

Athletics Camps & Clubs

Beginning this Monday, students in Grade 6 have the option of training for cross-country running beginning immediately after school until 4:15 PM.  You will also find that your child has received a permission slip outlining the details for both a soccer camp and a tumbling club.  Please return these permission slips and payment early next week if your child wishes to participate.

Assignments/ Quizzes:

Thursday:  Spelling Quiz #1
Friday: Math Test #1 – (Basic Operations Review)

Important Dates:

Sep 10 – Parent ESL Orientation Night
Sep 11 – Meet the Teacher
Sep 12 – GCS Carnival
Sep 14 – Terry Fox Run
Sep 28 – Professional Development Day (No Class)
Oct 8 – Thanksgiving (No Class)

That is all for now. Again, be sure to check back in for weekly updates.
Mr. Wood

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