Hello parents:

We had a wonderful past week celebrating our school community at the Carnival, starting our studies in math and language, beginning to learn typing, and reading about Terry Fox and then participating in the Terry Fox Run. Now on to week two!

Genius Hour Projects

According to research, employees at Google Inc. were significantly more productive and passionate about their work when provided 1 hour/day to work on a project of their choice.  Based on these findings, students in Gr 4- 6 are being given the opportunity to participate in their own Genius Hour Projects throughout the year.  After successfully completing their assigned classwork, students will independently research the answer to a question they seek to answer, then design a representation of their learning to share with their classmates (poster, essay, PowerPoint, digital storybook, etc.)  Potential questions include- What is it like to work at the Atlantic Vet College?  How does a piano work?  Why did Canada enter World War One?  How do you build a catapult?  The possibilities for learning are endless!

To aid in safe internet research, students must have a parent sign off on the websites they deem safe and age-appropriate.  Search engines such as Google or Yahoo are not acceptable sources.  This form must be complete in order for your child to complete his/her research in class.

I look forward to seeing my students engage in the inquiry process and discover their love of learning!

Hot Lunch Program

Please keep an eye out for more information about our school’s Hot Lunch Program which will be provided in the near future.  Although lunch forms will be sent home each week to indicate the options available, parents may also wish to check our online school calendar to plan ahead.  This week, students will have the option of purchasing fries and hotdogs on Tuesday.  The cost of each item is $2.00 each.  Please return your child’s order form and payment by Tuesday at 9AM.

Scrip Program

Scrip is Grace Christian School’s simple fundraising program using gift cards from popular retailers. The school purchases these gift cards at a discount and resells them to parents for the face value of the card. Families will earn back the difference of the purchase (to a specified amount) to be returned to that family in June in the form of their choice of gift cards, tuition bursary, donation to GCS staff, or donation to GCS Plant a Seed Fund.  Please remember to stop by the GCS Armoury just inside the new school atrium to purchase your gift cards.

Bible Memory Verse

Throughout the year, Mrs. McGonnell has the students learn verses from the Bible which they recite from memory in front of the class. We review these verses every day as part of our morning routine. However, students need to study their verses at home to achieve mastery of them. Our first verse is our school’s theme verse for the year:

“Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” – Colossians 2:7 (NLT)

Upcoming Assessments

Tuesday – Language Quiz 1, Math Quiz 1
Friday – Spelling Test 2, Language Quiz 2

Important Dates

September 28 – Professional Development Day (No Class)
October 8 – Thanksgiving (No Class)

All for God’s glory!

Mrs. Bouter