Good afternoon, Parents.

I am thankful for another beautiful weekend.  I pray you were all able to get out and enjoy some of it with your friends and family.  Please take note of the following items related to our Grade one and two class this week:

Enrichment Project:

Grade one and two have listened to a book by Ashley Spires called “The Most Magnificent Thing”.   You can listen to it here   During our enrichment time students will be creating their own “Magnificent Thing”.   This past Thursday, students planned their creation and some began building.  This Thursday, November 10th students will be given the class time to work on their projects.  Please ensure that your child has all the materials they need to build their creation.  It is not necessary to buy anything. Things such a paper towel rolls, Kleenex boxes, milk containers, etc. can be used.  I look forward to seeing what each student will build.

Operation Christmas Child (Samaritan’s Purse Shoebox Campaign)

Our school is participating in Operation Christmas Child once again this year. Every GCS student is encouraged to fill a box with items that can be shared with a child in need in another country. Items that may be placed in the box include: toys, school supplies, non-liquid hygiene items, washcloths, socks, toothbrushes. Please do not include any liquids, food items of any kind, war-related items, or breakable items.

Collection week is November 14th-18th in school, though our target date is Wednesday, Nov.16th (for Chapel). Please be sure to send in your filled shoeboxes (or item that you would like to donate towards filling a shoebox) by then.

Elementary Christmas Production:

We are very excited to announce that we are in the beginning stages of preparing our annual Christmas presentation. The elementary students have been reading through scripts and learning songs in class for the last few weeks. This year we will be presenting “Christmas at Bethlehem Gulch” a children’s musical with a western feel about the coming of the Saviour written by Pam Andrews.

We are anticipating a live, in-house, concert as we have done in years past. The musical has an “Old West” theme and we will need a few items brought in for concert dress. All students are required to bring in a pair of dark or light jeans and a multi-coloured plaid shirt. If students have items such as western vests, chaps, boots, kerchiefs, or cowboy hats please add them as they may be used for the main cast. Please refrain from bringing in holsters or plastic guns. Place items in a bag labeled with your students name on it and please bring it into school by Thursday, Dec. 1.  Students are to give the bag to the classroom teacher.

We are looking forward to sharing our work with you. Thank you for your cooperation and help with the costuming. If you have any concerns please email Mrs. Wilting at

Upcoming Assessments

  • Monday, November 7 – Grade 2 Reading assessments – throughout the week I will listen to each student individually to assess fluency, accuracy, and expression.
  • Tuesday – Penmanship Quiz – Grade 1 and 2
  • Wednesday – Math Test Gr.1 and 2
  • Thursday – Spelling Test – Grade 1 – List #5, Grade 2 – List # 8

Important Dates

  • Thursday, November 10 – GCS Remembrance Day Ceremony (9:30 am)
  • Friday, November 11 – Remembrance Day (No School)
  • Wednesday, November 16 – Operation Christmas Child Boxes Due
  • Thursday, November 17 – Elementary Parent-Teacher Interviews (5:00-7:00)
  • Friday, November 18 – High School Parent-Teacher Interviews (No School)

Enjoy your week!

Mrs. Barton