We had our first five-day week in a while, and it was packed! Geometry and two-digit divisors in Math, Christmas in Germany and Mexico in Social Studies, appropriate website content in Digital Literacy, and lots of practice for the Christmas Concert made it all very full!

We have three weeks left before Christmas break and lots to do! For Social Studies this week we will be learning about Christmas in Japan, as well as beginning research for students’ own Christmas Around the World Project. Please check the agenda for an upcoming assignment outline and rubric. Students will be required to read the outline to you for homework on Monday.

Christmas Outreach Project:

As we prepare to celebrate the Christmas season, GCS is so thankful to have another opportunity to bless others in our community.  This year, we will once again give back to the residents living at Prince Edward Home by collaboratively purchasing gifts for them to open on Christmas morning.

This year our class is responsible for collecting hair care items such as shampoo, conditioner, brushes, combs, hair clips, headbands, etc. Items should be delivered to our classroom before December 8th.

Cooler Temperatures:

As we experience more winter-like temperatures and weather conditions, please remind your children to come prepared for the outdoors. Students are encouraged to have a warm hat and mittens in their backpacks every day and to come dressed in a warm jacket and pants. Snow pants and winter boots will also help your children stay warm and dry as we enjoy the winter weather and fun in the snow.

For students who arrive prior to 8:45 AM, please note that students will not be permitted to go inside the school to gather their winter gear. Please arrive dressed for the winter conditions.

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 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 student’s name on it and please bring it into school by Friday, Dec. 2.  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 jwilting@gcspei.ca.

Dates to Remember:

  • Monday, November 28th – Picture Retakes
  • Thursday, December 1st – PD Day (No School)
  • Friday, December 2nd – Costumes should be at school
  • Thursday, December 8th – Elementary Christmas Program (1:30PM and 6:30PM); Christmas basket items due

Upcoming Assessments:

  • Monday, November 28 – Books of the Bible (New Testament)
  • Thursday, December 1 – Math Test 5
  • Friday, December 2 – Spelling Quiz 9

I think that’s it! I am looking forward to seeing what the students bring for the gift basket and which countries they choose to research for their Social Studies Projects!