We are off to a great start this school year! I am enjoying getting to know your children, with all their unique personalities and God-given gifts. I am also extremely thankful for the support of parents as we navigate new procedures, including drop-off and pick-up times. Please note that due to current public health directives, the school building is not open for students until 8:35 AM, and staff are not present to supervise them until that time. Please drop off your child as close to 8:35 AM as possible to ensure their safety without supervision. Also, students are doing a great job with ensuring they have their masks. Please remember that the masks should be taken home and washed every evening.
Meet the Teacher
Tomorrow, GCS will be hosting a Meet the Teacher time from 3:00-4:00pm. This is a time for parents that are new to the school to meet their child(ren)’s teacher(s) or for returning parents to meet any new teachers. Parents are asked to remain in their vehicles until 3:00pm and then come into GCS through the main school doors; you will fill out a health questionnaire form and be directed to your child(ren)’s teacher’s location. While in GCS, parents are required to wear a non-medical mask at all times. In order for multiple parents to meet the various teachers, please ensure that your time with each teacher is kept to a minimum.
Please note that this year Grade four students have a variety of teachers for their different courses:
- Math, Social Studies, Digital Literacy, Art, and Arts Exploration with Mrs. Bouter
- Language Arts (including Reading, Writing, Spelling, and Grammar) with Mrs. Biech
- Bible with Mrs. McGonnell
- Science with Mrs. MacNeill
- Music with Mrs. Wilting
- Gym with Mrs. Laird
- French with Mrs. Smylie
A copy of your child’s weekly schedule has been sent home in your child’s agenda. Please ensure that your child is coming prepared for their scheduled classes. Also please note that they start Monday morning with gym class and will need to be prepared. I recommend taking a trip to the bathroom before they head out the door and making sure they have a full water bottle.
Although many class assignments are completed throughout the day in class, there are several 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, and Bible memory work. ESL students will have additional homework from the ESL Department which will be tracked using the SeeSaw App.
Canadian Achievement Test (CAT)
In lieu of some of their regular classes, this week GCS elementary students will be writing the Canadian Achievement Test. The CAT is a testing system that assesses the essential learning outcomes for reading, language, spelling, and mathematics. It will help us as teachers to know the outcomes on which we will need to focus.
This week, students will be writing their first Spelling Quiz on Friday, September 18.
If you have any questions or concerns throughout the week, please do not hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org