We have a full week ahead! We are praying that the sickness that has been going around has passed and we will have everyone back in class. This week we will do our final practices, with two performances on Thursday, December 8th. The afternoon performance begins at 1:30 and the evening performance at 6:30. Please have your children at the school by 6:00 so that they can all get dressed and have a quick warm up. All are welcome to attend!
GCS Annual 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.
When COVID-19 first impacted our province back in the Spring of 2020, some of the most vulnerable were left without the opportunity to leave their homes. Many seniors were also left without the companionship of their families, and therefore, they relied heavily on support, love, and generosity of the caretakers inside their care homes. This is when GCS identified the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus, seeking to love on and support the residents of Prince Edward Home. Not only were the residents and staff deeply touched by the students’ generosity, but our students received such a blessing being able to serve. And so, the tradition continues!
This Christmas, each class will be asked to purchase specific items as per the requests of the residents at The PE Home. The gift baskets with these items will be delivered to the care home during the first week December, in time for the coordinators to package them for the residents to open on Christmas morning.
Grade 1 students are asked to bring in Lip balm, Chapstick, lipstick, nail polish, and manicure sets.
Grade 2 students are asked to bring in stuffed animals, baby dolls, and teddy bears (often useful for individuals living with dementia).
Elementary Christmas Production:
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 on Monday, December 5th. 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 email@example.com.
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.
This Week’s Assessments
Tuesday, December 6th – Phonics Test
Wednesday, December 7th– Math Test Grade 1 and 2
Friday, December 2nd – Spelling Test: Grade one – List # 9, Grade two – List # 12
Dates to Remember:
Thursday, December 8th – Elementary Christmas Program (1:30PM and 6:30PM)
Thursday, December 8th – Collection Day for Christmas gifts for residents of the Prince Edward Home
Friday, December 16th – Last day of classes before Christmas (HALF DAY – NOON pick-up time)
Enjoy your week!