Hello Parents,

We are looking forward to a full week ahead.  Please take note of the following items related to our grades one and two class this week.

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:

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 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 jwilting@gcspei.ca.

Operation Christmas Child

Many thanks to all who filled a shoebox! GCS collected just over 80 boxes this year. Most importantly, our students have had another experience in giving and blessing another child (and that child’s family) somewhere far away from here. Please continue to pray that these boxes will have a tremendous impact on the children who receive them as the Holy Spirit works through your giving!

This Week’s Assessments

Wednesday, November 23rd – Math Test Grade 1 and 2

Thursday, November 24th – Phonics Test Grade 1 and 2

Friday, November 25th – Spelling Test Grade 1 – List # 7, Grade 2 – List # 10

Dates to Remember

Monday, November 28th – School Picture RE-TAKES
Thursday, December 1st – ACSI Teacher Convention (NO SCHOOL)
Thursday, December 8th – Elementary Christmas Program

Enjoy your week!

Mrs. Barton