Welcome to Week Three!  As we now have our school year underway, it is very important to keep in mind all the things that will help us to keep this year running as smoothly as possible.  With this in mind, please take note of all the following reminders.

Start Time:

The Elementary day begins at 8:35AM when students are welcomed into the school; they have 10 minutes to get themselves settled in class and copy their homework into their agendas.  Lessons begin at 8:45AM.  It is necessary to be in school prior to this time in order to have a good start to the day.  Arriving late results in missing instructions and a more rushed start, which can set the tone for the rest of the day.  Please make every effort to drop your child off on time (8:35AM).

Healthy Snacks and a Water Bottle:

Please try to ensure that your child has a healthy snack available for our morning snack time (fruit, veggies, yogurt, cheese and crackers are great examples).  I am not against a sweet treat, but it should be saved for lunch time.  A water bottle is also a necessity, as the drinking fountains have been disabled.  Only the bottle filling stations are working, making a bottle essential.  Please be sure that your child comes with a refillable water bottle every day in order to keep hydrated.

COVID-19 Self-Screening Questionnaire:

Parents are reminded that, due to our current health situation, daily screening of your child(ren) is of extreme importance.  Please be sure to keep your child home if he/she is unwell.  For more details, see https://www.gcspei.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/COVID-19-Self-Screening-Questionnaire.pdf.  We must all do our part to keep our community healthy.

Bring Your Bible:

We have now had several classes with Mrs. McGonnell.  Please note that all students are required to have a Bible.  Ideally the Bible will be the ESV version, however the NIV or NLT version will work.  We understand that many families have found it challenging to purchase a Bible in Charlottetown.  Please let Mrs. McGonnell know if you cannot purchase a Bible and she will try her best to find one for your child.  Bibles should have both the Old and New Testaments.

No Homework?

Although most class assignments are completed throughout the day in class, there are a number of items that students should be spending time on each night. These daily homework items include: spelling & vocabulary review, reading for a minimum of 15 minutes, as well as Bible memory work. Any unfinished classwork in Math or Language might also be sent home from time to time.  ESL students will have homework from the ESL Department which will be tracked using the SeeSaw App.

Scrip Program:

This year, the SCRIP program will look a bit different as there is no longer a dedicated person to run the SCRIP program, along with our COVID-19 protocols requiring the minimization of the foot traffic in the school.

A list of our in-stock gift cards and denominations is available at this link:

https://myschoolmanagement.s3.eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/gcs/9605/2778/SCRIP%20Program.pdf .

Should you wish to purchase any SCRIP, we ask that you plan ahead and place an order through office@gcspei.ca

Once your order is received, it will be prepared and an email sent back to you to let you know it is ready for pick up. You can pay in the school office via debit, credit (2% fee), cash, cheque, or e-transfer.

Important Dates:

October 9 – Fall Pictures
October 12 – Thanksgiving (No Classes)

Assessments this Week:

Friday – Spelling Test 2

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at asmylie@gcspei.ca.

Have a beautiful weekend!

Mrs. Smylie