GCIS Weekly News 5/20/2016

Weekly Celebrations, Successes, and Up Coming Events!

GCIS Drive In Movie Night!

Since we gained some additional time with postponing the Drive In Movie Night, we polled the GCIS students what movie they would like to have. The choices that were given included, Alexander and the Horrible No Good Very Bad Day, Star Wars, and Zootpia. The students voted and over 150 students selected Zootopia! Let's pack the parking lot!

The Drive In Movie will be in the same place: (High School Parking Lot) with Lot opening at 8:00 pm with movie starting at dusk (9:00ish)

This is the weekend of Bell Tower Festival! Hopefully we can generate more friends and families to join us! If you have any questions please call the GCIS office at 515-738-5721

GCIS Office News

GCIS Parents: as we work to continually improve safety measures we ask that all parents wait in the office area regarding all matters. If visiting, we ask that you sign in and wear a visitor badge.

4th Grade Orientation - Third grade students will be coming over to our building on Monday, May 23, 2016 for their tour of our building for next year!

7th Grade Orientation - Our sixth graders attended the Jefferson Middle School on Thursday, May 19th for their tour of the building for next year!

Reminder that our Color Run will be held here in Grand Junction on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Registration starts @ 9:00 am and the run will start @ 10:00! Click HERE for more information!

Last Day of School - Wednesday, June 1, 2016 @ 11:30 am - No lunch will be provided this day!

All lunch accounts must be paid in full prior to the last day of school.

Our Last day of school is Wednesday June 1st. We will dismiss at 11:30 from Grand Junction. We will not be serving lunch one this day! Summer is just a few days away!

M.S. Bracelets are for sale in our office. They are $2 each. We have four 4th grade girls who have done research for multiple sclerosis as their genius hour project. In result, they are raising money by selling the bracelets. Please stop by and pick yours up!

As we are closing in on the end of the year, please encourage your students to check out the lost and found table! It has dwindled down but there are still a few remains. Please let us know how we can help!

GCIS Key Players of the Week!

Another Great Week at GCIS! Below are our Key Players of the week! Staff nominate students for demonstrating Key Behaviors throughout the week and coming to school every day trying their best, respecting all students everyday no matter what, and modeling leadership behaviors and qualities! Congrats to these students that make our school community great!
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Genius Hour Presentation Presents at Bell Tower Planning Meeting

Two 4th grade students present to Bell Tower Planning Committee about the need for a Gaga Ball Tournament! On Saturday June 11th from 1:00-3:00pm anyone ages 8-12 can enter a team to play gaga ball. Tournament will be held at Web House. Noon to 1:00 is team check in and learning about the game and rules for gaga ball. 1:00-3:00 the single elimination tournament will begin! Free! Fun! Come by and check this game out!
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Join us for our first ever GCIS Color Run!

Our GCIS Color Run that's set for Tuesday May 24th with a rain date of Thursday May 26th! So far the weather looks great for Tuesday...fingers are still crossed, I mean this is Iowa right!!!

After the race we will be grilling and serving lunch at the track. If you are wanting to stay and eat please bring the correct change for lunch. Adult Meal is $3.35 and student lunch is $2.25. Students will use their lunch numbers for lunch on this day.

We are so excited to join up with families and our community for fun and fitness! Not to mention getting all colored up! Hoping for wonderful weather!

HERE is the link to the website and details!

Contact the office with any future question you may have. We can get you signed up even the day of the event! (515) 738-5721

Parents! Mark Your Calendars and Join Us If You Can!

Below are details and days that we have special learning opportunities going on and would love to have parents join us! Please call the office and we will get you signed up as visitors for the events you can attend!

GCIS Future Dates for Parents

4th Grade Happenings!

Science: We are finishing up our unit on the human body. Next week we plan on reviewing concepts that have been taught throughout the year.

Math: This week we have been working with addition and subtraction of mixed numbers. We also introduced some division at the end of the week!

Lit/SS: Students have been busy finishing up their region projects. We are looking forward to presenting those to our peers next week.

We have also been very busy finishing up our book reviews for our local public libraries, they should be in the hands of our librarians very soon!

4th grade band instrument night is next Thursday, May 26th from 5-7pm. This is a come and go event, it is not two hours long.

5th Grade Happenings!

Math: We are working with multiplication and division of decimal numbers. Getting closer to test time. That will be sometime next week.

Lit/SS: We are continuing with Analyzing Visual Elements with writing various genres of poetry. The kids are doing a fantastic job with creating and sharing their work! In our Social Studies we are covering the history of people, places, and events in Iowa. Some specific topics this week we have covered were: John Wayne and Living History Farms projects!

Science: We finished our rock and mineral unit this week. We will be studying water, water pollution, recycling, and conservation in our remaining days at school.

6th Grade Happenings!

In reading, we are finishing up our political science unit with our mock government. Each student has a role in either the executive, judiciary, or legislative branch. They have been busy at work brainstorming and writing bills, deliberating on the bills, and passing some bills into laws. We will be wrapping this unit up on Friday.

In science, we are finishing up with our Black Hills energy information. If your child has not completed and returned the two surveys please do so as soon as possible. Thanks!

In math, we are finishing up with the last few things in the book. We are planning a special project to start next week.

Physical Education

Well,we had a malfunction with my Pacer test CD, so next week we will try and finish up our fitness running test then. Finally, we have some nice weather to be able to go outside for our activities.


4th grade band instrument night is next Thursday, May 26th from 5-7pm. This is a come and go event, it is not two hours long.

Music Mania

OPUS Honor Choir 2016

5th and 6th grade students will have the ability to audition for the Iowa Choral Director’s Association’s 2016 OPUS Honor Choir. The auditions are held in September. Preparations are being made to assist any student wishing to audition for this choir. Requirements include, learning the song America, a major scale on solfege syllables and approximately a 16 measure excerpt from one of the song selections for the concert.

If you would be interested in having your child work toward this goal, please contact me at 515-738-5721 ext. 235. I am willing to set up a practice time once a week during the summer months. Knowing that families vacation, I am flexible with scheduling.


5th graders are getting ready to cook. We had a test run this week with Pizza Crackers. We discussed the importance of safety and sanitation in the kitchen and then applied what we had learned about My Plate and Nutrients to our snacks.

6th graders are wrapping up their nutrition discussion to apply it in our Dips and Sauces lab. We are making a fruit dip, veggie dip and bread sticks with sauce to see how they can apply knowledge plus get an opportunity to work in a group to make a buffet for their teachers.

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Media & Tech Lit

The students in all grades continued to work through the challenges presented in the Lure of the Labyrinth. Mrs. Fester and I were incredibly proud of the students this week for their perseverance and excitement about this application. Several of the puzzles have even stumped us, but some of the students solved them pretty quickly. It is great to hear the discussion the students are having with one another, explaining the math concepts and how to solve the puzzles. My favorite quote so far came from a 5th grader: “Hey! Don’t you remember we did this in math?” As a teacher, “aha” moments like this are awesome to witness! Click on the website to see if you are able to solve some of the puzzles. Have fun!!


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Counselor's Corner

The Rules of Life…

Reflecting back to my visit a few weeks ago to Living History Farms with our 5th Grade Class has me think about how the rules of life from 1875 still apply to our lives now.

During our trip I visited the one-room schoolhouse and picked up a copy of the “Rules” that I would like to share with you--general rules for a wholesome life--ones we need to remind ourselves of...

Rules of Life

  1. Kindness to animals

  2. Good manners

  3. Respect of elders

  4. Respect for the Government

  5. Obedience

  6. Patriotism

  7. Wisdom of early rising

  8. Reverence

  9. Honest

  10. Truthfulness

  11. Temperance

  12. Greed and waste are evils

Nurse News

Iowa law requires all students entering 7th grade to have a Tdap vaccine. Each of the 6th grade student’s immunization records were reviewed. A note will be sent home with the student’s report card if they need to have the Tdap before school starts next year. Please keep this in mind as your child is visiting the doctor for routine and sports exams. Call the school nurse at 515-738-5721 if you have any questions. Thank You!

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