GCIS Weekly News 5/27/2016

Weekly Celebrations, Successes, and Up Coming Events!

Last Newsletter of the Year!

This is the last newsletter of the year! Wanted to wish all the families and students a fun and safe summer! Our last day of school is Wednesday June 1st! We will dismiss at 11:30 on Wednesday!
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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

End of the Year Slide Show

Today we had our end of the year assembly! It was a great time to reflect over our year and recognize all students by giving them an award! Ask your child what award they received! Hope you enjoy the look back through the year! Cannot believe how much the students have changed!

Pleases remember to find time this summer to read, read, and read some more! I love the saying Readers are Leaders! Have a great summer!

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.

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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Join us for our first ever GCIS Color Run!

Thanks to all the families and friends that made it to our color run! It was a huge success! We hit our goal of $8000.00! I also want to thank all the Businesses that supported our run!

We couldn't have done it without you!

  • Rueter's Red Power
  • Juhl Feed
  • Neese Ink
  • People's Trust and Savings Bank
  • Eweniquely Yours, Pool Time Pleasures, Central Iowa Construction

All money raised will go to PBL, Genius Hour, PBIS incentive days, playground equipment.

4th Grade Happenings!

Lit/S.S.- The region projects were GREAT! They persuaded many of us to do more research in certain areas. Summer is a great time to find a book and read, read, read!!!! This is the best way to be ready for 5th grade!!!

Math: Wow, we were introduced to a lot of new concepts this year in fourth grade math. Double digit multiplication, division, adding and subtracting fractions to name a few. Math is all around you. Hopefully you will take some time this summer to find some math to practice!

Science- This week was a reflection time of all that we learned this year. The post-test showed how much we have grown in our Science knowledge over the year. Top Science activities ( voted on by the 4th grade-

  1. Egg Drop

  2. Skimmers

  3. Balloon Powered Cars

  4. Solar System

  5. Digestive System

  6. The Human Body

  7. Making the Bulb Light

The 4th grade team would like to thank the parents and students for an amazing year! Have a WONDERFUL and RELAXING summer!!!

5th Grade Happenings!

Math: We finished up this week with testing on decimal division. Keep working on the facts and practice those problems.

Science: This week and next we are discussing water, water pollution, conservation, and the importance of our role in keeping the planet healthy through recycling and many other methods.

Lit/S.S:We are wrapping up with our poetry unit. The kids have done an awesome job with writing their own original poems. We plan on having a “Poetry Slam” next week! In Social Studies we finishing our Iowa History Unit. The kids have learned about many important people, places, and fun facts of Iowa!

6th Grade Happenings!

6th grade has been working on creating kites. Students have had to incorporate math, science and literacy skills in their kite plans. We will be test flying them today and final flights will be Tuesday. There are many different categories for students to enter their kites in.


Summer lesson sheets are out to current 5th graders, and will be available to current 4th grade parents at instrument night.

Please remind all students to get their instruments home for the summer.

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.


Hello and Goodbye

In both classes we have been working on the basics of teamwork and knowledge necessary to work in the kitchen. I have been encouraging them to cook at home and teaching them skills that they might need in the future at a job where hospitality is important. The fifth graders watched me make cookies and we talked about equipment, basic supplies, how to measure, and microwave safety. The sixth graders made a buffet for their teachers and served dips and sauces with finger food. This hopefully gave them some ideas about what it is like to serve others and how to be aware of what it takes to be in a business that serves people. I will really miss this age group next year. They have a lot of potential to learn about many FCS topics.


Last days in Art! As a final fun day in art class, we are playing Pictionary on the whiteboard. No keeping scores, just working on quick drawing skills and having fun at the same time.

Here are some fun summer projects that you could look up online at www.refunkmyjunk.com. If you go to that website, there are awesome ideas for adult projects… or search for kids and it will show cool art projects to keep your little ones busy on a rainy day.


5th and 6th grade students are working on their Genius Hour kite making projects in their classrooms this week. 4th grade TAG students went to each 4th grade classroom and presented their cardboard castle, poster, and trebuchet that they created. They each took turns telling what they did and the history of castles. The students had a question and answer session afterwards. They did a very good job! Teacher and students alike were impressed!
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Media & Tech Lit

Students are getting closer to completing the Lure of the Labyrinth web application. The math puzzles are getting more difficult to complete, but the students are meeting the challenges head on. Keep up the good work guys!!

Counselor's Corner


4th and 6th Grade Orientations are now completed. Students toured their new buildings and learned about expectations and new activities for the next school year.

If anyone has any additional questions, concerns or comments, please contact me in the GCIS Counseling Office.

A Wish for You…

I hope everyone (students, parents and staff) has a great summer and continues to grow academically, socially and emotionally. Read some great books; make new friends and nurture existing relationships. Learn how to do something new each week. Find new strengths and build on them.

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Nurse News

Have a safe and active summer. Kids Health has 5 top safety tips for summer. 1. Leaves of 3 let them B. Teach your child to identify plants such as poison oak and poison ivy. 2. Check for ticks after being outdoors. 3. Practice sun smarts. Cover up or apply sunscreen and avoid times when sunburn is more likely. 4. Be water-wise. Teach your child water safety and always supervise when they are in the water. 5. Learn CPR.

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