Off-Campus Learning

Wednesday, May 27

Wednesday, May 20

Hello 4th grade students and families!

We are nearing the end of the school year, and want to make sure that in the midst of everything going on, we still celebrate our 4th graders! We are SO incredibly proud of all the ways in which they have grown, both this year, and throughout their years at the elementary school. Usually, we would celebrate the 4th graders with a special end of the year chapel. This year, students will be completing special reflections on the past, present, and future. Instead of presenting them in front of chapel, they will record one of their reflections and post it in a Google Photo Album. Keep an eye on your classroom teacher’s blog for details on how to view these reflections next week.

 In addition, we will be having a CAR PARADE for the 4th graders! Teachers will be “sending off” the fourth graders into the summer and into middle school as families drive by in their vehicles. This will take place right after the pick-up/iPad drop off next Thursday, May 28. We will ask that 4th grade students pick up their bags and drop off their iPads before 6:50pm. At that time, 4th grade families should begin lining up around the block in their vehicles. At 7:00, they will be able to drive by the parade! At 7:00 PM the fourth grade families should be lined up starting at the entrance to the turn around on Iroquois. Waiting cars should be lined up around the block. Once Mr. Barkel gives the signal, cars should enter the turn around in front of school and slowly go through the turn around where the staff will be congratulating the 4th graders. 4th graders should be on the right side of the car so that the staff can see them! Fourth graders are welcome to get involved by decorating the vehicle, making signs, etc. We do ask that students and families do not get out of their vehicles to gather or socialize with others during this time. Congratulations 4th graders! 

We look forward to celebrating you soon!
John Barkel, Sara Seth, & The 4th Grade Teachers 

Wednesday, May 20
Devociones: Escoge 1-2 canciones para alabar a Dios hoy!

Monday, May 18

Dear Iroquois Parents and Friends,

I hope you are doing well today. This is our last FULL week of school! What a year it has been!
I want to share with you some dates and times that are important for you to know regarding the end of the school year. As you know, this is not a typical ending to a school year, so there is some important information for you to know that is new.

Important Dates and Times:

  • Thursday, May 21, 5-7pm = Preschool student material pick up at school.
  • Friday, May 22, 9-11am = Preschool student material pick up at school.
  • Wednesday, May 27 = Final day of instruction for K-4 students.
  • Thursday, May 28, 5-7pm = K-4 student material pick up at school. 
  • Friday, May 29, 9-11am = K-4 student material pick up at school.

Important Details:

  • Similar to our first pick up, there will be labeled tables with the different grade levels where you can pick up your child’s materials. Please drive through or park. 
  • Please wear a mask when you come to pick up your child’s materials at school. School personnel will all be wearing masks. 
  • Teachers will be collecting all of your child’s things inside the building. Entry to the building will not be permitted.
  • Please exercise social distancing (6ft. apart) when you are on campus.
  • We will have a library book drop off for you. Please return your child’s library books.
  • If you have a school iPad or device, please return it during those dates and times with all of the cables and chargers. 
  • You may bring your child to the pick up to say hi and goodbye to their teacher for the summer. 
  • Please get in touch with your classroom teacher if you have any questions about what needs to be picked up or dropped off.

I am grateful for your flexibility during this unique ending to a school year. Stay tuned for details regarding the 20-21 school year. Please let me know if you have any questions, and I’ll be happy to address them with you (

Have a blessed week!
John Barkel, Principal

Thursday, May 14
If your book supply is running low, and you’re in need of some new reading material (or you’re tired of reading library books from a screen!), check out Scholastic! There are tons of great books here. If you want to build your Spanish book collection, check out the “Club Leo” book flyer. Please be sure to enter our class code, QB6P9 when you order online. Books will be delivered to me, and I can do a porch drop off! Happy reading!

Wednesday, May 13

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Monday, May 11

Friday, May 8
4th Graders and Parents, after today we only have two full weeks of our school year left (and a few more days the following week to wrap everything up!) Let’s finish strong!

Happy Mother’s Day to all our mothers, aunts, grandmas and special family friends! Thank you for all you do for your families! Wishing you a wonderful weekend and God’s blessings of peace and joy.

Monday, May 4


Tuesday, April 28
Congratulations to all of our Eagle Experts!

Monday: April 27
Important! Spanish Immersion Students will be using this NEW DOCUMENT to find all of their daily lessons! Hopefully this document will be clearer and more concise, as they will only see their own assignments.

Pick a song or two to listen to/sing along with for worship this morning!
Alabanzas YouTube Channel

Wednesday, April 22

Monday, April 20

Feel free to use the checklist to keep track of this week’s work!

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Devotions: Back at school, we had gotten into the habit of practicing Thankful Thursdays. Every Thursday, we took the time to write a note to someone we were thankful for! Today, we are going to do the same thing. There are so many people who I am thankful for during these difficult times. See my list below for some examples, then create your own list! Choose someone from the list (for whom you can find an address OR use an address provided). There are many people who could use some extra thanks and encouragement right now, and would LOVE to hear from you. I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE you to write your letter in both English and Spanish. I think it would be really special if someone who speaks Spanish received your letter and could read it in their native language. I am so excited for all of these people who will be receiving some extra love and encouragement from some very special fourth graders in the next few days =) Consider including a Bible verse and/or drawing in your letter!
-Office of infectious diseases: Address it to “doctor”
230 Michigan St. Suite 230
Grand Rapids, MI 49503.
-Butterworth Hospital: Address it to “doctor/nurse”
100 Michigan St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
-Clark Retirement Community (Address it to “To a friend who’d like mail” – This would not necessarily be a thank you letter…just a letter to say hello and offer encouragement!)
1551 Franklin Ave. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Thursday, April 16

Spanish Immersion Apparel Update:
Hello, All!  Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the printer company for our SI apparel sale had to close down for a bit and will be reopening very soon.  This has delayed the delivery but also allows us ONE LAST CHANCE to order! Please click
HERE!  Orders are due by April 22!

If you are looking for a way to get moving AND practice your Spanish, try these fun and active videos!
Listos para brillar

Wednesday, April 15
Kakuma Reading Update
Thanks for keeping track of your reading minutes in the weeks before spring break. Just because we are not coming into school does not mean that we can’t come together to provide books for the Kakuma Refugee Camp! Please mail a check made payable to Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School for the amount of your pledges to 1050 Iroquois Dr. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506. Please note in the memo section “Kakuma Read-A-Thon. Thanks for all of your reading and donations!


Monday, April 13
Feel free to use these checklist to help you stay on top of the tasks for this week!

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Monday, April 13:

Friday, April 10

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Wednesday, April 8:
If you are looking for more activities to do during Spring Break, feel free to use this document/calendar of Virtual Field Trips you can take with your family!

Thursday, April 2
Hello, fourth grade families!
Happy last day of online learning before spring break! Please keep an eye out for updates in your email that will keep you informed of our plans for after spring break.
I know that there are SO many resources available to kids/families right now, and it can be difficult to determine which resources are the best. I put together a document of some of the best online resources for 4th graders that can keep students learning and engaged during spring break! Nothing will be required during this time, but I have a feeling that some kids/families will be looking for things to do 🙂 It could be fun to try one new resource each day! Please let me know if you have any questions about these resources.
That being said, spring break may be a good time to cut back on screen time. Maybe there is a certain time of the day set aside for using an educational resource on the iPad and connecting with friends via Zoom, and the iPad is put away after that. Students should not be on their iPad just to play around. Again, PLEASE supervise your child when they are having Zoom meetings that are not teacher lead.
Thank you for all of your support thus far as we navigate this crazy time together!

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Thursday, April 2
Check out these Holy Week devotionals created for families by 3rd grade teacher Mr. Helder.
Holy Week Devotions

Thursday, April 2
Check out these project ideas from Mrs. Pegman!

Wednesday, April 1
Hi 4th graders!
We are going to begin testing for recorder belts using Flipgrid–I am so excited!
Use the link below to get started, and watch the video for more instructions.
Feel free to email me if you have any questions!

Stay safe and well!
Mrs. Vanderkamp

Wednesday, April 1

Wednesday, April 1
Note from Mrs. Boss

Hello Readers!
I know many of you have been keeping track of your reading during March is Reading Month to earn two free tickets to a Whitecaps game.  You are almost there! And here is the latest information from the Whitecaps:

“As you probably realize by now, the start of the 2020 MILB season will be delayed.  Due to the uncertain start of the season, we will be expanding the individual redemption period until the end of our 2020 regular season. “
If you have further questions/concerns, please contact: William Silvey, Reading Club Coordinator

So keep reading!
Sincerely, Mrs. Boss

Tuesday, March 31

Monday, March 30

Hello, all!
I’m excited to see everyone at our class Zoom meeting tomorrow morning (Tuesday, March 31) at 11. We will also plan on having a meeting on Thursday morning at 11.
BEFORE our meeting tomorrow, please watch at least 1 adventure with Mr. Ambrose and come ready to talk about what you’ve learned :). Adventures with Mr. Ambrose Youtube

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 668 668 657

Saturday, March 28
Enjoy the weekend everyone! Listen to the final chapters of Wishtree this weekend or on Monday.

Friday, March 27
Read this message from Mrs. VanderKamp!
Hey 4th graders!
I am missing seeing you all in the music room!  I am sharing a short video with you below.  I sent music home when students picked up their locker contents–Keep playing the recorder and have some fun with it!

If you go to MusicK-8 Plank Road Publishing
Recorder Karate Dojo
Streaming Audio
Username:  Karate
Password: Rubric
You will find accompaniments to many of the belt songs.

Here’s another video of a teacher sharing a song–see if you can learn this one!

This is a teacher blog I follow–look for Grade 4 Recorder Lullaby under the post Remote/ Online /E-Learning and Hands Off Dances.

Stay well!
Mrs. Vanderkamp

Friday, March 27
¡Feliz viernes! Today, I wanted to introduce you to another resource that can be used during this time, and that is Mr. Ambrose’s Youtube channel. Click the link to head out on some adventures with Mr. Ambrose down here in Kentucky! His first adventure involves learning all about beavers by visiting beaver dams and lodges in the lake that you’ve seen behind me in our Zoom calls!

Thursday, March 26
We have incredibly caring specials teachers at GRCES who are still working hard to make sure kids are learning! Please check out the following lessons/videos from Mrs. Boss, Mrs. Pegman, and Srta. DeVries.

Spanish with Srta. DeVries
Introduction video:

Zampoñas video:

Making your own zampoñas video and instructions link:

Library with Mrs. Boss

Art with Mrs. Pegman:
We will be looking a little more closely at our homes this week! Watch this video to see.

Here are two videos you may watch that helped give some inspiration for this project!
Home by Carson Ellis

An interview with author/illustrator Carson Ellis

Wednesday, March 25
Enjoy chapters 47-49 of Wishtree!

Wednesday, March 25
Devociones: Hoy, puedes usar esta canción para devociones. Enseña el baile a alguien en tu familia o simplemente canta con la canción 🙂

March 24, 2020
Hello, everybody!
I am planning to host another Zoom meeting tomorrow morning (Wednesday, March 25) at 11:00 am. I will send out an invite shortly before the meeting takes place. Today, many of you shared photos with me of ways you have used your creativity in the last week. Come to the Zoom meeting ready to share something you’ve created with the class!

March 24, 2020

March 24, 2020
Enjoy this episode of La Voz in honor of Logan’s birthday today and Alex’s birthday last week! Just close your eyes and imagine that we’re all celebrating together 🙂

March 22, 2020

March 21, 2020
Parents, thank you SO much to those of you who have already responded to the questions I sent out via Google Form. It sounds like we are getting the hang of this online learning thing! Thanks for all of the hard work you’ve done to establish routines and keep your child learning during this time. Some of the feedback I received mentioned being unsure of the work students need to complete each day, especially as some of the instructions are in Spanish. I have created a checklist for next week’s work in English. This document does NOT take the place of the 4th Grade Plan Document with all of the assignments. This is just a space where students (and parents!) can double check that they are completing all of the necessary work each day.

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March 21, 2020

March 20, 2020

Please watch the following video to get set up with Flipgrid! This will be a place where our class can connect 🙂 It won’t be used for academic things…just to connect with your classmates and teacher!
Class Code: ambrose9186

March 20, 2020

Today we would be joining together for prayer circles.  Sharing prayer requests with our friends from kindergarten through 4th grade, journaling in our prayer guides, and praising God through dance.  Please worship with Señora DeMoor and sing along/dance to the GRCES praise dance.

March 19, 2020: Please read this letter for both parents and students of fourth grade students in regards to technology use.

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March 19, 2020
Students, please check your email for an invite for a video call with your teacher and classmates that will take place tomorrow (Friday, March 20) between 12:00-12:30! I miss seeing you all everyday, and would love to have as many of you pop in as possible! No need to stay the whole time…just come say hello! Use the link in your email to join the meeting at that time tomorrow.

March 19, 2020

March 18, 2020
Take a photo of yourself learning or reading somewhere at home. It would be team day at school, so wear GRCS gear or something that represents your favorite team! Email me the photo or upload it into your “checkin’ in with Sra. Ambrose” document 🙂

Enjoy this video from Mrs. Pegman with some ideas on how to get creative at home!

March 17, 2020

March 16, 2020
Students can watch this video to see everything that is in the folder that was sent home today, and what they will need to do with it!

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