Thursday, 25 June 2020

Report Card Pickup

Just a reminder that tomorrow, Friday, June 26 is drive by report card pickup day.  

The drive thru BEGINS at 9 am and will end at 12 pm  Families will need to enter from BROADWAY due to the construction. ALL families are invited to come between 9 and 12. There is no alphabetical distinction.

Please make sure you have a sign in your vehicle showing your family name, so we can be ready for your delivery.

Hope to see you tomorrow!! 

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Overdue Library Books

Here is a list of the students who have overdue library books.  Parents, please have these books returned as soon as possible.

Nicholas – Ants

Grace – 2 Books:  First Discovery Penguins    Evie the Mist Fairy

Max – 2 Books:   Orcas  Frogs

Madison – 2 Books:  both about  Rocks and Minerals

Jayna – Farm to Table Milk

Chelsea – Scarlett the Garnet Fairy

Sina – 2 Boos Alexander the Wind-up Mouse    Leaping Lizards

Saturday, 13 June 2020

lesson Plans June 15-18

Monday, June 15
Reading: Daily reading practise
Writing:  Journal entry--Please print “The best part of Grade 1 was…….” Illustrate/Color
Math: Data Management
Art:  Too many rainy days.  Here’s an art activity that meets our rainy day.  Here’s how you color.
Socials:  Canada booklet (flag page, RCMP page)
Tuesday, June 16
Reading: Daily reading practise
Writing: Reading a List/Reading a Note comprehension
Math: Final Subtraction Review
Socials: Canada booklet (Coin pages)
Science:  Sound (label things in your life that make sound)
Wednesday, June 17
Reading: Daily reading practise
Writing: Poetry comprehension
Math:  Data Management
Science: Types of Sounds
Socials: Canada booklet (Totem poles, July 1)
Thursday, June 18
We missed a lot of field trips in this final term and will also miss our annual Fun Day.  So today, make this be your Fun Day and do something special instead of school work!! Thanks for all your hard work!  (especially thank you to Moms and Dads!!!) I love and miss you all!

Thursday, 11 June 2020

Book Reminder

Just  reminder for students to return to me any of the Reading A-Z books that they have at home.  Each student had 4 books sent home during Spring Break.  I would really appreciate having those back.  Thank you!

Friday, 5 June 2020

Lesson Plans for June 8-12

Monday, June 8, 2020
___Fill in calendar dates
___Color weather graph for the day
___Oral review of all multi-letter phonograms
___Spelling City Practise of any word list
___Math: Data Management/Review of addition and subtraction
___Reading:  Quiet reading 10 min.
___Reading:  Oral Reading from Epic or Reading A-Z
___Writing: Journal entry--Print the following sentence: This is what social distancing looks like. Illustrate and          color
___Science: Shadows and Light pg. Fill in the blanks and draw a picture. (example provided)
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
___Fill in calendar dates
___Color weather graph for the day
___Oral review of all multi-letter phonograms
___Spelling City Practise of any word list
___Math: Adding doubles/Find the Unknown Number
___Reading:  Quiet reading 10 min.
___Reading:  Oral Reading from Epic or Reading A-Z
___Writing: Percy and the Fish/ Word Search “Things that Grow”
___Science: Sound workpg. Discuss and complete.
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
___Fill in calendar dates
___Color weather graph for the day
___Oral review of all multi-letter phonograms
___Spelling City Practise of any word list
___Math: Place Value Math game/Reading a Calendar
___Reading:  Quiet reading 10 min.
___Reading:  Oral Reading from Epic or Reading A-Z
___Writing: Days of the week
___Science: Animals in Summer/Plants in Summer
Thursday, June 11, 2020
___Fill in calendar dates
___Color weather graph for the day
___Oral review of all multi-letter phonograms
___Spelling City Practise of any word list
___Math: Math facts subtraction and addition (watch the signs!)
___Reading:  Quiet reading 10 min.
___Reading:  Oral Reading from Epic or Reading A-Z
___Art:  My Favorite Season
___Socials:  Canada booklet: Color flag, Canada letters and  color/label BC province/workpage about Canada        (fill in the blanks)

Extra: Color Bible page “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good.  His love endures forever.

Saturday, 30 May 2020

Library Books

For students returning to school this week please have your child return any and all library books.  Students bring them into the classroom for return.  If your child is not returning to school, please drop off the books in the school foyer on the specified black cart.  We would like to have all library books returned by Friday, June 5.  Thank you!

Friday, 29 May 2020

Letter to Parents

Dear parents,

Starting on June 1, classes will be reopening for students to return. In preparation for students returning, we wanted to share some information based on what we know right now. In these strange and interesting times, these plans may change as the first day back arrives and we see how things flow. However, I wanted to connect with you and provide you with some items to consider.

First of all, as the BC Government has stated, returning to school is voluntary. After reviewing the plans laid out by our school admin, you are able to decide what is best for your child and decide whether to send your child back to school.

Here is a list of changes and procedures we have developed to help follow the social distancing and safety guidelines and recommendations put forward by the BC government:

  • Student Health: Prior to sending your child to school each morning, we would ask that you check for signs of illness, including taking your child’s temperature. If you find signs of a fever or other signs of illness, we would ask that you keep your child at home. Whether you feel that it might be allergies or something else not Covid related, we would rather you err on the safe side. If a child shows signs of illness while at school, students will be isolated and parents informed that their child needs to be picked up immediately.

  • Students will be returning in smaller groups. As recommended by the BC Government, class sizes are being split in half to accommodate social distancing guidelines. At this point, the school admin have designated Mondays and Wednesdays as the days for students with last names starting from A-L. Tuesdays and Thursdays will be for students whose last names begin with the letters M-Z. Unfortunately, we can not consider placing students based on friendship groupings as that becomes too difficult logistically. 
  • Blogs and Google Classroom will still be used to provide learning activities for all students. Students returning to school will do a combination of activities related to what has been posted online and extension/supplementary activities along with Health/Bible, Library and Gym. Grade 6 students will not have library periods during their time at school. Students staying at home will still be able to access the activities provided online. However, items like morning meetings, instructional videos, read alouds, etc. will not be provided as teachers work to maintain in-class learning. 

  • Our school week will also look a little different. We will be starting school at the normal time. However, we will be ending school at 2:30. This allows teachers the opportunity to contact students who are at home. In school classes will also not be operating on Fridays, to allow teachers time to connect with students at home. 
For Grade 6: Students will only be in school on Mondays (Students with last names starting with A-L) and Tuesdays (Students with last names starting with M-Z) depending on their last name. The rest of the week, Grade 6 teachers will continue to be available to connect with students at home, answering questions and checking-in. 

  • School drop-off and pick-up procedures: In order to minimize the number of students congregating before and after school, we would ask that you attempt to drop your child off as close to the starting bell as possible so that students can go to class right away. Classes will be open at 8:45. At the end of the day, students will be taken outside by their teacher and lined-up. Parents can collect their child from the line-up or children will be released as their parents are spotted arriving in their vehicles. As we are trying to minimize numbers of students congregating and practice social distancing, students can not be released straight from classrooms to the playgrounds or field areas. Please collect your child as close to 2:30 as possible. 

  • Uniforms and Gym: Students are allowed to wear their Knight clothes to school instead of their school uniforms. Students will not be changing for gym classes and will not need their PE uniforms.

  • Recesses and lunch will be staggered to keep the number of students in our outdoor spaces to a minimum. Students will be encouraged to avoid physical contact with other students while inside and outside. 

  • Please bring water bottles: As our water fountains will be closed to students, students should bring a refillable water bottle.

  • Supplies: For those students returning, please send all materials that were sent home so that students have items to use while at school. Glue, scissors, pencil crayons, chromebooks, etc will all be useful for students upon returning. Most items will be able to be kept in school in bags. Lockers will be off limits. Chromebooks will go back and forth with students.  Please make sure to send the following specific items:

    • Pencil box with pencils, crayons, pencil crayons, scissor and glue stick (no duotangs needed)
    • Your child may take along a personal toy or a small bag of lego to play with but no remote control items or any electronic items. They will not be permitted to share these with other students. 

  • Social Distancing Considerations: While we will attempt to follow the guidelines set out by the BC Government as best as possible, students may still be in close contact with other students. However, especially during outside periods, the focus will be on limiting physical human contact between students. Students and staff will have the option of wearing masks while at school. Desks will be reduced and spaced to provide distance between students, while in class and hand washing will be done several times a day. While the Government has stated that outdoor playgrounds are safe to use, staggered recesses, closing the Ga-Ga Ball pit and specifying that there should be no physical contact will all be put into place to help with social distancing. 
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
We miss seeing all our students. Their smiles, laughter, sparkling eyes and individual personalities are all things we have missed tremendously over these last weeks. We recognize that this reopening is not school as normal. Highroad Academy is working hard to provide a safe environment for our students while also trying to provide an opportunity for students to connect with their teachers and fellow classmates before the end of the year. However, we certainly understand if the guidelines feel too onerous or scary for your child. With the information that has been provided, please feel free to make your decision based on your own family and circumstances. If you have any further questions, please email our Elementary Department Head, Ian Hancock, to get more information.

To all the amazing families we have at Highroad who have journeyed with us in these trying times, we want to say thank you. Thank you for your grace. Thank you for your patience. Thank you for your support and prayers. Whichever decision you make, please know that we are praying for you, missing you and looking forward to the day when we will be together again as a Highroad community. 

Mrs Folkerts