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. 

Blessings,
Mrs Folkerts

Friday, 22 May 2020

Lesson Plans May 25-29

Monday, May 25, 2020--Day 34
___Oral practise Bible verse (Heb 12:2)
___Fill in dates on May calendar  ___Fill in weather on May weather graph
___Phonograms: Oral practise on all multi-letter phonograms
___Reading:  Quiet Reading time (10 min) and oral reading time (Epic, Reading A-Z)
___Spelling:  New words to print 2x in Spelling books:sing, sang, song, sung, doll, feet, zoo, miss/Miss, add, lace
___Math: Subtraction review practise page
___Writing: Journal entry--Copy and complete this sentence: “My family likes to ______together.”  Now draw and color a picture.
___Bible:  Ascension Day!  Read and color.
Tuesday, May 26, 2020--Day 35
___Oral practise Bible verse (Heb 12:2)
___Fill in dates on May calendar  ___Fill in weather on May weather graph
___Phonograms: Oral practise on all multi-letter phonograms
___Reading:  Quiet Reading time (10 min) and oral reading time (Epic, Reading A-Z)
___Spelling:  Rainbow words (use colored pencils/markers to print words 2x on sheet)
___Math:  Data Management pg.
___Writing:  Grammar pg.(Contractions)
___Science: Go to Mystery Science (google)--clk on Light & Sounds  Watch Lesson 3--Light, Materials, Transparent and Opaque
Wednesday, May 27, 2020--Day 36
___Oral practise Bible verse (Heb 12:2)
___Fill in dates on May calendar  ___Fill in weather on May weather graph
___Phonograms: Oral practise on all multi-letter phonograms
___Reading:  Quiet Reading time (10 min) and oral reading time (Epic, Reading A-Z)
___Spelling: Spelling City practise games (see blog page)
___Math:  Math Game “ Frog Races”
___Writing: Comprehension Story (read aloud and answer questions)”My Backpack”
___Socials: Mapping---”Map Treasure” workpage
Thursday, May 28, 2020--Day 37
___Oral practise Bible verse (Heb 12:2)
___Fill in dates on May calendar  ___Fill in weather on May weather graph
___Phonograms: Oral practise on all multi-letter phonograms
___Reading:  Quiet Reading time (10 min) and oral reading time (Epic, Reading A-Z)
___Spelling:  Spelling City pre-test (see blog page)
___Math: Addition review pg.
___Writing: Read, answer and draw “Sara the Seal”
___Socials: Mapping--Can You Find It pg.
Friday, May 29, 2020--Day 38
___Oral practise Bible verse (Heb 12:2)
___Fill in dates on May calend___Fill in weather on May weather graph
___Phonograms: Oral practise on all multi-letter phonograms
___Reading:  Quiet Reading time (10 min) and oral reading time (Epic, Reading A-Z)
___Spelling:  Spelling Test on Spelling City (blog page)
___Math: Pattern Review--Make an ABC,ABC pattern with objects from your house.  Take a picture and send it to me. (My example from kitchen--fork, knife, spoon, fork, knife, spoon etc.  Now make your own!)
___Writing:Word relationships pg.
___Science: Man-made Light vs. God-made Light.  Use resource pages provided to print words in chart.
Pictures Needed:

1 Science, 1 Socials, 1 Math, 1 Writing, Pattern Creation picture

Saturday, 16 May 2020

Lesson Plans May 19-22

Tuesday, May 19, 2020--Day 29
___Oral practise Bible verse (Heb. 12:2)
___Fill in date on May calendar
___Fill in weather on May weather graph
___Phonograms (oral practise of all multi-letter phonograms)
(no new Spelling words this week due to Monday holiday--short week)
___Reading: Quiet reading time (10 min) and oral reading time (Epic Books or Reading A-Z)
___Math: Subtraction (-9) pg.
___Writing:  Journal entry--Print sentence and illustrate “The thing I miss most about school is..”
___Science: Light---How We See pg.
Wednesday, May 20, 2020--Day 30
___Oral practise Bible verse (Heb. 12:2)
___Fill in date on May calendar
___Fill in weather on May weather graph
___Phonograms (oral practise of all multi-letter phonograms)
(no new Spelling words this week due to Monday holiday--short week)
___Reading: Quiet reading time (10 min) and oral reading time (Epic Books or Reading A-Z)
___Math: Data Analysis pg.
___Writing: Story Comprehension (Read story and answer questions) “The Circus”
___Socials: Mapping---Glue and paste items using the compass directions
Thursday, May 21, 2020--Day 31
___Oral practise Bible verse (Heb. 12:2)
___Fill in date on May calendar
___Fill in weather on May weather graph
___Phonograms (oral practise of all multi-letter phonograms)
(no new Spelling words this week due to Monday holiday--short week)
___Reading: Quiet reading time (10 min) and oral reading time (Epic Books or Reading A-Z)
___Math: Subtraction review pg.(story problems)
___Writing:  Grammar pg.(Contractions)
___Science: Light---Light Sources (what produces light, what does not) pg. Cut, sort, glue
Friday, May 22, 2020--Day 33
___Oral practise Bible verse (Heb. 12:2)
___Fill in date on May calendar
___Fill in weather on May weather graph
___Phonograms (oral practise of all multi-letter phonograms)
(no new Spelling words this week due to Monday holiday--short week)
___Reading: Quiet reading time (10 min) and oral reading time (Epic Books or Reading A-Z)
___Math:  Addition review pg. (story problems)
___Writing: Story Comprehension/Draw pg. “My Funny Cat”
___Socials: Mapping---”In the Neighborhood” pg.
Extra Fun:
Spelling:  Use Spelling City to practise words from previous lists
Creative:  “If I Could be an Animal”
Math: Dalmatian Dots (count by 10’s)  Flowers by Five (count by 5’s)
Stories on video for you to listen to: “The Very Impatient Caterpillar” https://youtu.be/qouWb5g__PQ?t=1
                                                         “I Don’t Want to Be a Frog” https://youtu.be/mqLB9pbJprU
Pictures to Send:

1 Math, 1 Writing 1 Socials 1 Science= 4 pages

Saturday, 9 May 2020

Lesson Plans May 11-15

Monday, May 11, 2020--Day 24
____Practise Bible verse (Heb. 12:2)
____Fill in Calendar numbers 
____Fill in Weather graph for the day
____Oral Practise Phonograms (ay, ai, ch, dge, ear, ee, er, ie, igh, ir, ng, oa, oo, or, ow, ou, th, ur, wh, wor, wr)
____Reading alone (10 min) and oral reading books from Epic or Reading A-Z
____Math: Subtraction pg  (-7)
____Spelling: New words:  season, storm, corn, tree, blow, alike, put, river, each, dinner
____Writing:  Journal write: “I love my mother because……”
____Bible: “Saul disobeys God” (Story and coloring)
Tuesday, May 12, 2020--Day 25
____Practise Bible verse (Heb. 12:2)
____Fill in Calendar number 
____Fill in Weather graph for the day
____Oral Practise Phonograms (ay, ai, ch, dge, ear, ee, er, ie, igh, ir, ng, oa, oo, or, ow, ou, th, ur, wh, wor, wr)
____Reading alone (10 min) and oral reading books from Epic or Reading A-Z
____Math: Data Management: graphing
____Spelling: Spelling City (practise words through games)
____Writing:  Comprehension Story “I Am A Pirate”
____Science: New Unit: “Light and Sound”--Brainpop Jr. “Light” video
Wednesday, May 13, 2020--Day 26
____Practise Bible verse (Heb. 12:2)
____Fill in Calendar number 
____Fill in Weather graph for the day
____Oral Practise Phonograms (ay, ai, ch, dge, ear, ee, er, ie, igh, ir, ng, oa, oo, or, ow, ou, th, ur, wh, wor, wr)
____Reading alone (10 min) and oral reading books from Epic or Reading A-Z
____Math: Subtraction pg  (-8)
____Spelling: Spelling City games
____Writing: Cloze sentences pg. 
____Socials: Watch Reading Maps (on BrainPop Jr.) Compass Rose pg. 
Thursday, May 14, 2020--Day 27
____Practise Bible verse (Heb. 12:2)
____Fill in Calendar number 
____Fill in Weather graph for the day
____Oral Practise Phonograms (ay, ai, ch, dge, ear, ee, er, ie, igh, ir, ng, oa, oo, or, ow, ou, th, ur, wh, wor, wr)
____Reading alone (10 min) and oral reading books from Epic or Reading A-Z
____Math: Larger and Smaller Numbers
____Spelling: Spelling City Pretest
____Writing:  Question & Answer “King of the Jungle”
____Science:  Light:  Watch Mystery Science video--Sounds & Vibrations
Friday, May 15, 2020--Day 28
____Practise Bible verse (Heb. 12:2)
____Fill in Calendar number 
____Fill in Weather graph for the day
____Oral Practise Phonograms (ay, ai, ch, dge, ear, ee, er, ie, igh, ir, ng, oa, oo, or, ow, ou, th, ur, wh, wor, wr)
____Reading alone (10 min) and oral reading books from Epic or Reading A-Z
____Math: Review of Basic Addition
____Spelling: Spelling City Test
____Writing: Grammar (Opposites)
____Socials: Map of Zoo
Extra Activities (optional)
Math:  Dot-to-Dot, 
Art: Take something from recycle and reuse it to make something new. Use your imagination! 
Stories on video: 
How to Help the Earth https://youtu.be/lbUS3jPjyrc 
What if everybody did that? https://youtu.be/811dQ_OisK0?t=1
Pictures Needed:
1 Math pg
1 Writing pg
1 Socials pg
1 Science pg

Friday, 8 May 2020

HRA Parent Meet


Hello Parents on Tuesday evening, May 12 at 6:30pm, there will be a Parents Zoom meeting, please join in this meeting with Mr Morris. To the join the meeting, all the information should have been sent to you in a an email from the school. Thank You

Join Zoom Meeting



Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Chapel Video

Hello everyone, here is the lastest Chapel Video, just click on the link.

https://youtu.be/eTKAS6ScMDo?t=1