Class Shop – Today students had the privilege of shopping at our class store with the money they have earned. There was a lot of excitement in the air as your children practiced money skills to purchase various items and passes.
Thursday – The High School will be delivering soup for lunch for all of our students. The soup will be made using the finest ingredients from our garden!
Capitalization quiz – There will be a capitalization quiz on Friday. Please spend some time asking your child to explain all the capitalization rules they have learned in class.
Spelling test – There will be a spelling test on Friday. It will involve how to properly spell number words from one to one hundred.
Passwords – Password letters were sent home this week for Xtramath, Typing Club, and Prodigy. Xtramath is mandatory as part of your child’s homework. However, Typing Club and Prodigy are to be left at your discretion as to whether you want to use them at home. We will be using Typing Club in class.
In math, we have completed our addition and subtraction review. We are currently, deepening our understanding of place value. We are practicing writing standard numbers in word form and in expanded form. A good video to watch on that would be here.
In language arts, we have learned capitalization rules and next week we will begin punctuation rules. We have also leaned how to write a paragraph using a topic sentence, a few details, and a closing sentence. A good video to watch on that would be here
In science, we are learning about our solar system. Students are learning different details about our 8 planets. And in socials, we are studying the world map (7 continents and 5 oceans).
Toonies for Terry – We will be participating in an elementary Terry Fox Run on Thursday, September 26th. We ask that students bring a Toonie on the 26th. All the money collected goes towards cancer research.
Orange Shirt Day on Monday, September 30th – On this day we will be participating in activities that will help students understand the history of residential schools as well as reconciliation. Students are able to wear orange shirts on the 30th or they can also wear their uniforms.
Planners – we are asking parents to now sign planners each day. We are encouraging students to get their planners out for their parents when they get home from school. Please also encourage your child to get their planners out so you can read it over and sign it.
Gym Strip – we have gym every Tuesday and Friday. Please ensure that your child has their gym strip at school these days.
Class Store – we will soon be opening our first class store. As you may have already heard your students earn fake money for the different responsibilities that they take on in the classroom. With the money they earn they can purchase passes or items such as books, crafts, school supplies, chocolate, or candy. I provide many of these items, however we would love some additional donations. Small bags of candy or items from home no one uses anymore would be great additions to our store.
Bible Memory Verse (BMV) – is Psalm 100: 2-3. Please ensure that your child gets really familiar with these verses.
Math Quiz – will take place this Friday. The quiz will be on addition and subtraction skills.
Parent night starts at 6:30 p.m. in the gym on Monday, September 16th. Teachers will be around to greet and meet you, so please come and say hello. I look forward to seeing you all.
See you soon,
With the beginning of a brand new year, comes new procedures and routines for our students. One of the new procedures we wanted to make you aware of is with our planners. As a department, we want our students to be more aware of the ways they can be successful, both in school and in life. One way to do that is by giving students the tools they need to be organized. Each year our students get beautiful new planners. We feel that not only are these planners a useful tool of communication between parents and teachers but are also an important way for students to organize their school activities and assignments.
To better utilize our planners and use them more effectively, the intermediate department would like to make the following changes:
- Students will be adding items into planners on an almost daily basis (with some rare exceptions for those times when there are no items to share).
- Planners should be checked daily and signed by parents. Teachers will also check planners daily.
We hope that these changes will help relieve any confusion as to how planners are being used as well as help our students be more successful in building important organizational skills.
The Intermediate Department
We wanted to inform you of some changes being made to the Intermediate Department this year. Highroad Academy always endeavours to celebrate student achievement. However, we have increasingly felt that awards have become more and more detrimental to the growth of our students. Schools should be about learning and creativity in a safe and caring environment. In fact, our core values for Highroad Academy include:
– Strengthening the unique value and character of each individual.
– Inspiring passionate, creative, and responsible learners.
These values are all about empowering all students, not just the ones that are academically strong at the core subjects. We feel that handing out school academic awards at a year-end assembly promotes the opposite. The year-end awards promotes individuals as opposed to the efforts of all students working together.
For that reason, the Intermediate Department will no longer be giving out trophies for year-end academics or Term citizenship awards at a year-end assembly. Instead, students who receive A honours certificates for achieving marks above 86% in the four core subjects will receive a certificate in their report cards at the end of the year. We feel that this change will not only keep us aligned to the Primary and High School departments, but also help us to convey to our students that EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM is important to our school.
The Intermediate Department
I am looking forward to meeting each and everyone of you and I am excited about all the learning that will be happening in our classroom this year! See you on Tuesday September 3, 2019!