June 26th Drive Through

The drive thru BEGINS at 9 am and will end at noon. Families will need to enter from BROADWAY due to the construction.

ALL families are invited to come between 9 and noon (there is no alphabetical distinction).

When families arrive:

  1. We’d once again like you to have a sign in your vehicle with your family name, so we are ready for you.
  2. You will go through the drive thru and will hand in chrome books, text books, library books, Novels, or any other Highroad items.
  3. You will RECEIVE your yearbook, or yearbook(s) if you ordered additional ones, your report cards, and items to be returned from class.

If your family can’t come to pick up during this time, you can always come when the office opens again in August.  Families are welcome to have friends or family members represent them if they cannot get to the school during this time. We just ask that they have the family names for any families they are representing visible in their vehicles.

There is also the option to drop off Highroad items next week in the school foyer.  In order not to inundate our office staff, we will set up some tables in the foyer for this purpose.  Anyone dropping anything off should put a NOTE on the item with who it is FROM, and who it is FOR.  However, report cards and yearbooks are not available until June 26th.

Thank you for all the good wishes, the thank you cards, and the presents that have inundated me this week.  I am so humbled by the love and support that you and your children (my students) have shown me this year.  I will miss my students greatly!

Have a blessed summer you all!!!

Last Week of School!!!

Yes, we have made it to the last week of school.  It is hard to believe, but it is real. 😊  I’m excited to wish everyone an amazing summer but at the same time I need to tell you that I am going to miss these wonderful, smart, and powerful children of yours.  They have managed to get through one of the biggest learning curves of their lives this year.  They did it without too much grumbling and with big smiles on their faces during our video chats.  They have made my heart melt with encouraging messages on google classroom such as “this was fun” and “easy peasy” among many others.  If I were to list them all, they would make this blog very long… and I don’t want to try your patience.   Parents, you have been amazing!!! You have worn many hats during this distance learning and you did it with grace.  I pray that your summer will be wonderful, that you will have perfect weather, and that you will get to relax and enjoy this well deserved break.  May God keep you healthy and safe.  God bless you all!

The very last week of school Schedule

 

2 WEEKS LEFT!

We have two weeks left of school.  This is the last of it people!  We can do it!  I am attaching the agenda for the upcoming week to make things easier.  While we are dedicating some time in class for these google classroom assignments, we are also doing other fun activities that touch on the social aspect that your children have been missing.  This means that on the days that students are not in class, assignments still need attention.   I have really enjoyed spending time with the students that were able to come to school and I look forward to video chats on Friday with those students that did not come to school.  There is a self-reflection assignment this week that all students are required to fill out as it will be attached to their report cards.

Week 10 at a Glance Schedule

 

 

Library Books

Library books are due back this week.  For those of you who are not attending school, there is a library cart in the school lobby where the library bag with books can be dropped off.  For those of you that are attending school, please send library bags and books to school and I will deliver them to the library.

Weather Appropriate Clothing

Hello everyone.  We had a good time today at school, we really enjoyed each other’s company and the weather outside.  We washed our hands a lot and we will continue to do so.  Having your child apply a bit of  lotion on their hands might be beneficial.  I would also like to remind you that we plan to go outside rain or shine and your child will need to be dressed accordingly.  Please make sure a rain jacket is brought to school.

Agenda June 1-5

I am super excited to see everyone!!!  Those of you that won’t be able to make it will meet with me via video chat on Friday.  I wanted to send out a few final reminders for this week:

  1.  Please send your child to school as close to the bell as possible.  Playgrounds and field will not be open in the morning.  Students will go directly to their classroom upon arrival.  If your child arrives after the bell they will not be required to get a late slip – just have them come into class.
  2. I will have both classroom doors open to alleviate congestion.
  3. Please pick up your child right at 2:30.  We will be waiting as a class outside our portable.  When we see your vehicle (or you) we will release your child into your care.  Playgrounds/field will be closed after school.
  4. We will be using the Chromebooks this week so please ensure it comes to school charged and/or with charger.  I do not have extra chargers for your child’s Chromebook and I also don’t have a lot of plugs where they can be charged.
  5. Please send along any library books and book bags.
  6. Please include a water bottle in your child’s lunch every day.

Here is the schedule at a glance for distance learning Week 9 at a Glance.

Class Update!

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

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. Please make sure to send the following items: glue, scissors, ruler, pencils, coloured pencils, markers, chromebooks and the chromebook chargers.  Items will be kept in their backpacks and will go back and forth with 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. 

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. 

Agenda May 25-29

As you are all aware we are planning to open up shop on June 1st.  Online learning will continue but our video chats will most likely have a new schedule.  I will be posting more details about what all of that will entail later on this week.  Due to the fact that as teachers we need some time to prepare the classrooms for returning students, the Wednesday and Thursday video chats are cancelled for this week.  If your child has questions about the work assigned this week, they can send me messages and I can most certainly make other adjustments.  I am keeping Friday open for additional video chats if they are needed.  Don’t forget the parent zoom meeting on Monday.  Details and a video from our principal should already be in your mailboxes.  Below, you will find the schedule for the up coming week.

Week 8 at a Glance Schedule

Agenda May 19-22

Please note that it is a short week with tomorrow being Victoria Day. Due to the holiday, Monday’s video chats have been cancelled.  If you would like to reschedule, please let me know.  The amount of work is also shortened as you will see on the attached schedule.  I did not include an art project this week.  Enjoy the week and I hope we get some serious warmth and sunshine soon.

Week 7 at a Glance

Agenda May 11-15

There is an HRA Parent Meeting on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 06:30 pm Pacific Time.  Details on login and passwords have been sent to you already via email.  Click the link below to join the meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://highroadacademy.zoom.us/j/95614448631?pwd=WDBiRm5rdWkvVC9NMys0V0h5M3V3UT09

I have also included the week at a glance schedule for your viewing.

Week 6 at a Glance Schedule

I hope you had a wonderful and blessed weekend.  We enjoyed the much awaited sunshine and warmth tremendously.  Happy Mother’s Day to all of you mothers!  You have been doing the impossible!!!  You have been doing it with a smile and a great attitude!!!  I am humbled to have such amazing, supporting, and understanding parents and students.