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.
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.
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.
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I have also included the week at a glance schedule for your viewing.
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.
Below you will find the schedule at a glance for next week. First of all, I want to thank you for all your support and understanding, for all your patience, and for all the time and effort you are dedicating to your children’s learning. It is hard to believe that we are moving into week five of distance learning. We can do this and we ARE doing this. You are all amazing and I am so blessed to have such a wonderful group of wonderful students. I miss them all! Please remember, due dates are guidelines and if you are running short on time, just pick and choose what you think your child can do. Have a blessed week!
Hello families! I hope things are going well for you and you had time to relax with your family this weekend.
In our school calendar we have a Pro-D day scheduled. It has been decided that we will keep this as a Pro-D day. There won’t be an art assignment this week as Friday. You may use this day as a holiday or as a day for your child to catch up. We will also not be doing our calls with students on Friday. I am happy to meet with your child on another day next week. The regular spelling test that is supposed to happen on the Friday will be moved to the following Monday.
A week at a glance schedule is attached to this blog post. This will give you a quick idea of what your child is supposed to work on for the week. I hope you find it helpful. I will be posting this week at a glance every week.
We know that each student having their own dedicated computer at home is a change that can both make learning fun and productive. At the same time, these tools can pose new challenges that adults have to help a child manage.
To help parents and students, Highroad Academy has installed:
- Filters to ensure that your child will not be able to access anything on the Chromebook at home that they would not also be able to access from the classroom.
- A system that stores a student’s history and actions while online which is viewable by their teacher.
However, no system is perfect and parent support is crucial in helping students communicate with and use the chromebooks productively.
Please continue reminding your child that:
- They should be respectful, kind, and honest when on the Internet.
- Their actions online can be seen by their teachers and others.
- Their devices should be treated carefully and with respect.
You can also help by keeping computers and devices visible for your attention at home as students are using their devices.
We understand that families are doing their best and we want to thank you for all the work you are doing at home with your child during this difficult time.
At the drive through tomorrow you will receive all your child’s belongings from their desk and locker. I have also packed all of their Bibles and supplies. Additionally, they will also have their set of oil pastels that can be used for future art projects. We will be doing a novel study for language arts via google classrooms and so I have also included the actual novel for your child to read. This novel, “Because of Winn-Dixie”, belongs to the school and you will have to return it along with the chromebooks. Please ensure that you child takes good care of it.
Chromebooks will also be delivered to you, inside that bag I have included all of their passwords. Your child will know all about them as we have used them all year. As you already know, these chromebooks will have to be returned to school later on in the year. Please treat them accordingly. We are truly blessed to be able to provide our students with these devices.
I am in the process of setting up a virtual classroom for our class. You will receive further information on that shortly. If you have any questions please email me at email@example.com.
Welcome back. Usually, at this time, we would be welcoming you back into our classroom with sunny smiles, laughter and fun tales of holiday exploits filling the air. However, these are not usual times. Recent events have created lots of uncertainty and unknowns in our world.
One thing we do know is that God is great and powerful. He is someone who is always faithful. Even during this time, where plans seem uncertain and ever changing, we know He has a plan for us.
We have drawn a lot on our faith in God these past few days as we have begun to plan for what your child’s education will look like in the coming days and weeks ahead. Hopefully, this post will begin to provide you with some information on some of the things we are working on, providing you with some comfort and clarity.
We want you to know that:
- School will continue – Teachers are hard at work preparing materials and activities to students to work on at home. Recognizing that there are many things vying for your attention on the homefront, we are trying hard to not overwhelm you. However, we do not want to just send home busy work but rather activities that are still strongly connected with the BC curriculum.
- Establishing a routine is important – One of the best things for your child is establishing a routine that you can follow as much as possible. Therefore, a suggested daily schedule will be sent home to help with building those all important routines into your day. Children like knowing what is going to happen each day and what the expectations are.
- Connections with your child are important to us – We are thinking and praying for our students. We miss their smiles, their unique personalities and their energy. We have built relationships with your child during this year and want those relationships to continue even at this time. We want your child to know that we are still here thinking of them and knowing that they are still important to us. Throughout the week, we will be contacting you and your child – on a scheduled basis – using a variety of methods (phone, email, and video conferencing).
- Technology can be a powerful tool for remote learning but may be difficult – Bringing a number of technology tools to work in delivering content, activities and materials to your child can make for a different kind of dynamic learning experience. However, we recognize that families have differing abilities in accessing technology at home. Over the next few days, you will be contacted and asked to complete a short survey which will help us to determine the needs and capabilities of families in accessing technology. At the Intermediate level, there are plans to send our Chromebooks home with each student so that they have equal access to a tool commonly used at school.
- Students may need items from school – Elementary students use a wide variety of tools to complete work. In order to facilitate learning at home, some of these items will need to be returned to you. The Office and Admin are developing plans to provide families time to collect supplies from classrooms. This will allow you to have access to some common materials including pencil crayons, markers, scissors, rulers, paper, some duotangs, etc. Cognizant of the virulent nature of the Covid-19 virus, we are working on a way for parents to pick these materials up while maintaining the social distancing guidelines put out by Public Health. A schedule will be released by the office of pick-up times for your child.
- Primary content and activities will be distributed through your child’s classroom blog. Intermediate students will continue to use Google Classroom to get their materials, activities and content.
- There are many things we don’t know yet – We are working hard to answer as many questions as possible as quickly as possible and will strive to keep you updated as soon as we know more information.
We want to thank you for your patience during this time. God proclaims,
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We look forward to continuing to work closely with you, even in the face of these challenges.
Pancake breakfast will be served starting at 8:00 a.m. in the gym. It will end at 9:00 a.m. It is also a “wear green day” tomorrow. I hope you have a wonderful spring break! We will be back to school on March 30th.
As you are likely aware, our sr. boys team is going into a big week to fight for #1 position in the province. We want to make sure to celebrate this best we can!
On THURSDAY this week, we will have a K-12 Knight Day.
On FRIDAY this week, we will have a RED day where students and staff are encouraged to wear the limited edition RED provincial Knights t-shirt (available to purchase at the school store on Wednesday – limited numbers) – or their own red shirt or items, and bring on the face paint and all the rah rah rah! All games are at the Langley Events Centre and you can expect Matt or Shawn to provide updates on progress. The first game is Wednesday night, and it will continue until Saturday.