Have a great summer everyone!!!

Goodbyes are always hard after we hang out for a year.  The good news?  Well, I will see all my students next year.  Not in my classroom, but around the school.  We can still chat and catch up.  The bad news?  I will miss each and every one of them…

Thank you to all the parents for the wonderful gifts you have blessed me with.  I am always so humbled by the showering of love and thankfulness all of you bestow upon me.  I am truly blessed to have such loving students and generous parents.  May God bless you all abundantly!  May He keep you healthy and safe, and may He grant you an amazing summer!

Games Day Tomorrow

Students are asked to bring a game to play with their classmates.  We are excluding all electronic games or devices from this category.

We had a lot of fun today!!! God listened to our prayers and held off the rain.  We even had some bits of sunshine.

Tuesday FUN!

Summer is almost upon us . . . . and you know what that means!!!!!
Intermediate Fun Day!!!!!
Despite the challenges of COVID and the closing of venues, the Intermediate Teachers have tried to put together a fun day of games, activities and water!!
On Tuesday, June 15th, the Intermediates will head outside for some outdoor fun starting at 10:55 and running until 2:35 with breaks for lunch. This will happen rain or shine and hopefully the weather will cooperate with us. One of our exciting events is an inflatable waterslide which will be on the field. Students should be prepared to get wet and bring the following items:
  • Clothes/apparel students can waterslide in (appropriate swimwear only – no swimwear that shows too much skin)
  • Clothes for students to change into after water events
  • Towel
  • Hats and sunscreen (We’re still hopeful!!!!)
  • Lunches and snack
We’re hoping for a great full of fun and laughter.

Hello Parents

We are putting together some SURPRISE videos for Kathy and Shelley’s retirements/last days at Highroad. If you don’t know them, they are two of our key office ladies we have been so blessed to have. Shelley is retiring and Kathy is moving up to Prince George where her and her husband bought an RV park. They are removed from this group and won’t see this, so don’t tell them. We will also be having a drive by parade which is currently planned for the 15th at the 3pm school pick up if you want to drop off a card or something then.

We are using a program that is super simple for our video! Click the link below if you are interested in joining and it will give you instructions on how to add your video. You could do either a little thank you clip, funny memory or something on your heart. Doesn’t need to be long, short and sweet is preferred! We are hoping to get this done by the end of next week.


You can email kvansanten@highroadacademy.com if you have any questions.

Kathy’s video link


Shelley’s video link


If you can’t click below just copy and paste it in your web browser



Science Project – We are in the middle of a research project for science class.  Students have been researching a biome of their choice and they are to create a poster with information that they have gathered.  Your child needs your support to purchase a poster board for their project.  They will also need printed images of animals and plants that are part of their biome.  These images can be on plain paper, black and white, or colour.

Fun things happening in June!

Friday, June 4th – Track Meet for grades 4-6

We are going to run a track meet for our Intermediate Department on the morning of Friday, June 4th.  Students will stay in their classroom groups and move through a variety of track and field events.  This will be a fun way to celebrate the work they have been doing in PE, and cheer on their classmates.

Please have your child wear their gym strip or an orange shirt with gym strip shorts to school on Friday. Athletic shoes are a must.  Students will need a water bottle and are encouraged to wear sunscreen and a hat.

Tuesday, June 15th – A whole day of fun for grades 4-6!

We are celebrating with a whole day of fun activities.  There will be treats, excitement, fun, laughter, and of course, a whole lot of water!  Students will definitely need a towel and change of clothes.  More details to follow.

Wednesday, June 16th – It’s a “Games Day” in our classroom!

Students are asked to bring a game to play with their classmates.  We are excluding all electronic games or devices from this category.

Thursday, June 17th – Class Party!

This is our last class party of the year and treats are a must.  Students are encouraged to bring a snack/treat/drink to share.  Please ensure that all things brought to share are individually wrapped as we are still following Covid guidelines.

Friday, June 18th – Noon Dismissal!

Yay! We have arrived at our last day of the school year.  Report cards are also coming home on this day.

Looking Ahead

As we work through these recent challenges, there are several ways that you, as parents, can help us out! First of all, we would like to continue to strongly encourage you to drop-off as close to the 8:45 time as possible. For after school, students need to be picked up before 3:15 pm at the very latest so we can minimize the congregating of parents and students on the school property.

If you are feeling uncomfortable with having your child at school or your child is feeling ill, and you are keeping your child home please let the office and myself know so that we can plan accordingly. In this blog post, you will find activities that you can do with your child at home that are based on the activities happening at school.

  • The Bible memory verse for May is already posted.
  • There will not be a new spelling list this week.  Students can still practice spelling list R5 as I am extending it until next week.  Spelling City has some fun games and is ready to go.
  • Reading: Please encourage your child to read at home every day while they are away.  They should be reading for a minimum of 20 minutes each day.
  • XtraMath and Typing Club should be practiced weekly and you will find them on the intermediate page.

Language Arts

  • We are currently doing a novel study on “No Talking” by Andrew Clements and below you will find the read aloud for the last few chapters.

Chapter 17

Chapter 18 & 19

Chapter 20


Multiplication and division are things that students can continue working on at home. Students should be able to do up to 3 digit x 1 digit multiplication and should be able to do 2 digit divided by 1 digit division. If you are looking for questions that you can use with your child, you can use https://www.mathfactcafe.com/Worksheet/BuildIt to help you come up with problems. The image below shows our technique for division.

division teaching strategies and anchor charts for upper elementary math
In the example above, I would typically ask something along the lines of “7 times what gets you close to 3 without going over?” (0). “7 times 0 equals what?” (0). Then, go through the subtract. “Are we done? No. We bring down the 5. 7 times what gets you close to 35?” (5) “7 times 5 equals what?” And so on….


We are learning about Simon Fraser – the explorer.  Students can read a short biography of Simon Fraser and watch a quick video here:


We are looking at Biomes and Habitats in Science. Students can read about Biomes here:

Students can also view some great virtual field trips here along with a teaching guide with activities:

Finally, students can play this game to help understand how everything is interconnected in a biome.

We are in need of some coins!

We are starting a unit on money and it would be ideal for each student to have a little ziplock bag with each of the Canadian coins (toonie, loonie, quarter, dime, and nickel).  We will be examining these coins on Tuesday.  Rest assured that they will be returned to you in 2 weeks.  Coin recognition is super important in grade 4 and we can’t do it properly without the actual coins.

Class Update

Friday, April 30th – No school (Pro-D day)

Wednesday, May 4th – Superhero/StarWars dress-up day or uniform

Friday, May 7th – Knights day

Please continue to encourage your child to read 20 minutes every night, to practice their spelling words and their Bible memory verses, and to practice their times tables.

We seem to be out of pencils so please provide your child with extra pencils.  We are also out of Kleenex boxes and if you happen to have some extra around the house, we would certainly appreciate your donation.

In Math, we are currently working on division and word problems.  In Science, we have began a unit on biomes.  We are continuing with explorers and the fur trade in Socials.  In Language Arts, we are currently doing a novel study on “No Talking” by Andrew Clements.



Welcome back!

Class Photo – to be taken on Wednesday the 3rd (tomorrow) 🙂

Friday there will be no school, as well as the following Monday, so you can celebrate Easter with your family.

Genius Hour – still taking place on Mondays.  Please ensure your child comes prepared.

Socials Quiz – will take place on Thursday on 6 explorers that we have covered so far.  Your child has been working hard on making study cards for this quiz and they will bring them home tomorrow.

Division – please ensure that your child continues to practice their times tables on flash cards or online (XtraMath) as we will be starting our division unit next week.