Weekly Update

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We have had a great second week of school.  Students seem to be settling in and getting back into the routine of school.  We have our first units of study underway and the students have proven that they can work hard and are ready to learn!  Great job, grade 5!

Below are some dates and other information for you:

Parent Night on Tuesday at 6:30 – we would encourage all parents to come out and meet the teachers, have some delicious snacks and hear some important information about Highroad.  Hope to see you there!

Comfort Kits – a letter came home this week asking each student to bring in a comfort kit.  Please hand these in as soon as they are ready.

BMV – Students will be tested on their first Bible Memory Verse this Wednesday.  It is on the blog under Bible Memory and a paper copy has also been given to them.

School Supplies – we are still missing some Bibles and other important school supplies.  Please bring these in as soon as possible.

Class Economy – this has been going well and in a few short weeks we will have our first class store.  We would LOVE some items brought in to help stock up our store.  These can be items that your kids don’t play with anymore or anything you can contribute.  Thank you!

Spelling List – whose, quick, entire, terrible, wonderful, select, calm, smooth, private, self.

**If your child goes on spelling city and gets 10/10 please put a note in their planner as they can get a bonus mark on their spelling test.**

Upcoming Dates:

Monday, September 17th – Pro D Day

Tuesday, September 18th – Parent Welcome Night (6:30 – 8:00 in gym)

Wednesday, September 26th – Knight’s Day

Friday, September 28th – Terry Fox Run

Wednesday, October 3rd – Staff Chapel
Friday, October 5th – Pro D Day
Monday, Oct. 8th – Thanksgiving Holiday no school
Monday, Oct. 15th Photo Retakes
Friday, Oct. 19th – Pro D Day
Wednesday, Oct. 24th – Parent Teacher interviews day K-12 (no classes)
Wednesday, Oct. 31 -Fall colour day K-6



And We’re Off!

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Good morning!  We have made it to the end of our first official week!  Mrs. Ellis and I would like to let you know how THRILLED we are to have such an amazing group of students in our class this year!  This week was full of fun get-to-know-you activities as well as some learning about Metacognition (thinking about your thinking), introduction to French, starting our classroom economy, self portraits and meeting our grade one reading buddies.

Thank you for filling out the Student Information sheets and handing them in so quickly.  We love reading these as it gives us important insights to your child and helps us understand them better.  Please feel free to send us an email or come in after school if you want to chat about anything.

We usually send out blog posts every Friday or Saturday – this will be an exceptionally long one as there is lots to tell you.  Usually it will have upcoming dates, spelling information as well as information about other things happening in our classroom or school. And, we love to include pictures so you can see what is happening in our classroom.   Let’s get started…

School Supplies – thank you for sending these on the first day of school.  Some students still need to bring in their oil pastels (can be purchased from Staples), Kleenex, Bibles and the prescribed amount of pencils.  If you could get those in next week, that would be great.

Pizza Day on Tuesday – Pizza day starts this Tuesday.  It is $2 a slice and pizza cards can be purchased from the office.

Bible Memory Verse – we are starting with Hebrews 1: 1-3 and the first verse will be due on Wednesday, September 19th. On Monday the students will been given a sheet with the entire passage and keep it in their planners.  It is also on the blog under the Bible Memory tab.

Class Economy – there has been quite a buzz in the classroom about our classroom economy.  Students have applied for, and received their first classroom job.  They will start earning money and hopefully not incur any fines this month.  At the end of the month students will pay $500 rent for their desk as well as receive their monthly salary.  With their profits, students have an opportunity to purchase items from a classroom store.  We would love donations from parents to help run this store.  I have purchased some things to get us started but this will not sustain us through the year.  A couple of chocolate bars, Halloween candy, unwanted toys from home, etc. make excellent store items.

Spelling – below I have included the spelling words for next Friday’s spelling test.  We will do both spelling and vocabulary work each week.  The students will have ten words that they will need to practice for Friday’s test and also do vocabulary work for those ten words.  This will also be due on Friday.   Students will have class time to complete these but they may need to be finished at home from time to time.  Spelling words will be posted on spelling city (link can be found on the right hand side of the blog…just follow way down) and if students get a perfect score on the spelling city test they will get an additional bonus mark on their quiz.  In order to receive this mark there must be a note in the planner or an email to myself (pgoosen@highroadacademy.com) stating that they got a perfect score on spelling city.  A certificate from spelling city can also be printed out and handed in.

Spelling Words – claim, measure, represent, position, suppose, arrange, similar, continue, action, touch

Dates for September

Wednesday, September 12th – Individual Student Photos (full dress uniform)

Monday, September 17th – Pro D Day

Tuesday, September 18th – Parent Welcome Night (6:30 – 8:00 in gym)

Wednesday, September 26th – Knight’s Day

Some pictures of our first week…enjoy!

Welcome to Our Class!

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Welcome to Mrs. Goosen and Mrs. Ellis’s grade 5 class blog.  We are so excited to be starting a new year with you and look forward to getting to know you and your families.

On the first day of school a letter will be sent home for parents.  It will be one of the last paper newsletters that you will see, as all class information, notifications, assignments, important dates, etc will be posted here during the year.

Please subscribe to our blog (on the right hand side bar) so that you will receive an e-mail when we make a new post.  Looking forward to a great year together!

Thank You

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Miss Doerksen and I want to say a huge thank you for the kind words and thoughtful gifts we received this week from your families.  It was an absolute joy to work with your children this year!  We wish you and your family a summer filled with relaxation, sun, and lots of quality time together!

Below is a link to all of the pictures we took over the year.  Copy and paste the link below into your browser and the file with all of our pictures should come up.  It is easier to view the photos if you click the ‘grid view’ and then you can download and print the ones you would like.


Happy Summer to you all!

Mrs. Goosen & Miss Doerksen

Class Par-tay Tomorrow!

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Tomorrow is our last full day of class and we will be joining Mr. Meyerhoff’s class for a portion of our class party.  Please bring any water guns that you have, a change of clothes & towel, along with snacks to share.  I am looking forward to a fun last ‘full day’ with the class!

Mrs. Goosen

Weekly Update

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Final week is coming up with only three days to go!  Here is a breakdown of what we have happening next week:

Monday – Cultus Lake Waterslides

We will be at the waterslides all day on Monday and the weather is supposed to be amazing!  Please ensure that your child has adequate sunscreen, a hat, towel and lots to eat and drink.  There is a concession stand and a store if you want to send any money.

Tuesday – Last Full Day!

We will be finishing off our fairy tale unit with a 3 Little Pigs house building STEM activity and decorating piggie cupcakes.  We will also be having our final class store, P.E. class, a classroom clean up, final genius hour presentations as well as a class party.  Please send snacks for the party!

Wednesday – Half Day

In the morning we will be having our final assembly where the last citizenship award and academic awards will be handed out.  We will also hand out certificates for those students who maintained a 90% + average in all their core subjects.  Parents will be notified if their child is receiving an award.

Fairy Tale Reader’s Theater Pictures

On Wednesday the students performed their reader theater plays to their grade one buddies.  They did such a great job and their buddies loved their presentations.  Below I have a few photos to share.


Reader’s Theater & Our Very Own Superstars!!

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We have some amazing girls in our class who were honoured at the Athletic Banquet this evening.  Ashlyn and Leah Funk were both given the “Rookie of the Year” award and Zara was given the “Most Inspirational Player” award – for their outstanding character, attitudes and game play on the girls basketball team!  Congratulations, girls! We are so proud of you!


This Wednesday at 1:00 we will be performing four fractured fairy tale reader’s theater plays for our grade one buddies.  Students are welcome to bring any costumes or props that they think will add to their story and parents are welcome to come and watch!  Please be at the classroom just before 1:00 so we can all head over to our buddies classroom together.


Weekly Update…a Bit Early!

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This is such a busy time of year and there is so much happening during these last couple weeks of school that I wanted to get this week’s update out a bit early.  So please bear with me, this might be long.  BUT, keep reading as there are some fun class party pictures you won’t want to miss!!

Bake Sale for Miss Doerksen:  We have been so incredibly blessed to have Miss Doerksen as one of our classroom teachers this year.  She has filled our classroom with creativity, love and a genuine care and concern for all of our students…not to mention, some stellar teaching skills!  As you have probably already heard, Miss Doerksen will be leaving us this year.  She has felt a call into the mission field and will begin the first ‘leg’ of her journey in September.  Many of the girls ooo’d and aaahhh’d when they heard that this includes spending a year doing language study in PARIS, FRANCE!  It is then off to a school in Niger, Africa for Miss Doerksen.  Our department would LOVE to bless Miss Doerksen by having a bake sale to help her raise funds that will go towards setting up her classroom.  The bake sale is on Thursday, June 14th and the grade 5’s will be manning the bake sale during recess and lunch time.  Students can volunteer to bring in a dozen full-sized cupcakes (bought or made) or pick up donuts.  Please make sure that baking is peanut free.  All items will be for sale for $1.  If you would like to bring cupcakes or donuts, please have them at the school on Thursday morning.

Final Worship Chapel:  On Tuesday, June 12th the elementary department will have their final worship chapel together.  Parents are welcome to join us in the chapel for 9:15.  As our whole elementary will be there, space is limited and there may end up being standing room only.

Science Quiz on Monday:  We are wrapping up our unit on the Digestive System and the class will have a final quiz on Monday.  Study guides have been filled out and all items they need to know have been highlighted.  Quiz will be matching, multiple choice and fill in the blank.  We will also spend some time reviewing the material before the quiz.

Student Writing Samples:  All of our writing this year has been done on the Chromebooks, in the student’s google drive accounts.  I will not be printing out all of their writing and sending it home but am happy to send you their email and password if you would like to view this years writing.  Please email me at pgoosen@highroadacademy.com if you would like to access your child’s work.

Sports Day Volunteers:  We are looking for one or two people who might help us with keeping score, setting up games etc. next Friday morning.  We will pay you in a cold treat (and a hug too!!).  Please email Pam at pgoosen@highroadacademy.com  if you would like to help us with some crazy sports day games!!!  Laughter guaranteed!!

Spelling – this week marks our final spelling list.

Sending Things Home:  Over the next week we will slowly be sending things home.  Unused school supplies will also come home so you can re-send in fall.

Dates to Remember:

June 12 – Year end Worship Chapel at 9:15
June 15 – Elementary Sports Day Grade 4-6, half day
June 18 – Grades 4-6 Cultus Lake
June 20 -Last day of school k-6, half day

Class Party: We had a party re-do yesterday, minute to win it style…and it was fun!  I thought I would share a few pictures of our party!  Enjoy!



Weekly Update

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Happy Sunday to you all!  I hope you are enjoying the first weekend of June!  As I am sitting here, it is dawning on me that there are only a few more ‘weekly updates’ to write before we are on summer holidays!  It seems like only yesterday that I was writing the first blog post of the year, welcoming all the students into our class, and looking forward to getting to you know your children!  Miss Doerksen and I have REALLY enjoying this beautiful crew of kids and will certainly be sad to see them go!

We have a very busy last month of school!  Here is some more information on our upcoming events!

Swimming Field Trip Tomorrow:  Students can wear play clothes tomorrow and will be heading off to the Landing Leisure Center at 12:30.  Please don’t forget swim suits and towels!

Field Trip Forms for Cultus Lake Waterslides:  These were sent home on Friday and we would love them back by the end of the week.

Spelling List:  among, believe, difference, easily, friend, lying,  possible, piece, through, weird.

New BMV:  a form was sent home last week and the new Bible Memory is updated on the blog.


Upcoming Dates:


June 4th – Wave Pool

June 12th – Year End Worship Chapel

June 15th – Sports Day & half-day

June 18th – Cultus Lake Waterslides

June 20th – Last day of school & half-day