We want to thank you so much for trusting us with your children this year. Teaching this class was wonderful – even with the events that transpired this spring, your children were amazing! Thank you also for the beautiful cards and gifts – they are very appreciated! We wish you an amazing summer!
Mrs. Riley also has a note for you…
I would like to thank for helping to make this such a wonderful year. You as parents, and your students welcomed me with kindness back in October and were so lovely throughout this year.
I have thoroughly enjoyed being in the classroom and online with your kids and getting to know them and watch them grow and learn and have fun together. They have warmed my heart with their kind words and little notes and gifts, and I am thankful.
Thank you also for all the gifts and cards and treats this last week. It all has been so appreciated. I wish you all a restful summer, full of wonderful memories.
Have a wonderful summer & we look forward to seeing you all in fall!
Tomorrow and Thursday are the last days of school! Just a reminder that we will be having class parties and I would love for students to bring a pre-wrapped snack to share!
Items that need to be returned:
Whiteboards: I use these daily for Math instruction and would like them all to come back to me. Please look through your child’s school items and ensure this comes back to school.
Library books: I have emailed parents about library books and would also ask that you check at home to see if your child has any books from our classroom library.
Chromebooks: If you would like to keep your Chromebook until after our final class meeting, that is great. If you have a device your child can use on Friday and they have completed all of their assignments, it can be returned on their last day.
Here is the agenda for this week. My apologies for forgetting to post it.
Copy of Agenda June 15 -19
Hello families! It’s hard to believe that this will be my final weekly update! It feels very surreal that the end of the year has come – and what a strange school year it has been! It has felt so different from any other school year I have ever experienced. I am sure you can say the same! It has been lovely to be able to connect with your child over these last several months, whether it be virtually or in the classroom. They should be so proud of what they have accomplished during this difficult time. They have persevered through a tough season and now get a well deserved break!
Here are a few things for you to note about this week coming up:
Class Party: We will be having class parties this week – one on Wednesday and one on Thursday afternoon. We usually have lots of food and drinks at our class parties – and I would still like to do that. If you could bring a pre-packaged item of some sort on either Wednesday or Thursday, that would be awesome! Individual small bags of chips, cookies, candy, drinks etc. would be greatly appreciated. We will have approx. 12 students on each class day.
Class Store: Students will enjoy our last time at the class store. Thank you for stocking this up for us during the year! We appreciate it!
Google Classroom: This is our final week of Google Classroom. We will post all of our assignments at the beginning of the week and students can work on their at their leisure! Please remember to ‘finish strong’ and hand your assignments in once they are completed.
Returning Chromebooks & Library Books: We would like ALL chromebooks and library books returned before Friday, June 26th.
Final Class Meeting on Friday at 9:30: I look forward to seeing the class for one final class meeting on Friday! We will have some fun together and share some memories of our year!
It was sooooo nice to see the students who were able to come back this week! My heart is feeling very full! I also loved my Friday morning chat with those students who are continuing their learning at home. =)
We have TWO weeks left of school! We are still putting out assignments during the week on Google Classroom. There is not a lot of time during the day at school to work on those assignments, so please ensure they are using their home days to get these last assignments finished.
I also have a self reflection piece that needs to be done this week as it is going into the report card. If your child is coming to school this week they will be bringing home a folder full of pre-spring break work/duotangs that we don’t need anymore.
This afternoon I will be going through all of the work on Google Classroom. If your child has work outstanding you will receive an email from me. Please help them get all caught up as we are working on report cards over the next couple of weeks and would like to have as much completed work as possible.
I have attached a schedule for next week.
Agenda June 8 – 12
Thank you and have a wonderful weekend!
Hello! If your child is not coming to school and wants to meet with me on Friday morning, I have changed the time.
On Friday, please come for a visit between 9:00 – 10:00. There is a Google Meet link in Google Classroom.
I look forward to visiting with you!!
Sorry! Forgot to post this yesterday!
Agenda June 1 – 5
I wanted to send out a few final reminders for this week:
- 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 get a late slip – just come into class.
- I will have both classroom doors open to alleviate congestion.
- 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.
- We will be using the Chromebooks this week so please ensure it comes to school charged. I do not have extra chargers for your child’s Chromebook. I also need their Whiteboards returned to school this week.
- Please send along any library book/book bags.
I think that’s it. I am SO EXCITED to see the class this week (and give lots of ‘air hugs’).
Good morning! I hope you are enjoying this rainy weekend! Mrs. Riley and I have been busy the latter part of the week getting the classroom ready to welcome students back! We understand that not all students will be able to join us so we will do our best to keep online learning going! Here’s a snapshot of what is coming up this week…
Online Learning: We will continue to have an agenda and assignments posted on Google Classroom for students to work on during the week. All students will be expected to complete assignments posted on Google Classroom. We will have a time set up on Friday to chat with students who are working from home.
Student/Parent Questions: We would like your child to continue to post questions in Google Classroom and hear from you via email. We have always done our best to respond to you and your child quickly. On the days we are in the classroom we may not have a chance to respond to questions until school is dismissed for the day.
Student Chats on Google Meet: Fridays between 10:30 – 11:30 I will be on Google Meet to chat with students who are learning from home. This is a time for me to check in with the students I don’t get to see during the week. If your child would like to chat, have them pop on anytime between 10:30 – 11:30. There is a link on Google Classroom, under the Google Meet tab. **If you would like a different time slot on Fridays then please send me an email**
Classroom Time: When students come to school they will be working on a variety of supplementary activities including Math, Language Arts, Bible/Health, PE, library and Art. The majority of their Google Classroom assignments will be completed on the days they are at home. The exception to this is Social Studies as we will be working on our Google Classroom assignments on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Library Books: We would love all students to bring back their library books this week. If students are not returning to school we ask that they still bring their library books back by Friday. Books can be dropped off in the front foyer or you can hand them in at the classroom.
Whiteboards/Supplies: Please remember to send along the Chromebooks, whiteboard/markers and all of the students pencil boxes this week. Students will also need a water bottle. The only thing going back and forth from home will be the student’s Chromebook. It is important that the Chromebook is charged when your child brings it to school this week.
Knight’s Wear: Just a reminder that students can wear Knight’s Wear and casual bottoms these last three weeks. No gym strip needed.
I think that is about it! Have a wonderful Sunday!
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.
- 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. Glue, scissors, pencil crayons, chromebooks, etc will all be useful for students upon returning. Most items will be able to be kept in school in bags. Chromebooks will go back and forth with students. Please make sure to send the following specific items:
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.
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
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.
Pamela Goosen & Leah Riley