December Dates

Here we are in the month of December already!  Our classroom has been decorated and the Christmas crafting has begun.  We are learning about God’s great gift of Jesus, the very best thing about this Christmas season!

 

Here are some important dates for the month ahead:

December 1 – Salvation Army Food Drive Begins.  Please see the previous blog post and/or school emails for further information on this opportunity to provide for those less fortunate in our community.

December 15 – Christmas Sweater Dress Up Day + Filming of K-3 Christmas concert

See note below from Mrs. Shinness, our music teacher and for information on what our Kindies will be performing for the concert in case you’d like to practise at home.

December 17 – Last half day of school before Christmas holidays begin.  We will be dismissing at 11:30 AM

 

A note from Mrs. Shinness:

Wednesday Dec. 15 is Christmas Sweater Day at Highroad.  This is perfect for our annual Christmas Concert performance.  Many students have asked, “But what if I don’t have a Christmas sweater?”.  Good question.  Here are the options for the Christmas concert:

  1. a long-sleeved Christmas themed Tshirt, sweatshirt or sweater
  2. a long-sleeved plain T-shirt, sweatshirt or sweater
  3. a long-sleeved Tshirt, sweatshirt or sweater turned inside out, if there is a design that doesn’t fit our Christmas theme.

Any choice of jeans or dark pants/skirts are preferable to complete the students’ ensemble.

 

NOTE: we hope that every student has one of these options, as we would like to avoid having one or two students stand out from the class because they are wearing their uniform for this concert.

 

Kindergarten Selection:

Hush, Shhh There a Baby

 

words match video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5EmgGbO6vA

actions match video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toQoB9rN74A

 

verse 1:

Hush! SHHH! There’s a baby,

Ooh!  Aaah! In the manger

Hush! SHHH! Baby Jesus,

Ooh!  Aaah! there’s a danger

that we’ll wake this sleepy boy

he’s such Good News we jump with joy

 

Chorus:

We want to Sing! with the Angels, heavenly sound!

Shout! with the shepherds:

tell what we’ve found,

Worship with the wise men bow right down!

Jesus is born and he’s such Good News (repeat)

 

repeat verse 1:

repeat chorus: 2 times

 

We want to shout and sing and worship the king! (3 times)

Jesus is born and he’s such Good News (repeat)

We want to …Shhhhh

Rain Gear

Please remember to send your child to school with jackets and footwear appropriate for this rainy season.  We do go outside as much as we can because the fresh air is so healthy.  We remind the  children to stay away from puddles if they’re not wearing rain boots.  It is difficult, though, to stay dry in regular shoes because our playground area becomes quite soggy.  Boots are really quite a necessary item at this point.

Please also make sure your child has an extra change of clothes (including socks) in their backpack or locker in case they should need to change into something dry.

Thanks so much!

Christmas Count Down

The children have been working on a Christmas countdown craft that will be coming home tomorrow.  It is a star with 24 links.  Starting on the night of December 1st have your child remove one link and enjoy counting down the days until Christmas!  It’ll be here before we know it!

 

Salvation Army Food Drive

The Salvation Army Food Drive begins Wednesday, December 1.

  • We are setting a $ amount goal as a school of $6000.00.
  • Students/families are invited to DONATE money to the food drive as the Salvation Army has more buying power than we do. All donations go to the SCHOOL OFFICE. Students and families can also e-transfer and debit. If we make our goal by Wednesday, December 15, we will celebrate by having an ANIMAL DRESS UP DAY the first Wednesday we are back in January!

Right now, the Salvation Army can use all the money they can get as they are taking the lead on meal efforts for flood relief, providing extra supplies for those affected by this current situation in addition to  continuing to fill the need for hampers and other needs this holiday season.

Parent Teacher Interviews Now All Online

If you have not had a chance to sign up for a parent teacher interview time please click the link below to grab a spot. In order to conserve fuel and keep cars off the roads, we will be conducting all of our interview online.  I will send you an email with a link and we can meet together that way. I look forward to chatting with you!

 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/10z4roNufo034vEn19hNCNJLwI5-b5VyvVb2LdgO6bcQ/edit

This Week

I pray that you and your families are safe and well and am looking forward to seeing all my Kindie friends again this week.

Please note that Jersey Day has been moved to this week on Wednesday.  Any team shirt will work.   You could even get creative with some masking tape if you want and make your own if you’d like.  Alternately, you can send your child in their uniform.

Also, remember that this Friday is a day off for parent-teacher interviews.    Please make sure you have signed up by clicking on the link below.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/10z4roNufo034vEn19hNCNJLwI5-b5VyvVb2LdgO6bcQ/edit

 

 

 

Home Activities, if you wish

Hello Families,

 

We are hoping that you are staying safe and dry. When we left on Wednesday, no one could have imagined that we would be in this position now. However, we know that God is in control. As Joshua 1:9 says, “….Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

 

You should have received an email last night from the Highroad Admin with some details regarding today. If you have not received it, please let the office know or check your email folders as it contains some important information about what is happening at Highroad Academy.

 

As many of our families, including staff members, are facing challenges, we are not focusing on academics right now. Rather, we are looking at ways we can perhaps serve others even in small ways. However, if you are looking for things for your children to do while at home, we have put together some activities focusing on kindness and ways to be thoughtful at this time. The pictures below have lots of activities attached that can be done at any age level. Clicking on the pictures below will bring up a larger image.

 

Students can also spend some time writing down their reflections on what is happening around them like a diary. Their writing can focus on what they are seeing, hearing and feeling.

 

These activities are entirely optional. We understand that there may be other priorities or even ways your family can be of service in your community that are more important.

 

Above, we are praying for you, and we hope that we get to be together again soon.

 

  

Parent Teacher Interviews

Our Parent Teacher interviews are coming up on Friday, November 26th.  I am looking forward to meeting with you to chat about your amazing child!  Please click on the link below to sign up for either an in-person or online meeting.  Please note, I will be adding 3 interview slots:

9-9:15 (spoken for)

9:30-9:45

5:30-5:45

Please email me if you are interested in these times.  I will update here.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/10z4roNufo034vEn19hNCNJLwI5-b5VyvVb2LdgO6bcQ/edit?usp=sharing

 

If you are unable to meet on November 26th, please email me so we can figure out a different time that fits your schedule.

Family Theme

Our theme for the months of November and December is Families.  We have been talking about how our families are similar and different from each other and will be discussing the different roles and responsibilities within our families.  Next month we will talk about our family traditions.

To help us learn more about each family represented in our classroom I will be sending home some “homework.”  The first of these papers will come home in your child’s folder this week.  Please help your child think of something your family enjoys doing together and have your child draw a picture of it using at least 5 different colours.  Please record what the activity is (example: going for a walk, playing a game together) and send it back to school.

I am looking forward to learning more about each of our families in the weeks to come!

Poppies

On Wednesday students will be receiving a poppy to wear.  We will be collecting donations for our veterans.  Please send any donations to school in your child’s home folder.  Thank you!