Full Days

Yay!  We have all survived our first week of full days!  I am so proud of each of my Kindergarten friends!  It takes a lot of energy in these first weeks to learn all the new rules and routines.  Your child may be coming home tired and/or emotional.  This is pretty common for the beginning of the school year and will get easier as the weeks go on.

We have had a good start to our Kindergarten learning.  Here are some things we’ve already covered:


  • numbers 1-3
  • math shelf activities
  • AB patterns

Language Arts:

  • pinch and flip pencil grip
  • phonograms (clock letters o,c,a,d,g,f,q,and s + l, t, h, and b)
  • recognizing my name


  • our classroom community (learning the names of our classmates)
  • our school community
  • our school rules
  • Terry Fox, a Canadian hero


  • Jesus loves me
  • God made each of us unique and special
  • Golden Rule: Do to others what you would have them do to you

SEL (social/emotional learning)

  • Identifying the 4 Zones of Regulation (blue, green, yellow, red)
  • expected and unexpected behaviors


  • fire drill
  • earthquake drill
  • lockdown drill (this one was unexpected!)


A few other things:

  • Our library day this year is Monday.  Please send your child’s library book back to school in the red library bag and place it in the basket outside of our classroom door on Monday mornings.  The full time students will also visit the library again on Fridays but they won’t be taking out books on this day.  If you forget to send your child’s book back, no worries.  Just bring it back as soon as possible.  Your child won’t bring a book home that week but can look at books during their library visit.


  • Comfort kits are due back on October 6th, next Thursday.


  • HRA will observe Orange Shirt Day on Thursday of this week.  Children may wear an orange shirt with casual bottoms instead of their uniform.  There will be no school on Friday as we observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.  As a Kindergarten class our focus will be a brief, gentle telling of Phyllis Webstad’s story and how the actions of others made her feel.  We will think about how children should feel at school (eg. safe, happy, loved etc) and we will consider our role in making this a reality (Do to others what you would have them do to you)


If you have any questions or comments please email me at dmorris@highroadacademy.com.  I am looking forward to a wonderful year ahead!  We’re off to a great start!






September Dates

Here are some of the things happening this month at Highroad:

Friday, September 9 – Knight Day (students may wear a knight shirt and casual bottoms)

Tuesday, September 13 – Individual Photo Day

Friday, September 16 – Knight Day

Monday, September 19 – Parent Welcome Evening 6:30pm

Wednesday, September 21 – Terry Fox Run (suggested $2 donation appreciated)

Friday, September 23 – Knight Day

Thursday, September 29 – Orange Shirt Day (students may wear an orange shirt with casual bottoms)

Friday, September 30 – Truth and Reconciliation Day (no school)

A Few First Week Details

Here are a few details to keep in mind for the week ahead:

Wednesday, September 7 (1/2 day)

Please make sure to send a snack, a pair of gym shoes (labelled), a box of kleenex, and a water bottle labelled with your child’s name.  Your child will also need a small pillow starting the third week of school.

When you arrive have your child hang up their backpack inside their locker.  Any of the above listed items can be placed there as well.

The classroom door will open at 8:5o am.

Please come in with your child and help them with the following tasks:

  • finding and moving their name on our attendance board
  • finding their table spot
  • putting on their nametag
  • getting started on their table activity

Feel free to take a picture if you’d like, and give your child a big hug, telling them you’ll be back at 12 to pick them up.

Note: There might be some tears.  If this happens with your child don’t feel badly about leaving them.  I will happily console them and have always found that children settle much more quickly once mom or dad has left.

We will soon be playing and having a great time with our new Kindie friends!

At noon please come into the school and stand outside our classroom door.  I will call your child to be dismissed when I see you there.

your child will be bringing their home folder  home with them.  There will be a note inside explaining its function more fully.

Knight Days

Every Friday at Highroad students have the opportunity to wear Knight wear if they’d like instead of their uniform.  This year the office has gifted each Kindie student a hoodie and a t shirt.  I will be sending each Kindie home with a t shirt on Wednesday.  Please label these items with your child’s name so that it can be returned to you if lost.

Since part-time Kindies do not attend on Fridays they won’t be able to participate in Knight days.  There will be other special dress up days for them to enjoy.  We try to plan those on Wednesdays so that the part timers are included.


Our information shows that there are no food allergies in our classroom.  Please let me know if that is not the case.  Otherwise, you are welcome to send food containing nuts.


If you have any questions or concerns feel free to email me at dmorris@highroadacademy.com and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

See you tomorrow!

Mrs. Morris


Welcome, New Kindies!

Hello!  I am so happy to be your child’s Kindergarten teacher this year!  I just wanted to go over the schedule for this week ahead to make sure we are all on the same page.

On Tuesday each Kindergarten student will come with an adult for a one hour visit, either 9:30 – 10:30 or 10:45-11:45.  This will be an informal visit, a chance for your child to meet their new teacher (me!), their classmates and to explore their new learning environment with a trusted adult by their side.  Hopefully, this will help alleviate any worries and concerns.

On Wednesday, you may drop off your child between 8:50 and 8:55 then pick them back up at noon.  We will continue with half days until the end of our second week.

I am super excited to meet my new Kindie friends and to get this year started.  It’s going to be so much fun!





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