HRA Drive Thru/ Plastic cups

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Dear Families,

Just a reminder that we have the drive through today from 9-12, where you can pick up your student’s report card and year book.

One thing that was left in the classroom, that I forgot to hand back to you, was the plastic cups, your child used to drink water. I have them labeled in a bag for pick up as well.

I’m looking forward waving to you as you drive by today 🙂


Kindergarten Wrap Up

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Dear families,

A big thank you to all your generous notes, gifts, and encouragements that came my way to wrap up this Kindergarten year!!! You have been amazing, stepping up during this pandemic and rearranging all your plans to adjust to a new normal. I appreciate you beautiful families, and truly enjoyed the opportunity to journey with your children this Kindergarten year. I also want to give a big shout out to Mrs. Morris for starting this year and laying down such great foundations for the class and me to build on during this year.

Slide Show

I put a slide show together and will email you an unlisted YouTube link (that means, it can’t be searched but only whoever has the link can view it) with some snap shots from our class. Enjoy going down Kindergarten memory lane with your child. 🙂

Report Cards/ Year Book

On Friday, June 26th, we will have another Highroad Academy drive thru from 9am-12noon. This time to come pick up your child’s report card and the year book. The steps are very similar to last time. Here the details:

  • Time is for all the same, no alphabetical order, during 9am-12pm
  • Come in from Broadway as there is construction on Chilliwack Central Rd.
  • Have a sign with your family name in the car window
  • Our class has nothing to drop off but maybe you have older siblings that need to drop off a chrome book or library book, that would be at the first station.
  • next station would be picking up of report card and year book
  • if you are unable to come, we can send items home with a friend, just have your friend display both family names in the car window. Otherwise, the school office will be reopen again in August.

epic! free

This is part of a note I received from epic!, so we can enjoy some of these books during the summer:

With summer approaching, you’ve been asking for ways to keep students reading after June 30. Great news! Starting July 1st, all families who have signed up for Remote Student Access through an invitation from their teacher will be able to enjoy a brand-new service, Epic Free, which includes 2 hours of free reading per week in a limited library of high-quality, educational books.

There is nothing more that you or your families need to do — RSA family accounts will automatically transition to Epic Free on July 1, allowing them to keep reading on Epic through the summer and beyond. Get the details here >

Pictures

Now enjoy some pictures I was able to take in all the last week happenings, with our mini Kindie Grad (thank you all that were able to come out) and 100 Day (wow did we have aged people in our class room, we got so many compliments in the hall way 🙂

The Lord bless you, and keep you. The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up his countenance on you and give you peace!


Last Week, return school supplies

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Dear parents,

The last week of Kindergarten is here. A time to reflect. A time to celebrate. A time to look forward to something new.

Return School supplies: there are two options to return the extra supplies that you still have at home. 1) if your child is in school, send them with your child, 2) if you are learning at home, have them ready for me to pick up on Tuesday.

Supplies includes: dry erase marker, pencil, eraser, pouch that held all the worksheets. (Things you can keep if you want are: the sorting tray, zip lock bag with items in it, page protector with lined paper, crayons, marble maze)

Here an overview of the week like I mentioned in the email on Friday:

For kids in school: Monday we will take a time to recognize our students as Kindie Grads at the end of the day. The plan is for us to come outside around 2pm with our little grad hats (no gowns) and sit on the benches (or under the cover if the weather is not cooperating), have a time to recognize each student. Parents if you want to come to take some pictures, you are welcome to do so. After this, you are free to take your child home (if the weather is too wet we might have to go back in to collect the backpacks)

For kids at home: On Tuesday I plan to do a drive through at your place with the grad hat and art book and some other goodies for your child. I will email an approximate schedule to you. That would be the time to hand back the school supplies to me.

Wednesday is our 100 day and kids that are coming to school are welcome to dress up as a 100 year old person. This is also our last day of school and we will have a freeze at the end of the day. Parents of home learners, if you want your child to have a time on a video call with us in school, let me know and I will see what I can do with sending you a link to connect to us at school. The art book and other school work will be sent home that day, so make sure you have empty hands to help your child carry things to the car. 🙂

Ready, set, let’s go into this last week!

 

 


Second Last Week In Kindergarten

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Dear families,

Can you believe that your Kindergartener is just about no Kindergartener anymore as we are heading into our second last week of Kindergarten! 🙂 .

Celebrating the end of the year will be different than some of you, with older siblings, have experienced in the past. Still we want to close this year well and acknowledge and celebrate all the growth that happened. More info on this is coming your way soon. In the meantime, you have time to talk to your child about dressing up as a 100 year old for our very last day of school as it is our 100 day! We all had observed the other Kindergarten class when it was their day, and June 17 will be our turn 🙂 . Kids at home can dress up too of course, and we love to see pictures.

Head circumference: We did talk about measuring things this week, so this fits right in. Please measure your child’s head circumference this week and send your measurement to me. It can be inches or cm. (This is for all ptk kids)

For students who are coming to school, just a reminder to send water bottles as all water fountains are closed.

If you have still library books, you got a separate email from me. Thank you for dropping them off in the school lobby. If books are not found, there is a replacement fee you can ask me about.

Here some pics of kids, happy to see the ‘old’ toys again and our little field trip to the HRA garden. ->There were even great observers with me who saw that there are peas growing in our HRA garden as well! (Home learners, I’m happy to add pictures of you on the blog as well, just email me)


June 1

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Good Evening Dear Parents,

with so many things out of normal, starting school back up in June is just another thing to add to the ‘different’ list.

My daughter’s backpack got packed this afternoon and she is so excited to go see her somewhat different grade 5 classroom. I hope you and your child had a chance to watch the video walk through of our classroom on our fb group, just to have an idea of some of our new normals for these last weeks in school.

For returning students, the classroom door will be open from 8:45 on. One parent may walk their kindergartener in (no younger siblings please), or your child may walk in like a first grader. Students do not need to pick up a late slip if they arrive after the bell. Since we won’t use our lockers, the students will bring their coat and backpack with lunch and all right into the classroom. No need to bring a pillow or gym shoes. For pick up at 2:30, our class will be gathered outside our classroom windows on the sidewalk.

Students at home, have a good time starting a new month, June! I’m looking forward to connect with you on Tuesdays on a video call. (I will just email parents individually to set up a time)

See you tomorrow, and thank you for your help in explaining to your child that we can still greet each other with a wave or air hug, instead of a handshake, a hug, or high five.


Parent Letter

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Dear parents,

 

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. (The PTK class is only going back Monday and Wednesday)
  • 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. 

 

For Grade 6: Students will only be in school on Mondays (Students with last names starting with A-L) and Tuesdays (Students with last names starting with M-Z) depending on their last name. The rest of the week, Grade 6 teachers will continue to be available to connect with students at home, answering questions and checking-in. 

 

  • 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. The Kindergarten students are able to be dropped off right at the classroom door by one parent (no younger siblings) or walk to their classroom like a first grader. 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 make sure to send the following specific items:

 

    • Duo tangs: orange, yellow, green, black. (Keep the red duo tang home for  continued printing practice.)
    • Journal
    • If you have HRA library books (whether you are returning to school or not) our librarian asks you to bring the books back. There are book carts in the lobby for book drop off.
    • (In the classroom, I set up extra crayons, glue stick, pencil, eraser, dry erase marker, whiteboard, so that you can still keep and use these supplies at home that were sent home. In our last week, I will ask you to return these supplies again). The sorting tray and the zip lock bag filled with items is yours to keep, as well as the marble race. (If you don’t want these things, you can return it as well in the last school week)

 

  • 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. 

 

Blessings,

Mrs. Ellis

 



PTK Monday and Wednesday for June update

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Dear Parents,

 

I just sent you an email (with the same information) but wanted to reach you via this communication avenue as well, just to be sure that you have this update for the coming week.

The decision has been made for our PTK class to not divide our class, like the rest of the school, for the June school days (A-L Mo/Wed and M-Z Tu/Thu) but instead, we will keep the Monday and Wednesday for all the PTK students available to come to school.

  • This means that if your last name falls into the M-Z group, and you have siblings in the upper grades, and you choose to send your child to Kindergarten, unfortunately you will have to do more car rides back and forth.
  • If you choose to send your child just one of these days (Mo or Wed), that is an option for you as well.

Please still fill out the survey, once it comes your way from the HRA office.

If you already made your decision, it would help me out if you’d let me know by sending me a quick email (mellis@highroadacademy.com) stating either:

  • Yes, both days
  • Yes, Monday
  • Yes, Wednesday
  • No

as I plan to go into the school to rearrange our classroom tomorrow.

Thank you so much for your support.


clarifications for the ptk class

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Dear Parents,

 

Thank you for your patience as we work through details in opening up the school again in June. There have been different messages around how this will look like for our part time kindie class.

A survey will come out today. Before you fill out the survey, you might want more information how this will look like for our class. I am having a meeting this afternoon with Mr. Morris and Mr. Hancock to come to a conclusion. Unless you already know for sure that you won’t send your child back, just hold off with filling out the survey, until I have more information for you.

Have a great day!


School info for the week

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Dear families,

Here we are starting another week and I hope you had a good weekend!

With School reopening in June, I will be in the classroom on Wednesday getting things set up. Therefore our weekly meetings for our Wednesday group won’t be happening. If you do want to meet, feel free to email me so we can set up a new time on Tuesday. This also means our optional story time will not happen this week.

There will be another parent meeting with Mr. Morris tomorrow and more information coming your way on Wednesday.

Last week in May, here we come.