Missions Fundraiser

The following is a message from Mrs. Bartel, our Missions coordinator:

You are invited to the Guatemala 2023 Info Dessert Night on Jan 24 at 7 pm.  Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in your “My HRA” space.  Even if you can’t come, you could give to the “Build a classroom in a village” project.  Money can be given through the school office or at City Life church.  Please designate for the HRA 2023 Mission project.

January Memory Verse

For the month of January and February the Kindies will be working on memorizing I John 4:11-12.  Please look in your child’s folder today for a memory verse page and keep it in a safe place to practise in the next weeks.  Each child will be expected to recite the passage from memory at the end of February.  We will be practising this verse daily in class.  Your help at home with this is greatly appreciated!


“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.  No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”

I John 4: 11-12

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!   I hope you’ll forgive me for the very late Thank You for all of the lovely cards and gifts I received before the Christmas break.  I felt so blessed and spoilt!

I trust that you all had a wonderful Christmas holiday with your family and loved ones.  The children were telling me all kinds of stories about the fun that they had on their Christmas break.  Well done, moms and dads!  I hope you managed to squeeze in a nap or two on the couch or do something fun for yourself.  Let’s face it.  Christmas can be a lot of work!

Starting this month we will begin “Welcome Wednesdays” in our classroom on Wednesday mornings.  If you have the time when you’re dropping off your child we would love for you to feel welcome to come in for 10 minutes or so and read to your child and maybe one or two of their friends.  If you can’t stay, no worries!  We’ll make sure that each child is included in a reading group.

It’s going to be a great year ahead.  Welcome, 2023!

Clothing Info – Thursday + Friday

Please note that students may wear Christmas clothing tomorrow as well.  This was a decision made since the Highschool is having dress up days this week and we want to avoid confusion between grades.  So, either the uniform or Christmas clothing is fine for tomorrow.

On Friday please send your child in comfortable play clothes. They will be wearing an angel costume (provided for them) for the Christmas program.  Doors will open at 10:00, with the concert beginning at 10:30.  We will dismiss for Christmas holidays at the end of the presentation!

Wishing you and your family a very special Christmas season!


Gingerbread Hunt

We had an exciting morning in Kindergarten today!  After our gingerbread cookies disappeared we followed clues around the school to try to find them.  They eventually turned up again in our classroom.  We enjoyed decorating and eating them!  Yum!

Christmas Concert Info

This year the K-3 students will be performing a Christmas musical called “Starlight”.

1. While some students in Ms. Rast’s and Mrs. VanLeeuwen’s classes will be wearing specific character costumes, all other students Gr. 1, 2 and 3 will form a choir of stars in the dark night sky. They are asked to wear:

      a. Bottoms: navy blue or black pants or skirt and tights. HRA uniform pants are acceptable.

      b. Tops: navy blue or black long-sleeved tops. HRA uniform sweatshirts are acceptable.

      c. Avoid: any other colour of clothing, including white and grey.

2. Kindergarten students will be provided angel costumes and halos that the school already owns.

3. Mrs. Shinness will contact the families of specific characters in grades 2/3 and 3 directly for costume suggestions to match their characters.

Students need to arrive at school on the morning of the concert (Friday December 16) wearing their navy blue/black full attire. Costumed characters may also arrive in their costumes, as help getting changed will not be available. Kindergarten teachers will assist their students putting angel costumes over the clothes that they come to school in. Uniform is not required on the day of the concert for K-3 students.

If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Shinness at ashinness@highroadacademy.com.

Thank you!