May 31

Mission Briefing

Hello Agents,

We are back to school this week! Check the Meeting Schedule page to see which day you are scheduled to attend. Classes are open from 8:45 to 2:30. Those returning to school will be completing their assignments in the classroom. Consider keeping up established routines of daily practice in math, reading, and spelling for the rest of the week.

For those who are not attending class, please continue following the Assignment Schedule as we have been doing and turning assignments in by the end of the week. I will be in my meeting room on Friday from 9:30 am to 10:30 am to answer any questions. There are no video tutorials. Feel free to email me to request an alternate time to meet or ask questions.

Assignment Schedule

Important notes:

  • Drop off and pick up procedure:
    • Drop off students as close to 8:55 am as possible. Classes will be open at 8:45 am.
      • Students will go straight to their classroom.
      • Students do not need late slips if they arrive after the bell.
    • Pick up students from their class line up outside.
  • Library books
    • Please turn in library books to the shelf in the front lobby upon the first day of return.
  • Wear Uniforms or Knights Gear
  • Bring School supplies:
    • Water bottle, pencils, sharpeners, ruler, crayons

 

May 29

School Reopening June 1

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. 
  • 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. 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, crayons, ruler, eraser, pencil crayons, etc will all be useful for students upon returning. Most items will be able to be kept in school in bags.  Please make sure to send the following specific items:
    • Pencil Crayons
    • Crayons
    • Ruler
    • Pencils
    • Eraser
    • Sharpener
  • Return Library Books upon Return.
  • 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,

Mr. Wolfsen

 

Recap:

  • Bring supplies: pencils, eraser, sharpener, ruler, and crayons.
  • Wear uniforms or knights clothes.
  • Bring a water bottle.
  • Return Library books upon arriving.
May 24

Mission Briefing

Hello Agents,

We had a beautiful weekend, and it’s starting to really warm up again. I’m enjoying the sunshine, and I hope everyone else is getting a chance to get outside as well.

We have one more week until school starts, so I will spend some time in the classroom this week. We will have our meetings as usual, but I am going to cancel the group meeting on Friday.

If you are struggling with taking on challenges and enjoying the process of learning, try listening to the Big Life Kids Podcast. It is fun to listen to and has life lessons on how to have a growth mindset.

Our memory verse this week is:

Romans 8:31

“So what should we say about this? If God is for us, then no one can defeat us.”

Follow this link to see our schedule for this week:

Weekly Assignment Checklist for May 25 to May 29

After you open this page, click on the links to find daily videos with devotionals, resources, and tutorials. I have added an alternative assignment for each subject, please feel free to do either one.

Our expectation for student work is 1 to 1.5 hours per day. Please feel free to add to this schedule from the online learning resources page if you want more learning time.

Please keep sending your pictures and videos to me along with your permission, and I will post them in our album page.

Important Reminders

  • Monday, May 25 at 6:30 pm is our Parent Meeting with Stuart Morris
  • Check the schedule for your meeting time. Make sure it works or change it to a better time.
  • Check the Online Learning Resources for information on how to join accounts for alternative lessons.
May 17

Mission Briefing

Hello Agents,

We had another beautiful weekend. I enjoyed planting seeds and exploring the backyard with my daughters. Monday is Victoria Day, we have no assignments and meetings will be rearranged. Please send my a picture of you drinking tea or whatever you do on Victoria day. Even though I have an assignment for each day, feel free to pick which 4 you would like to do. I won’t expect you to do all 5.

If you are struggling with taking on challenges and enjoying the process of learning, try listening to the Big Life Kids Podcast. It is fun to listen to and has life lessons on how to have a growth mindset.

Our memory verse this week is:

Matthew 28:5-6  (NIV)

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.

Follow this link to see our schedule for this week:

Weekly Assignment Checklist for May 18 to May 22

After you open this page, click on the links to find daily videos with devotionals, resources, and tutorials. I have added an alternative assignment for each subject, please feel free to do either one.

Our expectation for student work is 1 to 1.5 hours per day. Please feel free to add to this schedule from the online learning resources page if you want more learning time.

Please keep sending your pictures and videos to me along with your permission, and I will post them in our album page.

Important Reminders

  • Monday, May 18 is Victoria Day
  • Check the schedule for your meeting time. Make sure it works or change it to a better time.
  • Group meetings are scheduled for Friday (and optional as usual). Check the schedule and click on the meeting room link when it’s your time to join.
  • Check the Online Learning Resources for information on how to join accounts for alternative lessons.
May 10

Mission Briefing

Hello Agents,

I was very happy for this beautiful weekend. I hope everyone had a chance to show appreciation for your mothers. It feels like summer is upon us!

If you are struggling with taking on challenges and enjoying the process of learning, try listening to the Big Life Kids Podcast. It is fun to listen to and has life lessons on how to have a growth mindset.

Our memory verse this month is:

Hebrews 12:2 (NIV)

Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfector of Faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Follow this link to see our schedule for this week:

Weekly Assignment Checklist for May 11 to May 15

After you open this page, click on the links to find daily videos with devotionals, resources, and tutorials. I have added an alternative assignment for each subject, please feel free to do either one.

Our expectation for student work is 1 to 1.5 hours per day. Please feel free to add to this schedule from the online learning resources page if you want more learning time.

Please keep sending your pictures and videos to me along with your permission, and I will post them in our album page.

Ruby has sent out a video of our last chapel of the year. Follow this link to watch and enjoy!

Important Reminders

  • Tuesday, May 12 at 6:30pm Principal Morris will be hosting a zoom meeting for parents.
  • Check the schedule for your meeting time. Make sure it works or change it to a better time.
  • Group meetings are scheduled for Friday (and optional as usual). Check the schedule and click on the meeting room link when it’s your time to join.
  • Check the Online Learning Resources for information on how to join accounts for alternative lessons.
May 3

Mission Briefing

Hello Agents,

I hope everyone enjoyed the sunshine this weekend. It’s time to get back to school, and I would like to do everything I can to make this a meaningful experience where students get to choose how and what they learn.

*edit* I added new learning resources found below.

Our memory verse this month is:

Hebrews 12:2 (NIV)

Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfector of Faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Follow this link to see our schedule for this week:

Weekly Assignment Checklist for May 4 to May 8

After you open this page, click on the links to find daily videos with devotionals, resources, and tutorials.

Our expectation for student work is 1 to 1.5 hours per day. Please feel free to add to this schedule from the online learning resources page if you want more learning time.

Please keep sending your pictures and videos to me along with your permission, and I will post them in our album page.

Important Reminders

April 26

Mission Briefing

Hello Agents,

I hope everyone had a restful weekend. We all need to make sure that we are finding ways to stay healthy, reduce stress, and still find the time to use our minds to create and learn.

Follow this link to see our schedule for this week:

Weekly Assignment Checklist for April 27 to May 1

*edit – fixed some broken links*

After you open this page, click on the links to find daily videos with devotionals, resources, and tutorials.

This week, we are reducing our expectation of student work to 1 to 1.5 hours in order to be in line with the rest of the school. Please feel free to add to this schedule from the online learning resources page if you want more learning time.

I have received many great pictures of creative activities that students have been doing at home. Please send your pictures and videos to me along with your permission, and I will post them in our album page.

Important Reminders

  • Friday, May 1 is a professional development day and there will be no expected assignments. Feel free to use this time for free choice. There are assignments scheduled for each day on the checklist, I only expect that students choose to complete and submit 4 of them.
  • Check the schedule for your meeting time. Make sure it works or change it to a better time.
  • Group meetings are scheduled for Friday (and optional as usual). Check the schedule and click on the meeting room link when it’s your time to join.

One last note. We are living through a significant moment in history. Check out this time capsule activity if you want to have a personal record of your experience. Thank Kristina Rus for the suggestion.

April 22

Taking a break

Hello Everyone,

I have been getting a lot of feedback on families having difficulty keeping track of all the assignments and following along with the lessons, especially lessons on writing personal narratives. It’s very important that everyone understands and feels comfortable with the lessons, so let’s take a break from the rest of the assignments this week.

Let’s just turn in what you have from the following assignments, and I will make some adjustments for a new way of delivering lessons that will be easier to follow for next week.

Thank you for all your hard work, and I look forward to talking with you soon.

April 22

Good Morning!

Chapel video

Recorder Lesson

Today’s Writing Lesson:

Rehearsal and Drafting (due 4/24)

  • Pick one of the topics that you generated and narrowed down in the previous lessons and tell the story to someone.
  • Write your story, making sure to focus on where you narrowed it down.

Feel free to write the story with whatever material you have. I look forward to hearing students share their stories on Friday if they choose. (The Friday group meeting is optional.)