Weekly Update

Sorry! I forgot to send this on Thursday … here is the information for the upcoming week 🙂

October Dates:

Tuesday, October 4th – Healthy Relationships Assembly (in class)

Friday, October 7th – Pro-D, no school

Monday, October 10th – Thanksgiving, no school

Friday, October 14th – Knight Day

Thursday, October 20th – Apple Barn Field Trip

Friday, October 21st – Pro-D, no school

Tuesday, October 25th – Picture Retakes day

Wednesday, October 26th – Fall Colour Day

Friday, October 28th – Knight Day

Spelling:

Due to the short weeks, we will introduce this list on Monday, September 26th and test them on Thursday, October 6th.

The following words are what we call No-Excuse words … these are words students are expected to know how to spell, and will be expected to correctly spell in all their writing.

  1. all
  2. could
  3. every
  4. many
  5. other
  6. said
  7. some
  8. these
  9. which
  10. why
  11. would
  12. your
  13. there
  14. their
  15. of

Bible Memory:

We will be working on memorizing Psalm 23 for the month of October. We will be working on this as a class each day at school, but practicing it with your child is also great!

Psalm 23

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Reminders and Other Information:

  • Home Reading has begun … please check the previous post for instructions or email me if you have further questions
  • Please return comfort kits as soon as possible – deadline is October 6th
  • Water bottles – please remember to send one with your child, we do not have a water fountain in the class
  • Scholastic: periodically you will receive a scholastic book order. If you wish to order you can do so online with our class code: RC155750

 

Friday Update

It has been an eventful week with lots going on … from unexpected lockdown alarms to all school chapel, to science experiments and the Terry Fox Run, we have filled our days with lots of fun and learning. Just want to acknowledge that while the unexpected lockdown alarm was unnerving and scary for some, it was good to see and hear that students (and parents) responded to instructions and direction so quickly and cooperatively in a situation where there were a lot of unknowns. Also a huge thank you to all the students that brought in Toonies (or more) for Terry … we spent some time talking about Terry Fox and the legacy that he left behind. Have a restful weekend!

September Dates:

Thursday, September 29th – Orange Shirt Day

Friday, September 30th – Truth and Reconciliation Day, No School

Spelling List:

Due to the short weeks, we will introduce this list on Monday, September 26th and test them on Thursday, October 6th.

The following words are what we call No-Excuse words … these are words students are expected to know how to spell, and will be expected to correctly spell in all their writing.

  1. all
  2. could
  3. every
  4. many
  5. other
  6. said
  7. some
  8. these
  9. which
  10. why
  11. would
  12. your
  13. there
  14. their
  15. of

Reminders and Other Information:

  • Home Reading has begun … please check the previous post for instructions or email me if you have further questions
  • Next week is Orange Shirt day – we will be talking about what this means, Residential Schools, and what truth and reconciliation day is all about (at an age appropriate level)
  • Please return comfort kits as soon as possible – deadline is October 6th
  • Water bottles – please remember to send one with your child, we do not have a water fountain in the class
  • Scholastic: periodically you will receive a scholastic book order. If you wish to order you can do so online with our class code: RC155750

Home Reading

We are starting our Home Reading program. Each student is being sent home with a book. My goal is to read with each student once a week.

Inside of the Home Reading bag is a Home Reading sheet for you to sign each night that you read with your child. Under the title of the book, there are 5 spaces for you to date and sign that you read THAT book with your child. You may only sign it once per day. After you have read the book on 5 different days, it can be returned, I will read with your child, and then I will send a new book home. Ideally, you will do one book per week. It will not be an assigned day to return the book, return it once you have read 5 days.

When students reach a certain level in their reading, they will NOT be sent home with a specific book to read, but will need to be reading at home still. The Home Reading sheet will be sent home and I’m asking that you sign it every  day that your child reads (chapter books or picture books). When students have completed a home reading sheet, they can return it for a prize.

There are some students that do not have home reading books from me, but will be receiving home reading books from Mrs. Wilson in Learning Assistance.

When they read with me, I will be checking for fluency, as well as comprehension of the book they have read. If I feel they are successful in reading and understanding the book, then I will send them home with a new book. If they still need a little bit of work on it, I will re-send them home with the same book to get a little more practice before we try again.

Asking your child to retell a story, or questions about what they are reading is helpful for them in gaining understanding. Questions like: who is the story about? What was the problem in the story?  What is the summary of the story? What do you think might happen next?

Reading for understanding is crucial, reading to read words doesn’t get us very far.

It is very important that you are reading every night at home. I love when you read other books with your children, but please ensure that you are taking the time to read the age and level appropriate book that I send home each night also. I realize it may seem a bit redundant, but it is important for your child to build fluency and to have good comprehension. I appreciate the support in helping your children grow in this area.

Any questions, let me know.

Tiffany

Friday Update

A full week of school … was great but we are exhausted! It’s been such a pleasure getting to know each of them a little bit more this week. We have continued with some review and assessments to see where we are at. This week we had our first (ever?) whole school chapel, which was really great. We had all Grade 1-12 students in the gym and it was an awesome time of worship together. I hope you all have a wonderful (unexpected) long weekend.

September Dates:

Monday, September 19th – No School

Wednesday, September 21st – Toonies for Terry – more information below

Thursday, September 22nd

  • Parent Night – please note the change of date
  • All School Chapel

Friday, September 23rd – Knight Day

Thursday, September 29th – Orange Shirt Day

Friday, September 30th – Truth and Reconciliation Day, no school

Spelling:

We will have no spelling list this week.

Bible Memory:

2 Timothy 1:7

“For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and of a sound mind.”

Reminders and Other Information:

  • If you have not yet brought in kleenex boxes, paint shirt and gym shoes, please do so as soon as possible
  • Please return Comfort Kits as soon as you have them ready to go – deadline is October 6th
  • A criminal record check will be MANDATORY to be in the classroom or to participate on field trips, please make sure you have these on file at the office, or get the process started right away
  • Water bottles – I would encourage each student to have a water bottle … we don’t have a water fountain in the classroom, so it is important to bring their own
  • Scholastic: periodically you will receive a scholastic book order. If you wish to order you can do so online with our class code: RC155750

Toonies for Terry: On Wednesday, September 21st we will be doing our annual Terry Fox Run. We are asking each student to bring in a donation of $2 (or more) to raise money for cancer research. Thanks!

 

 

 

First Week Finished!

It has been so good to connect with many of you over the first few days of school, to chat about your child and the year ahead. I am looking forward to all that we have ahead for us, and I hope you are as well. This week has been full of information; learning routines and rules in the classroom, as well as just getting to know each other. Please don’t hesitate to pop in and see me, or to shoot me an email with anything you need.

September Dates:

Tuesday, September 13th – School Pictures

Thursday, September 15th – All School Chapel

Friday, September 16th – Knight Day

Monday, September 19th – Parent Welcome Night, 6:30pm

Wednesday, September 21st – Toonies for Terry

Thursday, September 22nd – All School Chapel

Friday, September 23rd – Knight Day

Thursday, September 29th – Orange Shirt Day

Friday, September 30th – Truth and Reconciliation Day, No School

Spelling:

  1. where
  2. September
  3. because
  4. they
  5. with
  6. about
  7. nothing
  8. own
  9. once
  10. ride

Bible Memory:

2 Timothy 1:7

“For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and of a sound mind.”

Reminders and Other Information:

Just a few things to get us started for the year. I sent home a newsletter, and some of this information was on there, but some of this is new also.

  • If you have not yet brought in kleenex boxes, paint shirt and gym shoes, please do so as soon as possible
  • A criminal record check will be MANDATORY to be in the classroom or to participate on field trips, please make sure you have these on file at the office, or get the process started right away
  • Water bottles – I would encourage each student to have a water bottle … we don’t have a water fountain in the classroom, so it is important to bring their own
  • Planners have fone home and this will be an effective way to communicate back and forth – I check it each morning. Please be sure to bring it to school EVERY day.
  • Tell Me About Your Child information sheets went home this week, and I would appreciate if you would fill it out and send it back to class with your child. It is helpful for me to have some information to get the year started off right, and to know what you want me to know about your child.
  • Grade 3 students will NOT be changing into gym strip for P.E.  … we share the gym with the Grade 2 class, and therefore it just won’t be necessary.
  • Our gym days are Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays
  • Library is on Thursday
  • Scholastic: periodically you will receive a scholastic book order. If you wish to order you can do so online with our class code: RC155750

Email me at: trast@highroadacademy.com

I post on my blog every Friday about what is going on in the week ahead, as well as all other important information that you will need. Please make sure you refer to the blog for all the details.

A little team building activity from the first day of school … while this video shows the moment of success, the celebration was great, because they worked hard for it, and failed many times before they finally were able to work together to get it. Click the link to watch the video.

Team Building

 

 

 

Welcome to my blog!

Welcome to my blog!

Just a few things to get us started for the year. I sent home a newsletter, and some of this information was on there, but some of this is new also.

Important Note: We are a NUT FREE Classroom – please do not send your child to school with snacks or lunches that contain nuts. For example, granola bars, nutella, trail mix, peanut butter – none of these can be brought for snacks. Thank you!

  • If you have not yet brought in kleenex boxes, headphones, paint shirt and gym shoes, please do so as soon as possible
  • Water bottles – I would encourage each student to have a water bottle … we don’t have a water fountain in the classroom, so it is important to bring their own
  • Tell Me About Your Child information sheets went home this week, and I would appreciate if you would fill it out and send it back to class with your child. It is helpful for me to have some information to get the year started off right, and to know what you want me to know about your child.
  • We do have a microwave in our classroom

Thank you!

I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you all for such a wonderful year! It has been a privilege to get to know and to work with your children. They have each blessed me in their own way. I will miss each and every one of them.

Also, a big thank you for your thoughtful gifts and kind words of encouragement. Your, kindness, thoughtfulness, generosity, hugs and words of appreciation have been a tremendous blessing.

I pray you all have a wonderful summer!

Today’s Balloon Pop

For those of you that were not there for our balloon pop at the end of the day … tomorrow afternoon we are going to play some games with WATER BALLOONS! Please send your child to school with a spare set of clothes and a towel.

Also, they are allowed to wear Knight clothes tomorrow!

Friday Update

Hard to believe we are just around the corner from being done for the Summer! This week will be full of finishing off some things, as well as lots of fun activities. There are a couple of days this week where students will need to bring things for our balloon countdown. We will write in our planner, so please be sure to check them.

A huge thank you to the parents that helped out with our Fun Day. It was a great morning, and students had a lot of fun! For our balloon countdown this week, we had lollipops on Monday, a paper airplane contest on Tuesday, Bubbles day on Wednesday, a picnic lunch on Thursday, and a movie afternoon on Friday. Bubbles day was lots of fun … blowing bubbles with gum, bubble wands, stories about bubbles, etc etc. … and our picnic lunch on thursday, due to weather had to be inside, so it kind of morphed from picnic lunch to dance party – there were a lot of great moves happening! We also had our concert on Monday afternoon, and didn’t they do such a great job! It was so lovely to be able to have a concert together like that again. Thanks for coming out and supporting the kids and all the hard work they had put in!

Dates to Remember:

Tuesday, June 13th – waterslides field trip

Friday, June 17th – Last day, noon dismissal

Reminders and Other Information:

Waterslides permission slips have gone home, please return ASAP – I am still missing a couple!

  • Home Reading program – Please RETURN ALL Home Reading books
  • RETURN ALL library books
  • Pizza Tuesday – NO MORE PIZZA TUESDAY – bring a lunch 
  • Reminder to send your child with water bottles – we don’t have a fountain in class