Christmas Food Drive

On November 28th, we will begin our annual Salvation Army food drive. This is a great opportunity for us to connect with our community and support less fortunate families over the holiday season. Each year, we turn our food drive into a competition to see which class 4-6 can bring in the most food. Each food item received is worth 1 point, unless it is on our top 10 list, then it will be worth 5 points. Happy giving!

1. peanut butter

2 pork & beans

3 canned lunches (alphagetti, chunky soup)

4 tomato soup

5 mushroom soup

6 tuna

7 mac and cheese in a box

8 chicken noodle soup

9 pasta (noodles)

10 pasta sauce

The Usual Items and Notes

Just a couple of notes before going into the spelling for the week:

  • Weds is crazy hat day at Highroad. Students are encouraged to come in their craziest hats. It is also casual dress that day so students do not need to wear their uniforms.
  • Friday is a half day. Students will be dismissed at 12:15.

Here is the spelling for the week:

Spelling P3 1 by ihancock on Scribd

Here is the link to Spelling City to earn your bonus mark!


Our memory verse this week is from Psalm 121:8. Students will be adding the verse to their planners tomorrow.

the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.

Items for the Week

Here are a few items for the week:

  1. Spoons: There are quite a few students who are needing spoons for their lunches. While I do have spoons in the class, I like to keep them for emergencies only. However, I have been handing out quite a few spoons to students lately and my emergency supply is running low. Please ask your child, while they are getting their lunches ready, if they have included a spoon if needed.
  2. Home Reading: Just a reminder to have your child read in the evenings as much as possible. When they are done their reading, please remember to write down the amount of time read and sign it so I know the students are not just writing down random numbers in their planner.
  3. Genius Hour: I will be sending a letter home tomorrow, but just wanted to let you know that we had our Genius Hour kickoff today. The students were all very excited and lots of ideas were floating around (I tried to persuade one child that building a nuclear bomb probably was not going to be feasible.) Our actual genius hour time will be starting next week and will be done on Wednesdays from 1:00 – 2:00. If you are interested in helping out during that time, please let me know.
  4. Remembrance Day Ceremony: Our Remembrance Day ceremony will be on Thursday, Nov. 10th from 2:00 – 3:00. Students are required to wear their full dress uniform on that day. Parents and family are all welcome to attend the ceremony.
  5. PD Day: There will be a professional development day on Monday, Nov. 14. Teachers will be attending a workshop on student anxiety and working on curriculum during that day.
  6. Spelling and Memory verse: Due to the two short weeks, students will be doing their spelling test and memory verse next Tuesday, Nov. 15.

Here is your spelling for the week:

P2 by ihancock on Scribd

Here is the link to the Spelling City list:


The memory verse for the week is from Psalm 121:7

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;

Home Reading 2016


Today our class started working towards our goal of reaching 300 books read in a year.

That’s right! We have started our home reading program for the year!! We’re very excited. If you had gone through the blog thoroughly and looking at the homework page, you will have noticed that I have been teasing the Home Reading program for awhile but not actually started it until now for a number of different reasons.

For more detailed information on how the Home Reading program works, you can check out the page labeled “Home Reading” which you can find along the top of the page. On that page, you can find detailed instructions, resources and tips.

For a quick synopsis of what I am expecting, check the checklist below.

Home Reading Checklist 

  1. Students choose a book to read. While the goal is to have students read nightly, I understand that families may be busy and may not be able to get the home reading done each night. However, students should strive to read as many nights in the week as possible. Students should be reading at least 20 mins a night.
  2. Record Time on Calendar: When students are done reading, they turn to the calendar page in their planners and write the amount of time they read that evening. For example, if they had read for 25 mins on Nov. 1, students would write “25min” on the calendar page on the space for Nov. 1. They then bring their planner to you to sign.
  3. Finishing a book: When students finish a book, and only when they have finished a book, students turn to the page where their homework is written in their planner and write the name of the book on that date. They then get a parent to sign beside where the title was written.

That’s it!

Spelling and Memory Verse for the Week

Even though I am away this week working at the Ministry of Education, there is still spelling and memory verses due for Friday! Here is the spelling words for this week:

Spelling O6 by ihancock on Scribd

Here is the link to the Spelling City words. Don’t forget to do your pre-test and let me know so you can get your bonus mark!


The memory verse for this week comes from Psalm 121:5

The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;

Pumpkin Math is Coming


This Wednesday, students from our class and Mrs. Goosen’s will be doing Pumpkin Math. This is an annual tradition for Mrs. Goosen and I and one we thoroughly enjoy.

Using pumpkins, students will be involved in a number of math related activities involving counting seeds, estimation, measurement and more.

We are looking for volunteers to help us out. If you are interested in joining us, we will be starting at about 9:20 and going to about 11:45. Let me know if you would like to join us by either sending me an email or sending a note in your child’s planner.