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Science Test and Reminders

Our crazy busy month continues with many things happening in the next couple of weeks. Here are some notes and reminders for you:

  1. Science Test: Our science test was scheduled for tomorrow. However, I am going to re-schedule it to give students some more time to practice and look over the notes as well as give students who have been sick some time to recover and prepare. The science test will be moved to Tuesday, Feb. 16.
  2. Hot Lunch forms: Hot lunch orders must be in to the office by tomorrow.
  3. Pay to Wear Casual: Monday will be a pay to wear casual. Students can pay the office two dollars to wear casual. This is a fundraiser for the Guatemala Missions team. Students who don’t wish to participate should wear uniforms as normal.
  4. Jump Rope: Ms. Stark is still looking for volunteers to help out for even part of the day for the Jump Rope event. If you can help for even part of the day, please talk to myself or Ms. Stark.
  5. Math Mayhem: Our annual Math Mayhem evening is once again happening on the evening of February 16th from 6:30 – 8:00. It is open to students from K-6 this year. There will be lots of fun math activities and prizes.

Science Review


New Song: Do You Want To Build a BB-8?

Not quite the same as, “Do You Want to Build A Snowman?” from Frozen but still pretty cool! Get it? Cool? Frozen?


Found this video yesterday of a teenager building his own BB-8 from things you can get at the local hardware store/electronics store. It was strangely mesmerizing to watch and pretty awesome how this kid built this device on his own.

Spelling and Some Announcements

It’s a busy month up ahead with a couple of short weeks, which will make this month fly by! Spring break will be here before we even know it.

Our habitats are still doing well. While I did not see them today (I’ve been away today and last Friday as I had some dental surgery done), we have had only 2 fish die which is pretty remarkable seeing as the fish were not fed by us. The habitat took care of everything and was completely self-contained. One surprise came when we added the pillbugs. We didn’t think that they would eat our alfalfa! We are coming to the end of our Habitats unit and will be starting our next unit in the next couple of weeks. Students will be having a test on habitats and will be bringing home a study guide this week.

Some of the other events happening this month that are coming up:

  • Math Mayhem: Math Mayhem has become an annual event at Highroad with the High School hosting an evening of math games, math activities and prizes. This year, Math Mayhem is also inviting Kindergarten students to join them. Math Mayhem is on Feb 16, 6:30 – 8:00.
  • Jump Rope for Heart: Another annual event is coming at the end of the month (Feb. 26). Ms. Stark is still looking for Parent Volunteers to help out as the event will not be able to run with parent volunteers. Please contact myself or Ms. Stark if you are able to help out with the event. The event raises money for a good cause, the kids get some great prizes and the school gets money towards new equipment for the school.
  • Love Guatemala Day:  February 15 is Love Guatemala Day; a fundraiser for our missions teams who will be heading out during Spring Break. Elementary students can pay to wear their casual play clothes and the cost is $2.00.  We will also have a hot lunch offered on this day as well.  All proceeds go to the Guatemala Mission Team. Hot lunch order forms should be coming out tomorrow.
  • Valentine’s Day: As the intermediates will be heading out to the ski hills on Feb.12, the intermediate department is not planning anything for Valentine’s day. However, if students would like to bring in Valentine’s cards on Feb. 11, they are welcome to do so as long as every student giving out cards as a card for every student in the class.
  • Ski Trip: Speaking of ski trip, our students will be heading out for the hills early Friday morning (Feb.12).

Here is the spelling for the week. Students will be doing their spelling test on the Tuesday following Family Day.

Spelling R3 by ihancock

Here is the link to Spelling City. Bring in your completed pre-quiz for a bonus mark:


Funny Yoda Video

Somebody sent this to me yesterday and I thought I would post it on the blog for everyone to enjoy!


Spelling and Memory Verse for the Week

First of all, I just wanted to remind everyone that Weds will be a Knights Day. Students are allowed to wear casual with their Highroad Apparel.

Here is the spelling for the week:

Spelling R2 by ihancock

Don’t forget to do the pre-test to get your bonus mark! Here is the link:

Spelling R2

Here is the memory verse for the week:

Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles.

Some Videos for A Sunday Evening

On Friday, we discussed our worms and what we had observed before adding them to our terrariums. I was showing them some sites with facts about earthworms when we came across this video. I thought it bore a need for repeated viewing so I thought I would share it here:

I also found a couple of Star Wars related videos showing and discussing the digital effects created for the move. The second one is very long with lots of talking, which might be a little boring, but also contains some neat info on the creative process.


Space Still Available in Clubs

We had an amazing response to the clubs hosted by the Intermediate teachers this year. We were very pleased to see so many students signed up for clubs. There is still space available in a couple of our clubs and we would like to open them up to any students who haven’t signed up already and would still like to be involved in a club or are already in a club and would like to do another club. The two clubs still available are the chess club on Thursdays hosted by myself and the origami club hosted by Mrs. Couse  (cost is $3) on Tuesdays. If you are interested in signing up for either of those clubs, students can see either myself or Mrs. Couse.

Crazy Hat Day Tomorrow

Just a reminder (it’s been in the planners as well) of the crazy hat day tomorrow. Wear your craziest hat! Hmm, wonder what Mr. H is going to wear? Maybe he’ll borrow something from Bob! Students can wear casual tomorrow.


Our Habitats


It’s been a busy week in Science. If you have not already heard, last Tuesday we built habitats from the pop bottles the children brought in. Our habitats have been both successful and challenging. The challenging part was putting the bottles together so that we could actually fill them without the bottles leaking. Once they stopped leaking, we were able to put fish and snails inside but it was a little touch and go and it has been hard to see the fish through the tape. We also planted alfalfa on the top and that seems to be very successful so far with all seeds having sprouted over the weekend. Unfortunately, we have had one fish die on us. However, as I had expected all of them to be dead when I came in on Monday, we felt quite successful in seeing that most were actually still alive.

Tomorrow, we are going to add worms to our soil after observing the worms and doing a simple experiment with them. We’ve have been learning lots about habitats, especially in how delicate the habitat is and how hard it is to keep all the needs of the habitat balanced. We have ultimately been learning how amazing God’s creation is and how perfectly he created it for us.

Please keep our fish in your prayers as I am hoping they will last a long time!

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Spelling For the Week

Here is the Spelling for the week:

Spelling R1 by ihancock

Don’t forget  to complete your pre-test to get a bonus mark on your spelling test! Here is the link:


Here is the memory verse for the week:

Psalm 34:3-4

Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.

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