Pancake Breakfast

As we rush our way towards Spring Break, the Intermediate Dept. thought it would be nice to celebrate by having a pancake breakfast for the intermediate students on Friday morning.

We thought this might provide a nice opportunity for students to mingle and spend time together as a department. Starting at 8:30, we will serve pancakes until about 9:20. Intermediate students are welcome to come to Mr. Hancock’s or Mrs. Goosen’s class, get some pancakes and syrup and enjoy some time together.

If you have some time and would be willing to help out with cooking up some pancakes, please let me know as extra help would be appreciated!

Jump Rope For Heart

Tomorrow is Jump Rope for Heart and the students will be jump roping, getting their heart pumping and having lots of fun! Students should remember to bring their envelopes tomorrow even if they did not raise any money. The envelopes can be reused. It is still full dress uniforms tomorrow as students will change before going to the gym. If you want to check out the action, students will be jump roping from 2:05 – 2:35 tomorrow.

Burning Calories

In our new unit on energy, students have been learning about transforming and conserving energy. To help students explore how energy can make things go, students made rubber-band racers and experimented to figure out how many times to twist the rubber band in order to win the “Sweet Spot” race. There was a lot of “energy” in the room as students tried to roll their elastic rollers into the “sweet spot” on the floor of the school foyer. While the design of the rollers sometimes impeded the ability for consistent motion, students had a lot of fun creating elastic energy and seeing this energy transformed into motion. To follow-up with this idea of different ways to make things move, we watched a video show food is the fuel for our body. The video illustrated one way that scientists can figure out how much energy is in a particular food — by setting the food on fire!

Some Notes

It’s been a busy few weeks here in the Grade 4/5 class. I just wanted to make you aware of a few things:

  1. Pink Shirt Day – In support of the BC anti-bullying initiatives, students are invited to wear pink on Wednesday. They do not have to wear the official pink shirt as in years past. If they have a Pink Shirt Day shirt from previous years, they can also wear that. They should try to wear something with as much pink as possible that day. Students are also able to wear their regular uniforms that day as well.
  2. Skating: Our last skating date will be next Monday. Students should bring their skating items to school that day. Skating will take place from 1-2pm with the bus departing at 12:30.
  3. Jump Rope for Heart: It’s that time of year again where students are out collecting money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. This is a great cause and it also benefits Highroad as we also get prizes and funds to purchase more equipment to supplement our physical education classes at school. Students are bringing home the forms today and we would encourage all families to help their child(ren) fund-raise for this important cause.

On a slightly different note….

I don’t usually talk about our music of the week but if you don’t know, each week I try to share a different artist or genre of music from my collection. I like to share music from all areas including jazz, classical, musicals, soundtracks, folk, etc (I tend to stay away from heavy metal, rap and hip-hop). This week, I was highlighting a really interesting jazz singer by the name of Mandy Harvey. The interesting thing about her is that she is …. deaf. While she grew up with perfect pitch and a dream to be a choir director, at the age of 18 she lost her hearing. However, she overcame this challenge and continue to push herself musically, not letting being deaf stop her from doing what she loved. Here are a couple of videos on her.


Tuesday and More

Well, that was quite a week, eh? Hope you were somewhere safe and warm this past week.

On Tuesday, students will finally get to do their spelling test that I know that they are all so excited to finally complete! They will also get a chance to do their memory verse on that day.

As it is Valentine’s Day on Tuesday, it is Valentine’s dress-up. Students may come to school in casual clothes wearing pink, red or white or any combination thereof. If they do not want to wear casual, they may of course where their usual uniforms. They may also bring Valentine’s cards if they like as long as they make sure there is one for everyone in the class.

On Weds, I also handed out some study notes for their upcoming Science test next Friday. I have also put a copy here should that copy not make it home. 🙂

Space Study Guide

Space Study Guide by ihancock on Scribd

Important Notes for the Week

Good morning!

I hope you are enjoying this cold weather as much as I am! Bob is outside as I speak, trying to make snow hippopotami in our backyard (though not have very much luck. They keep blowing away).

Due to all the missed days of school, we will do our memory verse and spelling test on Friday. Friday will now be a regular day of school. Due to the missed days, our Friday PD day has been canceled.

Upcoming Missions Events


  1. Travel sized personal hygiene products such as but not limited to shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shaving cream, or any other travel sized product that one can purchase at a dollar store or grocery store
  2. Student supplies: Pencils, pens, pads, paper, erasers, calculators, kid scissors, pencil crayons, geometry kits, crayons, etc.—SCHOOL RELATED.

There will be no toys or clothes collected this year.  The Thailand staff requested only the lists above. IF EACH CLASS COULD PROVIDE A BACKPACK, AS WELL, THAT WOULD BE AWESOME!




Dogs and Fries lunch. This is a great way to give while getting fed!

Hot dogs are $3 and Fries are $3. These prices are set for the purpose of generating funds for projects.

Important Details:

  • Order forms are available from the teacher.
  • All orders are pre-order ONLY!  (We will not be selling at the kitchen doors)
  • The due date for orders to be in is Thursday Feb 9th. This is a hard date. No orders will be taken after this date. (After school Thursday is fine.)