Finishing Up With May

Finishing Up With May

We had a wonderful Spring Concert on Thursday. The students worked so hard and it was such a wonderful celebration of the music the students have been doing. We have such an amazing music program and the students loved learning the different ways we can praise and worship our Lord with music.

Here are a few pictures:

We are into the last couple of weeks of May but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a lot happening. Here’s a rundown:

Willy Wonka Play:

On Friday Grades 3 & 4-6 will be away in the morning to see Willy Wonka. We will be taking two trips there and back and both groups will have some time to play at the park by the theatre. We will be bringing water bottles & lunch kits as there is a snack intermission.

Kindness Crew Ice Cream Party:

Will take place May 27th & 28th after lunch recess. As a thank you for helping out on Kindness Crew, students can go out for recess, grab their lunch and then head to ROOM THREE (off of the gym) once the bell goes. This should not affect the kindness crew supervision as students will come on the days they are not in primary classrooms. Students who are working /worked on Mon, Wed, Fri & substitute will come on Monday. Students who are working/worked on Tuesday and Thurs will come on Tuesday.

Art Gala:

We are delighted to extend an enthusiastic invitation to our upcoming Art Gala, where we will proudly present a collection of artwork created by our exceptionally talented students in Grades 4, 5, and 6. This event promises to be a wonderful celebration of their artistic achievements throughout the past year, and we cordially invite all families to join us for an unforgettable evening filled with creativity and inspiration.

Date: May 27 from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Location: Chapel

To create a warm and inclusive atmosphere, we kindly request that students be accompanied by their parents or guardians. This will provide an opportunity for families to share in the joy and pride of witnessing their child’s artistic endeavours firsthand.

Should you have any inquiries or require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact the school office. We eagerly anticipate sharing this remarkable evening with you, as we honour and celebrate the artistic achievements of our students.

Puberty & Sex Ed Afternoon:

Recently, families received an email about the upcoming puberty and sex education afternoons for Grades 5 & 6 students. The school is offering information packages at the office for those who want to learn more. While attendance is not mandatory, parents have the option to pick up their child at noon on Tuesday, June 4th & 11th if they prefer. Grade five students will only attend the first session on puberty this year and will not participate in the sex education afternoon.

Memory Verse for tomorrow:

Our memory verse for tomorrow is Isaiah 40:28.

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.

Other upcoming dates:

  • June 14th – ½ day
  • June 19th – Grades 4-6 Cultus Lake Waterslides
  • June 20th – Last Day of School & half day
Concert Reminder

Concert Reminder

Just a reminder that for the Spring Showcase, we encourage students to dress in attire that reflects the joyful spirit of the season and can wear it to school tomorrow in lieu of their usual uniforms. For the attire:

  • Opt for jeans, shorts, or flowy dresses in bright, cheerful colors.
  • Avoid track pants and sweatshirts/hoodies.
  • Be mindful of dress length if performing on stage.
  • Gentlemen can rock a stylish suit.

Most importantly, wear something that makes you feel great and ready to have a blast at the concert!

A Couple of Notes

A Couple of Notes

Uniform Fit Day

This is a friendly reminder that we will be hosting a uniform fit day on Wednesday, May 15th in the church lobby from 1:00 – 5:00. This is a great opportunity for parents to ensure their children have the correct sizes for the upcoming school year. We will have McCarthy staff on hand to assist with fittings and answer any questions you may have. We look forward to seeing you there!

Shorts & Sandals

As we welcome the arrival of warmer weather, we kindly remind everyone that on Friday Knight’s Day and casual field trip days, it’s important to ensure that casual shorts meet the school’s dress code. According to the uniform policy, all shorts should reach the length of the student’s extended fingertips when standing with arms flat against their sides.  For students in grades 3-6, please note that shorts not meeting this requirement will result in wearing gym strip shorts instead, and K-2 students will need a parent to bring in an appropriate pair of shorts. During this season, sandals in black, brown, grey, white, or a mix of these colours are suitable, but they must have a back strap for student safety during recess. Thank you for your cooperation and support in maintaining a respectful and appropriate dress code.

Bible Memory Verse

The verse this week is Isaiah 40:28, which reads:

Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.

Through Isaiah 40:28, God is teaching students the importance of recognizing His sovereignty, trusting in His strength, and relying on His wisdom. It serves as a reminder of God’s constant presence and support in their lives, instilling in them a sense of faith and assurance as they navigate their journey.

Invitation to Our Art Gala and Spring Showcase!

Invitation to Our Art Gala and Spring Showcase!

The end of May is going to be a busy time of events.

First, I want to extend a warm invitation to our upcoming Art Gala and Spring Showcase! These events are wonderful opportunities for us to come together as a community and celebrate the remarkable talents and achievements of our students.

Art Gala – May 27 from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM – Chapel: Join us for an enchanting evening at our Art Gala, where we will proudly showcase the incredible artwork crafted by our talented students in Grades 4, 5, and 6. This event promises to be a delightful celebration of creativity and inspiration. We cordially invite all families to attend and share in the joy of witnessing their child’s artistic endeavours firsthand.

To ensure a warm and inclusive atmosphere, we kindly request that students be accompanied by their parents or guardians. This will provide an opportunity for families to bond and revel in the beauty of their child’s artistic expression together.

Spring Showcase – May 16th at 1:30 PM – Gym: We are also excited about our upcoming Spring Showcase on May 16th at 1:30 PM in the gym. This event promises to be a delightful afternoon filled with music and talent, and we would love to see you there!

For the Spring Showcase, we encourage students to dress in attire that reflects the joyful spirit of the season:

  • Opt for jeans, shorts, or flowy dresses in bright, cheerful colors.
  • Avoid track pants and sweatshirts.
  • Be mindful of dress length if performing on stage.
  • Gentlemen can rock a stylish suit.

Most importantly, wear something that makes you feel great and ready to have a blast at the concert!

Bible Memory Verse – Psalm 95:6: “Come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.” This verse encourages us to approach God with reverence and humility, recognizing His sovereignty and majesty. It teaches us the importance of worshiping God with our whole hearts, acknowledging Him as our Creator and sustainer.

We are excited about these upcoming events and look forward to celebrating with you and your children. Thank you for your continued support and involvement in our school community.

I Didn’t Forget May the Fourth!!!

I Didn’t Forget May the Fourth!!!

Even though the day has now passed, I haven’t forgot one of my favorite days of the year and I am so looking forward to our Star Wars day tomorrow! In celebration, here are some things I have found scattered around the universe!

It’s finally here!!!!

 

 

 

What If Dr. Seuss Wrote Star Wars!

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Here is a fun Star Wars video I found made entirely out of paper!

Finally, here is a great lego stop motion of one of my favorite scenes from The Empire Strikes Back along with a bunch of great Star Wars videos!

Lots Happening in May!

Lots Happening in May!

April went by in a flash and May looks to be going the same way! More importantly, I hope you enjoyed Star Wars day yesterday. You can see below that my family was out enjoying the day with our friends, the Nelson’s, who also love getting into the spirit of the day!

I have some important updates and reminders for you as we head into the latter part of the school year. Please take note of the following:

Spring Sing Attire – May 16th: Spring Sing is just around the corner on May 16th at 1:30 pm. For this special event, we kindly ask that students wear jeans, shorts, or dresses (please ensure dresses are mindful of length, especially if singing from a microphone). T-shirts should be brightly colored in spring tones, think of the colors of flowers. Solid colors are preferred, with no large logos. Boys are welcome to wear suits if they wish. Please avoid tracksuits or sweatshirts.

Star Wars Day – Tomorrow: Tomorrow is Star Wars Day! Students are encouraged to dress as their favorite superhero (real or made-up) or Star Wars character. Those who prefer not to dress up can wear their uniforms. Please remember, no fake weapons are allowed.

Bible Memory Verse – Psalm 95:5: This week’s Bible Memory Verse is Psalm 95:5. This verse reminds us of God’s greatness and the wonders of His creation. It teaches us to approach God with reverence and awe, recognizing His power and majesty.

Track Meet Recap: Our recent track meet was a tremendous success! We want to thank all the students who represented Highroad Academy so well. It was a fantastic day, and we are grateful for the beautiful weather (though some of us are nursing a bit of sunburn!).

Upcoming Events:

  • May 17th – PD Day: Please note that May 17th is a Professional Development (PD) Day, and there will be no classes for students.
  • May 27th – Art Gala: Our annual Art Gala will take place on May 27th. More details will be provided closer to the date.
  • June 19th – Grades 4-6 Cultus Lake Waterslides: We’re excited to announce a fun day at Cultus Lake Waterslides for Grades 4-6 on June 19th. Permission forms will be sent home soon.
  • June 20th – Last Day of School & Half Day: The last day of school is June 20th, and it will be a half day for students. More details about end-of-year activities will be shared as we get closer to the date.

Thank you for your continued support and involvement in our school community.

Important Upcoming Events for Grade 5 and 6!

Important Upcoming Events for Grade 5 and 6!

Hi Grade 5 and 6 Parents,

Exciting times are ahead with several fun and important events coming up for our students. Here’s what you need to know:

Bake Sale – Tuesday: We are thrilled to announce that the Kindness Crew will be hosting a bake sale supporting the library on Tuesday. All items will be priced at $1, and students will have the opportunity to purchase goodies throughout the day. If you’re planning to contribute treats, please drop them off in the lobby before school. For those bringing trays, please ensure your name is clearly labeled so we can return them to you. Thank you for your support!

Shorts Reminder: A friendly reminder for our girls that shorts worn on non-uniform days must be longer than the tips of their fingers when their arms are at their sides.

Bible Memory Verse – Psalm 95:4: “In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him.” This verse reminds us of God’s sovereignty over all creation. It teaches us that we can trust in God’s power and wisdom, knowing that He holds everything in His hands.

Track Meet – Thursday: Our Track Meet is fast approaching! For those going on the bus, the bus/shuttle will be departing at approximately 7:00 am and returning around 3:45 pm, depending on traffic. Please ensure your child is prepared for the weather, as a little rain is expected. Students should bring hats, appropriate clothing, snacks and lunches, water bottles, and sunscreen. We are also still looking for helpers if you have some time to join us.

Star Wars Day – May 6: May the Force be with you! One of my favourite days of the year and one of the few times my wife allows me to wear my Star Wars outfit!! Star Wars Day is coming up on May 6, and we encourage students to come dressed as their favorite Star Wars or superhero character. Students should not bring plastic play weapons to school.

Poetry Unit – We are in the midst of our poetry unit learning to analyze poems and write a variety of free verse poems. Our latest poem was a type of free verse poetry called Pieces and Parts. Students wrote a noun, a verb and an adjective on one stickie each and posted them on the wall of the classroom. Once all the contributions were in, students were put into groups of 3 and challenged to use those words (plus additional prepositions, articles, adverbs and “to be” verbs) to create a poem that made sense. It was a a lot of fun seeing creativity at work! To help with the creativity, I brought in some cut up donuts (Pieces and Parts!) to enjoy. The completed “nonsense” poems were lots of fun to read! I have put some samples below:

 

One of the poems we read recently was a bit of a surprise to students. It was a heartwarming poem written by Kobe Bryant about his career in basketball. After reading the poem, the students all were a little choked up with the emotional depth of the poem especially after learning that he had written it before his death in a tragic accident. Using the poem, we worked re-reading the poem several times to look for words, phrases and anything we noticed about the style of the poem. Then we worked on analyzing who the narrator was and what we knew about the speaker, the setting of the poem and the mood the author was trying to convey. Finally we wrote a summary of the poem and an explanation of what the poet was trying to teach us and a picture showing what the poem looked like to us.

Here is a neat video I found of the poem:

Thank you for your continued support and involvement in our school community.

Items for this Week

Items for this Week

There are lots of items to make note of this week:

Library Fundraisers: The Kindness Crew is thrilled to announce a bake sale on Tuesday, April 30th to support our library. All funds raised will go towards this wonderful cause, and our crew members will be busy creating posters and selling treats throughout the day. To ensure a variety of options, each crew member is asked to bring one dozen nut-free treats on the morning of April 30th. Your support is invaluable, and we are grateful for every contribution.

Jersey Day: On April 17th, we invite all students to wear their favorite team apparel with their casual outfits to school. It’s a fun way to show team spirit,  celebrate sportsmanship and have fun! Only Oilers apparel will be allowed in my class. 🙂 (Just kidding!)

Intermediate Track and Field Event: May 2nd marks our annual Intermediate Track and Field event. All Intermediate students will participate in a day focused on individual improvement rather than competition against others. It’s a great opportunity for our students to challenge themselves and celebrate personal achievements.Permission forms have been sent home. Please have your child return them as soon as possible so we can ensure that we have everyone accounted for.

PD Day: Please note that April 26th is a Professional Development day for our staff, and there will be no school for students on this day.

Memory Verses: Our memory verse will be Psalm 95:2 – “Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.” This verse reminds us to approach God with thanksgiving and to praise Him through music and song. How can our students incorporate this verse into their daily lives?

Grade 5 and 6 students can incorporate Psalm 95:2 into their daily lives in the following ways by reminding them to use some of the following in their every day lives:

  1. Morning Gratitude: Start each day with a prayer of thanksgiving, acknowledging God’s blessings in their lives.
  2. Prayer and Worship: Spend time in prayer and worship, using music and song to express their love and adoration for God.
  3. Reflection: Remind them to think of things they are thankful for each day.
  4. Acts of Kindness: Show gratitude to others through acts of kindness and generosity, reflecting God’s love.
  5. Positive Attitude: Maintain a positive attitude, even in challenging situations, knowing that God is worthy of praise.
  6. Sharing Their Faith: Share their faith with others through music and song, using their talents to extol God’s greatness.
  7. Creating a Joyful Atmosphere: Create a joyful atmosphere in their homes and classrooms, spreading happiness and positivity.

Parent Info Night Information: Here is some information about the upcoming parent information evening.

Welcome Back! It’s Been Awhile…..

Welcome Back! It’s Been Awhile…..

I hope you had a fantastic Spring Break filled with rest and quality time spent with friends and family. As we return to school, I have some exciting updates and events to share with you.

Partial Eclipse Viewing: Today, we are looking forward to witnessing a very rare and exciting partial eclipse. However, to ensure the safety of our students, we have adjusted our schedules to reduce the chance of anyone attempting to view the eclipse without proper eyewear. Instead, we will be trying to live stream the event so students can safely enjoy this natural wonder. This has been a wonderful fit to our Space Science unit which we are nearing the end of. Here is some information about solar eclipses:

Here is a link to the live feed if you are looking to watch it yourself:

Worship Practice: Please not that there will be no worship practice this week. Instead, our Missions Team will be sharing about their recent missions trip. They will be recounting their experiences of spreading God’s word and aiding communities in need. It promises to be an inspiring presentation.

Library Fundraisers: We have two exciting fundraisers coming up for our school library. On April 10th, students can participate in “Pay to Wear Casual” day by donating $5 payable at the office. And on April 30th, we will be hosting a Bake Sale with each item priced at $1. Your support for these events is greatly appreciated.

Jersey Day: On April 17th, we invite all students to wear their favorite team apparel with their casual outfits to school. It’s a fun way to show team spirit,  celebrate sportsmanship and have fun! Only Oilers apparel will be allowed in my class. 🙂 (Just kidding!)

Intermediate Track and Field Event: May 2nd marks our annual Intermediate Track and Field event. All Intermediate students will participate in a day focused on individual improvement rather than competition against others. It’s a great opportunity for our students to challenge themselves and celebrate personal achievements. Permission forms and more information will be sent home soon.

PD Day: Please note that April 26th is a Professional Development day for our staff, and there will be no school for students on this day.

Memory Verses: Tomorrow, students will recite the memory verse for the week, Psalm 95:1 – “Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.” This verse encourages us to find joy in our worship and praise to God. How can Grade 5 and 6 students apply this verse to their lives?

Grade 5 and 6 students can apply Psalm 95:1 to their lives in several meaningful ways:

  1. Expressing Gratitude: Encouraging students to find joy in their hearts and express gratitude to God for the blessings in their lives.
  2. Sharing Joy: Encouraging students to share their joy with others, spreading positivity and kindness.
  3. Strengthening Faith: Using music and singing as a way to strengthen their faith and connection with God.
  4. Celebrating Achievements: Celebrating their achievements and successes with joy, recognizing that God is the source of their strength.
  5. Facing Challenges: Finding joy and strength in God during challenging times, knowing that He is their rock and salvation.
  6. Unity and Fellowship: Coming together as a class or school community to sing and shout praises to God, fostering unity and fellowship.
  7. Inspiring Others: Serving as an inspiration to others through their joyful and positive attitude, reflecting God’s love in their actions and words.

Next Memory Verse: Our next memory verse will be Psalm 95:2 – “Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.” This verse reminds us to approach God with thanksgiving and to praise Him through music and song. How can our students incorporate this verse into their daily lives?

Grade 5 and 6 students can incorporate Psalm 95:2 into their daily lives in the following ways by reminding them to use some of the following in their every day lives:

  1. Morning Gratitude: Start each day with a prayer of thanksgiving, acknowledging God’s blessings in their lives.
  2. Prayer and Worship: Spend time in prayer and worship, using music and song to express their love and adoration for God.
  3. Reflection: Remind them to think of things they are thankful for each day.
  4. Acts of Kindness: Show gratitude to others through acts of kindness and generosity, reflecting God’s love.
  5. Positive Attitude: Maintain a positive attitude, even in challenging situations, knowing that God is worthy of praise.
  6. Sharing Their Faith: Share their faith with others through music and song, using their talents to extol God’s greatness.
  7. Creating a Joyful Atmosphere: Create a joyful atmosphere in their homes and classrooms, spreading happiness and positivity.

I look forward to a wonderful term ahead filled with learning, growth, and meaningful experiences for our students. Thank you for your continued support and involvement in our school community.

Pancake Breakfast Update

Pancake Breakfast Update

Just a quick update regarding our pancake breakfast.

Breakfast will start at 7:45 for students.

If you can help out with the breakfast, we would love to see you at 7:00 in the main building.

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