Please watch your doorsteps for a small package of student work this weekend. Student will need to hang onto the assignment pages to complete an upcoming activity. If you address has changed, please email me your current address (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I am not sure what the next few weeks will hold. Please watch your email inbox for very important information from HRA administration as we continue to require information from families to inform the return to school plans.
In the meantime, distance learning will continue for next week in the routine we have established. Please find the Agenda attached. All assignments will be ready for students in our Google Classrooms.
One of my students is celebrating a birthday this week. The student’s family is working hard to set up a surprise. Please check GOOGLE CLASSROOM for a special request and all the details! I hope to see you there.
This week brought news of a big change coming to the routine we have come to know of “crisis Covid schooling” expected to take place on June 1st! I can not offer you any more details at this time other than to assure you, the administration of HRA is working hard to plan for a safe return to school. We can expect the classroom to be different as we embrace social distancing while at school to keep all safe.
Please check your email inbox for a HRA family survey and respond before Friday @ 3:00 pm.
We will continue with established routines for the next two for online/distance learning. Please find the PDF for next week below.
Please check your email inbox for important information from HRA. Mr. Morris will host a ZOOM call next week updating parents on changes as a result of shifting social restrictions. HRA Uniform Committee also had an important announcement about uniform fittings and orders.
This week I will be asking students to consider what makes them hopeful! Check out this great article from Kids Help Phone to see how you can support your child in hoping!
In science, we will be starting a new unit exploring the topic of space. Areas of exploration will include the overall scale, structure, and age of the universe. We will also explore the position, motion, and components of our solar system in our galaxy. It is an exciting unit to teach to say the least.
It is important to begin our study and exploration of this unit from our unique worldview. Science and faith might seem at odds but I actually believe they go together. “God created the universe with a system of scientific laws and principles that we get the privilege of exploring and learning about. Having said that, none of us were present at the start of the world, so all of our theories are based on observations and data we can collect many years after the event AND we aren’t told in the bible HOW God created, just that He did.” -Mrs. Johnsrude, HRA Science Teacher
You are welcome to use these resources to explore faith concerning space science to discuss with your child:
Last week I asked students to consider three questions they would like to ask the author of the novel they are studying. During this time of isolation I thought maybe we could make the world feel a little less out of reach. I have used Twitter as a platform to reach out to each author! I can’t wait to see if we get a few replies. follow the link with your child to check for updates.
We are entering week 5 of this new way of learning, I can barely believe it! Please remember we are endeavouring to continue on a learning journey that focuses on progress and growth rather than product and perfection.
Daily devotions continue to be something I value as it allows students time to connect with their peers, time to ponder encouraging scripture, time to pray collectively and a chance for me to address collective student questions. Hearing the resounding “amen” at the end of prayers each school day is such a joyful sound! I applaud the students for their commitment to pray for one another and the vulnerability they demonstrate in sharing this practice in a google meet.
In the coming week I wanted to build some time for parents to set up conference times with your child and their teacher. Many other classroom teachers meet once a week with students (and some parents). As you know, I have opted for another model in daily classroom meetings at 9:30 with students. If you would like to check in, please visit the link below and complete the google form. Once you select a time, it will be removed from the menu. Please take note of the time you selected. If the times provided do not work for your schedule, please email me directly to set up a time that works better for you to connect.
I will email a “google meet link” to your email address on the day of your meeting once you have signed up for Parent/Student/Teacher conferences.
Thank you for letting me know about the link issue. I believe the link ABOVE will work for those of you wishing for a PDF to print out. Please utilize the checklist at the end to support your student completing recommended tasks for the week.
Remember, we continue to do our best in a time of crisis. If you need to adjust the expectations for the week or connect regarding an tricky assignment, I am available all week to support you and your student.
Thank you to those of you who took time to email back regarding the post on April 17th (Checking In). If you have not already done this, please do. Coming directly to me as your student’s teacher if there is an issue is a courtesy I value. As we move forward, I continue to adapt my practice to better meet your student’s needs. Please see the link to responded to my request:
A quick note about my experience teaching grade 6 students and some of the observations you might be noticing at home. Usually after spring break my classes change, it seems to come with the spring season. Students in grade 6 are physiologically changing. I notice it in they way they interact with each other, their oscillating emotions, their capacity to deal with frustration and sometimes in the appearance. We would talk as a class a little about this so that no child feels alone. It is natural and normal! Since they are not in class those chats likely are falling to you. Please consider providing material you have vetted for your child to explore if necessary.
Know it is normal for students this age to have BIG feelings. Sometimes they are tearful, frustrated, angry or a bit down. They might be experiencing physical changes that are confusing or scary to them, or they might not be changing but notice others are and worry they aren’t normal. Their friendship dynamics sometimes shift too, this is likely exasperated by isolation. They continue to need to work on relationship with their loved ones, siblings and friends. Specifically it might be necessary to be accountable for their actions and words (even on the internet or social media they access). School can be a little challenging as they continue to grow during this time!
Please find the schedule for next week embedded here. I will also attach a PDF link for those of you wishing to print out a copy (please comment if the link is broken and I will fix it). Notice, I have created an assignment checklist for the end of the week to go through with your child. This information is available to all students directly on Google Classroom.
We know that each student having their own dedicated computer at home is a change that can both make learning fun and productive. At the same time, these tools can pose new challenges that adults have to help a child manage.
To help parents and students, Highroad Academy has installed:
Filters to ensure that your child will not be able to access anything on the Chromebook at home that they would not also be able to access from the classroom.
A system that stores a student’s history and actions while online which is viewable by their teacher.
However, no system is perfect and parent support is crucial in helping students communicate with and use the chromebooks productively.
Please continue reminding your child that:
They should be respectful, kind, and honest when on the Internet.
Their actions online can be seen by their teachers and others.
Their devices should be treated carefully and with respect.
You can also help by keeping computers and devices visible for your attention at home as students are using their devices.
We understand that families are doing their best and we want to thank you for all the work you are doing at home with your child during this difficult time.