Please be sure students arrive at school with outerwear for the elements. This year we will be sending students outside a little more in compliance with the recommendations to get kids in the outdoors as much as possible.
Inside the classroom, we are fortunate to have a very effective heating and cooling system, unfortunately it tends to be at times extreme! It is a bit of a challenge to find the perfect temperature and often is a little on the cool side in Portable 6. Please send students to school with a cardigan or HRA hoodie to help keep them comfortable.
We did it! Week one concluded and week two begins tomorrow. Last week we focused on settling into routines, especially concerning Covid protocols. Students will continue to adhere to protocols as we continue to adjust to the new way of managing the challenges Covid and in class learning presents. I appreciate the children’s earnest efforts to maintain distance when possible and wash their hands. Dr. Henry would be pleased to hear Grade 6 are wonderful examples of the moto “be kind and wash your hands.”
Another focus last week was to recognize the little ways we can grow in faith and love. I observed students practice small and big acts of kindness to one another. We also learned mistakes are opportunities to grow. We will continue this theme in week two.
Regarding drop off in the morning, students seemed to adjust well to coming directly to class once they have arrived at school and are reporting their acing those daily health checks. Thank you for your cooperation with this! Pick has been a little more chaotic. Thank you for your grace as we work out the sticky points. As a parent, I can appreciate the pick up change presents some challenges. It is important to remember we do need students to be picked up promptly. In this phase of return to school teachers are expected perform their duties as promptly as possible and also vacate the school property quickly after school.
Concerning students exhibiting any symptoms of illness, thank you for your continued cooperation keeping them home until they are nonsymptomatic. I can appreciate this is difficult but it continues to be the guidelines we are to adhere for the time being.
Please note, student pictures will be taken on Friday, September 18th. Students will wear uniforms on this day.
Getting organized in the first few days of school can help ease anxious feelings about starting a new year. To support your student and their teacher please use this guide and photos to organize school supplies this year.
Thank you for your support in this area!
dividers inserted and secured
transparent page protectors secured in the back of the binder
Tool kit (pencil case):
a few sharp pencils
a few pens
1 glue stick
1 dry erase marker
Extra Material Bag:
All other supplies and be placed in extra supply bag. Students will have access to these materials but they will be out of desks allowing for students to organize themselves a little easier.
I am so excited to begin this year growing together. As we get started I want to recognize that this year will have its own challenges and triumphs, I also want to assure you that I am right here with you in the excitement and learning process. Together we will grow with purpose along the way. I can’t wait to get to know your child’s strengths, better understand the your child’s growth areas and special giftings. I will do my best to meet each student just where they are and foster growth as we make our way through grade 6 together!
Please label all student supplies. In addition to labeling supplies, please unpack all materials and help your child organize themselves as much as possible before the first day of class. The first few days back are very exciting, having school supplies ready to go helps support students as they organize their new lockers and desks eliminating a degree of chaos for your child in the classroom.
See blog for an example of how students will organize supplies this year.
Your child will be in Portable 6 located beside the library.
Entering and Exiting the Portable:
Student will enter through the EAST facing (back) door. This will allow students to wash their hands upon entering the classroom and then organize their personal items in the locker area. Students generally exit the classroom through the WEST door.
If you happen to stop in to visit us, please knock on the WEST facing door.
On Tuesday morning we will be entering through the EAST facing door, there will be a sign to direct you where to go in case you aren’t sure! You are welcome to escort your child to the portable but will be unable to enter the classroom at this time.
8:45 am Portable 6 will be open for your student to enter. Upon entering the classroom ALL students will first wash hands, then proceed to prepare for the day.
8:55 am Class begins: If a student comes late to school, please come directly to portable 6 and follow morning routine (enter through east facing door). Wash hands first, then quietly prepare for the day.
2:55 pm Class dismissal: Student will line up outside and will await pick up.
*see class blog for daily schedule
Grade 6 students are not required to wear masks but are welcome to if they wish to. Please consider ensuring students have one clean mask with them at school in the event they may need to/choose to wear it.
Sept. 8th/First 1/2 Day Back
8:45 am Parents are welcome to bring students to Portable 6 (beside library) but will not be able to accompany students inside class at this time. Please maintain distance when necessary. I will be at the door to welcome students, please be patient as we all come in and get settled, routines will take some time to establish.
8:55 am Bell. First day of class begins in earnest!
For those students feeling anxious about the routine it might help to know what the morning will look like. Listed below is a general plan for the morning.
1. Enter class/wash hands
2. Put supplies in locker (assigned)
3. Sit in desk/get started on a drawing activity
5. Ice breaker game
7. Wash hands/Read aloud/Snack/Sanitize
8. Organize materials
9. Classroom Expectations/Routines
10. End of day routine/Sanitize/Dismissal
12:00 pm Please meet students in parking lot.
Please refer to the school website (linked below) for information when possible or contact the school office with questions or concerns. If there is an issue related to classroom specific concerns contact your child’s teacher directly.
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It is my privilege and pleasure to call myself your child’s teacher. Although Grade 6 may be beginning a little differently this year, it holds exciting growth and potential!
Peace and grace,
Ms. Kirsten Froyland
p.s. Please remember to complete a health check before your grade 6 student attends school each morning!
Thank you for those of you who expressed kindness through warm wishes, encouraging words and treats at the end of this crazy year!
Please enjoy your summer, be kind, be safe and wash those hands!
Peace and grace,
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The drive thru BEGINS at 9 am and will end at 12 pm.
Families will need to enter from BROADWAY due to the construction.
ALL families are invited to come between 9 and 12. There is no alphabetical distinction.
When families arrive, we’d once again like them to have a sign in their vehicle with their family name clearly displayed.
Proceed through the drive thru and hand in chromebooks, text books, library books, or any other Highroad items.
RECEIVE report card, yearbook, or yearbook(s) if you ordered additional, and any remaining desk items for elementary students.
Families are welcome to have friends or family members represent them if they cannot get to the school during this time. We just ask that they have the family names for any families they are representing visible in their vehicles.
There is also the option to drop off Highroad items next week in the school foyer; however, report cards and yearbooks and not available until June 26. If a family does not receive theirs during this time, they can come in once the office is open again in August.
For families that want to drop off Highroad items next week, if you feel this is something your students might need to do, in order not to inundate our office staff, we will set up some tables in the foyer for this purpose. Anyone dropping anything off should put a NOTE on the item with who it is from, and who it is FOR.
I will place student materials on this table for pick up (art, comfort kit, duotangs).
You have made it. This year has been unique! I am so thankful to have been able to call myself your teacher for the past nine months. Know you have taught me a great deal!
My student, may you grow in faith, wonder and curiosity. May you always love generously and learn constantly. Be safe this summer. Shine light in the world, do not be afraid. You are just who you need to be, who God needs you to be. Know your teacher is proud of you. Go in peace!
Dear parents of future grade 7 students,
Thank you for allowing me the privilege of teaching your children. This year, although did not unfold as we might have predicted is marked with growth from each of your children.
I have appreciated your kind words and the support you have offered your children as we navigated the uncertainty of these times.
Your children are remarkable. They will do great things, they are ready for the next phase of learning. Continue to encourage them to grow in independence and confidence. Believe in them, hold space for both their mistakes and their victories for there will be many. Help them to learn constantly and love generously.
All I have to return to your student is the art that they have completed this year, a few empty duotangs and the comfort kits. I will be in my classroom if you want to pick this up Monday & Tuesday from 9 am-1 pm. Please email if you plan to stop by. If you are unable to make these times, personal items will be sent with your report card pick up.
Friday, June 26th from 9 am-noon is the only scheduled report card pick up and chromebook return. Instructions will be sent to you via email (I will also blog about them once I get them just in case.) If you are unable to make this work, please contact the office for alternative arrangements.
We have our last virtual class devotion and party tomorrow @ 9:30, I hope to see all students there.
As a family of 4 we have climbed Everest 1.5 times in past 14 days (that’s 12 943 meters shared between my husband, myself and our two children) and raised $1000 dollars. Thank you for partnering with us in prayer and encouragement. The grand total will do so much to help transform lives of children in the Himalayas!