Planners

With the beginning of a brand new year, comes new procedures and routines for our students. One of the new procedures we wanted to make you aware of is with our planners. As a department, we want our students to be more aware of the ways they can be successful, both in school and in life. One way to do that is by giving students the tools they need to be organized. Each year our students get beautiful new planners.  We feel that not only are these planners a useful tool of communication between parents and teachers but are also an important way for students to organize their school activities and assignments.

To better utilize our planners and use them more effectively, the intermediate department would like to make the following changes:
  • Students will be adding items into planners on an almost daily basis (with some rare exceptions for those times when there are no items to share).
  • Planners should be checked daily and signed by parents. Teachers will also check planners daily.
We hope that these changes will help relieve any confusion as to how planners are being used as well as help our students be more successful in building important organizational skills.
Blessings

The Intermediate Department

Changes to Awards

Dear Parents,

We wanted to inform you of some changes being made to the Intermediate Department this year. Highroad Academy always endeavours to celebrate student achievement. However, we have increasingly felt that awards have become more and more detrimental to the growth of our students. Schools should be about learning and creativity in a safe and caring environment. In fact, our core values for Highroad Academy include:

  • Strengthening the unique value and character of each individual.
  • Inspiring passionate, creative, and responsible learners.

These values are all about empowering all students, not just the ones that are academically strong at the core subjects. We feel that handing out school academic awards at a year-end assembly promotes the opposite. The year-end awards promotes individuals as opposed to the efforts of all students working together.

For that reason, the Intermediate Department will no longer be giving out trophies for year-end academics or Term citizenship awards at a year-end assembly. Instead, students who receive A honours certificates for achieving marks above 86% in the four core subjects will receive a certificate in their report cards at the end of the year. We feel that this change will not only keep us aligned to the Primary and High School departments, but also help us to convey to our students that EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM is important to our school.

Warm regards,

Intermediate Department

Important Information (Sept. 9th-13th)

Week One is done:

Congratulations! We have made it safely to the end of a great start of grade six. Students have worked hard to adjust to the back to school routine and in doing so have demonstrated both great flexibility and focus. I am so excited to have each of the students in this class with me for the year!

Are you curious about what we will be up to in September? In math we will begin place values and number concepts on Monday. In Social Studies students are working on mapping Canada. Studies in Science will start with exploring “growth mindset” and goal setting. In Language Arts we are reading a non-fiction text passage from Current Events and exploring the topic of Quebec’s New Secularism Laws. We will also start a novel study with a great character study at the heart of the story later next week! In P.E. we are working on a unit in soccer (we will go outside, please send all students with water bottles). Lastly, we will be working really hard to be independent and organized as we begin grade six. If you notice student work floating around at home, please insist it is tucked safely in their binder.

Ways you can support your child’s success this year include fostering independence in ways that are right for your family! Encouraging your child to join a school sport or worship leadership team. Checking the blog and planner regularly (although deadlines and homework is the student’s responsibility). Praying for your child, the class, the teacher and the school.

I am in my classroom most mornings before school and I am available after school until 3:30 if you would like to pop in to discuss anything. Email is a great way to stay in touch also. If there is anything you are wondering about or would like to share with me my door is open and my inbox is waiting!

Warm regards,

Ms. Froyland

Spelling List:

  1. Ms. Froyland
  2. Mrs. Augustin
  3. Lily
  4. Annalise
  5. Aria
  6. Mica
  7. Tilly
  8. Gage
  9. Leia
  10. Daniel
  11. Caleb
  12. Ema
  13. Judah
  14. Sadie
  15. Avrie
  16. Armand
  17. Seth
  18. Piper
  19. Rylan
  20. Audrina
  21. Anthony
  22. Jaylin

*Tested on Friday September 13th

Bible Memory Verse:

Psalm 100:2-3
2 Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
*Psalm 100:2 tested on Friday September 13th
*Psalm 100:2-3 tested on Sept. 27th

Important Dates:

Sept. 9- Comfort Kits Letters in the planners.

Sept. 10- Pizza services starts up. Pizza can be purchased for $2 per slice. Selection varies. Prepaid pizza cards are available for purchase from the office.

Sept. 11- Intermediate Chapel kicks off with a theme of worship.

Sept. 14 – Knights Day

Sept. 16 – Parents Night (6:30) – All Staff

Sept. 17 – Immunizations (Grade 6) – (Int)

Sept. 20 – Professional Development

Sept. 23 – Primary Meeting

Sept. 24 – Intermediate Meeting

Sept. 27 – Knights Day

Sept. 30 – Orange Shirt Day (Int)

Welcome to Grade 6B

Dear Grade 6 Parents and Students,

I am so excited to share the new school year with you. This year I hope you will grow, learn, connect, serve and persevere as a community striving to do your best academically, socially, and spiritually!

Adventurous and energetic are words that are often used to describe me! I love God’s amazing creation. When I am not in the classroom, I can be found exploring British Columbia by foot, bicycle, canoe and skis. One of my greatest joys is sharing my love of adventure with my young family and husband. The students may report I have interesting pets. It is true, our dog has a very special job and our cat is in charge of Neighbourhood Watch. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from Augustana Lutheran University in Camrose, Alberta. I also hold a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Regina. At university I focused my studies on Outdoor Experiential Education and Northern Studies. I have experience teaching in remote communities in the Yukon, and in dynamic classrooms with Special Needs students. My personal educational philosophy can be summed up in this statement: love generously, learn constantly. An area in my life I also love to share about is a organization called Himalayan Life (http://himalayanlife.com/en/home-page/); this movement is changing kids’ lives in Nepal through education, intervention, and innovative projects that empower powerless and marginalized street children.

I have set our theme verse for this year to be Ephesians 1:17-19 (MSG):

15-19 That’s why, when I heard of the solid trust you have in the Master Jesus and your outpouring of love to all the followers of Jesus, I couldn’t stop thanking God for you—every time I prayed, I’d think of you and give thanks. But I do more than thank. I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength!

I am looking forward to getting to know you as we grow, learn, connect and serve together this year at HRA! I intend to use this blog as the primary communication from the classroom to home along with Student Planner. Please write a note in your child’s planner, email me, or stop by the classroom with any questions you may have. Let’s help all our daughters and sons grow and develop with unique purpose this year!

Blessings,

Ms. Kirsten Froyland

Thank you/Lost and found

Thank you for all the kind words and gifts. I am so fortunate to work at a school with such amazing families supporting amazing kids!

A few items have been left behind. Do any of these things look familiar?

  • LG black Old Navy hoodie
  • Football
  • Glove
  • Action Bible
  • Yearbook page
  • Army guys

Are you interested in the visiting the Space Center in Vancouver? I have free adult passes (must accompany a youth/child)! Stop by the office to pick them up on Monday!

 

Nailed it Smashed it Send off

Dear friends,

Today was the perfect way to wrap up our time together in Grade5/6. We laughed, we got messy, some nailed it, some failed it, we cleaned up and we even learned a little along the way. Just one more assembly and a bit of time in class together and it will finally be here… SUMMER!!!

Thank you to my amazing students. I can’t wait to see what you do in the future, you all have purpose and giftings. Use them for good! I hope you will always remember you have a teacher who believes in you!

Thank you parents, your support and encouragement this year has been so wonderful. I appreciate that you have allowed me to journey along side your precious children, I hope I have done so with enough intention and care that you are satisfied. Your children are remarkable. Each student has grown this year and it was my pleasure to walk alongside them!

Please come visit me next year. Have a safe summer.

Signing off, yours truly!

Ms. Froyland

p.s. Please make sure all your personal belongs are removed from the classroom and you have checked the school lost and found one last time!

Celebration of Learning:

Nailed it or Failed it?

Smash it:

Off to High School: