I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I really enjoyed watching my oldest daughter play basketball at a tournament in Langley. The Highroad Grade 8 girls played so well.

This week we are continuing to learn about division and working on number sense. In Language Arts we are working on descriptive writing. Today we were learning about Martín Luther King Jr. (age appropriate) in honor of MLK jr. Day.

We have finished our review of matter and have moved on to learning about atoms and molecules in Science. In Socials we are continuing our learning about First Nations and Aboriginal groups in Canada.

The students created beautiful painted snowmen in art on Friday and it has really brightened our room! If you ever want to come in a check out what your child is working on please pop by!

  • save
  • list
  • date
  • grant
  • fight
  • rise
  • hop
  • war
  • own
  • warm
  • study
  • try
  • write
  • hear
  • beyond
  • among
  • balance

Important Dates:

Cozy Casual Day January 18th

Missions Trip Dessert Night

A message from the missions trip team:

You are invited to the Guatemala 2023 Info Dessert Night Jan 24 at 7 pm.  Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in your “My HRA” space.  Even if you can’t come, you could give to the “Build a classroom in a village” project.  Money can be given through the school office or at City Life church.  Please designate for the HRA 2023 Mission project. 

I hope you all had a wonderful and restful holiday. We had a great day back to school. The students worked hard and settled right back into routines.

This week in Math we will be finishing up our unit on multiplication and then on Monday we will be starting division. In Language Arts we are working on a piece of writing about our holidays. The students will be working on writing interesting details and stretching moments in writing instead of simply listing activities. They will also be learning to write an interesting closing sentence.

In Science we are reviewing properties of matter and then starting a unit on molecules and atoms. The review of matter is only a few days.

In Socials Studies we are learning about the oral traditions of the First Nations people in Canada.

We will be continuing basketball in Gym.

Important Upcoming Dates:

January 18th: Cozy Casual Day

Bible Memory Verse

7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.

8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.

10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit.

No Spelling This Week

Thank You

The kids were amazing today!! I am so proud of all the hard work they put into the play. They really did a fantastic job.

Thank you so much for the sweet generous gifts and cards. I feel loved! I hope you have a blessed Christmas. see you in the New Year!!!


We finished the novel that we were reading during our read aloud time and today the students watched the movie. This is a cute little story about a mouse that does not fit the norm. He falls in love with a princess and goes on a quest to save her from a rat.

The students enjoyed a relaxing afternoon! We are TIRED.

Concert Information

Christmas Concert Information

This year the K-3 students will be performing a Christmas musical called “Starlight”.

1. While some students in Ms. Rast’s and Mrs. VanLeeuwen’s classes will be wearing specific character costumes, all other students Gr. 1, 2 and 3 will form a choir of stars in the dark night sky. They are asked to wear:

      a. Bottoms: navy blue or black pants or skirt and tights. HRA uniform pants are acceptable.

      b. Tops: navy blue or black long-sleeved tops. HRA uniform sweatshirts are acceptable.

      c. Avoid: any other colour of clothing, including white and grey.

2. Kindergarten students will be provided angel costumes and halos that the school already owns.

3. Mrs. Shinness will contact the families of specific characters in grades 2/3 and 3 directly for costume suggestions to match their characters.

Students need to arrive at school on the morning of the concert (Friday December 16) wearing their navy blue/black full attire. Costumed characters may also arrive in their costumes, as help getting changed will not be available. Kindergarten teachers will assist their students putting angel costumes over the clothes that they come to school in. Uniform is not required on the day of the concert for K-3 students.

If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Shinness at ashinness@highroadacademy.com.

Last week updates

Dates to Remember:

Wednesday, December 14th – Christmas Sweater/Colour Day

Thursday, December 15th – Christmas Sweater/Colours again

Friday, December 16th – Primary Christmas Concert @ 10:30 am and early dismissal – 11:30 am (come dressed for the concert!)

Jan. 3rd- return to school


No spelling list this week.

Reminders and Other Information:

  • Christmas Accessories: Students  may wear festive hats, scarves, gloves, and/or socks/leggings with their uniform.  All items must be Christmas themed.  Baseball caps and bucket hats do not count unless they are particularly Christmassy in some way.
  • Salvation Army Food Drive – The food drive will start December 1st, note that cash donations are preferred as they can buy things at a discount price thus making the donation go farther.