We had a fabulous, albeit short, week. I am blown away by the students work ethic, and willingness to contribute to class conversations. We had a wonderful conversation about residential schools (age appropriate of course) and how we would feel in that particular situation. We then completed an activity stating that every child matters and every child deserves…. What rich conversations we had.

Please check your childs planner for their school pictures that were sent home today. If your child was absent today then I have their picture and will give it to them when they return to school.

Spelling words for next week:

  1. Can
  2. Is
  3. The
  4. With
  5. For 
  6. In
  7. They
  8. You 
  9. Was
  10. From 
  11. And
  12. He
  13. On
  14. We

This is the last week of “no excuse” spelling words. The lists will be increasing in difficulty after this list.

Please remember to send your childs home reading with them on their day. There is a list on the blog under reading groups if you have forgotten your day.

I hope you have a wonderful long weekend!!

We have a very short week this week but a few things happening to take note of. Wednesday is orange shirt day. Students are invited to wear an orange shirt and casual bottoms in remembrance of the Indigenous people that suffered through residential schools. I will be discussing residential schools in an age appropriate way on Wednesday. We will be reading the books Stolen Words, When I Was Eight, and Not My Girl.

There is no school on Thursday for Truth and Reconciliation Day.

Friday is a Pro D day so no classes.

Tomorrow is the first pizza day if you have pre ordered pizza.

There is no spelling this week due to the short week.

If your child has home reading on either Thursday of Friday, they can bring their books in on Wednesday. I will try to read with most of the students but for those I don’t get a chance they are still able to exchange their book for a new one.

On Friday the Students had a spelling test and math quiz, both of the quizzes have gone home. This weeks words are:

  1. Are
  2. Her
  3. One
  4. Were
  5. As
  6. His
  7. Or
  8. What
  9. At
  10. She
  11. Where
  12. Be 
  13. It
  14. That
  15. When

Important Dates:

Toonies for Terry on September 22nd.

We have started spelling this week and some of you may be wondering why the words seem very simple. The first few spelling test will be our “no excuse words”. What this means is that the students will be expected to always spell those correctly in all the work they do all year. After we have completed the no excuse word lists then we will be moving on to more difficult words.

I am almost finished testing the students reading and we will be starting our home reading program. I will send out more details about this when we launch it on Monday.

Thursday is picture day, please have your student in the correct uniform pieces. They are allowed to wear any of the appropriate uniform pieces. I have noticed that some students have been wearing socks that are not part of the uniform, please ensure that they are wearing correct colours. Thank you!

Don’t forget to order your pizza order on munch a lunch! Pizza days will start on the 28th.

What a fantastic week we had! I can tell this is going to be an exceptional year. The students settled in so nicely and have learned the routines so quickly.

Spelling words for next week (tests on Fridays):

  1. do
  2. no
  3. This
  4. All
  5. Had
  6. Not
  7. To
  8. Am
  9. Have
  10. Of

Updated Start Times

Thank you for a wonderful start to the school year. We also want to thank you for taking the time to do your health checks with your children! Just a note to our fabulous parents on our school starting time!

Our school doors will be opening at our traditional time of 8:55. Classrooms will be closed until that time as teachers work hard to prepare classroom materials, set up their classroom and participate in before school meetings. We encourage parents to try to arrive at the school between 8:45 and 8:55. However, if students arrive earlier, they can head to the playground where we will have supervision. At 8:55, the school bell will ring and students will be welcomed into the school.

On days that are extreme rain days, students will be brought into the gym. Students can enter the gym through the side gym door and head to their grade area. On these rainy days, we would again encourage families to try and bring students as close to the start of school as possible as activities will be limited in the gym.

Pizza lunches will be on Tuesdays this year beginning Tuesday Sept. 21, 2021. All of our hot lunch orders must be placed through the Munch a Lunch system. The link to Munch a Lunch can be found on the school website under the ‘my highroad’ tab Munch a Lunch button. Orders must be received 2 weeks prior to the scheduled hot lunch date.

We had an awesome day today! I can tell this year is going to be amazing. Please remember to send you child a water bottle to school as we don’t have access to a water fountain.

Just a friendly reminder that girls should be wearing black shorts under their tunics.

I have sent home a student information form. Please fill it out and return it to me as soon as possible.

We have a nut allergy in our classroom so I ask that you do not send anything to school that contains nuts. Thank you so much for helping to keep our classroom a safe place for everyone.

End of the day dismissal has returned to normal. Students will be dismissed at the end of the day and are allowed to leave the classroom. Please arrange with your child where you would like to meet them at the end of the day.

I have sent home a scholastic order with your child. If you would like to place an order you can do that online using our classroom code:

 Class Code RC134695

Welcome Back!!

Welcome to Grade 2 and 3!

I hope that everyone had a restful and relaxing summer holidays.  I am so honoured to be your child’s teacher this year, and so excited to see what God has in store for us.  I will be communicating with you through my blog.  You can find all the pertinent information in regard to our class here. 

      Please send running shoes with your child for P.E., they will remain in your child’s locker all year.  Please also send socks if they choose to wear sandals while the summer uniform is still in effect.  Our P.E. days are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Grade 3’s will need to have a P.E. uniform. Library is on Wednesday.  

       Spelling tests will begin the second week of school.  I will post the list on the blog and students will be writing the words in their planners on Tuesdays. 

      We will be working on a bible memory verse weekly.  Please practice reciting the verse with your child.  You can find the bible verse on the blog.

      The students will have planners, please sign them and send them to school each day.  

      I couldn’t be more excited to share this year with your child, and look forward to watching them learn and grow.  If you have any questions you can email me at avanleeuwen@highroadacademy.com.


Mrs. VanLeeuwen