Full Time Kindie Corner

October Dates

October 3 – Spell to Write and Read parent seminar – 3:15-4:15 (childcare will be provided)

October 9,10 – School closed for Thanksgiving

October 17 – Pumpkin Patch Fieldtrip K-3

October 19 – Great Shake out – provincial earthquake drill

October 20 – Interim reports go home

October 24-26 – Scholastic Book Fair

October 25 – Knight Day

October 31 – Fall Dress up- wear your favorite fall colors! (no costumes please)

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Picture Day tomorrow!!

Hi Parents!

Me again!  Tomorrow, Thursday September 14 is individual picture day at school.  Students need to wear their full dress uniform.  Boys need to wear their button down shirt and cardigan.  If boys would prefer to wear shorts instead of pants, they may as the photo is only  from the waist up.  Girls need to wear Peter Pan blouse, tunic and cardigan.

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Comfort Kits, Knight Shirts, and more!

Hi Parents!

I know you are probably thinking “enough information already!”  I am so sorry if you are feeling overwhelmed.  I just want to make sure I am doing my part in keeping you informed.

Comfort Kits:

Tomorrow a letter is coming home explaining what these are and what you need to do for them.  Please look for the orange paper in your child’s folder tomorrow.

Knight Shirts:

Each child in full time kindie is coming home with a black Knight shirt today.  These knight shirts are to wear on the last Wednesday of each month.  This day will be known as Knight Day and we wear these shirts in support of our school sports teams and to build our school spirit.  Students can wear casual bottoms with these shirts.  If your child doesn’t want to wear their knight shirt, they will need to wear their uniform.

And more:

I just wanted to say how pleased I am with how well the students are settling into our routines at school.  There is so much to learn and remember (you think YOU have a lot to keep straight!).  It is so nice to have lockers to keep our special things in, and the students are working on being responsible for their things.  You all did such an AMAZING job using the back and forth folders for pizza orders!  THANK YOU SO MUCH!  Your help following these procedures helps our day go so much more smoothly!

Book Order:

A scholastic book order form went home earlier this week.  If you would like to place an order, please take a look at the front page of the order form for the due date.  Payment can be made in the form of cheque or you can pay online with a credit card.  Let me know if you need assistance finding out how to do that.  Your scholastic orders enable me to acquire new books and manipulatives for the classroom.  There are always such fun books in there!

Special Classes:

3 times a week we have PE- 2 of these times we are in the gym with Mrs. Morris’ kindergarten class.  Mrs. Morris and I take turns planning and teaching these classes.  The remaining gym time we are in the gym on our own,

2 times a week the students have library.  We had our first library visit yesterday.  Mondays the students will take books home.  Please return your students’ books NEXT Monday.  They will then bring new books home on that day.  Fridays the students will go to the library to have story time and sometimes to play a game, color a picture or have quiet book time.  Mrs. Britz is our wonderful librarian and she is excited to get to know each of our kindies.

2 times a week the students have music.  These classes take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  Mrs. Caswell is our music teacher and she loves to hear the children sing and worship God.  They had a wonderful time today singing together!



School shoes

Hi Parents!

Just a reminder that students need to have a pair of pe shoes at school.  These need to be non-marking soles, with no flashing lights or characters please.

Also, if your child cannot tie lace shoes, please find other shoes for them.  I do not have time to tie 19 pairs of shoes each day and we are trying to teach the children to be as independent as can be.  Thank you for your help with this!


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Pizza Tuesdays!

Tuesdays are Pizza Days at Highroad!  As a busy mom I love having the option of taking a day off of making lunch and letting my girls have pizza once in a while.  You might like that too!  In order to best serve the primary students, the volunteers that take care of the pizza orders bring the pizza right to the classroom and I distribute the pizza according to my order sheet.

How does your child’s order get onto my order sheet?  It’s easy!  Place your child’s pizza order INSIDE their back and forth folder.  Not in their lunch kit, not in their pocket, not in their backpack- INSIDE THEIR FOLDER!  I cannot emphasize this enough.  Every morning I will look through that folder.  I am guaranteed to see it if it’s there.  I don’t have time to check backpacks and lunchkits for extra orders.

What should this order look like?  A post-it note with a note on it that says “1 piece of cheese pizza” (or pepperoni or hawaiian or meatlovers) is all I need to know what your child is having for lunch.

How do I pay for my pizza?  Pizza is $2 a slice.  There are 2 methods of payment.  Method #1- cash.  You can slip money into the folder with your child’s order (probably in a ziploc is best so it doesn’t get lost).  Method #2- PIZZA CARD!  This is the best!  You can go to the office and purchase a pizza card ( or 2).  Pizza cards are $24 and have 12 slices on them.  When you don’t have $2 at home, this can be a life saver!

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Loose Parts!

Today I sent home a little explanation about loose parts, what they are and why I am including them in our learning this year. I am starting by including loose parts as a centre activity and I am pleased already with the creativity of the students! I may send home requests in the future for a variety of objects… chances are, this is why!

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More information!

Hi Parents!  I am so sorry if you are feeling bombarded with information.  There is so much to tell you at the beginning of the year and I want to make sure you have what you need.  I am not trying to send too much all at once but I do apologize if you feel like it is a lot!


Today I sent home a green paper explaining Freshgrade.  I will use this app as a way to send you photos of your child’s learning and experiences at school.  It is almost like you can be a fly on the wall and get a sneak peek into what they are up to in here!  This is new for me and I am excited to give it a try.  There are a number of ways that Freshgrade can connect you with the classroom, but for now I will use it primarily as a way to send you precious photos of your kindergartner.

Bravo Badges:

During our one hour class on Tuesday, your child received their first Bravo Badge!  These are badges that are collected and hung on a ring in the classroom throughout the year.  These badges are given by the teachers as we make observations, both academic and social, throughout the year.  If your child receives a Bravo Badge during the day, I will do my best to send you a photo on Freshgrade explaining what happened.

September dates:

Sept. 11- Kindies start FULL DAYS of school (school starts at 8:55 and ends at 2:55)

Sept. 14- Individual Photo Day- students need to wear their full dress uniform for their photo (please note, if it is hot the cardigan can be put on just the photo and then removed)

Sept. 18- Parent Welcome Night- 6:30 pm

Sept. 27- Knight Day- the last Wednesday of each month is Knight day.  This is an opportunity for your child to wear casual bottoms and their Knight shirt! (Knight shirts will be provided for all kindie students this year- yay!!)



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Thanks for coming!

Thank you all for coming and for helping to make the beginning of our year together so wonderful!  I know as a parent it is not always easy to block off time like that, but having you here was such a blessing.

Some things to know for the week:

Because we still don’t have lockers and we won’t be needing them this week anyway, gym shoes and pillows can come to school next Monday with your child.

Please send your child with a snack and a water bottle for the rest of the week.  No lunch is needed but we will have snack time together.

Please send the folder back each day!  If you have a note for me, that is a great place to put it.  I will be looking in those folders every day at the beginning of our morning together.


If you have any other questions, please feel free to send me an email!


Thanks so much!


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Perhaps you are wondering?!

I have noticed a few questions cropping up on Highroad Social about our first day of  school next Tuesday.  We are having a Welcome to School Party!  The party will be occurring from 8 am until about 10 am.  There is no need to arrive at 8!  Just be aware that you may want to arrive a bit earlier than you normally would so that you can have a photo taken in the photo booth, visit with the princesses and the pirate that will be here and to enjoy a cup of coffee.  The Kindergarten class will be open for you from 9:15-10:15 and I have organized some “get to know the classroom” activities for you to do with your child.  At the end of our hour, your kindie child is free to go home.  They will not be staying until noon like the rest of the school.

We are so excited to be getting new lockers for the primary wing of the school!  Unfortunately production of the lockers seems to be running behind and so we may not have lockers for the first week of school.  Please help your child find their name on the hall wall and place their belongings against the wall under their name.  We hope to have these beautiful wooden lockers in as soon as possible!

I hope that clarifies some things for you as you look ahead to next week.  I am excited to get the year started and I hope you are too!

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Welcome New Kindies!

Welcome to all the new kindies and families joining us at Highroad Academy!  I have done my best to sign everyone up for the blog but I am missing a few email addresses.  If you have received an email stating you need to subscribe to this blog, PLEASE SAY YES!  This is one of the best ways for you to stay in the loop as the school year goes on. By subscribing, you will be sent an email every time I post something new on the blog.  You will always know what’s going on.  I will do my best to keep this blog current, informative and useful for you. If you didn’t receive an email about the blog and are reading this because you found it through the Highroad Academy website, please subscribe!  If you need help figuring out how to do this, I would be more than happy to help you!

I am so looking forward to meeting you all next week!  We are busy preparing the school for a wonderful year.  If you are in the neighborhood and want to come in for a quick hello, I will be around for the rest of the week and would love to meet you.

A few bits and pieces about next week.  Our first day of Kindie is Tuesday, September 5, just like all the other students.  The Kindie door will be opened to welcome you for 1 hour, from 9:15-10:15.  There will be a big party in the parking lot so you may want to plan to arrive a little earlier so you don’t miss out!  This one hour session is an opportunity for you and your child to explore the classroom together.  Please ensure that you are available to be with your child for that hour.  At 10:15 your child will be dismissed for the day!

Children are to wear their uniforms for the first day of school even though it is a short time.

Please feel free to email me at dlarsson@highroadacademy.com if you have any questions or concerns that I can help you with.

Looking forward to a year full of wonder, learning and fun!


Deana Larsson

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