Oct 04
October 2022

Dear Highwood Families,

Everyone has settled nicely into the daily school routine and its been great that things are back to 'normal.'  We still ask that students continue safe and healthy practices such as regular hand washing (especially after using the washroom and before and after eating) and staying home if they are sick.

Here are just a few information items and reminders for the month of October:

  • School Development Plan
  • Lunch utensils and extra food
  • Morning entry
  • Important October dates

School Development Plan

Every year all CBE schools must create a plan based on student data on how they want to improve student achievement.  For the last two years teachers have worked with students to improve their oral use of subject specific vocabulary in Math (in Chinese) and Social Studies (Indigenous Education in English).  This year we will be building on this and will work with students to increase their reading/ recognition of subject specific vocabulary in Math (in Chinese) and Social Studies (in English).  For well-being, we will continue to work with students about kindness with the overarching theme of “How does kindness change the world?"

Lunch utensils and extra food

A friendly reminder to please pack a fork or spoon in your child's lunch bag every day.  As well, as the year progresses and children grow, we find that students get hungrier and require a bigger lunch and snack. 

Morning Entry

This year we implemented a 'soft entry' where students enter the school upon arrival between 8:05-8:20.  We ask that you do not drop students off before 8:05 as the school is not officially open at that time and we may not have enough supervisors.  As well, if students arrive after 8:20, they are considered late and must enter through the front door, collect a “Welcome Slip" from the office before they can proceed to class.  It is important that students arrive on time every day so that they can be a part of the class' daily morning routine and start the day off without feeling rushed.

Important October dates

Friday, September 30: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation- No school for all students

Friday, October 7: PD Day- No school for all students

Monday, October 10: Thanksgiving- No school for all students

Thursday, October 13: Picture Day

Friday, October 14: Monday/ Wednesday kindergarten attends school

Thursday, October 20: 1:00- Monthly Assembly    Hosts: Grade 2 Team

Friday, October 21: Tuesday/ Thursday kindergarten attends school

Monday, October 24: Grade 3 In-class Presentation- Mad Science;  7:00pm- School Council Meeting (online)

October 24- October 27: Ms. Parlee's class Open Minds SEED school

Friday, October 28: PD Day- No school for all students

Monday, October 31: Spirit Day!  Orange and Black Day

October 31- November 3: Ms. McSorley's class Open Minds SEED school


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