CambridgeLearns July 1, 2014



Dear Cambridge Community,

My name is Antonio Vendramin and I am proud and honoured to be your new Principal this year. I thank Mr. Winton for his many years of service to Surrey Schools and for guiding the Cambridge family for the past 8 years. I wish him a long, healthy, and happy retirement. I also wish Mrs. Chohan great success in her new assignment as Principal of Pacific Heights Elementary.

I am eager to get to know you all and serve our community to the very best of my ability.

I believe:

  • Working hard and being kind to others are keys to success in life.
  • Mistakes are OK as long as we learn from them.
  • Everyone CAN learn.
  • Everyone learns in a different way.
  • Everyone has different strengths.
  • We are ALL unique.
  • All people are driven to do work that is personally meaningful.
  • A group of people working together can accomplish more than one person alone.

IMG_5852Personally, I am a husband and dad to three great kids. I love hiking, running, camping, photography, attending Vancouver Whitecaps matches, and I absolutely adore dogs, especially my dog “Pip”.

I am so excited because together, I know we will make 2014/15 a great year!

Kind Regards,
Mr. Vendramin


Dear Cambridge Community,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2014-15 school year.  This is my first year at Cambridge Elementary as your Vice Principal and I look forward to a year of discovery and learning together.

IMG_5850Who am I?  I am a mom, a wife, a sister, and a friend.  I love writing, gardening, spending time with my family, and going on walks with my dog “Max”. Professionally, I am a teacher. For over thirty years, I have taught children and adults in a variety of settings throughout the province – from inner city classrooms, to a rural one-room classroom, and at post-secondary universities.

I look forward to getting to know the students and families at Cambridge and all that they bring to our learning community.  My door is always open.

Kelli Vogstad

As is the case most years, this is a time that we unfortunately need to say goodbye to some staff members. Thank you to the following staff members who have contributed greatly to the Cambridge community and who are off to new assignments and adventures next year. We wish you all the very best!
Mr. Winton – Principal – Retirement
Ms. Chohan – Vice-Principal – Appointed Principal of Pacific Heights Elementary
Ms. Sangha – Accepted a position at Senator Reid Elementary
Ms. Chutter – Retirement
Ms. Vinciguerra/Ms. Cooper – Accepted a position at AJ McLellan Elementary
Ms. Aldus – Accepted a position at Rosemary Heights Elementary
Ms. Langton – Accepted a position at Rosemary Heights Elementary
Ms. Smith – Accepted a position at Katzie Elementary
Ms. Yee – Accepted a position at Katzie Elementary
Ms. Mace – Term position
Ms. Wilson – Accepted a position at Goldstone Park Elementary
Ms. O’Hara – Accepted a position at Strawberry Hill Elementary
Ms. Cummings – Term Position

We are happy to welcome new and returning members to the Cambridge community who will continue the excellent work currently taking place:
Antonio Vendramin – Principal – joining us from Georges Vanier Elementary
Kelli Vogstad – Vice-Principal – joining us from Hazelgrove Elementary
Kerry Tinant – Grade 1 – returning
John Kwon – Grade 4/5 – returning
Shelagh Lim – Grade 7 Teacher – joining us from Education Services
Dave Morrison – Grade 5/6 Teacher – joining us from Bayridge Elementary
Suparsha Sharda – Grade 2 – joining us from Holly Elementary
Punam Sharda – Grade 2 – joining us from Holly Elementary
Nina Minhas – Grade 6/7 – joining us from Senator Reid Elementary
Dawn Unruh – Grade 1 – joining us from Maple Green Elementary
Bonnie Jennings – Kindergarten – joining us from Chantrell Creek Elementary
Marlene Konyves – LST – joining us from J.T. Brown Elementary


18-Meet the Teacher Night/ Community BBQ
19-Terry Fox Run
22-Professional Day

13-Thanksgiving Holiday
18-Interim Reports
24-Professional Day

10-Professional Day
11-Remembrance Day Holiday

5-Reports Cards
10-Parent Teacher Conferences – Early Dismissal – 1:30 p.m.
11-Parent Teacher Conferences – Early Dismissal – 1:30 p.m.
19-Last Day Before Christmas Break

5-School Begins

9-Family Day
19-Student Led Conferences – Early Dismissal – 1:30 p.m.
20-Professional Day

6-Report Cards
9-20-Spring Break

1-Running Club Starts
3-Good Friday Holiday
6-Easter Monday Holiday
30-Running Club Ends

1-Professional Day
7-Parent Thank You Tea
18-Victoria Day Holiday
25-Professional Day

3-Kindergarten Introduction Parent Meeting
4-New Kindergarten Student Visits
12-Sports Day
19-Grade 7 Assembly
25-Last Day Before Summer Holiday
Final Assembly
Early Dismissal 1:30 p.m.

Each school year, parents support their child(ren)’s formal learning experiences in a wide variety of ways. We appreciate all that you do to ensure a successful year!

In addition to providing the school supplies itemized on a grade list, parents are periodically asked for monies to cover specific items and/or special events. These fees reflect the actual cost of the service or equipment. As we plan for the 2014/2015 school year, we anticipate the following costs:

Student Planner: grade 1-7 students use a School Planner at a cost of $5. Included in the planner is our school code of conduct, school calendar and school district information. We find this to be an excellent tool for facilitating home/school communication, as well as for developing our students’ organizational skills.

Field Studies and Field Trips: Classes often enjoy educational visits to community facilities which extend and enhance the curriculum. While we use school monies or fundraise to cover the costs of such activities wherever possible, there are times when parents are asked to contribute towards the cost of the trip.

Musical Instruments: Grade 4 students may learn to play the recorder. Students will have the option to purchase one through our music teacher for $8.00 or receiving one on loan from the school. Also, our Grade 7 students who choose to take band may either rent or purchase their instrument. Costs vary depending on the instrument.

School Supplies: Parents have the option of purchasing their child’s school supplies on their own utilizing the grade supply list or for your convenience you may wish to purchase supplies as a package through a company called EDU-PAC. Payment is made directly to EDU-PAC. Costs for supplies vary based on grade.

*No child will be denied a learning opportunity due to an inability to pay for activities and/or supplies. If you are unable to pay an amount requested by the school, please contact your child’s teacher, Mr. Vendramin, or Ms. Vogstad.


This excerpt from Cambridge’s May 2014 Newsletter: A BIG thank you to our PAC this year in making some great things happen in the school. Thank you for your time, effort, and energy in the numerous fundraisers done this year to help pay for student field trips and supplies. We are so fortunate to have a PAC that comes together to raise school spirit in events such as the Halloween Dance, our family BBQ, Sports Day, Hot Chocolate sales on cold winter mornings, bake sales, and many other events. Our PAC executive for the 2014/15 school year is:

President – Eileen Oyenhart
Vice President – Troy Glenn
Treasurer – Jaime Glavin
Secretary – Jana Billings
DPAC Rep – Mona Sidhu

Stay in touch with your Cambridge PAC and visit their blog often!

Screen Shot 2014-06-29 at 12.02.18 PMBACK TO “IN THIS ISSUE”

Education in changing rapidly, mostly because we know that today’s learners don’t necessarily need to know more, but need to have essential competencies being called for in today’s world:

  • Communication
  • Creative and Critical Thinking
  • Self and Cultural Awareness

Read more about curriculum changes HERE. Enjoy this video which exemplifies how these competencies are used to solve real-world problems:


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