CambridgeLearns September 28, 2014

The past week at Cambridge Elementary in TWEETS!

IN THIS ISSUE:

PRINCIPAL/VICE-PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Hello Cambridge Community,

What a great week!  It was wonderful to finally have the most important people back in school: our students, parents, and staff members. To all, we say WELCOME BACK. We want to thank our teachers for their patience and hard work this week, especially in the area of forming classes. Teachers have spent countless hours, mostly after school on their own time, forming and re-forming classes and trying to create the best possible learner groupings. There are many factors that go into the process. Many of these factors are discussed in the Class Organization section below. Most importantly, we want to assure you that we have done our best.

What do we ask of students and parents?

Please be patient and give placements an opportunity to be assessed. In almost all cases, students end up loving their teacher and the class they are in. Having said that, we will look at classes carefully during the first few weeks to see if adjustments need to be made. Children need their parents to reassure them that everything will be OK. Parents, you have our assurance that we visit and spend time in every classroom as well as communicate frequently with teachers to ensure learning environments are the best they can be.

Thank you for the excellent feedback you have given us and for the warm welcome. We feel a part of the Cambridge Community already. It’s great to have you back!

Regards,

Antonio Vendramin, Principal
Kelli Vogstad, Vice Principal

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CLASS ORGANIZATION

Classes were formed on Friday after many hours of teachers consulting with each other. As mentioned above, we ask that you remain patient and give your child a chance to settle into their new learning environment. We ask that you not call the school immediately this week requesting a change in classes. The only exception would be if, during the flurry of activity, the class placement request you made back in May or June was not taken into account.  Please take some time to read the following District documents pertaining to class placement:

CLICK HERE to read more about CLASS ORGANIZATION.

CLICK HERE to read more about COMBINED CLASSES.

Key points to keep in mind:

  • It is not appropriate to request a specific teacher. The focus should always be on placement into the most appropriate learning environment.
  • Combined classes are not considered a factor when placing students. Combined classes are not inferior learning environments. In fact, research suggests that student in combined classes do just as well, if not better, than students in straight classes.
  • In many cases, students are either placed together or apart depending on dynamics observed by previous teachers.
  • From year to year, teachers communicate general information regarding a student’s ability in numeracy and language arts, as well ask work habits and behaviour. This information guides teachers in their class formation.

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STUDENT PLANNERS
Planners are a great tool in both helping students stay organized, but in helping parents stay informed regarding what’s happening in classrooms. The cost of each planner is $5.00 for students from Grade 1-7. Kindergarten students do not require a planner. If you prefer, you may also purchase your own planner. Consult with your child’s teacher to see what type of planner you should purchase.
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TERRY FOX RUN
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As the tweet above suggests, our Terry Fox Run was a huge success despite the rain. Students were enthusiastic and were inspired by the following video which was shared at the assembly just prior to the run:

A special SHOUT OUT to our wonderful parents who came out in large numbers to line the route to keep students safe and encourage them on their run. We could not have done the run without you. Thank you!
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CAMBRIDGE CARDBOARD CHALLENGE
A few years ago, a young boy from East Los Angeles, named Caine, inspired the world by building a complete arcade using imagination and cardboard. An organization called the Imagination Foundation “was founded to find, foster and fund creativity and entrepreneurship in children around the world to raise a new generation of innovators and problem solvers who have the tools they need to build the world they imagine.” The result? The Cambridge Cardboard Challenge. Our event will take place on October 6th and will be open to all students. Students need to complete the Cardboard Challenge Application to indicate their interest in participating.

Please watch and discuss the following videos and then decide, “How will YOU show your creativity?”


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HAVE YOU LOST YOUR ELECTRONIC DEVICE?
A couple of devices (which look to be in good working condition) were turned in at the office. If you have lost yours, please visit the office and describe your missing device. Thank you!
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WELCOME STUDENT TEACHERS
It’s an exciting time of the year for students, but it’s also an exciting time for student teachers. This year, we will have 3 student teachers joining us from Simon Fraser University. Student teachers work under the direct supervision of classroom teachers and are observed regularly by the school principal and vice principal. Welcome to Cambridge!

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My name is Laura Baird. I am currently a Student Teacher attending SFU’s Professional Development Program. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and have worked as an ABA Support Worker within the Surrey School District for the past three years. I love taking on creative projects and spending time outdoors. As a teacher I hope to integrate the arts and the outdoors into my teaching, as I believe both have the power to enhance the learning process for all students. Social emotional learning and the development of a kind, compassionate community both in and out of the classroom are also great passions of mine. I am so excited to join the Cambridge community while I complete my teaching practicum in Mrs. MacMillan’s kindergarten classroom!

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My name is Katelyn Braun. It’s been a pleasure to meet the staff at Cambridge Elementary. I am excited to work at Cambridge this fall with Ms. Burwash in grade 6. I have always enjoyed volunteering with intermediate students.

I completed my undergrad at Trinity Western University, I worked in Vancouver as an adult ESL teacher last year, and I love tea.

 

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My name is Alicia Faubert and I am a student teacher from SFU. I’m very excited to be doing my final practicum in Kindergarten at Cambridge with Ms. Weber. My first Bachelor’s Degree was in World Literature, so books and reading are my passion. I am interested in Social Emotional Learning, building a strong community and integrating new technologies into the classroom. I can’t wait to start the school year!

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

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VIDEOS OF THE WEEK
Enjoy these two videos that were shared with parents on September 22, emphasizing the importance of clear communication. The final video is funny, but does show how important it is for teachers to be able to teach concepts in many ways.



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TENTATIVE 2014/15 SCHOOL CALENDAR

September events that were missed due to Teacher Job Action will be discussed this week and re-scheduled. Please stay tuned!

October
6-Cambridge Cardboard Challenge – see details above
6-10-International Walk to School week
9-Meet the Teacher:  Meet and Greet and Buy a Treat:  6:00- 7:30 p.m.
13-Thanksgiving Holiday
16-Great BC Shakeout – Earthquake Drill
20-PAC Meeting – 7:00 p.m.
22-Grade 6 Immunizations
23-Halloween Dance – 6:00-8:00 p.m. Details coming from our PAC. Stay tuned!
24-Professional Day

November
7-Remembrance Day Assembly
10-Professional Day
11-Remembrance Day Holiday

December
15-Reports Cards
16-Parent Teacher Conferences – Early Dismissal – 1:30 p.m.
17-Parent Teacher Conferences – Early Dismissal – 1:30 p.m.
19-Last Day Before Christmas Break

January
5-School Begins

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

March
6-Report Cards
9-20-Spring Break

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

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

June
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.
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