CambridgeLearns October 5

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PRINCIPAL/VICE-PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Hello Cambridge Community,

Our first full week was wonderful and we both enjoyed getting to meet so many new students and parents. It felt great to have so many people wave, say hello, or introduce themselves. Your warm welcome has not gone unnoticed and you have certainly made us feel like part of the Cambridge Family. Thank you!

The most important thing we want to draw your attention to this week is the tentative school calendar below. Due to the delayed start this year, we have had to move some dates around. Most importantly:

  • PHOTO DAY is this coming week on Thursday, October 9.
  • Our Meet the Teacher night, titled Meet and Greet and Buy a Treat will be taking place this coming week, Thursday, October 9 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Our PAC will have yummy food items for sale and you will have a chance to meet your child(ren)’s classroom teacher. Hope you can all make it.
  • Interim Student Learning Communications (reports) will be going home on Thursday, November 7.
  • Term 1 Student Learning Communications will be going home on Monday, December 15.
  • Early dismissals will take place at 1:30 p.m. on both Tuesday, December 16 and Wednesday, December 17.
  • The postponed Professional Day in September has been rescheduled for Friday, January 23, 2015.

There are also many other new events coming up. Please mark your calendars.

Finally, if you have time on Monday afternoon, stop by the school between 1:00 and 2:30 p.m. and check out the Cardboard Challenge. We feel very strongly that children need ample time and opportunities to problem-solve and create. We hope the Cardboard Challenge is the first of many events that will do this. We are already thinking about a possible Rube-Goldberg event…

IMAGINE!

Regards,

Antonio Vendramin, Principal
Kelli Vogstad, Vice Principal

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STAFFING UPDATE

A special welcome to two new staff members. Ms. Carol McClean joined us this past week and will teach French to our Grade 5-7 students (60%)  as well as Grade 3 in Ms. Vogstad’s class (40%). We also welcome Ms. Alda Bishop who joins our team of Education Assistants. We know you will both love working and learning at Cambridge.

A special WELCOME BACK to our student teachers, Ms. Laura Baird, Ms. Katelyn Braun, and Ms. Alicia Faubert, who will be working with Ms. McMillan, Ms. Burwash, and Ms. Weber respectively.

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CAMBRIDGE CARDBOARD CHALLENGE
The CARDBOARD CHALLENGE is upon us, and excitement has been building this past week. Students have been thinking, drawing, designing, and collecting resources. We can’t wait to see what they come up with!

Our event takes places tomorrow, Monday, October 6th. Students will be feverishly working together until lunch. After lunch, projects will be brought down to the gym, and our open house will begin at 1:00 p.m. Parents, you are more than welcome to pop in and have a look.

Students are reminded to bring all of their own supplies, and also that bringing ANY sharp cutting instruments (not including scissors) is not permitted.

Still looking for ideas or inspiration? Please watch the following videos. “How will YOU show your creativity?”


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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Creativity Requires Time

Given that our Cardboard Challenge takes place this week, we thought this would be a fitting video to share. Sometimes we can be TOO busy to let our creative ideas flow. We hope that giving students time will promote creativity.

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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
9-Photo Day (Retake day to be announced)
9-Meet the Teacher/PAC 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.
24-Professional Day
27-31-Walk to School week

November
7-Remembrance Day Assembly – 9:00 a.m.
7-Interims Home (please note this date change)
10-Professional Day
11-Remembrance Day Holiday

December
2-Kindergarten Vision and Hearing Screening
15-Student Learning Communications sent home (please note this date change – formerly Dec. 5)
16-17-Book Fair-Multipurpose Room
16-Parent Teacher Conferences – Early Dismissal – 1:30 p.m. (please note this date change – formerly Dec. 10)
17-Parent Teacher Conferences – Early Dismissal – 1:30 p.m. (please note this date change – formerly Dec. 11)
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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