CambridgeLearns October 13, 2014

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IN THIS ISSUE:

PRINCIPAL/VICE-PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Hello Cambridge Community,

We hope you are enjoying a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend together with friends and family. Last week was a busy and exciting one at Cambridge Elementary:

  • Our first ever Cardboard Challenge took place on Monday.
  • PHOTO DAY was on Thursday.
  • Our Meet the Teacher night, titled Meet and Greet and Buy a Treat also took place on Thursday.
  • We had our first Fire Drill on Friday.

As a school, we are settling into routines and quickly getting to know each other. Looking forward, the upcoming months will be busy as well with many events (see calendar below). Parents, we welcome you at all events and greatly appreciate your support.

Kind Regards,

Antonio Vendramin, Principal
Kelli Vogstad, Vice Principal

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STAFFING UPDATE

We wish farewell to Education Assistant, Ms. Lisa Knight, who has accepted a position at another school. In her place, we welcome back Ms. Chere Moore who worked as an Education Assistant at Cambridge last year.

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WHAT’S ALL THIS TALK ABOUT “FRESHGRADE”?

If you have not yet heard about FreshGrade, you soon will. FreshGrade is an online tool that allows teachers to effectively, collect, organize, and share evidence of student learning in the classroom with parents. This evidence can take the form of notes, images, audio, and video clips and can be sent to parents via email.

We have known all along that ongoing, descriptive feedback is an essential part of assessing and improving student learning, We also know that as busy people, parents yearn to know on a daily basis what their child is learning and how they are progressing. FreshGrade gives parents a “window” into the classroom so they don’t need to wait for interims, parent-teacher conferences, or report cards to know how their child is doing.

Teachers at Cambridge are just now beginning to explore FreshGrade, participating in several school and District learning opportunities. When your child’s teacher is ready, s/he will send how a FreshGrade invitation such as this: FreshGrade Invitation – Cambridge

Find out more about FreshGrade by watching the following video:

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EMERGENCY DRILLS AND PREPAREDNESS
Your child may or may not have told you, but we had our first fire drill on Friday. It was a great success: all staff and students exited the building in a timely manner and were accounted for on the grass field in 7 minutes.

Afterwards during the morning announcements, the drill was debriefed with students.

District policy requires every school to practice emergency drills. Over the next few months, we will have 5 more fire drills, 3 earthquake drills, and one drill of our School Safety Alert System. The emergency response system formerly used colours: CODE RED, CODE YELLOW, CODE GREEN. We have now moved over to a system used universally around North America: LOCK DOWN (code red), LOCK OUT (code yellow), and ALL CLEAR (code green). Of course we never want to think about such systems being necessary in our schools, but preparation is the best way to ensure ongoing student safety.

As will be the case during all drills this year, the focus will be on education and understanding, rather than panic and fear.

You will also be happy to hear that the school has met with several parents interested in addressing emergency preparedness at Cambridge Elementary. We are happy to be discussing this topic at the upcoming PAC meeting on October 20th at 7:00 p.m. We hope to see you there!

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CAMBRIDGE CARDBOARD CHALLENGE: A LOOK BACK
The CARDBOARD CHALLENGE took place on Monday, October 6th. Based on how hard students worked and the feedback we received, the event was a huge success. Enjoy this look back at our 2014 CARDBOARD CHALLENGE:

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: NO ARMS, NO LEGS, NO WORRIES!

This inspirational video about Nick Vujicic reminds us to be thankful for what we have. Please watch and discuss with your child.

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TENTATIVE 2014/15 SCHOOL CALENDAR

October
16-Great BC Shakeout – Earthquake Drill
20-PAC Meeting – 7:00 p.m.
22-Grade 6 Immunizations
22-WE DAY – Rogers Arena
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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