CambridgeLearns – October 18, 2014

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STAYING HEALTHY: Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease 
When a large group of people work together on a daily basis, staying healthy can become a challenge. We have recently had several students absent from school with symptoms related to Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease. At school, we are encouraging students to wash hands regularly and to practice “health-conscious sneezing techniques“:

If you suspect that your child is ill, we encourage you to keep them at home and let us know what type of symptoms you are seeing. You can find out more about Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease here: Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

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HEAD LICE to DEAD LICE
Unfortunately, LICE is nothing new to our school, or any school for that matter. Parents and the school need to work together when cases of head lice are identified and schools are to follow District Policy: Head Lice Policy. This includes informing the parents of the identified student(s), as well as the parents of all students in the class that a case of head lice has been identified. In all instances, student privacy is maintained. You can find treatment options HERE: Head Lice Treatment. Most importantly, as this video shares, it’s not the end of the world if your child has lice and our school is here to help!

This week, we are planning a school-wide head lice check. If you are interested in learning more about being a part of this team, please let the office know. Read more about head lice here: Head Lice – General Info

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STAFFING UPDATE

A warm welcome to two new staff members at Cambridge Elementary.

Education Assistant, Ms. Cindy Pervan, will join us on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. We also welcome Ms. Ginette Demaere who will job-share with Ms. Punam Sharda this year. Ms. Demaere will be at Cambridge every Wednesday.

Welcome to the Cambridge Family!

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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
Two weeks ago, we had our first fire drill. On Thursday, October 16, Cambridge participated in the Great BC Shakeout, a day when earthquake drills are practiced and the need for emergency preparedness is reinforced. Like our fire drill, our earthquake drill was a great success: staff and students practiced taking cover and following instructions.

Afterwards, 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, 2 more 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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WHAT HAPPENS IF THREATS ARE MADE AT SCHOOL?

At Cambridge, the goal is to provide the best possible learning environment for all community members. An important part of creating such an environment is ensuring that everyone feels safe. Threats, in any form, are treated seriously. When a threat is made, all community members have a duty to report the threat and protocol is in place to gather information regarding the level of risk. Please read more about this protocol and if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school: Threat Assess Protocol Fair Notice
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: MOM…WORLD’S TOUGHEST JOB

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IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP

October
20-Head Lice checks
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
24-PAC Meeting – 9:00 a.m.

December
2-Kindergarten Vision and Hearing Screening
15-Student Learning Communications sent home 
16-17-Book Fair-Multipurpose Room
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
19-PAC Meeting – 7:00 p.m.

February
9-Family Day
16-PAC Meeting – 9:00 a.m.
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
20-PAC Meeting – 7:00 p.m.
30-Running Club Ends

May
1-Professional Day
7-Parent Thank You Tea
18-Victoria Day Holiday
22-Spring Family Fun Fair – 5:00-8:00 p.m.
25-Professional Day

June
1-PAC Meeting (AGM) – 7:00 p.m.
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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