CambridgeLearns – October 25, 2014

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TRAFFIC SAFETY

IMG_7069Traffic Safety is a hot topic in most school communities and Cambridge is no different. The feedback we are receiving is that many parents are becoming frustrated that the DROP OFF ZONE is not being used appropriately. School staff is noticing the same thing.

One thing is clear – school staff want to spend their supervision time making sure students and parents are safe and welcoming them to school, not playing the role of bylaw officers.

We expect ALL Cambridge community members, students, staff, and parents to be STARs: SAFE, THOUGHTFUL, ACCOUNTABLE, RESPECTFUL. We know that if we are all of these at all times, many problems will be avoided.

 

Here are some suggestions that may help with the DROP OFF ZONE issue:

  • WALK! It takes a little longer, but every time you walk, it means one less vehicle in the school driveway.
  • When dropping off, encourage older siblings to walk younger siblings to class. This way, parents do not need to leave their vehicles.
  • Stay with your vehicle in the DROP OFF ZONE. Remember that the school driveway is a fire lane and emergency vehicles need access to this area at all times.
  • Drop your child off at school a little earlier. We’ve noticed that many vehicles are arriving at school at the same time, causing congestion. If your child is older, feel free to drop them off at school starting at 8:15 a.m as this is when supervision begins. If your child is in Kindergarten, arrive closer to the welcome bell – 8:33 a.m.
  • Mostly, be patient with school staff and each other. Remember…we are all part of the same team!

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HALLOWEEN

Our PAC-sponsored Halloween was a great success. A special thanks to our harding working PAC members who not only spent the entire day creating a wonderful environment in the gym, but also did a tremendous amount of pre-planning. The turnout was great!

Halloween Day is coming up this Friday. Here are some important informational items:

  • Our primary students will participate in a costume parade AFTER LUNCH in the gym. Parents are welcome! Parents, please park strollers outside or on the stage area, and please view from the stage area or the designated area in the middle of the gym. Please be mindful of parents behind you wanting to take photos of their own little ones.
  • Students are welcome to wear costumes. Weapons or ANY KIND, real or replica, are not permitted as per District Policy.
  • Masks are permitted during the school day, but should not be worn outside at recess or lunch.
  • Costumes should not depict blood or gore. Remember that our youngest learners or still 4 and 5 years old and may be frightened by some of the more mature costumes. We want Halloween to be fun for everyone!

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ATHLETICS

Volleyball season is in full swing and both our boys and girls teams have been practicing hard to prepare for their first games. We are fortunate that there are many staff members willing and able to coach again this year. We know that many school activities would not be possible with this support, so THANK YOU to Mr. Dewar and Mr. Kwon, girls team coaches, and Ms. Minhas and Ms. Vogstad, boys team coaches.

Here is a list of upcoming matches:

BOYS SCHEDULE:
October 29          at Walnut Road
November 5        home vs. Maple Green
November 12      at M.B. Sanford
November 19      home vs. Chimney Hill and William Watson
November 26      PLAYDAY – times and location TBD

GIRLS SCHEDULE:
October 30          at Walnut Road
November 6        home vs. Maple Green
November 13      at M.B. Sanford
November 20      home vs. Chimney Hill and William Watson
November 27      PLAYDAY – times and location TBD
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AUTHENTIC LEARNING: WE DAY and DIGITAL STORYTELLING

Wednesday, October 22 was a great day of authentic learning. About 20 Grade 6 students had the privilege to attend WE DAY 2014 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver with Ms. Burwash and Ms. Young. WE DAY is an inspirational event held annually that calls youth to take action on local and global issues. We look forward to hearing about the meaningful work our student leaders will do to bring positive change to their world!

While students were away at WE DAY, other Grade 6 learners spent the entire day learning about the importance of communicating ideas through images. With iPads in hand, students spent the day creating 60 second videos made up of 1 second clips, all telling a story or sharing a theme. The work was a a great example of competency-driven learning as students had to use critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration skills to work through questions such as,

  • “What will I try to communicate?”
  • “What images will I choose?”
  • “What portion of each clip best communicates my message?”
  • “Who will I work with and what role will I play in completing this work?”
  • “Did I follow criteria?”

We were most impressed with how engaged and focused learners were, even with minimal supervision. Most students actually continued to work through their recess and lunch!

Enjoy this video that shares the experience from beginning to end…in 60 seconds!

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EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
Emergency Preparedness was a big topic discussed at the PAC meeting on October 20th. As a community, we acknowledge the need to make significant improvements in this area.

Special thanks to parent Garth Hutchison who has done a tremendous amount of work in researching products and costs for preparedness material.

Cambridge PAC passed a motion to allocate funds towards the purchase of 30 emergency kits – one for each classroom and learning space (gym, library, music portable, and french portable). In addition, water and food rations will also be purchased for storage.

This purchase is part of a multi-year plan to raise our school’s level of emergency preparedness. Later this school year, we plan to implement an EMERGENCY DISMISSAL event whereby students are picked up from the grass field following an emergency drill. Much more information will be communicated about this in the coming months.

In future years, we will extend the water and food rations from 24, to 48, and then to 72 hours, as well as begin the purchase of both search and rescue supplies as well as shelter and sanitation equipment.

Thank you to our Cambridge PAC for this declarative commitment to the safety of our students and staff!

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: WHAT IS 21ST CENTURY EDUCATION?

This is a video that was shared with staff during our Professional Development Day on October 24. One topic that was discussed was B.C.’s current curriculum transformation. The big question was,

“Why is the focus of curriculum changing?”

By change, we mean curriculum being less focused on CONTENT and more focused on COMPETENCIES. The video below communicates how quickly the world is changing, as well as what we know about it. Learners today need to possess a myriad of skills such as strong communication skills, critical thinking and problem solving, and self and cultural awareness.

Read more about these curriculum changes BY CLICKING HERE!

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IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP

October
27-31-Walk to School week
25-Assembly – 12:45 p.m.
31-Halloween-Primary costume parade AFTER LUNCH in the gym. Parents please visit!
31-PAC Hot Dog Lunch Day

November
7-Remembrance Day Assembly – 9:00 a.m.
7-Interims Home
10-Professional Day
11-Remembrance Day Holiday
24-PAC Meeting – 9:00 a.m.
28-PAC Hot Lunch Day – details coming soon

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
19-Pajama Day
19-PAC Pancake Day
19-Christmas Movie afternoon – “ELF”

January
5-School Begins
19-PAC Meeting – 7:00 p.m.
23-Professional Day

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
25-Final Assembly
25-Early Dismissal 1:30 p.m.
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