CambridgeLearns November 1, 2014

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INTERIM STUDENT LEARNING COMMUNICATIONS
Interim Student Learning Communications will be coming home with students on Friday, November 7th. Interims are meant as informal communications to share with parents how their children are settling into class and focus most on behaviour, attitude, and work habits. As with the more formal communications that will take place in December, many teachers at Cambridge are involved in a pilot project through the District looking at different ways to communicate student learning. Some of you may receive communications that look different than others. As well, some of you have been, or will shortly, begin to receive ongoing electronic communications regarding your child’s progress.

As parents, you are an important part of this pilot as your feedback is invaluable. Please let us know what you think and we will use this feedback to improve the work we do. Thank you!

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REMEMBRANCE DAY ASSEMBLY
Our Remembrance Day assembly will be taking place on Friday, November 7 at 9:00 a.m. Parents, you are very welcome to attend this solemn event. Thank you to Ms. Shelagh Lim and her students for leading the organization of this event.

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TRAFFIC SAFETY
IMG_7069Continuing our conversation about our DROP OFF ZONE and traffic safety, it is best to focus on possible solutions. Some facts are undeniable: there is a lack of parking spaces at our school and while we’d like all families to walk, we do have a large catchment and walking isn’t always possible.

In brainstorming ideas of how to ease this problem, we’d like to propose the idea of recruiting some of our senior students as “DROP OFF BUDDIES”.  Our Grade 6 and 7 students are always asking us:  “Do you need any help?” We appreciate this leadership and could really put it to good use now.

The idea is that our student leaders, in bright vests,  would show up at school at 8:15 a.m., wait on the sidewalk in the DROP OFF ZONE, and escort and stay with younger buddies who can’t be dropped off and left alone to find their way to class (Kindergarten and Grade 1 students). Parents then could really use the DROP OFF ZONE appropriately. We’d love to hear your thoughts. Please leave a COMMENT above.

Here are some further 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.
  • Coordinate with another parent in the same class who perhaps walks to school. If agreed upon, they can watch children as they are waiting for the bell to go.
  • 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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STARTING AT THE BEGINNING OF “STAR” – BEING SAFE
IMG_7100At Cambridge, we use the “STAR” acronym to remind us about expected behaviour at school: SAFE, THOUGHTFUL, ACCOUNTABLE, RESPECTFUL.

We are happy to say that the majority of our students are Cambridge STARs on a very consistent basis. But, growing up meaning learning and often, learning happens through making mistakes.

This year, we plan to reinforce the concept of STAR behaviour through ongoing classroom conversations as well as presentations during assemblies. During our recent October 30 assembly, the following video was shown to illustrate the many ways students and teachers can be safe at school:

As with all media we include in CambridgeLearns, we avoid identifying students by name and do our best to check for parent consent regarding the publication of images. If your child is included in ANY way in CambridgeLearns that you have not consented, please let us know immediately and the content will be removed.

NOW FOR THE CHALLENGE TO STUDENTS!

Students are invited to produce their very own 60-second video. Our next theme will be THOUGHTFULNESS. Students can work on their own, in pairs, or with a small group. Videos will be assessed based on creativity and how well they convey the idea of THOUGHTFULNESS. The most effective videos will be shown at the next assembly and published on CambridgeLearns. ALL participants will have their name entered into a draw for some very cool prizes. HAVE FUN!

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ATHLETICS
Volleyball continues again this week. Our games this week are at home so come and cheer on our Cambridge student-athletes!

BOYS SCHEDULE:
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:
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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ADDING YOUR VOICE…COMMENTING ON CAMBRIDGELEARNS
Parents, the weekly CambridgeLearns blog is meant to provide you with timely and descriptive information regarding the events and learning at your school. We hope you are finding it useful!

Don’t forget that effective communication is two-way and that you are invited to share your feedback. Have you noticed the “LEAVE A COMMENT” box above? Please feel free to use this feature when you have something to share. Thank you!
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING
At school, students not only learn about academics, but how to be better people. Every year, incidents occur during which students become passive by-standers. At our assembly on October 30, students watched the following video and were taught the difference between telling to get someone in trouble and telling to help others. We also talked about “boomerang” behaviour and that in life, the way we behave ends up coming back to us.

Please watch and discuss this video with your child.

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IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP
November
7-Remembrance Day Assembly – 9:00 a.m.
7-Interims Student Learning Communications sent home
10-Professional Day
11-Remembrance Day Holiday
13-Photo Re-takes
14-Pajama Buddy Reading – Gym
14-Student Vote Day – MPR
24-PAC Meeting – 9:00 a.m.
28-PAC Hot Lunch Day – details coming soon
28-Assembly-1:45 p.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
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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