CambridgeLearns December 7, 2014

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PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE: “AWESOMENESS” AT CAMBRIDGE
It really has been an awesome week at our school. Here’s what made this week so awesome:

1. As most people know by now, we recently concluded our first ever 30-Hour Famine, an event in which our grade seven students raised over $5600 for charity. You can read more about this event below.

2. We received a letter from the Surrey Food Bank thanking us for the 673 pounds of food we donated.
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3. Our Pyjama and Toy Drive wrapped up and the number of items donated was incredible. What a great feeling it was passing on all those toys to Firefighters who visited us earlier this week!

Helping those in need. Firefighters collect toys from our toy drive.

Helping those in need. Firefighters collect toys from our toy drive.

4. Finally, I received an email late last week from our District’s media relations department looking for stories about Christmas “Awesomeness”. I had this one to share:

“I am new to Cambridge Elementary and it has been wonderful getting to know the community. One way I’ve done this is by doing crossing duty before and after school.

One day after school, a couple of grade 7 boys caught my attention. They were playing their saxophones on the sidewalk. I jokingly went over and suggested that they play at the corner and open their instrument cases so people would toss money in. I had some change in my pocket and told them that I would get them started. I tossed the money in their case. They were thrilled. I started to share the news with staff and soon, others were tossing money into the cases on their way out of the building.

Here’s the awesomeness…parents started to donate…and they started tweeting about the boys. The boys decided that it would be best for the money to go to a good cause. They chose the Surrey Food Bank. Each day after playing, they take the money to the office where it is being kept.

About 2 weeks ago, the mother of a fellow student passed away after a battle with breast cancer. One boy in particular was devastated. He asked if he could change his mind and collect the money for Cancer research. It was his way of feeling that he could do something about the situation. The coins turned to $5 bills and today I saw a $20 bill. They are so empowered.

And the music? These are typical beginning Grade 7 band students. Sure, they started with the typical “Hot-Crossed Buns”, but even though they can’t read music yet, they have figured out how to play “Amazing Grace”, Wham’s “Careless Whisper” and an assortment of Christmas tunes. They are now working on Sting’s “Fields of Gold” which was played at the memorial service of the mom who passed away.

These boys are wonderful and they inspire me everyday!”

Shortly after sending this email, the Surrey Leader ran the following story:
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It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas at Cambridge Elementary in Surrey.

Jingle Bells and Jolly Old Saint Nicholas could be heard outside the school Monday as two Grade 7 boys played their saxophones to raise money for cancer research after a classmate’s mother recently passed away from the disease.

When Principal Antonio Vendramin heard Kyle Wilson, 12, and Marcus Wilson, 12, playing their instruments a couple months ago, he suggested they open their cases to earn some extra money. He threw in a few coins and mentioned to staff they should as well. The boys decided to play in front of the school after classes and donate the money to the Surrey Food Bank.

After a recent tragedy, the boys thought it would be better to switch charities.

“A couple weeks ago our friend’s mom passed away from cancer and I said ‘why don’t we donate the money to cancer research instead?’ ” Kyle said.

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There is much to be thankful for and proud about and I consider myself fortunate to part of the Cambridge community. Thank you all for being so AWESOME!

Antonio Vendramin
Principal

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BOOK FAIR
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30-HOUR FAMINE: A LOOK BACK
Our 30-Hour Famine was a HUGE success for more than one reason. Of course, our primary goal was to raise as much money as possible for our three charities: KIVA, BC Cancer Foundation, and Make-A-Wish Foundation. At latest count, we had raised $5600! Goal accomplished!

We also wanted students to be challenged and to persevere. Though they started to feel the effects of the lack of food and sleep, there were no complaints. Our students can be very proud of their accomplishments and how they managed themselves. Goal accomplished!

Special thanks to our teachers, Ms. Lim, Ms. Minhas, and Ms. Vogstad for not only doing the Famine, but dedicating their personal time to stay the night. We also could not have gone without the special support of our parents, some of whom helped supervise throughout the night. Thank you!

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THOUGHTFULNESS VIDEO CONTEST
Our creative Cambridge STARS certainly impressed us their their film-making! Some videos were created by classes while others were individual efforts! We are still trying to figure out how to acknowledge this fine work. In the meantime, enjoy this mashup of all the videos presented at our Friday assembly:

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: QUESTIONS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANSWERS

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IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP
December
12-Spirit Day – Red and White Day
15-Student Learning Communications sent home 
15-18-Book Fair-Multipurpose Room – See schedule above
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-Pyjama Day
19-PAC Pancake Day
19-Christmas Movie afternoon – “ELF”

January
5-School Begins
19-Kindergarten Registration begins
19-PAC Meeting – 7:00 p.m.
23-Professional Day
29-Discover Skills BC sessions for Grade 6 students

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
2-Fine Arts Performance: Fizzical Fizzicks – 9:00 a.m.
3-Good Friday Holiday
6-Easter Monday Holiday
20-PAC Meeting – 7:00 p.m.
21-Class, Team, and Panorama photos – All Day
30-Running Club Ends

May
1-Professional Day
7-Parent Thank You Tea
14-Fine Arts Performance: Magician Sheldon Casavant – 9:00 a.m.
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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