CambridgeLearns December 31, 2014

IN THIS ISSUE:

A LOOK BACK AT TERM 1
As promised in the last edition of CambridgeLearns…a look back at Term 1.

Happy 2015 Everyone!!!

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STAFFING UPDATES
We welcome back our school counsellor, Dr. Sheollagh Fitzgerald, after successful hip surgery. Dr. Sheollagh sends her regards to the Cambridge community and looks forward to re-connecting with everyone. In her absence, counsellor Mr. Spencer Holland supported our school. Mr. Holland will continue to share his strengths at Cambridge for the next few months.

As you know, our head clerk, Ms. Beverley Lacey, left us in late November for a new position with the District. We thank Ms. Cindy Palitti for stepping into the role of head clerk following Ms. Lacey’s departure. We also thank Ms. Ellen Malterer who was with us for the month prior to Christmas break.

We welcome our new head clerk, Ms. Pauline Grigoletto, who joins us from Goldstone Park Elementary. Ms. Grigoletto is excited to join the Cambridge community. Be sure you stop in at the office to say a quick “hello”.

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VISIONING
During Term 1, our staff has been participating in visioning sessions as we continue to develop our school mission statement. A mission statement is important as a declarative expression of our school’s purpose and also directs us in the decision-making process. During visioning, we reflect on important questions such as:

  • What is exemplary learning?
  • What is exemplary teaching?
  • What are our areas of strength and need as a learning community?
  • What do we value as a learning community and how do we foster these values?

Teachers were asked, “What does exemplary learning and teaching look like?” Here’s how they responded:

Exemplary Learning

Exemplary Learning

Exemplary Teaching

Exemplary Teaching

In the new year, our goal is to request feedback from parents and students. You can start now by offering your feedback around the questions below:

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BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
As January begins, so too does basketball season. Practices will commence the first week back from holidays. Here is a tentative schedule for the upcoming season:
BOYS:
January 14 AWAY vs. Brookside
January 21 vs T.E. Scott
January 28 AWAY vs. Chimney Hill
February 4 vs Green Timbers
February 11 AWAY vs. Chimney Hill
February 18 Playday – Location TBD

GIRLS:
January 15 AWAY vs. Brookside
January 22 vs T.E. Scott
January 29 AWAY vs. Chimney Hill
February 5 vs Green Timbers
February 12 AWAY vs. Chimney Hill
February 19 Playday – Location TBD

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CAMBRIDGE CATCHMENT CONCERNS
Construction continues in and around our school and some concerns have been raised regarding what this construction means to our enrolment numbers. As you know, our numbers crept up to close to 1000 students last year before the opening of Goldstone Park Elementary. Our current enrolment is just over 600 students.

At this time, Cambridge continues to be a “closed catchment” school, meaning that only families living within our official catchment are permitted to register here. Additionally, two construction areas, one at the corner of 60th and 152nd, and a second closer to #10 Highway and 152nd are both OUTSIDE our catchment. Families who purchase homes in these two development areas will be in a neighbouring catchment. You can see the full Surrey Schools catchment map here: Catchment map

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If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us at the school.
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COMMUNICATING STUDENT LEARNING
Thank you parents for visiting us this week during our early dismissals to support your child’s learning. Thank you as well if you have already shared your views regarding changes to how schools communicate student learning. We’ve decided to leave the survey below for one more week. If you have yet to complete the survey, please take a moment to share your views.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: WHAT’S YOUR RESOLUTION?

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IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP
January
5-School Begins
19-Kindergarten Registration begins
19-PAC Meeting – 7:00 p.m.
22-Snowshoeing at Grouse Mountain – Grade 1 Classes
23-Professional Day
29-Discover Skills BC sessions for Grade 6 students
30-Assembly – 1:45 p.m. All parents welcome!

February
9-Family Day – Classes not in session
16-PAC Meeting – 9:00 a.m.
19-Student Led Conferences – Early Dismissal – 1:30 p.m.
20-Professional Day

March
6-Term 2 Student Learning Communications
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.

25-Term 3 Student Learning Communications
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