CambridgeLearns January 10, 2015

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INTERMEDIATE SCIENCE FAIR
Students in intermediate classes are learning about the “scientific method” in preparation for our school Science Fair on February 25th. Further details will be shared once they are available. To support your child at home, please watch and discuss this video, focusing on wonders and/or questions your child might want to further explore by conducting an experiment.

You can learn more about our upcoming Science Fair by viewing the following document: Science Fair Booklet.
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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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BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
We’ve had a huge turnout for basketball this week. Despite being run hard at very early morning practices, our boys have shown a strong dedication to playing basketball this season. Therefore, we have decided to field two boys teams. Special thanks for coaches Ms. McClean, Mr. Stemler, parent Mr. Kramer, and Mr. Vendramin for their time in guiding our student-athletes. We look forward to great team-building and skill developments over the next few months. Stay tuned for updates. Here are our tentative schedules:
BOYS Green Team:
January 14 AWAY vs. Brookside
January 21 AWAY 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

BOYS Blue Team:
January 20 vs. Brookside
January 21 vs. Chimney Hill
January 28 AWAY vs. Janice Churchill
February 4 AWAY vs. William Watson
February 11 vs. Sullivan
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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SULLIVAN ENGAGEMENT PRESENTATION
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VISIONING
Thank you parents for your feedback so far regarding the following important questions:

  • 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?

Here’s what you’ve said so far:

Parents Speak: What does exemplary LEARNING look like?

  • Engaged, excited, challenged, cooperative, collaborative, heard, understanding, connected, enables many learning styles
  • A student that is engaged and excited about learning the topic at hand–not forced into it.
  • Positive experience where my child is excited about what he/she is learning and can apply it.

Parents Speak: What does exemplary TEACHING look like?

  • Planned, flexible, supportive, challenging, engaged, prepared, fresh and relevant to the student, ensure understanding, uses new ideas and methods, consistent, adaptable, clear, communication with parents regularly, learning hands on, like a service that the best company provides to its most precious customers…
  • A teacher that goes beyond expectations and truly cares about the outcome. The teacher’s goal is not just pushing the information out that is in the curriculum, but is actually invested in the students retaining and understanding the knowledge into the future.
  • Engaged, aware, adaptive, innovative.

Please keep your feedback coming! Thank you.

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

Exemplary Learning

Exemplary Learning

Exemplary Teaching

Exemplary Teaching

If you have not yet done so, please offer your feedback around the questions below:

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: A FRIEND DOESN’T JUDGE! LOOK at ABILITIES, not DISABILITIES.
Watch this touching video about the love between a boy and his dog. We learn that a true friend doesn’t judge, and that it’s important to look at ABILITIES, not DISABILITIES. Please watch and discuss with your child.

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IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP
January
13-VSO Concert-Bell Centre – Grade 7 Classes – 10:45 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
19-Kindergarten Registration begins
19-Surrey RCMP Neighbourhood Safety Campaign – 6:30 p.m.
20-PAC Meeting – 7:00 p.m.
22-Snowshoeing at Grouse Mountain – Grade 1 Classes
22-Community Forum – Panorama Ridge Secondary – 7:00 p.m.
23-Professional Day – classes not in session
28-Snowshoeing at Grouse Mountain – Grade 5 Classes
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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