CambridgeLearns February 7, 2014

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PINK SHIRT DAY – FEBRUARY 25
February 25 is PINK SHIRT DAY, also known as ANTI-BULLY DAY. The reality is, EVERY day is ANTI-BULLY DAY and February 25 is a day that we are declarative about this. Bullying is a term that is often used to describe conflict between students. Sometimes the term is used correctly, often it is not. As the video explains below, bullying can be defined by interactions between students that:

  • Cause Harm
  • Are an unfair match
  • Repeat over time

It’s important to not focus on labelling the conflict, but rather to understand it, confront it, and stop it. Our school follows District protocol in terms of dealing with incidents of bullying, but we can’t do anything without information. Often, issues are brought to our attention months after they start. Talk to your child each day about how things are going at school. Watch for changes in behaviour. Most important, let your child’s teacher know if you have concerns.
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COMMUNICATING STUDENT LEARNING
Please note a very important date change. Term 2 student learning communications (report cards) were initially scheduled to be sent home on Friday, March 6th. In consultation with staff members, we have decided to push this date back to Thursday, April 2nd because of the compression of the second term due to a delayed start to the school year. Thank you for your understanding!

IMG_9299Second, we continue to explore ways to more effectively communicate and share student learning. Many staff members have been using a tool called FreshGrade to do this. The feedback we have received from parents has been overwhelmingly positive.  FreshGrade has offered many parents a “window into the classroom”. Aside from capturing and sharing learning snapshots, many staff members are exploring ways to communicate information that supports parents as partners in the learning process. This means sharing learning goals and criteria. In other words, sharing with parents not only what their child can do, but what your child is expected to learn as well as the criteria for good work.

We also heard both positive and negative points from parents who received FreshGrade report cards. Teachers and parents shared the feeling that a FreshGrade report felt redundant since many parents already had full access to their child’s portfolio and had received learning snapshots throughout the term.

IMG_9303Many staff members have expressed an interest in further exploring alternative reporting formats to supplement learning evidence captured and shared via FreshGrade. One of these formats is a Student-Inclusive Conference model in which teachers, students, and parents work as partners to reflect on what the child can do, areas requiring further development, and goals moving forward.

We thank the educational leaders from neighbouring School District 42 (Maple Ridge) who have successfully been using the Student-Inclusive Conference model for several years.  Read more about this model HERE.  View parents reflections regarding this model HERE.

Inevitably, being part of a pilot means being open to change and comfortable with ambiguity. We appreciate our forward-thinking and hard-working teachers who continue to ask the question, “Can we do this better?”

Please continue to follow this blog as we continue to share information regarding the Communicating Student Learning pilot.

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PAC EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FUNDRAISER
IMG_8142Our PAC Emergency Preparedness fundraiser is on-going from February 2-20. Have you ordered your kit yet?

10% of all proceeds go directly back to our school for the purchase of further emergency supplies such as search and rescue equipment, additional food and water rations, and possible command post supplies such as a generator, portable toilet, and first aid supplies.

You can download the brochure here: Cambridge School Fundraiser Feb 2015

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A CAMBRIDGE STAR?
Each day, we continue to encourage Cambridge students to be STARS – students who are SAFE, THOUGHTFUL, ACCOUNTABLE, and RESPECTFUL. We do this through conversations when problems arise, and through modeling. At our January assembly, staff members had fun communicating STAR behaviour through a series of skits. Students are now encouraged to produce THEIR OWNS VIDEOS on the theme of Accountability. All videos will be shown at the February assembly. Please watch and discuss with your child.

Also enjoy our past videos on the themes of SAFETY and THOUGHTFULNESS:


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BASKETBALL

BOYS Green Team:
February 10 vs George Greenaway
February 11 AWAY vs. Chimney Hill
February 18 Playday – Cambridge

BOYS Blue Team:
February 11 vs. Sullivan
February 17 Playday – Cambridge

GIRLS:
February 12 AWAY vs. Chimney Hill
February 19 Playday – Cambridge

Please note that for away games, we leave Cambridge by 2:45 p.m. and arrive back by approximately 4:30 p.m. Special thanks to our wonderful parents for providing transportation. We couldn’t do it without you!

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: FUN WITH NUMBERS…LEARNING IS ABOUT ATTITUDE
Have you ever heard someone say, “I hate math?” It’s hard to imagine anyone fully applying themselves and finding passion in learning when they have a negative attitude towards a certain subject. Watch as Shaun Majumder and Sidney Crosby create magic with numbers. Even those with an aversion to math and numbers will admit that playing with numbers can be fun. Please watch and discuss with your child.

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IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP
February
9-Family Day – Classes not in session
10-Division 13 and 14 to Surrey City Hall
11-Division 12 and 15 to Surrey City Hall
16-PAC Meeting – 7:00 p.m.
19-Student Led Conferences – Early Dismissal – 1:30 p.m.
20-Professional Day
24-BC Dairy – Mobile Dairy Classroom – all day
24-Grade 3 classes to Pacific Space Centre – all day
25-Cambridge Science Fair – all day – Gym
25-Pink Shirt Day
27-Assembly – 1:45 p.m. – All parents welcome

March
9-20-Spring Break
31-Assembly – 1:30 p.m.

April
1-Running Club Starts
2-Fine Arts Performance: Fizzical Fizzicks – 9:00 a.m.
2-Term 2 Student Learning Communications – Original Date: March 6, 2015
3-Good Friday Holiday
6-Easter Monday Holiday
14-Division 25 and 26 to Historic Stewart Farm
15-Division 23 and 24 to Historic Stewart Farm
20-PAC Meeting – 7:00 p.m.
21-Class, Team, and Panorama photos – All Day
30-Running Club Ends
30-Assembly – 8:45 a.m.
30-Ready, Set, Learn – 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

May
1-Professional Day
7-Parent Thank You Tea
14-Fine Arts Performance: Magician Sheldon Casavant – 9:00 a.m.
14-Grade 2 classes to Grouse Mountain
18-Victoria Day Holiday
21-Grade 4 classes to Capilano Suspension Bridge
22-Spring Family Fun Fair – 5:00-8:00 p.m.
25-Professional Day
27-Grade 5 classes to Britannia Mine
29-Assembly – 1:30 p.m.

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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