CambridgeLearns February 14, 2015

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: WHO DO YOU LOVE

Cambridge students and staff share who they love…

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HEY STUDENTS, HAVE YOUR SAY. PICK YOUR FAVOURITE HOUSE TEAM POSTER
Student leaders came together recently to come up with House Team names. Now, we’ve run a poster contest for any students interested. Have your say – pick your favourite poster for each House Team. Winners will be announced early next week.





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STAFFING UPDATE
Yesterday, we said goodbye to office clerk Cindy Palitti. Ms. Palitti has left Cambridge to be head secretary at neighbouring Goldstone Park Elementary. Thank you Ms. Palitti for your kindness, gentle nature, and hard work. We wish you well in your new assignment.

We are pleased to welcome Ms. Vernice Li to our school. Ms. Li will be filling in for Mr. John Kwon during his absence. Mr. Kwon and his family recently welcomed a new family member, a healthy baby boy. Mr. Kwon will return to his teaching assignment sometime in May.

We also welcome Education Assistant Alycia Patterson who is now working full time at Cambridge. Ms. Patterson had been working 2 days per week at our school, but we are very pleased to have her expertise at our school full time.

Finally, our thoughts continue to be with Ms. Charlene Andersen during her medical leave.
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NAME THE NEW SCHOOL

HELP NAME A SCHOOL!

You can participate in local history and suggest a name for Surrey’s newest school! The Surrey Board of Education invites public submissions to help name a new secondary school to be built at:

7278 – 184 Street (Clayton North area)

According to school board policy, school names should reflect the history or geography of the neighbourhood or community. Special consideration is given to names that have significant meaning to students and members of the community. Submit your suggestions before 4 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2015 by email to schoolnames@surreyschools.ca or by mail to:

School Naming Surrey Schools – Communication Services

14033 – 92 Avenue Surrey BC V3V 0B7

Please note that typically, many different people suggest the same name, or close variations of the same name. For this reason, and other considerations, acknowledgements are not given to those who suggest a school name that is later chosen by the board.
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COMMUNITY ADVISORY: HIGH RISK OFFENDER IN SURREY
Dear Parents / Guardians, You may have seen news media coverage recently regarding a public notice from the Ministry of Justice that a high-risk offender named John Conway was planning to live in Surrey. You will be able to see photos and other information about this man by visiting the websites of the Surrey Now or Surrey Leader, as well many other news media websites, or you can obtain a copy from our school. Our school district believes it is prudent to take some precautions under these circumstances. Besides ensuring our school staffs, supervisors and safe school liaisons have the appropriate information, the district also wants to ensure parents are aware. The man is not allowed to be near anyone under 18-years-old, nor in any park, playground, school or other facility where children may gather. If you see the man at these places, you should phone police. You may want to review the information with your child and remind him/her of these safety tips:

  • Don’t take short cuts. Use main routes; avoid lanes, forested or secluded areas.
  • Walk with friends.
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you will be back.
  • Phone home when leaving a friend’s house and say when you will be home.
  • Don’t assist strangers.
  • Trust your instincts and your feelings.
  • Phone if you are going to be delayed, or if your plans change.

Please feel free to contact the school if you have any questions or concerns. Sincerely, Antonio Vendramin
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PSYCHOLOGY STUDY
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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.
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Many 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 Our basketball season concludes this week with three very busy days of action. Cambridge will be hosting playdays this coming Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. We are proud of each team and the progress they have made this season. Special thanks to coaches Ms. McClean, Mr. Stemler, Mr. Kramer, Ms. Vogstad, and Mr. Vendramin, and to our many dedicated parents who provided transportation to games. Come out and support our teams this week!
BOYS ‘B’ Team: February 18 Playday – Cambridge
Game Schedule:
11:30 Game 1: Cambridge vs. Brookside
12:05 Game 2: William Watson vs Bear Creek
12:40 Game 3: Cambridge vs. William Watson
1:15 Game 4: Brookside vs. Bear Creek
1:50 Game 5: Cambridge vs. Bear Creek
2:25 Game 6: William Watson vs. Brookside
3:00 Game 7: Semifinal 1: 1st place vs 4th place
3:35 Game 8: Semifinal 2: 2nd place vs 3rd place
3:40 Game 9: Final: Winners of Game 7 and 8

BOYS ‘A’ Team: February 17 Playday – Cambridge
11:30 Game 1: Cambridge vs. Chimney Hill
12:05 Game 2: William Watson vs T.E. Scott
12:40 Game 3: Cambridge vs. William Watson
1:15 Game 4: Chimney Hill vs. T.E. Scott
1:50 Game 5: Cambridge vs. T.E. Scott
2:25 Game 6: William Watson vs. Chimney Hill
3:00 Game 7: Semifinal 1: 1st place vs 4th place
3:35 Game 8: Semifinal 2: 2nd place vs 3rd place
3:40 Game 9: Final: Winners of Game 7 and 8

GIRLS: February 19 Playday – Cambridge
11:30 Game 1: Cambridge vs. Chimney Hill
12:05 Game 2: William Watson vs T.E. Scott
12:40 Game 3: Cambridge vs. William Watson
1:15 Game 4: Chimney Hill vs. T.E. Scott
1:50 Game 5: Cambridge vs. T.E. Scott
2:25 Game 6: William Watson vs. Chimney Hill
3:00 Game 7: Semifinal 1: 1st place vs 4th place
3:35 Game 8: Semifinal 2: 2nd place vs 3rd place
3:40 Game 9: Final: Winners of Game 7 and 8

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! BACK TO “IN THIS ISSUE”

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IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP
February
17-Boys ‘B’ Basketball Playday at Cambridge – 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
18-Boys ‘A’ Basketball Playday at Cambridge – 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
19-Girls Basketball Playday at Cambridge – 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 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
2-PAC Meeting – 7:00 p.m.
3-Safe Schools Presentation for Grade 7 students – 1:30 p.m.
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
9-HUB Cycling Program – Grade 4 and 5 classes – Day 1
14-Division 25 and 26 to Historic Stewart Farm
15-Division 23 and 24 to Historic Stewart Farm
15-HUB Cycling Program – Grade 4 and 5 classes – Day 2
20-PAC Meeting – 7:00 p.m.
21-Spring Portraits, 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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