CambridgeLearns – April 19, 2015

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: LIVING LIFE IS ABOUT NEVER GIVING UP 

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXwRWGoFtr0

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PRINCIPAL LEARNING STORIES
The best part of the work I do in schools is visiting classrooms and participating in the learning taking place.

Something that has become evident to me is that students are just like adults: they thrive when doing work that is interesting and meaningful. As adults, we value our time and consider it precious. We don’t tolerate requests to do tasks that are irrelevant to us. We demand to know WHY we are doing what we are doing. BUT…

Do we treat students’ time the same way?

Do we ensure that students see the relevance of the work we ask them to do?

Is the work we ask students to do in fact relevant?

How do we react to students who express (in various ways) that the work they do in class is not personally meaningful?

Do we pay attention to these reactions and what do they mean?

The learning stories from the past week are interesting because they come from several sources.

The FIRST LEARNING STORY comes from Ms. Padam’s classroom. During the week, I had the opportunity to meet with all Grade 4 and 7 students to complete online Satisfaction Surveys. When I visited with students from Ms. Padam’s class, I noticed they were all wearing interesting bracelets – every student!  I was so caught up in completing the survey that I didn’t get a chance to ask about the bracelets. Shortly after, Ms. Padam sent me an email of photos and student reflections.  Here’s what students shared:

“On Tuesday, we made Salish Arm Bands out of sheep wool.  We learned about Aboriginals and that they valued wool blankets and used them in ceremonies.  We also learned how to weave.  We all enjoyed making them!”  -Doris

“We learned how to make bracelets.  It was fun to make with sheep wool.  We learned how to weave.  It was a little hard at first, but them it got easier.”  -Brooke

“We learned to make bracelets by weaving wool.  It was fun trying to work with the wool and learning to weave.  We used brown and white sheep wool.”  -Marisa 

I so appreciate when students are given the opportunity to participate in hands-on, creative experiences. As I think back to my own time in school, hands-on learning is much of what I remember the most.  I also hope you notice that the learning intention here was not necessarily to create something beautiful, but rather for students to gain a better understand of other people and cultures. Student pride was extremely evident to me!

The SECOND LEARNING STORY is really a look-back at our Grade 7 30-Hour Famine which took place back in December.  This past Monday was a dreaded, rainy, “inside” day.  At lunch, I invited our Grade 7 students to the multipurpose room to share a recent documentary I had watch called “Living on One Dollar”.  I had already watched the movie, so I mostly watched the students for reactions to what they saw. During a particularly touching portion of the film, when I young woman begins to cry as she shared that she had to quit school in order to work and that she did not have all the “nice things” that others had, I noticed a few students quietly wipe away their own tears.

What made this documentary particularly relevant, was that it spoke about micro-loans. Students were familiar with this concepts because they had already given out over $800 CDN in micro-loans through KIVA. Many of these loans are currently being repaid which will allow our students to fund additional loans in the near future. See all of our KIVA loans here.

Screen Shot 2015-04-17 at 8.18.15 AMI was touched when, the next day, one of the classroom teachers told me all her students were talking about the video, and several students came to me asking when we could watch the conclusion of the documentary. Rainy days, apparently, can be extremely fruitful!

The FINAL LEARNING STORY is the most incidental. I happened to be walking in the hallway heading back to the office when I noticed three Grade 4 boys huddled around a desk outside their classroom. As I got closer, I noticed they were working on a very complex problem that looked something like this:

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They were attempting to calculate the complete surface area of the object.

To be honest, my first reaction was one of shock. Why were these students working on a problem that was clearly well beyond grade level. But, I decided to withhold judgement, ask questions, and explore the problem with them. It soon became very clear that these students were definitely able to access this problem. They knew how to calculate area and they knew they had to “partition the problem” and tackle one part of the problem at a time. Mostly, I noticed how intently they were paying attention and how engaged they were. They WERE NOT going to let this problem defeat them.  After a few minutes, the classroom teacher came to check on the problem-solvers and invite them back into class. He shared with me that this group of students had a voracious appetite for learning math and he was continually looking for ways to challenge them and nurture their love of math.

As I continued down the hallway after our time together, I was thankful to this teacher for not simply giving these students MORE, but giving them something DIFFERENT. There is nothing worse for a student, after easily completing 20 questions, to be given 20 more of the same type question of question.

Thank you CAMBRIDGE STAFF for the thoughtful, meaningful learning opportunities you provide students, and thank you CAMBRIDGE STUDENTS for the ways in which you engage in your learning!

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TALENT SHOW 2015 IS COMING

TALENT SHOW

May 29 at 1:00 p.m.

Find all the details by clicking here —> Cambridge Talent Show

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TAEKWONDO LESSONS – A LOOK BACK
This past week, Chang’s Taekwondo provided lessons to a very enthusastic group of Cambridge students. Beside Taekwondo techniques, students learned the important lessons of respect, safety, and discipline. Enjoy this fun look back at the past week of lessons!

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CLASS PLACEMENT REQUESTS FOR 2015-16
Shortly, we will begin the VERY TENTATIVE process of organizing classes for the 2015-16 school year. If you would like to make a request about your child’s placement for next year, please put this in writing and submit your letter to Mr. Vendramin by May 15. Requests may include a description of a preferred learning environment or details about your child. Parents may not request a particular teacher by name.

Parent requests will be one part of our decision making process as we work collaboratively to create the best possible learning environments for all students.
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FLOOR HOCKEY SEASON CONTINUES THIS COMING WEEK

Grade 2/3 Standings
Team 1 – 0-0
Team 2 – 0-0
Team 3 – 0-0

Games:
Team 1 vs Team 2
Team 2 vs Team 3
Team 1 vs Team 3
FINAL GAME

Grade 4/5 Standings
Team 1 – 1-0
Team 2 – 0-1
Team 3 – 0-0
Team 4 – 0-0

Games:
Team 1 vs Team 2: 4-1
Team 3 vs Team 4
Team 1 vs Team 3
Team 2 vs Team 4
Team 1 vs Team 4
Team 2 vs Team 3
SEMIFINAL 1
SEMIFINAL 2
FINAL GAME

Grade 6/7 Standings
Team 1 – 0-0
Team 2 – 0-0
Team 3 – 0-0
Team 4 – 0-0

Games:
Team 1 vs Team 2:
Team 3 vs Team 4
Team 1 vs Team 3
Team 2 vs Team 4
Team 1 vs Team 4
Team 2 vs Team 3
SEMIFINAL 1
SEMIFINAL 2
FINAL GAME

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READY, SET, LEARN – APRIL 30

READY, SET, LEARN

A way to help 3 and 4 year olds get ready for school.

You are invited!

Ready Set LearnWho: Three and four year old children and their parents or caregivers.

When: Thursday, April 30, 2015, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Where: Cambridge Elementary, 6115 150th Street, Surrey.

You and your preschooler are cordially invited to Cambridge’s “Ready, Set, Learn” Open House. During this time you and your preschooler will have opportunities to participate in a variety of learning activities. Besides having fun and learning about their new school, each child will receive a take home package, which includes some very useful information provided by the Ministry of Education, an age-appropriate book and other supplies and surprises.

Ready, Set, Learn is a program designed to provide children and families with a opportunity to participate in a series of play-based learning activities within the school setting. This early learning program is part of an initiative sponsored by the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Children and Family Development, and the Ministry of Health.

Learning starts at home, and Ready, Set, Learn is one tool families can use to help children achieve their best. The Ministry of Education has created a parent booklet entitled, Ready, Set, Learn – helping your preschooler get ready for school. Please visit the BC Ministry of Education website for the booklet (English and translations available) www.bced.gov.bc.ca/early_learning/rsl/

Please call our office at to confirm that you will attend our “Ready, Set, Learn” event: 604-595-4036.

Please share this information with anyone you know who has a three or four year old child.

We look forward to meeting you.
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
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IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP
April
20-PAC Meeting – 7:00 p.m.
21-Spring Portraits, Class, Team, and Panorama photos – All Day
22-Division 2 to Gulf of Georgia Cannery, Steveston
28-Division 3 – Yoga at Riverside Yoga – 12:30-2:15 p.m.
29-Grade 4 classes to Grouse Mountain
30-Superhero Theme Day
30-PAC Lunch – Montana’s
30-Assembly – 8:45 a.m.
30-Ready, Set, Learn – 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
30-Last day of Running Club

May
1-Professional Day
12-Grade 2 classes to Grouse Mountain
14-Fine Arts Performance: Magician Sheldon Casavant – 9:00 a.m.
18-Victoria Day Holiday – Classes not in session
21-Grade 4 classes to Capilano Suspension Bridge
22-Spring Family Fun Fair – 5:00-8:00 p.m.
25-Professional Day
28-Assembly – 8:45 a.m.
29-Talent Show – 1:00 p.m.

June
1-Parent “Thank You” Tea
1-PAC Meeting (AGM) – 7:00 p.m.
3-Kindergarten Introduction Parent Meeting
4-New Kindergarten Student Visits
12-Sports Day
17-Panorama Youth Company dance performance – 1:30 p.m.
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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