CambridgeLearns

May 2, 2015

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: RESPECT
At our monthly assembly on Thursday, we talked about the R in STAR – RESPECT. We said that RESPECT meant treating other they we we want to be treated, as well as treating others so that they feel cared for and important. We showed the following video:

Video sources:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOzrAK4gOSo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2PJ6T7U2eU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5yCOSHeYn4
“Respect” by Aretha Franklin

Now, students are encouraged to be creative once again. At our May assembly, we will screen all student-created videos around the theme of RESPECT. We look forward to what our students will share!
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THE BEAT OF A DRUM
Contributed by:
Shelley Stark, Learner Support Teacher
Charlotte Pearce, Aboriginal Enhancement Worker
Cambridge Elementary

image1How do we engage students? How do we get them excited, motivated, and inspired? How do we build a feeling of community and belonging, teach respectful communication skills, develop empathy and perspective, and foster emotional self-regulation all at the same time? Drumbeat! – this program is so much more than just drumming! Hand drums are used to develop social skills and promote social and emotional learning in a fun and enjoyable way. Everyone loves to beat on a drum! Drumming is active, exciting, therapeutic, and motivating.

Charlotte Pearce and I were fortunate to be included in a group of 22 Surrey employees recently trained to facilitate the Drumbeat program. Developed in Australia, Drumbeat is a culture neutral program using hand-drumming to build community, develop relationship and communication skills, and foster self-regulation in at-risk youth. Results of the Drumbeat program include improved emotional regulation, increased self-esteem, and improved social skills. These changes lead to better relationships and an increased sense of belonging. Imagine how this would empower students! Drums make it possible.

Visualize a group of students full of emotions and unable to communicate their feelings in words. Talk therapy is very common, but not effective for everyone. Allowing participants to demonstrate their feelings through the drum provides an outlet for expression, which is then transformed into words and discussion within the group. Groups consist of 6-10 students, and the program runs 1 hour per week for 10 weeks, covering a series of themes using rhythms, games, discussion, improvisation, and performance. A bond is created between members over that time.

Drumbeat has been successfully adapted for young children, the elderly, the prison population, and people suffering from addiction and emotional trauma. The impact of Drumbeat is demonstrated in several studies looking at the benefits of drumming on brain development and self-regulation. Kids participating in the program report the benefits of feeling part of a team, feeling safe enough to take risks and try something new, and feeling pride in their success.

The workshop was inspiring and motivating. We see the potential for connecting with all children, but especially those hard to reach individuals. Drumming is a motivating vehicle for teaching vital social and communication skills. Participants experience success playing the drums as a team, and through awareness, those skills can be transferred to other social situations. Participation in a drum circle teaches us that we are always more powerful as a team than we are as individuals.

We feel so fortunate to have been introduced to this inspiring program, and we are motivated to obtain a set of 10 drums so our students can get started. The drums are expensive, but after the initial purchase, the program requires very little financial support. If anyone has a connection for djembe drums or wishes to donate to the cause, we would love to talk to you!
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TRACK AND FIELD
Track and Field season is just around the corner! If your child is in grade 3-7 and they are interested in track and field disciplines such as short and long distance running, long jump, triple jump, high jump, discus, and shot put, then they are encouraged to participate. Because of the dedication of so many Cambridge staff members, we are fortunate to be able to offer all these events to students. Thank you teachers!!!

A meeting was held a week ago and permission forms were given to students. If your child did not attend and is still interested, please see the office for a form.

Practices begin the week of May 4 and will continue for the month of May. Near the end of the month, students who can achieve District standards will be selected to participate in the District Track Meet at Bear Creek Park on June 3. If your child is selected for this event, a separate permission form will be given to them later in May.
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Please check the CambridgeLearns blog weekly for updated schedules. We look forward to a fun Track and Field season!
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PAC SPRING FAMILY FUN FAIR IS COMING

PAC Meeting

PAC Meeting

Our most recent PAC Meeting took place on Monday, April 24th. Thank you to all parents who attended. A special topic on the agenda was our upcoming Spring Family Fun Fair, coming May 22, 2015. Our PAC wanted to let you know, that if you own, or are connected to a business in any way, there are ways you can support Cambridge Elementary.

If you would like to sponsor the event, or have products or services you are able to donate, it would be greatly appreciated. More details will be following shortly.

Thank you in advance for your continued support!
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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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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 


Another great week of games! Check back weekly to view game results and standings!

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

Games:
Team 1 vs Team 2 – 1-4
Team 2 vs Team 3 – 4-6
Team 3 vs Team 4 – 1-0
Team 1 vs Team 4
Team 1 vs Team 3
Team 2 vs Team 4
FINAL GAME

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

Games:
Team 1 vs Team 2 – 4-1
Team 3 vs Team 4 – 9-5
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 – 0-0-1
Team 2 – 1-0-1
Team 3 – 0-1
Team 4 – 1-1

Games:
Team 1 vs Team 2 – 7-7
Team 3 vs Team 4 – 2-3
Team 1 vs Team 3
Team 2 vs Team 4 – 4-2
Team 1 vs Team 4
Team 2 vs Team 3
SEMIFINAL 1
SEMIFINAL 2
FINAL GAME

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
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IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP

May
4-Track and Field Practices begin (see Track and Field above)
6-Division 7 and 9 – Swimming at YMCA – 12:30-2:15 p.m.12-Grade 2 classes to Grouse Mountain
13-Grade 6 Immunizations
13-Grade 7 students to Sullivan Heights – 12:15-2:00 p.m.
13-Division 7 and 9 – Swimming at YMCA – 12:30-2:15 p.m.
14-Fine Arts Performance: Magician Sheldon Casavant – 9:00 a.m.
15-Panorama and Team Photos
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
26-Division 20, 21, 22 to Pacific Space Centre
27-Division 7 and 9 – Swimming at YMCA – 12:30-2:15 p.m.
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.
2-Sullivan Heights Carnival – 3:30-6:00 p.m.
3-District Track Meet – Bear Creek Park
3-Kindergarten Introduction Parent Meeting
4-Welcome to Kindergarten – 9:00-10:00 a.m.
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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