May 25, 2015

May 25, 2015

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: LIVE YOUR DREAM AND SHARE YOUR PASSION
As we journey through this life, we dream and continually strive to find our purpose and our passions. Here at Cambridge, we believe every child deserves to learn in an environment that invites them to follow their interests and curiosities. Children also need to know that this journey of discovery can often be challenging, but that anything that’s personally meaningful is worth pursuing. Please watch and discuss this video with your child.

Where does YOUR passion lie?

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LEARNING STORIES – MEANINGFUL WORK

“I’d rather fail at something important than succeed at something trivial.”
-Paul Hawken

“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”
-Teddy Roosevelt

The learning stories this week are all about doing work that matters. Doing meaningful work is something adults demand, yet I wonder if we ever consider that our students have the same need. Simply saying, “You will need this one day” isn’t good enough anymore!

I love that when I travel the halls at Cambridge, I see more and more that students are engaged in this meaningful work.

IMG_0644The first learning story comes from our students who have been working away diligently over the past few months, creating beauty from a block of stone. If you have been following this blog, you will recall seeing this slow, but dramatic transformation of raw materials. This past week, the first group of students completed their soapstone carvings and began to display them in the display case by the front office. The first comment that came from the mouths of parents who visited is one of surprise: “Students made those???” Students have had the satisfaction of creating a piece of art that will last for years and one they are proud to share with the world!

The second learning story is about an event that took place last week. One of our grade 5 students, Griffin, lives with diabetes. Simply living with diabetes wasn’t enough for Griffin – he wanted to make a difference. About two weeks ago, he decided to approach me about the possibility of selling lemonade after school one day in order to raise money for diabetes research, as part of the annual Walk to Cure Diabetes. Announcements were made and the day finally came. As the end of the day neared, the sun came out, as if shining down on Griffin, and everyone was invited for a cold glass of sugar-free lemonade. The response was overwhelming and within minutes, the lemonade stand was SOLD OUT! Better yet, Griffin reached his goal of $1000.00. Looking beyond the simple details of Griffin’s story, this is an example of giving young people the opportunity to not just accept the issues we or others face, but the chance to do something about it! Way to go, #TeamGriffin!

The final learning story is about the Cambridge community. Our community cares and I am reminded of this often. You will recall back in December that our Grade 7 students raised over $6000 as part of their 30-Hour Famine. About $800 of those funds went to create a KIVA account. You can find out more about KIVA here. Most of this money has been lent out and now, loans are being repaid. This allows our students to research and fund new loans over and over again. Students learn about the issues that face many in third-world countries, and the challenges faced, particularly for women, when trying to run a business in order to support their family. You can see the status of all of our loans here.

IMG_0663Needs continue to arise around the globe and Cambridge continues to respond. The citizens of Nepal were recently struck by a series of deadly earthquakes. What did we do? Our leadership students called the community to action and asked everyone to bring in donations so that our funds raised would be matched by the Canadian Government. I am proud to say the we exceeded our goal of a dollar per student, raising a total of $1067.30.

Opportunities such as these teach students valuable lessons about not only looking out for those in need, but acting on that need.

Thank you Cambridge Staff, Students, and Parents for yet another week of awesome learning stories!

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KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION
2015 K invitation
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STAFFING UPDATE
We are sad to say goodbye to the following staff members at the conclusion of this year:
Patricia Watson – accepted a position at Erma Stephenson Elementary
John Kwon – accepted a position at Woodland Park Elementary
Laura Warkentin – term position
Vernice Li – term position
Randy Senini – term position

We welcome the following staff members to the Cambridge community:
Kevin Fleming – LST – from Crescent Park Elementary
Eric Neumeyer – Grade 4/5 – from Sunnyside Elementary
Katherine Douglas/Carrie Macumber – Grade 1/2 Job Share – Westerman Elementary

We also congratulate Education Assistant Amber Harris on the birth of a healthy baby girl! A special welcome to Lisa Sund who will be in Ms. Harris’ position for the remainder of the year.

Ms. Andersen continues on a medical leave from her Grade 1 position. Ms. S. Sharda will also be on medical leave for the remainder of the school year. We wish Ms. Andersen and Ms. S. Sharda well. Mr. Senini will continue in Ms. Andersen’s position and Ms. Rachel Umlas will remain in Ms. S. Sharda’s position for the remainder of the school year.
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2015-16 BELL SCHEDULE AND TENTATIVE CALENDAR
Our bell schedule for next year reflects an additional 6 minutes of instructional time due to a compressed 2015-16 school year (which begins September 8, 2015 and ends June 23, 2016).

8:27 a.m. Welcome bell
8:32 a.m. Classes begin
10:12 a.m Recess
10:27 a.m. Classes resume
11:45 a.m. Students eat lunch
12:00 p.m. Student activity time outside
12:30 p.m. Classes resume
2:30 p.m. Dismissal

September
2-Summer Professional Development Day (in lieu of November 13)
3-Summer Professional Development Day (in lieu of February 19)
8-First day of school – 10:00-11:00 a.m.
9-First FULL day of school – 8:32 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
16-Kindergarten students begin FULL DAYS
24-Meet the Teacher-Community BBQ – Time TBD
28-Professional Development Day – Classes not in session

October
1-Running Club Begins
12-Thanksgiving – Classes not in session
16-Interim Student Learning Communications sent home
23-Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
29-Last day of Running Club

November
10-Remembrance Day Assembly
11-Remembrance Day – Classes not in session
13-Professional Development Day (held September 2) – Classes not in session

December
4-Term 1 Student Learning Communications sent home
9-Early Dismissal at 1:30 p.m. for Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences
10-Early Dismissal at 1:30 p.m. for Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences
18-Final day of classes before Winter Break

January
4-Classes resume

February
8-Family Day – Classes not in session
18-Student-Led Conferences
19-Professional Development Day (held September 3) – Classes not in session

March
14-25-Spring Break – Classes not in session
28-Easter Monday – Classes not in session

April
11-Term 2 Student Learning Communications sent home
13-Early Dismissal at 1:30 p.m. for Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

May
6-Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
23-Victoria Day – Classes not in session
30-Professional Development Day – Classes not in session

June
1-Parent Tea
3-Kindergarten Orientation
10-Sports Day
17-Grade 7 Celebration
22-Year-End Assembly – 9:00 a.m.
23-Term 2 Student Learning Communications sent home
23-Early Dismissal at 1:30 p.m. for Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences
24-Administration Day – Classes not in session

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2015-16 SCHOOL FEES
Each school year, parents support their child(ren)’s formal learning experiences in a wide variety of ways. We so appreciate all that you do to ensure a successful year!

In addition to providing the school supplies itemized on a grade list, parents are periodically asked for monies to cover specific items and/or special events. No student will be denied the opportunity to participate in any school activity due to the inability to pay. Please contact the Principal should you require any financial assistance.

As we plan for the 2015/16 school year, we anticipate the following costs:

Student Planner: We encourage all students in Grades 1-6 to purchase a School Planner at a cost of $5.00. Included in the planner is our school code of conduct, school calendar and school district information. We find this to be an excellent tool for facilitating home/school communication, as well as for developing our students’ organizational skills. However, using our school planner is optional as a parent may purchase their own version. Grade 7 teachers have decided to use alternative methods of home/school communication which will be shared with parents early in September, 2015.

Field Studies and Field Trips: Classes often enjoy educational visits to community facilities which extend and enhance the curriculum. While we use school monies or fundraise to cover the costs of such activities wherever possible, there are times when parents are asked to contribute towards the cost of the trip. If you choose to have your child not participate in a field study, a suitable program will be provided at the school.

Musical Instruments: Grade 4 students learn to play the recorder. Students will have the option of purchasing one through our music teacher for $8.00 or receiving one on loan from the school. Also, our Grade 7 students who make the decision to take band either purchase or rent an instrument. Costs vary depending on the instrument.

School Supplies: Parents have the option of purchasing their child’s school supplies on their own utilizing the grade supply list or for your convenience you may wish to purchase supplies as a package through EDU-PAC Payment is made directly to EDU-PAC. Costs for supplies vary based on grade. Bulk orders are done for Kindergarten supplies. The anticipated cost per student is $55.00, but this cost is tentative. Parents have the option of contributing their own supplies to the class. Supply lists will be made available shortly in order for you to order, or purchase your own supplies.

Please do not hesitate to call us at the school if you have any questions: 604-595-4036.

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FLOOR HOCKEY
The competition is heating up! Check back weekly for updates.

Grade 2/3 Standings W-L-T
Team 1 – 1-2-0
Team 2 – 2-1-0
Team 3 – 2-1-0
Team 4 – 1-2-0

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 – 0-2
Team 1 vs Team 3 – 1-0
Team 2 vs Team 4 – 3-1
FINAL GAME: June 5 – Team 2 vs Team 4

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

Games:
Team 1 vs Team 2 – 4-1
Team 3 vs Team 4 – 9-5
Team 1 vs Team 3 – 0-0
Team 2 vs Team 4 – 4-12
Team 1 vs Team 4 – 3-4
Team 2 vs Team 3 – 2-7
SEMIFINAL 1: Team 2 vs Team 3 (May 26)
SEMIFINAL 2: Team 1 vs Team 4 – 1-2
FINAL GAME (June 2)

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

Games:
Team 1 vs Team 2 – 7-7
Team 3 vs Team 4 – 2-3
Team 1 vs Team 3 – 2-2
Team 2 vs Team 4 – 4-2
Team 1 vs Team 4 – 3-3
Team 2 vs Team 3 – 5-0
SEMIFINAL 1: Team 2 vs Team 1 – 5-1
SEMIFINAL 2: Team 3 vs Team 4 (May 27)
FINAL GAME (June 4)

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
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IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP

May
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 – 12:45 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
4-Kindergarten Orientation 12:45-1:45 p.m.
8-Grade 7 Band Concert – 12:40 p.m.
10-Grade 7 classes to Cultus Lake
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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