CambridgeLearns

June 13, 2015

CLICK HERE for a quick look at the past week at Cambridge Elementary…IN TWEETS.

IN THIS ISSUE:


PICNIC IN THE PARK
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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: CREATIVITY AND SILLINESS COME TOGETHER
At Cambridge we celebrate creativity and know that learning and creativity should be fun. Enjoy this silly video that is created when two seemingly unrelated pieces of media are “mashed” together!


Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pQAWOCofXo

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SPORTS DAY
Friday was a great day…Friday was SPORTS DAY! Thanks to our staff for planning such a wonderful event, thank you to students for your energy and enthusiasm, and thank you to parents for joining us! Enjoy this look back through images:


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LET’S GO BAND!
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This week, we had the pleasure to hear the awesome progress our Grade 7 band has made under the direction of band teacher, Mr. Grant Hochman.

If learning is indeed described as a change in behaviour, then these students have definitely learned a great deal this year.

List to our band HERE and HERE!

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COMBINED CLASSES – WHY THE BAD RAP?
Source: Surrey Schools

Combined-grade classes consist of students in two consecutive grades grouped together in one class. They are common both locally and internationally, with “one out of every five Canadian students enrolled in a multi-grade classroom” according to at least one study. There is a good chance that Surrey children will have the experience of being in a combined-grade class during their elementary school years.

Organizing classes to best meet the needs of all students is a complex process. While practical factors such as shifting enrolment, class size and composition influence the formation of classes, the Surrey School District is committed to creating balanced classes that focus on students’ learning strengths and the needs of the whole child.

There are academic as well as social benefits to combined-grade classes. Studies indicate that children in combined classes do as well academically as children in single grades.

Research has shown that combined classes:

  • allow students learn from one another,
  • provide models for younger students,
  • help older students see what they’ve already learned,
  • provide opportunities for a greater range of learning,
  • encourage students to work together,
  • promote social responsibility,
  • help students to become independent and
  • foster a positive attitude toward school.

Students in combined classes are not held back to the level of younger students, nor are they expected to handle work beyond their ability. In every classroom, there is a wide range of skills and abilities. Children mature at different rates in various aspects of development. Teachers are aware of these individual differences and structure learning activities according to the needs of each learner.

Children learn continually; their intellectual, social and personal development does not occur in discrete steps according to grade level. Studies have found that on average, a single-grade class includes students whose development spans five years. The developmental range in a combined class is not significantly different.

Within the combined class there will be children of both grade levels with similar levels of performance. Whether a child is gifted or needs considerable assistance, each will be challenged to excel as much in a combined class as he or she would be in a single-grade class.

Researchers have reported successful learning is less dependent on how students are grouped into classes, than on the quality of instructional practices.
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CHANGES IN HOW WE COMMUNICATE STUDENT LEARNING
This year, many teachers at Cambridge have attempted to create a “window into the classroom” and to better communicate your child’s learning to you through the use of electronic portfolios. The goal is to share ongoing descriptive feedback regarding your child’s progress, and to actively involve your child in this process.

We know that there is a substantial amount of research indicating that external rewards and letter grades are detrimental to student learning. As well, letter grades can often be subjective, while not truly communicating progress your child has made in relation to learning objectives.

The following video provides great information on the research behind drive, motivation, and the use of extrinsic rewards:

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6XAPnuFjJc

Letter grades for intermediate students has always been a divisive issue. The teachers at Cambridge are aware of a significant body of research that indicates that:

  • Grades tend to reduce students’ interest in learning itself.
  • Grades tend to reduce students’ preference for challenging tasks.
  • Grades tend to reduce the quality of students’ thinking.

Read more about letter grades:

From Grading to De-Grading
Do Grades Do Any Good?
Can We Get Beyond Letter Grades?

Stay tuned for further information regarding changes to how we communicate student learning to you.

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SCHOOL SUPPLIES
The deadline to order school supplies through EDU-PAC for the 2015-16 school year has now passed. For those parents and guardians wishing to purchase their own supplies, lists have been published here for your convenience: Edupac Supply Lists
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
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IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP
June
15-Mr. Reed/some Education Assistants and students going to Vancouver Zoo
15-Bullis Charter School/FreshGrade representatives visit Cambridge – 8:30-10:00 a.m.
16-Division 2 to Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts
16-Kindergarten classes to Goldstone Park – 10:45 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
17-Panorama Youth Company dance performance – 1:30 p.m.
18-Kindergarten classes to Centennial Beach
19-Grade 7 Assembly at 9:00 a.m.
23-Divisions 4-6 to Crescent Beach
23-Divisions 19-22 to Sullivan Park – 11:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
24-Grade 7 classes to Centennial Beach
24-Division 6-9 to Goldstone Park – 10:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
25-Last Day Before Summer Holiday
25-Final Assembly at 9:00 a.m.
25-Early Dismissal 1:30 p.m.
25-Term 3 Student Learning Communications

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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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