CambridgeLearns

June 20, 2015

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

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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
Carol McClean – term position

We welcome the following staff members to the Cambridge community:
Kim Bomford – Grade 1 – from Don Christian Elementary
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
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GRADE 7 CELEBRATION
Yesterday, family, friends, students and staff came together to celebrate the successes of our Grade 7 students and to wish them well as they venture off to high school. It was a special day that would not have been possible without the great support of our wonderful parents and Grade 7 teachers! Enjoy Mr. Vendramin’s address and images below.

Congratulations Cambridge Grade 7 Class of 2015! I am pleased to address you on this special day.

I am honoured to have known you and to have played a small role in your time here at Cambridge. It has been wonderful watching you become better students, better athletes, and better people.

Like all the students I have worked with over the past 22 or so years, you will always hold a special place in my heart. I hope that Cambridge has a left something in your heart!

If I could perhaps offer you a recipe for success in the future, here is what I would suggest:

WORK HARD! Working hard is always under your control. Here’s what I know: I will never be the smartest…the fastest…the strongest…but I can always decide how hard I will work. So can you!

BE KIND! How you treat others is also under your control. I have learned a simple lesson: You can’t control how people will treat you, but you can control how you treat others. I also like to think that when you treat others nicely, they do the same for you. I also think that when you do this, it makes the world a better place.

In the end, you will be judged not on how big a house you had, how much money you had, or the fancy car you drove, but on the positive impact you had on those around you.

SERVE OTHERS! Parents, this year your child decided to not eat for 30 hours back on December 4th and 5th – all in an effort to help others. Your children raised over $6000 for BC Cancer Foundation, Make a Wish Foundation, and KIVA. They have lent over a $1000 in microloans to entrepreneurs in 3rd world countries.
They’ve changed lives…$25 at a time.

Grade 7s, you’ve helped Glenda in El Salvador to buy a cow so she can have milk to bake and sell bread, raising money so she can send her children to school.

Grade 7s, you’ve helped Emiliana in the Philippines to buy merchandise for her store so she can earn money to support her six children.

Grade 7s, when look in the mirror, you will see the face of someone who has made a difference in the world.

LIVE! Today is not an end point. Today you continue your quest to discover who you are and what gifts you have to share with the world in order to make the world a better place.

Sir Ken Robinson once said:

“Simply existing is a miracle, yet people trudge through life as if it’s going to go on forever.”

Life does not go on forever, time passes quickly, and each day is precious. Take advantage of each one! The world needs more good and decent people. Be those people!

Ladies and Gentlemen, join me in congratulating the Cambridge Grade 7 class of 2015!


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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: DAD!

Happy Father’s Day!!!

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CROSSING GUARDS
You see them everyday. They put themselves in harm’s way to keep you and your children safe. A very special thanks to Karl and Anthony for helping us all cross 150th Street and 60th Avenue each and everyday. With the end of the year upon us, be sure to say a special “Thank You” next time you see them!


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LIBRARY BOOKS WANTED
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PANORAMA YOUTH COMPANY PRESENTATION
This week, we were thrilled to once again host the Panorama Youth Company. Students were treated to a very entertaining, professional “New York” themed presentation. It was great to see so many of our own Cambridge students sharing the fruits of the years and years of work they have put into learning their craft!

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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
22-Divisions 12-15 to Goldstone Park
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
26-Administration Day – Classes not in session

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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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