October 11, 2015

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COMMUNICATING STUDENT LEARNING
Teaching, learning, and home-school communication continue to change rapidly. During the Thursday evening PAC meeting, Mr. Vendramin and Ms. Vogstad outlined some of these changes:

  • Most teachers at Cambridge have elected to communicate student learning using FreshGrade. FreshGrade enables teachers to document and share student learning electronically. Parents have the ability to view their child’s portfolio, to comment on learning artifacts, and to contact the teacher. If you have not yet received information regarding how to access FreshGrade, your child’s teacher will be sending you information shortly.
  • Teachers have professional autonomy regarding how they communicate student learning to parents. This means that the use of FreshGrade is not mandated. Teachers can make the decision to communicate student learning using other methods such as planners, email, notices and newsletters, and report cards.
  • Teachers who are using FreshGrade will inform parents regarding student progress on an on-going basis. Traditional report cards will not be generated and sent home. However, a year-end summative report will be produced. This summative report will be placed in your child’s permanent file and will be available to you electronically. If you require a paper copy, it will be provided. It is very important that parents continue to access their child’s learning portfolio so you know how your child is progressing.
  • Teachers at Cambridge have engaged in many conversations regarding the use of letter grades in communicating student progress. 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 elementary 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?

  • If a parent requests a letter grade, the teacher will provide one.
  • We are planning to have a community forum shortly to further discuss these changes with you. Please stay tuned.

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SAFETY NOTES
Parents, a few notes regarding safety:

  • Our crossing guards do a fantastic job of keeping us all safe. We have heard reports of some drivers proceeding through the crosswalk while the crossing guard and families are still walking across the street. We all lead busy lives, but the extra couple of seconds are not worth the risk of serious injury. Please take your time and encourage others to do the same. Thank you!
  • Please DO NOT use your mobile device while you are driving. It’s the law.
  • Please DO NOT leave your car unattended in the drop-off zone. This too is the law.
  • Children have been climbing on the emergency bin by the dumpsters after school. Falling from this height could cause injury. Even if it’s not your child, please encourage anyone on the emergency bin to get down safely. Thank you!
  • Remind your child to cross streets at designated crosswalks.
  • Children should be wearing helmets if travelling to school on skateboards, scooters, or bikes.
  • All vehicle passengers should be wearing seatbelts in moving vehicles…even in our drop-off zone.
  • Some students have been cutting through the Skylands Complex at 14959 – 58 Avenue on skateboards, scooters, and bikes (some with no helmets) at a high speed. An accident has already occurred where an adult ended up falling down. There is a concern that in the morning the students may end up getting injured by vehicles leaving their garages.

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THIS WEEK IN TWEETS AND IMAGES

CLICK HERE FOR A LOOK BACK AT THE PAST WEEK…IN TWEETS!


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PAC EXECUTIVE

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                                         Reagan Brown, Jaime Glavin, Tracy Reid, Taryn German

At our most recent PAC meeting, several changes to the Cambridge PAC executive were announced:

Reagan Brown – Vice-President
Jaime Glavin – Treasurer
Tracy Reid – President
Taryn German – Secretary

We greatly appreciate these parents for stepping into formal PAC positions. Remember as parents, you are all part of the Cambridge PAC and your involvement is always wanted and needed. Information regarding how you can assist will be forwarded shortly.

A very special THANK YOU to outgoing President, Eileen Oyhenart, for the tremendous amount of time and work she gave to support the Cambridge community.
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CAMBRIDGE CARDBOARD CHALLENGE
Our 2nd Annual Cardboard Challenge took place this past Monday and what a great success it was! It was noted by many how the ideas, designs, creativity, and construction evolved significantly from the first event a year ago. It makes you wonder what Cambridge students will come up with next!


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VIDEO OF THE WEEK – WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR?
When you concentration on the things you DON’T have, you can forget about the things you DO have. Enjoy this inspirational video about courage and thankfulness!

Source: http://youtube.com/watch?v=x0f0ak4h30c

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IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP

October
12-Thanksgiving – Classes not in session
13-Cross Country – 2:30-4:30 p.m.
15-Earthquake Drill
15-Boys Soccer Tournament at Cambridge – 12:45-4:00 p.m.
16-Interim Student Learning Communications sent home
19-Federal Election – 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
19-Student Vote 2015
20-Cross Country – 2:30-4:30 p.m.
21-Photo Re-takes
21-Leadership students to WE DAY – Rogers Arena
21-Kindergarten classes to Hazelmere Pumpkin Patch – 11:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
22-PAC Halloween Dance – 6:00-8:00 p.m.
23-Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
29-Last day of Running Club

November
4-Grade 6 Immunizations
10-Remembrance Day Assembly – 9:00 a.m.
11-Remembrance Day – Classes not in session
13-Professional Development Day (held September 2) – Classes not in session
19-PAC Meeting – 7:00 p.m.
20-Spirit Day – Storybook Character Day
26-27-Grade 7 30-Hour Famine 30-Assembly – 1:45 p.m.

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
16-Winter Concert – 1:00 and 7:00 p.m. shows – details to follow
18-Final day of classes before Winter Break
18-Spirit Day-Pajama/Santa Hat Day

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
4-Talent Show – 12:45 p.m.
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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