- A LESSON IN COURAGE – HELP EMMA DANCE AGAIN
- COMMUNITY FORUM – NEW CURRICULUM AND COMMUNICATING STUDENT LEARNING
- NOVEMBER 12 NON-INSTRUCTIONAL DAY
- HALLOWEEN SAFETY AND EXPECTATIONS
- THIS WEEK IN IMAGES
- IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP
Shared by Kelly Montague
“This is my good friend and colleague’s daughter, Emma. She is a beautiful, talented, and smart 15-year-old girl. Emma dreamed of becoming a professional ballet dancer and even studied dance in Toronto and was all set go off to Arts Umbrella this year for school to pursue her dream. At the end of the school year, however, Lupus struck sending Emma into life threatening kidney failure.
Emma remained positive as her chemotherapy treatments began to suppress the Lupus. After her first treatment Emma suffered a stroke which caused left-sided paralysis of her arm and leg. She was now unable to walk. Emma even needed to learn to swallow again. She spent weeks in ICU on plasmapheresis and continuous dialysis at BCCH.
Emma’s parents Caitlin and Derek took summer off work to be with her at the hospital during the scariest time of her life. They have been tirelessly advocating for Emma and researching to get Emma the best rehab possible in a system that is strapped.
Currently Emma is doing out-patient rehab therapies on state of the art of technology called Myndtec. Treatments are over $4000. They are working towards getting her leg to work well again and regain some movement in her left arm and hand. Time is of the essence here as she tries to rebuild new neuro pathways to regain movement. Emma and her family’s hope is that not only will Emma walk again but she will once again grace the dance stage.”
YOU ARE INVITED to an evening Community Forum to learn more about British Columbia’s new curriculum and changes to how teachers are assessing and communicating student learning. Cambridge staff will be on hand to share information and facilitate discussion. The forum will take place on Thursday, November 5 from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in our gym. Child-minding will be provided.
Your child will be bringing home a notice regarding this event. Please RSVP by completing the bottom portion of the form and returning it to school with your child. Download the notice here: Community Forum Notice
Please take some time to review the information below that was shared at our most recent PAC meeting.
Teaching, learning, and home-school communication continue to change rapidly:
- 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 ongoing basis. Traditional report cards at the end of each term will not be generated and sent home. However, a year-end summative report will be produced and sent home in hard copy. This summative report will be placed in your child’s permanent file and will be available to you electronically. 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 issue of letter grades for elementary students has always been divisive. 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
- Rather than using letter grades, teachers will provide you with descriptive feedback regarding where your child is, what s/he is working towards, and the ways that learning can be supported. If a parent requests a letter grade, the teacher will provide one. Read more about letter grades:
- Excerpt from the Ministry of Education website (https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca)
“Today we live in a state of constant change. It is a technology-rich world, where communication is instant and information is immediately accessible. The way we interact with each other personally, socially, and at work has changed forever. Knowledge is growing at exponential rates in many domains, creating new information and possibilities. This is the world our students are entering.
British Columbia’s curriculum is being redesigned to respond to this demanding world our students are entering. To develop new models, the Ministry consulted with experts in the field. They suggested that to prepare students for the future, the curriculum must be learner-centred and flexible and maintain a focus on literacy and numeracy, while supporting deeper learning through concept-based and competency-driven approaches.
The redesign of curriculum maintains a focus on sound foundations of literacy and numeracy while supporting the development of citizens who are competent thinkers and communicators, and who are personally and socially competent in all areas of their lives. British Columbia’s redesigned curriculum honours the ways in which students think, learn, and grow, and prepares them for a successful lifetime of learning where ongoing change is constant.”
- B.C.’s new curriculum is:
Based on the development of Core Competencies which are the intellectual, personal, and social skills that all students need to develop for success in life beyond school. B.C. has identified three Core Competencies: Communication, Thinking and Personal and Social Competency as essential for all learners.
Developed around key content, concepts, skills and big ideas that foster the higher-order thinking demanded in today’s world.
Maintains Literacy and numeracy as fundamental to all learning. While they are commonly associated with language learning and mathematics, literacy and numeracy are applied in all areas of learning.
NOVEMBER 12 NON-INSTRUCTIONAL DAY
BACK TO “IN THIS ISSUE”
- Expectations for student behaviour (SAFE, THOUGHTFUL, ACCOUNTABLE, RESPECTFUL) apply each and every day, at school and on the way to and from school.
- October 30 is a school day and is therefore a day of learning.
- Weapons or weapon replicas are not permitted at school at any time.
- Please avoid costumes or masks that may be offensive or frightening to our youngest friends. Remember, our Kindergarten students are only 5 years old. If you are uncertain whether a costume is appropriate or not, please ask the school.
- A costume parade will take place for students in Kindergarten to Grade 3, on Friday, October 30 at 12:45 p.m in the gym. Parents are welcome!
BACK TO “IN THIS ISSUE”
29-Last day of Running Club
30-Primary Halloween Costume Parade – Gym – 12:45 p.m.
4-Grade 6 Immunizations
5-Community Forum – New Curriculum and Communicating Student Learning – 6:30-7:30 p.m.
10-Remembrance Day Assembly – 9:00 a.m.
11-Remembrance Day – Classes not in session
12-Non-Instructional 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.
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
8-Family Day – Classes not in session
19-Professional Development Day (held September 3) – Classes not in session
4-Talent Show – 12:45 p.m.
14-25-Spring Break – Classes not in session
28-Easter Monday – Classes not in session
11-Term 2 Student Learning Communications sent home
13-Early Dismissal at 1:30 p.m. for Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences
6-Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
23-Victoria Day – Classes not in session
30-Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
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