November 7, 2015

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REMEMBRANCE DAY
Our Remembrance Day Assembly will take place on Tuesday, November 10th, at 9:00 a.m. Each year we take the opportunity to reflect and gives thanks for our freedom, and to remember those who fought for that freedom.

Parents, you are more than welcome to join us. Please remind your children that this assembly is a solemn event.

Students are encouraged to bring poppy donations. All funds go to support veterans.

Image: Becky Weber

Image: Becky Weber


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VIDEO OF THE WEEK – CANADA…I LOVE THIS COUNTRY!
We look forward to you joining us for our Remembrance Day assembly on Tuesday, November 10th at 9:00 a.m. “I Love This Country” will be the final song performed. We hope you will sing with us!

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STORY OF A STUDENT: BRAYDEN THE WARRIOR
Brayden is a Grade 3 student at Cambridge Elementary and we were proud to discover that at the recent Kwantlen First Nation annual education awards event on October 17th, he was acknowledged for both his academic achievements as well as his grit and perseverance. For this, Brayden received a special “Warrior” award.


We are proud of Brayden and all the talented learners at Cambridge Elementary. If you have special stories to share, please let us know!

Stay tuned for the next “Story of a Student”.

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LEARNING STORY: FRIGHTENINGLY GOOD LEARNING

Contributed by Kelli Vogstad
I don’t really care much for Halloween and haunted houses, but I do care about students being completely engaged in purposeful learning. This is exactly what I saw happening as I was escorted through Mr. Stemler’s grade 7 students’ haunted house. It was brilliant! Beyond the scary content befitting a ghostly mansion, I noticed many sound pedagogical principles at play, including all the Core Competencies of the New Ministry Curriculum. Students were definitely communicating. They had inquired into a topic that interested them and were then given the opportunity to interpret and present their ideas to a captivated audience. The students obviously had worked collaboratively in small groups to plan and design their mini playlets, which would be part of the whole haunted experience. Each playlet demonstrated a great deal of creative thinking, another important core competency.


Students had creatively generated new ideas from thought to reality, incorporating elements of the narrative, storytelling, staging, artistic design, technology, voice and acting. And finally, students demonstrated a high level of social responsibility. It was clear to me that students were mindful of the nature of the material they were working with and respected those who may be uncomfortable or scared. I may be called faint of heart, but strangely, as I walked through the dark passageways, and watched the students perform, I wasn’t scared or offended; I was truly captivated and amazed. The students had accomplished their goal of creating and maintaining a positive experience, not only for each member of their team, but also for the visitors who came through their haunted house.

Bravo!

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COMMUNITY FORUM – NEW CURRICULUM AND COMMUNICATING STUDENT LEARNING
Many thanks to the parents and staff members who attending our Community Forum this past Thursday. There was great discussion (and debate) about changes to B.C.’s curriculum as well as changes in how we communicate student learning. We appreciate your views and your feedback. Please know that this ongoing constructive input will continue to inform our work. For those parents who were unable to attend, please take some time to flip through the presentation that was shared.

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PROPOSED BOUNDARY CHANGES
Surrey Schools is planning to change school catchment boundaries in three areas of Surrey to manage ongoing enrolment growth. READ MORE ABOUT THESE CHANGES…
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THIS WEEK IN IMAGES


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IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP
November
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

18-Division 16 and 17 to Surrey Nature Centre – 8:45-11:45 a.m.
19-PAC Meeting – 7:00 p.m.
26-27-Grade 7 30-Hour Famine
30-Assembly – 1:45 p.m.

December
2-Kindergarten Dental Screening
4-Term 1 Student Learning Communications/FreshGrade check-in reminders sent home
7-10-Book Fair

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

11-Kindergarten classes to the Nutcracker performance – Surrey Arts Centre
16-Winter Concert – 1:00 and 7:00 p.m. shows – details to follow
17-PAC Christmas Dance – 5:30-8:00 p.m.
18-Final day of classes before Winter Break
18-Spirit Day-Pajama/Santa Hat Day/PAC Pancake Lunch

January
4-Classes resume
22-Spirit Day – Storybook Character Day

February
8-Family Day – Classes not in session
18-Science Fair
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
19-Individual/Class/Team/Panorama Photo Day

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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