November 15, 2015

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REMEMBRANCE DAY – A LOOK BACK
CLICK HERE to listen to the assembly.
CLICK HERE to listen to our Kindergarten Students sing “Light a candle for peace.”


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VIDEO OF THE WEEK – VIMY RIDGE – I WAS THERE
Enjoy this powerful video, created by Grade 4 student Adam Weber, that was shared at our recent Remembrance Day assembly. Lest we forget!

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PAC NEWS
PAC MEETING – Thursday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m. Child-minding provided
CHRISTMAS DANCE – Thursday, December 17 from 5:30-8:00 p.m.
PANCAKE LUNCH – Friday, December 18

Please support your school. Any time you can volunteer for these events is appreciated. Stay in touch via our PAC BLOG!
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ANXIETY EVENT – NOVEMBER 17
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LEARNING STORY: DOING WORK THAT MATTERS
Contributed by Antonio Vendramin

Photo: Brenden Graham

Photo: Brenden Graham

I am a firm believer that school shouldn’t prepare you for real life … school should be real life! Children, like adults, are driven by doing work that matters. You can read more about this here and here. I am writing about this idea once again after reflecting on a recent meeting I had with our grade seven students about our upcoming 30-Hour Famine. Every year, we encourage our students to take ownership of this event, and to lead with their hearts by selecting the charities they would like event proceeds to go to. Last year, students rallied around a peer who had just lost his mother to breast cancer; they overwhelmingly decided that the BC Cancer Foundation would be one of the main charities selected. This year, the process of brainstorming charities was an emotional one, and the stories that were shared resonated with our learners. I shared the story of one of our students and the great challenges his older sister, a former Cambridge student, was facing. His sister, a promising ballerina, was struck by Lupus, followed by a stroke. Now, unable to walk, she is currently undergoing expensive and difficult rehabilitation. Another student shared the plight of his little brother suffering from Smith-Magenis Syndrome, a chromosomal disorder, and the long road ahead as he faces a lifetime of significant developmental delays.

What impressed me most was, when it came time to vote on the charities, how students decided to fully throw their support behind their friends and select Lupus and Smith-Magenis Syndrome as two of the organizations that funds would be donated to. The 30-Hour Famine, which prior to the meeting hadn’t meant anything to students, now became meaningful work because of the personal connections to these stories and charities the students felt.

Interestingly, later in the week, another student approached me quietly and asked if he could come speak with me about a matter after school. When he did, he shared that he was absent the day of the 30-Hour Famine meeting and that had he been there, he would have suggested Diabetes. When I asked why, he shared that a family member was battling the disease. He was quite pleased when I suggested that, based on what I knew about why students selected the charities they had, I was quite certain his peers would support his request.

In the end, great schools aren’t necessarily the newest ones, the ones with best resources, or the ones with the highest scores on standardized tests. Great schools are those that are always trying to give students a voice and providing them with opportunities to do real-world work that is personally meaningful to them.  Here at Cambridge students are doing work that matters!

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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. The deadline to provide feedback regarding these changes is Monday, November 16. READ MORE ABOUT THESE CHANGES AND PROVIDE FEEDBACK…
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IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP
November
18-Division 16 and 17 to Surrey Nature Centre – 8:45-11:45 a.m.
18-Boys volleyball game at William Watson – 2:45 – 4:00 p.m.
19-Girls volleyball game at William Watson – 2:45 – 4:00 p.m.
19-PAC Meeting – 7:00 p.m.
25-Boys (home) volleyball game – 2:45 – 4:00 p.m.
26-Girls (home) volleyball game – 2:45 – 4:00 p.m.
26-27-Grade 7 30-Hour Famine
30-Assembly – 1:45 p.m.

December
2-Kindergarten Dental Screening
2-Boys volleyball game at MB Sanford – 2:45 – 4:00 p.m.
3-Girls volleyball game at MB Sanford – 2:45 – 4:00 p.m.
4-Term 1 Student Learning Communications/FreshGrade check-in reminders sent home
7-10-Book Fair
9-Boys volleyball playday – 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Location TBD
9-Early Dismissal at 1:30 p.m. for Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences
10-Girls volleyball playday – 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Location TBD
10-Early Dismissal at 1:30 p.m. for Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences
11-Kindergarten classes to the Nutcracker performance – Surrey Arts Centre – 9:15 – 11:45 a.m.
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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