January 16, 2016

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NON-INSTRUCTIONAL DAY ADDED TO DISTRICT CALENDAR

Source: Surrey Schools

To support the implementation of B.C.’s new education curriculum, school districts have been asked to add two non-instructional days (NID) this school year. The time is provided for teachers to familiarize themselves with the new curriculum and to plan for its implementation in the coming year. The first additional NID was November 12.

Following consultations between district staff and the Surrey Teachers Association, the board has approved a motion to declare April 18, 2016 as the second additional non-instruction day for Surrey Schools.​

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SCHOOL-WIDE CHALLENGE DAY: STRUCTURE BUILDING
In October, Cambridge took on the Cardboard Challenge. This month, students will accept the challenge of creating a bridge out of newspaper and tape! The event takes place on Friday, January 29th. Here is the shape of the day as well as guidelines for the project:

Task: Create a span of between 50-100 cm that will hold a single math textbook. The textbook can be suspended from the span or the textbook can be placed on the span. The span CANNOT be taped to the working surface.

Materials: Newspaper and tape – Unlimited newspaper and a limit of 5 metres of tape per structure.

Shape of the Day:
8:45-9:30 am – Assembly
10:30-11:45 am – Building
11:45-12:00 pm – Bring projects to gym
12:00-12:15 pm – Lunch
12:15-12:40 pm – Outside time
12:45-2:30 pm – Gallery walk

Groupings: Teachers will form groups of 3-4 learners.

How strong a structure will you build???

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LEARNING STORY – WHY I AM PROUD OF OUR SCHOOL
Contributed by Antonio Vendramin
If you read this blog weekly (and I hope you do), you will notice a feature that looks back at the previous week in the form of TWEETS and IMAGES. You can CLICK HERE to read the variety of tweets sent from and about our school. As I compile and share this media every week, I am given the opportunity to stop for a moment and reflect on the busy week that has just passed. As I selected the images to share this week, I was struck with a distinct feeling of pride. Of course, I am proud all the time to call Cambridge the place I work and learn, but the images this week resonated with me in terms of how they aligned with my values and my beliefs. So, what are some of these values and beliefs?

  • We learn best by doing
  • We learn better together
  • School shouldn’t prepare students for the real world, it SHOULD BE the real world
  • Kids aren’t just learners, they are teachers
  • Learning happens everywhere, all the time
  • Learning should be fun
  • Students should feel a sense of ownership, both of their learning and their school

If you glance down at the images and their captions, this alignment between these beliefs and the learning taking place becomes evident. And if you look even more closely, you’ll notice that most of the images are absent of teachers. Why is this? It’s not that teachers aren’t present and working hard – because they certainly are! I think the images reflect a major shift taking place in schools, and that’s a shift away from teacher-centred learning, towards student-centred learning. Thankfully, teachers:

  • No longer feel that they need to be the experts of everything
  • Allow students to explore, make mistakes, and guide students towards learning goals
  • Take student passions and interests into account when planning learning experiences
  • See the value of students reflecting on and assessing their own learning
  • Give students a variety of ways to show what they know
  • Encourage students to teach others what they know
  • Know that the “stand and deliver” method of teaching of the past, isn’t the most effective way for students to learn

Kudos to our teachers for embracing this shift. Kudos to our students for taking ownership of their learning!


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STUDENT VOICES – REFLECTING ON LEARNING
After several weeks of learning how to code, Logan, a grade 7 student reflected…

“For the past few weeks we have been coding in class. It has been an awesome and interesting experience for me. It was basically like learning a new language. We started with the most basic things like clicking a button that moves a robot forward and now we have moved on to things like creating new and interesting games. I particularly enjoyed making my flappy bird clone that you could change everything when you hit the ground. We’ve used a bunch of different websites that have allowed us to do everything from turn lights on using a robot to program our warrior. Two weeks ago I hardly even knew what code was and here I am now reminiscing on all the awesome stuff I’ve coded over the past two weeks. I can just image how much all of this will help me in high school and later in life. Learning how to code has opened up a whole new bunch of opportunities for me later on in life.”
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KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION
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CAMP ELPHINSTONE MEETING – GRADE 6/7 PARENTS
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Our Grade 6/7 students continue to work towards their Camp Elphinstone experience which is scheduled for May 9-11. Parents of participating students, you are invited to this important information sharing meeting. We hope to see you all there!
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BASKETBALL SEASON IS HERE

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Photo: Jamie Janovsky

Both our boys and girls basketball teams got off to a great start this past week. Winning the games was positive, but even better was the learning that has taken place in such a short time. For students who have never really played organized basketball competitively, the gym is not just a place to run, be loud, and have fun, it’s a place of learning. Beyond developing obvious skills such as passing, shooting, dribbling, students are learning about the technical nuances of the game that make it so fun. Students are learning about…

  • how to work as part of a team
  • how to make a fake look real
  • the importance of movement without the ball
  • how to “box out”, rebound, “screen”, do a two-foot jumpstop
  • the rules of basketball

The list goes on and on! We look forward to the continued development of our student-athletes as the season progresses.

A special thanks to our parent supporters who help get teams to away games every week. We couldn’t do it without you!!!

GIRLS
January 14 vs Coyote Creek – W – 15-8
January 21 at Chimney Hill
January 28 vs MB Sanford
February 4 vs Sullivan
February 11 at Bear Creek
February 18 vs TE Scott
PLAYDAY time and date TBD

BOYS – TEAM 1
January 13 at Janice Churchill – W – 49-17
January 19 at Bear Creek
January 26 vs William Watson
February 2 vs Bear Creek
February 9 at William Watson
PLAYDAY time and date TBD

BOYS – TEAM 2
January 13 vs Coyote Creek – W – 32-23
January 20 vs Goldstone
January 27 at Hyland
February 3 vs Chimney Hill
February 10 at Woodward Hill
February 17 at Brookside
PLAYDAY time and date TBD

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
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PAC NEWS
You are invited to our next PAC meeting on January 28, at 6:30 p.m. Childminding will be provided! Please stay in touch with our Cambridge PAC in order to find out about the exciting events coming up as well as how you can contribute your time and talents. Visit the PAC BLOG!
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IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP

January
18-Kindergarten Registration begins – 9:00 a.m. – See information above!
19-Divisions 21 and 22 – Swimming at YMCA – 10:30-11:00 a.m.
21-Divisions 18-20 to Grouse Mountain – All day
22-Spirit Day – Storybook Character Day
26-Divisions 21 and 22 – Swimming at YMCA – 10:30-11:00 a.m.
28-Camp meeting for parents of Grade 6/7 students – 5:45 p.m.
28-PAC Meeting – 6:30 p.m. – Childminding provided
29-Assembly – 8:45 a.m.
29-School-Wide Challenge – Structure Building Day! 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

February
8-Family Day – Classes not in session
9-Divisions 21 and 22 – Swimming at YMCA – 10:30-11:00 a.m.
12-Fine Arts Performance – Dufflebag Theatre – 10:45-11:45 a.m.
18-Science Fair
18-100 DAY for Grade 1 and 2 students
18-Student-Led Conferences – 2:30 – 5:00 p.m.
19-Professional Development Day (held September 3) – Classes not in session

24-Science Fair

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/FreshGrade check-in reminders sent home
13-Early Dismissal at 1:30 p.m. for Parent/Student/Teacher Learning Conferences
18-Non-Instructional Day. Classes not in session for students.
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 Learning Conferences
24-Administration Day – Classes not in session

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