January 30, 2016

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UPCOMING PAC EVENTS
Thanks to the many parents who attended our recent PAC meeting last Thursday evening. Here is a list of upcoming events. Of course, your time and support is always needed and appreciated!!!

February 12 – SNACK SHACK – Recess and Lunch
February 26 – HOT LUNCH – SUBWAY
March 10 – BAKE SALE – Recess and Lunch
April 15 – STAFF APPRECIATION LUNCH
April 16 – PUB NIGHT
April 22 – HOT LUNCH
June 1 – PAC ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

As always, check the Cambridge PAC website often for updates!

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COLOSSAL CAMBRIDGE GARAGE SALE

Coming soon…the Colossal Cambridge Garage sale. If you plan to do some Spring cleaning in the next few months, please set aside those items you no longer have use for and plan to get rid of. Our Grade 6/7 students will happily take those items off your hands and sell them at this event. ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TOWARDS OUR GRADE 6/7 CAMP AT CAMP ELPHINSTONE.

Please stay tuned for further details and for the exact date for this event.

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WHAT MAKES A SCHOOL GREAT?
Author: Antonio Vendramin
Originally Posted January 12, 2014

“And then parents, you’d walk into the front office and the people
don’t even look up at them, let alone see them as who we’re serving.”

Steve Barr, Green Dot Charter School Network

Source: Fraser Institute

Source: Fraser Institute

This past week, I had an interesting chat with a parent. Her family had just moved into the area and she wanted an opportunity to speak with me about the school (Georges Vanier Elementary) and to have a look around. She also said something that really interested me. She shared that according to the Fraser Institute, our’s was a “good” school and was trending in a positive direction. While I am obviously pleased that public perception of our school is good and that this parent was doing the leg work to gather information about our school,  I am disappointed that the Fraser Institute’s Report Card on British Columbia’s Elementary Schools is one of the few tools parents have to determine the quality of a school. Even more, when parents realize that the Fraser Institute’s Report is based almost completely on a standardized text taken once per year by Grade 4 and 7 students, they realize that this is one very narrow measure of school quality.

Formula used to determine overall school rating. Source: Fraser Institute

Formula used to determine overall school rating. Source: Fraser Institute

But, schools are like organisms and are therefore complex in nature. Schools are alive and dynamic and can’t be reduced to a mathematical formula. In the video below, Steve Barr of the Green Dot Charter School Network talks about his view of what makes a great school. Qualities he includes are:

  • Quality teachers
  • A welcoming environment
  • Students are treated with care and respect
  • Teachers are empowered
  • High expectations exist for all
  • There is a sense of family
  • Quality resources are available for teachers and students
  • Parents are viewed as partners
  • Schools are accountable to parents
  • There is a belief that all kids are worth it and that they can all learn

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So much of what Barr talks about is relationship-based. Relationships are central to the work we do in schools. What I think also needs to be included is a teacher’s ability to engage learners. With all the competition that exists (peers, television, social media), this is becoming harder year after year. But from my experience, kids are like adults and therefore thrive on doing work that is interesting and meaningful. I am proud of the many examples of such efforts from staff at our school:  Innovation Week, technology integration, the WikiSeat project,  30-Hour Famine, Genius Hour, KIVA, and promoting creativity. I am further buoyed when I think that our efforts are not isolated, but are evident in many other places throughout Surrey Schools.

So, what would you add to this list of qualities that makes  a great school?

Do you think your school is great?  How do you know?

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STUDENTS…HAVE YOUR SAY! VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE HOUSE TEAM POSTERS
Student leaders came together recently to come up with House Team names. Now, we’ve run a poster contest for any students interested. Have your say – pick your favourite poster for each House Team. Winners will be announced early next week.

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SCHOOL-WIDE CHALLENGE DAY: STRUCTURE BUILDING
Our structure building challenge day took place yesterday and what a great day of learning it was. Enjoy a look back at this great example of problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and formative assessment principles.

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A LOOK BACK AT THE PAST WEEK IN TWEETS AND IMAGES
CLICK HERE to read the variety of tweets sent from and about our school, and enjoy a look back at the past week in images:

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HALLWAY ETIQUETTE
At our Friday assembly, we reviewed hallway etiquette and talked about being a Cambridge STAR by being safe and respectful. Please watch and discuss this video with your child.

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KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION
New K Registration flyer-2016-17
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CAMP ELPHINSTONE MEETING – GRADE 6/7 PARENTS

Thanks to the many parents of Grade 6/7 students who attended our Camp Elphinstone information meeting on Thursday evening. If you were unable to attend, please contact your child’s teacher directly and be sure to ask your child for the notice that was handed out that evening.  If you are interested in being one of the 17 parent volunteers we need from May 9-11, please visit our office for a letter you can take to the local RCMP detachment to have the fee for your criminal record search waived. Thank you in advance for you support!
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BASKETBALL SEASON ROLLS ON
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January 14 vs Coyote Creek – W
January 21 at Chimney Hill – L
January 28 vs MB Sanford – L
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
January 19 at Bear Creek – W
January 26 vs William Watson – W
February 2 vs Bear Creek
February 9 at William Watson
PLAYDAY time and date TBD

BOYS – TEAM 2
January 13 vs Coyote Creek – W
January 20 vs Goldstone – W
January 27 at Hyland – W
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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STUDENT SAFETY NOTE
We have recently noticed that many students are being dropped off at school well before the time that supervision is provided (8:12 a.m.). In some cases, students are being dropped off before 8:00 a.m., meaning they are at school unsupervised.

Teachers arrive early at school to prepare for their lessons that day. Outside supervision begins at 8:12 a.m. so students are expected to arrive at school at that time or later.

Thank you in advance for your support!
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IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP

February
4-Divisions 18-20 to Grouse Mountain – All day
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.
18-100 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
23-Division 3 to Riverwise Yoga – 10:30-11:45 a.m.
24-Pink Shirt Day
24-Science Fair
25-100 DAY for Kindergarten classes
26-Assembly – 10:40 a.m.

March
3-District Science Fair – Central City Mall – afterschool
4-Talent Show – 12:45 p.m.
9-Division 3 to Riverwise Yoga – 10:30-11:45 a.m.
14-25-Spring Break – Classes not in session
28-Easter Monday – Classes not in session
29-Classes resume

April
8-Divisons 16 and 17 to Science World
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
22-Earth Day
29-Assembly – 1:45 p.m.
27-Division 10 and 11 to Grouse Mountain

May
5-Ready Set Learn – Details to follow
6-Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
9-11-Grade 6/7 Camp – Camp Elphinstone
13-Grade 6 Immunizations
17-Division 8 to Coquitlam watershed
17-Division 23 and 26 to Stewart Farmhouse
18-Division 10 and 11 to Capilano Suspension Bridge-Cleveland Dam
18-Division 24 and 25 to Stewart Farmhouse
23-Victoria Day – Classes not in session
26-Parent Tea
30-Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
31-Assembly – 10:40 a.m.

June
1-Fine Arts Performance – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice – 1:30-2:30 p.m.
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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