February 14, 2016

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VIDEO THROWBACK…WHO DO YOU LOVE?
Today is Valentine’s Day and a perfect time for this video throwback from exactly one year ago. Hoping you are all spending time with the people you care most about!

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STUDENT-LED CONFERENCES
Student Led Invite 2016

If this form didn’t make it home with your child, download a copy here… Student Led Invite 2016
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SCHOOL LOGO: GET YOUR DESIGN ON!!!

The Cambridge Community has voted to keep the nickname “COMETS” and to re-design our exisiting logo. Students you are invited to provide inspiration for this new school logo. Logo ideas will be accepted up to Friday, March 4th. Ideas will be shared with the whole community, then “cleaned up” by a graphic designer.

Start designing!!!

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THE POWER OF LAUGHTER
Contributed by Kelli Vogstad


Cambridge students and teachers enjoyed a fantastic performance by the Dufflebag Theatre Company this past Friday. The talented group of “nearly world famous” actors engaged and entertained us for over an hour. Not only do I applaud this fun-filled, interactive, storytelling theatre production for its brilliant script and skilled actors, but for the gift they gave us – the opportunity to laugh. Watching and hearing all the students and teachers got me thinking about the power of laughter. It’s contagious! It’s one of the best medicines for when you’re having a bad day or simply feeling down. And best of all, it’s free!

As I write this post, I stop and think about the busy lives we all live, and I reflect on the hour performance when our students and teachers came together and laughed. We need to remember to slow down and grab more moments in our lives to laugh. When laughter is shared, it seems to bring people together and increases our levels of happiness and optimism. It’s infectious. I don’t know whether every student understood all the jokes being shared by the Dufflebag storytellers, but it didn’t matter; the laughter was heard, and everyone joined in. Sharing a good laugh helps build healthy caring relationships, and healthy, happy relationships are so important to help children succeed as learners who move through school less burdened, less anxious, and less afraid.

Laughter may not be directly related to student learning, but it sure seems to be connected to it and it creates conditions conducive to learning. Humour and laughter increase attention, motivation, and excitement. This was certainly true during Friday’s performance. Humour and laughter increase interaction between student and teacher. Again, this was evident in Friday’s performance. Above all, humour and laughter reduce anxiety and stress; it sure did on Friday. All these factors can impact learning in positive ways.

Scientific research tells us that laughter triggers healthy physical changes in our bodies. It can strengthen our immune systems, boost our energy levels, and even lessen physical pain. Imagine, adding some laughter into our daily routines may help us live healthier lives. So how about it Cambridge families? I encourage you all to find some time every day to simply laugh, laugh quietly to yourself, or laugh out loud. Share a laugh with a loved one, a friend, even a stranger.

We thank our Cambridge Parent Advisory Committee for funding this special event which allowed us all to come together and experience the power of laughter. Thank you!


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A LOOK BACK AT THE PAST WEEK IN TWEETS.
Enjoy this look back at last week in TWEETS
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BASKETBALL SEASON ROLLS ON
GIRLS
January 14 vs Coyote Creek – W
January 21 at Chimney Hill – L
January 28 vs MB Sanford – L
February 4 vs Sullivan – T
February 11 at Bear Creek – L
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 – W
February 9 at William Watson – W
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 – W
February 10 at Woodward Hill – W
February 17 at Brookside
PLAYDAY time and date TBD

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UPCOMING PAC EVENTS
Parents, here is a list of upcoming events at Cambridge Elementary. Of course, your time and support is always needed and appreciated!!!

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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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
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IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP

Dear Parents,

This list of events changes weekly so please check back often. Some parents have expressed concern over the fact they don’t see any field trips listed for their child. Please don’t worry. Teachers plan field trips throughout the year and dates are published here once details are finalized.  In the end, most classes end up going on roughly the same number of outings. Thanks for your patience!

February
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
27-Divisions 12-15 to Children’s Festival – 8:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
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
21-Divisions 12-15 to Fort Langley 8:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
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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