February 28, 2016

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A MESSAGE FROM MR. VENDRAMIN

Hello Cambridge Families!

It’s hard to believe that Spring Break is only two weeks away.  We are gearing up for our annual Talent Show that takes place this coming Friday, March 4th, and 12:45 p.m. As always, parents are welcome to school events so we hope to see you there.

This week, we will also be experimenting with something new starting this Wednesday. I know that the drop-off area continues to be an area of frustration for many. Mainly, this is because some drivers park in the drop-off area and leave their car unattended. We recently asked our students if any of them would be interested in being “DROP-OFF BUDDIES”, or students who would welcome young students in Grades K-2 and help get them to class. We had close to 20 students volunteer! So this Wednesday, you will see students who will identify themselves at Drop Off Buddies. If you park in the drop-off zone and take your child to class, you are strongly encouraged to look out for these student leaders. They will take your child to class and will wait there with them until the classroom teacher opens the door for them.  We will begin this system on Wednesdays, then gradually expand to more days.  Soon, you will see our Drop Off Buddies in distinctive clothing so they will be easy to spot. Please know that the school does not want to be in the business of traffic control and bylaw enforcement. As school community members, we all have the responsibility to manage ourselves, follow school rules, and ensure all students are kept safe. Thank you for this!

The end of the second term is also on the horizon so I encourage you to continue to spend some time weekly to check your child’s FreshGrade portfolios and to continue those rich conversations we know are taking place around the dinner table each evening.

Finally, as I sit here and put the final touches on this week’s edition of the CambridgeLearns blog (which very much makes us look like a sports academy with stories on basketball, badminton, baseball, ultimate) I wanted to take a moment to thank you for making our school community such a great one to be part of. I see many of you throughout the week, but it’s usually a quick hello or wave. Life is so busy and time seems to go by so quickly, we often don’t get a chance to stop and say what we feel or what’s on our minds. So, I hope that in sharing these words, I can express the support our staff feels from you. We are reminded daily that we are not simply working with students, we are working with the people you hold most dear in your hearts. We take this responsibility very seriously and we always try to keep your children central in all decision-making we do. We aren’t perfect – no one is, but we continue to look for ways to be more effective in our work. As partners, we welcome your feedback and involvement.

Thanks for your readership, your support, and all you do to make Cambridge a special place!

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PINK SHIRT DAY – A LOOK BACK
Cambridge was awash in PINK this past Wednesday for PINK SHIRT DAY. It’s a day we all wear pink in order to take a stand against bullying. But, students were reminded that in order for Pink Shirt Day to mean something, action is required not just for one day, but everyday! That means following the motto, “See something – Say something”. Too often, well-meaning students step back and do nothing when they see that someone is acting inappropriately thinking that if they stay back, they will not find themselves in trouble. At Cambridge, we consistently share the message that “doing nothing is still something” and that by stepping back, you are saying that the inappropriate behaviour is OK. Please spend some time watching and discussing the following videos with your child. The first video should be familiar to most students as it has been showed at several assemblies. The second video is an incredible stop motion video created by Grade 6 student, Simone, that shows the many forms of bullying including aggression, exclusion, and being a bystander.


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SCIENCE FAIR
Congratulations to all scientists who participated in the school science fair this past week. The following participants were selected to represent our school at the District Science Fair this Thursday, March 3 and Central City Mall.

“Contamination of the Nation” – Logan, Division 2
“Global Worming” – Nathalie, Division 3
“Absorbency of Diapers” – Bethany, Division 4
“Water Repellent Fabrics” – Noah & Jackson, Division 4
“Tooth Decay” – Nathan & Jackson, Division 11

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COLOSSAL CAMBRIDGE GARAGE SALE – MARCH 31

The Colossal Cambridge Garage sale takes place Thursday, March 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. If you plan to do some Spring cleaning over the break, please set aside those NEW or GENTLY USED items you no longer have use for and plan to get rid of. Our Grade 7 students will happily take those items off your hands and sell them at this event. ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TOWARDS OUR YEAR-END GRADE 7 EVENTS.

Other stuff you should know:

  • CASH and CHEQUES will be accepted. Please make cheques out to “Cambridge Elementary School”
  • Please only donate CLEAN, WORKING items
  • No clothing please
  • If possible, drop off items at the school the first two days AFTER Spring Break: Tuesday, March 29 and Wednesday, March 30. Items can be dropped off at the basketball court at the south side of the school
  • The garage sale is open all day so please DO stop buy and do some shopping
  • Items not sold will be donated to charity. If you are able to assist with the transportation of these materials on the morning of April 1, please give the office a call to let us know (604)595-4036

Thank you in advance for your support!

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BADMINTON

Cambridge students have another great opportunity to learn a new sport, have fun, and stay active. Badminton is a quick-paced game that people of all ages can play. Many thanks to the teachers and parents who have offered to dedicate their time to sponsoring badminton. If your child is in grades 5-7, they should have brought home a permission form by now. If your child has not and is still interested in participating, please contact the office.

Grade 7 League

Practices: Mondays 2:45-3:30 p.m.,
Games: Thursdays 3:00-4:00 p.m. (finish time approximate)

March 3: TE Scott/Cambridge
March 10: Cambridge/Chimney Hill
March 31: Coyote Creek/Cambridge
April 7: Cambridge/TE Scott
April 14: Chimney Hill/Cambridge

Grade 5/6 League

Practices: Wednesdays 2:45-3:30 p.m.
Games: Tuesdays 3:00-4:00 p.m. (finish time approximate)

March 1: Chimney Hill/Cambridge (@ Chimney Hill)
March 8: Cambridge/TE Scott (home game)
March 29: Coyote Creek/Cambridge (@ Coyote Creek)
April 5: Cambridge/Chimney Hill (home game)
April 12: TE Scott/Cambridge (@ TE Scott)

Practice makes perfect. Grade 4 student Mirin practices with her dad

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ULTIMATE
At Friday’s assembly, Mr. Neumeyer introduced students to the sport of Ultimate, which will be offered to Grade 6/7 students (and possibly younger students as well depending on interest level). If you think your child may be interested, encourage them to listen to morning announcements for when the sign-up meeting will take place. In the meantime, learning more about Ultimate through this video:

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BASEBALL
At Friday’s assembly, students also enjoyed a presentation from the Newton Baseball Association. It turns out that many of our students already play ball for Newton. Presenters shared information about the sport and about the association. If you have any questions, you are encourage to visit NewtonBaseball.com or call 604-800-3044.

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A LOOK BACK AT THE PAST WEEK IN TWEETS AND IMAGES.
Enjoy this look back at last week in TWEETS and images:

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BASKETBALL WRAPS UP
A busy basketball season wrapped up this past week with all teams participating in playdays. Both boys teams went undefeated in their games with our girls team finishing in a tie for third place, dropping two very close games. Most importantly, all teams saved their best basketball for the final week and continued to show progress up to the final game. Congratulations to our student athletes and a special thanks to our many parents and family members who helped with driving, coaching, and cheering!

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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!!!
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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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!

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.
10-PAC Bake Sale – Recess and Lunch
14-25-Spring Break – Classes not in session
28-Easter Monday – Classes not in session
29-Classes resume
30-Mobile Dairy Farm – 8:45 – 11:45 a.m.
31-Colossal Cambridge Garage Sale – 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

April
6-Division 23 and 26 to Campbell Valley Regional Park
7-Division 24 and 25 to Campbell Valley Regional Park
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 3 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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