April 10, 2016

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B.C.’s CURRICULUM – WHERE TO FIND OUT MORE
You’ve been hearing all about B.C.’s revised curriculum. The complete curriculum is accessible to parents online. This resource helps parents understand the competencies and content that children develop and learn within a grade and from grade to grade. Resources are being added all the time, so be sure to check back often.


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COMMUNICATING STUDENT LEARNING

Students learning how to access their FreshGrade portfolios.

Students access their FreshGrade portfolios.

If your child’s teacher has made the choice to use FreshGrade this year, your child’s learning has been captured, shared, and assessed through their digital portfolio. By checking this portfolio regularly, you should have a good, ongoing understanding of the progress your child is making, areas requiring further development, and ways you can support learning at home. THIS ONGOING FEEDBACK NOW TAKES THE PLACE OF THE TRADITIONAL REPORT CARD (AND IN THE CASE OF INTERMEDIATE STUDENTS, LETTER GRADES) YOU HAVE COME TO EXPECT. We understand that this continues to represent huge change for you and we appreciate your openness. It is important for you as parents to know on a day-to-day, week-to-week, and month-to-month basis how your child’s learning is progressing, as well as having learning conversations about what you see in your child’s portfolio. This experience is made all the more meaningful when parents post comments and questions in their child’s portfolio from time to time that promotes thinking and extends the learning.

So what happens on April 11th?

Teachers not using FreshGrade, will produce the type of report card you have seen in the past. Students in these classes will bring this report card home on April 11th, with the exception of students in Mr. Lee’s class who will be bringing their report cards home on April 27th. Students with FreshGrade portfolios will bring home a short “check-in” notice with an invitation to confirm that you have checked your child’s portfolio.

In both cases, parents are invited to make an appointment to meet for a learning conference on Wednesday, April 13th, an early dismissal day at 1:30 p.m. Please phone the office at 604-595-4036 to make an appointment. If the dates and times are not convenient, please contact your child’s teacher directly to make alternate arrangements.

As the school principal, I greatly appreciate the parent participation I have seen on FreshGrade. Parents are actively involved in an ongoing way in their child’s learning and the best thing is, your child knows it! As one Cambridge mom shared, commenting in your child’s portfolio is not the only way parents have become increasingly informed and involved in learning:

“We don’t often write comments in the kids portfolios because we have daily conversations with them about the new things that are uploaded to their portfolio.  While parents may not be writing about it in the portfolio for the staff to see, I am sure many are having time to sit down with their children and view their projects, assignments, videos, feedback and chat about it.  We love this time with [our children] and cherish the excitement they have showing us what they are up to and the pride they have in showing us their work. 

Thank you to you and the Cambridge staff for bringing FreshGrade to our community, opening a window into our children’s classrooms and helping to make conversations about school much more interesting.”

Parents, keep up the great work you are doing!!!

Looking forward, teachers will soon be preparing a year-end summative report that will be shared with you at the end of June. You will receive this report in hard-copy form, but the report will also be available to you through your child’s FreshGrade portfolio

Thank you for your continued support!

Regards,

Antonio Vendramin, Principal

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THE POWER OF RELATIONSHIPS
Contributed by Antonio Vendramin

I am fascinated by schools and school culture, and by the question, “What makes a school great?” I’ve written about this topic before, and a couple of events from the past week prompt me to dig into this topic again.

The first event was the yearly publication of BC Schools Ranking by the Fraser Institute. While I maintain that this sort of ranking based on one standardized test is superficial, my curious nature forced me to have a look at the publication. I was happy to see that the students at our school did well on the Foundation Skills Assessment, which provides a snapshot in time of a student’s ability in reading, writing, and numeracy. But, it continues to disappoint me that this data is used to rank schools. It makes me wonder if parents think private schools are “better” because of these rankings, or that children receive a more rich learning experience at a private school because of these rankings.

Anyone who spends a reasonable amount of time in a school knows that these places are vibrant, alive, and complex in nature and can’t be reduced to a single number. I believe the purpose for all schools is to build the human capacity of all community members: students, parents, and staff members. This doesn’t just mean reading, writing, and numeracy, but includes:

  • physical and mental wellness
  • developing perseverance, work ethic, and a growth mindset
  • confidence
  • superior communication skills
  • competencies of creativity, critical thinking, problem solving
  • caring for others with a “servant heart”
  • fine arts skills

Schools build this capacity through exemplary teaching and learning, and meaningful collaboration. However, none of this capacity building takes place in the absence of meaningful relationships. This brings me to the second event. Late Friday afternoon as teachers were saying their good-byes and heading home for the weekend, I asked Mrs. Weber about her weekend plans. She mentioned that she was off to take her son to a baseball game. When I asked her where he was playing, she said, “Walnut Grove” which happens to be where I live. I don’t necessarily believe in “signs”, but I took this conversation to mean that I should probably go catch part of the game. Shortly after, off I went to head home, get changed, and walk over to the baseball diamond. I found out four Cambridge students were on the team and that two of the coaches were Cambridge parents. Siblings, parents, and grandparents were in the stands and needless to say, the players were a tad surprised to see me in the stands.

I mention this event because I think in order for us to expect students to take a genuine interest in school, schools need to take a genuine interest in students, their passions, and their world outside of school. When schools do this, the important message, “YOU MATTER” is communicated to students.

Relationships are the foundation of all work done in schools, and is one very important part of helping a school be great!
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A LOOK BACK AT THE PAST WEEK IN TWEETS AND IMAGES.

CLICK HERE FOR A FUN LOOK BACK AT THE PAST WEEK AT CAMBRIDGE…IN TWEETS!


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CLASS PLACEMENT REQUESTS FOR 2016-17
Shortly, we will begin the VERY TENTATIVE process of organizing classes for the 2016-17 school year. If you would like to share information regarding your child that will assist us in making the most appropriate class placement for next year, please put this in writing and submit your letter to Mr. Vendramin by May 20. Requests may include a description of a preferred learning environment or details about your child’s academic, social, or emotional strengths and/or needs. It would not be appropriate to request a particular teacher by name.

Parent requests will be one part of our decision-making process as we work collaboratively to create the best possible learning environments for all students.
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TRACK AND FIELD
Contributed by Tracey Steeves

Track and Field season is here! If your child is in grade 3-7 and they are interested in track and field disciplines such as short and long distance running, long jump, triple jump, high jump, discus, and shot put, then they are encouraged to participate. Because of the dedication of so many Cambridge staff members, we are fortunate to be able to offer all these events to students. Thank you teachers!!!

A meeting was held this week for all students interested in participating in track and field and permission forms were handed out outlining practice days and times. Practices begin this coming week.

IMG_5798During the month of May our school will attend a few mini track meets. Mini meets involve a few schools with select events. After the mini meets, practices will continue only for those students who can achieve District Standards in the events they have been attending regularly.

Near the end of May, students will be selected to participate in the District Track Meet at Bear Creek Park on Wednesday, June 8th. If your child is selected for the meet, a separate permission form will be given to them later in May.

Please check back here weekly for updated schedules. We look forward to a fun Track and Field season!

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ULTIMATE

Practices:

Monday 2:45-3:30 pm
Tuesday 7:45-8:20 am
Games:
Usually Wednesdays 2:40-4:15 pm (finish time approximate)
 
Game Schedule:
April 12th (Tuesday, due to early dismissal on Wednesday) – Bear Creek – Away
April 20th – Georges Vanier – Away 
April 27th – Sunnyside – Home 
May 5th – South Surrey Athletic Park Tournament

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FLOOR HOCKEY

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BADMINTON
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Grade 7 League

Practices: Mondays 2:45-3:30 p.m.,
Games: Thursdays 3:00-4:00 p.m. (finish time approximate)
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)
April 12: TE Scott/Cambridge (@ TE Scott)

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UPCOMING PAC EVENTS
Parents, here is a list of upcoming events at Cambridge Elementary. Your time and support is always needed and appreciated! Please let us know via the school blog (below) if you can help!
April 15 – STAFF APPRECIATION LUNCH
April 22 – HOT LUNCH
May 14 – PUB NIGHT (Date change)
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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A LOOK BACK AT TERM 2 – VIDEO

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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!

April
11-Term 2 Student Learning Communications/FreshGrade check-in reminders sent home
12-Divisions 11 and 25 to Betty Huff Theatre Presentation – 11:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
13-Division 2 and 3 to Canada Skills Competition – Tradex – 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
13-Early Dismissal at 1:30 p.m. for Parent/Student/Teacher Learning Conferences
14-Division 21 to Surrey Museum – 12:00-2:15 p.m.
18-Non-Instructional Day. Classes not in session for students.
19-Individual/Class/Team/Panorama Photo Day
20-Division 12 to Coastal Climbing Centre – 9:00-11:00 a.m.
21-Divisions 18-20 – Aboriginal perspective in Science workshops – all day
21-Division 2 to Tynehead Fish Hatchery – 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
22-Earth Day – Crazy Hair and Hat day
22-PAC Hot Lunch
27-Division 10 and 11 to Grouse Mountain
29-Assembly – 1:45 p.m.
29-Grade 7 visit to Sullivan Heights Secondary – 10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

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
19-Division 22 to Surrey Museum – 12:00-2:15 p.m.
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.
27-Division 2 to Gulf of Georgia Cannery – Steveston
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.
1-PAC – AGM – 6:30 p.m.
3-Kindergarten Orientation – Details to be emailed directly to K parents
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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2 thoughts on “April 10, 2016

  1. Dezzerie Brisley says:

    Just a quick question regarding the track and field practice schedule posted above. The permission form which came home indicated high jump was at 8am each morning (tyke boys was Tuesday at 8am) but on the schedule posted here does not list high jump practice at all for any age group. Is this just a typo or has high jump been cancelled? Could you please confirm if and when high jump practice will be for tyke boys? Thank you.

    • Hi Dezzerie,

      The schedule posted here are the blog IS the most accurate. Due to some factors (such as badminton nets still being up in the gym), morning high jump will begin next week, and not this week as indicated on the form.

      My apologies for the confusion!

      Mr. Vendramin

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