April 17, 2016

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COMING UP THIS WEEK
April
18-Non-Instructional Day. Classes not in session for students.
19-Individual/Class/Team/Panorama Photo Day
19-Badminton Playday at Panorama Park Elementary – 12:00 – 2:30 p.m. (times approximate)
20-Drop-off Buddies at your service – 8:15 – 8:32 a.m.
20-Division 12 to Coastal Climbing Centre – 9:00-11:00 a.m.
20-Badminton Playday at T.E. Scott – 12:00 – 3:30 p.m. (times approximate)
20-Ultimate game at Georges Vanier – 2:45-4:15 p.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-Drop-off Buddies at your service – 8:15 – 8:32 a.m.

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SAD NEWS
Dear Cambridge Community,

It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that we share with you the passing of Cambridge teacher, Charlene Andersen. After a dignified and courageous battle with ALS, Charlene succumbed to her illness early Saturday, April 9th, surrounded by the love of her family, and in the thoughts and prayers of many, many friends.

Charlene’s funeral took place yesterday at St. Joseph’s church in Langley and was attended by many family members, friends, colleagues, parents, and even students. During the service, we learned about Charlene’s courageous battle against ALS and that as the illness progressed, Charlene documented her journey in a memoir titled, “Journey of Love.” In the memoir, Charlene wrote,

“Each loss brought grief and tears. I allowed myself time to cry. I encouraged myself to see the good in life and the blessings that graced each day. And often I confronted my losses by boldly proclaiming to myself: ALS can rob me of everything on earth, but it cannot touch my soul. It cannot take from me the gift of prayer.”

Charlene has left this world, but will never be forgotten!

To learn more about ALS, participate in the Walk for ALS, or to make a donation, PLEASE VISIT THE ALS BC website.
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LEARNING STORY: GROWTH MINDSET
Contributed by Antonio Vendramin

The older I get and the more time I spend in education, the more I realize that gaining a true and full understanding of the world around us is elusive. Just when you think you know how and why something works, it changes.

“Was it only a decade ago that a blackberry was a mere summer fruit, green was just a colour, cameras used film and tweet was something that birds did?” Source 

Examples of this rapid change are everywhere. For example…words! Words are continually being added to the English language while others become obsolete. We didn’t “GOOGLE” things 10 years ago, nor did we take a “SELFIE”. We didn’t “TWEET” or “BLOG”, “FOODIES” didn’t exist, and we videotaped TV programs we wanted to watch, we didn’t “PVR” them. Now, it’s hard to get through a conversation without using one of these new terms. In fact, a few days ago on the radio I heard that BING (Microsoft’s browser) was trying to start a campaign to get people to use the word “BINGING”. I wondered … will we soon “BING” like we “GOOGLE”?

So as we move though life, we need to be comfortable with the fact that we will never know everything and that truth and understanding may always lay just beyond our reach. Rather than be discouraged by this fact, we need to have a growth mindset, the simple idea that “basic abilities [and understanding] can be developed through dedication and hard work — brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities.” People with a growth mindset understand that they can acquire the knowledge and skills they require through determination and perseverance. People with a growth mindset don’t get discouraged when they don’t do something well initially, or don’t understand something at first. People with a growth mindset are not embarrassed by failure but embrace it because failure shows they’re trying.

An example of this type of mindset took place on Friday as our wonderful parents prepared for the Staff Appreciation Lunch. Both ovens were needed to heat food, but one was apparently broken and was displaying the error code “sab”.  Like the parents and teachers present, I’ve used many different stoves over the years and I’ve never seen such a code before. A growth mindset prompted us to not simply accept that the stove was broken, but rather to try to solve the problem. I was surprised by a couple of things: what the “sab” code meant, and how easy it was to solve this problem.

Did you know that many stoves have a “Sabbath Mode?” According to Wikipedia:

“Sabbath mode, also known as Shabbos mode (Ashkenazi pronunciation) or Shabbat mode, is a feature in many modern home appliances, including ovens[1] andrefrigerators,[2] which is intended to allow the appliances to be used (subject to various constraints) by Shabbat-observant Jews on the Shabbat and Jewish holidays. The mode usually overrides the usual, everyday operation of the electrical appliance and makes the operation of the appliance comply with the rules of Halakha (Jewish law).

Halakha forbids Jews from doing creative work on the Shabbat. Observant Jews interpret this to include various activities including making a fire, preparing food, or even closing a switch or pressing an electronic button. A range of technology solutions have been created for those who need to use electronic (or electronic-controlled) devices on the Shabbat,[3][4][5] including a special “sabbath mode” for otherwise standard appliances.”

The second thing that surprised me was how easy the issue was to correct:


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Carol Dweck is a leading researcher on mindsets and she shares good news: a growth mindset can be developed. She offers 25 ways to develop a growth mindset, but my 10 favourite are:

1. Acknowledge and embrace imperfections.

2. View challenges as opportunities.

3. Try different learning tactics.

4. Replace the word “failing” with the word “learning.”

5. Value the process over the end result.

6. Emphasise growth over speed.

7. Reward actions, not traits.

8. Portray criticism as positive.

9. Place effort before talent.

10. Use the word “yet.”

So, do YOU have a growth mindset?  Does your child? What will you do to start fostering this mindset in both yourself and those around you?

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NO CHILD WITHOUT – MEDICALERT BRACELETS FOR CHILDREN


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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 CAMBRIDGEIN 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

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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 20th – Georges Vanier – Away
April 25th – Sullivan – Away 
April 27th – Sunnyside – Home 
May 5th – South Surrey Athletic Park Tournament

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FLOOR HOCKEY

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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!

May 14 – PUB NIGHT (Date change)
May 20 – HOT LUNCH (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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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
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
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
14-PAC Pub Night
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.
20-PAC Hot Lunch (date change)
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
6-Year-end Grade 7 Band Concert – 12:45 p.m.
10-Sports Day
14-Divisions 13 and 15 to Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC
15-Divisions 12 and 14 to Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC
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 17, 2016

  1. Susan says:

    *Track and Field*. Communication regarding practice times has fallen to the wayside for the second time this year. Last time was Cross Country Practices.
    I have re-signed up for Cambridge Learns Email notifications but in the meantime please be aware that NOT ALL the children/parents that signed up for Track and Field are aware of the practice times. I just found out this morning that he has missed two. Cambridge is not recognizing that not all parents pick up and drop off themselves and it very difficult for a child to participate in before/after school activities without effective communication to the parent.

    • Hi Susan,

      Thank you for this and my apologies for the frustration. We do our best to maintain a consistent schedule. Cambridge is a busy place and yes, communication helps keep things organized. The Track schedule stays the same from week to week, for the most part. At times, there are slight changes.

      Information regarding Track (and most everything else) can be found in multiple locations including:
      CambridgeLearns blog
      Twitter
      FacebookSchool Website
      Physical posts around the school

      Hope this helps, and thanks for your patience!

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