April 24, 2016

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COMING UP THIS WEEK
April
25-Ultimate Game AT Sullivan
25-Grade 6/7 Camp Meeting – 5:00 p.m. – Learning Lab
26-Division 1 to Coastal Climbing Centre – 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
27-Drop-off Buddies at your service – 8:15 – 8:32 a.m.
27-Division 10 and 11 to Grouse Mountain
27-Ultimate Game HOME vs Sunnyside
28-Divisions 13 and 15 to Surrey Nature Centre – 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
29-Drop-off Buddies at your service – 8:15 – 8:32 a.m.
29-Grade 7 student leaders visit to Sullivan Heights Secondary – 10:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
29-Division 14 to Surrey Nature Centre – 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
29-Assembly – 1:45 p.m.

SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS BLOG POST FOR A FULL LIST OF UPCOMING EVENTS.

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READY SET LEARN
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WHO: 3 and 4 year-olds and their parents or caregives
WHEN: Thursday, May 5th from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Cambridge Elementary – 6115 – 150th Street, Surrey.

You and your preschooler are cordially invited to Cambridge’s “Ready Set Learn” Open House. During this time you and your preschooler will have opportunities to participate in a variety of learning activities. Besides having fun and learning about their new school, each child will receive a take home package which includes some very useful information provided by the Ministry of Education, an age-appropriate book. We look forward to meeting you and your child!

Please call our office at 604-595-4036 or complete the handy form below to confirm that you will attend our “Ready Set Learn” event on May 5th.

Please share this information with anyone you know who has a three or four year-old child. Thank you!

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LEARNING STORY: WHERE IS THE LEARNING?
Contributed by Antonio Vendramin

Investigating states of matter

                   Investigating states of matter

Cambridge is two years into our journey of documenting and sharing student learning electronically through FreshGrade digital portfolios. One very important thing that this process has done is essentially reflect back to the viewer a clear picture of the learning that is (and sometimes isn’t) taking place. The documentation forces one to ask the very important question, “Where is the learning?”

In the work I do daily, I have the opportunity to visit many classrooms. These visits allow me to not only connect with and support students and staff, they give me the opportunity to have a strong sense of the learning taking place. Like when I visit digital portfolios, my class visits always take me to the same question, “Where is the learning?” And when I talk about learning, it’s important to know that I don’t just look at specific curriculum connections, but also the development of core competencies and “soft” skills.

A phenomenon that has stormed into our school this year is 3-D design and printing. Everyone seems interested in the possibilities of this new technology and students are spending hours of their own time at home designing and testing items. As students become more proficient with their design, we gradually grow closer to the point where they begin to think of how they can use 3-D design and printing to actually solve real-world problems. We know students everywhere are doing this already! A great example of this is wonderful project completed by outstanding local Teacher-Librarian Anna Crosland and the students over at my previous school, Georges Vanier, who used 3-D design to create and print braille tags for doors to help a visually impaired student navigate safely from place to place within the school. Read more about this work here!

One teacher in particular at Cambridge, Peter Beale, has demonstrated a passion for learning about 3-D design and printing and has opened up this new world of learning to his students. Recently, they were given the opportunity to reflect back on their 3-D experiences and they were encouraged to go back to the all important question, “Where is the learning?” Sure we knew students were engaged and had a great time designing and printing their objects, but could they articulate their learning?

Kiera, a Grade 6 student shared:

3D objects designed and printed by a Cambridge learner

3D objects designed and printed by a Cambridge learner

“I created a 3D model of the Eiffel Tower. Later on I added two more towers like the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Seattle Space Needle. You might be wondering how I made the Seattle Space Needle, Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the Eiffel Tower. Well, I searched up tinkercad models of these towers to try and find the right shapes. Somehow I was able to create these towers. I was pretty impressed myself.

Creating the Eiffel Tower wasn’t easy. I really didn’t know what shape to use for the base, until I started experimenting till I finally found it. I really only needed to use 3 shapes. Pyramids, Cubes, and the shape called a Round Roof. Once I was done, I thought it turned out pretty good but I thought I needed more things. You’ve probably noticed that I didn’t add the criss cross like the real Eiffel Tower in Paris. I tried making it but it was complicated. Some things would pop out and it just looked like a big mess.

Now the Space Needle was a different story. It was the hardest one. It took me days just to find the right shapes. I had to combine shapes just to have the right shape. I also searched up a model of the Space Needle and tried to make my Space Needle like theirs. The base wasn’t that hard until I got to the point where there were details that were almost impossible to figure out how to make. In the end, I was able to make it and I was proud of my self.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa was probably the easiest one to make. I didn’t really need to search up a model of it from tinkercad cause somehow I was able to just experiment with a bunch of shapes and create the Leaning Tower of Pisa. I duplicated a lot of things and didn’t add much detail as the real one does. I was really happy on how it turned out.

Notice the powerful language…

  • I created
  • I searched
  • I really didn’t know
  • I started experimenting
  • I thought I needed more things
  • I had to combine shapes

mistakesThis learning story talks about critical thinking and problem-solving, not knowing and searching, trying again in the face of failure, and most importantly that mistakes help us learn. She communicates clearly where the learning is. So if you were wondering if students actually learn anything in the process of 3-D design and printing, this student helps us respond to the question with a resounding “Yes.”

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PERSONAL SAFETY WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN

SafetyWorkshop

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

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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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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
25-Ultimate Game AT Sullivan
25-Grade 6/7 Camp Meeting – 5:00 p.m. – Learning Lab
26-Division 1 to Coastal Climbing Centre – 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
27-Drop-off Buddies at your service – 8:15 – 8:32 a.m.
27-Division 10 and 11 to Grouse Mountain
27-Ultimate Game HOME vs Sunnyside
28-Divisions 13 and 15 to Surrey Nature Centre – 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
29-Drop-off Buddies at your service – 8:15 – 8:32 a.m.
29-Grade 7 student leaders visit to Sullivan Heights Secondary – 10:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
29-Division 14 to Surrey Nature Centre – 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
29-Assembly – 1:45 p.m.

May
5-Ready Set Learn – 1:00-2:00 p.m.
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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