May 1, 2016

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COMING UP THIS WEEK
May
2-Noon Hour Floor Hour – Gr. 6/7 Teams 1 v 4
3-Noon Hour Floor Hour – Gr. 4/5 Teams 3 v 6
4-Susan Aglukark concert at the Bell Centre – Div. 9 – a.m., Div. 7 – p.m.
4-Noon Hour Floor Hockey – Gr.2/3 Team 7 v 8
5-Ultimate Jamboree at South Surrey Athletic Park – 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. (times approximate)
5-Ready Set Learn – 1:00-2:00 p.m.
6-Professional Development Day – Classes not in session

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: WHEN YOU WALK THROUGH THE DOORS OF A SCHOOL…
Contributed by Kelli Vogstad

When you walk through the doors of our school, visitors often share that they feel a sense of home, a feeling of belonging and safety, and a special kind of energy that welcomes all who enter. I would have to agree. Cambridge is a school that welcomes all. Each morning, we welcome our students to a day of meaningful learning and engagement. Each day, we extend a welcome to our parents to share in their children’s learning. We are also a school who welcomes many visitors. On Friday, we welcomed a group of visitors to our school: district educators from the Yukon.

Welcome Yukon visitors

Welcome Yukon visitors

When our guests arrived, they were first welcomed by our “Drop-Off Buddies” who stood outside in their bright red hard hats, smiling, holding the hands of little ones who they escorted to their classrooms. With warm hellos from our office clerks, our visitors stopped to listen to morning announcements over the PA shared by two student leaders. As I invited them into our learning lab, they were immediately drawn to the activity outside under a tent. As the rain fell gently, a class of grade six students were working on their soapstone carvings. With saws and chisels in hand, they carefully worked. Our guests were amazed at the thoughtful attention and engagement by each child. As I watched on the side, I was struck by the ease and comfort the children showed as they offered up their stories and shared their work with our guests.

As we made our way back into the school, we joined a class of kindergarten students and

Outdoor classroom

Outdoor classroom

followed them around the school to our forest classroom. As we walked, we could hear the peacocks calling from the forest, as though they, too, were saying, “Welcome, we are glad you came.” With magnifying glasses in hand and their Investigation Notebooks tucked under their arms, our youngest students eagerly shared their observations and questions as they explored the forest.

The morning continued as our guests moved through the hallways of our school. In one of our portable classrooms, students were seen connecting and engaging with each other in small literature circles. The children stopped and welcomed our visitors, answering their questions and explaining their tasks. In another room, students were busy uploading artifacts to their FreshGrade portfolios, eager to reflect on their learning. In the hallways, grade one and two students were huddled in corners, working collaboratively on research projects planning and representing their knowledge. One guest asked, “Tell me about what you are doing?” With no hesitation the child responded, “We chose Newfoundland to learn about because it’s all the way on the other side of Canada, and we don’t know much about it, but we will soon.”

Soapstone studio

Soapstone studio

As we walked by the library a group of young learners looked up and waved to our guests as they passed by. As we continued visiting classrooms, the many other rich and meaningful activities and learning that our guests observed, and our students shared, were neither prepared nor rehearsed. It was just another regular morning at Cambridge, where authentic and important learning takes place. I can’t help thinking about the familiar phrase, “Home is where the heart is.” If home is where the heart is, the most literal definition is “home is where I am, where we are.” Home is where one can feel cared for, comfortable, and accepted. These are some of the important foundations to learning and doing work that matters. It’s a good feeling walking into a school and immediately feeling a sense of belonging and engagement, where everyone is welcomed. Wouldn’t you agree?

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HELMET SAFETY
We love to see students riding their bikes, scooters, and skateboard to school. We worry when we see them doing this without a helmet on. The watermelon and iPhone in this video are no match for the unforgiving pavement and neither your head and brain. Watch and discuss this video with your child. Most important, model the behaviour we wish to see in our children. Encourage your child to always wear a helmet if they are riding to school and be sure that if you are riding along, you wear a helmet as well. Oh, and by the way…DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME!

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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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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

The competition is heating up! Check back weekly for updates.

Grade 2/3 Standings W-L-T
Team 1 – 0-1-0
Team 2 – 1-1-0
Team 3 – 2-0-0
Team 4 – 0-1-0
Team 5 – 1-0-0
Team 6 – 1-1-0
Team 7 – 0-1-0
Team 8 – 0-0-0

Games:
Team 1 vs Team 2 – 4-5
Team 5 vs Team 6 – 5-1
Team 2 vs Team 3 – 0-6
Team 6 vs Team 7 – 5-2
Team 3 vs Team 4 – 2-1
Team 7 vs Team 8 – May 4
Team 1 vs Team 4 – May 12
Team 5 vs Team 8 – May 17
Team 1 vs Team 3 – May 19
Team 6 vs Team 8 – May 24
Team 2 vs Team 4 – June 3
Team 5 vs Team 7 – June 6
FINAL – June 9

Grade 4/5 Standings W-L-T
Team 1 – 1-0-0
Team 2 – 1-2-0
Team 3 – 0-1-0
Team 4 – 0-1-0
Team 5 – 3-0-0
Team 6 – 0-1-0

Games:
Team 1 vs Team 2 – 6-4
Team 4 vs Team 5 – 1-12
Team 2 vs Team 3 – 5-2
Team 5 vs Team 6 – 7-1
Team 2 vs Team 5 – 5-6
Team 3 vs Team 6 – May 3
Team 1 vs Team 4 -May 13
Team 1 vs Team 3 – May 27
Team 4 vs Team 6 – May 31
FINAL GAME – June 13

Grade 6/7 Standings W-L-T
Team 1 – 1-1-0
Team 2 – 1-2-0
Team 3 – 3-0-0
Team 4 – 0-2-0
Team 5 – 1-1-0

Games:
Team 1 vs Team 2 – 4-5
Team 3 vs Team 4 – 6-2
Team 3 vs Team 5 – 7-2
Team 2 vs Team 3 – 6-9
Team 2 vs Team 5 – 4-7
Team 1 vs Team 4 – 4-1
Team 4 vs Team 5 – May 18
Team 2 vs Team 4 – May 20
Team 1 vs Team 5 – June 2
Team 1 vs Team 3 – June 7
FINAL GAME – June 14

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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 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!

May
2-Noon Hour Floor Hour – Gr. 6/7 Teams 1 v 4
3-Noon Hour Floor Hour – Gr. 4/5 Teams 3 v 6
4-Susan Aglukark concert at the Bell Centre – Div. 9 – a.m., Div. 7 – p.m.
4-Noon Hour Floor Hockey – Gr.2/3 Team 7 v 8
5-Ultimate Tournament at South Surrey Athletic Park – 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. (times approximate)
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
12-Late start (at 10:30 a.m.) for all Grade 6/7 students
12-Divisons 1-3 to Sullivan Height Theatre: “Little Shop of Horrors” – 10:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

12- Track and Field mini-meet – South Surrey Athletic Park – 3:00-5:00 p.m. (times approximate)
13-Grade 6 Immunizations
16-RCMP vs Grade 7 Students – Basketball – 12:00-12:30 p.m.
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

26- Track and Field mini-meet – South Surrey Athletic Park – 3:00-5:00 p.m. (times approximate)

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.
8-District Track Meet at Bear Creek Park – 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
8-Kindergarten-Grade 2 classes Beach Day – Centennial Beach – Rain-out day June 14
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
20-Grade 4 classes to Centennial Beach
21-Grade 7 classes to Cultus Lake Waterslides
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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