June 5, 2016

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LEARNING STORY – WINNING BACK OUR STUDENTS

Screen Shot 2016-06-05 at 10.36.57 AMI had the honour of attending a keynote presented by Dr. Gordon Neufeld a few weeks back. Dr. Neufeld’s work focusses on “attachment” and the power of relationships in the development of a child. We know intuitively that when a child has a strong bond with a parent, a teacher, or another trusted adult, they will do almost anything for that person. We also know that when that attachment is not present, children can be defiant, do the opposite of what is requested, and start to orient themselves towards their peers. One of the most profound statements Dr. Neufeld made during his keynote was, “We have to win our students back!” This statement resonates for me because I increasingly see students in our schools who we have clearly lost. There are a few reasons why I think this is so.

In these times of increased accountability in education and with teachers saddled with the overwhelming pressure to “cover the curriculum” and prepare for standardized tests, school has become irrelevant to many students and disconnected from their reality. For these students, school is tolerated, school is something that is done to them, and school is something they try to survive. In fact, as a teacher reflected back on his schooling experience during a recent conversation I had with him, he said, “I didn’t really enjoy elementary or high school, and when I got out…” His words struck me. He was talking about his schooling experience as if he had just finished his prison sentence. He then went on to share that his educational experience changed after high school because then, he actually had some input regarding his learning. We clearly need to do a better job of incorporating student passions into the work we do in schools. Students do a tonne of incredible learning on their own, but because it doesn’t take place between 8:30 and 2:30 at school, we don’t seem to value it. Learning that takes place at school represents only a small percentage of the learning a child does.

A great example of this phenomenon is the recent fine arts performance at Cambridge Elementary titled, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”. This play was about a magician and his assistant. Several times, the magician would send his assistant off with a task, such as preparing props, or finding items. Each time, the assistant would get side-tracked practicing and learning magic tricks because in reality, the assistant really wanted to be a great magician as well. The assistant learned so much each time she was sent off to do a task, but inevitably, the magician would return and become very upset because the tasks were never completed and because the assistant appeared to be doing nothing. I couldn’t help but feel that schools are very much like the magician in this play. We seem to think the learning opportunities we provide are the only ones that are valuable. The good news is that at the conclusion of the play, the Sorcerer acknowledges all the learning the apprentice had done and agreed to include one of her magic tricks in the performance. We need to make sure learning is relevant to students, places value on student passions, and that students are given the opportunity to learn through play.

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Another reason “we have to win our students back” is that in our frenzy to “cover the curriculum”, “teach content”, and be accountable, we have lost sight of the fact that children need to be connected to people who care about them. Dr. Neufeld stated, “humans don’t do separation.” If a child comes from a busy home with working parents, has no other adult to attach to, and is surrounded by teachers who only focus on delivering content, that child will quickly seek help from people who are unable to really provide that support – peers. Dr. Neufeld shared that all children need to have a “home-base” at school and that person needs to be a caring and trusted adult.

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Thankfully, all hope is not lost! I believe that schools are beginning to understand the important messages communicated by Dr. Neufeld. Some say that there is too much change in education. But really, can we afford to not change? Can we continue to live with the fact that almost half of high school students wait to “get out” of school so that the real learning can start? We are starting to see curriculum reform that focuses on the development of key competencies such as communication, creativity, problem solving and critical thinking, rather than a curriculum that is inundated with content that overwhelms students and teachers alike. Teachers are hearing the message that part of the important work they do in schools is connecting with students before directing them. And most important, those who work in schools are beginning to value and tap into the wide range of skills, talents, and passions that learners bring with them. Clearly, there is much more work to be done, but thankfully schools have started to fight the important battle to win back our children!

DOING WORK THAT MATTERS – THE KIVA PROJECT

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Contributed by Eric Neumeyer

The Kiva Project that our class has been working on has been a huge success. Our two-day freezie sale earned $684. Our 5-Hour Famine, which we held today earned $931!
We have raised $1646 from these two fundraisers! This is remarkable and has easily exceeded expectations. I was hopeful that our class would raise $500. A HUGE thanks goes out to our parents, family, friends, and the community in general at Cambridge who helped make this such a success. Everyone’s generosity has been overwhelming and inspiring. 🙂

For our 5-Hour Famine today, our class watched the documentary, “On the Way to School”, a film that examines four groups of children in developing countries, and the challenges they face with their journey to school. You can view a trailer of the film here: https://youtu.be/eIsQ0B43Q9Y I encourage you to ask your child about it. Our class was very engaged with this film and there was some rich discussion afterward.

 
In the afternoon, we were able to loan out another $150 through Kiva. 
 
Thank you so much parents. I am really stunned and moved by the outpouring of support. I have never done a class project with Kiva, and I couldn’t have asked for a better school community to work and learn with. I really do appreciate it. Every student had a hand in something towards this project and should truly feel proud!

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COMING UP THIS WEEK

June
6-Division 23 Honeybee presentation – 8:45-10:00 a.m.
6-Division 26 Honeybee presentation – 10:15-11:30 a.m.
6-Year-end Grade 7 Band Concert – 12:45 p.m.
7-Floor Hockey – Grade 6/7 – Team 1v3 – 12:00 p.m.
8-District Track Meet at Bear Creek Park – 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
8-Kindergarten-Grade 2 classes and Div. 7 to Centennial Beach – Rain-out day June 14
9-Floor Hockey – Grade 2/3 – Team 5v7 – 12:00 p.m.
10-Sports Day

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

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2016-17 SCHOOL CALENDAR

AUGUST
30-Professional Development Day – In lieu of the November 10 Non-Instructional Day
31-Professional Development Day – In lieu of the February 17 Non-Instructional Day

SEPTEMBER
6-First day of school – 10:00-11:00 a.m.
7-First FULL day of school
9-Assembly at 9:00 a.m.
26-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
28-Individual and Class photos. This will be the ONLY photo day this year.
29-Assembly/Terry Fox Run – 12:45 p.m.

OCTOBER
7-3rd Annual Cardboard Challenge
10-Thanksgiving – Classes not in session
21-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students

NOVEMBER
1-Early-Dismissal at 1:30 p.m.
2-Photo re-take day
4-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
9-Remembrance Day Assembly – 9:00 a.m.
10-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
11-Remembrance Day – Classes not in session

DECEMBER
2-Student Learning Communications sent home
8-Early dismissal at 1:30 p.m. for student-led conferences
19-30-Winter Break

JANUARY
3-First day of school in 2017
20-Challenge Day #2

FEBRUARY
13-Family Day – Classes not in session
17-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students

MARCH
3-Talent Show – 12:45 p.m.
13-24-Spring Break
27-Running Club Begins!

APRIL
7-Student Learning Communications sent home
12-Early dismissal @ 1:30 p.m.
14-Good Friday – Classes not in session
17-Easter Monday – Classes not in session
28-Last day of Running Club

MAY
5-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
19-Challenge Day #3
22-Victoria Day – Classes not in session
25-Parent Tea – 8:45 a.m.
29-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students

JUNE
16-Sports Day
23-Grade 7 Celebration – 9:00 a.m.
29-Last day of classes
29-Student Learning Communications sent home
29-Early dismissal @ 1:30 p.m.
30-Administration Day – Classes not in session for students

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2016-17 SCHOOL FEES

Each school year, parents support their child(ren)’s formal learning experiences in a wide variety of ways. We so appreciate all that you do to ensure a successful year!

In addition to providing the school supplies itemized on a grade list, parents are periodically asked for monies to cover specific items and/or special events. The intent of these requests is to enrich your child’s learning experience. However, no student will be denied the opportunity to participate in any school activity due to the inability to pay. Should finances be an issue, please contact the Mr. Vendramin or Ms. Vogstad and trust that this information is shared in confidence.

As we plan for the 2016/17 school year, we anticipate the following costs:

Student Planner: We encourage all students in Grades 1-7 to purchase a School Planner at a cost of $5.00. Included in the planner is our school code of conduct, school calendar and school district information. Planners are an excellent tool for facilitating home/school communication, as well as for developing a students’ organizational skills. Using our school planner is optional and parents are free to purchase their own version of planner.

Field Studies and Field Trips: Classes often enjoy educational visits to community facilities which extend and enhance the curriculum. While we use school monies or fundraise to cover the costs of such activities wherever possible, there are times when parents are asked to contribute towards the cost of the trip. If you choose to have your child not participate in a field study, a suitable program will be provided at the school.

Musical Instruments: Grade 3 and 4 students learn to play the recorder. Students will have the option of purchasing one through our music teacher for $8.00 or receiving one on loan from the school. Also, our Grade 7 students who make the decision to take band either purchase or rent an instrument. Costs vary depending on the instrument.

School Supplies: Parents have the option of purchasing their child’s school supplies on their own utilizing the grade supply list (below) or for your convenience you may wish to purchase supplies as a package through CREATIVE CHILDREN Payment is made directly to CREATIVE CHILDREN. Costs for supplies vary based on grade. Bulk orders are done for Kindergarten supplies. The anticipated cost per student is $40.00, but this cost is tentative. Parents have the option of contributing their own supplies to the class. Payment for Kindergarten supplies will be coordinated in September through our Kindergarten teachers.

Please do not hesitate to call us at the school if you have any questions: 604-595-4036.

Grade1-7 Supply Lists

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2016-17 BELL SCHEDULE

8:30 Welcome Bell
8:35 Classes in session
10:15 Recess
10:30 Classes in session
11:43 Lunch (eating)
11:58 Lunch (outside play)
12:25 Students line up
12:30 Classes in session
2:30 Dismissal

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SPORTS DAY THIS WEEK

Friday, June 10th will be Sports Day at Cambridge Elementary. Each student has been assigned a Sports Day Team Colour. If you are unsure of your child’s colour, please contact your child’s teacher.

Students should dress in as much of their house colours as possible, and should dress appropriately for the weather and activities. They are encouraged to wear sports-themed clothing (team jersey, shorts, socks, hats). Students should wear running shoes, hats, and have sunscreen on. All students should have a water bottle labeled with their name.

If it is raining on June 10th, the rain out day will be on Monday, June 13th.

IF YOUR CHILD WILL NOT BE ATTENDING SPORTS DAY, PLEASE LET THE OFFICE OR YOUR CHILD’S TEACHER KNOW, THIS WILL HELP WITH PLACING CHILDREN IN THEIR TEAMS.

Sports Day Schedule
8:33- Students to class for attendance and nametags (Kindergarten to Grade 7)
9:05– Classes to gym for warm up and team spirit building.
9:35-Students are led out to their starting stations, beginning with our K-4 group who follow their sign out to the stations.
9:45-10:30– Students in K-4 will rotate through the stations on the grass field. Feel free to follow your child through the station rotations. Please do not take your child anywhere without informing the supervising teacher. Thank you.

Students in Grades 5-7 will rotate through their activities on the grass & gravel fields, the sport courts and the gym.

10:30-10:45– All students will break at the same time at the station they are presently competing at. (Freezies will be given to the students at this time)
10:45-12:00-Rotations continue.
12:00-12:55– Lunch
12:55-Students return to class for afternoon attendance
1:00-Classes proceed to meeting place for afternoon activities. Students will sit in their House Teams.
1:00-Grade Group Sprints/Tug Of War/Grounds Clean up
2:00-Students return to their class. Parents, please ensure your child is accounted for back in their classroom before you take him/her for the day. Thank you
2:30-Dismissal

Our PAC also needs volunteers for the following:

  • 10 volunteers around 11:15 for hot lunch distribution
  • 4-5 volunteers to help cut the freezies in half

If you are able to help, please email the PAC at cambridgepacyac@shaw.ca

Thank you in advance for your support!

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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 SCHEDULE


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FLOOR HOCKEY

We are down to our final three games of the floor hockey season…THE FINALS!!!

Grade 4/5 Final:  June 13 – Team 4 vs Team 6

Grade 6/7 Final:  June 14 – Team 1 vs Team 3

Grade 2/3 Final: June 20 – Team 3 vs Team 8

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

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 – 3-7
Team 5 vs Team 8 – 3-7
Team 1 vs Team 3 – 1-1
Team 6 vs Team 8 – 0-6
Team 1 vs Team 4 – 2-0
Team 2 vs Team 4 – 1-6
Team 5 vs Team 7 – 7-1
FINAL – June 16 – Team 3 vs Team 8

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

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 – 6-5
Team 1 vs Team 4 – 10-1
Team 1 vs Team 3 – 9-3
Team 4 vs Team 6 – 1-5
FINAL GAME – June 13 – Team 1 vs Team 5

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

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 – 5-6
Team 2 vs Team 4 – 4-3
Team 1 vs Team 5 – 5-1
Team 1 vs Team 3 – 4-4
FINAL GAME – June 14 – Team 1 vs Team 3

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

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IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP

June
6-Division 23 Honeybee presentation – 8:45-10:00 a.m.
6-Division 26 Honeybee presentation – 10:15-11:30 a.m.
6-Year-end Grade 7 Band Concert – 12:45 p.m.
7-Floor Hockey – Grade 6/7 – Team 1v3 – 12:00 p.m.
8-District Track Meet at Bear Creek Park – 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
8-Kindergarten-Grade 2 classes and Div. 7 to Centennial Beach – Rain-out day June 14
9-Floor Hockey – Grade 2/3 – Team 5v7 – 12:00 p.m.
10-Sports Day
13-Education Assistants, Mr. Reed, and students to Vancouver Zoo
14-Divisions 13 and 15 to Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC
15-Divisions 12 and 14 to Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC
16-Intermediate classes to Skyzone Trampoline Park – various times throughout the day
17-Kindergarten classes to the Aquarium – 8:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.
17-Grade 7 Celebration
17-Division 8 and 9 – YMCA swimming – 12:30-2:30 p.m.
20-Kindergarten classes to Goldstone Park – 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
21-National Aboriginal Day
21-Grade 7 classes to Cultus Lake Waterslides
21-Divisions 6, 8 and 9 to Crescent Beach – 8:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
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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