June 19, 2016

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COMING UP THIS WEEK

June
20-Grade 7 students to Cultus Lake Waterpark
20-Grade 2/3 Floor Hockey Final – Team 3v8
21-National Aboriginal Day
21-Grade 7 classes to Centennial Beach
21-Divisions 6, 8 and 9 to Crescent Beach – 8:45 a.m. – 2:30 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.
22-PAC Snack Shack at recess (and possibly lunch)
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

SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS BLOG POST FOR A FULL LIST OF UPCOMING 2016/17 EVENTS.

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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

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STAFFING UPDATE

June is always a time we welcome new friends to the Cambridge community, and say good-bye (or see you soon) to other friends. Please find information below regarding important staffing changes for the 2016/17 year.

A warm welcome to:
Mehlin Yoo – Grade 4/5 –  Mehlin comes to us from Sunnyside Elementary
Martha Pomonis – Kindergarten – Martha comes to us from Cindrich Elementary
Heather Manuel (0.8) and Julina Benjamin (0.2) – Kindergarten. Ms. Manuel comes to us from Bonaccord and Ms. Benjamin is returning from maternity leave.
Monique Berichon (0.4) – new job share partner for Katherine Douglas
Kiersten Shantz – Counsellor  – Ms. Shantz comes to us from Clayton Heights Secondary

Congratulations and welcome (back) to:
Mr. Kevin Fleming – LST – from 0.8 this year to 1.0 next year

We say good-bye to:
Education Assistants:
Linda McLellan – sailing off to retirement
Angie Martin – currently in a term position
Poonam Pannu – currently in a term position
Chere Moore – currently in a term position
Christy Hamlin – currently in a term position

Teaching Staff:
Laura Warkentin – accepted a position at Pacific Heights
Marlene Konyves – sailing off to retirement
Bonnie Jennings – accepted a position with the Okanagan School District
Spencer Holland – accepted positions elsewhere
Chris Lee – accepted a position at Cindrich Elementary
Roberta McLeod – maternity leave
Stephanie Brown – maternity leave
Carrie Macumber – entering a new job share next year
Teagan Hayes – currently in a term position
Nancy La Chimea – currently in a term position
Brianne Topp – currently in a term position
Vicky Kaur – currently in a term position

We thank you all for the many wonderful contributions you have made to the Cambridge community!

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LEARNING STORY – GRADE 7 CELEBRATION TEACHES US ABOUT CHANGE

Contributed by Antonio Vendramin

IMG_7085Friday was one of those days of conflicting emotions. I felt it … and I know many people in the gym during our Grade 7 Celebration felt it. Friday was a time to look back and celebrate how far our students have come. It was also a time for parents and families to reflect on how quickly the time has passed. There is excitement about looking forward and wondering what adventures lay ahead while at the same time, sadness and apprehensiveness about leaving the comfort of what is familiar and safe to us. In many ways, Friday was really about controlling your mindset and deciding how you choose to look at things. The status quo represents a safe haven for most. You know what you’ve done, you know what you’re doing, you know what comes next. There’s comfort in that. That’s why many people resist change and sometimes never find out what adventures or rewards could lay ahead for them. I also know that change is most definitely not an easy thing. If someone were to take a risk and make significant change in their life without feeling any sense of excitement, anxiousness, or reflection, it would make me wonder about them. Change is hard!

Screen Shot 2016-06-19 at 10.58.34 AMIf I have learned anything in my life, it’s that challenges are constantly presented to you in life. How you decide to face these challenges helps you to define yourself. Growing up, I constantly questioned myself. I was afraid to take a risk and put myself out there because I worried about failing and what others would think of me. Some of this thinking still creeps into my thoughts now, but I’ve gotten to the point where what I think of myself is much more important than what others think of me. When I look into the mirror, I have to be happy with what I see both as learner and a person. So do you! Instead of fearing failure, now I worry that if I don’t risk-take and embrace change, I won’t be learning. And learning, I have discovered, is the only way to adapt and remain relevant to those who need us.

I heard many of our Grade 7 students share their favourite quotes on Friday. I heard quotes about not being able to find new oceans if you are afraid to leave the shore, or not being able to start a new chapter unless you turn the page. There is much that children learn from the wisdom of their parents. My dad immigrated from Italy to Canada by himself in 1960, with little to his name and not being able to speak English. Talk about risk! Talk about helping others understand the possibilities of rewards from taking risks. My dad’s journey helps me be courageous in the face of change.

But, there is also much adults can and should learn from children. Children are not afraid to be curious, ask questions, and take risks. Children teach us that if we fail, we learn and just need to try again. There is much children can teach us if we are willing to be open to learning from them.

To our Grade 7 students, best wishes as you leave the shore to find new oceans and turn the page to start a new chapter. And thank you for giving us the courage to embrace change…even if we’re a little afraid!

So…

How do you look at change?
What mindset do you have towards change…risk…failure?
What changes lay ahead for you and what will you do about these changes?


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WELCOME NEW KINDERGARTEN FRIENDS

As we say good-bye to our Grade 7 students, we say hello to our new Kindergarten friends who will be joining the Cambridge community very soon. Our Kindergarten team of Becky Weber, Carri McMillan, Raj Taank, Heather Manuel, Julina Benjamin, and Martha Pomonis are excited to meet our new families and friends. Information regarding the start of Kindergarten will be sent to all parents in late August, but we know with such excitement about starting school, parents look forward to any information that will assist in a smooth transition in September.

We hope you find the following information helpful: Kindergarten gradual entry 2016

We look forward to meeting you all. Have a great summer!

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SUMMER TUTORING

Summer Tutoring
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DROP-OFF ZONE

Schools are busy, especially at pick-up and drop-off times. We appreciate how the majority of our parents demonstrate patience and follow traffic rules and the direction of school staff. OUR ONE COMMON GOAL IS STUDENT SAFETY! The experiment with cones this week has been successful in discouraging parking in the drop-off zone.

REMEMBER THAT THE WHOLE DRIVEWAY AT THE FRONT OF THE SCHOOL IS A FIRE LANE AND YOU ARE NOT PERMITTED TO LEAVE YOUR CAR UNATTENDED.

When dropping off, follow the model in the video below. Pull at far forward in the drop-off zone, pull up to the cones as if they were the curb, encourage your child to exit the vehicle out the side closest to the curb, shoulder check, then drive away.

Here are a few more suggestions to promote safety at Cambridge. Thank you!

  • Walk to school.
  • Drive slowly and cautiously in school zones.
  • Respect designated drop-off and pick-up areas.
  • Drop the kids off on the side of the street where the school is located.
  • Have the kids exit the vehicle on the side of the car closest to the sidewalk.
  • Don’t double park even for just a minute as it blocks visibility for other children and vehicles.
  • Expect the unexpected and don’t drive distracted. Leave your coffee in the holder, your phone in your bag, and the radio station where it’s at.
  • Never overtake other vehicles within a school zone or within a half block of any crosswalk.
  • If traffic is too heavy to safely drop your child at school, find a legal spot to park on a street away from the school, then walk to the school with your child.
  • Carpool, if possible, with other parents to reduce congestion.

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YOU ARE INVITED…PICNIC IN THE PARK

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MISSING ITEMS

Are you missing something? Lost and found items now on display.

If your child is missing items, especially clothing items, these items may be in our lost and found which always seems to be overflowing. Lost and found items will be on display this week down the main hallway downstairs. If you get a moment, we welcome you to come and have a look to see if any items belong to you.

As well, if you have any school items, including LIBRARY BOOKS, TEXTBOOKS, ATHLETIC JERSEYS, or anything else that belongs to the school, kindly return them at your earliest convenience. Thank you!

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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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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

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IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2016/17

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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3 thoughts on “June 19, 2016

  1. Jamie says:

    Mr. V, is it possible for to get the picture of the boys outside holding Cooper up after the grade 7 celebration? Jamie – Cooper’s mom.

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