August 29, 2016

IMPORTANT DATES THIS WEEK

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

Please see more important dates below!

IN THIS ISSUE: (click CONTINUE READING below to access links.)

VICE-PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

To all our families, students, and staff, welcome to our 2016-17 school year.

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful summer and replenished your energy for another exciting year of learning at Cambridge. It is with great fondness we say good-bye to Mr. Vendramin. He is already busy in his new District Principal position, and he sends warm wishes to the Cambridge community for a wonderful start to our new school year.

Kelli

Ms. Vogstad and Max

Mr. Nelson, our new Principal, and I have been getting to know each other, getting ready for a new school year. This year is already shaping up to be one of amazing school-wide activities and engaging curriculum experiences as we plan and prepare for the upcoming months.

I look forward to continuing our work together. Enjoy the final days of summer!

Warm regards,  Kelli Vogstad

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PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Welcome back to a new and exciting year!

It is with great excitement that I begin the next chapter of my career at Cambridge Elementary and look forward to supporting the thoughtful work that brings out the best in your child(ren). Mr. Vendramin, Ms. Vogstad, and I have met to ensure a smooth transition for the community. I have been settling into the school over the past few weeks and have had an opportunity to meet many of the staff, some students and a few parents. Ms. Vogstad and I have been making final preparations to welcome all of the students on Tuesday, September 6th, and there is an air of excitement and enthusiasm swirling about Cambridge.

Shaun

Mr. Nelson on his bike tour in France.

Details about opening day can be found below.

Please feel free to join our welcome back event and introduce yourself on September 6th from 10:00 – 11:00 am in the gym, while students are in class.

Sincerely,

Shaun Nelson

The first day of school is fast approaching on Tuesday, September 6th from 10:00-11:00 a.m. During that time, teachers will meet with students in grade groups and confirm numbers so that we can move forward with the process of forming classes. While students are with teachers, ALL PARENTS are welcome to join us for PAC-sponsored coffee and tea as well as an informal meet and greet with me in the gym.
The first FULL DAY of school is Wednesday, September 7th. The welcome bell goes at 8:30 a.m. and classes conclude at 2:30 p.m.
Kindergarten parents, please find information below regarding your child’s gradual entry.

So, where do students go on the first day?

MAP Cambridge First Day 16-17

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GETTING READY FOR SCHOOL – A SMOOTH TRANSITION  

Contributed by Kelli Vogstad

Summer is coming to an end and the start of another school year is just around the corner. It’s time to start getting ready for a smooth transition from summer holidays to establishing some important routines for a successful school year. We suggest families work together and use the last few days of summer to begin putting in place some school routines and systems.

No more staying up late and no more lazy mornings relaxing in your pyjamas.

  • Move bedtime a little earlier each night until it’s closer to your school time schedule
  • Wake up school-time early and get ready for the day, dressed, groomed, and teeth brushed
  • Start eating lunch, and snacks around the times you will eat at school
  • Plan some morning activities outside the house to get used to leaving the house in the morning on time and ready for action

Take time to get organized and set up some school friendly systems.

  • Choose and make a family calendar/schedule format for everyone to write on and keep track of important dates
  • Designate a spot where school things such as backpacks, lunch boxes, and planners, can be kept to avoid last-minute scrambles in the morningPlanner and Backpack
  • Establish lunch-making routines and schedules; when, what, how, and who? (We suggest kids take the lead)

Once school starts, your child will be responsible for his/her own behaviour and learning. Why not begin now to encourage independence and taking ownership.

For the little ones:

  • Dressing, grooming, tying their own shoes
  • Helping out in the kitchen, setting the table
  • Organizing their toys, cleaning up after themselves

For the older ones:

  • Taking on some household chores: dusting, loading the dishwasher, folding laundry
  • Feeding and walking the family pet
  • Planning and making a family meal

These are just a few suggestions . . . be creative and have fun! And most of all continue to enjoy and establish daily reading routines, conversation time, and family activities.

Here’s to a great start back to school!

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Kid President’s Pep Talk to Teachers and Students

Look for the Awesome!

Make the World Awesome!

Here’s to an awesome school year!

Source

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STAFFING UPDATE

We welcome the following staff members to the Cambridge community:

  • Mehlin Yoo – Grade 4/5
  • Martha Pomonis – Kindergarten
  • Heather Manuel (0.8) and Julina Benjamin (0.2) – Kindergarten.
  • Preet Palek – Grade 1/2
  • Mia Mastrili– 0.8 LST
  • Julie Tempan – (0.4) Integration Support – new job sharing for Mr. Reed
  • Kiersten Shantz – Counsellor
  • Monique Berichon (0.4) – new job share partner for Katherine Douglas
  • Paula Taylor – (0.4) new job share with Ms. P. Sharda
  • Joe Crosara – Band Teacher
  • Michelle Leathley – Education Assistant
  • Brenda Sukkau – Education Assistant

And a warm “welcome back” to the following staff members:

  • Teagan Hayes – (0.8) Vice Principal Relief Teacher for Ms. Vogstad, and Job share for Ms. S. Sharda
  • Poonum Pannu – Eduaction Assistant

We will continue to forward staffing updates as they become available.

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WELCOME KINDERGARTEN FRIENDS

The start of the school year is exciting for all students. This time of year is even more exciting if you are entering Kindergarten and experiencing the first day of school for the first time. We warmly welcome our new Kindergarten friends. Kindergarten parents, information regarding the gradual entry for your children can be found here: Kindergarten Gradual Entry 2016

Our office is now open each day from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. so if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to visit or call at 604-595-4036.

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SCHOOL SUPPLIES

IMG_1257If you ordered school supplies through Creative Children, supplies will be available for pick up once your child is placed with their teacher for the upcoming year. For Kindergarten parents, a bulk order of supplies as well as consumable craft materials will be provided for your child. The cost of supplies for Kindergarten students is $40.00. Please make cheques payable to Cambridge Elementary.

For those parents and guardians wishing to purchase their own supplies, lists have been published here for your convenience.
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

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2016-17 BELL SCHEDULE AND TENTATIVE CALENDAR

Our bell schedule is slightly different from last year as the school year goes from September 6 through to June 29, 2017.

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Looks who’s lining up for school!

  8:30   Welcome Bell
  8:35    Classes in session
10:30   Recess
10:45   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

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.
30-Orange Shirt Day

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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Thank you to our wonderful custodians, Mr. John Demosten and Alvaro Blandon, for their hard work and making our school so clean and shiny, and to our District painters!

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