September 5, 2016


6 – First day of school – 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
7 – First FULL day of school – 8:30 – 2:30 p.m.
9 – Assembly at 9:00 a.m

Please see more important dates below!

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


WELCOME! We think we speak on behalf of all Cambridge teachers and staff; we are looking forward to opening our doors and welcoming back our students and families to the start of a new and exciting school year. At Cambridge Elementary we hold community as a core value; we work together to create community intentionally at every level of our school. In our classrooms, schedules, curriculum, and interactions our message is, “Everyone matters!” Together, we will work to build a learning community that fosters a sense of belonging, purpose, and respect for all of our students.

As your Cambridge Admin team, we welcome every opportunity to hear from you and to get to know students and parents. We hope you will take the opportunity to join us in building a supportive learning environment for all our students.

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Kelli Vogstad, Vice Principal
Shaun Nelson, Principal

Parents, don’t forget to join us for coffee and an informal meet and greet with friends, Mr. Nelson, and Ms. Vogstad; sponsored by the Cambridge PAC. 


Our first day of school is Tuesday, September 6 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. The first FULL DAY of school is the next day, Wednesday, September 7 from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Remember the welcome bell sounds at 8:30 a.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 16-17BACK TO “IN THIS ISSUE”


Last week, teachers and staff worked together as a professional learning community. They worked with former Surrey School District Superintendent, Mike McKay, and former P.E. Helping Teacher, Glenn Young, on building their understanding and strategies around Self-Regulation, and Active Bodies and Healthier Brains to continue to meet the learning needs of our students.



At Cambridge we lead from the heart and create environments where students can thrive!  From the Daliai Lama Centre for Peace and Education, this beautiful video shares the importance of preparing our children for this world. “Educating the Heart. It’s already happening around the world with astonishing results.”


Below you will find a list of our enrolling teachers. Please note that grade levels are tentative at this point and could change based on enrolment.

Mr. Owen Stemler – Grade 7
Ms. Shelagh Lim – Grade 7
Ms. Nina Minhas – Grade 6/7
Mr. Peter Beale – Grade 6/7
Ms. Leslee Burwash – Grade 5/6
Mr. David Morrison – Grade 5/6
Mr. Eric Neumeyer – Grade 5/6
Ms. Sandy McLean – Grade 4/5
Ms. Mehlin/Yoo – Grade 4/5
Mr. Alex Dewar – Grade 4
Ms. Kam Padam – Grade 4
Ms. Kelli Vogstad/Ms. Teagan Hayes Grade ¾
Ms. Jessica Gray – Grade 3
Ms. Tracey Steeves – Grade 3
Ms. Trish Ineson – Grade 3
Ms. Suparsha Sharda/Ms. Teagan Hayes – Grade 2
Ms. Punam Sharda/ Ms. Paula Taylor – Grade 2
Ms. Kerry Tinant – Grade 1/2
Ms. Dawn Unruh – Grade 1/2
Ms. Kim Bomford – Grade 1/2
Ms. Katherine Douglas/ Ms. Monique Berichon – Grade 1
Ms. Preet Palak – Grade 1
Ms. Becky Weber – Kindergarten
Ms. Raj Taank – Kindergarten
Ms. Martha Pomonis – Kindgarten
Ms. Carri McMillan – Kindergarten
Ms. Heather Manuel/ Ms. Julina Benjamin – Kindergarten

We also welcome Ms. Kesley Shore to Cambridge. She will begin her teaching career as our 0.6 Intermediate Prep teacher and will teach Core French to our Grade 5, 6, and 7 students.

A complete staff list including our non-enrolling teachers, Education Assistants, and support staff will be included in the next edition of CambridgeLearns.



Over the summer our Cambridge neighbourhood has seen some changes with families moving out and new families moving in. Students will work in grade groups during the first few days of school as teachers work together to get to know students and build a sense of community through team work and getting-acquainted activities. Throughout the week teachers will revisit and collaboratively organize classes that best meet the learning needs of all our students. We hope that students will be in their permanent classes by the end of the first week, or at the latest, by the very beginning of the second week.

When students are placed in classes, the following factors are taken into consideration. As each class situation is different, the factors are not in order of importance.

• Academic Ability – we try to ensure that each class has students with a variety of ability levels
• Gender – attempts are made to form classes with equal numbers of girls and boys
• Group Dynamics – based on past experience, some students may not be placed in the same class as they experience difficulties together, while other students may be placed together because they work well together
• Behaviour – students requiring behavioural support are placed in classes that best meet their needs
• Teaching/Learning Styles – some students are placed in classes because the teaching/learning situation will be the most beneficial to them


Classes that Reflect the Real World and Meet the Needs of All Students
Source: Surrey Schools

Combined-grade classes consist of students in two consecutive grades grouped together in one class. According to studies, “they are common both locally and internationally, with “one out of every five Canadian students enrolled in a multi-grade classroom.” There is a very good chance that Surrey children will have the experience of being in a combined-grade class during their elementary school years.

Organizing classes to best meet the needs of all students is a complex process. While practical factors such as shifting enrolment, class size and composition influence the formation of classes, the Surrey School District is committed to creating balanced classes that focus on students’ learning strengths and the needs of the whole child.
There are academic, as well as social benefits, to combined-grade classes. Studies indicate that children in combined classes do as well academically as children in single grades.

Research has shown that combined classes:
• allow students learn from one another,
• provide models for younger students,
• help older students see what they’ve already learned,
• provide opportunities for a greater range of learning,
• encourage students to work together,
• promote social responsibility,
• help students to become independent and
• foster a positive attitude toward school.

Students in combined classes are not held back to the level of younger students, nor are they expected to handle work beyond their ability. In every classroom, there is a wide range of skills and abilities. Children mature at different rates in various aspects of development. Teachers are aware of these individual differences and structure learning activities according to the needs of each learner.

Children learn continually; their intellectual, social and personal development does not occur in discrete steps according to grade level. Studies have found that on average, a single-grade class includes students whose development spans five years. The developmental range in a combined class is not significantly different.

Within the combined class there will be children of both grade levels with similar levels of performance. Whether a child is gifted or needs considerable assistance, each will be challenged to excel as much in a combined class as he or she would be in a single-grade class. Researchers have reported successful learning is less dependent on how students are grouped into classes, than on the quality of instructional practices.

More information on Combined, Multi-Age Classroom

The Ugly Split: Changing our Understanding of Classroom Organizations


Screen Shot 2016-09-04 at 2.42.55 PMThe 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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As we plan for the 2016/17 school year, we anticipate the following costs:

Planner and BackpackStudent 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. A planner is an excellent tool for facilitating home/school communication and for developing students’ organizational skills. Using our school planner is optional and parents are free to purchase their own version of planner. Some of our senior divisions will be using digital planner forms. PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY PLANNER MONEY IN UNTIL YOUR CHILD’S TEACHER NOTIFIES YOU.

IMG_4297Field 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.


IMG_1257School Supplies: If 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.


Our bell schedule is:

IMG_71008:30    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


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.
28-Meet the Teacher and Community BBQ – 6:00 p.m.
29-Assembly/Terry Fox Run – 12:45 p.m.
30-Orange Shirt Day

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

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

2-Student Learning Communications sent home
7-Fine Arts Performance – Duffle Bag Theatre – A Christmas Carol
8-Early dismissal at 1:30 p.m. for student-led conferences
19-30-Winter Break

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

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

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

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

5-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
11-12Fine Arts Workshop and Presentation – Milton Randall – 9 a.m.
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

16-Sports Day
23-Grade7 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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