IMPORTANT DATES THIS MONTH – SEPTEMBER
26-Non-Instructional Day – No Classes
28-Individual and Class photos
28-Community BBQ 5:00-7:00 Bouncy Castle and Concession 4:30-7:30 p.m.
28-Meet the Teacher 6:00-7:00 p.m.
29-Assembly/Terry Fox Run – 12:45 p.m. PARENTS NEEDED
30-ORANGE SHIRT DAY – please see Learning Story below
- THIS WEEK IN IMAGES
- CROSS COUNTRY
- TERRY FOX RUN – PARENTS NEEDED
- LEARNING STORY: EVERY CHILD MATTERS
- VIDEO OF THE WEEK
- CAMBRIDGE CARDBOARD CHALLENGE
- QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Drop Off Buddies in Action
Working, learning, and smiling together.
Mr. Vendramin, our former Principal, visits Cambridge.
Cambridge’s Cross Country team enjoyed a great start to the season. With the sun shining and all warmed up, our grade 3-7 students were ready to run their races through the fields, hills, and trails of Crescent Park.
Cross Country practices will continue to be held Monday and Thursday after school, 2:30 – 2:50 p.m. We have 3 more meets: September 27, October 3, and October 11. All athletes will be bussed to the park. Parents please remember that your child will need to be picked up and taken home. Thank you!
At the end of the month, September 29th, Cambridge students and teachers will be heading out for our annual Terry Fox Run. To help keep our students safe, we need parent volunteers!
Thank you to those parents who have already called our office and left your name to help out on this day. We welcome more parents. If you can volunteer some time, please call our office (604-595-4036) and let us know who you are. Thank you!
Over forty years ago, six year old Phyllis Webstad lived with her grandmother on the Dog Creek reserve. They had very little money, but some how Phyllis’ grandmother managed to save enough to buy Phyllis a brand new orange shirt for her first day of school. Wearing her treasured orange shirt, Phyllis entered the St. Joseph Mission Residential School, outside of Williams Lake, BC. The mission quickly stripped off her new orange shirt and replaced it with the school’s institutional uniform. Phyllis shares her story and her memories of feeling unworthy and insignificant in the video below. She recalls all the children crying, frightened, and feeling that no one cared. No teacher was telling them that they would be okay and that they mattered.
Phyllis’ moving story is the nucleus for what has become a national movement to recognize the experience of survivors of Indian residential schools, to honour them, and to show a collective commitment to ensure that every child matters. The initiative calls for every Canadian to wear an orange shirt on September 30 in the spirit of healing and reconciliation. Phyllis’ story also reminds me of how important our role is as teachers. We are often the first person a child comes in contact as they enter our school. Here at Cambridge we all work together to send a message to all our students that we care, that they are safe, and that they matter.
Orange Shirt Day is this Friday, September 30th. It is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools, and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come. The date for Orange Shirt day was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year.
Today we have the capacity and the opportunities to make our lives different from those that came before us. Phyllis’ story stands to remind us all that we can make a difference in the lives of our children and students, helping them feel worthy of love, respect, and belonging.
I am struck by the importance of our responsibilities as parents and teachers. As parents and teachers, we are in the business of person-making. The cultures we create in our homes, classrooms, and schools, the interactions we use, and the activities and tasks we ask children to do, can make important differences in their lives and who they become. Who we are in our homes and in our classrooms can have profound influences on who our children and students become. These are important understandings we must remember as we work to create environments that will have positive effects on our children. This is not always an easy task.
My belief, and my hope, is that the stories we remember and share from our pasts, stories such as Phyllis’, help us to become better people. As I continue working in schools with teachers, students, and their families, I must remember I am an agent of change and the perceptions, beliefs, attitudes, and actions which I bring to classrooms and schools influence and impact students’ own journeys to becoming who they are and the stories they will share.
Our challenge is to accept, value, and nurture our students’ developing selves in an effort to help all of them feel a strong and positive sense of belonging. We must remember, the way we live together in our classrooms and our school, and the way in which we appreciate each other’s struggles to become who we are, can make a lasting effect on each of our lives. With this understanding, the teachers at Cambridge work hard to create a special place – a place of belonging that sends the important message to all the members of our learning community: you matter.
In the video below an important message is shared. Our words and our actions will leave our history behind. The memories we create for tomorrow with leave legacies for others to follow. What stories will you leave behind for those around you to inherit?
What will your name leave behind? The choice is yours.
CAMBRIDGE CARDBOARD CHALLENGE
We are gearing up for what is becoming a very anticipated school-wide event, Cambridge’s Cardboard Challenge! For the third year in a row, teachers and students will come together to create amazing creations made of cardboard. For our new families and students, the Cardboard Challenge was inspired by a young boy from East Los Angeles, named Caine. Caine amazed the world by building a complete arcade using cardboard and his imagination. An organization called the Imagination Foundation “was founded to find, foster and fund creativity and entrepreneurship in children around the world to raise a new generation of innovators and problem solvers who have the tools they need to build the world they imagine.” The result? The Cambridge Cardboard Challenge!
The 3rd Annual Cardboard Challenge will take place on October 7th and will be open to all students. Cardboard creations will be displayed in the gym and on the playground in the afternoon for families to come and see.
We may have a surprise visitor who loves the Cambridge Challenge. Any ideas who?
26-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
27-Cross Country Meet at Crescent Park
28-Individual and Class photos. This will be the ONLY photo day this year.
28-Community BBQ – 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
28-Meet the Teacher and Community BBQ – 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
29-Educators from Holland visit Cambridge – 9:00 a.m.
29-Assembly/Terry Fox Run – 12:45 p.m.
30-Orange Shirt Day
4-Cross Country Meet at Crescent Park
7-3rd Annual Cardboard Challenge
10-Thanksgiving – Classes not in session
11-Cross Country Meet at Crescent Park
18-Cross Country Meet at Crescent Park
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
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.
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
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
Division 21 grade ones welcome in Autumn with 3D paper Fall Trees.