October 3

IMPORTANT DATES THIS MONTH – OCTOBER

  7 – 3rd Annual Cardboard Challenge – Please see information below –

Cardboard needed for student creations!

10 – Thanksgiving – Classes not in session
21 – Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students

Please see more important dates below!
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AN OCTOBER WELCOME

hello-octAs we change our calendars over to October, I can’t help thinking about the change of season. For me, autumn is a season of mixed feelings.  I love the changing colours of the leaves, the beautiful warm tones of gold, orange, and red.  I love the cool, crisp air, and the way the rain smells; it’s just better than the spring.  I love that I get to bring out my cozy knit sweaters to wear, and cook comfy food, like butternut squash soup, for my family.  On the other hand, as autumn settles in, I feel a bit melancholy.  The world seems to slow down, leaves fall from the trees, branches become bare against the wind and cold, and friendly neighbours move inside.

As students and teachers are settling inside, into their routines and schedules, I notice the wonderful learning activities and tasks that they are engaged in. From Division 1 to 28, students are doing work that matters, thinking, creating, sharing, and communicating their ideas.  So, a big shout out to all, “Welcome October!  And thank you students, families, teachers, and staff who have worked together to build our learning community!”

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IMAGES OF THE WEEK

Last week was a very busy and exciting time at Cambridge. Our school hosted a delegation of chairmen, directors, and educators from Holland, accompanied by our Superintendent of Schools and other District and BC Ministry people. Mr. Vendramin and myself shared Cambridge’s Learning Story and afterwards our guests visited classrooms and chatted with students who graciously shared their learning with warmth and intelligence. Our visitors were very impressed by the meaningful work and learning our students shared.

Our Dutch Visitors

Three other important events also took place, the Terry Fox Run, Orange Shirt Day, and Meet the Teacher Night & Community BBQ. Thank you to all parents who came and volunteered their time to make these events a big success! THANK YOU!!!

Terry Fox Run

Mr. Nelson shares a story about Terry Fox and his special running shoe.

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Ms. Vogstad with three grade 7 leaders lead the warm up.

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Students head back in after a great run around our neighbourhood.

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Orange Shirt Day

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CAMBRIDGE CARDBOARD CHALLENGE

img_1820Our 3rd Annual Cardboard Challenge will take place this week on Friday, October 7th and will be open to all students. Students are encouraged to think carefully about what they plan to create and to perhaps complete some work prior to the event so that they have time to complete their creation.  Click here for cardboard-challenge-info-and-planning-sheet . This year we are asking students not to bring, or give out, prizes, such as candy or small trinkets.  Students are asked to focus on their creations rather than the handing out of candies and prizes.  We are also asking that students bring cardboard and any materials they need for their cardboard creations.  Thank you!

Shape of the Day:

  • 8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Work in class. Teachers with students working in groups on larger projects will sent these students to the gym where they will be supervised.
  • 12:30 p.m. – Projects are brought down to the Gym and Learning Lab, and if weather permits to the playground outside.
  • 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. – Gallery walk for students and families to enjoy.

Images from Last Year’s Cardboard Challenge

VIDEOS OF THE WEEK: CAINE’S ARCADE
Please watch and discuss the following videos and then decide, “How will YOU show your creativity?”

Movie Sources: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faIFNkdq96U http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ul9c-4dX4Hk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVflkjMKoJY

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LEARNING STORY: BON APPETITE!
Contributed by Kelli Vogstad

As I walked around and visited with families who attended Cambridge’s Community BBQ my belief about the power of food was reaffirmed. The sharing of food has always been part of the human story. The phrase “to break bread together” dates back thousands of years and captures the power of coming together to eat. Sitting down to share a meal provides opportunities to build relationships, make new connections, and foster positive feelings. This is exactly what I observed at our Community BBQ – food seems to unite us; it brings people together. Plenty of smiles and laughter were certainly abundant as I enjoyed a yummy burger cooked by PAC volunteers.

Growing up in a family that always sat down for dinner is something I took for granted as a child. As a mother, I also insisted my family sit down for dinner. In our busy, over-scheduled lives, it isn’t always easy to find time to come together and sit down to share a meal, but we still do.

No matter what our cultural background, or family dynamics, the preparation and eating of food is something we all have in common. Coming together to share a meal nurtures caring relationships, establishes good eating habits, and helps family members stay connected. As families eat, talk together, and reflect on the day’s events, the benefits are far reaching for all members of the family, especially for children. It teaches children manners and conversational skills, encourages them to share their ideas and ask questions, and helps them develop their listening skills as others around the table share. There are studies that show a link between the frequency of family meals and children’s nutritional health. Studies have also shown children who eat dinner with their parents have less trouble with drugs and alcohol, show better academic performance, and report being closer with their parents than children who eat dinner with their parents less often (National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University).

Many Cambridge families make meal time a special event in their homes. We hope your family does too.  The preparation of the meal, and the setting of the table, can also provide many learning opportunities for children young and old. So, Bon Appetite!

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
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“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart”.
— Caesar Chavez
American Civil Rights Activist

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CALENDAR
IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2016/17

OCTOBER
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
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
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
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
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
JUNE
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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