IMPORTANT DATES THIS MONTH – OCTOBER
20 – PAC COMMUNITY HALLOWEEN DANCE – 6-8 pm
21 – Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
- A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL: SCHOOL SAFETY
- INTRODUCING OUR PAC EXECUTIVE
- BUDDY CLASSES: BIGS AND LITTLES COME TOGETHER
- JUST IN CASE YOU MISSED IT – COMMUNICATING STUDENT LEARNING
- LEARNING STORY: THE IMPORTANCE OF PATTERNING
- VIDEO OF THE WEEK: MATHEMATICIAN SHARES SECRET UNIVERSE OF PATTERNS
- QUOTE OF THE WEEK: WORKING TOGETHER
Dear Parents and Guardians,
There’s no question that sending the kids off to school is an experience that is sometimes filled with mixed emotions. The most important thing parents want to know is that their child will be safe and cared for at school.
Within the Surrey School District, there is a Safety Alert protocol that all schools use in the event of an emergency. At Cambridge, staff are trained to respond to different situations that might occur in our community and within our school, and the priority is ensuring that all students are safe.
Occasionally, we are directed by the RCMP to either LOCK OUT (secure our school to keep unwanted visitors out) or LOCK DOWN (secure our school in case a threat exists on our grounds or within our building). During our recent Lock Out procedure, Cambridge staff focussed on keeping everyone safe while the RCMP conducted their investigation of the community incident. The school protocol is to not issue any statements during a Lock Out or Lock Down procedure, which could hamper the RCMP investigation. Once we received an all clear, the school worked with our communications department to distribute a notice to our community.
At Cambridge Elementary, we use the following social media to distribute important information:
- school web site & email notification
- CambridgeLearns.com (school blog)
- CambridgeLearns on Twitter
- Cambridge36 on Facebook
In addition, the Surrey School District has developed an official app for Apple & Android devices called SchoolLink. The application provides news, announcements, alerts, and featured stories from schools you subscribe to, as well as from the district office.
Here at Cambridge, teachers and staff work together to make sure all our students are safe, and feel safe every day. Thank you for your continued support.
Shaun Nelson, Principal
Our Cambridge PAC Executive for the 2016-17 school year (From left to right above):
Taryn German – Treasurer
Jaime Glavin – Vice President
Tracy Reid – President
Allyson Hockin – Secretary
We greatly appreciate these parents for stepping into formal PAC positions. Remember as parents, you are all part of the Cambridge PAC and your involvement is always appreciated. You can also stay in touch with your Cambridge PAC by visiting their blog Click Here!
BUDDY CLASSES: ‘BIGS AND LITTLES’ COME TOGETHER
The value of children of different ages working, sharing, playing, and learning together are many. At Cambridge Elementary all our classes are partnered up with a buddy class providing many opportunities for learning and social-emotional development. During Buddy Class time, students are engaged in many different and meaningful activities as they all learn tolerance and acceptance for each other’s differences, needs, and interests. The younger children develop affection and admiration for the older children, and the older children develop protective attitudes toward the younger ones. The relationships children form with each other are family-like and grounded in a genuine and meaningful concern for one another.
Studies show that children of different ages working together promotes the development of balanced personalities by fostering attitudes and qualities that enable children to lead happy, well-adjusted lives in complex and changing social environments. Buddy Classes also give children an increased sense of security and stability, and promotes poise, enjoyment, and confidence. Students learn from one another; older children and younger children are models for each other, provide for a greater range of learning, and encourage students to work together and promote social responsibility.
This year, teachers at Cambridge will continue to communicate student learning through digital portfolio collections using FreshGrade. FreshGrade enables teachers to document and share student learning electronically. The goal is to share ongoing descriptive feedback regarding your child’s progress, and to actively involve your child in this process. Documenting student learning is a regular and intentional process at Cambridge where students and teachers work together to choose, capture, and communicate evidence of learning with parents and, most importantly, to improve student achievements.
Teachers who are using FreshGrade will inform parents regarding student progress on an on-going basis. Traditional report cards will not be generated and sent home. However, a year-end summative report will be produced. This summative report will be placed in your child’s permanent file and will be available to you electronically. If you require a paper copy, it will be provided.
We invite parents to share comments, as well as their observations, questions, and feelings about their child’s learning. Here are some suggestions in ways parents can offer feedback and make comments when visiting their child’s FreshGrade portfolio:
- acknowledge and prize the learning
- make an observation about the task or content
- ask a question about the task or content
- share a personal or home connection
- share a feeling
- offer a suggestion
- offer a next step
- ask for more information
- ask for more explanation
If you are unable to connect to your child’s FreshGrade portfolio after receiving an invitation via email from your child’s teacher, please be sure to contact us and we will help you connect.
LEARNING STORY: THE IMPORTANCE OF PATTERNING
Contributed by Kelli Vogstad
This learning story is written for all those parents who have ever wondered why their child, whether in kindergarten, grade three, or grade seven, is exploring, identifying, creating, and naming patterns in Math class. It is also for the many teachers who want to help parents understand the importance of patterning.
Researchers say that when children explore and learn about patterns, we help them build important foundations for later number work. Creating, extending, naming, and talking about patterns help build strong mathematicians. Even the most scholarly mathematicians can be challenged with studying patterns. In many classrooms, students of all ages learn about patterns at the beginning of their school year. Patterns are at the heart of math. The ability to recognize and create patterns help us make predictions based on our observations; this is an important skill in math. Understanding patterns help prepare children for learning complex number concepts and mathematical operations.
Our BC Math Curriculum, from kindergarten to grade seven, identifies and describes the big ideas behind the tasks and activities students are engaged in and working on in their classrooms. These big ideas are:
- We use patterns to represent identified regularities and to form generalizations.
- Patterns allow us to see relationships and develop generalizations.
Patterns are everywhere! From the very simple patterns that repeats with two or three elements, to repeating patterns with multiple elements and attributes. Students learn to identify and create increasing and decreasing patterns, to name rules for patterns with words, numbers, symbols, and variables. Older students learn to record and manipulate number patterns using tables, charts, and graphs. Learning about patterns provides students with an understanding of mathematical relationships, which is a basis for understanding algebra, analyzing data, and solving complex mathematical problems.
We find patterns in math, but we also find patterns in nature, art, music, and literature. Patterns provide a sense of order in what might otherwise appear chaotic. Researchers have found that understanding and being able to identify recurring patterns allow us to make educated guesses, assumptions, and hypothesis; it helps us develop important skills of critical thinking and logic. The knowledge and understanding of patterns can be transferred into all curriculum areas and open many doors where this knowledge can be applied.
And so, when you see your child building a repeated pattern with blocks, recording a decreasing number pattern in their math journal, or creating a table of increasing multiples to solve a mathematical problem, you will know that they are building important foundations for future learning.
I invite families to explore and have fun with patterning at home. Go on a pattern hunt and identify and name patterns all around you. Create patterns with shapes and colours, letters, numbers, and variables. Share them, extend them, and record them. Talk about how patterns influence the world in which we live and the decisions we make.
Now when someone asks why are children building patterns again in school, you will be able to tell them the importance of patterning.
In this week’s video, Cornell University Mathematician, Steven Strogatz, helps us see the wonder and beauty of the study of math as a fantastic expression of human creativity and ingenuity. He describes “the pleasure of math is where hidden patterns are revealed.” In the video below, Mathematician shares Secret Universe of Patterns, Beauty, and Interconnectedness, Strogatz shares, “One of the things I love about math the most is the uncanny ability to reveal patterns, patterns in our every day life and in nature, and the world around us. There is a secret universe out there and you can only see it if you know math.” ENJOY!
Working Together: building digital poster boards in our Learning Lab, reading together in our hallways, and enjoying morning stretching in our classrooms.
18-Cross Country Meet at Crescent Park
20 -Community PAC Halloween Dance
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