October 24th

IMPORTANT DATES THIS MONTH – OCTOBER 

24 – READING UNDER THE STARS – this MONDAY – SEE BELOW
25 – CROSS COUNTRY FINAL MEET – CRESCENT PARK – 3:30 P.M.

Please see more important dates below!
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READING UNDER THE STARS

Monday, October 24th, is Surrey School District ‘Drop Everything and Read’ Day.  Ms. Sheryl Turner, our dedicated teacher-librarian, will be hosting what has become a favourite tradition at Cambridge, Reading Under the Stars.  Buddy Classes will gather in the afternoon to read together in our gym.  We invite all students to wear their pyjamas; bring a flash light, a blanket, and a favourite book to share.  

 Reading Under the Star Images from Last Year

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CROSS COUNTRY: OUR FINAL MEET

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Many of Cambridge’s Cross Country runners, grades 4 to 7, will be participating in the South Surrey Invitational Cross Country Meet this Tuesday, October 25th at 3:30 p.m. rain or shine at Crescent Park.  Here is the link to the notice your child brought home if he/she was interested in attending.   Please click here to view and read the notice.

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COMMUNITY HALLOWEEN DANCE: A FAMILY AFFAIR

This year’s Halloween dance took place, Thursday, October 20th. “The Creatures of Cambridge Dance”, organized by our dedicated and hard-working PAC and parents, was another ‘SPOOK-TACULAR’ success!  Over 500 costume-wearing, face-painted, students and parents filled Cambridge’s gymnasium and hallways.  The pizza and goodies were GHOULISHLY yummy, the photo booth was CHILLINGLY popular, and the music was FANG-TASTIC!  There were smiles, laughter, and loads of fun had by all.  A big THANK YOU to everyone who generously helped out and happily participated to make this event a heart-warming, magical, community event!  Bravo!

I hope you enjoy the video below: The Creatures of Cambridge Dance!!!

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INTERIM STUDENT LEARNING COMMUNICATION

img_9448This upcoming week, many of our teachers will be working with students to complete a Student Interim Self-Assessment.  The focus of this communication is in the area of Social Responsibility and Personal Awareness under BC’s Core Competencies (Click here to visit BC Ministry Curriculum) Students will reflect on and assess what kind of classroom citizens they are, how they care for themselves and others, how they show respect and empathy, and how they work collaboratively to help keep their classrooms safe and positive learning environments for everyone.  Here are the links to two assessments that may be used:

Click here to view the Early Primary Assessment

And here to view the Interim Student Self-Assessment

Teachers and students will upload their work and comments October 27th.  Please be sure to visit your child’s FreshGrade portfolio to view this Interim Student Learning Communication.  We ask that you make a comment to let us know that you have viewed these documents. Thank you!

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EMERGENCY DRILLS AND PREPAREDNESS

Your child may or may not have told you, but we had our first earthquake drill this past Thursday, October 20th.  Cambridge staff and students joined millions of people worldwide to practice how to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” during the Great Shake Out Earthquake Drill (check out their website: click here).  The drill was a great success; everyone responsibly followed the earthquake drill procedure, and after the drill, teachers debriefed with students, ensuring every child understood the procedure and felt safe and calm.

District policy requires every school to practice emergency drills. Over the school year, we will practice fire drills, a few more earthquake drills, and a drill of our School Safety Alert System.  Our School District follows the emergency response system used universally around North America: LOCK DOWN, LOCK OUT, and ALL CLEAR. Of course we never want to think about such systems being necessary in our schools, but preparation is the best way to ensure ongoing student safety.  Throughout the year, the focus will be on education and understanding, rather than panic and fear.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: THE POWER OF READING

Acclaimed children’s author/illustrator Kathryn Otoshi shares her thoughts on the importance of books and literacy. In this video interview, Kathryn shares that her parents and school librarian helped her fall in love with books and reading!

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: you may have tangible wealth untold …

Strickland Gillilan (1869–1954) was an American poet and humorist. He is most famous for the poem The Reading Mother.  The quote below can be found in Gillilan’s poem.

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The best gift we can give our children is the power of reading.  I invite parents, grandparents, moms, and dads a like, to read to your children.

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CALENDAR
IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2016/17

OCTOBER
24 -Reading Under the Stars – afternoon
25 – Cross Country Meet – Crescent Park – 3:30 p.m.
28 – October Assembly – 8:45 a.m.
31 – Primary Classes – Halloween Parade – afternoon
NOVEMBER
1-Early-Dismissal at 1:30 p.m.
2-Photo re-take day
3 – WE 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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