October 31st

 IMPORTANT DATES THIS MONTH  

31- Halloween Parade – Kindergarten to Grade 3 – 12:45 p.m.
1 – Early Dismissal at 1:30 p.m.
4 – Curriculum Implementation Day for Teachers – NO CLASSES

When dropping off, or picking up, please REMEMBER NOT TO DOUBLE PARK IN THE DRIVE THROUGH LANES. We need to keep this road way clear in case of an emergency. We appreciate your cooperation.  Thank you!

Please see more important dates below!
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THIS WEEK IN IMAGES

HALLOWEEN ART: Getting ready for Trick-or-Treating, and some Halloween fun?  The halls of Cambridge have been decorated with some art befitting the season.

GRADE 7s: Our grade seven students were busy this week – science in the forest classroom, making during Skills BC presentation, painting, and loving their new hoodies.

COMING TOGETHER: Thursday, Cambridge practiced a fire drill, and on Friday, we all came together for our month-end assembly. Thank you students for being Cambridge S.T.A.R.s – you all behaved in Safe, Thoughtful, Accountable, and Respectful ways.

CROSS COUNTRY: Congratulations to our dedicated Cross Country athletes who participated in the final race of the season, the South Surrey Invitational Cross Country Meet.  Three cheers to a great group of runners and a huge thank you to our teacher coaches: Mrs. Steeves, Ms. Shore, Ms. Pomonis, Ms. Gray, and Ms. Ineson!

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RAINY DAYS AT CAMBRIDGE

The rainy season is upon us and a few drops of rain won’t stop Cambridge students from heading out at recess and lunch to get some fresh air, exercise, and fun! The other day I  visited a friend who is a family doctor, and I asked her, “So can kids get sick playing outside in the rain?” She laughed and said, “The rain won’t make kids sick, they may get wet, but not sick.” Some people believe that playing in the rain is an easy, quick way to catch a cold. On the contrary,  with a healthy diet and exercise routine, a child’s immune system is strong enough to protect against any weather woes.

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At our month’s end assembly, Mr. Nelson and Ms. Vogstad did a role-play to remind students how they can be prepared for rainy days at Cambridge.  Wear a rain jacket, put on a pair of boots, and bring along an umbrella.  On most rainy days, students go out to play; when it is raining really hard, students are asked to stay inside and do quiet activities in their classrooms.  Thank you parents, for sending your child in appropriate clothing for wet weather!

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HALLOWEEN SAFETY AND EXPECTATIONS

Halloween is a fun and exciting time for students. Here are some quick reminders about Halloween in the Cambridge community:

  • Expectations for student behaviour (SAFE, THOUGHTFUL, ACCOUNTABLE, RESPECTFUL) apply each and every day, at school and on the way to and from school.
  • October 31 is a school day and is therefore a day of learning.
  • Weapons or weapon replicas are not permitted at school at any time.
  • Please avoid costumes or masks that may be offensive or frightening to our youngest friends.  If you are uncertain whether a costume is appropriate or not, please ask your child’s teacher.
  • A costume parade will take place for students in Kindergarten to Grade 3, on Monday, October 31 at 12:45 p.m in the gym. Parents are welcome!

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BC’S NEW CURRICULUM

Friday, November 4th is a Curriculum Planning and Implementation Day. These non-instructional days, have been organized throughout BC by the Ministry to support teachers in the implementation of our New Curriculum.

“British Columbia’s curriculum has been modernized to respond to the demands of our changing world. What and how we teach our students has been redesigned to provide greater flexibility for teachers, while allowing space and time for students to develop their skills and explore their passions and interests. The deep understanding and application of knowledge is at the centre of the new model, as opposed to the memory and recall of facts that previously shaped education around the globe for many decades.”

“Our new curriculum maintains a focus on sound foundations of literacy and math skills. Every student will continue to be connected to the basics of reading, writing and math. These critical skills are the foundation of B.C.’s education system, and are a key component of developing an educated citizen.” (source: BCs Ministry of Education)

Our new curriculum also has identified three Core Competencies as essential for all learners: Communication, Creative and Critical Thinking, and Personal and Social Responsibility.

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If you are interested in reading and learning more about our New Curriculum  please click here.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: READING UNDER THE STARS AT CAMBRIDGE

Have a peek at this magical school-wide event.  Enjoy!

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: LEARNING TO DANCE IN THE RAIN 

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When you read this quote, what comes to your mind? For me, it’s about not waiting for the right moment that may never come. It’s about jumping in and experiencing life. It’s about learning to live with, and even enjoy, the inevitable challenges that life brings. At Cambridge, teachers and students work together to learn how to face challenges and take risks – this is learning! We want students to learn how to face the challenges they may encounter in their lives and learn how to respond to these challenges in positive and productive ways. Learning doesn’t happen by hiding inside and waiting for the storm to pass.

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CALENDAR
IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2016/17

OCTOBER
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. – ALL INVITED
10-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
11-Remembrance Day – Classes not in session
15-PAC Meeting – time TBA
30-Grade 6 Immunizations – 9:00-11:00 a.m.
DECEMBER
2-Student Learning Communications sent home
7-Fine Arts Performance – Duffle Bag Theatre – A Christmas Carol
8-PAC parents make gingerbread houses
8-Early dismissal at 1:30 p.m. for student-led conferences
9-Students decorate gingerbread house
16-PAC School-Wide Pancake Lunch
19-30-Winter Break
JANUARY
3-First day of school in 2017
17-PAC Meeting – time TBA
20-Challenge Day #2
FEBRUARY
13-Family Day – Classes not in session
17-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
21-PAC Meeting – time TBA
MARCH
3-Talent Show – 12:45 p.m.
10-PAC Bake Sale
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
18-PAC Meeting- time TBA
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
23-PAC Meeting – time TBA
25-Parent Tea – 8:45 a.m.
29-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
29-Staff Appreciation Lunch hosted by PAC
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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