IMPORTANT DATES THIS MONTH
9 – REMEMBRANCE DAY ASSEMBLY – PARENTS WELCOME – 9am
10 – Non-Instructional Day – School Closed
11 – Remembrance Day – School Closed
- THIS WEEK IN IMAGES
- LOST AND FOUND
- TWO LEARNING STORIES: FROM KINDERGARTEN TO GRADE 7
- VIDEO OF THE WEEK: A PITTANCE OF TIME
- QUOTE OF THE WEEK: WE REMEMBER
Making Planter Boxes: Mrs. Lim brought her husband to school to help build our planter boxes for our 640 bulbs. Mr. Lim teaches at Fraser Height Secondary. Thank you, Mr. Lim!
Teachers are Learners too: Mr. Beale conducts a workshop on how to use Tinkercad to program 3D creations. Thank you, Mr. Beale!
Missing a jacket, a sweater, a hat? Fear not. They’re waiting in our Lost-and-Found bin at Cambridge. The bin’s collection grows daily, now overflowing with students’ clothing and other items, just waiting to be found. Soon we will be bagging up the items and taking them to Goodwill.
From my experience, kids are reluctant to bring things home, or don’t even realize they are missing something. Sometimes you have to rely on covert sources, like you, a parent, with a discerning eye, and the need to recover a soon-to-be-needed winter jacket. We invite you to drop by and check out our Lost-and-Found bin.
At Cambridge students continue to do work that matters. This Fall we highlight two Learning Stories: “The Pumpkin Project” and “Frighteningly Good Learning”. These two learning stories share examples of how BC’s curriculum redesign integrates essential learning standards, as well as the three core competencies, to foster deeper, more transferable learning. Through integrated learning projects, students are engaged in authentic tasks that connect learning to big ideas and the real world.
LEARNING STORY: THE PUMPKIN PROJECT
Contributed by Becky Weber
The students in Kindergarten first became interested in pumpkins following a field trip to the Surrey Nature Centre earlier in October where they were able to bring home a pumpkin of their own. We began to inquire about pumpkins and started by drawing and talking about our own pumpkin. Weaving meaningful and authentic writing and drawing activities helps to build the foundation for critical early literacy skills in Kindergarten.
Students explored their individual pumpkins by comparing them to others, measuring their height with cubes, and looking closely at particular characteristics. These hands-on ways to explore and develop science and mathematical competencies are meaningful and engaging for young learners.
Once students had explored the outside of their pumpkins, the next logical step was to examine the insides. Many students already knew that there would be seeds inside the pumpkin. Activating prior knowledge and experiences and connecting those to new learning opportunities are important for young children as they can orally collaborate together and make new meaning. We guessed how many seeds would be inside the pumpkin, and predicted that a small pumpkin would not have many seeds.
LEARNING STORY: FRIGHTENINGLY GOOD LEARNING
Contributed by Kelli Vogstad
I don’t really care much for Halloween and haunted houses, but I do care about students being completely engaged in purposeful learning. This is exactly what I saw happening as I was escorted through Mr. Stemler’s grade 7 students’ haunted house. It was brilliant! Beyond the scary content befitting a ghostly mansion, I noticed many sound pedagogical principles at play, including all the Core Competencies of the New Ministry Curriculum. Students were definitely communicating. They had inquired into a topic that interested them and were then given the opportunity to interpret and present their ideas to a captivated audience. The students obviously had worked collaboratively in small groups to plan and design their mini playlets, which would be part of the whole haunted experience. Each playlet demonstrated a great deal of creative thinking, another important core competency.
Students had creatively generated new ideas from thought to reality, incorporating elements of the narrative, storytelling, staging, artistic design, technology, voice and acting. And finally, students demonstrated a high level of social responsibility. It was clear to me that students were mindful of the nature of the material they were working with and respected those who may be uncomfortable or scared. I may be called faint of heart, but strangely, as I walked through the dark passageways, and watched the students perform, I wasn’t scared or offended; I was truly captivated and amazed. The students had accomplished their goal of creating and maintaining a positive experience, not only for each member of their team, but also for the visitors who came through their haunted house.
On November 11, 1999 in a grocery store in Nova Scotia, Canadian songwriter Terry Kelly stood in silence in honour of those who fought to defend our country. Every person in the store honoured the silence, every person except for one man who was with his daughter. As the man ignored the symbolic gesture of respect, Terry’s anger was overwhelming. Terry took that anger, and wrote the well-known song “A Pittance of Time”. We invite you to watch this video with your child and take some time to discuss the important message it conveys.
9-Remembrance Day Assembly – 9:00 a.m. – parent invited
10-Non-Instructional Day – School Closed
11-Remembrance Day – School Closed
15-PAC Meeting – time TBA
30-Grade 6 Immunizations – 9:00-11:00 a.m.
7-Fine Arts Performance – Duffle Bag Theatre – A Christmas Carol
8-PAC parents make gingerbread houses
9-Students decorate gingerbread house
16-PAC School-Wide Pancake Lunch
3-First day of school in 2017
17-PAC Meeting – time TBA
20-Challenge Day #2
13-Family Day – Classes not in session
17-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
21-PAC Meeting – time TBA
3-Talent Show – 12:45 p.m.
10-PAC Bake Sale
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
18-PAC Meeting- time TBA
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
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
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