IMPORTANT DATES THIS MONTH
15 – PAC Meeting -8:45 – 9:45 a.m. in Learning Lab
30 – Grade 6 Immunizations – 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
- REMEMBERING THE PAST FOR TODAY: OUR REMEMBRANCE DAY ASSEMBLY
- VIDEO OF THE WEEK: SOLDIER
- IMAGES FOR REMEMBRANCE DAY: WREATHES AND ART WORK
- ATHLETICS: IT’S VOLLEYBALL SEASON
- A PAC INVITATION
- COMMUNICATING STUDENT LEARNING: FRESH GRADE PORTFOLIOS
- QUOTE OF THE WEEK: PARENT INVOLVEMENT
For many children the meaning of Remembrance Day is far removed from their daily lives; for many they have no personal connection to, or understanding of, what it means to live in times of war. Here at Cambridge, one of our learning intentions behind our Remembrance Day assembly was to help our students appreciate the significance of Remembrance Day and to understand why, today, we remember the past. It is an assembly not only to acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of the men and women who served our country, but also to acknowledge our responsibility to work for the peace they fought so hard to achieve.
Through a narrated story, accompanied by projected images, students shared their voices through song and verse. As our three grade seven storytellers shared their words, students listened and participated with thought, respect, and understanding. Thank you to those parents who joined us.
And for those parents who were not able to join us, we share some of the words, songs, and images from our day to remember. Thank you Mrs. Stark, one of our dedicated LST teachers, for jumping in on the spot and videoing some of the presentations.
Our storytellers began: “On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 the world rejoiced and celebrated. After four years of bitter war, peace came to the world. The “war of all wars” was finally over. Today we still remember. It is a day to be thankful and to appreciate the many soldiers who long ago and far away died in the war so all of us could have the right to be free, the right to choose, and the right to speak.”
“On Remembrance Day we wear a poppy. We wear the poppy to show our respect for all the soldiers who fought in the war. The red poppy reminds us of a place called Flanders Field where many soldiers were buried. The poppies grow wild between the crosses that mark their place. Division 8 & 9 will now perform a song with the words from the worlds most famous and recognized war memorial poem written in 1915 by Major John McCrae, a Canadian doctor who worked on the battlefront.”The grade 4 and 5s’ beautiful voices sang to Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.
Our storytellers continued. “The laying of poppy wreaths is also a tradition that is followed in Canada to honour those who fought in the wars. We will now call each division up to lay their poppy wreathes.” And then students from all 28 divisions carried up their beautiful paper wreaths while Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata played softly.
Our story continued. “We in Canada are very lucky. Every child, like you and I, are free to live and learn. We are free to choose where we live; free to choose what we want to be when we grow up, and free to choose most of the things that affect our daily lives. But sadly, the reality is quite different for many children in other countries. Every day children are born who may never know the things we take for granted. It is up to all of us to help keep this world a safe and peaceful place.” Zach from Div. 12 then shared a personal write.
I am free.
I am safe.
I do not go to sleep worrying about my life or my family’s.
I live in a country I can explore.
I live in a country that is peaceful.
I do not hide in my house, waiting for freedom.
I do not take peace for granted.
I am free.
I am safe.
“Today we remember the soldiers who fought in past wars, and the soldiers who fight in wars today to keep our country safe and strong. We have a responsibility to also keep each other safe and strong, and this can be as simple as being kind and helpful to each other. The grade one students have a special message to share about being kind and helpful to others.” Altogether, our grade one students recited Shel Silverstein’s poem, called Hug ‘O War.
“Today we remember and today we can promise to work together to make our world a safe and peaceful place for everyone. One step at a time. One word at a time.” And next our grade two students sang and signed, “One More Step” accompanied by Ms. Lourenco’s guitar.
“For many of us, war seems far removed from our daily lives. We see war only through the lens of a television camera or a newspaper of fighting in distant parts of the world. We must never take for granted how lucky we are, and when we remember we give thanks to all the brave men and women who fought for a free and beautiful country.”
Then Sydney, from Div. 12, shared her personal write about Remembrance Day.
How can I remember, when I have no memories of war?
How can I grieve for a soldier I did not know?
I will never know, or feel the pain
Of soldiers and families from long ago.
But I can listen to the stories.
I can see the pictures.
I can give respect to those who have sacrificed their lives yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
I can give thanks for the beautiful country I live in.
I can promise never to forget.
“Today we must also think about and give thanks to all the men and women who continue to serve and help keep our country a safe and beautiful place to live. Divisions 12, 13, 14, and 15 will now sing along to this moving dedication to those who have sacrificed their lives in the past, and to those who continue to serve as peacekeepers. We Will Remember Them.” Here is some of the grade threes and fours performance.
“The first Remembrance Day was conducted nearly 100 years ago. It came to symbolize the end of the war and an opportunity to remember those who died. All over the world people remember. They stop and in perfect stillness they remember during a moment of silence. Please stand.” And ever so quietly, all our students, teachers, and guests stood as the Last Post played.
Our assembly ended with the music video of Shawn Hlookoff, a 21year old songwriter from Vancouver. His song is the voice of a Canadian soldier at war in Afghanistan. The song is a tribute to the men and women everywhere who continue to make sacrifices. We share his video below.
Volleyball is in full swing; Cambridge’s grade six and seven student athletes have been practicing and playing games. Both teams have already had two weeks of league play and are doing amazing! Not only are our players developing great volleyball skills, they are also demonstrating positive attitudes, teamwork, and sportsmanship. It’s shaping up to be a great season! Thank you to our coaches, Ms. Burwash and Ms. Shore (girls’ team) and Mr. Nelson and Ms. Vogstad (boys’ team).
Boys’ Volleyball Game Schedule: Wednesdays
November 16 – Home for Cambridge vs Sullivan
November 23 – Away for Cambridge vs William Watson
November 30 – Celebration Play Day – more info to come!
Girls’ Volleyball Game Schedule: Thursdays
November 17 – Home for Cambridge 1 vs Sullivan; Away for Cambridge 2 vs Green Timbers
November 24 – Away for Cambridge 1 vs TE Scott; Home for Cambridge 2 vs Churchill
December 1 – Celebration Play Day – more info to come!
The parents at Cambridge continue to work to help build a positive school community. Our Parent Advisary Committee plays a very active role in supporting this positive learning community by planning special events, fundraising, and more. We thank the many parents who volunteer on a regular basis in classrooms, on field trips, driving to games, and helping out around our school. THANK YOU!
Tuesday, November 15th, will be Cambridge’s next PAC meeting, 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. in the Learning Lab. There will be a presentation from Habitat Playgrounds showing a few options for Cambridge’s playground expansion. The PAC executive is encouraging parents to come to this morning meeting and offer your opinions and feedback. We hope to see you there.
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IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2016/17
15-PAC Meeting – 8:45-9:45 a.m.
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
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