November 21st

 

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LIFE IN OUR PORTABLES, RICH LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS

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Did you know Surrey is the largest school district in the province, with   over 71,000 students? Because of our district’s ever growing student population, portable classrooms are a reality providing additional classroom space where there is a shortage of capacity.  Cambridge Elementary is one of many schools that house students in portables.

We have six divisions in portable classrooms, as well as Ms. Lourenco’s music portable. Some may say, a portable classroom is less desirable, but here at Cambridge we beg to differ. Our portable classrooms are rich, vibrant learning environments that meet the learning needs of our students and then some. Our group of dedicated teachers have taken ownership and come together calling their portable learning community, “Misty Meadows”.  They have created a positive  feeling and a sense of pride for the comfortable and positive learning environments they have created for their students.   On my visit to these classrooms this week, students welcomed me in as they worked in their learning spaces with smiles, engagement, and focus.    Mrs. Lim and her students fondly referred to their portable classroom as “the tin can” and assured me that the name was associated with many good things.  Together, we all make sure the students in these classrooms feel very much part of the main school. They come and go freely to the main school, accessing the washrooms, our library and learning lab, our gymnasium, and other shared spaces.

Division 1, Mr. Stemler’s grade 7s.

Division 2, Mrs. Lim’s grade 7s.

Division 3, Ms. Minhas’ grade 7s.

Division 6, Mr. Morrison’s grade 5 and 6s.

Division 8, Mr. Neumeyer’s grade 4 and 5s.

Division 9, Ms. Yoo’s grade 4 and 5s.

Mrs. Lourenco’s music portable – singing with Ms. Pomonis’ Kindergarten students.  Sorry, Ms. Lourenco, for not capturing your beautiful smiling face in the music video.

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INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE: DIV 2 PRESENTS
Contributed by Shelagh Lim, Div. 2 Teacher

An amazing delegation of grade 7 students from Div. 2 were invited to share their learning at the IT4K12 Conference in Richmond last Thursday evening. IT4K12 brings together teachers, administrators, directors, and technicians from all over the province to learn and share ideas around technology integration. We were one of two classes asked to present at the Student Showcase to over 200 attendees.

Eight students were able to attend. Josh and Pawan shared their learning about using our Ozobot light sensing robot; Bethany and Justin shared how Osmo can be used to play games and learn coding; Noah and Ilona talked about programming Sphero to ‘drive’ around the classroom; Kallie shared her 3D printing experiences with TinkerCAD, and Logan demonstrated how he used Lego We-Do to build and program a windmill.

When the showcase presentations were over, students set up their technologies for hands-on exploration by the adults. The kids explained how they started, what roadblocks they encountered, and how they overcame struggles. There were many adults who commented on the quality of the students’ presentations and their advanced understanding of the technology. It was a great event and our students did an amazing job!

Mrs. Lim

Congratulations, Mrs. Lim and Div. 2 Conference Presenters!  You did a wonderful job representing Cambridge!  Did you know you were also recognized and honoured in many educators’ tweets.  Here are a few:

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PAC POINSETTIA SALE

screen-shot-2016-11-19-at-9-14-44-pmThe holiday season is just around the corner and this popular Cambridge PAC Fundraiser is back to help bring a little holiday spirit into our family homes.

Our PAC’s poinsettia sale is one of many fundraisers that benefits all students raising money for new playground equipment, purchasing earthquake kits, outside playground balls and equipment, and more.  The PAC reminds all parents who are purchasing poinsettias that forms are due no later than Friday Nov 25.  Thank you!

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SULLIVAN HEIGHTS WINTER WONDERLAND

Sullivan Heights Secondary grade 12 students invite Cambridge families to come out and enjoy their Winter Wonderland, Monday, November 28th, 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.  See information poster below for more details.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK – 21ST CENTURY EDUCATION
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Today we live in a world that is constantly changing. It is a world rich in technology and innovation, where communication is instant and information is immediate. Our classrooms are changing; the learning environments and curriculum tasks that our teachers plan and implement invite children to explore, create, and learn helping students develop the skills and attitudes they will need to succeed in our ever changing world.

We invite you to enjoy this video that powerfully illustrates how quickly the world is changing, and why our education system needs to continue to evolve in order to stay relevant.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: CHANGE AND INNOVATION

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CALENDAR
IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2016/17

NOVEMBER
30-Grade 6 Immunizations – 9:00-11:00 a.m.
DECEMBER
5-8 Scholastic Book Fair
7-Fine Arts Performance – Duffle Bag Theatre – A Christmas Carol
8-PAC parents make gingerbread houses
9-PAC Hot Lunch – Hot Dog Day
9-Students decorate gingerbread house
16-PAC School-Wide Pancake Lunch
16-Santa Hat and Red ‘n Green Day
16-Winter Sing-a-Long and Band Concert
19-30-Winter Break
JANUARY
3-First day of school in 2017
17-PAC Meeting – time TBA
20-Challenge Day #2
24-PAC Hot Lunch – Pizza Day
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.
13-PAC Spring Fling
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
21-PAC Hot Lunch – Hot Dog Day
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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