December 5, 2016

IMPORTANT DATES THIS MONTH

5-8 Scholastic Book Fair – Learning Lab (see times below)
7 –  Fine Arts Performance – Duffle Bag Theatre – A Christmas Carol
8 – Early Dismissal Day at 1:30 p.m.
16 – Santa Hat and Pyjamas Day
16 – Holiday Sing-a-long and Band Concert – 9:00 am
16 – PAC School-Wide Pancake Lunch

Please see more important dates below!
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COMMUNICATING STUDENT LEARNING: FRESH GRADE PORTFOLIOS

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Over the past several months, your child’s learning has been captured, shared, and assessed through their FreshGrade portfolio. Many of you are very active within your child’s portfolio and have a good understanding of the progress being made, areas that require further development, and ways you can support learning at home.

Research indicates that, “when parents are involved in talking about learning with their children, the children achieve more. The more parents are involved, the higher the student achievement levels.” (Ann Davies, 2001) Learning is ongoing, so the purpose of this communication is a “check-in” to celebrate successes and to plan for the learning ahead.

screen-shot-2016-12-03-at-8-35-27-pmDuring the next few weeks, we encourage you to spend some time with your child(ren) going through their portfolio(s) and having some meaningful conversations. We invite you to make comments on their learning artifacts.  Please click on link for suggestions and examples on how parents can interact with their child’s portfolio in a meaningful way. Supporting Learning: Interacting with your child’s portfolio

During the December 5-16 Communicating Student Learning window, we encourage you to provide feedback directly into your child’s FreshGrade portfolio to support your child’s ongoing learning, and to acknowledge that you have viewed your child’s portfolio.

There will be an early dismissal on December 8th at 1:30pm. Information will be sent home from individual classroom teachers, outlining how the early dismissal time will be used.

If you have any questions, or need assistance connecting to your child’s portfolio, please contact your child’s teacher or come see us in the office and we will be more than happy to help you.

Thank you for your continued support,

Shaun Nelson, Principal
Kelli Vogstad, Vice Principal

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SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Cambridge Elementary! Our fair will be held in the Learning Lab all week, starting Monday, December 5th.

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Our Book Fair is a great opportunity to help stock the shelves of our library. For every $10.00 you spend at the fair, up to $5.00 comes directly back to our library.  Our Learning Lab is all set up and ready to welcome our community.

You’ll find hundreds of quality books at our Book Fair with a wide assortment for all reading levels. A Book Fair flyer will be sent home with your child that provides a preview of only a FEW of the many books available to purchase.

The flyer also contains a special Family Draw ballot that parents can deposit during the fair. You could win $50.00 in books ($25.00 for your family and $25.00 for your child’s classroom)!

Please mark these dates and times on your calendar. Here are the dates and times:

Monday, December 5th
11:45-12:30 am and 2:30-3:30 pm
Tuesday, December 6th
11:45-12:30 am and 2:30-3:30 pm
Wednesday, December 7th  
11:45-12:30 am and 2:30-3:30 pm
Thursday, December 8th 
11:45-12:30 am and 1:30-4:30

Thank you in advance for helping to make our book fair a success – it can’t be done without your participation!

Sincerely,
Mrs. S. Turner
Teacher-Librarian

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THIS WEEK IN IMAGES: TIS THE SEASON, BUDDY IS BACK . . .

Buddy is back!  On the first day of December the students of Cambridge spotted Buddy in our ribbon case, locked in with a bunch fuzzy friends.  On December 2nd, he some how managed to climb high on the shelf in the primary pod kitchen area, on top of a student created cardboard cat.  He sure looked like he was enjoying the ride.

Look what Buddy has been up to over the weekend.  December 3rd Buddy was spotted using Ms. Lacey’s office phone.  We hope he wasn’t calling Santa in the North Pole, that could be very expensive.  And how did Buddy get into Ms. Vogstad’s office on December 4th?  At least he is doing something productive, working on Math Doodles on the iPad.  We wonder if Buddy is good at math?

Where will Buddy show up this week around our school?

Cambridge students are getting into the holiday spirit!  Our Cambridge Cares Food Drive and Pyjamas Donations are well on their way and students are getting excited about our upcoming spirit day, Santa Hats ‘n Pyjamas Day Friday, December 16th.

Congratulations to Cambridge Volleyball Teams!  The boys’ and girls’ volleyball teams both participated in Play Day Tournaments last week.  All teams showed amazing sportsmanship, teamwork, and skill.   Our boys came second and third, and the girls, first and third. Way to go!

Our bulletin boards and classrooms are beginning to show signs of the season?  Ho, ho, ho, and mistletoe, beautiful art work and decorations are being displayed  celebrating the spirit of joy, peace, and holiday fun!

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CAMBRIDGE TALENT SHOW

Do you have a talent to share? Do you want to be in the Cambridge Talent Show?  Cambridge’s Annual Talent Show is just around the corner in the New Year.  Talent Show applications will be due January 11th.

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Download the complete Talent Show Package here:  Cambridge Talent Show

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KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION: A MESSAGE FROM OUR OFFICE

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Kindergarten registration for siblings starts on Monday, December 5th.  If parents could wait until after 9:00am to avoid the Monday morning rush, it would be greatly appreciated.

Parents need to bring the following documents :

  • 3 Proofs of Residency
  • Child’s Birth Certificate
  • Proof of Guardianship ( be indicated on the Birth Certificate)
  • Proof of Parent’s Citizenship
  • Care Card Number/any required health information
  • Immunization Records

Thank you!

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: CAMBRIDGE AND DISCOVERY EDUCATION

Cambridge IS a special place for learning. Many teachers and students are navigating a new 21st century world of learning. They have access to all kinds of digital tools that enable digital citizenship, support access to information, and demonstration of learning.  Students are meaningfully engaged in classrooms that allow them to create and interact with digital resources.  Teachers are motivating students with materials that captures their interests and changes their perspective of what’s possible in the classroom.

Last year we had the pleasure to meet with educational leaders from Discovery Education Canada who came to interview some of our teachers. Here is the video Discovery Education made which just came out last week.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK:TECHNOLOGY

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CALENDAR
IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2016/17

DECEMBER
5-8Scholastic Book Fair – Learning Lab
7-Fine Arts Performance – Duffle Bag Theatre – A Christmas Carol
8-Early Dismissal at 1:30 p.m.
8-PAC parents make gingerbread houses
9-Students decorate gingerbread house
16-Santa Hat Day ‘n Pyjamas Day
16-Holiday Sing-a-long and Band Concert – 9:00 a.m. – Everyone Welcomed!
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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