December 12

Video of all the items in our LOST & FOUND

IMPORTANT DATES THIS MONTH

15 – Grade 7s’ Santa’s Workshop
16 – Santa Hat and Pyjamas Day
16 – Holiday Band Concert and Sing-a-Long – 9:00 a.m. Parents Welcome!!!
16 – PAC School-Wide Pancake Lunch

Please see more important dates below!
IN THIS ISSUE: (click CONTINUE READING below to access links.)

IMPORTANT MESSAGES TO OUR PARENTS AND GUARDIANS

Communicating Student Learning

screen-shot-2016-12-11-at-2-08-44-pmThank you to all our parents and guardians who regularly check-in and comment on their child’s Fresh Grade portfolio.  And thank you to those who came in and visited their child’s teacher this week.  As teachers and students continue to explore different ways to communicate student learning through digital portfolio collections your support is invaluable.  Your thoughts and feelings regarding this ongoing process is greatly appreciated. A survey will be sent to you soon and we hope you will take some time to share your feedback.  Thank you!

Winter Band Concert and Sing-a-Long

screen-shot-2016-12-11-at-2-06-22-pmFriday, December 16th will be the last day of school before the Winter Break.  Every year, the holiday season highlights a different celebration where students, teachers, and parents come together.  Last year, students and teachers presented a wonderful school-wide Christmas Concert.  This year, Cambridge will come together to enjoy a holiday Band Concert conducted by our band teacher, Mr. Crosara, and a sing-a-long, led by our music teacher, Ms. Lourenco.  This special holiday event begins around 9 a.m.  Parents are welcome!!! Remember, it’s also Santa Hat and Pyjamas Day.

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BUDDY, CAMBRIDGE’S ELF ON THE SHELF

Buddy showed up in a number of different places around Cambridge this week.

And look what he was up to on the weekend.  Buddy sure is full of mischief-merry-making: tracking Santa on Ms. Maclean’s computer, resting in the printer, dreaming of hotter weather as he warms up by the hot water pot, playing with Lego, and photo copying. . . Oh my!

Where will he show up next week?

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LEARNING STORY: THE IMPORTANCE OF TRADITIONS

Contributed by: Kelli Vogstad

Winter break is just around the corner, and many sights, sounds, and smells of the season are being shared. As many of our Cambridge families prepare for the holiday season, many family traditions are being celebrated. Traditions represent an important element of family, culture, and society. Traditions remind us that we are part of a history that defines our past, shape who we are today, and who we may become. Research shows that children who learn to have a strong appreciation of their own family traditions and culture have an easier time appreciating the traditions and cultures of others.

Our BC Curriculum honours the importance of traditions and integrates a number of big ideas and content competencies around traditions. For example, “Stories and traditions about ourselves and our families reflect who we are and where we are from.” and “Each culture has traditions and ways of celebrating.” Our curriculum also honours and reflects Indigenous knowledge and First People’s Principles of Learning which are rich and embedded in tradition and oral history.

As teachers and parents, it is important to find opportunities to recognize and celebrate the traditions of our own families as well as the traditions of others. When we provide opportunities for children to share family traditions and learn about diversity in the classroom and around the globe, we help children better understand themselves and the world around them.  We help children develop more social confidence, make friends easier, accept others, and appreciate differences with respect and understanding.

This week students participated in decorating gingerbread houses. This activity has become a favourite December tradition at Cambridge, which builds a sense of belonging, offers a chance to say “thank you” for the contribution others have made, celebrates diversity, and creates memories for our students to share and pass down.

A big thank you to our PAC volunteer parents who continue to keep this tradition alive at Cambridge!  THANK YOU!

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THIS WEEK IN IMAGES

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DUFFLEBAG THEATRE, FINE ARTS PERFORMANCE

Dufflebag Theatre came to Cambridge and performed the classic tale of miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, A Christmas Carol, Wednesday, December 7th. What’s the number one rule of any DuffleBag show? Always expect the unexpected. This holiday story was full of laughs and interactive fun; a perfect beginning to the holiday season!

Here are two short snappy videos: students participating in the improv singing Deck the Halls and students giving a big Cambridge thank you at the end of the performance.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: The Inspirational Video Everyone Should Live By

“John Dorr’s powerful video touches on so many things and principles of good living – give without expecting something in return, you never know the impact of your choices, give and it will be given to you, assume the best in others until it is proved otherwise.”

Helping children develop a spirit of generosity and empathy for others less fortunate then themselves is a goal parents and teachers work towards.  It feels great when people do something special for us. It feels even better when we do something special for others. As we enter this festive season, let us appreciate all that we have and share our good fortune with others. Please watch and discuss this inspirational video with your child:

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: TO GIVE IS TO RECEIVE

There is an old adage that states, it is always in giving that we receive. There are so many famous quotes that remind us that to give is to receive, for example, “No one has ever become poor by giving.” Anne Frank; “The heart that gives gathers.” Tao To Ching; and “For it is in giving that we receive.” Saint Francis.   When we make choices to help others unconditionally, we help make this world a better place.  As a parent and teacher, one of my goals is to help children develop a spirit of generosity and a caring for others.

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CALENDAR
IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2016/17

DECEMBER
15 – Grade 7s’ Santa’s Workshop
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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