January 16th

IMPORTANT DATES THIS MONTH

16 – Kindergarten Registration Begins
17 – PAC Meeting – 6:30 p.m. in the Learning Lab
20 – School-Wide Challenge Day #2

Please see more important dates below!
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THIS WEEK’S REFLECTIONS AND IMAGES: 

What a wonderful place of learning and belonging!

Every week, as I walk around the school and through the halls and classrooms of Cambridge, I am honoured to be part of this rich learning community. I am always amazed at how able and creative children are when we invite them to explore, create, and think for themselves.

Throughout the week, students are engaged in informal and structured activities where they listen, contribute, share ideas, build their understanding of what they are learning, and strengthen their relationships. The activities I see children engaged in reflect important learning intentions and goals through a variety of mediums and means.

Students doing meaningful work independently, in small groups, and in whole classes.

Ms. Turner reads  aloud to ‘littles’, ‘middles’, and ‘bigs’!

Buddy classes, Ks and 3s, playing and learning through games.

Ms. Stark begins working with a new “Drum Beats” group.

Learn more about the Drumbeat program.

Kinders making “peacock treats” for our feathered friends.

Some keeping warm, dressing for the cold, and some not!

I can’t help thinking about the familiar phrase, “Home is where the heart is.” If home is where the heart is, the most literal definition is “home is where I am, where we are.” Home is where one can feel cared for, comfortable, and accepted. These are some of the important foundations to learning and doing work that matters. It’s a good feeling walking into a school and immediately feeling a sense of belonging and engagement; everyone is welcomed. Wouldn’t you agree?

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THE IMPORTANCE OF PARENTS

Parents, and guardians, play an irreplaceable role in the lives of children. These important relationships positively impact a child’s physical, intellectual, and emotional well-being. The other day as I was scrolling through my twitter feed, I found a link to an article about how parents set their kids “up for success” titled: “Science says parents of successful kids have these 11 things in common.” The article cites findings from research and studies that support the premise that parents, or guardians, do make an important difference in children’s lives.

Some of the important messages I took away from the article are:

  • Children who are raised to take responsibility and help out around the house doing chores grow up to become employees who collaborate with their coworkers, and are more empathetic. Getting your child to do chores – taking out the garbage, doing their own laundry, and setting the table – “they realize I have to do the work of life in order to be part of life.”
  • Children whose parents help them develop social and emotional skills are more successful in their adult lives. Helping your child learn how to cooperate with peers, be helpful to others, and resolve problems on their own are some of the most important things we can do to help prepare our children for healthy futures.
  • Children who have parents/guardians who have high expectations for their children’s futures, who develop healthy caring and stress-free relationships with their children, and who help their children accept challenges and failures as part of learning, succeed.

Click here to read the full article!

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Parents are Very Important

Here’s a lighthearted video – be it a human being, or an animal – all parents are everything!  I think this will make you smile. Enjoy!

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: PARENTS

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CALENDAR
IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2016/17

JANUARY
16-Kindergarten Registration
17-PAC Meeting – time TBA
20-Challenge Day #2  – Spaghetti Marshmallow Challenge – afternoon
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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