January 23rd

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

For the month of February, our school will be trying a new schedule during our lunch break that will allow students to play first and then eat. The “Play First Lunch” or “Reverse Lunch” schedule is not an entirely new concept and is in place at many schools in the province and across the country.
Research has highlighted many benefits including:
• Improved student behaviour on the playground and in the classroom  
• Fewer accidents during the lunch break 
• Students are more relaxed and focused on eating rather than thinking about getting outside to play  
• Less litter on the school ground and inside the school 
• More food eaten (especially fruits & vegetables) and increased fluid intake 
• Students return to the classroom more quickly and are settled and ready to learn 
Starting on February 1st,  students will be dismissed to the playground to play followed by time to sit down for lunch in their classroom. 
The schedule that we will be following for the month of February looks like the following:
Play First February Schedule  (Current Schedule)
11:43 Bell to send students outside to play  (11:43 Student eat lunch in their classrooms)
12:10 Bell to have students line up  (11:58 Bell to send students outside to play)
12:15 Bell to go to classrooms to eat lunch   (12:25 Bell to have students line up) 
12:30 Afternoon classes begin   (12:30 Afternoon classes start)  
We hope that the “Play First Lunch” schedule will promote healthy eating and set them up for greater success in the afternoon. Students are encouraged to eat a good breakfast and bring healthy snacks for recess. They are also encouraged to take a snack outside for lunch time play if they need it. Staff will address individual needs and concerns in their classrooms. If you have any questions or comments about this change to our schedule, please contact your child’s teacher.
Thank you for your continued support,
Shaun Nelson, Principal

First published May, 2016. Re-written and edited for this post.
Kelli Vogstad, Vice Principal

This last Friday, students and teachers came together to participate in our 2nd Annual Spaghetti-Marshmallow Challenge.  Our afternoon began with a school-wide assembly where Ms. Vogstad talked about the importance of teamwork and presented the Challenge Criteria.

Then all 28 Divisions, kindergarten to grade seven, headed back to their classrooms to build. Each team was given 30 pieces of dry spaghetti and 20 mini-marshmallow. The teams of students were instructed to work together and to apply the very best of their thinking, feeling, and “doing” to the task. Their challenge was to build the tallest structure possible that would support at least one multi-link/unifix cube for 20 seconds.

As I walked around the various classrooms, the energy and focus was palpable. It was amazing to see the development of the structures and to take note of the patterns of innovation that many teams were demonstrating. The learning was rich, meaningful, and engaging!

The learning intentions behind this hands-on, minds-on, team problem-solving task were many. Students learned, some sooner then later, that the spaghetti sticks broke easily and did not easily support cubes. You could hear the conversations among the students, “Oh no. it’s bending over.” “We need to make it stronger.” “Look out, it won’t hold, we need to do something different.”

Some teams were quick to learn that they had to test their structures out early, and often, if they were to succeed. This is the mechanism that leads to effective innovation. Others waited until their structure was completed to test it out and their once considered tower of strength became a leaning spaghetti disaster. Students were learning to work together in a shared experience to find a common language and a common stance to build the right prototype in solving a problem. This task challenged students to think creatively and collaboratively to solve a problem as a team.

After all the building was completed, classes were invited to take a tour and visit other classrooms.  With their teachers in the lead, students took to the halls on a gallery walk to see how their fellow classmates had completed the challenge.  It was a great afternoon!

When I think about the learning going on, I am amazed at how many intellectual, personal, and social and emotional proficiencies the students were learning and practicing – the very skills they would need in order to engage in deep, life-long learning as successful citizens in today’s society.

Students were learning to communicate their ideas and thinking. They were learning to listen, contribute, and to consider diverse perspectives, and, importantly, to build consensus. Students were learning to collaborate and value the input of others. Some you could see were frustrated and had to learn to be patient with their group members. Some you could see struggled to join in and had to learn to find their place and voice in the activity.

Students came away learning that teamwork was integral to building a successful structure. They were learning to collaborate to plan, to carry out, and to accomplish a goal. For some, this was not an easy task. Students were learning to evaluate their ideas, decide which ones to develop, refine, and work to realize them. Students had to learn to persevere and use failure productively if they were to succeed. Some may question the time 684 students and 35 teachers spent playing with spaghetti and marshmallows but here at Cambridge we know and value that this is exactly what learning is all about.



Teachers and students continue to communicate student learning through digital portfolios.  Before the Winter Break, we invited parents to complete a short survey about their child’s Fresh Grade portfolio.  Thank you to those parents who have already completed our on-line survey (find link below).

One of our goals is to continue to improve our communication of student learning here at Cambridge. Your feedback regarding how your child’s learning has been communicated since September through FreshGrade is important to us. We hope you will take a few minutes to complete our Parent Survey (only six questions).  If you have more than one child enrolled in different divisions, please complete a separate survey for each child. Thank you!

Please Click Here to Complete Survey!



Practices: Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:15 – 8:30 a.m.
Jan 26 – Home vs Woodward Hill
Feb 2 – Away vs MB Sandford
Feb 9 – Home vs Coyote Creek
Feb 16 – Away at Chimney Hill
Playday: February 23

Girls’ and boys’ league play has begun.  All three teams played their first games.           Congratulations on some great play! Other two team photos not available.

Practices: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:35-4:00 p.m.  (Thursday practices will be on Friday if the girls’ team has a home game)

Cambridge One:

Jan 25 –  Home vs Woodward Hill
Feb 1 – Away at MB Sandford
Feb 8 – Home vs Green Timbers
Feb 15 – Away at Chimney Creek

Cambridge Two:
Jan 25 –  Away at Coyote Creek
Feb 1 – Home vs Chimney Hill
Feb 8 – Away at Beaver Creek
Feb 15 – Home vs Goldstone

Boys’ Playdays: February 22




Cambridge staff and students pass along a big THANK YOU to Ms. Reid who is stepping down as our PAC President. Thank you for your time and energy in helping to make Cambridge a great learning community for our students and their families.

Thank you, Tracy!  We wish you the best.

We are pleased to announce that Jamie Glavin has moved to the position of PAC President and Allyson Hockin, PAC secretary, will now take on the Vice President’s role. Taryn German will continue on as the PAC Treasurer. Thank you, ladies!  We appreciate your dedication and hard work!

The next PAC meeting will be held on February 21st at 6:30 in the Learning Lab. Everyone welcome!



Teamwork involves many important skills we hope all our students will learn. By working in teams, students learn to deal with diversity and conflict; they learn the vital skills of compromise and collaboration, which are skills that will benefit them in the workplace. By learning to work in teams, students learn to be respectful, cooperative, and caring with others.

Some would say that teamwork is one of the most valued skills in today’s job market. Employers look for people who know how to work together to solve complex problems.  We invite you to talk about the importance of teamwork with your child and what it means to be a “good” team member.

And here’s a fun video, The Power of Teamwork, to enjoy!




23-Kindergarten Registration Continues
1-Play First Lunch Schedule Begins
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
13-24-Spring Break
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
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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