- LEARNING IS ONGOING AND COMMUNICATION IS KEY
- PAC NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS
- AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH & “LIGHT IT UP BLUE”
- IMAGES FROM THE WEEK
At Cambridge, we believe there are many ways to support the growth, development and learning of our students. As important as the academic learning and cognitive development of our students are, it is their healthy social and emotional development that helps turn the key to open the door to learning. Helping our students become resilient, enabling them to face challenging situations, is an important role that parents and teachers have.
Many of us would like to see our children move through life with grace and ease, experiencing few bumps along the way. It is those bumps though, that create strength of character that carries through into adulthood. Often, the perception of injustices or the need to rationalize actions, overrides the need to take responsibility for them. It is important for our children to develop resilience, which is the ability to handle their own bumps along the road of life, yet to know when and how to access support when they need it.
On a daily basis, staff at Cambridge focus their energy on helping students develop positive social skills as they work, play and study together. This sometimes means some difficult lessons as children learn about how some of their actions affect others. We also work with students to help them decide when to ignore slights, when to stand up for themselves, and when to seek help. When a student is upset about an incident that may have happened at school, it is important for parents to understand the difference between a CONFLICT and BULLYING.
What Do We Mean by Conflict?
Conflict is a struggle between two or more people who perceive they have incompatible goals or desires. Conflict occurs naturally as we interact with one another. It is a normal part of life that we will not always agree with other people about the things we want, what we think, or what we want to do. Most conflicts arise in the moment because people of the same relative amount of power see the same situation from two different points of view.
In a conflict people may get frustrated and angry. Chances are the amount of emotion each person feels will be relatively equal because both are vying for what they want. In the heat of the moment, one or both people’s emotions can escalate a conflict . All of us have know of conflicts in which people have said things to hurt one another which they later regret. People engaged in a conflict want the issue to be resolved. The “back and forth” that occurs is each person trying to make the case for what s/he wants. (Courtesy of the NYC Dept. of Education)
What is Bullying?
Bullying behavior is very different from conflict. It is behavior that is intended to cause some kind of harm. The person doing the bullying purposely says or does something to hurt the target of his/her behavior.
There is always an imbalance of power (physical or social) or strength between the person doing the bullying and the target of the behavior. The person doing the bullying may be physically bigger or stronger or may be older or have greater social status or social power than the person being targeted.
It is aggressive behavior by one individual (or group) that is directed at a particular person (or group). The aggressive behavior is unwanted and negative. It is deliberate and unprovoked. (Courtesy of the NYC Dept. of Education)
Open lines of communication between school and home are the foundation for your child’s success. If you have concerns about an incident involving your child at school, we encourage you to follow these steps:
- Have a conversation with your child and collect as many facts about the incident as you can, in an empathetic, supportive, and non judgemental manner.
- Contact your child’s classroom teacher (via email or phone) immediately to discuss your concerns and the information you have collected from your child. They will investigate the situation, collect facts and assist in resolving the situation at school. Most situations can be resolved at the classroom level and occasionally school administration and/or the RCMP may be involved.
Cambridge PAC is excited to have Barry MacDonald come and speak on Boy Smarts – Mentoring Boys for Success at School in the gym Thursday April 6 @ 7pm
There is Child-minding!
Ticket costs: $10.00 in advance, $15.00 at the door.
Barry MacDonald is a champion for strong families, strong schools, and an advocate for boys. A sought after speaker and authority on boys and learning, he has worked with parents, educators, and youth for over 30 years. Barry MacDonald’s presentation will cover how to best meet boys’ needs, how to help them navigate cultural realities online and elsewhere, and how to mentor boys to manage stress and become confident and productive individuals.
If you are interested in tickets please contact us by email, Cambridge.firstname.lastname@example.org If you are interested in attending this event, but would require childcare, please let us know also by contacting us by email.
Spring Fling Dance
The Spring Fling Dance is coming up on Thursday April 13 6-8pm. Please return the form if you are planning on coming. Log on to Cambridgepac.hotlunches.net to pre-order your Dominos pizza to enjoy at the dance.
We hope to see you there!
Thank you for your support, your PAC executive.
April 7th is JERSEY DAY at Cambridge Elementary
World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), was observed on April 2, and was adopted by the United Nations in 2007 to shine a bright light on Autism as a growing global health priority.
This initiative is intended to raise international awareness of autism as a growing public health crisis.
“Light It Up Blue” is a campaign dedicated to raising awareness of autism and was launched in 2010 by Autism Speaks. To celebrate Light it Up Blue, iconic landmarks, skyscrapers, schools, businesses and homes around the word unite by shining blue lights. In this way, all people affected by autism are honoured. People around the globe also wear blue on this day.
On Wednesday, April 5th, Cambridge is going to “Light it Up Blue” and encourage all students to wear blue for the day to show our support for students with Autism.
Annual Running Club Begins
(A special thank you to all parent volunteers)
Happenings at Cambridge
5 – “Light it Up Blue” Autism Awareness Day (dress in blue)
6 – PAC’s Guest Speaker: Barry MacDonald 6 – 8:30 p.m.
7 – Student Learning Communications sent home
12 – Early dismissal – 1:30 p.m.
13 – PAC Spring Fling Dance, 6-8:00 p.m.
14 – Good Friday – Classes not in session
17 – Easter Monday – Classes not in session
18 – PAC Meeting- 6:30 p.m.
28 – Last day of Running Club
5 – Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
11-12 – Fine 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