September 10, 2017

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WELCOME BACK FOR PARENTS

On the first day of school, many parents took an opportunity to catch up and have a cup coffee in the gym while students were in class. A brief presentation was given to introduce Ms. Lianne McBride, our new Vice Principal, and review ways to stay connected with all of the learning at Cambridge Elementary, In addition, tips were shared on how to help your children make a successful transition back to school routines. Below, you will find all of the slides shared on the opening day. Thank you to the PAC for organizing coffee on the opening day.

Please see our Cambridge Parents Handbook for 2017/18 (Cambridge Handbook 2017-18) for information on our school Code of Conduct, expectations around the use of student electronics, the importance of home-school connections, how we deal with injuries at school, and much more. The handbook can also be found on the front page of oiur school web site.

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CLASS ORGANIZATION – WHERE ARE WE AT?

Over the summer our Cambridge neighbourhood has seen some changes with families moving in and out, new staff joining our school, and the addition of three new portable classrooms and a washroom portable. During the first week of school, students worked in grade groups as teachers worked together to get to know students and build a sense of community through team work and getting-acquainted activities. As mentioned in the email send out to our community last Friday, the formation of classrooms has been a particularly complex and challenging process this year due to new guidelines around class size and composition (the number of special needs students per class). Our goal is to meet as a staff on Monday to put the final touches on placing students in their learning environments for the year, and share that information with students at the beginning of the day on Tuesday.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this process. When students are placed in classes, the following factors are taken into consideration. As each class situation is different, the factors are not in order of importance.

• Academic Ability – we try to ensure that each class has students with a variety of ability levels
• Gender – attempts are made to form classes with equal numbers of girls and boys
• Group Dynamics – based on past experience, some students may not be placed in the same class as they experience difficulties together, while other students may be placed together because they work well together
• Behaviour – students requiring behavioural support are placed in classes that best meet their needs
• Teaching/Learning Styles – some students are placed in classes because the teaching/learning situation will be the most beneficial to them

037191784fd423d86ee15fb4636dcb69--organizing-life-organizing-ideasMost children are excited about being in a new class! However, some children may be somewhat anxious about their placement. Generally, our experience is that children easily adjust within the first few days. If your child is finding the change difficult, please let them know it is typical to feel anxious in new situations, but that soon their new classroom will feel like home!

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IMAGES FROM THE WEEK

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TERRY FOX RUN COMING SOON – PARENTS NEEDED

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WE NEED PARENTS to help out on Friday, September 29th.  If you can volunteer some time, please call our office (604-595-4036) and let us know who you are.  Thank you!

Here is an inspirational video of the story and journey  of Terry Fox’s life and Marathon of Hope.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK (Contributed by Ms. Turner)

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CALENDAR
IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2017/18 (PDF)

SEPTEMBER
25-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
26-Individual student photos
27-Meet the Teacher and Community BBQ (pm)
28-Orange Shirt Day
29-Terry Fox Run – Assembly @ 12:45 p.m., run at 1:00pm
OCTOBER
6-Early-Dismissal at 1:25 p.m.
9-Thanksgiving Day – School Closed
13-4th Annual Cardboard Challenge
20-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
NOVEMBER
3-Ministry Designated Curriculum Day – Classes not in session for students
7-Early-Dismissal at 1:25 p.m.
9-Remembrance Day Assembly – 9:00 a.m.
10-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
13-Remembrance Day – Classes not in session
DECEMBER
19&20-Winter Concerts
22-Last day of school before Winter Break
25 to January 5-Winter Break
JANUARY
8-First day of school in 2017
26-Challenge Day #2
FEBRUARY
12-Family Day – Classes not in session
16-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
MARCH
19-29-Spring Break
30-Good Friday – Schools Closed
APRIL
2-Easter Monday – School Closed
3-School Re-Opens, Running Club & Track Begins
19-Early-Dismissal at 1:25 p.m.
MAY
4-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
18-Challenge Day #3
21-Victoria Day – Classes not in session
28-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
JUNE
5-Parent Appreciation Tea
15-Sports Day
22-Grade7 Farewell Assembly – 9:00 a.m.
27-Year End Assembly
28-Last day of school, Early dismissal @ 1:25 p.m.
29-Administration Day – Classes not in session for students

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