September 17, 2017

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IMG_7069Traffic Safety is a hot topic in most school communities and Cambridge is no different. The feedback we regularly received last year was that many parents are frustrated that the DROP OFF ZONE was not being used appropriately. School staff noticed the same thing.

One thing is clear – school staff want to spend their supervision time making sure students and parents are safe and welcoming them to school, not playing the role of bylaw officers.

We expect ALL Cambridge community members, students, staff, and parents to be STARs: SAFE, THOUGHTFUL, ACCOUNTABLE, RESPECTFUL. We know that if we are all of these at all times, many problems will be avoided.

We plan to make some changes this year. Over the next two weeks, we are focusing on Screen Shot 2017-09-17 at 7.04.44 PMtwo areas to help improve the flow of traffic and alleviate frustration.  The first is the activation of the Cambridge DROP-OFF BUDDY PROGRAM.  In the near future, look for some of our grade 5 and 6 students wearing their orange helmets and safety vests in the morning. These awesome student leaders volunteer their time to arrive at school early and wait along the drop-off zone and take your K-2 child to class so that you do not need to park illegally at the front of the school.

HTB1aG80FVXXXXaUXVXXq6xXFXXXYThe second area we are focusing on is to place high visibility delineator posts outlining the yellow emergency vehicle zone at the entrance to our school. This area is often parked in by parents and must be kept clear at all times in case of an emergency. In addition, delineator posts will be placed in front of the staff parking entrance. These posts are not to be moved unless emergency vehicles require access to our school.

Here are some suggestions that may help with the DROP OFF ZONE issue:

  • WALK! It takes a little longer, but every time you walk, it means one less vehicle in the school driveway.
  • When dropping off, encourage older siblings to walk younger siblings to class. This way, parents do not need to leave their vehicles.
  • Stay with your vehicle in the DROP OFF ZONE. Remember that the school driveway is a fire lane and emergency vehicles need access to this area at all times.
  • Drop your child off at school a little earlier. We’ve noticed that many vehicles are arriving at school at the same time, causing congestion. If your child is older, feel free to drop them off at school starting at 8:15 a.m as this is when supervision begins. If your child is in Kindergarten, arrive closer to the welcome bell – 8:30 a.m.
  • If you are a pedestrian, please use CROSSWALKS and follow the direction of crossing guards.
  • Mostly, be patient with school staff and each other. Remember…we are all part of the same team!



Classes that Reflect the Real World and Meet the Needs of All Students
Source: Surrey Schools

Combined-grade classes consist of students in two consecutive grades grouped together in one class. According to studies, “they are common both locally and internationally, with “one out of every five Canadian students enrolled in a multi-grade classroom.” There is a very good chance that Surrey children will have the experience of being in a combined-grade class during their elementary school years.

Organizing classes to best meet the needs of all students is a complex process. While practical factors such as shifting enrolment, class size and composition influence the formation of classes, the Surrey School District is committed to creating balanced classes that focus on students’ learning strengths and the needs of the whole child.
There are academic, as well as social benefits, to combined-grade classes. Studies indicate that children in combined classes do as well academically as children in single grades.

Research has shown that combined classes:
• allow students learn from one another,
• provide models for younger students,
• help older students see what they’ve already learned,
• provide opportunities for a greater range of learning,
• encourage students to work together,
• promote social responsibility,
• help students to become independent and
• foster a positive attitude toward school.

Students in combined classes are not held back to the level of younger students, nor are they expected to handle work beyond their ability. In every classroom, there is a wide range of skills and abilities. Children mature at different rates in various aspects of development. Teachers are aware of these individual differences and structure learning activities according to the needs of each learner.

Children learn continually; their intellectual, social and personal development does not occur in discrete steps according to grade level. Studies have found that on average, a single-grade class includes students whose development spans five years. The developmental range in a combined class is not significantly different.

Within the combined class there will be children of both grade levels with similar levels of performance. Whether a child is gifted or needs considerable assistance, each will be challenged to excel as much in a combined class as he or she would be in a single-grade class. Researchers have reported successful learning is less dependent on how students are grouped into classes, than on the quality of instructional practices.

The Ugly Split: Changing our Understanding of Classroom Organizations – Blog Post by Ms. K. Vogstad





IMG_20170905_144921Over the summer, our forest classroom received some maintenance and the falling of some smaller trees that82d5e2a0f61a5117a5bd669b93969d08--log-projects-firepit-ideas could potentially cause a concern during a wind storm. The sections of these trees have presented our school with an opportunity to create additional forest classroom benches but we need a professional from our community to help. Our plan is to take five or six sections of the trees and have them cut in half to create more seating options. If you or someone you know has the expertise, please contact Mr. Nelson at 604-595-4036.



Screen Shot 2017-09-17 at 5.32.21 PMAt Cambridge one of our school priorities this year is the implementation and support of quality social and emotional learning (SEL) through research-based processes and practices. Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. From the Daliai Lama Centre for Peace and Education, this beautiful video shares the importance of preparing our children for the ever changing world. “Educating the Heart. It’s already happening around the world with astonishing results.”



Hello families,

 Everyone should have received a welcome package from the PAC this week.  There are instructions and information regarding hot lunches. The first hot lunch is Friday, September 22 and is Subway. Online ordering ends Sunday  September 17 at 6 PM.

 There is also a calendar of all of the hot lunches for the year.  Please keep for your reference .

  Friday was the kick off for Entertaiment Book fundraiser for additional playground equipment. Ask your child what they learned about the fundraiser and the prizes they can win as they had a special guest visit them at the assembly on Friday. A bag with instructions and a coupon book have gone home with your child. Use this book as your sample if you are wanting to sell multiple books and collect orders before the campaign ends on Friday, September 29.  There are four specific days when you can return your orders with money or your non-sold sample book. These days are Tuesday September 19, Thursday September 21,   Tuesday, September 26 and Thursday, September 28. A table will be set up outside of the front doors from 8-8:30am.

 **Please only return envelopes or sample book on these days as there are so many books and orders to keep track of**

Thank you for your support!

Your PAC Exec Team



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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.


QUOTE OF THE WEEK (Contributed by Ms. Turner)

Sagan quote



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
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
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
19&20-Winter Concerts
22-Last day of school before Winter Break
25 to January 5-Winter Break
8-First day of school in 2017
26-Challenge Day #2
12-Family Day – Classes not in session
16-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
19-29-Spring Break
30-Good Friday – Schools Closed
2-Easter Monday – School Closed
3-School Re-Opens, Running Club & Track Begins
19-Early-Dismissal at 1:25 p.m.
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
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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