ORANGE Shirt day tomorrow – September 28th
Over forty years ago, six year-old Phyllis Webstad lived with her grandmother on the Dog Creek reserve. They had very little money, but somehow Phyllis’ grandmother managed to save enough to buy Phyllis a brand new orange shirt for her first day of school. Wearing her treasured orange shirt, Phyllis entered the St. Joseph Mission Residential School, outside of Williams Lake, BC. The mission quickly stripped off her new orange shirt and replaced it with the school’s institutional uniform. Phyllis shares her story and her memories of feeling unworthy and insignificant in the video below. She recalls all the children crying, frightened, and feeling that no one cared. No teacher was telling them that they would be okay and that they mattered.
Phyllis’ moving story is the nucleus for what has become a national movement to recognize the experience of survivors of Indian residential schools, to honour them, and to show a collective commitment to ensure that every child matters. The initiative calls for every Canadian to wear an orange shirt (September 28th at Cambridge) in the spirit of healing and reconciliation. Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools, and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come. The date for Orange Shirt day was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year.
We will hold our annual TERRY FOX RUN this Friday, September 29th. We will begin at 12:45 p.m. with a short assembly and warm-up in the gym, and then the run. We should start actual running at about 1:00 p.m. and be done by 2:00 p.m. We will run NORTH on 150th Street, WEST on 62nd Avenue, SOUTH on 148th Street, EAST on 60th Avenue, then back to the school. Kindergarten students will begin their run at 11:00 a.m. around the running club route (within school boundaries).
On Thursday & Friday, students are encouraged to bring a “Toonie for Terry” to donate to The Terry Fox Foundation. Any amount is appreciated!
Parents, we could always use more help! Thank you to the parents who have volunteered their time to line the running route to encourage students and help keep them safe. If you would still like to assist, please meet at the front of the school at 12:45 p.m. and a PAC representative will take you out to line the route.
There is a chance of rain on Friday, so please ensure your child dresses appropriately for the event.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s classroom teacher.
Thank you for your support!
IN THIS ISSUE: (click CONTINUE READING below to access links.)
- CODING AND ROBOTICS – OUR STAFF IS EXCITED TO LEARN
- SOLVING OUR TRAFFIC CONCERNS TOGETHER
- IMAGES FROM THE WEEK
- PAC BBQ & MEET THE TEACHER EVENING – SEPT. 27TH
- TERRY FOX RUN
- QUOTE OF THE WEEK
On Monday, September 25th, staff at Cambridge are leaping in, with great enthusiasm, to explore a new part of the ADST (Applied Design, Skills & Technologies) curriculum with a specific focus on Coding & Robotics. As outlined by the Ministry of Education, “The Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies curriculum builds on students’ natural curiosity, inventiveness, and desire to create and work in practical ways. It harnesses the power of learning by doing, and provides the challenging fun that inspires students to dig deeper, work with big ideas, and adapt to a changing world. It provides learning opportunities through which students can discover their interests in practical and purposeful ways.”
The Surrey School District recently provided all schools with a variety of new Coding & Robotics resources including, Ozobots, Bloxels, Osmo, mBots, & Spheros. In the near future, students will have access to these new resources and we are all very excited to see how they will be used to provide creative, curious and challenging learning opportunities. Stay tuned!
As we move into Fall weather and then ultimately whatever Winter will bring us this year, we are constantly looking for ways to improve the traffic flow through our school grounds at peak times in the morning and after school. Starting on Tuesday, September 26th, you will see the Cambridge DROP-OFF BUDDY PROGRAM in action. From 8:15-8:30 (Monday through Friday), grade 4, 5 and 6 students will be wearing their orange helmets and safety vests in the morning to greet parents that are dropping off their child(ren) in grades K-2. These awesome student leaders will approach a vehicle as it pulls up to the DROP OFF ZONE and volunteer to walk your child safety to his/her classroom meeting area. Please utilize this wonderful service and blow a kiss to your child as they are happily escorted from your vehicle to join their classmates.
If you absolutely need to park and leave your vehicle unattended, please do so OFF SCHOOL GROUNDS according to the following map and use the cross walk to accompany your child to the main school building. Visitor parking is extremely limited on Cambridge grounds and the staff parking lot & the handicapped parking areas are only for authorized use. Finally, please be considerate of our neighbours and do not park illegally at the Nature’s Walk townhouse complex across the street from Cambridge on 150th (or any other complex). It has been reported to our office staff that some parents park on the street in the middle of the road way (dangerous as it’s a narrow road), and sometimes they park in a visitor’s spot which is equally inappropriate since they are not visitors. Thank you for your cooperation.
Just a reminder that Wednesday, September 27th is a Welcome Back to School BBQ put on by the Cambridge PAC and Meet the Teacher evening. The BBQ takes place from 5-7pm and the Meet the Teacher portion is from 6-7 pm. We hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you.
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.
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
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
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
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