December 19th & 20th Winter Performance details will be sent out on Tuesday.
IN THIS ISSUE: (click CONTINUE READING below to access links.)
- THE IMPORTANCE OF BUILDING RESILIENCE, PROBLEM SOLVING & COMMUNICATING
- FRESHGRADE PARENT/GUARDIAN “CHECK IN”
- KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION FOR SEPTEMBER 2018
- BUDDY THE ELF IS BACK!
- PAC NEWS
- ART WORK ALONG THE HALLS
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 and 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.
At Cambridge much energy is focused 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. It is very important that open lines of communication exist between school and home.
Occasionally, your child(ren) might come home with a concern that has not reached the classroom teacher. When this happens, please have a thoughtful, supportive discussion with your child to collect facts regarding the incident. Sometimes, the initial reaction is to contact the other parent to try and solve the problem yourself or take to social media for advice, but the most important and effective way that you can support your child is to contact the classroom teacher first. They will be more than willing to speak or meet with you and provide a context for the concern before helping resolve the conflict.
Open lines of communication between school and home are the foundation for your child’s success, and classroom teachers pride themselves on being open and accessible with parents, and by developing personal connections with each and every student.
Over the past several months, your child’s learning has been captured, shared, and assessed through their FreshGrade portfolio. From December 4-15, we encourage you spent some quality time with your child(ren) to interact with their portfolio and have meaningful conversations regarding their learning. During this window, classroom teachers may post your child’s learning on different days. Learning is ongoing, so the purpose of this communication is a “check-in” to celebrate successes and to plan for the learning ahead. It is very important for parents/guardians to have a clear understanding of:
- the progress your child is making,
- areas requiring further development,
- and ways you can support learning at home.
Research indicates that, “when parents are involved in talking about learning with their children, the children achieve more. The more parents are involved, the higher the student achievement levels.” (Ann Davies, 2001)
During the December 4-15 Communicating Student Learning window, we encourage you to provide feedback directly into your child’s FreshGrade portfolio to support your child’s ongoing learning, and to acknowledgement that you have viewed your child’s portfolio. On December 4th, a guide will be sent home with each child to show how parents can interact with their child’s portfolio in a meaningful way.
As always, please contact your child’s teacher if you have questions or concerns.
Leading up to December 1st, there was much speculation as to whether Buddy the Elf would return to Cambridge. Sure enough, Buddy emerged, looking rather relaxed, in the school office with a colourful poster announcing his arrival. In the past, Buddy has made his way around to different areas of the school each day, sometimes finding himself in the most precarious situations and locations. This leads students on wild goose as they try to find out where he is each day so it will be interesting to see what this December brings.
Throughout the month, Buddy will be encouraging “random acts of kindness” each day and he will be looking carefully for students that show these acts of kindness to other students and adults in our school. On December 1st, Buddy encouraged students to say “hi” to someone new and to introduce themselves. Throughout the month, students will be highlighted when caught in the act of demonstrating random acts of kindness.
- Poinsettia pick up Monday December 4th from 1 PM to 6 PM, Tuesday 8 AM to 9 AM and 2:25 PM to 4 PM
- Monday, December 4 is the last day to order Pizza Hut for Monday, December 11
Thank you from the Cambridge PAC
4-15 FreshGrade Parent/Guardian Interaction
19&20-Winter Concerts (19th @ 1pm, 20th @ 1pm & 6:30pm)
22-Last day of school before Winter Break
25 to January 5-Winter Break
8-First day of school in 2018
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