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- WELCOME BACK FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS
- CLASS ORGANIZATION
- IMAGES FROM THE FIRST WEEK
- TERRY FOX RUN COMING SOON
- MESSAGE FROM THE KINDERGARTEN TEAM
- PAC NEWS
On the first day of school, many parents/guardians 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 highlight ways to stay connected with the school, updates on our growth were discussed, and 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 2018/19 (Cambridge Parent Handbook 2018_19) 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 our school web site.
As mentioned last Friday, the Cambridge community has seen a decrease in our student population from what we were projected (thus we have been asked to reduce our school by one division and one classroom teacher) and it has resulted in some reorganization of our planning. This is part of the larger challenges faced within the Surrey School District as 600 more students showed up last Tuesday and Wednesday at schools than were expected.
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 (also found on our website), the formation of classrooms has been a complex and challenging process while the school district sorts out larger growth challenges. 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
Most 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!
WE NEED PARENTS to help out on Friday, September 28th. 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 tribute video to Terry Fox and his Marathon of Hope.
Please check your email on Monday morning for important information on class placements and signing up for a meeting with your child’s teacher.
Welcome to the 2018/19 School Year!
We are excited to be back as your PAC Executive team again this year.
This Fall our focus will be on fundraising!! We need to raise $80,000 by the end of December so we can break ground on the playground addition in the Spring! $80,000 is a large sum but breaks down to about $100 a student, which seems to be achievable.
To accomplish this goal we need your support. We will be selling Entertainment Books, Purdy’s Chocolates and Manicure/Pedicure gift cards. We will raise funds using a fun scratch card program that is in partnership with the Habitat Playground company who is building the addition.
We will also be approaching businesses to ask for donations for the playground addition. We can offer a tax receipt and attendance at the opening ceremony presentation. If you are a business willing to support the project or know of anyone that may be able to help, please let us know!
A PAC info package will be coming home with your child this week. It will contain a calendar of Hot lunches, PAC meetings and PAC events, Info on the Hot Lunch program, volunteer opportunities and Cheque writing campaign. Please watch for this package and don’t just recycle it 😛
Allyson, Taryn, Jaime and Miriam
Dates to Remember 2018_19 (PDF)
19-PAC Meeting @ 6:30pm
24-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
27-Meet the Teacher and PAC Welcome event (pm)
28-Orange Shirt Day & Terry Fox Run – Assembly @ 12:45 p.m., run at 1:00pm
5-Early-Dismissal @ 1:27 p.m.
8-Thanksgiving Day – School Closed
10-PAC Mtg @ 6:30pm
12-Challenge Day #1
19-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
8-Remembrance Day Assembly – 9:00 a.m.
8-Early Dismissal @ 1:27pm (Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences)
9-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
12-Remembrance Day – Classes not in session
14-Student Photo Retakes
19-PAC Mtg @ 6:30pm
3-4-Parent FreshGrade Interaction Time
3-7-Scholastic Book Fair
14-PAC X-Mas Waffle Cone Decorating
19-Winter Sing-A-Long Assemblies
21-PAC Pancake Breakfast
21-Last Day of School before Winter Break
24 to January 4-Winter Break
7-First Day of School 2018
16-PAC Mtg @ 6:30pm
25-Challenge Day #2
18-Family Day – Classes not in session
22-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
27-PAC Mtg @ 6pm
11-15-FreshGrade Check In Week
12-Running Club Begins
14-Early Dismissal @ 1:27pm (Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences)
18-29-Spring Break – Classes not in session
8-Ministry of Education Curriculum Day – Classes not in session
15-PAC Mtg @ 6:30pm
19-Good Friday – Classes not in session
22-Easter Monday – Classes not in session
3-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
17-Challenge Day #3
20-Victoria Day – Classes not in session
27-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
28-30-Welcome to Kindergarten Orientation
29-PAC AGM Mtg @ 6:30pm
11-Parent Appreciation Tea
21-Grade7 Farewell Assembly
26-Year End Assemblies
27-Last Day of School
28-Administration Day – Classes not in session for students