September 16th

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Screen Shot 2018-09-16 at 2.36.02 PMTraffic 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 ALL-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 coming year. Over the next two weeks, we are focusing on two 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 intermediate 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.

The second area we are focusing on is to place additional high visibility delineator Screen Shot 2018-09-16 at 2.38.00 PMposts outlining the yellow emergency vehicle zone at the entrance to our school and along the drop off zone to help prevent double parking. Just a reminder that vehicles are NOT TO BE LEFT UNATTENDED in the Drop Off zones and parents are not permitted to park in the staff parking lot. If you need to accompany your child in to the school , please park in the designated spots just past the garbage & recycling bins or in the green zones off site of our school as shown below.

Cambridge parking map

GREEN = Parking permitted; RED = No stopping or parking; YELLOW = Drop off only

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

Screen Shot 2018-09-16 at 2.48.44 PMCombined-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 areScreen Shot 2018-09-16 at 3.03.40 PM 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.



A special thank you to Ms. Yoo’s intermediate students for beginning some Fall maintenance of our beloved and well utilized Forest Classroom. Student donned clippers, gloves and gardening bags to begin removing debris and blackberry bushes that have flourished over the summer.



Screen Shot 2017-09-17 at 5.32.21 PMAt Cambridge one of our school priorities again 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. Click on the following link to learn more about Social Emotional Learning in the Surrey School District.

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.”



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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.



PAC News

Friday September 21 is our first Subway Hot lunch. Online ordering ends tonight at 8pm. No late orders can be accepted.

Password is CEHL and everyone must re-register. An information sheet on how to register went home as a part of the bright orange PAC Welcome package.

Please join us this Wednesday September 19 at 6:30pm in the school library for our first PAC meeting of the year! Childminding is provided

PAC Class Parent Communication: A notice went home in the Welcome PAC package asking for your contact info so you can receive info about PAC events via email. Please take a moment to fill it out and send it back to your child’s teacher.

The PAC events calendar has been updated and posted on Cambridge Elementary Parents Facebook page. The Feb 22 hot dog day should be Monday Feb 25 as the 22nd is a Professional Day.

Fundraising: We are very ambitious and want to raise the $80,000 we need to add to the $26,000 we have already raised. We would like to raise these funds by December before a price increase goes into effect in January and get this addition built in the Spring.  We will be sending home lots of different fundraising opportunities such as Entertainment Books, Purdy’s chocolates, Scratch cards, Manicure/Pedicure gift cards. Please support us where you can or if you have absolutely no interest in any of these opportunities, consider donating and receiving a tax receipt for your donation.


Email us at for more information.

Thank you

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-Student Photos
10-PAC Mtg @ 6:30pm
12-Challenge Day #1
19-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
31-Halloween parade
5-8-Interim reports
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
1-Talent Show
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
1-School Re-Opens
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
14-Sports Day
21-Grade7 Farewell Assembly
26-Year End Assemblies
27-Last Day of School
28-Administration Day – Classes not in session for students



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