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- ORANGE SHIRT DAY – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH
- WELCOME TO 2018/2019 STUDENT ASSEMBLY
- SOLVING OUR TRAFFIC CONCERNS TOGETHER
- EARTH RANGERS – BATTERY BLITZ INITIATIVE
- IMAGES FROM THE WEEK
- PAC PIZZA PARTY & MEET THE TEACHER EVENING – SEPT. 27TH
- TERRY FOX RUN – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH
- QUOTE OF THE WEEK
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.
Last Tuesday, Cambridge had our first assembly of the year. Much of the information we discussed can be found either in your child’s school planner or on the Cambridge web site. Below are the slides from our assembly and we would appreciate you continuing the conversations at home regarding our goal to create a SAFE & CARING school environment at Cambridge Elementary.
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 this coming week, 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.
Last Friday, we had a special assembly by the EARTH RANGERS, a kids’ conservation organization (funded by Environment and Climate Change Canada) that is, “committed to instilling environmental knowledge, positivity, and the confidence to take action in every child in Canada“. Students learned all about Climate Change and how it is affecting wildlife and humans around the world. It was highly engaging, interactive and gave students an opportunity to get up close to some very special animals.
Cambridge Elementary has signed up to join a country wide BATTERY BLITZ over the next two weeks. Our challenge is to bring in an unused batteries that might be destined for the BLACK garbage bin or BLUE recycling bin to the school so that they can be properly recycled into new products. The winning school, by total weight of all batteries, will win a pizza party. If you have batteries for disposal, please send them with your child and they can be dropped of at the office in special boxes.
Just a reminder that on Thursday, September 27th, there is a Welcome Pizza Party event put on by the Cambridge PAC and Meet the Teacher evening. The Pizza Party begins at 5:30pm and ends at 7:30pm and Meet the Teacher is from 6-7 pm.
The PAC will have a bouncy obstacle course sponsored by Liz and Greg Holmes of MacDonald Realty, Concession including Frozen Yogurt, Pizza (orders must be placed online), and Photo Booth.
We need volunteers!!! Please help make this a fun event.
We will hold our annual TERRY FOX RUN this Friday, September 28th. 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.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s classroom teacher.
Thank you for your support!
• Fresh Street bagged lunch ordering deadline is tonight Sunday September 23! (Sandwich, apple slices, cheese string and 2 cookies!)
• Dominos Pizza for the Welcome Event ordering deadline is tomorrow Monday September 24 at 12 noon. No late orders can be accepted.
Cambridgepac.hotlunches.net Password is CEHL and everyone must reregister. An information sheet on how to register went home as a part of the bright orange PAC Welcome package.
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 asap.
Entertainment books will be coming home at the end of the week! Each student will receive one book to sell for $30. The Playground addition fund will receive $15 for each sale! There are prizes for individual book sales and top selling class. There is no limit to how many books you can sell!
If every student sold just one book we could raise $10,800!
Email at Cambridge.firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions
Thank you – Allyson, Taryn, Jaime and Miriam
Dates to Remember 2018_19 (PDF)
24-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
27-PAC pizza party event (5-6pm) & Meet the Teacher (6-7pm)
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