IN THIS ISSUE: (click CONTINUE READING below to access links.)
- SCHOOL WIDE CHALLENGE – MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
- EARTH RANGERS – BATTERY BLITZ FINAL WEEK
- WHAT IS SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING? – PARENT INFO NIGHT
- FOREST CLASSROOM MAINTENANCE
- FALL IMAGES IN OUR HALLS & JERSEY DAY
- PAC NEWS
- SPORTS DAY CHANGE OF DATE
On Friday, October 12th, Cambridge Elementary will be home to the first of three much anticipated challenges throughout the school year, and we are starting with the creation of Musical Instruments (the focus is on the creation of sound). A non profit organization called Imagination (imagination.org), inspired by Caine’s Arcade developed a vision (and resources), “where creativity and entrepreneurship are core social values nurtured in schools, homes and communities everywhere, where all children are taught to be creative thinkers and doers, and encouraged to make their very best ideas happen.” This work aligns closely with B.C.’s curriculum as it focuses on many of the competencies we strive to develop in students: communication, creative and critical thinking, problem solving, and self awareness.
If you need some creative ideas, here is a short video of the Blue Man Group sharing their “out of the box” thinking on how to create sound.
Some important points…Students:
- Can participate individually, pairs, or small groups. You decide!
- Students are encouraged to build their instrument only out of recycled or reused items that are brought in from home. The following list gives you some ideas to start your search:
Additional Information will be provided by the classroom teacher. On October 12th, the morning will be used to build and then a gallery walk amongst the classes will take place from 12:30 – 1:45pm. Any classes participating from our portable classrooms will have their instruments set up in the gym.
You are more than welcome to join us to see what creativity looks like in action.
Resource: Homemade instruments from Pinterest
Thank you everyone for continuing to drop off used batteries to be properly recycled. Last week, we sent off six boxes full, weighing over 150kg to the recycling facility. We have been granted one more week to collect as many used batteries as we can for the Canada wide BATTERY BLITZ . If you have batteries for disposal, please send them with your child and they can be dropped of at the office in special boxes. Thank you to those families that have already dropped of kilograms and kilograms of used batteries.
Join us this Wednesday, October 10th at the PAC meeting for a presentation by Ms. McBride on everything you ever needed to know about Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and what we are doing at Cambridge to support your child’s mental well bring. What is SEL?, you might be asking yourself. (More resources can be found at CASEL)
The SEL presentation will focus on three key questions:
- What is Social Emotional Learning and why is it important?
- What does it look like at Cambridge Elementary?
- How can parents/guardians support SEL at home?
Kindness Rocks at Cambridge
Two classes (Mrs. Yoo and Mrs. McBride/Riggs) came together and thought about the connections between our environment and showing kindness to others. Each student designed and painted a rock with a special quote that held meaning for them. The messages on these rocks take many forms: gratitude, encouragement, and offers of hope. Students then placed the colourful rocks underneath “Karl’s tree” in hopes that one message at the right moment could help brighten up someone’s day. Karl’s wife, Marian Anderson, stands beside the rocks and the beautiful tree. Kindness rocks!
Last Thursday, Ms. Yoo organized an after school Forest Classroom maintenance and clean up session. A number of parents and students spend some quality time in the forest cleaning up and clearing some new areas for classrooms to meet. Thank you very much to everyone who volunteered their time. We are also in the process of developing new seating/meeting areas. Keep your ears open for our progress.
- PAC Meeting is Wednesday October 10 at 6:30pm with a special presentation on Social Emotional Learning.
- Booster Juice Hot lunch is Tuesday for those who ordered.
- Thursday October 18 6-8pm is the Halloween Dance. Order a medium Domino’s pizza to enjoy at the dance on Cambridgepac.hotlunches.net Deadline to order is Saturday October 13.
That’s it! If every student donated or fundraised $109.50 then the playground addition would be fully funded!
We are looking to fully fund the addition by December 2018 to avoid having to pay even more money as there will be a price increase on equipment and labor in the new year!
We have rolled out 3 fundraising initiatives and realize we may have overwhelmed you! The entertainment book has gone out at this time so that the savings can be used right away. The wrapping paper catalog is due October 26 so that delivery will happen with enough time for Christmas. The scratch card booklet has been rolled out now to capture the Thanksgiving family gatherings. The booklet totals $100 if every circle is scratched. It is an easy and fun way to get small donations that add up quickly.
We have also sent out a donation pledge form if you want nothing to do with entertainment books, wrapping paper or scratch cards!
Return your book to the classroom anytime between now and Oct 15 if you do not want to purchase or sell to a friend.
Sell 2 books by Tuesday Oct 9 (payment enclosed) and receive the keychain prize as well as a bonus prize of a stuffy (has long arms with Velcro). You can continue to sell after if you want to sell more than 2 books.
The returned books and orders should go to the classroom and then are brought to the office where pac volunteers process the books.
Campaign ends Monday October 15
Take this long weekend opportunity to ask family and friends to donate $1-5 to the playground. It’s a fast and fun way to support the playground! Your support is appreciated.
If you are not interested in participating please send your unscratched book back to your classroom. We are keeping track of all books.
Return date is no later than Monday October 15
Thank you! Email at Cambridge.firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions
Allyson, Taryn, Jaime and Miriam
Update your calendars for June 2019 as we are changing our annual Sports Day from June 14th to June 7th. Why you might ask? We have an amazing opportunity to have senior leadership students at Sullivan Secondary join us for the day to work with our grade 7 leaders at Cambridge and lead Sports Day stations.
Dates to Remember 2018_19 (PDF)
10-PAC Mtg @ 6:30pm
12-Challenge Day #1
18-PAC Halloween Dance (6-8pm)
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
7- Sports Day
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