December 9th


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Over the past several months, your child’s learning has been captured, shared, and assessed through their FreshGrade portfolio. During this second week of “check in”, we encourage you spent some quality time with your child(ren) to interact with their portfolio and have meaningful conversations regarding their learning by December 14th. 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.

A parent guide and feedback form either has or will be sent home with your child this week. We would appreciate you providing feedback on your child’s learning and return the signed form to your child’s teacher by December 14th.

As always, please contact your child’s teacher if you have questions or concerns.


promoting resilienceAt 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 asq2 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 downloadmedia 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.



Grade 7 teachers are their students have been diligently preparing for this year’s Young Entrepreneurs Market at Cambridge Elementary. This Tuesday evening, December 11th from 6-8 pm, the gym will be open for families to come and shop for some creative and thoughtful gift for the holiday season. On Wednesday, many classes have signed up to provide their students with an opportunity to do some of their own shopping. Below is a preview of some of the exciting and creative market place items you will see.

If you are wondering what the program is all about, here is a brief overview, “PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs is an educational program that helps students in grades 4 through 8 develop an entrepreneurial mindset. Students have fun gaining real-life career experience by exploring the world of business.

As they build their own independent business ventures, they set and achieve goals, acquire confidence and develop practical life skills. They put their plans into action at the Young Entrepreneur Show, a dynamic event where they interact with customers and earn money. By donating a portion of their profits to charity, they also discover the impact of giving.



Screen Shot 2018-12-02 at 5.36.56 PMGrade 6/7 Student Leaders under the guidance of Ms. Bomford & Ms. Minhas are heading into the final week of the Cambridge food drive which ends on December 14.  Each class has received a food bank box to fill up and all items will be donated to the Surrey Food Bank.

Our school has been given 50 boxes by the Surrey Food Bank and our school goal is to return the entire fifty full of non-perishable food after December 14th.

Imagine that feel-good feeling of knowing you helped so many people by your donation, and as a school, how great it would feel for Cambridge Elementary to make such a large donation. Please see the SURREY FOOD BANK for more information.

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As we had all hoped, Buddy the Elf returned to Cambridge last week and made his way around to different areas of the school each day, sometimes finding himself in the most precarious situations and locations. It will be interesting to see what this coming week brings.


PAC News


Boston Pizza ordering ends tonight (Sunday) for lunch on Tuesday Dec 18

Pizza Hut Hot lunch is Monday Dec 10. If you can volunteer for distribution please sign up

Purdy Pick up is Monday Dec 10 8am-9am and 12-3pm and evening pick up or classroom delivery can be arranged by emailing the Pac at

FREE Pancake lunch on Dec 21. Every child needs a form filled out in order to receive pancakes. Please return by Friday Dec 14.

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OVER 85 accounts have been opened so far. Please consider opening an account for your child. It’s really a win win for everyone. $5000 will be donated to the playground if we reach 100 accounts by Dec 15th. Otherwise it is $25 per account (current 85 accounts will yield us a $2125 donation)

Volunteer help is needed and always appreciated!

Hot Lunch Dec.

Hot Lunch Dec.

FREE Pancake lunch Dec

Hot Lunch Jan. 11:

Hot Lunch Jan. 29:

Thanks – Allyson, Taryn, Jaime and Miriam



Dates to Remember 2018_19 (PDF)

10-14-Parent FreshGrade Interaction Time – WEEK 2
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
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


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