IMPORTANT DATES THIS MONTH
26-Non-Instructional Day – No Classes
28-Individual and Class photos.
28-Meet the Teacher and Community BBQ – 6:00 p.m.
29-Assembly/Terry Fox Run – 12:45 p.m. PARENTS NEEDED
- TRAFFIC SAFETY & DROP OFF BUDDIES
- CROSS COUNTRY
- TERRY FOX RUN – PARENTS NEEDED
- CAMBRIDGE CARDBOARD CHALLENGE
- VIDEO OF THE WEEK
- INTERNATIONAL DOT DAY AND CREATIVE THINKING COMPETENCY
- QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Traffic Safety is a hot topic in most school communities and Cambridge is no different. The feedback we are receiving is that many parents are becoming frustrated that the DROP OFF ZONE is not being used appropriately. School staff is noticing 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 STARs: SAFE, THOUGHTFUL, ACCOUNTABLE, RESPECTFUL. We know that if we are all of these at all times, many problems will be avoided.
This week look for some of our grade 5 and 6 students wearing their orange helmets in the morning. Cambridge’s DROP-OFF BUDDY PROGRAM will begin this week. These awesome student leaders have offered to arrive at school early and wait along the drop-off and take your K-2 child to class so that you do not need to park illegally at the front of the school.
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!
School is about learning, but school is also about developing the whole child. That’s why it’s important to provide as many opportunities as possible for students. This week marks the start of Cross Country season and grade 3-7 students who were interested in joining Cambridge’s Cross Country Team brought information notices home last week. A resounding majority from parents told us they were willing to pay $20.00 for busing to transport athletes to Crescent Park. All students will need to be picked-up and taken home from Crescent Park. Thank you!
Cross Country practices will be held Monday and Thursday after school, 2:30 – 2:50 p.m. We have 4 meets: September 20, September 27, October 3, October 11, and October 11. A very special thank you to Ms. Steeves, Ms. Ineson, Ms. Gray, Ms. Pomonis, and Ms. Shore for organizing and coaching this activity. Enjoy this look back at last year’s first Cross Country Meet at Crescent Park:
At the end of the month, September 29th, Cambridge students and teachers will be heading out for our annual Terry Fox Run. To help keep our students safe, we need parent volunteers!
WE NEED PARENTS to help out on this day. 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 video of the story and journey of Terry Fox’s life and Marathon of Hope.
CAMBRIDGE CARDBOARD CHALLENGE
We are gearing up for what is becoming a very anticipated school-wide event, Cambridge’s Cardboard Challenge! For the third year in a row, teachers and students will come together to create amazing creations made of cardboard. For our new families and students, the Cardboard Challenge was inspired by a young boy from East Los Angeles, named Caine. Caine amazed the world by building a complete arcade using cardboard and his imagination. An organization called the Imagination Foundation “was founded to find, foster and fund creativity and entrepreneurship in children around the world to raise a new generation of innovators and problem solvers who have the tools they need to build the world they imagine.” The result? The Cambridge Cardboard Challenge!
The 3rd Annual Cardboard Challenge will take place on October 7th and will be open to all students. Cardboard creations will be displayed in the gym and on the playground in the afternoon for families to come and see.
We may have a surprise visitor who loves the Cambridge Challenge. Any ideas who?
In every child there lives a creative spark, sometimes it shines brightly, sometimes it waits in the darkness, just waiting for the “right” time. Here at Cambridge, students have many opportunities to show their creativity. Last week many of our primary classes enjoyed hearing the wonderful story, The Dot, and then shared their artistic creativity as they recognized and celebrated International Dot Day, September 15th.
Peter H. Reynolds’ book, The Dot, continues to inspire children all over the world to discover and rediscover the power and potential of creativity in all they do. Dot Day has become a global celebration of creativity, courage, and collaboration. The Dot Day activities students participated in are examples of how our teachers are focusing on the core competency, Creative Thinking, in our BC Ministry Curriculum.
“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” Chilton Pearce
Joseph Chilton Pearce, passed away this summer, August 23rd. He was an author and authority on human and child development.
Helping your child understand how making mistakes, taking risks, and not being perfect is how he or she learns and grows. Making mistakes is a fundamental part of every cognitive process, whether solving a math problem, learning a new sport, or making important decisions. When we allow mistakes to fuel our awareness, we can make changes and develop our skills and understandings.
Our portable has arrived and is just about ready for Mr. Stemler’s grade 7s to move in.
26-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
27-Cross Country Meet at Crescent Park
28-Individual and Class photos. This will be the ONLY photo day this year.
28-Meet the Teacher and Community BBQ – 6:00 p.m.
29-Educators from Holland visit Cambridge – 9:00 a.m.
29-Assembly/Terry Fox Run – 12:45 p.m.
30-Orange Shirt Day
4-Cross Country Meet at Crescent Park
7-3rd Annual Cardboard Challenge
10-Thanksgiving – Classes not in session
11-Cross Country Meet at Crescent Park
18-Cross Country Meet at Crescent Park
21-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
1-Early-Dismissal at 1:30 p.m.
2-Photo re-take day
4-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
9-Remembrance Day Assembly – 9:00 a.m.
10-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
11-Remembrance Day – Classes not in session
2-Student Learning Communications sent home
7-Fine Arts Performance – Duffle Bag Theatre – A Christmas Carol
8-Early dismissal at 1:30 p.m. for student-led conferences
3-First day of school in 2017
20-Challenge Day #2
13-Family Day – Classes not in session
17-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
3-Talent Show – 12:45 p.m.
27-Running Club Begins!
7-Student Learning Communications sent home
12-Early dismissal @ 1:30 p.m.
14-Good Friday – Classes not in session
17-Easter Monday – Classes not in session
28-Last day of Running Club
5-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
11-12Fine Arts Workshop and Presentation – Milton Randall – 9 a.m.
19-Challenge Day #3
22-Victoria Day – Classes not in session
25-Parent Tea – 8:45 a.m.
29-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
23-Grade7 Celebration – 9:00 a.m.
29-Last day of classes
29-Student Learning Communications sent home
29-Early dismissal @ 1:30 p.m.
30-Administration Day – Classes not in session for students
Here at Cambridge we have real peacocks that inspire students creativity.