Posted: July 8, 2022
Families of Shortreed,
As I finish off things at the school before the summer, I wanted to send one last newsletter out with staff updates, fun images and videos, and some gratitude!
It has been one heck of a year this year (construction, covid, floods… and everything else that went along with it) but we made it and even flourished once again as a community!
I want to extend our appreciation to all of you for your support and patience as we had to continually adapt to the changes from the aforementioned challenges.
As always, I want to acknowledge that the Langley School District works and learns on the unceded ancestral lands of the Matsqui, Kwantlen, Katzie, and Semiahmoo First Nations.
In the final week, we had a chance to honour grade 5s in a more formal manner during our Grade 5 Farewell. The event started off with a little interruption from the 5s as they broke into an awesome song honouring their time at Shortreed! Be sure to watch this video below.
Justin, Branson, and Ellexis then shared a wonderful message of memories and appreciation on behalf of the 5s. Each grade 5 student was honoured and provided a completion certificate as well as some Shortreed swag.
This is truly a special group of kids who have been through a lot and found a way to shine as leaders this year. They will be missed!
On the last day of school, we thought we needed a beach dance party so the staff led the way for some fun on the sidewalk before school.
We also had our year-end assembly where we had a chance to gather, celebrate, and say farewell to some staff who are moving on. It is never easy to say farewell to such amazing educators but we wish the following staff all the best in their next roles (please note that Mrs. Fox is not leaving but will not be here next year as she will be on maternity leave).
We showed a slideshow of the past few months (this will be emailed with a password-protected link). We also said thank you to our PAC Executive for all their hard work and dedication.
As we bid farewell to some of the staff, we also welcomed an important member of our community… our new mascot, Sp’óq’es! Sp’óq’es is the Halq’emeylem word for Eagle and represents love and care… which are key to making sure every students knows “You Belong Here”.
Near the end of the assembly, we shared a fun video for the students that answered a question that many of them were wondering… What do Shortreed Staff do when the kids leave for summer??? Take a few minutes and watch the video below for a good chuckle. Thank you to staff for doing this and to Mrs. Zelter for putting it together!
Sp’óq’es led our 5s out of the gym as we honoured them one final time… and then our grade 4s took their first step as leaders of the school as they moved up to the benches at the back of the audience in the gym. We look forward to watching these young leaders shine in grade 5 next year!
We also want to share and welcome some new staff for next year. The following teachers and support staff will be joining us next year (with a few more still to be named):
- Ms. Rowbotham – grade 1 teacher
- Mrs. Soares – grade 3 or 4 teacher
- Ms. Toby – kindergarten teacher (she is back!)
- Ms. Paterson – SEA
- Ms. Sebastine – SEA
- Ms. Mossey – ELL teacher
- Kindergarten Teacher TBD
- Grade 4 Teacher TBD
- SEA TBD
School Supplies: A reminder that school supplies can be ordered online or you can view the lists and purchase them yourself. You can find the lists and order info here.
The office is now closed for the summer and will re-open on Monday, August 29.
Food Hub: SOURCES Food Bank is serving the community on Thursdays from 1-3pm. SOURCES is a member of Food Banks BC and Food Banks Canada, providing community members in need a minimum of two days worth of food per person per week. Extra healthy food items are also provided for each school-age child as well as formula and diapers for babies. You can find them in the Aldergrove Neighbourhood House (old Milsean building).To register for a weekly hamper, or more information, call 604-532-5290 or email firstname.lastname@example.org You must register in order to pick up a hamper. When registering, you will provide an address and number of people in your family. No financial records are required.
Xplore Sportz Camps! PacificSport will be offering two camps this summer. You must register to attend. Camps will run out of Parkside Elementary
- August 2-5 – COED – ages 6-8 – Aldergrove – half-day camp *$75.00. 9:00-11:30am. Register here.
- August 2-5 – COED – ages 9-12 – Aldergrove – half-day camp *$75.00. 12:00-2:30pm. Register here.
Art Summer Program: There will be a summer program in partnership with the Langley Arts Council for children who have completed grades K-7. If you would like to stay informed about this program, please fill out this form.