Good Things and the Week Ahead – December 6-10, 2021

Posted: December 4, 2021

Families of Shortreed,

The fun festive activities of December have begun! Along with our focus on care, connection, and calm this year… we also ensure that we include JOY this December! With being in the midst of yet another challenging year (Covid, floods, masks, fuel shortage, grocery limits, etc)… who couldn’t use a little more joy! We started with our classroom door decorating (and the arrival of some elves in the K classes and some grade 5 classes) and next week we move to our Covid-safe edition of our Santa Breakfast on Wednesday! Prior to 2020, we have invited all families in our community into our gym before school for breakfast with Santa. Due to health and safety protocol, we are repeating the plan from last year. Staff will come in before the sun comes up and cook pancakes and sausages for the entire school! Classes will pick up their food in the gym and return to the classrooms to eat there. Starting at 9:00, one class at a time will make their way through our courtyard for a visit with the big man himself… Santa!!! We are so excited for one of the best days of the year at Shortreed!

In addition to our Santa Breakfast, for the first time in recent memory, Shortreed will have an entry into the Aldergrove Christmas Parade! Entries came home on Monday and we will be making the draw this Monday to see which lucky families get to walk in the parade with our Elf Float!

A reminder that Term 1 report cards come home next Friday. Term 2 will look much different for reporting as we will be having Student Inclusive Conferences where each student and a family member(s) will meet with the teacher to take a deeper look at how each child is doing and where they need/hope to go with their learning.

As always, we are honoured to work, learn, and play on the unceded ancestral lands of the Matsqui, Kwantlen, Katzie, and Semiahmoo First Nations. 

We hope you take a few minutes to read about some of the good things happening at our school along with some info and updates for the week and month ahead!

Good Things to Talk About

Some Raptor Kindness – As part of their wellness week with a focus on connection, students from our middle school, BGMS, all wrote personalized cards for EVERY SINGLE STUDENT at Shortreed! These acts of kindness and connection lit up the classrooms with smiles

A Door to Christmas – Our whole school got into the festive spirit on December 1 with classroom and door decorating! Each class inside the main part of the school decorated their classroom doors while students in the portable decorated their classrooms and the doors to other areas (like the library) in the school. Christmas tunes were pumping, kids were singing, and joy spread throughout the school.

Up On the Rooftop! There were some very odd noises coming from the roof on December 1. Shortly thereafter, a fancy red bag dropped down in front of our K classes with a special gift for each class!!! Students opened the gift to find their classroom elf and they then had to name it and learn all about their new visitor! The photo at the top is of some K students looking out the window into the sky to spot the special someone who dropped off the gifts!

A Festive Foyer – Our amazing PAC elves have done it again! They sneaked in at night on November 30 to decorate our front entrance to spread joy to all our staff and students! Thank you!

Cards for Military – For the past few weeks, students have been working on some Christmas cards for the valued and respected Canadians serving in the military overseas. Ms. Warrington, a staff member from ACSS whose sons are currently serving our country, stopped by to pick up the Christmas cards and will be delivered next week!

More Than Just Selfies – Mrs. North’s class was working with Mr. Bernier and Mrs. Kirk this week and learned how to take a selfie, crop photos, insert photos into a “Pages” document, and add features to their photos.

Camp ShortREAD – Mrs. Zelter’s class had a fun afternoon to promote a love for reading as they built forts and had some reading time and time for playing board games. They also finished their DINOvember month as Mrs. Zelter wore her inflatable T-Rex costume to school!

Making Sense of Numbers –  Mrs. Dhaliwal’s students have been working on their number sense skills and learning how to represent numbers in many different ways. Students had a number and then had to print it, tally it, show it, roll it, and show the numbers before and after. When students have a solid grasp of numbers, it builds such a foundation for mathematical fluency and understanding for the years ahead!

Bear-y Fun Story-telling – Ms. McFarland’s class has been busy these past 2 weeks reading, retelling, sequencing and writing all about Eric Carle’s popular children’s story, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?”.  They even joined up with their buddy class (Mrs. Creech) – It’s been bear-y fun!

And… Breeeathe – Mrs. Kirk has been working with students in the library on MindUP that includes some calming techniques. Some were super focussed on counting to 3 for “Bear breath” and breathing with their hands behind their backs. These regulation techniques are so helpful in bring us all back to the green zone.

Pastel Penguins – Ms. Holmes’s class created some fun penguins using pastel colours on black background. For math, they have been working on subtraction and different strategies to help with this operation. Students were doing their best to solve a question and then share their strategy with the rest of the class.

Sacred Teachings – Ms. Bedard’s class has been working on the seven grandfather teachings. They came up with their own one-sentence summary and Ms. Elson came and did a seven-strand braid to help represent each teaching. The teachings of love, truth, humility, honesty, courage, wisdom, and respect can span many different cultures and virtues and relate to all we do in life.

Holidays From Around the World – With Hanukkah starting, students in Mrs. Graham’s class have started to learn about different holidays from around the world. Teachings like this help us build understanding and respect for each other throughout the many celebrations in the year… especially in December.

A Says Ahhh – Ms. Coghill’s class was sharing their personalized Alphabet Jive with me last week. Within the jive, they learn and share letter sounds by including names of their classmates and special places/items in and around the classroom and school!

Reading Around… the Christmas Tree!  Mrs. Datema’s class has continued their dedicated reading routines (small group instruction and literacy centres) while also assigning their Master Decorators to decorate the official Datema Classroom Christmas Tree! Students can now spend some time reading around the Christmas tree.

When It Floods… Make Boats!  With so much rain on the playground… Mrs. Parsons’ class decided to make boats and race them across the massive puddles! Always great to embrace these teachable moments.



The Week Ahead

Tuesday – lockdown drill 10:00
– Santa Breakfast (in class), Santa visits classes 9-12, PAC Popcorn Day
Friday – Reindeer Run 1:30 (weather permitting, families encouraged to join us or cheer us on); Report Cards issued
Saturday –  Aldergrove Christmas Parade 6:00

Month at a Glance

December 13 – Photo Retake Orders due
December 14
 – Christmas Concerts (performed and recorded to be sent out to families before the break)
December 15 – Pyjama Day, PAC Milk and Cookies
December 17 – Last Day before Winter Break, PAC Meeting (Zoom) 9am, Students watch Christmas Concert Videos
January 4 – Schools Reopen
January 7 – Running into 2022 – Community Run

Updates and Reminders

Shortreed Christmas Concert!!!  To ensure the health and safety of our families, our concert will be recorded this year on Tuesday, December 14 and then sent home via email on Friday, December 17. For the concert filming day (Tues, Dec 14), please make sure that students dress in “nicer than everyday clothes”.  We will have an inside day that day so students (and parents) need not worry about getting dirty.

Student Safety Around Schools  With the days growing shorter and the heavy rain, fog, and frost, we are sharing a reminder to all our students to take extra precautions when walking to and from school. Please be aware of your surroundings, walk with someone whenever possible, and avoid wearing headphones. We also ask drivers in our school community to be vigilant on our roads. We encourage families to speak with their children about what they can do to stay healthy and safe. Student safety is our priority. Thank you for your cooperation and support.

Fuel and Travel Restrictions Update – The District is sharing an update with the community regarding the announcement made on November 22, 2021 outlining measures to support the province’s fuel and travel restrictions. In alignment with the province, the District will extend these measures until December 14, 2021. The District is encouraging our students and families to walk, ride a bike, carpool, use transit or alternate modes of transportation in support of the province’s efforts. We appreciate your cooperation during these challenging times.

BCCDC Vaccination for Children Aged 5-11 The COVID-19 vaccination is now authorized by Health Canada for children five and older. Getting young people vaccinated helps protect them and the people around them. The Langley Schools District is supporting the efforts of public health and is sharing this resource from the BC Centre for Disease Control COVID-19 Vaccination for children 5-11 years old here. You can also review an Immunize BC FAQ resource hereParents can register their child in the Get Vaccinated System to be notified of when their child can get vaccinated. The vaccines are free and children do not need BC Care Cards to receive them. If you have any questions about your child’s health, please contact public health or your medical provider.

Langley School District Foundation 50/50 draw! (funds go to support Langley students and families)

Information About School Status During Inclement Weather –Snow closures and power outages are an annual occurrence in Langley School District. So, where do you go to get information about the status of schools during periods of inclement weather? If you are able to access the internet via computer or smartphone, current information about Langley schools can be accessed on all school websites or Updates are also posted to Twitter @LangleySchools and Facebook at If you don’t have internet connectivity but your phone is working, call a relative or friend in an area that has not been affected by the storm and ask them to check the district website for you. Local radio stations are also informed of school status in Langley. Tune in to CKWX 1130AM, CKNW 980AM, Country Radio 107.1FM, Pulse 107.7 or CBC 690AM or 88.1FM for updates. Please note that Langley District schools are all considered ‘open’ until a decision to close is required. Decisions on school closures are usually made by 6:30am. As always, it is a parent’s decision whether to send their child to school based on safety and individual circumstances. If you feel it is unsafe for you or your child to travel to or attend an open school for any reason, please keep your child home and report an absence to the school.

PLEASE USE THE CROSSWALK – We understand that parking is an issue at our school; however, we have seen some scary close calls with children and adults crossing the street away from the crosswalk. It does take an extra minute but it can save a life! Please use the crosswalk to go across 28th Ave.

Daily Health Check – Our District’s procedure is for all students to complete a daily health check at home prior to entering school and/or boarding a District bus. The Ministry of Education’s Daily Health Check poster has been updated to reflect new federal regulations regarding international travel. The symptoms listed remain the same. Click here to find the print version. The updated version is being translated into multiple languages, which is on the Ministry’s COVID-19 Safe Schools website. Families can also continue to use the Ministry’s mobile app or online version as well.

Our school parking lot is closed between 8:15-9:00 and 2:00-2:45 (other than daycare, buses, and vehicles for people with a disability). The church across the street graciously allows us to use their parking lot so please park there or along 28th Ave. Do not park in the “no parking” (coned) areas along the yellow curbs.

West Coast Recess – As we have done over the past few years, every day is an outside day at Shortreed. Unless there is a severe rainstorm (or snowstorm), we will be heading outside. As the forecast this week calls for rain this week, please make sure your child has a coat to wear outside. We have a good selection of coats in our FREE Coat Exchange near the office so come on by and check them out.

If your child will be absent, please call the school at 604-856-4167 or email

Community Events

Are you looking for events in our community? Take a look at our District’s Community Bulletin Board here for some great opportunities for families.

Langley Christmas Bureau 2021

Help fulfill a Christmas wish this holiday season! The Langley Christmas Bureau is once again offering its services to Langley families. Learn how you can help provide a festive dinner or gifts for children in our community by clicking on the QR code on this poster here. If your family is in need of support this year, review the details in this poster here. This initiative is open to families with children from newborn to grade 12. For more information, please visit:

Shortreed Community Elementary

27330 28 Avenue, Aldergrove
BC, V4W 3K1
Phone: 604-856-4167
Fax: 604-856-7523