Good Things and the Week Ahead – April 11-15, 2022

Posted: April 10, 2022

Families of Shortreed,

Things are definitely starting to ramp up like a typical Term 3 at Shortreed! Our staff decided to go ahead with a slightly smaller version of Club Wednesdays for four weeks starting in May! Watch for signup sheets coming home later this week!!!

Our grade 5s have been working tirelessly on their products they will be selling on Tuesday for the 2022 Young Entrepreneur Show! Students will have the option of purchasing some of the student-created products (soaps and lotions, candles, slime, toys, photos and frames, dog treats, etc) that range from $1-$5 on Tuesday so we are encouraging students to bring some money if they would like to (and are able to) do a little shopping. The final 20-30 minutes (1:40-2:00) will be open for parents and families to come in to do some shopping too! Let’s support these Young Entrepreneurs!!!

A reminder that this week is a short week and an extended weekend because of Good Friday and Easter Monday. Our Term 2 snapshot, the Communicating Student Learning document (from the student inclusive conferences), will be sent home on Thursday.

Division 1 was busy working on their products and promotions for the entrepreneur show this past week so they were not able to do their weekly report. They should be back at it next week.

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

I hope you take a few minutes to read up on some of the good things happening at our school!

Good Things to Talk About

Ramadan Kareem! As some of our families started to honour Ramadan this past week, we started to learn more about it! Check out this great video of kids explaining Ramadan.

Strong Finish to the Season – Our grade 5 basketball team played in the final event of the season as they played Douglas Park, Parkside, Simonds, and James Hill in the league playday. This group of 25 players has been so dedicated this year with strong participation in every single practice (which asked them to be at the school by 7:40am!). Shortreed defeated every team in the league at least once this year but, more importantly, they showed awesome skill development, coachability, sportsmanship, and teamwork. Ms. Mostat, Mr. Wejr, and Mr. Hunter are so proud of their efforts throughout the season.

Bunny Run – Although it was a week before Easter, our school participated in a community run on Friday. The weather cooperated so we headed out for walk/jog/run through some of the neighbourhood streets to encourage physical fitness. (no image available)

Little Monkeys! Our students were so excited to be able to climb, balance, and swing on the Trestle Tree that we set up in the gym again this year. Students always look forward to working on balance and strength on the various apparatuses and circuits in the gym.

Bootcamp is Back! Mrs. Romas has started Bootcamp again this year (which we have not been able to do since early 2020). This is like an extra PE class for a few students who benefit from some fitness and movement opportunities to start their day. (no image available)

Amazing Race! The classes involved in the Physical Literacy sessions that have gone on since the fall (with Mr. Hunter from ACSS) had a chance to have some fun outside on the playground with a Shortreed version of “The Amazing Race”. Students were given a number of challenges and had to complete these with their group. These challenges combined many of the skills they have learned throughout this year.

Macrame-ania! One of our awesome student teachers, Ms. Graham, started a Macrame Club on Thursdays for grade 5 students in the school. Students had a blast making their own jewellery and learning the art of macrame!

The Art of the Water Cycle – Mrs. North’s students have been learning about the different phases of the water cycle…. and then decided to share their learning with some beautiful watercolour paintings that feature the water cycle! Be sure to take a closer look on the display outside their classroom.

Springtime Art! Ms. McFarland’s class headed outside to explore and find materials for some wonderful springtime art collections! They went out to the forest and then brought back some wildflowers, leaves, and small branches to make their collections.

Challenge Accepted! Mrs. Creech was busy challenging some of the students to create some fun objects (during music time as Mrs. Muller is off for a while). One of the challenges was to create a hoop glider to see who could make it glide the furthest!

Loveable Llamas – Ms. Holmes’ class created some Spring Llama artwork that is on display in the hallways. Students did a directed drawing of their llamas and then coloured with pastels around the outside to make the white llama pop out of the page. Some even created some very cool llama names!

Really Reading! Ms. Coghill was excited to share pictures of some of her students who have all their letter sounds, know a few sight words, and have now begun to stretch out (sound out) the words and start reading books! It is always amazing with the world of words and books open up to students.

Fanoos! Last week, Ms. Fenech’s class learned about Ramadan and coloured different Ramadan Lanterns (called Fanoos) which are lit up in homes and streets to celebrate the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Creativity Time – Students in Miss Petersen’s class are often creating some pretty cool structures, stories, and objects through their loose parts and centre time. This student (pictured) created his own spinning top and had a great time showing his classmates how fast he could make it spin!

Reflections Through Stories – There was a powerful story and some deep reflections by Division 4 with Mrs. Kirk in the library last week. They read and reflected on the children’s book “Lost and Found Cat”, which is a true story of a family escaping Iraq during the war (and dealing with their cat who runs away). For the students, this was a very relevant story and discussion!!!

Not a Circle? Ms. Chisholm (another awesome student teacher – working with Mrs. Fox) read the story “Not a Box” to her students about all the creative things that a box can be. She then had them do some journal writing about a circle… that is not a circle!

Scientific Deliciousness – Nothing like some delicious science to eat and drink on a Friday afternoon. Students in Mrs. Zelter’s class have been learning about the different states of matter so they had a chance to see it all together with some rootbeer (and orange) floats!

Bumping Up! Ms. Tarasoff and a team of staff members started some fun volleyball practices with the grade 5s last week. They learned some basic passing and setting skills last week; practices continue on Tuesdays each week.

Success in Reading and Writing! I love seeing the confidence grow with the reading and writing in our grade 1 students each year. A big reason for this confidence is the success they achieve because of the daily practice and repetitions they participate in with our grade 1 teachers. Mrs. Datema’s class was engaged in some journal writing while the teacher worked with a small group of readers at her rainbow table. This small group instruction a few times per week for students allows more personal feedback that helps students to grow with their reading.

Fancy Writing! Students in Mr. D’s class have been enjoying practicing their cursive handwriting. There is often a debate out there as to whether or not cursive should still be taught but we are pleased to say that it is alive and well in grade 3 at Shortreed (part of the BC curriculum). It is fun for students to learn but it is also beneficial for fine motor development as some students prefer to write over printing. It also makes them feel all grown up and fancy! 🙂



The Week Ahead

Monday – Gr. 4 soccer after school (on Tuesday as well). PAC Purdy’s order pickup.
Tuesday – Young Entrepreneur’s Show – 9:00-2:00 in the gym. 1:40-2:00 open for families. See image.
Thursday – Term 2 CSL Documents sent home.
Friday – Good Friday – no school


Month at a Glance

Monday, April 18 – Easter Monday – no school
Friday, April 22 – Earthquake Drill 10:45; PAC Dollar Sale 1:00-6:00; Clearview Garden orders (paper) due
Sunday, April 24 – Clearview Garden (online) orders due
Mon-Thurs April 25-28 – Scholastic Book Fair
Thursday, April 28 – Gifts and Gathering (more info below) 1:00
Friday, April 29 – Class Photos
Monday, May 2 – 
Fire Drill at 10:45
Wednesday, May 4 – Star Wars Day! Club Wednesdays start
Thursday, May 12 – Shortreed Grade 3-5 Track Meet

PAC News

PAC Dollar Sale is BACK!

  • Our School Dollar Sale is back on Friday, April 22nd from 1pm until 6pm!
  • We appreciate all the help as every dollar goes to our kids. If you haven’t heard about our dollar sale here is how it all works. Our school collects donations from the community and we turn our gym into a big sale. Starting at 1pm every item is $1 ( you read that right! EVERYTHING IS $1), then at 4pm it goes down to 4 things for a $1, then at 5pm it goes to 10 things for $1. We have some fantastic things that are donated each year. Please come and see what treasures you can find. In years past we have seen some very generous donations from our Aldergrove Community such as a new vacuum, strollers and designer clothes. Please invite your family and friends to come shop or ask them if they have any donations they would like to give.
  • We will be accepting donations until April 21st the day before the sale, please drop off your donations at the PAC office ( near the School’s front office) during the school hours 9am to 2pm, starting THIS WEEK. If you have lots to donate please contact the PAC to arrange for a drop-off time at or send us a message.
  • We have limited storage and volunteers so please only donate usable items. Many hours are spent organizing and sorting donations and unfortunately, we end up with items that can not be sold or donated again due to their condition. This includes used candles, used bath products, dirty/stained clothing ( we do not expect clothing to be folded but clean would be nice, if possible tie shoes together), broken toys and other broken/damaged items. Our volunteers would so appreciate it!!! With everyone’s help, we can make this another great fundraiser for our kids and the Aldergrove Community. Please no large items such as large furniture or mattresses.
  • Thank you again for supporting our school!!!
Hanging Baskets!
  • Spring has sprung and it’s that time of year when many of us want to add some colour along our fences or patios. Once again, PAC is doing a hanging basket fundraiser through Clearview Garden Center here in Aldergrove. You can choose from an assortment of 12″ baskets, and $7 from each purchase will go towards our playground enhancements. Paper order forms will be on the wall by the front door and they are due back on Friday April 22 9am. Cash or cheques payment made out to Shortreed PAC. Also, please make sure your child’s name and division is on the form. Vouchers will be sent home with your child by May 3, which you can then use at Clearview to redeem your hanging baskets until May 31. If you choose to order online by debit or credit card, please follow this link. Online orders are due Sunday, April 24.

Scholastic Book Fair

  • The book fair is coming April 25-28. Stay tuned for more info!

Important Updates and Reminders

  • Lessons Learned from COVID-19: SurveyThe province has launched an independent review and public consultation on the government’s operational response to the COVID-19 pandemic to improve future preparations and responses to emergencies. The goal is to learn about how government agencies worked together to address the effects of COVID-19 that affected everyone and changed rapidly. To provide feedback, you are encouraged to complete an online survey here which is available in multiple languages versions. This survey will remain open until April 20, 2022 at 4:00pm. You can find more information here.
  • Daily Health Check and What to Do When SickA friendly reminder to our students and visitors to complete a daily health check prior to boarding a bus or entering a school or District site such as the School Board Office. To help support families in doing their part to keep everyone safe, please review the Daily Health Check and What to Do When Sick guide here. This contains a list of COVID-19 symptoms and guidance on what to do if you become ill. As always, the District is encouraging everyone to continue practice proper handwashing and staying home when sick.
  • Langley Schools are seeking Homestay Families
  • With ongoing construction taking place, we have fewer parking spaces for staff and a need for more parking for workers. This means that more parking spaces along the streets around the school will be occupied. The church is still allowing parents to part there for pick up and drop off.
  • A reminder that our parking lot is closed for pickup and dropoffs (except for vehicles with a handicap tag, buses, and those picking up/dropping off for daycares).
  • Are you interested in some tips for reading at home with your child? Check out our Home Reading Website!
  • Attendance – if your child will be away, please email the attendance email ( or call the school. If you do not call, you will receive an automated message at about 9:30am.

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.

A Conversation for Families About Digital Wellbeing and Mental Health

Langley Mustangs Track and Field

Langley Children’s Choir is just starting their second term of singing together and new singers from grades 4 – 7 are welcome to try out the choir.  We meet on Tuesdays from 4:30 – 6 pm at Langley Secondary.  Tuition fee is $100 for the remainder of the year (we will finish in May) Please contact for more information.

The Royal Soccer Club, a registered non-profit community organization, is proud to host their 30th annual popular grassroots summer soccer day camps.  The program is designed to promote personal development, team building and of course, FUN!  Offering full day and morning sessions to all children aged 5 to 13, the program runs all weeks in July and August.  The Langley location is at HD Stafford Middle school field, 20441 Grade Crescent (site details available by clicking here or visiting the LOCATIONS page on our website   To register or for more information, visit or call 1-800-427-0536.

Ready Set Learn – Gifts and Gatherings – Check out this FREE Ready, Set, Learn opportunity for parents and their children aged 0-5!  Parents and children from Aldergrove and beyond can come to any/all of the sessions. At each session, we will honour a certain age group but the engaging learning activities are designed for all children aged 0-5 (and their parents). Register for one more sessions! Check out the flyer below and register here. 
Note from C. Wejr – I worked with Sam Collie and she is amazing with kids and families so the sessions should be awesome!

Shortreed Community Elementary

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