Posted: February 21, 2022
Families of Shortreed,
We hope you had a lovely Family Day weekend!
February has kicked into high gear as students have been celebrating kindness and Valentine’s Day, learning about Lunar New Year and Black History Month, experiencing PE class in a wheelchair, and starting Jump Rope For Heart. Teachers s and students have been preparing for Student Inclusive Conferences which begin on March 1 (3-7pm) and March 2 (8-430). An email will come out this week with signup information. Students will also be sent home a “Family Reflection Sheet” which we hope you can fill out prior to the conference.
Please be sure to read the email that was sent out on Friday from our Superintendent, Mal Gill as he shares info about some of the easing of restrictions in schools. One key aspect is that visitors (ex. parents and families) are again allowed in schools so we look forward to seeing you in classrooms soon! You can read the message here.
Our Division 1 News Crew was touring the school to capture some learning stories to share with you… be sure to check out the video below.
This week is “Respect and Diversity Week” in Langley Schools and we are proud of our work throughout the year celebrating diversity in our school. A reminder that Pink Shirt Day is on Wednesday.
As always, we, in the Langley School District, 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 watch the video below and read up on a few of the good things happening as well as some info for the week ahead (as well as some info for sports registrations in the area).
Good Things to Talk About
Division 1 News Crew!!! Check out their 3rd edition of Shortreed News Report.
A Gift to Share – Our PAC has done it again! Each student received a carnation on Valentine’s Day with a note on it for them to give the flower to someone they care about. Students left the school with a plan of how they were going to use the flower to brighten up someone’s day and show them they care. Thank you to our PAC for their time and efforts with these… creating loving moments in our community.
Soaring Eagles – This year, we have had 27 students coming out to grade 5 basketball so we have split them into two fairly equal teams. Team 1 travelled to Parkside on Wednesday for their first game of the season. Both teams showed some nerves at the start but then the Eagles started to pour it on for their first win. The teams played with great sportsmanship and showed awesome work ethic and teamwork. Congrats, Team! Team 2 travels to Simonds Elementary on Tuesday of this week and then the two teams play each other after school on Wednesday in our gym. Stop by and cheer them on!
PE In Wheelchairs – Students throughout our school had a chance to experience Physical Education in a wheelchair last week as Pacific Sport Fraser Valley donated the use of 10 wheelchairs to our school. Students participated in relays, practiced skills, and even played some wheelchair basketball! They also had some good, reflective conversations in the classroom about life and activity in a wheelchair. Thank you to one of the district Physiotherapists, Marsalie Black, for helping to bring this to Shortreed.
Bringing Joy – It is no secret that this has been a challenging year again for many (if not all) of us in our community. To help bring some joy to the principal’s office, I (Mr. Wejr) have been eating lunch with a few of our younger students (Div 14-17) for a few minutes each day as part of “A Picnic With the Principal”. This has brought so much joy to me and given me a chance to slow down and just connect with some students. This past week’s “picnic” included some students from Ms. McFarland’s class. I have LOVED the smiles, the questions, the laughs, and the chats and look forward to many more.
A Perfect Puzzle – It is no secret that Miss Petersen loves her puzzles! Her class has been showing their patience, care, and fine motor skills as they worked on colouring and putting together their Year of the Tiger Poster Puzzle. Check it out on display outside their classroom.
Good Times! Ms. Mostat’s class has been practicing their multiplication tables and exploring the patterns that exist in multiplication. Practicing these operations helps to put these tables into long-term memory which also helps with math in future years.
A Bunch of Munsch – Ms. Coghill’s class has been learning about the author Robert Munsch and many of his books. Students shared their highlights of his books and much of their work is on display in the hallways outside the classroom.
New Featured Authors – We are excited to share that we have some new featured authors in our library! With so much excitement for writing, Mrs. Kirk and Mrs. Datema have encouraged students to write books and they will be on display in the library. We have some proud young authors in Division 12!
Researching a Canadian With Impact – Ms. Bedard’s students have been working hard on researching a Black Canadian who has had a significant impact on our country (as part of honouring Black History Month). They have watched videos, read articles and books, and created summary sheets for the Canadian they chose.
Learning Through Stories – Ms. Kaur’s students have been reading some pictures books to honour Black History Month. Last week, they read books like “The Other Side” and “Viola Desmond Won’t Be Budged” and had powerful, reflective conversations about bravery, resiliency, and friendships in communities that were divided by race. Mrs. Kirk has also been showcasing some powerful stories in the library to promote Black History Month.
Lemonade Dates! Students in Ms. McFarland’s class had a blast experiencing “McFarland’s Valentine’s Restaurant”! The tables were all decorated and Ms. McFarland toured around the classroom to have a “date” at each table… complete with some delicious lemonade!
You’ve Got Mail! Division 5 used their creative skills to turn cereal boxes into Valentine’s mailboxes. Then, on Valentine’s Day, students handed out their cards and spent some time reading and thanking one another. Some highlights were the individualized tic-tac-toe games and the math questions card!
A Wall of Gratitude – One of our ELL teachers, Ms. Choi, worked with her students to discuss what they loved about Shortreed and their classroom. Students reflected, shared, and then created a gratitude bulletin board that is up in our hallway!
All About Family – One of the curricular areas for kindergarten is to learn and share about our families. Mrs. Marno’s students took some time to think about the various aspects of their families and then worked on their own Family booklet… just in time for Family Day!
Messages of Care – Students in Ms. Holmes’ class decorated their door with messages of care… You are kind. You are loved. You belong here. All important reminders for students, staff and our community!
The Week Ahead
Monday – Family Day
Tuesday – Gr. 5 Basketball at Simonds Elementary 3:00. PAC Meeting (Zoom) 7pm (see invite below)
Wednesday – Pink Shirt Day, Jump Rope For Heart Jump Day, Gr. 5 Basketball practice at 7:45am and game (Team 1 vs Team 2) at 3:00.
Friday – Gr. 5 Basketball practice 7:45
Month at a Glance
Monday, February 28 – Fire Drill 10:00, PAC Blueberry order pick-up
Tuesday, March 1 – Student Inclusive Conferences 3:00-7:00 (by appointment)
Wednesday, March 2 – Student Inclusive Conferences – by appointment (non-instructional day for students)
Tuesday, March 8 – Ready, Set, Learn Gifts and Gatherings (ages 0-5 with parents) 1:00-2:00. See info below.
Wednesday, March 9 – early dismissal at 1:33 for PT Conferences (your child’s teacher will have a few timeslots available on this day as part of Student Inclusive Conferences)
Thursday, March 10 – early dismissal at 1:33 for PT Conferences (your child’s teacher will have a few timeslots available on this day as part of Student Inclusive Conferences)
Friday, March 11 – ‘Release the Rhythm’ Body Percussion Workshops; last day prior to Spring Break
Blueberry pick-up is NEXT Monday, Feb.28! Check out next week’s newsletter for more info.
Important Updates and Reminders
- Langley Schools are seeking Homestay Families
- Daily Health Check and What to Do When Sick – As the province continues to update its online K-12 Health Checker, the Ministry of Education is sharing a new document with the school community to help guide families and keep everyone healthy and safe. Please review the Daily Health Check and What to Do When Sick guide as needed here. You will notice an update on symptoms and protocols to help manage illness. Families are encouraged to continue using the Thrive BC COVID-19 Assessment Tool only to check symptoms and determine if you need a COVID-19 test.
- 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 here!
- Attendance – if your child will be away, please email the attendance email (email@example.com) or call the school. If you do not call, you will receive an automated message at about 9:30am.
Are you looking for events in our community? Take a look at our District’s Community Bulletin Board for some great opportunities for families.
Aldergrove Minor Baseball – registration is now open and the season starts in April. Click here to register and read more info.
Langley Thunder Box Lacrosse – registration for the 2022 season is open! Click here for more info.
Aldergrove Youth Soccer – 2022 Spring Season
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!