Good Things and the Week Ahead – January 11-15, 2021

Posted: January 10, 2021

Families of Shortreed,

We hope you and your family enjoyed the first week back at Shortreed! Although the kids seemed a bit tired on Tuesday, we were all able to get into the school routines and back to learning at school.

As always, we want to acknowledge that we do our important work on the unceded ancestral lands of the Matsqui, Kwanten, Katzie, and Semiahmoo First Nations.

On Friday, we received a couple of important updates that positively impact our school – be sure to check them out in the Good Things below.

A note that kindergarten registration goes from January 18 – March 31. See more info here.

Please take a few minutes to read about some of the good things that have happened at our school over the first week of 2021!

Good Things to Talk About

Seismic Upgrade for Shortreed! The provincial government announced that we would be starting the seismic upgrade process in September. This means that our school will become much safer in case of an earthquake. This also means that we will have some additional portables on-site next year with some classes having to be in the portables while they work on the roof above their classrooms. More info to come! You can read the government announcement here.

Outdoor Classroom for the Eagles – The district shared that we would be receiving an outdoor classroom for classes to use and will be installed before the end of the year. We will be meeting with the installers in the next few weeks and the outdoor classroom should be ready to use at the end of this year! A picture of one at another school (ours will be similar) is embedded to the left.

A Break for the Body – As I am sure you are all aware, self-regulation has been a significant focus at our school over the past few years. One of the strategies that teachers and staff use to create opportunities for students to “get their wiggles out” is with a body break. Students can go for a walk in the hallways and use our “Don’t Walk in the Hallways” stickers as a path to jump and skip; they can do a body break hallways exercise circuit, or they can head to our body break room. You can see our climbing wall that we have available (among other tools) in this room so students can come by, set the timer, climb and be active, and then head back to class more calm and more alert for learning.

Welcome Back Winter Bingo – Students in Mrs. North’s class had a chance to find out who did what over the break with some classroom winter bingo. There were various activities/experiences in the grid and students had to walk around, find students or staff who did these things, and put the person’s name in there. Once they had them all… it was BINGO!  The class also had a chance to work on some winter math stations (place value, addition facts, pattern blocks) and learn about cool and warm colours for some wintery art.

A New Year’s Stretch – Ms. Rafighi’s class worked on one of the core areas of fitness last week – flexibility. With some relaxing stretching with yoga poses. students worked to increase their health with increased flexibility.

Exploring Outside – Mrs. Dhaliwal’s students love to head out to the forest to learn, play, and explore. They took advantage of a short break from the pouring rain to head out there and take it all in. Getting outside in nature can have such a positive, calming effect on all of us! The students also took time to practice counting, number recognition and number order. This week they learned to play 5 UP and 10 UP as a math game.

One Word for 2021 – Mrs. Creech’s class was developing their “one word” for 2021. This word is to become a focus and a goal for them. They also had to come up with three ways to manifest this “one-word” goal and used this as a great opportunity for some reflections and skill development in goal setting.

Creating Some Order – Mrs. Graham’s students worked on the important skill of organization in their writing. Students had to read descriptive notes about the parts of a tree and then summarize and put the ideas and their thoughts in order in a “first… next… then…” format.

I CAN Write!  Ms. Bain’s students were practicing their writing skills with their journals while using the important learning intentions in the form of “I Can” statements. Learning. intentions are such an important part of success for students as they help a student to see the purpose and direction of their learning (like a flag when golfing). They worked on stretching out unknown words, spaces between words, and beginning sentences with an upper case. Ms. Bain was able to also provide descriptive feedback based on these learning intentions and this helps to really drive learning forward.

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive! After reading “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!”, Ms. Coghill’s students did a directed drawing of the Pigeon and then chose a vehicle the pigeon can’t drive. Love seeing all the different vehicles the pigeon can’t drive – check out our social media for more images.  Students also started their literacy notebooks last week – so exciting to see them sounding out words!!!

I’m Meltinnnnggg!!!  Students in Miss Petersen’s class read Sneezy the Snowman and then shared the creative ways about how THEIR snowmen melted!  They also had a chance to head to the forest to explore… and they found some cool invertebrate tracks in the trees beneath the bark!

Divers and Dabblers – With all this wet weather (and all the puddles in our backfield), what better thing to talk about than ducks?! Mr. D’s students were writing and learning about divers and dabblers (ducks) in class this week. Mr. D also brought in a pheasant that he taxidermied when he was a teen!

“Remember-lutions” – Students in Mrs. Kirk’s class did a New Year’s Reflection activity based on the changeover to 2021. They used the numbers in 2021 to drive the activity as they had to come up with 2 holiday memories, 0 – something they did not do, 2 people they can count on, and 1 “remember-lution” – something they will remember when things are hard.

Changing the Narrative – Students in Mrs. Parsons’ class read the book “I am Everything Good” and participated in an important strengths-based activity. As students get older, they will often have a negative narrative of themselves as their negative self-talk seems to take over. After reading this important book about seeing the strengths, students completed their own booklets about the many personal strengths they have!

Flashlight Fridays! Students in Ms. Toby’s class had a chance to have some fun during reading time with “flashlight Fridays”. To help with a love for reading, students all got to use a flashlight for some fun read to self and read to partner time. With the lights back on, they also took some time for some reflecting, goal setting, and looking forward with their New Year’s flipbooks.

Looking to the Sky! Ms. Fenech’s class started their science unit on earth, sun and moon this week. Students made an orrery model of the sun, moon and earth and had to use that model to investigate which claim was true about their relationship to one another. They had to use the terms revolve, rotate, axis and orbit when discussing their movements.



The Week Ahead

Monday – Hold and Secure Drill – 10:45

Month at a Glance

Monday, January 18 – Kindergarten Registration begins and goes until March 31. Click here for important information.
Friday, January 22 – PAC Meeting – 9:00 am
Friday, February 12 – Pro-D Day – no school for students
Monday, February 15 – Family Day – no school
Friday, February 19 – Lockdown Drill – 12:45 pm

Important Updates and Reminders

  • IMPORTANT SAFETY REMINDER – please do not make any u-turns across the double yellow line along 28th Ave (the road the school is on). Also, please use the crosswalk instead of walking across 28th through traffic. Our kids are watching so please remember to follow pedestrian and driving rules… especially near the school. Also, please avoid U-Turns in the Alderview housing area as many of our kids and families are walking in that lot.
  • If your child will be absent, please email or call the school.
  • Health and safety continues to be our top priority. As we start this new year, we want to remind students and families to complete the Daily Health Check. Thank you for your ongoing cooperation and doing your part to ensure our school community is healthy and safe. The form is available in multiple languages on the District website here:

  • 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.

  • Our school parking lot is closed between 8:15-9:00 and 2:00-2:30 (other than daycare, buses, and vehicles for people with a disability). The church across the street generously allows us to use their parking lot so please park there or along 28th Ave. Do not park in the “no parking” (coned) area.

Community Events and Information

For some great opportunities in the community, click here.

Check out the latest newsletter from our Aldergrove Community Coordinator, Stephanie Eby. Also, like/follow her Facebook Page to stay informed on some great opportunities for families in the community.

Shortreed Community Elementary

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