Good Things and the Week Ahead – January 9-13, 2023

Posted: January 8, 2023

Families of Shortreed,

Our first week of 2023 is in the books! It was great to see everyone again this past week and work alongside staff to help our students settle back into routines in their classrooms.

At our staff meeting, we discussed the upcoming Lunar New Year activities at Shortreed as well as some positive changes to next year’s Santa Breakfast so all students get breakfast and all students get a chance to be around Santa! We appreciate the efforts and reflections our staff made to ensure that we have a positive impact on every student during the 2023 event next December!

Kindergarten registration across the Langley School District runs January 16, 2023 thru March 31, 2023. If your child will be five years old by December 31, 2023, you will be able to register through your catchment school. Registration will take place online via email to the school and in-person if you need some extra help. Please understand there is no advantage in rushing to register your child in the first few weeks of the registration period. Families have until the end of March to secure a space for their child. For information on what documents you need and instructions on how to register, please visit the District webpage here. To learn more about Kindergarten in the Langley School District, read our brochure hereSee graphic here.

As always, we want to acknowledge that we, in the Langley School District, work, learn, and play on the unceded ancestral lands of the Matsqui, Kwantlen, Katzie, and Semiahmoo First Nations. 

We hope you take some time to read up about a few of the good things that have happened at our school this past week as well as some reminders for the weeks ahead.

Good Things to Talk About

A Gym Full of Ballers – We had an AWESOME turnout to start our grade 5 basketball season with 30 students (almost half of our grade 5s!) coming out to the first practice. The coaches (Mr. Wejr and Ms. Mostat) talked about the focus on fundamentals and fun this season and then worked them through some intro dribbling skills and drills. Practices will be Tuesday and Friday mornings from 7:45-8:45 (with some practices on Mondays if there is no school on a Friday). The games start in a few weeks!

Exciting Day on the Calendar – Students in Ms. Cheema’s class were so excited to do their calendar time on Tuesday… as they got to say the new big number at the top! They were pumped to share that it was 2023 (in addition to it being Tuesday, January 3… and cloudy out!). Students were certainly happy to be back with Ms. Cheema at carpet time.

The Elephant in the Room – Mr. D’s class was working on their grammar and writing with their routine of “Draw Then Write”. Mr. D grabbed their attention with some interesting facts about elephants and then students drew and then wrote about these amazing mammals.

Winter Words – Mrs. Datema’s students were coming up with some awesome descriptive words as they spent time discussing what they see, hear, taste, feel, and smell in the winter months. After brainstorming as a class, they sat down to write out their own descriptions of what they have sensed in this chilly, crisp (and often wet!) winter season.

Phonemes for the WIN! Mrs. North’s class was participating in their phonemic awareness routines when I walked into the classroom last week. Students were practicing beginning sounds, ending sounds and listening for words in a sentence. They were showcasing how they can separate individual sounds (phonemes) from the beginning and ends of words they hear and speak to create other words.

Poor Frosty – Ms. Anderson’s students (who replaced Mrs. Soares) had some fun with a different form of winter artwork last week. They created some fun, puffy MELTED snowmen pieces of art!

Writing LIKE an Author – Ms. Mostat’s class learned about similes and metaphors and how to use these in their descriptive writing. They read the book, “Crazy Like a Fox: A Simile Story” and then wrote their own pieces that included similes and metaphors. Students were very proud of their writing!

ONE Word – Mrs. Zelter’s class talked about goal setting and the power of a word. They then reflected, discussed and chose one word to represent a goal for them in 2023.

New Year’s Forest Fun – Mrs. Southcott’s class had some fun in the forest to start 2023 as they headed out there to climb, play and explore. They also did some reading activities with a New Year focus… AND some students in the class were excited to start reading books! Such an exciting time.

All in Place – Mrs. Gandouin’s class was practicing their number sense last week as they worked on place value. Students were given a number and had to represent it in different ways (standard and expanded) and then separate it into tens and ones.

Challenge Accepted! Ms. Coghill’s students learned a new card game to help them practice their math skills. This “Challenge” game is just like the game “War” in which students have to decide which card is higher to win the cards laid out in front of them.

2023 Goals – Miss Petersen’s students created their own goals for 2023 last week. They shared goals at school like “no being scared at the top of the slide”, “drawing better” and “reading more stories”. We look forward to working with them to reach these goals!


The Week Ahead

Tuesday – Grade 5 basketball 7:45
Friday – Grade 5 basketball 7:45, assembly 1:30, Black Excellence Day

Month at a Glance

Monday, Jan 16 – Kindergarten registration begins
Friday, Jan 20 – Celebrating Lunar New Year at Shortreed (Lunar New Year falls on Jan 22)
Monday, Jan 23 – PAC Meeting 7pm
Tuesday, Jan 24 – Lockdown Drill 11:30
Friday, Jan 27 – Spirit Day – Crazy Headwear Day
Friday, Feb 10 – Pro-D Day (no school for students)

Important Updates and Reminders

Community Events and Information

Check out all the community events and opportunities on the Langley School District Community Bulletin Board by clicking here.

The application portal for the one-time top-up to the Canada Housing Benefit is now open!

The Government of Canada has introduced a new affordability measure to help lower-income renters who are most affected by the rise of inflation and struggling with the cost of rent. The one-time top-up to the Canada Housing Benefit provides eligible applicants with a one-time payment of $500. It is estimated that roughly 1.8 million lower-income renters will be able to benefit from this targeted investment.

How to Apply

Applicants will be able to apply for the one-time top-up to the Canada Housing Benefit on December 12, 2022, up until March 31, 2023, and are encouraged to apply online through CRA My Account, which is the quickest, easiest and most secure way to apply for the benefit. If you don’t have a CRA My Account, register now. You do not need to wait for your security code in the mail. You can still access limited services in My Account to apply for this benefit immediately. Applicants can also sign in to their My Service Canada Account to securely access CRA’s My Account without having to sign in again or revalidate their identity. 

web form will also be available to submit applications without having to sign in to My Account or My Service Canada Account. Address and direct deposit changes will not be permitted using the web form – if applicants haven’t updated their personal and banking information, they should apply through the CRA My Account. 

Applicants unable to apply for the benefit online, can call us at 1-800-282-8079 to complete their application with an agent. If you apply through My Account or by phone, and are signed up for direct deposit, you can get your payment within five business days.

Help make Langley a more welcoming and inclusive place to live! Our community partner, Langley Local Immigration Partnership, wants to hear from residents about their knowledge, opinions, and experiences related to multi-culturalism. Please share your perspectives and complete the survey by January 13. View flyer here or take survey here:

Shortreed Community Elementary

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