Good Things and the Week Ahead – June 27-29, 2022

Posted: June 26, 2022

Families of Shortreed,

Well, it finally feels like summer is approaching and we enter the final (partial) week of school!

There have been a TON of good things happening around our school but with the need to read report cards and plan for our Grade 5 Farewell tomorrow, I will be keeping this a bit shorter.

Our lost and found is overflowing with winter and spring stuff. We will have it outside (near the southeast end of the school – near the portables) on Tuesday morning before school so please come and take a look. After Tuesday, it will all be bagged up and donated.

A reminder that Wednesday is our final day of school and dismissal is at 11:30am. Students will also receive their final report cards on this day (sorry, we cannot print/publish report cards before Wednesday).

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

I will send a year-end newsletter out later this week. We hope you take a few minutes to read about some of the good things that have happened at Shortreed along with some updates and info.


Good Things to Talk About

National Indigenous Peoples’ Day – Each grade was assigned a theme to learn about and share their learning on their own class bulletin board this month. On Tuesday, for National Indigenous Peoples’ Day, all our classes did a Gallery Walk of the bulletin boards to learn about languages, culture, drumming and music, the Spindle Whorl, foods, sports/activities, story-telling, and Indigenous changemakers. Thank you to our staff and students for doing an exceptional job with this!

Grad Walk! The ACSS graduates of 2022 walked their old hallways as part of this year’s Grad Walk. The grads had a chance to travel to Parkside, Shortreed, and Betty Gilbert Middle to hear all the cheers of support from the students and staff. At our school, they were led by student representatives from our 4 kindergarten (and K/1) classes. This has been a tradition in many Langley Secondary Schools for the past few years but, due to Covid, this did not occur since 2019. Congratulations, ACSS Grads!

School-Wide Treat! Our amazing PAC ordered, prepared, and distributed an ice cream sundae to every person in our school on Friday to celebrate the end of the school year! Thank you so much to our PAC executive and the volunteers for all their work with this!

PowWow Dancing! Our school was honoured to have PowWow dancer, Nyla Carpentier, with us on Friday to perform and teach some of the basic steps of PowWow dancing. It was an awesome workout and a great way for our students to be exposed to some Indigenous culture as part of National Indigenous History Month.

Slip Sliding Away – Our grade 5s walked to the Otter Co-op Outdoor Experience on Wednesday for their year-end trip. Students had a blast in the lazy river, on the slides, in the pool, and at the water park! After this, they returned for a pizza picnic in the sunshine!

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for…  Ice cream! The Ice Cream Truck made a special appearance for the grade 5s after their pizza lunch and it did not disappoint. Much like we all did when we were kids when the truck came around the back corner, the students came running! Each student got to pick one ice cream treat to enjoy as a gift from the school.

Book Shopping – We had a few lucky winners of the Grade 4 Langley School District Foundation book giveaway! A few students from each grade 4 class won the chance to pick a bagful of brand new books to take home and enjoy reading this summer!

Showing Gratitude – The Shortreed PAC spoiled our staff with delicious coffee and muffins (From SiCafe) as well as some fun keychains to say thank you to our staff for the work they have done this year. Our staff showed our gratitude to families by sharing a Gerbera flower with each parent/caregiver/family member who dropped of the children on Thursday. Thank you to ALL our families for all you do each and every day to help our students come to school happy, healthy, and ready to learn.


The Week Ahead

Monday – Grade 5 Farewell 1:15-2:15
Tuesday – Lost and Found set up outside at 8:30; PAC Freezies
Wednesday – Final Assembly 9:30; Report cards sent home, last day of school – early dismissal at 11:30.
Thursday – admin day – staff only


Important Updates and Reminders

  • To order 2022-2023 school supplies or download the supplies lists, please go to our supplies page here.
  • U-Connect – Distributed Learning Programs  In recent years, the District has seen growth in programming at U-Connect. U-Connect is our K-12 school offering a distributed learning program which focuses on blended learning. Students in the program attend in person two days per week and learn online at home for the rest of the week. At the grade 10-12 level, there is also a full online option available for those students that thrive in a remote learning environment. The school takes pride in its ability to offer flexibility, connection, and a sense of community. Our staff works diligently with students and families on helping meet the needs of all learners. To learn more about student successes, opportunities and how you can meet your child’s education goals, visit the U-Connect website here. To express interest in an information session, please fill out the online form here.
  • Summer PHE Program – We have an exciting new opportunity for a summer PHE program. The program is focused on PHE: Fundamental Movement Skill development, with a specific focus on basketball. The program will run July 4th – 15th from 9:00am-1:00pm at Walnut Grove Secondary. This opportunity is open to all Langley students in grades 4-7.
    • The goals of the program are to:
      · increase the level of confidence and competence of students in their fundamental movement skills
      · use physical activity to support student mental well-being
      · identify basketball skills that students can improve upon
      · learn new skills
      · have fun
      Please register at https://www.sd35.bc.ca/schools/summer-session/
  • Are you moving or leaving the District? The District is reminding families to ensure they have accurate and updated information in the MyEDBC parent portal. Information such as parent/guardian contact details and home address are examples of data required by staff to plan enrolment, transportation services and other programs. Please contact your school office if you have questions about updating student information. The District appreciates your cooperation as this helps plan the next school year.
  • 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).
  • Attendance – if your child will be away, please email the attendance email (shortreedabsent@sd35.bc.ca) 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.

Check out the latest newsletter from the Aldergrove Community Schools coordinator!

Happy June from your Community School Coordinator
There are lots of fun things happening this summer. Check out the latest newsletter to find all the latest information
https://sway.office.com/YbrPdAZjgtojVn1t?ref=Link

Be sure to check out Family Smart’s website for some excellent opportunities coming up this month.

Summer Youth Group – Summer is almost here and we want to add some opportunities for fun! Join us up to four different times for games, activities, and snacks!

1:00-3:00pm for ages 10-15 years

July 14 – Big Games & Making Snacks
July 28 – Tie Dye & Board Games
Aug 11 – Sports Day
Aug 25 – Camp Out Smores & Hot Dogs

Meet outside the front portable at ACSS (closest to 29 Ave)
Registration required: Summer Youth Days Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite

Aldergrove Youth Soccer – Fall Registration

Shortreed Community Elementary

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