Good Things and the Week Ahead – March 28 – April 1, 2022

Posted: March 27, 2022

Families of Shortreed,

Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful spring break.

We are looking forward to moving back to more of a typical Shortreed term for term 3. As was shared just prior to the break, mask-wearing is no longer required in BC schools (it is now individual choice) and many of the limitations on gatherings, visitors, and spectators have now been lifted (there will be more announcements next week). We will be meeting as a staff this week to discuss how we will move forward at Shortreed with the updated protocols in place.

We would like to congratulate Ms. Ward on an exciting day she had over the break as she married her fiance, Jeremy! We are so excited for the two of them!!!

I would like to give a huge shout-out to the Shortreed Staff (and students) for the way they got through the final week. We had some serious issues with both our HVAC system in the school and the propane lines for the portables and therefore, most classrooms did not have heat the entire week. Staff made sure to do all they could to keep the positive learning environment going in their classrooms. Our heat is now fixed so thank you to everyone who helped each other to get through in some pretty cold classrooms.

Thank you to all those who have filled out the feedback form on Student Inclusive Conferences. The district is working through some formatting bugs on the documents that will be coming home (these will include snapshots of your child’s learning (their term assessments) as well as notes of goals and comments from the conferences. Your feedback is really important to us (and the district) as we are one of the four schools piloting these conferences and the feedback helps us to know what went well and what we need to reflect upon. If you can spare 5 minutes, please complete the survey here. Be sure to check out the school district’s interview with Ms. Fenech about a powerful moment that occurred during the conferences.

A reminder that if your child was born in 2017, you must register for kindergarten by Thursday to give them the best chance to be in the catchment school. Registration info is here.

We have a very shortened version of the Good Things section this week while we leave it up to our awesome reporters from Division 1 leaders to share what they found out through their interviews.

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


Good Things to Talk About

Our Division One News Crew!!!  Be sure to watch the 3-minute video below as Mrs. Parsons’ class shares some stories of learning from a few of our classrooms. I apologize for not sending this out at the start of the break…

Feeling the Beat – Our school was treated to some awesome musical teaching from Daniel at Rhythm Resource provide workshops called “Release the Rhythm”. He demonstrated and taught our kids all about body percussion styles from around the world. Through a workshop format of 2-3 classes at a time, the kids were able to get some smaller group attention from Daniel.

Get Dressed? Nah.  We had a fun PJ day on the last day before spring break. Students and staff throughout the school were cozy in their pyjamas…. which helped them stay a bit warmer without the heat working!

Schooled in Movement – Mr. Hunter was here again the past week to help teach some fun drills and games to practice fundamental movement skills. He continues to work with a number of classes so teachers can build their capacity to teach and students can learn and hone their skills that are fundamental to so many sports and activities.


The Week Ahead

Monday – Welcome back! Gr. 5 basketball at 7:45
Wednesday – Gr. 5 basketball at 8:00; Team 1 vs James Hill at Shortreed at 3:00.


Month at a Glance

Monday, April 4 – Gr. 5 Basketball Practice at 7:45
Tuesday, April 5Gr. 5 Basketball PlayDay at ACSS 3:00-5:00
Wednesday, April 6 – Fire Drill at 2:00
Friday, April 8 – “Running into Spring” Community Run 1:45
Monday, April 11 – Purdy’s Orders PickUp
Tuesday, April 12
Young Entrepreneur Show – all day
Friday, April 15 – Good Friday – no school
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
Thursday, April 28 – Gifts and Gathering (more info below) 1:00
Friday, April 29Class Photos


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 on April 4th. If you have lots to donate please contact the PAC to arrange for a drop-off time at shortreedpac@gmail.com 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.

Important Updates and Reminders

  • 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 (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.

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 pthorpe@sd35.bc.ca for more information.

In The Know!

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.

 

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