Good Things and the Week Ahead – March 6-10, 2023

Posted: March 5, 2023

Families of Shortreed,

We are heading into the final week before Spring Break!

Thank you to all those families who have been able to make it out to our Student Inclusive Conferences this past week. They continue this week with the final day being Thursday.

Our Grade 5 Young Entrepreneur Show is happening this Tuesday. An email was sent this evening so please make sure you read that and, if you can, provide a little bit of money for your kids to buy something from these young entrepreneurs!

Make sure you see below for some info about an AWESOME event happening at our school on Friday! Our gym will be full of reptiles and other animals… as well as a magician!

A reminder that Wednesday and Thursday are early dismissal days for Student Inclusive Conferences with students being dismissed at 1:33.

We want to welcome Mrs. Kathy Stoddart to our Shortreed Team! Mrs. Stoddart has accepted the admin assistant position and we could not be more thrilled and thankful to have her join us. Please take a moment to welcome her the next time you pop by the office.

As always, we are honoured to work, learn, and play on the unceded ancestral lands of the Matsqui First Nation. In Langley Schools, we do so on the unceded ancestral lands of the Matsqui, Kwantlen, Katzie, and Semiahmoo First Nations. 

We hope you take a few minutes to read about some good things happening in our even-numbered divisions this week as well as some info and reminders for the weeks ahead.

Good Things to Talk About

Student Inclusive Conferences – It has been wonderful seeing the engagement with families and students in our Student Inclusive Conferences. Students have been able to share some of the learning while families discuss successes, stretches, and goals for term 3.

Jump, Jump! Mrs. Tarasoff and Ms. Coghill helped to set up the fundraiser and the activities in the gym to promote the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s “Jump Rope For Heart”! Kids loved getting their heart rates up with skipping and many other fitness activities. We have met our goal with some huge donations supporting Landon L’s efforts. He is the big brother of one of our little Eagles who has been a true warrior in her short life (she is not at our school yet but will be in the next couple of years). She has been through SO much already in her young life with a trip to Alberta for life-saving open heart surgery, endless appointments, tests, and hospital stays. It is because of the love and support of her family along with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and their ongoing support for research and care, that she has been able to make it through so much with her very complex congenital heart defect. If you have not donated yet, consider this little warrior, and future Shortreed Eagle, and donate to Shortreed’s Jump Rope For Heart Fundraiser. Our fundraiser closes this Friday, March 10.

One Last Week in the Snow! Our students had an absolute blast building and sledding in the snow this past week. Some classes took their students to the bigger hill by the bridge on 28th Ave as well!

Finishing Strong – Our Eagles Basketball teams had a strong week to finish their regular season. On Monday, Team 2 defeated Simonds at home and then Team 1 had their strongest game of the season but came up a bit short against the undefeated team from James Hill. The team has really been working on layups and rebounding and they fought hard in both games. Coach Mostat and Wejr have been so proud of their development this season! The Eagles head to ACSS tomorrow (Monday) from 3-6 for a celebration playday with 6 mini-games against all the teams in their league.

Reading Music! In music class with Mrs. Muller, our grade 5s have been showing that they can read music and play an introductory instrument like the recorder. Students were enjoying playing some real songs and real music with their wind instruments.

Division 18 – Writing Routines for the Win! Ms. Cheema’s class has been showing awesome progress with their writing skills as they continue to build on prompts from Ms. Cheema each day. When I popped by, they were excited to write, share, and draw about a place they went.

Division 16 – Shining a Light on Reading – Mrs. Southcott’s class had some fun reading time this past week with some “flashlight reading”. Each student found a quiet and comfortable space and was then given a flashlight to read to themselves. Moments like these help to encourage a love for reading.

Division 14 – A Full Heart – Ms. Kaur’s students were getting into the “Jump Rope For Heart” mood this week as, once they finished their journals, had a chance to decorate a healthy heart with images and words promoting Jump Rope for Heart.

Division 12 – Step By StepMs. Anderson’s class did some math ladders this week. Students had to set up a ladder on their whiteboards with 10 at the top. Then they rolled a 9-sided die and had to put whatever was rolled in the best place to order numbers. They also did a hot chocolate directed-draw because of all of the snow… They needed something to keep them warm!

Division 10 – An Important Visit – Mrs. North’s class braved the cold recently and walked to Jackman Manor for a visit. They met up with some very important elders in the community and sang three songs, met their pen pals and handed out some pretty Spring cards that they made. There were smiles all around from both the residents and students! Thank you to Kara for helping to make this happen!

Division 8 – Belnding In – Ms. Johnson’s class has been learning about animal adaptations and how they use these to survive and thrive. Students created some pop-out art that matched the design on the paper to help the fish blend in! They have also been learning the relationship between multiplication and division and thinking about “groups of” when working through the processes.

Division 6 – Important Math Groups – Mrs. Zelter’s class was learning from their student-teacher, Ms. Goundar, about the importance of thinking about “groups of” when learning and practicing multiplication. For example, when looking at 3×5, you can think about 3 groups of 5 or 5 groups of 3. Students practiced using manipulatives to build an understanding of this multiplication process.

Division 4 – Good ‘Times’ With Multiplication! Ms. Cho spent some time teaching and reviewing a few different ways to complete 2-digit by 1-digit multiplication. Students used their whiteboards to share their learning and gain feedback about this important skill. They also had a fun time in the gym for Jump Rope for Heart!

Division 2 – Seeing Their Strengths – Ms. Bedard’s class continued with their art projects from Respect and Diversity Week. Students reflected on their own strengths, keyed in on these, and worked to be kind and positive to themselves. They drew a self-portrait and then surround their portrait with affirming words about their strengths.




The Week Ahead

Monday – grade 5 basketball celebration playday at ACSS – 3-6pm
Tuesday – Young Entrepreneur Show (all day for students and open to families from 1:30-2:00); Gifts and Gatherings 1:00-2:00 (see info below)
Wednesday – hot lunch (McDonalds); early dismissal at 1:33
Thursday – early dismissal at 1:33
Friday – assembly at 1:30; last day before Spring Break; Reptile Night in the Gym! 4-8pm (see PAC info below)

Month at a Glance

Monday, March 27 – School re-opens
Friday, March 31 – Spirit Day – Mismatched Sock Day
Friday, April 7 – Good Friday (no school)

PAC News

PAC is excited to bring you a Reptile Night with our very own Mike from Wild Education.
When: March 10th drop in from 4-8pm!
Tickets: Cost $5 / person or $25 / for a family of 5 or more. Can only be purchased at the door.
We will have a concession with snacks/drinks and raffles.
We are in need of volunteers! You must be comfortable handling the animals, but if you are not we need about 4 people to help with the entrance and concession. Please sign up here.

You are invited to participate in Shortreed’s Purdy’s Easter Chocolate Fundraiser. We are currently fundraising for a new sound system for our gym. Please support this worthy cause by ordering online!

There are 2 ways to get started:

    1. Enter YOUR email address…… if you are a returning customer, it will take you right in to the main page. If you are a new customer, it will ask you to register, your name, phone number and a password.
    1. Join a Campaign
    2. Customer number is 25514
    3. If you are a new customer, it will ask you to fill in your name, phone number, email address, and password.
  • Once you are in click SHOP ONLINE then add items to your cart.
  • When you are ready click PROCEED TO CHECKOUT and follow the instructions for payment. Please make sure your phone number is on the order so we can contact you when it arrives.
  • It is easiest to pay online however we have the following options available: cash, cheque, or email transfer. If paying by cheque, please make it payable to Shortreed PAC. If paying by e-transfer please use the following information email: password: eagles
  • Any orders left unpaid as of March 6th at 11:59pm will be deleted.

All orders must be placed ONLINE! If you are needing a paper form, please reach out to PAC.

Orders are due by March 6thPick up day will be April 3rd from the PAC room. Please note PAC will not deliver to the students without given permission to. If you wish for us to deliver to the student, please add in the comment section in the online check out “ok to be given to student”.

Our 2023 Fun Fair is in May 26th from 3:30 to 7:30pm. We have started the planning process and are looking for people who would like to help plan and organize the fair. There are lots of big and small jobs that need to be done before the big day. (this call out is for volunteer coordinators to help plan the fair. Posts and emails for volunteers to help on the day of the fair will be sent out in April ).

Volunteer coordinator positions that need to be filled:

  • Concession
  • Games
  • Volunteers
  • Advertising
  • Signs and decorations
  • Jar Game
  • Cake Walk
  • Will Call
  • Face Painting
Each coordinator job has its own detailed TO DO list. This list outlines what needs to be done before the fair, during and after. There will also be a member of our executive team with you ( in most cases) to help. If you are interested please email the PAC at for more information or contact Cashmere Roder.

Important Updates and Reminders

  • Budget Consultation 2023-2024 

    Want to have your say on the District’s budget for 2023-2024? The Langley School District is inviting students, staff, parents/guardians, and all members of the public to take part in its Budget Consultation 2023-2024 by completing this 5-minute survey here or providing feedback by email to All survey and email submissions will be accepted until March 31, 2023. The data gathered will help provide our District Leadership staff and Board of Education with the information needed to make decisions impacting education. The District is sharing videos and an infographic located on our webpage which may be helpful to you. For more information as well as translated versions of the survey, please visit our District webpage here

  • Before/After School Care at Shortreed – now confirmed for 2023-2024 as well!
  • If your family needs some support for breakfast before school, our breakfast program runs at 8:20 each day. Students must come every day and be on time. Please register at this link.
  • Please have your child come prepared for the weather (coats, hood, gloves, boots) as most days are outside days at Shortreed. If you are in need of coats or shoes/boots, come and check out our selection in our Coat/Shoe/Boot exchange!
  • If your child is sick, please keep them home until the symptoms have improved.
  • Our school parking lot is closed between 8:15-9:00 and 2:00-2:45 (other than daycare, buses, and vehicles for people with a disability). The church across the street graciously allows us to use their parking lot for pick-up and drop-off so please park there or along 28th Ave. Do not park in the “no parking” (coned) areas along the yellow curbs. No u-turns.

Community Events and Information

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



Shortreed Community Elementary

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