Good Things and the Week Ahead – May 16-20, 2022

Posted: May 15, 2022

Families of Shortreed,

Rain, rain, go away! I hope you found a way to get outside a bit this past weekend while also staying dry! The rain stayed away just long enough last Thursday for our grade 3-5 track meet. Thank you to all those staff and families (and students from BGMS!) who helped with tents, running stations, and cheering on the athletes!

A reminder that this Friday is a Pro-D Day and Monday is Victoria Day so it is a 4-day weekend for our students.

We were excited to see some shrink wrap and scaffolding coming down from our gym area as Kinetic Construction finished Phase 1. Phase 2 (near the portables) is also near completion.

Our PAC Fun Fair is coming up on May 27 and we are in need of some volunteers so please see the info below (which was also emailed).

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

We hope you take a few minutes to read up on a few of the good things happening in our school as well as some info for the week/month ahead!

Good Things to Talk About

Division 1 Reporters – Please take a few minutes to watch our latest newscast!

On Your Marks… What a great day! The rain held off and students in grades 3-5 had awesome participation levels in the 6 events in our 2022 Track Meet! Students competed in the 50m, 100m, 200m, ball throw, long jump, and shotput (and then ran the 400m the following day). We loved hearing the students cheering each other on and celebrating the finishes. Ribbons will be handed out this week and students will be notified if they qualified for the big Regional Track Meet on Tuesday. We will be running the 800m Monday at lunch.

Farewell, Student-Teachers!  Congratulations to our four teacher-candidates from the University of Fraser Valley, Ms. Cheema, Ms. Chisholm, Ms. Bouvier, and Ms. Graham, on the completion of their teaching practicum! All of these teachers have been hired in Langley so we hope to see them back at Shortreed soon. Thank you to Mrs. Graham, Mrs. Fox, Ms. Coghill, and Mrs. Parsons (and the students) for all their support during their practicums.

Learning From a Master – We were honoured to have Master Jose from Changs Taekwondo at our school on Monday to work with our classes who had a music block that day. Students learned some basic blocking and kicking techniques and had a blast learning from instructor Jose! Thank you so much to him for volunteering his time!

Trapped in a Jar – In the library with Mrs. Kirk, Div 5 and 6 created their own creatures trapped in jars based on the story of “The Barnabus Project.”  This is a magical picture book about some “failed projects” creatures and how one is determined to belong and follow his dreams. Students listened to the story and then used the iPads to create their own creatures.

Making “Cents” – Mrs. Datema’s students have been starting to develop their financial literacy as they learn about Canadian money. Inspired by their learning, a few students decided to recreate the Bluenose Schooner (from the dime) by using some Keva Planks!

Community Design! Students in Ms. McFarland’s class have been learning about the idea of community. This past week, they worked together and spent time planning, designing and building their local community. Students each had a part of their community (ie. library, school, gas station, etc) that they had to label and then plan and design where it would go in the community.

Checking Out Some Dinos! Division 17 has been learning about dinosaurs in class and this past week, attended an amazing interactive virtual field trip to the Royal Tyrell Museum to learn all about these prehistoric animals! They also used some pasta to make their own dinosaur artwork earlier in the week.

Authors and Audience – Mrs. Parsons/Graham’s class has been learning about creative writing and decided to write their own fairy tales these past few weeks. One of the best parts of being an author is sharing it with an audience so they got to read their books with their little buddies!

Taking Shape – Ms. Kaur’s students have been learning about 3-Dimensional shapes in math. Students had a chance to make their own rectangular prisms, pyramids, and other shapes out of toothpicks and marshmallows.

Extra! Extra! Ms. Bedard’s class has been learning about historical discriminatory acts in Canada and to share their knowledge, students worked on creating their own newspapers in Word on the iPad. Students chose topics like Komagata Maru, Chinese Head Tax, Japanese Internment Camps and the Indian Act to explore and write about.

Biomes! Ms. Fenech’s students have been learning about different biomes of the world (desert, tropical rainforest, tundra, etc). Last week, they worked on sharing their learning through the Explain Everything App. They created slides and then added their voice over the slides to explain their learning.



The Week Ahead

Monday – 800m at lunch (grade 3-5), Gr. 4 soccer after school
Tuesday – BGBS Gr. 6 Band performs, Gr. 5 volleyball at lunch, Gr. 4 soccer after school
Wednesday – track practice at lunch
Thursday – track practice at lunch
Friday – Pro-D Day

Month at a Glance

Monday, May 23 – Victoria Day (no school)
Tuesday, May 24 –
 PAC Meeting 7:00pm
Wednesday, May 25 – 
Regional Track Meet (grades 3-5 who qualify)
Friday, May 27 – Lockdown Drill 1:45, Clothing Drive, PAC Fun Fair – 3:30-7:30
M-F May 30-June 3 – Bike/Roll to School Week
Thursday, June 2 – 
Gifts and Gathering 1pm
T-Th, June 7-8-9 – iRide for Grades 4-5
Wednesday, June 8 – Kindergarten Welcome Event (afternoon)
Friday, June 10 – Shortreed’s Got Talent
Wednesday, June 15
– PAC Meeting 9am, Gr. 5s visit BGMS 9:30-11:30
Friday, June 17 – Sports Day!

PAC News

Neufeld Farms Fundraiser
  • Delivery is Thursday, May 19 at 2:30 at the school.

PAC Fun Fair is coming on May 27th!!!

  • Our Fun Fair is only a few weeks away. We are looking for volunteers for the day of the fair. We need help at Will Call, Concession, and other stations.
  • Please take a look at our sign up page and volunteer if you can. There are 1 hour time slots. You can even sign up for two if you’re available! A member of the Fun Fair Committee will be at each station and will show you what to do/ be there to help.
  • The PAC appreciates the Shortreed staff and families at our school. Events like this could not happen without your support. Thank you for your help.
  • We would also like to thank the students from the High School (ACSS) who volunteer their time to run our Carnival Games and Face Painting.
  • This year’s Fun Fair is going to be great!\
  • Here is the link to our Volunteer sign up:
    Thank you,
    Shortreed PAC

Important Updates and Reminders

  • We are participating in this year’s Township of Langley Firefighters Kids Helping Kids Clothing Drive. All proceeds will go towards the School Snack Program benefiting Langley Students! Bring your clean, gently used clothing to your school on (or before) May 27th between 7am-10am. Firefighters will pick up our school’s clothing donation and have it weighed. The school that collects the most on a pounds-per-student basis will be treated to a BBQ Lunch served by firefighters!
  • Transportation  registration  for 2022-23 is now open. Please note the instructions to register are different for each category of rider. To help in our planning and creation of bus routes, registrations must be submitted by May 16 (eligible riders) and June 6 (courtesy riders). The District cannot guarantee approval after the deadline. New and existing riders can find more information on our Transportation Registration webpage here.
  • 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).
  • Are you interested in some tips for reading at home with your child? Click here to check out our Home Reading Website!
  • Attendance – if your child will be away, please email the attendance email ( 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 for some great opportunities for families.

Shortreed Community Elementary

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