Good Things and the Week Ahead – Nov 14-18, 2022

Posted: November 13, 2022

Families of Shortreed,

We hope you enjoyed the beautiful weekend and spent time with your families to honour veterans and those currently serving our country.

Much of the focus at Shortreed last week was based on learning and preparation for National Indigenous Veterans Day and our Remembrance Day assembly.

A reminder that the link to sign up for Student Inclusive Conferences was sent out on Thursday evening. A note that there are no traditional report cards for terms 1 and 2 and the conferences are the opportunity to get a snapshot of where your child is at for term 1 and work collaboratively to look at the evidence of learning and make goals for term 2.

Friday is a Design and Assessment/Report Card Prep (Student Inclusive Conference prep) day so students are not in session.

A note from Mrs. Muller: The Christmas Concert date is Tuesday, December 13th and we are planning for a regular live concert like in the “olden days”. Students (and staff) are asked to wear their nicest clothes to school that day. They will not be going outside for recess or lunch, to keep their clothes looking nice. There will be an afternoon performance for families at 1:00 pm and then again in the evening at 6:30 pm. All students are part of the concert and are expected to be at all performances, including the evening one. Students should arrive back at school at 6:00 pm and go to their classrooms (Divisions 1 & 2 will meet in the library and Div 3 will meet in the MP room). Doors to the gym will open at 6 pm. The evening performance will be over by 8 pm. If students can’t make it because of sickness or a very good reason, they need to call the school or give a note to their teacher/Mrs. Muller.

As always, we want to acknowledge that we, in the Langley School District, 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 about some of the good things happening in classrooms and updates/info for the weeks ahead.


Good Things to Talk About

Shortreed Remembers – On Thursday, we held our first live Remembrance Day Assembly since 2019. Each class had 2 wreath bearers who placed the wreath their class made on our Remembrance Day board. The wreath bearers all showed respect and did well to take a moment to honour.

Grade 5 Poetry Readers – Each grade 5 class selected a student to read a poem or a portion of a poem or our Remembrance Day Assembly. Thank you to “M” from Ms. Mostat’s class for her reading of “In Flander’s Fields”; thank you to “G” and “O” for their shared reading of “Why Wear A Poppy”.

Piped Into the Assembly – We are so thankful for the presence of Mr. Mike MacDonald, a Shortreed family member, who played the bagpipes as our classes entered and left the assembly. This set such an important tone as to the importance of the assembly. In addition, he also played “Lament” after our moment of silence. Thank you, Mike!

Honouring Indigenous Veterans – Ms. Bedard and Mrs. Parsons’ classes spent some time learning about the importance of National Indigenous Veterans Day and why it is a separate day than Remembrance Day. Students learned that up until the mid ’90s, Indigenous Veterans were not honoured in Ottawa; Indigenous veterans also were not given the same treatment nor benefits when they returned home from WWI, WWII, and the Korean War. Students in Div 1 and 2, learned about 4 important Indigenous Veterans and then completed a Poppy project that used a poppy design by Indigenous Artist Bill Bedard. Check these out this week across from the Wolf’s Den (Ms. Elson’s room).

Remembrance Day Artwork: Check out the images of some of the artwork from around our school (below – click to enlarge).

Poppies from loose parts with Mrs. Kirk in the library.

“In Flanders Fields” poetry artwork from Mrs. North’s class.

Collaborative poppies from Mrs. Parsons’ class.

Held poppy artwork from Mrs. Zelter’s class.

“What is Peace?” artwork from Mrs. Datema’s class.

Hand-held poppy artwork from Ms. Rowbotham’s class.

Why we were a poppy artwork and description from Mrs. Southcott’s class.

Collaborative poppies from Ms. Cho’s class.

What does peace FEEL like? Descriptions from Ms. Kaur’s class.

Buddy hand-held poppies made from plasticine in Mrs. Loverock and Mrs. Gandouin’s classes.

Poppies from Miss Petersen’s class (also photos of 4 of Miss Petersen’s relatives who served our country).

Grade 5s Are Stylin! Our grade 5 crew got their hoodies last week! They were pumped… and we apologize in advance if some of them want to wear them every day!

A Visit From the Speaker – Ms. Mostat’s class got to participate in the “Speaker in the Schools” program last week! They got to meet the Honourable Raj Chouhan and enjoyed learning more about the government in our country… and even got to have a classroom debate!


The Week Ahead

Monday – Lockdown Drill 11:30
Tuesday – Purdy’s orders due
Thursday – Frisbee Rob Assembly 1:15
Friday – Design and Assessment Day – no school for students


Month at a Glance

Monday, Nov 21 – Student Inclusive Conferences begin
Monday-Friday, Nov 21-25
– Scholastic Book Fair (times TBD)
Wednesday, Nov 23 – Student Inclusive Conferences Day – only students with conferences attend at their allotted time.
Thursday, Nov 24 – Student Inclusive Conferences Evening
Friday, Nov 25 – Spirit Day – Jersey Day! Hot Lunch; Aboriginal Department Family Gathering at LSS 5pm
Friday, Dec 2 – Santa Breakfast 7-9am
Wednesday, Dec 7 – Popcorn Day
Tuesday, Dec 13 – Christmas Concerts!
Wednesday, Dec 14 – PAC Milk and Cookies Day, Pyjama Day
Friday, Dec 16 – Shortreed Carolling Assembly, Red/Green/White Day, Last day before winter break


Important Updates and Reminders

  • Photo Fundraiser – did you know that you can get your own photos (that you take) printed through our photographers Darby Photos and have a portion of the money go back to Shortreed? Check it out —>.
  • Information About School Status During Inclement Weather Snow closures and power outages are an annual occurrence in Langley School District. So, where do you go to get information about the status of schools during periods of inclement weather? If you are able to access the internet via computer or smartphone, current information about Langley schools can be accessed on all school websites or www.sd35.bc.ca. Updates are also posted to Twitter @LangleySchools and Facebook at www.facebook.com/langleyschooldistrict. If you don’t have internet connectivity but your phone is working, call a relative or friend in an area that has not been affected by the storm and ask them to check the district website for you. Local radio stations are also informed of school status in Langley. Tune in to CKWX 1130AM, CKNW 980AM, Country Radio 107.1FM, Pulse 107.7 or CBC 690AM or 88.1FM for updates.
    Please note that Langley District schools are all considered ‘open’ until a decision to close is required. Decisions on school closures are usually made by 6:30am. As always, it is a parent’s decision whether to send their child to school based on safety and individual circumstances. If you feel it is unsafe for you or your child to travel to or attend an open school for any reason, please keep your child home and report an absence to the school.
  • The Lucky Langley 50/50 – It’s a Win-Win! (supporting the Langley School District Foundation)
    You could win thousands of dollars while supporting mental wellness, literacy, student opportunities & food programming in our community!
    Tickets on sale now! Get yours at https://lsdf.rafflenexus.com/a/digital-ads
  • 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 online.
  • 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.

PAC Info

Purdy’s Holiday Fundraiser!!
We accept Cash, and Cheques over $25.
Orders are due Nov 15th
Pick up is Nov 28th
Christmas Poinsettias, Wreaths, Planter Sale!
Click here to order and support our school. More info was sent home with your child last week.

Community Events and Information

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

Coghlan Fundamental Elementary School is hosting a craft fair on November 19th from 10am to 4pm.  This is an all-handcrafted item event and open to our community.  The event link is https://fb.me/e/27J2LkEwU

PacificSport Fraser Valley is hosting a Winter Break XploreSportZ program at the Langley Events Centre. As we have had much success in the SD35 area working directly with a variety of schools, we wanted to continue to offer opportunities for the kids of SD35. I have attached our promotional poster as well as listing the program information below.

  • Location: Langley Events Centre – 7888 200th Street, Langley, BC V2Y 3J4
  • Dates: December 19-22
  • Times: 8:30am to 3:00pm
  • Ages: 7-12 years old
  • Who: Open to anyone fitting the above age category!

Registration Link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/winter-break-xploresportz-coed-ages-7-12-tickets-416339451507

Shortreed Community Elementary

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