Good Things and the Week Ahead – Nov 2-6, 2020

Posted: November 1, 2020

Families of Shortreed,

We hope you had a spooky and fun-filled Halloween last night. We loved seeing all the students all dressed up at school and we especially enjoyed our outdoor version of the Shortreed Halloween Costume Parade! Thank you to all those who were able to make it out to cheer on the kids.

Another reminder that starting tomorrow, ALL students will attend each day from 8:34-2:20. Our students and classes are way faster with handwashing so there is no need for a staggered start and end to the day (this will also add about 30 minutes of instructional time each day!). Recess and Lunch will continue to be staggered. Because there will be more adults at pick up and drop off, please ensure you practice physical distancing as much as you can. Our playground will continue to be closed before and after school so please arrive right before the bell and head out shortly after dismissal. Thank you for your help with this.

Please take a moment to read the Good Things happening at Shortreed along with some updates in the Week Ahead!

Good Things to Talk About

Parading Around – Halloween just would not be the same at Shortreed without our traditional Halloween Costume Parade… but this time, we took the parade outside! With the sun beaming down on our school, our students and staff maintain distance from other classes while taking the chance to show their costumes to the rest of the students and staff in the school. Parents and family members also came to cheer on the students from a distance. IN years past, the parade has always been done indoors but some said they preferred it as an outdoor event so who knows… maybe we have started a new tradition? If only we could get the weather to cooperate each year like it did this year!

Shortreed’s Haunted Gym – Volunteers came in and decorated our gym on Thursday night to create an AWESOME haunted house in our gym for our students. Students went through the gym with their cohort and had a chance to see all the amazing decorations and spookiness that was the Shortreed Gym. Even Mike from Wild Education played a role as he left us his slithery snakes in their cases for students to check out! In a typical year, PAC is able to be in the gym to be part of the Halloween Party so we truly appreciate all the efforts they put in to make this a memorable event (check out the video below)!!!

Let’s Talk – Even though we are in the midst of a pandemic, our teaching staff was able to offer face to face parent-teacher conferences this year. Through the use of masks and physical distancing, families and teachers were able to meet and talk about how the students have transitioned back to school and are progressing through term 1. On the shorter day, teachers took the time to meet with parents online video-conferencing via TEAMS.  This year took more discussions and planning than a typical year so thank you to the teachers and parents for making this happen.

A Halloween Hunt – The “Ghostbusters” gave Mrs. Dhaliwal’s class a mystery to solve on Friday. They had to use their rhyming skills to complete a scavenger hunt that ended with a sweet treat!

Shortreed Ninjas – It’s no secret that we have highly skilled support staff at Shortreed… as they never cease to amaze us. However, did you know they were also Ninjas?!? Love the Halloween spirit of our entire staff again this year… and we loved the Shortreed Ninjas!

Baristas Come to Shortreed – Staff were treated to some coffee/mocha/hot chocolates (and smiles!) on Friday from our local “Starbucks Baristas” Ms. Ward and Mrs. Kirk. Both these teachers have a connection to that line of work (previous work and a daughter who works there) so they donned their Starbucks attire and served up some java on Halloween!

When the Pumpkin Patch Came to Shortreed – Each year in mid-late October, our kindergarten classes typically board a bus and head out to the pumpkin patch to see animals and pick their own pumpkins. However, due to Covid-19, they were not able to do that this year. Our amazing kindergarten team had a different plan for them as they drove through the neighbourhood to pick up donated pumpkins (thank you Save-on-Foods Aldergrove!) and some bails of hay to make our backfield the Shortreed Kindergarten Pumpkin Patch! Take a moment to watch the video below to see the smiles on the faces of our kids. Thank you to our K-team and other staff members who helped to make this happen!

Trapping Carrots?  Ms. Manhas’ students read the book “Creepy Carrots” and then tapped into their creative minds to collaborate, design and build their own “carrot trap” using limited supplies. Students also had a chance to do a little “pumpkin operation” as they explored the (apparently gross 🙂 ) inside of a pumpkin.

Leaning Tower of… Candy?  Mrs. Creech’s students also had a chance to work on their design process using collaboration and creative and critical thinking skills… and they got to do this with CANDY! Students had to create the tallest tower (for a candy centrepiece) using only toothpicks and candies… so if they chose to eat any… they had fewer items to use to build. 🙂

What to Be for Halloween?  Ms. Bain was struggling to choose a costume for Halloween… so she figured she would tap into the hearts and minds of her students! They had to draw and write about the costume they thought would be the best fit for their teacher.

Grandfather Teachings – Ms. Toby’s class had their first of many Tuesday visits from our Aboriginal Support Worker, Mrs. Elson, last week. They learned about one of The Seven Grandfather Teachings (love) and the animal that represents this… the eagle! They coloured a picture of an eagle and talked about how they show love to their family, friends, and environment as Eagle does!

Pumpkins and Loose Parts – Miss Petersen’s students had a chance to demonstrate their learning of AB patterns (ex. ABABAB) using Halloween-themed loose parts. They also reflected on their experience in the pumpkin patch and created their own crayon-washed pumpkin patch artwork.

Building Blocks of Learning – For math, Ms. Fenech’s class started their unit with place value and did some hands-on activities building numbers to the 1000s with base-10 blocks. Manipulatives like base-10 blocks can be so helpful for students to SEE math and help with number sense.

Spooky Scenery – Mrs. Parsons’ students created some awesome and spooky night scenes using pastels and paint. Students coloured the night sky with pastels and then used paint to create the silhouette of a spooky tree (and bats).



The Week Ahead

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Wednesday, November 4 – Photo Retake Day
Thursday, November 5Throwback Thursday – wear your 80s and 90s gear!  (we really hope that people don’t get Wednesday and Thursday mixed up this week… although it would make for some EPIC school photos). 
Friday, November 6 – Fire Drill #2 – 10:45am.

Month at a Glance

  • Tuesday, November 10 – Remembrance Day Virtual Assembly (Teams Live Event)
  • Wednesday, November 11 – Remembrance Day – No School
  • Friday, November 13 – Lockdown Drill #1
  • Tuesday, November 17 – Spirit Day – Crazy hat, hair, and socks day!
  • Monday, November 23 – Design and Assessment Day and Report Card Prep – No school for students.
  • Tuesday, November 24 – Fire Drill #3 at 10:45 and PAC Meeting at 7 pm in the Shortreed Gym.
  • Friday, November 27 – Pyjama Day!

PAC News

PAC is excited to share a new campaign: Fundscrip!

  • Fundscrip is a place to buy gift cards for all sorts of different places (groceries, gas, retail, etc) with a percentage of the purchase going to our school! To get started please use this link, register, order, and share with friends and family.

Information and Reminders

  • The Langley Advance Times is highlighting the efforts of seven local educators who go “Above and Beyond” in an upcoming special publication. The paper is looking for anyone involved in education in Langley – teachers, administrators, education assistants, Aboriginal support workers, coaches, club leaders, custodial staff, bus drivers – who have made a big difference for Langley students during the pandemic. Each person selected will be the subject of a feature article and photo in an upcoming publication. To nominate someone, email and submit up to 250 words explaining why the person you are nominating deserves to be featured. Please include your contact information so staff at the paper can follow up with you and reach out to your nominee. A small committee at the Langley Advance Times will be making decisions, so there is a November 13th (5 pm) deadline for nominations.
  • If your child will be absent, please email or call the school. The Daily Health Check form can be found here.
  • POPPIES – It is a long-standing tradition for schools to support our veterans and the efforts of the Royal Canadian Legion. Due to our COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, the distribution and collection of funds for poppies will be different. Please note that our school will be receiving a poppy for every student. We will be distributing them to classes in a safe manner. We will continue to collect funds this year in support of the Legion’s Poppy Campaign but kindly ask students and their families to donate online via School Cash Online (see your email inbox).Please do not send any cash or cheques with your child to school. We appreciate your generosity. As always, our school is committed to educating our community about the meaning of the poppy and Remembrance Day.
  • Information About School Status During Inclement WeatherSnow 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 Updates are also posted to Twitter @LangleySchools and Facebook at 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.
  • Please do not park along the yellow line in front of the school. You can use this for a very brief drop-off area in the morning but if you park there, you will be asked to move (and RCMP have said they will ticket people).
  • Please make sure you complete the daily health check with your child each morning. If you are unsure about whether or not to send your child, please keep them home and call the school for direction. The form (in various languages) can be found here.
  • Our school parking lot is closed between 8:15-9:00 and 2:00-2:30 (other than daycare, buses, and vehicles for people with a disability). The church across the street generously allows us to use their parking lot so please park there or along 28th Ave. Do not park in the “no parking” (coned) area.

Community Events and Information

Check out the Community Bulletin Board here with plenty of awesome opportunities for your family.

Shortreed Community Elementary

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