Good Things and the Week Ahead – Nov 29 – Dec 3

Posted: November 28, 2021

Families of Shortreed,

Well, the rain just keeps on coming. We are all sending our thoughts to all of those who are struggling with flooding, evacuations, and/or barriers to seeing friends and family.

If you have been at the school, you will have noticed that we are all “caged in” now; preparations for the seismic upgrade (structural roof replacement) have begun and these fences are to keep our students, staff, and families safe from trucks that will be coming and going once construction begins in a week or so.

As we near the start of December, we are trying to shift our focus back to care, connection… and calm.  This has been a more challenging year than even last year and we are finding students, families, and staff are struggling with dysregulation. For December, we want to bring that joy in a calm and caring way so stay tuned to see the many positive ideas we have for this month.

With term 1 drawing to a close, it is a good reminder of the importance of reading with your child each night. Whether it is snuggling with a good book at bedtime or on the couch during a rainy day, these moments of literacy can help in so many ways. For more ideas on how to support your child, please check out the Shortreed Home Reading website.

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 about the many good things happening at Shortreed along with some reminders and updates for the week and month ahead.

Good Things to Talk About

See You at the Parade! For the first time in a long time, Shortreed will be entering a float in the Aldergrove Christmas Parade! Thanks to the efforts of retired SEA, Gail Macklin, along with the support of our PAC executive, we will have a small float and a chance for students and families to walk in the parade! Parade participants will be part of a free raffle that will be coming home on Monday/Tuesday. Entries must be in by Friday! Some of our grade 5 started helping with some decorations for our Elf-themed float.

Feeling the Beat – Students worked with Sheila Jack (from DW Poppy) and Ms. Elson to create drum sticks for the drums that students made last year! In the near future, students will learn some local songs… we are thrilled for the opportunity to get some drumming happening at Shortreed!

I Seeeee… 3 Scoops!  Ms. Mostat’s class was practising “visualizing” while writing by describing the weather with similes and triple scoop words. Slowing down when we are writing so we can bring the reader into our words makes a huge difference! Triple scoop words (extra tasty words) can really help the reader “see” what we are writing about as well.

Math Catchers! 13 schools around the province participated in SFU’s Math Catchers Festival in which students had to create a story (and video) of a math challenge based on Indigenous storytelling. Mrs. Parsons’ class represented our school so well as they created a number of different videos based on the Small Number Series!!!  According to the website, the Math Catcher Festival is a celebration of students’ imagination and creativity and their knowledge of mathematics and Indigenous cultures and traditions. The Festival and associated activities are based on the belief that storytelling, accompanied by pictures and open-ended questions, helps students experience mathematics in action and encourages young people to enjoy math. This belief is one of the pillars of the Math Catcher Outreach Program and it is the central piece of each story and animated film in the Small Number series.

Quite the Puzzle – Working with 20 friends is no easy task! Ms. Kaur’s class was practicing some teamwork and communication as they put together a 250 piece puzzle as a class last week. They were beaming with pride!

Lil Paleontologists! Mrs. Datema’s class has been spending the past month reading, writing, drawing, and learning about all things dinosaurs. They recently wrote (and drew) about what they would do if they had a pet dinosaur!

MindUP! Miss Petersen’s class went to the library last week to begin learning with Mrs. Kirk about our brains and MindUp.  They learned the part of the brain like “the memory saver” (hippocampus), “the guard dog” (amygdala), and “the wise eagle” (prefrontal cortex).  They then made these parts of the brain with playdough. Mrs. Kirk is working with a few classes at a time to help students understand how their brains work and how we can work to use the prefrontal cortex for more regulated control of our lives.

Adding Them Up!  Mrs. Dhaliwal’s class was learning and practicing some of their math facts last week. Students used manipulatives to help them to see how the addition operation can work with objects in front of them.

Math as a Class – Mrs. Tarasoff’s students were reviewing their learning of 2-D and 3-D geometric shapes in class last week. They participated in a fun activity in which each student had a card that had a 2-D/3-D shape that they had as well as a shape they wondered who had (ex. I have a diamond, who has a trapezoid). They had to go through the whole class reviewing and sharing their knowledge of these shapes.

Chunks of Sound – Mrs. North’s class has been engaging in a daily routine practicing phonemic awareness as part of their Heggerty program. This program involves repetitive practice breaking down words into chunks of sound (letter sounds, start and end sounds, rhyming words, etc). These are essential skills for literacy!

Their Zones Board – Mrs. Fox’s class is completing the final portion of their class Zones of Regulation Board. They learned all about the emotions and behaviours in the Red Zone and then completed a self-directed drawing of Anger from the movie, Inside Out, and then took pictures of themselves in an angry state.

DINOvember! Mrs. Zelter’s class had an interactive, virtual field trip with the Royal Tyrrell Museum last week. Students were taken back to the time of the dinosaurs with a live tour, videos and an up-close look at different fossils. Students were able to ask questions related to their favourite dinosaurs and participate during the presentation.

Comparisons With Olemaun – Over the last two weeks, Ms. Fenech’s class wrapped up their novel study of Fatty Legs. As a class, they discussed the character transformation of Olemaun to Margret. Students were then asked to think about their own life experience at school vs Olemaun’s experience at residential school. They had some amazing and thoughtful connections and discussions!

Alphabet Soup – This past week, Ms. McFarland’s students were making Alphabet Soup by following their own 3-letter “recipes.”  They had lots of fun creating the recipes, finding the matching letters and saying the sound each letter makes.  It was a very fancy meal!

Principal for the Day – Miss J was the lucky winner of the Principal for the Day raffle at Meet the Teacher night. She had the chance to spend the day in her office, visiting classes, helping with traffic and parking, and helping students on playground supervision. She did a great job!



The Week Ahead

Wednesday, December 1 – Red, White, and Green Day – wear those Christmas colours!

Month at a Glance

December 8 – Santa Breakfast (in class), PAC Popcorn Day
December 10 – Community Run – “Reindeer Run” 1:30, Report Cards go home
December 11 – Aldergrove Parade
December 14 – Christmas Concerts (performed and recorded to be sent out to families before the break)
December 15 – Pyjama Day, PAC Milk and Cookies
December 17 – Last Day before Winter Break, PAC Meeting (Zoom) 9am, Students watch Christmas Concert Videos

Updates and Reminders

Shortreed Christmas Concert!!!  To ensure the health and safety of our families, our concert will be recorded this year on Tuesday, December 14 and then sent home via email on Friday, December 17. For the concert filming day (Tues, Dec 14), please make sure that students dress in “nicer than everyday clothes”.  We will have an inside day that day so students (and parents) need not worry about getting dirty.

Langley School District Foundation 50/50 draw! (funds go to support Langley students and families)

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 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 USE THE CROSSWALK – We understand that parking is an issue at our school; however, we have seen some scary close calls with children and adults crossing the street away from the crosswalk. It does take an extra minute but it can save a life! Please use the crosswalk to go across 28th Ave.

Daily Health Check – Our District’s procedure is for all students to complete a daily health check at home prior to entering school and/or boarding a District bus. The Ministry of Education’s Daily Health Check poster has been updated to reflect new federal regulations regarding international travel. The symptoms listed remain the same. Click here to find the print version. The updated version is being translated into multiple languages, which is on the Ministry’s COVID-19 Safe Schools website. Families can also continue to use the Ministry’s mobile app or online version as well.

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 so please park there or along 28th Ave. Do not park in the “no parking” (coned) areas along the yellow curbs.

West Coast Recess – As we have done over the past few years, every day is an outside day at Shortreed. Unless there is a severe rainstorm (or snowstorm), we will be heading outside. As the forecast this week calls for rain this week, please make sure your child has a coat to wear outside. We have a good selection of coats in our FREE Coat Exchange near the office so come on by and check them out.

If your child will be absent, please call the school at 604-856-4167 or email

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 Christmas Bureau 2021

Help fulfill a Christmas wish this holiday season! The Langley Christmas Bureau is once again offering its services to Langley families. Learn how you can help provide a festive dinner or gifts for children in our community by clicking on the QR code on this poster here. If your family is in need of support this year, review the details in this poster here. This initiative is open to families with children from newborn to grade 12. For more information, please visit:

Shortreed Community Elementary

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