Good Things and the Week Ahead – November 15-19, 2021

Posted: November 14, 2021

Families of Shortreed,

We hope you enjoyed your four days with your kids (or maybe you are excited to send them back to us!). I also hope your child(ren) took some time on Thursday to continue to honour and remember those who have served our country. We were once again impressed by the respectful nature and sincere reflections of our students last week both during the assembly and the days leading up to the assembly.

It was a short week for kids last week so that makes the “Good Things” section a little bit shorter as well.

It looks like it is going to be a wet week so please make sure your child(ren) brings boots and a coat to school. If you are in need of shoes, boots, or a coat, be sure to check out our Coat/Boot/Shoe exchange that has some great quality items for free! Pop by the office and Mrs. Molina will show you where it is.

As always, we want to acknowledge that the Langley School district works, learns, and plays on the unceded ancestral lands of the Matsqui, Kwantlen, Katzie, and Semiahmoo First Nation. 


Good Things to Talk About

Honouring and Remembering – Our school gathered virtually for our 2021 Remembrance Day Assembly on Wednesday. We participated in a moment of silence and two wreath bearers from each class were in the gym to honour those who served (and continue to serve) our country by laying a wreath on our Remembrance Day display. Students in Division 1 and 2 sang a beautiful version of the song “In Harmony” to close our assembly. Thank you to Mrs. Muller for all her work in preparing the students for this song. I have shared a few photos of artwork through our social media and a few are posted below.

National Indigenous Veterans Day – In addition to November 11, we also acknowledged the Indigenous Veterans who served our country but were never recognized or supported once they returned home. November 8 is National Indigenous Veterans Day and our school discussed this in classes and we also took some time to honour these veterans during our assembly. Divisions 1 and 2 took some time over the past few weeks to learn more about this day along with the stories of some Indigenous veterans in Canada. The Poppy design (pictured) was created by Bill Bedard (a well-known BC artist and Ms. Bedard’s father).

Meaningful Communication of Student Learning – Shortreed teachers spent the morning on Friday learning from District Principal George Kozlovic and three teachers from RC Garnett on successfully making the shift to Student Inclusive Conferences. This shift is away from a report card and short parent-teacher conference to a more meaningful, longer conference that involves the teacher, the student, and the parent/caregiver(s). Shortreed is one of two schools in the district that are making this shift and following the lead of two other schools who have already done this with significant positive feedback from the parents and staff. Stay tuned for a brochure with more info as well as a chance to attend an evening online session with Mr. Wejr and Mrs. Tarasoff about this shift. The Student Inclusive Conferences will take place in late February/early March with March 2 set aside for a full day.

FUNdamental Movement Games – Shortreed staff took a bit of time during their lunch break on Friday to learn some throwing and catching games in the gym from Mrs. Fox and Mrs. Zelter. There was plenty of learning, plenty of laughs, and plenty of sore arms after the games!

 

 

Some Photos of Remembrance Day at Shortreed


The Week Ahead

Monday – Last day to order photos without extra fees
Tuesday
– Fire Drill 1:45
Friday – Community Run “Run to Remember” (weather depending) 1:30pm


Month at a Glance

November 22 – Photo Retakes
November 23 – PAC Meeting 7pm in the library
November 24 – PAC Popcorn Day
December 8 – Santa Breakfast (in class), PAC Popcorn Day
December 10 – Community Run – “Reindeer Run” 1:30
December 14 – Christmas Concerts (performed and recorded to be sent out to families before the break)
December 15 – PAC Milk and Cookies
December 17 – Last Day before Winter Break, PAC Meeting (Zoom) 9am


PAC Info

As we approach the end of 2021 PAC wanted to send a few reminders. We also have a few fun surprises coming up for the students at the school before Winter break.

All Purdy’s orders are due Nov 16th by the end of the day. Just a reminder that we have a few selling incentives this year. Top sales person will win a FREE box of Purdy’s as well as a FREE 1 hour tour with Wild Education. For every $2000 in sales we will add another FREE box of chocolate to the next top seller(s). If we beat our sales from last year we will give a FREE box of chocolate away by random draw of a student. https://fundraising.purdys.com/9102-85549

Also a reminder that we are doing our Christmas Plant Fundraiser. All orders are due Nov 22nd at 9am. Order here.

PAC is also excited about our upcoming treat days on the following days: Nov 24th, Dec 8th, and Dec 15th. Please remember all payments are due as always 8 days before the hot lunch/treat day.

Lastly, our next PAC meeting is going to be held on Nov 23rd at 7:00pm in the school library. We hope to see you there.


Updates and Reminders

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 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.

  • 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.
  • Contact Tracing Information – Schools in the District are continuing to assist the Fraser Health Authority in contact tracing and case management. We appreciate the ongoing cooperation from parents/guardians in this process. To help support our families, we are sharing resources from the BC Centre for Disease Control which outline the contact tracing process in schools. You can view the Contact Tracing Infographic here and Contact Tracing in Schools resource here.
  • 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. You can find the updated print version here. The updated version is being translated into multiple languages, which will be posted to the Ministry’s COVID-19 Safe Schools website here. Families can also continue to use the Ministry’s mobile app or online version here.
  • 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 shortreedabsent@sd35.bc.ca.

Community Events

Are you looking for events in our community? Take a look at our District’s Community Bulletin Board with some great opportunities for families.

Shortreed Community Elementary

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