Good Things and the Week Ahead – November 25-29

Posted: November 24, 2019

Families of Shortreed,

It has been an exciting week for students and staff this week as we had two new teachers join our Shortreed family! Mr. Chase will be in as a teacher-librarian until the end of January while Ms McKay heals up with her new hip! Ms Fenech will be in until the end of the year as our new teacher for Division 4. Please join me in welcoming these two teachers!

Our newsletter this week features the efforts of the grade 5 NEWS CREW Tristan, Sally, Tia, and Milliana.

Please take a moment to read about the good things happening in each division as well as some important updates and info for the week and month ahead!

Good Things to Talk About

What a Deal!  Our amazing PAC and generous community helped to make our 2019 Fall Dollar Sale a great success. Because of all the volunteer efforts and donations, we were able to fundraise over $1700 for our school!

Dressed for Success  We have never seen our grade 5s look better than they did this past Thursday when they received all their official Grade 5 Class of 2020 Shortreed hoodies!  This is a big year for our 5s and they are not shying away from the many leadership opportunities presented to them. Thank you to Mrs Parsons and Ms Bedard for helping with the ordering of the hoodies.

Heart-Mind Well-Being  On Monday, Shortreed staff collaborated on social-emotional learning by discussing the Heart-Mind Well-Being framework from the Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education. This framework captures much of what we do at Shortreed and is a way of bringing it all together. Staff also reflected and learned about self-regulation tools and strategies and discussed our Vision and Values as a school organization.

Funtastic Fridays!  Mrs Macklin and Mrs Romas have our Funtastic Fridays back up and running. They made the popcorn and trained the grade 5 leadership crew on how to play and help with the many board games. Each teacher has a positive moment with 2 students and sends them to the event each Friday afternoon to gather with other students for some games and popcorn.

Another Club Wednesday is Complete  We love seeing all the smiles and excitement at the end of the days on Wednesday as students come out of Club Wednesdays with memories and products they have created. This idea is never something we should take for granted as it does not happen at many schools and it does take the extra efforts of staff to put this on. Thank you to staff for taking the time to prepare and share their passions and strengths with kids! Thank you to all those family members who were able to come out to our family showcase this past week.

Kinder Than Necessary  As we use the framework of Heart-mind Well-being, our focus until Christmas and beyond is being Kind and Compassionate. Each day, our grade 5s remind our students to “always be kinder than necessary” as this kindness not only fills the buckets of others but also our own.

Backyard Composters  Mrs Sherwin spent some time with her EcoTigers group on Friday to learn all about backyard composting. They learned what can go in a backyard compost bin and how worms can help in such an important way.

Div 1 – The Code of a Good Dance Party – Mrs Parsons’ students have been working on their coding skills with Mr Bernier (our district instructional coach). They recently had the challenge of using Studio Code to create moving characters and music for an online dance party.  They have also been working on some early kindness as they prepare some Valentines for Vets that will be sent out in the early new year (thank you to Mrs Romas for bringing this idea to our school).

Div 2 – Cards From Cali – Ms Bedard’s students were so excited to receive postcards from their buddy class in Napa Valley, California. The students have also been working with Mr Bernier on coding with the iPads.

Div 3 – The Time to Learn – Mrs Kirk’s students have been learning all about telling time with both analog clock and digital 24-hour clocks. They have been practising up on their time lingo like “a quarter to… and a quarter after”. The class has also been inspired by heart-mind well-being and acts of reconciliation; they are learning about local animals and Indigenous teachings and using the strengths of the animals to inspire them to slow down and notice the world around them on their community walks.

Div 4 – Inspired By the Bear – Ms Fenech’s class looked at reflected on an image of a bear with a salmon and used this as a prompt to inspire some creative writing. They have also been working on their kind acts as they were also writing some Valentines for Vets cards that will be sent out in the new year.  

Div 5 – Making Thinking Visible – To inspire writing, Ms Holmes and Mr Touzeau’s students have been using images and the thinking routine of See-Think-Wonder to help with their descriptive writing.  While they have been writing, they have also been practising sentence structure and end of sentence punctuation. In math, they been learning about place value and expressing numbers in word form.

Div 6 – Sweet Georgia Brown!  Ms Rafighi’s class has been working on the importance of carefully following instructions AND working on some sweet baller moves (dribble, pass, shoot) for basketball with the tune of Sweet Georgia Brown on Go Noodle. Check out the video of the Harlem Globetrotters on Go Noodle here.

Div 7 – Energetic Learning!  Not only is there a ton of energy in the students in Mr D’s class 🙂 … but there is also tons of energy in their learning! For science, the students have been learning about the different types of energy (ex. kinetic and potential). They recently made their own pin-wheels to show how energy can be converted. They have also been learning about energy transfer with the topics of conduction and convection.

Div 8 – Frankie Says Relax(Maybe I am showing my age with that 80’s Frankie Goes to Hollywood reference!)  To help with wellness and self-regulation, Mrs North’s class have been learning about the importance of breathing and relaxing their bodies. They also spent time on “Grab and Order”, a math sequencing game (ordering numbers from greatest to least) and a sight word game to practice reading and spelling sight words.

Div 9 – Graphing Their Learning – For math, Mrs Zelter’s students have been learning about graphs. Each day they talk about data and create a class graph.  They have started with bar graphs and students will be doing their own graph projects next week!

Div 10 – A Tall Tail  Ms Bain’s students were taking advantage of the beautiful weather last week as they combined with other classes to play some giant games of “Tiger Tail”. During this team variation of tag, they were able to reach their Daily Physical Activity goals and work on problem-solving strategies and physical literacy skills. They also had the challenge of creating their own bat roosts with items found in the class. 

Div 11 – Filling Their Hearts – Mrs Manhas’ students continued their focus of Heart-Mind Well-Being as they read Monique Gray-Smith’s story My Heart Fills With Happiness. They discussed the many ways their heart is filled with love and how to fill the hearts of others. They also did some beautiful artwork inspired by their conversations around the books.

Div 12 – What’s For Dinner? Mrs Datema’s students said “see you later” to their UFV student-teacher, Ms McCabe, as they bid farewell until she returns to teach in February. They continued to spiral deeper in their learning about dinosaurs as they talked about their eating behaviours. They learned that some dinosaurs were carnivores but most are herbivores or omnivores (like the people in their class!). 

Div 13 – Tis the Season!  Mrs Kelly and Mrs Vleeming’s students are getting into the Christmas spirit! Last week, they worked on their creativity with Christmas plays featuring their little Christmas houses. They have also been working on Christmas crafts… including some Ugly Christmas Sweaters on display outside their classroom. 

Div 14 – Can’t Catch Them! Miss Petersen’s class has been learning about Venn diagrams and how they can be used to express understanding through comparisons; they compared two stories of the Gingerbread Man to see what was the same and what was different. They have also been playing some Gingerbread math games!

Div 15 – Embracing the Outdoors  Ms Coghill’s students were able to get into the forest a few times this week to explore, build, play, and learn! She was amazed at how well they worked and played together and how they only used items from the forest with the 3 D’s – down, dead, and detached. Back in the classroom, they have been working on building some awesome structures and towers.

Library – Reading Between the Lines – Mr Chase went right to work with the students in the library as they have been working on story elements and story graphs. He also helped students to understand the importance of inferencing with picture books. The kids are always happy to start a song start with with the musically inclined teacher-librarian! 

ELL – Building Blocks of Reading – Mrs Holst and Ms Johnson have been helping grade one students in the ELL program with practising their sight words. They made a booklet of sight words, drew pictures, then read it with a partner. 

Aboriginal Program – A Christmas Gathering – Mrs Elson spent much of the day on Friday working with her Langley School District colleagues to prepare for the annual Langley School District Family Christmas Gathering Celebration. Students and families were treated to activities, food, and Santa!

The Week Ahead

Tuesday, November 26 – PAC Meeting – 7:00 in the library
Thursday, November 28 – Lockdown Drill – 12:45pm
Friday, November 29 – SEVA Community Lunch – 11:30
Friday, November 29 – PAC Movie Night! – 6:30pm – More info below.

Important Reminders and Updates

  • Christmas Concert Updates: Christmas Concerts are on Tuesday, December 17th at 1:00 and 6:30 pm.  All students in the school are performing and are expected to be at both performances.  Students that cannot attend need to have a note or phone call from a parent into the school.  Students should plan to arrive at the school at 6 pm for the evening performance and go to their classrooms.  Students should dress in their nicest clothes for both performances.
  • New Vaccination Reporting Status Regulation – As the new vaccination reporting status regulation came into effect this past summer, you can now check your child’s vaccination status online. Please click here to read the full letter from Fraser Health.
  • Free Counselling – Langley Community Services offers FREE counselling for a variety of needs. Please click here for more info.
  • Lost and Found – Our lost and found is overflowing with jackets and clothing. Please come by (on the ramp near the gym) and see if your child has left anything there.
  • Coat and Boot/Shoe Exchange – Are you in need of a coat? Boots? Shoes? Come and check out our exchange by the office. There are a number of quality pieces of clothing there to take for free (or donate for someone to make good use of it).
  • 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.
  • Home Reading Website – be sure to check out our website designed to support families in home reading.
  • Parking – Our parking lot is closed from 8:15-8:45 and from 2:15-2:45. We only have enough space for our staff and drivers with a disability. The parking area is only open for staff, school district buses, and daycare transportation during these times. Please park along 28th Ave or in the Catholic Church across the street who have once again graciously donated their lot to us.
  • Pick Up and Drop Off – To ensure our students have appropriate supervision and are safe, please do not drop off your students before 8:20. Also, unless there are extenuating circumstances, please do not pick up your child before the bell nor after 2:45 (as we do not have supervision past 2:45).

PAC Information

  • Movie Night this Friday!  We will be showing Toy Story 4 on Friday, November 29. The movie starts at 6:30, and it is free to attend! There will be a concession with lots of yummy snacks, so no outside food is permitted. Since we had such rave reviews about Classic Pizza last time, we will be ordering pizza from them again! If your family would like to order pizza for the movie, order forms were sent home and need to to be returned with exact change by Wednesday, November 27 (sorry, no cheques unless over $25). Late orders will not be accepted as we need to give Classic Pizza adequate notice.

    IMPORTANT: Children MUST BE ACTIVELY SUPERVISED AT ALL TIMES by a parent or guardian (16 years+), and all school rules apply. Last time we had a few incidents with kids playing around with the projector and were left with quite a large mess to clean up at the end. Hopefully, we can all work together to make this a fun and enjoyable night for everyone!

    Bring your pillows and blankets, snuggle up in your PJs, and enjoy this fun family night 😊

  • PAC is doing something new and fun to go along with movie night.  Raffle tickets are $1 each. If you are interested, please send your money to school with your child in an envelope with ALL of the following: your name, your child’s name/division, and a phone number where we can reach you (you do not have to attend movie night to win!). You can also enter your name yourself, just bring your envelope to the office and drop it in the raffle box. Good luck!
  • Entertainment Book order forms went home last week, and the package included other fundraising opportunities as well (Salmon, Republica Coffee, and Fun Shaped Pasta!)  These are due back on Friday.
  • A reminder that Purdy’s orders will be ready for pick up on Friday as well. Thank you to everyone who ordered as we raised almost $1000!
  • Thank you to everyone who came to support our dollar sale and fundraise for our kids!!!! We had a fantastic turnout and raised around $1700!! Thank you to all our helpers, who without your hard work we could not get this all done! See you all next April at our next sale!
  • Otter Co-op Receipts – If you have receipts from Otter Co-op that you no longer need, please bring them in and drop them off in our box in the office. A portion of all these proofs of purchases comes back to our school in the form of gift cards!

Month at a Glance

  • Tuesday, December 3 – Fire Drill #3 – 10:05
  • Friday, December 6 – Santa Breakfast 7:00-8:30
    Friday, December 6 – Term 1 Report Cards Home
  • Wednesday, December 11 – Hot Lunch
  • Tuesday, December 17 – Christmas Concerts – 1:00 and 6:30
  • Friday, December 20 – Last Day before Winter Break.

Community News and Events

Transit Job Action Information Bulletin

The Langley School District recognizes the escalation in job action for Coast Mountain Bus Company transit workers will cause disruption for some staff, students and families in our community. We appreciate everyone’s concerns and know how difficult this will be. 

Although job action is ongoing, the Langley School District will be open and all classes in schools will run as normal. District school buses will be operating per usual.

Please check TransLink for updates for disruptions to your bus route.

TransLink has provided the following information that you may find useful:

Getting Around Metro Vancouver During Bus Service Disruptions Guide (PDF, 40KB)

Youth Vaping in SchoolsOn November 14, 2019 the BC Ministers of Health, Finance and Education announced vaping restrictions to protect youth. The Ministry of Education is working on an action plan to protect youth against the harms of vaping.

Read the news release:

Learn more about the action plan:

Training and Education Grant: RESP Opportunity for Students

Please see the attached letter from the Ministry of Education regarding a Training and Education Savings Grant available for students born between 2010 and 2014.

Click here to view some awesome opportunities for kids and families in our community.

Shortreed Community Elementary

27330 28 Avenue, Aldergrove
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Phone: 604-856-4167
Fax: 604-856-7523