Good Things and the Week Ahead – November 8-12, 2021

Posted: November 7, 2021

Families of Shortreed,

I hope you changed your clocks back and pretended to get an extra hour of sleep (we know that this doesn’t happen for parents!). At school, we have moved into November and shifted our focus from fall and Halloween to Diwali, Indigenous Veterans Day, and Remembrance Day.

A reminder that this week is an extra short week with Remembrance Day falling on Thursday and Report Card Prep/Design and Assessment Day falling on Friday. We will be having our Remembrance Day Assembly virtually on Teams on Wednesday at 11:00 am. You will be able to tune in live and an invite to the event will be emailed tomorrow/Tuesday.

As always, we want to acknowledge that we, in the Langley School District, 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 Good Things that have happened over the past couple of weeks as well as some reminders and info for the week ahead.

Good Things to Talk About

Diwali at Shortreed!  Our school started off Diwali celebrations on Thursday as students created and coloured paper rangolis, created diyas, and watched and learned some Bhangra dancing! A special thank you to Ms. Kaur, Ms. Randhawa, and Ms. Choi for preparing and creating the Diwali video that was emailed out on Thursday.

More Opportunities at Recess – Our equipment sign-out leaders have been crazy busy this week preparing and starting equipment sign-out for recess and lunch! We were not able to do this last year so we appreciate all the fun opportunities this brings. Thank you to all the grade 5 leaders and to Mrs. Romas for making this happen.

KM Club Update! Did you know that regular exercise and staying active helps improve sleep, increase energy levels and keep our body healthy? Team Kindergarten and grade 5’s are still in the lead after two months of kilometre club. As a school, we have run and walked 2,925kms! Way to go Shortreed!

A Focus on Physical Literacy – Some Shortreed teachers were working with Brian Hunter to complete the initial physical literacy assessments. We are excited to see the growth that happens with a focus on teaching and practicing the different movement skills this year!

Language of Belonging – We know that the education system played a significant role in robbing Indigenous communities of their traditional languages. As Justice Murray Sinclair stated, “Education got us into this mess… and education will get us out of it.” Mrs. Kirk has been working with Ms. Elson to bring key messages of belonging into the library. These messages are written in English and Halq’emeylem around the library and students have been learning about the importance of language in communities (as well as the efforts of local First Nations to bring this language back).

Fitness Fridays! Our grade 5s have started their fitness Fridays where they work on fitness and health goals in areas of physical strength and stamina. Our grade 5 grade group gets together in the gym each Friday for a workout.

Peeking Inside Pumpkins – Mrs. McFarland’s class took some time to explore the inside of pumpkins. Students observed the important parts of these festive fruits and peeled back the skin to see the surface below the part we typically see. Students have also been practicing their rhyming words as part of their development with phonemic awareness.

Triple Scoop Writing – Ms. Mostat’s group took some time to practice using “triple scoop words” and descriptive writing inspired by some scenes from National Geographic. Triple Scoop Words are words that get the reader REALLY excited about reading (as compared to single scoop words… just like ice cream, three scoops are better than one!).

Dia De Los Muertos – Ms. Holmes’ class has been learning about Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico) that occurs at the start of November. They read about this celebration and then created some fun artwork called Papel Picado, used as a decoration for floats and parties for the Dia De Los Muertos parades.

Reflecting on Zones of Regulation – The students in Ms. Coghill and Ms. Bouvier’s class have been working hard learning about the zones of regulation. They started with the Inside Out story and characters and then worked their way into identifying emotions. They used a mirror to literally reflect on these emotions and where they fit into the Zones!

Messages of Honour – Mrs. Parsons’ class created some stunning artwork for Remembrance Day. Students used watercolours for a background and then chose one of the silhouettes of a soldier for the centre/feature of the piece. Around the border, students wrote messages of appreciation and honour.  With Ms. R. Graham, students painted rocks last week to honour veterans. She read the story, “The Eleventh Hour” while they painted and shared connections.

Routine Spelling – Mrs. Fox’s class was participating in their daily spelling routine when I popped in the classroom last week. By focusing on an understanding of phonics as well as the importance of repetition, students can get the spelling of common words in their long-term memories.

An Evening at the Pumpkin Patch – Mrs. Datema’s class has some of their beautiful artwork on display across from their classroom. Their latest piece, “An Evening at the Pumpkin Patch”, was created with the Crayon resist art style with watercolours.

Sound Boxes – Ms. Kaur’s students were recently working with sound boxes to develop spelling and phonemic awareness.  Students practice breaking down words into individual sound chunks and this plays a huge role in the development of their spelling, reading, and writing.

Literacy at the Centre – To build literacy skills and create time and space for small group instruction, Mrs. Creech was using literacy centres. This past week, these centres focused on the understanding and practice of contractions (won’t, they’ll, isn’t, etc).

Crankenstein – Miss Petersen’s class read the story Crankenstein and then did a directed drawing of the main character. This story focuses on emotions and is a great October read! MEHHRRR!!!

Word Works Daily! Mrs. Dhaliwal’s students participate in Word Works Daily every day. This is an effective and efficient class routine that develops phonemic awareness, oral language, and so much more!

The Best Part of Me! Mrs. Graham’s class recently read the book “The Best Part of Me”. They then took some time to think about what they appreciate the most about themselves and then wrote about the best part of them!


The Week Ahead

Monday – National Indigenous Veterans Day
Wednesday – Remembrance Day Assembly 11am (will be live on Teams), Hot Lunch – Subway
Thursday – Remembrance Day – no school
Friday – Report Card Prep and Design/Assessment Day – no school for students.

Month at a Glance

November 16 – Fire Drill 2:00
November 19 – Community Run “Run to Remember” 1:30
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)
December 15 – PAC Milk and Cookies
December 17 – Last Day before Winter Break, PAC Meeting (Zoom) 9am

PAC Info

This holiday season, we have our upcoming Christmas Plant Fundraiser with proceeds going towards our Scooter Rack! There are poinsettias, tropical planters, wreaths outdoor arrangements and more. Orders can be made online ( with a credit card option as well as our paper forms (which are distributed at school). All cash and cheques (over $25) are due November 22. Pick up Is December 8 after school on the South gym side.
Email Jen at with any questions. Thank you!

Updates and Reminders

In preparation for Remembrance Day, we will be selling poppies over the next week and a half. Here is a message from the Royal Canadian Legion and Langley Schools:

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 again this year. 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 (link will be emailed).

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 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.
  • 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

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