Good Things and the Week Ahead – November 9-13, 2020

Posted: November 8, 2020

Families of Shortreed,

We hope you had a good week last week and we loved seeing your kids dressed up in their 80s and 90s gear!

I am sure many of you heard the announcement on Saturday about further restrictions that could affect some of our kids in sports, dance, martial arts, etc. At this time, we have not been notified of any changes in schools. The good thing is that, although there have been numerous exposures in schools throughout the Fraser Valley, there have not been any outbreaks. Please know that we continue to follow the BC CDC guidelines (even going above and beyond these) and if there are changes, we will let you know (although we usually. hear about the changes at the same time you do!). As cases are on the rise, we do have an important request – during drop off and pick up, we strongly encourage you to do your best to practice physical distancing and we would now like you to wear a mask. We have some areas that can be congested (north end of the school) and near the gate so this will help everyone stay safer. We are not able to mandate the wearing of masks but we are encouraging this. We also will continue trying to find ways to decrease this congestion. If you feel uneasy at drop off or pick up, please feel free to come a couple of minutes after the bell as there are fewer people there at that time.

Be sure to create or sign in to your SchoolCashOnline account to donate money for poppies and/or to order some new Shortreed Spirit Wear! (more info below). Your child should have been sent home with a sheet that included info on how to sign up for this account. You can pay via credit card and/or debit.

I also want to take a moment to acknowledge that today is National Indigenous Veterans Day. Over 12,000 Indigenous Veterans served our country in WWI, WWII, and the Korean War. Sadly, those who returned home were not provided with the same services nor respect and honour that non-Indigenous veterans received. Today, on November 8, we honour all those Indigenous Veterans and all those families who supported them to help make our country free.   

As always, we acknowledge that we do our important work on the unceded ancestral lands of the Matsqui, Kwantlen, Katzie and Semiahmoo First Nations. 

Good Things to Talk About

Some Radical Outfits – Throwback Thursday was a huge hit with so many students and staff bringing their best looks from the 80s and 90s! I want to officially apologize to Mrs. Kirk as I failed to mention that it was the 1980’s as she came in an outfit from the 1880s. 🙂  Be sure to check out our social media for many photos!

Do You Hear That? Students in Mrs. Creech’s class were listening to themselves read through their “whisper phones”. These little tools help students to hear their fluency and self-corrections while doing a quiet read aloud. Division 10 also spent some time creating their own chalk pastel poppies and writing about peace.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! Students in Ms. Toby’s class read the book “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” and then explored the letters (and numbers of letters) in their names. They also spent some time practicing their AB patterns using colours and blocks.

Some Tips on Spelling with the /k/ Sound – Ms. Bain’s class was practicing spelling words with the /k/ sound last week. She shared some tips that Mrs. Creech had recently learned that included those in the picture. Yes, there are exceptions but these little tips about when to use “k”, “c”, or “ck” will be so helpful for our students.

Defining the Zones – Zones of Regulation is such a key piece to our school in how we help students with self-regulation and social-emotional learning. It provides a simple, consistent language that is used throughout the school. Students in Mrs. Graham’s class discussed, reflected, and sorted the many different emotions into the blue, yellow, green, or red zones. Self-regulation is more important than ever this year so thank you to Ms. Johnson for helping Mrs. Graham and her class with this.

Retelling Olemaun’s Story – Mrs. Kirk’s class slowed down and took some time to reflect to work with partners using whiteboards and giant post-it notes to retell key events from the story, Fatty Legs. Students drew and wrote summaries of these key events. Students also practiced their skills in place value in math as they worked with Mrs. McDonald to understand the success criteria (using the new language that will be used on report cards) and were then able to practice and assess themselves.

Yahtzee! To make math engaging, students in Ms. Bedard’s class were playing a little game of Yahtzee… only this time, they had to play “Place Value Yahtzee”. Students had to roll the dice and try to get the highest number in certain places (ex. in the hundreds place).

The Best Place to Hide – Mrs. Datema’s class took advantage of the beautiful weather on Friday and headed out to the forest for an active game of Hide-and-Seek. Although there were a few prickly spots, it was fun to watch the kids try to duck, dive, and blend into the forest so they could not be seen.

Incredible Artifacts – A Shortreed family loaned us some family artifacts from WWI and WWII (an RCMP helmet from a student’s great grandfather and medals and shrapnel from the student’s great-great-grandfather). They also loaned us some newspapers from the end of WWII. Another Shortreed family donated local newspapers from 1939 that the students were able to check out. Mrs. Rafighi’s students were learning about Remembrance Day and used these artifacts to help them better understand the connections to the World Wars. Division 5 also spent some time learning about the impact of temperature on matter as they did a test to see if the dye would mix faster in cold or hot water… check with your child to see if they know!

Reading to Harley – Harley Davidson is such an awesome dog in Mr. D’s class. While Mr. D does some small group instruction with his guided reading groups, students can relax and read either with or to Harley. If you have a dog at home, they can be great snugglers and listeners for your child’s read aloud. The class also discussed and wrote all about dogs as pets.

Collaborative Poppies – Ms. Bedard’s class created some stunning collaborative poppies using pastels on black paper. This eye-catching art included 4 portions of the poppy that were created separately and then combined to make one. Division 1’s artwork will provide the backdrop for our Remembrance Day Virtual Assembly on Tuesday.

In Case of Emergency – Shortreed students had our 2nd fire drill of the year this past week. It was one of the most efficient evacuations we have ever done! Well done Shortreed!.

Carrying on Bella’s Legacy – Although this is not a “good thing” to talk about, it is a beautiful thing that we got to have Bella Howat as our breakfast program coordinator for the past 6 years. On Saturday, we honoured and said farewell to Bella online and at her service. Her son, Nathan, shared some beautiful words and referenced her love of Shortreed a number of times. We will do our best to carry on Bella’s legacy by making sure every student has a positive start to the day and knows they are loved. We will miss you forever, Bella. These words were shared at the service and will inspire us to continue to do the good work that she did every day at Shortred:

“Bella would want us to laugh, love and live; be kind to others, to work hard and always do the right thing; be good to children and to celebrate Christmas with joy in your heart.”

The Week Ahead

  • Tuesday, November 10 – Virtual Remembrance Day Assembly11:00am (we are hoping to make this a public event where you can view online… if we are able to do this, you will receive an email tomorrow with a link you can click on to watch).
    • 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 SchoolCashOnline (see your email inbox or your account). 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.
  • Wednesday, November 11 – Remembrance Day – no school
  • Thursday, November 12 – Shortreed Spirit Wear orders are due. Click here to see options and then go to your SchoolCashOnline account to order.
  • Friday, November 13 – Lockdown Drill – 1:45

The Month at a Glance

  • 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!
  • Friday, December 5 – Term 1 Report Cards

PAC News

This year our PAC has chosen to do Christmas poinsettias, wreaths, and other planters for winter. The website is up to do online orders with a Credit Card option. You can still pay by cash; (please say your order number and name when handed into the teacher), Cheque; (payable to Shortreed PAC) or EMT; (sent to Password Eagles also please indicate what fundraiser it’s for). Forms are being sent home Monday. Payments are due November 20 and Pick up is December 4. All pickups are going to be outside in the parking lot with safety protocols in place. Click here to view and order!

Our Purdy’s fundraiser is now OPEN. You can order online or by sending the order form (they will be sent home). Payment options are Credit Card (with online purchases), Cash, Cheque made out to Shortreed PAC or by E-Transfer using the following information ( PASSWORD Eagles
PLEASE NOTE if you use the E-Transfer option you must note what fundraiser this is for and the Child’s name and Division. Order forms must be sent in with this option or placed online. The more information you give the easier is made for PAC. Click here to order!

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

  • IMPORTANT SAFETY REMINDER – please do not make any u-turns across the double yellow line along 28th Ave (the road the school is on). Also, please use the crosswalk instead of walking across 28th through traffic. Our kids are watching so please remember to follow pedestrian and driving rules… especially near the school.
  • 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.
  • Student Safety Around Schools – Weather With the days growing shorter and the weather changing to rain, fog, and frost, Shortreed is reminding all our students to take extra precautions when walking to and from school. Please be aware of your surroundings, walk on the sidewalk and with someone whenever possible, and avoid wearing headphones. We also ask drivers in our school community to be vigilant on our roads. Student safety is our priority. Thank you for your cooperation and support in keeping everyone safe.

  • If your child will be absent, please email or call the school. The Daily Health Check form can be found here.
  • 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).
  • 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