Good Things and the Week Ahead – October 21-25

Posted: October 20, 2019

Families of Shortreed,

I have been out of the building a few days this week so the Good Things is a bit lighter. I am hoping to create a grade 5 “news crew” that will help me with writing the Good Things each week so please stay tuned for this!

Parent-teacher conferences are coming up on October 29-30 so please check your email early next week for an online signup. A reminder that Friday is a pro-d day so there is no school for students.

I hope you take a moment to read about a few Good Things as well some updates for the week and month ahead.

Good Things to Talk About

Learning the Truth Our grade 5 classes had the powerful opportunity to travel to the St Mary’s Residential School in Mission to learn more about the true history and impact of these schools.  Students learned from the incredible Sonny Mchalsie (a respected Sto:lo historian) as he led a tour of the school and shared stories of life at the school as well as the ongoing struggles and inter-generational trauma that still exists 35 years after the school closed in 1984. It was an emotional day and one that the students, parents, and staff who attended will never forget. Thank you to Ms Bedard for organizing this.

Move! Move! Move!  Miss Petersen’s class has been practising their movement patterns in phys ed this week through throwing and running games… as well as some scooter time and basketball! Great to see the future Eagle basketball stars!

Diya Lamps for Diwali  Divisions 6 and 11 buddied up to make clay Diya Lamps for Diwali, the Indian Celebration of Light, which occurs near the end of October. The students learned the importance of the lamps and then learned some new pottery skills to create the lamps. Thank you to Mrs Manhas for her leadership with this.


Student Vote!  Our grade 5s hosted the Elections Canada Student Vote 2019 on Thursday and many participating classes had a chance to share their vote for one of our political parties. It was great to hear students so engaged in the democratic process as this only helps develop future engaged voters! Thank you to Mrs Parsons and Ms Bedard for leading this.

The Great Shakeout  Shortreed staff and students joined many schools and organizations in the province as we participated in the Great BC Shakeout earthquake drill. We all used the “drop, cover, and hold” technique and then waited for instructions from adults to safely and calmly evacuate. Drills at school are also a good time to reflect on emergency preparation as a family. Are you prepared?

The Speed of an Eagle Eagles aren’t known for their running speed… but our two Shortreed Eagles who represented our school at the Langley School District Cross-Country Championships certainly ran with the best in Langley! We have not yet received results but congratulations to Kaiya and Jessica for a great season.

Learning ‘Bout the Bog Mrs Rafighi’s class welcomed a member of the Burns Bog Conservation Society to share her knowledge of all the diversity of life and the importance of the Burns Bog. She shared how the size of the bog has significantly changed (shrunk) over the years and the impact that this has had on animal species (did you know Burns Bog was once home to animals like foxes, bears, and wolves?). She also shared many examples of the plant and animal diversity that is present at Burns Bog and how we can best support and protect the ecosystem there.  A few days prior to this, the class also did some fantastic creative writing about how they would create their own magic potion… check these out on display outside their classroom.

Clean Water is a Right!  Ms Elson has been speaking with a few classes about how there are communities within Canada that do not have access to clean water. The significantly affects the health and opportunities of all people in the community. Students were then provided with an opportunity to write a letter encouraging the government of Canada to ensure every Canadian has access to clean, drinkable water.

More Than a Pizza Box Mrs Zelter’s students have been decorating some pizza boxes donated by a local business to use as fun storage for their artwork. Thank you to Classic Pizza for their donation.

Movie Night! Our PAC volunteers hosted the first movie night of the year and it was one of the busiest we have had! Thank you so much to all those families who came and especially to all those volunteers who made it happen!

Sore Knuckles? We had Mrs Lambert in our school this past week working with the students of Division 4. She is a retired teacher with a wealth of experience teaching physical education and one of her favourite things to do around this time of year is to play a game called “Bloody Knuckles”… the reason it is called this is that the goal of the game is to hit a ball with your hand (along the ground) past the opposing team to hit a bench. For those ultra-competitive players, they sometimes play so hard that their knuckles get scratched… and thus, the name! Div 3 and 4 had a blast playing this game in PE.

Hello, Frank!  Ms Coghill’s students recently read a kids’ story about Frankenstein crashing through their door. Following this, they completed a directed drawing of Frankenstein and then answered the question “what would you do if Frankenstein came crashing through our door”… most of them said they’d run home and hide. 🙂

ACE-ing Their Writing  Mrs Kirk’s students have been working on their writing by following the ACE format. Within this strategy in a written response format, students Answer the question (I think that…), Cite evidence (share reasons), and Elaborate (expand on their reasons). This strategy helps to ensure that students have a structure to follow to help with the flow and depth of their writing.



The Week Ahead

Monday, October 21 – Get out and vote! Our gym is being used as a polling station.
Wednesday, October 23 – Club Wednesdays continue…
Thursday, October 24 – Cultural Event – Ache Brasil at 11:00am, Interim Reports home with students
Friday, October 25 – Pro-D Day across the province. No school for students.

Important Reminders and Updates

  • Is it Bullying?  The difference between mean behaviour and bullying is important as it has an impact on how we, as adults, support kids. Read this short article by our counsellor, Mrs Manhas, called “Is it Bullying?”.
  • Supporting Your Child’s Literacy – Parkside has invited our Shortreed Community to their K-3 Parent Literacy Nights coming up in November. Click here for more info.
  • Photos and Retakes – A reminder to order your photos by October 17 to get the free photobook and bag. Also, retakes are scheduled for November 5.
  • Breakfast Program – A reminder that we have a great breakfast program run by local volunteers. If you would like your child to access this program, you can find the form here. Also, please let us know if you would like to volunteer as we are extremely short this year and our volunteers are burning out!
  • After School Program – Did you know we have a flexible, low-cost option for an after school program at our school? The Township of Langley offers “Active Beyond the Bell” each day from 2:45-4:45 in our gym! Click here to get more info and call the Aldergrove Credit Union Community Centre to register.
  • 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

  • Halloween Costume Rack – We are looking to create a Halloween costume rack at school for people to select from. If you have any costumes you no longer want please bring them to the PAC room for us to set up.
  • PAC Halloween at Shortreed!!  Each year our PAC puts together Halloween themed games, a dance party and have The Reptile Guy with all his creepy crawlies in the gym on October 31. There will be a prize for all kids to bring back to their classroom/home. Teachers will be coming down with their classes in smaller groups throughout the day to have fun!!!We are looking for helpers to run games and help with the kids from 8:30 until 12pm. If you would like to help or you have any questions please ask Cashmere Roder at

    We will also be setting up and decorating the night before on the 30th after the teacher interviews in the gym. Please come and help us put up spooky ghosts, spiders and other Halloween fun! Please let PAC know if you can help!

  • Fall Book Fair  Our fall book fair is coming up the week of parent-teacher conferences and we need help with volunteers. The book fair not only provides an opportunity to promote literacy but also a chance to support the purchase of books for our classrooms. If you can help out on October 28-29-30, please click here to sign up.
  • Entertainment Books – notices will be coming out soon on how to sell/purchase and support our school!
  • 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

  • October 28-30 – Scholastic Book Fair
  • October 29-30 – Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Thursday, October 31 – Halloween Parade (after lunch) and party in the gym (throughout the day)!
  • Friday, November 1 – Pyjama Day!
    Friday, November 1 – Hot Lunch
  • Monday, November 4 – Fire Drill #2
  • Tuesday, November 5 – Photo Retakes
    Tuesday, November 5 – K-3 Family Literacy Night at Parkside 6:30
  • Thursday, November 7 – Remembrance Day Assembly 11:00
  • Friday, November 8 – Day not in session
  • Monday, November 11 – Remembrance Day – stat holiday
  • Friday, November 15 – Grade 5s to Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
  • Monday, November 18 – Report Card Prep/Design and Assessment Day – no school for students
  • Friday, November 22 – PAC Dollar Sale in the gym. 1-6pm

Community Events

Child Care Consultation: City and Township of Langley

Do you think Langley needs more childcare spaces? Are you in need of before and after school care in your neighbourhood? The City and Township of Langley want to hear from parents, guardians and providers about childcare. They are asking for your input to help planners address childcare needs in the future. Please take this survey here.

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

Shortreed Community Elementary

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