Posted: September 26, 2021
Families of Shortreed,
As we near the end of our first month, we can look back with many smiles on the successful start we have had to the 2021-2022 school year. Students have settled into their new classes and there is great, positive energy in the school again this year.
This week is an important week at Shortreed as we approach the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Thursday, September 30 (there is no school Thursday). As we know that this conversation needs to extend far beyond the one day, our teachers and staff have been engaging in learning and creating action over the past few years and will continue our journey for the days, months, and years to come. This Wednesday is Orange Shirt Day to acknowledge, honour, and remember those who were forced to attend residential schools. We encourage all students and families to wear orange on Wednesday at school as well as on Thursday in the community. Our grade 5s have prepared an important learning tool that will be sent home this week that can help families to continue their learning at home on Thursday. Rather than taking Thursday as a “holiday”, we hope you take some time to reflect, learn, and discuss the importance of this day.
With more cases of Covid in children occurring in our community and in elementary schools across the province, it is more important than ever to send your child with a mask to school. It is required for grade 4/5 students and encouraged for K-3 students. We do our best to provide times for students to take their masks off throughout the day at school.
A reminder that every day is an outside day. With more rain in the forecast, please make sure your child has a coat and boots. If you need help, let us know!
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 Nations.
I hope you take a few moments to read about a few of the Good Things happening at our school as well as some important information for the Week Ahead.
Good Things to Talk About
Meet the Teacher – Thank you to the teachers who prepared and stayed late, the families that came to meet, and our PAC for giving out gift bags at our 2021 Meet the Teacher Night! A few of our teachers went for a little walk together for some fresh air (and caffeine) before the event.
Collaborating for Growth – Our entire staff spent the day on Friday meeting and collaborating to help our school continue to grow and adapt with our school vision of being “A caring community working together to have a positive impact on the life of every child in our school.” Staff met and discussed self-regulation and social-emotional learning, continuing to be a trauma-informed school, reading instruction, and consistent behaviour expectations for our students.
Creating Ownership – To create a classroom community, students need to feel some ownership of the space and take on the responsibility to look after this space. Classroom routines and jobs are a big part of the structure of a classroom community and when I popped into Ms. Mostat’s class, the students were taking their jobs seriously as they completed their end-of-day routines. A clean and tidy classroom also helps to create pride in the class.
Wings of Intentions – Our grade 5 students all created their own goals for the year and wrote them on a feather. These feathers were put together outside of Mrs. Parsons’ class to make them into wings. These goals will help our grade 5 Eagles to soar this year!
Going Gaga For Our New Equipment! Our Gaga Pit has been installed! Our PAC did all the legwork last year but this was purchased as a replacement for some of the playground that was lost through the seismic upgrade. Over the next few weeks, classes will learn the rules and get a chance to play some Gaga Ball! The rules are fairly simple: “Basically, you throw a bunch of players and a ball in a pit. Turn up the music, everyone for him/herself; if the ball touches you below the knee, you’re out. The last one in the pit wins.”
A Classroom Family – In addition to the structures of a classroom community, the relationships within a classroom can give it that family feel. Mrs. Fox’s class recently read “Our Class is a Family” and then did their own self-portraits for their class family portrait wall.
Back In the Music Room! Mrs. Muller was smiling and practicing a song with some of the grade 3ss titled “I’m Glad to be Back at School”. I am sure Mrs. Muller has been singing, “I’m Glad to be Back in the Music Room” this year as she no longer needs to be a mobile music teacher. We are so happy to have her back with the tools she needs to be the exceptional music teacher she is!
Fairness and Equality – Mrs. Graham led an important discussion with her class about the ideas of fairness and equality. She shared how everyone needs different things (tools, strategies, levels of support) in school and life to help them to learn and become successful.
Student Vote! Divisions 1 and 2 participated in Student Vote this year as part of the Federal Election. Students spent the past week learning about the different parties and local candidates and then had a chance to vote for their choice. The Conservative Party narrowly won the student vote this year.
A Taste of Reading – It was Ms. Holmes’ class turn to have a taste of many options of books they can read. Students had a chance to go around the classroom to explore different genres, authors, and series to help create more interest in reading!
The Week Ahead
Monday – Fire Drill #1, 10:45
Wednesday – Orange Shirt Day
Thursday – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Schools closed)
Month at a Glance
October 5 – World Teachers’ Day
October 8 – Terry Fox Run
October 11 – Thanksgiving Day – No School
October 20 – Photo Day
October 20-21 – Parent-Teacher Conferences – Dismissal at 1:33pm.
October 22 – Pro-D Day – no school for students
October 25 – PAC Meeting – ZOOM – 9am
October 29 – Halloween Parade – 1:30pm, Kindergarten Pumpkin Patch field trip
Thank you to those who attended our first PAC Meeting. Minutes are here.
See the picture to “meet” our PAC Executive! L-R: Jodi-Rae Stiglic (DPAC Rep), Laura Wheway (Treasurer), Amy Synesael (President), Jennifer Cooksley (Fundraising Coordinator), Cashmere Roder (Vice-President), Susi Staples (Secretary), Missing: Erin Caldwell (Member-At-Large)
It’s that time of the year for our Neufeld Farms Fall Fundraising. It’s being done differently this year: It’s now all done online using this link. If you want to order, the deadline to order and submit payment into the school (cash or cheques over $25 made out to Shortreed PAC) is Tuesday, Sept 28 at 2:30pm. Please make sure you include your name and order number with the payment. If someone else is grabbing your order, please put their name down under “Order Notes”. If you share this link with others, please let them know this as well! Order pick-up is Friday, October 8 at 2:30 at the school. Just in time for Thanksgiving!
Important Information and Reminders
Ventilation System Improvements – Schools continue to follow COVID-19 guidelines as set out by the Ministry of Education and Provincial Health Office. In an effort to communicate health and safety measures to students, staff, and families, the District is sharing an infographic about ventilation system improvements that have been implemented over the last two years. View infographic here. The District will be making further upgrades this fall. If you have any questions, please email the District: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schools and families continue to work together to ensure success for students. If you have an issue or concern but don’t know who to speak with, the District encourages you to read these helpful Communicating with your School guidelines for parents/guardians found on our District website here. As an additional reference, review this one-page resource here.
- Our letter to grade 4 families regarding the FSA can be read here. It will also be emailed separately.
Due to the change in bell schedule this year, the morning is shorter. To help create more time for instruction in the morning, classes will now be eating lunch after playtime (at approx 12:35). They will have the opportunity for a decent snack in the morning. Click here for our bell schedule.
- Click here to read our district’s response to “Frequently Asked Questions” regarding Covid-19.
- Please complete the BC K-12 Daily Health Check each day. You do not need to actually do it online each day but please do it a few times so you know when your child should stay home. Please also send them with a clean mask each day as we encourage mask-wearing indoors in grades K-3 and require mask-wearing in grades 4-5.
- If your family needs some financial support for breakfast before school, our breakfast program runs from 8:20-8:35 each day. Students must register. Please see the email that was sent out on Friday.
- 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.
- We all know kids love juice boxes… but these are often extremely high in sugar and can cause a sticky mess in classrooms. Please opt for water as much as you can.
- If your child will be absent, please call the school at 604-856-4167 or email email@example.com.
- A reminder that we are a “nut aware” school and have some students with life-threatening allergies to nuts. Please avoid packing snacks or lunches with nuts as the oil from a student’s hands can be enough to create a significant medical incident.
- Please bring inside shoes for your child. This helps to keep our school clean and dry. If you need some help with shoes, check out our FREE Shoe and Boot Exchange at the office.
- Family Accident Reimbursement Plan – In past years, the District used to send enrolment forms to schools for coverage under the Kids Plus Voluntary Insurance Plan. The Kids Plus Voluntary Insurance Plan was cancelled in 2019 by the supplier and was replaced by the Family Accident Reimbursement Plan Voluntary Insurance. The plan is voluntary but I would encourage you to share the following information (and in the FARP newsletter attached) with the parents of your students as soon as you can so they have an opportunity to enroll as early in the school year as possible. There are significant benefits of this accident insurance coverage and every year it seems we have a student or two who lose teeth for example and have no coverage. Please note that going forward, enrolment in the program will be done online only, through https://www.solutionsinsurance.com/aonbc. This information can be provided to parents through the school’s/District websites, e-newsletters and social media. The website provides information about the program including pricing and coverage. Parents and students should be able to locate all the information they need online to make an application for coverage.
Click here to view our District’s Community Bulletin Board with some great opportunities for families.