Posted: October 3, 2021
Families of Shortreed,
It was a powerful week of learning and action at our school on our journey of Truth and Reconciliation. We hope you and your families took some time to remember, reflect, and honour on Thursday and that the pamphlet that was sent out helped to give you some resources to start or continue the conversations. We will continue our learning throughout the year through stories and actions that help us to keep moving forward with our journey.
This time of the year is also important as we learn about and support the Terry Fox Foundation. Be sure to check your email for updates on our fundraising efforts and our run that will take place this Friday afternoon. We will also send out an email in which people can volunteer to cheer us on along our TF Run through a part of the community.
An email was sent out on Friday from our district as a result of the provincial K-12 Mask Mandate that will be in place starting tomorrow (Monday). We will work with all students to teach and support them as they learn how to wear a mask at school. Please make sure to send your child with a mask as soon as you can this week. As we do with our grade 4/5s, there will be plenty of opportunities for mask breaks throughout the day.
Tuesday, October 5 is World Teachers Day so this is a day that we thank ALL Shortreed Staff for their incredible dedication to our community.
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.
We hope you take a few minutes to read about some of the good things that have been happening at our school along with some info for the week ahead.
Good Things to Talk About
Extending the Learning at Home – Ms. Bedard and Mrs. Parsons’ classes have been working hard over the past few weeks to read books and articles and watch videos on the idea and definition of reconciliation. They learned more about residential schools as well as what it means to be on a path of reconciliation. To summarize their learning and extend the learning into the homes of our community, they created a pamphlet with quotes from the students as well as some recommended books and resources to check out and support. If you are on Facebook, you can watch an interview with our teachers here. Thank you to Ms. Bedard and Mrs. Parsons for leading this. Click here for a PDF of the pamphlet.
A Garden of Reflection – For September 29, our school’s Orange Shirt Day and Day for Truth and Reconciliation, every student and staff member at the school created an orange heart with messages about family, language, culture, love, hope, and education. Our school then participated in a Walk for Reconciliation as we walked to the Nooksack Trail and planted our hearts in and near the fairy garden. Students took some reflection time when they planted the hearts and then left them there for the week for the community to stop and reflect. The hearts will be picked up this week.
Fall Forest Fun – There is such beauty in a forest in the fall when the leaves are changing colour and covering the ground! Mrs. Dhaliwal’s students went out to the forest to take in this beauty and observe and explore.
More Than for Just Pizza – Although few people dislike what typically goes in these square boxes, Mrs. Zelter’s students showed that these pizza boxes have another use! The class painted their pizza boxes and they will be used to store all their art projects this year.
Knowing Their Place – Ms. Fenech’s students have been reviewing and practicing the math concept of place value. They recently took some time to engage in some partner games to practice their skills in this area.
Moving Day – Divisions 1 and 2 moved out to their new classrooms in the portables on Friday as we prepare for the start of constructions with the seismic upgrade. Division 3 will move out to their portable early this week. To read the government press release for this past week, click here.
So Emotional! Mrs. North’s students recently took some time to explore and review many different emotions that we can experience. By naming emotions, students can be more aware of their emotional state and then be more ready to use some strategies to get into a positive emotional state. Students went through a few different emotions and then had to make these faces and then draw them on their papers (The “silly” emotion is in the picture).
These Don’t Belong Here – Our mantra at Shortreed is “You Belong Here” but Mrs. Creech’s students were focused on what DOESN’T belong in their math lesson the other day. Students looked at various patterns and had to decide which one did not belong and then shared their rationale for their decision.
The Importance of Our Name – Ms. McFarland’s students spent some time talking about the importance of their name in reflecting on identity. They also tied this into discussions around residential schools and how this identity was sadly taken from students who were forced to attend (and were called and identified by a number rather than by their name).
Connections Through Artifacts – Grade 4s and 5s spent time working together with Mrs. Kirk in the library to observe, wonder, and infer using indigenous artifacts as they looked for connections to Orange Shirt Day. We loved observing their reflective dialogue through this process.
Proud of Patterns – When I popped into Mr. D’s class early last week, the students were proud to share their learning and achievement on the topic of patterns. Students learn patterns with increasing complexities each year and it is always interesting to walk around during various math lessons in the school to see the growing level of understanding.
Meeting Students Where They Are At – When I visited Ms. Mostat’s class, they were doing a review of the concept of place value in numeracy. One of the challenges teachers have with full group direct instruction is to find ways to meet each student where they are at. Ms. Mostat used some simple techniques that included options for the students to challenge themselves and extend their learning to a higher level while she also provided instruction at a level where all students could understand.
The Week Ahead
Tuesday – World Teachers Day
Friday – Terry Fox Run – 1:15pm (more info will be emailed this week)
Month at a Glance
October 11 – Thanksgiving Day – No School
October 15 – Hot Lunch – Pizza
October 20 – Photo Day
October 20 – Parent-Teacher Conferences 2:00-7:30 – Dismissal at 1:33pm.
October 21 – Parent-Teacher Conferences 2:00-4:30 – Dismissal at 1:33pm.
October 22 – Pro-D Day – no school for students
October 25 – PAC Meeting – ZOOM – 9am
October 27 – PAC Popcorn Day
October 29 – Halloween Parade – 1:30pm, Kindergarten Pumpkin Patch field trip
November 4 – Diwali Celebrations
- Did you know hot lunch is actually a fundraiser for PAC? We use it to help fund all the fun things we do and the school programs we support! Your child gets a fun lunch or treat and the school benefits from it! Win-win!!
- Returning Parents: Please sign in to your Munch-a-lunch account at: https://munchalunch.com/login
- New Families: Please go to this link: https://munchalunch.com/schools/Shortreed and click on the “Register Here” button and follow the instructions to create an account. Once your account has been created you can add your child(ren) to your account, you will need to know their teacher and division number to do this.
- To ensure your kiddos don’t miss out make sure your orders are in and paid for 8 days before the lunch or treat day. The first cut-off is Thursday, October 7, so don’t delay! Thank you for your support!
Neufeld’s orders are to be pickup up this Friday, October 8th from 2-2:30 pm on the south side of the gym (if you placed one). Also, we have some carts to carry your food if you need to borrow one to go to your vehicle (Or bring many helping hands). If you have multiple orders, please let me know so I can put them together as well if someone else is picking up your order. Our parking lot is closed during this time for buses, but there is plenty of parking at the church across the street. Our PAC freezer doesn’t have room to hold any forgotten orders so please contact me if these arrangements can not be made. Thank you, Jen Cooksley ShortreedPAC@Gmail.com
Important Updates and Reminders
- Updated 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.
- Programs of Choice – Registration Period is October 4 – October 20, 2021 – Langley School District offers a rich diversity of programs that are designed to meet the specific needs and interests of students. Programs include Fine Arts, French Immersion, Fundamental, Langley Environmental Awareness Program (outdoor education), Montessori, U-Connect, and Career Education Programs (secondary). The registration period begins October 4, 2021 and ends October 20, 2021. For more information and instructions to register your child, visit our District website here and review our FAQ choice programs resource here.
- 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.
- 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.
- If your child will be absent, please call the school at 604-856-4167 or email email@example.com.
- 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.
Click here to view our District’s Community Bulletin Board with some great opportunities for families.