It is with great pleasure and excitement that I have joined the Cambridge and District Elementary School community. I would like to thank students, staff, parents, guardians, caregivers, and Home and School for the warm and accepting welcome that I have been given. It does not take long to know that Cambridge and District Elementary School is a fantastic school with great students, a dedicated staff, and involved community who work together to ensure the best possible education for our children. Together we will continue building a school community where students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.
As we move through the 2016-2017 year, take some time to look ahead and talk, as a family, about:
· Caught-Yas (Ways of being recognized for showing respect for self, respect for others, respect for the environment and the learning that occurs in that environment).
· Talk with your child throughout the year. What they are learning? How do they feel about school?
· Keep the lines of communication open.
I’m looking forward to working with you and your child in the weeks and months to come.
Bernice Jackson, Principal
ABOUT OUR SCHOOL
We are a small elementary school located in Cambridge Station, NS on Highway 1 between Berwick and Coldbrook. The school currently serves the needs of the following communities: Cambridge Station, Cambridge Mountain, Waterville, and surrounding areas. We also serve the Annapolis Valley First Nation, a local Mi'kmaq community located a few miles from the school.
With eight homerooms and about 165 students, we have an ideal, close-knit, community-based learning environment that allows as to address the needs of each and every student. Students are exposed to an engaging curriculum supported by an excellent teaching and support staff. We focus on issues of health and well-being through our involvement in the Health Promoting Schools and Active Healthy Living projects. We celebrate the diversity of our community through year-long activities and special events, with a special focus on our African Canadian and Mi'kmaq heritages. We also work hard to advance student performance in Math and Literacy through our Continuous School Improvement with regional and provincial in-services.
Report cards are sent home three times a year in November, March and June. Report cards are to be signed and returned to the student's teacher. Student-led conferences and parent interviews are usually planned a week after reports go home. Parents should feel free to contact their child's teacher with concerns at any point in the school year. We encourage open parent-teacher communication.
Parents should be aware that because of our daily and supervision schedules the school will not be open to students prior to 8:10am.
Our Library is operated by our Library Technician Mrs. Rose. It is open during regular school hours every other week. See the calendar tab above to see which weeks she is at Cambridge. Each classroom receives one library session per week. Students may borrow books from the library for individual use. Students are responsible for any items they borrow from the library.
Our Hot Lunch Program runs from September to June. We offer a hot lunch option each day of the week as well as nutritious snack and drink options for Recess and Lunch. Please check the regular menu that is sent home in the newsletter each month.
Thanks to the generous support from Breakfast for Learning, The Rotary Club, Breakfast Clubs of Canada, Coldbrook Lions Club we have an amazing Breakfast Club which is open to all students each morning and serves approximately 60 to 80 students each day. Mrs. Robinson runs the program and her menu includes pancakes, french toast, eggs, fruit, cheese, grilled cheese, cereal, hot cereal, english muffins with egg and cheese, bagels, etc.
Cambridge School welcomes all family volunteers. We encourage you to actively participate in many aspects of your child's education. Anyone who enters the school must check in at the office. This ensures the safety of all children and helps us stay aware of any and all visitors in our school. Regular volunteers will be asked to complete a series of forms before they will be permitted to work with children. Please see our guidelines for volunteers for more details. This can be obtained at the school office.
Each school within the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board strives to provide a warm and nurturing atmosphere for students. In order to ensure a caring environment to develop the qualities of self-esteem, creative thinking, a love of learning and respect for self and others it is our responsibility to ensure that students are safe and secure. As a community of learners we have the right to learn in a safe, secure environment, free from harassment, bullying, and physical violence. We have the right to learn in an environment that enhances our strengths and supports our needs. We have the right learn in an environment that respects differences and individuality, and that teaches us to be caring and responsible members of our community. Our expectations attempt to protect these rights and uphold the responsibilities that accompany them. For more information, please refer to our detailed behaviour policies and guidelines.
HEALTH AND ALLERGIES
While we cannot completely protect students from common childhood illnesses like colds and flu, we do work hard to promote healthy habits that offer some safeguards. Hand-washing is the most important of these and is encouraged and practiced regularly. In case of serious health issues like severe allergies or suppressed immune systems, we work closely with families to ensure protection against those items and illnesses which can impact on the student. Our school is a Nut Free Environment. Communication is extremely important in these cases so please be sure to make us aware of any concerns. We often have requests for students to remain indoors when they return to school from an illness. While this may have been a recommendation in the past, fresh air provides a much healthier environment for students recovering from illness than does indoor air. If a student is too ill to be outdoors, they should probably remain at home until able to do so.
SUPPORTING STUDENT NEEDS
Our staff works hard to promote success for all students through an ongoing Program Planning Process with parents. In some cases, students are provided with additional support through our Resource services. This may mean short-term support in a specific area or more long-term general support that requires intense adaptation of instructional strategies or an Individualized Program Plan. In all cases where additional support is needed, involvement of families is paramount. We want to ensure support and understanding of what is being provided to assist students with seeing success and give families ongoing information on progress.
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