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We are excited to announce that we have secured teachers for all our elementary classes for 2018/19. This is not something that we take for granted – especially in the climate of teacher shortages in BC. Most recently, we hired Mrs. Jamie Erbacher to teach one of our grade 3 classes. Jamie and her husband, Ben, have two children at Cedars, and attend Gateway. And, if you missed our earlier announcement, we are pleased to announce that Mrs. Marli Holmes, who was a student teacher with Mrs. Everard and Mrs. Rempel this past semester, has accepted the position of grade 7 teacher for next year. Both of these new teachers come to us with high praise from their practicum supervisors, and we are excited to have them join our teaching staff.
After considering re-enrolment and new student registrations, we have decided to proceed with the following class combinations and teacher assignments for next year:
Kindergarten – Mrs. Ray and Mrs. Schmaltz
Grade 1 – Mrs. Glasgow
Grade 2 – Mrs. Van Delft
Grade 3 – Mrs. Fisher
Grade 3 – Mrs. Erbacher
Grade 4 – Mr. Price
Grade 5 – Mrs. Toninato
Grade 5/6 – Mr. Ludditt
Grade 6/7 – Mrs. Reimer
Grade 7 – Mrs. Holmes
Over the next several weeks, we will be meeting with staff to work on class lists. At this time, we wish to share with you some thoughts about how place students into classes. Sometimes, we defer to others who have “said it better”. The following response by John Stiel, former Principal of Calgary Christian School, has been one we have shared with our community in the past. It outlines the process we engage in quite well. To the question, “How do you assign students to a new class?”, John responds,
Some parents and students have the mistaken idea that class lists are made up by using serendipity and “eenie, meenie, minie, moe.” However, at our school, the principal and teachers assign students to classes using the knowledge they have of the students, their needs, and the needs of the classrooms in general.
One of the first considerations is that classes of the same grade be of similar size. Then we split the boys and girls somewhat equally among the classes. We try to evenly distribute the academically strong, average, and weak students among the class. Some students have special needs. This complicates a student’s placement because resource help might not always be available at the right time.
Friendships formed by students during the school year are also important. The principal and teachers try to place every student with at least one friend because they realize that the student will then have a larger comfort zone. This simple idea is complicated by the fact that while some friends make good study buddies, others can be very distracting.
Parents and teachers see the class make up as an important factor that will, to some extent, make or break a school year for a student. For that reason, the formulation of class lists is taken seriously and is done prayerfully by the school staff. Though some students and parents might not like the class assignments, there has to be an understanding that God can work and bless even in difficult circumstances.
– Reprinted with permission from Christian Home and School magazine May/June/1995
Please pray for our staff and leadership team as we discern the best placement for your children. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our Interim Principal, Shane Nelson.
Get out the bobby pins, clips, paint, dye, wigs, ties, bows, hair spray, and gel! It’s that time of year – the Crazy Hair Day hoopla will happen this Friday, May 18!
We will be inviting the 18/19 Kindergarten students and parents to an orientation on Monday, June 4, 2018.
Parents of next years’ students are invited to come to the Kindergarten classroom with your child at 1:00pm. You will have a chance to meet the principal, and your child will meet the teachers and their future classmates. The session will be approximately an hour and a half.
We are honouring grandparents and other special guests of our elementary students on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Our “grand” guests (grandparents or other people in your family’s life who fit into that role for your children) are invited to begin visiting classrooms at 11:00am. Lunch will be served for the guests at 12:00pm in the gym, followed by student performances.
Guests are asked to please RSVP to the school by May 16, 2018.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-564-0707
Teams Do Well at the Knights of Columbus Tournament
Cedars was well represented in the Knights of Columbus Tournament last Thursday and Friday at Sacred Heart School. The girls team won their first two games of the year and ended the tournament in a three-way tie for first place with a 2 wins 1 loss record! However after factoring in points for and against, we ultimately ended up in third place. The girls played exceptionally well for Coaches Kaitlynn Staves and Angela Whitehouse and exhibited a joy in their efforts regardless of the outcome.
Our boys team was made up of only our grade 7 players; we could only enter one team and with 18 grade 6 boys there wasn’t enough room or playing time for all of them. We combined the 8 grade 7 boys from our two boys teams and Coaches Winston Price and Kara Crosina shared coaching duties. And the boys responded the challenge – they finished with record 3 wins and 0 losses and for the first in the 37 year history of the tournament, Cedars was declared the champions!
That, coupled with the boys winning the Knights of Columbus Volleyball Tournament in the fall makes it a great year for elementary sports at Cedars! Well done to both our girls’ and boys’ teams.
Cedars Hosting Li’l Eaglets Tournaments the Next Two Weekends
This weekend, (March 2,3) our two 6/7 boys basketball teams are hosting 6 other teams from 5 schools in the Li’l Eaglets Invitational at Cedars. The tournament runs from 2:00pm-8:00pm Friday and 8:30am-1:30pm Saturday and has been organized by our PE12 class. It will feature awards, a Skills Competition on Saturday and a concession that will be available throughout the tournament. The Cedars 1 team (Mr. Price) begins play Thursday at 3:00pm versus Lac des Bois 1 while Cedars 2 (Mrs. Crosina) plays Friday at 2:00pm versus Lac des Bois 2. Come on out for some fun basketball!
Next weekend (March 9,10) our 6/7 girls team will play host to 5 other teams from 4 schools in their own tournament. The PE12 class will also run this tournament and the format will be the same, but the schedule has not been finalized as of today. Stay tuned!
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