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We are thankful, once again, for God’s provision of our staffing needs, and pleased to announce three new hirings for our 2017/18 school year. Mrs. Carol Joy Green has accepted an offer to teach Drama 8 and Theatre Production 11 next year. Mrs. Green has been one of our “go-to” substitute teachers over the past few years, and brings a wealth of speech arts and drama experience to this position in our high school. Mrs. Sandy Vaale has graciously accepted an invitation to return to our Cedars’ teaching staff to partner with Mrs. Tuininga in our Grade 7 class. These two, seasoned teachers will be hammering out their job sharing roles over the summer months. Finally, Mrs. Janine Baltaretu has accepted an offer for our temporary, full-time Administrative Assistant position to cover for Jolene Crosina, in her absence. Mrs. Baltaretu and her husband moved to Canada from South Africa 8 years ago, and have two, preschool children. We look forward to working with all three of these people next year. Thanks be to God for providing wonderful people!
The year in sports has come to an end and what a year it has been! We have had a lot to celebrate both collectively and individually and we did so on June 13 at our annual High School Athletics Awards Night and at the Elementary School’s Final Assembly. The following is the list of those athletes whose character, effort, skill and leadership exemplified what it means to be a Cedars Eagle.
GRADE 8 VOLLEYBALL
Girls: Most Valuable – Hailey Gilkerson; Most Improved – Trinitee Orton; Most Inspirational – Jayden Bergstrom. Boys: Most Valuable – Jared Nelson; Most Improved – Max Whitehouse & Cole Willmann
GRADE 8 BASKETBALL
Girls: Most Valuable – Leandra Masse; Most Improved – Anna Duerksen; Most Inspirational – Joanna Sherman. Boys: Most Valuable – Max Whitehouse; Most Inspirational – Hayden Leithead
Girls: Most Valuable – Ilianna Bustamante; Most Improved – Eva Vanderwoerd; Most Inspirational – Kerri Ann Brown. Boys: Most Valuable – Lucas Crosina; Most Improved – Craig Hein
Boys: Most Valuable – Joel Nelson & Graydon Wolitski; Most Improved – Karl Kibonge
Girls: Most Valuable – Ashleigh Rempel; Most Improved – Taylor Rowland. Boys: Most Valuable – Darren Klassen; Most Improved – Noah Orton & Brendan Serup
Girls: Most Valuable – Kyla Giesbrecht & Jenna Van Delft; Most Inspirational – Amy Bjarnason
Girls: MVP – Taylor Rowland; Most Improved – Kaitlynn Staves
TRACK & FIELD
Most Valuable – Maillee Taylor & Max Whitehouse; Most Inspirational – Mackenzie Friesen
Most Valuable – Craig Hein; Most Inspirational – Darren Klassen
ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
Girls – Kyla Giesbrecht; Boys – Darren Klassen
Girls 1: Most Valuable – Mackenzie Domhof; Most Improved – Elyse Jex. Girls 2: Most Valuable – Leandra Masse; Most Improved – Halle Brown. Boys 1: Most Valuable – Mitchell Crosina; Most Improved – Jonathan Mendez. Boys 2: Most Valuable – Tristan Bartrim Most Improved – Andrew Isaac
Girls: Most Valuable – Leandra Masse; Most Improved – Madeline Whitehouse. Boys 1: Most Valuable – Mitchell Crosina; Most Improved – Andrew Isaac. Boys 2: Most Valuable – Jake Doerksen; Most Improved – Hayden Leithead.
While it is important for us to recognize the contributions and achievements of individual athletes to our program, “good teams become great when players exchange ‘me’ for ‘we’” (Phil Jackson via Jeff Ludditt). The fact that many athletes made that exchange resulted in Cedars winning 5 District and Zone Championships in 2016-17, with three of those teams advancing to Provincial Championships. These teams were: Grade 8 Girls Volleyball District Champions; Grade 8 Boys Basketball District Champions (in an undefeated season, too!); Senior Boys Volleyball Zone Champions (12th at Provincials); Senior Girls Volleyball Zone Champions (5th at Provincials); Senior Girls Basketball Zone Champions (9th at Provincials). In addition, our first-ever Track and Field team competed in the Zone Meet and a number of athletes came away with medals: Eva vanderWoerd (1 Gold, 1 Bronze), Maillee Taylor (1 Silver, 1 Bronze) and Max Whitehouse (3 Gold). Eva also competed in Cross-Country running in the fall where she won a silver medal at Zones and advanced to the Provincial Championships.
We understand that winning championships and personal accolades cannot be the only reason we compete in sports, but they do indicate the commitment, dedication and hard work our athletes put into their respective disciplines. And we would be remiss to not acknowledge the many hours our 33 coaches and team sponsors devoted to serving and training these students to play to the best of their abilities and to honour the Lord in how they conducted themselves both on and off the court, the field or the track. We are indeed blessed with a community that supports athletics at Cedars and is willing to get involved in impacting the lives of our students and bringing glory to God through sport. Looking forward to what God has in store next year!
Parents are encouraged to read the following bulletin from the Ministry of Health regarding the illegal drug overdose crisis we are currently experiencing in British Columbia. Although the majority of cases have not involved young people, nineteen youth between the ages of 14 and 18 have died as a result of overdose since January 2016.
School supply lists are now available on our Forms page. As in the last few years, you may choose to purchase your supplies either here in town or through School Start. A link to the Cedars lists is included on our Forms page, as is the School Start Parent Letter.
Kindergarten students do not need to buy supplies. Please submit $25 to the Kindergarten teachers on the first day of school. They will also need a back pack, lunch kit, and indoor shoes with Velcro closures.
Families who purchase kits through School Start should also be aware that all elementary students will also require indoor, non-marking shoes, and Grades 4-7 students need gym strip (shorts and shirt, labelled).
High school students may also purchase supplies through School Start. The list for high school is on our website.
As the school year draws to a close, we have to say goodbye to some of our staff. We want to publicly thank them for their faithful service to God here at Cedars. We will miss them all and wish them the Lord’s blessing in the next part of their lives.
We say farewell to After School Coordinator: Joanne Hardy; Educational Assistants: Laura Berkhoven, Eli Francis, Moses Ofulue, and Christine Smith.; And to teachers: Melody Dawson, Rachel De Bolster, Megan Francis and Jamie Mendez-Young.
Once again, Mr. Crosina and the Photojournalism class has done a fantastic job of the Cedars Yearbook! Most students who ordered a book have received it this week. If you have not picked yours up or if you would still like to purchase a yearbook, you still have time!
The books are $35 each. You can purchase with cash (exact change), cheque, debit, or credit (in office or online).
Elementary report cards will be sent home on the last day of school – Friday, June 23, 2017.
High school report cards will be ready for pick-up on Friday, June 30, 2017, between 12:00pm and 3:30pm.
Any report cards, High school and Elementary, that have not been claimed by Friday, will be sent in the mail.
Mr. Jake Wiens, recently retired from Cedars after a long career here, has become a published author. Life’s Ultimate Questions: Exploring Stories that Shape Our Everyday is, as it says on the back cover, “presented as ‘core-curriculum’ for young adults and new believers alike, who wish to not only survive but thrive as Christians in our challenging, secular, atheistic culture.”
Mr. Wiens will be holding a Community Book Launch on Thursday, June 15, 2017, from 7:30pm-8:30pm at Arts Space above Books & Company on 3rd Avenue. Everyone is welcome to attend!
Many of you have asked us about how you can help Jolene Crosina while she is in treatment for her cancer. She and her family have already been blessed by meals that her colleagues have provided, by cards and visits. After speaking with Jolene we have her permission to open up another opportunity for our community to bless her. While Jolene will be on a disability pension as long as necessary, she is going to be dealing with costs that exceed her income. As a result we are collecting money for her. You can drop off funds at the office or through our website Payments Page – please use “Option 1” and indicate what the money is for on the form. Gifts will not be eligible for charitable donation receipting. We are avoiding GoFundMe as it takes almost 8% in fees. Jolene and all of us appreciate your care and your prayers.
As the year draws to a close we have finalized most of our teaching staff positions for September. The following is our staffing for the fall:
Kindergarten: Susan MacDonald & Lindsay Ray
Gr. 1/2: Andrea Glasgow
(During September and October, Kayla Schmalz will be working in the grade 1/2 class for half of the morning and the grade 2 class the other half, to help with Language Arts and she will work in Grade 2 when all the two’s work together for Science and Socials classes in the afternoon. All grade two students will do Socials and Science together with Mrs. Van Delft all year long.)
Gr. 2: Sharon Van Delft
Gr. 3: Heather Fisher
Gr. 4: Winston Price
Gr. 5: Sherry Toninato
Gr. 5/6: Jeff Ludditt
Gr. 6: Sue Reimer
Gr. 7: Julia Tuininga
Elementary Educational Support Services Coordinator: Carolyn Tiefensee
French 5, 5/6, 6, 7: Sarah Allen
Music K-7: Shoshanna van Dijk
Primary PE: Frank Crosina and Steve Wilson
Sarah Allan (French 8-10; English 10-12)
Frank Crosina (Primary PE; Physical and Health Education 8-10; Bible 8; Video Editing 8/9; PE 12)
Cindy Everard (Math 8-11; Social Studies 10, 11)
Julie Gaunt (Home Ec 8/9)
Janice Giesbrecht (Educational Support Services Director; High School Academic Advisor)
Dorianna Hoekstra (Science 8; Physics 11; Math 12; Biology 12)
Roland Rempel (Woodworking 8, 9; Science 9, 10; Biology 11; Volleyball 11; Small Engines 11)
Krystal Rempel (Humanities 8, 9; Planning 10; Psychology 12)
Shane Nelson (Physics 12)
Alice Smit (Art 8/9)
Shoshanna van Dijk (High School Band; Worship Arts 11)
Steve Wilson (Bible 9; Christian Perspectives 11, 12; Student Life Coordinator; Athletic Director)
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The Main and Business Offices will re-open to prepare for the fall on Monday, August 21, 2017.
School Supplies 17-18
School supply lists for the 2017-2018 year can be found on our Forms Page.