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General News (for everyone Pre-K – 12)

Elementary News (more specific to Pre-K – 7)

High School News (more specific to 8 – 12)

2020-21 Class Composition and Staffing Update

We are pleased to announce that we have secured most of our staffing for the 2020-21 school year. This is not something that we take for granted, and we continue to give thanks to the Lord in this regard. Here is a list of some of the significant staffing changes for next year:

  • Mrs. Jessica Rand, our Intermediate French teacher, has stepped graciously into her 2020-21 Elementary Vice Principal role a couple of months early. We are blessed to have her join our leadership team, and thank her for stepping up to serve in a challenging season for our school. Mrs. Rand will continue teaching Intermediate French next year in addition to her administrative role.
  • Mr. Terence Wall, from Westside Academy across town, will be taking on the role of High School Vice Principal next year. He will also teach Bible and Art classes, as part of his full-time portfolio.
  • Mrs. Marli Holmes will be moving to the high school to teach a portfolio of Humanities and Art courses. We are increasing high school staffing to support two grade 8 and two grade 9 classes next year. Exciting!
  • As you may have noticed, Mr. Wall and Mrs. Holmes will be taking leadership of our high school Art program next year. Mrs. Alice Smit, our long-term Art teacher, has decided to retire this year. Thank you, Alice, for your faithful service over these past 22 years! May the Lord bless you and light your path in this new season of life and service.
  • We are also saying goodbye to Mrs. Joan Van Driesum this year. She has served in the office and as an EA for 25 years! We will be taking time to celebrate Joan and Alice’s service to our community in our wrap-up lunch with staff at the end of June. If you wish to forward any memories or blessings, please forward them to Shane Nelson by email (shanen@cedars.bc.ca).
  • Mrs. Annette Staves will be moving to our main campus to serve as EA and part-time teacher in Kindergarten next year. Mrs. Phillips will be increasing her time in the Preschool to support Mrs. Sturwold in Annette’s absence.
  • We are pleased to rehire Mrs. Amanda Kibsey, and Mrs. Nicole Rogers (HS EAs) and hire alumni Miss Ashleigh Rempel (Elem EA) to work with our diverse learners. Mr. Nolan Hanson will be moving from grade 7 into the high school to continue his work as an EA.

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 (A) – Mrs. Lindsay Ray and Mrs. Annette Staves (Sept-Dec);  Mrs. Ray and Mrs. Schmalz (Jan-June)
Kindergarten (B) – Mr. Josh Gagnon
Grade 1 (A) – Mrs. Andrea Glasgow
Grade 1 (B) – TBA
Grade 2 – Mrs. Sharon Van Delft
Grade 3 – Mrs. Heather Fisher
Grade 4 – Mr. Winston Price
Grade 5 – Mrs. Sherry Toninato
Grade 5/6 – Mr. Jeff Ludditt
Grade 6/7 – Mr. Matthew Ceaser
Grade 7 – Mrs. Sue Reimer

We have started our work on class lists. As we have done in the past, 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. Class lists will be shared on June 24th by email. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our Elementary Vice Principal, Jessica Rand (jessicar@cedars.bc.ca) or Principal, Shane Nelson (shanen@cedars.bc.ca).

We are busy planning for a variety of Stage 1 to 3 return to school scenarios for September. Stages 1 and 2 see a full return to in-class instruction for K-7 students, but Stages 2 and 3 require part-time return planning for high school students. We will include schedules for grade 10-12 students in their report card packages at the end of this month, but will hold off on grade 8 and 9 elective schedules until August, when we will know more about the stage of return. Thank you for your patience.

Society Meeting Link

Society and non-society members are invited to attend our virtual Spring Society Meeting on June 17, 2020. The online waiting room will open at 6:30pm and the business meeting will begin at 7:00pm. Details for the meeting can be found at our post from last week’s news

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Grad Celebrations June 18

We would like to get a sizeable crowd of staff and community members (kids welcome!) to line Preston Road between 6:45-7:30pm on Thursday, June 18th for the “grand entrance” of our graduates. Signs, noise makers, pool noodles and general “ruckus”… 🙂

If you would like to attend, please RSVP with an email Shane Nelson directly at shanen@cedars.bc.ca

Another opportunity for participation in this event is to write an encouragement/blessing/prayer card for one or some or all of the grads to put in their “memory box” which will be issued to them during this evening. You may drop them off at the Main Office (window in the hall).

Tuition and Student Account Payments for End of Year

The school year is almost over, please make sure that your tuition and student account are paid in full by the end of June.

Did you know that you are also able to set up 20/21 tuition payments to start in September? Why not set that up now so that you have one less thing to do in the fall? Contact Karen in the Business office (businessoffice@cedars.bc.ca) 250-564-0707 before we close for the summer!

Annual High School Sports Awards Presentations

The Annual High School Sports Awards presentations will debut on YouTube this Friday, June 12, 2020!

The link will be published on the Cedars Facebook page and also shared with coaches who can email it to players and families. Stay tuned!

Technology Return and Purchase Plan

This Spring, we loaned out over 50 school laptops to families to support at-home learning. As we finish out this school year and prepare for the Fall, we are planning to replace most of our older Dell Latitude laptops (see image below) with a newer generation of machine. Some of you may be interested in purchasing the machine you have been using in this season.

If you are interested in purchasing a laptop of this vintage, please contact our technology coordinator, Jessica Rand, at jessicar@cedars.bc.ca. We will be selling these machines “as is” for $200. They will not be serviced by the school after purchase. If you are NOT planning to purchase loaned technology, we ask that you return devices to the school no later than Thursday, June 18th.

NOTE: We are also exploring a 1-to-1 “rent to own” and/or BYOD (bring your own device) program for intermediate and high school students next year. Stay tuned for details in next week’s Shake.

Library Books Must Be Returned

Just a reminder! If you have library books that you are finished with, please return them to the Cedars Library. There will be a book returns bin set up in the high school entrance. Alternatively, you can also drop the books in the mail slot at the school beside the library windows.

All library books at home should be returned to the school by June 15th. Thank you!

Calendar Notes for June

We will not be taking a day off for Elementary Report Card Writing Day on Monday, June 8, 2020. We will hold our “regular” half-day school day for elementary with in-class instruction during the morning.

The last day of school for both elementary and high school students will be Friday, June 19, 2020. (The last in-class instruction day for high school will be June 18, 2020, with at-home instruction on the 19th.)

20/21 Kindergarten Orientation Update

Thank you for the patience you have demonstrated as you’ve awaited information on Kindergarten orientation. Unfortunately, we will not be able to have our regular Kindergarten orientation this year. A lot of the information presented at the orientation is around what to expect i.e. timetables, supplies, and readiness. Since we don’t yet know what school will look like in September, we need to postpone sending out this information.

However, we will prepare a package for each child to work on over the summer which will be available soon. An email will be sent out to notify you when they are available. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Mrs. Ray or Mr. Gagnon at the school 250-564–0707 or email kindergarten@cedars.bc.ca.

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Cedars Christian School
701 North Nechako Road,
Prince George, BC, V2K 1A2
Main Office: 250-564-0707
Preschool: 250-961-7495
Main Email: office@cedars.bc.ca
Business Email: businessoffice@cedars.bc.ca