- CLASS ORGANIZATION UPDATE
- THIS WEEK IN IMAGES
- WELCOME BACK ASSEMBLY
- VIDEO OF THE WEEK
- TERRY FOX RUN
- COMBINED CLASSES
- QUOTE OF THE WEEK
- 2017-18 CALENDAR
Last week students worked in grade groups rotating through a variety of activities, meeting new teachers, making new friends, and getting to know each other. Since the end of last year, the enrolment of students at Jessie Lee has increased significantly. On Friday, we were informed that we were given two more classrooms to meet these enrolment demands. As we move into our second week, we will begin to organize students into classes based on new class size and composition (the number of special needs students per class) guidelines, as well as district directions. Our hope is to have all students in their classes by Tuesday.
What do we ask of students and parents?
Please be patient and give students time to settle in. In almost all cases, students end up loving their teacher and the class they are in. Teachers have been very thoughtful at taking into consideration all the important criteria that create classes that will meet the learning needs of every student (please see last week’s post). Children need their parents to reassure them that everything will be okay. Thank you for your continued support.
Our first school-wide assembly brought Jessie Lee staff and students together to welcome the new school year and to share some important messages and introductions. We talked about assembly criteria and what it means to be an attentive and courteous audience, an important life skill. Staff introduced themselves sharing a unique, special “something” about themselves. We also reminded students of two important behaviour expectations:
- if you ride to school, please walk your scooters, skateboards, and bikes when you get on school grounds
- if you bring a device/iPhone to school, please leave it inside at recess and lunch
Here at Jessie Lee we want to help keep our students safe and healthy. When children are outside on our playgrounds, we want them to enjoy the fresh air, interact with each other, and play in active and happy ways. As our year continues, and children settle into their classes, teachers will invite students to use digital tools to transform and enrich their learning. Please take time to review and talk about these two reminders with your child. Thank you!
At our assembly students also watched a powerful video to inspire and empower all of us to lead a life of kindness. Watch as the camera tracks an act of kindness as it is passed from one individual to the next and manages to boomerang back to the person who set it into motion. Below is the videos we watched. Enjoy!
Kindness has a way of coming back full circle; some may call this a “kindness boomerang”. I invite you to continue our discussion with your family: what does it mean to “pay it forward”? How will you pay it forward?
At the end of this week, Friday, September 15th, Jessie Lee students and teachers will be heading out for our annual Terry Fox Run. To help keep our students safe, we need parent volunteers!
WE NEED PARENTS to help out on this day. If you can volunteer some time, please call our office (604-531-8833) and let us know who you are. Thank you!
Here is an inspirational video of the story and journey of Terry Fox’s life and Marathon of Hope.
Combined-grade classes consist of students in two consecutive grades grouped together in one class. According to studies, “they are common both locally and internationally, with “one out of every five Canadian students enrolled in a multi-grade classroom.” There is a very good chance that Surrey children will have the experience of being in a combined-grade class during their elementary school years.
Organizing classes to best meet the needs of all students is a complex process. While practical factors such as shifting enrolment, class size and composition influence the formation of classes, the Surrey School District is committed to creating balanced classes that focus on students’ learning strengths and the needs of the whole child.
There are academic, as well as social benefits, to combined-grade classes. Studies indicate that children in combined classes do as well academically as children in single grades.
Research has shown that combined classes:
• allow students learn from one another,
• provide models for younger students,
• help older students see what they’ve already learned,
• provide opportunities for a greater range of learning,
• encourage students to work together,
• promote social responsibility,
• help students to become independent and
• foster a positive attitude toward school.
Students in combined classes are not held back to the level of younger students, nor are they expected to handle work beyond their ability. In every classroom, there is a wide range of skills and abilities. Children mature at different rates in various aspects of development. Teachers are aware of these individual differences and structure learning activities according to the needs of each learner.
Children learn continually; their intellectual, social and personal development does not occur in discrete steps according to grade level. Studies have found that on average, a single-grade class includes students whose development spans five years. The developmental range in a combined class is not significantly different.
Within the combined class there will be children of both grade levels with similar levels of performance. Whether a child is gifted or needs considerable assistance, each will be challenged to excel as much in a combined class as he or she would be in a single-grade class. Researchers have reported successful learning is less dependent on how students are grouped into classes, than on the quality of instructional practices.
More information on Combined, Multi-Age Classrooms
IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2017/18
11-Photo Day Cancelled – TBA
15 -Terry Fox Assembly 12:45 and Run 1:00 pm
19-Early Dismissal for parent-teacher conferences
21-Early Dismissal for parent-teacher conferences
25-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
29-Assembly – Orange Shirt Day 12:45 p.m.
9-Thanksgiving – Classes not in session
20-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
3-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
9-Remembrance Day Assembly – 9:00 a.m.
10-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
13-Satutory Holiday in lieu of Remembrance Day – Classes not in session
25-Winter Break begins
5-Last Day of Winter Break
8-Welcome Back! First day of school in 2018
16-Early Dismissal for program evaluation
12-Family Day – Classes not in session
16-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
4-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
21-Victoria Day – Classes not in session
28-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
28-Last Day of classes
28-Early Dismissal for program evaluation
28-Student Learning Communications sent home
29-Administration Day – Classes not in session for students
Our office renovations continue. Thank you for your patience!