Cav's Corner - All News Wentworth


Welcome to the 2017-18 school year. I hope that you had a memorable and restful holiday. As I write this email, I sit in a new office with an incredible view overlooking our beautiful city. Last year marked my first year at Collingwood School and it was a pleasure becoming a member of our school's community.

My position title and responsibilities have changed for this upcoming academic year, as I was named the the Interim Head of Wentworth. I am thrilled to become the Head of a Jr. School and most importantly lead a remarkable faculty, staff and student body.

I wanted to let you know how excited we are for our students to arrive at Wentworth in September. I am confident that your child will have a positive year at Collingwood and I look forward to seeing all of our students during the first week of school.

February 15, 2018

 

Quebec City - Carnaval de Quebec:

Fifty of our Grade 6 and 7 students and six teachers were in Quebec City this past week immersing themselves in the culture and enjoying some time at the Carnaval d'hiver, the world's largest winter carnival. Our students were also able to experience other historically and culturally significant locations such as: the Plains of Abraham, Montmorency Falls, the Basilica of Sainte Anne de Beaupre, Chateau Frontenac and the Citadel. Thank you to the teachers who attended and especially Shauna Wiese for her meticulous planning of this wonderful experience.

 

 

 

Kindie Buddies - Valentines Day:

Last week our grade 12 students from Morven travelled to Wentworth to visit their Kindie Buddies. Our Graduates and Kindies made Valentines Day cards together and most importantly, continued to form a special bond.

 

 

 

Jump Rope for Heart:

As you may know, Wentworth will once again be hosting the annual Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser. We hope to raise awareness for heart health through this event and help the Heart and Stroke Foundation by donating money as well. This year, Jump Rope for Heart will be held on Friday, February 23rd, 2018. Leading up to this event, students are encouraged to collect pledges for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Each student will be given a collection envelope that will include all the information they need to collect pledges from family, friends, and neighbors, or to donate online. 

This year, we are continuing the Collingwood tradition of donating any prizes awarded to a local elementary school in need.

The forms and envelopes are to be returned on the Jump Rope day. We ask that all envelopes be returned, even if no pledges have been collected. The envelopes should be brought to the gym with the class on the day, and we will take care of the rest!

Please remind your child (K-7) to wear their PE clothes on Friday, Feb. 23rd. The schedule for the day will be confirmed by Ms. Church and Mr. Pinguelo and the PE Department. We will be holding our Jump Rope event in the Katz-Telfer Gym.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at jacqueline.kelly@mycw.org.

 Jacqui Kelly- Jump Rope for Heart Grade 12 Coordinator

 

 

 

Pink Shirt Day - Wednesday, February 28th:

Ariana: Hey Wentworth, Are you excited to celebrate Pink Shirt Day?!!  

Saige: (Cheers-but not entirely sure why) But Ariana, I’m not sure what exactly Pink Shirt Day is, or why we celebrate it…Could you explain a little more to me?

Ariana:  Sure Saige, Pink Shirt Day is a day that was originally Inspired by an act of kindness in Nova Scotia in 2007.  Some boys realized that they needed to take a stand against people who were making fun of a new student at their school for wearing a Pink shirt to school.  Can you believe it!!!

Saige: Oh, this is starting to ring a bell...If I remember right, this started as a small act of kindness and grew into a worldwide movement to spread kindness and inspire a appreciation for diversity.  

Ariana:  You are right, Saige.  I know we celebrate kindness and respect diversity at Wentworth, but how great is it to join in on a global movement that supports these values!  

Saige:  Our world will be a sea of Pink!  I wonder how many times we could circle the world if everyone who wears PINK on Wednesday joined hands to unite for the common goal of spreading kindness?  Ariana?  Ariana?  

Ariana:  Wait a minute...I’m just visualizing this...I am truly in my happy place and my bucket is overflowing with this thought!  

Both: So, what do you say Wentworth...Are you ready to celebrate KINDNESS...Don’t forget to wear your PINK shirt over your uniform on Wednesday, February 28th and join us in spreading kindness around the world!  

https://www.pinkshirtday.ca/  (check out this website...might be good to include some statistics/facts on Pink Shirt Day)

Students are asked to wear a pink dress shirt or t-shirt with their school uniform. This is not a civvies day.

Script from Monday's upcoming assembly.

 

"Unplugged" Meditation With Ranbir (for Grade 4/5 students):

Do you have a busy schedule?  Do you feel overwhelmed by all the things you have to do?  Do you have a hard time falling asleep, or staying asleep?

Well, these are all signs that maybe you may be feeling angst.  But, there is a wonderful tool you can learn that can not only help you manage all of these demands in your life, but it can also help you really enjoy all parts of your life.  

Can you imagine how that would feel? Have you heard about meditation?  

It is a popular buzz phrase these days, so there is a lot of confusion about what meditation really is.  Join us in Room 143 on Fridays from 12:45-1:15 and learn the basics on how to meditate, how to use meditation in your everyday life and why it is beneficial (spoiler alert: it is not just for relaxing…it can help you with sports too).

Session #1 - Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates: is it true, is it necessary, is it kind?

Most people interpret the focus of this statement to be in regards to our conversations with others. To me, this is all about the conversations we have with ourselves...our internal dialogue.  When we can speak to ourselves in this way, then, and only then, can we truly treat others with full respect.

** The meditation you will learn is not a part of any religion.

** Meditation has physical, mental, and emotional benefits that are well documented by science. Many of the top athletes, academics, scientists and entertainers in the world have a meditation practice.

From the desk of Ranbir Puar.                  

 

Upcoming Key Dates:

Date(s): Event(s):
Monday, February 19

Re-registration for 2018-19 Opens

8:50-9:20am - Chinese New Year Assembly, #1 Dress, Katz-Telfer Gymnasium

9:00am-2:00pm - Grade 1 Field Trip to Science World

Wednesday, February 21 

10:30am-12:00pm - Grade 2-3 Public Speaking Grade Rounds, Wentworth Library

1:30pm-2:30pm - Gr. 1A Student speech presentations to parents, 1A Classroom

Thursday, February 22

1:30pm-2:30pm - Gr. 1D Student speech presentations to parents, 1D Classroom

1:30pm-2:30pm - Gr. 1HA Student speech presentations to parents. 1HA Classroom

Friday , February 23 Wentworth, Jump Rope for Heart, PE Strip Dress, Houssian Gymnasium
Monday, February 26    

8:50am-10:00am - Grade 2-3 Public Speaking Celebration Assembly, #1 Dress, Katz Telfer Gymnasium

9:00am-11:00am - Grade 7S Service Trip – Community Art Project, Lions Bay School

Wednesday, February 28 Pink Shirt Day, #2 Dress with a pink t-shirt or dress shirt. No other pink items or accessories. 

Friday, March 2                   

Re-registration closes for 2018-19

10:25am-1:10pm - Class 6M Service Trip, St. Agnes Church, North Vancouver

 

 

 

February 1, 2018

 

We Crave Affirmations - Social media and technology parent tips

Last Saturday I was watching some of our future Canadian Olympians at the St. George’s School swim meet, when a Collingwood parent spoke to me about one of his major concerns for his child. “I think social media use and video gaming are powerful addictions. I believe students my son’s age are losing their ability to concentrate and they are showing a lack of empathy for others because of it. What is the school going to do to help keep this generation of students from further danger.” Typically, my conversations on a Saturday morning involve a barista with a green apron, who is always quite curious about the happenings of my day.

At Wentworth we value our students’ social interactions. They are asked by their homeroom teachers to place their phones in their lockers at the beginning of the day, and it remains there until student dismissal. Further, students are not to utilize laptops in the morning unless they are working on an assignment. As a school, we believe that our students should be socializing in the morning, face to face, establishing relationships and overcoming the non-catastrophic conflicts that arise in their lives. Our homeroom teachers in grades 6 and 7 during their Community & Connections block, also teach our students about internet safety, social media awareness and the personal impact that technology can have on the lives of others.

On Monday, January 22nd we had a passionate presentation from Jesse Miller on the concepts described above, with a focus on social media use. I thought it would be a great opportunity to communicate his key and related messages.

Key message:

  • When people use social media, they are portraying their story to the world. Users of social media need to protect and control their story. The internet is final!

Related messages:

  • Think and reflect prior to posting anything on social media. Your photos and messages could limit your opportunities in the future. Nothing you post is private.
  • When you participate in social media you are representing yourself, your family and school community.
  • Each message “tweeted” or photo “snapped” should be compared to your final essay. Would you hand in the first draft of your essay to be graded by your English teacher?
  • Social media has many positives: connecting people, informing citizens, entertainment, having your voice heard.
  • Learn about an internet trend before you decide to participate in it (Ex. ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Mannequin Challenge).
  • Social media thrives on affirmations. We crave affirmations. The dark side of social media is that likes and retweets have become a way to measure our value (Scott Savage).

Questions parents should consider asking their children:

  • What is the value of what you’re sharing online?
  • Would you be proud if you had to present your social media to your parents/teachers?
  • What does it mean to earn an audience online?
  • Are you ready to share your story on such a big stage?

Social media is not just a trend; it has completely altered the world in which we live. Ultimately, we can prepare students for the opportunities and challenges that come with social media and technology use; however, our students leave our school doors each day at 3:30 pm. In the words of my mentor, Dr. Jim Power (Headmaster of Culver Academies): “Parents need to have a strategy at home. It is work, it is not easy, and it is a point of contention between parents and their children.  Each child is different and parents will often need to tailor their approach to the specific needs of their children. Having said that, there are some generic approaches that can be tailored if necessary.”

Some parent technology tips:

1. Laptops should never be behind a closed door.  Laptops should never be in the bedroom.  Students should be working on the main floor somewhere where they are being monitored.

2. Wireless should have time limits.  The child should know that they have so many hours a night for internet access.  If they need to download content for their studies then they can use their laptop “after-hours” but they cannot connect to the internet.

3. How the heck do I achieve #2: First, the wireless router should be on a timer similar to what is seen for turning lights on and off.  A schedule is made clear with the child.  For example:  wireless is only available from 6:00 to 7:30 pm; before that is paper work and other studying.  If parents or older children need a different schedule then buy two routers on different timers and passwords.  This is not difficult to do but if the parents struggle, then ask a friend.

4. Handheld gaming.  #3 is important because almost all devices connect to the internet now.  So even if you put parental security on a laptop, they can still connect with their ipad/ipod/gameboy/etc.  If the home router is on a timer then it will totally be shut down at certain hours.  That is the best way to ensure they are not sitting in their room on the internet all night.

5. The phone bucket!  Have this by the front door or somewhere in the house so that all devices go somewhere that they parents can monitor them.  That bucket fills when the child comes home, or at sometime in the evening, and then it goes with the parents in the evening.

6. Parents should know every password for the students accounts.  Facebook, Instagram, etc. Only use it if necessary and sit down with the child every few months and make sure that passwords work. If they are living in your house, and you are driving them to hockey, and feeding them, and giving them a bed, etc, then knowing passwords is very little for them give up.  If they won’t give you their passwords, then do not give them access to your (the parents) internet. This is really intended for grade 6-9 or so.  After that, it gets tougher but make some form of agreement between the child and parent to make it manageable.

I would encourage you to follow John-Paul Cavalluzzo on twitter @CollingwoodCav for other school initiatives and updates.

Science Assembly

This past Monday our Science Department ran their yearly science assembly. Students from grades K - 7 discussed and demonstrated various Big Ideas from the new B.C. Science curriculum. I wanted to thank all of the teachers and students involved in this production. A special thank you to Mr. Parker for the passion he demonstrates when teaching and speaking about science related concepts and issues. You are an inspiring educator!

 

Photo: Grade five students making "elephant toothpaste."

Photo: Grade two students singing the water cycle song.

Photo: The exact moment my heart sank when I believed the fire alarm was going to sound. Well done, grade 7 student Declan Lawlor.

 

Heads up on Head Lice!

The Nurses at both Health Centre’s have come across a few cases of head lice. Head lice (pediculosis) does not cause illness, however they can be annoying, worrisome, itchy, uncomfortable, and easily spread. 

Schools no longer conduct mass screenings of students for head lice. Therefore, making regular screenings part of your weekly routine is important in limiting the spread of lice. If live lice is found, immediate treatment is required to stop the spread to others. Please refer to Vancouver Coastal Health guidelines and facts on “Getting Rid of Head Lice”. As well, please contact the Health Centre at either campus for additional support. 

Flu Season!

In addition to this, we have a higher than normal number of student’s away sick with fever and vomiting. It is important that you follow our school illness policy, so that the spread of communicable illness is prevented. This is especially important if your child is vomiting, has diarrhea or a fever. If these symptoms are present, your child is considered highly infectious, therefore needs to stay home for a minimum of 24 hours. Once the communicable symptoms have subsided without use of medications that alleviate or mask symptoms (e.g. fever), they can return to school. Again, please reach out to either Health Centre for additional support.

From the desk of Katie Archer.

 

Basketball at Collingwood

Our Grade 7 girls participated in the Cav Classic last week. This event truly demonstrated the spirit of Wentworth, our fans were spirited and respectful. Our girls won their first game in exciting fashion over Aberdeen Hall from Kelowna, B.C. They then moved forward to finish the tournament in 4th place. Thank you to Coach Button for her mentorship and guidance throughout this basketball season.

Our CAIS boys basketball team traveled to Toronto this week for the CAIS National Basketball Tournament. They will be billeting with Upper Canada College and playing games at the Toronto Hoopdome and Mattamy Centre at Ryerson University. We wish our players and coaches (Soril & Style) all the best as they take on top competition from across the country.

Photo: CAIS Boys well-dressed at YVR.

 

Chinese Lunar New Year Event 2018:

Time: Friday Feb 16, 2018 2-6pm

Location: Wentworth Katz-Telfer Gym

Dress code: To celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year all students are encouraged to wear yellow or red clothes (traditional Lunar New Year colors) on February 16th at Wentworth.

 

Wentworth Traffic Update:

Parents, please review the following traffic reminders. These notes will help us continue to manage the flow of traffic at Wentworth.  

Here are a few helpful reminders:

1. The gravel lot is for faculty, staff and JK parents only. Please do not drop-off or pick-up in this area.

2. At drop-off and pick-up, please move as far forward as possible before stopping.

3. If using the traffic circle, please stay in your vehicle and ensure your children get out of the car on the curb side.

4. Do not park in the drop-off zone above the school.

5. If it works for your family, please carpool, take the school bus or walk to school.

6. Arrive at school before 8:20 am. I would recommend you drop off your son or daughter at 8:00 am.

7. Please put your car in park when you are dropping of your son or daughter!

At the end of the day, our children's safety is our # 1 priority. Please be mindful of other cars, students, and faculty members. If we are patient and smile, we will get through this together.

 

Upcoming Key Dates:

Date(s): Event(s):
Monday, February 5

8:45am - 9:45am - Gr. 4 and 5 Coffee Morning, Wentworth FSC

8:50am – 9:20 am - Wentworth Weekly Assembly, Katz-Telfer Gymnasium

8:50am - 2:15 pm - Gr. 4 Field Trip to Fort Langley

10:00am - 11:00am - Gr. 6 and 7 Coffee Morning, Wentworth FSC

3:30pm - 5:00pm - Gr. 1 and 2 Student Led Conferences, Classrooms

Wednesday, February 7 through Monday, February 12

                                                                        Gr. 6-7 Quebec City/Carnaval d’Hiver

Wednesday, February 7

8:45am-9:45am - Gr. 3 Coffee Morning, Wentworth FSC

12:00am-1:30pm - Wentworth Faculty and Staff Appreciation Luncheon
sponsored by Parents’ Council

4:30pm - 6:30pm - Gr. 1 and 2 Student Led Conferences, Classrooms

Friday , February 9  

ISABC Metro-wide Pro-D Day – SCHOOL CLOSED  

Monday, February 12     

BC Family Day – SCHOOL CLOSED

Tuesday, February 13                       

1:00pm-2:00pm - Parents’ Council Meeting, Rowntree Board Room

1:45pm-2:50pm - Gr. 3N Student speech presentations to parents, 3N Classroom

Wednesday, February 14               Valentine’s Day       

1:45pm-2:50pm - Gr. 2B Student speech presentations to parents, 2B Classroom

1:45pm-2:50pm - Gr. 2N Student speech presentations to parents, 2N Classroom

Thursday, February 15

12:00pm-5:30pm - Kindergarten Parent/Teacher Meetings

1:45pm-2:50pm - Gr. 2G Student speech presentations to parents, 2G Classroom

1:45pm-2:50pm - Gr. 3C Student speech presentations to parents, 3C Classroom

Friday, February 16                            Chinese New Year – Year of the Dog

10:25am-1:10pm - Gr. 6 Service Trip to St. Angnes Church, North Vancouver

1:45pm-2:50pm - Gr. 3D Student speech presentations to parents, 3D Classroom

1:45pm-2:50pm - Gr. 3J Student speech presentations to parents, 3J Classroom

  

 

John-Paul Cavalluzzo's Biography:

John-Paul, also commonly known as JP, hails from Toronto, Ontario. He has recently moved to Vancouver with his wife, Sofie. They are thrilled to be working and living in such a beautiful city.

Over the past 20 years John-Paul has been a product of Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) as a student, faculty member and administrator. Most recently, he was the Director of Intermediate-Middle School at Collingwood. Prior to his move to Vancouver, he taught (middle school English & History) and coached (football, basketball, track & field) at Upper Canada College in Toronto.

JP holds a Master's in Education from the University of Toronto and is close to completing his CAIS Leadership Diploma.

JP is an incredibly passionate educator that greatly values character education. He is committed to Collingwood becoming a CAIS leader in character education.

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