Spelling Units Start Today


Posted by csemke | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on September 26, 2016

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Today, all students received their UNIT ONE spelling words and exercises.  As you know, spelling is not just about memorizing what the words look like.  Spelling is also decoding sounds, recognizing patterns, and understanding meanings.  Based on a spelling assessment we did in early September, the students are now in their groups.  As they demonstrate understanding and care at each level, they will be work their way up to higher levels.  Please keep in mind that though some words may be easy to spell, their sounds and patterns are important to recognize and master before going on to words of greater complexity.

Each student has a spelling worksheet in his/her homework binder, in the L. Arts section.  This activity sheet is due on Friday.  As well, our spelling tests will happen on Fridays (or on Monday, if Friday is part of a long weekend or special event).

Parents, it would be a great idea to give your child a practice test at home before Friday.

Thank you!


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Thank you, Parents!


Posted by csemke | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on September 14, 2016

Dear Parents,

Last night was “Meet the Teacher” evening at RCS Elementary.meettheteachernight

Thank you so much for attending.  It was a pleasure to meet you all!

If you were unable to attend, I will send an information letter home with your child today.

Parents, your feedback and insight are very valuable to us throughout the year.  Please contact us if you have any questions or suggestions.

Looking forward to a wonderful year together!


Miss Cheryl Semke –¬†csemke@myrcs.ca ¬†and Ms. Joyce Ng – jng@myrcs.ca


French with Monsieur Lai


Posted by csemke | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on September 14, 2016

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Dear Parents,

Thanks for reading the “French at RCS” blog! Please subscribe to it by adding your email in the box.

If your child has entered  middle school, feel free to unsubscribe.

Here is the welcome back newsletter for all parents.

Here are the new Quizlet classes for home review of vocabulary words. These are automatic links. Please join the class that your children are enrolled in this year. Sets/Material will be added throughout the year. They will contain French and English meanings of all words that we learn. If you haven’t signed up for Quizlet yet, please register for an account at quizlet.com. You can also download the app (free) for your iOS device here.

Grade 1: https://quizlet.com/join/Kefc72EtE

Grade 2: https://quizlet.com/join/eHhrajMJ7

Grade 3:  https://quizlet.com/join/D5pY236vY

Grade 4: https://quizlet.com/join/9Xzkrrd9z

Grade 5: https://quizlet.com/join/QqurNKNEg

DVDs: Check out this post to see which DVD is appropriate. DVDs are available at the office.

I look forward to meeting the new parents! Please don’t hesitate to email me with any questions: slai@myrcs.ca


Mr. Lai

Welcome to Grade Four!


Posted by csemke | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on September 9, 2016

Welcome to Semkeville’s Class Blog!  

Today marks the end of our first week in Grade Four!  

Ms. Ng, Mrs. Beutel and I (Miss Semke) have thoroughly enjoyed meeting all our new students, and each day has been full of new adventures.

I hope this blog will be helpful to all 4S parents and students.

This site is where you will find:

‚Äď homework updates


‚Äď upcoming events

‚Äď classroom newsletters (including spelling lists & Bible memory verses)

‚Äď links to other important RCS blogs (see right column)

Please subscribe to this blog (see right column, at the bottom) so that you will receive email notification of all new entries.



Dec 4 – Gifts For The Manger!


Posted by csemke | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on November 26, 2015

The elementary campus is once again be collecting baby items to help support the important ministry work done by the Vancouver Crisis Pregnancy Centre.  Each year, the RCS community gives enough items to fill many Christmas hampers for babies and mothers in need.

Items will be collected in a special box in each classroom and presented to the CPC during Chapel on December 4th

Suggested gifts¬†include:¬† sleepers and outfits (newborn ‚Äď 12 months), undershirts, bibs, blankets, towels, washcloths, bottles, socks, slippers, hats, shampoo, lotion, diapers, wipes, toys, powdered formula, baby cereal, and jarred baby food.

Items for moms could include toiletries, magazines and treats.

Thank you for considering being a part of this annual CHRISTmas event that encourages many needy families and single mothers in the Lower Mainland.  Gifts will be presented to the Crisis Pregnancy Center during Chapel on Dec. 4.

Dec 15 – RCS CHRISTmas Concert!


Posted by csemke | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on November 26, 2015

December 15 – Christmas Concert Information:

Where?   South Delta Baptist Church 1988 56 Street, Delta, BC

What do Gr. 4 students wear?  Red RCS T-shirt; black bottoms & dark shoes/socks

When do students arrive?  6:30 to 6:45pm (give COATS to parents to hold)

Where do students meet?     Grades 2,3,4,5  meet in the Gym  

What do parents do?  Please take your child’s coat, then go and find a seat. 

Program length?  Approximately 1 hour.  It should all be finished shortly after 8pm.

Is there a collection?  Yes, there will be a collection for the Crisis Pregnancy Centre. 

Dec. 4 – Cookie Decorating!


Posted by csemke | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on November 26, 2015

Christmas Cookie Decorating ‚Äď Friday,¬†Dec. 4

Who?  Elementary school students (K to 5)

What?  Decorating 2 gingerbread cookies

Where?  Family Groups

When?  Friday, December 4th at 8:30 am

Why?     To celebrate Christmas and community!

What to bring:¬† a small bag of¬†nut-free candy¬†for decorating (¬Ĺ cup).¬† For example:

  • Smarties
  • Chocolate chips
  • Jelly beans
  • Gummies
  • Licorice
  • Mini-marshmallows
  • Raisins/craisins (dried fruit)
  • Pretzels/cereal
  • And¬†much more!

Cookies and icing will be provided.  Students with egg, dairy, or gluten-free sensitivities/allergies will be accommodated.   Please ensure that your child’s teacher knows about these dietary concerns.  Have fun!


Donate Old Christmas Cards?


Posted by csemke | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on November 26, 2015

Dear Parents,

Each year, 4S creates a beautiful, gigantic Advent Calendar to mark the countdown to CHRISTmas!¬†We are almost ready to assemble it on our hallway bulletin board, but are also thinking forward to next year’s project.

If you receive any¬†Christmas cards depicting the true meaning of Christmas or a beautiful winter scene,¬†would you consider saving them¬†and donating them to our class in the New Year (whenever you are finished with them)? ¬†We hope¬†to have a good collection on hand for next year’s CHRISTmas art projects.

Thank you so much!


Thank You for the Birthday Surprise!


Posted by csemke | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on October 20, 2015

Dear Parents and Students,

Thank you sooooooo much for the wonderful surprise birthday party last Tuesday, October 13th! Your kind birthday wishes, the cards, the balloons, the flowers, the Miss Semke Minion Cake, and the digital photo frame were deeply appreciated!!!  You are so thoughtful and generous!

I’m very¬†glad I could turn 50 with you all!

Love and gratitude,

Miss Semke


Bear Creek Run – October 21


Posted by csemke | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on October 20, 2015

Congratulations, Citizens of 4S!
Every single one of you qualified for the challenging long-distance run at Bear Creek Park!

Important Reminders:

РArrive at 8:20 am and report to our class for attendance.  Mrs. Buffaloe and Mr. Lai will go with you on the bus.  Miss Semke will meet you at the park.  The buses leave at 8:30 am and return by 2:45 pm.

– If you are riding with a parent, make sure that Mrs. Buffaloe and Mr. Lai know.

РBring a bag lunch with lots of healthy choices and a water bottle.  A concession stand (snacks & drinks) will be available at the park.

– Wear your RED RCS PE Shirt (it helps us visually identify RCS students), runners, and shorts/track pants.

РBring an extra set of warm, dry clothing.  An extra set of dry shoes and socks are also a good idea.

РHave a great day!  Qualifying for this event is a great achievement!

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