Just Say Yes Already!

BY: KARIN RIEMER, Elementary Vice Principal and Teacher It was my first year teaching. Fresh out of Dordt College, transplanted to sunny California. I had this wonderfully diverse and eager-to-learn first grade class. After the first few weeks of “what am I doing here?!” I was finding my rhythm as a primary teacher. I was […]

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Do You See What I See?

BY MIKE RIEZEBOS: Secondary Math Teacher What do you see when you look at the picture above? A student’s first car? A vehicle ready for donation? A hunk of junk? Well, it isn’t any of the above. It’s my car, or as it’s affectionately known by the staff, the “Pi Mobile.” My wife wants nothing to do […]

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How NOT to be an Artist

BY JONATHAN BOERSecondary Art Teacher There is a poster out there entitled “How to Be An Artist.” It’s a list of things an artist is supposed to do, like “plant impossible gardens,” “take moonbaths,” and “invite dangerous people to tea.” If this poster is the definitive list, I’m not an artist. The only things on […]

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Rompin’ Stompin’ Sekoia

by Jaime Spyksma She’s five, loves snowshoeing, and is passionate about giving back. Sekoia Kornelius, a kindergarten student in Mrs. Humphrey’s class, has been raising money and awareness for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation for the last few years.  Sekoia’s mom first developed a passion for the cause and in turn began Sekoia’s journey of giving […]

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Things That Happen On the Bus

by Tanya Kieneker I went to high school in Sparwood, BC. I’ll give $20 to anyone who knows where that is. (I’m actually not going to – just to give you fair warning.) I moved there in grade 9 from outside of Toronto. We rolled into town on April Fool’s Day and I was convinced […]

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Me in the Kitchen? Fail.

by Tanya Kieneker I can’t cook. Most people don’t know this about me. Unless you are my husband. He has officially banned me from our kitchen, except of course to do the dishes. The reason is simple. I have flopped every meal known to man. I have burned every cookie, melted every spatula, loaded every soup with […]

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Lazy Parenting

by Tanya Kieneker Sometimes we feel like very lazy parents. It’s true. We hear stories from friends about the adventurous things they’ve done with their kids—going on hikes, camping along the Baja, attending concerts… (Don’t even get me started on Disney Land or family camps!) And us? We prefer to stay at home and make […]

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