Great is thy faithfulness

Even though our garden has been the subject of an earlier blog (remember the squash growing through the fence?), truth be told I have never been what you would call an avid gardener. I do most of the planting of the seeds and make the frames for our pole beans to grow on. I will […]

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Running Flat

I don’t know if you have ever taught a physical education lesson to grade 1 students before, but it is one of my favourite things to do. I have a particularly athletic class this year, so I thought I would teach a version of kickball, called Flat Mat. Usually when I teach lessons to my […]

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Sometimes I feel like a…

“Sometimes I feel like a porcupine, innocent and curious. I have a big imagination and know how to protect myself.” This is how the small, square book began. I was browsing for First Nations themed books in our wonderful library. By the time I finished this book by Danielle Daniel, I was hooked and had […]

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Marveling at mounds of snow

The weather we’ve had in the last few weeks is certainly unusual for us here in the lush Fraser Valley. It is fairly common, but not certain, to get at least one snow event in December or January, but to have snow for six or more weeks is nothing like I have experienced in my […]

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Dreaming of the Beach

At the Christian Teachers Association of British Columbia (CTABC) convention in October, (the one where students get two days off before Thanksgiving and the teachers all go to school), CTABC made an exciting announcement. They were changing their name to Christian Educators of British Columbia (CEBC), which better represented the many people who work to educate each […]

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Selfless Servants

I can’t remember exactly when I first met Mike Ouwerkerk. I know it was early on in my time here at ACS, 22 years ago. Mike initiated our Grandparent Crossing Patrol. Back then, there were no houses around our school property and looking out the front of the school you mostly saw a large, sandy […]

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The Power of Observation

One lovely day, I stood in the hall outside of the bathroom, trying to keep my students quiet. As we waited for everybody to finish, one of my students made a really keen observation.  As he stood against the wall, he saw a student from an older class walk past him. He remarked, “That [person] […]

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