Dec 9, 2019


By |2019-12-10T08:07:47-08:00December 9, 2019|, |

Celebrate first. That’s the motto to live by. But it goes against my nature to celebrate when the hand dryers are blasting 150dB of noise in 10-second spurts between explosions of chatter from the seemingly thousands of children who use those bathrooms and dryers right when I need to try and write a blog. Instead [...]

Jun 19, 2018


By |2019-06-19T09:22:14-07:00June 19, 2018|, |

Being in the middle school is an opportunity to see students grow and change almost daily. My favourite memory this school year was sailing with one of the grade 8 classes. I was witness again, to students growing confidence and a willingness to try something new and difficult. Some students climbed higher in the shrouds [...]

May 23, 2017

It’s Been a Good Run!

By |2017-05-23T09:00:19-07:00May 23, 2017|, |

As I see the runway steadily approaching and becoming clearer in the distance, I find myself contemplating the landing less and less. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been asked, “So how are you feeling about your retirement?” or something similar. This is a very difficult question and one, truthfully, that bears [...]

Dec 23, 2016

The Twelve Days of Christmas Vacation

By |2016-12-23T14:30:15-08:00December 23, 2016|, |

On the first day of vacation, my children brought to me; a tree that is slowly leaning On the second day of vacation, my children brought to me; two found report cards On the third day of vacation, my children brought to me; three half-full lunch kits On the fourth day of vacation, my children [...]

Jun 23, 2016

Steve “THE ROCK” Brandsma

By |2016-06-23T08:57:29-07:00June 23, 2016|, |

This week we find ourselves saying a lot of good-byes. While we can't wait for that final bell to ring, signalling the end of another year and the start of the lazy days of summer, it's bittersweet. Because every year we grow attached to another set of amazing teachers. They've guided our kids, gone above [...]

May 18, 2016

The Halls Are Alive…

By |2018-04-15T22:11:51-07:00May 18, 2016|, |

Our Middle School just wrapped up our production of The Sound of Music. There were many amazing memories from the performances (like the reaction of the Grade 4, 5 and 8 students to the scene where Rolf kisses Liesel’s hand), but most of the really memorable moments occurred long before all the rehearsals happened. This [...]

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