Dec 14, 2016

The Best Season Ever

By | 2016-12-14T08:48:59+00:00 December 14, 2016|Athletics, Character, Secondary|

Not long ago, I heard secondary teacher Trent De Jong describe athletics by saying, “At ACS we don’t just compete, we represent.”  I heard a great story the other day from one of our coaches in the staff room that exemplified this idea. Here is Joanne Friesen, the Jr. Boys’ Volleyball Head Coach, in her [...]

Nov 24, 2016

The Walking Wounded

By | 2016-11-24T08:46:14+00:00 November 24, 2016|Character|

The other day Levi and I stood on the street in the middle of Abbotsford, killing time until the department store we needed to shop at opened its doors for business. We did some people watching as one by one they passed us by. Some hurrying, some looking at their phone, some meandering/window shopping but [...]

Sep 26, 2016

Don’t Steal My Dreams!

By | 2016-09-26T08:44:44+00:00 September 26, 2016|Character, Secondary|

My most vivid memory of high school involves the annual meeting that I had with the school counsellor at the large public school that I attended. Each student met with the counsellor for about fifteen minutes to check on the student’s progress and discuss their career plans. I was pulled from my math class (bonus!) [...]

May 6, 2016

Just Say Yes Already!

By | 2016-05-06T08:51:00+00:00 May 6, 2016|Character, Elementary|

BY: KARIN RIEMER, Elementary Vice Principal and TeacherIt 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 connecting [...]

Mar 7, 2016

Creative Contraptions

By | 2016-03-07T08:57:29+00:00 March 7, 2016|Character, Elementary|

At the end of January, our Staff Retreat Planning Committee put together an amazing staff retreat (I am on the planning committee). The committee gave the staff three options; snowshoeing at Cypress Mountain, Countdown Escape Rooms in Abbotsford or cooking and sharing an International meal with a team of other staff.Very excitedly, I choose to [...]

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