Sep 17, 2018

TYM VERSUS THE WEEDS

By |2018-09-14T12:47:42+00:00September 17, 2018|Custom-Fit Education, Middle School|

I am an admitted “neat freak” and I am okay with that. Regularly, I get razzed for how organized my office is. “You can’t be very busy because your office is always neat and clean.” The truth is, I just cannot work when there is disorganization. By the way, if you ever come into my office [...]

May 14, 2018

LEARNING UNDER THE X

By |2018-05-22T08:27:22+00:00May 14, 2018|Custom-Fit Education, Middle School|

It is Thursday and Monday is coming. No, it is not Easter. I am busy cross referencing every student in Grade 6 and 7, praying I haven’t messed up a student’s allocation for their X-Block 5 Module. Cooking can only take 12, so can Cookie and Cupcake Decorating, Maker Taker can take 6, Design Thinking [...]

Apr 23, 2018

A THING OR TWO YOU OUGHT TO KNOW

By |2018-04-30T22:34:56+00:00April 23, 2018|Custom-Fit Education, Middle School, Secondary|

BY HELINDA VANDERKOOI, ACS PARENT  Middle school…yikes! I heard stories from parents about middle school. Claims like: your kids don’t need you as much in middle school, hardly any parents come to chapel, the teachers don’t want your help, the kids ignore and avoid you. With all this chatter I was not looking forward to the [...]

Jan 29, 2018

WANNA SHAPE GOD’S WORLD WITH ME?

By |2018-01-29T10:59:58+00:00January 29, 2018|Custom-Fit Education, Secondary|

Just a few days before the Christmas break, I received a phone call from my friend Dave MacDonald. Dave and his wife, Danaya, have a very collaborative relationship with our school, even though their children don’t attend ACS, as they homeschool in order to volunteer in Guatemala. They have hosted several school events at their [...]

Jan 22, 2018

NEW TOOLS IN THE TOOL KIT

By |2018-01-22T08:43:52+00:00January 22, 2018|Custom-Fit Education, Middle School|

BY: KARL FRIESEN, MIDDLE SCHOOL EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANT A large part of being an Educational Assistant (EA) is working towards small every day successes. For the past three years, I have worked with a student through grade 6, 7, and now in grade 8. Seeing students mature in the classroom is such a privilege. I just [...]

Nov 13, 2017

KIDNAPPED BY SECOND GRADERS

By |2017-11-13T20:34:26+00:00November 13, 2017|Custom-Fit Education, Elementary|

About an hour drive outside of Guatemala City, we arrived at Bethel school in Patzicia. As usual, we were welcomed warmly into the school by the administrators, but also by the children as they were having their break. We exchanged many handshakes, high fives and fist bumps. During my trip to Guatemala at the end [...]

Oct 16, 2017

ALMOST FAMOUS

By |2017-10-16T09:17:51+00:00October 16, 2017|Custom-Fit Education, Middle School|

“Can I get your autograph?” This was different. Pig tails, braids, smiling faces, toothless welcoming grins reached out their pieces of paper towards us.  “You’re the government! Can we get your autograph? ” I stifled a laugh, smiled back, looked over at my newly met colleague, shrugged, pulled out a pen, and signed away. I [...]

Oct 10, 2017

INSPIRED BY MICHAEL

By |2017-10-10T09:10:48+00:00October 10, 2017|Custom-Fit Education, Elementary|

BY: MONIQUE JANZ, EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANT Last April, I introduced my older brother Michael to our learning support staff at one of our meetings. He was visiting me from Toronto and I introduced him as my inspiration for working as an Educational Assistant (EA). When Michael was three years old, he and my mom were visiting [...]

Feb 20, 2017

Throwing Away the Highlighters

By |2017-02-20T08:58:22+00:00February 20, 2017|Custom-Fit Education, Middle School|

The room is warm; excitement and the odour of nervous middle schoolers fills the air. Students, wearing a mix of everyday clothing and fairy-tale wear, run back and forth in frantic frenzy between their parents, their classmates, and backstage, to make sure everything is “just right” and in place for their moment on the stage. [...]

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