Apr 23, 2018

A THING OR TWO YOU OUGHT TO KNOW

By | 2018-04-23T18:02:04+00:00 April 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+00:00 January 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+00:00 January 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+00:00 November 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+00:00 October 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+00:00 October 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+00:00 February 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. [...]

Jan 23, 2017

Man vs. Fish

By | 2017-01-23T14:31:11+00:00 January 23, 2017|Custom-Fit Education, Science, Secondary|

It was once my custom to take the entire Biology 12 class to the Bamfield Marine Station on the desolate west coast of Vancouver Island. The students to experienced first-hand the unspoiled, rugged coastline for which BC is famous. The opportunities to study marine life using the resources of biological station were fantastic and students [...]

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