Oct 22, 2018


By |2018-11-06T07:51:04-08:00October 22, 2018|, |

My daughter phoned me a couple of years ago and said, “Dad, I bought a boat.” Awkward silence. I didn’t know what to say. She had just been married, her husband was in his last year of university, they were poor as church mice and she was halfway through her nursing degree…and she bought a [...]

May 7, 2018


By |2018-05-15T11:21:07-08:00May 7, 2018|, |

BY WENDY ENNS, LEARNING SUPPORT SERVICES COORDINATOR What on earth could I possibly offer teachers from a rural village in Ethiopia? In November 2016, I had an incredible opportunity to travel with Run for Water to see a village that ACS Elementary raised money for clean water and a school. I was asked if I [...]

Mar 5, 2018


By |2018-03-05T08:55:00-08:00March 5, 2018|, , |

I admit it…I’m a late adopter. I am careful in approach and rarely jump into anything new without appropriately assessing all options. Then I weigh them, and observe the early adopters to be sure I don’t experience the same pitfalls they will inevitably find themselves in. And although I consider myself a digital native, I [...]

Feb 19, 2018


By |2018-02-19T09:11:17-08:00February 19, 2018|, |

Feathers floated through the air; strands of wig hair lay scattered on the ground. Kids were running around in circles practising a classmate’s fish swim move, and the one counter space left in my classroom had become an apparent make-up station.    My classroom resembled anything but a learning environment. “Mrs. Barthel, I can’t find [...]

Feb 13, 2018


By |2018-02-13T07:51:14-08:00February 13, 2018|, |

BY SHERRY DRADER, GRADE 4 TEACHER This past Christmas left me flabbergasted—the cardboard box STILL became the most sought after “toy” between my three kids! I’ve always been fascinated by the hours of enjoyment children get from a simple cardboard box, as the adult in me just wants to clean up the mess, flatten the [...]

Mar 6, 2017

Sometimes I feel like a…

By |2017-03-06T09:45:48-08:00March 6, 2017|, |

“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 [...]

Feb 27, 2017

If You Build It, They Will Come

By |2017-02-27T08:50:23-08:00February 27, 2017|, |

On Friday, February 17, we did our annual pilgrimage from the multi-purpose room at the secondary campus to the middle school gymnasium with literally tons of wood. I will admit that this pilgrimage is not my favourite day of the school year.  In one day, we have to organize 25 students to help us move [...]

Jan 16, 2017

Barbies, Fairy Tales and Overhead Doors

By |2018-04-15T22:06:50-08:00January 16, 2017|, |

Just before Christmas, I wandered around the middle school campus, observing students and teachers. It’s one of my favourite things to do during the day--so cool to be a witness to learning! I was struck by how incredibly busy our halls are, reinforcing for me the fact that our hallways really are extensions of our [...]

Dec 1, 2016

Coffee and Purple Cows

By |2016-12-01T07:05:38-08:00December 1, 2016|, |

I love Starbucks. Yes, the coffee is great and yes, I love the brand that they work hard at portraying. Here’s the real reason: they don’t advertise on TV. I love the fact that Starbucks is considered one of the current, most recognized brands in the world (along with Coke, McDonald’s and Apple) and they [...]

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