Apr 23, 2018

A THING OR TWO YOU OUGHT TO KNOW

By | 2018-04-30T22:34:56+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 [...]

Mar 15, 2018

ANSWERING RHETORICAL QUESTIONS

By | 2018-04-09T16:13:31+00:00 March 15, 2018|Athletics, Secondary|

I asked a simple question last November at a Leadership Team meeting. “Tym, you look stressed out about head coaching the Senior Girls’ basketball team. Can I help?” I wasn’t actually expecting him to give the answer he gave, which was, “Yes, I could really use your help.”  I am pretty sure I just meant [...]

Feb 26, 2018

NOTION NOTES

By | 2018-04-15T22:04:53+00:00 February 26, 2018|Secondary|

Most people think Twitter began in 2006, but a form of it actually existed in my grade 7 classroom long before that. I didn’t call it Twitter, I called it “Notion Notes.” When I first came to Abbotsford, I taught grade 7. Besides having fun learning all that science and English, we also did fun things for their own [...]

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 [...]

Dec 19, 2017

THE SPIRIT OF KNIGHTS’ PAST

By | 2017-12-19T11:51:44+00:00 December 19, 2017|Athletics, Secondary|

BY: ESTHER DE JONG, ACS PARENT Christmas Spirit As I slowly began the process of pulling out my Christmas decorations, after hearing the first Christmas song playing on the radio, I pulled out the old Christmas sweaters from my ”tickle trunk” at the top of my closet. I successfully pulled out two brightly coloured knit [...]

Oct 23, 2017

SALMON, SNAKES, AND TATTLETALES

By | 2018-04-15T22:17:00+00:00 October 23, 2017|Secondary, Whole Child Education|

At 7:50 am, I hug my son and daughter and bid them farewell. I watch them walk down the street and head towards our school. I close the door, breathe deep, and smile. Yes, my kids walk to ACS every day. Saving Time or Sanity? In actuality, if I drove them, it would take me twice [...]

Aug 22, 2017

This I Believe: A NEW KIND OF RELATIONSHIP

By | 2017-08-22T09:33:54+00:00 August 22, 2017|Secondary, Summer Series|

This past semester in English 11, Mrs. Dani DeJong shared a collection of essays from National Public Radio’s program, “This I Believe.” She then challenged her students to write their own personal credo about a core principle that defines their life. The array of topics, concerns, and passions were as diverse as the students themselves. [...]

Aug 14, 2017

This I Believe: THE JANITOR

By | 2017-08-14T09:08:41+00:00 August 14, 2017|Secondary, Summer Series|

This past semester in English 11, Mrs. Dani DeJong shared a collection of essays from National Public Radio’s program, “This I Believe.” She then challenged her students to write their own personal credo about a core principle that defines their life. The array of topics, concerns, and passions were as diverse as the students themselves. [...]

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