Feb 17, 2020

IT WAS A STAR…

By |2020-02-17T09:14:10-08:00February 17, 2020|, |

It was a star. A simple star…one that would be drawn on your hand when you arrived at school…or not. I remember waking up every morning. I didn’t care about my homework. I didn’t care about what we were going to do in school that day. I only cared about whether or not my hand [...]

Feb 10, 2020

THANKS, GOD!

By |2020-02-11T08:05:33-08:00February 10, 2020|, |

BY SARAH BESSEY, ACS PARENT When our children were younger, I used to marvel at their ability to find great value and significance in sunrise and sunset, growing vegetables, bugs and trees, music, friendship, rocky-bottomed lakes, changing seasons and small rituals. They say the world through a lens of wonder and contentment that made me [...]

Feb 3, 2020

GROUP WORK

By |2020-02-10T11:21:31-08:00February 3, 2020|, |

I have been enrolled in an MBA program for the last few years and it’s been quite a ride. One that has sparked significant growth for me personally and ultimately—I hope—professionally. “Leading Organizational Change and Culture” is my most recent and second last course in the program. No Sympathy Here During the first week of [...]

Jan 27, 2020

MUSINGS OF A SNOW SHOVELING PRINCIPAL

By |2020-01-27T19:16:26-08:00January 27, 2020|, |

There are plenty of jobs I’ve had to do this year as a principal that seem a little outside the “norm.” We often refer to these things as “other duties as required.” It’s a joking reference to a line in our contracts that doesn’t really exist…but it should! My “other duty as required,” along with [...]

Jan 21, 2020

ELVIS, TYM & A FEW TOE TAPPING TEENS

By |2020-01-21T10:02:15-08:00January 21, 2020|, |

True confession: I can’t sing and in spite of a few valiant attempts, I cannot play a musical instrument. Among other things I inherited from my mother is the inability to carry a tune. However, I also inherited a love of music from my father. I have discovered that the two are not incongruous and [...]

Jan 8, 2020

POST CHRISTMAS BLUES

By |2020-01-08T11:51:33-08:00January 8, 2020||

The post Christmas blues hit with a vengeance today. Pre-Christmas was filled with the usual anticipation; anticipation of celebrating Christ’s birth, setting up the Christmas village with the boys, and hanging ornaments on our carefully chosen tree. There was excitement over Caleb coming home for three weeks, family visiting from Ontario, a break from the [...]

Dec 16, 2019

27 DAYS AND COUNTING

By |2019-12-17T13:35:43-08:00December 16, 2019|, |

I had been waiting for it and somehow, I missed the call. For real? I emailed the City of Abbotsford awhile ago with some deep hopes of partnering with them on a “What’s in My Backyard?” project. A project—that post-Newcastle Island trip and amidst FSA writing in grade 7—was due to be presented at Presentations [...]

Dec 9, 2019

WHEN DECIBELS AND DOG DOO HAVE YOU DOWN

By |2019-12-10T08:07:47-08:00December 9, 2019|, |

Celebrate first. That’s the motto to live by. But it goes against my nature to celebrate when the hand dryers are blasting 150dB of noise in 10-second spurts between explosions of chatter from the seemingly thousands of children who use those bathrooms and dryers right when I need to try and write a blog. Instead [...]

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