Apr 26, 2021

WE WILL WE WON’T

By |2021-04-27T10:30:23-07:00April 26, 2021||

BY KOENRAAD BEUGELINK, FAITH FORMATION DIRECTOR Before reading any further: Please try not to respond to your phone notifications until you are done reading.   This week we started our “We Will, We Won’t” digital citizenship series at the secondary campus. This will be a staggered system-wide series of various lengths over the next [...]

Apr 26, 2021

CLEANING CONGREGATION

By |2021-04-26T13:55:12-07:00April 26, 2021|, |

My interactions with John Atsma, site superintendent for Fricia Construction, are usually two-fold: sometimes he stops by my office, or I give him a call. However, our conversations are rarely dull. Here are a few examples: “John, did you guys turn the water off? None of the taps work in the school.” “Mike, we need [...]

Apr 19, 2021

BEING SCHOOLED

By |2021-04-20T21:15:06-07:00April 19, 2021|, , |

BY DARREN SPYKSMA, GRADE 7 TEACHER Unless you are a professional athlete, pop star, or Pokémon champion, the students in grade 7 aren’t that interested in your title. After six and a half years as Director of Learning for the Society of Christian Schools in British Columbia, I am using my professional leave to fill [...]

Mar 10, 2021

MIGRATING MENNONITES

By |2021-03-10T12:19:38-08:00March 10, 2021|, |

In English 11 in October, 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. The [...]

Mar 9, 2021

WORD OF THE YEAR

By |2021-03-09T09:20:47-08:00March 9, 2021|, |

I’m not exactly a courageous person. I distinctly remember the fear that crawled up my spine when my mom asked me to get something from the basement as a kid. Our below-ground “dungeon” was unfinished, sported a low ceiling, limited lighting, only two half windows, and a number of resident spiders who felt right at [...]

Mar 8, 2021

KINDNESS NINJAS

By |2021-03-08T14:10:17-08:00March 8, 2021|, |

BY EVANGELINE STEWART, GRADE 3 TEACHER “It’s ninja time!” “Let’s see some kicks and hi-yas!” Words I never thought I would hear or say while teaching grade 3. February 22-26 was kindness week at the elementary campus. A week where classes were invited to show random acts of kindness to others, participate in pink shirt [...]

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