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On Educating the Whole Child

“By education I mean an all-round drawing out of the best in the child and man; body, mind and spirit.” -Mahatma Gandhi On Friday, February 16, I had the pleasure of going to Patches Blues Bar to see/hear the AAS staff band, the Edumacators. I don’t get out much, so it was a treat to…

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Teacher Spotlight: Brenda Costello

We are re-starting our ‘Spotlight’ section with Mrs. Brenda Costello, Gr. 5A Teacher Introduce yourself using three words only, please. Intuitive, Creative, Empathetic What’s something most people may not know about you? I have lots of ridiculous stories! Most people don’t know that I was once picked up by an elephant at a zoo by…

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January Blues

Preventing Child Suicide: Signs and Symptoms to Look For Have you ever heard of Blue Monday? After the holidays, many people can feel depressed or sad, and the third Monday in January (Blue Monday) is supposedly the most depressing day of the year. I can’t verify whether or not this is true for everyone, but…

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Wicked Range

Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life The most interesting people I know Didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don’t Back in 1997, these lyrics jumped out at me.  Buried in the…

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Success Is a Journey, Not a Destination

“If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.” – Maya Angelou Happy New Year! I hope that you had a pleasant holiday with plenty of warm family time. As we begin 2024, I have been thinking about success. Success can take many forms. On Monday, January 8,…

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Together in the Digital Age

How Parents Can Lead by Example in Family Screen Time As we navigate the digital age’s complexities, parents’ vital yet often overlooked role in modelling proper technology use becomes apparent. This role gains importance during family times, as our engagement choices influence our children’s digital habits. Like a small act of cultural creation, each decision…

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Happy Thanksgiving!

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” – Epictetus As a kid, Thanksgiving was not one of my favourite holidays. I did not dislike it, but it was not a holiday that I looked forward to. I’m not sure…

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Talking with Your Teens About Tech Use

Picture this: you’ve just asked your child to put away his phone before bedtime. You come back to check on him 5 minutes later and he’s still using his phone. An argument begins and both of you end up frustrated and angry. What about this? Your daughter comes home from school in tears because someone…

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Teacher Spotlight: Emma Wilson

We are re-starting our ‘Teacher Spotlight‘ section with one of our new elementary teachers – Emma Wilson. Introduce yourself using three words only, please. Happy, goofy and helpful What’s something most people may not know about you? I played football (soccer) internationally when I was 13. My team won two tournaments in Sweden and Denmark….

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