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News stories

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Celebrating Meaning Through Stories

On June 21st, 2017 by Carla Alblas

I read an article recently published by the Huffington Post, which confirmed to me once again why it’s important to share our stories. In the article, entitled “Why Tell Stories?”, Mitch Ditkoff wrote that in the last 60 seconds 168 million emails were sent, 700 000 Google searches were launched, and 60 ...

Introducing Sara Pot: Communities of Belonging Project

On June 19th, 2017 by Carla Alblas

Sara Pot has recently accepted a position as Community of Belonging Liaison, advocating for families of students with accessibility or disability concerns in OACS schools across the province. I took the opportunity to have a conversation with Sara about the work that she has already begun.  Thank you for taking the ...

Staff blogs

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Victoria Day Weekend and Hesed

On May 23rd, 2017 by Ray Hendriks

The May long weekend is now behind us.  It seems that the Victoria Day weekend comes at just the time many in education can use that extra day away.  Hopefully your weekend was a time of relaxation and enjoying family and creation. For me, the weekend was a lot of hard ...

Surrender: A Mother’s Day Reflection

On May 17th, 2017 by Judy Tomczak

When my body hit the floor hard, I knew instantly that I had done something terrible to myself. The commercial for the elderly went through my head: “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up”. Seriously, did this just happen? There I lay, helpless and alone, limited by my sudden and ...

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Multiplier

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Educational Assistants

On May 16th, 2016 by Carla Alblas

It has been said that a well-run school can function for a day or so without the principal, but if the educational assistant does not show up in a classroom for work, the day can go off the rails very quickly. An educational assistant (EA) is a paraeducator who supports the ...

Keynotes

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Leading with Love: Joanna Levy

On December 21st, 2016 by Carla Alblas

https://vimeo.com/196584675 As Joanna Levy began her keynote address to teachers and educational leaders, she emphasized the importance of the role of the teacher in giving her students the sense that the work they are doing in the classroom is not just work for another student, or for the teacher—they are being ...

Announcements

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What’s So Great About Canada, Eh?

On July 4th, 2017 by Carla Alblas

In honour of Canada Day, and the country’s 150th anniversary celebrations this year, leadership students at Belleville Christian School put together a production called, “What’s So Great About Canada, Eh?”, highlighted in the following video:  

What Makes Canada Special?

On June 27th, 2017 by Carla Alblas

Staff and students at Orillia Christian School put together a video of their recent celebrations of Canada 150. As students celebrated our country’s anniversary, and enjoyed the beauty of the outdoors, they were asked to reflect on several questions about Canada, including, “Why do you love Canada?”, “One day, where ...

Partner voices

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Award Recognizes Ontario Teachers For Excellence in Education

On June 20th, 2017 by Daniel Proussalidis

Five Ontario teachers are the latest recipients of the John Rozema Awards for Teacher Excellence. Now in their second year, the Rozema Awards recognize teachers who surpass expectations in their work at Christian schools in Ontario. Michael Van Pelt, President and CEO of Cardus, and Dr. Beth Green, Education Program Director ...

Digital Frontiers: Testing New Tech in the Christian Classroom

On May 12th, 2017 by Jennifer Neutel

Digital learning is the new normal for schools across Canada. Eighty percent of kids in kindergarten now use computers in the classroom. Roughly half of the student body comes to school with his or her own device; 96 percent of classrooms have computers. Teachers communicate with parents less on paper ...