A change of pace…

Teachers are always go, go, go. The days are busy and the bathroom breaks rare. When summer hits, my body takes some time to believe me … “yes, you can sleep past 5:50 a.m.” and “yes, you can go to the bathroom anytime you want” and “no, you don’t have to do that RIGHT now.”

July 25 and I think my body believes me now. I’ve fallen into my summer routine and I’m sleeping in a little past regular time, reading in mid-day, putzing around the house, loving the opportunity to reconnect with people I don’t see often enough during the school year and just moving at a slower pace.

There’s no doubt about the rejuvenating power of time!

So Proud

I’m proud to be a teacher: to be part of this hardworking, dedicated profession. As proud as I am to be surrounded by other teachers, I am even more proud of our students.

Today, in the middle of July, I stopped by a lemonade stand. That visual you have in your head – a handmade sign, a few students at a table by the side of the road – some of that is accurate. But add to this image: snow cones, a popcorn maker, cotton candy, a BBQ, Plinko, a Facebook page and all proceeds donated to the Stollery Children’s Hospital.

This group of students started a lemonade stand 8 years ago in memory of one of their peers who died from Leukemia in Kindergarten. The lemonade stand began modestly but has grown in size each year since. Last year these kids raised over $18 600. This year’s goal is to surpass $20 000.

John Quincy Adams once said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” 

These incredible leaders give up a week of their summer for this cause. Do your part: stop by the Namao Sobeys (9611-167 Ave) from now until Sunday. They are open each day from 10 – 6. Let’s help them reach their goal! 

Moses, your memory lives on.


Hello sunshine!

Summer holidays have officially begun. It was strange this year: packing up my office and yet not moving to a new school. Instead, packing up and bringing everything home! Where to put things (namely books, books and more books) became the most recent dilemma. Hence, the Friday night trek to Ikea.

I’m looking forward to my deferred leave and the time it will afford me to write. Who knows what the days will bring? It’s not just about ideas… it’s about the time to put my ideas to work.

But first, some down time… sunshine here I come!