M.V. Beattie PAC Presents:

Screen Shot 2019-05-09 at 4.01.00 PMA big thank you to our PAC for supporting this information session, and the student learning workshops to follow.  For many people, this can be a challenging topic to tackle, so it is a fantastic opportunity for parents (and staff) to come out and hear about the “Body Science” boot camp that Sarah Stark will provide, and hear her suggestions for how to approach these critical conversations with our kids.

We look forward to seeing you!

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop.

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A few weeks ago, one of our gr. 3 students at M.V. Beattie introduced me to the idea of using a visual metaphor for spreading kindness across our school and community.  Apparently, inspired by her conversation with grandma about a “Paper Chain of Kindness” that had been seen on Pinterest, our student immediately wanted to champion the same type of challenge in her home community.  At the root of it was the desire to make a difference and to be a positive influence on others.  Together, we went to each classroom to share the concept.  Students and staff shared examples of “everyday acts of kindness” that, while simple in nature, can help to improve the lives of others…even if only for a moment.  Each of our students was given the challenge to embark on “purposeful acts of kindness.” Perhaps, doing a chore that mom or dad would usually do, or sharing kind words with others, and ensuring to include people in their play…We had  no specific directions or game plan – other than to simply “do good.”

I am proud of all of our students and staff for how they have responded, and I am hopeful that on Sunday, April 28 (at 10:00am at the Lion’s Gazebo) Enderby will see the many acts of kindness that characterize a community that cares.  April 28th is Pay It Forward Day, so perhaps we will all have the occasion to consider what we can do to make the life of another a little bit better.

While many often wonder in despair “What can one person possibly do?” I am grateful that one of our students decided to be an answer to that question.

Thank you, Anna!

Warmest Regards,

Gene Doray

 

Winter Wonderful!

Over the past few weeks, M.V. Beattie students have been taking advantage of the opportunities provided through our Winter Rec. program.  The primary grades have been making the trek to the arena to participate in a skating program, while the intermediate grades have been heading to SilverStar mountain (and Larch Hills) to Ski, Snowboard, Skate, Tube and play winter games.  None of these events take place without the organization and support of our teachers and parent volunteers – Thank You!

It is amazing to see how quickly the kids learn.  For some primary students, taking their first steps on the ice can be intimidating, but in short order they will begin to glide.  Snowboarders and skiers go from bunny hills to more challenging runs – yet regardless of their levels, smiles are plentiful.

Today was a great reminder of how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful part of the world! Whether our students were looking at the views from atop SilverStar or squinting from the glint of sunshine coming from the snowcapped Enderby Cliffs – it was magical.  Trips like these are important. We need to get our kids outdoors, away from screens, and be reminded that sometimes all we need is a little bit of snow, some imagination and a group of friends to have a great time.