Hello from the Web!
The past few weeks have been EVER eventful, here’s just a few highlights:
Side note, the kids here use “EVER” a lot:
While touching (and tugging!!) Amy’s hair: “Ever long and curly”
When patting Kersh’s hair: “Oooo ever fluffy”
The few times we showed up a few mins late to class: “Ever late!!!!”
That one time we showed up early: “WOW ever early!”
With the weather becoming ever nice, the kids have been biking outside on a daily basis. Kersh has also been busy fixing broken bikes..especially little Jackson’s (which breaks down literally every five meters.)
One day, Kersh decided enough was enough and proceeded to teach Jackson how to fix his own bike. We’re happy to report that Jackson’s now an expert at bike repairs, though it did take him a little while to realize his new found talent..
Jackson: “Amy, where Kersh? He fix my bike?”
Amy: “Kersh is busy right now, but remember he taught you how to fix your own bike 10 mins ago?”
Jackson: “OH YA!” *runs off, flips his bike over with ease & proceeds to expertly fix his bike.
In addition to biking, the kids are still very much engrossed in hockey. Sometimes though, the classic “being able to see where you’re running and shooting” just won’t do, so they take it upon themselves to spice things up.
We also quickly realized that the situation here with nutrition is far more complex than a lack of knowledge. Prices for produce and just about everything in general is HIGH. It’s almost comical how excited we get at the sight of the elusive 50% off pink sticker.
In the classroom, we’ve been talking about physical and sexual health. We’re focusing on discussion based learning, along with a wide array of activities to suit each grade level. For the older grades, we’ve seen notable improvements in engagement levels once we began asking for discussion responses to be individually written, rather than verbally shared amongst peers.
On Friday, we couldn’t believe how hot it was outside! Weather that nice called for an intense game of dodgeball, gr.1s vs. teachers:
Career Fair was last Wednesday in the gym and that was quite the spectacle. Representatives from various organizations and companies flew into Webequie for this special occasion, along with singer Crystal Shawanda!
Crystal gave a phenomenal performance and graciously signed autographs for her swarm of adoring fans (only the girls approached Crystal — the boys were painfully shy and refused to stand within a 3 meter radius from her)
Tyler decided that he was famous enough to hold his own autograph signing. The girls eagerly swarmed him, clearly overcome with emotion by his presence.
The school’s shuffling crew also gave a vibrant performance.
It’s hard to believe we’ve entered our last week of teaching at SJMEC. We are spending as much time with the kids as possible (and they’re ensuring we do!) Excuses like “sorry guys, we’ve got to go eat now” simply aren’t tolerated — and we wouldn’t want it any other way!
Till Next Time!
Amy & Kersh