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A teacher making a discovery with students in the forest. Spotlight On Nature Kindergarten
March 1, 2024

Spotlight On - Nature Kindergarten

I had the opportunity to head outside with Nature Kindergarten this week and was so pleased to be able to get my hands dirty and to experience Forest Time with our Kindies. Mrs. Jones clearly has our youngest students well-versed in their daily routines, and opened outside time with a review of the discussion that was had earlier that morning in the classroom, about the cold temperatures and whether or not students believed the creek behind the school would be frozen. Students had time to share wonders and thoughts, and then, with Mrs.

A teacher making a discovery with students in the forest. Spotlight On Nature Kindergarten
Bags of produce items loaded in the back of a truck Little Green Apple - February Superintendent Newsletter Image
February 28, 2024

Building Bridges for All Students

In the pursuit of fostering a more equitable and inclusive society, schools play a pivotal role. We envision leading a school that values equity, diversity, and inclusion, emphasizing the importance of providing comprehensive student support. Drawing inspiration from "The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger" by Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson (2011), we believe that creating an equitable educational environment contributes to a stronger and more cohesive society.  

Bags of produce items loaded in the back of a truck Little Green Apple - February Superintendent Newsletter Image
Sunrise light at the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge Park on a foggy morning, suspended walking bridge in middle of forest, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. iStock - Capilano Suspension Bridge
February 1, 2024

The Bridge to Anywhere

There are no guarantees in life, but wherever you want to go or can imagine going, education is probably the best way there. How does a child in Kindergarten one day become an architect? How does a grade nine student become an arthroscopic surgeon or an agriculturist? How does one become an electrician or a chef? You guessed it - education. This is why I often describe education as the bridge to anywhere.

Sunrise light at the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge Park on a foggy morning, suspended walking bridge in middle of forest, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. iStock - Capilano Suspension Bridge
Students working within the classroom McMillan - Raelene's Classroom
February 1, 2024

Gentle Starts, Giant Connections

As we start each school day at McMillan Elementary, we seek connections with colleagues to chat about how we are feeling, the Netflix show we watched the night before, or how our kids' team performed at last night's game. We seek a morning connection to ground us for the emotional, social and mental demands of our day. Our students are no different. They, too, need this foundation to set them up for a successful day of learning.

Students working within the classroom McMillan - Raelene's Classroom
A snowy forest with a sunset. New Beginnings
January 8, 2024

New Beginnings

Dear Parents and Caregivers,
I hope that you have all enjoyed a two week break from the routines and the grind of the school year. I’m certain that it was a busy and bustling stretch of time, but with any luck, there was also a bit of rest, relaxation and fun for all family members.


As we embark upon a new year and a new term, I would like to take the opportunity to give some friendly Bondar reminders.

A snowy forest with a sunset. New Beginnings
Wrapped Christmas presents. December Blog
December 12, 2023

On our way to holiday fun!

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

The holiday season is upon us, which comes with much excitement, events and activities to take part in. This time of year is also when family members can be feeling run down and can catch the flu or other respiratory illnesses like Covid-19.

Wrapped Christmas presents. December Blog
Yellow leaves on a tree with a blue sky background. Fall in Full Swing
October 4, 2023

Fall in Full Swing

Dear Families,

We have officially moved into fall, and the start of October signals that the school year is well underway. Students have settled into their classes and school routines, and learning, discovery and fun are in full swing.

Yellow leaves on a tree with a blue sky background. Fall in Full Swing