School bell rings on another year

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To most students, June marks the most wonderful time of the year. But to the 60+ students at Sun Peaks, the whole school year is pretty wonderful. Despite late season strike action that closed the doors of  Sun Peaks Elementary and Discovery Centre for Balanced Education prematurely, the students made the most of the year with school programs … [Read more...]

Is parenting good for the grey matter?


Not so long ago I emptied my daughter’s school ski jacket and pulled out: one loonie, several empty baggies, one sock, a thumbtack, her library card and an “Air Hole” panda sticker. Just before that, I vacuumed my son for the second time. Parenting’s etymology might as well be: from the Old English for “unexpected.” Which makes me wonder … [Read more...]

Want to be my friend?


Kids are really much nicer than adults. Sure, toddlers are shockingly violent and vocal for their size (just imagine adults carrying on the way three-year-olds are wont to do), but that’s just a communicative plea, rather than an inherently mean streak. Adults can be inherently mean; or more often, simply disinterested and exhausted. Note, both … [Read more...]