Spring Has Sprung!

It is finally beginning to feel like Spring. Kids are ditching their coats as they run around at recess working up a sweat. There is a lot of energy in the building and out — and at times, emotions run high as Spring Fever plays its tricks on us. As you know, at The Mabin School, we see ourselves as … Read More

Six Relationship Rules for School Teams to Follow in Order to Lead by Example

I was very excited when Ashley McLellan, a dynamic young educator who had been spending some time with me helping me think about impact and learning, introduced me to the resource The Third Path: A Relationship-Based Approach to Student Well-Being and Achievement. As I read through it, I couldn’t believe how much the authors were getting right! And it seemed to … Read More

Communication – The Conversation Begins

Curriculum Night Communication: The Conversation Begins September is always an exciting time of year. One of the best things about working in a school is you get to start over, every year. Your future is never determined. You can always begin again. Learning is always a partnership between home, school, and student. We count on you to keep us informed … Read More

The Creative Journey Begins!

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Welcome back! We are all so excited to have children back in the building today. Our staff has been working hard all summer long to prepare for another creative, productive, fun-filled adventure at Mabin. Still, without your kids, the magic is missing. We never know in September where they will take us by June. It is our great pleasure to … Read More

It Takes a Village to Raise a Child!

It Takes a Village! As you know, one of our priorities as a school is to build community. There are several events and opportunities coming up over the next few months that I want to draw your attention to, as each will contribute to building our community in a different, specific way. Our final Moms of the World Unite Dinner … Read More

Mutually Beneficial Partnerships

Engage the Larger Community through Mutually Beneficial Partnerships One of the goals of our 2017-2020 Strategic Plan (The World Needs More Mabin) is building community. Specifically, we want to “engage the larger community through mutually beneficial partnerships.” Next week, we plan to have our first Moms of the World Unite Dinner at Rose Avenue Public School. Rose Avenue and Mabin … Read More

Strategic Plan is to Model Excellence in Progressive Education

So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodbye Believe it or not, this is the time of year where we begin planning some of the nitty gritty details for the next school year. Now that re-enrollment is done, and we know who are students will be, we can start planning the specifics of staffing and scheduling. One of the goals of our … Read More

The Four Tendencies

The Four Tendencies

The Four Tendencies: How Does Personality Play a Role in Learning? Tipped off by one of our fabulous Mabin moms (Aleksandra Pikula, Luka’s mom in Grade 2), Lisa Campbell, Michelle Barchuk and I marched down to Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto last night for their Women and Leadership Speaker Series. Gretchen Rubin was speaking about her … Read More

Parenting is Tricky — Believe Me, I Know!

Parenting is Tricky — Believe Me, I Know! One of the ways we are Building Community at The Mabin School is by offering all kinds of opportunities for parents to meet other parents. After all, parenting can be lonely! And even those of us who deal with children every day in our work lives have a different challenge when the … Read More