Nancy’s Notes- 1/19/2022

Dear Mabin Families, As we ride this fifth wave of COVID together, we want to assure you that in the background, we are continuing to prepare 50 Poplar Plains Rd for our return in September, 2022. Our build is on schedule, and we were excited to lay down some steel last week. We are on track with our timelines and … Read More

Nancy’s Notes 1/12/2022

Getting Ready for In-Person Learning We are so happy to learn that we will be returning to in-person learning on Monday, January 17. We feel strongly that in-person learning is the most appropriate and effective option for young children. We continue to review and revise our COVID protocols, and, in the interest of keeping our community as safe as possible, … Read More

Nancy’s Notes 1/5/2022

Happy New Year to all of you! Although we were hoping to be in-person, we were excited to be together virtually today, and hope to be back on site soon. In preparation for our return to the buildings, we have updated our COVID protocols. For those of you who were not able to be at the Community Forum on Monday … Read More

Nancy’s Notes – 11/24/2021

COVID Vaccines for Kids Are Here! We were very excited to hear that COVID vaccines were approved for children 5-11 last Friday. As of 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, children aged 5 to 11 across Ontario are now eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment through a variety of channels including: the COVID-19 vaccination portal and contact centre; … Read More

Nancy’s Note 11/17/2021

Grade 5s & 6s LEAD Again On Thursday, we had our first in-person assembly since before COVID-19 struck. We gathered together in Taddle Creek Park (distanced and masked) for a moving ceremony in honour of Remembrance Day, planned, organized, and executed by our Grade 5 and 6 students. Our location in a public space meant passers-by joined in and reflected … Read More

Nancy’s Notes 11/10/2021

Every year around this time of year, we make a plea for gifts to our Annual Fund Campaign.  “But we already pay tuition,” you’re thinking. “Why is the school asking for more money?” In fact, tuition only covers the cost of staffing the school and basic operational expenses. We, like other independent schools, depend on our Annual Fund Campaign to … Read More

Nancy’s Note 11/3/21

On Wednesday, October 27th, our Grade 7 graduates returned to The Mabin School for a meet-up at Taddle Creek Park and dinner on the patio at The Duke of York. It was wonderful to be back together with them, and to hear their tales of adventure. All but 2 members of the Class of 2021 were able to make it … Read More

Nancy’s Note 10/26/2021

On your Marks, Get Set, Go! It’s Sign-up Time! As Ron Berger writes in his seminal book, Leaders of their Own Learning (2014), “Student engaged assessment is a system of interrelated practices that positions students as leaders of their own learning.” At The Mabin School, this looks like ongoing reflection, goal-setting, and student-led conferences. Even our report cards begin with … Read More

Nancy’s Note 10/20/2021

Masks at the Park Now Optional We have been watching the numbers carefully, and have been pleased to be able to keep COVID out of our building thus far in the school year. There have been a number of parents who have asked if it might be possible to allow students to unmask during outdoor recesses and outdoor lessons. After … Read More

Nancy’s Note 10/13/2021

Last week, I wrote about the importance of safe and secure relationships so that students feel comfortable taking responsible risks. Risk is a part of learning, and we try to make sure that students have a stable base from which to leap.  Of course, we care deeply about physical safety as well. Our temporary locations have many benefits, but they … Read More