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

Nancy’s Notes 10/6/2021

Taking Responsible Risks Requires Safe and Secure Relationships “If children feel safe, they can take risks, ask questions, make mistakes, learn to trust, share their feelings, and grow.” (Alfie Cohn) In March, 2019, The Mabin School launched The Centre for Relationship-Based Learning. Based on the work of Dr. David Tranter, we helped to found a network of educators from across … Read More

Nancy’s Note 9/29/21

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun On Labour Day weekend, I moved my son into residence at university. It seems like yesterday that he was a little baby, lying in my arms as I gazed at him, besotted by his chubby, cherubic face. Many of you are having a similar experience as your children head into Grade 6, their last … Read More