Nancy’s Notes 04/06/2022

As a school that roots all learning in relationships, a large part of our curriculum is how to be a caring community member. Using the Habits of Mind as our framework, we teach explicitly about using empathy starting in JK, along with our #1 rule: “You can’t say you can’t play.” Students learn to invite and include, and we coach … Read More

Nancy’s Notes 03/30/2022

We Are Social Beings “We humans are social beings. We come into the world as the result of others’ actions. We survive here in dependence on others. Whether we like it or not, there is hardly a moment of our lives when we do not benefit from others’ activities. For this reason it is hardly surprising that most of our … Read More

Nancy’s Notes 03/09/2022

You Have Homework! The term has whizzed by, and we are heading into the March Break ready for a rest! Before we go, we have some homework for you. Thank you to everyone who has already completed it, but we would very much appreciate it if ALL families would complete our annual Parent Satisfaction Survey, which can be found here, … Read More

Nancy’s Notes 03/02/2022

Talking to Children about Difficult News With the news about Ukraine and Russia in the headlines, some of you may find yourselves having tough conversations with your children these days. Common Sense Media offers an excellent article about this, which emphasizes that the developmental stage of your child should guide the level of detail and your approach. For example, For … Read More

Nancy’s Notes 02/22/2022

Parenting through Challenging Times with the Habits of Mind in Mind We were so thrilled to host Bena Kallick, co-founder of the Institute for Habits of Mind, and our parent experts last Wednesday at our Parent2Parent conference. Bena gave us an overview of the Habits of Mind and some very specific strategies for parenting during the challenge of the global … Read More

Nancy’s Notes 02/16/2022

Thank Goodness for Parent Volunteers! Tonight we are hosting our Parent2Parent Conference: Parenting through a Pandemic, with keynote speaker Bena Kallick, the Director and Co-founder of the Institute for Habits of Mind. Bena will be talking to us about Parenting in Challenging Times: Keeping the Habits of Mind in Mind. After Bena’s talk, we have 5 individual workshops being offered … Read More

Nancy’s Notes 2/9/2022

MabinLEADs in Action: Carnaval! Our Grade 5 and 6 students have always been leaders at The Mabin School. In fact, our students learn leadership skills and other social-emotional skills from JK on. When we were recognized as Canada’s first independent Ashoka Changemaker School in 2016, it was for our proven ability to instill leadership, teamwork, empathy, and problem-solving in our … Read More

Nancy’s Notes 2/2/2022

We Want to Hear from You! Can you believe that we are already about halfway through the school year? Now that February has arrived, we are starting to reflect on our successes and challenges and plan for the next academic school year (which will include moving ‘back home’ to 50 Poplar Plains Rd and our brand new Community Learning Lab). … Read More

Nancy’s Notes 1/26/2022

Parenting through a Pandemic There is so much talent in our parent community, so about once a year, we ask some of our parents to share their expertise at a special Parent Conference (Parent2Parent). This conference is open to all. This year’s conference will be held virtually on Wednesday, February 16 from 7:00-8:30 pm. In exciting news, our keynote speaker … Read More