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When considering an alternative school for your child, one of the most effective ways to narrow down the wide range of options available is to reflect on what your core educational values are, and to list the academic and social objectives you have for the perfect educational experience.  This list will provide you with a solid framework to refer to as you evaluate and explore other school choices. Your values might include a caring, nurturing environment, high academic standards, strong emphasis on sports, innovative ...

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The Junior and Senior Kindergarten programmes at Glenburnie School are carefully aligned to encourage progression of growth across all curriculum areas.  With regards to literacy skills specifically, both grades follow the developmentally-based Handwriting Without Tears program.  This curriculum promotes the development of strong writing habits from an early age through the use of specific manipulatives and related hands-on activities, which strengthen fine motor skills.  As students work through this program, we ...

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The New Year is well underway!  Many of us made resolutions with all good intentions, but have already given up on some of them.  This year, why not try something new?  Consider preparing a gratitude list for the many gifts you already have.  We should all be grateful and appreciate the good things in our lives, and remember that we are enough, and that we were born with enough of everything we need to succeed in life.  Realistic intentions to enhance the best of who we are can be as simple as deciding to make ...

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How does one cope, whether a student or a parent, with the disappointment of not being chosen for an ‘ideal’ try-out placement?  How does one trust that the instructor made a fair and unbiased choice?  The success for an individual in these particular situations is in learning how to deal with disappointment, self-esteem issues, the resulting emotions,  and the opportunity within the disappointment! School concert times are upon us again, and casting decisions become the hot focus of discussion, both in and ...

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School will soon be back in session and the excitement of a brand new school year is starting to build with ‘back to school’ planning.  For many, the smell of fresh crayons and crisp workbooks, combined with the anticipation of new friends and greater challenges in curriculum concepts, sets the stage for interesting opportunities and experiences, as well as the development of stronger interpersonal skills. The spirit of optimism is imbedded in new beginnings!  The following points will be instrumental in helping ...

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The final few days of summer vacation can be a wonderful opportunity to talk with your children about their expectations and any concerns that they might have over starting a new school year.  One thing that is unique for children and teachers, is that September presents an opportunity for new beginnings, which comes with a spirit of optimism, opportunity, and great anticipation. Discuss goals for the new school year with your child, and make a list of strategies to address any concerns he/she may have about teachers, ...

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As the school year wraps up, it is important to take some time to celebrate the many successes and accomplishments your child has achieved over the past school year. Today’s children are being raised in a society that operates under two approaches to ‘WINNING’ which can be confusing to students. The more traditional approach is evident where awards such as the Oscars, Pulitzer and Nobel Peace Prizes, and the Order of Canada are widely recognized as symbols of success and achievement.  The objective of this ...

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In June of each year, the Senior Kindergarten students participate in a moving ceremony during which they receive a tie passed down by their Grade Eight Reading Buddy.  The special relationship between the Senior Kindergarten and Grade Eight students is fostered during the year through frequent times spent together enjoying reading and writing activities.  As the milestone of leaving Kindergarten to join the Primary Division of the school is reached, time is taken to celebrate the triumphs and successes of each ...

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The Huntsman Marine Science Centre is a not-for-profit research and teaching institute in St. Andrews, New Brunswick.  The Huntsman campus, including the Fundy Discovery Aquarium, is located on the St. Croix estuary on the lower shore of the Bay of Fundy. For over forty years, the education programmes at the Huntsman have been providing visitors with information on Canada’s east coast marine ecology and economy. The Grade Eight students at Glenburnie School have had the unique opportunity to learn firsthand about ...

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May the New Year be filled with wellness, joyfulness, inspiration, and opportunity!  The new year offers adults an opportunity for new beginnings in much the same way that September does for children returning to a new school year. It is interesting just how many people would like to see some change in their family’s lives for the New Year, yet at the same time, are unwilling to make the effort to develop a plan for change.  Change can be uncomfortable, and perhaps that is why best intentions get derailed very ...

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