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So far Roy Van Eerden has created 39 blog entries.
May 11, 2020

SO WHAT ARE YOU DOING NEXT YEAR?

By |2020-05-11T10:50:45-07:00May 11, 2020|Elementary, Relationships|6 Comments

"So, what are you doing next year?" I have had that question come at me about once a week since I announced that this would be my last year as principal at the elementary campus. Up until about three weeks ago, the only answer I could give was, “We are still figuring that out.” What’s [...]

Nov 11, 2019

KIDS JUST MAKE ME LAUGH

By |2019-11-11T08:58:35-08:00November 11, 2019|Elementary, School Vision|2 Comments

“Mr. van Eerden is quitting. He won't be there on Monday!” That was the message that went home to one family, even though I specifically said at chapel that morning that I would be principal until they finished the grade they were in right now. Mom was very happy to receive an email from me. Or [...]

Sep 9, 2019

ZAMBIAN SMILES!

By |2019-09-09T09:11:11-07:00September 9, 2019|Elementary, Relationships|1 Comment

That's what Collins, our driver in Zambia, kept telling us when taking our pictures. Not Canadian smiles but Zambian smiles. What’s the difference? According to Collins, Zambian smiles are fuller, broader, a lot of teeth or, as one of my favourite quotes from a book, “ones that reach the eyes.” A Conduit of Hope [...]

Feb 11, 2019

ROY’S ROMANTIC QUOTIENT

By |2019-02-11T18:05:40-08:00February 11, 2019|Elementary, Relationships|2 Comments

NOTE: Roy wrote this blog prior to the decision to postpone student-led conferences. “Student-led Conferences are on Valentine’s Day!” I knew the objections would come. I hoped with enough notice, people would adjust and accept it. It’s just that it really is the best timing. I actually didn’t see it as such a big deal [...]

Nov 12, 2018

NEW PARTNERS, OLD FRIENDS

By |2018-11-12T08:14:32-08:00November 12, 2018|Elementary, Relationships|1 Comment

Large crowds of protesters, police barricades and masked men with guns roaming streets. A house burned down killing those inside including a five-month old baby, arrests and disappearances and police road checks examining phones for any evidence of anti-government postings. Over 500 dead and 350,000 people out of work. Unfortunately, these kinds of reports are [...]

Sep 10, 2018

A HERO’S LEGACY

By |2018-09-10T08:43:31-07:00September 10, 2018|Character, Elementary|0 Comments

12 000 kms in 30 days. Seeing pandas and penguins at the Calgary Zoo (the penguins were much more interesting), stopping at the geographical center of North America (unplanned) and the longitudinal center of Canada (planned), kayaking and tubing down lazy rivers in North Michigan, getting much closer to the foot of Niagara Falls than [...]

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