HCOS Newsletter

December 2020

The Reason for the Season Has Not Changed

This is certainly a unique Christmas, one like most of us have not experienced before. For some of us, there is significant loss in not being able to gather with family and friends. For others, an already difficult time of year has become even more so. It can be difficult not to be impacted by a variety of discouraging emotions.

The reason for the seasonYet in the midst of these challenges, we can take heart that the underlying reason for this season has...

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A Problem-Solving Approach

Educating in the 21st Century looks significantly different from earlier generations.  Computers and the Internet store knowledge and do much of the calculating that used to be in the realm of educated people. What’s required more than ever is for human beings to be able to look at complex problems and critically and creatively think through approaches and possible solutions.  Developing strategies and the perseverance or grit to do this is increasing the goal...

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Home Visits. Yes? No? Maybe?

When social distancing, masks, and quarantining became household conversation points, we started talking about home visits and what these would look like for our teachers and families. This has proven to be a topic that is tough to nail down with all the changes taking place.

There are those in our community that are ok with meeting in person, those that aren’t, and those that don’t know what to think. With such mixed reactions to the current state in our province,...

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The Body Measures Success as ‘Feeling Safe’

I recently watched a vlog by Dr. Stephen Porges about Polyvagal Theory on Bright and Quirky . It was a very brief snippet in which Dr. Porges made two comments that really resonated with me. First, that education is based on an acquisition model; success thus is measured by obtaining diplomas, degrees, accolades, etc. The other comment he made is that, in contrast, the body measures success based on trusting relationships. This is where I started to make a...

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COVID is a Bummer

As 2020 comes to a close I’m sure everyone can attest to the fact that it’s been tough. Work is different. Home schooling is different. Life is different. Through all of this struggle, I hope that we can stand firm in the fact that we love and serve a good God. A good God that is with us every step of the way. I also hope that we can stand firm in the fact that we are stronger together. Stronger together as families, and strong together as a school. Make sure to...

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