We are so very excited about the progress being made in the Lynx classroom. We are nearing the end of the job and are looking forward to settling into our fresh, new space. We are so thankful for the enthusiasm of our staff and families as we plug away at these changes. We have also began a bit of our outdoor renovations! The Bobcat staff are waiting anxiously for their play yard to get it's facelift. Here are some photos of the recent changes.
Amy and Mandee were invited to experience one of the greatest days together, thanks to C.O.I.N.S and their collaborative team and their partnership with The School House. The School House has been putting in dedicated time educating our staff, (and little ones) on the importance of our indigenous history in Canada, including reconciliation and cultural teachings. Part of this education included a Drum Making Workshop, which both Miss Amy and Miss Mandee participated in. Together they learned the history and absolute love that it takes to create a life through a drum. After, they were able to share the experience of a “drum awakening” ceremony with the entire school. It has been such a profound experience watching the children show respect and deep understanding of importance for our drums. Mother Drum, one of our most prized gifts, took Center stage as Amy, Mandee and Tracy (who had created her drum at an earlier workshop, but never awakened it) awoke their drums. Check the Lynx Stories Section for video and photos of the Awakening Ceremony.
We are sure you have noticed it on your way through, but our new kitchen is nearing completion. We are overjoyed with the final look and only have a few more finishing touches to add until it is completed. This kitchen will serve as a place to create meals for the children (and with the children) and staff to warm their lunches. We look forward to our next staff meeting when we will get to utilize the new space for our dinner together!
One of the most exciting parts of the new kitchen is our new, very fast, sanitizing dishwasher!
You may also have noticed some new cabinets in the Ducklings and Otter's classrooms. Soon both classrooms will have their own sinks, as well as a fridge in the Otter's classroom.
Our staff will soon enjoy their new, much larger staff room for their well deserved breaks and planning/documentation time. Once these changes are done families will no longer have an indoor pathway from Lynx to Bobcats programs and will have to access them from their outdoor entrances. This will help maintain the privacy and integrity of our staff room.
More 'major' changes are still yet to come, but a little bit at a time. Stay tuned for more updates, or stop by the desk to chat (and dream) about the next steps in our renovations.
Striving For Excellence
The School House is always a busy place. Our staff are continually striving to improve their skills and abilities as educators. We are also undergoing some substantial renovations this spring. Our goal is to improve the quality of our programs and increase the center's max capacity for the community of Nelson.