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Opening Doors for Children & Families

June 2012

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I was in traffic yesterday following a mini-van with a bumper sticker that read "Remember who you wanted to be." Now normally I would not endorse bumper stickers but this one actually made me think. Back when I was 3 or 4 years old and people asked me the age-old question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" My family likes to remind me that I would respond by saying, "A BIRD!" I like to remind my family that if I was 3 or 4 years old then they were the ones responsible for my delusional thinking.

At ABC Head Start staff are preparing for the end of the school year. Some teams like to...

Here's an interesting factoid about me; I am terrible at math. The interesting thing about this is at one point in my life math was my strongest subject. Then in grade 9 I took this downward math spiral and never quite recovered. I blame it on that fact that I was good at math, that I become really bad at math. Let me explain...in 8th grade my math teacher recognized my "math talent" and so in 9th grade "they" (whoever they is) decided there would be an advanced math group. This may be hard for people who know me now to believe but I WAS PUT IN THAT GROUP!

The grade 9 "Advanced Math Group...

Throughout my life my dad was critical in providing life lessons and words of wisdom. I think this was something he inherited from his father, who also imparted words of wisdom on a regular basis. Most of my dad's advice was around driving, maintenance of vehicles and money - all of which I still need reminding. The wonderful qualities I inherited from my father were not from his words of advice, most were from him just being the man that he is. My dad taught me about hard work and integrity, two qualities that have got me a long way in life and everyday I am grateful for this.

But one phrase...

Here at ABC Head Start it is our last full week of classes for the children, next week is the last week for staff. As we wind down and say our goodbye's the question we find ourselves asking each other is, "Are you doing anything exciting for the summer?" Ahhh summer vacation! And the employees at ABC Head Start are lucky enough to have July and August OFF! And of course all you parents know this means your children will be home ALL SUMMER LONG too.

As a child I remember how exciting it was to burst through the doors on the last day of school and let the summer begin! We were not a family who...

If you have ever been in a ABC Head Start classroom you will know the day usually ends by singing a "goodbye song." What I love about these songs is they are different in each classroom. It's kind of like a teacher's trademark. This week is our final week at ABC Head Start and there has certainly been many goodbyes. We are saying goodbye to staff who are moving on to other opportunities, having babies, moving away and a few who are retiring. So with a mixture of sadness and joy we wish these colleagues luck in their new endeavours.

The goodbye we say every single year, which never seems to get...

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