Using Questioning to Help Children Develop Critical Thinking Skills

During my recent visits to classrooms, I have noticed many strategies that our teachers use to help our students develop their critical thinking skills.  Critical thinking is when we analyze and evaluate information, connect the dots between concepts, and see alternative ways of looking at problems and solutions.  One of the most effective ways to […]

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The Importance of You

Our community is often recognized as one of the many special features of WES. Research shows that a strong school community can lead to increased engagement, motivation, and a sense of belonging among all students. This is why we work hard to create a school culture that sees, nurtures, and values the individual; where differences […]

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Lessons to be Learned From a Unisaurus Rex

I walked into the gym this week to find large numbers of dinosaurs had taken over the stage, including a curious one with sequins and a satin horn. It turns out that particular glitter-loving creature was actually a dinocorn (the offspring of a unicorn and dinosaur). Grade 1 was busy rehearsing Roxy: The Last Unisaurus […]

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The Real Joy of the Holidays

I watched yesterday’s all-school chapel with a smile on my face. Of course, our children performed very well, but what really brought me so much happiness was hearing that our older students were incredibly complementary and supportive of our younger Dragons.  Kindness. Community. Joy. As we head into the holiday season, I see our values […]

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The Magic of a Good Book

Author and Illustrator Lauren Castillo spoke with our students in Kindergarten through Grade 8 this week about her thought process behind creating books. She even let our Dragons try their hand at drawing some of her characters, which they thoroughly enjoyed! This is one of my favorite times of the school year, in part, because […]

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Deep Fried Turkey Adventures

As many of you know, cooking is one of my passions. As we head into the Thanksgiving season, I thought it would be fun to share a recipe for those looking for new ideas. Over the years, I have experimented many times with turkey preparation. However, probably my most memorable Thanksgiving fowl moment was the […]

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