This past week was M’s birthday. When friends or family members ask me what she wants for her birthday, my answer is usually, “Time”.

This year, M asked us to play at her favorite playground. She asked us to go swimming at the local indoor pool. She asked to share a pizza with her grandparents and to make enchiladas and ice cream cake with a few of her friends from school. And that…was it! No toys. No gadgets. No themed, decorated party with an agenda and entertainment. Just time with friends and family. read more →

Isabelle-and-AidenI’m just so proud of my kids I wanted to share their RAOK.

They were getting a little bogged down by the presents they wanted for Christmas, so we had a big chat about the spirit of giving. On their own, they decided to bake cookies and give them out in our neighbourhood (even though we don’t know many people in the area!).

This is them, stocked up, ready to pound the pavement and spread some Christmas cheer! We got many smiles from strangers and the kids came home full to the brim of that real kind of happiness that comes from giving, not getting. – Rachel. 😀


Their note says: Isabelle and Aiden from number 6, wanted to something to share the spirit of giving at Christmas. They baked these cookies (with clean hands, under strict supervision!) and hope they can make some of our neighbours smile. 

Update: We just got home to a HUGE parcel on the doorstep. One of the families who got a parcel of cookies were so grateful they bought the kids a Gingerbread House Kit so they can keep baking over the holidays – how sweet!!

My wife made me some cookies (very good ones btw).

A student came to my office and asked if he could have one. He came back the next day for another one. The following day he dropped off this chocolate cake and this card. ‘Thanks for the cookies. Here’s something back. Make someone else’s day better’.

At the end of our daily announcements we always say ‘Make someone else’s day better! Stay classy George Waters’. – Andrew, Principal George Waters Middle School  😛