With the weather warming up and the sun beckoning us outside, our hearts yearn for the dog days of summer . We are nearing the final month of the 2018-2019 school year. With that in mind, I have a number of information items I need to share with you. There are a number of projects currently underway that are seeking your input. Please take the time to read through and respond at your leisure.
You may have noticed that we are no longer publishing quarterly newsletters. You can find any articles and updated news and information on our website at www.hutteriteeducators.org. If you haven’t had a chance to browse the website, please do so. Something you may find especially useful now is the Field Trip Ideas page. As always, if you have anything to add to any of our resources, please email us.
Also, in an effort to collect as many contacts within our colonies as possible, you may be prompted to subscribe to our mailing list when you visit our website. Please don’t hesitate to do so, as it’s almost impossible for me to keep up with the changes in staffing at our schools year by year. You can always unsubscribe from this list if you choose. Starting as early as next year, all HEM-related items will be sent out from the website. If you’re not a subscriber, you may miss out on knowing all the important information from HEM.
Our annual SHARE conference for 2019 has been cancelled. The main reason for this is the lack of presenters and presentations geared for an entire multi-grade audience. To revive this event, I suggest you bombard me with either something you would be willing to share and/or a topic you would like to discuss together with your peers. Perhaps we can host this event again in the future.
Planning for this event is underway. The conference will take place at Victoria Inn in Winnipeg, MB next August. Please stay tuned for more details.
Call for Artwork
From September 20-November 9, 2019, the travelling exhibit, “Voices of Conscience” will be displayed at the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery, which is located on the campus of the Canadian Mennonite University. The exhibit prominently features the story of the Hofer brothers, whose death in military custody prompted Hutterite migration to Canada in 1918. While the exhibit is in town, the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery will also be featuring artwork from Hutterite students (see the attached poster). While the attached poster emphasizes a connection to peace, contributions can include any art made by Hutterites students depicting their life and experiences. Please consider submitting your students’ artwork for this exhibit.
Visiting the gallery to tour the exhibit and artwork will make for an excellent field trip opportunity, especially for Middle and High school students and adults. Admission is free.
Individual artwork should be framed or mounted for best presentation. Group projects need not to be framed. Please send artwork to Jesse at Silverwinds or Serena at Fairholme or drop off at MHC Gallery by June 28th.
Please contact Serena Maendel (firstname.lastname@example.org) to indicate your interest in submitting artwork or if you have any further questions.
This is an exciting new program that one of our executive members helped initiate. They started a non-profit organization to help refugees that have moved to Brandon over the last 3 years to help them gain experience to continue in the work force of Canada. Please see the attached file for more details.
Whatever you choose to call it, this event still remains our most popular PD for our members. This year’s SAGE is on October 25. Our presenter is Rick Green, who will be speaking on ADHD: Causes, Symptoms, Challenges and Solutions for Home and School. You can register online for this PD as early as September 1, 2019. Please mark your calendars because in the last few years, we have reached capacity at McMaster House and we may have to turn away walk-ups. PLUS, lunch is free for members!
I hope everyone has a wonderful, successful and not-too-stressful rest of the year and your well-deserved summer break is rejuvenating and delightful!
Brennan School (Elm River Colony)