Dear Lakeview Families,
I would like to thank everyone involved in the incredible field trip our students participated in this weekend. The trip to Toronto and sleep-over that took place under the aquarium in the Ripley’s centre must have been a wonderful experience. A lot of preparation went into pulling off such a successful event and a big thank you to all the parents who volunteered to go with the students and make this trip possible.
The following email which was sent from an elementary parent expresses my sentiments beautifully.
I would like to start by saying a big THANK-YOU to all the teachers that were on the trip, from Miss Cherie to Miss Troup to Miss Tiffany to Miss Diana and to Miss Meghan.
My heart goes out to these teachers for the love and support they have for our children. I couldn’t tell which teacher was responsible for which group of kids; they were all taking care of all the kids. The kid’s in turn had no trouble associating themselves to all the teachers. They would not only ask their own class teacher for help but would ask any teacher that they would see. I think that is pretty remarkable for the junior kids, as they may not feel comfortable with anyone else but their own teacher. Most of the junior kids were hugging and kissing their teachers as they were related to each other. You can just tell that they have a remarkable bond with all the teachers.
I feel very confident to say that these teachers act as parents and take care of our kids, as they would be one of their own. I have seen them clean multiple vomiting’s of motion sickness on the bus, stop bleeding noses, and do countless trips to the washroom in the middle of the program’s just because some kids couldn’t keep it in.
I learned a lot on the trip about the wonderful animals at the Toronto zoo, the amazing water life at Ripley’s Aquarium, the amazing facts at the Science center and how life would be in the medieval times. But mostly I learned that our teachers stand on guard for our kids!
I have seen them reading nighttime stories to kids after a looooong and hectic day at midnight just because some kids wanted to hear one. I learned they acted as mom.
I have seen a teacher struggling with migraine and vomiting in the bathroom but not letting the children know and still let them bother her for trivial little things. She was up and about early in the morning for another migraine provoking day. I learned they acted selflessly.
I have seen them wonder why they couldn’t hear the voice of such and such student on the bus for a while and went to check on them to see if they were ok or had fallen asleep, just to make sure if all was well. I learned they acted as well wishers.
I have seen them keep a tab of time to give medications and puffers to kids who needed them and made sure they were feeling well. I learned they acted as doctors.
I have heard the junior and senior teacher talk to each other about strategies on how to teach certain concepts to the kids and what method would be the best for a particular child that would help them gain the concept and get them to retain it during high school. They think above and beyond for our kids. I learned they acted as advocates of education and guidance counselor’s.
What I also learned that our kids stand on guard for each other too. I couldn’t tell which child is in which grade. They all knew each other by name. The seniors had an eye on the juniors and the juniors looked out for each other.
One girl had a fracture and was using the wheel chair. Most of the kids took turns on pushing her through out the two days. I learned our kids care for each other and share responsibility.
Some of the kids were cold at night but the partner next to them had no trouble sharing their blanket and stuffed animal with them for cuddles. I learned our kids have compassion.
Some of the kids shared their electronics with each other when the battery was out for the other and did it with a smile on their face. We all know how important playing games to them are on a boring 4-hour ride. I learned they really have feelings for each other.
I was impressed how all the kids helped each other pack and unpack sleeping bags as if it was their duty to help. I learned we could count on these kids for each other.
I learned that our kids come from amazing families as all of them were so polite and humble and ever so cute! I am sure it is the teaching and upbringing of the parents that have shaped the nature of our kids.
I am glad to know that our kids and teachers are there for each other when we parents are not.
I believe that the LMS staff and student’s are one big happy family.
Thank you to the LMS staff and students for giving me such wonderful memories.
Thank you all as usual for your support of and commitment to Lakeview.