It seems this week went by quicker than I can say Happy Friday. Could it be because it was a four day week (don't you just love those?)? Or could it be because we were chock a block with back to school stories? We started the week with some great tips from Allan Marr, a school psychologist with the Anglophone East school district. He talked about the importance of routine, getting your kids to bed early, discouraging teens from screen and gaming time before bed. Parents, let me know how you made out with that one!
On Wednesday, Mike Belong, all fresh faced, eyes beaming, sporting a purple tie, dropped by the studio on the way to his new workplace: the principal's office at Moncton High. While a legal challenge of the location for the new Moncton High may delay the project, Mike says staff and administration are committed to keep the focus on learning. I resisted saying "Class dismissed!" at the end of the interview but I may as well have, the way he bounded out of the studio. I think he was eager to get to work!
The week wrapped up with a fascinating conversation around french immersion. I spoke with two anglophone parents who have chosen different routes when it comes to their children's learning of french as a second language. One is sticking with early immersion, the other has enrolled her two boys in the francophone school district. They both confessed to wrestling with that decision and while they say they're comfortable with those decisions, the "huh!" factor could be felt when one was listening to the other explain her reasons. Should be a talker! We'll be following that conversation next week with the francophone school district to see how kids from "exogamous" families who can barely speak french, and francophone students are getting along under the same roof and the challenges for teachers and administrators to ensure everyone's needs are being met. Not an easy task. Stay tuned! And if you have experiences you want to share, send me an e-mail.
The lockout at Codiac Transpo remains top of mind for many people in Moncton, particularly Robert Labounty. He is visually impaired. Along with Makom, his dog, he came into the studio to talk about how the months-long lockout is costing him his independence. We will continue to follow the story and would appreciate input from you. What questions would you like to put to the city and/or the union about the lockout? What's been the impact on your life and the way you get around? When/if the buses come back, how could the system work better? Send me an e-mail, or tweet me @jonnabrewercbc anytime with your thoughts and story ideas! Love hearing from you!
A la prochaine...