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September 30, 2020 | Ms. Jonker

In the coming weeks, Adventurous will start writing its community covenant. We will reflect on our strengths and growing points, and we will make a formal agreement that will help us make goals for the future.

Adventurous has already connected a lot as a community this year. The students are currently working on a community slideshow. Each student is making one slide about what traits they, as individuals, bring to our community. Are they helpful? Energetic? Patient? Kind? Enthusiastic? The students love making slides, and this activity also connects with our current study of character traits, which we have learned are words that describe someone’s personality.

Zoom connects us in many ways. Zoom connects in-person students to those coming to class remotely. Zoom connects our class to teachers who teach us remotely. Zoom also provides a way for us to have socially-distanced small group meetings within the classroom.

Art class via zoom

I’ve observed the in-person students participate enthusiastically in a variety of park games. They’ve also taken ownership of those games and shared ideas for how to make them more fun. I’ve observed them include one another in unstructured games both at park and during free time in the classroom.

While Adventurous is a very focused group with a lot of stamina for academic tasks, I have observed that they also enjoy humor. I have really enjoyed sharing a good laugh with this group. They also have great energy for fun “brain break” games that we play from time to time.

We are looking forward to the year ahead!

Kat Jonker

Teacher, Grades 4

Kat Jonker is energized by how passionately Mustard Seed School nurtures each student to blossom into the person God has made them to be. She’s honored to teach and learn beside the fourth and fifth grade students here.

Ms. Jonker’s always been surrounded and inspired by dedicated teachers--including her mother! When she began teaching private violin lessons as a high school student, Ms. Jonker began to think about teaching as a career. Soon she realized her passion for teaching and learning as an Elementary Education with an integrated science major at Calvin College. There she flourished as an assistant teacher at Calvin’s middle school chemistry camp. She also led elementary nature programs at Calvin’s ecosystem preserve.

Music remains one of Ms. Jonkers passions and you’ll sometimes get to hear her playing in worship. She’s an avid violin player and spent a disproportionately large amount of her college life in string quartet rehearsals. She listens to music constantly and likes to keep it eclectic, so if you have any music recommendations, send them her way.

Grand Rapids, Michigan, is Ms. Jonker’s home town. Through God-gifted communities of faith there, she found her roots in grace and a life of service.

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