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Merry Christmas!

December 19, 2020 | Ms. Jonker

I just finished watching the Las Posadas concert. I have always enjoyed this concert, and missed the excitement of that evening gathering this year! I was also totally blown away by the way students and staff came together to create a meaningful, worshipful concert this year. If you haven’t watched it yet, I hope you take some time to do so! Consider also asking your child if there were any “highlight” Advent skits this year. All are on Google Classroom and are enjoyable to watch.

Today the students exchanged secret Santa gifts. They loved it.

It was a big sharing day, as well. We had a huge zoom call with all of the fourth and fifth graders. Students shared their PSAs about water conservation and care with one another. Students recited their original poems (inspired by Langston Hughes) for one another. We are class full of great poets! I am seriously inspired by their enthusiasm for this project and I encourage you to ask your child about the poem they wrote.

Students also watched videos made to show what each mini-term elective was about this year.

It was a great day. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you! I will see you in the new year.




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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