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Remembering, and Finishing Strong

June 3, 2020 | Ms. Jonker

Virtual learning can’t stop us from ending this year with awesome projects and reminiscent conversations about our year together.

In morning meeting today, I asked the students about funny moments from our year. The students laughed as they recalled SCREAMING on the big swing at Camp Bernie. I was also reminded of how on that same day, our whole class got into canoes and played a variation of the game “World Cup.” I had so much fun that day!

The students remembered class jokes we’ve had and fun times on field trips to the Liberty Science Center and Apollo Theater.

We’re still making memories and doing projects. Today the students peer-edited one another’s writing projects. Our final writing project is a “choose-your-own-adventure” project. Students are writing newscasts, fiction, essays, memoirs about “Life in Quarantine,” and poems.

Students continue to work hard on their STEAM projects. We are looking forward to next week Friday, June 12, when students will present their learning! We hope you will pop by that morning and see what we’ve been doing! Zoom link to come.

For reading, students continue to do independent reading, but they are writing their responses about newspaper articles. We are reading articles from Newsela and Time For Kids.

There will be a recognition ceremony next week Wednesday, June 10, at 9AM. I am looking forward to presenting the students with their recognitions. They are remarkable people. Each one of them is such a gift from God and I will miss them! I am certain that I will always remember this group.

 

 

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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