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A.H. Dakin School teacher s CHOOL




retires after 35 year career Times



by Deanna Mitchener having a student get his fingers stuck in a bench on your days with, the kids, co-workers and parents
the playground, leaving a teacher behind on a they become your family. I spent more time at
The A.H. Dakin School students are sad to see fieldtrip, a few broken bones, and even becoming school than with my real family at home. My two
Mrs. Rhonda Siwak leaving her teaching position. the school witch,” said Siwak. boys are now grown up and almost ready to be out
Rhonda will be retiring at the end of the school "Starting out with mimeograph machines and on their own. That will leave my husband and I at
years. ending with SmartBoards and all other kinds of home to maintain our yard and travel as much as
“I knew from the time I was eight years old that I devices, it has been amazing. That technology possible,” said Siwak.
wanted to be a teacher. I thought I would be a Home would have saved me hours of copying out "I would like to thank the multitude of students
Economics teacher, but somehow ended up in worksheets and writing on the board,” said Siwak. I've taught over the years, who helped make every
elementary with an early childhood diploma,” said “As I pack up years of accumulated stuff, I realize day an adventure. I would like to thank my co-
Siwak. “University did not prepare me for that I will miss the kids the most. I will also miss workers who have helped, encouraged and
teaching. On my very first day a boy who was upset being part of the Dakin Family.” tolerated me for so long. But an old witch never
with me threw up on his desk.” “Being a small school, the people you spend dies, she just forgets how to spell,” said Siwak.
“I started teaching in Didsbury in 1981 and my
first class was grade three, there were four grade
three classes in all. In the four classes, there were
12 Jason's. I taught grade three there for five and a
half years, then I left to teach in California as there
was a teacher shortage,” Siwak said.
“At my school [in California] were about 15
Canadians, mostly from B.C. When I came back,
there weren't any jobs, so I ended up answering an
ad for a teaching position in Mexico. It was on the
shores of Lake Chapala in a village called Ajijic. I
loved it there and stayed for two years,” said
Siwak.
Again when Siwak came home there weren't
many jobs, so this time she went North to a Reserve
at Atikameg. “I only stayed a year, as the Northern
lifestyle was not for me.”
“I moved to Edson in the fall of 1991 hoping to
get a job. By January of 1992 I had a part time job at
Westhaven School. I then moved over to Dakin,
and the rest is history,” said Siwak.
“Over 35 years teaching, you kind of think that
you've seen it all, but every year brings another
surprise. Like getting struck in the mud in the A.H. Dakin teacher Mrs. Rhonda Siwak will be retiring this year to enjoy some time with her
playground trying to rescue a kid stuck in the mud, family and do some traveling. photo Deanna Mitchener


The parents, students and staff at A.H. Dakin School would
The parents, students and staff at A.H. Dakin School would
like to send out a HUGE THANK YOU to the following for
like to send out a HUGE THANK YOU to the following for
their generous donations this school year:
their generous donations this school year:
ATB Financial
ATB Financial
Sobeys
Sobeys
Walmart
Walmart
Canadian Tire
Canadian Tire
Repsol
Repsol
Zip Comm Unlimited Inc.
Zip Comm Unlimited Inc.
Jeff and Suzanne Wall
Jeff and Suzanne Wall
All those who purchased from our fundraisers.
All those who purchased from our fundraisers.
Cameron Apoll, a grade five student at A.H. Dakin School and Paige
While we are sure we may have missed someone, please
Bosley, also in grade five, volunteer every Monday during recess and While we are sure we may have missed someone, please
part of the lunch break in the school office. "We stay in the office and know that we are VERY grateful to everyone that helped to
know that we are VERY grateful to everyone that helped to
answer phone calls, seek a teacher out if needed, and help students at make this school year a great one for the kids! We
make this school year a great one for the kids! We
recess if their hurt." Other students also help out on different days of couldn’t do what we do without you!
couldn’t do what we do without you!
the week. photo Deanna Mitchener
KIDS MAKE A DIFFERENCE!



Aaron Wadddell is five years old. Kyliah Hawke is five years old, her
Aaron said " I like the colors black favorite thing to eat is mashed
and blue and black and white. My potatoes. Kyliah says "I do have a
favorite food is my mom’s mashed little sister, I don't really have
potatoes. She makes mashed hobbies of things I do but I like
potatoes you know. I like running sledding in the winter and riding my
and doing exercises, and I'm going bike in the summer. We have one
to be a cop one day when I'm dog and one cat, and I really really
older." like the color purple."



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