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Expressing Gratitude to our … BLOG Fathers!

Posted by on April 29, 2015

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.

~William James

This is a post about being LOST. But … it’s ALSO a post about being FOUND! We hope you’re SITTING down, because it DOESN’T start OUT pretty!

Are you familiar with the fairytale Cinderella? Well, THIS is just a LITTLE bit like that … but … it’s ALSO quite a LOT different! Snuggle up with your FAVOURITE teddy bear because it’s GOING to be PRETTY bumpy for a bit! Don’t worry, though, MOST fairytales end on a BETTER note than they began! 😉

Once upon a time, there was a blog. It was just a LITTLE blog, run by a small but MIGHTY group of Grade Three students at Battalion Park School. As a matter of fact, THIS little blog was a history of their journey helping to build a library in a very rural and extremely poor weaving village in Q’enqo Peru over the past four years. Now, this tiny blog ALSO captured OTHER pieces of their learning journey, as they worked hard to flatten the walls of their classroom … to connect and learn with the world BEYOND their school walls.

One day, these lovely little bloggers awoke to discover that … their BLOG was … MISSING! Poof! JUST like THAT! After several weeks of trying VERY hard to find out what happened, they began to realize that maybe they WOULDN’T be able to do HUGE math challenges with the revolver map, or learn about the various countries that would visit the blog on the flag counter, ever again. There MIGHT not EVER be anymore posts about their journey, their discoveries, their wonders, their Skypes, their connections. They DIDN’T give UP, though … they KEPT on trying … and … they REACHED out and asked for help because they BELIEVED in the POWER of a FLAT class!

And … JUST like Cinderella was RESCUED by her SPECIAL Fairy Godmother … the Global Grade 3 Blogging Hawks were RESCUED by … NOT one, but TWO very special BLOG fathers! We’re even LUCKIER than Cinderella! WE have TWO!

This blog post is dedicated to these two VERY special people. Brant Parker and David CloutierTHANK you, SO much, for doing everything you could to bring our blog BACK to life! What follows is a special video to let you know just HOW much this blog means to us, and some of the reasons why we MISSED it SO much. We hope you enjoy it!

We think our BLOG Fathers ROCK! We WONDER if they can work MIRACLES on PUMPKINS, like Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother could!

PS THIS post is BASED on a TRUE story! 😉

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.

~Dr. Seuss

11 Responses to Expressing Gratitude to our … BLOG Fathers!

  1. Mrs. Hall

    Welcome back! Congratulations on all your hard work and dedication.

    • The Blogging Hawks

      Hi Mrs. Hall!

      Thank you for the lovely comment. Thank you so much for subscribing to our blog and for the compliment! It feels really good to know that you are reading our blog. It is a lot of work but we love that it is a good way to share our learning with our family, our learning community and the world!

      The Blogging Hawks 🙂

  2. Brant Parker

    Oh my goodness, what an amazing post. I can’t even describe how special it was to read the post and see the video. Hearing how important the blog is to each student really made me realize how special the work is that you are doing together. I want to thank you for the creativity and work that went into this post. I’ve never been a BLOG Father before!

    I have to say that David Cloutier played a very big role in the hard work of recovering all the information that was on the blog before it disappeared and waving his magic wand and bringing it back to life in the new blog (yes, your old blog is actually a new blog!) – it is great to have him always ready to assist. In addition, Heather, Justin and Mike in the CBE IT department at CBE helped us by making sure everyone could still use the address to get to the blog.

    But of everyone who has played a role in making this blog special, it is Ms. Renton and all of the students who deserve the credit. You made this blog one that was well worth saving!

    I will look forward to reading your new posts as the end of the school year approaches. Now I have to go so I can send a tweet out about the great posting on the Global Grade 3 Blog!

    • The Blogging Hawks

      Hi Mr. Parker!

      Thank you for subscribing to our NEW blog. We feel really special because of the compliments you gave to us! Thank you for taking time out of your REALLY busy day to leave a comment on our blog and for ALL the time you spent to put our blog back in business! We are REALLY glad that we have you and David as our BLOG Fathers!

      We were SO surprised that it was a new blog … we thought it was the same OLD blog because it looks EXACTLY the same! David did some INCREDIBLE Blog Father MAGIC! It is amazing that we can use the same address to get to our NEW blog … we are SO grateful that Heather, Mike and Justin were able to help with that!

      The Blogging Hawks 🙂

  3. David Cloutier

    MORE than excited to follow your learning journey again and just sorry we couldn’t get the blog back up sooner. 🙂

    To the adventures ahead!!!

    • The Blogging Hawks

      Hello David!

      We appreciate all the work that you put in to bringing our blog back! We had NO idea that our OLD blog is REALLY a NEW blog … which means it was even MORE work for you! Please don’t be sorry that it took a while to get the blog back up and running … we didn’t care HOW long it took … we are just SO happy that it’s back. We just didn’t want to lose it. We are so glad that we DO have more adventures ahead … and THAT’S only because of our BLOG Fathers!

      The Blogging Hawks 🙂

  4. anita

    I was so sad when the class blogg was gone, I like literly DIED…right there in the spot!!! 🙁 but then… the blog fathers came and saved us!!!:)
    Thank you SO much mr. David and mr. Brant!!! <3

    one of the very happy bloggers, Anita

    • The Blogging Hawks

      Hi Anita!

      Thank you for the lovely comment! We felt the same way that you did … it was really sad to not have the blog. But, we are VERY lucky to have two WONDERFUL Blog Fathers! We are happy bloggers just like you!

      The Blogging Hawks 🙂

  5. Ross Mannell

    Hello Battalion Bloggers,

    Am I familiar with “Cinderella”? That is currently my favourite film at the local cinema and, of course, it tells of a fairy godmother who helps Cinderella go to the ball to meet her prince.

    What’s better than a fairytale of a magical helper coming to the rescue? Of course, it’s when a group of rescuers come to our aid in the real world. No magic wands, glass slippers or pumpkin carriages from these helpers. Their magic was making your blog reappear.

    Well done, Brant Parker and David Cloutier! 🙂

    Your magic brought back a blog I love to visit.

    Ross Mannell
    Teacher (retied), N.S.W., Australia

    • The Blogging Hawks

      Hi Ross!

      Thank you for the lovely comment! It was really magical when our Blog Fathers brought back the blog! It would be awesome if there was a magic wand, or glass slippers or a pumpkin carriage in this story … but … our Blog Fathers were SO magical that they didn’t really need them! We think we’re even LUCKIER than Cinderella!

      We’re glad that they took time out of their busy days to bring back our blog … and … it makes us feel SO good to know that you love to visit our blog too!

      The Blogging Hawks 🙂

  6. Marcus

    Hey Mrs. Renton and classmates!

    What awesome thank you notes you did! Love your word choices! I had nothing to do, so I went on my computer and was thinking I was going to play Minecraft but i decided that I wanted to leave a comment on here! Brant and David really helped us! They are special people! 🙂 I listened to the moose … turns out he doesn’t sound like I thought he would. I have a challenge for you (my classmates) go onto the blog, if you can, and see if you think the moose sounds a little strange. I certainly do!! 😉

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