Thursday, June 09, 2005

SLOCA Weekly Email Update, 6/9/05

San Luis Obispo Classical Academy has just launched a Weekly Email Update. We will post those updates here on the SLOCA Blog. Here is this week's. . . the very first one. . . . .


Thursday, June 9, 2005

Dear Friends of the San Luis Obispo Classical Academy,

In an attempt to keep you all informed of emerging developments related to the SLO Classical Academy, it is our pleasure to introduce the SLOCA Weekly Email Update. You are receiving this email because you have expressed at least a mild interest or curiosity about SLOCA and how it might work for your family. So here goes. . . .

Encouraging Parent Information Nights
After having 10 families represented at our first "Parent Information Night" on May 23, we held our second Information Night on Monday, June 6th. We had 13 families represented this time around and two special guest teachers were present. In both sessions, we shared valuable discussion and fielded many great questions. Thanks to all for setting aside the time. And many thanks to Joe and Betsy Pollon for their gracious hospitality!

After these meetings, many of you have indicated that you are either "interested" or "very interested." We're eager to have a few more brave families jump into the journey with us and help make SLOCA a reality. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call or email either one of us (contact info. below). If you are ready to go, you may let us know through email or phone contact. We are excited to hear from you!

Parent Question & Answer Night scheduled for Thursday, June 23
Speaking of your questions, we thought it might be valuable to have one more evening together that would be specifically focused on addressing looming or emerging questions. We have earmarked Thursday, June 23 as the date for a SLOCA Parent Question & Answer Night. We'll plan to gather at 7:00 PM at the Pollon's Home once more. Please invite other friends, neighbors and complete strangers that you think might be interested in SLOCA. If you need directions, drop us an email.

New Enrollments
We are pleased to announce that both the Pollon and Peterson Families have thrown their lot in with us. Joe and Betsy Pollon will be enrolling their first grader, and Scott and Ruthie Peterson will be enrolling their second grader. Welcome aboard!

Our First Committed Teacher
One of the most encouraging aspects of our SLOCA journey thus far has been the positive feedback from the many teachers with whom we've had the opportunity to chat. So many have expressed an understanding and interest in classical education and several have indicated a real interest in being involved with SLOCA. In fact, we are very pleased to inform you that one teacher has committed to join us in the fall — assuming we can pull together enough committed families. We are eager to share this person's name, but will hold off for now until we have just a few more enrolled students.

Registration deadline is July 1!
As a reminder, July 1st is the deadline to register your children for SLOCA. The spots for children will be held on a first-come, first- serve basis, and you can hold a spot with your $50 registration fee. In addition, the registration paperwork will need to get turned in at that time. If you or anyone you know is in need of a registration packet, let us know and we will get one (or more) into your hands.

Grade Levels & Spreading the Word
We are hopeful for at least 20 students to start this fall, but do dream of a higher enrollment in order to provide more teachers and more classes. The more kindergarteners we get, the higher chance for a separate kindergarten class. The more 6th graders we get, the higher the chance for a 6th grade class! Please join us and spread the word to those with whom you are in contact.

Articles of Incorporation Completed
Starting a non-profit corporation has been quite a learning experience for Lisa and I. We continue to feel our way through the process. What a lot of steps and heaps of paperwork. We happily completed and just sent off our Articles of Incorporation as part of the process of obtaining our Non-Profit Status at the state and federal levels. We are also in the process of writing a business plan and completing the rest of the paperwork for our non-profit status (thank you, Lisa!). We continue to run into surprises and new work, so if anyone is available to help, please let us know!

SLOCA Blog Now Live & Website Coming Soon
Any bloggers out there? My husband has convinced me that a SLOCA Blog would be a good promotional tool and the simplest way to get some information about SLOCA out there on the internet (so when you do a Google search for "classical education San Luis Obispo, we come up!). So as a step toward a well-designed, excellent website in the longterm, we'll begin with a blog now in the short term. Posts will include these weekly emails and other information we feel compelled to share. Check it out, read along, and enter into the dialogue. . . .and as always, refer some friends.

The SLOCA Blog can be found at http://sloca.blogspot.com

Next Week's Weekly Update. . .
Next week we'll introduce you to the new SLOCA Board of Directors. We're excited to have these talented and neat people committed to the future of the San Luis Obispo Classical Academy.

That's all for now!

Susie Theule with Lisa Lewis

"Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire."
--William Yeats--


Contact information:

San Luis Obispo Classical Academy
P.O. Box 3601,
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403-3601
805-748-4048
email: sloclassicalacademy@gmail.com
blog: http://sloca.blogspot.com

1 comment:

Missy Grant said...

Yea!!! We are so pleased there is now another educational choice in our community. I am also excited to know you are blogging!! Susie and Lisa, you are both providing great leadership and your Board of Directors is solid. We hope for continued educational growth, development and sense of community in the years to come for this school. Thanks for all your hard work. Keep it up. We look forward to helping in this journey. The Grant family.