Thursday, December 13, 2007

Weekly Update, 12.12.07

Each week enrolled families receive a Director's Weekly Update via email. Here is this week's update. . .

And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more. ~Dr. Seuss

Dear Parents -

It is hard to believe that Christmas is just about upon us. I am ready for a break and time to put on the top of the list some of our own family traditions for this season. This year we are reading some winter and Christmas based literature together in the evenings instead of some of our other reading, and it is a delight. I'm looking forward to more time for this as well! I hope you all have a wonderful break enjoying a different pace - and may the pace you decide instead of the other way around! And may there be time in the midst of the rush for what truly matters.

Here's our announcements for the week:

Vacation: Next Monday begins our Christmas vacation - we will resume class on Monday, January 7th. The office will be closed during these weeks, and thus the phone will be "closed" as well. If you need to get a hold of us, you may email us, but the turnaround time will be significantly longer during break as we all look forward to time with our families. Thanks for keeping this in mind as you head into the vacation!

Leadership Site Team - Our current school policies have all been put in place by our Board of Directors and staff, with parent feedback. As we continue to face policy needs as the school grows, we are putting together a new team of staff and parents to make the process of policy setting more streamlined and official. If you are interested in sitting on this committee, please let me know at the directors@sloclassicalacademy.com address. It would likely mean an average of 1 meeting a month during school hours (more often if urgent issues arise), some possible work at home (typing minutes, researching other policies, etc.) and some email contact. While these hours would count for volunteer time, I would encourage you to see this as an investment in your family and school. I would love to see some parents with experience at other school settings on this committee in addition to parents that are truly interested in making our school a special and safe place for all.


Parents

December's PIE night TONIGHT, December 12th will focus on 'Changing your attitude' where we will share specific remedies for anger, impatience, isolation, guilt and a whole host of other roadblocks that we all deal with in order to create the most healthy homeschooling situation. Please join us Wednesday, December 12th at 6:30 in room 9 for more laughs and inspiration.

Volunteer hours - this trimester, you have the opportunity to earn 3 volunteer hours total for going to either PIE nights or Classroom Connection Meetings. Each night or meeting you attend will be worth 1 hour total (even if you are there longer) but if you attend 3 of them, you may log 3 meetings at 1 hour each. We want to encourage you to take advantage of these great community experiences - parent to parent connection is so helpful on this journey!

Funding - We thank you for your ongoing commitment to the school and would love to have you consider a year-end donation. If you are interested in donating (Remember, that brokerage account is good to go!), please feel free to email us over break. Thanks!

Overflow - please check the Lost & Found - we will be donating the clothes after our last day before break.


Education

Important Middle School Parent Meeting - please save the date for Tuesday evening, January 15th at 7:00 p.m. for a mandatory meeting. We will be making some adjustments and improvements in math instruction and they will be laid out at this meeting.

Academy Classes are coming again!

We are putting together our third session of Academy Classes. It will be a 6 week session on Friday afternoons (12:30-3:30) from January 25-February 29. WE WOULD LOVE TO OFFER MORE PARENT-LED CLASSES. This is an opportunity for you, as parents (or grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc), to share your interests with some wonderful children. It is a great way to earn volunteer hours and connect more with the school community. If you are interested, but need ideas or a co-leader, we can work something out. If you would be willing to babysit so that someone else can teach a class, you can earn volunteer hours for helping in this way as well.

Here are some specific classes we would love to see happen:
P.E. class for K-2 (could be soccer, teaching a variety of games, etc.)
Science class for K-2 (and older?) - we have some great books with easy ooey gooey recipes in them that the kids would love!
Knitting class - any knitters out there that would like to pass on the art? Grandmas? Friends? Yourself? History - we have had history enriching classes before, and they are a wonderful addition to the kids' studies. We have a parent willing to head a
class up but we need a couple of parents to assist.
Nature Journaling - a long-time tradition for some in classical education. We have some resources for you!

If interested, willing or able, please contact Kateri at
academyclasses@sloclassicalacademy.com


Events

T-shirt pick-up will be next Monday and Tuesday the 12th and 13th after school. Thanks for all your orders - we'll do it again after the holidays!

Mandatory Parent Meeting January 24th. This is one of about 3 all school parent meetings during the year that we need you to plan on attending. It will be an evening that will reflect on the past, clarify the present and look forward to the future together as registration opens for current families MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH.

One of our parents has let us know about a conference coming to the area. Here's the information: Encouragement for the Homeschooling Family Conference will be held on Monday, January 21 from 7 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. at the Atascadero Bible Church (ABC Church) at 6225 Atascadero Mall in Atascadero. This is a FREE Christian conference for the entire family that focuses on the "home" part of the homeschool experience rather than on the academic side. There will be various breakout sessions for parents and young people. Please pick up a flyer in the office for more details. For questions or to pre-register, e-mail Julie Schuler at julie-schuler@sbcglobal.net . An added plus is that the following day is a school holiday so the evening conference won't make for sleepy students the next morning.

Susie

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

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