Thursday, December 27, 2007

Winter break Update - 12/27/07

Every week, enrolled families receive a Director's Weekly Update email. Here is this weeks update. . .

The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective. ~G.K. Chesterton


Dear Classical Academy Families -

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas celebration together. We sure did, and we are really enjoying the change of pace for awhile! And now 2008 is upon us! Can you believe it? In spite of being a bit of a resolution cynic, I must say that I do enjoy having the chance to tweak the old and try anew! And once in awhile, something actually sticks! May this be a sticking year for us all!

I have a few things to communicate with you about, and then I am actually going to be off for a couple of weeks out of commission with my family for our usual January get-away. I will be breaking from the school starting today, Thursday the 27th, through Wednesday, January 9th. Please make a note of that so you might remember why I'm not returning emails, etc. Lisa Lewis will be serving as my back-up and April Kemp will handle issues connected with the classroom, so we are well covered!

Special Announcements:

Speaking of Lisa Lewis, I would like to share with you an exciting change for her and the school. As you know, Lisa took a leave of absence this fall and during this time, did a great deal of soul searching. As she contemplated her work at the school, she took into consideration what she most enjoys about education and what she feels she is most gifted to contribute. We have decided as a board and as a staff to affirm her request to serve as our Education Resource Manager at SLO Classical Academy beginning immediately. Lisa will concentrate her efforts in curricular areas, especially in setting up resources for our teachers as we implement our own curriculum at the school. This is a greatly felt need by the teachers and something Lisa has the gifts, desire and ability to provide for them (and thus for us!). Therefore, Lisa will no longer be serving as a director but doing what we need and what she loves. Thanks, Lisa!

Along with this adjustment, April Kemp will officially serve as our Teacher Lead or supervisor. April has years of experience overseeing and coming alongside teachers (and is a credentialed teacher herself with years of classroom experience) and is an original Classical Academy parent, so she is a great fit to head up our wonderful teaching team. Thank you, April, for jumping in!

I will continue to serve as the school's director, or as what I like to call the Visionary Director.

In addition, we have developed a new Curriculum Development Team, which includes myself, Lisa, April and Rea Berg. We will be working together to insure that our studies and educational goals are clear and solid, our curricular and literature choices support our goals and are planned out in detail for our four year cycle, and that these choices are provided to you in a timely manner.

We are excited about all the adjustments and improvements we have been able to instill and feel that not only are they good fits for each of us, but that the families we serve will benefit greatly as we learn from our past, refine in our present, and purposefully plan for the future!


Parents at SLO Classical Academy

Thank you to all of you for giving our office and staff a break from phone calls and emails! As a reminder, the office is closed until Monday, January 7th. You will be receiving your usual email from teachers the Friday before.

Thank you also to those of you who have made a donation to the school for much needed funding. It's not too late for others to join the cause in keeping our school on sure footing as we grow and develop. You may send donations to the school at P.O. Box 3601, SLO 93403 and as long as they are postmarked by December 31st, they will be tax deductible for this year. In addition, we do have a brokerage account set up, allowing easy giving of tax-deductible donations via mutual funds, bonds, stocks, etc. If you are interested in this, please contact our board member, Jill Talley at talley.jill@sbcglobal.net in my absence.

As a reminder, tuition is still due the 5th of next month. You will have to send in your payment to the P.O. Box just mentioned, and it needs to be postmarked by the 5th. Thanks for making the effort to get it to us on time!

Leadership Site Team - We are still looking for a couple more parents to serve on our Leadership Site Team, which will oversee policy development. If interested, send an email to the directors address and I will get back to you when I can after my vacation.


Education at SLO Classical Academy

Academy Classes are coming! Right now we are set to start January 25th. If you are interested in teaching a class, or providing childcare for another parent to teach the class, the families of these volunteers will be given priority in signing up for that session of classes. As usual, let Kateri Rein know of your interest and great desire to help at academyclasses@sloclassicalacademy.com.

Want to wipe out your volunteer hours in a short time? We are looking to get our little offices across from the outdoor bulletin board painted and would love to see a parent or two (or three) wipe this out in January. The doors are open before and after school hours - take a peek and think about it. We are using these rooms for regular fundraising meetings for the larger community and the poor space needs some tlc. Our next meeting is at the end of January. Anyone? Please let Camille know at volunteers@sloclassicalacademy.com .

Also, we need someone with some sewing skills to help crop some simple curtains for the space as well. If interested, email Camille and she'll let me know of your interest (but remember, I won't be around for awhile!).


Events at SLO Classical Academy

Mark the dates - Mandatory Middle School meeting January 15th, and all school Parent Meeting January 24th.

PIE night! Come and hear from my husband and the other great PIE folks on Thursday, January 10th at 6:30. The evenings are very fun, helpful, comforting and inspiring! (Although I hold no responsibility for what comes out of my husband's mouth!) Start the new year by attending your first PIE night! And remember, you can earn an hour of volunteer time for attending, and up to 3 hours for those nights and/or Classroom Connection attendance. What a deal!

And finally, the Reading Group will be meeting on January 11th. Big week, I know. But such a great night! Join us in discussing I, Juan de Pareja at 7:00 p.m.


Did You Know...(a new, improved update section)

Over 1800 hours of parent volunteer time were put in during fall trimester alone? Now that's a lot of hours! Thank you!


Okay, that's enough now! There will be no update next week, and we're working on it for the week after while I'm still on vacation! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy your break. I'm looking forward to 2008 together!

Susie


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

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