Thursday, August 28, 2008

Academy Class Update

Due to popular demand, two new Fall Academy Class offerings have just been added . . .

Teri Brown will be teaching her Middle School Art class twice - 11:30-1:30 and a second class from 1:30-3:30. This second art class is open to both Intermediate and Middle School students.

Raquel Meinke will be teaching an Intermediate Art Class from 11:30-1:30 -

Intermediate Art - Exploring Media and Artists:
This class will be learning about different artists and art styles while dabbling in a wide variety of mediums. We will be using varied approaches and media to improve drawing skills, painting with tempera and watercolor, trying different printmaking techniques, and working in a variety of two dimensional and three dimensional formats. We will be looking for art connections to core history and literature. Students will learn to plan, create and reflect on their artworks.

The website has not yet been updated, but it will be this weekend.

Did you get your weekly update yesterday?

Here's your friendly reminder to enrolled families to sign up for the google group for the weekly update emails if you haven't done so already. We sent out the weekly update yesterday, so chances are if you didn't get it, you didn't sign up yet.

Please use your invitation to sign up.

If you did not receive an invitation, please go to the group to apply for membership. You will be approved within 24 hours and will be able to receive future weekly updates. For those who missed today's it will be posted on the slo classical blog later this week.

google group for weekly update emails:

Just in case you missed it, here's this week's Weekly Update . . .

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to BREATHE, to think, to enjoy, to love. - Marcus Aurelius

Dear Families -

We made it through our first days of school! Congratulations to all of you, and all of us (staff) hope that you and your children had a really wonderful experience. Now, we have all worked hard and taken a ton of information in - and it is time to BREATHE. Breathe in, breathe out, and on this long weekend ahead, make sure to find time to enjoy your life. There is much to be done, for sure. But breathing is going to help, as will some rest and reflection. Go easy on yourself as you gear up - and go easy on others as well (including your kids!). Taking time to adjust, organize, and figure this thing out is as necessary part of the process. Remember - think on what is important (moving towards our common goal of offering these children a rich education that will develop their minds and their hearts) as you need to for inspiration, but don't expect it all to happen by October 1st. Breathe, enjoy and move towards that goal - one small step at a time.

A huge gigantic thank you to all of you who made these first days so rich! The PIE team, the office staff and a few others have put in much love and many hours - I was proud to be alongside of them celebrating the start of the year. THANK YOU! (And now you get some rest as well!)

Okay, here's some business for the week! I will try to keep it short for a change...

Parents at SLO Classical Academy

Forms - thanks to all of you who have handed in your Emergency Care Cards and Directory forms - make sure to hand these in by the end of the week if possible.

Medication Consent forms
- if your child has a medical condition (i.e. dangerous allergies) that we should know about, or if you need to arrange for medication dispensing, please see the office for a form to fill out. We have some limitations on what we can provide, but will try to work with you.

Tuition - a reminder tuition is due on the 5th of the month (even if that's a day the office is closed). So plan ahead when necessary, send in the mail (we go by postmark date) or drop off in the drop box in the office. WE ARE GOING TO TRY SENDING STATEMENTS VIA EMAIL THIS YEAR and see how it goes. It saves time and paper, so be looking for that.

Family files - don't forget to check these at least once a week!

escrip - thanks for responding so positively to our request that you take time to sign up for escrip. You can get online and sign up anytime. E-scrip school Id # is 500006538 (when on the site you can also look up the school by name.

You can also sign up for a program with Albertsons - Albertsons Community Partners # is 49001014048 and the site is click the community partners icon
to get going.

Volunteering! We got a few more spots filled for playground - keep them coming. I also want to encourage you to sign up for our History Day Committee. It is a super fun and very rewarding group to serve on, and some of the work can be done at home.

Education at SLO Classical Academy

Academy Class Sign ups start today, Wednesday the 23rd. Because this is the first time we are structuring the program like this, we really have had no idea about what to expect - many are concerned with there being too little space - that could be a problem, and if it is, we will try to find more options, but no promises! It is exciting - bear with us as we grow these opportunities for our kids! And if you find yourself moved to offer a class, let Kateri know at Thanks!

Enrichment classes
will commence the 3rd week of school on September 10th. We will keep you posted, but it looks like we will have both CA history and Latin Primer available for intermediate levels at 1:30 on Wednesdays and Thursdays - CA history will be $35/month for 10 months, and Latin will be $30/month for 10 months. If you have some ideas for primary children, let us know (it's Kateri again - see above for email). The best ideas are ones in which you can provide not just the idea, but some help putting it together (like offering to teach, having someone contact Kateri about teaching, etc.). Thanks for working with us!

Events at SLO Classical Academy

PIE night is coming! Earmark the night of Sept. 18th for our first PIE night! Remember, you can get volunteer time for this! 1.5 hours per trimester will count.

Did you know?

We have a blog! There's a bunch of fun stuff on there - find out about our pictures, our yahoo group, great articles, etc. Check it out at

Thanks to all of you for being in this together and for a great first week!

Susie Theule

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

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

First Days Photos

Since the Classical Academy consists of both M/W and T/Th tracks, we've had not one, but two, great first days of school. Its like drinking from a firehose for new families, but questions are getting answered and things are becoming clearer. Besides that, the kids are having a great time. . . .

Here's the slideshow from the Flicker site. As more photos are added, this slideshow will automatically update. . . . to go faster (there's almost 170 photos!), rollover the top and adjust the speed slider. Enjoy!

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

Monday, August 25, 2008

don't tell the students, but . . .

. . . several of the assigned books for the year are available as public domain audio books . . .

At SLO Classical Academy, we believe there is great value in the experience of reading. Audio is no substitute for reading. And yet, not all of us have the time to read. These audio books might be a great resource for busy moms and especially dads who want to keep up with what their kids are learning at home.

Hat Tip: Steve Rein

Join the Yahoo Group

Did you know that there is a SLO Classical Academy Families Yahoo Group? This is one more way to get and stay connected at SLO Classical Academy.

To check it out and jump in, go to

Here's a pic of the front page that will give you sense of posts and topics. (Click to enlarge!)

Sunday, August 24, 2008

3,745 and counting

that's how many photos have been posted to the SLO Classical Academy Flickr Site . . . so far.

To get there and browse go to

Here's a shot from one of last Spring's Academy Classes . . .

Sign ups for this Fall's Academy Classes happens all this week.

Let the 2008/2009 photo posting begin!

Friday, August 22, 2008

2008/2009 Classroom/Teacher Lists Now Posted

Finally what everyone has been waiting for . . . 2008/2009 Classroom/Teacher Lists are now posted on the Downloadable Forms page of the website at

If you've got questions, email

Academy Class Schedules & Descriptions
Now Posted

With the 2008/2009 school year upon us, its time again to crank up the Classical Academy Blog and get our website cleaned up and updated. There are so many exciting things happening, its really hard to keep up with it all. . . but let's go for it. . .

Fall session Academy Class schedules and descriptions have now been posted on the website at

You've got to click over and check it out. We think you're going to be blown away at the amazing line-up our Academy Class Coordinator, Kateri Rein, has put together. It is undoubtedly the best and broadest Academy Class session ever.

Stay tuned for additional cost and sign-up information.

If you have questions, you can contact Kateri at .