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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 www.albertsons.com. 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 academyclasses@
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 http://sloca.blogspot.com/
Thanks to all of you for being in this together and for a great first week!
Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire. - Yeats