06 Sep

September News at ERCLC

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Reminders:

  • Please pick up your 2015-16 Yearbook from Nancy.
  • Please remember to bring water bottles for your children as we do not supply cups. Water dispensers are located in the kitchen, library and EC building (Nest).
  • Supervision is provided during lunch only. You are responsible for the supervision of your child(ren) when they are not in class.
  • The Library is a quiet place for reading and studying.

PARENTSQUARE

ParentSquare is our communication tool with our families, classrooms, and groups. You can select how you want to hear from us– email, text, or app. Watch for an invitation to create your free account in a few days.

FIRST DAY ELEMENTARY ENRICHMENT

Tuesday, September 6th – for schedule and class descriptions – please see our  Documents & Forms page.

COLLEGE NIGHT

Tuesday, Sept. 13 7th – 12th graders, join us for our 3rd annual Ice Cream Social and walk to the Convention Center to attend the Tulare County College Night event. Eric Sullivan will meet you at the Baskin Robbins at 423 W. Main Street in downtown Visalia at 5pm. We will have ice cream, get to know one another and our goals and then we will walk to the Convention Center together. ERCLC is picking up the ice cream tab for students! For more information on this event contact heather@erclc.org

YOUNG CHEFS ACADEMY

September 14th: Field trip to Young Chef’s Academy in Fresno from 11am-12:30. Sign up with Nancy beginning on 8/31 Contact leslie@erclc.org for more information.

HIGH SCHOOL TRIP

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 4:30 pm in Valley Oak. Join us for our first meeting with teachers to talk about this year’s May trip to the Grand Canyon and Mesa Verde! We will discuss the trip and fundraising. Students and parents should attend.

BALCH PARK CAMPOUT

September 16-18 – ERCLC reserves and pays for a cluster of family campsites. Families are responsible for everything else, and everyone has a fun weekend of camping together. Potluck camp dinner on Saturday night. Sign up with Nancy, and contact yasoda@erclc.org for details.

MEETING WEEK

September 19-23 – No Enrichment Classes

NARRATIVE SAMPLES

Due at your September Meeting with your Education Coordinator. All students are asked to write a narrative this month—a story, real or imagined, that they tell in their own words (and/or pictures, for our young writers). Please bring the rough draft to your EC, with your child’s name and the date they worked on it to your meeting. Writing samples help your EC get to know your child quickly. Thank you!

PRIMARY MATH PARENT WORKSHOP PART 1

Wednesday, September 21 – 9 am – Noon OR 1 pm – 4 pm (Same session offered twice) Although this will be most helpful for those using Singapore Math K-6, the concepts and activities will be of benefit to all parents, regardless of curriculum. Child playground supervision will be provided.

PRIMARY MATH PARENT WORKSHOP PART 2

Thursday, September 22 – 9 am – Noon OR 1 pm – 4 pm (Same session offered twice) This second session will build on session one and go further in depth with specific skills to help you teach your K-6 elementary student. Child playground supervision will be provided.

NATURE RESTORATION FIRE ECOLOGY WORKSHOP

Saturday, September 24. 8:00 am at Kaweah Oaks with an examination of fire in the natural environment by local experts. At 10:00 we shift to ERCLC to continue the discussion of fire ecology and have a workday. For information contact jeff@erclc.org

K-6 PARENT WORKSHOPS

September 27 & 29 – We will be offering parent workshops that give you, as parents, the opportunity to participate in one of the student’s morning classes on Tuesday or Thursday and then give the parents time to digest and learn more about what the students have been doing in class. We will be focusing on ways to implement what you see at home or to be able to take the study further. Each of these sessions will be unique to the enrichment class we are focusing on that week. For this session we will be visiting the Passport to the Planets class which meets in the Valley Oak room. We will start in the classroom with the students.

This schedule may be helpful in planning your days:
Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 9:00 – 1st/2nd grade 10:00 – 5th grade and up
Thursday, Sept. 29 at 9:00 – 3rd/4th grade 10:00 – Kindergarten

This will be just the first of four different workshops over the course of our fall enrichment class session. You will receive more information in the October newsletter about the workshops in October and November.

FRESNO RIVERSPORT

September 28th: Field trip, nature walk and kayaking with Fresno Riversport. Sign up with Nancy beginning 9/14. (Details still in the works!) Contact leslie@erclc.org for more information.

“ERCLC WALKS THE WORLD”

Walk, run, bike, swim or crawl, consider having your student join our community in traversing 25,000 miles around the world. Log how many miles you exercise in one week and come to Heather’s office window and log it next to your name. We will be logging miles until we reach our goal. Each student who participates, (we’re working on the honor system) in achieving our goal will receive a pedometer. Staff is logging their miles too!

PIZZA FUNDRAISER

The Deep Dive class is starting fundraising by selling pizza during lunch times on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the class weeks starting September 6th. Please check in the day before at the Friends of ERCLC Facebook page to reserve your slices. We will always order extra but RSVPing helps us get an accurate count. Pizza is $2 per slice. Thank you, once again, for supporting our travelers!

FORESTRY CHALLENGE

Forestry Challenge is a three day, hands on forestry learning experience, October 12-15, at Sequoia Lake YMCA. Go to forestrychallenge.org for more information or contact jeff@erclc.org for more information.

PARENTS AND THE MON/WED CLASSES

We want you to know what is going on in our classes. Please feel free to visit the classes, and/or to communicate with the teachers in person, by email, or by phone. It works better when we can work together!

MOJAVE NATIONAL PRESERVE

Sign ups begin September 21st for the Mojave National Preserve campout on October 14-16th. Come explore the Mojave Desert, the dark night sky and the community of happy campers. Sign up with Nancy. Contact yasoda@erclc.org for details.

READING REVOLUTION

Next semester Yasoda and Sher will be heading up Reading Revolution classes. There will be a weekly class for 4th-6th grades and another for 7th/8th grade students. We would like to get an interest list before we head to the coach meeting in September. Please email sher@erclc.org or yasoda@erclc.org for information, or if your student would like to participate. You may check out books now from Ananda if you’d like to get a head start!

 

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