03 Dec

December News at ERCLC

ERCLC explores Joshua Tree National Park

ERCLC explores Joshua Tree National Park



The Return of the ERCLC Talent Show

On Wednesday, December 2, we had a delicious Soup Supper (a fundraiser for the high school trip to San Francisco) and a fabulous Talent Show. Thanks to everyone who came out, endured the cold under the stars, and supported our highly talented group of homeschoolers.


SuperAdobe Dome Project Meeting

A number of families went on a field trip to CalEarth where they saw what buildings are possible using just the earth beneath our feet. On December 2 at 10:30 am in Elderberry, we will watch an informative video, students will talk about what they learned on the trip, we’ll look at potential building sites on campus, and brainstorm/organize for the future. Please come if you have any interest in this project. Further information is at www.calearth.org


Nature Restoration Planting Day

December 4, 9:00-12:00. Bring your work gloves and help with planting and maintenance, and at the same time learn about native species. There are big plans to expand restoration to the back part of the property this year. For information, contact Jeff.


Fresno Drama Performance

December 4 at 6:00 pm ~ 4815 E. Holland Ave. Please join the Scripted Drama Families class as they perform a “Seussified” version of Charles Dickens’ “Christmas Carol”.  A dessert buffet will follow the performance at about 7:15 pm.


Lone Pine/ Diaz Lake Camp Out Meeting

December 7 at 12:00 pm in Sage. Explorers, we have the opportunity to rent a hostel during this trip. Please come to the meeting to sign up and to discuss our cold weather options. Please contact Yasoda for more information.


Hour of Code

Anyone, anywhere can learn how to code!  Self-paced tutorials featuring Frozen, Angry Birds, Minecraft and StarWars can be found at https://code.org/


Science Olympiad

sponsored by TCOE, is a competition for students interested in exploring the sciences. Students may participate in up to three events and they usually work in teams. ERCLC will enter the Grades 3-6 and Grades 6-9 divisions. Sixth graders may compete in both divisions. Participation is dependent on sufficient interest. If you are interested, please contact Jeff. Fresno families should contact Roxanne Antonio at: hugoandroxanne@gmail.com   Further information may be found at: http://www.tcoe.org/scienceolympiad


Science Fair Projects

at the Science and Engineering Fair, March 12, also sponsored by TCOE. Students may enter one of two categories:  competitive – where exemplary projects move on to the state level, and non-competitive. Competitive projects display first-hand investigation done by the student, have rigorous requirements and a maximum of three participants. Non-competitive projects are more loosely structured and can be a scientific or engineering demonstration, or the record of an experience or project linked to science or engineering. Non-competitive entries may have more than three participants in a project.

Students in grades 3-12 are eligible. Important: If a middle or high school student is interested in a competitive project, let Jeff know ASAP.  An informational meeting will be held on December 16, and project participation is limited. Further information can be found at: http://commoncore.tcoe.org/student-events/tulare-county-stem-expo  and  http://tcoe.org/stemexpo


Tamale and See’s Candy Fundraiser for Paris Passion Project

Students traveling to Paris are selling holiday tamales and enchiladas as well as See’s Candy. If you would like to order, please stop in and see Heather. There are pork, chicken, beef or Ortega chile/cheese tamales; and chicken, beef or cheese enchiladas. All are $18 per dozen and are made by La Mejor in Farmersville. The last order for See’s Candy will be December 4th (late stragglers may still order but no guarantees) and the last order for tamales or enchiladas will be December 11th.


Funschool Day

January 6, all 6-12 graders are invited to come to school from 10:00 am-2:00 pm.  We will play games, learn about school opportunities, and get to know our community better.  Lunch will be provided.


Enrichment and Support Class Schedules

Spring enrichment and support classes begin the week of Jan 11th for all grades.  The “nearly final” enrichment and support class schedules can be found in our Documents & Forms


ERCLC Maker Faire

January 23 from 10 am to 2 pm.  Our Maker Faire is a celebration of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.  It’s a place to show what we’ve made and to share what we’ve learned with others.  Come and share a project you are working on, completed, or considering.  Hands-on activities for all ages include sewing, Lego Robotics, rockets, T-shirt printing, and much more.  Let your EC know if you would like to share something you are making, or would like to propose an activity.


Winter MAP Testing

Students will be able to do the Winter MAP (Measurement of Academic Progress) tests the week of January 25th during enrichment class time.  These tests show what progress your student is making, and can help guide your homeschool instruction.  A complete testing schedule will be shared in the January newsletter.


Research Month

January 18 – February 12 is Research Month.  Be thinking about what your student(s) might want to learn more about—there are so many things in this world to learn! Where does the word “word” come from? What makes the sun shine? Why do we see colors? Why is Nelson Mandela famous?

Research Month is a time when ERCLC asks our students to dive into learning deeply about a topic that interests them. Talk with your EC about what type of product your student might create based on their research, and plan to share that research with the school family. Research Presentations will begin at 12:30pm on Wednesday, Feb. 24 for 6-12 graders, and 12:30 pm on Thursday, Feb. 25 for K-6 graders. Afternoon classes will be cancelled both of those days. It is customary for the students to give a short (2-3 min.) presentation that sums up their learning. Participation is not mandatory, but is certainly encouraged.


2015-16 Eleanor Roosevelt Yearbook

Do you take a lot of pictures of your students homeschooling at home, out and about or on field trips?  Please consider sharing your pictures with the yearbook.  Your family may also like to help make a page. Make-up pictures for class pages will be 2/1 – 2/4 during lunch in the Baby Redbud room in Visalia and in Fresno on 2/3 at lunch or you may submit your own headshot.  Graduating 8th and 12th graders may be congratulated with special submissions by their families. All submissions must be received by April 1 – no joke!  Please send them to:  yearbook@erclc.org   If you have any questions, please contact Bobbi or Sher.  To order a yearbook, please see Nancy.  Cost is $16.00 and payment must be made when you order.  


Leadership Shout-outs!

The Student Leaders of Eleanor Roosevelt came together with the purpose of organizing, participating and getting more involved in the school community. These students collaborated on several successful events, including a spontaneous bake sale, movie and game night AND the Neon Dance.  If you see these students on campus, give them a hug, a high five or a great big thank you for their HARD work organizing and pulling off these events!


Student Art Show

Would you like to display your art at school or in TCOE’s art exhibit?  Yasoda is collecting and displaying art for the months of January and February. If you would like to participate, please bring one selected art piece to school Jan 5-6 and fill out the release form. Your art will then be displayed at school or at TCOE’s Student Art Exhibition. Please contact Yasoda for more information.


Spelling Bee

We’re excited to announce that the 2016 TCOE Spelling Championship will be held on February 24, 2016! Students in grades 4-8 are eligible to participate. Our school’s Championship will be held on January 6th at 1:00 pm (note time change!).  If you’re interested in participating, please contact Rose Ann or Sher.


Poetry and Prose

TCOE offers our students the opportunity to perform poetry in a group setting.  If your student would like to recite a poem or their own written prose, please save these dates March 8, 10, 11, 15, 16 & 17 as we await our assigned time from TCOE.  Please contact Bobbi by 2/1 for practice and rehearsal details.