01 May

May News


The ERCLC Exploring California group traveled to Lava Beds National Park in April


I can’t believe that it is already the last newsletter of the year!  This year we’ve explored so many things: from California to Paris, and from the 60’s to robotics and lasers.  We’ve encouraged passion projects and learning new skills, while deepening our core academic skills.

Staff have been hard at work planning for next year, and we look forward to supporting you in your homeschooling with new events, resources, enrichment, workshops, and even some new construction. Finally, we say goodbye to Mary Ellen, who is moving to Seattle, where she will enjoy more coffee, and more rain.  


Spring Shindig!

Saturday, April 30th from noon to 2pm.  $5 bounce house pass, talent show, games, raffle, and more.  Organized by our leadership students.

Imagine U Museum

Tuesday, May 3rd 1:30 – 3:30  Join Eleanor Roosevelt at the Imagine U Museum in Visalia to tour through 8 stations of exploration.  Siblings 1 year old+ and parents must provide their own entrance fee of $5.  ERCLC is paying for enrolled students.  Please sign up with Nancy@erclc.org

Paris Passion Project Showcase

PARIS PASSION PROJECT SHOWCASE AT “A NIGHT AT THE 21ST CENTURY MUSEUM”  Tuesday, May 3, 5-8pm, Visalia Convention Center, Admittance is free.

We’ve just returned from Paris and are preparing to display our year’s work at the TCOE Night at the 21st Century Museum. Our students have worked hard for this night to present to the community, please come out and support their projects. If you have any questions, please email heather@erclc.org

Low Water Landscaping Seminar

May 5, Thursday, 9:00-12:00, LOW WATER LANDSCAPING SEMINAR at ERCLC, Sage classroom. Low water landscaping ideas, refreshments, a free native plant to everyone and a drawing for Valley Oaks for three attendees. These Valley Oaks are progeny of our very own Treebeard. Attendees will receive a list of Visalia addresses which are examples of low water landscaping for drive by looking.  This is the final effort this year of our Nature Restoration class. Bobby Kamansky, COS professor and ecological consultant will be our expert.  Last minute drop ins are welcome, but RSVP if possible to jeff@erclc.org

Nature Restoration Celebration


Ice cream, locally grown berry toppings, celebrate what has been done, look to the future. Taiko Drumming by the Visalia Buddhist Church, Native American drumming, flute playing and more drumming AND just hanging out and enjoying each other’s company.

Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon!

May 11, 6:30-9pm Drama and music showcase at the Rotary Theater in Visalia.

Roller Towne

Wednesday, May 18th, 10:00 to 12:00, Roller Towne, Visalia.  All ERCLC families are welcome to come and roll into summer.  There are no sign ups for this event, just show up at the venue. Remember, no roller derbying!

May 21-22:  Bay Area Maker Faire 

Come to the greatest show and tell on earth!  “Make” your own way to San Mateo, but ERCLC will pay for your Maker Faire tickets.  Please contact Nancy by May 11th with the number of tickets for adult (age 18+) and youth (ages 3 and under are free), as well as Saturday, Sunday, or both days.

Additional Important Dates:

  • May 4 – Last day of M/W Grades 6-12 enrichment classes
  • May 9-13 – Meeting Week
  • May 10th – Board Meeting – 4:30 pm
  • May 23-27 – Final Meeting Week
  • May 26 Graduation –  6:30 pm
  • May 30th Memorial Day Holiday – ERCLC is closed

Library Returns

Book lists have been sent to every family. If you haven’t received one, or could not access it, please email Ananda.

Summer check-outs for returning students – Please consult with your EC to continue with math and language arts curriculum, All About Reading and Barton over the summer for presently enrolled and continuing students.

Book Return dates:

  • May 20 Home instruction ends
  • May 23-27 Visalia book returns due (final parent meeting)
  • May 25  Fresno book returns dueMay 24  ERS resources due
  • May 24  ERS resources dueMay 30 closed for Memorial day
  • May 30 closed for Memorial day

If for any reason, you don’t make the dates above, please return directly to the ERCLC Library, or ERS no later than May 31. The book drop is available 24/7, however if you have items too large to deposit, please return when the library is open. I’ll be here through May, regular hours. Circulation will resume at the first parent meeting mid August for new and returning students. Feel free to contact me for any questions: ananda@erclc.org Thanks!

Summer Resources

Symbaloo: Dream box, A-Z Reader, etc.

ERS Online Resources

Tulare County Public Library Online Resources

Fresno County Public Library Online Resources

2016-17 Academic Year

July: ERCLC is closed for the summer

Aug 15:  ERCLC staff meeting, ECs return from summer vacation

Aug 16-19th:  First meeting of the year and assessments with your EC

Aug 20: First Day of Attendance for Homeschooling

Aug 24: Grades 6-12 Homeschool Conference

Aug 29:  Enrichment and Support Classes begin for grades 6-12

Aug 30 & Sept 1:  Grades K-6 Homeschool Conference

Sept 5:  Labor Day- ERCLC is closed

Sept 6: Enrichment and Support Classes begin for grades K-6