29 Sep

October News at ERCLC

octoberPassion Projects

ERCLC has a grant fund where students can submit a proposal to help support or develop a project of deep interest to the student. This might be a specialized tool, book, hardware, or resource that will help the student achieve his or her project. We want all our students to have a passion for learning: more details on how to apply here.

Write On

Thanks to everyone for sharing their narrative writing. We are enjoying your stories and are looking at ways to share them with you. For those that want to take the narrative writing even further, November is National Novel Writing Month, a great resource for any young author. Our next writing sample will be Expository writing beginning in January and due at your February meeting as a part of research month.

Keep in Touch

Aside from this newsletter, we also send reminders, updates, and enrichment class information through ParentSquare. If you haven’t received an invitation to create a free account, or if you have questions, please contact Heather. If you are on Facebook, you might want to send a request to join “Friends of ERCLC” a closed group for our extended homeschool community.

Please Be On Time

Please make sure your student(s) arrive on time for enrichment classes. Students who arrive more than 10 minutes late will be asked to wait with their parent until the start of the next class. We want everyone to enjoy the experience, and thank you for your understanding.

K-6 Parent Workshops

Thanks to everyone who came to our recent parent workshops. Lots of information was shared on Primary Math, which you can find here. More math workshops are coming Jan 11th and 18th. We also had a great start to our parent workshops centered around our morning enrichment classes. For Passport to the Planets, we focused on informational writing.

Upcoming classes are:

  • October 11 & 13 with the Art classes where we will be focusing on geometry and math.
  • October 25 & 27 with the Science/PE classes
  • Nov. 1 & 3 with the Gardening classes

Parent Lounge

We are happy to see so many parents and students enjoying the parent lounge. Please help us by having your children pick up after themselves, and by keeping the lounge neat and clean. Thank you!

School Newspaper – “The Eleanor Times”

The school poll for the newspaper has finally come to a conclusion! The winning name, with sixty two votes, is The Eleanor Times which won by a landslide. Thanks to Emily Moran for suggesting the name and everyone who participated in the vote! ~The ERCLC Journalism Class

Please feel free to submit a digital copy of your creative writing and/or original artwork for publication in the November issue of The Eleanor Times. All work must be original. Submissions should be no longer than one page. Space is limited, not all submissions will make it in the November issue, but it never hurts to try!

Send to laurac2017@erclc.org. Deadline October 31.

2015-16 Yearbooks

If you didn’t order a yearbook last year, and wish you had, we have a limited supply of extras. Please see Nancy to purchase a year of memories! $16.00

“ERCLC Walks Around the World” is Continuing!

Walk, run, bike, swim or skate, please help our community reach its goal of going 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 will receive a pedometer.

Around the World Theme Ideas for Learning

At our Back to School Kick-off, families had the opportunity to brainstorm ways to incorporate this year’s theme into your learning. The variety was impressive! Check out this link to see the full list of fantastic ideas to go “Around the World!”


(Also on our Calendar)
Wednesday, October 5th – Dry Creek Park in Clovis (map)

Sign ups not necessary for this event. Let’s meet at Dry Creek Park in Clovis from 10 am to noon to enjoy the cooler weather and each other’s company. We’ll have materials to make toys and beds for the dogs and cats at Valley Animal Center, a shelter dedicated to sheltering and finding homes for animals in Fresno. A trip to the center is planned and we will donate our homemade goodies and visit the animals. Questions, contact Leslie.

Friday, October 7th – Board Game Fun for 6th-12th grades

2:30 pm -5:30 pm in the ERCLC Library. Three, maybe four board game experts are coming to guide us in interesting board games. Contact Jeff for details. Or read the posters scattered around ERCLC.

Wednesday, October 12thValley Animal Center Tour

10 am to Noon. Sign up with Nancy beginning 9/28. Contact Bobbi for details.

Wednesday, October 12th – High School Trip Deposit Due

If your high school student will be going to the Grand Canyon and Mesa Verde May 22-27, you must have their deposit in to Eric by Wed., Oct. 12. If finances are an issue, please let us know, as we do not want money to keep students from going.

October 12th, 2016 sign ups deadline – Expanding Your Horizons

Expanding Your Horizons, a mathematics, science, engineering and technology conference for 4th-10th grade girls will be happening on November 5th at COS. Each attendee will discover how interesting and fun math and science can be; you’ll attend three workshops conducted by women about career opportunities within the STEM fields. The hands-on seminars will provide opportunities for young women to experiment in specific areas of interest such as engineering or chemistry. Sign up with Nancy. Space is limited. For more information contact Heather.

October 14-16th – Mojave National Preserve Camp Out

Sign up with Nancy. Contact Yasoda for details.

Monday, October 17th – Picture Day

Verissimo Photography will be on campus at 9:00 am to begin taking school pictures of TK-5th graders. At 10:00 am, they will continue with TK-5 and begin 6-12th. At approximately 11:00 am, they will take class pictures at the front of the library. Please note that if you write a check that is not honored, your pictures will be deleted.

Monday, October 17th – Bake Sale

Please consider supporting our Deep Dive students in their quest to travel to the Caribbean island of Dominica. We will be selling baked goods and breakfast goodies during Picture Day from 8:45 am to noon.

Tuesday, October 18th – Young People’s Concert

Meet at LJ Williams Theater, downtown Visalia, at 12:30 pm to enter as a group for the 1:00 pm performance by the Tulare County Symphony. The theme this year is “Rodeo and Round Up”, featuring music from Aaron Copeland, Elmer Bernstein, John Williams & more!

This link has some ideas that you can use with your children

70 seats available. Sign up with Nancy beginning October 4th. For more details contact Roseann

Thursday, October 20th – Civil War Field Trip

Kearney Park, Fresno. Bus leaves ERCLC at 11:00 am, returns around 4:30 pm. Join us and 1,000 other students for this Civil War Reenactment Event. Bring comfortable outside clothes and a picnic lunch to watch a battle skirmish. After lunch we will visit several stations and interact with reenactors to learn about their specialty. Caution: loud cannons. Target age is 5th and 8th graders studying US History but we have flexibility for different age groups. 4th Grade and under must be with parent supervision unless otherwise arranged. See Matt for more details. Students on bus must have transportation permission slip signed. Sign up with Nancy beginning October 6th.

Wednesday, October 26th – Hillcrest Pumpkin Patch

6943 S. Reed Reedley, Ca. 93654 (559) 638-2762 – Please arrive at 10:00 am to begin the tour promptly at 10:30 am, which includes a hayride and pumpkin for each visitor. Eleanor Roosevelt will pay for enrolled students. Parents pay $3 each, and $6 for siblings over 2 years old.

Sign up with Nancy beginning 10/12. Contact Bobbi for details.

Wednesday, October 26th – Soup Dinner and Talent Show

An all-school talent show will be held on Wednesday, October 26 here at school. The Soup Supper will begin at 5:30 pm, and the Talent Show will begin when everyone’s fed and happy. $5 will buy you a delicious cup of homemade soup and bread. Drinks will be sold for $1 as well. The Soup Supper is a fundraiser for the High School Grand Canyon Trip. Sign-ups for the Talent Show are on clipboard outside Eric’s office.

Friday, October 28th – Nature Restoration Work Day

9:00 am -2:00 pm. But show up when you can in this time period! Bring work gloves and help to continue the return of ERCLC to a more native, natural landscape. Contact Jeff for more details.

Monday, October 31st

Candy Grams sold by Leadership with proceeds being donated to the Grand Canyon Trip

Contact Bobbi for details.

Monday, November 1st – Deep Dive Dominica Walkathon

Deep Dive Dominica class will be participating in a walkathon to earn money to travel to Dominica for their project based learning experience. Please consider pledging for them. 100% of the money will go toward their travel expenses. If you’d like to pledge, please see Heather in the office. Thank you!

Wednesday, November 2 – Clovis Botanical Gardens

Meet at noon to take a tour and enjoy lunch together at the park.

Contact Bobbi for details.