02 Sep

September News

From enrichment classes, to activities, to parent workshops– we have a lot planned this September.  Hopefully all these events will complement, and not conflict, with your homeschooling.  Let us know if you need any support navigating the options.

Happy Homeschooling!

– Daniel

Important Dates & Upcoming Events:

September 4 Labor Day Holiday – School Closed

September 5 First Day K-6 Enrichment Classes: the schedule is here, and class descriptions are here.

September 7 – Parent Workshop: 10:45-11:45 in the library – Developing Your Homeschool Plan.  This workshop is designed to support parents of students in K-6 to implement homeschooling in the most effective way.  Bring your own ideas that have been successful to share.

September 8-10Yosemite Camping Trip

September 12Board Meeting – 4:30 pm

September 12 – Ice Cream Social/College Night: 7th – 12th graders, join us for our 4th annual Ice Cream Social and walk to the Convention Center to attend the Tulare County College Night event. Heather Howard 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 will pick up the ice cream tab for students! For more information on this event contact heather@erclc.org  

September 13: 12:00 Lunchtime meeting for the May high school trip.  This year we have a couple options for our trip, we want students to vote for their preference.  The trip is not until May but regardless of where we go we need to start planning fundraisers.  This trip is only for 9-12 grade students.

September 13 – Narrative Writing Parent Workshop: – 3:30-4:30 in the library for parents of students in 6th-12th grades.  This workshop is designed to give you tools to help your student be successful in narrative writing.  This will be a great support for them as they will be expected to turn in a narrative writing sample to their EC at the October meeting.

September 14 – Narrative Writing Parent Workshop: 10:45-11:45 in the library for parents of students in grades K-6.  This workshop is designed to give you tools to help your student be successful in narrative writing.  You will receive lessons and ideas to teach this genre of writing to your child.  All students will be submitting narrative writing samples to their EC’s at the October meeting so this is a great way to get started.

September 15 –  10:00 am – Tulare County Fair School Tour: This is an educational program designed to educate young children, grades K-6, and give a real-life lesson in agriculture that takes learning out of the classroom and onto the farm. Over 4,000 students reap the rewards of this fun-filled and educational trip to participate in over 10 Agricultural Education Stations. Fun, interactive hands on learning environment that meets state classroom standards and will teach your students about agriculture. The Tulare County Fair runs September 13 – 17, 2017.  Sign up with Nancy, and for more information, talk to Bryan.

September 18-22: Meeting Week (no classes)

September 26 & 27: 12:00 Lunchtime meeting to SAVE THE Yearbook! We need help to complete the 60 page yearbook in order to commit to the contract for the 2017-’18.  Parents and student advisors will sign up to guide the making of sections of the yearbook.  Please come and learn more about using the online software, photo storage and creating the sections of the yearbook.

September 26, 27, 28 Parent Workshops on Primary Math: we are excited to bring national math expert (and homeschooler) Dr Leslie Arceneaux to ERCLC for three days of workshops to help you get the most from the Primary Math Curriculum.  We REALLY encourage you to come to your grade level session. All workshops are in the library unless otherwise noted. Please see the schedule below…



  • Kindergarten 9am – 10:20
  • 1st Grade 10:40 – noon
  • 2nd Grade 12:30 – 2
  • Building Number sense in Grades K-2 from 2pm – 3


  • 6th Grade Dimensions Math 9-10:30
  • 7th Grade Dimensions Math 10:30 – noon
  • Non-routine Math Problems (in Eric’s class in Elderberry) 2:30-3:30


  • 3rd Grade 9am – 10:20
  • 4th Grade 10:40 – noon
  • 5th Grade 12:30- 2
  • Solving Word Problems in Grades 3-5 from 2pm – 3

Campus Supervision

ERCLC staff will provide supervision of students during lunch from 12:00-12:30 pm, Monday – Thursday.   K-6 students (Tuesday/Thursday) must be in an enrichment class while on campus.  6-12 students (Monday/Wednesday) may work inndependently if not taking an enrichment/support class.  Parents are responsible for supervising their child(ren) at all other times while on campus. Please help us by making sure your child(ren) are within your sight when they are not in class.  If you leave campus, please remember to sign out with the office, and arrange for another parent to supervise your child(ren).

Library General Information

  • no eating in the library
  • drinks with caution
  • use your library voice please
  • be considerate of shared space
  • model how to use a library vs. books at home – I can help
  • please supervise your children and allot time to clean-up before leaving
  • games and manipulatives are for check-outs, not free play
  • returns: under the circulation desk, or use the drop-box outside


The 2016-17 ERCLC Yearbooks have arrived.  Please see Nancy in the office to pick up yours. If you did not order a yearbook, we may have extras.

Forestry Challenge

Opportunity for students in grades 9-12. Forestry Challenge is a multi-day intensive forestry experience in the Sierra. This year the dates are October 11-14 at Quaker Meadows Camp above Porterville, and October 25-28 at Leoni Meadows Camp above Sacramento. The later camp is for students who have previously attended Forestry Challenge. Typically, preparation and attendance at Forestry Challenge is counted as credit towards a science or an elective. Go to www.Forestrychallenge.org to see what a great program this is. ERCLC covers the cost for students. Contact Jeff Alexander, jeff@erclc.org to reserve a spot, and for additional information. Please let Jeff know as soon as possible if your student is interested so that preparation classes can be scheduled.

Run/Walk for Hunger

Save the Date:  November 11 – 9:00 am – Noon on the ERCLC campus.  Run/Walk for Hunger 5K – to benefit Food Link Tulare County.  Entry Fee:  5 non-perishable food items.  More info coming soon.  Contact kristin@erclc.org

Parent Workshops

This year we are offering many more options for parent workshops, with the hope that you will find a variety of topics and times to meet your needs.  In order to best support your student, we ask parents of all grades to commit to attending at least two workshops in the fall, and another two in the spring.  For parents of students that are struggling in a particular area (reading, writing, or math), these workshops are especially important.  To access the full workshop schedule click here.

Parent and Student Writer’s Workshop

Sher, Jeri, and Bobbi are inviting students to bring an adult to our writer’s workshop on Thursdays at 1:30 to develop their current skills and explore new strategies for expressing their ideas at home.

Interested in Robots?!

Each year, there are fantastic robotics competitions from First Lego League, Wonder League, or the Tulare County Robotics Exhibition. If you are a parent willing to coach a group of excited kids, ERCLC will provide the kits, robots, or materials to help your group make something amazing.  Talk to your EC or Daniel@erclc.org about how to volunteer and organize a student group.  Act fast, since some team registrations are happening now.

Featured Resource: NEWSLEA

Newsela is an online nonfiction reading resource for students in grades 3-12.  Students can scroll through and select various nonfiction resources ranging from sports, to science, to current events.  The best part is that students can enter their reading level and the text complexity will adjust up or down to their ability.  Students can use it for reading, comprehension quizzes and writing.  Let your EC know you are interested in this resource, but an account has already been created for all ERCLC students.

To access their Pro account, students need to use the sign in with Google button and their @erclc.org google account.  If they are unsure about their @erclc.org account or password, your EC can help get you started.  For a complete list of all our online resources, see here.

Parent Square

Parentsquare is a messaging tool where parents can set how they get information from ERCLC: as an email, as a text message, or as a smartphone app notification.  This allows all ERCLC related communication to be collected in one spot.  Advanced features include RSVP, volunteer sign-ups, meeting scheduling, and more.  Although not required, we encourage all our families to create a free account.  This will make it much much easier for you to reach us, and us to reach you.  If you don’t already have an account, your invite will be sent in a separate email.