31 Mar

April News at ERCLC

SPRING BREAK – April 10-17

Parent Survey

Please keep an eye out for our spring survey, coming to your email inbox in a few days. This annual survey lets us know how things are going, identify areas for improvement, and plan for next year. Please take the time to fill it out– we really value your input on how ERCLC can support your homeschooling.

Music Composition

Do you have a budding Mozart or Lady Gaga? If your student might enjoy writing music, our music teacher Andrew is encouraging that you try out Noteflight.com. Even if you aren’t in our music class, we can create a personal ERCLC account for you to compose, listen, and share your music with others. If you are interested, talk to Andrew or Heather to set up an account.

Upcoming Events & Deadlines:

April 1st – No joke, family submissions due for yearbook@erclc.org including senior tributes, headshots, student work and flashes from the past! As of today, 17 yearbooks have been ordered. It takes a lot of work to produce our yearbook. If there is not enough interest, we will need to reevaluate continuing this project. Please see Nancy to order ASAP. Cost is $16.00 each, checks should be made out to ERCLC.

April 3-7 – Meeting Week – No classes

April 4th – 10:00 am – Noon – StePUP Dog-a-thon for VO SPCA on campus contact bobbi@erclc.org or stepup@erclc.org for details. The StePUP team is walking dogs from the shelter on campus in hopes to raise funds for the new no kill shelter by June 1. Please consider pledging a donation or sponsoring a walker per mile. We are collecting gently used towels, blankets AND toys for the doggies. There are 60 dogs waiting for new homes, tempted?

April 6th – Fundraising Dinner – 5:00 pm. Help the high school students explore the Southwest! Delicious spaghetti dinner with homemade sauces + Bake Sale of International Sweet Treats! Advance tickets available from participating students and/or Matt, Eric, and Peggy. $10 for large plate; $5 for small plate. Get your tickets in advance for preferred seating!

April 6th – Little Thespians’ Play Folktales for Fun – 6:00 pm. Our youngest actors will present you with a delightful look at the wisdom and fun of folktales from around the world.

April 7th – StePUP – 9:00 am – 11:00 am. Volunteer to walk dogs with our students at the Valley Oak SPCA, 29010 Hwy 99, Visalia. We are collecting gently used towels, blankets AND toys to deliver to the doggies.

April 10-17 – Spring Break – School closed (including Monday after Easter)

April 18, 20, 25, 27 – April Activities – we are trying something new this year. With K-6 enrichment over, and assessments now at the end of the year, April is the perfect time to try out some short term activities that don’t fit into our regular enrichment schedule. We’ve come up with a busy mix of elementary activities April 18th, 20th, 25th, and 27th, including: co-op gardening, Minecraft, ceramics, games for writing, entrepreneurship, YouTube, Scratch programing, Ham radio, Fairies, and more.

For these events, we ask that all parents stay on campus to help support and learn alongside the students. See this document for the complete details, including suggested grade range.

April 20th – Board Meeting – 4:30 pm

April 22nd – M.A.D. Shindig! 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Open to everyone! Invite friends and family to our Make A Difference: MAD Shindig, featuring food for purchase, carnival-like attractions and guest speakers. Proceeds will go to The Valley Oak SPCA to help the displaced pets in Tulare County. The Step Up students have selected the VO SPCA as the focus of our project to help share generosity, kindness and compassion through animal care. Please come out to support our cause.

May 1st – Last day Grade 6-12 Monday/Wednesday classes – COSTUME/COSPLAY DAY -as a fun end to our school Matching Mondays, Leadership has brought together an exciting contest for our students who are avid cosplayers or simply enjoy dressing up. There will be three prizes, one for the best adaption, one for the most creative, and the most intricate. The contest will be held at lunch, please sign up at Bobbi’s office that Monday morning before noon. If you are doing a cosplay, please bring at least one photo of reference or a description from the source material.

May 5th – Nature Restoration Celebration – 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Everyone is invited to celebrate the progress made on our drought resistant landscaping project. Music, refreshments, enjoying each other and nature.

May 2-12 – Testing Period – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. All 3rd-8th and 11th graders will do the 4 part state test. All 5th, 8th, and 10th graders will also do the science test. All 2nd, 9th, 10th graders will do the MAP assessment. Your EC will help you sign up for testing times. The complete summary can be found here. Practice at: www.caaspp.org/practice-and-training/index.html

May 10th – High School Production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing 6:30 pm at the Rotary Theater in Visalia.

May 12-14 Camp Lotus – Come explore Gold Country! We camp in Coloma, CA at Camp Lotus on the American River. Sign up with Nancy beginning Tuesday, April 18th.

May 20-21 Maker Faire, Bay Area – Come join us for the biggest show and tell on Earth. ERCLC has purchased a group of weekend passes to the Maker Faire for Saturday and Sunday in San Mateo. Come see what inspired ERCLC to create our own Makerspace. Make your own way, or join us on a bus leaving early Saturday and returning Sunday evening. $10 per person to confirm you are attending. To learn more about the Maker Faire, go to makerfaire.com/bay-area/ For more details and to sign up for Makerfaire, contact nancy@erclc.org or x206 starting April 18th.

Thank You! 

Many of you work to help clean-up our campus and rooms after a busy day of enrichment. We would like to extend a special Thank You to Andrea Fairbanks for all her help in keeping the kitchen clean and tidy on a daily basis. She goes above and beyond, and it is very much appreciated!