08 Dec

December-January News at ERCLC

 

Dec. 19th – Jan. 3rd Winter Break

MAP testing

All students in grades 2 through 12 need to take the MAP test sometime this week. Tests usually take about an hour for Math, and an hour for English. Students can do both sections on the same day (with a break) or on separate days. Testing is “come when available,” in Elderberry:

  • Monday: Starts at 9am and ends at 3:00pm
  • Tuesday: No testing during World’s Fair– testing starts at 1pm and ends at 3:00pm
  • Wednesday: Starts at 9am and ends at 3:00pm
  • Thursday: Starts at 9am and ends at 3:00pm
  • Friday: Starts at 9am and ends at 3:00pm

Hour of Code

Join in the The Hour of Code, a worldwide week of computer programming and skills. There are dozens of self-directed online lessons for students in grades K-12, featuring tutorials around Minecraft, Starwars, Disney movies and more. Most take about an hour to complete, and students can do as many as they want.

https://code.org/learn

World’s Fair

December 6th, 10am-Noon. Set up begins at 9 for families sharing something with our community. “Customs”opens at 9:15 where passports are being handed out to be stamped as your student travels through our world’s continents to explore what others have been learning.

Nature Restoration Work Day

December 9th, 10:00 – 3:00 contact Jeff Alexander jeff@erclc.org for information

Tamale & Enchilada Fundraiser

December 9th – is the deadline to order tamales or enchiladas from the Deep Dive Dominica students who are selling them to fundraise their way. All are $18 per dozen and are handmade by La Mejor in Farmersville. Tamales come in pork, beef, chicken or chile-cheese. Enchiladas are beef, chicken or cheese. If you can’t find one of our travelers, please see Heather@erclc.org in the office. We will be picking them up for delivery on Dec. 16th.

FunSchool Day

January 11th, 10 AM – Noon for 6th-12th grade students. Come and play! Reunite with old friends and make new ones! A sandwich lunch will be served to participants at noon.

Grand Canyon Fundraising Meeting

January 11th, 1 PM (after Funschool Day)

Parent Math Help Sessions

January 11th and 18th. Do you have a question or concern about your student’s math progress, or want ideas for different ways to teach a topic? Tracey Dunn, a math specialist with Tulare County will be on campus all day on Jan 11th and 18th to answer your questions.

ERCLC School Spelling Bee

January 11th, 1:00 pm for all of you super spellers in grades 4-8. Finalists will participate in the TCOE Spelling Bee Final on February 22nd @ 9:00 a.m. Please email roseann@erclc.org or sher@erclc.org for more information.

Nature Restoration Work Party

January 16th, 10:00-3:00 contact Jeff Alexander jeff@erclc.org for information

Scicon Information Meeting

January 17th, 1 PM in Sage Scicon Information Meeting

Maker Faire

January 21st , 10 AM – 1 PM Show something you have made, lead a hands-on activity, or sell a craft. Come and Enjoy the show!

Spring Semester Start Dates

  • January 23rd – Enrichment classes begin for M/W students 6th – 12th
  • January 24th – Enrichment classes begin for T/Th students K – 6th

Research Month

Start thinking about a topic and begin gathering information so you can begin writing in January.

Library News

Thank you for supporting our Scholastic Book Fair! It was great to see excited kids! Part of our rewards from that fair will be on display after World’s Fair Day. Many thanks to all the gracious parent volunteers and book donations received. Next semester, during the week of February 6-9, the Usborne Book Fair will be in the library!

Volunteers: Kate Gibson-Cates, Jeannie Burton, Martha Haley, Sarah Kelm, Catie Karplus, Jennifer Rowland, Brad Scott, Kelley Williams and Tiffani Wolfe.

Donations: Cates, Duong-Pauls, Finneys, Lees, Karpluses, Schenhers, Schmidts, Stingers and Swans.

Take the time to return loitering resources for a fresh supply that will last through the winter break. For ERS materials, you have three options:

  • Return to ERCLC by 12/6 drop-off
  • Return directly to ERS after the 6th
  • Renew online/phone.

Don’t forget you have online resources from both of us all year round. Enjoy!

Happy New Year!

 

03 Nov

November News

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Parent Survey

Parents, please take a few minutes to give ERCLC feedback on how we are doing in the support of your homeschooling. The survey can be found here.

Student Career/Education Survey

6th-12th graders, please take a moment to fill out this survey regarding your future aspirations. The survey can be found here.

Deep Dive Dominica Walkathon, November 1st

Tuesday, November 1st, Deep Dive Dominica 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. Thank you!

Parent Workshops, November 1st & 3rd

Our last workshop offered in conjunction with an enrichment class will be with the gardening classes. We will be focusing on how to provide space and time for your children to receive the benefits of play and unstructured time (without the T.V. or gaming). You will receive valuable information, ideas, and tools to assist you in including this as a part of your homeschooling. Workshop begins at the gazebo in the garden with the students.

Tuesday, Nov. 1

  • 9:00 – 5th & 6th
  • 10:40 – 1st & 2nd

Thursday, Nov. 3

  • 9:00 – Kindergarten (TK & K)
  • 10:40 – 3rd & 4th

Family Campout at San Mateo Campground

at San Onofre – November 5th – 7th – Sign up with Nancy.

Annual Charter Site Visit

November 8th – Officials from Tulare County Office of Education will be visiting our campus, parents and students. At a meeting at 11am in the library we encourage you to meet with them and share your thoughts about how ERCLC supports your homeschooling needs.

Scholastic Book Fair

November 7th – 10th – Our annual Book Fair will be held in the library, daily from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Please see me if you’d like to volunteer for an hour or two. Scholastic Reading Club Online will be available monthly, February-April. In January, we’ll have the Usborne Book Fair following winter break. I’ll keep you posted! ananda@erclc.org

Nature Restoration Work Party

November 11th 10-2pm – Planting, sowing, removing non-native plants, burning if weather is right. Love to have musicians to come out and play too as a backdrop to what is happening.

Les Miserables

November 18th – 9:00 am at LJ Williams Theatre. TCOE’s student version of Les Miserables, suggested for grades 6-12. Sign up with Nancy beginning November 4th.

COS Application Workshop

November 28th – A representative from College of the Sequoias will be conducting a workshop for high school students on the application process. She will be here at 4:30pm in the library. Please make sure to bring a laptop with you as you will be going through the registration process with the representative. If you have any questions, please contact heather@erclc.org

Spring Play Auditions

November 28th & 29th – Auditions for 6th & 8th grade Theater Arts students will be held on Monday, November 28th and Wednesday, November 30th at 3:30pm in the Sage room. More information to come in the next couple of weeks. Contact kristen@erclc.org.

Neon Dance

November 30 – 5:30pm to 8:00pm – Get ready to come have fun with your friends at our third annual Neon Dance, put on by the Leadership class! There will be dancing, music, glowsticks, and a potluck dinner. 6-12th grade students only, please. Contact bobbi@erclc.org

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Fri. December 2nd – Please sign up with Nancy beginning November 16th to attend the Children’s Musical Theaterworks production. Performance time is 9:30 am at the Fresno Memorial Auditorium Theater, 2425 Fresno Street, across from the Fresno Water Tower. Contact Bobbi for additional details (bobbi@erclc.org or x210)

Winter MAP Testing

Dec 5th through 9th – All students in grades 2 through 12 need to take the MAP test sometime during the week of December 5th to the 9th. Tests usually take about an hour for Math, and an hour for English, and students can do both on the same day (with a break) or on separate days. Testing is “come when available,” in Elderberry:

  • Monday: Starts at 9am and ends at 2:30pm
  • Tuesday: No testing during World’s Fair– testing starts at 1pm and ends at 3:30pm
  • Wednesday: Starts at 9am and ends at 2:30pm
  • Thursday: Starts at 9am and ends at 3:30pm
  • Friday: Starts at 9am and ends at 12 noon

World’s Fair

Tuesday, Dec. 6 – Time: 10:00 am – 12:00ish. Share what you are learning from around the world with our community of learners. Let your imagination go wild! (Share a country, make a treat, play a game, do a dance, etc.) Contact Bobbi to sign-up (bobbi@erclc.org or x210)

Auditions for ERCLC K-6 Spring Showcase

Dec 6th at 1pm – All K-6 students who are willing and able to work hard every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30-3:00 on a fun production are asked to come and audition on Tues, Dec. 6 at 1:00 (after the World’s Fair and a lunch break) in the Sage classroom. Cast list will be posted Monday, Dec. 12, and students/parents need to pick up their scripts during meeting week. Our performance will be the evening of April 6.

Script pages for auditions will be available from Peggy beginning Nov. 8. Students will be asked to do some simple movement exercises and perform some lines that they have had a chance to rehearse (memorization is encouraged, but not required). Parents will be asked to sign their students into auditions, and will be asked to volunteer to help. Auditions themselves are easier if parents wait outside the classroom. (Sorry about that!) Questions? Email peggy@erclc.org.

ERCLC Walks Around the World

The pedometers are in for all those who are participating by walking, running, biking, swimming or skating. Please see Nancy to get yours and continue to help our community reach its goal of going 25,000 miles around the world. We will be logging miles until we reach our goal.

Passion Projects

Projects are being funded! 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.

Parent Workshop Resources

The following have links provided to the Google Docs used in two of the most recent parent workshops offered. Even if you didn’t attend the workshop session, you may still find some useful information.

Deep Dive Project Seeks Mentors

Please see this document in hopes that you can potentially help our students fulfill their Deep Dive Project Based Learning research successfully. If you know of mentors or professionals who might be able to guide our students or give input into their projects, it would be appreciated. Thank you! heather@erclc.org

High School Drama

Students who are not currently in drama class, but would like to participate in the Spring Showcase need to see Peggy before Thanksgiving Break. Thank you!

 

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