Speaking of JPL, NASA is inviting students to name the Mars 2020 rover. Learn more here. I have registered our class. If your child would like to participate, please let me know and then help them to register at futureengineers.org using our class code (H2Z4N9).
You’ve already seen a bit of our Weds. work in the emails I sent earlier today that contained your child’s work. One thing I definitely wanted to mention is that the Adventurers did an absolutely stellar job working in small groups to develop and perform skits based on fairness for the rest of the class. To be able to pull this off on just the “3rd day of school” is a testament to their creativity and flexibility. They enjoyed themselves and were proud of their work.
IMPORTANT HEADRUSH INFORMATION: In our staff meeting today, something was clarified that I want to share with you. If you make an entry ahead of time (for instance, posting your plan for Friday on the previous Tuesday), the easiest way at this point to confirm that you followed the plan is to log back in to that entry and just write a single word, such as “confirmed.” We ask you to do this because the auditors expect the record to reflect what was actually done and if they see an early submission date, they will question it. Thank you for your patience and support as we implement this new system!
- Side note: Please be sure to input your “What we do every day…,” learning goals and work samples as soon as you are able. It is easier for me to help you as we go along rather than troubleshooting right before the work journal is due.
Curious about the essential skills we focus on at workshops? Check out the WoW Essential Skills list on the learning goals page. You can see the skills identified by grade level. Those highlighted in yellow will be addressed in the fall semester.
Don’t miss these sign-ups (see previous posts and SignUpGenius for more info):
- NWEA MAP assessments -begin 9/23. I’ll send info next week about how to do this at home during one of the testing sessions, while I proctor from campus.
- Creative Problem-Solving Co-op (theater and Odyssey of the Mind) - first meeting is Monday 9/16, 3:30-5:00. This is going to be a blast.
- Robotics - first meeting is 9/26, 2:30-4:00. Kids and robots. Always fun!
A few reminders:
- Following dress code is required at all times for students on-campus.
- Please send snack and water bottle, even if your child is getting cafeteria lunch.
- The office hours and home visit sign-ups are updated with new dates continually. You don’t need to wait for an announced release. If you need a different date, just let me know.
- Next Weds. is the sign-up deadline for our LACMA (9/23) and CA Science Center (10/17) field trips. It is also the last day to submit payment for parent and sibling tickets for the Science Center.
An Adventurer parent shared this info about the Very Special Innovation Fair happening tomorrow in Valley Glen.
I will be going to see Marc Brackett, Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence speak at the Willows on Tuesday, Oct. 17th at 7pm. He is sure to be thought-provoking. I hope to see some of you there. This is a free event. https://www.thewillows.org/Community/Events
LACMA Evenings for Educators are events I always do my best to attend. I highly recommend them as a way to stretch and grow your “teacher brain.” The first E4E will be held on Oct. 1st and is based on Every Living Thing: Animals in Japanese Art, which is also the exhibit we are visiting on 9/23. You will get ideas for how to extend the field trip experience and how to generally incorporate art into your homeschooling. So far, they have only released season passes but I’m happy to forward an informational email to anyone interested. I hope some of you can join me. Cost is only $20, which includes the event, dinner and parking. A season pass (for 4 events) is $55. lacma.org