This year, Janette will be working with K-4th grade students (known as the Adventurers) and their families, including Wednesday workshops. All 5th - 8th grade Collaborative students (known as the Voyagers) will be supported by and have workshops with Jennifer. We recognize that this wide age range can add some challenges to a classroom environment and is a change from last year’s Collaborative workshop groupings. Please know that we are being very intentional in our project planning to make this arrangement work and are committed to creating an environment in which each student will thrive.
We can’t wait to meet with each family individually between the dates of August 16th - 24th. You can sign up for an appointment with Janette here. Please make appointments for each of your children to ensure we have enough time (we may not need all of the time but better safe than sorry). At this meeting, you and your child will check in with your teacher about your homeschool plans and resources. You’ll be able to share what you are most excited about this school year, and what about it makes you nervous. This will be a time for us together to figure out how we can best support you in your homeschooling adventures. We are really looking forward to this time and we believe it will be very valuable to the start of a successful year.
First Parent Educator Workshop - August 16th 9:30 - 11 - We will be holding a workshop for all Collaborative families on Thursday, Aug 16th to discuss many of the logistics of homeschooling, including guidelines for this year’s work journals and work samples required, resources available to you, accessing our class websites, and planning for a great year of learning. Whether you are new to homeschooling or have been here for years, we encourage you to come to hear about all that’s going on in the Collaborative Program. Please sign up here.
August 16th is the first day of homeschooling for the 2018-2019 school year. See the attached document Parent Educator Survival Guide for some tips and ideas to get your homeschooling off to a great start.
Beginning on Wednesday, August 29th, we will be offering on campus workshops for all Collaborative students. These will take place every Wednesday from 9:15 - 3:15. Please note that all students need to follow our dress code policy outlined in the school handbook which includes a collared shirt or Da Vinci logo t-shirt and closed-toe shoes. When students come to Workshops on Wednesday (WoW), they should bring a reusable water bottle, snack, and lunch.
Next week you will receive a sign up for our WoW days and those sign ups will have more detailed information about what to expect. But here’s a sneak peek at the topics these Workshops will focus on first semester.
- Adventurer Mornings (in Room 3) - Living Like Leonardo and Observational Sketching. We will be engaged in experiential learning about life during the Renaissance (and learning a bit about Leonardo da Vinci). During our sketching workshop, students will fine-tune their observational eye, learn drawing skills and develop self-reflection and peer feedback skills.
- Adventurer Afternoons (in Room 3) - Patterns All Around Us and Waves and Motion. During our patterns work, we will explore patterns in math (visual and numerical) and in nature. In Waves and Motion, we will investigate the movement of light and water.
- Voyagers Mornings (in Room 14, last year’s bungalow) - Physics Fun - We will explore and experiment with topics such as Sound, Light, Motion, and so much more so that we can learn about the world around us and why it works the way it does.
- Voyagers Afternoons (in Room 14, last year’s bungalow) - Re-enacting the Renaissance - We will learn about many of the key people, places, and advancements made during the time of the Italian Renaissance and consider how we can learn from this period of great discovery.
Are you ready to have fun with us on Thursdays? We are planning a wide variety of field trips, hikes, and social events for every week, starting with a get-together at Del Aire park on Thursday, Aug. 16th. Sign-ups with more information will start arriving in your inbox tomorrow.
- 8/16 11:00-1:00 All-Collaborative Social at Del Aire Park (12601 Isis Ave., Hawthorne). Connect with other families and get to know your Collaborative teaching team. This is a large park with something for kids of all ages. Bring balls, Frisbees, etc. There is a large area for field games, if someone would like to organize them.
- 8/23 10:00-11:30 Mural Painting for students and Collaboration Time for parents (at school). We will work with students to beautify and put our stamp on the area outside our new (home base). Parents are invited to meet and collaborate in the room or outside.
- 8/30 10:00-1:00 El Dorado Nature Center and hike in Long Beach, CA
- 9/6 12:30-2:00 LACMA Chiaroscuro exhibit field trip
- 9/13 11:00-1:00 Olvera Street (El Pueblo de Los Angeles historical tour)
Work Journals...a cause for celebration! Work journals have been simplified this year. In our first Parent Educator Workshop, we will explain the new format. All work journals for the year are being uploaded to the parent-run DVIA Parent Educator Resource Site and will be available before the first day of homeschooling. You might want to bookmark this site for future reference.
We are each in the midst of updating our group websites. As soon as they are ready for launch, we will let you know. Thanks for your patience.
SAVE THE DATE! We are having a whole-school kick-off party on Weds., August 15th, 3:00-6:00pm. This will be a great opportunity to connect and reconnect with others in our community. There will be fun activities for all, including a drum circle and rock painting (to include in our outdoor environment). See the next school newsletter for more details. We hope to see you there!
Whether you are a veteran homeschooler or new to the whole idea, we are here for you! We will provide parent educator workshops (in person and online), office hours, home visits, and resources to support you every step of the way along your journey. We love doing this and encourage you to “use your resources” (as we teach the kids to do).
Looking forward to working with you this year,
Janette and Jennifer