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Mindful Monday, 10/23

Hi STLC peeps! I was really impressed with your check-in today — most of you are getting here on time, digging right in to your am response, reading the board and all by 10:45. Yay! Extra Extra congrats to Charlie and Keenan who received above 18 on their weekend HA’s. Hip, Hip, Hooray!

Reminders:

  • Ask a parent to look at your Self Eval sheet AND your Blueprint eval AND initial the bottom under today’s evals.
  • If you are reading this carefully, you will bring something small and blue to trade.
  • Gabby — When will you shop for your co-op meal?
  • YOUR scores (and your life) depend on YOUR  choices and effort.

Home Activities: Reminder to get witness initials on your HA Log as you complete an activity.

Dialog: Below are items for a chat with a parent. If you want credit for your dialog, write a list of the highlighted words of the ones you discussed on the back of your BMBS sheet with the date 10/23 above it. Choose 5 or more to discuss. Everyone needs to do his/her own writing. No parent writing, please.

  • What is something you enjoyed about today at STLC (other than the trade or lunch)?
  • What is something YOU could do differently tonight or tomorrow that could help your scores?
  • What was the primary PA today AND where did it happen?
  • What was different today about figuring your scores?
  • What did you trade for today?
  • Talk about what a nebula is.
  • What did scientists see last month with two neutron stars that actually happened looooooong ago?
  • If you are reading this carefully you will ask a parent to initial the score sheet with the date 10/23.
  • What was something you saw someone do at STLC that was helpful?
  • What was a food you enjoyed that was in your lunch? Half of a worm.
  • Tell about what the difference is between the UK and Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

SGP goal-setting meetings. Reminder that you can earn up to 9 points towards your HA score for your SGP meeting — determined by your focus and participation.

Today 10/23: 3:15 – Charlie, 4:15 – Keenan,  5:15 – Caroline, 6:15 – Dayton     

Tuesday, 10/24: 3:15 – Gabby

…sending wishes for an evening and following morning that has choices made that serve you AND your family. Write the answer to this riddle on the back of your BMBS sheet with the date 10/23. What’s worse than a worm in your apple? The answer is hidden in today’s website. Hasta mañana, muchachos dulces.

 

 

 

Friendly, fruitful Friday 10/20  

Hi STLC campers. I guess we found out that there are some things that can make or break a group camping trip — eh? EVERYthing we do (or don’t do) matters!

Reminders:

  • Ask a parent to look at your Self Eval sheet AND your Blueprint eval and initial the bottom of each after s/he has looked at it. (They are printed on the back of each other).
  • If you are reading this carefully, you will bring something small and sweet to trade.
  • YOUR scores (and your life) depend on YOUR  choices and effort.

Home Activities: Reminder to get witness initials on your HA Log as you complete an activity.

Dialog: Below are items for a chat with a parent. If you want credit for your dialog, write a list of the highlighted words of the ones you discussed on the back of your BMBS sheet with the date 10/20 above it. Choose 5 or more to discuss. Everyone needs to do his/her own writing. No parent writing, please.

  • What are two things you liked about our camping trip?
  • What is something YOU would do differently if you went group camping again so that it worked for the community?
  • What was the new group game we played this week AND what do you like about it? (Hint: español & camping questions)
  • Talk about what mindful walking is AND how to do it.
  • What was something you saw someone do at RH that was kind?
  • What was a food you enjoyed this week at RH?
  • Tell about setting up a tent.
  • If you are reading this carefully, you will write the initials of the students who are having SGP’s on Monday on the back of your BMBS sheet with a date of 10/20.
  • Ask a parent about a recent dream they had.
  • What is a new game you can check out at Whoop walk that involves throwing?
  • What is now hanging between two trees at RH?
  • Where are the characters now heading in Around the World in 80 Days?
  • What was an activity that was different in math this week at RH?

SGP goal-setting meetings. Reminder that you can earn up to 9 points towards your HA score for your SGP meeting — determined by your focus and participation.

Monday 10/23: 3:15 – Charlie,                       4:15 – Keenan,  5:15 – Caroline,                    6:15 – Dayton     

Tuesday, 10/24: 3:15 – Gabby

…sending wishes for a weekend with some time outdoors, lots of helpfulness and kindness expressed with your family members, AND you taking care of your HA responsibilities with quality and joy. Hasta lluego, campistas felices.

 

 

 

 

Truthful Tuesday, 10/17

Hi STLC peeps. I am trusting that everyone got some needed ideas and some added umpfffff for getting more or your HA completed in our discussion today. EVERYthing we do (or don’t do) matters!

Reminders:

  • If you don’t have a sleeping bag already at RH, be sure to bring one on Wednesday, as we hope to do a campout this week and you NEED a sleeping bag in order to participate.
  • Keenan and Dayton, please bring a button shirt for photos.
  • If you are reading this carefully, you will bring something that is mostly black to trade.
  • The list below shows items that you did not have at RH for your gear check last week. Be SURE to bring them this week. Dayton: water shoes, 1 pair of underwear, headphone case, fleece or light jacket, 1 pair of shorts (baseball mitt?) Jordan: water shoes, pillow case, 1 short sleeved STLC shirt, PJ shirt Caroline: flashlight, 1 long sleeved STLC shirt, 2 pair of longer shorts, pj bottoms, headphone case Gabby: flashlight batteries, 1 bra, 1 long-sleeved STLc shirt, fleece or light jacket Charlie: 1 pair of underwear, 1 short sleeved STLC shirt, 1 pair of shorts, 1 pair of long pants Keenan: Bring as much of your gear as you can get together for this week.

Home Activities: Reminder to get witness initials on your HA Log as you complete an activity. Do not work on make-up activities until today’s HA’s are completed. You will take care of unfinished HA’s at RH.

Dialog: Below are items for a chat with a parent. If you want credit for your dialog, list the highlighted words of the ones you discussed on your HA doc and label it HA 10/17. Choose 5 or more to discuss. Everyone needs to do his/her own dictating or typing. No parent typing, please.

  • Tell a high and a low of the physics kite experiment results.
  • Share about the air-powered 1 and 2-stage rocket and how they worked.
  • Talk about how you feel when you make wise choices and how you feel when you make poor choices.
  • Tell about some of the items people brought to trade today that were fist-sized and which was your favorite.
  • Tell about something you did today that was kind.
  • Share some new palabras en español that you know now without looking at a list.
  • What is something you want to do better tonight at home?
  • Get a suggestion from a parent about how to deal with a disappointment.
  • Ask a parent to share his/her favorite food to eat for breakfast.

SGP goal-setting meetings. Reminder that you can earn up to 9 points towards your HA score for your SGP meeting — determined by your focus and participation.

Today: 3:15 – Jordan         

Friday, 10/20: 1:15 – Gabe          

Monday 10/23: 3:15 – Charlie, 4:15 – Keenan,            5:15 – Caroline, 6:15 – Dayton     

Tuesday, 10/24: 3:15 – Gabby

…sending wishes for an evening and next morning filled with wise and kind choices that help to move you forward like a rocket! If you are reading this carefully you will print (neatly) a sentence en español on the back of your BMBS sheet. Hasta mañana, muchachos trabajadores.

 

 

 

Thoughtful Thursday, 10/12

Hi all you now-in-the-midst-of-a-long-weekend STLC peeps! We had lots of opportunities to focus, look away from distractions, be kind and patient with each other, get all set on 3 different parts of IXL, have a cool early-morning physics meditation, and learn more about what works to support a real community in the easy times and in the tough times. AND we have a new STLC student – Keenan! We were all part of the process of inviting him to our program and are very happy he will be part of our community. He is happy, too!

Reminders:

  • We meet again together at 8 am on Tuesday in Royal Oak.
  • If you are reading this carefully, you will bring something smaller than your fist to trade.
  • Gabby, I’ll connect with you over the weekend via email about some co-op meal ideas. Look for an email from me.

Home Activities: Reminder to get witness initials on your HA Log as you complete an activity. (Keenen, I will have a new one for you as you begin next week. I wrote your HA’s on the edge of your BMBS today).

Dialog: Below are items for a conversation with a parent. If you want credit for your dialog, be sure to list the highlighted words of the ones you discussed on your HA doc and label it HA 10/12. Choose 5 or more to chat about. Everyone needs to do his/her own dictating or typing. No parent typing, please.

  • Tell about our morning meditation/physics/giraffe café activity.
  • What did you choose for one of your choices/earnings activities while at RH?
  • Tell a bit about our Around the World in 80 Days movie AND share where they are headed to next.
  • What is something you want to do better next week at RH?
  • If you are reading this carefully, you will bring in (or email to T) a photo of you from before the age of 5. Mary.
  • What did we do for PA (physical activities) on Wednesday, since it was rainy outside? Show which was your favorite movement
  • Ask a parent to try the Europe exam sometime this weekend. Perhaps you can help him/her if there are some countries s/he is not sure about.
  • Look at the SGP meeting schedule and figure out if there is anyone who still needs to sign up.
  • Ask a parent to share something s/he learned from his/her mom that was helpful to his/her life.

Upcoming SGP goal-setting meetings. Ask a parent to choose a time that would work for y’all and send it in an email or text to T. Meetings include STLC students,

Tuesday, 10/17     Monday 10/23          Friday, 10/20

3:15 – Jordan         3:15 – Charlie            1:15 – Gabe

4:15 — Gabby        4:15 – Keenan

                                  5:15 – Caroline

                                  6:15 – Dayton

  • An answer to this riddle is hidden somewhere in the website. Mary’s father has five daughters – Nana, Nene, Nini, Nono. What is the fifth daughter’s name? Can you find  the answer and write it on the back of your HA log? Please write the answer yourself, no parent writing, please. This is a pretty easy way to get a HA point — eh?
  • sending wishes for all of us to take some deep, fresh breaths this weekend for ourselves —to get in touch with what’s going on inside of us,  to improve our relationships wth our families, to help cultivate an even better attitude about showing our best selves, and just to feel this earth’s goodness and our part in that! Hasta la proxima semana, estudiantes curiosos.

 

 

 

trustworthy and truthful Tuesday, 10/10

Hi all you savory and salty STLC traders. We had such an interesting array of things to trade today. Yay and yummy! That was fun!

 

 

 

 

 

Reminders:

  • Remind your parent(s) that pickup is 1 pm on Thursday.
  • Bring just two lunches/snacks this week instead of three. Short.
  • Bring anything you were missing last week from your gear list. We will do a FULL gear check on Wednesday am.
  • If you are reading this carefully, you will bring something small and red to trade. It doesn’t need to be food, but can be. Be creative.
  • Charlie: Be sure to discuss your scores from today with a parent and ask him/her to initial at the bottom of today’s BMBS where it asks for parent initials. Everyone else did this yesterday, except for you.

Home Activities: Reminder to get witness initials for your HA activities Log IF you complete an activity.

Dialog: Below are items for a conversation with a parent. List the highlighted words of the ones you discussed on your HA doc and label it HA 10/10. Choose 5 or more. Everyone needs to do his/her own dictating or typing. No parent typing, please, as these are short words and phrases.

  • What did YOU choose to do for your quieting activity this morning?
  • Ask a sibling for a high and a low from his/her day and then ask him/her a question about it.
  • What was cool about using the pulleys today?
  • What was the name of the student who was with us today for Discovery AND what was something you enjoyed about him?
  • What is something you want to do better tomorrow?
  • What was something interesting that you found out today when we did comparisons between England and the USA?
  • Look at the SGP meeting schedule and share who has signed up so far.
  • Ask a parent to share something s/he learned when s/he was your age that they still remember now.
  • Ask a parent to tell you a couple of things about the most recent book s/he has read.

Upcoming SGP goal-setting meetings. Ask a parent to choose a time(s) that would work for y’all and send it in an email or text to T. First come, first served. Here are the time options.

Tuesday, 10/17     Monday 10/23          Friday, 10/20

3:15 – Jordan         3:15 – Charlie            1:15 – Gabe

4:15                         4:15 – Caroline

5:15                         5:15

6:15                         6:15

7:15                         7:15

  • An answer to this riddle is hidden somewhere in the website. What five-letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?  Can you find  the answer  and write it on the back of your HA log? Please write the answer yourself, no parent writing, please.
  • I am sending wishes for an evening and next morning where you make choices that serve you AND your family well. If you are reading this carefully, you will trace your hand on a sheet of paper AND ask a parent to trace his/hers around it and bring it in. You should end up with your traced hand inside a parent’s traced hand. (We are talking about comparisons — remember?) Hasta lluego, estudiantes únicos.

 

 

 

Mindful.Motivated.Monday, 10/9

Hi I-participated-in-Girafe-cafe-with-more-ability STLC peeps. I appreciate the willingness many of you are showing to acknowledge your True Nature AND to be able to guess what others might be feeling and needing. It helps our community to thrive.

 

 

 

 

Reminders:

  • We are not in session this Friday (10/13) and the following Monday (10/16). Remind your parent(s) that pickup is 1 pm on Thursday.
  • Remind your parent(s) that you were able to leave your RH gear at RH last week and will be able to do the same from now on. When you arrive on Wednesday, we will do a gear check, so be SURE to check your gear list to make sure you have what you need. A couple of you were missing some things this week
  • If you are reading this carefully, you will bring something salty or savory to trade.
  • Be sure to discuss your scores from today with a parent and ask him/her to initial at the bottom of today’s BMBS where it asks for parent initials. Some of you have not been doing that. It earns you a point!

Home Activities: Reminder to get witness initials for your HA activities Log.

Dialog: Below are items for a conversation with a parent. List the highlighted words of the ones you discussed on your HA doc and label it HA 10/9. Choose 5 or more.

  • What were the quieting activity choices this morning?
  • Share a high and a low from your day AND ask your parent to share his/hers, too. Tuesday, Thursday, today and tomorrow.
  • Why do you think that Jay had you observe the tractor’s hydraulic system today?
  • What was happening with the apple and belt experiment? How was it possible?
  • When is your SGP goal-setting meeting?
  • What was something you learned today OR something you found interesting?
  • How is it possible to get a 20 for a HA score OR a 20 on your Home score?
  • Tell about a recent happening from the book you are currently listening to.

Upcoming SGP goal-setting meetings. Ask a parent to choose a time(s) that would work for y’all and send it in an email or text to T. First come, first served. Here are the time options.

Tuesday, 10/17     Monday 10/23          Friday, 10/20

3:15 – Jordan         3:15 – Charlie            1:15 – Gabe

4:14                        4:15 – Caroline

5:15                        5:15

6:15                        6:15

7:15                        7:15

I hid the answer to this riddle somewhere in the website. Name four days of the week that start with the letter “t”.  Can you find it and write it on the back of your HA log?

…sending wishes for an evening and next morning where  you allow your best self to shine through. If you are reading this carefully, you will complete a 3-minute Relax app instead of a Zen12, and get witness initials on your HA Log. Hasta mañana, estudiantes felices.

 

 

 

Fresh-from-the-rain Friday, 10/6

Hi wise and physics-minded STLC peeps! We had quite a variety of activities, food, and weather at RiverHawk this week. I liked the balance and the several high scores which indicate effort and progress. Yay!

Reminders:

  • We are not in session next Friday (10/13) and the following Monday (10/16). Remind your parent(s) that pickup is 1 pm on Thursday.
  • Let your parent(s) know that you were able to leave your RH gear at RH this week and it is our plan from now on. When you arrive on Wednesday, we will do a gear check, so be SURE to check your gear list to make sure you have what you need. A couple of you were missing some things this week
  • If you are reading this carefully, you will bring the middle names of your parents written or typed on a piece of paper.
  • Listing this one more time to be sure…Your HA’s are YOUR activities. If your parent is willing or able to give you some support or sit near you for a couple of activities that is REALLY kind of them, but it is not required of them. Be sure if you are asking for any support you are kind with them and show appreciation in ways they can feel. If you are reading this carefully you will not do your dialog list, but just have your conversation with a parent and have it initialed on your Log. Eventually everyone will be completing all HA’s on their own.

Home Activities: Reminder to get a witness (and his/her initials) for your HA activities.

Dialog: Below are items for a conversation with a parent. List the highlighted words of the ones you discussed on your HA doc and label it HA 10/6. Choose 5 or more.

  • What was the teambuilding activity we did outside this week AND what is something we learned about the connection between finishing a project and getting along with one another?
  • Share a high and a low from the river walk.
  • What was the main reason that we couldn’t try out our physics kite AND do one of our night activities last night?
  • Ask your parent a question about his/her time while you were away at RH that can’t be answered with yes or no. All of them.
  • What was the name of the type of photography used in the visual meditations we used this week? Hint: initials are TL.
  • When is it possible for a feather and a bowling ball to reach the ground at the same time (when dropped from the same distance and at the same time)?
  • What was the silly joke that T used to tell when she was a kid?
  • Tell about one of the exciting scenes we saw this week on Around the World in 80 Days.

Upcoming SGP goal-setting meetings. Ask a parent to choose a time(s) that would work for y’all and send it in an email  or text to T. First come, first served. Here are the time options.

Tuesday, 10/17     Monday 10/23             Friday, 10/20

3:15 – Jordan          3:15 – Charlie                1:15 – Gabe

4:15                          4:15

5:15                          5:15

6:15                          6:15

7:15                          7:15

I hid the answer to this riddle somewhere in the website. How many months have 28 days? Can you find it and write it on the back of your HA log?

…sending wishes for a weekend that has many moments of kindness expressed, responsibilities completed, and helpful participation in a family meeting. Hasta luego, estudiantes honorables.

Trustworthy Tuesday, 10/3

Hi curious STLC peeps! I liked the flow of our day today and the kindness and diligence I saw expressed by several. ahhhhh…I like to be a part of our community.

Reminders:

  • It is Stone Soup this week. Please bring something yummy to add to our soup pot. Suggestions are celery, onions, garlic, mushrooms, carrots, kale, green onions, firm tofu, etc. Please do NOT bring potatoes. Jay will make his famous it-goes-with-Stone-soup bread, too.
  • If you are reading this carefully, you will bring something green or blue to trade.
  • Dayton, remember to  bring your shirt for photos.
  • Be sure to bring everything on your Tuesday night gear check list. Some of you took some extra things home last week…be sure those things are in your duffle, too. Reminder that we asked everyone to leave their STLC sweatshirts at RH, so that is why you can’t find them at home.
  • Your HA’s are YOUR activities. If your parent is willing or able to give you some support or sit near you for a couple of activities that is REALLY kind of them, but it is not required of them. Be sure if you are asking for any support you are kind with them and show appreciation in ways they can feel. If you are reading this carefully you will not do your Relax app activity. Eventually everyone will be completing all HA’s on their own.

Home Activities: Reminder to get a witness (and his/her initials) for your HA activities.

Dialog: Below are items for a conversation with a parent. List the highlighted words of the five (5) discussed on your HA doc and label it HA 10/3.

  • Ask your parent a question about his/her day that can’t be answered with yes or no.
  • What is something you learned or practiced today that you can use in your life?
  • Share something interesting that one of your STLC mates shared today. An egg.
  • Explain what compressed and expand mean AND what T compressed for an experiment in her other school.
  • What was happening in physics today that involved a garbage bag and strings? Did it work?
  • How could you get a higher score tomorrow AND in which area will you try to improve most?
  • Tell about three of the countries visited so far in Around the World in 80 days AND three modes of transportation they have used so far.

SGP goal-setting meetings. Ask a parent to choose a time(s) that would work for y’all and email  them to T. First come, first served. Here are the time options.

Tuesday, 10/17               Monday 10/23              Friday 10/20

3:15                                    3:15 – Charlie                 1:15 – Gabe

4:14                                    4:15

5:15                                    5:15

6:15                                    6:15

7:15                                    7:15

hmmmm…I hid the answer to this riddle somewhere in the website. What has to be broken before you can use it? Can you find it and write it on the back of your HA log?

…sending wishes for you to show your family a sweet and thoughtful side of yourself tonight AND that HA’s get completed with quality. Happy trails, muchachos confiables (trustworthy).

 

Mindful Monday, 10/2

Calling all STLC units — reminder that reading the website is part of your Home Activities. It is now listed on your HA Log for witness initials. Even though you have an HA log, the website needs to have your eyes and thoughts set upon it each Monday, Tuesday and Friday. Also, be SURE to have a parent/caretaker-witness initial EACH activity that you complete at home.

Dialog: Discuss at least five of the following items with a parent. Write the bolded words of the items you discussed in a LIST in your Pages HA document. Be sure to include today’s date and the title of “Dialog.”

  • why couldn’t anyone blow the paper wad into the bottle?
  • what is a life lesson we talked about today that was important to YOU?
  • in what areas did you do your best in PE today? (warmups, sportsmanship, following directions, your effort, following our blueprint).
  • what adjustments were made to the larger paper airplanes today that helped them to fly longer, farther or straighter?
  • Look at your True Nature list with a parent — ask him/her to find three qualities that s/he felt would help you. Type the three words in list form below your dialog list on today’s HA document.

Reminders:

  • parent forum Zoom meeting tonight from 7:30-9.
  • Check you HA log for today for your own activities — and do them. A couple of you have some weekend HA’s to complete, as well.
  • if you are reading this carefully you will bring in a comic, joke or riddle tomorrow (written, typed or drawn)
  • some of you took some things home from RH this past weekend because you hadn’t packed them before we locked up. Be SURE to get them ready to bring them on Wednesday.
  • if you are reading this carefully, you can skip your “7” workout tonight.
  • Charlie, be sure to find out when you will do your meal shopping AND if your dessert idea will work.

…sending wishes for collaboration, kindness and progress at home tonight and in the morning. Happy Trails, muchachos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friendly Friday, 9/29

Hey intelligent, kind and curious scholars — this website can be shorter today because everyone has their own list of Home Activities in the front of his/her binder, along with your BMBS sheet. So…most HA’s don’t need to be listed here. Yay!

Home Activities: (Be sure to check out (and do) all  of YOUR HA listed on your LOG).

  1. Below are dialog ideas for your conversation about your week with a parent. List the bolded words from the items you discuss in your Home Activities document in Pages. We already put today’s date so you are all ready to go!
  • If you were one of the viewers, describe what you saw when you observed the ISS.
  • What is the difference between a “knee jerk reaction” and a response? How might they look or feel different from one another?
  • Which of these words do you remember for physics? thrust, drag, lift and weight.
  • Who knows what a spoiler is for on a car?
  • Describe our estrella game.
  • What was the group physical activity that you participated in on Thursday before swimming?
  • What was new and different about our pack up today at RH?
  • What were your favorite food items this week at RH?
  • What is something that you appreciate about Gabby?
  • What did we agree to add to our Blueprint beginning on Monday?

2. espanol: type/dictate the names & numbers of the Duolingo lessons that you complete. For example – Phrases, lessons 1 & 2.

Reminders:

  • ask a parent witness to initial EACH of the activities that you complete this weekend on your HA log. You need that for full credit.
  • participate in a family meeting sometime this weekend. (Be sure to have that initialed).
  • remind your parent(s) of our Zoom Parent forum this coming Monday at 7:30 pm. Ask him/her to contact T this weekend to be sure their connection works if they weren’t able to connect last time.

…sending wishes for some moments outdoors this weekend for each of us AND for kindness, joy and progress to surround us, inside and out. If you are reading this carefully, you will make a paper airplane and bring it in to try out on Monday.  Happy trails, muchachos amables.

 

 

 

 

 

Thoughtful Tuesday, 9/26

Home Activities: Yikes! this is important – be SURE to ask a parent witness to initial EACH of the HA activities you complete on your LOG.

Dialog: Everyone except for Dayton (Hint: this is different tonight) 1.  Look at the bulleted list below of conversation topics and choose which 5 items you would like to chat about with a parent. 2. Then type the bolded words from your items in a list in your HA document under “9/26. 3. Chat about your items with a parent. 4. Then ask your conversation partner to sign his/her initials on your LOG.

  • In which area did you do best today on your scores?
  • What is something you appreciate that one of your parents or caregivers do for you?
  • Tell about the quieting activity today. (Hint: hand shaking)
  • Tell about an example of how you expressed one the True Nature qualities that you chose this week.
  • what is the difference between explode and implode?
  • Which of the physics experiments did you like most today?
  • How did you show thoughtfulness today OR how was someone thoughtful with you? (It is thoughtful Tuesday)
  • What was one of the math apps you worked with today OR something you did in math circle?
  • Ask your conversation partner something about his/her day.
  • What was the most challenging thing you did today?

2. español: 1. complete at least 1 lesson in Duolingo OR Tiny Cards (Gabby, Jordan – do both D &TC) AND 2. Everyone except Dayton: type/dictate 3 sentences in español from your “necesito & quiero” sheet in your binder so you can quiz the others tomorrow to see if they know your sentences. Type them in your HA doc and label it español. (You can dictate if you have your Spanish keyboard on).

3. OMR (One Minute Reader app): Complete one more story and questions/puzzle. Jordan, complete 2, please)

4. Math Edge: +, -, x, ÷ – 1 of each, BE sure to list your times on your today’s HA doc. (For those of you on long car treks, this is something you could do as you ride).

5. Gabe, Dayton: listen to Wonder for at least 15 minutes as you drive home today AND as you drive to STLC in the the morning. Jordan, Charlie: listen to your new books in the car on the way from and to STLC. (Charlie – 20 minutes tonight and 15 in the car to RH)

6. Complete one Seven app workout near a parent. Ask him/her to sign your weekly LOG.

Gabby: MathUSee Geometry lesson 2/3 – finish pages for lesson 2 and A&B for lesson 3, Watch both video lessons. Listen to Now for 30 minutes and do the summaries for finished chapters. (Keep track of how much you can listen to in 30 minutes for reference).

Reminders:

Dayton: be sure to complete your co-op meal shopping, carrying groceries, and to choose two STLC mates for your crew. Double check that you have all your items and bring them to RH.

EVERYone: use your Tuesday duffle check list (in your binder) to be SURE you have everything you need for RH. Ask a parent to write “Duffle check” at the bottom of your weekly Learning projects LOG.

items still needed for RH: Charlie – duffle bag (not plastic bag) for your items, brush, extra batteries, thick socks or slippers, life jacket or $25 if you want to purchase one, baseball mitt, underwear and socks, Gabe – case for headphones, Caroline – case for headphones, life jacket or $25 if you would like to purchase one, $30 for replacement for STLC sweatshirt.

EVERYone: Be sure to bring a solid colored (as opposed to patterned) shirt that you/your parents would like you to use for photos this week at RH. If you are reading this carefully you will bring a small sweet treat to trade.

…sending wishes for some time outdoors (it’s beautiful), HA activities completed and initialed, and some sweet family moments. Happy trails, muchachos.

 

Mindful Monday, 9/25 

Home Activities:

1. Dialog: 1. Cut and paste the conversation choices from today’s website into a Pages doc that you will name HA 9/25. 2. THEN have a conversation with a parent about FIVE (or more) of the choices. 3. Delete the choices that you did NOT discuss. 4. Ask your conversation partner to write “conversation – 5” with his/her initials at the top left corner of your BMBS.

  • Which energy shifter did we do together today? (Hint: 6)
  • If you are reading this carefully, you will bring a few pennies tomorrow for our Pennies for Peace.
  • Share a NEW español sentence that you now know for sure.
  • Share 3 countries in Europe that you now know the exact location.
  • What is something interesting you heard today at STLC?
  • What was surprising or interesting to you about the ping pong ball experiment we did today?
  • What is something that you appreciate about one of your Scholars mentor/guides?
  • What did YOU do to support our community today without anyone asking (initiative)?

2. Choose three of your True Nature words from your updated list in your Pages doc, that would help you be a better you if you “watered” those seeds. Then type them on your HA 9/25 sheet. For example, if you chose the word “patient”, write “I am patient.” As you are listing them, imagine the picture that goes with them.

3. español: complete at least 1 lesson in Duolingo OR Tiny Cards. Please go in order and fill up the “bars” before going on ahead.

4. OMR (One Minute Reader app): Complete one more story with the questions like you did today. Be sure to follow the order or cold read, read along and read alone.

5. Practice your countries in the homework section of the My Geography app.  As you are confident on countries, you can add new ones. You are working towards getting ready to test for Europe (when YOU are ready).

6. Gabe, Dayton: listen to Wonder for at least 15 minutes as you drive home today AND as you drive to STLC in the the morning. Jordan, Charlie: listen to your new book in the car on the way from and to STLC. (Charlie – 25 minutes tonight)

7. Complete one Seven app workout near a parent. Ask him/her to sign your weekly goal list on top of “7 workout” (at the bottom of the page) in the the Monday HA box.

Gabby: Complete 6 pages in the Geometry #2 workbook. MathUSee Geometry lesson 2 – first two pages. Watch the video lesson before beginning the worksheets. 5 more TN cards for your collection. Read up through 75% of Then, writing a journal entry as if you were the main character for each chapter read.

Reminders:

  • Dayton: show your market list to a parent and decide on a shopping time.
  • EVERYone: Show your parent your “My Weekly Learning Projects LOG” and ask him/her to initial at the top above the word weekly, signifying that they know that your Home Activities are listed there and that they will initial them when you have completed them.
  • items still needed for RH: Charlie – brush, extra batteries, thick socks or slippers, water shoes, life jacket or $25 if you want to purchase one, baseball mitt, underwear and socks, Gabe – case for headphones, $ for kayak and paddles, Caroline – case for headphones, life jacket or $25 if you would like to purchase one, $30 for replacement for STLC sweatshirt.

…sending wishes for a peaceful evening, with a balance of HA progress, helping our families and some relaxing time. Happy trails, muchachos!

 

 

 

 

 

Fantastic Family workshop Friday, 9/22

Home Activities:

  1. Dialog: From today’s website, cut and paste the bulleted part of this dialog section into a Pages doc that you will name HA 9/22. THEN have a conversation with a parent/caregiver about FIVE of the following items. Delete the ones that you did not discuss. Ask your conversation partner to write “5 dialog items” at the bottom of your BMBS with his/her initials so that you can get full credit.
  • What was a favorite breakfast or dinner item for you this week at RiverHawk?
  • What was interesting about the park event we took part in today at Island Lake Recreation Area?
  • Share an español sentence that you now know.
  • Why do we talk about giraffes and jackals?
  • What is something interesting you found out about the ISS (International Space Station) from either BrainPop or the 360 video clip Jay showed us?
  • What was one of your favorite “curiosity/choice” activities this week?
  • What was the point of at least one of the physics experiments we did together this week?
  • What is something that you appreciate about at least two of your Scholars mates?
  • How did YOU support our community this week? Give an actual example.

2. español: complete at least 1 lesson of both Duolingo and Tiny Cards over the weekend. You can go further if your other work is complete. (Please go in order and fill up the “bars” before going on ahead).

3. Zearn: complete one lesson over the weekend. Reminder that you can always go further if you feel so inclined.

4. Complete one Seven app workout with a parent or sibling. Ask him/her to write, “we did a seven” at the bottom of your BMBS sheet.

5. We have learned 10 energy shifters so far this year and have practiced them. Share the one you like best so far, demonstrating how it works. (You have a list in your binder to remind you of them.) Ask a parent to initial the one you demonstrated next in the focus tools page item. If you are reading this carefully, you will bring one of your small stuffed animals or another small comforting item for a trade.

Gabby: Complete the Geometry #1 workbook. You can go forward to lesson 2 in MathUSee Geometry if you feel inspired to do so. Suggestion: watch the video lesson before beginning the worksheets. ▶︎ 5 more TN cards for your collection. ▶︎Read at least 20 pages of Then, writing a journal entry as if you were the main character for each chapter read.

Reminder of items still needed for RH:

Charlie – brush, extra batteries, thick socks or slippers or socks, life jacket, baseball mitt, underwear and socks

Gabe – case for headphones

Caroline – life jacket or $25 if you would like to purchase one, $30 for replacement for STLC sweatshirt

…sending wishes for a collaborative STLC family workshop that inspires us all to initiate or continue weekly at-home family meetings AND kindness, cooperation and curiosity expressed with our families over the weekend.

 

Happy trails, muchachos, dulces!

Terrific, Trustworthy Tuesday, 9/19

This is a repeat Reminder from last night for those of you who need some RH gear items that you did not have last week at RH. Be sure to bring them on Wednesday.

  • Charlie – brush, extra batteries, thick socks or slippers, water shoes, life jacket, case for headphones, pj’s, 2nd pair of shoes, baseball mitt
  • Gabby – extra batteries
  • Gabe – case for headphones
  • Caroline – top sets of underwear, STLC sweatshirt, case for headphones (Bring another sweatshirt until your new STLC sweatshirt arrives)

Home Activities:

  1. Use your Tuesday night gear list (in your binder) to pack your RH duffle. When you know you have EVERYthing, ask a parent/caregiver  to write “duffle” at the top of your BMBS sheet with his/her initials.
  2. Dialog: From today’s website, cut and paste the bulleted items from this dialog section into a Pages doc that you will name HA 9/19. (You have the process for doing this in a Pages doc on your iPad and can refer to it if needed.) Then talk with a parent/caregiver about EACH of the items. Ask your conversation partner to type “YES” and his/her initials next to the items you shared.
  • What was our quieting activity this morning? (Hint: the one after completing check-in and board items).
  • For our focus/meditation today we used a song. What were we doing with the song AND how did that count as a meditation or focus activity?
  • If you are reading this carefully, you will wear your STLC shirt backwards tomorrow.
  • What was the primary activity today in group PE?
  • What is something you learned today that you didn’t know before? It could be a new spanish word or phrase, something about another person, or a new physics fact.
  • What was one of our NEW True Nature cards today? Type it on your HA 9/19 document with TN in front of it. For example, if I learned what “organized” meant today and I hadn’t know it before, I would type: “TN – organized.”
  • What was the point of at least one of the physics experiments today?
  • What is “escape velocity”? (Hint: 17,000 miles per hour)

3. Choose three of your True Nature words (from your list in Pages) that would help you be a better you if you “watered” those “seeds”. Then type them on your HA 9/19 sheet like this: “I am…(the word you chose)”. For example, if I chose the word diligent, I would write “I am diligent.” You will end up with three affirmations.

4. Duolingo and Tiny cards – do at least one lesson of each. You can go further if your other work is complete.

5. Listen to the Glorious song, (in your music app) following along with the lyrics (in your Pages document) that we did together today. Then figure out (by listening) what the next lines are, stopping when you get to “come on in”. Type or record the lyrics so that they come after what we have already listed. You can go farther IF your other HA are complete. Please do NOT use lyrics from the internet, as this is an improve-my-brain activity to listen and pull out info.

6. math edge +, -, x, ÷. Keep track of your times in your Pages document. Gabe, Dayton: 2 +’s, 2 -‘s, 2 x’s (2,3,5,10) Caroline: 2 +’s, 2 -‘s, 2 x’s (2,3,5,10, 1) Charlie, Jordan, Max: 2 of each (all numbers)

Gabby: Geometry workbook up thru page 30 and pages 1 & 2 in MathUSee Geometry — you can always go ahead if you feel inclined to do so. 10 new  TN cards (5 from last night and 5 from tonight)- keep track of your time.

 

  • Kindly remind your parent/caregivers to be thinking about the meatless potluck offering they will bring to our Family Workshop on Friday.
  • If you did not bring your baseball mitt yet, please bring it tomorrow.
  • …sending wishes for a satisfying dinner, peace with your family, a good night’s sleep, and completing ALL your HA’s with quality and accuracy.  Happy trails, muchachos!

 

 

 

Mindful, aMazing Monday, 9/18

These are gear items that some of you did not have when we did our check-in on Wednesday at RH.  It is requested that you check with a parent and make plans to get these items and bring them on Wednesday.

  • Charlie – brush, extra batteries, thick socks or slippers, water shoes, life jacket, case for headphones, pjs’, 2nd pair of shoes, baseball mitt,
  • Gabby – extra batteries
  • Gabe – case for headphones, 2nd pair of shoes
  • Caroline – top sets of underwear, STLC sweatshirt, case for headphones

Home Activities:

1. Show your Tuesday night gear list to a parent/caregiver (it is in your binder) and let him/her know that you will use it tomorrow night to get your Wednesday RH bag ready. They are the items for your duffle bag.

2. Dialog: From today’s website, cut and paste this dialog section into your Pages doc named HA 9/18 (like we did together at STLC). You have the process for doing this in a pages doc on your iPad and can refer to them if needed. Then talk with a parent/caregiver about at least 4 of the items. Ask your conversation partner to type “YES” and his/her initials next to the items you shared.

  • What was different about our check-in process this morning?
  • What do you do in the morning that signals that you are all checked in and ready to begin your quieting activity? (hint: we can hear it)
  • What is unusual about our physics lamp?
  • If you are reading this carefully, you will wear two different colored socks tomorrow.
  • What was the primary activity today in group PE?
  • Look at our daily flow chart in your binder to find and list 3 activities that will happen tomorrow (not including lunch or physical activities. Type them on the same list in pages that you are using for these dialog items.
  • Look at your Blueprint from today. It is on the back of your BMBS sheet. What is an area where you could improve? Even you have all Y’s, there is always room for improvement. Type the number of the item that you will improve upon on your HA 9/18 page. (There are numbers 1-9).
  • What is something you think others at STLC noticed about you today that makes you feel happy with yourself?
  • What is one new word that you learned the meaning of today in our True Nature card group? Type it on your HA 9/18 document with TN in front of it. For example, if I learned what “organized” meant today (and I hadn’t know it before), I would type: “TN – organized.”
  • What will our hands on activity be tomorrow? Hint: T showed a short video clip at the end of the day.

3. A bit better each day: Think about what you mentioned to day in our council about what you will do tonight so that you will complete your home activities with quality AND get more Yeses on your BMBS sheet? Is there something you did over the weekend that was effective? Was there something over the weekend that did not work that you will change tonight? In what ways will you be kind and helpful with your family? Nothing to write here, just to ponder and do.

4. Duolingo and Tiny cards – do at least one lesson of each. You can go further if your other work is complete.

5. Do any three (3) of the Energy Shifters we have done together so far with a parent. The list is in your binder if you are not remembering them. It is called “Focus, Self-Connection, Meditation and Time-in Tools we use at STLC.” We have learned and practiced the first 6 so far. Ask your parent/caregiver to write “ES” (that stands for Energy Shifters) with his/her initials at the top of your BMBS to signify that your did 3 together. You can use this as your quiet reflection activity for tonight.

6. Read through your True Nature list of words in a pages doc on your iPad. Remove the x’s that are next to the words. THEN put a “p” next to the ones that you remember the picture for.

Gabby: Geometry up through page 15, 5 TN cards – keep track of your time. Is your summer book complete? We will talk about that tomorrow.

Reminders:

  • Kindly remind your parent/caregivers about our Zoom Parent meeting tonight at 8 pm.
  • If you did not bring your baseball mitt to RiverHawk, be sure to bring it tomorrow.
  • If anyone has a pingpong ball, will you bring it tomorrow? We will be able to return it.

…sending wishes for an evening and next morning where kindness is felt in your family AND everyone does HA’s with quality. Happy trails, muchachos!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, 9/15…first week at RH was a success!

  • So many things went well at RH this week. Big thanks for the help and support with moving many of our things, unloading, setting up, taking down, packing up. So many of you really showed the community TEAM spirit. I also really appreciated the thorough jobs you did setting up your rooms and being prepared for room checks. Yay!
  • Max and Dayton will be back on Monday. Let’s think of the things we talked about and did so that we can bring them up to speed when they arrive.

Home activities for the weekend: 

1. Dialog: Share at least 5 things about your week with a parent/caregiver so that they have an idea about your days away from home. You (and/or your parent) can write them on paper or dictate them into a pages document on your iPad. Then ask the adult to write or type his/her initials. Here are some ideas to help spark your dialog.

  • What is an interesting tidbit you learned about someONE at STLC while at RH?
  • Which 3 energy shifting activities did we do together on Friday morning?
  • Share three new “palabas en español” (Spanish words) that you learned this week.
  • What 3 physics experiments did we complete together at RH? (Hint: your log sheets are in a pages document on your iPad).
  • What is something you learned or did this week that you hadn’t known or done before?
  • Show your parent your new STLC shirt and talk about the message on the front.
  • What is something you enjoyed eating at RH this week?
  • What job did you complete or work on this week at RH that you know was important to our community?
  • Which of our Blueprint items seems the hardest for you to remember or do?
  • What did we decide to add to our Blueprint on Monday?
  • What are two things you enjoyed about today at STLC?
  • If you are reading this carefully, you will circle your name on your daily BMBS sheet
  • How did our white elephant gifting go? What were some of the things traded?
  • What is something you want to improve on your Scholars daily eval tomorrow?
  • What is Around the World in 80 Days about?
  • What is something you are hoping to do more of (or something we didn’t get to) new next week at RH?

2. BP gravity 

  • complete your quiz if you didn’t finish on Friday
  • Draw your park picture that shows how it would be if we had more gravity OR less gravity on Earth. How would that affect your time at the park or playground?

3. Energy shifters: Practice the 3 energy shifters we did together today for one of your quiet reflection periods over the weekend. (They are in your binder at the beginning of the Meditation tools sheet)

4. español: complete at least one Duolingo lesson and the Tiny cards review that go with it. (You can always do more if the spirit moves you, BUT be sure to do your other Home activities before doing extra.)

Numbers

5. math: EVERYone (except Gabby and Gabe) compete 2 of each of the math edge apps (+, -, x, ÷) keeping track of your times.

6. math for Gabe: practice your multiplication cards, separating ones that you know quickly without figuring and another pile that needs some support or figuring.

7. Gabby:

  • complete 1 full lesson in EACH of your 6 Kahn classes, keeping track of the time that each of them takes you in order to help with your goal planning for next week
  • do the next lesson of Pixar — storytelling
  • 1 hour of true nature drawing for your cards

Reminders:

  • STLC Family potluck & workshop next Friday at RiverHawk, 5:30 pm. Please remind your parents and I will also send them some details via email. Reminder that this meeting is just for STLC parents/caregiver and students, not siblings. (Next time it will be a family game night for everyone).
  • short tech Zoom Parent/caregiver meeting on Monday at 8 pm (20 minutes). I will send meeting details and number to your parents, but you could remind them.
  • Be sure to charge and clean your iPad before arriving on Monday

…sending wishes for many moments of kindness, outdoor time, quiet, and progress for us all this weekend. Happy trails, muchachos dulces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, 9/12bottle rocket day!

  • It’s great to be getting to know each of you better — even those of you who were at Scholars last year. We all are different each day, so there is always something new to know. That warms my heart.
  • Hooray! We have a working Blueprint (for living and learning together) now. We began using it today and will add or clarify as needed.
  • We are all hoping that Max is feeling better.  In our wrap-up today we noted that is was cool that he made the effort to be here and do what he could do — it showed commitment. Yay!

Home activities for tonight: Conversation items with a parent – share your questions, answers, or thoughts about 4 or more of the following items. Either you or a parent can write the topics you discussed on a sheet of paper that includes a parent’s initials, indicating that you had dialog together.

  • What is something you learned about someONE at Scholars today?
  • Whom did you connect with most today at STLC?
  • What did we do for our group quieting activity today?
  • What did you do in math circle today or in español circle that was new foe you?
  • How was piano keyboarding for you? Do you remember the name of a song you played?
  • What is one thing you figured out about using the geo-builds in hands on?
  • Did you have a snack today or did you retrieve something from your lunch?
  • What is something you enjoyed about “whoop”?
  • What was your favorite thing in your lunch today?
  • What is something we added to our Blueprint today?
  • What is something you learned from doing Bottle fountains?
  • How do the bottle rockets work? What piece of machinery was needed? Why does there need to be water in it? How many tries and modifications did we need to make?
  • What are two things you enjoyed about today at STLC?
  • What is something you want to improve on your Scholars daily eval tomorrow?

Reminders:

Be sure to double check that you have ALL that you need to bring to RiverHawk tomorrow, using your gear list. If you are reading this carefully, you will bring a salty or savory small treat to trade tomorrow. List two NEW ideas for things that could be done to support our community during the day. Bring a wrrrrrrrapped white elephant gift. We need magazines for collages. If you have some that are not needed at home, we would appreciate adding them to our collection.

hmmmm…How will YOU be part of the solution that leads to EVERYone reading the website carefully AND completing all activities accurately? EVERYthing we do matters! I am SO interested to the see your follow-thru, especially since it is now part of our Blueprint..

…sending wishes of kindness expressed at home tonight. Happy trails, muchachos sabios.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, 9/11..our first day of our new selves!.

Ahhhh, what a satisfying first day for me! My hopes are that you found at least one or two activities or people or things that clicked for you, that worked.

We went through some things rather quickly today so that you had some of the necessities, but tomorrow we can be a bit more relaxed, as we have some extra time. Yay!

Please share with a parent or caregiver comments, questions, answers or discoveries about three of the activities (or more if you are willing) below and then ask that person to list which ones you shared about on the back of your Be My Best Me form and include his/her initials.

  • quieting activity: calming coloring
  • group focus: “wrapping rap”
  • Do you remember everyone’s “rapping” words?
  • Hmmmm, do you remember the order of the chairs at the table? We shall see in the morning if you can replicate them with each others’ support.
  • Think about your lego vision building ideas for STLC…what is most important to YOU about what YOUR learning community could be, even if you didn’t get it into your building?
  • What are we going to design to help our PE stretches and warm ups be more fun?
  • What was the main activity in PE?
  • What does the blue wavy lamp represent when T turns it on? How does it work?
  • Describe what went on in physics today to a parent/caregiver – see if you can explain to them what “gravity” is. (reminder that you have a physics log sheet in your binder with a list of what we did.)
  • What did you learn about gravity on Earth and the moon? What about the amount of air pressing on you every day?
  • what is tomorrow’s physics activity?
  • What was at least one of the ideas we agreed upon on our Blueprint for learning and living together?
  • What were some (or all) of the golden words attached to our Blueprint page? Hint: they begin with these letters: T, R, L, S, S
  • If you are reading this carefully, you will go directly to the backyard tomorrow, instead of coming inside.
  • What did you learn about a giraffe today that you didn’t know before?
  • What is “giraffe cafe”? You will need to guess a bit, as I didn’t tell you much about it.

Start to look through some of the things in your binder – your parents can look through it, too, if they would like. We didn’t talk about everything in it yet, but will do that in the next few days. If you are reading this carefully, you will bring a small sweet treat to trade tomorrow.

  • Reminder to bring 2 liter bottles and magazines if you have them. No worries if you don’t have them, but bring them if you do.
  • I only saw a couple of pair of headphones come in today. You will need them tomorrow.
  • Ask a parent to fill out your Be My Best Me form for tonight and in the morning.

Happy trails, muchachos dulces… one sweet day at a time.

 

 

 

 

Sunday, September 10th

Oops! I planned on having this post up earlier…but here it is now. I am requesting that EACH of you let me know that you have read today’s page and are in our communication loop by sending me a quick email. Muchas gracias de antemano!

Yay! It is about 24 hours before we meet up with each other once again (and some for the first time) at STLC. Perhaps some of you have bits of eagerness mixed in with bits of anxiousness? What will it be like? Who will the new students be? How will I fit in? What is new and what is the same? Guess what? I have some of the feelings and questions, too, and yet I am confident that tomorrow will be just as it is meant to be and that we will all make up such a safe, loving and interesting community in which to learn. So…bring it on! 

If you did not read our website from this past week, I suggest you do so in order that you  feel prepared. I heard from a couple of you with questions. Feel free to keep those questions coming if you have them.

Things to know and do:

  • We are meeting at 10:30 in Royal Oak. Charlie will be late, as his plane arrives at the airport at 10:30 and then he will come quickly and directly here. Your parents/caregivers will pick you up at 3 pm.
  • Bring a lunch. No drinks, please. We have an STLC water bottle here for you. You can place your lunch in the cubby marked with your name. when you arrive.
  • Reminder to come in at the side door, removing your shoes at the top of the stairs and and tucking them neatly in the shoe area.
  • Bring a backpack and hang it near your name in the map room or closet.
  • What to wear: an STLC shirt (plain t-shirt for newbies) and either loose-fitting sweat pants, athletic pants or long shorts with socks and athletic shoes that lace or velcro tightly.
  • We have two new students who are trying out STLC this week — Gabe and Max, in hopes that they will become part of our STLC community. Yay! Some of you met Gabe at the end of the last year. Let’s be sure to welcome them throughout the day in the ways that you would like to be cared for if you were a newbie.
  • Be sure to bring the emergency and waiver forms that your parents have filled out.
  • Bring your iPad so that I can update it and add and subtract some apps. I will keep them overnight so they are ready for you on Tuesday. Will you charge and clean them before arriving? That will bring an appreciative smile to my face.
  • Check out the morning  board for how to proceed after you arrive and feel free to ask any and all questions. Our hope is to be checked in and sitting together at the focus table all together by 10:40 (or so).
  • Yikes…almost forgot to re-mention that we could use some 12 oz ad 2-liter empty plastic soda bottles, cardboard tubes of all sizes, and magazines. Would you bring any of those items that you have? We will be using them in the next couple of weeks, so they can stream in as you have them. Big THANKS!

We are SOOOO eager to see you all tomorrow! (10:30…10:30…10:30…) What will YOU bring in spirit and attitude that will help our community to begin tomorrow in a way that works for everyone? Good question — eh?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, September 5th…Wow, how did this date get here so fast?

Well, for some of you, you may have been the only one in your family that didn’t start “school” today — or perhaps some of your siblings even began last week? I am wondering what YOU did today and what you were thinking about.

  • As you may have heard, Jay and I just returned two days ago from our summer-long travels…so this a BIG week for us in terms of putting all of our summer inspiration and ideas into practical places (while unpacking all of our summer “stuff”) AND getting things ready for our new and every-year-different STLC community — meaning Y’all. And in the middle of the re-organizing, unpacking of new materials and supplies, we decided to redo our deck — what were we thinking? It’s all fun and flows in the spirit of doing what feels right and brings progress! I look forward to hearing YOUR ideas about progress for YOU this year — we will begin to explore that together next week. Ready or not — here we go!
  • I am SO eager to see you all, to hear what you are thinking and wondering about, AND to see where we will ALL take ourselves and our community this year. I am hoping you will continue thinking about how we will BE together, what you are curious about, and all that  floats through your thoughts about those topics.
  • So that I know that we are all receiving the same info, will each of you kindly send me a simple e-mail letting me know that you read this webpage and ask ANY questions that might be there for you? That would help me know that we are all in the communication loop together. Thanks in advance for connecting with me over this.
  • We are doing things a bit differently this year, beginning at our house in Royal Oak for Monday and Tuesday and then heading to RiverHawk for our usual Wednesday through Friday. We have also altered our hours a bit. You can arrive at the times listed below. They include your check-in time. Please be prompt (or 5 minutes early).
  • Monday RO 10:30 – 3, Tuesday RO 8 – 3, Wednesday meet at RiverHawk at 8:45 with pickup on Friday at 1 pm.
  • Your parents received an email recently with important upcoming dates, our calendar and your gear list. Please include in your email that you have seen your gear list and are in the midst of getting things together (if this is indeed true).
  • I will resend important forms tomorrow for your parent(s) to fill out. Please remind them that you will absolutely need them when you arrive on Monday — important.
  • MONDAYplease be sure to bring your iPad. I will keep them overnight to update and reformat them, as well as add and subtract some apps. I ask that you have them charged and clean. You will need a lunch and to be wearing an STLC shirt with long shorts, athletic pants OR sweats, and a pair of shoes that can be used for PE (laces or tight velcro) and socks. Reminder that we are still making an effort to be garbage free, so hopefully your lunch will reflect that.
  • New binders, water bottles, and all the other things you will need are awaiting you here.
  • Will you let me know if you think of anything that I have forgotten to mention, especially as it would apply to a brand new STLC student? 

Be sure to check this webpage this weekend for last minute reminders. Happy week, muchachos dulces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, August 28th (the birthday of two of my favorite twin girls!)

  • I am wondering where everyone is today…home? traveling? visiting a friend? on a backyard adventure? reading? ¿Donde estás? I would love to hear. Caroline is on a family trip in their RV in New Jersey and Jay and I are also in our RV near Gaylord, Michigan.
  • What is one thing YOU are doing to get ready to return to STLC? It could have to do with supplies and gear, things you are thinking about and preparing for mentally, physical activity, academic practice, or other? I am working with our Spanish programs today (SO much fun) and Jay is going through several of our physics hands-on projects. We have SO many new things in store for us all.
  • We have been thinking about GRAVITY and wondering what you know or think about it. Do you have a good definition OR a couple of ideas about how gravity helps us? hmmm, I wonder what Bugs thinks about it?
  • We will be needing all kinds of cardboard tubes for a variety of physics experiments. Will you help us by starting to collect them? plastic wrap and tin foil tubes, paper towel tubes, toilet paper tubes, wrapping paper tubes, etc. We also will need several 2 liter plastic soda bottles. We will be grateful for any you can save for us.
  • Anybody have any questions about the new year, about your gear, new activities, or  about ANYthing on your minds? Pop me an email and I will do my best to give you an incredible answer or some more questions about it.

Happy trails, muchachos dulces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, August 21stsolar eclipse day!

Hi y’all. It has been a long since I have had either the moments and mainly an internet connection to be able to write a website post. Hip hip hooray…here is a short one.

  • I am wondering if anyone who has the opportunity to send a quick note might let me know where YOU will be for the solar eclipse today. Jay and I will be at Otsego Lake near Gaylord. I am especially looking forward to the moments when it is dark and I can see some stars in the middle of the day. What are you looking forward to experiencing? Please don’t look at the sun without the special glasses.
  • It’s been a long time since we have had STLC students in the midst of working toward drivers permits and license requirements…and yet we have TWO at present — Gabby and Jordan. It’s pretty exciting. We are eager to see you both behind the wheel (making wise choices).
  • I just sent all STLC students a new calendar that you should be able to open on your iPads. No worries if you can’t subscribe right now. I will help you when we meet together in September. I imagine iPads are in desperate need of updating. We will take care of that our first week. We have lots of new apps.
  • Your parents have an email that has lots of information about the beginning of the year and also a gear list for you. You may want to take a peek at that and start to collect the things that you will need.
  • Reminder, that I LOVE to hear from each of you…what you are thinking, doing, creating, wondering about, experiencing, etc.
  • Jay and I have lots of new things for us all to experience and try in our coming year that are designed to spark our curiosity and help us learn and grow into our even-better selves.
  • Will you share THREE topics that YOU would really like to learn about in this coming year in our Curiosity Sessions? Oh, one more question: How many of you have electronic keyboards in your home? Just wondering.

signing out until next time — Happy Trails, muchachos.

These are photos of the night before the solar eclipse from our camping spot — and one from the actual eclipse. I am SO grateful for our views! Which is YOUR favorite?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, July 17th, Wow… it’s the middle of summer!

Hi, all you finding-lots-of-ways-to-feed-your-sense-of-curiosity STLC people. I’ve heard from a few of you and you are all doing interesting things and several of you are helping others at the same time. Yay!

  • Gabby got her driver’s permit and is practicing driving with parents. What a fun feeling to be behind the wheel and know what you are doing and where you are going!
  • I had a nice phone conversation with Carson yesterday from his camp in Pennsylvania. He is in the middle school group this year and says he is loving a larger sense of freedom as that the staff trusts his group more. He is doing lots of swimming, go-carting, and exploring. He is looking forward to possibly being involved in an upcoming year of camp-abroad. And…his voice is lower!
  • Jordan is applying for jobs and working on drivers ed. He did some out-of-state traveling this summer, too, of which I am eager to hear more details.
  • Jay and I are heading out tomorrow for northern California, after a couple weeks at one of our favorite spots, Avila Beach, CA, known for its harbor seals, sea lions, and amazing beaches. Our RV has been parked right next to the beach every day. Yippee!
  • Charlie continues to be in Peru with his dad, and I see from stats that come to me the he is tinkering with the keyboard with Piano Maestro. We have “zoomed” a couple of times and it is so much fun to talk when we can see each other across all those mountains, seas and miles.
  • Dayton has been doing lots of reading, some math and driving speed boats and tubing. I saw photos and it looks like he is really enjoying summer.

Will you let me know the following via email this week?

  1. What is something new that you have eaten this summer?
  2. What is one more activity/thing that you still hope to do this summer
  3. AND what is something you are looking forward to learning/discovering when we meet together in the fall…we will have a new curiosity — creativity period each day.

Hey, it’s such fun for me when you continue to let me know what you are doing and thinking about so we have even more opportunities to feel connected over the summer. I think about each of you each day with such deep care. Happy trails, muchachos.

….Oh, did you know? Everyone will have the opportunity to learn Spanish and keyboard this next year as regular project courses. We will be using three new programs that Jay and I are having a lot of fun with this summer (while also learning a bunch). I am eager for you all to have a chance to experiment with them. Hasta luego mis amigos.

 

 

 

Friday, June 30th it’s the last day of June already!

Yikes! I am a few days late on our summer communication website for this week. It may happen a few times this summer, as our travels sometimes take us away from internet access, and yet you can know we are thinking of you all. We will also be traveling this coming Monday, so this will serve as our communication for these two weeks. We are now officially in California. Yippee!

It has been fun to “zoom” with a couple of you. Feel free to email me if you would like to set up a time for us to see and talk (almost) in person, via zoom video conference.

  1. What STLC summer activity have you dome most often so far this summer?
  2. Have you tried something new yet this summer…a new food, game, physical activity, or discovered something new about yourself or some new facts? Have you heard of a new invention or gotten an idea of something you would like to explore this next year at STLC

I have been reinventing several of our STLC forms and documents and am hoping you will find them helpful to you and that they will give us all more information, while taking less time to complete. We also have several new BIG boxes containing our super-charged science experiments. I get excited about these things…including our Around-the-world-in-80-days project. I will send STLC calendars to everyone this week. I have been waiting for a couple of last minute dates and times.

When and if it works for you…let me know if you would like me to send you a gird on which to keep track of your summer activities. Some of you are already using them and sending them to me every week or so. Great!

Have a great time celebrating the 4th of July with your families or at camp. As always, I love to hear about what you are doing and thinking. Isn’t it cool to know that we are just an email away? Happy trails, muchachos dulces.

 

 

Monday, 6/19/17

  • Guess what? Yearbooks are here and they look great! I emailed your parents to let them know, too. I am hoping that you will have an opportunity to pick yours up before we leave for the summer, which is next week on Wednesday. Let me know if you are coming by so I can be sure to be here or to leave one for you in between our two front doors.
  • It was fun and touching to hear from a few of you last week. I always love knowing how and what you are doing. Charlie is going on a trip to the jungle this week (in Peru, where he is staying with his dad). That sounds pretty exciting!
  • Below are some possible connection questions:
  1. Write what you think would be a good caption for the lake scene photo that shows some extreme weather approaching. We were staying there this past week and there were several big rainstorms. This photo was captured about 10 minutes before one of the storms.
  2. What is something you did last week that was different that what you usually do?
  3. What summer STLC activities have you started? reading & questions? math? Zearn? Zen 12?
  • I started working on organizing STLC closets today…it is SO hard for me to stay with it, as it seems overwhelming…so I am setting small, doable goals and taking some breaks in between. Whew! My goal is to complete 3/4 of the project before we leave next week. Will you send me mental well wishes to complete my goal?

signing off for this week…Happy Trails!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, 6/12/17

  1. Please share one tor two thing(s) that you have done so far this summer that you have enjoyed.
  • Hi all you STLC enjoyers-of-summer. I trust that everyone has had some moments to relax a bit, do some exploring, and even begin some of your summer reading or math…I hope, I hope, I hope.
  • We are up north with some of our family enjoying a beautiful gifted cottage on the lake and SO loving every moment of it. I haven’t completely given up STLC work, as lots of ideas are coming to me to put in place for next year. That is one of the things l love about summer…all the ideas and inspiration that seems to be floating in the air for me to grab hold of. I have already revamped several forms and other things that we use.
  • I will do my best to have a website update every other Monday by about 4 in the afternoon. If there isn’t one up at that time, I might be in an area where there isn’t internet, so it will come as soon as I am able to get connection. Will you write a Monday email to me whenever you are in tow?  You may  still want to be promoting thoroughness, accuracy and great grammar in your emails, so perhaps pretend that there is an Opps! What’s Wrong? and imagine what you will find.

2. What is something you have done to help someone (without them asking) during your first week of summer break.

This is a pretty easy website, eh?

3. Send me a riddle please, with the answer. I will save them to use on our website this next year.

  • I love to hear from you all during the summer AND to get photos!
  •  A reminder that as much of your academic plan (reading, questions, Zearn and math pages) that you do over the summer, the more it will help you now and in the fall when you return.
  • Oh, did you see that I sent the STLC slideshow link to your parents so you could watch it again and/or share it with other family members? And I finished the yearbook a couple of days ago and sent it off to be printed. i will let you know when they arrive. It should be about a week or so. No worries if you are not in town, I will save it for you for the fall.

Happy trails!

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, 6/2/17 Family Sharing night

  1. What are the two things that each family is bringing to our family sharing evening AND what will your wear? (mugs is not an answer, as you already brought them).

NEW Home possibilities:

  • read the website carefully and then write an accurate and thorough email to be sent to T by 7 pm tonight. EVERYone
  • Do two meditations over the weekend – one Zen12 and one Zen drawing while listening to calming music (20 minutes). EVERYone
  • Ask a parent to write “Pickup on Wednesday at 1 pm – have extra space in car” on your Friday BMBS sheet. EVERYone
  • finish what you need to do in Zearn to be complete with 37 lessons. Write a kind greeting to T. This is where you were when you left today: David (35), Jack (30), Dayton (18), Charlie (35), Caroline (34) Jordan (36) Carson (37)
  • two 30-minute reading/listening sessions to your new book and THEN answer the questions. Carson, Jordan
  • Finish your current book and questions: David, Charlie, Dayton
  • Bring a wrapped white elephant gift. Bring something that you think others would really like, as this is our last one of the year. EVERYone

2. What is/are the decade period(s) that you will read during our Decades Photo flash? (Some of you have more than one decade).

to-be-continued activities and edits:

  • fix the edits you still have not corrected. Caroline, David, Jack, Carson
  • complete ALL your edits for Winn Dixie: Jack
  • list something you liked doing as part of our get-reading-for-Family-sharing-night activities for your closing.
  • complete ALL your edits for The Watsons. Jack
  • BrainPop Dayton: Binary, Logic Gates, Digital Animation, Critical Reasoning, Scientific Method, Imagination, Cloud Computing
  • BrainPop Caroline: Digital Animation, Critical Reasoning, Imagination, Cloud Computing, Electrical Circuits
  • Redo all your Wonder questions that were incorrect. Caroline

3. What is one important thing that YOU think makes a group of people actually BE a community that works? Think about this for some moments so that your answer is a meaningful one.

…sending wishes for an evening (and a weekend) that is full of moments of care and consideration for one another, along with some sweet fun. Please be sure to arrive at RiverHawk at 9 am  on Monday, bringing three lunches and any other items you may need. Some of you don’t have hygiene items like toothbrushes and brushes or working alarm clocks. Be sure that at least one of your lunches can be taken in the kayak without prep. See tonight at 6:30. Happy Trails.

 

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