Monday Message for December 02, 2019

Upcoming Events

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12/7: Lancaster Parade

12/19: Giving Celebration

12/20: End of 1st Semester

12/23 – 1/13: Winter Break

Lancaster City Christmas Parade This Saturday!

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We are participating in our first community event! On December 7, we will be part of the Lancaster City Christmas Parade! We will be teaming up with iSPIRIT from iLEAD Lancaster in a cheer/dance routine. Practices are at iLEAD Lancaster, Monday and Wednesday from 3:00 to 4:30. Please arrange to pick up your cheerleader from iLEAD Lancaster at 4:30 p.m. on those days. 

Winter Fundraiser This Friday!

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Before the year ends, the Bobcats will host a night of B-I-N-G-O on December 6 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. We are looking for small businesses to donate goodies for gifts baskets to raffle off and give away as prizes! If you know of any willing/potential donors, please let us know.

The Art Club Presents the Winter Gala

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The Art Club is holding a Winter Gala in January 2020. The Winter Gala will be a formal dinner in which community members will learn about our school and purchase art created by learners. Learners will receive 100% of the profit generated by their art.

Call for Artists!

In order to have their art selected for the gala, learners must create a portfolio which includes all the steps listed below. Each step will be a tab in the portfolio with appropriate documentation.

  • Submit an Intent to Participate Form to Ms. Jeanette. When you submit this, Ms. Jeanette will follow up with you, help you plan, and hold you accountable.
  • Choose a Theme! Use this form to decide on a theme and what you will be expressing through your art.
  • Sketch It Out! Make three to five sketches of ideas. Next to each sketch, write a few thoughts, a few ideas for improvement, the size of your planned piece, and the medium (paint, pencil, crayon, ink, etc.) you want to create it in. Make sure to incorporate some of the Elements of Art and Principles of Design.
  • Create a Prototype! Make a three-inch scale drawing of your best sketch. Please use full color in your medium in this prototype. For info on scale drawings, click here
  • Reflect! Ask someone to give you honest feedback via this form, then use these questions to reflect on how you will improve before your final product.
  • Budget! Use this spreadsheet to create a budget for supplies. Consider how much of each item you will need and where it will be best to buy from.
  • Purchase Supplies! You may purchase supplies with your own funds or with a loan from someone. If someone (parents, Art Club, etc.) offers you a loan, the cost will be deducted from the final purchase price of your piece so that you may pay them back. Document your loan here.
  • Fundraise! Art Club will hold two fundraisers to help pay for supplies. You must participate in at least one to earn a portion of the funds. Funds raised will not have to be paid back and will be distributed evenly among participants. Sign up for fundraisers here.
  • Create! Begin work on your masterpiece. Your final piece must have a minimum of five hours invested in it. Log your creative process in a series of photographs and blurbs in the form or on a Google Site.
  • Price It! Create a starting bid for your piece using this form. The form takes into account things like time, supplies, and level of training.

Explain! Create a rough draft of the title and explanation of your piece. The final title and explanation will be displayed next to your piece at the gala. This is your opportunity to express yourself to the audience and display your knowledge. For complete expectations of the explanation, click here.

#GivingTuesday Is This Week, and We’re Participating!

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#GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world on December 3, 2019, and every day. This #GivingTuesday, people around the world will be making online, year-end donations to causes and organizations they care about. We ask that you spread the word to your friends and family to think about financially supporting Empower Generations in that special and simple way on December 3.

If you’d like to contribute early, please click to donate below. Your gift will directly benefit Empower Generations’ learners by providing hands-on curriculum, state-of-the-art technology, field trips, art materials, professional development, and the school’s day-to-day operating expenses that are not funded by the state. Thank you for your support!

 
 

iLEAD Student Aerospace Project: Science Accelerator Mission 2019-20

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CLICK HERE for more information.

Empowered Babies

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Driving Question: How can we use our senses to explore, learn, and grow while we play?

We will continue exploring the different types of play with our babies in addition to a new writing project in our Advisory. 

Empowered Families Need Donations

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Donated items keeps our curriculum fresh and innovative. 

Current needs include:

  • Different-colored sheer fabric
  • Sandpaper 
  • Tape (duct, painter’s, masking, scotch); we’re open to colored or patterned, too
  • Sprinkles
  • Glycerin
  • Baby oil 
  • Rice 
  • Craft pom-poms
  • Whisk 
  • Ribbon

Morning Mindfulness

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Each morning from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m., our site offers a time of mindfulness for the whole school community. Some of the options include yoga, coloring, quiet spaces for meditation, making rain, and more.  

8 Things to Know About Mindfulness:

  • Mindfulness is not obscure or exotic. It’s familiar to us because it’s what we already do, how we already are. It takes many shapes and goes by many names.
  • Mindfulness is not a special added thing we do. We already have the capacity to be present, and it doesn’t require us to change who we are. But we can cultivate these innate qualities with simple practices that are scientifically demonstrated to benefit ourselves, our loved ones, our friends and neighbors, the people we work with, and the institutions and organizations we take part in
  • You don’t need to change. Solutions that ask us to change who we are or become something we’re not have failed us over and over again. Mindfulness recognizes and cultivates the best of who we are as human beings.
  • Mindfulness has the potential to become a transformative social phenomenon. Here’s why:
  • Anyone can do it. Mindfulness practice cultivates universal human qualities and does not require anyone to change their beliefs. Everyone can benefit and it’s easy to learn.
  • It’s a way of living.  Mindfulness is more than just a practice. It brings awareness and caring into everything we do—and it cuts down needless stress. Even a little makes our lives better.
  • It’s evidence-based. We don’t have to take mindfulness on faith. Both science and experience demonstrate its positive benefits for our health, happiness, work, and relationships.
  • It sparks innovation. As we deal with our world’s increasing complexity and uncertainty, mindfulness can lead us to effective, resilient, low-cost responses to seemingly intransigent problems.

 

 

Advisory: Why, Who, and How

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WHY

Advisory is the hub of who we are and provides an opportunity to support personal growth and build relationships. This year, we will build upon FOUR PILLARS: Learn to Learn, Learn to Love, Learn to Collaborate, and Learn to Live. Each month we will focus on one pillar with a variety of activities. Last week, Advisories spent time together learning about self, learning about one another and learning about their communities through games, team building activities and creating a “common space piece” that is now displayed in our Village.  

WHO

Here are our seven advisory groups!  

  • Mr. Rob and Campfire Clout
  • Ms. Tanya and La Familia
  • Ms. Jeanette and The Soul Catchers
  • Ms. Steph/Ms.Tori/Ms. Elayne and the Strong Unique Moms
  • Ms. Sheba/Ms. Danielle and The Successful Learners
  • Ms. Jenna and The Little Rascals 
  • Ms. Rachael Hustle Headquarters

HOW

Every learner has their advisor and advisory that meets Monday through Thursday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. You learner’s advisor will be their academic accountability partner for all classes, be their advocate if they need anything, and help them reach their goals for the year. We hope to see them there as much as possible.