Monday Message for February 25, 2019

Upcoming Events


Mark your calendars for these upcoming events. Have questions? Call us at (661) 494-7454 or send an email to

  • Learner Internships (Jan. 7 to May 31)
  • Senior Portfolio Preparation (Jan. 7 to May 31)
  • Life Skills Workshop – Healthy Relationships (2/27-2/28)
  • Get Smart Be You Workshop – the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month
  • Benefit Dinner Planning Meeting – February 25th at 10 a.m.

Message from the Director


Dear Learners and Families,

What’s happening at EG?

iLEAD Online classes will be wrapping up on Friday, March 1st. Make sure to communicate with your Guide and submit ALL work before that Friday. In March, we will be beginning our online labs! Each learner will be assigned to one lab to focus on for the month of March. In STEAM, learners will be exploring the concept of homeostasis through building their own microenvironment (garden) or exploring and diagnosing an illness in a case study. Humanities Lab will dive into the concept of global citizenship and play-based learning around the world.

In addition to iLEAD Online, learners have a few more February workshops to complete. Last week, learners met engineers from Lockheed and created their own bottle rocket to demonstrate Newton’s Third Law. Next week, we will be hosting a Q&A panel wherein learners get to know their staff (and maybe some life lessons) through a Guess Who game and a series of questions.

This upcoming week in Child Development, we are focusing on learning about the developmental domains that are engaged during certain types of play. Learners will be encouraged to think about different activities and how they are helping children develop.

Learners, please reach out on days that you are absent. My direct line is (661) 537-3719.

Sha’Kirim “Sha’Ki” Brown



Learner Spotlight – Emily Valenzuela

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What is something that people would be surprised to know about you?

  • Emily transitioned into foster care after living with her mother.

What is something that you are passionate about?

  • Emily is passionate about her daughter and their future.

Tell me the best part about being a teen mother.

  • Emily enjoys that her daughter picks up on her mood during times of sadness.

How has Empower Generations supported you as a parent and a learner?

  • Parenthood: EG supports us with allowing us to bring our babies to school and watching them as we do our work.
  • Student: Emily feels supported because we create realistic goals for our learners.

Facilitator Spotlight: Ms. Fornelli (Humanities Teacher)

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What is something that people would be surprised to know about you?

  • Ms. Fornelli is fluent in French and has a French law degree.

What is something that you are passionate about?

  • Ms. Fornelli is passionate about the literacy of young children.

How has Empower Generations changed your perception of education or educational leadership?

  • Empower Generations has made Ms. Fornelli realize that there are several paths to achieving the same goal.

Vision in Education Volunteer Meeting


Please come to the iLEAD Antelope Valley region Vision In Education Benefit Dinner team meeting.
When: Monday, February 25th, at 10 a.m.
Where: iLEAD Lancaster, Holodeck
Please join us and find out all the ways YOU can help make this event a huge success!

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Fun Fact: National Chocolate-Covered Nut Day

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National Chocolate Covered Nut Day is observed each year on February 25th. It is a day for the delicious crunchy nut to be enjoyed once it has been covered in chocolate.  The possibilities are endless, as there are so many different types of nuts, as well as different types of chocolate.

For thousands of years, nuts have been a staple of the human diet.  The walnut was a favorite of the ancient Greeks and Romans, while the pecans were a favorite of the Native Americans.

Both chocolate and nuts can be good for you. Dark chocolate possesses a substantial amount of antioxidants, while the nuts contain the essential fatty acids and linolenic acids. The fats in nuts, for the most part, are unsaturated fats, including monounsaturated fats. Nuts also provide arginine, a substance that may help make the walls of the arteries more flexible and less prone to blockage from blood clot formation. Many nuts are good sources of vitamins E and B2 and are rich in protein, folate, fiber and essential minerals, such as magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and selenium.

The first chocolate-covered peanut candy was Goobers, which were originally sold in 1925.  The word “Goober” was a common slang word for peanut.

One of the more recognized chocolate-covered nuts is the M&M. These chocolate-covered peanuts or chocolate-covered almonds have become a favorite of many.  The peanut M & M was introduced in 1954. They were tan until 1960, when the colors red, yellow, and green were added to production.