Monday Message for November 18, 2019

Message from the Director

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Dear Families,

Our annual Multicultural Feast is this Friday from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Please use the link below to sign up for a dish to bring. We welcome all of you to pause and spend some time with the Empower Generations/Innovation Studios community while enjoying the traditional foods of our families! We really hope to see you there.

With gratitude,

Malaka Donovan

Upcoming Events

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11/21: Friendsgiving Team Building 

11/22: Family Multicultural Feast

11/25-29: Thanksgiving Break – Site Closed

12/7: Lancaster Parade

12/19: Giving Celebration

12/20: End of 1st Semester

12/23 – 1/13: Winter Break

You Are Invited to Our Multicultural Feast!

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Families, please join us for our annual Multicultural Feast on Friday, November 22, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. It is a tradition at iLEAD Schools to gather and celebrate our diversity and family culture. This favorite tradition is a wonderful way for all of our families to share a meal and learn more about other cultures in our school! 

  • We are asking each family to bring in a dish that represents their heritage, culture, or favorite Thanksgiving tradition. 
  • We ask that you bring the food in disposable containers if possible.
  • Please note the food preparation guidelines below. The suggested amount for each dish is enough to serve 15-20 people. 
 

Food Safety Guidelines: 

  1. Wash your hands before handling food, after using the restroom, and whenever changing tasks. Use gloves when in direct contact with foods. 
  2. Keep foods either below 41°F or at or above 135°F to prevent bacteria reproduction and growth. 
  3. Clean and sanitize utensils and food contact surfaces, such as cutting boards. Do not cut raw meat (poultry, pork, meat, game, fish) on the same cutting boards as fresh fruit and vegetables. 
  4. Avoid handling food when you are sick. 
  5. Cook food thoroughly. (Poultry 165°F, ground meat 155°F, pork and eggs 145°F.) 

Create a Multicultural Feast & Celebration Card for Your Food Item:

  1. Name of the food:___________________________________ 
  2. Chosen culture/country: ______________________________ 
  3. Your recipe/ingredients (important for learners with allergies)

Friendsgiving Team-Building Activity

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Ms. Shanna has put together a fun team-building event for Thursday, November 21, at 10:50 a.m. Please see her to reserve your spot. There are only 15 available!

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Empower Generations to Perform in Lancaster City Christmas Parade

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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 will start next week 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. The parade theme is ‘Twas the Moon Landing Before Christmas, so our girls will be dressing as Buzz Lightyear. We’re asking if the girls can come in with plain to mildly designed large boxes to create their flight wings by November 18.

Winter Fundraiser

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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. Please check future Monday Messages for details. 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.

Boys’ Basketball: Go, Bobcats!

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Our boys have been practicing each week and have shown off their hard work in some scrimmages.  Last Friday night, they played against Team Crush Basketball with doubles wins 34-22 for the first scrimmage and 41-39 for the second scrimmage. 

Way to go, Bobcats! Thank you for making this happen, Coach Rob and Coach Adam!

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.

Save the Date for #GivingTuesday!

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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