Monday Message for November 04, 2019

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.

 

 

Message from the Director

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Dear Families,

This is our last week for our current series of workshops. You can access your learner’s workshops through Google Classroom and their online classes through iLEAD PowerSchool. Please reach out to your learner’s advisor if you need help accessing these sites.

We are currently working toward our WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) candidacy, and we invite all stakeholders to be a part of this process. Please check out the information below if you are interested in joining the WASC Committee.

With gratitude,

Malaka Donovan

LCAP/WASC Committee Invitation

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Empower Generations cordially invites our families, learners, and community stakeholders to our LCAP (Local Control and Accountability Plan) and WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) public meetings. 

The purpose of these meetings are to collaboratively collect learner data and document the academic and social emotional growth plans for Empower Generations Charter School. Meaningful engagement from families, learners, and all stakeholders representing the Empower Generations community is critical to LCAP accountability and WASC accreditation.

The process consists of creating subgroups to address specific sections of the documents, attending scheduled work sessions, and to inform the community of our WASC Accreditation status.  We value your input towards continuous school improvement and your understanding that this is a process and not an event. You can reach out to me at malaka.donovan@empowergenerations.org.

Thank you for your consideration.

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.

Empowered Connections

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Field Trip to Antelope Valley College

Learners took a tour of Antelope Valley College. They were able to speak to professors, ask students questions, and engage in the air-conditioning, refrigeration, and ventilation program and the aircraft fabrication and assembly program.

Wellness Center 

Representatives from the new Student Wellness Center came to speak to our learners to share what they have to offer. SWC offers health education, wellness services, confidential support, and peer leadership. We look forward to continuing to build a partnership with them!

Workshops

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Current workshops continue through November 8.

Ms. Jeanette

Driving Question: How do we step up to become better stewards of our environment?

Competencies: Scientific Investigation & Persuasion

In this project cycle, learners will be exploring what it means to be stewards of their environment and pushing for change in their communities. We began the cycle by investigating which sorbents are best at cleaning up oil spills and how density plays a role in the process. Learners compared aquatic oil spills to desert spills and began theorizing what threats are greatest to their personal urban ecosystem. As the cycle progresses learners will search for scientific solutions to local problems which strike chords within their hearts and create calls to action for their community.

Mr. Rob

PRESENTATION OF LEARNING: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12

Diagnose Me: What’s Wrong With Kareem?

Driving Question: How can I improve my employment and problem solving skills by studying the path to success in a medical or fitness profession?

Competencies: Authentic Problem Solving, Divergent Thinking, & Scientific Analysis and Investigation

For my second project cycle, the learners will be working on exploring the body system through professional life situations. Learners will then step into a profession that works with the human body, which will give them the opportunity to research and diagnose problems within the human body. We will be targeting Authentic Problem Solving, Divergent Thinking, and Scientific Analysis/Investigation as our competencies. The learners will showcase what they learned by presenting a diagnostic of a chosen human body part, in which I chose. They will then present to a medical board comprised of parents.

Ms. Tanya

Illuminated Journals

Driving Question: How can I increase my writing stamina to find the good within myself?

Competencies: Literary Analysis & Self Expression through Various Mediums

DONATIONS NEEDED!:  8 x 10 canvases, acrylic paints, various size paint brushes.  Thank you!

Over the course of our second project cycle, learners will be working toward increasing their writing stamina through the art of journaling. Writing stamina is the ability to focus and write independently for extended periods of time without becoming distracted or giving up.  Building writing stamina is a foundational piece that lays the groundwork for communicating ideas. Journal writing broadens the bandwidth between learners’ thoughts and their more formal writing. The Illuminated Journals project also links writing with original art. Their “Illuminated Journals” will provide them with the foundation to express themselves through art and create designs to bring their ideas to life. Learners will learn to express themselves through original art sketches, creative “Wreck This Journal” entries, and painting. Our workshop will attend the “LA Painting” exhibit at the Museum of Art and History to create art appreciation journal entries and begin exploring how they can use art for self-expression.

Ms. Jenna

Historical Video Scripts

Driving Question: How can I use research to create a high quality YouTube video that teaches, entertains, and informs?

Competencies: Global Research & Analysis & Generating Meaningful Questions

During this second workshop learners will be working on furthering their research skills.  They will be achieving this by reviewing the content of their sources, watching historical videos to glean information, and learning to determine which information is necessary to answer a historical question as well as to teach the details to someone else.  By the end of this workshop they will have completed their research and review of their historical question and will then have created a script, which they will use as the basis of their video, which will be created and completed by the end of the final workshop.

Upcoming Events

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Monday, 11/11: Veterans Day – Site Closed

Friday, 11/15: End of Learning Period 3

Friday, 11/22: Family Multicultural Feast

Monday-Friday, 11/25-29: Thanksgiving Break – Site Closed

Empowered Babies

donatedbabyitems

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

Current-Needs-Graphic

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.