April 20, 2021
May 4-5 – GiveBig 2021
May 5-7 – High School Backpacking Trip
May 12-14 – Middle School Backpacking Trip
May 17-21 – Washington State History Trip, High School
May 31 – Memorial Day, No School
June 16 – Term End
June 17-24 – High School, Final X Backpacking Trip
June 21-24 – Middle School, Final X Backpacking Trip
June 25 – Last Day of School
Both high school and middle school students will have the chance to go backpacking in May. High school students will be starting their trip on May 5th and returning on May 7th. Middle school students will be on the rail May 12th-14th. Both groups will be in the Chuckanuts.
Please note that the Covid Taskforce recently updated our policies to include backcountry experiences:
EXPLORATIONS ACADEMY BACKCOUNTRY COVID PROTOCOLS
All students must be tested within the 72 hours prior to departure on any overnight experience. Both PCR and rapid antigen tests are permitted. Students are required to quarantine between the time of testing and departure. During quarantine students should 1) eliminate any close contact with anyone outside the household, and 2) wear a mask when interacting with any members of the household who are not participating in the quarantine. Fully vaccinated students are not required to test or quarantine.
Once students are in the field, masks are not required unless people from outside the group are visible within 100 feet. Students should have masks readily accessible at all times to ensure that they can mask up rapidly as needed. Students will attempt to maintain at least three feet of social distancing at all times; however, there may be times when that may not be possible for safety or logistical reasons.
Explorations Academy employs tarp camping while in the field, which lends itself to the increased air circulation necessitated by COVID. Students sleeping under tarps will position their backpacks between each sleeping pad to ensure that as much space as possible is established between each participant.
For the 2021 Spring Sucia Island WA State History trip only, tents will be utilized. Each student will have their own tent unless the parents of all students sharing a tent have provided pre-approval in writing. In this case, no more than three students may share a tent.
To the extent possible, all items required on the Explorations Academy backcountry gear list should be clearly labeled with the student’s name to help prevent cross-contamination of personal belongings. Students should pack no fewer than three masks for overnight experiences to account for masks breaking or being otherwise compromised. Each student should also provide their own small bottle of hand sanitizer to use for the duration of the trip, which will be used, at minimum, before preparing/sharing food and after using the bathroom. Please make sure the bottle of hand sanitizer provided is large enough to last the duration of the excursion.
To the extent possible, we appreciate families transporting students to/from the trailhead. In the event that it is required, Explorations Academy will transport students. Windows will be cracked open and students will be required to mask up during this phase of the trip. Explorations will operate these buses at capacity if required.
Washington State History Trip
High school students will have the opportunity to spend a week on Sucia Island earning credit in Washington State History. This trip will go from May 17th-21st. Students who are unable to attend or who do not feel comfortable with the covid protocols may create an independent study for this five day period or opt to forego credit. Marley will be happy to work with families to coordinate these contracts. Students can choose to study any element of Washington’s history (the Sucia Island group will be focused on natural history and the role that indigenous peoples played in shaping the history of the region); however, Washington’s constitution must be addressed at some point (this is a state requirement). There will be no additional fee associated with this contract, but students should be ready to explore an element of Washington’s history that calls to them (art, music, technology, etc.) while providing clear evidence of learning.
For those going to Sucia, please be prepared for service work, lots of fantastic food, location-based curriculum, and a return to extended overnight adventures with Explorations!
Both the high school and middle school will have an atypical Friday schedule this week. Middle school students will be going hiking on the Chanterelle Trail. For those families who are able, we appreciate students being dropped off at the trailhead no later than 9:00. If your child needs transportation from the school, please notify Nora and make sure that your child is dropped off by 8:45.
High school students will be taking the second part of the Empowerment Project series on Friday. They will need laptops with headphones for the Zoom seminar.
Our Spring Auction is right around the corner. This is our most important fundraiser of the year, and we can use all the help we can get! We will be hosting the auction via Instagram again this year from June 9th to 13th. Would you like to help acquire auction items, provide testimonials, get us in touch with a guy who might donate something or contribute a vacation home to the cause?
Then please join us Tuesday evening, April 21st at 7:00pm for a quick Zoom meeting.
Topic: EA Fundraising Meeting
Time: Apr 21, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time
Meeting ID: 868 3754 3734
We look forward to seeing you there to help us plan and implement this event.
We are in need of parents to fulfill their parent hours for the school year. Every family is required to fulfill 36 hours within the school year. We have all kinds of activities that range for items you can do at your own home or at the school. Please contact Elizabeth.
Click the link for a list of items: https://www.signupgenius.com/
If there isn’t anything on the list that appeals to you, please contact Elizabeth to brainstorm ideas. We have a big fundraiser coming up that we need lots of help procuring items for and we have lots of repair and cleaning needs for the building. Let’s talk!
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