October 11, 2019
Saturday, October 12 – Farm to Table Dinner
Wednesday, October 16 – High School PSAT Exam
October 17-19 – Painting Party Downstairs
Friday, October 18 – In-Service: No School
October 23-25 – High School Urban Outing
Friday, October 25 – Applications Due for International Trip
International Expeditions Packets and Applications
We are thrilled to announce two international expeditions for students this winter. The high school will head to Peru for four weeks, while middle school students will embark on southern Baja, Mexico. These international expeditions are amazing opportunities for students to travel, explore, and discover under the leadership of EA staff who know these regions well. Both packets are included below. Contact Bacchus for more information about fundraising, planning, and applications.
High School Takes PSAT Next Week
All high school students will sit for the PSAT on Wednesday, October 16. This is the only standardized test we require of our students, and it’s important for a few reasons. First, colleges and scholarship organizations use PSAT records to contact students for programs, money, or other higher education support. Solid test scores often draw positive attention from College Board’s partner organizations. Second, the test gives students some practice taking this sort of standardized test; comfort and practice translate into higher scores on the SAT.
This test will take most of the morning, leading up to lunch. All students should arrive well-rested and fed. The PSAT answer sheet requires students to provide current contact information including mailing addresses, parent phone numbers, and email addresses. This contact information is how scholarship organizations and schools to contact students they want to support. Please make sure your child has this information written down when they arrive at school on Wednesday. Students will not be able to call or text during test time. We’ll send out a reminder next week, and you can contact your child’s advisor with any other questions.
Middle School Returns This Afternoon
We welcome our intrepid travelers home from EA’s first urban outing of the year. They plan to be back at school and ready for a 4:00 pm pick-up.
Fundraising Committee Forming Now
Join the fundraising committee! We have 3 big events coming up that need your help. The International Dinner will be on November 23 this year, raising money for our two international trips. Casino Night, on February 29, promises to be a swanky and thrilling affair. Last, we have started planning our largest event of the year, the Spring Gala, scheduled for April 25. Many hands make light work. Contact Joy Pesaturo or Liz Kuchling for ideas on how to help. There will be a meeting in the near future, date to be determined.
Student Speech on Trial
Crime & Punishment cluster held their first mock trial, staging the landmark free speech case Tinker v. Des Moines. Defense and Plaintiff teams both scripted their own arguments based on Supreme Court precedents, while a panel of judges considered the evidence of key witnesses. At times hilarity overcame courtroom decorum, but the exercise sparked serious discussion about the privileges and limits of controversial speech in schools.
Fall Farm to Table Dinner
We hope that many of you will be able to attend this amazing event with a fabulous, locally-sourced meal prepared by EA parent, Chef Eric Truglas of the Captain Whidbey Inn. Tomorrow, October 12, Truglas will prepare a four-course meal of French-fusion food, featuring locally-sourced ingredients. This will be our biggest fundraiser of the fall season, and we very much appreciate you spreading the word about this fantastic event. Tickets are still available. You can preview the menu and order tickets through the EA website below.
We are also in need of a few more silent auction items. Items to consider donating include:
Labor (painting, house cleaning, yard work)
Please contact Joy with questions about the dinner or to donate auction items. Thank you for your support!
Painting Party to Beautify Downstairs Classrooms
As our school grows, we have expanded into previously under-used spaces downstairs. Please join us for a work party to help paint the Rookery, a couple of classrooms, and the downstairs bathroom. Our schedule:
Thursday, Oct 17: taping and cleaning, 4-8 pm
Friday, Oct 18: taping, cleaning, and painting, 9 am-6 pm
Saturday, Oct 19: painting and clean-up, 9 am until the finish
Thanks for your help to beautify our learning spaces!
Photo of the Week
Travelers in the Mind cluster gather at the Seattle waterfront, in front of the iconic Great Wheel on Pier 57. Thanks to Tania for capturing this EA moment.