Family Bulletin November 2, 2018
Friday, November 2 – Community Meal; Discovery Days
November 5-9 – High School WA State History Trip
Monday, November 12 – Armistice Day: No School
Wednesday, November 14 – High School Museum Field Trip
November 15-16 – Middle School Urban Outing
Tuesday, November 20 – BTC Campus Visit
International Expedition Packets Due Today!
A reminder for the families of interested high school students that application packets are due today. We encourage everyone to apply, regardless of ability to pay. This looks to be a high-interest trip so make sure your packets are complete before submitting. You can contact Bacchus with any questions about submission, cost, or eligibility.
About once a month we open our campus and classrooms to students interested in enrolling at Explorations. Prospective middle and high school students will join us today for morning meeting, math and Spanish, our community meal, and cluster classes in the afternoon. Help us welcome them to our school!
Pepián For Community Meal
For community meal today we are serving traditional Guatemalan pepián. Pepián is a meat and vegetable stew made by dry-roasting chilis, onions, and spices into a rich paste, similar to Mexican mole poblano. To this sauce we will add roasted veggies and chicken, and serve over rice with homemade tortillas.Families and friends are welcome to join us, and there will be a vegetarian option. We serve at 11:20 am.
WA State History Trip Part 2: Western Washington
On Monday November 5, high school students will leave for the second half of their Washington State History class.Our first stop will be Olympia, where we’ll tour the Capital Building and take in some sights around the city. Next we head to Mount St. Helens, and here students will get two different views of the volcano: one from above at the Johnston Ridge Observatory, and another from inside the mountain as we walk through 2000-year-old lava tubes. Then we travel west to the Olympic Peninsula. Here, students will see some cultural history in Kurt Cobain Memorial Park, tour the logging museum in Forks, and stop to gawk at the world’s biggest cedar and spruce trees as we make our way north to Neah Bay. In beautiful Neah Bay, the Makah Tribe welcomes us to the reservation and students will get to tour the Makah Cultural and Research Center. On the way to Pt. Townsend we’ll stop to see restoration progress in the Elwha Valley, where the largest dam removal project in US history recently returned the Elwha River to its natural, free-flowing state. On Friday we take the ferry to Whidbey Island, where we’ll tour Fort Casey and see the 130-year-old armaments built into the cliff face to protect Admiralty Inlet. We’ll be back on campus for a 4:00 PM pick-up Friday afternoon.As before, this trip will last a full week and students will pack from the front-country packing list. Additionally, students should bring head-lamps, hiking boots, and garden-type gloves (with the rubbery palm) for touring the lava tubes. Cell phones are not permitted on this trip.
Middle School Urban Outing: Seattle
Middle school students are going to Seattle! On Thursday November 15, Tania and Ed will escort students to the city for an overnight field trip exploring the arts and sciences of Seattle. On the docket are stops at the Frye Art Museum to see Quenton Baker’s visual poetry exhibit, and the Pacific Science Center for hands-on STEM learning. More details coming next week.