October 18, 2019
Friday, October 18 – In-Service: No School
October 23-25 – High School Urban Outing
Friday, October 25 – International Expedition Applications Due
October 28-November 1 – Midterm Conferences
High School Urban Outing Next Week
We’re gearing up to take Crime & Punishment and Theater clusters on a whirlwind tour of the city for next week’s urban outing, the first of the year for high school students. We have activities and lessons planned at UW Theater Department, University of Seattle, and King County Sheriff’s Office. However, the highlight of the trip will be attendance for both clusters at a matinee of Seattle Repertory Theater’s showing of Indecent. Written by Paula Vogel, Indecent recounts the story of a play staged in the 1920s, after which the entire cast was arrested on charges of obscenity. The play covers themes of censorship, history, politics, and art, offering an exciting chance for the clusters to share with each other their different learning on these topics.
This is a two-night trip, and students should pack from the urban excursion packing list. Everyone will need a sleeping bag, personal dishes, and lunch for the first day. Also, remember that we expect students to wear “interview attire” for these trips. Those who arrive in leggings, sweats or a tee-shirt will need to change before leaving with the group. Please contact your child’s advisor if you have any questions about what constitutes interview attire. Phones are not allowed on the urban outing.
The week starting Monday, October 28 is our midterm conference week. During this time, staff members schedule meetings with the parents of their advisees to discuss academics, goals, upcoming events, and social topics. Advisors will have a summary of progress in each of their advisee’s classes, along with a “snapshot” grade. These conferences generally last about a half-hour. Expect an email from your child’s advisor in the next week to schedule appointments.
Camber to Feature Local Lamb on Menu
Camber is an upscale cafe in downtown Bellingham, serving specialty coffee, wine, and small plates. Their kitchen takes pride in sourcing high-quality ingredients from local suppliers, and starting this season they will feature lamb from Jay’s Tariku Farm. Did you know that teacher Jay is also a farmer? He and his wife raise sheep on their property in Everson. Congrats to Jay and Beth for securing this contract. They also sell cuts by the pound, and you can email Jay for prices and ordering.
Internet Improvements: Update
As promised, our network is receiving an upgrade! Expect faster internet speeds starting next week. If you would like to support our efforts to improve technology and computing at EA, consider contributing to our Technology Improvement Campaign.
Painting Party Last Weekend
Parents and students came for an hour but stayed the day! We spruced up our downstairs learning spaces with a fresh coat of paint. We welcomed all interested helpers on Friday and Saturday. Contact Liz for an update on future school beautification projects.
Don’t Forget to Log Your Hours!
EA has a web-based tracking system for parents to log their volunteer hours. We value your gift of time and want to be able to celebrate all of the hard work you contribute. Additionally, all families commit to a certain number of hours for the school year as part of enrollment, so make sure that your time gets documented.
International Expedition Applications Due
Applications for both middle and high school International Expeditions are due on Friday, October 25, along with the initial deposit. These are life-changing trips for travelers of all ages, and we encourage all students to participate in at least once during their time at EA.
We’re Still Scheduling Blisterama Events Through the Fall
Fall is a great time to clean up the garden or the garage, and finally, tackle that big project you’ve been putting off. Need extra hands? Hire our crew of hard-working teens to help. If you, your neighbors, or your friends or family have a big job coming up, contact Liz to schedule a Blisterama.
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 or Liz for ideas on how to help. There will be a meeting in the near future, date to be determined.
Photo of the Week
Students display a selection of appetizers before meal service at last week’s Farm to Table Dinner. The event was a blast, with incredible food, great company, and (of course) outstanding service. Thanks to Joy for capturing this EA moment.