November 30, 2018
Thursday, December 13 – Term End Celebration
Friday, December 14 – Secret Santa Gift Exchange; Last Day of Fall Term
Saturday, December 15 – Vietnam Fundraising Dinner
Putting the Phở in Fundraiser
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Vietnamese food is highly regarded for its subtle and delicious flavor combinations. One very popular Vietnamese dish is phở, a soup commonly eaten for breakfast in Vietnam and seasoned with beef bones, basil, bean sprouts, lime juice, and some salty fish sauce (to taste). Come enjoy a bowl of phở with the students going to Vietnam in January. The “phở feed” will be on December 15, at 6:00 p.m. here at EA. Recommended donation is $25.00, but considering contributing more to support students going on this adventure. Join us, and bring your friends! Please contact Bacchus to reserve your seats.
EA Students Team Up With Whatcom Waldorf
On Wednesday a small group of Explorations students visited Whatcom Hills Waldorf School to help the 8th grade class with a reforestation project on their campus. We spread lots of bark to protect the soil and roots of mature trees. In the process we learned about watersheds, and how permeable surfaces are necessary to keep rainwater clean on its way to Lake Whatcom.
This restoration project helps us offset the carbon footprint of our upcoming Vietnam trip, an important part of our planning efforts. Our kids worked hard and made good connections with other students. We look forward to many more cooperative, off-campus projects like this in the future.
Bluffworks Armchair Auction
We want to highlight an opportunity to support the school while getting great new travel gear. Bluffworks not only makes some of Bacchus’ most essential travel items, they have also been generously supporting the school for many years. Bacchus tells the story of Bluffworks’ connection to Explorations Academy on our website.
This year, they have donated $1000 worth of amazing gear for us to auction off. The money raised will support our ability to offer reduced tuition so that all appropriate students can participate in a truly global education. You can browse auction items and place bids on the EA website.
Congratulations to Amelia!
Explorations Academy student Amelia O’Connell recently won the Youth Peace Poetry Competition and recited her winning poem last Friday at the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center. If you missed this chance to see one of our EA scholars recognized in the community, you will have another opportunity coming up. Sylvia Center for the Arts will produce her play “Gravedigger 3” November 30 and December 1. Her play was the audience favorite at the Brass Monkey Cold Read Series. Tickets are $10, $5 for students, and can be purchased at the door or online. Shows start at 9:00 each night.
Daniel DJs Morning Meeting
Daniel took over morning meetings this week to share his abundant knowledge about the history of the record industry. Vinyl has made a resurgence of popularity recently, and records now account for 10% of the overall market share of physical music sold today. Daniel covered the basics of how to operate a turntable and what makes vinyl such an attractive format for audiophiles. Throughout the week he spent time explaining the influence of the turntable as a musical instrument and its relation to the DJing culture of the 1970-90s, which is considered to be the golden age of the turntablist. He discussed add-on hardware such as the Dr. Boss 202 Drum Machine and 404 Sampler and how they were used in a performance. Finally, he ended the week with a record listening party that included everything from the Rolling Stone’s “Beast of Burden” to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s “Our House,” which he is trying to establish as the unofficial theme song for Explorations Academy.
Secret Santa is Coming!
On Wednesday we drew names for our annual Secret Santa exchange, which will take place on Friday, December 14. In the past we’ve had separate gift exchanges between staff and students; this year, teachers and both middle and high school students are all in it together! The requirement: the gift must be handmade. This is a fun tradition to close out the fall term and send students into winter break.