November 15, 2019
Friday, November 15 – Middle School Local Outing
November 20-22 – High School Urban Outing
Saturday, November 23 – International Dinner
Thursday, December 12 – Term End Celebration
Wednesday, December 18 – MOD Pizza Fundraiser
Saturday, February 29 – Casino Night
We’ll Do The Heavy Lifting For You
Students planning for this year’s international clusters are working hard to raise funds for the two trips. Some have volunteered specific services to the EA community, trading skills and labor for travel funds. We will feature student ads each week, highlighting the skills many of our talented scholars have to offer. This week’s student offers:
Hi, my name is Esther Botton and I am a junior at Explorations Academy. I was given the incredible opportunity to be a part of this year’s International trip to Peru. I am looking for odd jobs so I can work towards my fundraising goal. I am very skilled in childcare, house cleaning, yard work, cooking and many more labor-filled activities. While my goal is to fundraise for this trip, I am genuinely happy for the opportunity to help lighten your load. Thanks for your support.
We are 6 young travelers headed to Baja, Mexico for the first time. As a team, we want to offer our help with yard work and odd jobs that you need done this fall. We are available most weekends to tackle big jobs. Thank you!
If you have a specific job you need help with, contact Bacchus to match your job with a student fundraiser.
Middle School Field Outing
Middle school scholars took a field day in town last Friday, November 15, to take advantage of experiential opportunities right here in Bellingham. Mind cluster visited a hypnotherapy center and explore neurofeedback before heading to MindPort for their interactive exhibits. Food cluster toured the busy kitchen at Boundary Bay to learn about cooking on a restaurant scale, and then returned to cook a three-course meal with chef Eric Truglas in our own Commons.
All students arrived in “interview attire” and with a sack lunch. Additionally, the food cluster enjoyed their time in a working kitchen. Students returned back at school for a 4:00 pm release.
One of our biggest events of the year is the International Dinner, showcasing food and culture from the regions we will be traveling to during the winter term. Please invite your friends, family, and neighbors to join us. Dinner is by suggested $25 donation.
We will also need parent volunteers to help cook, serve, decorate, and clean. Click on the button below to sign up.
Big Gratitude For Parent Efforts
We’ve had a few big jobs around the school lately, and we want to give thanks to parents who have gone the extra mile to help out. Thank you to Amanda North and Larissa Mansfield for cataloging the library. Thank you to Rob Johnson for printing and laminating student ID cards. And thank you to Lisa Bluish for cleaning and organizing the kitchen. We appreciate your work and we love seeing you all around the building.
While We’re Talking About Travel…
We need to have passports for all international travelers on file at the school. Please bring them in ASAP to be scanned. Passports need to be valid for at least 6 months after the return date of our trips (August 2020). If your child needs to apply for or renew their passport, please let us know where you are in the process and share your child’s full name and birthdate as they will appear on the passport.
Expand Our Social Media Network
In an effort to win us some grant money, Colleen Mariotti posted a photo on her family’s Instagram account about Explorations Academy. Please like, comment, and share her post to increase our chances of winning some money. And while you are at it, please take the time to follow the EA’s own account and share your positive thoughts about us on Google, Facebook, and Greatschools.org. These reviews are consistently ranked as the primary means that new families research the school. Taking the 15 minutes to write one can make a huge difference in the school’s future as we move towards full enrollment.
High School Urban Outing
Our last urban outing of the term happens next week when both high school clusters leave the building to study criminology and theater out in the world. We’ll split our time between Bellingham and Vancouver, BC, taking advantage of local and international learning opportunities. Highlights of the upcoming trip include a visit to the Vancouver Police Museum and seminars with local theater directors.
Students should pack from the urban outing packing list, and be sure to arrive on Wednesday in “interview attire” for our activities. Don’t forget to pack a lunch and bring a refillable water bottle. Phones are not allowed on this trip.
Photo of the Week
The Mind cluster takes a new look at neurology by dissecting sheep brains to explore the structure and function of our own grey matter. Thanks to Bacchus for capturing this EA moment.