June 2, 2021
June 9-13 – EA’s Spring Virtual Auction on Instagram
June 16 – Term End Presentations, 6pm, Larrabee State Park
June 17-24 – High School, Final X Backpacking Trip
June 21-24 – Middle School, Final X Backpacking Trip
June 25 – Last Day of School
With health metrics continuing to improve and the blessing of the Szymczak family, we are opening up this year’s graduation ceremony to all friends and family of the school. Please join us at the Lightcatcher Building (Whatcom Museum) at 5:45 (ceremony starts promptly at 6:00) on Friday, June 4th. We are asking all families to socially distance and wear masks when they cannot guarantee six feet of separation. We will also be broadcasting via Zoom for those who prefer to participate remotely.
Help on the Final Expedition
With the Final Expedition rapidly approaching, we have a few final asks of the community. First and foremost, we would very much appreciate two volunteers to drive buses to the East Bank Trailhead on the morning of June 17th.
Secondly, we have more groups headed into the field than we have satellite communication devices. In the event that your family has a Garmin In-Reach or similar satellite communication device, we would very much appreciate borrowing it for the week. We are happy to take care of subscription costs.
Final Covid Test of the School Year
Please remember that all students will need either proof of full immunization or a negative Covid test done in the 72 hours prior to departure on the Final Expedition. There is still time to complete the full vaccination series from start to finish for all students 12 and older.
Final Expedition Logistics
We are all set with our reservations for this year’s Final Expedition. The high school groups will be on the East Bank Trail on beautiful Ross Lake, and the middle school group will be going over Fourth of July Pass and following Panther Creek. High school students will need to bring their backpacks fully loaded on June 15th (with TermEnd the next night we want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to get needed supplies). They will be departing from Explorations Academy on the morning of June 17th. Half of those students will be getting on a boat taxi immediately upon arriving at Ross Lake, so it is critical that all students arrive before 9:00.
Those students will be back at school for a normal 4:00 pickup on June 24th.
Middle school students will have their gear check on June 18th. They will need to be at school no later than 9:00 on June 21st for their departure. They will be back at school and available for pickup at noon on June 24th.
The gear list can be found here.
Gear from Last Trip
We are still missing a few group items from the last backpacking trip. Please return any whistles, tarps, water filters, or stoves that may have inadvertently been taken home ASAP.
Virtual Spring Auction
We are in the process of procuring for our largest fundraiser of the year. It’s extremely important that all families contribute in some way to ensure that our school can keep tuition rates as low as possible while providing our students with an excellent EA education. Time spent procuring items counts towards required parent hours. At this point, we are looking for donations for our Virtual Auction on Instagram from June 9th to 13th. Our goal is $15k. Our last virtual fundraiser in October of 2020, we were able to raise $7k with 40 items listed over 5 days. This time, we would like to list 60 items in 5 days, but we would like to collect larger packages with vacation stays and “experiences”.
Here are a few ideas to think about:
•Vacation rentals/cabin stays/airline miles/hotel stays
•Services like house cleaning, yard work, paint a room, dump run, etc.
•Dessert or dinner of the month for 3 or 6 months
•Artwork, jewelry, homemade items, etc.
•Experiences like sunset boat rides, guided nature hikes, borrow of kayaks/SUPS with a picnic
As always, if you have a connection with a local business or artisan, please consider asking them for a donation. Attached is a “Business Ask Letter” for you to use with your request. When asking, please let them know that we will acknowledge and thank them by tagging their business
while the Virtual Auction on Instagram is happening, list their business on EA’s website, and in our printed catalog. We will also send a donation tax receipt after the auction.
A very important piece to all of this is to have all your friends and families to “like” Explorations Instagram posts. The more people we have interacting on the IG page, the more free publicity we receive. Even if they are not “bidding” on items, just “liking” our posts helps push the algorithm. Although we will be doing a massive push on Facebook and Instagram, it is everyone who helps in these small ways that helps push the auction.
Please drop off all donations in the office at school or email me with details. Thanks in advance for your generosity! Please feel free to contact Elizabeth with any questions or donation updates.
Introducing Maya Taranow
Maya Taranow will be joining us for the high school Final Expedition. She graduated from Explorations Academy in 2017 when she also earned her Wilderness First Responder certification as part of her Capstone Project. Since then she has walked the Camino de Santiago as part of EA’s Gap Year Program, volunteered in the US Virgin Islands after Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and started her studies at Southern Oregon University where she is majoring in Outdoor Adventure Leadership. We look forward to having her join us as an intern on the Final Expedition.
In the event that your child’s dietary restrictions have changed since the start of the school year, please notify us so we can properly prepare for food needs on the Final Expedition. We also appreciate help buying food items for these students if there are highly specialized requests.
Independent Study Deadline
Any students interested in pursuing Independent Study Contracts over the summer need to complete the required paperwork no later than June 4th. Please return to your student’s advisor for approval.
Due to messes being left behind and students returning late from lunch, we have implemented a few new rules to cooking in the Commons.
Cooking in the Commons is limited to high school students at this time.
Students need to be actively cooking to be in the Commons.
All cooking and cleanup needs to be completed by 12:30. Students who have not cleaned up by this time will lose cooking privileges.
Students still need to use their own dishes that are clearly labeled with their names. In addition, all eating still needs to take place outside of the building.