January 10, 2020
Monday, January 20 – Middle School Baja Trip Departure
Friday, January 21 – Lantern Illuminated Procession
Saturday, February 29 – Casino Night, 6 to 10pm
Our winter term is a 6-week intensive, where students take only 4 classes and get to invest in substantial projects. Many of our students travel during this term, but we reserve our most hands-on, experiential, project-based clusters for the students who choose to stay at home. Over the next 6 weeks we will bring you tons of photos and stories from home and from abroad. Look for these stories on the website, Instagram and of course here in the Family Bulletin. We will also host a Term End event at the end of Winter Term to share student learning with the larger community.Speaking of winter, there is snow in the forecast for next week. In the past we have followed Bellingham Public Schools for snow closures, but starting this year we will no longer automatically close when the public schools close. Since we have only one small campus, we want to do our best to stay open and continue classes as scheduled. We will send out an email notification if weather compels us to close school for safety reasons, and you can always call the office if you have questions about closures. Of course, we know students travel to EA from all over two counties, so if weather prohibits you from safely making it to school please let us know and the absence will not count against attendance.
The Peru cluster will depart from EA this Saturday evening, beginning their long voyage to South America and across this incredible country. We will miss them, but we look forward to daily updates on Instagram while they are away (@explorationsacademy). In addition, every 2-3 days we will post longer stories from their travels on the school’s blog.
All traveling students should be at the school no later than 7:00pm for final gear check and goodbye photos. Bon voyage, travelers!
Emergence from the darkness of winter is a journey we make alone, together. Join the YOYO middle schoolers and help celebrate the self-expression glowing from within their beautifully embellished and hand-crafted paper lanterns.
Celebrate art, light, health, community, and the Skagit ecosystem with live music, in-the-moment luminary making, and a luminary-lit procession. The 6th Annual Illuminight Winter Walk is hosted by the Skagit Watershed Council. This free event starts at 3:30pm on Friday, January 31, and culminates with a 1-mile lantern-lit walk. Bring your own lantern, or come to Tri Dee Arts at 3:30 to craft a simple paper bag luminary. See the event Facebook page below for more information.
Welcome New Families!
Four new families have joined us this term, and our new students bring a range of experiences, skills, interests, and stories to our community. We look forward to getting to know them as scholars and as friends. Welcome!
Photo of the Week
Rohan is our in-house expert on all things survival and camp-craft. He’s in the Baja cluster this term, but he hopped over to Rhys’ YOYO classroom to share his “bug-out bag” with students. This is a (sort of) simple emergency kit he’s prepared to grab and go in case of emergency. Thanks to Rhys for capturing this EA moment.