As the Summer winds down, we are gearing up for the next school year. Here is the official calendar in case you ever need to double check a date.
The final countdown for our school year is here. Today signaled 18 more school days. Where has the time gone? We've done lots of school work, taken some amazing field trips, and grown physically, mentally, and spiritually.
While we are hanging on to finish strong, it is also a time to plan for what is to come--the 2016-17 school year. We will be changing our schedule for the Kindergarten and 1st Grade students next year. Their school hours will be from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The school day will remain the same for 2nd through 12th graders--8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
We will be having a summer school program again with two separate sessions. The first session is 4 weeks long and will run from June 6 thru July 1. The second session session is 2 weeks long running from July 25 thru August 5.
Summer school hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and can be broken into two different sessions,
9-12 p.m. and 12-3 p.m. The cost is $15 per session ($30 full day) with a $50 registration fee.
Each morning will be spent on academics and the afternoons will be filled with various activities: art, reading, movies, cooking, gardening, etc.
If you are interested in our summer school program, please give me a call to get the enrollment ball rolling!
We have two more weeks of summer vacation!!!! I have several more outings planned for my kids--last trip to the beach, Six Flags trip (earned through their reading program this spring), outing to Lawrence Hall of Science (library reading program reward which we usually forget about--oops!), and a trip to Marin to see the Civic Center designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. We read a book called The Wright Three by Blue Balliett a while back. The book is about three sixth grade friends who become involved in trying to save a house that was built by Frank Lloyd Wright from being torn down. We loved the book--the mystery behind the lights at night, the suspicious characters, and the legend of the house. So I requested lots of books about Frank Lloyd Wright from the library and after we see some of his creations we're going to go explore one ourselves.
So what books have you been reading with your kids this summer? My kids read on their own, I read some to them, and we listen to books on CD during our car trips. Somehow we seem drawn to books in a series. Some of our recent favorite authors are Blue Balliett, Brandon Mull, and Jennifer A. Nielsen.
Let me know your favorites and we'll check them out too!
The first bit of news is that we have moved to a new location!!!!! We are right across the parking lot in the modular associated with Antioch Family Church at 330 Worrell Road.
The second bit of news is that the first month of summer school is already over! Here's some of the fun we're having: (yes, we're also doing a little academic work each day!)
The end of school is upon us already!!!!! At Paideia we are planning our summer school program. It is going to be a little different this year from previous years--work a little, play a lot! Monday through Thursday the students will work on math, grammar, reading, and California history. There will also be swimming, picnics in the park, art, baking with bread, and field trips every Friday.
$50 registration fee $30/day $15/half day $5/hour $1.25/quarter hour
If you don't already have summer plans for your kids, maybe you'd like to come join us?
Give me a call to set up an appointment.
Well, this entire year has flown by and I didn't post one single item for Paideia! I did post on our Facebook page and if you would like to see what happened at school this year, you can visit us there. We are alive and well and preparing for the 2015-16 school year. If you are looking for a school for your children for next year, come check us out!
Friday, May 30th is our last day of school!!!!!!!!! Instead of our traditional end of year potluck lunch, this year we are going to have a regular lunch followed by a MASSIVE ice cream party. There are sign-up sheets at school but if you would like to just drop by and join us that would be fine too. We will begin the ice cream party at 12:00 and at 12:30 the students will be dismissed to begin their summer vacations!!!!!!!!!
The Botany class went to The Ruth Bancroft Garden for their last field trip. Our docent was so friendly and told us not just about the garden but about the history of the Bancroft family and the surrounding area. Ruth Bancroft was born in 1908 and is still alive today and lives in the farmhouse just behind the garden. The Bancroft farm actually started as a 400 acre orchard and now encompasses 12 acres, 3 of which are garden. Ruth Bancroft is still an avid gardener, the roses to the left are her garden behind the farmhouse, and is active in teaching classes. She was scheduled to teach a class the day after our tour--that would have been a class to attend!
Ruth Bancroft experimented with plants that grow well in the dry hot climate of our area. These plants are called succulents and they actually store water in themselves so they do not require a lot of watering. The story I heard was that Ruth's husband gave her 2 acres of land to do with what she wanted, and so the garden began.
This was the original entrance to the garden and became known as Ruth's Folly. Folly is another word for gazebo, which I did not know, but it also stands by it's more well-known meaning since the garden became so BIG. Ruth loved the study of plants and when she found a plant that intrigued her, she studied it and figured it out and then added one of every kind she could find to the garden.
We started and ended our tour in the center of the garden by the pond. Ruth placed the pond in the center and all the paths branch out and away from it. Even though the succulent plants do not need much water, the pond is a symbol of the beauty of water and it's importance to the well-being of the world all around.
This being spring, many of the succulents had flowers and were extra beautiful. In the fall the cacti produce fruits and The Garden has a tasting time. I so want to come back for that!
Come, tour the garden with us. You, of course, won't need an umbrella;-)
We went to Monte Vista Christian School in Watsonville to participate in the final debate tournament. It was a 2 day tournament so we decided to stay the night and end the debate year with a BANG! Our two debaters were Haley Robles & Vanessa Urbina, Eddy Crowder was the timer, and the coaches were Jennifer Alfonso & Sheri Crowder. This being our first year of debate we all learned much. Next year we won't have anyone old enough to form a team so we are going to have a junior debate team and prepare the younger students for the world of debate so that it won't seem so foreign when they enter debate in a few years.
Is your child having trouble with math? Reading-phonics or comprehension? Writing skills?
We can help!
Paideia Academy offers an individually tailored summer school tutoring program for each student.
WHO: Summer School is for students who need to review subject material, who want to work ahead, or who just want to stay on top of academics during the summer.
WHAT: Subjects taught are Math, Reading & Writing.
WHEN: Summer School runs for eight weeks beginning on Monday, June 9th and ending on Thursday, July 31st. Students may attend full-day or half-day sessions: 9 a.m. till noon or 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.. There is a 20 minute break during each session.
How Much: $50 registration fee Option 1: pay per week for sessions attended $20 per half-day session/$40 per full day session Option 2: payment in advance of $700 for unlimited access to any number of sessions.
Contact Principal John Crowder for more information at: (925) 628-4033