2.26.08 Friends of Email - SLO Classical Academy
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2.26.08 Friends of Email

About once a month or so, we send an email to those who have signed up for our “Friends of SLO Classical Academy” email list to highlight all that’s going on in our vibrant community. (Sign up yourself right now in the right margin!) Here is the “Friends of” email that was sent on February 26. . . .

“I can’t believe impossible things.” said Alice.

“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen.
“When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day.
Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible
things before breakfast.”
– Lewis Carroll

Dear Friend of SLO Classical Academy –

Winter Trimester Reflections

Things are in full swing right now at school and at times, it is hard to believe how far we’ve come in just two and a half year! Thanks to so many people, our students have been studying 16th and 17th century European history, they began an independent reading unit with a pajama day and professional storytelling, they are studying astronomy, they’ve been taking a plethora of enrichment classes (Musical theatre, design, soccer, chess, healthy eating, history, scrapbooking and science), we’ve had the Symphony music van for a visit, have been attending a wide variety of field trips and we’re making final preparations for our all school Math Celebration evening. Phew!

On top of that, parents have been busy helping in all sorts of ways on campus, they are planning a trip to D.C. next April for 5th-8th graders, we continue to enjoy our Parent Reading Group, our Landscaping committee has hundreds of bulbs growing on campus for an upcoming fundraiser, our fundraising committee is preparing the best yet Walkathon and we are busy helping our children finish their second trimester well.

One of the things I enjoy most about our school – besides all the wonderful benefits I experience for our family (we have three children at the school and we LOVE it) – is the think-outside-the-box community we have. Our parents all bring something to the community, all working together to make SLO Classical Academy what it is – a wonderfully rich and very UNIQUE community of families with a thirst to provide a completely engaging and effective education for their students and to be intimately involved in this process. It truly is amazing, the resources we have as a group, and I look forward to the years to come. We believe in the impossible, and we see it happening every day at home and on campus.

We have had our trials this year, our most recent and most heartbreaking being the death of one of our Middle School students from health complications after open heart surgery just ten days ago. It has been an immensely sad time for us, but it has been also a rich time as we work together with students to handle this real-life lesson in suffering. Our hearts go out to her family, who have been a wonderful model of hope and faith for us all.

What now?

Our current families have been re-enrolling for the 2008-2009 school year and their priority registration closes on February 28th. The folks on the Waiting List will then take their places, and open registration begins on March 3rd. At this point, we expect that we will have spots at all levels, with the most openings on Track A (Monday/Wednesdays). If you are interested in SLO Classical Academy, please do three things:
1. Spend some time on our website. http://sloclassicalacademy.com/
2. Attend a Parent Information Night – this is required for a complete application. Meetings are scheduled for:
• Wednesday, March 5th
• Tuesday, April 1
We are not necessarily going to schedule more after this, so make sure to attend one of these.
Scroll down the page until you find our application forms.

What’s coming up?

Besides our registration, we have other opportunities coming up.
Think Outside the Box – we really would love you to attend one of these to have you hear more about our program and to hear your feedback! We will not ask for money – we promise! It would mean a lot to have you come. They all start at 11 a.m. on campus and the next dates are:
Wednesday, March 5th
Tuesday, April 1st
Andrew Pudewa will be presenting for us again on May 1st – details to be announced.

What else?

• We have a great blog up and running – you can find out a lot about our community by visiting it regularly: http://sloca.blogspot.com/
• We have updated our sponsors list as well – so many have given generously of their time and money to make the impossible become possible. Check it out at http://sloclassicalacademy.com/partners/featuredpartners.html
• We also have a new wish list, for those of you who might have stuff laying around the house or for those who like to give very practically. You can find it on, yes, our web site! See http://sloclassicalacademy.com/resources/downloadableforms.html – look at the top of the page for our Updated Winter Wish List.

We appreciate your support and interest in SLO Classical Academy. As always, if you’d like to be removed from this list, just let us know by replying to this email with “Please remove me from this list.”

Have a wonderful week…

Susie Theule

Education is not the filling of a bucket,
but the lighting of the fire. -Yeats

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