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April 14, 2015
by: Jodi Kimme

First morning on the farm

This week we visited Higher Grounds Farm near Plymouth. It is the farm of Mike an Christal Mulder (Ms. Kimme's niece and nephew-in-law).
On the farm, we toured and talked about domesticated animals and how farmers take care of them. Farmers Mike and Christal answered our long list of questions generated in a thinking routine at school. They told us they want to make a traveling coop out of this old trailer pictured behind us and need our ideas!

But the most important thing we did is to collect chicken eggs and bring them back to school and place them in an incubator. We should have baby chicks in 3 weeks. Approximate hatch day is May 4th or 5th!

 

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April 8, 2015
by: Dan Burkey

Drama class brings literacy to life

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dramakslide One of the ways that children naturally direct their own learning is through dramatic play. Left to their own devices, kids will often devise imaginative games in which they take on roles and act out the relationships between characters they create. Whether it's adventuring as knights and princesses, prowling the jungle as real or mythological animals, or just playing house, acting things out helps children explore the world around them and develop a deeper understanding of human relationships. Drama brings the body, voice, and imagination together into a whole-person activity that can connect with a variety of learners, so it's easy to see why it performs such a natural role in human development. In fact, recent studies have shown that dramatic play is one of the primary ways that humans develop empathy; by inhabiting the role of someone else, children begin to comprehend the existence of perspectives other than their own.

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March 26, 2015
by: Susan Griffiths

2015-16 ESAA Transportation Sign-up

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March 17, 2015
by: Susan Griffiths

Bounce Into Spring Fundraiser a great success

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A big thanks to all of ESAA's parents, staff and students for the success of our Bounce Into Spring Fundraiser on Friday. Together we were able to raise just over $3,700 for our school! These funds will be used for school gardens students will be creating this spring. The gardens will function as learning labs where students will observe, research, and discover to learn more about the outdoor environment.

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March 14, 2015
by: Susan Griffiths

Transportation guidelines developed for the 2015-16 school year

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While our move to the current campus in 2013 has brought many positives, the more remote location has made transportation difficult for many families. Offering busing will help ease our current families ability to get their children to school each day. It will also help reach beyond our current families and make ESAA more accessible to all SASD students. It will enable us to offer ESAA as an school option to those who could not consider it it in the past because of transportation issues. Adding transportation is integral to ESAA’s growth.

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March 8, 2015
by: Susan Griffiths

Bounce Into Spring March 13 and help ESAA raise garden funds

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ESAA Fundraiser Spring 2015

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February 16, 2015
by: Susan Griffiths

February 19th PTO meeting rescheduled for March 19th

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Last Thursday we lost Liz Bloise, a long time member of our school community, to cancer. When Liz’s children attended ESAA, she was a strong participant in PTO and our school. She could be seen regularly at meetings and graciously donating her time whenever needed. Liz developed many deep friendships while at ESAA. Liz’s memorial service is being held on Thursday, February 19th. Many of our community members would like to attend. With this in mind, we are rescheduling the February 19th PTO meeting. The new meeting date will be March 19th at 6:30pm. We look forward to seeing everyone on March 19th to discuss transportation and gardening at ESAA.

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February 9, 2015
by: Libby Schmitz

ESAA students excited about the world

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ESAA Kindergarten students have been immersed in the exploration of the natural habitats of polar animals this wintery season. In the beginning, students easily began to recognize traits and characteristics of animals such as polar bears, penguins, and sea lions, however as they dove deeper, students were asked the essential question, “What Do Animals Need?” This question allowed for a range of topics such as animal habitats, the Arctic and Antarctic regions, land formations, maps, globes, life cycles of mammals, pollution, and global warming. In asking what animals need, we are in extension creating the context for broader topic that can then implement reading, writing, critical thinking, and the arts. 

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January 24, 2015
by: Ted Hamm, Susan Griffiths

ESAA Transportation 2015-2016

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Beginning in Fall 2015, The Elementary School for the Arts & Academics will offer daily transportation to and from our school.

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January 24, 2015
by: Rachel Pekarek

Enjoy an evening of snowshoeing with the ESAA community

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