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Back To School

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We hope you all had a wonderful summer. It’s hard to believe that it is coming to a close and the start of the school year is upon us.

The first day of school is September 8th. This will be a half day with the students being dismissed at noon. Busses at the end of the day will run 3 hours earlier than usual. If you drive your child to or from school, we encourage you to park on the street as the parking in the school lot is reserved for CEC staff.

Click the following links for the  2015-16 School Calendar for Wildflower and the Daily Schedule for our school.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us anytime.

Looking forward to a great year!

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Junior Dragon’s Den

dragonsTalia and Nathaniel from WFMS competed in the Junior Dragon’s Den on Friday May 1st.  They achieved third place and $500.00 for their business model and presentation entitled “Three Little Pigs”.  They were the only team from SD8 who qualified to compete at the event. Way to go!

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Inventions and SCAMPER

Some news from Emily’s class:

We are learning about inventions and about a creative thinking technique called “SCAMPER”.  It helps you when you brainstorm to come up with more and different ideas that you might not think of originally.  It’s stands for substitution, combine, adapt, magnify, put to other uses, eliminate and reverse.  We’ve come up with ideas such as button chain mail, elongating scissors, buttons that stick together and make a body rocket, and disco- ball dice that has light that goes through the holes.  For homeschooling, each student will think of at least a 100 invention ideas, develop 1 idea and create a prototype.  Afterwards, the class will work with a graphic designer to create a logo and ad campaign for their product.

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Toboggans

“We’ve been making toboggans in Cheryl’s class with Kai, one of the dads of a kid in our class. We’re making two toboggans. Right now we’re making the stringers. The stringer is a piece of wood that goes down the middle of the sled. It used to go down the whole length, but now it only goes part way. The stringer is used for strength and it makes the toboggan stiffer.

Because we’re making toboggans we’ve been learning about friction, like how it slows you down, and gravity, and some of Newton’s Laws, like: A body in motion tends to stay in motion unless acted upon by another force. And: For every action there’s an opposite and equal reaction. For tobogganing, this would be like when you push off and you keep going forward.  We’re making the toboggan out of polyethylene. Polyethylene is really slippery so it reduces friction and makes the toboggan go faster. It is also made from recycled milk jugs, there’s a fun fact for you!

When they’re done we’re going to take them out to test them at Rosemont Golf Course, or somewhere with a big hill.”

-Felix (11) and Liam (11) explaining their class’ toboggan making project to me.

Check out the time lapse video of the process so far!

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Mittens

jacksonmittenIt’s hard work, but I love them.”

The students worked away on mittens for the month of November, learning traditional beading, following patterns, assembling pieces and stitching.  So much stitching.

While they stitched they chatted, talking about how someone special is going to love these mittens.  Talking about the snow, and recess, and how they would probably wear their mittens skiing one day.  Sometimes it was impossibly hard, sometimes there were tears, and often I watched students put down their own mittens to help someone else.  Warm mittens for warm hearts.

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Happy Holidays to everyone from Barb & Krista’s Leadership Academy.