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Monday Mix-ins: The English Civil War and Commonwealth

May 23rd, 2016

Statue of Oliver Cromwell (made by Hamo Thornycroft in 1829) outside the Palace of Westminster
{photo by Elliott Brown via flickr / CC BY 2.0}

FIRST, tomorrow night is the Hanging Lantern

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Free Friday and a SLOCA Student Youth Honoree

May 20th, 2016

Happy Friday! Today we bring you news that truly belongs in the “Wednesday Wonder” category, but we wanted to share it with you sooner than that… 

Arabella Roberts is an Intermediate 4 SLOCA

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This is Home

May 19th, 2016

All year long as part of our “10 Year Celebration” SLO Classical Academy has been hosting dinner parties in people’s homes. Each has had a different theme, but a common purpose: to connect with

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Wednesday Wonders: The Grizzly Apology

May 18th, 2016

Ms. AnnE with a few of her students at the recent UMS 80s Dance Party event
{photo by Michelle Dorman}

We are excited about today’s blog post! 

Our Upper Middle School Logic and Rhetoric class is

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A Day in the Life: The Augustine Family

May 17th, 2016

{photos by Erin Augustine}

Here’s one last Day in the Life blog post… we’ve enjoyed them so much and are thrilled to bring you one more before we finish up the school year. THANK YOU, families,

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Monday Mix-ins: The Thirty Years’ War

May 16th, 2016

Thirty Years' War, siege and capture of Bautzen by the Elector of Saxony, John George I,(1585-1656) by Matthäus Merian the Elder
{Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons}

Good Monday to you! Here are

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Free Friday and Stunning Sistine Chapel Tour

May 13th, 2016

{photo by Alex Proimos via Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 2.0}

Today we have a bit of a "Throwback Thursday" on a Friday – and please accept our apologies for not finding this website sooner to share

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The Shakespeare Stories for Children

May 12th, 2016

{photos by Molly Trapp}

Hey everyone, on today’s blog we want to pass along a great find! SLOCA parent Molly Trapp discovered these Shakespeare books for kids at our local Costco recently. We

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Wednesday Wonders: Grammar and Grownups

May 11th, 2016

Today’s moment of wonder comes from my own (Jenny’s) household and it’s quick but cute. Recently while doing grammar on a home day, my 3rd grader Calvin looked up and said “Mom, I love doing

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2016 Pet Photo Contest Winner!

May 10th, 2016

With all of the inspiring photos that our students submitted, choosing a winner for the 2nd annual Pet Photo Contest was no simple feat!  From horses to hamsters, chickens to goats and even a few

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Monday Mix-ins: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

May 9th, 2016

Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing by William Blake (1786)
{Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons}

Let’s veer slightly from history mix-ins today, and talk about Shakespeare again! We are

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Free Friday and Happy Mother’s Day!

May 6th, 2016

Down Home would like to wish all of our SLOCA moms and grandmothers a very happy Mother’s Day this Sunday!

Perhaps one of the best ways to honor mom is to set aside the phones and laptops and

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How Is Grizzly Volleyball Going?

May 5th, 2016

{all photos taken by Michelle Dorman}

Volleyball is pretty exciting around here – have you come out to one of the games yet? Today Coach Tim Theule shares a bit about the Middle School Men’s team

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Wednesday Wonders: Make and Take Workshops

May 4th, 2016

{photos by Jessica Wilson}

Last month our Little Wonders staff hosted three fun, interactive literature workshops for Preschool, Jr. K, and Kinder aged kids. The morning was filled with stories,

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Endless Gratitude to Team SLOCA

May 3rd, 2016

Today Down Home wants to get in on all the love and appreciation flowing around our school right now for Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week. We asked parents and students what they would like to

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Monday Mix-ins: Massachusetts Bay Colony and the Puritans

May 2nd, 2016

The Westminster Assembly in a Victorian history painting by John Rogers Herbert (1847)
{Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons} 

Let’s take a look at another early colony over in New England. Today’s

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Free Friday and Art Exhibit Opportunity

Apr 29th, 2016

Happy Friday, families! Gather your loved ones close this weekend, speak those positive words to your kids, set aside the technology for a bit, and make rest a priority. Here are a few things to

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Our Upcoming Accreditation Visit

Apr 28th, 2016

Here's a short note from our WASC coordinator Jenna Burns, about about our school's accreditation renewal process and the site visit happening next Monday through Wednesday:

Over the past year

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Wednesday Wonders: Romeo and Juliet Extravaganza

Apr 27th, 2016

{photos by Michelle Dorman}

Maybe you didn’t know this, but our Upper Middle Schoolers periodically get together outside of school to engage in learning experiences that go along with literature

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A Day in the Life: Teacher Edition 2016

Apr 26th, 2016

Last year right before Teacher and Staff Appreciation week we ran a A Teacher’s Day In the Life blog post, written by LMS teacher Nick Stavros. It was so much fun, we decided to do it again! 


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