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Bring On Summer! (But First…)

Jun 16th, 2017

{photo by Scott Webb}

“Summertime is always the best of what might be.”

~ Charles Bowden

Hooray for Summer! 

Down Home will be taking the next two weeks off to declutter and reorganize, any

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SLOCA Graduate Now a College Graduate!

Jun 15th, 2017

It’s here! The official last last day of school – Track A was yesterday, Track B is today – so, applause, applause! We did it! 

As we think of our students who are promoting from 8th grade, and

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Wednesday Wonders: Latin Comes in Handy

Jun 14th, 2017

{photo by Jenny Bischoff}

First, Happy Flag Day! What is this holiday all about, you ask? Well, SLOCA parents, if you downloaded the Flag Day Holiday Resource packet that was in last week's

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Save the Date for a Tuscan Inspired Event!

Jun 13th, 2017

Here’s something lovely to get excited about this summer – our Development Director Cozy Faber shares a sneak peek at this spectacular event coming this fall! 


Save the date: October 28, 2017

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Monday Mix-Ins: The Wright Brothers

Jun 12th, 2017

Orville and Wilbur Wright
(Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons}

It’s our last week of Monday Mix-Ins for this school year! We know that you aren’t doing a lot of homeschooling this week, but we

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Civil War Picnic and Ball Today!

Jun 9th, 2017

from our Civil War Picnic and Ball in 2013

“True belonging is born of relationships not only to one another but to a place of shared responsibilities and benefits. We love not so much what we have

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Summer Read-Aloud Resolutions 2017

Jun 8th, 2017

{photo by congerdesign}

Earlier this week we shared some inspiration and resources for reading aloud. So today, instead of a regular “Reading Resolutions” post with books that SLOCA parents are

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Wednesday Wonders: Hanging Lantern Review Spring Reading

Jun 7th, 2017

{photos by Carolyn Eicher}

Two weeks ago a community of young writers, along with friends and family, gathered at the charming Dallidet Adobe in San Luis Obispo to commemorate the launch of

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Reading Aloud to Kids Who Can Read

Jun 6th, 2017

“Children become readers on the laps of their parents.”

~ Emilie Buchwald

We know that the above quote is true, but why do we want to keep reading to kids once they become readers? And especially

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Monday Mix-Ins: Teddy Roosevelt

Jun 5th, 2017

Roosevelt shortly after leaving office, October 1910
{photo by the American Press Association via the Library of Congress / Public Domain}

Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the

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Free Friday: June 2, 2017

Jun 2nd, 2017

{photo by Jack Hamilton}

And just like that, it’s June! 

Earlier this week we were talking about nurturing curiosity and exploration in our kids, and here’s a fun article which should also

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Character Trait for June 2017: Stewardship

Jun 1st, 2017

{photo by Kyle Ellefson}

"Dost thou love life? Do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of."

~ Ben Franklin

"Whatever you have, spend less."

~ Samuel Johnson

We are finishing

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Wednesday Wonders: A Meeting of Minds

May 31st, 2017

Today we hear from our Intermediate Lead Teacher, Lisa Ann Dillon, as she reflects on SLOCA’s wonder-filled visit from John Matteson:


Every now and then, you cross paths with a person who seems

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Intellectual Curiosity

May 30th, 2017

{photo by Luca Campioni}

Growing up, my little sister used to say, "It's summer, I don't have to learn anything!" While I can certainly appreciate that a child would feel that way on some level,

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Monday Mix-Ins: Memorial Day

May 29th, 2017

{photo source: The U.S. Dept. of Defense via Wikimedia Commons}

Today we celebrate Memorial Day – a holiday set aside to remember and honor those who died in active military service to our

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Free Friday and our Drawing Winner!

May 26th, 2017

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When Kids Don’t Love to Read

May 25th, 2017

{photo by Amanda Tipton via flickr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0}

With summer just around the corner, we want to encourage reading as a (hopefully) preferred summer activity for our kids, and our desire is

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Wednesday Wonders: Battle of the Books 2017

May 24th, 2017

{photos by Jessica Wilson}

This year several of our 4th-6th grade SLOCA students participated in the Battle of the Books (click here to learn more about it) and today we have a bunch of fun photos

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More Fun with Sherlock Holmes

May 23rd, 2017

{photo by Gregory Wake via flickr / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0}

“The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.”

~ Arthur Conan Doyle

Our students are currently reading

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Monday Mix-Ins: Jim Crow Laws and Women’s Suffrage

May 22nd, 2017

Woman Suffrage Headquarters, Cleveland, 1913
{Public Domain photo via Wikimedia Commons}

Here are a few optional links about Jim Crow laws and Women’s Suffrage, both of which were huge civil

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