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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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Monday Mix-ins: Plymouth Colony and Pilgrims, Part 2

Apr 25th, 2016
The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth, oil on canvas by Jennie Augusta Brownscombe (1914)
{Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons}

How about just a few more links for the Pilgrims, the first

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Free Friday and Congrats to SLOCA Poets!

Apr 22nd, 2016

Congratulations to Lower Middle School students Takota Clarke and Isobel Ridley for submitting original poems they wrote to the SLO Tribune. Their poems, “Untitled” (by Takota) and “A Storybook’s

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Classical Character: The Virtues Project

Apr 21st, 2016

Classical Character

Mrs. Burns’ Book Review Blog

Last year Jenna Burns brought us Pedagogic Ponderings, a blog review of books on education.  This year she brings us Classical Character, a book

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Wednesday Wonders: RUNaissance 2016

Apr 20th, 2016

Today we bring you photos from our fabulous fundraiser, the RUNaissance. The rain held off just enough to give us a cool and pleasant walk/run in the fresh air. It was lovely! Thank you to all who

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Tuesday Ten: Teacher Appreciation

Apr 19th, 2016

Just a few of our fantastic Team SLOCA teachers! {photo by Michelle Dorman}

The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life.

We sure do LOVE our teachers here

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Monday Mix-ins: Plymouth Colony and Pilgrims, Part 1

Apr 18th, 2016

Landing of the Pilgrims, by Michele Felice Cornè (1805)
{Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons}

Greetings! Today we continue looking at the early colonists but shift from Jamestown over to the

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Free Friday: April 15, 2016

Apr 15th, 2016

Can we really be halfway through April? 

Cherish each of these days with your kids. They are flying by! Spend some time with loved ones this weekend and aim to be tech-free together for a select

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5+ Brain Break Ideas

Apr 14th, 2016

{image credit: “Homework” by Patrick via flickr / CC BY-NC 2.0}

Our kids work hard on home days, and so do we. We could all use a brain break once in awhile! It’s refreshing to pause, get up, and

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Wednesday Wonders: Bathroom Talk

Apr 13th, 2016

{Public domain image}

Don’t let the title of today’s post scare you… for this Wednesday wonder we share a sweet moment that was overheard last trimester by one of our teachers, Alanna LaBine. Mrs.

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2nd Annual Pet Photo Contest Begins!

Apr 12th, 2016

SLO Classical Academy is proud to announce our 2nd annual Pet Photo Contest!

$50 Cash Prize

This opportunity is open to every pet lover age 8 to 18 years old. Promising a prize of $50 cash, we

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Monday Mix-ins: Jamestown, Part 2

Apr 11th, 2016

{image via Liberty Letters}

Today we have even more Jamestown links to look into for E&E:



Exploring the World – The English Come to America Jamestown and Plymouth – This is a little

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Runaissance Today!

Apr 8th, 2016

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Happy Friday – are you ready for the Bob Jones Trail? Grab your running shoes and your “I am SLOCA” shirts because the culmination of our fundraiser will take place

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