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Wednesday Wonders: Character Shines Through

Dec 7th, 2016

{photos by Nikol Rochez}

During the fall trimester our middle school girls volleyball teams enjoyed a fantastic season of growth and skill-building, bonded together as teams, and even won several

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Food for Thought: Read Classics for Financial Advice

Dec 6th, 2016

{photo by Juan Antonio F. Segal / CC BY 2.0}

Here’s a fun article we came across that our literature-loving community might enjoy, offering further support for educating classically! We’ve

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Monday Mix-ins: Our Founding Fathers

Dec 5th, 2016

Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States, by Howard Chandler Christy
{Public Domain via Wikipedia}

In the next couple of weeks we will look at specific notable individuals,

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Free Friday: December 2, 2016

Dec 2nd, 2016

Christmas Lights at the Cambria Christmas Market
{photo by Mark Fischer via flickr /CC BY-SA 2.0}

“Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency. Man is a social

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Character Trait for December, 2016: Gratitude

Dec 1st, 2016

{photo by Beatriz Pérez Moya}

“A good name will shine forever.”

~Proverb

For the month of December, our character trait focus is Gratitude:

Being thankful and showing appreciation for those in

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Wednesday Wonders: Voices of Our American Patriots

Nov 30th, 2016

Let’s take a look back at our recent Trimester 1 History Day event, Voices of Our American Patriots. Each class memorized an inspiring poem, song, or speech from (or about) the time of the American

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American History (and more!) Board Games

Nov 29th, 2016

{photo by Breakingpic}

REMINDER: We have another Down Home drawing coming up! Answer our simple survey question about how you extend learning during school breaks, and be entered to win a coffee

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Monday Mix-ins: The Constitution

Nov 28th, 2016

{photo by wynpnt}

Welcome back to school, and to our second trimester! Let’s dive right in with an assortment of supplemental links all about the US Constitution. This is another topic that you

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Free Friday and Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 18th, 2016

{photo by Aaron Burden}

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

~G.K. Chesterton

Great job, everyone – we finished our

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Another Down Home Drawing – Enter to Win!

Nov 17th, 2016

{photo by Annie Spratt}

Greetings, are you feeling lucky today? We’re announcing another Down Home Drawing, this time with an opportunity for you to win a coffee card from the school store! Winter

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Wednesday Wonders: Sleepy Hollow Read-Aloud

Nov 16th, 2016

{all photos by Nikol Rochez}

SLOCA hosted a “legendary” Sleepy Hollow event a couple of weeks ago for our middle school students – here’s a look at this wonder-filled evening!

Students in 5th-8th

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Two Fall Favorites from SLOCA Parents

Nov 15th, 2016

{photo by Eric Skwarczynski}

Favorite meals, that is! Even though we haven’t exactly had typical “fall” weather yet, we trust that it is coming! And so, with that positive outlook, we have two

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Monday Mix-Ins: No More Kings for America!

Nov 14th, 2016

The “Betsy Ross Flag”
{Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons}

As we head into the final week of our first trimester, we are celebrating the successful end of the American Revolution and the

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Celebrating “Free Friday” on Veterans Day

Nov 11th, 2016

{photo by Patrick Tomasso}

“The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.” 

~ Patrick Henry

Today we honor the vigilant, the active, and the brave

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Classical Education: The Rhetoric Stage

Nov 10th, 2016

{photo by Jace Grandinetti}

Our educational model at SLOCA is “Classical Education (with a twist).” While there is certainly a wealth of information about classical education to be found online

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Wednesday Wonders: Take Apart Day

Nov 9th, 2016

For today's Wednesday Wonder, SLOCA parent Jeannett Gibson shares all about our recent Take Apart Day, which was a blast and full of wonders for all! 


SLOCA's 1st Annual Take Apart Day was just a

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The Most Incredible Raffle of the Year

Nov 8th, 2016

Cozy up to the blog today with a cup of coffee and let’s hear from, well, Cozy! Faber, that is, our Development Director. She’s going to fill us in on a few more details about our upcoming

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Monday Mix-Ins: Valley Forge through the Treaty of Paris

Nov 7th, 2016

Surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown by John Trumbull, 1820
{Public domain via Wikimedia Commons}

"These are the times that try men's souls."

~Thomas Paine

This week we look at a few links that

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Free Friday and Our Patriotic History Day!

Nov 4th, 2016

Photo from our Colonial History Day four years ago

Our History Day events are one of many ways we build community here at SLOCA. Both tracks come together to celebrate all that we’ve been reading

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Character Trait for November 2016: Integrity

Nov 3rd, 2016

{photo by Ben White}

“Character lives in a man, reputation outside of him.”

~J. G. Holland

Integrity is this month’s character focus:

Having the inner strength to be truthful and trustworthy,

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