WEEK 6 (09/19/22) FIELDTRIPS AND CREEDS

UPCOMING EVENTS

Sept 29th – 1st EXHIBITION!!
2 to 3:30 – Middle Studio (Pathfinders)
2 to 3:30 – Spark (Explorers)
3:30 to 5 – Elementary (Adventurers)

Oct 3rd to 7th – Fall Break (No School)

Oct 10th – Columbus Day (No School)

PICTURE DAY! Comb your hair, Brush your teeth and wear your favorite outfit because picture day is Oct 18, 2022 ( make-up day is Oct 19) Package details to come in the following weeks.


PARENT RESOURCE SPOTLIGHT

On Wednesday we gave you your Eagle(s) Badge plan draft on paper please review it with them, fill in the Family Badge choice, and sign the form and return it on Monday, September 26, 2023.

Here is a link to our Parent reading list

Check out Laura Sandefer’s blog on A Mother’s Story – the Acton Academy Middle School Journey


THE PRETTY

Both the ES and Spark group were praised at their field trips by the adults they encountered along the way. They showed tremendous respect and were very thoughtful with the questions they asked. We are excited to take the ES/MS/LP group to the NH State House next session!

THE GRITTY 

In the Spark Studio, Thursday morning core skill block was full of distractions and was a great opportunity for Eagles to practice how to handle them. We had some Eagles that were not holding themselves accountable. The tribe stepped up to the challenge of giving clear and direct warnings. Sometimes it is hard to listen to others but here at Acton, the goal is for the Eagles to hold one another accountable and not rely on their guides. Some time was spent in meetings to determine if the process was followed well enough to give consequences. 


ADVENTURER ELEMENTARY HIGHLIGHTS

This week we met our new Music Teacher Mr.Bryan! The Eagles are pumped for what Mr. Bryan has in store for the Eagles. 

Our quest challenge is growth mindset.

So, what does it mean to have a growth mindset? Someone with a growth mindset understands that with hard work and grit, you can learn anything and you can improve upon anything. Having a growth mindset means you understand that your brain can grow and that you can stretch your rubber bands—even if you have very short rubber bands. The opposite of a growth mindset is called a fixed mindset. Someone with a fixed mindset might think that they are good at some things and bad at others and that their talents and gifts are “fixed”—meaning they think they won’t be able to get better at something, so why even try? Ask your Eagle about their growth mindset. 

We are getting really close to finalizing the creed in time for the exhibition next week. 

We had a fantastic Field trip to Ramblin View Farm. We learned so much like it’s a myth that female cows don’t have horns, We discovered a new food: black garlic!!! Everyone liked it, it is sweet and smokey. You can buy from from The Garlic Guy (farm in Gilmanton).

The Eagles have chosen to enter the Pumpkin Figure Contest again this year! Their display will be ready and our our front porch by Friday! Make sure to check it out : )

On Thursday the Eagles listened to a meditation to strengthen their focus skills. We use The Magical Wooded Path and the Eagles are able to listen to the meditations on their own whenever they want. If you would like access to the meditations on your home computer, please let Ms. Mary know and she will get you the log-in info.

The Eagles used name clips to measure the length of 3 items from the studio. Using the lengths, they will uncover their mystery Journey Tracker points bounty. If an Eagle can reach this bounty, he or she will unlock productive time on Friday. Did your Eagle earn the bounty?

Friday was a windy hike at Pine Mountain but the Eagles were having so much fun that they didn’t even complain about the cold! It was a beautiful view! Thank you so much Stephanie Corts for being one of our drivers!

123….Skirt

Ms. Kerry

BADGE EARNER: Teddy – Mt. Washington Writing Badge


MIDDLE SCHOOL PATHFINDER HIGHLIGHTS

An Update from Mr. TJ

The most interesting launch this week was on Thursday. We watched a clip of Ron Swanson from Parks and Rec “leading” some of his employees. The subsequent discussion was very interesting, and the learners had some great insights.

This week in the civilizations discussions, the learners discussed the invention of the microscope and the wide-reaching effects of England’s defeat of the Spanish Armada. 

This week we launched on Wednesday about the definition of fitness. What is it exactly? How does it affect your life? 

The quests are beginning to wrap up. The final touches to the projects and the work are coming together for our exhibition next week.

Like the quest work genre, work is getting into the final drafts and details. I look forward to the experiment write-ups and the leadership speeches.

This first session has been long. Ask about your learners about their badge plans and their plans for completing those goals. What is your plan for accomplishing the goals you have set for yourself?


SPARK CORNER FROM MS. JESSICA

Week 6, almost the end of our first session. Wow, it went fast. Please check in with your Eagle and find out what they have enjoyed most about their Hero’s Journey. What core skill activities have they been focused on? Do they understand how to give clear warnings to fellow Eagles when asking them to stop? Do they understand the guardrails and rules of engagement? Please have some discussions about these topics, it can help your Eagle and yourselves with everyone’s accountability.

Wednesday we enjoyed our first Spark Studio field trip. Picking fresh crisp apples together was an excellent time to keep building our friendships. What was your Eagle’s favorite part of the trip? The apple picking, tractor rides, cider pressing, leapfrog playing, or snack eating? It also was a great opportunity to spend time with our Head of School Ms. Mary. Wednesday afternoon we spent a lot of time reviewing some of our actions in the studio. We learned what it means to be a bucket filler or a bucket dipper. Seeing ourselves on the TV gave undeniable evidence of some skills we need to work harder on.  

Thursday may have brought lots of rain but it did not dampen our afternoon fun. We practiced our knife skills cutting apples to make applesauce. Our applesauce did not come out in the traditional manner, but it sure was fun! We experimented with different ideas and tastes. We tried it first without any sugar, then with some coconut sugar and then with some cinnamon. Our Tribe affectionately called their recipe “Apple Shapa” (pronounced shaaapaa). Ask your Eagle if they tried it and what they thought. It sure made for some laughs and understanding everyone is on their Hero’s Journey, even Ms. Jessica.

Friday morning’s launch was a bit longer than usual because we had a call to excellence. The E.S. Studio and the M.S. Studio have been spending the first session writing our value Credo that all the Eagles will be signing at Exhibition. All of the Eagles will adopt this Credo to hold themselves and others accountable the rest of the year. We plan to finalize the Tribe’s Credo on Monday with the rest of the school. Our Spark learners provided phenomenal feedback to the first draft. The time we have spent on learning about core values and how to be bucket fillers was evident when they were giving feedback and adding input. Please use this weekend to continue to have discussions about your family values, it has been apparent that everyone has worked hard on them and it has helped build our tribe. We ended our week with a very breezy and blustery trip up Pine Mountain in Alton. The view from the top was beautiful. Thank you Ms. Stephanie for helping drive and hike with the Tribe.  

This week I was also gifted an amazing thank you from the E.S. Eagles. Thank you so much for showing your appreciation and taking your time to make me such a special message!

Another thank you goes out to all the families of the Spark Tribe for making sure to pack a fresh food option for our morning snack. I am so happy the Eagles sent the message home to make sure to pack something healthy to enjoy together. It has been fun watching them all open their lunch boxes and see what everyone has. Please remember we do not allow any type of candy during the day for the Eagles, save those for special treats at home, after a hard day’s work. As the summer seems to be slipping away and the crisp fall weather has blown in please send in an extra set of warm clothes appropriate for the next week. We will send home everything on Friday before the week off that will not be needed through the coming months. 


WEEK 5 (09/12/22) ONE MONTH INTO THE JOURNEY

UPCOMING EVENTS

Sept 29th – 1st EXHIBITION!!
2 to 3:30 – Middle Studio (Pathfinders)
2 to 3:30 – Spark (Explorers)
3:30 to 5 – Elementary (Adventurers)

Oct 3rd to 7th – Fall Break (No School)

Oct 10th – Columbus Day (No School)


PARENT RESOURCE SPOTLIGHT

You should have received the 1st email in the 6-part series of “Parent Bootcamp”, please read these emails as they have vital information to make your journey here as an Acton parent the best that it can be, and to help you find ways to support your Eagle.

**DRIVERS WANTED**
We are looking for parent volunteers to drive the eagles to Forest Fridays these are the dates and locations.

Sept 16 at Meredith Skate Park ( really would love someone with a truck that could haul the eagles bikes and scooters) time 12:15-2:45

Sept 23 at Pine Mtn in Alton 12-2:45

Please email me if you can help and how many Eagles you can fit in your vehicle.

Thank you!!

Here is a link to our Parent reading list

Link to our 2022/23 calendar

Check out Laura Sandefer’s blog: Top 3 things a Parent can expect.


THE PRETTY

Special Shout out to The Cort’s Family for bringing a chrysalis for the Eagles to study. At Lunchtime on Thursday the butterfly was ready to fly. It was beautiful seeing the butterfly fly away. The Butterfly had several names (ask your Eagle what they called it).


ADVENTURER ELEMENTARY HIGHLIGHTS

Last spring Ms. Mary and the Guides met up for a day of professional development. During that time, we shared our individual values with one another. The values that we all had in common were then formed into our Guide’s Creed. This Guide’s Creed was shared with the Adventurers as an example of how to form your values into belief statements. Using this example, the Eagles started using their studio’s shared values to form a rough draft of their creed.

we began to expand on each value that the tribe chose to include in the contract. For example,

If friendship is chosen…

“What does it mean to have a core value that means friendship?”

“How does friendship relate to your actions?”

“How do you define a rule or expectation that means friendship?”

“What does honesty mean to you?”

“What does honesty mean to us as Acton Eagles?”

The answers to these questions become our Credo. 

As Acton Eagles, we believe in kindness. We believe that treating people well is important to us… (you will find out the rest at the Exhibition!)

On Monday, Ms. Kerry noticed a pipe was leaking in the basement and we had to shut off the water until it was fixed. We all packed up and headed to the Laconia Public Library for a picnic lunch, free time, Civilizations, and some time exploring the inside of the library. We read two chapters in The Story of the World history book. Ask your Adventurer about Hannibal and why his army tactics were so surprising. The Adventurers also read about the caste system in India and wondered whether people are still categorized that way. 

We used the Magic 8 Ball as a prediction tool to see who would be read a core skills challenge. Each Eagle had a turn holding the Magic 8 Ball and asking,” Will I be read my SMART goal challenge?” Then the Eagle counted to 8, turned the 8 ball over, and read the prediction. 4 of the Eagles were presented with a SMART goal challenge to accomplish by the end of Core Skills. Did your Eagle get one? 

We do core skills debriefs every day and 

the Eagles lead their Core Skills debriefs. The Eagle who led today’s debrief guided her tribe into discussing how they felt distracted and also let resistance overcome them. The tribe reflected on their actions and want to defeat distraction and resistance next time. 

On Friday, we found ourselves at Meredith skate park and Laverack Nature Trail. The Eagles had a blast bringing their bikes and scooters to the park. Thank you to Kade’s Mom Ms. Angela and Timur’s Father Mr. Aleksasenko for being Volunteers this week. 

We are looking forward to our Field trip to Rambling View Farm on Tuesday, September 20th!

BADGE Earner:

Lillian- Mt. Washington Reading Badge!!!

123…SKIRT

Ms. Kerry


MIDDLE SCHOOL PATHFINDER HIGHLIGHTS

An Update from Mr. TJ

Civilizations with week continued through the reformation and the enlightenment. Getting into Machiavelli’s The Prince and its impact on governments and social norms after its publication. Also, they learned about the English Monarchy and the complexity of its succession when Elizabeth I came into power.

This week’s launches took the form of a couple of problem-solving challenges. I will say that the learners were impressive in their teamwork and encouragement of each other. This group is really becoming a strong tribe that works together well.

Our fitness program continues. The learners are getting stronger, and I have noticed a marked difference in the focus when we really push ourselves in the morning workout.

The Wayfinder quest is leadership at this point. They are learning a lot about what it means to be a leader and the tools that are required to do so well. The Pathfinders are diving into Behavioral economics. The psychology behind how and when, and why we buy things.

In genre, the Wayfinders are working on their leadership voice. Each leader has a unique way of empowering and inspiring their followers. Learning to develop your leadership voice is a crucial step to becoming a great leader. The Pathfinders are preparing a write-up of their behavioral economics experiment. This will serve as a basic intro to scientific writing.

We had a learner earn a math badge this week, and there has been fairly consistent hard work. There have been some ups and downs in focus and productivity. Fear, not the struggles. These challenges are what make us rise to our truest potential.

-Mr. TJ


SPARK CORNER FROM MS. JESSICA

WOOHOO! We have our first Field Trip for the Sparks on Wednesday, September 21st at Smith Apple Orchard! 

Week 5 started off with some excitement when we abruptly grabbed our gear and headed off to the Library. We were enjoying our hard work time during core skills when a leak was found in the basement. Realizing it was a more significant issue than our fearless leader Mr. Tj could resolve, we had an opportunity to see just how flexible our Eagles could be. Considering that our Tribe has only been together for a month the strength already showed to follow the guides and have a sudden change of plans was a great time to see them soar. Spending lunch and free time certainly weren’t hard to enjoy in the beautiful gardens of the library. All of the Eagles showed respect to the grounds and held themselves accountable when going inside to use the bathrooms and fill water bottles. The Explorers enjoyed writing their first story together after lunch. Please ask your Eagle about our book with no words and how the tribe worked together to write their story.  

Tuesday’s rain didn’t dampen our morning launch. Our goal this year has been to have as many Spark launches outside as possible. We had some dancing in the rain time to get our bodies moving followed by a fantastic game of the floor is lava. Ask your Eagle if they made it safe to spot or did they burn their toes in lava. We had our first badge and milestone ceremony with 2 Eagles placing the first pieces on our Badge board. As the year progresses we hope to have our badge board fill up. Tea Time Tuesday was quite a bit shorter this week due to some delays in our day but we at least wanted to enjoy the tea part. No telling time, but the scent and tasting time was enjoyable. See if your learner can remember what flavors of tea we sipped.

Wednesday we read a fun book at launch that helped focus on kindness even when being scared. See if your Explorer can tell who’s tail was in the bayou and why the mouse did not get eaten. This week during core skills we have seen a big enjoyment in our practical life skills. One Eagle learned how to wash dishes while others learned how to thread a needle and sew a button. The Spark studio has lots of skills that can be learned aside from just reading and writing and math. See if your Explorer has challenged themselves with some of the activities.

Thursday morning launch we read a book all about math, and how math is all around us. We were not able to pull any character traits or values out of the story but we did some group counting activities and learned some new math terms. Following the story, we practiced some conflict resolution and ways we could use our words to let others know how we are feeling. We practiced different scenarios and the returning explorers lead our tribe through different ways to use our communication skills. Please check in with your Eagle and see if they can tell you how they handle problems on their own. Thursday afternoon we had a special library trip. We had a tour with the children’s librarian (Ms. Jaimie) and learned about the different sections of the library, how to find a book you may want, where to put books when you are done with them, and lots of other important library things. We even got to see a special room that you need a special key for. Check with your Eagle to see what was so special about the room. Ask your Eagle what other cool and interesting things we had the opportunity to see during our tour.  

Friday morning’s launch we finished reading “A New Alphabet for Humanity”. We have based our session-long project on these values. There have been some hints in the past newsletter hunting about this project. If you haven’t yet, please ask your Eagle about what we are making to share at the Exhibition. This is a great book and many of the local libraries have copies of them if you want to spend some time working on your family values at home, it could be a great resource to use to bridge home and Acton life. This week almost everyone had earned their bounty to open up their productive time during core skills. Some needed a special challenge to achieve it. Ask your Eagle how they earned their productive time this week. Forest Friday brought us to the Meredith Skate Park and Community Center playground. The weather was spectacular and aside from some small bumps and bruises, the entire tribe had a great time!

Ms. Jessica


WEEK 4 (09/05/22) ONE MONTH INTO THE JOURNEY

UPCOMING EVENTS

Sept 20th – ES Field trip to Rambling View Farm

Sept 29th – 1st EXHIBITION!!
2 to 3:30 – Middle Studio (Pathfinders)
2 to 3:30 – Spark (Explorers)
3:30 to 5 – Elementary (Adventurers)

Oct 3rd to 7th – Fall Break (No School)

Oct 10th – Columbus Day (No School)


PARENT RESOURCE SPOTLIGHT

**DRIVERS WANTED**
We are looking for parent volunteers to drive the eagles to Forest Fridays these are the dates and locations.

Sept 16 at Meredith Skate Park ( really would love someone with a truck that could haul the eagles bikes and scooters) time 12:15-2:45

Sept 23 at Pine Mtn in Alton 12-2:45

Please email me if you can help and how many Eagles you can fit in your vehicle.

Thank you!!

Here is a link to our Parent reading list

Link to our 2022/23 calendar

In case we missed you here is the link to our pickup authorization form please fill out and pass it in next week or email it to Mary. 

Check out Part 3 of Laura Sandefer’s blog: Three Buckets of Encouragement


ADVENTURER ELEMENTARY HIGHLIGHTS

We Welcomed the short week with the 100 Point Bounty for Productive Time on Friday. Ask your Eagle if they accomplished this goal and how they used their productive time. 

Some Eagles started division and they are enjoying the new challenge. We have a hands-on Montessori material that they are using called a Division Board.

We continued to work on our values for our studio contract, We still have a few Eagles we haven’t heard from. If you haven’t had this conversion with your Eagle please ask them so they can share next week. 

Our Hero’s journey story was Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille (Jen Bryant). The Eagles were asked to keep their ears open for many elements about Louis’s Journey and the challenges he encountered being blind that helped him invent “The Braille Alphabet”.

In Civilizations, we read more about the Roman empire, gods, builders, and gladiators. Check with your Eagle on what they found most intriguing about the empire. 

This week, the Adventurers started joining in with the Middle Schoolers doing a morning fitness routine! They will be doing this 15 minute workout 3 times a week.

Forest Friday brought us to Chamberlain Reynolds. The Eagles did lots of exploring in the woods and by the beach.

6 Eagles earned over 100 points this week earning them productive or passion time. Was your Eagle one of them?

123….Skirt 

Ms. Kerry 

BADGE Earner:
Cody – Mt. Chocorua Reading Badge


MIDDLE SCHOOL PATHFINDER HIGHLIGHTS

An Update from Mr. TJ

Equality was a major topic of this week. Focusing on the effects of bringing deeper and more equal thought to the world. Asking big questions on the effects of individuals asking questions of the system and building on top of that.

This week ask your child about heroism. We had a launch on the levels of heroism that we see every day. From a nurse who is helping people get well and society often calls a hero for giving of themselves to people like Nelson Mandela, who ended a racist system and single-handedly prevented a civil war. We ended the discussion with what small acts of heroism we could commit to make our school a better place.

Our morning fitness routine continues. Ask about the reasons to exercise before cognitive work. 

You should hear the credo that the Pathfinders/Wayfinders have written to govern their studio. The small laws have also been written, working to close loops holes that were exploited regularly last year.

The final drafts of this year’s hero essay are wrapped up. Next week we will dive into new Genre topics for the Pathfinders and Wayfinders. Writing about Behavioral Economics and Leadership, respectively.

Mr. TJ


SPARK CORNER FROM MS. JESSICA

Week 4 started off slightly sluggish. A long weekend of fun with families and friends combined with the rain made for some dismal excitement. As a tribe, we overcame the cloudy moods with our first Tea Time Tuesday and indoor marble runs. Something about the making of tea always brightens the Tribe’s spirits. For some eagles, Tea was a brand new thing, as well as telling time on an analog clock. All the new explorers caught on quickly though. Make sure to ask your Eagle questions to practice their recall skills: what kind of tea did you guys make? What did it taste like? Did you like having tea? Having an analog clock around your home is a great way to keep their skills building. Ask your Eagle to give you lesson on telling time and see what they have learned so far.  

Wednesday’s core skill time finally seemed to break through the resistance of doing hard work. Being part of a tribe has some amazing benefits, for one seeing someone else do hard work has a ripple effect. Slowly the studio starts transforming into a hard work zone. Next week we will start our daily badge and milestone ceremonies for celebrating badge work accomplishments. (Please make sure to log into journey tracker this weekend to start familiarizing yourselves with all the badges and work each entails. Each eagle has a login and password that has been emailed to parents. There will not be any comments or evidence of work yet within their badge plans but please still look through so you can ask engaging questions of your learners each day.) Having time to publicly award a milestone or badge helps raise the whole tribe up. It builds a lot of excitement and eagerness to have each eagle get a chance to place something on the badge board. Wednesday afternoon provided beautiful weather for our weekly trip to the Library. Each Eagle was responsible for carrying their own book back to the library and placing it in the return bin. After some inside time we love using one of their trees to play duck duck goose around. Watching the game last week to this week was really fun. Seeing how they have already made stronger friendships and skills brought the game to the next level. No longer shy to touch each other’s heads, no longer shy to pick someone you don’t know yet,, and no longer shy to be ourselves. Having these times for completely unstructured play is so paramount to our heroes journey.  

Thursday morning we read a new book that we picked out of the library. Generally moving forward our morning launches will have a read aloud time so we can find values, character traits and a heroes journey within the story. Its a great time to set our mindsets moving into core skill block for our hard work. Thursday D.E.A.R. time we give each Eagle the opportunity to select a book to read aloud to the tribe. Ask your learner if they shared a story! Thursday afternoon we continued our work on making our big quest project to showcase at Exhibition. Please ask your Eagle what this week’s values were and what they mean to them. After quest time everyone enjoyed some extra free time outside and maybe even a mud puddle or two!

Friday we started our morning with a combined launch with the E.S. and M.S. Developing systems and accountability is a big part to the Acton way so sometimes the entire tribe needs to get together to come up with a plan. Ask your Eagle what problem needed to be solved and what the resolution was. Friday core skill time is always a big day. Some Eagles set big weekly goals and show grit to accomplishing them and earning productive time within the studio. (Productive time is when they have access to the games within the studio.) It gives the Eagles a chance to share, work together, have fun, use their imaginations and use many other skills. Please make sure to ask you learner how they can earn productive time. Friday afternoons are always a great way yo end our weeks. Trail walking, mushroom hunting, tree climbing, rock jumping and brush crawling are things that bring our Tribe joy!


WEEK 3 (08/29/22) THIRD WEEK HAPPENINGS

UPCOMING EVENTS

Sept 5th – Labor Day (No School)

Sept 20th – ES Field trip to Rambling View Farm

Sept 29th – 1st EXHIBITION!!
2 to 3:30 – Middle Studio (Pathfinders)
2 to 3:30 – Spark (Explorers)
3:30 to 5 – Elementary (Adventurers)

Oct 3rd to 7th – Fall Break (No School)

Oct 10th – Columbus Day (No School)


PARENT RESOURCE SPOTLIGHT

Big Announcement 

As of August 31 aftercare is ending. We hope to have another option through the Laconia school district and will send out info as soon as it is available.

BOOTCAMP! ( don’t worry no sweating involved)

Be on the lookout for the 6-part weekly emails starting next week. We hope these tangible emails with short videos will help guide you as an Acton Parent here at Acton Academy. These will be sent out to all families New and returning to help us all better support our Eagles! 

Here is a link to our Parent reading list

Link to our 2022/23 calendar

In case we missed you here is the link to our pickup authorization form please fill out and pass it in next week or email it to Mary. 

Check out Part 2 of Laura Sandefer’s blog  – Three Buckets of Encouragement


THE PRETTY

Our Badge earners this week are:

Vivian Typing 2 Badge
Teddy Typing 4 Badge
Sophia Chocorua Math Badge
Lillian Chocorua Math Badge

Great job Eagles on your hard work!

THE GRITTY

Many Eagles chose to break the guardrails during Writer’s Workshop one afternoon. They were shown video clips of themselves and then were asked, “Who should not get a strike?” All but 3 Eagles received strikes that afternoon. The 7 Eagles who did end up getting a strike agreed that their behavior warranted it. They exhibited honesty and made valuable reflections during the process. 


ADVENTURER ELEMENTARY HIGHLIGHTS

Wow, what a great week. We started the week by Welcoming a new Eagle, Alex.

Finnian celebrated another trip around the world, Happy Birthday!

Milestone mountain levels were revealed. As your Eagles work hard on their badge plan and attain milestones, they will move up the levels on the milestone mountain! Each level unlocks a studio privilege! How high will your Eagle soar up the mountain this year? Check-in with your Eagle on their earnings. 

This week we also have a journey tracker bounty of 100 points. Start setting and recording SMART goals ( quiz your eagle on what SMART stands for). If they can earn at least 100 points by the end of Friday morning’s snack time, they can choose to use the next hour to learn more about something they are passionate or curious about. Ask your Eagle if they accomplished this task. This year, they will be required to write their intentions down on the whiteboard. For example, “I want to learn more about the Mariana Trench and draw a picture of what I think it looks like”.

We still need to hear from some Eagles on their Family Values. Please have a conversation with your Eagle if they haven’t completed this yet and have it ready for Monday. We want to start our Values-Based contract next week to have it ready for the ceremony at the Exhibition. 

We practiced a Fire drill and reverse evacuation this week. The Eagles did great! The Eagles have been enjoying friendly 4- square games and lots of bike riding all week.

Our challenge this week was: How to stay organized at school. Each Faction will randomly be given a disorganized space. Their mission is to come up with a plan to help an Eagle or their Tribe be more organized. In doing so, they will reorganize their specific area and present their tips and ideas on how to keep it organized. Factions will present their plan to the other Factions. If the other Factions agree that the presenting Faction put in the effort, was thoughtful, and their plan could predict success, then the presenting Faction has completed this challenge!

123…Skirt!

Ms. Kerry


MIDDLE SCHOOL PATHFINDER/LP WAYFINDER HIGHLIGHTS

An Update from Mr. TJ

This week the Pathfinders were discussing the Sistine Chapel and Erasmus’s translation of the new testament into greek. Major points within the middle ages set the stage for the reformation.

This week we covered some housekeeping. This includes fire drills and dangerous person drills. We also discussed who we were on our first day at the school versus who we are now. This was fun, and we got some candid answers to the question. I am impressed with how well our Pathfinders/Wayfinder comported themselves for this discussion.

Our morning fitness routine continues. We are going to get into some specific launches on health, wellness, and physical fitness soon to expand our learning on the subject.

The Pathfinders/Wayfinders are beginning to create their governing documents this week. It will be a process, and they will be first writing a credo to express the studio’s core values clearly.

The Genre of this session will be a re-up of the hero’s essay from last year. This is an excellent opportunity to reflect on and recognize your growth as a writer and person. Ask your Eagle about their essay.

-Mr. TJ


SPARK CORNER FROM MS JESSICA

Week 3 brought digging deeper into what hard work looks like and it how it makes us feel.  Building the tribe during our first session builds such a solid foundation to grow upon throughout the year and brings many new and sometimes uncomfortable feelings.  Hard work is challenging, is tiring and is just plain hard.  But learning now what that means and how it will make us feel at the end is what this journey is all about.  Monday we had our first Measure Monday block time.  Our group learning times will be in the afternoons this year instead of first thing in the moring.  We all collected sticks practiced measuring them with rulers and wrote our measurements on the outside chalkboards.  

Tuesday we started the day with our first big safety meeting of the year learning about fire drills.  For some learners this was the first ever fire drill they had experienced so it brought some confusion, some questions, and a great opportunity to get the whole school together.  Mr. Tj led the launch and we practiced exiting the building and meeting.  Please ask your Eagle where they need to meet incase of a fire drill.  Please ask them what to do when the alarm sounds?   Tuesday afternoon was our first walk down to the Laconia Public Library.  Lots to learn on our first outing.  Every one had a buddy and was responsible for holding hands as we walked down the sidewalk.  Please ask your Eagle how far away they can be from each other?  ( Hint: how many of Ms. Jessica’s steps?)  Each Eagle can get their own library card to Laconia Public library because they attend school in Laconia.  Parents and guardians just need to bring them in and fill out the card.  Any books taken out during our school trips will not be able to be brought home.  They will need to stay at the studio so they can be returned the following week. 

Wednesday morning we just had so much energy we needed to start our day off with some music and movement.  See if your learner can remember any of the songs we did and which one was their favorite.  We also did some more of our quest project Wednesday afternoon to keep expanding our knowledge of values and what they mean to each of us.  Please continue to have discussions about core values with your learner whenever possible.  Ask them what this week’s words were. (Hint: we have been doing 2 letters each week with a corresponding value.) We ended our day with some outside fun building some giant marble runs.  Ask your eagle what materials we used.  Were they successful on their first building attempt?  Did they have some big challenges? 

Thursday morning we started our day with our second safety meeting again led by Mr. Tj.  All studios joined for the morning launch and the practice of a reverse evacuation drill.  Please check in with your Eagle about these drills.  Just as with the fire drill some learners had never been exposed to this before.  They may have questions about why we need to practice these drills at school and why it is important to know what to do in case an emergency arises.  Our daily meditation time following lunch is starting to find more focus and steady breathing.  We enjoy a 10-minute quiet guided meditation every day, learning that not only food and water help make us strong but a clear mind and steady breathing can be just as beneficial.  Following meditation, we always enjoy D.E.A.R. time.  Today we shared our book choices from our trip to the library.  The Eagles really enjoy having time in front of their tribe even if they can not read the words yet.


WEEK 2 (08/22/22) LOW KEY AND FUN

UPCOMING EVENTS

Sept 5th – Labor Day (No School)

Sept 20th – ES Field trip to Rambling View Farm

Sept 29th – 1st EXHIBITION!!
2 to 3:30 – Middle Studio (Pathfinders)
2 to 3:30 – Spark (Explorers)
3:30 to 5 – Elementary (Adventurers)

Oct 3rd to 7th – Fall Break (No School)


PARENT RESOURCE SPOTLIGHT

Here is a link to our Parent reading list

Link to our 2022/23 calendar

Check out Laura Sandefer’s Blog Three Buckets of Encouragement for a new school year. (Part one)


ADVENTURER ELEMENTARY HIGHLIGHTS

We had a great second week. I was not in the first half of the week so we were not able to discuss Freedom levels and smart goals, We will start that next week. We did start to discuss what is our core values and family core values If your Eagle has not yet shared this with you please ask them, as we will be diving into it next week!

Tuesday- Such a great day! The Eagles learned how to address envelopes and write letters. They were running around like little postmasters delivering letters to their friends. The Eagles continued with core skills. Beast Academy math seems to be grabbing the attention of several Eagles so much that they are asking to work on it durning free time!

Wednesday- BINGO! Acton style 🙂 the MS led a fun game for the ES. It was set up with fun facts about each Eagle and Guide and they had to go around and match the fun fact with the person. They also completed their Lip Dub video and the MS finished the edits on that video. The ES were thrilled with their creation and will be proud to share that at the exhibition on September 29th!

Thursday- We continued with our core skills as we always do every day. Circle time we played a memory game called Picnic! It’s a great game to play with anything lying around the house or in nature! Ask your Eagle how to play, a good way to test their memory.

Friday- Always a fun day! The Eagles hustled hard to work on their core skills so they could earn forest Friday. This forest Friday was at Gilford elementary and some Eagles played on the super fun playground and a few went exploring in the woods on the many hiking trails.


MIDDLE SCHOOL PATHFINDER/LP WAYFINDER HIGHLIGHTS

An Update from Mr. TJ

This week we continued deeper through the enlightenment and began looking at Columbus and the “rediscovery” of the new world. Ask your learner what their perspective is on Columbus.

This week we were sharing some time with the Adventurers during launches. This was interesting because we got to share some ideas with the Adventurers. Ask your Pathfinder/Wayfinder how they did with the focus challenge.

Our Morning fitness program has doubled up. At the beginning of this week, we started doing two workout rounds. At the end of this session, we will bump up to three. A nice steady progression.

The Pathfinders/Wayfinders did excellent work running the Lip Dub. I am sure you will see this video shortly. Ask them about their plus/deltas from their experiences.

The Pathfinders/Wayfinders are writing fictional stories about their future selves. These stories are about the work they will do in the dark (the hard work you don’t see) to achieve great goals. Ask your learner what their goals are and what they see needing to do/learn to achieve those goals.

It was pretty low-key this week because many learners were out. We hope to see everyone again next week.


SPARK CORNER FROM MS JESSICA

Whoo-hooo, second week! This week we jumped right into hard work during our core skill blocks. The Spark studio has so many great activities to engage our young learners with that it takes a bit to familiarize everyone with all the different choices. This week we did not start badge work, we will have everyone’s badge plans finalized by the end of next week. Once the badge plans are available on journey tracker you will be able to start your Eagle check-ins at home.  

We also continued learning about being mindful and how important it is to take some deep breaths. Learning that we can retrain our brains into a Hero’s mindset and a hard worker has been a main focus for the entire tribe. Please continue to discuss core values at home and try to ask engaging questions. Building the tribe and writing our value creed will continue into next week so having some more time to talk about what is important to your family will help shape our values here at the Studio.

Forest Friday was a great way to end our week. Returning after all that play time was extra fun this week with our first thunderstorm while at school. Ask your Eagle how to determine how far away a thunderstorm is. Ask them about thunder and lightning. Which one makes the other? 

Thank you parents that were able to make our first parent coffee. It is always wonderful to have moms, dads, and families be part of our launches. Please make sure to check the newsletter every week for important announcements. Please make sure to send rain jackets back on Monday.


WEEK 1 (08/15/22) BUILD THE TRIBE

UPCOMING EVENTS

Aug. 26th, 8:15 to 8:45 – Parent Coffee – 1st one of the Year!

Sept 5th – Labor Day (No School)

Sept 20th – ES Field trip to Rambling View Farm

Sept 29th – 1st EXHIBITION!!
2 to 3:30 – Middle Studio (Pathfinders)
2 to 3:30 – Spark (Explorers)
3:30 to 5 – Elementary (Adventurers)

Oct 3rd to 7th – Fall Break (No School)

Oct 10th – Columbus Day (No School)


PARENT RESOURCE SPOTLIGHT

Here is a link to our Parent reading list

Link to our 2022/23 calendar


ADVENTURER ELEMENTARY HIGHLIGHTS

Adventurers dove deep into the Hero’s Journey stories and what it means to do hard work. They enjoyed playing some tribe-building games and learning the new systems of the studio.

HOMEWORK – The Eagles have been asked to have a discussion with their parents this weekend about their Family’s Core Values. This year, instead of the Studio Contract being a list of rules, it is going to be a Creed of Core Values.

We also went over Badge Plans with them and what the new minimum requirements are. Ask your Eagle if they remember what the new minimum is?

Ask your Eagles what else has changed in the Studio from last year? They should be able to come up with a whole list!!


MIDDLE SCHOOL PATHFINDER/LP WAYFINDER HIGHLIGHTS

An Update from Mr. TJ

During the Civilizations discussions this week the topics of the reformation and the printing press were discussed and the liberation that gave to the peasants in the middle ages.

This week we started a set of discussions that are focused on becoming and behaving like a guide. This is to help our MS and LP learners be more Socratic and guide the younger learners more. Specifically, we talked about the dichotomy of helping too much or helping too little and where those lines are. Our question of the year this year is: Selfish or Selfless which one will help me more in this: moment, day, week, month, year, lifetime?

We started a physical training routine before core skills this year. It is short and not overly intense. It is intended to help bolster learning while improving fitness. Ask your Eagle about what exercise can do for you.

The MS/LP have stepped into leadership roles running the lip dub for the ES studio. They are working with the ES and guiding them through the process. I am very impressed so far.

For the first two weeks, we have a micro-genre. It is called Chop Wood, Carry Water. (Which is also a book that they are all reading as a group). Ask your Pathfinder/Wayfinder about their favorite part so far.

The Pathfinders/Wayfinders are showing their stripes. They are capable and competent. Working hard and being true Acton Eagles. You should all be very proud.

Questions to ask your Eagle:

What do you wish to accomplish this year? How far can you go with the work that you are doing? Have you thought about a passion project yet?


SPARK CORNER FROM MS. JESSICA

Our first week in the Spark studio was an excellent start to our tribe’s hero’s journey. Our studio has 4 returning eagles and 6 newcomers. The first week introduces the foundation for the rest of the year’s expectations. Please be sure to spend some time with your Eagle this weekend talking about the Rules of Engagement and Studio Guardrails. If these have not been explained to you here they are (also see pics of posters):

Rules of Engagement:

Come to circle prepared.

Be on time.

Be attentive.

Do not interrupt.

Studio Guardrails:

 I will hold the studio sacred.

I will work hard in my challenge zone.

I will treat myself and others with kindness and respect.

These are the best ways to bring Acton home to help your Eagle. Becoming an Acton parent is just as much work as becoming an Acton Eagle. Sometimes it is helpful to corporate these rules into your home expectations. Ask your Hero to explain these rules. When do you use these rules? Who helps hold up the Guardrails, the Guides, or the Guides and fellow Eagles? Making sure you understand these foundations will help you to stay on track and be able to hold your learner accountable on their Hero’s Journey.

We spent the week reading many books that incorporated these understandings. We played lots of games and had lots of challenges. Next week we will be starting to follow our schedule and start diving deeply into badge work and core skill time. In the Spark studio, the learners will spend the morning doing hard work and the afternoons will be spent exploring and tinkering and library trips and cooking time and so much more. Our morning meetings will always start at 8:35 and our core skill time will be immediately after. We will have a group snack during our core skill block and have lunch by 11:45 every day.  

Over the weekend as you are asking your Eagle about the Rules of Engagement and Studio Guardrails feel free to jot down any family values that are important to you. In the first session of the year, we focus on building our tribe and finding common values. We would love to hear what every family holds sacred for their values, it will help our tribe build our value system.  

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