Category Archives: Director’s Notes

Weekly news and updates from the SELS Director

DN Oct 29, 2014

SELS  Summit Day Group Shot


Oct 31 – Bear Walk ; 9:45-11/11:30 am

Nov 10 & 11 – NO SCHOOL ; professional development day for all schools and Veteran’s Day

Nov 14 – Gratitude Dinner

Nov 19 – Minimum Day

Nov 24-28 – NO SCHOOL ; Thanksgiving Week

Dec 10 – Minimum Day

Dec 22 – Jan 2 – NO SCHOOL ; Winter Break

Director’s Notes                                                                     Oct 29, 2014

Hi all,

What a great first annual SELS Summit Day. First graders prepped all other crews for the adventure and students responded wonderfully; the solitude and reflection time at the pass was virtually silent for 15 min, and the shared thoughts of students was insightful and inspirational. Many thanks for the help driving and chaperoning, and to the Bell Crew for initiating and organizing the community building day.

Electives is starting up Nov 14 and runs on Fridays from 12:45-2 until Dec 19. We are again looking for volunteers to help with the program. You can facilitate something of interest to you that would also be interesting to students; you can select your age range and number of students as well (we shoot for 8-12 students per elective). If interested in helping, please email or talk to Anna Demm ( We will also run two more blocks: Jan 9 – Feb 13 (skipping Jan 30 due to middle school minimum day) and Feb 27 – March 27. Volunteers are needed for all sessions.

For those unfamiliar with Electives: this is a chance for parent “experts” to share with students interesting hobbies and/or skills (examples: knitting, songwriting/singing, photography, poetry, games, science activities, magic tricks, etc.). The time is meant to build community (the elective classes are mixed age), expose students to various experiences they would not usually get, and potentially build lifelong interests and skills. Staff also offer courses, so ideally there are 17-20 classes happening (thereby keeping group sizes smaller). The program only works when parents participate, so please join us.

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DN Oct 22, 2014

Director’s Notes                                                            Oct 22, 2014

Hi all,

Nearing mid semester and everything is going well. Thanks again to all those helping with fieldwork, in classrooms, and behind the scenes to provide activities and events for our community. As the weather continues to cool down, please make sure your children are dressed appropriately; we continue to have students arrive under-dressed and without jackets.

Odyssey of the Mind is meeting tomorrow, Thurs Oct 23 5:30-8 at ACMS. In the past we have had teams from SELS; be great to organize one for this year (there are some interested 5th graders). This is a parent run activity, and to run a team you must attend this meeting. Please contact Jess Alb with questions:

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