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Wildwood Newsletter Week 17: 1/21/19

“There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die is a process of learning.” ~ J Krishnamurti


  • We have found a date for our April community meeting that works for everyone! Woohoo!!  Sunday April 7 from 3-5pm. Please save this time in your calendars!
  • We are still trying to find a time for our February meeting…Will sent another doodle poll to check on the possibility of Sunday, February 17, since there were some conflicts with the other two dates. Please complete this new poll, and we’ll hopefully find a date that works!
  • We still have a few open times for mid-year check-in meetings …please sign up for a slot if you haven’t already, or contact us to plan a different time!
  • Updates on fundraising and volunteer needs:
    • The fundraising/marketing committee has decided to change to smaller more targeted teams to focus on specific tasks/areas of focus. We need others in our parent group to join these teams to help make sure these essential goals are met! 
      The 5 teams needed are:
      1) Marketing/Outreach
      (ex. doing a booth at Buildfest, joining SciDay, arranging a homeschoolers social/potluck, ideas for spreading the word about WW, public Facebook page)
      2) Summer Camp planning (possibly 1st week in August)
      3) Grant-writing (Here is a list of grant possibilities — if you know of any other possibilities, please add to this list!)
      4) Planning one fundraising event (possibly coffee tasting)
      5) Cultivate donor base (send thank yous, maintain database of contact info, send regular Wildwood updates, etc.)
    • We also still need volunteers for the following areas:
      • Woodworking support/workshops with kids
      • New location search
      • Planning Sound to Sea trip
      • organizing parent homeschooling support group

         **Please contact Rebekah or Nicole if you are able to help in any of these areas!

  • The games day at the Campbells’ was so fun! Stay tuned for future group gathering plans (anyone is welcome to organize a group gathering — just send the info on a group email!)
  • Lastly, please remember to send warm winter gear with your kiddos (hats, gloves, etc.) so they can bundle up to play outside if they want to on these cold days! They are also welcome to bring warm indoor slippers if they’d like!


Wednesday, January 23: Homeschool Ski Day at Appalachian Ski Mountain (here’s the link to all homeschool ski days this season)
Thursday January 24, and Friday January 25: Wildwood Check-In Meetings
If your family has not yet had a mid-year check-in meeting, please sign up here for a time that works best for you! (If none of these times works, please contact us to arrange a different time). This is a chance for parents, facilitators, and kids to touch base about the year so far and plans for the rest of the year. Thanks!
Wednesday, January 30, 4-8pm: Chipotle Fundraiser! Click here for details. Mention Wildwood when you order, and Wildwood will receive a portion of the profit. Please spread the word to all your local friends!
Saturday, February 23, 12 – 6pm:  AERO conference. (Alternative Education Resource Organization) 


I hope everyone has been staying warm in this crazy cold…and that some of you were able to brave the weather to check out the awesome lunar eclipse/blood moon last night!

Check out the photos below to see some of what we’ve been up to this past week… We had a full group, and enjoyed getting to know our newest member, Mason, who started on Tuesday. We’ve been engaging in a lot of connecting, community building activities the past couple weeks, and it’s been fun to watch new friendships blossoming. We’ve also been starting back up some recurring facilitator-led offerings (Nicole’s writing workshops, Alyssa’s zoology, etc.) for those who are interested. Kids interested in math-related activities met with Rebekah in two planning sessions (one geared toward the “older” kids and one geared toward “younger” kids, though there is some overlap in ages between the groups), to decide what they want out of these recurring offerings this semester. Each decided they would like a once weekly group meeting time for now, and shared some preferences about types of activities. Several kids also want to spend some time at Wildwood working through their own math books, so they discussed how to plan this time together.

One thing that stuck me this past week was the beauty of the spontaneous, self-initiated gatherings of young writers outside of writing workshops…for example, one child would ask to show Nicole her story so far, and before you knew it there were several kids all lounging on pillows around them talking about the story and helping with ideas. Or, one child would be working on her writing with Nicole in the lounge, and others would notice and gradually trickle in and set up nearby to work on their own stories, keeping each other company and occasionally asking questions of each other. I loved the feeling of these organic writing sessions…all completely voluntary, and with such a sense of connection and excitement and purpose. I’m grateful that we have enough unscheduled time and space during our days, as well as the general feeling of comfort and mutual support, for things like this to bubble up.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!



Wildwood 2018-19 Calendar:
Jan. 21        Holiday (MLK Jr. Day) WW closed
March 4-5   Wildwood Closed
April 22-25 Spring Break
May 21        Last Day of Wildwood

Some of the Offerings and Moments that happened this past Wildwood week … Click here to see more pictures! 

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Lots of creativity happening in both Writing Workshops this week!

Image may contain: 1 person, sitting and indoorOf course learning pairs best with friends and laughter!
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We love the connection and growth that comes from multi-age sharing and learning.

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Lots of concentration to catch the clues in this game, Codenames!

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Mobi Math! A fun math version of Bananagrams; make combinations of equations to expand the tile board.

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Eyes closed during “night time” in our very popular Werewolves group game. Ask your kid if the villagers won this week.

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Eli, one of our newest friends, on the keyboard in our “Lounge” room

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So much joy in one photo from a balloon and a new friendship

Image may contain: one or more people and people sittingMaking tough decisions in “Whoonu?” Image may contain: 2 people, people sitting and indoor

When your friend says something HILARIOUS and you can’t contain the laughter

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Cotton Candy making, offered by Emma! It was a big hit, and she organized it all so thoughtfully…

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Emma took names and contacted each person to make sure they got a chance to make their own cotton candy! #Logistics

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Cotton Candy making takes a little more skill, and whole lot more patience than we originally thought!

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But it was totally worth every second, and so much fun!

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Homonyms vs Homophones in Writing Workshop

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Homonyms vs Homophones in Writing Workshop

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A fun chess game with lots of connection time too

Image may contain: 1 person, sitting, table and indoorSo much Chess this week!
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Welcome to the Wizarding School of Cookery! Today’s potions lesson is lead by Professor Finley

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Some of the Magical ingredients used in a Wizard’s kitchen

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Properly mixing and cooking our enchanted pancakes

Image may contain: 4 people, people sittingSo much creating, measuring, and unit converting happening at this table!
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Zoology club studying Jellyfish and relatives

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A French session with a beloved Tonton video! Of course, in the comfort of footie pajamas

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Outschool literature deep reading class (on To Kill a Mockingbird)


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Dungeons and Dragons! Creating characters

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Impromptu Writing session
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Followed by, yes, more passion for writing!

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These kids love card games…

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Surprise Snowy Afternoon

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Surprise Snowy Afternoon




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