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Wildwood Newsletter 3/25/18

Our apologies for the delay in the newsletters! So much going on with visitors, meetings, interviews and planning! Here are some happenings since we last wrote:

During the week before spring break, Sophia Weaver brought in a video about hellbenders and the need to preserve their habitat by not moving rocks in rivers…this awareness was brought to our change-up meeting, and the group that discussed this topic decided that we should stop moving any rocks in the river (other than small ones for skipping) until we could gather more information about how this affects the river ecosystem. Several kids who have been enjoying building a dam/bridge in the river were not happy with this new practice, and created signs “protesting” the limit on building with rocks in the river. Other kids then created “counter-protest” signs promoting the need to save the hellbenders, and there was some chanting back and forth as each group (pretty peacefully ūüôā ) paraded with their signs. After some discussion, Silas and Ray decided to gather information from river experts before the next WW day, in hopes that this would bolster their argument to allow building in the river again. Silas called the Department of Natural Resources and the Watauga River Keepers, and came back with a full report that he gave to the group…he was disappointed in what he was told, but shared it anyway: that although hellbenders are not likely to live in our section of the river, moving the rocks can disrupt the ecosystem here by altering the habitat for other river creatures (and could create difficulties for hellbenders downstream)…and that they recommended that we leave alone all rocks in or near the river that are bigger than a child’s palm. The kids all listened attentively to his report, and decided unanimously to follow these limits after hearing all the information. The whole process was fascinating to experience…something that emerged completely from kids’ interests and expressions of opinion evolving from 1) clashing viewpoints to 2) gathering information from reliable sources to 3) sharing this information and coming to a complete consensus…all in the span of a few days!

Over the past few weeks we have also been enjoying learning about a sample of eggs collected from a vernal pond in the bog. We had to first identify what they were…it turns out they are not¬† salamanders but frogs, and we had to closely observe what characteristics made this distinction. We built a habitat, learned what they ate, and how much oxygen they needed (Thanks Alyssa!). Several kids studied the life cycle of the frogs and how quickly they go through each stage. We found they are going faster through the stages because they are inside in the warm air. They are sprouting legs and we will be transferring them to a new habitat soon!

A group of kids has been working on a child-produced, directed, and led play (turned movie). The working title is “Where’s Hazal”. Sita has worked hard writing 10 scenes, and the whole group has been working on planning and negotiating the storyline, figuring out how a play should work, script-writing, acting, designing costumes and props, how to handle kids quitting and the need for commitment, etc…while getting a great deal of experience with collaboration, leadership, working through challenges/frustrations, listening to each other, speaking up when needed, using clear and honest communication, time management, and so much more. What they end up “producing” or not “producing” in the end is far from the greatest benefit we are seeing here…the process, and all the components and learning that are taking place have taught them so much about themselves and others. It’s also been very rewarding to witness how kind they are to each other throughout this effort, and how much they learn and grow through completely owning such a project!

Some more highlights from recent weeks include: super fun snow play, our first weekly visit from ASU theater student Caleb leading a drama workshop on “How to Be Hilarious” (timing, exaggeration, etc. and trying out our skills in a silly mini-play), chemistry exploration with Emma’s brother Jack, ongoing writing clubs (several unique and inventive stories in the works!), more ASU student visitors who will be helping kids with a project on learning about different cultures/cuisines, making bird feeders, rubik’s cube lessons from Ray, identifying mystery jaw bones found in the bog (Mike discovered through online searching the answer – we think- a white-tailed deer), hosting two students from ALC Mosaic in Charlotte (so fun to learn ideas from their ALC experience!), baking scones, poker tournaments, blog designing/making with Nicole, lots of French learning (and spending the day with French visitors David – who lives in Boone – and his brother Florent who is visiting the US for the first time!), a much anticipated and joyful surprise birthday party for Connor, sorting through photos for the yearbook with Alyssa, lots of games (Ticket to ride, Resistance, Dungeons and Dragons, Farkle, Qwirkle, UNO in French), a long and thoughtful discussion of technology use and media literacy, and reading aloud A Wrinkle in Time and Clementine.

Have a great week!

Rebekah

ANNOUNCEMENTS/REQUESTS:

  • Thank you so much to everyone who came to our community meeting last Sunday! Notes from the meeting will be sent out soon.
  • Next week we will be on break Monday and Tuesday, April 2-3!
  • Parents are welcome at the ALC summer training in Charlotte if anyone is interested! It’s a great way to learn more about the model and philosophy, ask questions of other facilitators who have been doing this for years, and really experience what it’s like to participate in an ALC firsthand. There is a 3-day “Foundations” option (core ideas/theory/practices of ALC and exploring the “deschooling” process) for $225, and a 5-day option that includes 2 more days of offerings to dive deeper into specific areas of interest for $350. Spots are filling up, so if you’re interested please sign up soon!
  • The weather looks like it will warm up later this week..so just a reminder about supplies kids need to bring if they may want to wade in the river:¬†a towel, AT LEAST one change of clothes, a plastic bag (or wet bag) to keep wet items, and shoes to wear in the water.
  • We have decided to postpone the “Adult Day of Play” until late summer or fall…we have been having trouble finding a day everyone can come, as well as having logistical difficulties in location for that many people. Our new location will be much better suited to having a big group of parents with us for a day! ūüôā
  • Sita will continue to sell eggs from her family‚Äôs hens on Mondays at pick-up time, $4/dozen!
  • Anyone interested in helping to make a 2018 Wildwood Summer Camp happen? Let us know!
THIS WEEK:
Monday, March 26: 
  • Caleb, ASU Theater student, is coming back for another drama workshop!
  • Catherine visiting to talk about women in history
 Tuesday, March 27: ASU Sociology students visiting to plan an exploration of cultures/cuisines with interested kids
Thursday, March 29: 
  • Our French friends, David and Florent, are coming back for another visit!
  • Writing workshop with Mark, 11am
 LOOKING FORWARD:
Monday/Tuesday, April 2-3: Break (Wildwood closed)
Wednesday, April 11, 10am: Barter Theatre “Aesop’s Fables”¬†
  • Contact Angela Weaver if you’d like to get tickets!

April Potluck, TBA

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

April 2-3 ‚Äď Break

May 17 ‚Äď Last day

Future Community Meetings:
May (TBA)

Wildwood Newsletter 9/24/17

Dear Wildwood Families,

Happy Fall! (Though it’s felt more like summer the past few days!) We have had another fun-filled week at Wildwood, and are continuing to learn¬†more about¬†each other, practice ways of communicating and problem-solving respectfully together, and build our community culture. I¬†have really enjoyed getting¬†to know our¬†new kids and families more, as well as watching friendships begin and grow!

We are in the midst of our search for a new facilitator, and will continue to have applicants visit us¬†this week and next…so if you see a new face, feel free to¬†say hi and help us welcome them!

We had our second ‚ÄúChange-Up‚ÄĚ meeting on Thursday, our weekly time for everyone¬†to discuss and possibly change-up our culture. This is a time when¬†community issues are addressed, new community practices are formed, and plans are made to turn wishes for our community into reality! This week we tackled how to beautify the outdoor space with more plants and trees, what to do about the issue of overflowing cubbies in the Makers Space, and how to help community members who have the “fidgits” during our morning and afternoon meetings. ¬† ¬†

Some other things we got into this past week were: sewing, cooking club (making delicious quiche and burritos!), slime club, reading club, hiking (and troll hunting with Vivian and Emily), K’nex building, fire building and safety, celebrating Sophia’s and Alyssa’s birthdays, Table top bouldering, Othello battles, reading to the kids at Kinderwood, volunteering at the food pantry, Pokemon, swinging on the new swings outside, Batik (a fabric dyeing process shared by Annabelle and her mom), cursive with Natalie, Werewolves games facilitated by kids (with our new gameshifting board!), outdoor tag games, and welcoming a visitor from Brazil! (ask your kids how to say “hi” in Portuguese)

A HUGE thank you to Erin, Lathan, Michelle, Crystal, and Alyssa, who joined Rebekah and Nicole to volunteer at the ASU football concession stand fundraiser on Saturday!! (We were also able to scrape together two ASU student volunteers, to put us to 9 total, which was the minimum we needed.) We know it was a big commitment and we are extremely grateful for the time ALL volunteers spent at this game and the last, to help us raise almost $1000 for Wildwood scholarships! 

Hope you all have a wonderful week!

Rebekah & Nicole

ANNOUNCEMENTS/REQUESTS:

  • Our September 25 community meeting has had to be canceled¬†and will be rescheduled very soon (see below for details).
  • Here are the notes from our first¬†community meeting on August 29! It would be helpful for everyone to look over them, to review what we discussed¬†or find out what you missed if you weren’t able to attend. Let Rebekah know if you have any questions!
  • Nicole and I are available every Monday from 3-3:30pm to chat (and have a cup of tea ūüôā ) with any parents who would like to.¬†Please sign up on this google doc if you’re planning to come chat. Meet us at the little house and then we’ll decide where to go. If you’d like to talk but need it to be private and/or at a different time than Mondays at 3, please email us and we’ll set it up! Please don’t hesitate to contact us with ANY question or concern or request to talk — we believe the more open communication the better!
  • Many of you have sent in extra indoor shoes for playing tag in the sanctuary — thank you!! We are starting to resume sanctuary tag now…kids who have indoor shoes can wear them, and kids who don’t will need to play without shoes at their own risk. (It will be each child’s responsibility to put on¬†their indoor shoes if they would like to wear them — we’ll help them remember with a reminder). If you are not able to send indoor shoes¬†and would like your child to have a pair, please let us¬†know¬†and we will figure out a way to find some for your child!
  • Please save any CLEAN recycled materials you have that you think would be fun for our kids to use for art creations — we are planning a recycled art day soon! (ex. Toilet paper and paper towel rolls, plastic lids to drink containers, wine corks, containers of various sizes, and more‚Ķ). Please do not send in these materials yet…we will let you know when to bring it in…thanks!
  • We are trying to reduce the amount of bulk in cubbies so they can be freed up for kids’ creations and supplies…so we are asking kids to please avoid bringing bulky backpacks to Wildwood if possible. If backpacks are relatively slim, they can be hung on kids’ hooks along with their jackets, freeing up lots of space in the cubbies. Lunches and water bottles can also go on the shelves by the kitchen table.
  • On Oct. 14 and Oct. 28¬†there will be kids’ Mini Markets at the Farmers Market in Boone, where children can sell things that they made. It’s a beautiful introduction to production, ROI, craftsmanship, money management, supply/demand etc. Several Wildwood children have expressed interest in doing this. We have some materials and ideas for products to sell,¬†but we are open to more! Dana just shared an awesome marble acorn necklace idea we love, and Erin Peters has loads of good ideas…SOOOO if your family has any ideas that require minimal materials/cost, that allow¬†kids to¬†be mostly independent with their work, and that you think they would enjoy…please share your ideas either by emailing Nicole at¬†nschoychid@gmail.com¬†OR asking¬†your child to explain it to Nicole¬†at Wildwood.

LOOKING FORWARD:

Thursday, Sept. 28, 11:30-1:30: Anyone is welcome to come for a hot lunch at the Food Pantry next door on Thursdays (kids or adults). Please bring a small contribution if you would like.

Monday, Sept. 25: Wildwood Community Meeting, РCANCELED-

  • We had too many families that were not able to attend¬†this Monday¬†due to commitments and illness, and we apologize to those who¬†made arrangements to be there. We will be calling in the next couple days to talk to each family individually to figure out the best date to reschedule this meeting. We will then send out a comprehensive list of dates for all future meetings and encourage you to put the dates on your calendar for the rest of the year to avoid scheduling conflicts.
  • A quick reminder about meetings‚Ķ We request each family send at least one parent to every¬†community meeting, since we have discussions that are not effective or functional unless most families are present to participate. To make it more convenient for families, we recently decided to switch the community meetings from once a month to once every 2 months (only 4-5 meetings total). Because these meetings are so critical to our community, we will do whatever we can to make sure most/all families can attend. We totally understand that illness or unexpected life events happen that may cause you to miss…and in those cases we are happy to meet one-on-one later to go over what we discussed.¬†You can always¬†Skype in to the meeting if it is too difficult to be there physically. Thank you so much for your commitment and energy!

Thursday, Sept. 28 and Saturday Sept. 30: Boone Film Festival!

  • Thursday, 9/28, 6pm: Youth Film Screening
  • Saturday, 9/30, 12pm and 6:30pm: Film Screening and awards ceremony
  • Click here for more information and tickets!

Friday, September 29, 1-5pm: Wildwood Rock Climbing Day!

  • No experience necessary, bring the whole family (details have been sent by email)
  • RSVP to Corrie and Jasyn at¬†corriewk@gmail.com, and feel free to email any questions!

Holiday Schedule

Sept. 5 – First day

Nov 23 – closed for Thanksgiving day

Dec 19 – last day before winter break

Jan 8 – first day back after winter break

Jan 15 – closed for MLK Jr. Day

March 5-9 – Break

April 2-3 – Break

May 17 – Last day

Newsletter 3/6/17

Dear Wildwood Families,

I hope you all have enjoyed your break this past week!  We had some nice family time, and got to go to one of the last homeschool ski days of the season.  I missed seeing you and your kids though, and am looking forward to reconnecting again tomorrow!  

The week before break was full of activity and emotion as we cherished our last week with Sierra and spent a lot of time doing some of our favorite activities with her, like acro-yoga and climbing the Berlz tree. ¬†We also had fun with three of our new facilitators-in-training (Ashley, Alyssa M, and Alyssa D), including practicing juggling with some great equipment that Alyssa M brought to share with us! ¬†Our ‚ÄúWildwood Restaurant‚ÄĚ on Thursday was also a big success; we had a great time serving our chilli and salad and apple crisp, and enjoyed eating with and getting to know others who came for the meal. ¬†The folks that run the hot lunch program were very appreciative of our meal and our service, and said they are looking forward to more in the future! ¬†Thanks so much to all the families who helped and contributed to this endeavor, we could not have done it without you. ¬†It was beautiful to watch the kids faces as they did this meaningful and important service. It was magical!

We sent Sierra off with a lovely potluck on Thursday evening (and many tearful goodbyes), and a photo/memory album with lots of photos and precious handwritten notes from our community (and a beautiful wooden cover with hand-burned names on the back and an amazing design by Addison and Finley on the front), which she LOVED.  She and Bear will be setting up a website soon to share their adventures with us, which we will pass on to you all.

This week we are excited to welcome Grace Scantlin into our community, as well as Rebecca Zeines, who recently arrived in Boone to be a facilitator with Wildwood for the rest of the spring.  Rebecca grew up in Switzerland, has lived in various countries since then, and attended the ALC training last summer with me and Nicole.  We will also have Ashley and Alyssa M with us this week, and Ashley will be offering a Mystery Science activity tomorrow on how our muscles and bones work!

Looking forward to seeing you all again soon!

Rebekah

Announcements/Requests:

  • Our Wildwood community meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, March 27 from 5-7pm (please RSVP on Facebook, let Rebekah know if you need to bring kids)¬†Check out the Trello Community Mastery Board before the meeting: https://trello.com/b/bFKRogcm/community-mastery-board
  • Our last day of the year has been extended to May 18!
  • ‚ÄúTea (or coffee ūüôā with Rebekah‚ÄĚ will start tomorrow, as a regular time for parents to come and chat about anything that is on your mind! (Tuesdays 2:45-3:30, in the sanctuary). ¬†
  • Feel free to schedule a hike or gathering for Wildwood families on non-T/TH days! ¬†Just send a group email (and could post on Slack as well) to let us know the time/location.

THIS WEEK

Offerings Doc (updated Tuesdays and Thursdays)
Tuesday, Mar 21:

  • Mystery Science with Ashley
  • Volunteering at Casting Bread food pantry at 12pm
  • We are starting our “little library” project repurposing old newspaper bins into free book libraries for the families that use the Food Pantry. Please bring any retired books you may have for children through adult. We only have a small amount of space…so choose mindfully.
  • ‚ÄúTea with Rebekah‚ÄĚ for parents from 2:45-3:30 in the Sanctuary

Wednesday, Mar 8:   

  • APPlause event: BANFF films, 10am, Schaefer Center (for those who have tickets)
  • Climbing at Center 45, 1-4pm ($10/person, includes cost of shoes)
  • Last Homeschool Ski Day (App Ski Mtn)

Thursday, Mar 9:

  • Personal Focus Time
  • Building little libraries

ON THE HORIZON

Monday, March 27

  • Wildwood Community Meeting, 5-7pm, FaithBridge Sanctuary (arrive at 4:45 if possible). mPlease RSVP on Facebook event page and let Rebekah know ASAP if you will be bringing kids for the sitter

Saturday, April 8

  • Playhouse BuildFest! ¬†9-2pm, Watauga High School. ¬†Wildwood will be hosting an activity, Tara will CH: to participate or give ideas please join the discussion on Slack channel #_buildfest

Wednesday, April 12

  • SciDay! 10:30am-1pm, Family Central, 626 Ashe Central School Rd, Jefferson.¬†A scientific extravaganza, with professionals from ASU, NC State Parks, NC Forest Service, local businesses, and more.¬†http://www.ncsciencefestival.org/events/sciday-2017

**Please don’t forget to check the Go-n-Get it Board inside the front door for supplies needed!  Thank you!

Holiday Schedule

  • Closed April 18 for Easter Break
  • Last day May 18

Important Links

Slack Channel

Trello

Weekly Offerings

Resources

Newsletter 2/27/17

Hello Wildwood Families!

First off, I am continually blown away by how amazing you all are. Your diverse gifts and continual support are vital to Wildwood flourishing the way it is. You are collaborating in an incredible space where people can learn and thrive together in freedom. I am just in awe of how connected the kids have become, how much they have grown, how they take responsibility for their learning, how they empathize with each other, and resolve conflicts on their own. It feels like a family where each person is loved and respected for who they are. Thank you, Thank you for letting me be a part of this beautiful story.

I hope you have all had an enjoyable weekend. I had a calm day today, spending precious time with the Bennett family. My soon approaching departure has been present on my mind these days and I’ve been focusing on making the most my last two weeks here. Much gratitude to the Weavers for lending me a car to make that easier! I was able to get out on an incredible, impromptu Elk Knob hike with some of you on Friday and thoroughly enjoyed a full day of climbing, in Linville Gorge on Sunday, thanks to Jasyn!

Last Tuesday we had a very productive group conversation to reassess the flow and efficiency of our daily meetings, particularly our change-up meeting where we all have a voice in how we want to be together. Meetings were feeling clunky so we took a step back to revisit the importance of them, while intentionally coming up with practices that will make them more productive, streamlined and respectful of everyone’s valuable time. We split off into three groups, talked about what was working, what wasn’t and came up with proposals on adjustments moving forward. We came back and presented those proposals to the whole group which led to some community mastery board (CMB) implementations, schedule changes and other agreements. After that, we had a great day exploring outside, birdwatching, slacklining, playing and creating inside and outside. On Thursday we had quite a few visitors, two potential future Wildwood families, and a potential future facilitator named Ashley. A great game of sanctuary tag happened, many rounds of Kubb (an ancient scandinavian field game I introduced), a really exciting and engaging Mystery Science about sound waves that Rebekah offered, spacious time playing by the river skipping rocks and building inukshuks, a productive Wildwood Restaurant planning meeting with our Food Pantry neighbours, and lots of Berlz tree climbing!

This week is looking to be pretty full again. Grace Scantlin will be joining us for a full visiting week (we’re really hoping she stays for good). Tuesday we will have Maggie the expert storyteller, Natalie with another cursive workshop, volunteering at the Food Pantry, and tree climbing. Ashley will be back for the full day to facilitate. On Thursday another potential future facilitator named Alyssa will be joining us from Asheville. We will have Personal Focus Time and another Mystery Science.

Thank you again for your love and support. 

With hugs, warmth and excitement for another great Wildwood day tomorrow,

<3

Sierra

 

Announcements/Requests:

  • To schedule a Parent/Facilitator meeting please sign up on Sign-Up Genius.
  • Please spread the word about our live music fundraiser at Boone Saloon this Thursday, March 2 from 8-11pm. ¬†Kids are welcome! ¬†Here is the flyer to share and the Facebook event page. ¬†Thanks SO much to everyone who has been working on preparing for this event and contributing raffle prizes (and to Corrie for organizing all the donations/raffle baskets!)
  • Don‚Äôt forget that our community meetings are the first Monday evening each month, from 5-7pm. ¬†Next one is March 6!
  • Feel free to schedule a hike or gathering for Wildwood families on non-T/TH days! ¬†Just send a group email (and could post on Slack as well) to let us know the time/location!

 

THIS WEEK

 

Offerings Doc (updated after Set-the-Week on Tuesday)

Tuesday, Feb 28:  

  • Mardi Gras celebration (all day!)
  • Storytelling with Maggie at 11am
  • Volunteering at Casting Bread food pantry at 12pm
  • Cursive with Natalie at 12:45pm

Wednesday, Feb 29:   

  • Amelia Earhart play at Barter Theatre, 10am (leave Boone at 8am, return by 2pm)
  • Climbing at Center 45 with Sierra, 3-5pm ($10/person)
  • Homeschool Ski Day (App Ski Mtn)

Thursday, March 2

ON THE HORIZON

Monday, March 6

  • Community Meeting, 5-7pm

Wednesday, March 8

  • Homeschool Ski Day (App Ski Mtn)
  • Climbing with Sierra at Center 45, 1-3pm ($10/person)

Thursday, March 9

  • Sierra‚Äôs last Wildwood day ūüôĀ
  • Rebecca Zeines‚Äô first Wildwood day ūüôā
  • Wildwood Restaurant (Some of the kids will be preparing and hosting a lunch for about 40 people at the Food Pantry from 11am – 1pm. Everyone is welcome to come to eat, the cost is donation based. Nicole is CHing this, if anyone has a crock pot we can borrow for this, please let her know!)
  • Campfire/potluck/games night at 6pm at Wildwood for Sierra to say goodbye everyone and for us to welcome Rebecca into the community.

Friday, March 10

  • Trip to see a special exhibit at the BRAHM art and history museum (More details to come, please contact Amanda for more information)

March 14/16:  WILDWOOD CLOSED FOR SPRING BREAK

Wednesday, March 15

  • Homeschool Ski Day (App Ski Mtn)

Wednesday, March 22

  • Homeschool Ski Day (App Ski Mtn)

 

**Please don’t forget to check the Go-n-Get it Board inside the front door for supplies needed!  Thank you!

Holiday Schedule

  • Closed March 14/16 for Spring Break
  • Closed April 18 for Easter Break
  • Last day May 11

Newsletter 2/20/17

Hello Wildwood Families!

Hope you all have been enjoying this warm springlike weather! ¬†We‚Äôve had a great week at Wildwood…Kirra helped us make Harry Potter wands, we exchanged Valentines, Sierra and Silas braved the cold to start making a wooden birdhouse for our porch, many of us worked on personal collages from magazines (which will still be an option this week for those who haven‚Äôt done this yet!), several kids volunteered at the Food Pantry next door, we had a tree fort planning session, played lots of werewolves and sanctuary tag, did some ‚ÄúBerlz‚ÄĚ tree climbing with Sierra, entered the world of fairies with the fairy house brought in by Sita, and had a fun and gratitude-focused Valentine‚Äôs party with all the yummy food everyone brought. ¬†

We have also been enjoying some whole-group games during our morning and afternoon meetings, and are starting to delve into some mindful, focused activities during ‚ÄúPersonal Focus Time‚ÄĚ on Thursdays. ¬†We are finding a lot of ‚Äúflow‚ÄĚ these days in our new space, and have been having fun spontaneous moments of convergence during the day, like when we all suddenly started humming ‚ÄúRudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer‚ÄĚ together! ūüôā ¬†Last night several families and Sierra came to Wildwood for an evening by the campfire and an overnight campout, which I had to miss because I was not feeling well, but I heard it was tons of fun. ¬†It was even so warm today they put on swimsuits and got in the water!

This week we are looking forward to playing Kubb, an outdoor game with wooden blocks which Sierra created this week from a pallet! ¬†We also plan to do more volunteering at the Food Pantry, a Mystery Science activity about sound, exploring our woods more in this nice weather, and planning some projects like building a little library and starting our ‚ÄúWildwood Cafe‚ÄĚ for the hot lunch program next door…as well as touching base with each child this week about their personal interests and goals, to provide support if needed to brainstorm ideas about how to spend their Personal Focus Time. ¬†We will also be welcoming some visitors on Thursday, who both had to reschedule from last week…Danika (15) and Mike (6) and their moms.

 

Announcements/Requests:

  • Let‚Äôs have a potluck before Sierra leaves! ¬†Looking at Friday, March 10 as a possibility. ¬†Please let me (Rebekah) know this week if you would like to host it or organize it at a community location (on that date or a different one)…otherwise I will just schedule it for our Faithbridge space. ¬†¬†
  • Parent/Facilitator meetings are starting this week…please sign up on Sign-Up Genius if you would like a meeting.
  • Please spread the word about our live music fundraiser at Boone Saloon on Thursday, March 2 from 8-11pm. ¬†Kids are welcome! ¬†Here is the flyer to share and the Facebook event page. ¬†Thanks SO much to everyone who has been working on preparing for this event and contributing auction/raffle prizes (and to Corrie for organizing all the donations/raffle baskets!)
  • Don‚Äôt forget that our community meetings are the first Monday evening each month, from 5-7pm. ¬†Next one is March 6!
  • Please share this volunteer/facilitator application link with anyone you know who might be a good fit for volunteering or becoming a facilitator at Wildwood!
  • We submitted a ‚ÄúFarm-to-School‚ÄĚ grant application this past week for funds to start a garden at Wildwood! ¬†We‚Äôll keep you posted‚Ķ
  • Feel free to schedule a hike or gathering for Wildwood families on non-T/TH days! ¬†Just send a group email (and could post on Slack as well) to let us know the time/location!

 

THIS WEEK

Offerings Doc (updated after Set-the-Week on Tuesday)

Tuesday, Feb 21:        

Volunteering at Casting Bread food pantry

Wednesday, Feb 22:   

  • Climbing at Center 45 with Sierra, 1-3pm ($10/person)
  • Homeschool Ski Day (App Ski Mtn)

Thursday, Feb 23:  

Mystery Science: How far can a whisper travel?

ON THE HORIZON

Wednesday, March 1

  • Amelia Earhart play at Barter Theatre, 10am (leave Boone at 8am, return by 2pm)
  • Homeschool Ski Day (App Ski Mtn)
  • Climbing with Sierra at Center 45, 1-3pm ($10/person)

Thursday, March 2

Live Music Fundraiser:  Mission Trio w/Dave Brewer at Boone Saloon!  8pm-11pm (kids welcome)

Monday, March 6

Community Meeting, 5-7pm

Wednesday, March 8

  • Homeschool Ski Day (App Ski Mtn)
  • Climbing with Sierra at Center 45, 1-3pm ($10/person)

Thursday, March 9

  • Sierra‚Äôs last Wildwood day ūüôĀ
  • Rebecca Zeines‚Äô first Wildwood day ūüôā

March 14/16:  WILDWOOD CLOSED FOR SPRING BREAK

Wednesday, March 15

Homeschool Ski Day (App Ski Mtn)

Wednesday, March 22

Homeschool Ski Day (App Ski Mtn)

**Please don’t forget to check the Go-n-Get it Board inside the front door for supplies needed!  Thank you!

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

  • Closed March 14/16 for Spring Break
  • Closed April 18 for Easter Break
  • Last day May 11

Wildwood Newsletter 2/13/17

Good morning Wildwood families,
I’m relaxing and enjoying the sunshine after an incredibly full and exciting week. Thank you all for being part of it! On Tuesday morning we set up a slackline across the river (thanks to the Cooper family) and group of us went to cheer on Special Olympic athletes at App Ski Mtn. Inside, a programmable robot was built and multiple games were played including the current group favorite, a role-playing game called Werewolves. In the afternoon we all went out and explored upstream into the wild marsh area. We built dams and fairy houses, climbed trees, crossed natural log bridges, and found natural treasures. We had our first Spanish Immersion class after our regular Wildwood day where we had a fire, played games and hopefully absorbed lots of new words!
On Thursday we were missing quite a few people who had to stay at home sick or tending to the sick. We were very fortunate to have Bear and Meghan join us and had a great day learning with them. We had a very productive planning meeting for Startup Lab, more rounds of Werewolves were played, and we implemented Personal Focus Time (which is time we’ve set aside during the day to focus on our individual and small group learning intentions that require calm energy and focus).
Start-up Lab began on Friday, and those who attended spent the day working/playing on our projects. We worked on a variety of projects including wooden signs, coasters, paintings, natural hair products, jewelry making, duct tape wallets, and handmade pillows.¬† On Saturday we all went down to the Boone Mall and sold our products, and later we went to King Street. Even though some of us weren’t able to sell a lot of our things, it was incredible to see everyone follow through on their intentions, and we learned a lot through the process of working individually and together at the same time. We were able to take away a lot from the experience, all good learning that will hopefully serve us well in future entrepreneurial endeavors.
Looking forward to the week ahead!
Love,
Sierra

Announcements/Requests:

  • Thanks to everyone who came out to our community meeting last Monday!¬† We had some great discussions.¬† Minutes will be sent out soon!
  • Who can host or plan the next potluck??¬† (How about Friday March 10, to say goodbye to Sierra and welcome Rebecca?)
  • Campout at Wildwood with Sierra this Sunday evening, February 19!¬† Kids can be dropped off or parents can join and camp with us!¬† Sunday 5pm to Monday 10am.¬† Please let Sierra know by this Wednesday who will be coming so we can plan meals together.¬† (The forecast is high in the upper 50’s and low of 40, so we’ll need to bundle up at night but it shouldn’t be too cold…we will also have the little house available to sleep in if any kids are too chilly in the tents).
  • If you would like to go snow tubing with kids from ALC Mosiac school (in Charlotte) this Friday Feb 17, contact Hawksnest and sign up for the 10am and/or 12pm sessions
  • We are still looking out for another facilitator and volunteers to help out at Wildwood, so if you know of someone who would be awesome, please let Rebekah or Nicole know!

THIS WEEK- 
Offerings Doc (updated after Set-the-Week on Tuesday)

Tuesday, Feb 14: ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Valentine’s Day!¬† Exchanging cards and making personal collages.

Wednesday, Feb 15:   Climbing at Center 45 with Sierra, 1-3pm ($10/person)
Friday, Feb 17:            Snow Tubing at Hawksnest with ALC Mosaic (Charlotte) kids
Sunday, Feb 19:        Wildwood Campout with Sierra, Sun 5pm РMon 10am

On the Horizon

Wednesday, February 22

  • Homeschool Ski Day (App Ski Mtn)
  • Climbing with Sierra at Center 45, 1-3pm ($10/person)
Wednesday, March 1
  • Amelia Earhart play at Barter Theatre, 10am (leave Boone at 8am, return by 2pm)
  • Homeschool Ski Day (App Ski Mtn)
  • Climbing with Sierra at Center 45, 1-3pm ($10/person)
Thursday, March 2
Monday, March 6
  • Community Meeting, 5-7pm

Wednesday, March 8

  • Homeschool Ski Day (App Ski Mtn)
  • Climbing with Sierra at Center 45, 1-3pm ($10/person)
Thursday, March 9
  • Sierra’s last Wildwood day ūüôĀ
  • Rebecca Zeines’ first Wildwood day ūüôā
March 14/16:  WILDWOOD CLOSED FOR SPRING BREAK

Wednesday, March 15

  • Homeschool Ski Day (App Ski Mtn)

Wednesday, March 22

  • Homeschool Ski Day (App Ski Mtn)

Supplies Needed 

Please check the Go-n-Get it Board inside the front door for supplies needed!  Thank you!

Holiday Schedule

  • Closed March 14/16 for Spring Break
  • Closed¬†April 18¬†for Easter Break
  • Last day¬†May 11

Wildwood Newsletter 2/5/17

Wildwood Newsletter 2/5/17
So sorry for missing last week’s email!  It has been a little intense the past couple of weeks with the move and some challenges in my household…but things are starting to calm down, and we should be back on track now that we are settled into our new space!  During our last week at St. Luke’s, we had some fun adventures around town on the Appalcart…each group of kids came up with their own destinations and used the bus maps to figure out when/where to catch different buses (then changed it up when things didn’t go quite according to plan!).  Silas made a great video of his group’s adventures…posted on our FB page.
We had a wonderful first week at FaithBridge! ¬†Our little house has such a relaxed, warm feeling, and it is SO nice to be able to have our very own space to get messy, be loud, relax on the couches to read, etc‚Ķit really feels like a home. ¬†We did a ‚Äúsmudging‚ÄĚ ceremony, based on Native American traditions, on the first morning to bring positive energy and clear negative energy from our new space. ¬†The kids have loved playing ‚ÄúSanctuary Tag‚ÄĚ (i.e. tag in the sanctuary running in and out of the rows of chairs) as a whole group, as well as other fun and connecting whole group games. ¬†They have also taken off with ‚ÄúWerewolves‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ the kids love being the facilitator and have been offering it throughout the day! ¬†Other offerings have included: Bread making with Nicole, tour of the woodworking shop next door (we learned a lot about woodworking techniques and the different types of wood used for their beautiful creations), Oobleck/slime making with Addison, Essential Oil spray workshop with Nicole, and hiking in the woods with me. ¬†We have also started a questions board on the door of the bathroom, and each afternoon we pick one question to answer (anyone can investigate them during the day)‚Ķfeel free to add your own question to the board! ¬†Thursday we found out what the most expensive wood in the world is‚Ķany guesses? ūüôā
This week we all discussed ideas for our Personal Focus Time and have planned to hold space for this on Thursdays at 10-10:45am (time where there are no group activities planned, where each child has space to mindfully focus on an area of interest, a goal, a project, etc.).  A few of us started personal focus time this week, and next Thursday we will begin holding this space for everyone.  If you have not had a chance to talk with your children about their interests and look at their Trello board together to brainstorm and add possibilities and personal focus time ideas, feel free to do so!  Let us know if you have any questions about this.
Friday evening we had an awesome visit to the Rankin Observatory…the moon was so beautiful and we also got to see Venus, Betelgeuse, the Andromeda galaxy (M31), and a nebula, and learned some fascinating facts about the sun, moon, planets, and stars from Dr. David Sitar.  Thanks to Corrie for arranging this for Wildwood!
Looking forward to seeing you at our first community meeting of the year, tomorrow (Monday) from 5-7pm!  Please try and arrive by 4:45 if you can, especially if you have kids to settle in with the sitter.  And feel free to bring food to eat during the meeting!  You are also welcome to bring a dish or snacks to share, but this is totally optional.
Please check out the Trello Community Mastery Board before the meeting if you can, to see new awarenesses and review items we have implemented or have been practicing.  And please feel free to add any Awarenesses you would like to discuss in the meeting!  https://trello.com/b/bFKRogcm/community-mastery-board
 Thanks to all of you for being part of Wildwood!
Love,
Rebekah

Announcements/Requests:

  • Let‚Äôs have another family potluck soon! ¬†If anyone would like to host it or help plan one at a community location, please let us know!
  • Wildwood Start-Up Lab THIS Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10-11! ¬†¬†A great¬†opportunity for kids to create their own products/businesses in a supportive environment and sell in a marketplace! ¬†Kids are welcome to get started on their start-up lab projects during the week at Wildwood as well (Sierra and Bear will be touching base with each family signed up to make sure we have supplies for the kids‚Äô ideas). ¬†Deadline to sign up is¬†Tuesday, Feb. 7. ¬†Scholarships available if needed! ¬† ¬†http://wildwoodalc.agilelearningcenters.org/startup-lab/
  • We will have two guests this week!¬†¬†Our friend¬†Bear¬†is back with us both Tuesday and Thursday of this week, and he and Sierra will be leading the Start-Up Lab on Friday and Saturday. ¬†Also¬†Meghan Carrico from Windsor House¬†Democratic School in Vancouver, BC will be joining us on Thursday‚Ķshe is the director of a publicly funded democratic school serving over 100 students, and she also grew up attending this school (the school has been in operation since 1971!). ¬†Here is the Windsor House website: ¬†http://windsorhouseschool.org/ ¬† ¬† ¬† Meghan has a great deal of experience with self-directed education, and has offered to meet with our parents Thursday afternoon for anyone who is interested in learning more about Windsor House and how their model might give us some ideas for Wildwood! ¬†If you would like to join us, we will¬†meet with her from 3:30-4:30Thursday afternoon¬†at FaithBridge.
  • Sierra will be leaving Wildwood in about 5 weeks‚Ķher last day will be March 9. ¬†We are SO sad to see her go, as she has made her way firmly into all of our hearts (and it is hard to imagine Wildwood without her!), but we are also incredibly grateful for the time she has spent with us!!
  • The good news is that another trained ALF will be joining us to help facilitate from March 9 through the end of the semester! ¬†Her name is Rebecca Zeines and she is from Switzerland. ¬†She attended the ALF summer training with me and Sierra, and is currently living in Thailand. ¬†Her native language is French and she is fluent in English, and also speaks some Spanish, Portuguese, and German. ¬†We are excited to have her join Wildwood! ¬†We are also still looking out for another facilitator and volunteers to help out at Wildwood, so if you know of someone who would be awesome, please let me know!

THIS WEEK- 
Offerings Doc (updated after Set-the-Week on Tuesday)

 Monday, Feb 6:   Community Change-Up Meeting, 5-7pm (please arrive at 4:45 if possible, feel free to bring food)
 Tuesday, Feb 7:   Bear is here!  Also the 2017 Special Olympics Southeast Winter Games, Alpine Skiing & Snowboarding, are happening at App Ski Mountain.  We will be happy to drive any children who want to attend an hour or two of these games, to be a supportive audience member.
 Wednesday, Feb 8:   Climbing at Center 45 with Sierra, 1-3pm ($10/person)
Homeschool Ski Day at App Ski Mountain (call ahead 295-9311 to reserve your spots; $21 per person to ski, $29 to snowboard, includes equipment and lesson)
 Thursday, Feb 9:   Bear and Meghan Carrico (from Windsor House in Vancouver) are visiting.
3:30-4:40: Q&A and Presentation by Meghan Carrico on Windsor House and 45 years of democratic (self-directed) education!
 Friday, Feb 10:  Start-Up Lab: Maker Lab Day (9am-3pm)
 Saturday, Feb 11:   Start-Up Lab: Marketplace Day (10:30am-2:30pm)

On the Horizon

Tuesday, Feb 14: Valentine’s Day!  Please bring in Valentines (cards, treats, whatever) for everyone, and receive Valentines too, if you’d like to participate!  More details to come.
 Friday, Feb 17:   ALC Mosaic (Charlotte) kids are coming to Hawksnest to go snow-tubing!  10am and 12pm sessions.  Let me (Rebekah) know ASAP if you’d like to join them snow-tubing and/or visit with them afterwards.
Wednesday, March 1:   Amelia Earhart play at Barter Theatre, with talkback session with actors, 10am (leave Boone at 8am, return by 2-2:30pm); discussion on Slack https://www.bartertheatre.com/shows/amelia-earhart/201612281052427621

Please let Rebekah know by this Wed, Feb. 8 if you would like to be included in the group reservation for the discount price of $11.  If your child(ren) would like to come but you cannot, please post this in the Slack discussion and we will try to work out an arrangement to bring them!

 Supplies Needed 
>Please check this Trello board for a list of supplies/materials needed…THANK YOU!! https://trello.com/b/OZ22r7Rq/new-space-prep
Holiday Schedule
  • Closed March 14/16 for Spring Break
  • Closed¬†April 18¬†for Easter Break
  • Last day¬†May 11

Wildwood Newsletter January 23, 2017

Hi everyone!

My kids and I just arrived back from our trip to DC late tonight, so I’m behind with the weekly email…will keep it short and sweet! ¬†It was wonderful to see you all and your kids again last week‚Ķwe did a lot of reconnecting, playing games (some fun role-playing games like Mafia and Werewolves, lots of tag, some intense games of Risk and Axis & Allies, and many others!), sharing our wishes for the spring, and discussing some new daily routines we will try out this month. ¬†One of these new routines will be our ‚ÄúPersonal Focus Time‚ÄĚ, which we‚Äôll start on Thursday mornings next week at our new location. ¬†We also had fun planning routes and destinations for our bus adventure tomorrow!
This week is our last week at St. Luke’s.  Tomorrow we will explore Boone on Appalcart and celebrate Sita’s birthday, and we are excited to welcome Sierra back!  Thursday we’ll wrap up this chapter of Wildwood and get ready for our move!  We really appreciate everyone who has been helping with this transition and will keep you posted with info about ways to help this week!
See you all tomorrow!
Rebekah
Announcements/Requests:
  • Our new monthly community change-up meeting time will be the first Monday of each month from 5-7pm, starting Monday, Feb. 6! ¬†I will send out an evite soon with details for the first meeting.
  • If anyone would like to host the next potluck or help plan one at a community location, please let us know!
  • Sierra and Bear are planning a fun 2-day entrepreneurial¬†kids‚Äô camp¬†called¬†‚ÄúWildwood Start-Up Lab‚ÄĚ on February 10-11, at our Faithbridge location (see description below)… ¬†Save the dates if you‚Äôre interested, details coming soon!
This Week
Offerings Doc (updated after Set-the-Week on Tuesday)
 
Tuesday, January 24:  Appalcart bus adventure!  We’ll leave around 10am and be back to St. Luke’s by 1:30ish to celebrate Sita’s birthday.
Saturday, January 28: Workday to get our Faithbridge space ready for next week!  Please email Nicole directly if you plan to participate.  We’ll meet at 11am at St. Luke’s to start moving things to the new space.
**If you would like to organize any other non-T/TH events (meeting for a hike, bowling, climbing, etc.), please do!  Just post your event on Slack in announcements! 

On the Horizon

 

Friday, February 3:  Star Gazing at ASU Observatory, 7-9pm  (Please RSVP to Corrie as soon as possible if you haven’t already so she can reserve our spots!)
Monday, February 6:  Community Change-Up Meeting, 5-7pm
Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10-11: ¬†‚ÄúWildwood Start-Up Lab‚ÄĚ with Sierra and Bear:¬†an entrepreneurial kid’s camp open to our group and any other kids in the community who want to participate. The camp will be a supportive space (at the Faithbridge location) where we all work together on various small business projects, then the kids set up a little marketplace to share and sell whatever products/services they’ve been working on. Stay tuned for more details!
Supplies Needed 
Please check these Trello boards for lists of supplies/materials needed…THANK YOU!!
Holiday Schedule
  • Closed March 14/16 for Spring Break
  • Closed¬†April 18¬†for Easter Break
  • Last day¬†May 11