Newsletter: November 2019

November  2019                       Volume 28  Number 2

Change and transformation fills the air as leaves change colors and fall to the ground. The red and orange foliage is there to remind us that change can be scary but it is also a beautiful thing. Fall is the perfect time to reflect and embrace change. It is the end of many things but it can also represent the beginning.  — The Living Urn blog

The autumn student conferences have begun. It is important to meet with them at this time of year to help them articulate their experience and what they want from this year.

As the leaves change and eventually drop, the garden browns, and the worms burrow deeper, we start to look inside. The time of transformation is upon us. The walls between worlds grow thin and the inner spirits come out to play. So too, at the school, all these things are in motion. The intending graduates are looking inward, the big room becomes more cozy with the heat of the wood stove, and our shadows are revealed. The ripeness, the abundance, the beauty of the natural world are a preparation for what is next.

Our school community has matured together to become a solid and cohesive group. The students who began the school year are all returning students. This is the perfect environment to bring in new students who can benefit from our unique style and approach. If there are young people you know who fit this description, please do not hesitate to send them our way or give us a call.

On November 5th we will be having an open house. We will have food and everyone will be welcome. There is a flier enclosed.  Please post it or give it to someone who would appreciate it. (There are more at the school.) We will be building an outdoor cob oven, weather permitting.

Come see our beautiful kitchen!  The Kitchen remodel is almost finished.  We just need to get the perfect water heater installed. Many thanks to Matt Kreitman of Groundfloor Stone for their generous donation of floor tile.

As it gets colder we are very grateful for all the help from Michael Austin.Thank you so much  for taking kids to get wood from Christina Stephenson’s place, and working so hard to cut it up.

2019 – 2020 School Calendar

November 5th: Open House

November 25th to 28th: Thanksgiving Break

Dec 16th to Jan 5th: Winter Solstice Vacation

January 20th: Open House (proposed)

February 3rd: No school

March 16th to 19th: Spring Break

May 28th: Last day of school

The first week of our 37th year!

We just had a wonderful first week of school.  This is our 37th year!  27 years of being fully democratic by having All School Council meetings and no coercion (except to clean up after yourself 😉 We ended the week with a hike up to Aspen Peak, elevation 11,103ft (3.384m)  It’s going to be a great year.

August 2019 Newsletter

Towering sunflowers and fresh organic vegetables fill our garden, awaiting the returning students. The amount of growth that can happen in a short period of time is astounding. We can’t wait to see how the students have also grown over the summer! It will be fantastic to see you all during Work Week.

Work week is Monday, August 26th through Saturday, August 31st. This year we have several big projects, the most important of which is the remodeling of the kitchen. We also need to paint one third of the big room, fix the stove pipe, and landscape. There are also smaller projects like the typical yearly cleaning. If you are a parent with a trade agreement remember that time spent during Work Week counts toward your amount owed and cleaning counts as double. Of course, we will also feed you. Moe will be making his annual chile stews.

The first day of our regular program is Tuesday, September 3rd. Remember, If you don’t have a signed enrollment contract for this year, please make an appointment with us in order to complete the registration process. Tuition will remain unchanged from last year.

This summer Iku and Moe met with 250 participants from 27 countries and another 500 Ukrainian educators for the 2019 International Democratic Education Conference in Kyiv and Vinnytsia, Ukraine.  We had a wonderful time renewing and deepening friendships and making new connections with democratic schools from all around the globe. There were sessions regarding a visiting teacher program, so we might have more international visitors in the future.

The 2020 conference will be in Nepal, October 15th through the 20th. We were not planning on going but if enough students are interested, we will consider going. It will be an amazing conference. Then in the summer of 2021, the international conference will merge with the regional conferences and Summerhill School, for a big festival in England to cerebrate their 100th anniversary. That’s right, Summerhill School, a democratic boarding school, has been in continuous operation for 100 years!

This year we will start an ongoing project to reduce the carbon in the atmosphere by planting trees.  If you are able to donate saplings or if you know someone who can, please send them our way.

Education is not merely acquiring knowledge, gathering and correlating facts; it is to see the significance of life as a whole. To understand life is to understand ourselves, and that is both the beginning and the end of education.

                                                                                                                                                                        – J. Krishnamurti