A Lens into Elements
  • 8:30AM – 9:00AM
    Welcoming Our Community

    Children and families are individually greeted as they enter our outdoor classroom entrance. Each child washes their hands at our outdoor sink, has their temperature checked and recorded, and fills a daily health questionnaire. Once cleared, children transition to joining their community of classmates and educators outside.

  • 9:00AM – 9:30AM
    Early Snack

    Children are offered a morning snack to begin fueling their day. At this time, all snacks and meals are provided by families.

  • 10:00AM – 10:30AM
    Morning Reflection Meeting

    During our morning gathering, children represent their thoughts, feelings, reflections, wonderings, and plans for the day. They share their play work, projects, and partnerships, and design community agreements that help station the day with enough predictability to feel safe and secure, yet enough flexibility to feel spontaneous and autonomous over their choices.

  • 10:30AM – 12:00PM
    Self-Directed Exploration

    Children learn in lasting ways when engaged in their truest forms of play. This authentic relationship with learning emerges best when given the space and freedom to access it. Educators participate in a blend of guidance and observation which informs not only each individual day, but our school and classroom studies as a whole. During this time, children participate in discovery that is prompted by daily outdoor provocations, including, but not limited to, our mud kitchen, tree house, sensory space, log-center, climbing station, and environmental seasonal changes. Following the children’s interest, we supplement our days with meditation, forms of free and guided movement, and a range of process and sensory based art mediums that invite children to learn through the self initiated methods of experimentation, trial, error, cause, and effect.

  • 12:00PM – 12:30PM
    Community Lunch

    Community lunch is shared amongst staggered tables amidst our outdoor environment. We limit and space the children into groups or 4, and allow them to socialize while maintaining distance. Lunch is a time of noticings and conversations: the food we brought in for the day, the sounds we hear as we chew. Through shared moments like these, we build food fluency, competency and inclusion by celebrating the different meals we enjoy with our families.

  • 12:30PM – 2:20PM
    Rest

    At Elements we think of rest as more than just a break from the day, and instead, think of it as an extension of independent mindfulness and reflection. Rest looks different for every child, and children’s needs are met individually. While some use the time to sleep, others use it to read literature, think, build with small tools, or create art on their personal rest mats or cots. During rest, educators liven the room with mood lighting and gentle, steady music, which creates a peace-driven warmth and comfort for all within.

  • 2:20PM – 2:40PM
    Afternoon Snack

    Children participate in a second snack as a way of fueling their bodies after rest, in preparation for the second portion of their day, whether at home or in school

  • 2:40PM – 2:50PM
    School Day Dismissal
  • 2:40PM – 2:50PM
    Extended Day

    Extended Care is a smaller cohort of children who come together to build further meaning from their day. Extended care is not just a resource for families, but an opportunity to dig deeper in play narratives and material. During this time, children will also participate in an additional late snack.

  • 5:20PM
    Extended Day Dismissal
Our 2020-2021 Community Calendar

September 10 – September 16

Thurs-Wed

First Days of School

half days and staggered arrivals

October 12

Monday

School Closed for Indigenous Peoples’ Day

October 30

Friday

Annual Bonfire and S’mores Event

4:00pm-5.20pm*

November 3

Tuesday

School Closed for Staff Development

November 11

Wednesday

School Closed for Veteran’s Day

November 25

Wednesday

2:50pm Dismissal

Extended Day will not be offered this day

November 26 – 27

Thurs & Fri

School Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

December 23

Wednesday

2:50pm Dismissal

Extended Day will not be offered this day

December 24 – January 1

Thurs-Fri

School Closed for Winter Break

January 18

Monday

School Closed for MLK, Jr. Day

February

Mon-Fri

Grown-up/Educator Conferences

February 15 – 19

Mon-Fri

School closed for Mid-Winter Break

March 11

Thursday

School Closed for Staff Development

April 1 – 9

Thurs-Fri

School closed for Spring Break

May 7

Friday

Spring Planting*

May 22

Saturday

Elements Spring Fair*

May 31

Monday

School Closed for Memorial Day

June

Mon- Fri

Grown-up/Educator Conferences

June 23

Wednesday

Last Day of School

Dismissal and Celebration at 12:00pm

June 28 – August 27

Summer Program Begins