A Lens into Elements
  • 8:40AM – 9:15AM
    Welcoming Our Community

    Children and families enter through cascading bamboo plants. Children are dropped-off each morning in our backyard adventure playground, where grown-ups are always invited to stay and play with us before we begin our breakfast transition.

  • 9:30AM – 10:00AM

    Children are offered breakfast to start their day. Our first meal of the day is typically eaten outside.

  • 10:30AM – 10:50AM
    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.

  • 10:50AM – 11:45PM
    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. Children may also use this time for focused work, small group investigations, or to contribute to ongoing projects connected to their curriculum.

  • 11:45PM – 12:15PM
    Community Lunch

    Community lunch is offered family style – where children help inform and serve their own meals from shared trays. Lunch is a time of noticings and conversations: smelling the food served from our chef, seeing what food some of us brought in for the day, or 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 together.

  • 12:15PM – 2:00PM

    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.

  • 2:15PM – 2:35PM
    Afternoon Snack

    Children participate in an afternoon 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.

  • 2:50PM – 3:00PM
    School Day Dismissal
  • 3:00PM – 5:20PM
    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, materials, and specialties. During this time, children will also participate in an additional late snack.

  • 5:00PM – 5:30PM
    Extended Day Dismissal
Our 2022-2023 Community Calendar
September 8 Thurs First Day of School Family breakfast – 8.30am-10:30pm Dismissal for returning children 12:00pm
September 9 Fri Half Day Phase-in Begins Dismissal at 12:00pm
September 13 Wed Extended Day Begins
September 26 + 27 Mon + Tues School Closed Rosh Hashanah
October 5 Wed School Closed for Yom Kippur
October 10 Mon School Closed for Indigenous Peoples’ Day
October 17-21 Mon – Fri Family – Educator Intake Conference Week
October 28 Friday Annual Fall Bonfire & Fundraising Event 3:00pm – 5:00pm celebration
November 8 Tues School Closed for Staff Development
November 11 Fri School Closed for Veterans Day
November 24-25 Thurs + Fri School Closed for Fall Break
December 22 Thurs Elements Potluck Event 12:00pm – 3:00pm celebration
Dec 26 – Jan 2 Mon – Mon School Closed for Winter Break
Jan 16 Mon School Closed for MLK Jr. Day
January 30 Mon School Closed for Staff Development
Feb 20-24 Mon-Fri School Closed for Mid-winter Break
April 6 Thurs School Closed for Passover
April 7 Friday School Closed Passover + Good Friday
April 10 – 14 Mon – Fri School Closed for Spring Break
April 21 Fri School Closed for Eid al-Fitr
April 24 Mon Spring Planting Day
April 24 – May 5 Mon – Fri Family – Educator Conference Week
May 6 Sat Annual Spring Fair & Fundraising Event
May 8 – 12 Mon – Fri Teacher Appreciation Week
May 29 Mon School Closed for Memorial Day
June 19 Mon School closed for Juneteenth
June 27 Tues Last Day of School 12:00pm – 3:00pm celebration
July 10 – August 25 Mon – Fri Summer Program 2023