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
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 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
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 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|