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

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

  • 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. 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.

  • 12:30PM – 2:20PM

    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 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.

  • 2:40PM – 2:50PM
    School Day Dismissal
  • 3:00PM – 5:00PM
    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 materials. During this time, children will also participate in an additional late snack.

  • 5:20PM
    Extended Day Dismissal
Our 2021-2022 Community Calendar
September 13Monday

First Day Gathering

Family breakfast –8.30am-10.00am

September 14 – September 15Tue-Wed

First Drop Off Days

Half days and staggered arrivals

September 16Thurs-FriExtended day program begins
October 11MondaySchool Closed for Indigenous Peoples’ Day
October 29Friday

Annual Bonfire and S’mores Even


November 2TuesdaySchool Closed for Staff Development
November 11WednesdaySchool Closed for Veteran’s Day
November 24Wednesday

2:50pm Dismissal

No Extended Day

November 25 – 26Thurs & FriSchool Closed for Fall Break
December 23Thursday

2:50pm Dismissal

No Extended Day

December 24 – December 31Fri-FriSchool Closed for Winter Break
January 17MondaySchool Closed for MLK, Jr. Day
FebruaryMon-FriGrown-up/Educator Conferences
February 21 – 25Mon-FriSchool closed for Mid-Winter Break
March 18FridaySchool Closed for Staff Development
April 15 – 22Fri-FriSchool closed for Spring Break
April 25 – 29Mon-FriSpring Planting Week
May 21SaturdayElements Spring Fair*
May 30MondaySchool Closed for Memorial Day
JuneMon-FriGrown-up/Educator Check-ins
June 20MondaySchool Closed for Juneteenth
June 24Friday

Last Day of School

Dismissal and Celebration at 12:00pm

July 5 – August 26 Summer Program 2022