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
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 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
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 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.
Extended Day Dismissal
Our 2021-2022 Community Calendar
First Day Gathering
Family breakfast –8.30am-10.00am
|September 14 – September 15||Tue-Wed|
First Drop Off Days
Half days and staggered arrivals
|September 16||Thurs-Fri||Extended day program begins|
|October 11||Monday||School Closed for Indigenous Peoples’ Day|
Annual Bonfire and S’mores Even
|November 2||Tuesday||School Closed for Staff Development|
|November 11||Wednesday||School Closed for Veteran’s Day|
No Extended Day
|November 25 – 26||Thurs & Fri||School Closed for Fall Break|
No Extended Day
|December 24 – December 31||Fri-Fri||School Closed for Winter Break|
|January 17||Monday||School Closed for MLK, Jr. Day|
|February 21 – 25||Mon-Fri||School closed for Mid-Winter Break|
|March 18||Friday||School Closed for Staff Development|
|April 15 – 22||Fri-Fri||School closed for Spring Break|
|April 25 – 29||Mon-Fri||Spring Planting Week|
|May 21||Saturday||Elements Spring Fair*|
|May 30||Monday||School Closed for Memorial Day|
|June 20||Monday||School Closed for Juneteenth|
Last Day of School
Dismissal and Celebration at 12:00pm
|July 5 – August 26||Summer Program 2022|