COMMUNITY Event-mini Maker Fair: Sat 28 Jan, 9am

Makers are all around us. You don’t need to buy anything to be a maker. STEM is more than technology!

CLICK Here to RSVP to the Maker Fair!

Presenters and attendees are welcome. There will be hands-on making for the whole family.

Sat Jan 28 from 9 – 12pm

301 Ave D, Redondo Beach

Tickle your DIY cravings with some of this MAKER fun:

“TKG City Roadsters”
Participants will be using materials provided to make a vehicle that navigates through the TKG city map. The vehicle needs to be able to stay on the map and turn with the roads. If the vehicle successfully completes the route from start to finish, the participant will hit a banana tree on the map and get a delicious treat!

“Cardboard Critters”
Make a life-size (costume) with cardboard, tape and other found objects.

“Goo-ness Goodness”
Make non-toxic puddy and other crazy goo.

“Magical Potions”
Mix and blend and shape the biggest bubbles imagination (and a little soap) can create!

And more!!!

For more information: Learning (at) Knowing Garden (dot) Org

 

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TKG LISTEN: Are We Better Off Without the Fairness Doctrine?

Beware the Too Compelling Narrative

In the spirit of our appreciation for writing, this article provokes us to think about the power of writing and the proliferation of micro/hyper-individualized media. Should government or a governing body manage media bias (see Fairness Doctrine) or leave it up to consumers? What role does education play in preparing citizens to consume writing? At TKG, we hope our students and community appreciate the opportunity to analyze and process content, confidently and thoroughly.

by Brett & Kate McKay
The other day I was flipping through an old issue of Outside Magazine while waiting for a dentist appointment and saw this headline: “The Clown Shoe That’s Changing Minimalist Running.” The 2013 article was about a running shoe company called Hoka, which makes super beefy, super cushioned, moon boot-esque running shoes. The idea behind the shoe is that the body runs best and recovers better when its feet are wrapped in soft pillows that float over the terrain.

I had to laugh to see that the pendulum on yet another compelling narrative had already started swinging back the other way. Read on @TheArtofManliness

“From Under Our Big Tree” Weekly Newsletter – Week #4 Nature Growers (ages 7-9)

“All I need is a sheet of paper and something to write with, and then I can turn the world upside down.”
-Friedrich Nietzsche

 Writing Changes the World

Writing is a powerful way to share our thoughts, ideas, feelings, and knowledge. When we write, we have the ability to create, inspire, and become catalysts of change. Writing is powerful because of the intimate interaction with the reader.


 QUICK NEWSLETTER HIGHLIGHTS
Tending the Garden: Our monthly meeting is this Thurs, beginning at 6:30pm
Parent Teacher Corner: Teachers are available every Thurs from 3 to 4. Childcare is available.
TKG Business: Buy your tickets to our masquerade party! Please help us spread the word.
– Ed News Resource:.Contemplate the power of of writing.


The reader can be one individual or can be an infinite number of people because as time passes the written word can remain indefinitely. As a reader, how many times have you read a book, article, letter, or even a small note that permeated your thoughts and changed your perspective? With this in mind, I can confidently say that writing has the power to change the world!

In the classroom we are changing the world one letter at a time. We have been discovering our power by writing “friendly letters” to our friends and family. These letters have served as a vessel to help us connect and strengthen our relationships with our friends and family. For example, our class was recently invited to view a “readers theater” performed by the Redwoods. We thoroughly enjoyed their performance and some of the students suggested writing a “thank you” note to them. Building on their idea, I asked the sprouts if they would be interested in writing individual thank you letter to the Redwoods. They excitedly agreed! As students wrote their letters, I could see the joy and love they were feeling when writing the notes. Once completed they couldn’t wait to share their letters and see the Redwoods expressions when they received them.

Another authentic and powerful experience in our letter writing journey was gifted to us by parents of the Nature growers. In the beginning of the school year, parents thoughtfully wrote letters filled with hopes, goals and wishes for their sprout/s. When students received their letters they were filled with awe and excitement. Students eagerly took their special letters and found a quiet, cozy spot to read their beloved letter privately. When students returned to the meeting area, I asked them how they felt after reading the letter. Overheard:

“I feel happy and grateful” – K

“I feel loved” –  Z

“I don’t know. Im feeling a lot of things… I’m definitely feeling thankful that they took the time to write to me.” – M

After sharing their thoughts and feelings in the meeting area, students asked if they could write back to their parents. As you might have guessed, I was wholeheartedly on board with their plan! Student have began to pour their thoughts and emotions on paper, and will be sharing their letters with you during our conferences this month!

***Home Practice Review***
Please look for these practice opportunities at home. Looking forward to hearing about how it goes or the other ways you designed practice time! Reference my email for even more details:

  • Math: We are working on telling time and/or working on elapsed time
  • Writing: Students are responding to the letter they received from a fellow classmate.

Con Amor (With Love),
Yvette

CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATION
Yvette Fenton, “Nature Growers” Lead Teacher
Lena Garcia, School Builder, 7-9 Class Mentor and Collaborator
Trish Valdez, School Business Manager
Monica Evangelist, Board President
Google Calendar: Official Events
Shutterfly: Photos only
Facebook Group: Private forum for parent chatter
Follow us on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Pintrest/Youtube
TKG Info

Tending the Garden

Monthly Parent Meeting – Thr 6 Oct, 6:30pm. Our regular monthly meeting this this Thursday! Please plan to attend and we would love to see all parents/caregivers if possible! Please see Michele Wilkoff’s email about bringing food to share.

Learning Updates – You will be receiving a new learning update Friday. The purpose of this information is to give you real-time feedback on progress and things to note on an ongoing basis. Please enjoy and send it back Tuesday with your signature. These updates will go in your student’s portfolio as a celebration of development.

Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences – Fri 14 Oct. Please use this link to sign up for a conference times. These conferences are a required parent participation event.

TKG Principles
  • CONSTRUCTIVISM: teachers and parents support relevant learning & creativity
  • WHOLE CHILD + FAMILY: cognitive, physical and social/emotional health is valued – families & caregivers are our partners
  • BRAIN SCIENCE: we are sensory learners with existing neural pathways and we can help develop and practice positive learning experiences
  • CAPACITY BUILDING: nurturing creative thinkers who are encouraged to solve problems that serve our community
  • COOPERATIVE LEARNING: small groups, low ratios, mixed ages
Parent Teacher Info

Parent Teacher Toolbox

Self-Care Opportunity Wed 5 Oct, All Day – take a moment to exhale @Riviera Nails. A percentate of all mani/pedi/etc sales are donated to TKG for parent % and school fundraiser.

Teacher Office Hours – Thr 6 Oct 3-4pm. PTs are welcome to come to office hours to check in on how they’re doing, explore questions and celebrate the small details!

PT RESOURCE: Our unhealthy obsession with choice
We face an endless string of choices, which leads us to feel anxiety, guilt and pangs of inadequacy that we are perhaps making the wrong ones. But philosopher Renata Salecl asks: Could individual choices be distracting us from something bigger—our power as social thinkers? A bold call for us to stop taking personal choice so seriously and focus on the choices we’re making collectively. Watch @TED
Admin Announcements

From the TKG Office

Fall Fundraiser, Sat 29 Oct “A Toast to Learning” Please buy your tickets early and invite your friends! We need your help with auction donations, please see Lacey LaCour for more information. Share our FB event!

Tuition is PAST DUE – Outstanding invoices will be assessed a $50 late fee today.

Columbus Day – We are in school on Oct 10 but we have the 14th off for student/parent/teacher conferences. Please be sure to sign up for a conference time at this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e084faeac2baaf58-parent4

The Four Agreements
1. Be Impeccable with your Word
2. Don’t Take Anything Personally
3. Don’t Make Assumptions
4. Always Do Your Best

Resource Of The Week – Capacity Building

Beware the Too Compelling Narrative

In the spirit of our appreciation for writing, this article provokes us to think about the power of writing and the proliferation of micro/hyper-individualized media. Should government or a governing body manage media bias (see Fairness Doctrine) or leave it up to consumers? What role does education play in preparing citizens to consume writing? At TKG, we hope our students and community appreciate the opportunity to analyze and process content, confidently and thoroughly.
*   *   *
by Brett & Kate McKay

The other day I was flipping through an old issue of Outside Magazine while waiting for a dentist appointment and saw this headline: “The Clown Shoe That’s Changing Minimalist Running.” The 2013 article was about a running shoe company called Hoka, which makes super beefy, super cushioned, moon boot-esque running shoes. The idea behind the shoe is that the body runs best and recovers better when its feet are wrapped in soft pillows that float over the terrain.

I had to laugh to see that the pendulum on yet another compelling narrative had already started swinging back the other way. Read on @TheArtofManliness

Choose How You React.

TKG LEARN: Enrollment Information Night – Thurs 27 Oct

week-2-storyplayThe Knowing Garden Elementary School offers a collaborative and interactive approach to education. Our teacher and parent community empowers individuals to love learning, cultivate relationships, embrace nature and engage with the world as innovators and catalysts.

Our Information nights are designed to give parents information about how learning happens here, our community connection and the evidence-based research on education reform.

Register & learn more!

Eventbrite - Enrollment Information Night - 27 Oct 2016

“From Under Our Big Tree” Weekly Newsletter – Community Week #3

All Together - Community

***IN THIS NEWSLETTER***
Tending the Garden –  Attention Nature Growers, upcoming textile arts class.
Parent Teacher Tools –  Please complete your make-up PT training before you begin your classroom schedule.
TKG OfficeBuy your tickets to the Fall Fundraiser, Oct 29
In Education NewsPrioritize connection time, it keeps you healthy!


Thank you for an inspiring, Parent Teacher retreat!

Starting with Dr. Joseph Lee,  we got to thinking about how children learn and the process of adolescent development. We heard from each teacher, they shared their specialties and some of their passions. Hopefully you have learned more about who they are and how they relate to you and your children. Monica helped us zoom out to think about how Parent Teachers fit into our mission with a lens on accessibility and sustainability. The thousands of hours you have agreed to work directly affect our big projects and learning environment…and lower your tuition.

Why do we believe in Parent Teachers? Because we believe in community. With that in mind, we see every parent meeting as an opportunity to strengthen our commitment to Whole Child + Family Education. This extension of our educational program holds true to our value of emergent curriculum: it has expanded to meet our families where they are, it has been more clearly defined to support the school, teachers and community; and it encompasses multi-generational learning. Thank you to the grandparents who joined us on Saturday!

Please be sure the monthly parent meetings are on your calendar (click here to see our official calendar):

Thursday Oct 6
Thursday Jan 19
Saturday March 4
Saturday May 20

Book your sitters now or maybe coordinate care share with other families in order to facilitate attendance for both parents. Prioritize for this time, your family educational experience and connected-ness will be deepened. Can you believe this is a school?! As always, we’d love to know your feedback.

Another TKG family resource kicks off this week. Renee Dokmanovich  will be facilitating a 6-week ECHO parenting course at TKG. Contact Trish if you are interested in joining and if you can’t make this one, there will be others. Renee will also host a monthly support group beginning this month. Be sure to review our official calendar for the dates.

One of our goals for this year is to deepen our academic programming which, at TKG, includes learning outdoors. We are thrilled to confirm that for the month of October, Field Day will be a partnership with the Palos Verdes Land Conservancy at George F. Canyon in Palos Verdes. Please be advised that this nature center is approximately 15 minutes from TKG. Some of you will find the faster route via the 110 FWY. We will be here for the entire month so get your carpools organized! We can’t tell you how excited we are to expand our Field day program in this way. For those of you who have friends who want to join us (homeschool/unschool/day off from school), we should be ready to open registration in November.

Thanks for joining us on our first Field Day with Joel! Here are some things to spark more learning at home: House finch*Brazilian pepper tree*
Bee (bee puke= honey)*Wild cucumber-natural soap*Raven- round tail*Crow- cut and smaller*Sandstone*Snails*Abalone shells*Shale- dark layers in cliff*Prickly pear cactus  remove (glockids)*Buckwheat*Lizard (cherucko)*Japanese beetle*Holly*Sage brush

…and as the great Vin Scully says, “As long as you live keep smiling because it brightens everybody’s day.”

With Gratitude,
Team TKG

COMMUNICATION STREAMS
Lena Garcia, Head of Education, Acorns Lead Teacher
Trish Valdez, School Business Manager
Monica Evangelist, Board President
Facebook (private group), Community Forum
Shutterfly Info Site: photos, contact information, announcements
OFFICIAL CALENDAR: subscribe and never miss an event
Follow us on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Pintrest/Youtube
TKG Info

Tending the Garden

  • FACE Time begins this Friday: Nature Growers, please bring 2 large, old t-shirts (they will be converted in to something else) for our Textile Arts class.
  • Teacher Office Hours – Thurs 3-4pm: This time is open and informal and there is childcare (thanks to an awesome PT!)
  • Tuition & School Fundraiser – Thrs 4-7pm: Join us at Yogurtland (on Hawthorne) to earn toward your tuition and raise money for TKG. Earnings will be split between families and TKG so be sure to return your receipt on the green monster.
TKG believes in…
  • CONSTRUCTIVISM: teachers and parents support relevant learning & creativity
  • WHOLE CHILD + FAMILY: cognitive, physical and social/emotional health is valued – families & caregivers are our partners
  • BRAIN SCIENCE: we are sensory learners with existing neural pathways and we can help develop and practice positive learning experiences
  • CAPACITY BUILDING: nurturing creative thinkers who are encouraged to solve problems that serve our community
  • COOPERATIVE LEARNING: small groups, low ratios, mixed ages
Parent Teacher Info

Parent Teacher Tools

  • PTs This Week
    • TUE: Assadi, Kang, Lee
    • THR: Ceci, Rossfeld
    • FRI: Williams, Watanabe, Minor
  • ECHO Parenting Series – Wed 7pm @ TKG: Please confirm your attendance, space is limited.
  • PT Training Make up: Thur 9-10am or 3-4pm, Contact Lena.
PT RESOURCE: Trouble Sleeping? Try Meditation
A new study suggests that if you’re having trouble sleeping, meditation may be the way to go. UCLA researchers, working with colleagues from USC, recruited 49 adults aged 55 and older who had moderate sleep problems. Half of them enrolled in a six-week sleep education course that included lessons on sleep habits, relaxation methods and establishing bedtime routines. The other half enrolled in a mindful meditation course. Read more @KPCC
Admin Announcements

From the TKG Office

Fall Fundraiser – Sat 29 October 6-8pm @Barsha: The tradition continues with “A Toast to Learning” Masquerade Celebration. Please buy your tickets soon. You’ll be hearing from Lacey regarding raffle donations and sponsorships – so start thinking about how to get involved with attending, cash donations or selling raffle tickets! Share our FB event with friends.

Support TKG- Ink Recycling: Please donate your used ink cartridges to us and help us earn $ toward teacher supplies. Ellen Cater, a member of our PT Fundraising Team, collects and organizes all the details. She can also answer your questions about this initiative. Click here to email her directly.

Open Enrollment TKG is still enrolling for this year and we won’t stop ’til we’re full! Encourage your friends to check us out – our website, Facebook, Insta or just call! Our office line is 310 728 9337, our email is Learning@KnowingGarden.org, our website is KnowingGarden.org

Click to see our the Official Calendar.

The Four Agreements
1. Be Impeccable with your Word
2. Don’t Take Anything Personally
3. Don’t Make Assumptions
4. Always Do Your Best

Resource Of The Week – Cultivation of Connection

Relationships: How-To, Empathy, Communication & Connection

Empathy, communication, and connection…throughout your parent experience at TKG (and beyond!), you are an important part of the safety net that embraces us, our families and our children. Our village is love:
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by Joseph Lee, M.D.

It’s part of our human nature to look for meaning in life. So it’s no surprise that Positive Psychology research has shown that of all the ways that we can experience positive emotions, meaningful experiences have the most long lasting effects on life satisfaction. Meaningful experiences are described as ones where we take our highest strengths, attributes and internal resources, and we use them in the service of something larger than ourselves. The most common, everyday opportunity for us to have these types of experiences is through our relationships.

Barbara Fredrickson’s book LOVE 2.0 summarizes her research on the ways in which experiencing the emotion of love, both as a giver and receiver, changes our mind, our body, and ultimately our life course through an upward spiral of what she calls “positivity resonance” – an ever expanding experience of authentic positive emotion, openness, and connection. In his amazing study of the complete lives of 268 healthy Harvard graduates from the late 1940’s until the present day, Harvard Psychiatrist George Vaillant summarizes the enormous amounts of data from his decades of research in one simple line – “Happiness is love. Full stop.” READ MORE @MentalHealthiness

Empathy, Connection & Communication
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