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Session 4 Workshop Dates:
Week of March 12th - Week of May 7th

There will be no workshops the week of April 2nd due to Spring Break.  There also be no workshops the week of April 16th due to testing.

REGISTRATION DATES AND TIMES:

Red Track Session 4 registration begins at 10am Monday, March 5th  and ends 3:30pm on Tuesday, March 6th

White TrackSession 4 registration begins at 10am Wednesday, March 13th and ends 3:30pm

K-5 Workshop Registration

PLEASE NOTE - IMPORTANT PROCEDURES:

→ Students will enter through the front of the school and meet their instructor by the Founder's Tree.

→ Other workshop students will meet at the East Gate.

→ All students will be picked up in the front of the school at 2:10.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Workshops are limited to 25 students. Parents will be notified on Friday if they are confirmed to attend a workshop.

White Track students can only sign up starting Wednesday at 10am. If any White Track student signs up before Wednesday 10am, their request will be removed.

COMMON QUESTIONS:

♦ Do I have to sign up my child for session 2 if they were enrolled in session 1?
Yes, every session is different and requires a new enrollment.

♦ Do I have to fill out an enrollment form for PLTW Class and workshops or will I be able to sign my child up on one form?
We have combined the enrollment form into ONE FORM, therefore you only have to complete one form per child.  You do however, have to fill out a separate form for each child in your home.

♦ Can I just sign my child up for one workshop or just PLTW Class, two workshops or three workshops?
Yes, you can pick and choose what you would like your child to attend.

♦ I did not receive an informational email after I enrolled my student last session, what happened?
First, a confirmational email and informational email are TWO different emails.  A confirmational email is sent out immediately following the registration process to let the parent know that we have received your request for enrollment.  Please keep in mind that completing the form does NOT guarantee a spot.  If you do NOT receive a confirmational email, (as this is instant) then YOU  MAY HAVE TYPED IN THE WRONG EMAIL ADDRESS.An informational email will be sent out on the Friday following Online Sign-Ups notifying you of the status of your enrollment.  You will also be notified in the email of teacher expectations and details of the PLTW Class or Workshop that you signed your child up for.  Please keep in mind that if you signed your child up for PLTW Class and 3 workshops you WILL RECEIVE 4 different emails from 4 different teachers.

♦ Can I sign my child up for everything offered?
Yes

♦ Can my child be sent to the Red Track room to meet with their teacher, turn paperwork in, or pick up work?
No. We are not permitted to send your child anywhere on campus.  This includes the Red Track Room and Library.  We can not send them to pick up items that need to be taken home.  Please park in a designated parking spot, pick up your child, and sign into the office.  Thank you for your understanding.

♦ What is the tardy policy?  Frequent tardies (2 or more, 15 minutes late) will result in the student not being permitted to register for the next session.  Students will not be dropped from PLTW Class or Workshops for tardies while they are enrolled in the session.  It is vital to the class that every student is on time and ready to learn.

♦ What is the absence policy?  Students that miss the first PLTW Class/Workshop will be dropped from the session regardless of the reason.  Students are permitted to miss one PLTW Class.  Students that miss two PLTW Classes will be dropped from the class and expected to do the assigned science by their Red or White Track teacher.  Students who miss the last day of PLTW Class will not be permitted to register for the next session of PLTW Class as this day is the culminating class where students apply all the skills and knowledge to solving a real world problem.

♦ My child will be leaving after PLTW Class when they normally stay, can I just tell my child to meet me out front?
No, parents that intend on taking their child home early from their grade level day, MUST PARK in the parking lot, not the RED ZONE and sign your child out.  Please do not email the teacher asking the teacher to take them out for pick up as they do not always have access to their email.

♦ My child is receiving an award during an assembly will the teacher bring my child to the assembly?
No, you will need to sign your child out and bring them to the assembly.

♦ My child is participating in an activity that takes place at after school, will the teacher take my child to the activity or can they wait somewhere until the event takes place?
No, all students need to be picked up at the end of the class/workshop.  Teachers will not be taking students to events.

♦ We have a planned family vacation and my child will miss the first day of PLTW class, will they be dropped?
Yes, the content of PLTW can not made up at home and attendance is mandatory.  If you know that your child will miss the first class session please do not sign them up.  If you also know that your child will miss more than one day of PLTW for vacation or some other reason please do not sign them up as they are taking a spot from a student that could have been in attendance for all sessions.

♦ My child wants to attend the Red Track Ranger Social, what do we do?
Students must attend PLTW Class and email their PLTW teacher that they will be attending the Red Track Ranger Social.  Mrs. Wheeler or Mr. Badillo will bring the students to the front of the school at 10:10 am when the class is over.  You will meet your student at the end of the pick up line before the roundabout.  Students are expected to come to PLTW Class and then attend the social after as they will begin after 11:00 AM

♦ My students wants to attend the Field Trip, what do we do? Field trips are scheduled to take place when there is no PLTW Class or Workshops, therefore you will not have to choose.

♦ What do I do if my child has to miss a class?
Email the teacher to let them know that your child will be absent.  Students are permitted to miss only ONE class session and will be dropped from the class after the second absence.  K -2nd grade email Mr. Badillo at tbadillo@sra.mn and 3rd - 5th grade email Mrs. Wheeler at kwheeler@sra.mn

♦ It is a minimum day for elementary students, do we still have PLTW Class and Workshops?
When there is a minimum day scheduled PLTW Class will continue as scheduled.  However, there will not be workshops.  All PLTW students will go home after class.  Please refer to our school calendar on our school website for dates at www.sra.mn.

♦ The last session ends at 2:10 and my Blue Track student gets out at 2:30, can they wait in the plaza?
Yes, students may wait for their siblings.

♦ Where is pick up for PLTW class that ends at 10:10 AM, Workshop that ends at 11:30, and the workshop that ends at 1:00?
Parents will pick these students up IN FRONT of the school.  Please drive all the way up, students will be standing at the end before the roundabout.  We will NO LONGER be going through the office for pick up, we are exiting through what is referred to you as the East Gate.  All parents need to pick up their students from the East Gate, we are not permitted to send the students to the Founders Tree or Library to meet parents.

♦ Kindergarten only offers PLTW class?
Session one Kindergarten Club is offered to our Kinder students.  In Sessions 2, 3, and 4 Project Lead the Way Class (PLTW) will be offered.  This is the only  option for Kindergarten.  

♦ Can I drop my child off for workshops that start at 10:25 and 11:30 and have them go through the office?
No, all students will be dropped off in-front of the school at the end of the pick up line BEFORE the roundabout.  All students need to be dropped off on time.  If you do NOT see the teacher you need to park and bring your child into the office and sign them in for workshops.  The teachers will be entering the school at precisely 10:25 and 11:30.

♦ I am running late to pick up my child, what do I do and where will my child be?
Students that are picked up 15 minutes after the class/workshop has ended will be walked to the office.  Parents MUST park and come into the office to sign their children out.  Please do not park in Red Zone for safety concerns.

♦ What materials are needed for PLTW?
Pencil Box or Pouch labeled with your child's name and includes the following items, 2 sharpened pencils,  glue stick, scissors and crayons or colored pencils.

♦ What materials are needed for Garden Club?
A garden gloves and a garden apron or shirt to wear over uniform shirt as we will be working with dirt.  Please have your child wear sunscreen before they come to school as we are working outside.  Optional, hat.  Students can not wear hats in the classroom.

♦ What materials are needed for PE Fun?
Students may bring athletic shoes and do not have to be school uniform shoes.  However students may wear their uniform Tennis Shoes.  Tennis Shoes only please as we will be participating in sport activities.  We encourage you to put on Sunscreen before arriving at school and students may wear a hat outside if preferred.  On formal dress days students may come to school wearing uniform shorts and polo as long as they are NOT attending the assembly.  If you child is receiving an award or participating in the assembly they must be in Formal Dress Attire.

Elementary:
The SRA Green Thumb Workshops are for Kindergarten through  5th grade students. The program gives a basic understanding of organic vegetable  gardening and citrus orchard cultivation. The organic vegetable gardening program teaches the students how to propagate vegetables from seed, vegetable garden maintenance and harvesting the vegetable crops. Every student will have an opportunity to plant different varieties of vegetable seeds, be involved in growing the vegetables,  harvesting and eating the vegetables. The students will also learn about composting by working in our compost bin. The students will grow both winter and summer vegetable crops. All  students will assist in the maintenance of  the citrus orchards and harvest the fruit when the fruit is in season.  Lectures are also given on plant science such as pollination, functions of the different parts of plants, such as the roots, stems, leaves and the flower.

Middle School:
The SRA Green Hand Workshops are for Middle School grade students. The program gives a basic understanding of organic vegetable  gardening and citrus orchard cultivation. The organic vegetable gardening program teaches the students how to propagate vegetables from seed, vegetable garden maintenance and harvesting the vegetable crops. Every student will have an opportunity to plant different varieties of vegetable seeds, be involved in growing the vegetables,  harvesting and eating the vegetables. The students will also learn about composting by working in our compost bin. The students will grow both winter and summer vegetable crops. All  students will assist in the maintenance of  the citrus orchards and harvest the fruit when the fruit is in season.  Lectures are also given on plant science such as pollination, functions of the different parts of plants, such as the roots, stems, leaves and the flower.

Elementary:
In the Rangers Cadet students learn the importance of leadership, military history and respect. The program is designed to take cadets as they progress through the program and give them the knowledge and skills to lead cadets at their level of responsibility. They will also learn the importance of lifelong fitness.  The students will discover the connection between staying fit and having the energy needed to achieve their goals.

Middle School:

In the Rangers Cadet students learn the importance of leadership, military history and respect. The program is designed to take cadets as they progress through the program and give them the knowledge and skills to lead cadets at their level of responsibility. They will also learn the importance of lifelong fitness.  The students will discover the connection between staying fit and having the energy needed to achieve their goals.

Art Workshops are provided for 2nd and 4th grade students on Red and White Track.

Sawhorse activities allows students to explore and examine simple engineering concepts using household items. Some examples of materials used are play dough, pipe cleaners, popsicle stick and marbles to name a few. Each activity encourages meaningful play that is intended to offers a non restrictive experience to learn from failure and measure success in small steps. In previous sessions, students have gained confidence with initiating the first steps of projects without a specific outline, sustained improvement and perspective to problem solving while also learning to work with others. This class enriches a students ability to use cognitive and tactile processes other than traditional pencil and paper demonstration of understating.

Kindergarten Readiness workshop

The Kindergarten Readiness workshop offers social, developmental and academic classroom experience for the homeschool student. As the school year begins for 5 year old kindergarteners, for many of them, this is the first time that they are exposed to an unfamiliar yet required structure of teacher expectations and classroom routines. This workshop offers many opportunities to introduce and practice an understanding of appropriate social boundaries, developing academic skills, applying problem solving strategies, celebration and consequences of actions. These foundational concepts enhance a child’s purpose to initiate, sustain and complete academic requirements and rigors along with social accountability.

Each weekly session will have classroom routines that students will come to recognize and anticipate as an expression of demonstrating understanding and mastery. Beginning with the basics of how to line up, take turns, follow verbal prompts, visual cues, keeping and organizing their work space, these routines will also serve as a reference and extension with the establishment and reinforcement of your own homeschool learning environment.

This workshop ensures that you as the homeschool teacher along with collaboration with your EA offer a roadmap with developing confidence of your teaching style of skills and strategies.

Q. Will my child be doing weekly LP assignments during this workshop?
A. The Kindergarten Readiness workshop teacher will collaborate with your EA to determine which worksheet or activity (if any) to do.

Q. The workshop is two hours long, does my child need to bring a snack or lunch.
A. As a recommendation, 1 snack item and 1 easy to open drink to begin with. In many instances during the beginning of the school year, parents load too much and or too many food items that students can’t consume within an allotted 10 to 15 minute period of time.

Q. What supplies should my child bring to school?
A. A comfortable backpack, pencil case, sharpened pencils, eraser, 8 to 12 count crayons, and folder. Please label each article with your child’s first and last name, including jackets and sweaters.

Q. I received a call from the office because my child was not in compliance with school uniform policy. How frequently does this occur?
A.Per school handbook regarding school uniform policy, all students must be compliant. Students are not allowed in the classroom if they are not wearing a belt, wrong shoe style, color, hair length. Parents are notified right away to bring needed article. Please review handbook.

Q. What types of celebrations and consequences are used in the classroom?
A. Our school culture embeds each month, themed character traits. Using a character trait as a reference point, students are informally praised for modeling and demonstrating positive behaviors. Consequence strategies are meaningful and allow for improving and rectifying infractions. One example is having student names on a clothes pin. Students can have their pins moved from gold, silver or bronze colored spaces based on infractions/improvements they have committed. This strategy allows for self-monitoring skills and peer monitoring.

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