Exciting K-1 Opportunity

Happy Sunny Day New Vision Friends!  We have exciting news to share.  Ms. Cynthia has teamed up with another awesome educator, Maggie Roediger, to offer a K-1 learning opportunity at the Mount Hood Town Hall!  See flyer attached.  Please help spread the word to your friends who may be interested.  

Gorge Learning Center Flyer4.pdf

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Mount Hood Town Hall – Holiday Happenings

**From our Friends at the Mount Hood Town Hall**

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…
and we’re ready to Deck the Halls!

THIS WEEKEND at Mt Hood Town Hall – The Mount Hood Town hall annual You Pick, We Cut Christmas Tree Sale. Saturday (12/5) and Sunday (12/6) from 10AM to 4PM, choose your tree. Our masked and socially distanced volunteers will cut it for you and help you load it. Trees are just $25 and proceeds benefit the Mt Hood Town Hall building restoration fund. We hope to see you there!

** Christmas Cheer in the Time of COVID
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This time of year is always so special at Mt Hood Town Hall… and while this year it looks a little different, Santa is still making his list and checking it… twice!

Santa has a mailbox on the front porch to collect Christmas wishes from local kiddos. You can bring your letters to Santa (no postage required) and hear a special message from the jolly old elf himself. Be sure to grab your camera… since he can’t be here in person, there’s a life-sized Santa banner next to his mailbox just perfect for photos.

You can leave a letter for Santa in the mailbox anytime between now and Christmas eve and he’ll surely get it. He loves reading your letters and is especially excited to hear from you! Watch for Rudolf! He’s all lit up and quite a sight especially after dark…

Wishing you a blessed holiday season… good health to you and your families, better days ahead, and a merry New Year!

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November 11 order deadline for Wreath Fundraiser

***Order Deadline has been extended to November 11***

Wildwood Academy is having a fundraiser with the same wreaths and garlands that we sold at New Vision. As you know, they are the BEST quality. Orders must be received by November 11 and will be delivered the week of November 23rd. 

All proceeds will be used for financial aid, making tuition accessible to middle and low income students and their families, as well as to raise funds to purchase school assets, such as books for the library, science equipment, and other materials that will enrich learning for current Wildwood students. 

Orders can be placed on this website: wildwood-fundraising.square.site There is a place to note the Wildwood student who will get credit for the sale. New Vision alumni include: Stella, Mei Li, Ripley, Ole and Lyle

Please consider supporting independent education in The Gorge this holiday season!

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Wreath and Garland Fundraiser for Wildwood Academy

Yeah!!!

Wildwood Academy is having a fundraiser with the same wreaths and garlands that we sold at New Vision. As you know, they are the BEST quality. Orders must be received by November 9th and will be delivered the week of November 23rd.

All proceeds will be used for financial aid, making tuition accessible to middle and low income students and their families, as well as to raise funds to purchase school assets, such as books for the library, science equipment, and other materials that will enrich learning for current Wildwood students. 

Orders can be placed on this website: wildwood-fundraising.square.site There is a place to note the Wildwood student who will get credit for the sale. New Vision alumni include: Stella, Mei Li, Ripley, Ole and Lyle

Please consider supporting independent education in The Gorge this holiday season!

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Mount Hood Town Hall Needs Your Help

Hello New Vision Community –

We still miss you 😀.  You know who else misses you?  The Mount Hood Town Hall (MHTH).  Since COVID struck, it has been pretty quiet at the building.  I have received many messages from Board Members and building management telling us how much they miss the joy and brightness that the children brought to the building.  With school on hiatus (and other rentals canceled) the MHTH Non-Profit organization has taken a big financial hit.  They have launched a “Love where you live” online fundraising campaign to support the ongoing costs of maintaining the historic building during this time of reduced occupancy.  MHTH has been a magical home for New Vision School for a decade.  The organization has been a supportive, patient and reliable partner during all these years.  Without their support, New Vision would have faced many challenges.  While we long for the day we welcome kids back to the building, we ask that you consider supporting this fundraising campaign to ensure the beautiful Mount Hood Town Hall can remain a vibrant community gathering place for years to come.  Information is below.

From The Mount Hood Town Hall –

Mt Hood Town Hall loves this community… but, restrictions on indoor gatherings due to COVID 19 have put the kibosh on bringing people together. The good news is… we’ve devised a way to support both our Upper Valley businesses AND the Mt Hood Town Hall during this challenging period. (We’re all in this together!)“Love where you Live” is our online fundraiser happening NOW – through the month of October. Make a $25 donation to the Town Hall and receive an entry into a drawing for $100 gift certificates to our Upper Valley merchants. Every $25 donation entitles you to one entry. You decide where you’d like your entry to go – Apple Valley BBQ, Grateful Vineyard, Lady Fern, Kiyokawa Family Orchards, Moby Coffee, Mt View Orchards, Solera. 

***If the Town Hall receives $1000 in donations between October 15 and October 22, that $1000 will be matched… TWICE!  We are so excited about this opportunity! So if you have not donated yet (or if you’d like to donate again…), this would be the time to do it. And with each $25 you donate, you receive a entry for the drawing of 12 gift cards for Upper Valley businesses.***

Click here to make your donation and enter to win your choice of gift cards! It’s a fun way to show your love of this special place… and to keep our beautiful, historic landmark going – when we are able to gather, the Mt Hood Town Hall will be ready!
Winners will be drawn on Saturday, October 31st at 5:00pm during a Town Hall Facebook live event. Follow us on Facebook and/or Instagram to receive updates all month. Join us to ensure this historic landmark remains a vibrant and treasured part of our community! Stay safe, Be well… and Thank you for your support!

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Registration for Public School

With New Vision not re-opening this fall, we know everyone is in the process of making decisions regarding the upcoming school year.  If you plan to participate in the Hood River County School District’s distance learning options, please register with your local school as soon as possible.  Kindergarten registration is this week!  Our teacher friends in the District have asked us to pass along this message.   The teachers and District are working hard to prepare for the upcoming school year, and having accurate registration information will help them immensely.  Contact your local school for more info.

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Virtual Summer Camp Aug 10-14

Our dear friend Jordan Kim is offering a virtual Nature Art Camp Aug 10-14.  This is the second session this summer and the first camp got rave reviews!  Jordan and her co-teacher Anna Diem have found a creative and interactive way to engage participants even though they cannot gather in person.  Each day starts out with a scavenger hunt for supplies for the day activities!  Learn much more at Virtual Summer Camp

 

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Pen pal with Ms. Rachel

Hey families – I have always loved snail mail so if your child (once they’ve finished their assignments!) would like to write me, I would be delighted to write back. Email me for my address if you’re interested!

Big virtual hugs,

Ms. Rachel (rmbeitler@gmail.com)

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Heron ClassNew Vision School STEAM 2020

In keeping with our essential question of the year, The Heron class has been writing a story about what their Ideal Communities would look like.

Because of our recent biomimetic STEAM Fairs, we wanted to build something using all natural materials from the Earth.

Students all agreed that an outside pizza oven would be essential in all of their ideal communities. This is very fitting with our essential question of the year:

What does our ecosystem look like?

Adam Stolte has started advising us & shared this book:

These blog post images come from this book Adam recommended.

Hello Heron class,

I am hoping you have been experimenting with your 2lbs of low fire, terra cotta, pure clay!

You should start to build your model by experimenting with multiple build techniques like ball, coil & slab. Pinch pot, coil building & moulding techniques are all great for this.

Please use these pictures as inspiration while you imagine your final model. I have decided not to post this week any suggested YouTube videos, because I think you and your parents should navigate YouTube together. I have asked Adam to recommend a couple videos. I believe we will also start making our own videos.

Compare & contrast radiation, convection & conduction.

I, Ms Kandy, will provide video instruction after spring break. Experiment with your clay, keep it moist & covered with plastic by tucking the plastic under the plate or cutting board you are using to build your model upon.

Note: The cutting board or plate you are using acts as the base. So, use the clay just for the oven dome & oven floor portion of the build. It is quite possible to use rocks or any insulating material, as a base, but for now, focus on just the oven portion of the build.


Use your sketches you made in class for your journal that was sent home Monday to help you work through design and construction flows of your clay.

The front cover of your journal signature should have your final Title, sketch(s)/illustration/diagram/elevations/maps & a brief written description of the project in a text box that you design.

Please remember that your Science Journal is evidence of your work & where your unique creative process adds nuance!

Bold & underlined words are vocabulary & Titles to include in your Ideal Community story & journal pages. Each student can work in the direction of their best abilities; there is no one way to do this. There are many awesome solutions!

The inside spread of your journal page should include your final written story-including character development around emotions & environment, plots & events including the Power Source(s), Waste Management, & where does your community’s Food come from?

Please think about the Food Web within your Ecosystem. Consider who are the producers, consumers & decomposers??!

Your first consideration should be the ratio of the door to the dome.
Keep in mind that these will only be models even after you eventually let it dry out.


Of course we were going to have them fired in a kiln, so you could actually make mini fires inside of them (in a safe place outside). Or it could hold a tea candle.

Even if they only dry out and you coat them in a fireproof natural substance, they may be usable but a little more fragile than if it was fired.

Adam is encouraging us to do amazing organic shapes of your choice!! Think carefully about the dome on the inside, the size of the door & even thickness techniques below:

Parents Note:
I’m happily distracted in preparing for online interaction and curriculum. There is an opportunity to differentiate for each student more easily perhaps.
I am working on a virtual circle time where every student could see each other in a conference platform, maybe zoom. I may add to the blog before online curriculum begins in order to assist the class. I am happy to answer emails as I can. Please feel free to email me anytime with questions, ideas, & concerns. We are so grateful to be part of our community!!!

Love & Light,

Ms Kandy

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Upcoming * Live* Online Art Classes With Jordan Kim

Good Morning!  Jordan Kim, local teaching artist (and previous New Vision mama) is offering Live Online Art Classes for kids during spring break.  Jordan is an incredible artist, teacher and community member.  If you are looking for some fun activities, I highly recommend checking out her upcoming classes.  (We plan to airplay the class to our tv so our whole family can participate!)

Jordan’s Live Online Art Classes for Kids

Jordan will also be offering free mini Instagram live classes for kids throughout our time of social distancing.  Follow her on Instagram to keep up to date on future offerings.

Jordan’s Instagram Page

Wishing you all the best at home today! Courtney

(This is a sample of art I made in one of Jordan’s in person classes this winter.  Always fin and inspiring to learn from Jordan!)IMG_3241.jpg

 

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