February 2017 Notables
Second Semester is Underway!
Please enjoy the updates below.

Important Dates: February

  • January 30-February 1: Synthesis Unit: Ocean Health
  • February 1: New Enrollment Applications Due
  • February 2: Special AM Schedule: Periods 1, 3, & Ocean Films
  • February 3: Special AM Schedule: Periods 2, 4, 5 ; Student Talent Show
  • February 4: Soccer Game at Midland School
  • February 6: Semester 2 Electives Begin
  • February 9: Junior Lunch Meeting with New College Counselor, Alisa Gregory

  • February 10: SAT Registration Deadline for March
  • February 11: ACT
  • February 14: Valentine's Day and Valentine Celebration (all day)
  • February 15: Advisor Meetings ; No PM Classes
  • February 17: Shadow Day for Prospective Students; Early Dismissal (12:25) ; Early Work/Study (12:30-1:00); Last day to turn in items for auction grade-level baskets
  • February 18-26: Presidents' Week Break, No School
  • February 27: Classes Resume; Last day to turn in auction donations

Looking Ahead: March
  • March 19: Auction
  • March 20: March Special
  • March 25-April 2: Spring Break (No School)

Help Us Welcome Our New College Counselor

Anacapa would like to give generous thanks to Lynn Hamilton for being Anacapa's college counselor and dear friend for the last 25 years!  Lynn has been a wonderful member of the Anacapa staff while also running her own college counseling business, Hamilton & Associates.  She has provided our students with immense support and guidance during the college application process and beyond.  We wish her well as she begins her well-deserved retirement.

Thank you, Lynn!

Welcome, Alisa Gregory!  Alisa was born and raised in Santa Barbara and  attended   UCLA  where she  received her BA in  Political Science with an emphasis on International Relations.   After  graduating, she incorporated the "international" component of her degree  by traveling and working around the world for the next three years She worked and lived in England, New Zealand (where she met her husband), Peru, Bolivia and Argentina.  After getting married, she spent the next five years in Noosa, Australia where she taught  the Cambridge Advanced Certificate Course in English at the Sunshine Coast English College . Upon returning to the United States, Alisa completed   The  Certificate Program in College Counseling from UCLA Extension,  and for the last  six years has worked as an independent college consultant for Hamilton & Associates where she offers support and guidance for the college admissions process and gap year opportunities. Alisa  also  works as an Admissions Reader evaluating freshman applications for UCSB,  and, at  the start of 2017,   joined the wonderful faculty at  Anacapa School as a college counselor.  Alisa and her husband Grant are immensely grateful to work and raise  their  two daughters, Banksia & Millie, in such a wonderful  and  beautiful community as Santa Barbara.
Synthesis Unit: Ocean Health
January 30 - February 1

Anacapa School's annual three-day Synthesis Unit is our premier activity for developing critical thinking skills. The 2016-2017 Synthesis Unit - Ocean Health - will take place Monday through Wednesday, January 30-February 1. We will be hearing from an impressive array of speakers who will share their varied perspectives on some of the aspects of this very timely topic. Student attendance is mandatory and students will receive 2.5 units of academic credit and a grade based on their attendance and their participation during the Unit and afterward with their work on the Synthesis Unit  film and essay "products." 
We're Hosting a Shadow Day on February 17!

Our Admissions team is very excited to be hosting all of our prospective students during Friday morning classes, February 17.  If you know of families interested in learning more about Anacapa School, this is a wonderful opportunity for prospective students to experience our classrooms first-hand.  Lunch will be provided.  Contact Natalie in the main office for more details (
Anacapa in an
Octopus's Garden
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Mark Your Calendars!

The theme of this year's auction, to be held on the Anacapa School campus on Sunday, March 19th, is Anacapa in an Octopus's Garden. The auction will feature delicious food, fun entertainment, great company, and fabulous donations available for bidding! Anacapa's Auction is a FAMILY event with the emphasis on FUN, SCHOOL SPIRIT, and COMMUNITY-BUILDING TEAMWORK.

This is a friendly reminder that the auction is a parent-sponsored event, and EVERYONE is asked to participate in FIVE WAYS :
  • Securing three donations for the Live and/or Silent Auctions (due by February 27)
  • Donating an item for your student's grade-level basket (due by February 17)
  • Working on an Auction committee with other parents
  • Purchasing your Auction tickets and selling a few others
  • Attending the Auction with your family!
Heads Up! Applications Due
February 1, 2017

New applicants need to submit their applications by February 1 to be considered for priority consideration. After February 1, applicants will be considered on a rolling basis and if space is available.
The Student Talent Show
Friday, February 3

To help kick off the second semester, the much-anticipated annual talent show will take place on Friday afternoon, February 3 from 1:10-3:00pm. Anacapa's Student Senate plans and produces this event. It's always a ton of fun to discover new talent in our student body. We hope you will come and enjoy the show and your student will have fun sharing a talent with us!
Report Cards & Teacher Comments:
Please Share These With Your Student

We expect to mail first semester report cards AND teachers' written comments to parents sometime during the second week of February. When you receive these, please sit down with your student to review them together.  Teachers invest a great deal of care, thought, and time in writing their comments, and we think they are a valuable tool in helping students sharpen their study skills and enhance their academic performance.  Students do not see their comments before they meet with their advisors, so we count on parents to share them with their student at home.  Thank you!

Open House
Thursday, February 9, 2017

Anacapa School is getting ready to host it's third Open House! Please help us spread the word about Anacapa School and Anacapa's upcoming Open House for prospective students and families to be held on campus on Thursday, February 9.

Interest stations will take place from 5:00pm-5:45pm and a presentation featuring guests speakers will take place from 5:45pm-6:30pm. Tell a friend!

Send a Special Valentine Message!

The Student Senate will once again be fundraising this year by selling candy-grams for Valentine's Day. Candy-grams will be sold for 25 cents each and will go on sale February 1st.  To order candy-grams for your student or Valentine, please contact the Senate through the School Office.
We LOVE Valentine's Day at Anacapa

On campus Friday, February 10, we'll enjoy a celebration of Valentine's Day. Bags will be available for students and teachers to decorate for our annual Valentine exchange. Students are encouraged to bring Valentines (and maybe treats) for everyone!
Raffle Tickets Coming Soon!

Watch for raffle tickets coming home with your student soon! For the last eleven years, the student body has played a very important role in boosting the bottom line for our auction fundraising efforts, making the last eleven auctions some of the most successful ever!  We're hoping for a repeat this year.  Once again, students will be asked to sell auction raffle tickets for some great prizes.  The Parent Leadership Team (PLT) plans to distribute the tickets to students before the Presidents' Week break. Raffle ticket stubs, money, and unsold ticket must be returned to school no later than Thursday, March 16.
Auction Grade-Level Baskets

Thank you to all of you who have already dropped off a donation for your grade's basket for the auction!  The baskets are looking great, and we'd like to wrap them up soon, so FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17 WILL BE THE FINAL DAY to turn in a donation to your student's grade-level theme basket (see themes below):
  • 7th Grade: Dog and Cat theme
  • 8th Grade: Baby theme (non gender specific)
  • 9th / 10th Grade: Gourmet Food and Wine theme
  • 11th Grade: Teen Girl theme
  • 12th Grade: Teen Boy theme
Please be sure to label your donated item with your student's name, so the auction committee can check you off. Thanks to all for your support! Questions? Email or call parent Julia Alcerro at or 967-0771, or parent Julie Burdette at or 963-8816.
Students to Meet with Advisors
Wednesday, February 15

Students will meet individually with their academic advisors on Wednesday afternoon, February 15 to review semester grades, goals, etc.  These advisor meetings are for students and their advisors.  If a parent would like to talk to an advisor (or any other teacher), please email the teacher directly (teacher's emails addresses are listed in the school directory) OR call the school office to leave a message so arrangements can be made.
Early Dismissal Friday, February 17

An Important Reminder: Students will be dismissed at 12:25pm (after morning academic classes) on Friday, February 17. Please note that Work/Study will take place from 12:30 to 1:00pm that day.
Presidents' Week Break: February 18-26

As is the case with many independent schools, Anacapa takes a week break for the Presidents' holiday in February.  This year, school will be closed from Saturday, February 18 through Sunday, February 26.  We do this to give students a full week to visit colleges, take family vacations, or just catch their breath.  We look forward to having everyone back on campus Monday morning, February 27!
We'd Love to have Auction Donations BEFORE Break!

Auction donations have started to come in, so we know many of you have been out in the community soliciting items. Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!  Please, keep up the good work!  Although the last day to turn in donations is Monday, February 27th, please don't wait until the last minute.  We'd love to have as many donations as possible before Break so we can catalogue them during the break!  It makes the Auction Committee's job so much easier.  Thank you!
First Semester Book Bills

First semester book bills will be mailed to parents this month, and we appreciate your prompt payment.  Please contact Natalie in the school office if you have any questions.  Thank you!
Auction Invitations:
It's Time to Invite Your Friends and Family to a Great Party!

In addition to securing donations and serving on an auction committee, we all need to be sure there are plenty of enthusiastic bidders in the audience on Auction Day.   Please start spreading the word among your friends and relatives that Anacapa will be hosting a fabulous auction on campus on Sunday afternoon, March 19.

By now you should have received your auction invitation and two extras to give to family and friends.  Each family is asked to buy or sell six tickets.  Adult admission is $45 through February 28.  After that date, the price goes up to $55, so make your reservations early and save $10.

Because we encourage you to bring the WHOLE FAMILY for this event, we are offering a reduced rate of $15 for those who are 18 or younger, and Anacapa students who sign up to work at the auction will be admitted free.
Need Some More Auction Donation Ideas?

Getting donations for our auction is easier than you may think.  The next time you're at the cleaners, eating dinner at your favorite restaurant, having a haircut, or working out at the gym, ask them if they'll support your school!  Don't forget: we're the school auction that tries to appeal to everyone's tastes, pocketbooks, and interests!  We want and need big AND small items, goods, and services for both the live and silent auctions.

Each donation needs to be accompanied by a donation form. These forms were mailed to all families in early January.  The form may also be downloaded from the school website at the following link: Donation Form

Thank you, parents, for all you help in making the auction a success!
Another Fun Way You Can Help the Auction

Do you enjoy crafts and working with your hands? If so, there is one more way you can help the Auction this year! Auction Committee Decorations Chair, Maria Rodriguez, will be dropping off underwater themed crafts to the school office to be taken home, worked on over the course of the week, and brought back to the school office the following Friday once completed. If interested in helping this way, please contact Morgan in the office.
It's Auction Program Ad Time: Share a Message or Advertise Your Business

Anacapa's Auction Program is a great place to advertise a business or service. If you - or anyone you know - is interested in having an ad in our program, please let us know.  Camera-ready artwork and payments are due in the school office by Tuesday, February 28.  Here are the rates:
  • Business Card (horizontal or vertical)        $35
  • Half Page (4 1/2 x 3 1/2)                              $55
  • Full Page (4 1/2 x 7 1/2)                               $75

The next time you're out and about in town, ask if the people you normally do business with would like to run an ad in our program.  Or if you have a business yourself, consider promoting it with our auction guests - you can't beat the price AND the targeted audience!  Some ideas for inspiration:

  • A thank-you to someone special
  • A "message" to your son or daughter or to a teacher(s)
  • A congratulatory note to the class of 2017
It's a busy time, but please
don't forget the Annual Fund!

We appreciate knowing that all Anacapa parents ARE WORKING WITH US ON ANNUAL GIVING.  A critical part of Anacapa's operating budget, the Annual Fund is essential to the school's fiscal health.  If you haven't made your donation yet, please do so soon and help us reach 100% parent participation this year!  Tax-deductible donations may be made by clicking the button below or sent directly to the school. Gifts of all sizes are important to us.
Anacapa Admissions Update

Attendance at both the November and January Open Houses was strong and the school has been receiving a lot of interest in queries for fall admissions.  A big thank you our students and parent speakers for being welcoming, informative ambassadors for the school.

Anacapa's inclusive and friendly environment is a hallmark of the school. Let's make sure this reputation continues by offering a warm Anacapa welcome to all the students who will be visiting in early February, too!  As mentioned in Notables last month, the deadline for priority consideration is February 1, 2017.

We will be hosting a group shadow day on February 17. The very best way to get great students to consider Anacapa is through our current students and families.  We would love to include students our own families and students recommend! Please contact Natalie in the front office for more information (
February Faculty Corner
Getting Physical at Anacapa in Electives and Clubs

Physical Activities are encouraged and offered regularly at Anacapa, with the important goal that students try many options in order to find something they like enough to continue doing outside of school and even after they graduate.  Our teachers model this lifelong learning goal by actually participating in the activities that they teach.  In this month’s Faculty Corner we share some of the highlights of the students’ many opportunities first semester of 2016-2017.
Being fit has being an important part of the Soccer Elective this year, and students have been enthusiastic and very competitive in an environment that gives everyone the opportunity to challenge themselves.  It's very important for students to appreciate and understand the importance of being active and having fun at the same time.  In true Anacapa spirit, the more experienced students have acted as coach-mentors to help others to learn techniques, rules and to better understand the game. The rain caused us to miss several practices toward the end of the semester, but our older students stepped up when we had to stay indoors by explaining soccer tactics on the whiteboard to the team.  We are very excited to announce that we have a soccer game scheduled with Midland School on Saturday February 4th at 3:00pm . We encourage you to come and cheer on the Anacapa Islanders as we renew our biggest school rivalry!  –Hugo Macario  
Whether we were tossing the Frisbee in Alameda Park or shooting hoops on Anacapa’s basketball court, Team Sports Club had a great time together playing a variety of sports throughout the semester. Alex and Piero were the unofficial “captains”, polling the club members to figure out what everyone wanted to play the day of the club, and then off we went. My favorite aspect of facilitating team sports was noticing how the older boys in the club coached the younger ones on passing, communicating, and fair play. By the end of the semester, we had transformed from a somewhat raggedy but enthusiastic bunch of young athletes, to a self-regulating group that could keep the game alive, fun, and competitive. Also notable was the fact that Emily d. scored the winning shot in our last basketball game! (A miracle, if ever there was one…they'll all agree!)  -Emily de Moor
Yoga Club was a great experience for all of us this semester, which is really not surprising considering that yoga has been used for centuries to bring balance, both physical and emotional.  Students learned and practiced different poses for safely stretching and strengthening specific parts of the body, including the spine.  They also practiced several stress relieving exercises which they might use outside of class, for instance if there is a big test to study for or a challenging personal issue to see through.  The group as a whole was really dedicated and set a goal that everyone would be able to do a headstand by the end of the semester and we did it!  You can see the photo to prove it on the website.  –Suzie Sichi
From Goleta Beach to Inspiration Point and Lizard's Mouth, the hikers in SB Trails Elective explored front country Santa Barbara trails north, south, east and west.  I had such a great time hiking with the students and playing trail games such as "floor is lava" and "say the same thing".  One of my favorite memories was on a cloudy day we hiked up a new trail through a eucalyptus forest, listened to the frogs, and had an actual water crossing.  It was such a nice transition to see the green hills, new plant growth, and running streams in the last month of the elective. –Emily Regan
"On belay?" "Belay on!"  So begins the conversation all climbers have before beginning up the wall in the Rock Climbing Elective .  Both partners check in with each other to make sure the safety equipment is ready to go and that they are both paying attention.  In addition to this safety check, all climbers in the elective learn how to properly use a harness, carabiner, and belay device (ATC).  Beginning with climbs rated, the students pushed themselves and are now climbing 5.8s, 9s, and 10!  A particularly memorable class was when we all spent one whole class period trying to climb a brown "5.8" that was much harder than a 5.8!  Thank you to Wyatt and everyone at the SB Rock Gym for a great class! –Emily Regan  
From Day One the first semester Senators decided that they wanted to have a greater emphasis on team competition in our  Friday  Afternoon Activities . They have definitely achieved this goal and it has been really fun to watch the school rally together in the various "House Competitions". From playing Prisoner Ball at the beach and Capture the Flag at the park, to Breakfast Club games, we have seen a great amount of participation and teamwork in our various games throughout the year. A real highlight was the recent Broom Ball competition at the ice rink, where there was not only some great play on the ice but also amazing team spirit displayed on the sidelines. Students and teachers were cheering loudly and exuberantly from the benches and even banging on the glass! The atmosphere was reminiscent of a Stanley Cup Final!  –Dillon Yuhasz
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