iLEAD Exploration Monday Message

iLEAD Exploration Studios Address:
Trinity Cristo Rey Church
902 South Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701
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Events & Important Dates
9/27 - Field Trip Release for November and December Excursions at 9 a.m. (via email and Facebook)

9/28  OC Foodbank Service Project  at 10 a.m. FULL
10/2 - iLEAD's Amazing Race in Los Angeles

10/5 Child Creativity Lab Field Trip  for Grades 6-12 at 10 a.m. FULL
10/6  Amy's Farm  at 9:30 a.m. FULL
10/7 Tanaka Farm  at 10:15 a.m. FULL

10/19  In-N-Out Tour in Seal Beach at 8:50 a.m. FULL

10/19 Service Project - Letters to Active Military or Veterans in Orange County at 10:30 a.m. Sign up here.

10/26 Service Project at Park West Care and Rehabilitation Center in Santa Ana (All Ages) at 10 a.m. Sign up here.

11/2 - Homeschool Day at SeaWorld in San Diego  (release date 9/27)

11/16 - Toys for Tots Drive Service Project in Costa Mesa  (release date 9/27)

11/18 - Underwood Farms in Simi Valley  (release date 9/27)

11/29 - Bob Baker Marionettes in Los Angeles  (release date 9/27)

12/8 - The Nutcracker at the Barclay, OC  (release date 9/27)

12/9 - Red Chair Nutcracker in Pasadena ( release date 9/27)
Let's Explore Books

To Kill a Mockingbird
By Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird is a gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice. It shows a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father, a crusading local lawyer, risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.

For activities surrounding this book, visit here. 
iLEAD in Action


Exciting Field Trips Coming Up!
Our November and December field trips are set to be released tomorrow, Tuesday, September 27 at 9 a.m. via e-mail and Facebook !

Date: Wednesday, November 2
Time: 9:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $6.25

Enhance your home education program with an instructional field trip to SeaWorld! This program provides your learners with an unforgettable day of exploration as they connect to wildlife and the world we share. The program includes:
  • An educational animal presentation.
  • Self-guided viewing of SeaWorld's animal habitats. On the day of the visit, each adult chaperone will receive a field trip guide to facilitate learning.
  • A science activity guide that provides additional educational value to your SeaWorld field trip.
SeaWorld's instructional field trip program supports California Science Content Standards.
Questions? Contact Nicole Schwartz
Date: Wednesday, November 9
Time: 10 a.m. - noon
Cost: Free
Join us at Kenneth Hahn Park to make "Snack Packs" for the children at the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House! Families staying at the Ronald McDonald House are dealing with serious childhood illnesses and face financial hardships as they are spending all of their time focusing on their children's medical issues. They spend long days at the Children's Hospital for appointments and treatments. Let's help them out by providing some snacks and cheer for their hospital days.
We will meet at the dragon playground at the top of Kenneth Hahn Park to decorate paper snack bags, make encouraging cards, and fill the bags with healthy snacks.
Donations of healthy snacks and drinks are needed! Suggestions are non-perishable juice or milk boxes/pouches, granola bars, nut/trail mix packs, fruit snacks, apple sauce pouches, other fruit pouches, or crackers/chips. Please bring pre-packaged single serving snacks that don't expire until 2017 or later. If you're unable to donate snacks but would like to attend to decorate bags and make cards, you're still welcome to join us!
Questions? Contact Maggie Pulley or Gillian Bayer
Date: Monday, November 14
Time: 9:30 a.m. - noon for grades TK-3
          1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. for grades 4-12
Cost: $30/ticket
Come make discoveries at sea! We have an amazing opportunity aboard a classroom on a boat, with activities including an otter trawl for local marine life, a plankton pull, etc. Based on the age of your learner, there are two opportunities available. If you have learners in both age groups, you can decide which age group fits your family best. The trip is $30/person. Learners may use funds, while other family members must pay through Eventbrite. Siblings younger than 3 are discouraged, as there are limited life jackets available.
Questions? Contact Erin Munavu
Date: Wednesday, November 16
Time: 10 a.m. - noon
Cost: FREE
Join us for a toy drive and park clean up! Please help Toys For Tots reach their goal of providing joy to less fortunate children around the USA by bringing a toy donation. We would love for every family to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate and then stay to help clean up the park. We will be meeting at Tewinkle Park located at 970 Arlington Drive in Costa Mesa.  At 10:00 am, we will meet at the picnic shelter next to the playground to drop off the donated toys. After you drop off your toys, please walk around the beautiful park and help pick up trash. Once you have contributed to the trash clean up, please feel free to picnic at the beautiful park while socializing and enjoying a fun hangout time with other iLEAD families.
Questions? Contact Allison Smith
Date: Friday, November 18
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $8/ticket
Come join us for a morning tour of a working farm and enjoy a presentation from the farmer, a vintage tractor-drawn wagon ride around the farm, vegetable picking, and lunch in a shaded picnic area (bring your lunch).
Questions? Contact Carol Bunch

Date: Tuesday, November 29
Time: 10 a.m. - noon
Cost: $10/ticket
Join us for a Los Angeles holiday tradition to see The Nutcracker performed by the Bob Baker Marionettes! The amazing puppeteers bring a holiday classic to life with music and dance. This show is great for children of all ages. After the show, everyone is invited to an ice cream party!
Questions? Contact Maggie Pulley or Gillian Bayer

Date: Thursday, December 8
Time: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $10/ticket
Festival Ballet Theatre's production of The Nutcracker, part of Children's Invitation to the Ballet, was especially designed to introduce elementary and junior high school learners to the beauty of classical ballet and music.

The company's lavish one-hour, narrated rendition of The Nutcracker returns to the Barclay. Featuring magical effects, dazzling sets and opulent costumes, this professional production of The Nutcracker highlights FBT's exceptional company dancers and budding young talent from across southern California. Celebrate the season with our heroine Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and a cast of hundreds as they take you on a magical journey to the mystical Kingdom of Sweets.

Questions? Contact Tricia Lorenzen

Date: Friday, December 9
Time:  9 am
Cost: $3/ticket; ONE adult ticket per family

These tickets sold out so quickly last year that we wanted to offer it again this year! Please join us for this magical holiday tradition adored by children for generations.

The stunning performance is located at the beautiful Alex Theatre in Glendale! This show is for kids, by kids! All the performers are between the ages of 5 and 18, and the caliber of artistry from these young artists is indeed a spectacle! This lavish show has been hailed by RedTri as L.A.'s best Nutcracker for kids and has no shortage of glitz and glam. (Please note that this show is appropriate for ages 5-18. Siblings younger than 5 may find the show challenging to sit through.)

Questions? Contact Mandy Schutt
Learner Spotlight - Conor Kelly
Conor Kelly is a fifth grade iLEAD learner with a passion for soccer! He has played soccer for the past six years and his position is center defense. He enjoys the sport because it's active and keeps him moving. When asked what advice Conor would give someone playing soccer for the first time, he said, "You should always focus on what you need to do and not what is happening around you. You should be prepared when the ball comes to you."
iLEAD 360° OC
iLEAD 360° OC's fifth through eighth grade learners spent last week at Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI) in Toyon Bay to participate in a variety of hands-on marine biology labs and field activities. Together they enjoyed discovering marine life, astronomy and island ecology as they hiked, snorkeled, kayaked and ventured around the island. 
Blackbird & Co. Educational Press
Sign Up Today!  Second Annual iLEAD Amazing Race Oct 2

Have fun with the whole family as you challenge your friends and see who can make it to Los Angeles area Land Marks first via the Los Angeles Subway.  Only $5 for each participant.  Fabulous prize for first place, and a guaranteed great time for all!  

To reserve your spot please click  link here.   Registration Closes Wednesday, sign up today!

This event is open to iLEAD families at all our studios, schools and learning centers, and it's a great way to get to know other iLEAD families!

Caustics Digital Academy
High School -- Taking the PSAT
Is your learner planning on going directly to a four-year college or university after high school? If so, sophomores (or juniors who have not yet taken the PSAT) will want to register to take the PSAT test at their local high school to prepare for the regular SAT exam that juniors and seniors take in the spring. 

To register at your local public high school as a homeschool learner for the PSAT/NMSQT, please contact the counseling office at your local school to learn their dates and how to register. It will cost approximately $15 to take the test. The school testing dates will either be October 15, 19 or November 2, so please contact them right away to register and be included on their testing list. 

On the day of the test, there will be a bubble on the scantron specifically for homeschool learners to mark.  For more information, please visit the College Board website .  Testing results will be accessible through the personal account you need to create here.
Curriculum Corner -- Studies Weekly
Exploring Curriculum is a series covering the core academic subjects for grades TK-8. Here are some of the past subjects covered:
Math         Phonics          Science          Social Studies  

High School Online Courses          Writing          Books

This week: Studies Weekly

Video Download: Click Here

Studies Weekly  is an annual newspaper subscription that you can purchase for social studies, science and math! There is also a Health, Heritage, Character and Veterans supplement. Studies Weekly is a great resource for your learner for many reasons!
  • The content covers grade level standards that are specific to California. For example, the Fourth Grade Social Studies Newspaper covers all of the standards for California history, and the Third Grade Science Newspaper covers all strands of science standards for that grade level.
  • When you purchase the print magazine, you gain access to Studies Weekly's extensive online website that includes digital copies of the newspapers that can be read to your learner, as well as topic videos, games, worksheets, quizzes and more!
  • A teacher's guide is included for the parent to guide instruction. There are also a variety of supplemental worksheets and projects provided in the guide.
  • The newspapers are engaging and fun for your learner(s) to read!
The cost is $11.90 for each subject. The supplemental subjects could be added with a science, social studies or math subscription for only $1.75. There is a flat $10 shipping fee per learner for the year no matter how many subjects you purchase.
If you would like to purchase a subscription to Studies Weekly, please fill out a materials request form and send it to your EF. Studies Weekly is a terrific product for homeschooling families!
Student Spaceflight Experiments Program
Attention all fifth to 12th-grade iLEAD learners!
You are invited to be part of the SSEP Mission 11 to the International Space Station (ISS) by:
  • Learning about microgravity to answer why astronauts float
  • Exploring the mission of ISS
  • Immersing yourself in scientific experimentation
  • Designing an experiment & writing a proposal for an experiment to be run on ISS
You can form a team or work on your own to design and write a proposal.
To learn more about SSEP, visit here !
For more information email, Jennifer Kimbell  by Wednesday, September 28.
All learners in grades K-12 are also invited to design a mission patch that represents iLEAD's involvement in SSEP. Here is the winning patch designed for iLEAD's SSEP Mission 10 to ISS: 
If you are interested in designing a patch, please contact Jennifer Kimbell  by Friday, September 30.
Kathleen Fredette, iLEAD director of STEAM Initiatives, will also support learners interested in SSEP.
"  The most influential of all educational factors is the conversation in a child's home. "

William Temple

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