Electives Week is our next big event this year wedged in between first and second quarters. This year’s dates are January 30th – February 2nd; the general theme of many of the classes will be related to science in conjunction with the spring Science Fair in March. There is an explanation of electives week below for those of you who are new to ICA.
As you may be aware, we rely not only on the ICA staff, but parents and community members as well to inspire the students with their knowledge and passion during this event. Below are some electives we have offered in previous years. Please look at our list and take a couple minutes to ask yourself two questions:
- Do I know someone who might enjoy sharing their knowledge in one or more of these areas? (how about you?)
Chemistry for Kids
Science of Cookies
Intro to Theater
Finding Your Own Voice (vocal instruction)
Finances for Teens
Bread in a Bag
Build a Bridge
No Power Radio Receiver
Electricity & Magnetism
Into to Coding
Lego with Stop Animation
It’s a VERY Small World (microscope exploration)
Entertaining & Etiquette
DIY Beauty Concoctions
Puppetry and Masks
Learn about Band Instruments
Mountain Man Skills
Intro to Coding
Hand and Needle Felting
Spy Secrets (situational awareness and safety)
Basic Car Maintenance
These are all classes we have offered before or are planning to offer this year. Let me know by responding to this email if you or someone you know might be interested in teaching one of these or another subject they are familiar with. The commitment is for four one-hour classes on the same topic.
I look forward to hearing your ideas.
May your advent season by filled with hope this year!
Electives Week explanation: Each year between the 2nd and 3rd quarters, ICA hosts four days of classes presented by our staff, parents of ICA students, as well as various members of the Whidbey community. The electives week theme each year follows whichever spring fair is next in the three year rotation. (Science Fair, Culture and History Fair, Art Fair. So we are leaning in to more science-related subjects this year; however, we would like to include some classes from the other disciplines as well.
During Electives Week (actually four days), each student chooses four electives and attends the same four each day for one hour Tuesday-Friday starting at 10:00 (after math class). It is available to students in 2nd grade and up, but each elective teacher can decide how many and for which ages their class is most appropriate. Last year we offered 22 classes.
The PreK-1st grades also have special classes, but we have presenters come into their classrooms and teach them as a class so as to avoid too much disruption to their schedule.
Most of you worked procuring items, inviting guests and donating time the week of the event. It is truly only possible when many, many people work together.
Auction Team kudos: Here is the team who donated significant time and energy as part of the auction committee:
Laura Nance: Silent auction team leader
Marcella Zarifis: Silent auction apprentice and queen of the ironing boards (my hero – along with Sonja Lindenstein who together ironed well over 50 large tablecloths)
Christi Wenzek: Live Auction Creator
Laneen Carr and Erica Delaney: Elegant Décor designers
- Laneen also created a piece of artwork from cutouts of the student’s hands that she generously donated for my office. Stop by and take a look!
Angela Ohme: Data entry and class projects, etc, etc... :-)
Barbara Chambers: Chef fantastique (toasted butternut squash to dream about!)
Matt Chambers: cashiering and computer networking expert, and cinnamon roll king! A two-pan package sold for $300, then another person later purchased another two pans for $500!
Thank you, along with these, for the part you played in creating an exceptional evening for all who attended!
Second Chance: Attached please find a list of items that did not sell at the auction. If you see anything on the list that might be useful to you, please submit a bid via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will award each item to the highest bidder. Please have your bids submitted by midnight Monday, November 27th.
The Bottom Line: Although we are still settling some of the accounting, preliminary reports indicate a total, after expenses, even higher than the last two years – somewhere in the $40-45K range! This, once again, very nicely fills out the budget gap for this year! Thank you!!
I regularly tell the Lord it is His school, and everything we do is for His glory. Translated means it is His responsibility, and it never ceases to amaze me how He always takes care of it so well! One more thing for which we can all be grateful this week!