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23 10, 2020

Weekly Update: Monday, October 19th – Friday, October 23rd, 2020


Update 10/20: Based on feedback from students and parents, Four Winds School will make the following changes to our Monday, Sept. 14th through Friday, Oct. 30th plan for the period of:

Monday 11/2 through Friday 11/20

  • Add twice daily check-ins with students using Discord: once every morning after Writing Time to confirm students’ daily plans, and once after the afternoon class to see how the day went. We …

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Weekly Update: Monday, October 19th – Friday, October 23rd, 20202020-10-23T14:20:08+00:00
10 10, 2020

Weekly Update: Monday, October 5th – Friday, October 9th, 2020


This Friday students finished up their work for Biweekly #2. It was chilly in the morning in our outdoor classroom, but one of our families brought in hot mint tea to keep us warm! Next week we’ll set our goals for Biweekly #3, and continue our social justice unit in humanities class. Have a great weekend!

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Weekly Update: Monday, October 5th – Friday, October 9th, 20202020-10-10T16:40:23+00:00
2 10, 2020

Weekly Update: September 28th-October 2nd, 2020

Thank you to everyone who donated money or books towards our reading curriculum this year! After finishing Bread and Roses, Too by Katherine Paterson, we’ll be reading the following five books: One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia, Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood, All But My Life by Gerda Weissman Klein, Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, and A Kid’s Guide to America’s Bill of Rights by Kathleen Krull. As always, …

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Weekly Update: September 28th-October 2nd, 20202020-10-02T12:12:46+00:00
25 09, 2020

Weekly Update: Monday, Sept. 21st – Friday, Sept. 25th



Alehtea works with three students on long division review in the field

We made it through our first biweekly of the school year! This week we started humanities class and practiced using timelines and ‘KWL” charts (an assessment tool that fosters fun discussions, too!). Students also learned and discussed what works, or doesn’t, for remote learning at home. We’re looking forward to a fresh start of Biweekly 2 on Monday, when students …

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Weekly Update: Monday, Sept. 21st – Friday, Sept. 25th2020-09-25T21:16:58+00:00
19 09, 2020

Weekly Update: First week of school, 2020!


What a week! On Monday we had in-person school. We started the morning with poem/writing time in the tent, and then had our first afternoon in our different pods.

Tuesday-Thursday were remote, and we all learned a lot about video classes and technology. The EdTech professional development that Alethea and Becca took over the summer really paid off, as the student enjoyed using both Pear Deck and Jam Board, which are interactive online …

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Weekly Update: First week of school, 2020!2020-09-19T21:07:27+00:00
29 08, 2020

Monthly Update: September 2020


~School News~

Click here to read our official plan for Monday, September 14th through Friday, October 30th!

Parents should check the Monthly Update Email for a list of important upcoming deadlines.

Hattie is happy to announce that her third child, Daisy Karaya Adastra, was born on August 21st at 8lbs 12oz and 21.5″ long!

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Monthly Update: September 20202020-08-29T20:34:11+00:00
31 07, 2020

Monthly Update: August 2020


School News

New set up & Pods
The repainting and recarpeting project in one of our classrooms is complete! We’ve also rearranged the two classrooms so that they meet the latest safety requirements. (All desks are facing forward with 6 ft between them, communal materials and spaces have been limited or removed, and extraneous furniture has been put into storage or disposed of.) Take a look at the video below to see for yourself!
Fall plans
Several parents met with the …

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Monthly Update: August 20202020-07-31T18:06:21+00:00
4 07, 2020

Monthly Update: July 2020


School News

The interior renovation project is well underway. The walls of the main classroom have a beautiful coat of fresh paint, and re-carpeting is scheduled to start on July 6th. Once this is complete, we will begin reassembling the school (in an all-new layout! More on that later).


Graduation & Other Summer Plans: Earlier this year we discussed a five-day summer session, in which we would have a …

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Monthly Update: July 20202020-07-04T01:43:10+00:00
31 05, 2020

Weekly Update: May 25th-29th, 2020


School News

This was our last week of school, so this will be our last Weekly Update Blog Post until next school year starts in September. We will, however, post Monthly Updates throughout the summer to keep everyone in the loop about the school renovation (more below!) as well as what our plans for the summer and fall will turn out to be.

As for finishing this school year, we had a great virtual Fun Week! While we normally go …

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Weekly Update: May 25th-29th, 20202020-05-31T21:56:23+00:00
22 05, 2020

Weekly Update: May 18th-22nd, 2020


School News

This week students earned 397 beans! If everyone does their report cards over the long weekend, we should definitely earn our virtual party by Friday!!

238 beans were earned for for finishing corrections on outstanding assignments, completing the humanities and science final reviews, and submitting yearbook pages. 159 beans were earned for doing creative writing (we finished our co-operative creative writing story!), submitting yearbook pages, participating in this week’s …

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Weekly Update: May 18th-22nd, 20202020-05-22T21:18:56+00:00
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