This is a friendly reminder that all next week (February 19 - 23) is Winter Break; Different Directions is closed with the exception of a few make up classes. Teachers will notify their students separately about make up classes. We hope everyone has a great break, and we will see you back at DD on the week of February 26th!
Hello friends, I hope everyone enjoyed this beautiful sunny chilly weather.
So far winter term has been wonderful. Our days are filled with excitement, creativity and adventure. It has been a while since I have written about the amazing people in our community. We are all so busy doing, that it is hard to find the time to celebrate what is being created.
Students taking charge
As some of you may know. The kids from our Thursday Young Entrepreneur's Club have opened their store. I am proud to announce they have brought in over $100.00 so far. Their store project includes: budgeting, paying rent, picking merchandise and profit sharing. Please stop by the store in the lobby. This week the kids will be selling their homemade chocolate. The hearts are made from organic, vegan, nut free safe chocolate.
Afternoon at the Bijou
This Sunday Feb. 11th from 2pm to 5pm the Entrepreneur's Club will be hosting Afternoon at the Bijou featuring Mulan and their Valentine themed treats and decorations. The event is for ages 9-13. We will also have games and snacks as well as a movie for the younger ones ages 5-8 in the West room.
A call for stories and pictures
I am very happy to announce our new Online Coordinator, Meredith Cook. She will be keeping the website and Facebook page updated, adding events, articles and information. One of the great features of our new website that Kimberly designed for us is the News, Teen and Kids pages. We would love for everyone to contribute. Please send stories, articles, pictures and testimonials to: Meredith at DifferentDirectionsOnline@gmail.com We have two articles that are being worked on currently: Michele Caines, another wonderful mom, is working on writing an article about Different Directions for her Website Uptown Birdies. She would love to interview parents, students and teachers for the article. Also 2018 marks Different Directions' 10 year anniversary!! whoo hoo. Yes 10 years ago, Erynn Albert, Rita Houston and Penny Kjellberg created and founded our happy homeschooling home. Erynn (my partner in this crazy venture) is working on an in depth piece about ancient DD and our journey to today.
Things to look out for
Along with our beautiful class experiences, this year has been filled with many community events. Joanna Lodin continues to host her monthly Fearless Homeschooling workshops covering topic such as how to file our paper work, preparing your homeschooled teen for college, Q and A panels with veteran homeschoolers and more. The next Fearless Homeschooling event will be in March.
This year Rachel Lavine has kicked off a wonderful monthly series for parents called PUNK (Parents Understanding Neuro-Diverse Kids) and the group meets one Monday a month. This is a great opportunity to find like minded people who are going through similar experiences. Every month parents share their stories, wisdom and support.
Laurie Heineman and her amazing troop of actors will be presenting a rousing innovative exploration of Shakespeare's A Comedy of Errors on Monday March 25th and Tuesday March 26th at the Medicine Show Theatre. Times and ticket information will be available on our website.
Into Oz - As many of you know. The Wednesday Acting Out class is working on this year's Main stage production of an original musical based on the writings of L. Frank Baum. Once again we have an incredible team of artists, students, teen assistants and fantastic parents creating a one of a kind piece of theatre. Our show is called Into Oz. Our show will feature some familiar and some not so familiar characters and stories from L. Frank Baum's original 14 Oz books; as well as original songs written by the students of Acting Out and Jeff Lodin. Into Oz will open May 31st at the Medicine Show Theatre on 52nd street. More details will be available soon.
Teen Movie night
Our next Teen Movie night will be Saturday March 17th. 7pm to 9:30pm.
Today in Tinamarie's Stories class, the kids turned things around and read stories to us! How incredible it was to see them each thriving at their own level, and pushing themselves toward their potential in their own ways and at their own pace. Way to go, kiddos!
As you may have noticed, we are making efforts to reestablish an online presence for Different Directions. Can you help?
This is an official call-out for recent photos, opinions/testimonials about DD, experiences (past & present) that we could use online... anything goes! We'd love to hear from teachers, parents, and kids alike. Help us to make our website & facebook page accurately reflect our community’s beautiful reality. :)
You can email your contributions and ideas to our new website admin, Meredith, at DifferentDirectionsOnline@gmail.com. The info she collects will be used on this website and/or our Facebook page. Thanks in advance!
Winter term has begun! A special thanks to everyone who has braved the cold to make it to our first classes.
The kids in Tinamarie's Stories All Around Us class enthusiastically lead the way into the new term on Friday with a pajama party: complete with board games, blocks, restaurant play, crafts, and (of course) storytime! What fun was had by all!