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Our News & Events

ASB Game Day!

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ASB is hosting an Online Game Event for all iLEAD High school learners on Friday, February 26 at 1:00 pm. We will be playing Pictionary, Among Us, and Scattergories. Hope you can join us! To RSVP click HERE.

Ongoing Club Updates

High School Clubs iLEAD Exploration

The Gaming Club is a place for gamers to hang out and have good times. We have tournaments, tips and tricks for some of your favorite games, and a community of chill gamers to play with. You can squad up with players in your favorite games and have calls with other members at any time. Join our club to join in on the fun! We meet a few times a month. –Ezra, Gaming Club President
The Creative Writing Club is officially meeting every month! Our first meeting was at the end of January and our next meeting will be February 26th at 11 am. We are going to be using prompts to write before each meeting. We choose the prompts based on what we want to write about and discuss, and are always open to recommendations on how the club can improve! We hope you will join us! –Maia, Creative Writing Club President

To join one or both clubs, RSVP here.

2021 Virtual Talent Showcase

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Each year, we celebrate our skillful learners at the iLEAD Exploration talent show. This year, we are excited to bring you our presentation virtually through the 2021 Virtual Talent Showcase. We invite all learners to participate and submit original work based on the theme “Together We Can,” in one of six areas: dance choreography, literature, photography, film production, music composition, and visual arts.

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February Book Club

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Join 4th-6th grade learners for our book club this week. Please see below for more details on this fun event and how to register.

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Virtual Events

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TK-3rd Grade Virtual Show-and-Tell: On February 16 at 11 a.m., we are offering a fun show-and-tell opportunity for TK-3rd grade learners! Please register here for this event.

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Virtual Events

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Attention, iLEAD Learners!

We hope you will be able to participate in these February events:

TK-1 Read-Aloud: If you are in TK-1, please join our virtual read-aloud taking place on February 8 at 10 am. Register here for this fun event.

Send some LOVE to the residents at Park West Care and Rehabilitation Center! On February 10 at 10 am, learners are encouraged to play a musical instrument, read a poem, sing a song, show a project/artwork, or just say hello to residents at Park West Care and Rehabilitation Center. Register here to join in.

Friendship Scavenger Hunt: Join us on Friday, February 12, at 1 pm for a friendship scavenger hunt. This interactive event will have learners “hunt” for things around their house based on cue cards. It’s a great way to engage with others and get to know each other better! Register here for this exciting event.

TK-3rd Grade Virtual Show-and-Tell: On February 16 at 11 a.m., we are offering a fun show-and-tell opportunity for TK-3rd grade learners! Please register here for this event.

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March Book Club

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If you are in grades 6-8, you won’t want to miss our March book club. We encourage you to join the fun and register soon to secure your spot! Please see below for more details on the event and how to register.

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The Science of Circus Arts Virtual Tutorial (Grades 2-6)

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The Circus Arts are filled with relationships between art and science. Most times you are aware of the visual excitement while watching your favorite act, but do you know the science behind the magic? On February 9 from 1:00 pm2:00 pm, learners in grades 2-6 are invited to explore the science behind hooping, juggling and fire dancing through live performance, science experiments, and videos in the Circus Arts Exploration Event with JennaH2O of Flowbox Circus!

Tickets are $10 and only learner funds will be accepted (no credit cards, please). Please register each learner in grades 2-6 (per vendor request, only these grade levels may attend) who will be participating. Tickets will be available until February 1 at 5 p.m.

Additional info: Bring hoops and balls for juggling, if you would like (but not required).

Virtual Events

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Attention, iLEAD learners!

There are a few events taking place in February that we hope you will be able to attend:

  • TK- 1 Read Aloud: If you are in TK-1, please join our virtual read-aloud taking place on February 8 at 10 a.m. Register here for this fun event.
  • Send some LOVE to the residents at Park West Care and Rehabilitation Center! On February 10 at 10 a.m., you can send some LOVE to the residents at Park West Care and Rehabilitation Center! Register here to join in.
  • Friendship Scavenger Hunt: Join us on Friday, February 12, at 1 p.m. for a Friendship Scavenger Hunt. This interactive scavenger hunt will have learners “hunt” for things around their house based on cue cards. It’s a great way to engage with others and get to know each other better! Register here for this exciting event.
  • TK-3rd Grade Virtual Show and Tell: A fun “show and tell” opportunity for TK-3rd grade learners! Please register here for this event.
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February and March Book Clubs

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If you are in 4th-6th grade, you won’t want to miss our next book club happening in February. For our learners in grades 6-8, please take a look at the March Book Club flier for registration details. We encourage you to join the fun and register soon to secure your spot! Please see below for more details on the events and how to register.

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Virtual Events

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Barnabas Robotics Robot Innovations

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Join Barnabas Robotics and explore the awesome intersection of engineering, art and creativity while building a one-of-a-kind robot! In this workshop, learners will discover how real-world engineers use electricity, mechanical parts and design to invent things that we use in everyday life and build their own robot creation! Registration is now open. Please see the flier for details.

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Kindness Rocks!

Kindness Rocks

Join Exploration families and spread a little kindness, good will, and gratitude around our communities. Please take a look at the flier below for more details on how to register.

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Virtual Show-and-Tell

Show and Tell

Please join us for a fun show-and-tell opportunity for TK through 3rd grade learners on January 19 at 11 a.m.! Register here to join us.

High School Ratatouille Watch Party

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On December 11, iLEAD’s Associated Student Body (ASB) hosted a movie watch party event for the high school student body. Learners were able to watch the Disney movie Ratatouille through Disney + Watch Party! Interested participants joined through Zoom and were separated into breakout rooms where they could watch the movie and talk to each other in the chat in smaller groups! My group had a lot of fun laughing at various quirks of the movie, and another group had a discussion afterwards about how differently they remembered the movie from when they were younger. All in all, the event went well and everyone who joined had a lot of fun connecting over this amusing movie! Our high school ASB will be hosting more fun events similar to this in the future. We hope to see you there!
-Julianna Longhenry, iLEAD ASB Regional President

Family Activities to Support Reading

TK-1 Read Aloud

  1. Tall Tales: The Game of Infinite Storytelling: There are several ways to play this storytelling game. One is the tell-a-group-story method, where players randomly select a few of the playing pieces and then one scene card is turned over. Each player takes a turn adding to the story, integrating one of their playing pieces into the story each time. The stories get very creative and silly.
  2. Boggle: If your kids like word searches, then Boggle is their game. Shake the letters and see how many words can be found in a short amount of time. The real challenge is finding words that other players do not spot. Shake and repeat.
  3. Apples to Apples Junior: In this game, there are two stacks of cards. The green set contains descriptive words, such as kind, cool, and bold. The red set contains people, places, things, and events. In each round, players choose the best red card from their hand to complement the green card word. The judge selects the favorite played card as the winner of the round.
  4. Bananagrams: In this addictive word game, speed wins, not points. Participants race to build joined-up words using all of their tiles. When any player uses all of their letters, they shout “Peel!” and every player takes on a new tile, meaning everyone has to quickly rebuild their word grid!
  5. Scrabble Game: Scrabble, the classic crossword game, is loads of fun for friends and family. You can feel the excitement begin as soon as you rack up your letters, choose a great word, and hope to land on a triple-word score. Play the popular Scrabble game the classic way as you take on opponents for a challenging and fun time, whether you’re a beginner or an expert.
  6. Online Reading Activities: In the Hub section of iLEAD Exploration’s website, there are many recommended reading activities to support EL learners. Simply click on this link, log into the Hub, and search the EL resources by category (domain).

Upcoming Events: Snowstorm in a Jar

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Join us and learn how to make a snowstorm in a jar!

Let’s make it feel like winter right here in our homes! You will need to gather a few materials (see registration link for details) and get ready to have fun creating a snowstorm, a cool way to experiment with science! Please register here for this fun event.

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Newbery Film Festival

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The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is an annual video contest in which young filmmakers create weird short movies that tell the entire stories of Newbery-winning books in about a minute and a half.

Please take a look at this site for more information and deadlines to enter.

Giant Stuffed Animal Club

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Do you have a GIANT stuffed animal that you’d like to share with other iLEAD learners? Join the club! Share your giant stuffed friend, and see the giant stuffed friends of other learners during this fun virtual meet up!

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Virtual Wax Museum

Virtual Wax Museum

We are very excited to share this Virtual Wax Museum tour. Our very own iLEAD learners researched historical figures from the past and created amazing presentations to share with. We hope that you enjoy learning and exploring the past. Please take a look at the link below to start exploring!

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Learner Spotlight: Logan Verne

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November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month and this month, our learner spotlight features Logan Verne. Logan is a 10th grader in our program who has lived with epilepsy since he was two years old.

Logan is a friendly, kind-hearted young man who enjoys being with his family, playing Smash Brothers with his Switch, listening to music, and creating 3-D objects with his new 3-D printer. This past summer, Logan was the recipient of a 3-D printer from the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The representatives were surprised by his request for a 3-D printer because no one had asked for one before. They were happy to fulfill his wish!

Logan now enjoys creating all kinds of characters in his 3-D printing class. He loads the blueprints and creates toys and gifts for those around him. He shared, “I like to make stuff for myself and for other people that I know and love.”

Logan says his favorite part of Exploration is his teachers. Logan meets via Zoom each week with his tutor, Joshua Hays, from ABC Guidance. He considers Mr. Hays to be part of his family or his “friendily” and enjoys the creative assignments and projects they work on together for school.

As part of epilepsy awareness, Logan would like to share this with his fellow high schoolers: “If you have epilepsy, never give up on yourself. You have to keep on fighting. I know epilepsy sucks, but you can keep on fighting no matter what. You are your own warrior!”

We are proud of you, Logan, and all of your accomplishments. Keep fighting!

Upcoming Educational Events

Fall 2020 Virtual Events

If your learner is in TK-3 and enjoys sharing, then you won’t want to miss our TK-3 Show and Tell that is happening on November 17 at 11:00 a.m. Register here to sign up for this fun event.

You can also register by clicking on any upcoming events on the flier.

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Virtual Hearst Castle Tour

Hearst Castle Tour

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