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September Newsletter: The School Year Begins!

The park was amazing yesterday! The typical morning fog burned off into a comfortable breeze in the sunshine, there were lizards, birds, fish, and spiders, and a few neighbors here and there. The creek still has water in it! As I strolled through I knew in my heart that I am doing the right thing. Opening a school for people who need it. But I have a pretty big problem right now... No students! In the meantime I remain undaunted, patient, and persistent. The right families will find me. On my application I have various programs available and even if I were to have no students, even if I were to have one student, I am committed to this and will be there! Thankfully, I have my firefighter/EMT position at Sonoma Raceway which helps me financially, and I've recently started doing PR for my friend. So I can be here, waiting a little uncomfortably while my familes find their ways to me. I will be here!

Visions in Education Vendor Fair

One of the schools I'm partnering with is Visions in Education. They had a vendor fair us to show off our programs and I was able to meet a whole bunch of East Bay families who homeschool their children through them. It was so inspirational to hear families' stories and connect with other local vendors. Unexpectedly, they had their Certified Teachers on hand to come visit with us, too, and I was able to meet some who share a geographical area with me.

Community Resources

I met with Jenny from the Stepping Stones Project. They are a group that shepherds children ages 12-14 into adolescence through play and meeting in natural spaces. I was very impressed to hear about their programs and wish such an intentional coming-of-age program could have been around when I was younger. Here's a link to their website so you can find out more: https://www.steppingstonesproject.org/

At the vendor fair I met the incredible Terri Nuno of Liberty Gymnastics Training Center in Concord. I'm really excited to be a part of their free upcoming anniversary celebration! They are partnering with the Monument Crisis Center in Concord to kick off their Diaper Drive for October. And it just so happens that October 5th. is Do Something Nice Day!

One thing I always like to do is collect resources and share them out. While I have my own links here, these are great places to go to get more information about what's around in our community.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/outside_school/

Berkeley Parents Network: https://www.berkeleyparentsnetwork.org/recommend/schools/outside-school

Contra Costa Super Moms: https://www.contracostasupermoms.com/private-schools/

Patch: https://patch.com/california/elcerrito/classifieds/announcements/100725/k-12-forest-school-in-the-east-bay

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/teachoutside

510 Families: https://www.510families.com/east-bay-summer-camp/?filter_4=&filter_7=&filter_33=Richmond+Point+Richmond&filter_2=&mode=all

Nextdoor: https://nextdoor.com/news_feed/?post=115892537

Program Openings

More information and a link to the application can be found at: www.outside.school.

Enrollment is currently open for the following programs:

-2019-2020 School Year (late enrollment okay!)

-2019-2020 School Year: Tuesdays Only

-2019-2020 School Year: Monthly Only

-2020 Summer Camps

-2020-2021 School Year

Meet and Greets

Anyone wishing to stop by to meet with me and see the park can do so at monthly meet and greets. The next three are 11:00-12:00 on Mondays 9/16, 10/14, and 11/4. More information can be found here: https://www.teachoutside.org/outside-school-meet-and-greet

Sending a ton of love out there to all of you. Thank you!

Sincerely,

Heather