Dear Parents of the Adolescent Classroom,
Our Spring Odyssey to Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center is approaching, as we will be going March 25-27th. Wolf Ridge is located in Finland, Minnesota which is about 3.5 hours from Ham Lake. We will depart from Glen Cary on Monday, March 25th at 8 a.m. and return on Wednesday, March 27th at 5 p.m.
The Mission of Wolf Ridge is: “To develop a citizenry that has the knowledge, skills, motivation and commitment to work together for a quality environment.” This aligns well with Maria Montessori’s vision for the adolescent to be equipped to be a meaningful citizen in the world and taught the necessary practical life skills.
Founded in 1971, Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center was the first environmental learning center in the nation to be accredited as a K-12 school and is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in environmental education. During the school year, more than 15,000 children, teachers and parent chaperones head to the campus to have their own adventure in learning. The campus is located south of the Boundary Waters and overlooking the North Shore of Minnesota’s Lake Superior.
Wolf Ridge is a place where minds open to the joy and wonder of discovery of the natural world. The classes involve students in direct observation of and participation in the outdoors and the staff works to promote self-awareness and leadership development in the process.
Our trip is sponsored by the Schultze Foundation which is a blessing. This is including transportation costs, sleeping accommodations, and meals. However, this scholarship does not include snacks. We are asking for a $15 payment with a check made out to Maria Goodwin so that we can ensure your student stays hydrated and energized throughout the trip.
Please let me know if you have any initial questions.
More details will follow along with a packing list.
In the Father’s love,
We are venturing to Bunker Hills Park on Friday, March 1st from 12:30-2:30. Wargo Nature Center is offering a time of snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
Please remind your student next Friday to wear the appropriate clothing: warm layers under their Coat, snow pants, warm socks, boots, hat, gloves. It is supposed to be a high of 13 so they need to bundle up!
We are looking for a chaperone and driver on Friday during that time, to arrive at Glen Cary at 12:00 and then bring the students back at 2:30 for dismissal. Please let me know if you are available to drive or chaperone.
Blessings on your day,
Hello Adolescent Parents,
I am writing to you to offer and explain the workshop we will be offering in the adolescent environment the three last weeks of February. We will be bringing in two Abria (Christian Pregnancy Resource Center in St. Paul) educators to discuss how teenagers are made for more, made for relationships, and to develop a deeper understanding of how they are made. This includes how their bodies develop through puberty and beyond.
Abria is a Christian center that works to encourage Christian and Catholic principles about relationships, morality, and essentially the Theology of the Body to all schools. They do this by presenting the information as a public health model, however the LifeEdge program, which is geared for Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers, was written by a Catholic individual who rooted the principles in the Theology of the Body. Submitting this information in a public health way enables these truth-filled teachings to enter public schools as well, bringing the truth to all school environments.
We will engage in conversations regarding self-knowledge, building positive relationships, and cultivating caution towards secular culture. We will end with a discussion of puberty and the sexuality of the body as God intends it, presented in an objective and theologically-rooted way. The Way of the Shepherd Montessori Adolescent Classroom curriculum seeks to present this information in a biological, objective way, rooted in Catholic teaching.
All parents have an option for their student to opt out of these six, 30 minute sessions. I completely understand if you would prefer to take this curriculum home and present it yourself or teach your adolescent as your family’s culture sees fit. However, this opportunity for LifeEdge curriculum to be presented to your student may be the best form of formal education regarding puberty and sexuality they may receive, depending on where they attend high school.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, I am happy to answer any and all.
The opt-out letter is attached and the dates of workshop are below.
February 13-14th: 10:00-11:00 a.m.
February 20-21st: 10:00-11:00 a.m.
February 27-28th: 10:00-11:00 a.m.
In the Father’s Love,