Journeys School Students take MLK Day ON!
Monday, January 16

To celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the American Civil Rights Movement, the Journeys School faculty and staff will be taking the day “on” next Monday, January 16th. Classes will be held according to regular schedules for the first half of the day. During the second half of the day, the entire school will come together in Family Groups to celebrate diversity within ourselves and our greater community. After some ice-breaker activities exploring personal histories, students will work together to craft “I am” poems along with self-portraits. The poems and portraits will ultimately be put into Family Group poetry books to be on display at Community Lunch and shared among levels. On Thursday, January 12th, students were given a short assignment to discuss with their families over the weekend to prepare for Monday’s activities. Thank you for your support of the important learning and celebration that occurs across our entire country on this special day!

Communications and Branding Meetings
January 16-19

Based on working with consultants, various board committees, staff, faculty and conducting a number of branding surveys, Jack Shea and the Communications Team have decided to offer eight informational Journeys School Communications and Branding Meetings. If you have an opportunity, please join us for one of these 30-minute meetings that are taking place at the Welcome Center over the next two weeks. If you have any questions, please contact Teton Science Schools Communications Director David Watson at 734-3795 or david.watson@tetonscience.org.
January 16, Monday, noon-12:30 pm (lunch)
January 17, Tuesday, 5:30-6:00 pm (evening)
January 18, Wednesday, 8:15-8:45 am (after drop-off)
January 19, Thursday, 3:00-3:30 pm (before pick-up)


Family Bingo!
January 20, 5:00-7:00 pm

Parent Council members are preparing for a Friday night of fun-filled bingo and a yummy spaghetti dinner for Journeys School families. Feel free to invite a friend. Click here for details. We hope to see you there!

Transition Information Sessions
We have many ways for you and your child to be informed and get excited about “moving up”! These information sessions are strongly encouraged if you have a child entering Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, or Sixth Grade next year. School leaders and faculty members will share relevant program information so you can begin to prepare for your child’s transition. We encourage ALL parents to attend this informative session. The meetings are also available to new applicants so if you have friends or neighbors that may be interested, please share and invite them to join us. All sessions will be located in that level's classrooms. Contact tammie.vanholland@journeysschool.org with questions.
January 18, Wednesday, 5:00-6:00 pm – Middle School Information Session
February 2, Thursday, 5:00-6:00 pm – Pre-Kindergarten Information Session

Parent Observation Days
Observation days are geared towards parents of students that are rising to a new level next year. Be a classroom observer to get a sense of what life will be like for your student next year! We encourage parents to sit in on classes, check out the work displayed around the rooms and talk with teachers and students (in between classes, of course). Please RSVP by emailing tammie.vanholland@journeysschool.org or calling Tammie at 734-3710.
Wednesday, February 1, 8:30-11:00am or 11:45-2:30pm – Middle School
Thursday, February 2, 8:30-11:30am or 12:15-2:45pm – Elementary School or High School
Monday, February 6, 8:30-11:30am or 12:15-2:45pm – Elementary, Middle or High School

Admissions Applications Due February 1
The first round of Journeys School admissions applications are due February 1. Current families that have other children interested in enrolling for 2012/13 should complete their application as soon as possible to receive priority in the admissions process. Please contact tammie.vanholland@journeysschool.org for more information.

Tickets for the “Snow Ball” for Sale Now; Raffle Opportunities Available Too!
The Journeys School Gala & Auction, the “Snow Ball,” will be held at 6 pm on Saturday, February 4, 2012 in the Clarke A. Nelson Dining Lodge. Tickets are $75 per person or $125 per couple, and can be purchased online. You can also purchase raffle tickets online and peruse our highlighted auction items. We have three raffle opportunities: an iPad2, an iPad2 for a teacher, and an Instant Wine Cellar from the finest cellars in the valley and beyond. All proceeds benefit the Journeys School Annual Fund. We hope to see you there!

Gala Help Needed; Earn One, Give One Opportunities for Students Too!
We will have one more snowflake making party next week, then we will move on to selling raffle tickets at Whole Grocer. Please let Maggie Schilling or Amy Hatch know if you’d like to help out by emailing maggie.schilling@tetonscience.org, calling 733-1313, or stopping by the Welcome Center. Help is still needed for:
Wednesday, January 18, 1:00-3:30 pm - adult snowflake making party in the Welcome Center
Wednesday, January 18, 3:30-5:00 pm - students 5th grade and older join the snowflake making party
Thursday, January 19, 4:00-6:00 pm - Raffle ticket sales at Whole Grocer - 2 adults and 1 student needed
Sunday, January 22, noon-2:00 pm – 1 adult and 1 student needed
Sunday, January 22, 2:00-4:00 pm – 1 student needed
Sunday, January 22, 4:00-6:00 pm – 2 adults and 1-2 students needed

Student Raffle Ticket Sales: Sell $100 in Raffle Tickets for a Chance to Win $50 Gift Card
Students and parents, we would love your help selling Gala raffle tickets to support Journeys School. Tickets should arrive Monday, so look for a form and envelope on Tuesday. If your student sells at least $100 worth of tickets, their name will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon.com gift certificate.

Community Lunch
Friday, January 20, 11:30am

Parent volunteers are encouraged to assist with community lunch. To volunteer, please arrive in the dining lodge at 11:00am. All lunches include garden fresh salad, carrot sticks, orange slices, nut-free cookies and milk.
January 20th: Sweet & Sour Chicken or Tofu Stir-fry (for vegetarian students), Rice & Egg Rolls.
January 27th: Spaghetti with Meat Balls & Garlic Bread.