March 5, 2013

REA Out and About in Southern California

Posted in REA News at 6:57 pm by ranchoencinitasacademy

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Middle school students looking at a Van Gogh at the Norton Simon

Can you believe it’s March already?  A lot of fantastic things have been happening at REA.  The middle school students enjoyed an overnight trip to Pasadena.  They rode the train with their teachers and during their two-day trip they went to the Rosebowl Stadium and visited the famous Vroman’s Bookstore, which is Southern California’s oldest and largest bookstore.  They also visited the renowned Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, saw famous works of art at the Norton Simon Museum and went ice skating.  They packed a lot of fun and educational activities into two days!

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A behind-the-scenes tour at Sea World San Diego allowed students to get up-close and personal with a Humbolt penguin

Grades 2 through 4 studied the Arctic and Antarctica and headed down to Sea World for some wild adventures.  Students enjoyed a behind-the-scenes educational experience with some Humboldt penguins, and were able to get up close and personal with their new Antarctic pals.  As part of their California History studies, third and fourth graders went to the Reuben H. Fleet Science Museum in Balboa Park, where they watched the Imax film, Wild California.

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Programming robots at Legoland to provide energy for a “green city”

Fifth and sixth graders went to Legoland where they did a workshop to reinforce the concepts they learned about alternative energy sources.  They actually programmed robots to help provide a “green city” with energy!  Certainly, they put their skills and background knowledge to use that day.  Those same students will be heading to the Imax film, Mysteries of Egypt as a culminating event to their study on Ancient Egypt.

Other events coming up include students volunteering at the Feed America warehouse, which is a local food bank that provides more than 21.5 million pounds of food to hungry children, seniors and families throughout San Diego County.  We are so very proud of our staff for teaching the children the value of service and giving.

Just to keep things fun, upper school students will participate in a cupcake workshop at Roz Art in San Marcos and then…Disneyland!  Overnight!  Everyone is really looking forward to that one!

On a separate note, we are excited that our parent group, REAL, will begin a multi-phase project that will include renovating the Music/Art room here on campus.  We are so very thankful for this, and for all the funds the REAL group has worked so hard to raise this year.

Things are looking great at REA!!

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