March 7, 2015

Great Things are Happening at REA

Posted in REA News at 8:40 pm by ranchoencinitasacademy

IMG_2822[1]The past couple of months have been busy, fun and enriching for all students at REA andIMG_2821[1] Edison Academy.  Our Star Assemblies always offer a unique enrichment experience for students in a variety of content areas.  We had Joe “the trick-star” Odhiambo visit our school, who showed us some amazing basketball tricks.  Originally from Kenya, Joe’s humble upbringing taught him the drive and work ethic which has allowed him to become the best in his class.  His message of having faith in yourself, persistence, patience, being responsible and working hard was well-received by the students through an amazing basketball performance.

IMG_2816[1]We also had the pleasure of listening to Blues in the Schools.  This wonderful organization helps expose students to the power and cultural significance of this uniquely American musical form.  A highly interactive performance, students and teachers were afforded the opportunity play all sorts of percussion instruments and dance the afternoon away!

Another inspirational musical performance was brought to us by the pop/rock band, Reverse Order.  Their anti-bullying message was surely a hit with our group, and reminded us that we can all be a part of the change we want to see.  Their PARTTY message is simply about Passion, Attitude, Respect, Trust, Thoughtfulness, and YOU!

Speaking of music, our very own Mr. Chris Matthews has been such an integral part of our program at REA/Edison.  His endless energy and enthusiasm keeps kids inspired, entertained and filled with joy.  Mr. Matthews helps keep us on track with educating the whole child.  We are so lucky to have him as our music teacher.

We’re excited about some of the press we’ve received including a San Diego Union-Tribune article featuring Read Across America Day.  March 2, which marks the 111th birthday of Dr. Seuss, is celebrated in schools all across the country.  “Dr. Seuss Day” as it’s known to many, is a day when teachers are able to teach and remind students about this legendary author and illustrator.  In our lower grades, children dressed up as Cat in the Hat and were treated to real green eggs and ham by their teacher!  Click the picture below to read the full article in the Union-Tribune:



At the Wolf Center in Julian


Students enjoyed a variety of activities at the California Wolf Center in Julian


Students in the Padres dug out during their overnight


Volunteering at Rancho Coastal Humane Society


Skype chat with Chris Grabenstein

We’ve had some exciting field trips the last few months.  Middle school students enjoyed an overnight in downtown San Diego where they visited Petco Park, had a SEAL Tour and even got some ice skating in!  On a separate trip, they enjoyed a day visiting The California Wolf Center, dedicated to the recovery of wolves in the wild they once roamed. The organization envisions a landscape where wolves thrive in healthy ecosystems and where wolves and people successfully coexist. Their tour was an engaging inquiry based program which included student observation and hands-on activities.  Middle school students also continue their volunteer work at Rancho Coastal Humane Society where they are able to interact with the animals while experiencing a wonderful service learning project.  Their teacher has been implementing this program for a few years now, and the kids truly look forward to their volunteer days.  Finally, 5th and 6th graders enjoyed their author visit via Skype.  They read Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and had the opportunity to ask the author, Chris Grabenstein, questions about the book, his life and the writing process.  It was a a great chat and we are certain the children will remember the experience for years to come.

These are just a few of the highlights from the last couple of months.  We believe the well-rounded education we provide for students at Rancho Encinitas Academy and Edison Academy embraces the idea of teaching the whole child in a stress free, relaxed environment.  Stay tuned for more great things to come!



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