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Sept. 20, 2012

Medical Release and Liability Release Forms for P. E.


to:All Students

Be sure that you have completed the Medical Release and Liability Release Forms and turned them in to the office before Tuesday, September 25th, if you want your student to be allowed to participate in P. E. Please see Cathi Unruh if you have questions or need to pick up the forms. Also, many of the forms that have been turned in did not list the date of your student's last Tetanus shot. We do need that information. If you have waived immunizations for your child, make a note of that on your form. Otherwise, please fill in that date for us. Thank you, Cathi Unruh

Sept. 20, 2012

Time Management Trackers (Red Folders)


to:All Students

We have decided to pick up and grade the Time Management folders on Wednesdays rather than Mondays as originally planned. Because of the backlog of math corrections on Mondays, we realize that we will not be able to get to the Time Management until later in the week. As I graded the folders yesterday, most of the students had completed no tracking for Monday or Tuesday of this week. There were many students who did not even have a page set up for this week of school. Would you please make it a practice to check your student's Time Management folder every school day? It requires your initials each day to verify the report of work completed. Please attach it to a daily practice, like dinner time or bedtime routines so that it becomes a daily practice in your home. This process is designed to keep your student moving along smoothly throughout the week, and conversely, to keep them from the harmful practices of procrastination and cramming. Let's not reinforce those negative habits by allowing our students to complete their daily tracking record the night before it is due. If you have any questions about the process or the Time Management folders, please come ask so that we can get everyone tracking. Thank you! Cathi Unruh

Sept. 19, 2012

Math Update


to:All Students

Following is an outline of the fine-tuned Math Tracking Procedure:

1. After your child turns in his or her math lesson, it will be graded immediately.

2. Next, one of two things will happen:

a. If your child scores 80% or above, the lesson will be set aside for a parent to pick up on Thursday afternoon.

b. If your child scores below 80% on the lesson, he or she will receive a corrections worksheet that should be completed that evening and returned the next morning to be re-scored. 

3. Finally, after you have picked up graded math lessons on Thursday, on Friday a parent should help the child post the week's math lessons in the Math Tracker that will be turned in on Monday to be averaged and post on ThinkWave. 


Sept. 18, 2012

Spanish Class Homework and Arrival Time

from:Unruh, Cathi

to:Spanish 1

I found out today that many of the Spanish students completed the homework that was due today (Practica B, page 7) in their textbooks and so they were unprepared to turn in written homework for credit.  It was explained to me that this is the first time many of these students have worked with a textbook.  I will give grace for this assignment and give full credit to students who turn in a written out copy on Wednesday 9/19.  Please help your student understand that when an assignment says "written", it means that they must write it out on a piece of notebook paper so that I can pick it up and correct it.   

Also, could you please be sure that your student is at school, ready to begin class at 9:00 sharp on Mondays and Wednesdays.  We only have one hour to complete our Spanish class, and I am finding it hard to get everything accomplished because we are spending so much time waiting for students or adjusting as students straggle in.  

Thank you for your help in these areas!  

Cathi Unruh

Sept. 18, 2012

Liability Waiver and Emergency Medical Release!


to:All Students

If you want your child to participate in PE today, you MUST fill out the Medical Release and Liability Waiver before noon!

Sept. 17, 2012

Items for Monday 9/17


to:All Students

P.E. and Dance Class

Student Permission slips for P.E. and Dance Class must be signed in order to participate.  See Cathi Unruh on Monday to obtain document.


Student I.D. Cards

Student I.D. Photos will be taken on Monday morning. The cost is $8.50 per student.  Cards are not required but suggested for 4th grade and up.   Please see email for order form and further details.


Tardy Policy 

No Tardy fees for week #1, but fees will apply week #2. Thank you for being on time!


Be sure to read this blog regulary. This week, check in daily!

Please be sure to scroll through Week #1 posts for an overview of onging Guild activities.


Here's to a terrific Week #2!

Sept. 13, 2012

Thursdays at the Guild


to:All Students

Devotional & Chapel- Please arrive on time for Pastor Causly's expedition through God's Word! Have your Moral Compass ready and get set for a tremendous adventure! 

Arts - Guild Arts will connect domains as we step back in time to explore Medieval Arts and attempt to build a bridge—Visually, Dramatically, and Musically—to the 21st century. 

Math - On Thursdays, math is completed in the afternoon. REMINDER: Students should watch a lesson and complete practice exercises Thursday after school for Friday, finish that lesson on Friday, and then watch a new lesson plus complete the practice problems on Friday or saturday or Sunday for Monday. 

Language Arts - Time is carved Thursday afternoons to press into LA Foundations—Literature, Spelling, Phonics, VFCR, and Grammar.

Spanish - Apprentices are encouraged to focus on Spanish as time permits.

Sept. 12, 2012

Wednesdays at the Guild


to:All Students

Science Workshop - Each Wednesday we will explore the world of science. While we will be focusing on chemistry and physics this year, as always our approach to science is integrated.

History Workshop - On Wednesday afternoons Miss Lori will guide the expedition through ancient Israel.

Math - On Wednesdays MS and HS must complete a math lesson before or after school. This enables us to add our Spanish workshop and to minimize Science homework.

Primary Classroom - Our Kindergarteners and 1st graders will delve into Foundations and Explorations in the morning with Miss Lori and Mrs. Martin. They will explore geography in the afternoon after their Life of Fred Adventuere.

Sept. 11, 2012

Tuesdays at the Guild


to:All Students

Language Arts- Our Writing Workshops begin! Tuesdays begin with Lexicon, VFCR, and Grammar activities. Primary, Elementary, MS and MS Honors... ready, set, write!

Math - On Tuesday we provide a silent period for math before PE, plus our Math Tutoring Sessions. Welcome to our new turot Brendon!

PE and Dance - We are so thankful for Mr. Sheck and Mrs. Diaz for providing this opportunity for our group. And thank you Mrs. Causly for driving the dancers there and back again!  

Primary Classroom - Welcome Kindergarteners who join us on Tuesdays and Wednesdays! On Tuesdays under the direction of Mrs. Martin, our Primary apprentices will explore Math, Language Arts and Thematics in the morning, Life of Fred, Science and Arts in the afternoons. 

Sept. 10, 2012

Mondays at the Guild


to:All Students

Spanish - Our Middle School and High School apprentices will meet for an hour of instruction with Mrs. Unruh first thing. ¡Qué bueno, qué bueno!

Language Arts

Literature Circles for Primary, Elementary, and Middle School apprentices are a featured Monday event. During workshops aprentices discuss the previous section's reading and are provided room to begin the reading and response work for the next section. 

Middle School Honors and High School apprentices will meet with Mrs. Bredberg in the Great Room for Lit./Comp. and Creative Writing.

All apprentices - Spelling and VFCR exams are on Mondays.

Math - On Mondays not only do we provide a silent period for math, but we are pleased that our Life of Fred Groups will begin to meet. 

Geography - Miss Lori will be guiding our apprentices on a wonderful ongoing exploration of geography on Mondays.

Piano Lessons - Vanessa, Charis, trinity, Moriah, Raymond, Elyse, Judah

Sept. 04, 2012

Lunch and Recess


to:All Students

As we begin a new school year, we are attempting to step back and survey the big picture to find areas that need revision or just slight tweaking for consistency and efficiency. 

One area that we would like to adjust is our lunchtime practices.  In the past students have been allowed to eat anywhere on school grounds, and there has been no schedule for eating versus playground time.  Consequently, lunch bags and food have been left all over stairwells and work surfaces as students, anxious to get in some play time, have abandoned half-eaten lunches to pursue activities and interaction before class time resumed. 

We want to be sure that students eat their lunches to fuel their brains for continued study and get in some much needed play time.  We also want students to learn to be good stewards of the facility that has been provided to us and to set a good example of personal responsibility in clean -up to the younger eyes that are watching them. 

Lunch periods will begin with hand washing in an attempt to reduce the spread of illness that is so common in close settings such as ours.  All students will be asked to sit outside at the picnic table or table and chairs areas to eat their lunch during the first 15 minutes of the lunch period. (weather permitting) At the end of that 15 minute period, students will be required to clean up their eating space and put away their lunch boxes etc... And then they will be free to move onto the playground for fun and activity.  We will 
have the students wash hands again before rejoining the classroom. 

Our daily lunch monitors will be making sure that these new practices are followed.
Please discuss these changes with your student before school begins on Monday, September 10th to ensure a smooth transition into this new school year.

Thank you,

Cathi Unruh

Aug. 29, 2012

Gratitude and Congratulations!


to:All Students

Thank you for making our Back-to-School Meetings a huge sucess. I am incredibly thankful for your commitment to the guild.

Congratulations to the winner of our annual paper drive—Lisa Diaz—and a huge thank you to each family who participated. Lisa, you can pick up your $25 gift card when the office is open again beginning next Wednesday, September 5th. 

Here's to fall and the adventure ahead.

Aug. 09, 2012



to:All Students

Madatory Back-to-School Parent Meeting

Please mark you calendar!

August Sessions

Monday, August 27 from 9 to noon for 4th through 12th Grade full time

Tuesday, August 28 from 9 to noon Kindergarten through 3rd Grade full time


Make-up Session

September 5th from 1 to 4 for all grade levels

 If you are unable to make these scheduled dates, you are responsible to schedule a private, 2 hour back-to-school orientation with Sherry and Cathi before the guild workshops begin. There will be a $50 fee assigned for the private session. 


RSVP to waterhouseacademy@gmail.com as soon as possible to let Sherry know which meeting you will be attending. 



June 06, 2012

Studying for finals... Ready, Set, Go!


to:All Students

June 01, 2012

Congratulations Spellers!


to:All Students

Buzz is that each speller honeyed their way through the Round 1 words, through the Neologism Round, and were not stung until the William Shakespeare Elimination Round.

A happy weekend and a hearty applause to all the 2nd Annual Spelling Bee spellers... especially to our winners:

1st Place - Liam Bredberg

2nd Place - Matthew Lake

3rd Place - Moriah Causly


May 26, 2012

Memorial Day Monday May 28


to:All Students

No school! No math! All classes will resume Tuesday May 29. Happy Holiday!

May 21, 2012

Tomorrow... iMadonnari begins!


to:All Students

May 19, 2012

5/21 IMPORTANT: This Week at Waterhouse


to:All Students

Tuesday, May 22 - Thursday, May 23 is IOWA Testing! 

All students bring a bottle of water and a book to read during testing. 

Thursday, May 24th - Salon des Artistes

Watch for details via email this evening!

May 01, 2012

Upcoming Events...


to:All Students

Tuesday, May 1 - Reveal: Messenger our winter journal is ready to pick up if you pre-ordered a copy. If not, we have three issues left in the office for $20 each.

Wednesday, May 2 - We will be disceting hearts! Come and join the fun.

Thursday, May 3 - Poetry Films and Visual Poetry

Thursday, May 10 - We will be recording our original songs during Musicology and painting Jasper Johns style!

Tuesday, May 22 - Thursday, May 23 is IOWATesting! Parents, please submit a $50 payment no later than May 10. 

Thursday, May 24th - Salon des Artistes

Thursday, June 7 - Promotion / Graduation and Celebration Brunch


Final Exams:

5/24 - HS History

6/4 - HS Lit./Comp. and HS Creative Writing

6/5 - Primary, Elementary, MS Writing Exam

6/6 - Science Final Exam


Final Report Cards and Transcripts are not available until June 30th.


April 15, 2012

Welcome Back!


to:All Students

It's true...

8 weeks

until summer!


March 26, 2012

Parent Meeting CANCELLED due to illness!


to:All Students

The Parent Meeting is cancelled this week, but we will be sending home a "Take-Home-Parent-Meeting-Packet" on Wednesday. Parents, please pick this up from Mrs. Kidd in the office on Wednesday. This packet will contain your child's Report Card, information about end-of-the-year events, and important priority registration materials. If you pre-ordered Reveal: Messenger, you may pick up your copy next week beginning Tuesday, and if you would like a copy you may order one for $20.

March 24, 2012

Mandatory Parent Meeting-Thurdsay March 29


to:All Students

9:00-11:00am. You will meet the Chaplin, Pastor Causly. We will also distribute Fall report cards; begin priority registration for spring and select parent jobs; purchase Reveal, discuss Spring Salon. We will also have information on class offerings for the 2012/2013 school year.

March 24, 2012

Spring break - April 5-15, 2012


to:All Students

During spring break: Continue Wordly Wise and Vocabulary of the Classic Roots for tests the week of April 16th. Math is to be done every week day of spring break for Algebra I , Algebra II & Pre- Calculus only. No math for other students. Enjoy your family celebration of our Risen Savior!

March 05, 2012

This week... Let's Glorify Him!


to:All Students

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

Thank you Taylor B. for the inspiring artwork and the ongoing reminder!


Feb. 28, 2012



to:All Students

All students (both boys and girls)...


Colored Pencils,

Pens, Markers,

Dry Erase Markers,

and Erasers, 

are to be used ONLY

for the purpose they were designed for!

Feb. 15, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!


to:All Students

Feb. 03, 2012

Going the Extra Mile


to:All Students

For the past month, we have been reading city poetry and collecting city words, phrases, and objects in the Monday Creative Writing Workshop. Two weeks ago, we began to share the original work that sprung from this exploration. While many of the poems were wonderful—watch for them in Reveal: Messenger later this month, a handful of the writers went the extra mile, not just fulfilling an assignment, but creating original works that communicate the heart of what they discovered. 

Go to our blog: waterhousela@blogspot.com and scroll down a bit to see a wonderful video created by Cherish.


Feb. 03, 2012

Grammar Packets DUE Wednesday, 2/8


to:All Students

Grammar, like vocabulary development, is a subject that is best modeled through reading the written word and by practicing the art of writing.

Workbook activities focusing on memorization has the inherent danger of blurring of the ultimate goal of literacy and passion and can easily overshadow the languages arts.  

While grammar and vocabulary workbooks are useful to support development and understanding by reinforcing what is discovered through reading and writing, they are, perhaps more significantly, a terrific opportunity to teach students the value of paced learning—learning in small bits regularly is way more effective than cramming larger chunks of information into the brain the night before a due date or exam!  

For *full time students (grades 3 to 8), Mrs. Hessing delivers a grammar lesson and prepares follow up gramar assignments that are to be completed five days per week. These foundational worksheets should take no more than 15 minutes per day  and so, often students will tackle all five assignments on Tuesday night before the packet is due. This "cramming" defeats the purpose of the assignement which is to allow the student's brain to retain the information long term.

Please help your child create a routine that will build effective, strong study habits that will transfer to all subject areas.  

*Part time writing and literature students have well established their Wordly Wise and VFCR routine and will be introduced to Easy Grammar in the next week or two. 

Jan. 27, 2012

Welcome to the 2nd Semester!


to:All Students

Thinkwave has been updated to include semesters. Click the drop down tab for "Second Semester" to view all posted assignments for the rest of the year.

Jan. 18, 2012

Time Management & Math NOW DUE ON THURSDAYS


to:All Students

We are so glad to have Mrs. Unruh with us.  She will be taking over the grading of Time Management and Math on Thursdays at 9:00 am.  If you have questions regarding these subjects please see her in the office on Tuesdays or Thursdays.

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