Unfortunately, we do not have a female chaperone lined up for tomorrow's trip, as explained in the previous email. As the School Board requires a female chaperone on an overnight trip, we have decided to postpone the trip and will try reschedule another two-night trip for mid-November, subject to finding a female volunteer. We will pursue other avenues and try to have two female chaperones on each trip to avoid last minute changes. We apologize for this inconvenience. Please save any dried foods you have purchased for the next trip.
Jason and I spent the morning hiking the Lindeman-Flora Lakes Loop Trail that we intended to do with the students. There is a foot of snow at the pass and the traveling is very challenging approaching the ridge from the North. In light of this, the original trip would have been modified to include two nights at the Post Creek Camp (the camp located in between Lindeman and Greendrop Lakes) with a day hike to Flora Lake carrying light day packs.
Again, sorry for the short notice. We will get it done later!
We will be having regular classes tomorrow.
We are beginning to wrap up our first PE and Outdoor Education units. We completed our final kayaking session this Thursday on the Vedder River. We had two groups of eight students paddle from the Vedder Bridge to the Lickman Road access. Sunny weather and low water made for an awesome day on the water. Kudos to all the students in the program who have come so far in their boats since our first lake session back in September! We have a newsletter to hand out next week if students are interested in furthering their paddling skills with the Chilliwack Center of Excellence – winter pool sessions start next week!
Our culminating activity for Outdoor Education will take place this Monday through Wednesday. Please see the attached itinerary and documents: Multi-night – Parent Info.pdf , Food Preparation and Planning a.pdf , and Personal Supply List.pdf. The goal of this trip is to provide students with an opportunity to complete an extended backpacking trip that involves wilderness travel. Temperatures will begin rising Sunday but the early half of the week still promises a bit of rain and wet snow at higher elevations is possible, so extra diligence will be required when preparing and packing for this trip. The attached <Multi-night – Parent Info.pdf> document contains similar information to the document sent out before the last overnight trip but with important instructions specific to this trip. Please read it carefully and contact myself or Chris if you have questions. Our pace will be slowing down after this trip, with a lull in planned activities for the next month. It will be a good time catch our breath and focus on academics before the winter holidays.
Jason Shea, Chris Falk
We are planning an extended day hike to the Flora Lake ridge on Oct 18. Students need to be at school by 6:45 to be on the bus by our 7:00 AM departure time. We will be home to the school by 6:00 PM. Students will be prepped in class and on Edmodo on what they need for the day. Thanks for your cooperation.
Chris and Jason
Our first campout to Lindeman Lake is fast approaching. This campout is meant to gain some experience with wilderness camping. Four documents attached to this post. A parent and participant information sheet is posted above. Please see below for an itinerary of our trip, a food preparation and planning document, and our personal supply list. Students have had some practice with all the camping skills they will need for this trip, from setting up camp, to cooking with our whisperlite stoves. Students are responsible for their own food so each tent group will need to organize who brings what. It is important that students bring all appropriate gear for this trip. We have been very lucky with great weather so far in the academy but it could switch to wet and cold anytime. We will discuss gear specifically in class and post a list on the student Edmodo page as well.
On October 18 we have a full day hike planned to the ridge above Flora Lake. This is a fairly strenuous uphill hike. It will be a good preparation hike for our term end, multi-day hike. We are asking students to be at school by 6:45 that day for a 7:00 AM departure. We will return for pick up at the school by 6:00 PM. By taking a longer day to account for the hike and travel time we hope we can do some outdoor academic lessons as well.
Our final fall Kayaking trips will take place on October 16, 23, and 25. October 16 we will transition to the calm water of the Vedder Canal. October 23 and 25 will be our first river kayaks. The students are very excited about this and have learned a lot while out on Cultus Lake these past weeks.
We feel we are off to a great start with the Academy. Please email if you have any questions or concerns.
Chris and Jason
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