Huge THANK YOU to our gracious friends at Eastview Christian Church who let our students utilize their facilities this past Wednesday. They even provided us with some delicious breakfast!
RAS was pleased to meet with Chad Kahl from the Voter Services Committee of the League of Women Voters of McLean County. Mr. Kahl assisted students who turned eighteen years old during the school year to become registered voters online. It is always a great day when students begin to exercise their right to vote!
Monday evening March 6th RAS hosted IWU's Project LEAD (Leaders in Education Advocating for Diversity). Project LEAD was able to tour RAS, have a Q &A with staff as well as have discussion on pedagogical practices within an alternative learning environment.
Reminder: Friday (2/17) and Monday (2/20) are non-attendance days for students! If you have a student-led conference set for tonight or tomorrow, please bring your child with you to the meeting. Enjoy the long weekend!
Another successful III Day in the books! Students visited different stations in the Flex Space and created various ❤️Valentine's Day❤️crafts. Students worked on nail string art, decorated sugar cookies, used the tape resist method to paint with watercolors and made heart tassels and homemade bath bombs. Students were able to leave with their masterpieces to give to a loved one or keep for themselves. L❤️VE is in the air at RAS!
We love free money! Well, we have to put some work into it, but grant writing is a quick win for us! And let's be honest, it's much easier than asking the government for more money! PNC is a bank which offers annual grants for local schools and Mrs. Quick has been a recipient THREE times now! She plans to use this round of $750 for a three compartment sink to properly wash, rinse, and sanitize dishes during her cooking lessons. And clearly, Dash is our #1 employee and always looking for a photo op!
Our great partnership with ISU and Dr. Jay Percell continues! We welcomed 14 pre-service educators into our building today in preparation for their very first clinical experience this semester. They learned about our school and toured our facility to see all of the amazing opportunities and services we offer. Through 20 hours of clinicals, reflections, and a final project, this group will gain invaluable experience of working in a non-traditional educational setting. We are excited for this ongoing collaboration which is mutually beneficial to both programs.
Today, students got the opportunity to learn some survival skills with Mr. Krause. They made penny stoves to cook and stay warm with. Kaden made the longest lasting penny stove, lasting over 12 minutes! Students also learned some fire safety and fire starting skills as well. Keegan in the AM and Daveon in the PM created the best fires using the tippee method as well as a hybrid of the tippee and log cabin methods. In the words of Smokey the Bear, "Only YOU can prevent wildfires."
Children’s Home & Aid - Parents Care & Share Groups PREGNANCY & BEYOND (ParentingNewborns) For all expectant Moms. (partners welcome) Socialize with other Moms. Learn to advocate for you and your baby. Begins again in May Contact Stephanie Neumann at email@example.com DADS UPLIFTING DADS (Fathers Only) For dads to meet with other dads and learn from each other. Special speakers for dad-specific topics. Tuesdays at 5:30 pm on Zoom Contact Jay Skibbens at firstname.lastname@example.org
During our Triple I Day Inquiry project on Wednesday, January 26th interested students had the opportunity work on basic automotive repair and maintenance skills by providing service to our RAS School Van. Students were able to engage in demonstrating their knowledge of checking/cleaning filters and fluids, perform intereior cleaning and maintenance tasks, and make plans for future needed maintenance and repairs.
Reminder- No school on Monday, January 16th in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day!
Official first day for new RAS Art Instructor Matthew Thornton. Mr. Thornton had a tremendous first day learning with a great group of educators focused on providing resources, supports and opportunities for students, families and the greater community.
Friendly reminder: RAS staff will return to school for an in-service day on Wednesday, January 4th. RAS students will return to school on Thursday, January 5th. We hope you enjoy the last couple days of Winter Break!
🎓⭐️🎓⭐️ It’s always a combination of stress and celebration during this time. We are happy to assist 1️⃣7️⃣ students complete their requirements for graduation this semester! Achieving this milestone allows for opportunities to move on to bigger and better things! Congrats!
**Thank You** First Christian Church for providing cold weather items for our students. They are greatly needed and much appreciated. Thank you for your ongoing support!!
**THANK YOU** St. Mark Lutheran Church for providing Christmas gifts for our students with children for the 6th year in a row!!! Each child received diapers, clothes, and a toy! We continue to be humbled by your generosity!!
RAS Staff can be considered an embodiment of lifelong learning. We celebrated FIVE staff members who recently completed degree programs in education! Mr. Eddins and Mr. Krause completed their Master of Science in Special Education. Mrs. Stoneking and Mr. Keller completed their Master of Arts in Education-Secondary Teaching and Mr. Thornton completed his degree in Art Education! Education is a continuously evolving part of our society and being open and willing to learning and trying new methods is vital to staying relevant! Congratulations to OUR graduates! ❤️🤍🎓🎉🥳🤍❤️
2nd Annual Holiday Blessing FREE Give Away When: Saturday December 17th 12:00-4:00 pm Where: Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church 801 W. Market Street Bloomington Free Gently used clothes, shoes, toys & household items. Men, Women and children’s items, all sizes! A hot “to go” dinner will be provided. All items and dinner will be provided on a first come first served basis while supplies last.
The holidays came early for our Middle School student this year! Thanks Debbie Horvath for the generous donation of sweatshirts to our kiddos. The new attire will keep them warm through the winter, in dress code, and most importantly in class.
It is December now- the season for focused work and blissful learning