WELCOME, WONDER TEAM!

Welcome to Wonder! 

We were unable to publish this memo earlier in the summer like we normally do, so thank you all for your patience.

2022 was another wonderful year for Wonder. It still amazes us that we started from less than 30 students in our first year to almost 150 students enrolled during our third year. We continuously overflow with gratitude and appreciation for our wonderful team. You are the true superstars who inspire the next generation to grow in their musical and artistic skills. It seems our vision and mission continue to resonate with a lot of families who also believe that in a time of much uncertainty, it is even more vital we filled our homes and communities with faith, creativity, and hope.

We’re thankful you will join us on our journey and trust you share in our excitement as we seek to cultivate togetherness through the many opportunities to explore, experience, create, and share the wonders of God around us. As we’ve sought to surround ourselves with people who are a light to those around them and share a heart to contribute more to the community at large, we are pleased with the quality of guides and coaches we have been able to add to our team for the upcoming season. We have high hopes for what our students will be learning and accomplishing this year under your mentorship, instruction, and guidance.

This year’s theme is: Joy (rejoice with a spontaneous expression of excitement and cheer) based on Isaiah 55:12 – For you shall go out with joy, and be led out with peace. The mountains and the hills will break out before you into singing; and all the trees of the fields will clap their hands. – Isaiah 55:12 World English Bible (WEB)

And, as always, we like to keep wonder before us. Wonder encompasses both thought and action. It’s noticing the small and mighty, the insignificant and great, sounds and colors, smells and textures; it’s curiosity, creativity, and beauty. It’s to honor the Creator of creators as well as to appreciate all of creation—including us humans. Wonder is the foundation and what we hope to establish as a culture within this organization; and it’s the overarching theme we intend to keep alive year after year as it will always be woven into the fibers of who we are. We have a great task ahead of us. But, His work surrounds us everyday and we hope we can do as the Scriptures say and declare His wonders and encourage the young and the old to do the same:

God, You have taught me from my youth. Until now, I have declared your wonders. Yes, even when I am old and gray-haired, God, don’t forsake me, until I have declared your strength to the next generation, your might to everyone who is to come. – Psalms 71:17-18

Please read this memo in its entirety, as it contains important information for all members.


IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

  • 2023-2024 HSD Calendar: Please view the updated calendar for general calendar dates and start and end times. We are still adding date to the calendar as they are approved by the varying facilities.
  • Wonder Open House: Tuesday, July 25th from 11:00am-3:00pm at CCPC, 2nd Floor (Volunteers Needed from 11:00am-1:00pm)
  • Wonder Open House: Tuesday, August 22nd from 11:00am-3:00pm at CCPC, 2nd Floor (Volunteers Needed from 11:00am-1:00pm)
  • First Team Meeting + Staff Photos: Tuesday, September 12th from 10:00am-12:00pm at CCPC (Room 209)
  • Mandatory Family Orientation (HSD): Tuesday, September 12th from 2:00pm-8:00pm at CCPC (see [PREP] FAMILY ORIENTATION MEMO)
  • First Day of Wonder Homeschool Day Classes: Tuesday, September 26th from 10:00am-5:00pm at CCPC (according to individual schedule)
  • December Team Meeting: Tuesday, December 19th from 10:00am-12:00pm at CCPC (Room 209)

ACTION ITEMS (REPLY TO THIS MEMO WHEN APPLICABLE)

  1. Review: Please be sure to read and review the most team expectations, policies, the upcoming season’s focus overview, and student goals before the first team meeting. [‘TEAM’ DASHBOARD LINK]
  2. Family Enrollment: If you have a child who will participate in Wonder this year, please complete your Family Enrollment as soon as possible.
  3. Open House: If you would like to help facilitate the Instrument Fair and some auditions during the upcoming Open House please reply to this memo with your availability.
  4. Spaces for Wonder Collaborative Work: Please make sure you are on the Wonder HSD Team & other applicable spaces for all Wonder collaborative communications. To protect the privacy of all Wonder members and families, please keep ALL Wonder communications within this platform because we do not currently offer Wonder emails. You should have received an email invite to Google Spaces. If you are still having trouble, please let us know. Please read Wonder’s guidelines for group chat etiquette so everybody can enjoy the chat: https://letswonder.org/homeschool/members/team/#groupchat.
  5. Lesson Plans: Please confirm if you have access to your class Drive folder and begin updating your lesson plans for the season (postponed to mid August – once the updated template is added to the appropriate folder you can update your lesson plans; old files will be added to the updated folder for your reference). For those who need to update the student goals list and discuss resource requests (repertoire, projects, supplies, etc.) please schedule a 1-on-1 in August to finalize approved materials.
  6. Instrument & Vocal Ensembles: This year, we are making further steps to establish greater continuity within our music program. All music teams (instrument and voice), please become familiar with the Blue Jello rhythm language (simplified chart). We are moving towards developing a syllabus for each class and will add an order of priority to the Team Page for your reference as soon as possible. We are beginning with Band and Orchestra Prelude & Training ensembles.
  7. New Team Member Bio: If you are new to Wonder or have not submitted a Bio, please reply to this memo with your updated bio by September 30th. Bios should be short and in first person. Don’t be afraid to add a little personality to your writing. Keep in mind, we may need to edit your submission to fit the layout. In addition please include a short one-word or two-word answer to the following questions (example shown below):
    • Musical Skills: Voice, Cello, Listening
    • Art Skills: Curating, Watercolor Painting, Felt, Photography
    • A Few of My Favorite Things: Evening Hikes, Laughing, Trying New Things
    • Places Traveled: 2 Countries, 5 states (countries should include the US)
    • Ice Cream or Cake: Ice Cream!
  8. Family Enrollment: If you have a child who will participate in Wonder this year, please complete your Family Enrollment as soon as possible.
  9. Questions: If you have any questions about the upcoming season please let us know as soon as possible so we can update, clarify, or correct information for everyone. If you have trouble accessing/finding the information you need, please let us know asap by replying to this memo.

Again, we’d like to welcome you to the Wonder Team. As we continue to prepare for this Wonder year, we hope you can enjoy times to explore, create, and share with your family and friends during the remaining days of summer. Please let us know if you have any questions and we’ll do our best to answer them. As always, we are open to and appreciate your feedback.

Let’s wonder!

Corey and Helen Scott

Wonder

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