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CELC Honoring Ceremony takes place at Benincasa Community, Guilford, Wednesday, 8 June 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

ALL : Due for Wednesday, 8 June – 

PRACTICE to be ready to Sing MOSAIC song.   Use this link to learn lyrics: MOSAIC song by Brett Dennen

Sing with lyrics:

Don’t put me down and don’t hurt me.
See me for who I am and don’t judge me.
S is for SELF RESPECT and A is for ATTITUDE
You gotta love yourself and stay positive.
When we come together in the places we live. MO MO MO MO MO saic (many times)
And if we live by these lessons
And spread them across land and sea We can create a better future
And live together in peace.


“It was the happiest moment of my life, though I didn’t know it. Had I known, had I cherished this gift, would everything have turned out differently?” – Orhan Pamuk, The Museum of Innocence

Items to have at CELC:  indoor shoes, slippers, rain coat, rain pants, warm layers. Also, remember to always have at CELC a spare, dry, COMPLETE set of clothing

Please remember to read ALL of CELCnotes! 



Español –  

ALL –  ¡Muchísimas gracias!

Use this pdf for past participles  

ALL – DUE Fridays (starting Friday, 17 DEC) Verbs Quiz  – be prepared with Spanish numerals and alphabet, at the very least!

Use this LINK to story recordings for reading practice 

All – Practice the vocabulary listed below

Here are two documents from Billy to use for study: pasado – past and El pasado ES

Vocabulary: a mi me gusta, abril, abrir, abuelo(a), aburrido, agua, ahora, alacena, almorzar, andar, agosto, aquel, aquella, asustado, atacar, azul, bailar, bebé, beber, bicicleta, blanco, boca, burro, caminar, cama, camisa, cansado, casa, caso, cenar, cielo, cocina, cocinar, comida, comer, computadora, correr, deletrear, desayunar, descarado, día, diciembre, diente, domingo, dorado, dormido, dormir, dormitorio, echar, el, él, empapado, enamorado, enero, enfadado, enfermo, esa, escalera, ese, espalda, esta, está, estante, estar, estudiar, estadounidense, este, familia, febrero, feliz, gato, gorila, gran, grande, el gusto, hacer, hermano(a), hornear, invierno, invitar, jueves, jugar, junio, julio, libro, lunes, lluvioso, maestro, mamá, mañana, manejar, martes, marzo, mascota, mayo, mi, miércoles, mirar, mis, mismo, montar, mundo, nacer, nadar, negro, nevar, nevado, nevera,  nieve, noviembre, nublado, nuestro(a), octubre, el oído, el olfato, orgulloso, oro, otoño, papá, papel, perro, picazón, piscina, piso, plata, plato, practicar, primavera, primo(a), queso, raton, rojo, sábado, saltar, septiembre, ser, silla, sobre, sobrino(a), soleado, sorprendido, su, sus, también, el tacto, tío(a), todos, triste, tu, tú, tus, unos, vaso, verano, verde, vida, viernes, el visto

Math –  

“Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.” – Albert Einstein

Spelling – 

“Nanny Ogg knew how to start spelling ‘banana’, but didn’t know how you stopped.”
                                                                        ― Terry Pratchett, Witches Abroad



Grammar –

Congratulations of your grammar progress! Remember to demonstrate your expertise in your written work! 

Literature Circle 







Current Events –

Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.

— Vincent van Gogh



So funny! So well done! Congratulations – you have added to the long legacy of CELC actors, and now you have accomplished this at the Legacy!

Theme – 

Huzzah and CONGRATS on your Race to The Planet Day collaboration! 

Theme Paper Guidelines

MLA formatting materials to download: 

MLA Works Cited Page Basic Format

MLA Works Cited Page Books

MLA Works Cited Page Electronic Sources Web Publications

MLA Works Cited Page SAMPLE

“This is not our world with trees in it. It’s a world of trees, where humans have just arrived.”    The Overstory, by Richard Powers


Reading –

YOU ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE PERSONAL READING BOOK WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES! ** If you are about to finish a book, make certain you are prepared with a new one as well **

Sir Isaac Newton was committed to seeking out truths about the world we live in, no matter — or perhaps, because of — their complexities. He reminds us not to shy away from a challenge, because amid the difficulty, we may find new understanding.

Writers’ Workshop –

Thank you notes! Think of those to include in our long list of gratitude!


CT History –

Check out the CT History Trivia Challenge! 

BE SURE YOU ARE READING ALL OF CELCnotes!  Let life be guided by “a basic and indestructible thread of hope.”  ~ James Thurber

Hello CELCer, glad to find you are reading CELCnotes!  For Wednesday, 8 June, arrive on time for 7:45 a.m. and (1) SING the FULL rendition of MOSAIC loudly and proudly AND (2) tell one thing you are most proud of yourself for during this CELC year AND(3)  tell one thing you are grateful for about your CELC year AND (4) give an appreciation to any other CELCer.

For Honoring Ceremony – be sure to dress to be comfortable for the weather – we will be outdoors most of this day! 

“Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received – only what you have given: a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage.”      – St. Francis of Assisi

US History –






Science –  

“A neutron walks into Rose’s Orchard and asks how much for an ice cream. The ice cream server replies, ‘For you, no charge’.”

“Every brilliant experiment, like every great work of art, starts with an act of imagination.” – Jonah Lehrer

Kingian Nonviolence – 


Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service.”

                                ― Dr. Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.



CONGRATULATIONS! The recital was awesome!


Student-led Workshops:

Veronica – Friday, 18 FEB – Extremely well done! Thank you for helping your CELCers with their drawing perspective!

Liam – Friday, 25 FEB – Thank you, Liam, for the execution of such a dynamic workshop!

Lily – Friday, 25 MAR – Beautiful images! Thank you for leading the painting class!

Cote – Friday, 6 MAY – Excellent! Ideas, time management, peer engagement – all things to be proud of!

Asi – Friday, 29 APR – Thank you, Asi! Your CELCmates appeared to thoroughly enjoy the drum session!

Sophie – Friday, 13 MAY – So glad for you and your imagination! Thank you for sharing your workshop! 



Outdoor Education – CELCers Enjoy Outdoors! 

Wednesday, 8 June – Honoring Ceremony – bring snack, lunch, water bottle, dress to be outdoors (long pants, closed-toe shoes, sunscreen, bug repellent).

You can make a lot of speeches, but the real thing is when you dig a hole, plant a tree, give it water, and make it survive.

Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai(1940-2011) led a life of firsts. She was the first woman in either East Africa and Central Africa to earn a doctorate degree, the first female professor in Kenya, and the first Black African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. This latter accolade was in part due to her tireless environmentalism, which involved planting more than 20 million trees through her grassroots organization, the Green Belt Movement.


You will need to be aware of the weather conditions and dress to be outdoors. Extra layers of clothing also may be needed, depending on the day and the activity. Other items will be specified as needed for particular events. The above items are a MUST for all Outdoor Education days.

For more detail about outdoor education and other events, visit the CELC Calendar. 


“Life at CELC is unlike any other school. There is a place for any personality or learner. Through our everyday experiences we build relationships, and we become like a family. We go out into the world together. We work together and grow together. It is the best feeling to feel like you always have a place. You can just be you and find your place at CELC. It doesn’t matter what we are doing — hard and dedicated math, out in the woods, or walking the streets in Washington, D.C. – we always have a place to learn and have fun.”

Hannah, 8th-grade student at CELC