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CELC Offers Workshops & Special Events For Students & Parents

Classes and Special Events FALL 2017

Contact Melinda and Maria, mandm@CTExperiential.org or 203.433.4658

for more information and to register  for any of the following:

Food Rescue US – Informational Gathering 

Learn How to Effectively Reduce the Problem of Food Waste in Our Communities

As part of an ongoing study of ecology and sustainability, CELC Middle School students have launched a project with Food Rescue US.

Food Rescue US partners with local organizations in food service-oriented businesses, such as restaurants and retail stores, to re-purpose food that is “too good to be wasted” but that would otherwise be thrown away, and delivers it to senior centers, local community dining rooms, and other groups who can put the food to good use.

There is more food that is wasted in the United States than most people even realize.  Food Rescue US makes it possible for food to be brought to where it is needed, as well as alter the amount of food that is thrown away.

Please join CELC and Food Rescue US for a reception / informational meeting Sunday,
4 March 2018, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at CELC, 28 School Street, Branford, CT to find out more.

The goal is to bring awareness about this exciting program and introduce the people who want to volunteer with helping deliver food, while working with the partnering organizations

Food Rescue US makes it very easy for volunteers to make a large impact in helping solve the problem of food insecurity that is linked to lack of access.

Please contact Melinda or Maria for more information mandm@CTExperiential.org or 203.433.4658.

Free Parent Panel Discussion: Finding the Right School When Mainstream Does Not Fit

If you are a parent who is not sure whether your child is at the right school, come hear from parents who have sought local independent and magnet schools for their children, are happy with their choice, and can describe why they are happy.
Discussion will include how to decide whether to stay or go, the available options, what to consider, what works and why?
If you are a parent who has ever thought about school options and choice and needs a sounding board, please join us for a lively and informative discussion.
Guilford Free Public Library
Tuesday, 13 March 2018
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Contact mandm@CTExperiential.org or 203.433.4658 for more information.

Gentle Mindfulness Yoga for Ages 10 – 14

This class is a beginners’ yoga practice with an emphasis on mindfulness.
We practice the same basic routine each week with some variations. This gives students the opportunity to become familiar with the postures, allowing them to feel comfortable and confident within their practice.

We use breathing practices to help encourage relaxation and concentration, which can be beneficial in decreasing stress and nourishing the nervous system.
This practice is a way to offer students basic tools for feeling peaceful and calm, all while making choices and acting from a clear mind and calm body.

When –  Thursday 15, February; Tuesday 20 February 2018, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Where – CELC Middle School, 28 School Street, Branford, CT

Cost – $7.00 per single session, or $15.00 for all three sessions

Registration required – space is limited.  Students may participate in a single session or register for all three classes.

Contact mandm@CTExperiential.org or call 203.433.4658

Homeschool Mondays with CELC at Bushy Hill Nature Center

2017-18 Homeschool Mondays at CELC 

Meets Mondays 9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Apply NOW for Session III

Mondays at CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) are geared toward homeschoolers. A variety of classes will be offered, including Writers’ Workshop, Nonviolence Leadership Training, Music, and more.

Session I: 16 October 2017 – 18 December 2017 (9 weeks)  FULL
*no classes 20 November 2017

Session II: 8 January 2018 – 12 March 2018 (7 weeks).  FULL
*no classes 15, 29 January 2018; 19 February 2018

Session III: 19 March 2018 – 14 May 2018 (8 weeks)
*no classes 2 April 2018

Ages: 9 – 14

Location: CELC Middle School, 28 School Street, Branford, CT

Cost: $ 420.00 for 7-week session; $ 480.00 for 8-week session; $540.00 for 9-week session.  This cost is based on $12.00/hour ($60.00/day)

The offerings per session will vary throughout the year to include Science, Music, Writing, Current Events, and Nonviolence Leadership.

.b Mindfulness Class with Gail for ages 10 – 14

Meets third Friday of each month September 2017 – DEC 2017

Ages: 10 – 14
When: Fridays, 26 January, 23 February, 23 March, 27 April, 18 May 2018
Hours: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Location: CELC Middle School, 28 School Street, Branford, CT
Cost: $10.00 per class or $35.00 pre-registration for the four-week series

.b (pronounced dot be) stands for “Stop, Breathe, and Be”. The simple act of mindfulness provides the kernel for a nine-lesson course for young adolescents written by experienced classroom teachers and mindfulness practitioners.

The program includes instruction in mindful breathing and body-scan exercises; sharing experiences of these exercises; group reflection; inspirational stories; and education on stress, depression, and self-care. Mindfulness training is a way to boost students’ emotional resilience and improve academic performance.

Each lesson builds on the prior month’s content.  It is strongly recommended that students attend each session.

Ecology and Outdoor Adventure with Common Ground Nature Center

Meets Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

16 JAN 2018, 13 FEB 2018, 20 MAR 2018, 24 APR 2018, 8 MAY 2018

Ages: 10 – 14

Location: Common Ground High School, New Haven, CT

Cost: $7.00 per session

Register by the Friday before each session date.

The CT Experiential Learning Center’s (CELC’s) Outdoor Education program at Common Ground gives students an opportunity to bond with peers in the natural quiet setting of Common Ground’s Urban Farm and West Rock Park. Students will experience the change of seasons by observing trees and woodland habitats, streams and water flow, and signs of local wildlife at the summit of West Rock Ridge, Judge’s Cave, and other destinations.

Overall, the students have fun, get outside, and enjoy activities that build community and leadership.

All participants must dress to be outdoors (raingear, protective layers and comfortable shoes in which to hike, et cetera) and bring a filled water bottle.

Snacks are optional.

Contact mandm@CTExperiential.org or call 203.433.4658 to register.

Want to share a passion?  

Friday Workshop:

Bring your passions, skills, and talents on Fridays to CELC.  We are looking for students, parents, teaching artists, and people of all ages who would like to teach and present short courses / workshops geared toward middle school-aged students.

The idea – when you teach, it is one of the best ways to learn.

Do you have a skill or passion that you would like to share?

Contact Melinda or Maria at mandm@CTExperiential.org or call 203.433.4658 to find out more and plan your event.

Thinking About Middle School?

Consider CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School!

Mondays Open House Visit Day

9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


mandm@CTExperiential.org or call 203.433.4658


Families are invited to join us for


Sunday, 18 March 2018 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Come meet teachers and students; stay for the art, science, and

music activities; and enjoy some refreshments!

Contact CELC today!

Accepting applications now for 2018-19 academic year

RSVP mandm@CTExperiential.org  or  203-433-4658

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