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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:

2017-18 Homeschool Mondays at CELC 

Meets Mondays 9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Apply NOW for Sessions I, II, 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)
*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.

Free showing of Sundance award-winning film 

“Most Likely to Succeed”

Co-hosted by CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School and Guilford Free Library.

When: Thursday, 19 OCT 2017, 6:30 p.m., followed by discussion

Location: Guilford Free Library, 67 Park Street, Guilford, CT

Cost: FREE

Free tickets and information  / RSVP mandm@CTExperiential.org or call 203.433.4658.  

Most Likely to Succeed examines the history of education in the United States, revealing the growing shortcomings of conventional education methods in today’s innovative world. The film explores compelling new approaches that aim to revolutionize teaching, as we know it. After seeing this film, the way you think about “school” will never be the same.

Calling all actors!

Long Wharf Theatre hosts its annual drama class for CELC Middle School and homeschooled students

Ages: 9 – 14

When: Fridays, prompt 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

13, 20, 27 OCT 2017; 3, 10, 17 NOV 2017; 1, 8, 15 DEC 2017

Location: Long Wharf Theatre, Stage II, New Haven, CT

Cost: $180.00 Participants MUST register for all nine sessions AND  be prepared to participate final day in performance share

Limited openings: ages 9 – 14, with minimum ten students required for this pricing

Over the course of nine weeks, students work with LWT’s Education staff to produce an original play pertaining to CELC’s yearlong theme of Ecology and Sustainability.

Through a variety of games and exercises, students learn to unleash their imaginations and develop dramatic characters fit for the stage.

All of LWT’s educational programming is built upon three pillars: creativity, empathy, and teamwork. Participants are encouraged to collaborate on all aspects of the play, including performance, direction, and design.

This class culminates in a showing for friends and family.

Register by Monday, 9 OCT 2017

Contact mandm@CTExperiential.org or call 203.433.4658

.b Mindfulness Class with Gail for ages 10 – 14

Meets third Friday of each month September 2017 – DEC 2017

Ages: 10 – 14
When: Fridays, 15 SEPT, 20 OCT, 17 NOV, 15 DEC
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.

19 SEPT 2017; 17 OCT 2017, 14 NOV 2017, 19 DEC 2017, 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.

National Geographic Bee practice sessions for ages 9 – 14

Practice geography skills in a fun and supportive way!

Meets Fridays, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

3, 10 NOV 2017; 1, 8 DEC 2017; 5, 12 JAN 2018

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

Ages: 9 – 14

Cost: one time registration fee $10.00

We will hold the local National Geographic Bee Friday, 19 January 2018, 1:00 p.m. at the Willoughby Wallace Library in Branford, CT.

Group practice sessions are intended to supplement home study.

Come for all sessions, or join us when you can.

Participate with us for the Bee, or watch the event as part of the audience.  Students may participate in the Bee without attending our practice sessions.

Contact us for registration or more information.

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

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?

It’s time to find out about CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School

Find out more …

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, 22 October 2017 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, 20 January 2018 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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 2017-18 academic year

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

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