Indigo Cluster (Grades 2-3)

Welcome To (Indigo Cluster)--Regina Jeffery & Stacy Messaye

Have you seen a look of wonder and awe on your child’s face recently? When children have the freedom to explore, these expressions come naturally, as do teaching and learning opportunities.  Wonder surrounds us everywhere! In Indigo Cluster, our theme is Wonder and Exploration.

Our Earth Year takes us on a student-led journey wondering and exploring Mother Earth.  Students will learn about the diverse life forms that inhabit this planet, and study them from a multitude of perspectives.  And what about going beyond our world to our universe? In our alternate Space Year, children are intrigued about space and their natural curiosity leads them to explore far beyond our planet.

Indigo's thematic curriculum is developed around student interests and wonderings, which may lead to scientific explorations in geology, botany, zoology, archaeology, paleontology, physics, magnetism, astronomy, and engineering.  Students venture to discover new ways to interact and problem solve by exploring long ago, today, and looking forward to the future.   Indigo Students also wonder and explore about people who make a difference, the amazing contributions they have made, and their impact on the world.  

The Engineering Design Process is an integral part of student learning and exploration. The process begins with a wondering.  It involves asking a question or defining the problem, brainstorming solutions, and then accessing and using information as well as acquired knowledge to develop a solution.  Using project based learning, they are challenged to apply this knowledge in new and useful ways using an invent to learn model.  Students create, build, and test their solutions and are not afraid to fail.  They work, often cooperatively, to revise approaches and try again to improve their outcome. The Engineering Design process is not only used and applied in science but is an approach to teaching and leaning integrated throughout Indigo’s curriculum and encouraged in daily life.  Technology is fully integrated into several steps of this process as a tool of exploration, application, and creative presentation of knowledge.

We are excited each time a child discovers something for the first time!  We encourage them to take risks, push the limits, and explore our world a little further. We strive to provide opportunities for students to explore actively, interact, and communicate with others thoughtfully, and feed a child’s inquisitive nature.   Indigo Cluster is a child-centered community of learners using a variety of strategies and methodologies to meet the needs of our diverse learners.  Children are empowered to share and expand their thinking, while diverse perspectives and strategies are honored. 

Imagine the possibilities when a child is allowed to explore and construct knowledge through their experiences and interests. We provide a hands-on, project based, thematic experience that allows children to touch, hold, move and experience to construct foundational knowledge.   Technology and the arts are fully integrated daily and embedded throughout projects. 

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Indigo Cluster Reminders (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on Jun 4 (last updated Jun 4)

Hi Everyone,

      As we close our year, we are beginning the process of having our students take some of their work home.  We began today and will continue until Friday.  Please have your child bring a bag to school each day to help carry some of their belongings home.  They should also make sure their backpacks are as empty as possible when they come to school so that they have space to add things to take home.  

Indigo Cluster Presentation is Tomorrow (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on Jun 2 (last updated Jun 2)

Cluster Presentation Reminder

Indigo Cluster Presentation (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on May 23 (last updated May 23)

Cluster Presentation

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on May 13 (last updated May 13)

Donor's Choose Thank You

    We just wanted to thank you so very much for your donations to our Donor's Choose Project last week!  We just have to tell you, that not only did our project fund, but we have already received the materials and are ready to implement this project!  We are just inspired and excited by your support!

Donor's Choose Project-Today only: 1.5x boosted donations when you help my students! (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on May 6 (last updated May 6)

Hi Everyone,

I just found out that today there is an opportunity to have our project funded with less funds than would be needed, but only applies to the donations made today.

 Right now, any contribution you make to my project will be boosted 50% by This is an amazing opportunity for my classroom! Your donation will brighten my students' school year, and help to end our students end the year with publishing their very book!

Here's my classroom request: 

Sharing Our World! 

Indigo Cluster News May/June 2019 (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on May 2 (last updated May 2)

Indigo Cluster News 

Wonder and Exploration

May  2019

Curriculum Update

Field Trip Chaperones-Please Respond By Tomorrow If Interested (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on Mar 26 (last updated Mar 28)

Hi Everyone,

Spring Conference Sign-Ups/Indigo Parent Support (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on Mar 4 (last updated Mar 4)

Spring Conference Sign-Up

    We are sending out the link for our Student/Parent/Teacher Spring Conferences.  Spring Conferences will be held March 18, 2019-March 22, 2019.


Indigo Parent Support

Field Trip Chaperones (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on Feb 21 (last updated Feb 21)

Hi Everyone,

Fall Conference Sign-Ups (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on Nov 1 (last updated Nov 1)

Hi Everyone,

    Here is the sign-up for the Fall Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences.  We are looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Pumpkin Helpers Needed (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on Oct 26 (last updated Oct 26)

Hi Everyone,

    We are going to start painting our pumpkins today and could probably use an extra hand or two.  If you are available today between recess and lunch or after lunch, then we would love to have you assist with this project.  If today's short notice doesn't work for your schedule, we will also be painting on Monday before recess.   

Thanks so much!

Classroom Updates (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on Sep 13 (last updated Sep 13)

ST Math

   We just wanted to let you know that due to technical difficulties, students are not required to have completed ST Math this week for homework.  There are many students that haven't received the training yet are not able to successfully log on.  As a result, please disregard it as a homework assignment this week.  


Donor's Choose

Indigo Cluster News September 6, 2018 (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on Sep 6 (last updated Sep 6)

Indigo Cluster News 

Wonder and Exploration

September 2018

Indigo Welcome

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