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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Open School Day HELP! (Article)

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

Each year we dedicate a day to sharing and celebrating the many cultures and families represented in our school.  We are striving to create a deeper sense of community amongst the students, parents and staff. We know we've been asking a lot and keeping you busy. That said, there is NO OPEN SCHOOL DAY WITHOUT YOU!  

Field Trip Chaperones Needed for Next Week-Respond ASAP (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on Feb 20 (last updated Feb 20)

Hi Wonderful Families,

     First off, thanks sooooooo very much for all the families that have helped to support our Field trip program this year!  We are excited about all the learning that will be taking place as we journey around the city to learn all we can possibly learn about space.  We had a fantastic time at the Griffith Park Observatory yesterday and really appreciate the chaperones that helped to make everything run smoothly.

Field Trip Chaperones Needed for Next Week (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on Feb 13 (last updated Feb 14)

Field Trip Chaperones Needed

Indigo Cluster News February 2020 (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on Feb 9 (last updated Feb 9)

Indigo Cluster News 

Wonder and Exploration

February 2020

We apologize in advance - this is going to be a long news update!  Please be sure to read the whole thing. 

Indigo Curriculum Update

Indigo Cluster News December 2019 (Article)

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

Indigo Cluster News 

Wonder and Exploration

December 2019


Indigo Update

Homework Update (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on Oct 18 (last updated Oct 18)

This week's Homework involves logging into an online reading program that our students have been using in class.  Here is an update as to how to access it from home just in case your child forgets.  Also included is a reminder as to how to access Spelling City.  

Language Arts Online Homework 

Spelling City

JPL Fieldtrip-Chaperones Needed (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on Oct 18 (last updated Oct 18)

Hi Everyone,

Allergies (Article)

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

Hi Everyone,

Back to School Night Reminder (Article)

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

Back-to-School Night is Tomorrow!!!

Indigo Cluster News August 2019 (Article)

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

Indigo Cluster News 

Wonder and Exploration

August 2019

Indigo Welcome

Indigo Helpers Needed!!! (Article)

Submitted by Indigo Teacher on Aug 14 (last updated Aug 14)

Hi Everyone,

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