Monday, January 24, 2011

Sego Lily Wish List

From the Sego Lily Students and Staff

Fabric Scraps
Rock Tumbler
Ham Radio
Whittling Knives
Soft Wood for Carving
Crock Pot
Waffle Iron
Large Blankets
DVD Players
Dust Buster
Packs of pens and pencils
White Board Markers
Plasticene Clay ( the kind that does not dry out)
Stationary Bike/ Elliptical Machine
Dry Erase Markers
A Cursed Monkey Hand
Second Wheelchair for downstairs
Universal Remote
Computer Speakers
Juggling Pins
Warm Quilts
Totoro (the movie)
Risk (board game)

Friday, January 7, 2011

Learning Through Living Fall 2010

Paper Wizards

On our way to Kingsbury hall to see Phantom of The Opera

Celubine being arrested for a fundraiser for Multiple Sclerosis

Yard Day! Working hard at raking leaves.

Dress Up Time!

Cornbelly's Field trip

Dissection of starfish and frogs

Rachet skinning her frog

Halloween Party

Pinky the Unicorn is Hungry for popcorn

Fire&Flames and Hippy Kid bobbing for donuts

Marley decorating gingerbread cookies

Jamis, President of the soda concession

Holiday Party

Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone who attended our annual Spaghetti Dinner and fundraiser on December 3, 2010. It's always wonderful when we can gather together! Many of us walked away with fun, exciting raffle and auction prizes, and Sego Lily gained an organ- something we have wanted for awhile. In addition, the event raised $580! Thank you again to all who came, those who organized, our hard working kitchen crew, and all those who donated.
By Sego Lily Mama

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Jamis' Christmas Cookie Extravaganza

Jamis surprised us all on Monday, December 20th when he showed up at school with hundreds of homemade Christmas cookies! The cookies were all amazing and positively delightful. A big thank you to Jamis and his mother for turning their home into Santa’s Cookie Workshop and sharing the bounty with us!

Pictures taken by Georgie Porgie

Chocolate Dipped Pretzel sticks, Top row: Peanut Butter Blossom, Chocolate Crinkle, Chocolate dipped Candy Cane, Peppermint Bark, Bottom row: Rolo Treat, Gingerbread Cookie, Chocolate Dipped Sugar Cookies
Here are the recipes for James' Christmas cookies:

Peanut Butter Blossoms (chocolate kiss cookies)

½ c shortening
½ c peanut butter
½ c granulated sugar
½ c packed brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1 egg
2 T milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 c flour
1/4 c granulated sugar
milk chocolate kisses

Beat shortening and peanut butter with an electric mixer 30 sec. Add the 1/2 c granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, and baking soda. Beat until combined, scraping bowl. Beat in egg, milk, and vanilla. Beat in as much flour as you can. Stir in any remaining flour.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls. roll balls in the 1/4 c granulated sugar. Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in a 350o oven for 10 to 12 min until edges are firm and bottoms are lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate kiss into each cookie's center. Transfer to a wire rack and cool.

Chocolate Crinkles
3 eggs
1 ½ c granulated sugar
4 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted
½ c cooking oil
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla
2 c flour
Powdered sugar

In a large mixing bowl beat eggs, granulated sugar, chocolate, oil, baking powder, and vanilla with an electric mixer until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can. Stir in any remaining flour. Cover and chill dough for 1-2 hours or until easy to handle.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll balls in powdered sugar to coat generously. Place balls 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in a 375o oven for 8-10 min or until edges are set and tops are crackled. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.
Rolo treats
Small twisted pretzels
Unwrapped rolo candies
Pecan halves

Place pretzels close together on an ungreased cookie sheet. Place one rolo candy on top of each pretzel. Bake in a 350o oven for 2 minutes or rolo candy begins to soften. Immediately press one pecan half on each rolo. Cool completely.

Gingerbread cookies

½ c shortening
½ c granulated sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground ginger
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground cloves
½ c molasses
1 egg
1 TBSP vinegar
2 ½ c flour

In a mixing bowl beat shortening with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, baking powder, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, and cloves. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in molasses, egg, and vinegar until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can. Stir in any remaining flour. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill about 3 hours or until easy to handle.

Place a cookie sized sheet of parchment paper on table and lightly flour, place dough on parchment and cover with another piece of parchment. Roll half of the dough at a time, between pages of parchment paper, to 1/8 in thick. Use cookie cutters to cut into desired shapes. Lift parchment paper to ungreased cookie sheet making sure that cookies are placed 1 inch apart.

Bake in a 375o oven for 5-6 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on cookie sheet 1 minute. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.

Student Discretionary Accounts

Parents, if you haven’t heard, you can now put money in a discretionary account for your student. Your student can use this money to purchase items from the school store, Cooking Corp fundraisers, or use the funds in their discretionary accounts for field trips. You can also do 1 hour of work trade per quarter to earn $15 for your students account. If you have any questions, please see Staff for more information.

Cooking Corporation

Fernandez is currently the cooking corporation President. They are selling holiday cookies. They are $.25 - $1.00. If you are interested in purchasing cookies, please let her know.

Community Board

Attention Everyone!

Be sure to check out our new community board. It is located above the student boxes just inside the front door. You can find information on events and activities in the community. If you have something to share please see the Staff!

Winter Play!

Actors Needed and Wanted!

If you would like to audition for the winter play please see the sign up sheet posted on the white board outside the school meeting room.

· Sign up by Thursday, January 6th
· Auditions will be held Friday January 7th
· Call backs will be Monday January 10th.

***See Celubine for more information

Fudge's Top 15 Reads

Percy Jackson and the Olympians (by Rick Riordan)Personally I like this series because of two things, the first being that it has very deep roots in Greek mythology, something I can’t seem to get enough of; the second being that the author wrote the characters with wonderful detail and feeling. Sometimes its easy to forget they are fictional!

The Harry Potter Series (by JK Rowling)Ahhh the Harry Potter books...... where do I begin! The Harry Potter series are a true masterpiece and I feel deeply sorry for those who have not had the pleasure of reading them. Along with some of PC casts books they may well be my favorite! And believe me when I say they have earned that complement! JK Rowling has created a whole new world full of magic and friendship along with wit humor and tragedy. A wonderful read through and through!

PC Casts Partholon seriesThe Partholon series is not only imaginative and funny but very REAL. I don't mean real as in based on a true story, I mean, real in the sense that the characters are not perfect and things aren't black and white. But at the same time, it is like a fairy tale in nature because there is magic and mythic lure involved. They are great books and more than worth your time!

Howard Zinns Children's History Books Volume 1 & 2 What I like so much about these books is the fact that Howard Zinn, a brilliant man and author, did not try to hide or cover up the truth in our history with story’s of how great and victorious our leaders where and how they did no wrong. He is not taking away our heroes, but introducing us to new ones. He writes of what we as Americans did and the results of our actions in a manner that is not only fact, but extremely entertaining and mentally stimulating.

Goddess of the Sea by (by PC cast)I just loved this book! It was as if a fairytale waltzed into the real world!...or the other way around. It was suspenseful and clever with a healthy serving of adventure and intrigue and a great ending. It celebrates the uniqueness of the modern day woman and the interesting view of a very different time

Poison Study Series ( by Maria v. Snyder )I just couldn't tear myself away from these books! They are adventurous and witty and unbelievably imaginative.They are one of a kind and tell of a woman who is smart, funny, determined, and most definitely a survivor.

Night World Series ( by LJ smith)This series is great if you don’t have a lot of time because they are collections of short stories. Though not in the top 5 best books I have ever read, they made my top 15! They are very interesting, introducing old concepts in a new way.

Bud Not Buddy (by Christopher Paul Curtis)This book is wonderful. It is a story chalk full of hope and innocence filled to the brim with humor as well as a great story line from beginning to end. It is a very heartfelt story and one to remember. I definitely recommend reading this Newberry award winning adventurous tale of a young boy out to find his father... and his place in the world.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (by Dr Seuss)This just might be the most inventive book ever. I wanted to put some recommendations for children in here and I thought what better book for this time of year than how the Grinch stole Christmas written by the genius Dr Seuss.I enjoy this book very much and you will to!

The Hunger Games ( by Suzanne Collins )What I find interesting about this book, the first in a series, is that it is not just written about a teenage girl, it is written about a hunter with a strong will and protective instinct. A person who had to take up the mantle for her family, providing food and protection even before heading into the games. I find it not only entertaining but inspiring with a very dark, yet real edge. This book is a must read!

Stella Luna (by Janell Cannon)Again, I say, that I wanted to put a few children's books on my list. Brainstorming about what to add, I came up with Stella Luna because it is one of the best books from my early years and a memorable heartwarming story.

The Giver (by Lois Lowry)Wow where to begin! Well I can see why its a Newberry award winner. The giver is a unique story about the fact that feelings and memories, even maybe especially painful ones, are necessary to truly be alive. This is a must read. I can’t recommend it enough!

House of Night Series (by PC cast)This series is a unique and lovely story about learning how to handle being different and learning how to hold your head high not in spite of it, but because of it. Standing up to those who are small minded and hurtful no matter how difficult that can be. Finding your place and forming your opinions and beliefs is only one battle in this series. Fighting for them and what is right is another. Power obstacles, growing up, standing up, friendship and magic. It is a wonder to behold. A must read!

Sandra's Book ( by Tamora Pierce ) (Circle of Magic Series )This book (and series) is a true treasure about finding friends and yourself. This talented author has created a whole world you couldn't possibly imagine. It is a true prize to discover and an honor to read. Tamora Pierce is a fantastic author and this series an amazing tale!

Luna (by Julie Anne peters)This is the kind of story you think about long after reading it, a story about having to cope with a situation you don’t quite know how to handle but have to anyway, and finding out what obligation is a unique point of view. A story to remember, Luna, is a fascinating tale about life and the curve balls it throws.

Harry Potter Should Have Died (Mugglenet.coms)A real mental playground and interesting series of debates. Harry Potter Should Have Died, is very satisfying, extremely interesting, great book that is a must read!

Fudge’s Top 22 TV Shows and Movies

Gilmore Girls

Alice and wonderland(new)

Grey's anatomy


How I Met Your Mother

Brother Bear

Veronica Mars



Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Planet Earth

Valentines Day

Private Practice

IMAX Deep Sea

Family Guy

Harry Potter Seven Part 1


Poos Heffalump Movie

Doll House

Finding Nemo


How the Grinch stole Christmas

Why I Love Horses

By Cocoa the Destroyer

I take English riding lessons on a horse named Stryder. I love it a lot. I feel free when I ride Stryder. I am learning to Canter, which is sort of when the horse is in a fast trot. I want to have my own horse one day. I have been pet sitting and saving all of my money to buy one. I really like Clysdales and I hope to ride on one some day. I would like to own an Appaloosa.

Ratchet's Favorite Music Artists

Linkin Park
Ice Cube
Avril Lavigne
Caged the Elephant
Kanye west
Black Eyed Peas
Snow Patrol

The School Store

Remember us the next time you are at Costco!

We need more donations for the school store. Some of the things that have been donated in the past are:

Granola Bars
Juice Boxes
Fruit snacks
Trail Mix
String Cheese
Apple Sauce
Easy Mac

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

In The Spotlight: Larry..


Birthday: June 1997

This is Larry’s third year at Sego Lily. When we asked her why she decided to come to Sego Lily she answered, “Well, I had been homeschooled and attended Montessori but they changed so much it was like public school.” Larry spends her day at Sego Lily hanging out with her friends, learning what she wants, and enjoying herself. She likes being responsible for her education and said, “Well, it is nice to be able to relax and if I want to draw, I can. Instead of being forced to sit at a desk or something.” Larry would not change anything about Sego Lily.

Larry is currently finger knitting scarves for Christmas and designing paperclip earrings. She paints, draws, and sings; and is teaching herself guitar, experimenting with writing music, plays piano by ear, and wants a real ukulele to be donated to the school.

Interviewed by Catiantha and Georgie Porgie

In The Spotlight: Skippy

Skippy has
been a student at Sego Lily for 9 months .The first time Skippy walked into Sego Lily school he thought, “They’re not doing papers! It’s a miracle!” He had came to Sego Lily because he had been homeschooling and wanted more friends. He thought, “It sounded cool [that]I could learn what I want and no one has to tell me what to do all day.” WhenSkippy was asked what he thought about being responsible for his education, he answered, “I am finally able to learn what I want to learn and not do things I feel I would not need.” If he could change anything about Sego Lily, he would get new computers and more snacks in the school store. Skippy told us, “This school is awesome! I would not leave even if I was bribed with a million dollars unless I could quit and then come back and use the money to pay my tuition.”

Skippy is currently Computer Corp President , Monday chore team leader, learning Japanese, designing a website for his youtube channel, plays electric guitar, is a member of D& D club, and a WOW junkie (kind of).

Interviewed by Georgie Porgie

Sir Knights

May 11, 2010

Sir Knights lived in a castle. He would go out and kill dragons with bad guys. Sir Knights did not ride a horse. He ran. He ran everywhere. He ran to kill dragons and then he ran back to his castle, where he would sleep. When it was the morning he would wake up and kill some more dragons with bad guys. Then he went to the desert where he would eat marshmallows. Then he would find all kinds of dinosaur bones. One day he built a dinosaur with the dinosaur bones. It came to life with blood and he rode it. Sir Knights rode his dinosaur to his house. His house was next to his castle. Sir Knights went to his castle and then he went back to his house and got some food and took the food back to his castle.

Sego Lily Journey

When I began volunteering at Sego Lily my first question was, “Okay, so what does a Sego Lily staff member do?” This was unlike any job I had ever experienced. I asked the current staff members, watched them navigate through their day as well as researching Sudbury literature to direct me. I was looking for a check list, an exact guide, a certification I could complete and after learning all the rules I could formally announce with satisfaction and a smile, “I am now a Sego Lily staff member.”
I have come to realize a staff member’s journey is similar to the path a new and continuing student at Sego Lily under takes. In the parent/student interview my children and I had with a staff member before my children became Sego Lily students, my children were each asked, “Are you ready to be responsible for your education?” As a parent, I looked at my children intently awaiting their responses, wondering what that meant and look like for each of them. How were my children going to spend their days at Sego Lily? What would that mean to an 8, 11, and 13 year old? Could I and would I trust my children to choose their own pathways of education? And do I trust myself?
Since then I have realized that this journey is not only about education, it goes far deeper. It is a way of thinking, a way of being; it is life. My children are living their lives and that differs not only from one another, but from every other student and staff member at Sego Lily. They are forging their own paths and experiences; they are in essence creating their lives. Their paths are not mine and at times when I do not understand their choices I focus on the underlying message I desire to send to my children: I value you & I trust you.
As a Sego Lily staff member I have asked 4 year olds, 15 year olds, 7 and 11 year olds this question and then have had the privilege of watching the reality of taking “responsibility for their education,” of living their lives, materialize, take root, grow, and blossom . This is a process that ebbs and flows according to each individual student. I am continually amazed at the level of trust and respect your children have for themselves, one another, and the staff. They are insightful, creative, intelligent, passionate, and generous. Our days at Sego Lily are dynamic, often materializing in unexpected pathways founded in the empowerment of self-direction.
In my breif time as a Sego Lily staff memer I have learned what it means to preserve and protect the Sudbury model by providing a space where children and staff members of all ages are trusted, respected, and valued. It's a lovely journey!

By Georgie Porgie

Seeds of Love

Dear Friends,

I'm excited to share the Seeds of Love fundraiser with the Sego Lily Community!

I've been inspired by many friends who want to support Sego Lily School in our monumental effort to build Utah's first Net-Zero Energy school. We have the opportunity to exemplify that Green Schools are not just better for the earth, they are better for our children and better for the economy. Can you imagine what kind of an impact that can have on green building in Utah?

So here's the idea for a fundraiser that can rely on grassroots support from Utah's green community:

Seeds of Love

Students and community vendors will sell seed packets for $2 each. $1 helps to build the new solar-powered Sego Lily School, $1 helps to build a solar-powered sister school in Haiti.

By supporting green schools locally and globally we are empowering students to "plant the seeds" for a sustainable global community.

Would you like to help? Here's how you can get involved:

1. Do you know of any place that will sell our seeds at their register? Or, that will let students set up a table and hold a day of seed sales at their store?

2. Will you or your business donate $20 to help buy seeds and supplies? Supporters will be featured on the Sustain Utah website and Seeds of Love Facebook page with links to the supporter's website if applicable.

3. Would you like to help us sell seeds? We will be scheduling opportunities for students to sell seeds at local stores in January and February. Students will receive a raffle ticket for every 10 seed packets they sale and will have an opportunity to win prizes in February. We need parents to sit with students at the stores on seed sale days.

4. Help spread the word. "Like our facebook page - Seeds of Love", hang up posters, tell your friends.

If you would like to get involved please contact Gorilla Girl (Batman's mom) at 801-414-8032 or email at

GorillaGirl, LEED AP
Gorilla Design

"Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person." - Mother Teresa