November 29, 2016 Member Newsletter

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national-day-of-giving-tuesday-after-thanksgiving-1-1024x512NATIONAL DAY OF GIVING – #GIVINGTUESDAY

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
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Upcoming Closures

  • Dec 9 – Last date for online store orders to ship in Dec, orders after this date will ship in January

  • Dec 10 – Last day RWC, SJ sites will be open in 2016 due to inventory and holiday shut down
  • Jan 3  –  San Jose Site reopens
  • Jan 4 – RWC Site reopens
  • Jan 14  –  RWC closed due to SMCOE closure for Martin Luther King Day
  • Jan 17 – San Jose Center will be closed for Martin Luther King Day

 

isBTSA/Induction Program Welcome Week – Dec 3-10

RAFT is having a special welcome week for all BTSA/Induction Program participants.  Those who visit RAFT December 3-10 will receive a gift from RAFT – your choice of one kit from a selection we will have available.  You will also be able to use RAFT resources and shop free for a day – no day pass needed.  To support teachers early in their career we offer the group membership rate of only $20 and a special $15 annual membership for student teachers. Please help spread the word to all the BTSA/Induction Program participants you know!

 

OH CHRISTMAS TREE

Join us on Saturday, December 3rd where Mari Sato will do a Green Room Gathering and show how to make paper Holiday Trees. She will demo from 11:00-1:00. This fun, FREE! event is a simple activity which can be done with many types of paper.  Add this to your calendar today.

Professional Development Workshops

Oceans: Interactions between the Hydrosphere, Atmosphere, and Biosphere
Saturday, December 10 2016 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

83949_0_480x360Everything flows to and through the oceans. This workshop focuses on the oceans and their interactions with other “spheres” of the Earth. This is an important part of middle school NGSS. You will leave the workshop with knowledge and skills on easy-to-teach activities that help students learn about various interactions and processes. The activities will cover ocean acidification, sea-level rise, and much more!
INSTRUCTOR: Elizabeth Brooking
TARGET AUDIENCE: Beginning and experienced 2nd – 8th grade teachers
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$20 for members; $35 for non-members
SEATS AVAILABLE: 
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LOCATION: 
RAFT San Jose

 

Do you enjoy sharing your teaching methods with other teachers? TEACH at RAFT!

RAFT is seeking members who enjoy teaching teachers, especially those who have experience working with students in STEAM content areas. If you would like to teach at RAFT, submit a workshop proposals for 2017.
RAFT provides low-cost training for teachers in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) as well as classroom skills to meet specific grade level needs.  We focus on hands-on teaching techniques that directly support current best practices in education such as design thinking and maker-education. If you have ideas for a great hands-on workshop, we encourage you to complete and submit this proposal form.

What’s in Store

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Craft Foam boy and Girl $0.75

Generic Stickers $1.00
Performs $3.25
Beakers $1.75
Centrifuge Tubes 50ml $4.25
Pipettes $0.50
UV Beads (Sm bag) –   $0.75
Propeller & Pulley $0.50

 

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Sale Items

Geosolids Colored –  $12.00

Geosolids Natura –  $11.50

Screw & Post 1/4″ –  $2.75

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New Items

Wind Power Car –  $8.00

Construction Challenge –  $8.00

Tri Beads (300pcs per bag) –  $2.00

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Assorted Holiday Decor! 

Selection varies by store.

 

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Maker Studio 
Winches Set

 $24.00

End of the Year Blowout – Kit Sale $1, $3, $5

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Algebra Bundle – was $2.50, now $1.00      Aquatic Quadratics- was $3.50, now $3

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Solar Collector – was $8.00, now $5        Water beads 1pk – was $2.00, now $1.00

 

Featured Kit Release:  Puppy Programming

puppyprogramming-600x600Puppy Programming – Learn to program without using a computer!

Lead the puppy to the tennis ball by giving exact directions, programming the puppy’s path. This fun and easy activity reinforces programming techniques such as planning, sequencing, testing, debugging, and creating procedures and loops.

Curriculum topics: Programming, Spatial Thinking, Problem Solving, Patterns, Cause and Effect
Kit includes: Idea sheet, 2 game boards, 26 corks, basic and advanced cards, 2 game pieces, 6 double sided adhesive circles
Number served: 2-4
Grades: K-8
Recommended for children ages 4 and up.

Work at RAFT

We’re Hiring! Come be a part of the RAFT staff!

RAFT is seeking a creative and friendly candidate to work as an Education and Retail Associate. This person will work at our San Jose location and assist our members with finding materials, answering educational questions, and general retail support  We’re looking for someone with some education experience in a formal or informal environment. This position is part-time at 20 hours per week and Saturdays are required. Benefits include free RAFT membership and generous paid time off. Please apply online at http://www.raft.net/work-at-raft.
The Retail Stock Associate works closely with the Retail Manager to identify merchandise requiring re-stock/ordering and performs physical labor to receive and efficiently process products from the RAFT warehouse, refreshes/creates retail displays, and contributes to overall retail operations. Duties include: unloading truck, checking merchandise, pricing, stocking merchandise and providing high quality customer service. Associates are expected to responsibly operate POS equipment (cash registers) and handle cash and credit transactions.

November 8 , 2016 Members Newsletter


 

 

Autumn in the park

national-stem-steam-day-november-8-2-1024x512IN THIS ISSUE

  • NATIONAL S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. DAY – November 8
  • Upcoming Closures
  • Member Appreciation Month
  • TEACH AT RAFT!
  • PD Workshop: Sat. Nov. 12th
  • What’s in Store! – Felt Animal Cut Outs & more…
  • Featured Kit: Zippy Catapult
  • Work at RAFT – We’re Hiring!

Full S.T.E.A.M. ahead!  November 8 is a day meant to inspire
kids to explore and pursue their interests in Science,
Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.
More Info

Upcoming Closures

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As valuable members we want to inform you of all of
our upcoming closure dates so you can plan
your visit accordingly.
RAFT appreciates your continued support!

Nov 12 – RWC closed due to SMCOE site closure
Nov 23 – Both stores close at 3pm for Thanksgiving holiday, we reopen Tues Nov 29
Dec 9 – Last date for online store orders to ship in Dec, orders after this date will ship in January
Dec 10 – Last day RWC, SJ sites will be open in 2016 due to inventory and holiday shut down
Jan 3, 2017 – RAFT reopens


 

Do you enjoy sharing your teaching methods with other teachers?
TEACH at RAFT!

RAFT is seeking members who enjoy teaching teachers, especially those who have experience working with students in STEAM content areas. If you would like to teach at RAFT, submit a workshop proposals for 2017.
RAFT provides low-cost training for teachers in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) as well as classroom skills to meet specific grade level needs.  We focus on hands-on teaching techniques that directly support current best practices in education such as design thinking and maker-education. If you have ideas for a great hands-on workshop, we encourage you to complete and submit this proposal form.

gobble-gobble_photoGobble-Gobble RAFT Membership Offer!

This is it! The last reduced general membership offer! Starting Tuesday, November 1st,  All memberships (new & renew) will be $25 during our annual Gobble – Gobble membership drive.  

To take advantage of this “gobblisious”offer,  you’ll need to come in into either RAFT San Jose or RAFT Redwood City  Bay Area store to get this offer.

*Note Memberships may be extended up to 18 month. You must qualify for membership to join RAFT.


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Personal Development Workshops

Fantastic Fraction + Awesome Algebra Tiles!
Saturday, November 12, 2016 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Turn on the “Ah-Hah!” in your students! — make clear mathematical sense with these clever tiles to enhance understanding of fractions, variables, algebraic equations, polynomials, and much more! Investigate visual approaches to fractional addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with Fraction Tiles! Explore Algebra tiles
that model concepts of positive and negative numbers, to illustrate solving equations with variables, to representing polynomials and factoring, to solving quadratic equations, and more! Thifraction-tiless workshop includes a box of fraction tiles, a binder of information, and an algebra tile set to keep! Suitable for grades 6 – 9.
INSTRUCTOR: Jeanne Lazzarini
TARGET AUDIENCE: Interested educators of grade levels 6 to 9
COST: $20 for members; $45 for non-members
SEATS AVAILABLE: 29
LOCATION: RAFT San Jose
Enroll Now

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November is Member appreciation Month!
November is both gratitude month and the month to honor inspirational role models.In that spirit RAFT be handing out treats every Saturday in November. Our members do inspire us and we want to show a little gratitude for all you do for your students!   Stop by for a sweet treat!

 

What’s in Store


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Felt animal cutouts (set of 4) $.25 Experiment cups (set of 4) $.25

 

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Crayola Model Magic $.10 each        Bubble Concentrate $1

 

New Featured Kit: Zippy Catapult

 

img_0761Use a bent spoon to store the energy needed to launch a pompom into the air. Explore different launch angles to vary the height reached and
where the pompom lands.

Member Price $5.00, Online Member $8.60, List Price $12.99

Grades Covered: 2 through 12
Subjects Covered: Physical Science, Social Studies
Grade range: 2 – 12
Subjects: Physical Science, Social Studies
Curriculum topics:
Motion and Forces
Potential and Kinetic Energy
Trajectories



Work at RAFT

We’re Hiring! Come be a part of the RAFT staff!

Production Manager                                      Retail Stock Associate (2 positions open) 

 

Newsletter: October 25th

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  • 1001+ Halloween Candy Apple Treats
  • 15 Halloween Costume Ideas for Teachers
  • RAFT’s Eric Welker wins the Breakfast of Champions Award
  • REMINDER: Back to School Bonus Drawing
  • Featured Kit: Simple Telescope
  • What’s in Store! – Plastic and Cardboard rings, Sampling Spoons, & more…
  • Work at RAFT – We’re Hiring!
 15 HALLOWEEN COSTUME IDEAS FOR TEACHERS! Check it out! 

Upcoming Closures

Our Redwood City Store will be closed November 12th
due to SMCOE office closure.

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Congratulations to RAFT’s Master Teacher of Education R&D, Eric Welker  for winning the Santa Clara County “Breakfast of Champions” Award for his work in expanded learning programs. He was recognized by Mayor Sam Liccardo Thursday, October 20th.
The Breakfast of Champions is the Santa Clara County After School Collaborative’s annual event to celebrate outstanding individual achievements of partners who have contributed to the success of expanded learning programs in our county. Eric was instrumental in the success of so many after school and summer programs! He trained hundreds of staff from multiple youth serving agencies in project based learning and inquiry based strategies.  Due to the professional development Eric has offered, expanded learning program staff have increased confidence to lead learning opportunities that are more intentional and meaningful.
Thanks to Eric’s efforts, students in our county’s after school and summer programs are engaged and learning valuable 21st Century
skills that will make them thrive…in school and in life…
Way to Go, Eric!

What’s in Store

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Plastic rings – $.10 each                                                        Cardboard rings  – $.05 each

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Sampling Spoons  – $2.50 per bulk bag                               Centrifuge Tubes  – $2.50 per bulk bag

Featured Kit: Simple Telescope

 

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Grades Covered: 4 through 12
Subjects Covered: Physical Science, Earth/Space Science

Curriculum topics:

  • Light
  • Optics
  • Refraction
  • Astronomy

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back-to-school-bonus-bannerBring the coupon your received at our Back to School event
in August to either RAFT San Jose or Redwood City
in the month of October to enter our drawing for a KINDLE!

Drawing UPDATE: Changed to Tuesday, November 1st….GOOD LUCK!

Work at RAFT

We’re Hiring! Come be apart of the RAFT staff!

Maker Education Developer and Coach

Retail Stock Associate (2 positions open) 

Production Manager 

 

Newsletter: October 18, 2016

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 Upcoming Closures

Our Redwood City Store will be closed November 12th due to SMCOE office closure.

arts_really_teach_rgbThe Marion Cilker Conference for the Arts in Education

On Friday, Nov 4th our own Jeanne Lazzarini
will be teaching  “Geometry Comes Alive with Cultural Explorations,” as apart of the Marion Cilker Conference. The Cilker Conference is a TWO-DAY conference. Friday for SJSU students and Saturday open to the public.
kachinadollThis hands-on workshop promotes a positive growth mindset by blending mathematics with Native American Indian cultural traditions.
Attendees will explore connections between different geometric shapes and their cultural representations in a variety of Native American Indian artifacts.
Standards addressed:
CCSS.Math.Content.3.G.A.1
Social Studies Standards 3.1.2
Conference Details:
Saturday, November 5, 2016
8:30 am – 1:00 pm
San Jose Museum of Art
110 S Market Street , San Jose, CA 95110
Registration Fee (includes light breakfast):
$10.00 Title I School Teachers
$40.00 General Registration

 

Lookout for RAFT kits/materials at
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The Bay Area Science Festival, sponsored by Chevron, begins October 27 and culminates with Discovery Day at AT&T Park on November 5. This event is free and open to the public.chevron

Be sure to check out the Chevron STEM Zone! They will have interactive exhibits and are handing out RAFT kits to attendees.

 


 

Featured Kit: Rock the Ravine Tech Challenge Kit

TTC_raftThis design challenge is aligned with the theme of the 2017 Tech Challenge, a signature program of The Tech Museum of Innovation that reinforces
21st-century skills including creativity and imagination, problem solving, collaboration and teamwork, plus critical thinking.
This kit enables students in Grades K-3 to begin exploring the design process to develop creative solutions to a real-world problem. It contains enough building materials for four to six small groups to explore engineering concepts and build their ravine-crossing solutions.
Read RAFT’s press release for more information.

 

 


 

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RAFT is thrilled to be mentioned in Life Services Alternative’s (LSA) latest newsletter about their Community Integration Training Program (CITP) volunteers! RAFT volunteer coordinator, LaVonne Simmons is quoted on the mutual benefit of our partnership.
In 2013, LSA started The CITP, which boasts a small staff-to-client ratio and consists of not only LSA residents, but other adults with developmental disabilities from the surrounding community.
Learn more about their programs atLSAhomes.org/programs.

 

 


 

What’s in Store


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Plascore – 20 for $1  

 

 

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New Foam! –  Four sizes  $.25 – $3

                                               

 

 

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Binders $.25 

FREE!
GREEN
Hanging File Folders

 

 


 

back-to-school-bonus-bannerBring the coupon your received at our Back to School event
in August to either RAFT San Jose or Redwood City
in the month of October to enter our drawing for a KINDLE!
Drawing will be Saturday, October 29th….GOOD LUCK!


Upcoming RAFT PD Workshop

Clever Cultural Math Explorations Workshop

Saturday, October 22, 2016 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM


Work at RAFT

We’re Hiring! Come be apart of the RAFT staff!

 

Newsletter: September 27, 2016

leadphotoCLOSED 

RAFT San Jose WILL BE CLOSED
Tuesday – Thursday, September 27-29th
For our Annual Fundraising Dinner.
During our closure our Redwood City Location will be open
Wed. and Thurs. 10:30am – 5:30pm.
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MILKWEEDS FOR MONARCHS

The Western Monarch butterflies along the California Coast are in decline: their population is down 74 % from 20 years ago. One reason for this reduction is the loss of the host-plant, California Narrowleaf Milkweed (NLM).
Our purpose is to distribute NLM plants to educators in support of the Western Monarch, Life-Cycle Unit. Distribution will be at RAFT San Jose, 1355 Ridder Park Drive, Thursday, October 13th, 2pm-7pm
Request your FREE NLM plants today. A request form and information to assist educators with the success of their NLM plants is available HERE.
More Questions contact: Patrick Pizzo  atpatrick.pizzo@sjsu.edu

 

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Bring the coupon your received at our Back to School event in August to
either RAFT San Jose or Redwood City in the month of October to
enter our drawing for a KINDLE!
Drawing will be Saturday, October 29th….GOOD LUCK!

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS 

 

Round Robin: Assessment                                                         Clever Cultural Math 
Technique Workshop                                                                  Explorations Workshop
Saturday, October 8, 2016                                                          Saturday, October 22, 2016 
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM                                                                   10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Work At RAFT