Events

Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum Field Trip

November 14th

**Priority registration for currently registered ACES families is available through October 31st–SEE KLASSLY for the priority access code**

Wrap up the fall study of extinct and endangered animals with a visit to the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum. This is a self-guided museum. An adult must accompany student(s).

Open to the public, the museum creates an educational environment that inspires people of all ages to seek a deeper understanding and appreciation of the world’s natural and cultural diversity.

Meet at 11am for lunch of your choice: No food or drink inside the museum. There is a picnic area available on campus near Lake St. Benedict. There is a Coffee Shop in Goodwin Hall, and the cafeteria ($9.50 per person all you can eat lunch) in Krasa Center (https://dineoncampus.com/benu/). 

Program begins promptly at 12pm. There will be two groups of 15-20 people.Each group will have two sessions:

Session 1-Museum Visit (45 minutes)

Session 2-Animal Video (45 minutes)

Museum is FREE but donations are greatly appreciated.

Parking information and campus map available at https://ben.edu/resources/jurica-suchy-nature-museum/

Book Club for Adults

Friday, Nov. 18th

Have you always wanted to join a book club but don’t have one locally? Join us for our virtual book club!!

Next Book: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Next Meeting: Friday, November 18th from 7:00-8:00pm

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine: The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, which are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. 

Yet Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown, buried in an unmarked grave.

Henrietta’s family did not learn of her “immortality” until more than twenty years after her death, when scientists investigating HeLa began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. And though the cells had launched a multimillion-dollar industry that sells human biological materials, her family never saw any of the profits. As Rebecca Skloot so brilliantly shows, the story of the Lacks family—past and present—is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of. 

Over the decade it took to uncover this story, Rebecca became enmeshed in the lives of the Lacks family—especially Henrietta’s daughter Deborah. Deborah was consumed with questions: Had scientists cloned her mother? Had they killed her to harvest her cells? And if her mother was so important to medicine, why couldn’t her children afford health insurance? 

Intimate in feeling, astonishing in scope, and impossible to put down, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks captures the beauty and drama of scientific discovery, as well as its human consequences.

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ACES Academy Mid Year Meetings

December 6th & 7th

 

Museum of Science and Industry Field Trip

December 9th

***PLEASE REGISTER EACH FAMILY MEMBER SEPARATELY TO SELECT ALL AVAILABLE TRIP OPTIONS FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL***

This trip is open to ALL ACES families and ALL of their children. There is NO CHARGE to enter the museum and view the general exhibits or have lunch with the group. The Christmas Around the World/Holidays of Light exhibit will be on display (Learn more here: https://www.msichicago.org/explore/whats-here/exhibits/christmas-around-the-world/). Included in your free admission, our group will have tickets to the Numbers in Nature exhibit (Learn more here: https://www.msichicago.org/explore/whats-here/exhibits/numbers-in-nature/) Each of the Learning Labs cost $10 per student are each designed for specific age groups, but families with younger children are free to explore the museum during the hour the lab is in progress. 

***THERE ARE NO REFUNDS FOR PAID EVENTS***

***REGISTRATION CLOSES November 30th***

About the Labs

Ages: see restrictions below
Capacity: 20 students
Duration: 60 minutes
Cost: $10 per student per lab. There is NO CHARGE to enter the museum and view the general exhibits or have lunch with the group.

Learning Lab #1-Colorful Chemistry (ages 8-12):

Students will make observations and actively participate in hands-on chemistry experiments that produce visible evidence of chemical reactions.

Learning Lab #2-Evidence Lab/Advanced Forensics (ages 13-17): 

Students will make observations and actively participate in hands-on chemistry experiments that produce visible evidence of chemical reactions.

We will see a movie (title TBA) in the Giant Dome Theater. The movie is open to all ages, but each person must have a ticket. Tickets are $6 per person (ages 3 and up). Please include as many tickets as you will need in your purchase. 
Time: Please plan to arrive by 9:30am. We will meet inside at the Great Entry Hall on the Lower Level (see details below)
***Please be on time. Plan for traffic. Carpool to save time/money***

Holiday Service Project and Potluck

December 20th

Join us for our TWELFTH annual caroling service project at The Tillers in Oswego (4390 Rte. 71, Oswego) on Tuesday, December 20th from 9:30am-10:45am . This is an ACES registered family event and siblings are invited to attend. This is NOT a drop-off event. We will sing a few traditional carols and then spend some time visiting with the residents. 

There is a piano there so if any children would like to play a song for the residents to enjoy, that would be great. Any other musical talents to share? 

**Individual student performances are limited based on schedule and number of interested performers**

Email us at info@togetherwelearnbetter.com if your child would like to perform with their name, age, and performance details.

Also, all students are invited to make Christmas cards to give to residents when we are visiting with them. Bringing 2-3 homemade cards, drawings, etc…are encouraged! 

After the caroling project, we will hold our holiday potluck luncheon from 11am-12pm at the church hall on the annex campus. Families are invited to bring an appetizer, side dish or dessert. ACES will provide the main dish, paper goods and beverages.

**Please register each family member individually to provide an accurate head count**

Book Club for Adults

Friday, Jan 20th

Have you always wanted to join a book club but don’t have one locally? Join us for our virtual book club!!

Next Book: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown 

Next Meeting: Friday, January 20th from 7:00-8:00pm

For over a decade, Brené Brown has found a special place in our hearts as a gifted mapmaker and a fellow traveler. She is both a social scientist and a kitchen-table friend whom you can always count on to tell the truth, make you laugh, and, on occasion, cry with you. And what’s now become a movement all started with The Gifts of Imperfection, which has sold more than two million copies in thirty-five different languages across the globe. 
What transforms this book from words on a page to effective daily practices are the ten guideposts to wholehearted living. The guideposts not only help us understand the practices that will allow us to change our lives and families, they also walk us through the unattainable and sabotaging expectations that get in the way. 
Brené writes, “This book is an invitation to join a wholehearted revolution. A small, quiet, grassroots movement that starts with each of us saying, ‘My story matters because I matter.’ Revolution might sound a little dramatic, but in this world, choosing authenticity and worthiness is an absolute act of resistance.” 

Support ACES, buy the book using our Amazon referral link

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