• Ravenclaw Newsletter September 2017
  • Wow! What a summer! I hope you are all excited to be back at HOL and for our new students, I hope you are ready to meet new people and discover all that HOL has to offer! Our goal is to keep our Eagles active in the Roost and throughout HOL in general, so participate in everything you can, sign up for as many classes as you can handle, join us on IRC for late night chats, and of course, never be afraid to ask questions!

    To Recap:

    Our new Reserve Prefects, Gail Allen and Kendra Givens, took us to Rowena’s Realm amusement park where we all gathered together for a month of rides, games, food, and surprises! They put a lot of work into Rave Summer Camp and have done a marvelous job thus far as reserves. Keep it up, you two!

    We also have two new prefects, who I’m sure you’ll be seeing around the Roost and HOL hosting fun activities of their own, so please congratulate Hannah R. Thomas and Shiloh Adlar!

    Shiloh was also promoted to Quidditch Co-Captain over the summer and along with Captain Prof. Arielle Lemoyne, has been leading daily practices with RQT. Congratulations to Vanessa Tilley who won the RQT Summer Botting Tournament with 2327 points and a shout out to the RQT members who participated: Alexander Brighton, Gail Allen, and Kendra Givens, (and the retired-but-not-retired, “It's in my HoH contract” Prof. Kyrie Adderholt and Prof. Limine Snidget.) I’m excited to see what RQT does this season!

    What’s Coming Up/What’s Going On:

    In the Roost, our September activity hosted by RQT Captains, Arielle and Shiloh, will be starting on September 3. Get ready for a month of quidditch fun as they invite all Ravenclaw students to participate in their recruitment camp!

    On HOL, Off to School began last week and will continue throughout the month of September. Be sure to check it out as it will allow everyone, newbies and oldbies alike, to get to know one another better. This is an excellent opportunity to meet others and to build a sense of community back on this site.

    Class sign ups are open! Go through the list of classes, find the ones you want to take and sign up for them. Students are allowed to sign up for a maximum of five classes per term. While we would like everyone to be able to take all five classes, we understand RL should take priority and can get very busy. Classes, however, are the easiest and best way to earn points! Think about it, each class is worth 300 points per term and if you take five classes per term and earn the perfect 300, that’s 3000 points right there! That’s crazy!

    One other very easy way to earn points is submitting to house newspapers! The Wizarding Times just closed their submissions, but you can still submit to the SerpenTimes until October 15. You can earn up to 50 points for this. Don’t feel like writing an article or creating a game? Check out the Exclusives section where you can earn up to 40 points! If you’re really feeling up to it, do both!

    Be sure to keep an eye out on how to submit to the Alte, our own house newspaper, in the coming days!

    Speaking of the Alte, let’s give a shout out to Gail Allen and Prof. Ryan Granger for joining the editing staff! I’m sure they’ll do an excellent job!

    Let’s also not forget about the HOL Forum. Summer cleaning has been done and the forums are fresh for us to use. There are plenty of areas to discuss your favorite movies/tv shows, games, music, sports/teams, and there are even new subforms for The Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts! Ravenclaw prides itself on being the most active house on HOL. Let’s keep that streak up, and remember to follow all HOL rules when you post!

    I can already tell that this will be an amazing school year, and I look forward to spending it with you!
    GO EAGLES!
  • Posted by Shiloh Adlar in Uncategorized on Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:52 pm | 1 comment · Add comment

  • 2017-2018 New Eaglet Letter!
  • Welcome to Ravenclaw!

    We’re delighted to welcome you, our newest members, to Ravenclaw House and look forward to getting to know you better. And to all returning members, it’s great to see you again, as always!

    Because it can sometimes be a little confusing getting started on a new site, particularly one like our own, where there are so many things to do, we're offering this letter to give our eaglets some direction, and help them get a good foothold both here in Ravenclaw and on HOL. It will stay updated throughout the year, so you can always check back if you've forgotten something or are looking for clarification, and you won't have to worry about anything being outdated.

    Even if you've been around for a while, you may want to review some of this information to be sure you're caught up with any changes or additions made to the house or common room.

    If you have questions about any of the information presented below, or are just looking for some general advice, feel free to ask any of the Ravenclaw prefects or reserve prefects (listed at the bottom of this post) and they'll be happy to answer or to point you in the right direction. Remember, we're here to help!

    HOL Fundamentals

      HOL Handbook: In order to keep the site safe and running smoothly for everyone, there are a few, simple rules that we ask all of our members to follow - you'll find these in the HOL Handbook. Although a few sections may be out of date, especially with respect to names and dates, the Handbook is still a great source of information on how things work around HOL in general (with classes, accounts, positions, etc.), so we'd encourage you to click through it as early as possible.

      HOL Forum: At your earliest convenience, you should sign up for the HOL Forum using your complete HOL name as your username. House or site-wide announcements are often posted on the forum, along with notices about contests or other activities being held that are open to members of all houses. There are also sections dedicated to chatting between students, as well as sections for many of the classes currently being run during a given term.

    Ravenclaw Basics

      The Roost: If you've made it this far, then you've already successfully registered for the Ravenclaw Common Room, otherwise known as the Roost! In addition to monthly activities, there are several forums where you can post and interact with your fellow Ravenclaws, and other forums that include posts where you can learn about how to earn house points, how to get involved in Quidditch, and in general how to get the most of your HOL experience! We encourage you to click around and check out all the information and opportunities available to you!

      Nests: Now that you've been sorted into Ravenclaw, you've also been sorted into a nest (so named for our house colors, Blue and Bronze) here in the Roost, according to the first letter of your HOL first name. You can find the nests about halfway down the main forum page. Each nest can play host to its own discussions, debates, games, etc. but by no means are you restricted to posting within your own nest - feel free to visit your neighboring nest to see what they have going on!

      Each nest is overseen by a team of prefects, who will serve as the main points of contact for all of the students in their nest. The nests are divided as such:

      • Blue (A-J) - Ariella McManus, Astrid Black, and Hannah R Thomas
      • Bronze (K-Z) - Polaris Black, Scarlet Lacarnum, and Shiloh Adlar

      We also have an annual competition between Blue and Bronze, where the nests compete in five categories: House Points, Activity Points, the Bronze and Blue Olympics, Ravenclaw Pride Month, and Quidditch. In general, you can help out your nest by completing your homework, participating in activities both here and on HOL, playing or practicing Quidditch - and just being an active HOL member, in general. You can find more details at your nests: Blue and Bronze.

      Blue came out on top in last year's competition; will they be able to pull out another win, or will this year see Bronze take home the honors? Time will tell!

      Orientation: If ever you're looking for more information, the Orientation section of the Roost is a good place to start! Currently, there are sections on navigating the main site, classes, clubs and activities, and sections of the Roost, as well as a tutorial for connecting to the HOL chatrooms via IRC. Additionally, if you find there's a topic you feel should be covered but isn't, feel free to request it!

      Adopt-an-Eaglet: Currently not available.
      Ravenclaw offers new first years the opportunity to partner with a more experienced housemate through the Adopt-an-Eaglet program, located within Ravenclaw Orientation. This person can answer questions, give advice, keep in contact, and generally help our newest members learn the finer points of Ravenclaw-ness. Coincidentally, it's also a good way to make a new/first friend on the site!

      RQT: It's never too early to foster an appreciation for or get involved in HOL Quidditch! The ever-fantastic Ravenclaw Quidditch Team has won the Inter-house Quidditch Cup nine times - the best record of all the HOL houses! We're always ready and eager to welcome any and all eagles interested in trying this amazingly fun game! If you're interested in joining the team, you can contact the co-captains, Prof. Arielle Lemoyne and Shiloh Adlar, with any questions. Otherwise, feel free to join the team IRC channel, #ravenclawquidditch, and give some trivia a shot!

    Activities around HOL and Ravenclaw

      Chatrooms/IRC: The HOL chatrooms are some of the most active parts of HOL, and are a great place to get to know your fellow students! On occasion when you join it could be a busy time for a lot of people who have school or work (especially true in the middle of the week - weekends are often much better for IRC), so you might not get an immediate reply; at other times, the chatrooms are quite lively with several people chatting, so don't be discouraged if things are a little quiet when you first connect - just try another day or time! A list of official channels can be found in the HOL Handbook here; of particular interest, the main HOL channel is #hol and the Ravenclaw house channel is #ravenclaw. If you're unsure of how to reach the chatrooms, a handy guide can be found in the Roost's Orientation section.

      • The chatrooms are also host to HOL's version of Quidditch, which is a fun (and addictive) trivia-based game. In case this mention or the previous mention of the RQT caught your attention, you can read more about Quidditch in the Quidditch Handbook.

      Alte Sententiam: The Alte is Ravenclaw's bi-monthly house newspaper. From reviews, to scientifics, to puzzles, to graphics, to articles about any number of topics, the Alte is sure to have something for everyone to enjoy. Or, to satisfy your more creative inklings, you can submit your own articles, stories, or graphics to be published. The Alte is consistently a good read, so I'd encourage you to check it out whenever a new issue is released.

      The other houses also have newspapers, with varying degrees of activity. You can check the Great Hall in the HOL forum for updates on when the other houses are accepting submissions.


      On the Roost: The common room forum is host to a few sections that relate to our house's particular character and interests.

        The War Room: Want to learn about all the ways you can earn house points and help Ravenclaw in its quest for the house cup? (Which, by the way, is currently sitting in our trophy room... where it should stay. Forever.) Check out the War Room for all your needs relating to proving what we already know - that Ravenclaw is the best house on HOL, hands down. ;)

        Debate Club: Being the thinkers that we are, Ravenclaws are prone to having strong opinions about just about anything. If that sounds like you, then the Debate Club might just become your favorite part of the Roost!

        The Door Knocker: Unlike our book counterparts, we're not required to answer a question or riddle every time we want to enter the common room, but we do still have a Door Knocker that gives us puzzles to exercise that characteristic Ravenclaw wit and intelligence.

      HOL Clubs: HOL itself also has a few other clubs, catering to a few other interests.

      • HOL Tolkien Society: Enjoy J.R.R. Tolkien's work? You'll find that several others on HOL do, as well. The HOL Tolkien Society is a place for you to get together with others fans for fun discussions and games.
      • Book Club: The Book Club provides a place to discuss your favorite books or authors (other than HP or J.K. Rowling, of course!), as well as participate in different activities relating to literature, creative writing, etc.
      • HOLLERS: This section aims to create an environment where members from all houses can get together easily and make new friends. There are plenty of discussions and activities there, so we'd encourage you to take a look!

      Art Department: Currently not available.
      As the name might suggest, students with artistic inclinations might want to check out the HOL Art Department.

      The main Art Department has been down for some time now so an alternative art department has been set up in the Roost. Throughout the year, different projects are released. Students can then create a drawing, photograph, or graphic (or whatever else) relating to the project topic and submit it. Other students can rate and comment on others' art, and after the voting period, everyone who submitted a (valid) piece will earn House points.

      HOL Arts also hosts:

      • Trading Cards: Every HOL member can create a "trading card" that represents them that will be shown on their HOL profile (you might have seen some while checking out others' profiles; they're on the right). For making a card, you'll earn 10 house points.

      Library Department: Currently not available.

      Similarly, the HOL Library Department offers a number of projects throughout the year for students to share a bit of creative writing and earn house points. As with the Art Department, it's always great going through and seeing the sorts of things others have created.

      The HOL Library is also home to:

      • Getting Into Harry Potter: You can share your story of how you became a Harry Potter fan; this story will be added to your HOL profile, at the very bottom. You'll also earn 10 house points for this submission.
      • Book Writing Project: This project is a collaborative effort to "fill in the details" of many of the books mentioned in the Harry Potter series. Every chapter you write will earn you 10 house points, once it is approved.

      Hogsmeade: If you find yourself with beans to spare, Hogsmeade might be a good place to stop by. You can buy an owl, cat, or a toad at the Pet Store; purchase some chocolate frogs in Honeydukes; or otherwise store any extra beans in Gringotts. Also, you can have your wand choose you at the wand shop; wands don't have any practical use on the site, as of yet, but it's interesting to see what you get - and besides, who'd want to run around Hogwarts without a wand? <<

    Ravenclaw Staff

      Remember, prefects (especially your nest prefects) and reserves should be your first point of contact with any concerns!

        Prefects

          Ariella McManus
          Astrid Black
          Hannah R Thomas
          Polaris Black (Head Prefect)
          Scarlett Lacarnum
          Shiloh Adlar

        Reserve Prefects

          Gail Allen
          Kendra Givens

        Professors

          Prof. Arielle Lemoyne
          Prof. Cassandra Lobiesk
          Prof. Gustavo Flores
          Prof. Kyrie Adderholt (Head of House)
          Prof. Limine Snidget
          Prof. Mark Mandrake (HOL Caretaker)
          Prof. Neville Prongs
          Prof. Ryan Granger
          Prof. Silmarien Szilagyi (Deputy Head of House)
  • Posted by Polaris Black in Uncategorized on Wed Aug 30, 2017 3:09 am | 1 comment · Add comment

  • Ravenclaw Newsletter June 2017
  • June Newsletter

    Our Prefect-in-training program is in full swing, and we've asked our hardworking participants to put together the June newsletter for us. They did an excellent job! Read on to hear what's happening in Ravenclaw and HOL, brought to you by the PiTs!

    Ravenclaw News

    The Where in the World activity has reached its conclusion. We have visited 8 amazing destinations during this contest - check out the Ravenclaw Activities forum to learn some fun facts about various countries if you have not already done so. We had so much fun with our wonderful tour guides Scarlett Lacarnum and Siobhan Burke. Thank you so much for arranging this May activity for us. I am very excited to see what the next activity will be. With this one the bar was certainly set high.

    Our next Quidditch match is June 10th 9pm HOL time versus Slytherin. This is bound to be an exciting game! You can watch from the IRC channel #quidditch. If you are interested in joining the Ravenclaw Quidditch Team, we’d love to have you! The team practices in #RavenclawQuidditch every Sunday at 11pm HOL time and newcomers are always welcome! Please contact Prof. Arielle Lemoyne or Ashley Margaret, our lovely Quidditch co-captains, for more information.

    The school year is drawing to a close. Please, please, please make sure you’re getting those assignments handed in and exams done so we can maintain our lead for the house cup! Let's make sure we stay on top and the great hall is decorated in blue this year!

    Please wish a happy birthday to:
    June 1 – Dean Fuaddy
    June 2 – Dionne Dale
    June 5 – Matilde Rayne
    June 5 - Vanessa Tilley
    June 7 – Seville Snape
    June 22 – Alexia Riaper
    June 24 – Elena Galatas

    HOL News

    We have had two exciting Quidditch matches in May, on the 13th and 14th. The first was Hufflepuff versus Gryffindor, which Hufflepuff won with 330 points to 40. So a big congratulations to Hufflepuff for that victory. And the following day Hufflepuff played again, but this time against Slytherin. Slytherin won this match 460 points to 60. So let's have a cheer for the snakes! I must say I am impressed with our Hufflepuffs though; playing two matches in two days is no small feat.

    Speaking of Quidditch; if any of you would like to try playing, why not come try it at Quidditch Pickups? It is a lot of fun and a great way to meet other players and get a taste of what it's like. Next time will be on June 14th at 3:30AM HOL time in #quidditch. If you miss this one, do not worry. Just go to this thread and see when the next one will be.

    The SerpenTimes is accepting submissions. Here you can earn up to 50 points for submitting either articles, graphics or puzzles to their newspaper. You have to submit your ideas for approval before you write them and you can do that here. You can earn an additional 40 points by doing the SerpenTimes Exclusives. Each month they have a theme and this time the them is Silver Linings. If you would like to check that out, follow this link.

    Did you know that Slytherin is currently running an awesome activity which is open to all houses? Students from Beauxbaton have arrived at the Dungeon for this year's Emerald Cup or Coupe d'émeraude. Everyone who wants to participate are welcome to do so, and will be parted into either Team Vert or Team Argent. Let the best team win! Go here to read more.

    Stay tuned for a new edition of the Gryffindor house newsletter, The Pawprint, filled with articles, graphics and puzzles!

    Hufflepuff has their first DoHGaS (Department of Huffle Games and Sports) challenge of the month up. Go earn yourselves some diamonds, and keep a look out for more challenges to come. Click here!

    HolWriMo has just ended, but I would like to congratulate everyone who complete the challenge, and submitted their work. Well done! It is wonderful to see how much was written for this activity. Keep your eyes peeled for samples of people's work, which can be found here.

    The book club has selected Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce for this month’s book discussion. Please come on an adventure with us!
    Click here to join in!

    HOLLERs: June has started, so you should check out the new challenges for the month of June. Participation is a great way to earn some beans! Also, keep an eye out for Maxim’s lesser-known June holiday discussions! If you want to try your hand at those, check out this forum.
  • Posted by Prof. Arielle Lemoyne in Uncategorized on Thu Jun 08, 2017 11:41 pm | No comments · Add comment

  • Ravenclaw Newsletter May 2017
  • Special HoH Edition :D

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    Ravenclaw News
    PiT sign-ups are currently open. If you are interested, see the Perch for more information on how to apply.

    Where in the World? Is currently running in the Ravenclaw activities forum. Check it out, but bring your passport!

    Prof. Arielle Lemoyne graduated recently with her Master's Degree. Prof. Ryan Granger graduated with his Bachelor's. They're both pretty much rockstars.


    HOL News
    Something is coming from the Art Department! Keep your eyes open!

    Classes are wrapping up soon! Be sure to get your homework in so we can get all possible points!
  • Posted by Prof. Kyrie Adderholt in Uncategorized on Mon May 15, 2017 8:31 pm | No comments · Add comment

  • Ravenclaw Newsletter April 2017
  • Welcome to April! I hope not too many of you were fooled by all the pranks and jokes going on yesterday.

    Anyway, down to business!

    Ravenclaw News

    RQT goes up against GQT this Saturday, April 8 at 9pm HOL. You can catch the game in #quidditch on IRC. We are also always looking for new members! If you participated in the botting challenge from RPM, the Ravenclaw Quidditch Training camp in February, quidditch pickups or maybe you’re just interested in joining, pop in on #ravenclawquidditch and let us know!

    Ravenclaw Pride Month is coming to an end, but it’s not over yet! Is it ever really over…? We have one more week ahead of us. Don’t fret! If you haven’t had a chance to participate, you still can! Late tasks are accepted. Find out more information here. But don’t wait too long. April’s activity will begin shortly after, and I hear it’s a fun one as well!

    We are still ahead in the points competition, so great work Eagles! Don’t forget that your class assignments are the easiest way to earn house points, so get that homework turned in. I guess I should follow my own advice on that one, huh?

    HOL News

    The first quidditch pickup game of the month will be held April 5 at 3:30am HOL time in #quidditch. If you’re interested in anything and all things quidditch, this is a great way to come out and meet new friends as well as getting to know how things work. It’s all for fun, and who knows, you may discover that you’re more knowledgeable than you thought!

    HOLLERS still has its monthly challenges going on. Check them out here!

    The HOL Book Club just started reading and discussing Inkheart. If you would like to join in, more information can be found here along with the schedule.

    The SerpenTimes recently released their newest issue. Check out Gail Allen’s story in Grab Bag and what had to be said by and about some of your fellow Eagles in Superlatives. There are also puzzles to complete for those coveted beans. Chocolate frogs for Easter anyone?

    Have a great month!
  • Posted by Shiloh Adlar in Uncategorized on Sun Apr 02, 2017 7:09 pm | No comments · Add comment

  • Ravenclaw Newsletter March 2017
  • First off, an apology from me to all of you for the lateness of this post. Yours truly is old, feeble, and more than a tad forgetful. Anyway, better late than never, right!? Without further ado...


    Ravenclaw News

    A big thank you to Prof. Arielle Lemoyne for heading up the first ever Ravenclaw Quidditch Training Camp last month. Even though I (sadly) did not get to personally participate, a good time was had by all! Congrats to all of you who were brave enough to tackle Quidditch, you have my utmost respect.

    As I'm sure all of you are aware, March is Ravenclaw Pride Month. Festivities began earlier this week, and as there are no sign ups required, you can still hop in and enjoy the fun. Run, run, run here for all the details!!!

    Last month, the Debate Club held a competition and with any luck they can be persuaded to do so again in the future. Get your thinking caps polished, just in case!


    HOL News

    Ravenclaw is still ahead in the points competition, but sneaky Slytherin is not that far behind us. Please get those assignments in and earn some points; we don't want to let the Cup to get away from us.

    Submit to the Serpent Times for more points. Deadline for submissions is March 15th.

    Keep up the fantastic work everyone!! :D :cool:
  • Posted by Ariella McManus in Uncategorized on Tue Mar 07, 2017 4:49 pm | No comments · Add comment

  • Ravenclaw Newsletter February 2017
  • It’s February, which means it’s the best month of the year! No, it’s not because of Valentine’s Day. It’s because it’s our WONDERFUL Head of House’s birthday! (Make sure you wish her happy birthday.) (It’s also my birthday this month. Birthday wishes are welcome.)

    Ravenclaw News

    Last month RQT had a hard-fought battle vs their rival SQT. We may have lost, but we tried our best and did a great job of sprinkling some blue and bronze confetti on the quidditch pitch. Congrats to Pavel for managing to score a whopping four times and Arielle for blocking a meager six times. Good job to everyone else for being so awesome (especially Hannah for getting her first hit ever) and helping us share that wonderful Ravenclaw spirit!

    If you've ever thought of dodging some bludgers, whacking some bludgers at other house's players, or catching that elusive snitch, you should participate in the Roost's January/February activity, the Ravenclaw Quidditch Training Camp hosted by our very own Prof. Arielle Lemoyne!

    If you're a little weary of the physical sport of quidditch, perhaps the Debate Club is better suited for you! This February there is a Debate Competition open to all of HOL. You will have the opportunity to win beans as well as activity points for participating. Sign up between now and February 8th! We don't want those slippery snakes, blubbering badgers, or lying lions to win the competition!


    HOL News

    I think some congratulations are in order for Ariella McManus for being named Head Girl of HOL! Everyone should go and congratulate her here!

    The start of the spring term is upon us, so go sign up for some classes. Ravenclaw is currently in the lead for the House Cup! Keep up the fantastic work everyone and make sure the eagles come out on top again this year!
  • Posted by Prof. Limine Snidget in Uncategorized on Sat Feb 04, 2017 1:48 am | No comments · Add comment

  • Ravenclaw Newsletter January 2017
  • HAPPY NEW YEAR!! :D

    First off, I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas and is currently having a Happy 2017 New Year!!!

    Ravenclaw News

    Give a huge congrats to Scarlett Lacarnum for becoming our new prefect. She is both an amazing and kind person, so…don’t be shy! ;)

    And speaking of congrats, let’s give a warm round of applause to our two prefects: Ariella McManus and Polaris Black, for doing this previous month’s activity: Rowena’s Wheel.

    A little birdy told me that there are some new Eaglets popping up all over the place! Remember that there is the Adopt-an-Eaglet forum on The Roost. These Eaglets could really use your help Eagles!!

    If you want to exercise those brains of yours, there are still a variety of puzzles in the Alte Sententiam. Also keep in mind that you get a little “journalist-y” and artsy :)

    Congrats to our Quidditch team RQT for winning against Gryffindor in a smashing score: 350-10! Make sure to root for them in their upcoming games this month!


    HOL News

    Hufflepuff still has its Huffle HOLidays running until January 5th. It’s still not too late to get some fun in!

    If you are one of those obsessed readers, or really want to test yourself when it comes to reading, the HOL Book Club’s Winter Reading Challenge 2016/2017 is still running and will be until the end of this month! You can find more information at the following link: http://forum.hol.org.uk/viewforum.php?f=390&sid=3b6b13317ca941366ce915861426f98a

    HOL Hollers has two new puzzles for us this month: Nonogram and Letter Tiles! Think you’re up for the challenge?

    If you’re a big fan when it comes to Quidditch, there are three games left before HOL’s winter break!

    January 14: Hufflepuff vs Ravenclaw
    January 21: Gryffindor vs Slytherin
    January 22: Ravenclaw vs Slytherin


    All will be played at 9pm, HOL time.

    Remember that you can get extra beans if you go the HOL Forum, Unfogging the Quidditch Pitch, and answer the given questions correctly! http://forum.hol.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=25815

    With the term coming to a close, remember to get the rest of your assignments, extra credits, and finals in for your classes. Ravenclaw is ahead in the leadings to the House Cup, but you never know what the Slytherin Snakes have underneath those skins they are about to shed!

    Best of luck to a new year!! :)
  • Posted by Hannah R Thomas in Uncategorized on Sun Jan 01, 2017 9:44 pm | No comments · Add comment

  • Ravenclaw Newsletter December 2016
  • December Newsletter

    What's that sound? Jingle bells? Yep! Sure is. I hope you are excited about the most festive, wonderful time of the year!!! This is the month where it is acceptable to wear our elf costumes, string up too many lights, decorate like we live in the North Pole and go caroling...or at the very least sing along to some holiday songs.

    As 2016 comes to a close, it is time to reflect on all we have learned and experienced this year and make our goals for the year to come. I wish all of you Eagles the very best for 2017. If you need a break from your schoolwork and impending finals check out all the festivities going on. Just be sure you actually do return to finish your coursework.

    House News

    BBO has wrapped up and all participants have returned from Ancient Greece. This year's winner is.....BLUE! Congrats to both Blue and Bronze Nests. The Olympians are pleased.

    Arielle and Polaris have a great activity planned surrounding our Founder called Rowena's Wheel. Keep clicking in the Activities forum for more information.

    Head on down to the pitch for some RQT time!!!
    Ravenclaw is taking on Gryffindor on December 17th at 9 PM HOL time. Come cheer on RQT at #quidditch or #grandstand. If you visit Unfogging the Quidditch Pitch before the game you can help to raise the bean pot with each question answered.

    A cheerful reminder that the Alte BINGO / Drabble Babble challenge deadline is December 9th. All entries must be 100 words, have something to do with trains and be submitted to Alte.sententiam@gmail.com

    HOL News

    The holiday spirit is definitely contagious and the other houses have some fun events going on:

    Hufflepuff is hosting A HUFFLE MONTH OF HOL-IDAYS! Head on over to The Sett to join in. Each post can earn you some pretty shiny diamonds.

    Over in Slytherin the 12 Days of Slythmas have begun! Word in the dungeon is that there is a scavenger hunt involved. The event lasts all month and you have until the 31st to submit all tasks. The first one is already posted so go check it out.

    The SerpenTimes deadline is extended to January 15th so there is still plenty of time to get those submissions in. Their theme is Resolutions which is very fitting.

    Their read along of POA is still going on and currently at Chapter 14.

    Gryffindor's Magicalzoologist Activity is finishing up. All tasks are due in by the 7th.

    On December 10th Slytherin is playing Hufflepuff in #quidditch. This game is also at 9 PM HOL time.

    HOLLERS is posting some new December puzzles.

    Don't forget to see what Debate Club, War Room, E=MC Hammer and The Door Knocker have to offer. Post a reply or start a new topic to earn some final 2016 points.

    The Library and Art Department are always a good place to look for projects and posts. Remember all points help Ravenclaw defend its House Cup Win! The Eagles are currently in the lead!

    ~ Wishing you all a joyous holiday season and magical new year. ~
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  • Ravenclaw Newsletter November 2016
  • Do you believe it's finally November? I think everyone is counting the days until the 18th, when the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie is released and we learn much more about JKR's Wizarding World! And in other good news, although Slytherin is closing in, we still lead the race for the House Cup! LET'S JUST KEEP IT THAT WAY!

    Ravenclaw News

    Many thanks to Ashley for hosting an awesome Fantastic Beasts tie-in activity last month and reminding us just how much we are anticipating the release of this film - very well done!

    November means Bronze and Blue Olympics (BBO) for Eagles. Join Astrid, Hannah, Joey and Scarlett back in Ancient Greece where the Games began for this year’s Greek Mythology theme! Sign-ups are open now (click here) and for the entire activity, so even if you miss a week or two, feel free to join in anytime!

    GO RQT!!! Come watch at #quidditch or cheer at #grandstand when Ravenclaw plays Slytherin on Saturday 12th November at 9 PM HOL time.

    The latest issue of the Alte Sententiam was just delivered, and thanks to the fabulous Prof. Cassie Lobiesk, with a brand new domain and gorgeous new layout! Our unique newspaper is always looking for talented writers, artists, and puzzle-makers. If you’re thinking you might want to contribute, check out FAQ by clicking here.

    Be sure to check out E=MC Hammer, Door Knocker, and Debate Club to find out how to earn activity points - there’s always something interesting going on!

    And there’s always tough love and new points opportunities being posted in the War Room so be sure to check back periodically!


    HOL News

    Here's what's happening in the other houses:
    • Gryffindor plans to host a Fantastic Beasts event open to all HOLers!
    • Hufflepuff is running DoHGaS puzzles and Fantastic Beasts Trivia and maybe even something else!
    • Slytherin continues to host the fantastic Prisoner of Azkaban read-along!
    The first Quidditch match of the year is coming up so don’t forget to look for Unfogging the Quidditch Pitch - questions should be posted around 8th November. For each person who answers the questions, 10 beans will be added to the pot!

    The NAPs Revival is gaining momentum and these weekly pickup games are open to members of all houses regardless of their Quidditch background. It is an opportunity to “meet new people, learn a little bit more about the game, and have some good, clean fun!” The next pickup is meeting in #quidditch on Sunday 6th November at 10 PM HOL time.

    The Book Club is currently running Publishing Pursuits II, which started on 16th October and will be finishing on 30th November. It is open to all HOLers and there are no sign-ups involved, so you can jump in at any point in the activity. Beans will be awarded for participation, and you might even get a shiny award (The Published Page) for completing most of the tasks.

    It seems like everyone’s caught Fantastic Beasts fever and HOLLERS is no exception! An extraordinary event is scheduled to begin shortly, there are no sign-ups, and you can work at your own pace. And if you participated in Gryfftoberfest, Huffleween, or Slyth-o-ween, stop by the HOLLERS Scrapbook and share your thoughts and experiences.

    The Art Department is waiting for the go-ahead from the Head Office to start a project (or two) so be on the lookout for that to happen because there are points to be earned!

    It’s never too early until Sunday 15th January to submit to SerpenTimes, the Slytherin House newspaper. This issue’s theme is Resolutions and there are lots of points to be earned!

    Most classes are still open for sign-ups, so if you haven’t registered yet, check out the class list. Make sure you read the course outline before you sign up and don’t forget, you can sign up for a maximum of five classes. There's no better way to earn lots of points!

    In case you forgot, you really have to work hard at being bored around here!
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