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The purpose of these newsletters is to keep families informed about events and activities that pertain to all programs; such as Board updates, WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), LCAP(Local Control Accountability Plan), All-Charter events, and other pertinent information. It is also the newsletter for the general public to find out some specifics about all the individual programs we serve. We will be sending this newsletter out every other week. You will be receiving regular emails from the teacher(s) of your specific program to keep you updated on homework, classroom activities and specifics on field trips and special events for your child.


Charter News: August 8, 2017

posted Aug 14, 2017, 4:07 PM by Rhonda Schlosser


“It  is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.”

~ Ernest Hemingway




Dear Charter Families,


Welcome to another great school year of learning together!


School begins Monday, August 28, and on behalf of the Charter administration and extended staff, I want to welcome you to a new school year with the SLVUSD Charter programs. This will be the first Charter News that I will send to all families in every program that the Charter school represents.  It is generally sent every two weeks and is my way of sharing news pertinent to all parents (parent education, educational updates, holidays) as well as a brief update from every program so that you can get a ‘flavor’ of the other educational options this unique Charter school has to offer.   After sent, all newsletters will be archived on our website if you would like to confirm any information. http://charter.slvusd.org/.  Specific pertinent information can also be found on our website so if you have an opportunity, please give it a review.


You will soon receive a welcome letter from your teacher(s) who run the program that your child(ren) are enrolled in. Our teachers are all great at keeping you informed via email on what is happening in your student’s classroom: school work, activities, and specifics on field trips and special events for your child.  They have all planned some great themes and special events for the year!


For those of you who are returning, we are so glad you are back!  For those of you who are new to the SLV Charter programs experience, I know that you will fully enjoy all the classroom learning activities, events and field trip excursions your teachers have in store for you.  Each program will indeed become almost like a second home for your child...and to you as well if you spend time supporting the classroom experience, go on the excursions, and connect with the other families whose children are learning alongside yours.  All of our programs are richer due to the participation of our parents and  it is true that each year you will  build strong relationships with fabulous teachers and fellow learners that can last far beyond the classroom school year.  


You are also on the front line in ensuring that your student is completing their school work and projects. If you ever feel the need for more help or have questions, your teacher(s) and I are only an email or call away.  Our administrative team is also happy to help you in whatever way they can.


We have two Charter offices; one on the Quail Hollow campus in Ben Lomond is where you can find Holly Thomas, our registrar, and Tarah Locke, or part-time Secretary. Our administrative office is on the Felton campus, located back behind the football field, near  the school entrance to Fall Creek.  This is where my office is located, and also where you can find Danelle Matteson, our administrative assistant.  We are the ones for you to call for everyday questions, concerns, needs you may have with your child that are beyond your teacher’s field of expertise.


Look for updates on what is happening within the Charter in our bimonthly Charter News.  Such an exciting year!


We look forward to meeting our new and returning students soon.  You are indeed a special group of families.  Until then, may you enjoy your last days of summer vacation.


~Rhonda



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The PowerSchool Parent Portal is now open!

PLEASE NOTE: Students are not considered enrolled until the on-line registration has been completed.


You will be required to complete your annual registration before your student can start classes. Completing your student’s online registration is how we ensure that we have all updated home, health, and emergency information.


  • Returning students: the parent portal reopened on Saturday, August 5th. You may access PowerSchool Registration through the parent portal URL at https://grades.slvusd.org/public. You will then complete your student’s online registration by clicking on the PowerSchool Registration link. PLEASE NOTE that students are not considered enrolled until the online registration has been completed. ALL returning students MUST complete the annual update process each year.

  • Parents of  Charter Students new  to SLV School District will receive an email from Holly Thomas, SLV Registrar,  with your incoming student's access code, access password and instructions for completing the on-line registration process. Please expect that you will receive this email from hthomas@slvusd.org by Monday, August 14th.

  • New Charter Students who have attended a SLV School District school in the year prior to Charter enrollment should have immediate on-line registration access.  You will follow the instructions listed above for returning students. If your student's record is still showing the previously attended school in powerschool, please continue to complete the on-line registration. This information will be saved and transferred over to your 2017-18 school. No further action is needed on your part once you have completed  on-line registration.

  • Any questions about this process can be emailed to hthomas@slvud.org.

  • You may access PowerSchool Registration through the Parent Portal. The url for the Parent PowerSchool portal is: https://grades.slvusd.org/public


Immunization Records for 7th graders needed PLEASE NOTE: We are still waiting for current immunization records for many 7th grade students. Due to the passage of SB277, current filings of Personal Belief Exemptions are no longer valid for 7th grade entry. Incoming 7th grade students must  have a medical exemption  or show proof of the state required vaccinations, (usually the TDAP booster) before 7th grade entry.  The Shots for School website lists currently required vaccinations for school entry.  www.shotsforschool.org


If you are in the process of obtaining a temporary or permanent medical exemption for your student please call 336-8527, or email me so that I know you will be submitting your paperwork before school starts on 8/28/17.


This is an essential element of your child’s registration.  Your student will not be enrolled unless we have this information.


If you have further questions,  please call 336-5167 or email me at hthomas@slvusd.org.


Welcome to our new staff and teachers!

Welcome Liza Keshawarz.  Liza will be teaching Math for the Nature Academy students.  She will also be teaching math for the SLVMS. After the youngest of her three children left for college, Liz and Paul decided to make their home in the beautiful mountains of Boulder Creek and enjoy the close-knit community of caring people. She spends much of her time doing Yoga and walking in the woods and on the beach. Liz holds an MS in Mathematics Education from CSUEB as well as California Clear Teaching Credentials. Since 1992 she has taught students in elementary, middle, and high school, managed educational programs in addition to being an avid community organizer. Her unique cultural perspective has been an asset to the teams she has worked with, and students have always been the direct beneficiaries of her efforts. She has lived a rich, well-rounded life both overseas and in the States, working toward the common good has been the source of motivation in her personal and professional life.

Also joining us as our new academic counselor is  Rory McKee.  He will be joining the SLV Charter School community as our academic counselor.  Rory is currently finishing up is counseling certification and has worked with Jen Kelly, our previous counselor at the end of last year. He is a Nature Academy Alumni and is been a guest teacher for them for years. It is great to have him on board as he knows our programs and is excited to join the CRHS team and explore how he can support our student’s College and Career aspirations.


John Reed fundraiser This Friday  8/11 6-8 pm @ SLV pool

Please join us for a swim/pizza party for John Reed and his family. John was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer this past June, he is 16 years old. John is a member of our community and has played on the SLVHS football team since his freshman year.

With your $10.00 donation, you will receive two hours of swimming and a piece of pizza and salad. All of the proceeds will go to John and his family.

The fundraiser is being organized by the SLVHS football team, and sponsored by the SLVHS Athletic Boosters and SLVUSD. Please contact Jennifer Kanter if you would like to help. We look forward        to seeing you there. If you are unable to attend, you can make a donation at:https://www.gofundme.com/jonathanreed.  Go Team!


2017 Solar Eclipse of a lifetime: NASA has created a website with a wealth of great information for those of you who would like to delve deeper into this special event. https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/  Live video streams of the August 21 total solar eclipse, from NASA Television and locations across the country, will be available on this page. https://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive

Many of our teachers have been looking forward to viewing this event for quite a long time! Many of our families are taking the trek to a location where they can experience the total eclipse and not just a partial glimpse. I know of two of our families who will be in Rexburg Idaho. One of our teachers will be in  Silver Falls State Park in Oregon. I am sure there are many more who have planned to travel someplace with family or friends to experience this first hand.  We’ll look forward to hearing their stories and seeing their pictures when school starts up!


 😀 Put your smiles on and brush your hair, Charter picture days are coming soon! More information will be sent closer to the picture dates.

  • September 11th: Nature Academy 6-8 grade: (during PE period)

  • October 5th: Quail Hollow Homeschool, Quail Hollow Integrated Arts, Fall Creek Homeschool, Coast Redwood High School, Coast Redwood Middle School Picture Day: (time TBD)

  • October 16: Nature Academy 6-8 grade Picture retake day: (during PE period)

  • November 9th: Picture retake day for all homeschool programs :  (time TBD)


CAFETERIA NEWS: Breakfast is $2.50 and Lunch $3.50. Application for free and reduced lunch can be found on the SLVUSD Nutrition Webpage: http://slvusdcafe.com/


What’s Going on in Our Charter School?  ..little snippets of some of our programs.

CRHS: Monday, August 28 1st day of recorded homeschooling for the Fall semester.

Orientation for 11/12th-grade students: Friday August 25 starting at 10:00 am  *Breakfast of juice, fruit, muffins, and bagels at 9:30 am

Orientation for 9/10th-grade students: Monday, August 28 starting at 10:00 am  *Breakfast of juice, fruit, muffins, and bagels at 9:30 am

CRMS: Sunday, August 27, 4-7pm. Beginning of the Year Kick-Off Potluck at the Trowbridge Home in Bonny Doon. Please email mreynolds@slvusd.org for more information.

Monday, August 28, 10am-12pm. Parent Orientation Meeting at the CRMS Classroom.  Parents, please bring your laptop (and login information) and a contribution to help support JT & John.  There will be resources and benchmark assessments available for you to take home to begin your homeschooling year. 1st day of recorded homeschooling for the Fall semester.

Friday, Sep. 1 from 11-2: All Homeschool Charter Beach Day at Twin Lakes Beach Students and parents from all of our homeschool charter program gather for some fun in the sun!

Wednesday, September 27, 9:30am-2:00pm. First Day of Classes at CRMS.

Nature Academy: Monday, August 28: first day of school. It will be an Early Release Bell Schedule.

All grades will be going on a big hike all together in sometime in September. Annual Ropes course will also be in September.  Look for their email soon for more details.

Quail Hollow Integrated Arts (QHIA): Monday, Aug. 28: 9:00-2:30 First School Day and QHIA Open House/Potluck

Tuesday, Aug. 28-Thursday, Aug. 31: All students attend all day 9-2:30

Friday, Sep. 1 from 11-2: All Homeschool Charter Beach Day at Twin Lakes Beach

Students and parents from all of our homeschool charter program gather for some fun in the sun!

Wednesday, Sep. 13: Character Day http://www.letitripple.org/character-day/

Monday, Sep. 18 at 11:30: Ramayana-The Indian Epic at Montalvo Arts Center. First field trip.

Quail Hollow Homeschool: Theme for this next year is Adventures Through Literature.

Monday, August 28:   10:00am-11:00am: New Family Orientation 11:00am-1:00pm: Open House for New and Returning Families!  First day of recorded homeschooling for the Fall semester.

Friday, Sep. 1 from 11-2: All Homeschool Charter Beach Day at Twin Lakes Beach

Students and parents from all of our homeschool charter program gather for some fun in the sun!

Tuesday, September 19th  - Thursday, September 21st: Beginning of the Year Camping Trip New Brighton State Beach

Fall Creek Homeschool:  Theme for the year:  Our Watershed.

Monday, August 28, 11:30 am -1 pm. We will have a picnic and play time at Fall Creek play yard to see everyone after the summer break and to meet new families. We will also sign up for our semester planning meetings at the picnic.

Friday, Sep. 1 from 11-2: All Homeschool Charter Beach Day at Twin Lakes Beach Students and parents from all of our homeschool charter program gather for some fun in the sun!

Mountain IS:Theme for the Year:  "HANDS"-ON Learning" From sign language to sculpture, using our hands to create, manipulate and express ourselves creatively.

Monday, August 28th: First day to start recording in your learning logs.

Tuesday, August 29th: 12:00-2:00 We will have a picnic and play time at the Mountain School Creek to see everyone after the summer break and to meet our new families.   If you are unfamiliar with the trail that leads us to this amazing Mountain School resource, you are welcome to join me. I will head down from the classroom at 12:00. In addition, our fabulous new instructional assistant Beth and I will be planning and prepping in the classroom from 9-12 so feel free to stop by to pick up learning logs and sign up for our September planning meetings.

Friday, Sep. 1 from 11-2: All Homeschool Charter Beach Day at Twin Lakes Beach Students and parents from all of our homeschool charter program gather for some fun in the sun!






Charter News: June 9

posted Jun 12, 2017, 5:10 PM by Rhonda Schlosser

 

"And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer."

—F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

 

 

 

Dear Charter Families,

 

Well, the school year is officially over!  Thank you so much for sharing your children with us, for sharing your dedication in working with your children and in our programs to support their growth.

 

School begins again on August 28th.  We will be sending you an email in early August to remind you to update your contact information through PowerSchool, beginning August 5th.  This coming school year, students will not be able to start participation in their programs until that information has been submitted.  This registration gives us the updated information we need for your child’s health and emergency contacts, among other things. Please register as soon as you get the email reminder, try not to procrastinate.  We will be in the office starting August 7, available if you have any questions or problems when completing your child’s enrollment.

 

Holly, Danelle, and I will be in the office Monday - Thursday until June 23.  We will reopen the week of August 7, open Monday -Thursday until the week of August 28 when school begins again.

 

May your summer hold every form of fun and relaxation that you can muster. And don’t forget to find ways to laugh, hug, read and play!

 

~Rhonda


Charter Parent Survey:  I am asking one last time to please take the time to fill out our annual survey.  We want to hear how we are doing every year.  Right now we have received fewer responses than we have had in the past several years.  This can mean that everyone is happy with what we are doing, very unhappy, or simply not caring enough to take the time.  This survey gives us a view of progress over the years. And it can show us areas for growth and change as well.

PLEASE TAKE THE TIME.  PLEASE GIVE US YOUR INPUT. WE WANT TO HEAR YOUR COMMENTS.   

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/16-17Charter


Comings and goings: We are so sorry to have to say goodbye to our Nature Academy math teacher, Tamar Ragir.  Though she was with us but a year, she engaged the students in ways that kept them thinking, learning, and asking questions that led them deeper in their mathematical understanding.  We wish her the best at her new school.

 

Welcome to Liz Keshawarz. I am happy to have been able to hire Liz to join the Charter team of math teachers.  Here is a brief Bio:  After the youngest of her three children left for college, Liz and Paul decided to make their home in the beautiful mountains of Boulder Creek and enjoy the close-knit community of caring people. She spends much of her time doing Yoga and walking in the woods and on the beach.

Liz holds an MS in Mathematics Education from CSUEB as well as California Clear Teaching Credentials. Since 1992 she has taught students in elementary, middle, and high school, managed educational programs in addition to being an avid community organizer. Her unique cultural perspective has been an asset to the teams she has worked with, and students have always been the direct beneficiaries of her efforts. She has lived a rich, well-rounded life both overseas and in the States, working toward the common good has been the source of motivation in her personal and professional life.  


Community News: Highway 9/San Lorenzo Valley Transportation Corridor Plan Survey - Online

Complete the survey to share your ideas on how to make it safer and easier for everyone to get around San Lorenzo Valley, whether you are walking, biking, driving, looking for a ride, or taking transit.

https://sccrtc-slv.metroquest.com

The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC), Caltrans, County of Santa Cruz, and Santa Cruz METRO need your help preparing a Highway 9/San Lorenzo Valley transportation corridor plan. Share your vision for Highway 9 and participate in the development of this action plan to prioritize transportation projects and services. Measure D, which was approved by voters in November 2016, includes $10 million specifically earmarked for transportation projects along the Highway 9 corridor. For more information: visit www.sccrtc.org/slv, contact the RTC at 831-460-3200 or info@sccrtc.org.


Student Work: In past years we have had a section of our Charter News that was devoted to selected pieces of student work for our various programs.  Each program does so many fabulous things, each has such unique ways for the students’ talents to shine, that oftentimes I think it is good to share examples to the broader audience of Charter Families. We thought we’d whet your appetite with a few writing samples from the Nature Academy’s 7-8th grade Writer’s Workshop unit.  These are pieces that the students agreed to share in our Newsletter. Selected Writing Workshop Pieces from Nature Academy Students This may be a tradition that we readopt next year. Please tell me what you think!


CHARTER SCHOOL REGISTRATION / INFORMATION FOR 2017-2018 ENROLLMENT

The SLVUSD Charter School uses PowerSchool Registration, an online platform for completing student registration. We have outlined below the requirements for our Returning students, as well as when to access the web-link to complete the online registration process.

 

Our on-line registration for next year cannot be completed until Powerschool reopens on August 5. (Between now and then the District Team needs to complete the work of closing the current school year and setting up for the new school year.) Detailed communication regarding registration is posted or will be posted on the district website as well as at each respective school's website.  

 

There will be a reminder going out around 8/1/17 regarding signing in to PowerSchool to register your student(s). You may sign in as early as 8/5/17 to complete and confirm the student/family information, along with emergency contact information, and permissions at that time for 2017-18 school year.

 

RETURNING STUDENTS: We need your most current information in the event of an emergency! You will be required to complete your annual registration (information update and Parent Permissions) before you can attend classes.

PLEASE NOTE: The Parent Portal will be closed between July 1 and August 4. The Parent Portal will reopen on August 5, 2017.

PowerSchool Registration Window & Parent Portal:

The PowerSchool Parent Portal will re-open on Saturday, August 5.  You may access PowerSchool Registration through the Parent Portal URL:  https://grades.slvusd.org/public

 

Once you have created your PowerSchool Parent account, you will then complete your student’s on-line registration by clicking on the “PowerSchool Registration” link. Students are not considered enrolled until the on-line registration has been completed.  PLEASE NOTE: Students will need to be fully enrolled before they begin classes next year.


Incoming 7th-grade immunizations: All incoming 7th graders are required to proof of an adolescent whooping cough booster (called TDap) to be able to enter school in the Fall.  If your child’s immunizations are up to date, please bring a copy to the office so we can check them off the list.  If you have not received those immunizations, please contact your doctor to get shots updated over the summer.  No 7th grader can start school with proper immunization records.  Please contact our district nurse, Sarah Dahlen, at 335-4452 if you have questions.


Summer Reading Programs:  Bookshop Santa Cruz: Our popular summer reading program for young readers (going into grades K-12) will run June 1st through September 6th this year. We're challenging kids to read 6 books--at least 3 from our recommended reading list (see below) and up to 3 of their choice. Complete the challenge and not only will you have read some terrific books, but you'll earn excellent rewards: A $5 Bookshop gift card, a free scoop from the Penny Ice Creamery, a free slice from Pizza My Heart, and a special prize from the Santa Cruz Warriors!       How to get started: Come to Bookshop Santa Cruz to pick up a summer reading bookmark for your age level or download one of the pdfs listed below starting on Monday, May 15th. You are going to want to hang onto this because it's also your reading tracking form that you're going to use all summer and turn back into us before school starts. Pick out your first book and start reading!  All summer reading books are on display at Bookshop Santa Cruz.  bookshopsantacruz.com/summer-reading-program. How to complete the challenge: Just bring back your filled out bookmark, making sure to note your name, age, and school before turning it in, by September 5th. Then you will get to collect your rewards and proudly post your name on our Summer Reading wall.  Extra bonus: The school that has the most students participate will also get a gift certificate to buy new books for their school library!



Charter News: June 2, 2017

posted Jun 2, 2017, 5:36 PM by Rhonda Schlosser



Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.

~Langston Hughes




Dear Charter Families,


Next Thursday is the last school day; summer officially will begin!!  These last weeks have had such beautiful and touching program celebrations and advancement ceremonies, with more planned for next week.  Each celebration is so personal, each student known so well by their teachers and peers; each event will become such a heartwarming memory.  Some activities I have missed but I have had the pleasure of attending;

  • Fall Creek Homeschool’s End of Year celebration which included sharing their Jar of Good Deed’s.

  • Quail Hollow Homeschool had their celebration with their older students walking through the ’gateway’ while teachers and parents honored their individual uniqueness.

  • Quail Hollow Integrated Arts had their very first wonderful advancement ceremony where new honor awards and VAPA inspired presentations began traditions for the years to come.

  • Mountain IS had an intimate and loving retirement party for founding teacher Maria Fahrner.

  • Nature Academy’s 6th-grade class had a lovely volunteer tea party held in their garden.

  • And today ended with our Coast Redwood High School graduation for our 18 seniors held in the beautiful Redwood Amphitheater, with music and speeches and each student being honored by their teachers as they received their diplomas.


Kudos go out to the fantastic teachers once again who go the extra mile every year to make the end of year so special for their students.  Next week will be filled with many more special events and advancement celebrations.  I can’t wait!


Please read on for some very important information regarding registration for next year’s enrollment as well as some interesting tips for your summer.


~Rhonda


CHARTER SCHOOL REGISTRATION / INFORMATION FOR 2017-2018 ENROLLMENT

The SLVUSD Charter School uses PowerSchool Registration, an online platform for completing student registration. We have outlined below the requirements for our Returning students, as well as when to access the web-link to complete the online registration process.


RETURNING STUDENTS: We need your most current information in the event of an emergency! You will be required to complete your annual registration (information update and Parent Permissions) before you can attend classes.

PLEASE NOTE: The Parent Portal will be closed between July 1 and August 4. The Parent Portal will reopen on August 5, 2017.

PowerSchool Registration Window & Parent Portal:

The PowerSchool Parent Portal will re-open on Saturday, August 5.  You may access PowerSchool Registration through the Parent Portal URL:  https://grades.slvusd.org/public


Once you have created your PowerSchool Parent account, you will then complete your student’s on-line registration by clicking on the “PowerSchool Registration” link. Students are not considered enrolled until the on-line registration has been completed.  PLEASE NOTE: Students will need to be fully enrolled before they begin classes next year.


Bell Schedule next year: Teacher collaboration

Next year, SLVMS and SLVHS will move to “Early Out” days instead of having “Late Start” days. School will start at 8:00 and release at 1:40 on Early Release Mondays, and 2:25 on other days of the week.  This scheduling will impact our families in the Nature Academy as well as some of the CRMS and CRHS students. A more detailed bell schedule will be sent later.  


These “Early Out days” allow for our teachers to collaborate together on how best to support their students.  This collaboration time is very important for our teachers and allows them time to review information and data and make any changes to their plans in order to reach each student the best they can.


Screen Time Awareness:  From our Student Services department

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As summer comes upon us and students have more leisure time on their hands, we would like you to consider placing some guidelines around student screen time.


According to the Council on Communications and Media (www.aap.org), increased screen time has a negative effect on children.   The major areas that may be impacted are:

  • Sleep: Technology should be turned off at least 30 minutes before bedtime in order to allow your child’s brain some time to settle down from the bright lights of screens and the stimulation of playing with electronics.  Send tablets, phones, and computers to bed early and keep them outside of your child’s bedroom so they won’t be tempted to play.

  • Attention Span: a 2015 study by the Microsoft Corporation found that technology interfered with the ability to stay focused and that the human attention span has reduced from 12 seconds to 8 seconds since the year 2000.   Further, according to a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics in 2011, children and adults who were exposed to more screen time had a higher rate of diagnosed attention span disorders.  The fragmented, action-packed nature of electronic devices contributes to the problem.

  • Learning: While technology puts a world of information at our fingertips, the Internet cannot replace human interaction.  Too much screen-time can blunt imagination and resourcefulness, as well as impact the ability to build new memory.  It is also important to think about what you do not want your children to learn without the benefit of adult support and discussion and filter their Internet use accordingly.

  • Mental and Physical Health: Overuse of screen time is linked to higher rates of depression, anxiety, and obesity.

  • Privacy: Children are at risk of having their privacy compromised and/or being exposed to online predators. Talk to your children about internet safety.  Commonsensemedia.org has many helpful ideas for building skills for digital citizenship.


To promote a healthy balance between media use and other activities, The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends developing a Family Media Plan that addresses the health, education and entertainment needs of each child, in addition to needs of the family as a whole.   You can get started on your own plan here: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/media/Pages/default.aspx


For additional tips on media use, please see below.  

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends the following:

Media Use Plan Tips:

  • Screens should be kept out of kids' bedrooms.  Put in place a "media curfew" at mealtime and bedtime, putting all devices away or plugging them into a charging station for the night.

  • Excessive media use has been associated with obesity, lack of sleep, school problems, aggression and other behavior issues. Limit entertainment screen time to less than one or two hours per day.

  • For children under 2, substitute unstructured play and human interaction for screen time. The opportunity to think creatively, problem solve and develop reasoning and motor skills is more valuable for the developing brain than passive media intake.

  • Take an active role in your children's media education by co-viewing programs with them and discussing values.

  • Look for media choices that are educational, or teach good values -- such as empathy, racial and ethnic tolerance. Choose programming that models good interpersonal skills for children to emulate.

  • Be firm about not viewing content that is not age appropriate: sex, drugs, violence, etc. Movie and TV ratings exist for a reason, and online movie reviews also can help parents to stick to their rules.

  • The Internet can be a wonderful place for learning. But it also is a place where kids can run into trouble. Keep the computer in a public part of your home, so you can check on what your kids are doing online and how much time they are spending there.

  • Discuss with your children that every place they go on the Internet may be "remembered," and comments they make will stay there indefinitely. Impress upon them that they are leaving behind a "digital footprint." They should not take actions online that they would not want to be on the record for a very long time.

  • Become familiar with popular social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You may consider having your own profile on the social media sites your children use. By "friending" your kids, you can monitor their online presence. Pre-teens should not have accounts on social media sites. If you have young children, you can create accounts on sites that are designed specifically for kids their age.

  • Talk to them about being good "digital citizens," and discuss the serious consequences of online bullying. If your child is the victim of cyberbullying, it is important to take action with the other parents and the school if appropriate. Attend to children's and teens' mental health needs promptly if they are being bullied online, and consider separating them from the social media platforms where bullying occurs.

  • Make sure kids of all ages know that it is not appropriate or smart to send or receive pictures of people without clothing, or sexy text messages, no matter whether they are texting friends or strangers.

  • If you're unsure of the quality of the "media diet" in your household, consult with your children's pediatrician on what your kids are viewing, how much time they are spending with media, and privacy and safety issues associated with social media and Internet use.

P.S.  If you have the time, please explore the website Common Sense Media for more great tips. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/



Summer Reading Programs:
 Bookshop Santa Cruz: Our popular summer reading program for young readers (going into grades K-12) will run June 1st through September 6th this year. We're challenging kids to read 6 books--at least 3 from our recommended reading list (see below) and up to 3 of their choice. Complete the challenge and not only will you have read some terrific books, but you'll earn excellent rewards: A $5 Bookshop gift card, a free scoop from the Penny Ice Creamery, a free slice from Pizza My Heart, and a special prize from the Santa Cruz Warriors!       How to get started: Come to Bookshop Santa Cruz to pick up a summer reading bookmark for your age level or download one of the pdfs listed below starting on Monday, May 15th. You are going to want to hang onto this because it's also your reading tracking form that you're going to use all summer and turn back into us before school starts. Pick out your first book and start reading!  All summer reading books are on display at Bookshop Santa Cruz.  bookshopsantacruz.com/summer-reading-program. How to complete the challenge: Just bring back your filled out bookmark, making sure to note your name, age, and school before turning it in, by September 5th. Then you will get to collect your rewards and proudly post your name on our Summer Reading wall.  Extra bonus: The school that has the most students participate will also get a gift certificate to buy new books for their school library!



DATES TO REMEMBER: (Please refer to your program’s newsletter for greater detail regarding dates and details specific to your program’s Field Trips and class events.)
  • June 8th:  Last day of school

  • The Charter School offices will be closed for the month of July and will re-open the first week in August.  

Charter News: May 26, 2017

posted May 29, 2017, 10:53 PM by Rhonda Schlosser


I would rather be remembered by a song than by a victory.

-Alexander Smith




Dear Charter Families,


I know it is the end of the year and everyone is racing to the end of school so this Charter News is short!

Please read on for an article from Counselor Jen, accolades for our Charter school, Highway 9 meeting reminder, Flu virus, celebration/graduation dates.


Have a fabulous Memorial Day weekend.


~Rhonda

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Notes From Our Counselor Jen Sims: It’s the Relationship

Every once in awhile I stop and say to myself,  “It’s the relationship, stupid!”

Normally I am not a fan of name calling or shaming, but this is what my mentor used to say to me with an affectionate smile back when I was a struggling new therapist.   She said it when I got wrapped up in the need for evidence-based or results driven therapeutic techniques.  She said it when I would grumble and whine, “I’m not sure what my clients want from me?!?”  She said it when I took things too personally and forgot what I was supposed to be doing, and that what we are really here for is the relationship…come on, don’t be stupid.   

"It’s the relationship.  I can’t say that enough.  It’s the relationship.  As the school year draws to a close and I reflect on my work here over the past two years, it feels more true than ever that nothing that I do matters as much as the relationships I cultivate with the students, parents, teachers and staff at the charter school.  And nothing will change, get better or heal without the relationships that you have with each other.



Twenty years ago, there was a huge research project called The ACE study.  ACE stands for adverse childhood experiences – things like abuse, parental addiction and mental health, divorce and loss - and it turns out that the more you have of them, the more at risk you are for poor physical and emotional health as you age.  The tagline for the ACE study is ‘Turning Gold into Lead”, and those with the highest number of adverse experiences actually face early death.  One mitigating factor was discovered to make a difference, however, and that was the presence of a healing relationship.  Not multiple relationships; just one where you feel truly seen and heard.  This is all it takes to make the difference between life and death.

There’s no magic around health and healing.  It’s just the relationship.

What are the components of a healing relationship?  I think it’s pretty simple.  Children need relationships that are real, clean, clear and honest.   If you are working on a relationship with a young person, you are already doing what it takes.  If you are working on your relationship with yourself so that you can make sure you are being real, clean, clear and honest, then you are already doing what it takes.   Even if it feels like sometimes you are just being that potted plant parent, or the teacher who keeps saying good morning to a cranky student who barely responds, or if you’re wondering if that last ‘serious talk’ had any impact at all, or, if you are like me and felt so tired one day that you just played hide and seek with your kids rather than do anything serious at all, you are doing what it takes.

My most successful and positive interventions are with students that I have spent time getting to know and allowed to get to know me.  When the relationships in children’s lives improve, I notice their ability to focus and achieve in school dramatically increases.  Their decision-making gets better.  It goes on and on from there, and it doesn’t have to be hard!  When you’re in a jam just remember, it’s the relationship (but I won’t call you stupid).

Read more about the CDC-Kaiser ACE study here:  https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/acestudy/about.html

Read more about the potted plant parent here: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/14/well/family/what-do-teenagers-want-potted-plant-parents.html?_r=0

Teach your child about co-dependency and how to avoid it:

http://oureverydaylife.com/can-teach-children-not-codependent-13778.html

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Charter School received Honor Roll award

Our school was chosen by Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE) as a 2016 California Honor Roll recipient!


“The California Honor Roll is part of a national effort known for its extensive and rigorous analysis of student achievement in public schools. Our school stood above other schools in the state because of success in getting students to grade level achievement and beyond.


This year, the Honor Roll includes 1,866 public K-8 and high schools that are recognized for demonstrating consistently high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement over time, and reduction in achievement gaps.


We did not apply for this award (they found us!) and it is a great honor to have been chosen. We will be featured on the Honor Roll website and a banner has been designed for us to hang proudly at our school.”


On behalf of our entire school community I want to say congratulations to you and your kids!

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WASC Accreditation: Let’s celebrate our WASC Accreditation!!

We have officially received our WASC Accreditation through June 30, 2021!!!

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Highway 9/San Lorenzo Valley Transportation Corridor Plan Open House

When: Wednesday, May 31, 2017; 5:00-7:00 pm (presentation at 6pm)

Where: Felton Community Hall (6191 Hwy 9, Felton)

What: Come share your ideas on how to make it safer and easier for everyone to get around San Lorenzo Valley, whether you are walking, biking, driving, looking for a ride, or taking transit. The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC), Caltrans, County of Santa Cruz, and Santa Cruz METRO need your help preparing a Highway 9/San Lorenzo Valley transportation corridor plan. Share your vision for Highway 9, learn about upcoming projects, and participate in development of this action plan to prioritize transportation projects and services. Measure D, which was approved by voters in November 2016, includes $10 million specifically earmarked for transportation projects along the Highway 9 corridor. For more information: visit www.sccrtc.org/slv, contact the RTC at 831-460-3200 or info@sccrtc.org.

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A Message from the SLVUSD School Nurse on Norovirus

The Santa Cruz County school nurses met this week with the public health officer for Santa Cruz County about the Norovirus outbreak. Although we did have an outbreak in our valley, it was not our students who were at the camp at that time.


It has been recommended that we send any student with stomach pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea home and require 48 hours symptom-free before returning to school.


Norovirus in a healthy adult lasts 1-3 days, causing vomiting, diarrhea, and sometimes fever. Often people think it's food poisoning and the biggest risk is dehydration. There are over 1,200 cases in Yolo County schools, and 200 cases San Jose schools. We currently do not have any known cases in our schools and would like to keep it that way.


Please keep your child home if he or she is displaying these symptoms.

https://www.cdc.gov/norovirus/about/symptoms.html

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What’s Going on in Our Charter School? ..little snippets from some of our programs.

All of our programs are busy either coming back from or going out on their last special excursions.  End of year yearbooks are completed, celebrations of advancements and graduations are underway.  

  • 8 more days of school when we get back.


DATES TO REMEMBER: (Please refer to your program’s newsletter for greater detail regarding dates and details specific to your program’s Field Trips and class events.)

  • May 29th:  No School-- Memorial Day

  • June 1: Quail Hollow Integrated Arts 8th grade advancement ceremony & program celebration -QH Multipurpose Rm Classroom-12:30

  • June 2: Coast Redwood HS -12th grade Graduation -Fall Creek Amphitheater  -12:30

  • June 6: Coast Redwood MS 8th grade advancement ceremony & program celebration -Trowbridge Residence -3-6 pm

  • June 7th:  8th grade advancement ceremony--  SLVHS football field-- 11 AM

  • June 8th:  Nature Academy 8th grade advancement ceremony & program celebration -Fall Creek Amphitheater -10:00 am

  • June 8th:  Last day of school


Charter News: May 7, 2017

posted May 14, 2017, 11:27 PM by Rhonda Schlosser




"To stimulate life, leaving it then free to develop, to unfold, herein lies the first task of the teacher."

~ Maria Montessori


“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”

― Voltaire



Dear Charter Families,


This week is designated Teacher Appreciation week.  In some places they may say it is a day, some may have mentioned it last week, of course, they should be appreciated always, but I’d like to take this time to honor the teachers in the Charter.  Probably all principals think their teachers are the best, but I really think we do have the best!


Our Charter teachers are unique in that they are also champions of the programs they work in.  Their dedication to maintaining communication with their parents and students, and continuing to build creative and flexible programming is phenomenal! They are great at collaborating, teaching through thematic hands-on projects, and infusing their brain-based and developmental knowledge into their teaching as well.

Here is a list of our teachers and the programs they work for, with only a few of their special attributes (forgive me if I don’t share your favorite attribute):


Coast Redwood High School:

  • Kay Mendoza: English and Arts. Started the program 20 years ago.  She is diligent with her oversight and guidance of the program and always working beyond her 100% to keep it moving forward.

  • Keidi Lewis: Social Sciences and World Languages. She exudes effervescence when she talks and teaches.  She is also great at planning and taking students on field trips.

  • Wade Axup: Sciences. He is a wiz at integrating technology into his classes and helping our teachers with technology as well. He loves biology and marine science.

  • Brian Heery: Mathematics.  Also a Sensei in Aikido, he integrates a variety of techniques into his classes so that all students can feel mastery with their math.

Nature Academy:

  • Carter Milhous: Sciences, P.E. Math. Co-founder of Nature Academy, he always starts his teaching with brain-based theory. He loves the hands-on projects, science journals, and integrating computer technology whenever possible.

  • Melissa Stockton: English, Home Economics, GATE, Social Sciences, P.E. Co-founder of Nature Academy. Great at teaching writing,  integrating Language Arts into all subjects, and passionate about teaching cooking, nutrition, sewing….

  • Rosemary Hope: Multiple Subjects.  One of our newest teachers, she exudes the positive values of a self-contained classroom, teaching new 6th graders not only core content but how to respectfully communicate, collaborate and become a classroom family member.

  • Tamar Ragir: Math. Mathematics truly is her passion. She is always finding new ways have the students develop their math skills and critically think mathematically, including through hands-on activities.

Coast Redwood Middle School:

  • Marcy Reynolds: Multiple Subjects.  A true lifelong learner, she is always learning something new to enliven the students. Dedicated to the homeschooling value of working with where the student is and supporting their needs. Also a QiGong teacher, she infuses her mindfulness training into her classroom.

Quail Hollow Integrated Arts:

  • Amber Walker:  Multiple Subjects. She knows homeschooling inside and out as she homeschooled all three of her children, the oldest now 26. She started this program this year to share her love of integrating arts. She is passionate about the performing arts and has directed and choreographed Charter plays with multi-age students for 20 years.

Quail Hollow Homeschool:

  • Katie Parmenter: Multiple Subjects, Social Sciences. She loves the younger grades. She takes her time to make sure that children feel safe and care for one another. Her interests in History and crafting are specialties.

  • Gillian Blair: Multiple Subjects, Math.  A seasoned Math teacher, she is enjoying working and learning from the homeschooling families and truly believes in the thematic way of learning/ She is loving creating new hands-on activities for her students.

Fall Creek Homeschool

  • Lisa Michel: Multiple Subjects, Arts. As a former Waldorf teacher, she weaves Waldorf techniques, arts, and imaginative free play into her classroom.  Her passions include Astronomy and Nature Studies.

Mountain Independent Study:

  • Kim Fleming and Reina Honig. Multiple Subject.  Together they did a wonderful job co-teaching founding teacher Maria who was on leave.  Supporting loved traditions, learning the values of homeschooling, adding their love of the arts, writers’ workshop, and ao many ways to enliven this program for all who are involved.


Thank you, teachers, for making SLV Charter the great and unique school that it is!


~Rhonda

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Come See Our All Charter Play!  

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Congratulations to our very own Quinn Becker for supporting the pack in the SLVHS production of Grease!


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What’s Going on in Our Charter School? ..little snippets from some of our programs.

Thank you, students, for doing your best in the annual State testing.


Coast Redwood High School: Several students went on a tour at USCS. Staff and Students participated in an experiential workshop with Dr. Heath Wood to help build a culture where empathy and greater understanding of each other can expand.

Coast Redwood Middle School: Friday, May 19th, at 6pm at the Santa Cruz MAH, our class will be hosting one of the art exhibits during the 3rd Friday History Blast event!   Our art exhibit is a timeline of our oceans that begins in the 1950's before plastic pollution started entering our oceans and posing danger to sea life and human life. Our kids have created many amazing things this year, and they will be for sale at our exhibit to raise money for our class.  

Nature Academy: Thanks to the teachers and students for preparing for our Open House night and to the parents who came to visit the classrooms.  The 6th grade class had their Save our Shores Beach day, the 7-8th graders concluded their Renaissance unit with a Fair and Feast at Highlands Park.

Quail Hollow Integrated Arts: Most of the class is currently working on the All Charter Play. May 24 and 25 Charter Talent Show. This is a wonderful event, and we are performing AS A CLASS, presenting “Alexander Hamilton”, which we have been rehearsing with Arindam Krishna Das. Students are also encouraged to present an individual or group piece.

Quail Hollow Homeschool:  We have started the yearbook process. Please send in any pictures you have from this year to contribute to the yearbook with your child on Tuesday.  Students participated in our last Skate day of the year.  They are planning their Field Trip to the Rosicrucian Museum.  King Kong Fun Run is coming at the end of May

Fall Creek Homeschool: We have started the yearbook process. Please send in any pictures you have from this year to contribute to the yearbook with your child on Tuesday.  Students participated in our last Skate day of the year.  Students completed their classroom and personal books and sharing them at the Author’s Fair.

Mountain IS: IS Pentathlon will happen on May 12, 2017 (All ages participate) Events will take place on the field, track, and blacktop. The purpose of the event is to bring peace, grace, beauty and athleticism to all who participate and spectate. All students should wear white, we will provide purple sashes and kids will make their own foliage head wreaths Parents are encouraged to come and watch the event


DATES TO REMEMBER: (Please refer to your program’s newsletter for greater detail regarding dates and details specific to your program’s Field Trips and class events.)

  • April 28: Nature Academy Lottery 3 pm at the Charter Quail Hollow Office

  • May 6: VAPA Showcase. May 6, 2017:  12 PM to 4 PM: SLVHS Campus

  • May 11 & 12:  All Chater Play.  The Little Mermaid: a West Side Story.  PAC @ 6:30

  • May 25:  All Charter Talent Show at 6:30pm

  • May 29th:  No School-- Memorial Day

  • June 8th:  Last day of school

~Rhonda

Charter News, April 22

posted Apr 24, 2017, 11:15 AM by Rhonda Schlosser



"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of becoming."  -Goethe




Dear Charter Families,


We were finally able to present Screenagers last week.  While the audience was probably not as large as it would have been had it not been rescheduled, the parents and students that were in attendance were very appreciative of the opportunity to view this wonderful film. Many mentioned that they thought the film should be mandatory viewing for parents in our digital age of learning. Families who came were not only from the Charter but also from SLV High School and Middle School. We had a great discussion afterward. It was especially good to hear from the students in the audience and to see so many families who attended and together.  Some of the comments shared were:

  • Several students said that they learn better and seem to retain more from textbooks

  • Students also agreed with the movie in how distracted they can become with the use of internet in the classroom if it isn’t managed well, and also how easy it is for students to misuse the computer in the classroom if they so choose.

  • A few parents mentioned their own overuse of their smartphone or computer at home.  Some said that they felt they were managing it okay until they intentionally stopped for a good length of time and thus realized how much more relaxed and present they were with their family.

  • The Tech Talk Tuesday mentioned was an idea that many felt would benefit their home.

  • Most agreed that not having smartphones and computers in the bedroom was a good idea, though many also agreed that it may be hard for them to initially implement.

This was the second time that Ambe Walker and I have seen the film and we both realize how much more we were able to glean from the film the second time around.  For those of you who could not make it, I highly recommend you review some of the resources linked on the Screenagers website  https://www.screenagersmovie.com.  In particular, the Tech Talk Tuesdays, and  Resources tabs. Thank you to Amber and Jen for attending and adding to the discussion!


~Rhonda

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CAASPP testing continues: The Charter programs will continue with testing through mid-May. A Huge Thanks to all the students for working so hard!  I have heard from the teachers and seen for myself that the classes that have finished truly did do their best.  Every class I entered seemed relaxed and energized to do well with their tests. I know it is not a pleasurable experience for most and that for some students the tests can be hard and some questions frustrating. Remember that the tests are designed to be comprehensive and that not many students can know 100% of anything! These tests only show a moment in time for each student’s academic ability and only in this specific, standardized format.  The tests are primarily designed to show schools an overall view of how our students are doing in Math and ELA and Science.  It is one measure that is required by the State and we greatly appreciate your participation.  We do really need 95% participation, and in our small school, every student makes a difference.  Thanks again!

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Nature Academy Lottery: The lottery will be held This Friday at 3:00 pm at the Quail Hollow Charter Office.  If you have any questions, please contact Rhonda at rschlosser@slvusd.org 335-0932, or Holly at hthomas@slvusd.org 336-5167

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SLVUSD VAPA Showcase: May 6, 2017:  12 PM to 4 PM: SLVHS Campus


Come and see the fabulous SLVUSD Visual and Performing Arts accomplishments from the 16-17 school year. We will have performances by our theater students, band, choir, and elementary music. There will be artwork on display, and some community activities. We hope you can join us. No cost to attend!

Event Volunteers: In order for us to successfully host this event we will need lots of helping hands from our generous parents. We are seeking both volunteers to help out on the day of the event, as well as food and drink donations to be sold to event goers.

The following volunteer opportunities are available:

• Baked goods and water donations (see attached flyer) • Food/drink servers

• Set up including hanging and arranging artwork and setting up food/beverage areas, table

set up, etc.  • Clean-up/ break-down   • Cleaning popcorn maker before event  • Cleaning popcorn maker after event   www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0C4AABAA29A5FC1-vapa4

If you have any questions about VAPA Volunteer list please email Lani Egbert, eegbert@slvusd.org


We are looking for bakers to donate some tasty treats to our first annual Visual Arts Performing Arts Showcase SIGN UPBake sale donation ideas:

●  Homemade baked goods — cookies, brownies, muffins, cupcakes, rice krispie treats, pies, cakes, zucchini bread, banana bread, etc. ●  Cases of bottled water ●  Starbucks coffee containers

Please join our list of bakers by using the Sign Up Genius survey. www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0C4AABAA29A5FC1-vapa3

Any questions, please contact Halley Benjamin, hbenjamin@slvusd.org

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Parent Advisory Committee: Thank you to the parents who continue to come each month and give feedback to important aspects of running the Charter.  At the last meeting, after review of the LCAP discussion, we discussed the annual parent survey.  The questions on this survey help the Charter staff to assess how we are doing in the areas of academics, communication and safety and engagement.  This survey is also used as a follow up for our LCAP review and reporting.  We made changes to the questions based on review of the results from the previous year and by looking at the LCAP goals.

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What’s Going on in Our Charter School?

 

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ALL Charter Talent SHOW: Calling all acts for our All Charter Talent Show, to be performed at the SLV Performing Arts Center (PAC) on Thursday, May 25, at 6:30pm. In addition, there is a mandatory Dress Rehearsal from 3-6pm on Wednesday, May 24. *Please speak directly with Amber if there is a conflict with this date. There are a few exceptions to the mandatory Dress Rehearsal attendance, but it must be discussed prior to then to be determined.

Acts should be no longer than approximately 3-4 minutes in length. Solo dancers, group dancers, solo musical artists, bands, monologues, stop motion videos, short films...any and all visual and performing artists are welcome!    We will also display 2D and 3D artwork in the lobby to the PAC.


Please respond awalker@slvusd.org with the following info by Friday, May 5:

1)Name and age/grade of student

2)contact information of parent or responsible adult: email address and phone number

2)Charter Program they are enrolled in

3)what kind of performance or visual art will be presented

4)staging needs -such as mats, microphones, piano, extension cords, backing musical track, chairs, etc.

Thanks so much! I am looking forward to another year of amazing talent.


..little snippets from some of our programs.

Coast Redwood High School: Information Night, Thursday, 4/27, 5:00pm-6:00pm, Room P3.  Students and parents of 8th graders are encouraged to attend to meet all the CRHS teachers and hear what they have planned for next year.

Special Workshop; Guest Speaker Heath Wood - Friday, May 5th

What: A presentation and facilitated conversation about self-awareness, communication skills, and

creating safety for ourselves and others in social and academic situations.

When:  Friday, May 5th, 9th/10th Graders from 9-11am, 11/12th Graders from 12-2pm.

Who: ALL Coast Redwood students and staff

Where: Coast Redwood, P5  (Brian’s room)

Cost: FREE!!! While normally trainings like these are quite pricey, this workshop is FREE for all CRHS students.

We have invited Heath to work with us now as preparation for our 2017-2018 school year and to kick off the positive changes we will continue to be making at Coast Redwood. It is so valuable and important to Coast Redwood teachers and the building of our Coast Redwood community that we are asking all of our students to be here, and as an added incentive are considering it an extra credit project for a class of your choice. More on this next week!

- Yearbooks - order yours today! - Last Meeting of the Tribes - Friday, April 28 (Attendance day) starting at 10:00. Agenda - students will receive their progress report, answer questions, confirm ROP applications, verify concurrent enrollment, pick-up Cabrillo summer school and fall high school release forms, and much more! - Senior cap and gowns have arrived. 20 years of providing an academic choice! Come celebrate with our graduating seniors on June 2

Coast Redwood Middle School: Students have been working on their individual and class projects and in the garden in addition to the CAASPP testing.

Nature Academy: 6th grade went on an O'Neill Sea Odyssey on the  17th. Thank you to everyone who volunteered to drive. Students are swimming for their PE and making final preparations for their Mt Shasta trip happening in May.  Their CAASPP testing begins this week. 7th and 8th graders are deep into their Renaissance unit, with posters and speeches of notable people of the time period and science projects with DaVinci in mind. A new elective cycle has begun as well.

Quail Hollow Integrated Arts: Had a field trip on Wednesday, April 19 to MAH in Santa Cruz

Students met downtown and had an art walk scavenger hunt along primarily Pacific Avenue, and some of the nearby side streets until their interactive activities in the Museum of Art and History.

Quail Hollow Homeschool:  We attended a field trip to Good Life Ceramics April 21st. Walking around campus, friends were on the lookout for animals.  We made a list of what was seen followed up with a drawing of our favorite animals we spotted with some descriptive words. Jen, our counselor talked about 'Circles of Privacy'. We looked at different behaviors (for example, kissing, hugging, handshake, smile) and brainstormed who we would be doing these things with. It's important to trust you gut and say no if something doesn't feel right. There is such a desire to continue working outside; Children had the opportunity to choose to work in the frog pond, the garden, or to make a marbled paper craft activity.

Fall Creek Homeschool: We had a wonderful art workshop led by Michele and Don Faia. We drew mandalas titled ” Your Inner Sun”.  The 3rd graders worked on making videos using Adobe Spark. The 4th and 5th graders worked on storyboards for the videos they are making. We received a letter from the International Astronomical Union thanking us for our suggestions to change the word we use for natural  satellites.  We completed steps 3 and 4 in our hand made bookmaking process. We worked on a star map. We listened to the true story of a famous astronomer, Annie Jump Cannon. We had a wonderful field trip to the Mystery Spot with a school group tour.

Mountain IS: We had a nice week in class learning about Dr. Suess, doing some creative writing and learning about cave formations called stalactites and stalagmites. We read several Dr Suess books and created graphs with partners to collect data from classmates (what is your favorite? Which has your favorite illustrations?). We are doing a demonstration with Epsom salts and students had to make predictions and will observe the growth over the next week. We spent some time in Writer's Workshop as well. Thank you to all who put on the amazing Earth Day celebration! All of the teachers and kids loved the event and learned a lot. It was a great success. In the spirit of Earth Day we made natural cleaning products using fractions. Then did some spring cleaning around the classroom! We ended the day with a video about an art exhibit at the Smithsonian made exclusively from trash found at beaches. What a great opportunity to strike up a conversation about the three Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle!


DATES TO REMEMBER: (Please refer to your program’s newsletter for greater detail regarding dates and details specific to your program’s Field Trips and class events.)

  • April 28: Nature Academy Lottery 3 pm at the Charter Quail Hollow Office

  • May 6: VAPA Showcase. May 6, 2017:  12 PM to 4 PM: SLVHS Campus

  • May 11 & 12:  All Chater Play.  The Little Mermaid: a West Side Story.  PAC @ 6:30

  • May 29th:  No School-- Memorial Day

  • June 8th:  Last day of school

Charter News: March 31, 2017

posted Mar 31, 2017, 5:25 PM by Rhonda Schlosser



Patience is not simply the ability to wait - it's how we behave while we're waiting.

~Joyce Meyer





Dear Charter Families,


March is closing and next week we have our Spring break.  It is a well-deserved break for everyone and a nice time for rejuvenation as we continue the homeward stretch to the end of the year.  Students have been working hard and deserve a well-earned break.

Thank you to the wonderful staff who designs such unique programs for our students and families.  Students have continued to have wonderful experiences with their classmates through field trips, plays, presentations, and collaborative activities in the classroom. When we come back, there are already plans for more exciting activities as we begin our countdown to June. There is still a lot of learning ahead, and for now…

May you all enjoy the coming week in a way that fills your heart and soul.


~Rhonda

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Notes From Our Counselor Jen Sims: Patience

March is a tough month – it’s long, it rains, we have no 3-day weekends and spring break is taunting us from down the road.  It’s tough to keep your nose to the grindstone while the sun is starting to shine and the buds are blooming into beautiful flowers.  We’ve been waiting the whole winter for that!  There so much patience to be exercised in March that I felt it was a great wellness topic.  


BUT I have to admit...I am the worst when it comes to patience.  The worst!  I feel like kicking rocks when it comes to this subject.  I bet a lot of you are nodding your heads in agreement as you read this right now.  For that reason, I’d like to spend at least part of this article giving impatience a shout out, and frankly, it’s due.  Where would we be without impatience?


Martin Luther King said, “We have no alternative but to protest.  For many years we have shown an amazing patience…but we have come here tonight to be saved from that patience that makes us patient with anything less than freedom and justice.”  Patience is a virtue but let’s not take it too far, right?  We cannot glorify the ability to sit still, because there are some things we should not be sitting still for.  Impatience tells us when it is time to act, to shift and to make a change.   


If I have learned anything in my years as a psychotherapist, it is that no one changes anything until it no longer works for them.  Not adults and not children.   I’m certain that as parents you have had the frustration of looking at your child’s ineffective behavior and clearly seeing what could be different – but your child isn’t aware.  Just telling them what needs to change doesn’t usually work.  Counseling and behavior charts can work, but not all the time.   What works 100% of the time for all of us is getting sick and tired of waiting for a person or a situation to change.  


I can trace most of my important decisions back to this.  I was impatient with the limitations of my work with people, so I decided to become a therapist.  I was impatient waiting for the job I had at a community agency to get different, so I struck out on my own.  I was impatient waiting for Pennsylvania to catch up with some of the ways I wanted to live, so I left.  


What have you been too impatient to wait for and how has it spurred you on to action?  Can you recognize and promote the same in your child?   And how do you know when impatience crosses the line?


This leads me to discuss the dark side of impatience.  I can think of many times that impatience has lead me down the wrong path – I’ve been hung up on by insurance and cable companies.  I’ve blurted out the wrong thing because I just can’t wait to say something.  There is one doctor’s office in Pennsylvania to which I should probably never return.  Looking back I wish I had handled these situations more effectively because I ended up turning small events into social justice actions inside my head.  It didn’t have to be that way.  Here are some strategies on helping your child avoiding these potentially awkward moments by developing some self-control and patience.


Patience is developmental and requires practice:  Younger kids have less of a tolerance for patience so start small.  Short waits, getting longer as they get older is your best bet.  It takes practice, so find situations where you can insert purposeful delays to help them get used to it.


Countdowns!:  I am a huge fan of countdowns.  If you are waiting for a vacation or holiday, do something fun during the month or week leading up to the date.  Whether it’s marking the days off the calendar, reading a book chapter a night (for example, let’s say you’re going to HAWAII – read a book about Hawaii leading up to the trip), or having some special events beforehand like shopping for suntan lotion or planning your Netflix binge for a staycation.  Anticipation can be so much fun.


Practice mindfulness:  Waiting for anything, like the doctor or the bus, can be a great time to practice mindful breathing or sensory mindfulness – what do you see, hear, taste, smell and feel right now?


With older children, practice patience by working toward a goal:  Saving money is good one for this.  We often have to wait for the things that we want in life while we are working and earning them.  The waiting will feel worth it when they can purchase a new outfit, shoes or video game.


Wrapping up, I want to add that we have worlds at our fingertips with iphones and ipads, and these are extremely helpful for boredom and waiting.  I believe in their use for keeping a child (or ourselves) occupied when the wait is really too long.  This won’t result in increased patience or attention span, however, so I encourage you to still practice, practice, practice patience and impatience as it works for you and your child.  


Have an awesome spring break.  It’s finally here!!!!

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Screenagers: Take 3!!!  As incredible as it may sound, our March 8 Screenagers night was curtailed once again.  But We Will Not Give Up!


We have scheduled a final date of Wednesday, April 19, 7-9 pm, for any and all parents and students to come watch this important film with us, at the Performing Arts Center on the Tri-campus. 7105 Highway 9, Felton, 95018

Our students watched the film with their teachers and the overwhelming response is that, while they had some criticism of the film, the majority of every class felt it very important that their parents view the film as well. We love it when our families can engage in important conversations with each other and their children. There is no doubt that the topic of screen time is an important one to ponder and make some decisions about. Parent involvement and support is so important to your students success and events like these are a good way to support your children’s education.

A brief discussion of the film will be offered right after the film.  

Tickets previously purchased will be honored. Tickets are a suggested donation of $10.  Please note:  Tickets and trailer for the film available at this NEW LINK:  

https://impactflow.com/event/presented-by-slvusd-charter-school-2178

You will receive a confirmation back from impact flow, which you need to bring with you to the event.  If you prefer to not purchase them online, they can also be purchased through your teachers or by contacting Danelle Matteson at 335-0932.

If you are able to make it, I think you’ll enjoy it, and also enjoy talking with your kids about it afterward. This is a very important topic for our staff and we hope that you will attend the viewing on April 19th at 7 pm, in our Performing Arts Center on the SLVHS campus. Many of our high school students were not able to attend due to the conflict with a scheduled class. It would be great if they could come with you to the evening show.


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Open application window for Charter programs. INTENT to RETURN FORMS:

We are already receiving new applications for next year for all of our programs.  You should have received an ‘Intent to Return’ form in an email from your teacher.  Please fill this out and return it to either of the Charter offices as soon as possible.

This form either holds your spot OR releases your spot for someone else to fill. Students who are returning, either to their current program or to another program within the Charter do not need to apply again.  You spot is guaranteed, provided we receive your Intent to Return form.

Siblings have priority enrollment, however all siblings still need to fill out a 2017-18 application in order to hold their spot and begin the enrollment process.  

Thank you for your speedy attention to this request.

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Parent Advisory Committee: PLEASE COME, April 19, from 3-4. More about testing, and further refinement of LCAP funding.

At our last meeting, we discussed the ideas from parents within the various programs about how to spend LCAP funds, based on the goals for our school Charter LCAP funding, what the goals our, how our supplemental funding was allocated, what was spent, and ideas for next year. Some good ideas were shared around encouraging and developing our students abilities in Mathematics.

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Upcoming CAASPP testing begins: The Charter programs will begin the annual State testing once we return from our Spring Break. Part of the State Test requires headphones.  We will have headphones in every testing area for students to use, however, if your student has earbuds or headphones of their own that have a regular phone jack plug, please have them bring them to school that week.  Students can certainly use our headphones, but may like theirs better.  Testing for CRHS and CRMS begins the week we get back from Spring Break - April 10-14. IF you have any questions about the tests, please feel free to contact you child’s teacher, or Rhonda at rschlosser@slvusd.org


What’s Going on in Our Charter School?  ..little snippets from some of our programs.

Coast Redwood High School:  CRHS had their Leadership Activities Rainbow Week - March 20-24. We wish for our students to relax and enjoy their spring break. Students worked hard these last 3 quarters and deserve a well-earned break. Well done everyone! When we return our 11th graders will start their CAASPP testing for ELA on Tuesday morning, April 11, and 10th graders will start their test on Friday, April 14, for science. Thank you, parents, for your homeschooling support of your teen during these last 3 quarters. We are in the home-run stretch!

Coast Redwood Middle School: Students are completing their project presentations and work on the class logo for their product. Hannah’s mom came to class and did a graphic design activity with the kids to get them thinking about expressing emotions and ideas through shapes. Thanks to her leadership we already have some good ideas for our business logo to go with the business name the kids chose –Healthy Redwoods-.

Nature Academy:We we return the 7-8th graders will begin their renaissance unit.  6th graders will continue their China unit and begin to prepare for their Mt. Shasta annual trip.

Quail Hollow Integrated Arts:We have some exciting activities in the classroom coming up:

Students will create Rube Goldberg machines, applying their knowledge of Force and Motion. We will be building planter boxes and filling them! We need some parent volunteers to lead construction on this project. Please respond if you would like to come and help create our planter box gardens. We will be creating a mural on the “ball wall” on the court. Students will submit ideas for the design

Quail Hollow Homeschool: This was our performance week!  Friends who participated in the play did an amazing job and we are all so proud of you and the hard work you put in.

Congratulations on a job well done! If you did not participate in the play, we hope you were able to come out and enjoy at least one of the performances - they were truly entertaining!

Fall Creek Homeschool: We attended a performance of the Quail Hollow Homeschool’s play “Master Mummy” at the Performing Arts Center. We had a discussion about various ‘houses’ in the play yard and the rules pertaining to how we share them. We made marbleized paper for our hand made books. The 4/5 graders continued making videos using Chromebooks – this time trying to compose a story with beginning, middle and conclusion. We made planispheres, which are essentially star maps.We completed step 2 out of four steps for our hand made books – sewing the pages together. The children brought home the storyboards they started in class with a partner. These can be used as jumping off points for composing a story to eventually write into their hand made books.

Mountain IS: We continue creating our own board games which integrate a variety of curricular areas. First we "buddied-up" to brainstorm a list of words typically found on game boards. We also created titles and selected fonts to create labels. In art we Modge Podged our spaces, words, spinners and titles to the game boards. Next week, students will create a rough draft of the playing instructions for their games. After some peer editing and revising, students will publish a final draft of direction on the back of their games so that anyone can enjoy playing them.  


DATES TO REMEMBER: (Please refer to your program’s newsletter for greater detail regarding dates and details specific to your program’s Field Trips and class events.)


  • QHIA application window Mar. 14-April. 28

  • April 3-7: Spring break

  • CAASPP Testing begins at Charter sites.  

  • April 19: Parent Advisory Meeting, 3-4 pm

  • May 29th:  No School-- Memorial Day

  • June 8th:  Last day of school






Charter News: March 17

posted Mar 17, 2017, 8:51 PM by Rhonda Schlosser


The joyful heart sees and reads the world with a sense of freedom and graciousness.

~John O'Donohue




Dear Charter Families,


March marks the hints of Spring, the itch for Summer, and the quickened pace of the school year.  Whew what energy! This newsletter has several updates so please read on to learn about:

  • Visiting Committee WASC update

  • Screenagers!:  Take 3

  • Intent to Return requests and Open application window for Charter programs

  • Upcoming CAASPP testing

  • New California School Dashboard

  • District and Charter LCAP parent input

  • Snipets from our programs

Enjoy the weekend, with maybe some time for outside activities...as I hear that we may be in for a bit more rain next week.


~Rhonda

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Visiting Committee WASC update: WASC visit complete!  The Western Association of Schools and Colleges completed their review of our school and left us with a glowing report of how well we are doing for our students and their families. Here are some of the committee’s commendations:

District support is critical for a program such as this, and district officers and staff are highly commended for long-term support of this innovative charter. One district officer described the Charter as a test-bed for good ideas, which speaks highly of both the Charter and its parent district.


The VC commends a broadly talented and experienced teaching staff, and appreciates the long hours and creativity dedicated to addressing the concerns of the prior visiting committee.  The VC hopes that the entire Charter community sees the WASC self-study process as being worthwhile and rewarding. The Committee also appreciates the friendly, efficient and helpful support staff, and admires how the grounds and buildings are kept with such pride.

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Screenagers: Take 3!!!!  As incredible as it may sound, our March 8 Screenagers! night was curtailed once again. This time it did not happen due to calendar mix-up at the PAC.  Our extreme apologies to the parents who came, only to find that the PAC was not open.  Thank you to our staff Amber, Rosie, and Jen who were there and fielded the frustrating non-event.


But We Will Not Give Up! After ensuring that yes, indeed we can keep the rental of the DVD from the Screenagers producers, and double assurance that the PAC will be ready for us, We have scheduled a final date of Wednesday, April 19, 7-9 pm, for any and all parents and students to come watch this important film with us, at the Performing Arts Center on the Tri-campus. 7105 Highway 9, Felton, 95018

Our students watched the film with their teachers and the overwhelming response is that, while they had some criticism of the film, the majority of every class felt it very important that their parents view the film as well. We love it when our families can engage in important conversations with each other and their children. There is no doubt that the topic of screen time is an important one to ponder and make some decisions about. Parent involvement and support is so important to your students success and events like these are a good way to support your children’s education.

A brief discussion of the film will be offered right after the film.  

Tickets previously purchased will be honored. Tickets are a suggested donation of $10.  Please note:  Tickets and trailer for the film available at this NEW LINK:  

https://impactflow.com/event/presented-by-slvusd-charter-school-2178

You will receive a confirmation back from impact flow, which you need to bring with you to the event.  If you prefer to not purchase them online, they can also be purchased through your teachers or by contacting Danelle Matteson at 335-0932.

Again, Please take the time to read further about Screenagers.  If you are able to make it, I think you’ll enjoy it, and also enjoy talking with your kids about it afterward. This is a very important topic for our staff and we hope that you will attend the viewing on April 19th at 7 pm, in our Performing Arts Center on the SLVHS campus. Many of our high school students were not able to attend due to the conflict with a scheduled class. It would be great if they could come with you to the evening show.


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Open application window for Charter programs. INTENT to RETURN FORMS:

We had a great turnout for both the Nature Academy and our Homeschool programs Information Nights.  Our information nights mark the beginning of our application windows.  We are already receiving new applications for next year for all of our programs.  You should also have received an ‘Intent to Return’ form in an email from your teacher.  Please fill this out and return it to either of the Charter offices as soon as possible. This form either holds your spot OR releases your spot for someone else to fill. Students who are returning, either to their current program or to another program within the Charter do not need to apply again.  You spot is guaranteed, provided we receive your Intent to Return form. Thank you for your speedy attention to this.

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Upcoming CAASPP testing: Most, if not all of you know that, as a publicly funded Charter, we are aligned with the State adopted K-12 Standards and the Annual State Assessment that is used to measure grade level progress toward these Standards.


Below is a letter from the District that was mailed to all parents.  I have taken the liberty to send it via this newsletter so that I can add a ‘Charter perspective’ as well, seen in bold type.

2016-2017 Notice for Statewide Tests – Smarter Balanced Assessment

March, 2017

In 2010, California adopted more rigorous K-12 standards in English Language Arts and Math to ensure all students move from grade to grade with the academic knowledge and skills necessary for success beyond high school. Since we raised the bar for what we expect students to know and be able to do, we have also changed the way we measure student progress through our state tests, known as Smarter Balanced.


How much time do the tests take? The statewide tests are not timed so your child can take as long as he or she needs to fully demonstrate what he or she knows and can do. Students are tested in grades 3-8, 11 in English and Math, and grades 5, 8 and 10 in Science. We take great care to create the best environment possible for our students, with each program determining the best time frames and breaks within the testing period to support our students.


What do the results mean and where do I get my child’s results? Test results identify your child’s strengths and areas for improvement in English Language Arts and Math. This test is developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and is one measure used by many States in our country and is meant to be used as one form to measure growth and areas for improvement. Each subject will be broken into categories and will show how well your child performed in each area. The tests measure student learning on a 4-point scale. You will receive your child’s scores by mail at the beginning of the next school year.


Why does participation matter? While no single test can give a complete picture of your child’s progress, having your child take the statewide tests provides teachers and administrators with information about what educational approaches are working and where additional resources are needed. Your child’s participation is very important to ensure schools and districts receive the targeted resources they need to help all students succeed. We are required to have 95% of our students participate in the CAASPP testing every year as part of our Charter renewal.


When will my child take the test?  The San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District Smarter Balanced Assessment testing window will be between March 21 and June 8. Your child’s school will have the specific dates your child takes the tests within the statewide testing window above. Please check with your child’s school for specific testing dates.

For more information go to www.caaspp.org or contact your child’s school.  I know that some of the tests may be difficult, or even considered unpleasant for some students. It is a short window of testing each year that is important for many reasons. We respect your commitment to act on what is best for your child, and I would be more than happy to meet and talk with any parent who is concerned about their child taking this test.


Thank you.


*California Education Code section 60615 permits a parent or guardian annually submit to the school a written request to excuse his or her child from any or all parts of any test provided pursuant to Education Code section 60640 for the school year. If a parent or guardian submits an exemption request after testing has begun, any test(s) completed before the request is submitted will be scored and the results reported to the parent or guardian and included in the pupil's records. Note: Authority cited: Sections 33031 and 60640, Education Code. Reference: Sections 60604, 60605, 60607, 60612, 60615, 60640 and 60641, Education Code.

Negative Effects State Opt-out Rules can have on SLV Charter:

  • Opt-out students now counted as Not Proficient against the overall school score

  • Opt-outs count against the percentage of students who take the test, which needs to be at or above 95%

  • In the past, opt-outs showed as if the student didn’t take the test.  They now show as if the student is Not Proficient in Math and ELA.

  • This Not Proficient designation means student in 11th grade did not meet EAP portion of test and depending on high school course of study and scores on other standardized exams such as AP, SAT, and ACT, may have to start college with remedial LA and Math courses

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New California School Dashboard: Please read the attached letter that explains the preliminary roll-out of the California School Dashboard, the new accountability system in California. In addition, the California Department of Education has prepared a wealth of resources for parents you can explore. This is a very early version of the tool and we are all learning together, so please stay tuned for future updates.You can access the dashboard at this site https://www.caschooldashboard.org/#/Home and search for SLVUSD Charter.  NOTE: The data may be misrepresentative due to the small size of our student population, as a whole and within grade levels.   This dashboard is part of the new way the state is planning on assessing schools ability to support their students.  It is a work in progress and only one accountability tool.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.   AND, coming to our Parent Advisory Committee meetings is always a great place to ask questions and discuss what this is all about and how it relates to the Charter programs.

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Parent Advisory Committee: PLEASE COME, April 19, from 3-4. More about testing, and further refinement of LCAP funding.

At our last meeting, we discussed the ideas from parents within the various programs about how to spend LCAP funds, based on the goals for our school Charter LCAP funding, what the goals are, how our supplemental funding was allocated, what was spent, and ideas for next year. Some good ideas were shared around encouraging and developing our students' abilities in Mathematics.

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All Parents Are Invited to Attend a…

PRESENTATION of the LOCAL CONTROL ACCOUNTABILITY PLAN (LCAP) FOR SLVUSD

TUESDAY, MARCH 28th 6:30pm – 7:30pm SLVHS Multi-Use Room

OR...

TUESDAY, APRIL 11th 6:30pm – 7:30pm BCE -Library

  • Hear About the District’s LCAP

  • Provide Your Input

Parent Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L3LBQ7B

Teacher Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LF5VR6G


What’s Going on in Our Charter School?  ..little snippets from some of our programs.

Coast Redwood High School:  CRHS Leadership Activities Rainbow Week - March 20-24


Coast Redwood Middle School: The week of March 13 we are on a snow trip to Yosemite National Park. We will have investigated snow and early spring ecology. As well as study geograph, participate in winter sports and work in groups to prepare meals, budget, shop and cook.

Nature Academy: 6th grade parents will be meeting this Tuesday evening at 6:30 for the first Headwaters Trip meeting.  We are moving into our next PE Unit this week, Softball. This means I am looking for a parent to help me during PE. This is a shorter 3-week unit and a great opportunity to help with volunteer hours as well as get to know the class. The 6th grade class has completed their Egyptian studies and are putting in a lot of great work on refining their writing skills.  The 7-8th grade classes came back from a great snow trip to the Sequoias. They are continuing their work in science on the take apart project, moving into an electronic project, completing their argumentative essay, and continuing work on their Africa Unit. The students are enjoying another great elevctive cycle, thanks to parent support.

Quail Hollow Integrated Arts: We are focusing on Force and Motion in our sciences which also incorporates quite a bit of math. We made great strides in our PAC scale models, with one finished! The students will be able to choose their own production and create a set for it. We also had Garvey Gordon and Steven Dowdy from Coast Redwood High School come and organize PE games with us yesterday. We listened to the “Hamilton” soundtrack, dissecting Jefferson and Hamilton’s “Cabinet Battle No. 2” this time. We discussed the origins of International Day of the Woman. The students will be shown brief clips of outstanding women in history each week this month. We continue Yoga class with Mary. The students have played spontaneous games of kickball, including our K-6 population from QHHS, each day this week. Friday, March 24: Make-O-Rama/DIY Day, presented by QHIA, 10-1:30;

Tuesday, March 28: Quail Hollow Homeschool K-5 Performance at the PAC, 10:30

Quail Hollow Homeschool: We have been learning about Ancient Egypt and began making our clay sarcophagus project for our mummy dogs. We have been rehearsing our upcoming play. The Ensemble worked on song - Walk Like an Egyptian and beginning choreography. First and second graders worked on finishing their unit on friendship, self-regulation and communication.This week Jen Sims talked to our 3rd grade students about skillsfor feeling calm inside.  This is very important for maintaining healthy relationships!  They went on a wise minded walk and observed what they saw, smell, touched, heard and smelled.  Later they recorded their experiences through and discussed which sensory experiences felt the best. (4-5) The weather was so great, we chose to go outside and begin to work in our pond area, where the Save the Frogs pond area is.  It is full of egg sacks and pollywogs!  Tuesday, March 28: Quail Hollow Homeschool K-5 Performance at the PAC Make-O-Rama Friday, March 24 How it works:  Parents and/or students come up with an easy to make project, bring the supplies, and set up a station for students to roam to, create something from scratch, and bring it home. The QH Integrated Arts students will be working in teams teaching some stations. A few of the projects they will be offering to make are butter, a stress ball, slime, sock puppets, origami, drawing eyes, t-shirt decorating, and more...

Fall Creek Homeschool: We took a fabulous trip to the Fujitsu Planetarium and Cheeseman Garden at DeAnza College. It was great for the kids to see a state-of-the-art planetarium. We discussed how we can use our hands to estimate time and distance in the sky. We made ”astrolabs” to measure the altitude of any star. The class got to see a real astrolab made of brass. We listened to a story from the Bororo Trive of Central Africa about the names of the stars. We made thank you cards for the astronomers who showed us the sights on stargazing night. Make-O-Rama Friday, March 24. How it works:  Parents and/or students come up with an easy to make project, bring the supplies, and set up a station for students to roam to, create something from scratch, and bring it home. The QH Integrated Arts students will be working in teams teaching some stations. A few of the projects they will be offering to make are butter, a stress ball, slime, sock puppets, origami, drawing eyes, t-shirt decorating, and more...

Mountain IS: We continue creating our own board games which integrate a variety of curricular areas. First we "buddied-up" to brainstorm a list of words typically found on game boards. We also created titles and selected fonts to create labels. In art we Modge Podged our spaces, words, spinners and titles to the game boards. Next week, students will create a rough draft of the playing instructions for their games. After some peer editing and revising, students will publish a final draft of direction on the back of their games so that anyone can enjoy playing them.  During music time, we divided into two groups. 1/2 our class did a brisk yet  lovely hike to the creek, then we switched activities so everyone was able to enjoy music


DATES TO REMEMBER: (Please refer to your program’s newsletter for greater detail regarding dates and details specific to your program’s Field Trips and class events.)


  • Nature Academy Lottery application window: Mar. 8-April. 21 Lottery: April 28

  • QHIA application window Mar. 14-April. 28

  • April 3-7: Spring break

  • CAASPP Testing begins at Charter sites.  

  • April 19: Parent Advisory Meeting, 3-4 pm

  • May 29th:  No School-- Memorial Day

  • June 8th:  Last day of school

Charter News: Feb 27

posted Mar 2, 2017, 11:55 AM by Rhonda Schlosser



“Your breathing is your greatest friend. Return to it in all your troubles and you will

find comfort and guidance.” ~Unknown


Love yourself first, and everything else fall in line.  You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”  ~Lucille Ball


Dear Charter Families,


It appears that the rains have stopped, at least for a while. I hope you are all enjoying time to dry out and spend time outside.


We continue to have had a lot of extra activities in our programs. Amber has begun working on our All Charter play with over 50 students from all of our programs, ranging in age from 5-16!  QHHS began practicing their play, and Mt.IS just finished theirs. Nature Academy’s 7-8th grade students just came back from their trip in the snow, and several other programs are beginning to plan their end of year trips. Students from CRHS have been working on their front garden area, moving much appreciated donated mulch to help soak up the excessive standing rainwater. And this week, Monday and Tuesday, I will be hosting a WASC (Western Association for Schools and Colleges) committee that will be here to review the CRHS program as part of the process needed for our accreditation.


Please read on to hear from our Counselor, Jen Sims, and about more special events.


~Rhonda


Notes From Our Counselor: Teaching your children to love themselves…and their inner critic.


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During February, the month of love, we often make Valentines and give them to the special people in our lives to remind them of our appreciation and care.  I am curious if anyone out there has ever spent this time reflecting on self-love and compassion?  Sometimes saying “I love myself!” can provoke negative feedback – others can view it as selfish or conceited.   Self-love does not have to equal self-involvement, however, and I believe it is absolutely a key protective factor when it comes to all of the societal pressures and danger that the children in our lives are facing today.  If you love something, you take care of it; you spend time with it, you stand up for it and see it as important.  We can work to teach children that that “something” can actually be them.


It seems like self-love should be a natural occurrence, and maybe it is.  Many (but not all) of the younger children I work with seem to feel great about themselves and face life with confidence.   As life goes on, it seems like the “Inner Critic” – that voice inside your head that tells you you’re not being careful enough, or that you didn’t do something right, or everyone’s outfit/grades/life is better than yours - becomes more prominent.  Louder.  Meaner and more sarcastic.  Most of all, the Inner Critic can sound totally believable, and that makes it very hard to turn away from.


I think the first step to self-love is taming that Inner Critic – but how?  The Inner Critic will surely tell your child that getting rid of it will make life worse – they need it to survive!  It is important at this point to help your child understand the function of the Inner Critic.  Our Inner Critics are actually an important part of our internal self and are there to protect us from shame.  Think about it – we need critical thought to make sure we show up on time, wear the right clothes for the right situation, make decisions that lead to connection and ultimately survival.  But sometimes the Inner Critic can get out of control and become badgering and hammering through unwanted thoughts that are intrusive and uncomfortable.  Taking the approach that the Inner Critic is kind of like a misguided friend can be very helpful and make it a little less scary.


This might be hard for your child to wrap their head around – how could something so mean be my friend?  Here are some ideas that can be tweaked to be developmentally appropriate to your child:

Don’t believe everything you think!  On average, we humans have about 60,000 thoughts per day and 95% of them are the same as yesterday.   When your child presents you with a negative belief that you think sounds suspiciously like the Inner Critic, help them investigate this against reality.  “What makes you think that is true?”  “What is your evidence?”  “Is there anything happening that could support a different reality?”


Embrace your Inner Critic.  This can be a very disarming move.  Instead of encouraging your child to ignore the Inner Critic, help them to listen more closely.  Get to know the voice very well yourself so that you can listen for it and hold a mirror up for your child when it starts to overwhelm them.  The goal is to be able to distinguish the voice of the Inner Critic from their own voice, and thus begin to develop a compassionate response. “Sounds like your Inner Critic is worried that you won’t make friends, how can you reassure it that you have the skills and have made friends in the past?”


Draw your Inner Critic. You can help your kid take the Inner Critic from inside to out by having them draw their Inner Critic.  They might find that it doesn’t end up being as scary and unmanageable as it sounds in their head.  Or it is scary, but now they can look at and deal with it with your support.


Dialogue with your Inner Critic. This is especially applicable for older children.  They can use paper and pencil, or the computer to generate a dialogue with their Inner Critic.  This is great practice and may result in reduced anxiety through having faced what’s happening inside their head. “You’re not good enough!”  “Says who?”  “Says everyone!”  “You mean everyone as in you?”  “uhhh….”


Be your own cheerleader:  Work with your child to understand that loving and speaking well of yourself is not the same as being conceited.  This was some surprising feedback I got while talking to students about Self-love and the Inner Critic.  I would hate to think that any child is not polishing their shine in order to appease the egos of others.  Come up with some positive language to replace negative thought loops.  “When you can fly with the eagles, don’t let the turkeys get you down”


When it comes to self-love, it’s nice to think about it as a twist of the Golden Rule – Treat others as you would want to be treated, and also treat yourself the way you expect others to treat you.  Take care of yourself, spend time with yourself, stand-up and advocate for yourself, and let go of the things that get in your way.  I’m sending all Charter Parents well wishes for this endeavor and please know that I am here to support the beautiful journeys of self-development we are all witnessing. -Jen


SPECIAL EVENT: SCREENAGERS! NEW DATE: Wednesday, March 8, 7-9 pm. at the Performing Arts Center on the Tri-campus. 7105 Highway 9, Felton, 95018

We have rescheduled our  hosting of the film of SCREENAGERS.

A brief discussion of the film will be offered right after the film.  We will be sending out a parent discussion guide closer to the date of the event for parents to use at home with their students after the screening.  We will also have hard copies at the event.

“This special screening probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.”

Tickets previously purchased will be honored. Tickets are a suggested donation of $10. Tickets and trailer for the film available at this link:  https://impactflow.com/event/presented-by-slvusd-charter-school-1315   You will receive a confirmation back from impact flow, which you need to bring with you to the event.  If you prefer to not purchase them online, they can also be purchased through your teachers or by contacting Danelle Matteson at 335-0932.


Community Event: Cabrillo College Community Forum-  March 9- 7 PM Cabrillo College will be holding a community forum on March 9, 2017 at 7:00pm in the SLVHS multi-use room for the SLV community. Cabrillo’s mission is to be “a dynamic, diverse and responsive educational community that is dedicated to helping all students achieve their academic, career, and personal development goals.”  To achieve this, they will convene community forums and Cabrillo College focus groups that will enable the college to refine its understanding of community perception. The intent of this forum is to hear from a broad range of constituents. Come and make a positive contribution to the future strategic planning for Cabrillo College.


Parent Advisory Committee: PLEASE COME, March 15, from 3-4

At our last meeting, we discussed the Charter LCAP funding, what the goals our, how our supplemental funding was allocated, what was spent, and ideas for next year.  We also reviewed the coming WASC visit.

NEXT MEETING:  March 15, 2017: More about the LCAP goals and funding.


Information Nights:  Come learn more about in of our programs!  Please invite others who may be interested.

  • If you’ve ever wondered if a different delivery model would benefit your student.

  • If you’re a parent or caregiver looking for more involvement in your child’s education.

Our Information nights are coming in March. The information nights open the application window for the Nature Academy and Quail Hollow Integrated Arts Program.  A lottery will be held if there are more applications than seats available in either of the programs.  All other programs are filled based on the date the application is turned in as are the wait lists.


Nature Academy program March 7  5:30-6:30 MS Library

NA application window March 8-April 21       Lottery: Friday, April 28


Homeschool Charter programs March 14  6-7:30 pm MS Library

QHIA application window March 14-April 27       Lottery: Thursday, May 11



Please plan to come to of these two opportunities to hear from our superintendent.


What’s Going on in Our Charter School?  ..little snippets from some of our programs.

Coast Redwood High School: SENIORS: FIELD TRIP TO CABRILLO COLLEGE TO TAKE THE ENGLISH (ELA) AND MATH ASSESSMENTS Jennifer will be driving 10 students to Cabrillo College to take the readiness assessments in Math and English. The results of these two assessments determine which classes a student is eligible to enroll in, in the fall. **Extra bonus points on your senior exit portfolio will be granted for attending and completing the assessment test(s) WHEN: Friday, March 3,                                           

MEETING OF THE TRIBES Friday- March 17 STUDENT VOLUNTEER UPDATES: Horticulture students and volunteers worked hard to move mulch into the swampy areas of our compound. Well done everyone! You made a HUGE difference  keeping our outdoor classroom clean of mold and bacteria!MESSAGE FROM OUR LEADERSHIP CLASS: On Tuesday, March 7, 2017, Coast Redwood Charter High School is hosting our very own Coast Con. Every student is invited to dress up as their favorite, book, movie or anime character. Superheroes are welcome! Please make sure that all costumes are school appropriate. This includes no fake weapons or normally inappropriate clothing. We will be giving prizes to students who participate. Everyone is encouraged to participate and have fun! Questions? Emily and Bella are ready to answer your questions!

Coast Redwood Middle School: We spent some time talking about the “why” of circle check-in time.  I shared with them excerpts from a blog post by Chad Fowler, CTO and software developer about how even though it is not easy for him, and it seems unnecessary for his very technical job that empathy is the most important skill he practices, both for success in his professional and his personal life. Class Business:The kids watched part of a video of a TED talk by Simon Sinek, about how great leaders inspire action, and took Cornell Notes to write down the main points of the talk. To begin visioning our own mission statement, the kids started working on a process of developing their own personal mission statement.  The process included drawing and answering questions to investigate what they most value and admire, and what circumstances bring out the best in them.  Once each child has their own individual mission statement, then we can see if we can pick up common threads to form a mission statement for our group. Table groups completed a second lotion trial with the same oil they used before.  They worked on more accurately measuring weight and volume of ingredients and we were more sensitive to the role of temperature in the emulsification process.

Garden: Students worked in pairs to map the garden (including measuring the paths and the existing beds) and weeded the paths to help identify beds in greatest need of rebuilding.

Nature Academy: 6th grade parents will be meeting this Tuesday evening at 6:30 for the first Headwaters Trip meeting.  We are moving into our next PE Unit this week, Softball. This means I am looking for a parent to help me during PE. This is a shorter 3-week unit and a great opportunity to help with volunteer hours as well as get to know the class. The 6th grade class has completed their Egyptian studies and are putting in a lot of great work on refining their writing skills.  A parent meeting will be held to prepare for their annual Headwaters Outdoor School Field Trip.  The 7-8th grade classes came back from a great snow trip to the Sequoias. They are continuing their work in science on the take apart project, working on their Africa Unit.

Quail Hollow Integrated Arts:We focused on acceleration, force, gravity, and orbital velocity. Students used ratios to determine the appropriate scale and size for their models. I also shared the current topic of NASA discovering 7 planets in the constellation, Aquarius, that all orbit around a single star; 3 of which are in the “habitable zone” possibly having surface water, and all 7 are rocky and earthlike. This began an extremely exciting conversation sharing so many exciting theories about what this could mean. We continued to work in our History notebooks, adding information about governmental checks and balances between the 3 branches of our government, and gave examples of instances when these checks and balances have occurred during the last 5-8 years.We listened to Hamilton tracks comparing lyrics to historical events; primarily Federalists vs. Anti-Federalists.  We continued with our short story genre, using another writing strategy to effectively show characters’ primary traits without saying it, such as “she was brave.”

Quail Hollow Homeschool: We had a great first play practice today - all participants seemed to

thoroughly enjoy themselves and had wonderful, creative ideas to share. We discussed different strategies friends use when determining a given number - counting the number, counting on, or subtracting from 10. We discussed the 4 dimensions:  length, width, depth and time.   We defined and calculated perimeters and areas of various figures. Working on a STEM Activity students had the challenge to make the tallest pyramid possible with their group using only toothpicks and clay in 30 minutes.  We reviewed different 3D structures: triangular pyramid, square pyramid, and rectangular pyramid.  We related some prior knowledge from our Greek Column building to what makes a strong, successful structure - a strong foundation. Jen, our  counselor came and worked with the K-2 classes around friendship. They watched a short video called "Partly Cloudy" (available on youtube) and talked about the unique needs we all have when it comes to making friends.  Not everyone likes the same things!  At the end they did a self-esteem mad lib which the kids wanted to hear 3 times!

Fall Creek Homeschool: Stargazing! The Santa Cruz Astronomy Club has agreed to come do another telescope night with us! We’ll be focusing on the constellations and the Messier Objects. We’ll also see Venus and Mars! We had a parent meeting yesterday. We had a good discussion about the winter break, the benchmarks, the research reports and the Science Fair, parent workshop ideas, testing and fundraising ideas. We had a visit from Jen Sims, our school counselor. She led the children in a discussion and activity about nurturing ourselves. The children brainstormed ideas for these categories: ways to care for myself, ways to calm and soothe myself, ways to believe in myself, and things to let go of. We listened to the myth of why Artemis asked Zeus to put Orion into the stars. We went down to the big field and played Cranes and Crows and Octopus – it was great to have a dry day to run around like crazy!

Mountain IS: Wow! Bravo to our wonderful actors for their fabulous performances this week! We couldn't be more proud of the kids. Thank you again for your support and help. Please remember that the Science Fair is this Wednesday with the projects due on Tuesday. We're looking forward to the student presentations  and touring the school projects.


DATES TO REMEMBER: (Please refer to your program’s newsletter for greater detail regarding dates and details specific to your program’s Field Trips and class events.)


  • February 24: End of Second Trimester

  • March 7: Nature Academy Information Night.  5:30-6:30

    • Lottery application window: Mar. 8-April. 21

  • March 8: SCREENAGERS Special parent Screening. 7 pm at the PAC on the SLVHS campus.

  • March 14: All Homeschool Programs Information Night.  6:00-7:00

    • QHIA application window Mar. 14-April. 28

  • April 3-7: Spring break

  • May 29th:  No School-- Memorial Day

  • June 8th:  Last day of school

Charter News: Feb 12

posted Feb 15, 2017, 1:52 PM by Rhonda Schlosser


One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving. -Paulo Coelho


Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. Lao Tzu



Don’t forget, no school tomorrow, February, 13th


Dear Charter Families,


The rains have subsided for a spell and I hope that your homes and roads will have time to dry and stabilize some. Our sympathies go out to those whose homes were flooded or who now have an extended commute due to road closures.


Unfortunately we needed to cancel our viewing of Screenagers due to the District’s storm closure. We have rescheduled it for March 8th, same time, same place.  Our students have now watched it with their teachers and the overwhelming response is that, while they had some criticism of the film, the majority of every class felt it very important that their parents view the film as well. We love it when our families can engage in important conversations with each other and their children.  There is no doubt that the topic of screen time is an important one to ponder and make some decisions about. Parent involvement and support is so important to your students success and events like these are a good way to support your children’s education.


I have listed some salient points that our teachers heard from their students through their discussions after the film.

  • The kids were quite attentive during the film and authentically interested in how something so much a part of their lives was being portrayed.  

  • Many kids felt that the examples used in the film were extreme.  Many felt that they could (and do) drop using their electronics for a week or more without any trouble, if they are away or have other activities.  

  • Some kids saw themselves reflected in the film more than others.  

  • Discussions were had about the characterization of computer use based on gender and class presented in the film and whether evidence from their own lives supported those characterizations.   

  • Almost everyone felt their parents should see the movie. About 75 % think their parents really need to see the movie, mostly because they perceive their parents as using a lot of screen time. Students thought that their parents were addicted to social media, and that they needed to see the film.

  • Students also unanimously thought that they had a good relationship with their parents regarding screens and social media. Many kids felt like they had a clear idea of how the parents should handle limits on computer use the situation and didn’t quite understand why the parents in the film were having such a hard time.

  • They referenced what they had learned last year about the brain and entertainment screen time.

  • Many expressed concerns that parents be made aware that the documentary seems biased and in their perception somewhat "fake."  They are concerned that their parents may disregard the benefits of the internet and media and curtail use without considering the benefits.

  • They expressed that the film spent too much time on video games and not enough on social media, admitting that the social aspect of screen time; relationships, bullying, being safe on the internet etc. was what they were dealing with most of the time, and should have been more of a focus of the film.

  • They recognized that many of the scenarios of the students presented in the film matched those of people that they know.

  • The majority of students did not think that violent games had an effect on student behavior, with a brave minority claiming the opposite. This was a big part of our discussion time.

  • They also discussed how many of their parents had completely different opinions regarding screen time and social media.

  • All students thought that children under 5 years old should not be using screens as much as they see them do.

  • One student noted that as soon as we were out of the PAC, half of the students immediately pulled out their phones : )

Again, Please take the time to read further about Screenagers.  If you are able to make it to the parents’ viewing, I think you’ll enjoy it, and also enjoy talking with your kids about it afterward. This is a very important topic for our staff and we hope that you will attend the viewing on March 8th, at 7 pm, in our Performing Arts Center on the SLVHS campus. Many of our high school students were not able to attend due to the conflict with a scheduled class.  It would be great if they could come with you to the evening show.

~Rhonda


SPECIAL EVENT: SCREENAGERS! NEW DATE: Wednesday, March 8, 7-9 pm. at the Performing Arts Center on the Tri-campus. 7105 Highway 9, Felton, 95018

We have rescheduled our  hosting of the film of SCREENAGERS.

A brief discussion of the film will be offered right after the film.  We will be sending out a parent discussion guide closer to the date of the event for parents to use at home with their students after the screening.  We will also have hard copies at the event.

“This special screening probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.”

Tickets previously purchased will be honored.

Tickets are a suggested donation of $10.  Please note:  We have opened up the ticket sales to families of the other schools in the District, so please buy your tickets right away! There are only 210 seats available. Tickets and trailer for the film available at this link:  https://impactflow.com/event/presented-by-slvusd-charter-school-1315   

You will receive a confirmation back from impact flow, which you need to bring with you to the event.  If you prefer to not purchase them online, they can also be purchased through your teachers or by contacting Danelle Matteson at 335-0932.



Parent Advisory Committee: PLEASE COME, This Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 3-4.

We will be discussing the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP):  

• What are the goals, • how are we moving forward, • What are the next steps for the coming year.  This is an important discussion and hearing from our parents is important.

Our WASC visit is planned for Feb. 27-28.  We will review the schedule for this important visit.


NEXT MEETING:  March 15, 2017. We will be discussing more about the LCAP goals, as well as testing preparation.


Information Nights:  Come learn more about in of our programs!  Please invite others who may be interested.

  • If you’ve ever wondered if a different curriculum delivery model would benefit your student.

  • If you’re a parent or caregiver looking for more involvement in your child’s education.

Our Information nights are coming in March. The information nights open the application window for the Nature Academy and Quail Hollow Integrated Arts Program.  A lottery will be held if there are more applications than seats available in either of the programs.  All other programs are filled based on the date the application is turned in as are the wait lists.


Nature Academy program March 7  5:30-6:30 MS Library

NA application window March 8-April 21       Lottery: Friday, April 28


Homeschool Charter programs March 14  6-7:30 pm MS Library

QHIA application window March 14-April 27       Lottery: Thursday, May 11


Campus Video Surveillance for greater safety: The SLV tri-campus now has video surveillance; 50 cameras are now running 24/7.   Video surveillance is also at the entrance of the Quail Hollow Campus as well.  This is a reminder of the importance that all visitors must have a badge when they are on campus.  Badges are given to visitors through the Fall Creek Charter office. Please contact your teachers or Danelle if you have any questions.


What’s Going on in Our Charter School?  ..little snippets from some of our programs.

Coast Redwood High School: Here we are in second-semester and running strong. Our continued message to our students and to their Learning Coaches (parents) is to stay organized, check your emails, check the web page, open Schoology several times a week, check PowerSchool on a weekly basis, be on time with attendance and assignments, and ask questions! CRHS GRADUATION - Save this date and join the families and students of the class 2017 in celebrating their graduation at the Fall Creek Amphitheater on Friday, June 2 at 12:30p.m. This year's graduation also marks the 20th year Coast Redwood HS has been an education choice for hundreds of students! SENIORS: FIELD TRIP TO CABRILLO COLLEGE.Jennifer Kelly will be taking 10 students to Cabrillo College to take the readiness assessments in math and English. The results of these two assessments determine which classes a student is eligible to enroll in, in the fall. WHEN: Friday March 3, 2016  Assessment Time: 9:30  Leaving CRHS at 8:00 CONGRATULATION TO LILLIAN BUSNARDO who reached 6th place in Saturday's quarterfinals at the CCS Girls Wrestling Championship in San Jose.  PARENT SUNSHINE COMMITTEE  Thank you Cassie and Cayenne for the wonderful once-a-month teacher appreciation lunch! It is always a special treat to take a break and enjoy a ready homemade lunch!  The entire staff also wishes to thank everyone for your gifts "from the heart" at winter break and for your year-round donations. Thank you!

Coast Redwood Middle School:Chabot Space and Science Center:   In addition to exploring the museum exhibits, we participated in a Lego Robotics lab where the kids were encouraged to think like programmers, using programming blocks to troubleshoot different parts of a wheeled robot.  The most fun was when the kids got to explore programming the vehicles on their own.  Our day ended with watching a planetarium show on Ancient Mayan Astronomy and culture.  Thanks all for making the trek up to the Oakland hills! Class Business Kick-Off: Last week we started moving forward with our natural body care product class business. The kids brainstormed body care products that they would like to make, ideas for jobs that needed to be done to run the business, and how they would like to spend the profits (if there are any).  Starting with April’s lotion recipe, we did some product testing.  The kids worked in their table groups to describe the qualities of four different potential base oils that we might use.  They then made a small batch of the recipe using the various oils. Small containers of the lotion are now placed in different environments to test the effect of the oils on shelf-life and product characteristics.

Nature Academy: The 6th grade class has completed their Egyptian studies and are putting in a lot of great work on refining their writing skills.  A parent meeting will be held to prepare for their annual Headwaters Outdoor School Field Trip.  The 7-8th grade classes are continuing their work in science on the take apart project, working on their Africa Unit and preparing for the Sequoia Field Trip.

Quail Hollow Integrated Arts: We reviewed Grammarly revision suggestions to student research papers, using some student examples on the big screen. Please refer to a detailed email regarding how I’m using Grammarly as a teaching tool for students to improve various components of their writing.

The focus on CK12 Science was Acids and Bases. We individually and collectively researched a long list of Revolutionary Era women who accomplished remarkable feats, yet many of whom are not well known. We were surprised to learn how many women fought during the American Revolution disguised as men.

Quail Hollow Homeschool:We discussed the impacts of the recent stormy weather on us and our families, friends and neighbors.  We shared some new Wonders of Me posters brought in by friends - we still have a few out there, so finish them up and bring them in.  Friends who participated in the Science Fair shared about their projects.

Fall Creek Homeschool:The Santa Cruz Astronomy Club has agreed to come do another telescope night with us! We’ll be focusing on the constellations and the Messier Objects (galaxies, nebulas and star clusters). We’ll also see Venus and Mars! Come dressed warmly and bring binoculars! Wednesday, February 22 at 6:30 pm

Mountain IS: We are continuing with our play practice  both Tuesday and Friday. We finished our tall tale figures and painted the backdrop for our play which looks fabulous. Thank you Alex for helping to put that up for us.  We also practiced some Chinese jump rope games in PE. There are only 3 class days left to practice.  On Valentine’s day, we will have a themed art time and will be welcoming our loved ones for a " healthy for your heart picnic" from 12:20-1:00. We ask that each family bring a healthy snack to share. We will be sharing valentines after our picnic. Our day with conclude with a parent vs student game of hula hut.



DATES TO REMEMBER: (Please refer to your program’s newsletter for greater detail regarding dates and details specific to your program’s Field Trips and class events.)

  • February 13th: No School--Presidents day

  • February 20th: No School--Presidents day

  • February 24: End of Second Trimester

  • March 7: Nature Academy Information Night.  5:30-6:30

    • Lottery application window: Mar. 8-April. 21

  • March 8: SCREENAGERS Special parent Screening. 7 pm at the PAC on the SLVHS campus.

  • March 14: All Homeschool Programs Information Night.  6:00-7:00

    • QHIA application window Mar. 14-April. 28

  • April 3-7: Spring break

  • May 29th:  No School-- Memorial Day

  • June 8th:  Last day of school


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