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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 October 1, 2017-18

posted Oct 1, 2017, 8:46 PM by Rhonda Schlosser


“Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity. The greatest problem with communication is we don’t listen to understand. We listen to reply. When we listen with curiosity, we don’t listen with the intent to reply. We listen for what’s behind the words.”     - Roy T. Bennett





Dear Charter Families,


October is here, the seasons are shifting, and the school rhythm is in full swing.  This Charter News has a few important reminders for you to review, but the majority of it is focused on our monthly correspondence from our counselor Jen Sims.  She too is in full swing working to support our students, developing the skills that can deepen our level of empathy with each other.  Please read on and take a minute or two to digest what she shares.  I have also little snippets of activities from our various programs..truly wonderful things happen in our classrooms, and all so unique.


Please read on to learn more.


~Rhonda



From Our Counselor, Jen Sims:  Communication

Hello!  Since my last communication, I have facilitated more than 20 empathy groups with the students of the Charter School Programs and Boulder Creek Elementary. It’s been great to spend time with so many students and teachers.  I have had fun participating in the special dynamics that make up each classroom group.  It has definitely been a learning experience!


Just to let you know, the children in this district are pretty good at empathy.


I came to the students with a daunting task:  -Sit and listen to your classmates.  -Share when it is your turn.  -Listen with open ears, open eyes and an open heart.  I did not approach any class with an exact agenda, other than I wanted to assess their current abilities to process things in a group and to make some points about empathy. I can say for sure that there was not one dull moment in any group. From kindergarten all the way to 12th grade, most students were anxious to share their experiences and worked hard to hold space for their peers.  I asked groups to answer different questions, depending on their age: “What’s your favorite thing about school?”, “Why do you come to BCE”, “What gets in the way of having a great day at school?”,  “Talk about a time when you felt empathy for someone, or talk about a time someone felt empathy for you.”


To iron out some communication basics, we talked about ‘real listening’ vs. ‘fake listening’ before starting group conversations. Students of all ages waved their hands in the air when I asked about this - they knew exactly what I was talking about:


  • “Fake listening is when you look at someone when they are talking, but you are thinking about something else.”

  • “Fake listening is like this: (looks at pretend phone while saying ‘uh huh, uh huh’)”

  • “Fake listening is when you’re looking around the room or watching tv while someone is talking to you.”


Listening to these comments I scanned my own experiences with the kids, thinking about times that I myself have been a fake listener.  Honestly, there are too many to mention and I am the school counselor!  It’s not realistic to be a perfect listener all the time, but this was a great reminder that children are really paying attention to when we’re not.   


This brings me to my topic for the month – communication.  In many ways, communication is at an all-time high in our world.  We can be in constant contact with each other through phone, texts, emails, and social media sites like Facebook. World news travels so quickly that we know about far away events almost immediately.  Any thought or feeling that crosses our mind can be imparted through our social media pages within seconds.


The impact has been strange.  Because of the Internet, I feel like I, along with the world, has some increased personal empathy.  We are able to learn about people and communities that we might not have had access to in the past.  We can read people’s words; hear their voices and perspective.   At the same time, I wonder if our world is smaller because we are taking in the information in a 2 dimensional way.  Other than comments sections, which are usually quite dysfunctional, how do we process what we have learned with real people?  Not just the people around us, but also with people who might disagree with us?  How do we hold empathy in those situations?


Learning to communicate what is inside


We all need to be able to decipher and communicate the feelings we are having inside both to others and to ourselves.  While working with a child of any age, I find ‘I don’t know’ to be a common response when I ask them how they are feeling.  This is an opportunity to dig deeper and work on skills that connect thoughts, emotions, and language.  Did you know that every feeling has a corresponding physical sensation?  This is factual and a good place to start.  Ask them, where do you feel this emotion in your body? Give them a variety of words to talk about feelings so they can describe the nuances of anger, happiness, sadness or worry.   We are not born with the natural ability to figure out and talk about emotions, but if you keep practicing the skills of noticing and saying what is happening inside, I promise your child will get good at this.  I don’t make very many promises as a therapist, but I have seen this happen enough that I believe it to be true.


The movie ‘Inside Out’ has been so great for helping kids understand and express feelings.  I have had success using this movie as a jumping off point for this skill.  I am also a huge fan of Dr. Becky Bailey who developed the ‘Conscious Discipline’ model.  She has made many helpful videos about coaching children of all ages through their feelings.  Here is a link to some of her youtube videos:


https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Becky+Baily


What I love so much about Dr. Bailey is that she also focuses on helping parents manage their emotions so that they can step back and become better teachers of emotional skill.


Just listen


Earlier I mentioned how tuned in children are to the fact that adults are not always paying attention.  I have compassion around this because I know how many directions a person can be pulled even in just one day.  However, the more we listen to children – truly listen – and create space for them to share, the better communicators they will become.  Going into their world is going to increase your empathy for them as well.


If you’re not already doing this, the next time you have a conversation with your child, practice being present and NOT problem-solving.  This is tough because of course, you want your children to be safe and having already been through this period of life, you know the answers!  But letting your child just talk is invaluable.  Sometimes it is all someone needs to feel better, to just let it out, and sometimes hearing their own words out loud can help them come to a solution themselves.  To encourage your child to keep the communication going, try using some prompts like:


  • Tell me more about that?

  • Wow!

  • I can tell you’re really feeling  __________ (name a feeling)

  • It’s okay to let it out

  • I’m here for you

 

You will want to regularly check in – even if your child is not up to talking at one point (or many points).  Leaving that door always open is meaningful, even if it seems like your child doesn’t really notice. “Whenever you’re ready, I will be here,” is a good way to let them know you are available.  It is also a great idea to circle back around to previous discussions.  “How did things work out with your friend?”  This makes the point that you are listening and interested in an on-going discussion.


Timing is everything


You have probably noticed that there are certain times your child will open up more than others.  Parents have told me that teenagers become more willing to talk in the car.  Other kids might prefer dinnertime, bedtime or Saturday mornings.  Whenever it is, pay attention and seize the opportunity to open the space for communication.  It is really up to you to be the initiator as you are teaching your children these skills.   Trust that they are paying attention and will eventually develop that habit of coming to you as a reflex.  


Offer encouragement and praise


People really enjoy positive feedback and your children are no different.  Sometimes it’s easy to get lost in parenting; I know at least as a counselor I am occasionally itching to deliver a message related to their bigger picture (ie, school or behavioral responsibilities). This gets in the way of my ability to really hear and I can see that it shuts them down.  I have noticed that a child will tell me a little bit and as I use encouragement, they will open up and tell me more.  Make a point to look for honestly positive aspects of what your child is bringing to you and highlight them.   Even if you don’t like what your child is saying, you can let them know how great it was that they came to you.  That kind of unconditional positive regard will make you a safe person to approach.


Hard conversations are hard


There is no getting around it: hard conversations are just hard.  If you are already working on developing open communication with your child, you will be more practiced and prepared when they come around.  It may be tempting to skip them or not share the whole truth, but developmentally appropriate honesty is crucial to helping kids truly understand the world.  Using all of the emotional communication skills, active listening, timing and encouragement that you are practicing every day will help make the tougher conversations more effective, clear and honest.


One of the driving forces behind my initiative to have group conversations with classrooms every month is to practice all of the skills necessary to become comfortable communicators.  It is my hope that as the year progresses we will be able to have the face to face conversations necessary for getting through relational and ideological disagreements with empathy and grace.  When parents are working on this at home, the chances of success increase exponentially.  It is hard work, but I believe the impact of this will go far beyond your family, this community and the school district, and in fact, benefit the entire world.


Toyota Drive for Schools: Fundraiser!

Ticket sales are happening now through Thursday, October 19.  You can buy tickets from your Booster Club representative or teacher.  Prizes include cars, $25,000, and many other great prizes.  The best thing about this fundraiser is that your student’s program retains 100% of the money from tickets sold.



Message from the Parent Advisory Committee Member, Laura Bowers:  As Rhonda mentioned in the last newsletter, we had a very small turnout for our first committee meeting (only representing the Nature Academy and CRMS). The Parent Advisory Committee is an excellent way to support teachers and students in your school, to advise on school plans, funding, and resources, within the school, and to identify ways that the charter programs can collaborate. Please consider joining this committee to advocate for your program and the Charter school as a whole. It is a great way to make a difference and to be involved!  Our next meeting is Thursday, October 12, from 3-4 pm in the Fall Creek Charter office.


DACA information. Please open the link below to read a letter from Michael Watkins, County Superintendent of Schools regarding DACA. Website link:  here


After School Performing Arts opportunities coming up soon!!

Thrill the World! 2017 (Michael Jackson's "Thriller" Event) Rehearsals

When: Thursdays: Oct. 5 and Oct. 12 and Fridays Oct. 20 and Oct. 27 from 3-4:30 pm

Where: Rm. 29 (the dance room) on the Quail Hollow Campus

No need to sign up ahead of time. Just show up.

This event was founded in 2006 in Toronto and has now spread to six continents. Every October people in cities around the world dance to "Thriller" at exactly the same time.  Preparation and counting down worldwide is part of the fun, but the feeling of being connected to others and dancing together as one is a Thrill like no other!  Celebrating the truly inspirational genius of Michael Jackson in a living and moving way is what keeps people coming back year after year.  This year the event will be held in Santa Cruz on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at the Louden Nelson Center lawn at 3 pm sharp.


All Charter Musical: Cinder-Idol-What the World Needs Now!

Last year we had a great turnout, with 60 students from each and every program in our Charter participating.

Informational meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 3 pm for students and parents.

The meeting will be held room 17 at the Quail Hollow Campus.

You will get a synopsis of the script, hear about characters and musical numbers, and get detailed info on the rehearsal schedule/requirements.


This year, the play will be, "Cinder-Idol-What the World Needs Now". Once again, it will be an original script written by Janinne Chadwick, which Amber directed and choreographed in 2005 with LPRT (Little People's Repertory Theater.) It is the classic tale twisted together with today's reality talent show craze, with step-sisters resembling the Spice Girls, Motown fairy godparents, 80's big hair rockers, and music ranging from pop, rock n' roll, Motown, and the Beatles.

Come to our meeting to find out more details!

  • Auditions: 3-5:30pm, Mondays/Tuesdays, Oct. 16, 17, 23, 24 in Rm 29

  • Rehearsals: 3-5:30 pm, Mondays, and Tuesdays in Rm 29

  • January Rehearsals: 3-6pm at the SLV PAC, Jan. 8, 9, 16, 22, 23

  • Tech Rehearsals: 3-6pm, Mon. and Tues. Jan 29 and 30 at the PAC

  • Dress Rehearsal: 3-6pm, Wed. Jan. 31 at the PAC

  • Performances for SLV classes: Thurs. and Fri., Feb. 1 and 2 at 10:30 am

  • Evening Performances: Thurs., Fri., and Sat., Feb. 1, 2, and 3

If you have any questions about any of these dates, feel free to email me at awalker@slvusd.org.  I look forward to sharing my love of performing arts with your students!

Sincerely, Amber Walker  - Charter Teacher -Quail Hollow Integrated Arts (QHIA)


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

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

             P.S. These pictures will be taken outside for a natural background.

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

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


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

Coast Redwood HS: It has been a busy week for students with onsite classes, AP classes, independent study/homeschool classes, sports, clubs, Cabrillo, capping our week off with our 9/10th grade Advisory Meeting. Advisory update: Our 9th/10th graders arrived in the morning and were presented with a group question, "How can we foster _____at CRHS," and proceeded to write their thoughts on the paper taped below each poster students drew and colored at the last week’s Advisory meeting.  The message and question this week was, "what did you observe this past week between friends and peers on campus." The student comments were inspiring, positive and supportive. Next, the students were off to the tennis courts for a rousing and challenging (Keidi's version) of the "Badminton Game." Our students had lots of fun with this team building exercise! In closing, all the teachers met with their students to discuss Power School, updated grades, Schoology, classes, and reiterated the importance of staying organized at home, at school, and in their planner book. Many students stayed a bit longer to meet with Rory with their college questions and Rory's recommendations. Students also stayed to work on various assignments to turn-in next week. Well done everyone!

Coast Redwood MS: We had a fabulous day at Mt. Hermon Outdoor School led by Suzy, Erin & Rebecca.  Part of the process at Mt. Hermon includes group discussion to tease out deeper understandings from the activities.  We continued that process in class as we looked at our patterns in the roles to which we naturally gravitate. Circle Check-In: Due to popular demand we participated in our usual Wednesday morning circle check-in. The kids verbally rated their in-the-moment physical and emotional well-being on a scale of 1-10 and backed up their claims with evidence. High-quality listening was practiced by all. Project Presentation Leadership: While the new students were at the library, continuing students brainstormed a list of advice to offer new students about how to best tackle their first project presentation. We also worked on questioning skills to help new students begin the process of picking a topic. Through this process, students were also able to get a good start on outlining their own project.

Nature Academy: 7-8th graders continue their in-depth study of the Brain with various articles, discussions, writing, drawings, and a sheep brain dissection!  6th-grade class completed their work on a 3D representation of the layers of the earth.  All grades had a great time on their hike through Pogonip and to the Evergreen Cemetery. The 6th-grade class will have an excursion to the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco on Oct. 6th.

Quail Hollow Integrated Arts (QHIA): This week we finished up our study of Cell Structure and Function, and read/compared Ancient Greek Culture and Roman Culture, focusing on Ovid’s Epic Poem “Metamorphosis” for themes present in Roman History and Mythology. The students will be writing their own myths over the next two weeks. Any extra reading of Roman/Greek myths will be a great inspiration to draw from. They continue to enjoy Improv with Hunter and are working through the tedious art-style of Roman Mosaic.

Quail Hollow Homeschool: We had a great time on our annual camping trip: what great way to begin to build our community. We will begin an 8-week Outdoor Adventures Component on Wednesday, October 18th.  In addition to our activities in our k-2 and 3-6 groups, we have been having great Group Activities: We worked in multi-age groups using only small cups to build the tallest possible tower.  This STEM activity required students to plan and work together to engineer a tall and stable structure. Friends built many structures over 60 cm tall, and a few reached over 70cm! We worked in multi-age groups to each create a personal collage, with some facts and info about ourselves, and a pictorial expression of who we are and what we love. We ended the day with one big compliment circle, all together. Elkhorn Slough Kayaking Trip Friday, October 13 This is another one of our Annual Favorites! This particular trip is for 3rd grade and up​

Fall Creek Homeschool: We played “telephone” as an introduction to a theme about truly listening to each other.We discussed one way and two-way communication and the circumstances of each.  We discussed shellfish and drew a Venn diagram of animals that would be considered “mollusks” and those considered “crustaceans”. We examined seashells of all kinds, identified them and colored drawings of them to match the real item. We listened to the true story of a captive pilot whale who was bullying other dolphins and how the empathy of the dolphins to his plight resulted in his no longer being a bully. We discussed the three general zones of ocean life – sunlight, twilight and midnight. We discussed what ocean creatures would live in which zones and why. We drew schemata of the three zones in our rainbow books and then added creatures. We listened to a true story of a pod of dolphins that protected a class of junior lifeguards from a great white shark.  We split into two groups and each group had a session on empathy with Jen Sims.  We will be going on a hike into Fall Creek Forest. Our trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium is on Wednesday, October 18.


Mountain IS: Our next book for our Book Club is The Incredible Journey which we will discuss on October 24. Students k-6th are welcome, but we ask that k-2nd attend with a parent. Please bring a snack to share. It seems everyone is in favor of the idea of participating in a service project and presenting their experience to the class in a medium of their choice throughout January. For now, we are just planting the seed. Students and IS families are welcome to collaborate on a project together or work independently. It may be as part of a pre-existing organization, or a particular area you are passionate about or see in need of help. I look forward to hearing about students practices in empathy. During class, Jenni and Jackson Harn shared their photo journal from this summer while their lizard had babies. They also helped our students set up a lizard tank to house our new class pet. A sign-up sheet will be posted soon in hopes of enlisting volunteers for cricket donations. Thank you again to the Vallett's for hosting the apple picking and cooking event. There was no shortage of good old-fashioned farm fun. Isn't it amazing the wealth of resources we have in our IS community? Thank you all for how much time, effort and generosity you have given so far to our families this school year.


Dates to remember:

October 5 and October 12: Vision and Hearing screening

October 5: First Rehearsal for Thrill the World event 3-4:30 at the Quail Hollow Campus

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

             P.S. These pictures will be taken outside for a natural background.

October 10: All Charter Play (Cinder-Idol) information meeting at 3pm for students and parents. room 17 at the Quail Hollow Campus.

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

October 27th:  End of Quarter 1 grading period

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

November 10th:  No School-- Veteran’s Day

November 17: End of First Trimester

November 20th-26th:  Thanksgiving Break

December 22nd- January 7th:  Winter Break

January 25: End of the first Semester


Charter News September 15, 2017-18

posted Sep 17, 2017, 2:58 PM by Rhonda Schlosser   [ updated Sep 25, 2017, 3:10 PM by Charter Admin ]


Slow but steady wins the race. ~Aesop


If you ask an introvert a question, wait until she thinks about it. Introverts think before speaking, not through speaking. If you want to get to the good stuff, you need to slow down.  ~ Laurie Helgoe





Dear Charter Families,


Three weeks in the school year and the programs are working with their students to find how best to support their individual needs as well as to develop the classroom culture.  Both of these take time.  Teachers create a variety of activities and opportunities in order to build a foundation in the classrooms that will sustain everyone throughout the year, allowing for all learners and ways of learning to have ground to flourish.


I was reminded recently of the importance of allowing time for the silent minority to speak, of allowing empty space to surround a question, for taking time for quiet to solidify a thought. There are introverts, as well as extroverts in the world, both have valid ways of working and coming to an outcome. Those of us who are rejuvenated by solitude and quiet are sometimes overwhelmed by the rapid pace of the day, of a classroom, of a room full of activity.  Similarly, some students work better in groups, some show their best when able to work on their own.  The beginning of the year is the time to explore and appreciate the various ways we can learn and express our understanding.   So much to learn about how to work and well and learn best together!


Please read on to learn about special events coming up.


NOTE: 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.



~Rhonda


Toyota Drive for Schools: Fundraiser!  Ticket sales are happening now through Thursday, October 19.  You can buy tickets from your Booster Club representative or teacher.  Prizes include cars, $25,000, and many other great prizes.  The best thing about this fundraiser is that your student’s program retains 100% of the money from tickets sold.


Parent Advisory Committee: We had a very small turnout for our first meeting. This may be because the year has just started, because parents are content, too busy, or not content. I do not know the reason and it may be a variety of reasons, but am still asking for at least one representative from each program to attend and have your voice, and the collective voice of your students program, be heard.  Charter schools are unique. They are a school of choice. Families are here because they made the choice to enroll, to learn in a different model.  Because of this, your voice really matters.  We make changes to how we do things not only because of the external requirements from the State or District, but also because of what you, our families who choose to stand with us want and believe is important for your child’s learning environment.    Come learn about how our Charter works and how your voice can be heard!

And thank you to those who share your voice, either at this meeting or individually when you can!


Our next meeting is Thursday, October 12, from 3-4 pm in the Fall Creek Charter office.    Laura, one of our parents will share more before the next meeting date.


Unique After School Performing Arts opportunities open to All Charter students.

Amber Walker, one of our Charter teachers who specializes in the performing Arts leads two fun and fantastic opportunities that are available to All Students in Every Program of our Charter.  Please read on for more details.  They have become annual favorites for many of our students.


Thrill the World! 2017 (Michael Jackson's "Thriller" Event) Rehearsals

When: Thursdays: Oct. 5 and Oct. 12 and Fridays Oct. 20 and Oct. 27 from 3-4:30 pm

Where: Rm. 29 (the dance room) on the Quail Hollow Campus

No need to sign up ahead of time. Just show up.

This event was founded in 2006 in Toronto and has now spread to six continents. Every October people in cities around the world dance to "Thriller" at exactly the same time.  Preparation and counting down worldwide is part of the fun, but the feeling of being connected to others and dancing together as one is a Thrill like no other!  Celebrating the truly inspirational genius of Michael Jackson in a living and moving way is what keeps people coming back year after year.  This year the event will be held in Santa Cruz on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at the Louden Nelson Center lawn at 3 pm sharp.


All Charter Musical: Cinder-Idol-What the World Needs Now!

Last year we had a great turnout, with 60 students from each and every program in our Charter participating.

Amber will have an informational meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 3 pm for students and parents. The meeting will be held room 17 at the Quail Hollow Campus.

You will get a synopsis of the script, hear about characters and musical numbers, and get detailed info on the rehearsal schedule/requirements.


This year, the play will be, "Cinder-Idol-What the World Needs Now". Once again, it will be an original script written by Janinne Chadwick, which Amber directed and choreographed in 2005 with LPRT (Little People's Repertory Theater.) It is the classic tale twisted together with today's reality talent show craze, with step-sisters resembling the Spice Girls, Motown fairy godparents, 80's big hair rockers, and music ranging from pop, rock n' roll, Motown, and the Beatles.

Come to our meeting to find out more details!

Auditions: 3-5:30pm, Mondays/Tuesdays, Oct. 16, 17, 23, 24 in Rm 29

Rehearsals: 3-5:30 pm, Mondays, and Tuesdays in Rm 29

January Rehearsals: 3-6pm at the SLV PAC, Jan. 8, 9, 16, 22, 23

Tech Rehearsals: 3-6pm, Mon. and Tues. Jan 29 and 30 at the PAC

Dress Rehearsal: 3-6pm, Wed. Jan. 31 at the PAC

Performances for SLV classes: Thurs. and Fri., Feb. 1 and 2 at 10:30 am

Evening Performances: Thurs., Fri., and Sat., Feb. 1, 2, and 3


If you have any questions about any of these dates, feel free to email me at awalker@slvusd.org.  I look forward to sharing my love of performing arts with your students!

Sincerely,

Amber Walker  - Charter Teacher -Quail Hollow Integrated Arts (QHIA)


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

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

             P.S. These pictures will be taken outside for a natural background.

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

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


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


Coast Redwood HS:  We have enjoyed our time meeting with our new families and with our returning families. Students participated in the Waddell Creek hike. It was a fantastic and memorable day hiking with new friends and rekindling old friendships all-the-while figuring out the scavenger hunt questions. We launched the first Advisory day. Nearly all 9th and 10th graders arrived to participate in activities and an exercise in character and empathy. Students then came to their teachers with general questions regarding their courses, Schoology, online math, permission slips, community service and schedules. Rory McKee was available speaking to students about their college pathways and choices. Magic the Gathering: The first club to get started this year is "Magic the Gathering." Meeting times will be at lunch in room P3 from 12:05-12:30 Mondays and Wednesdays starting on Monday, September 18. Student Voice Collective: First Student Voice Collaborative meeting is Friday, September 22 at 8:30 am (room P3) before the Meeting of the Tribes in room P3.

Coast Redwood MS: One on one meetings and solidifying field trips and group activities for the rest of the year continues to be the focus as families focus on their homeschooling.

Nature Academy: 7-8 and the 6th grade classes had a great time at their annual ropes Course at Mount Hermon. An all grades big hike is planned for  September 22, 2017. They will be hiking from the Rincon parking lot through Pogonip to the Evergreen Cemetery for an all day hiking adventure!!

Quail Hollow Integrated Arts (QHIA): Sophia Vanklootwyk-Forde, who presented a Tedx Talk“The Kindness of Strangers” in which she recounts the global connections she made when traveling across 7 impoverished countries in Europe on her bicycle. Improv begins for 5 weeks. First Field trip to Montalvo Arts Center to see Ramayana-The Indian Epic, Sep. 18.  Students were very inspired by Character Day, even creating their own Animoto video that they shared.

Quail Hollow Homeschool: Will have their annual Homeschool Family Campout at New Brighton State Beach Campground September 19-21.  

Fall Creek Homeschool: Elkhorn Slough is having a free family day with lots of activities on Sept 23 from 9-4. We’ll be studying estuaries later in the year so it could be a great introduction. http://www.elkhornslough.org/

Mountain IS: The children are blending together in such a caring manner. This week we discussed "Empathy" and how we can all support each other. We began our journey in using sign language by watching a music and signing video of the song "We are Going To Be Friends" by the band White Stripe.


Dates to remember:

October 5 and October 12: Vision and Hearing screening

October 5: First Rehearsal for Thrill the World event 3-4:30 at the Quail Hollow Campus

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

             P.S. These pictures will be taken outside for a natural background.

October 10: All Charter Play (Cinder-Idol) information meeting at 3pm for students and parents. room 17 at the Quail Hollow Campus.

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

October 27th:  End of Quarter 1 grading period

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

November 10th:  No School-- Veteran’s Day

November 17: End of First Trimester

November 20th-26th:  Thanksgiving Break

December 22nd- January 7th:  Winter Break

January 25: End of first Semester



Charter News September 1, 2017-18

posted Sep 4, 2017, 4:54 PM by Rhonda Schlosser


“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be

undertaken with painstaking excellence.”       -Martin Luther King Jr.





Dear Charter Families,


We have now completed the first week of school and we ended on such a hot note!  Everyone is shifting back into the weekly groove and the end of Summer has laid its full heat upon us. ...Please take care this weekend to stay cool and not over exert in this extreme weather this weekend.


It is always rejuvenating to kick off the school year by having the first few days of school working on Professional Development with all of our staff.  Everyone in the District and in the Charter took the two days to heart and integrated what was learned into their already full toolbox of strategies. The truth is that it is the passion, flexibility, creativity and relationship skills of the teachers and the broader team that makes a school year shine for our students.  And I must say, (with all humility) that I think that our Charter team is one of the best!  We really enjoy working together. And again with humility, we are supported by a great district that appreciates our out-of-the-box programs and how we work to maintain our flexibility in order to help our students thrive.  Relationship building is key to any and all long standing learning opportunities. I hope you agree that your student’s teacher(s) and program are starting the year building a relationship that is personal and heartfelt.  That is what we have all dedicated to working with this year: maintaining empathic relationships as we teach your children.


Our programs may be unique from each other, and they may support different grade levels, but we do have many things in common; philosophies about developmental, brain-based learning and supporting the whole child, teaching strategies that encourage collaboration, critical and creative thinking, thematic projects, building affinity with our community and the natural world, as well as joyful engagement with others.


One of the foundational elements that all of our programs share is our commitment to supporting the social emotional well-being our our students, your children. This year our mental Health counselor, Jen Sims, will be systematically working with the staff and students each month to help develop a deeper sense of empathy for one another.


Please read her article in the newsletter to learn more.  Also please read on to learn about special All Charter VAPA opportunities for your child as well as special All Charter dates to put on our calendar.


NOTE: 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.


Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend.


~Rhonda


From Our Counselor, Jen Sims:  It begins with empathy.


Do you remember the first time that you felt empathy for another person? If not the first time, can you remember the most powerful time?


I’ll give you a minute to think about it.


Next…do you remember the first time you felt someone’s empathy toward you? If not the first time, can you remember the most powerful time?


Take another minute.


When you were remembering these events, what happened for you? What happened inside your body?


Before school started, I had the opportunity to pose the above questions to the teachers and staff who are working with students at SLV Charter and the Boulder Creek Elementary School. Most agreed that even just the memory of events in which they experienced empathy brought up strong emotions. The experience of empathy can powerfully impact our lives, and in fact change them forever. For many of us, empathy is where our paths began; what lead us to be parents, teachers, helpers and healers. That felt experience of seeing and being seen is hard to turn away from.


This year I will be exploring empathy with the students of SLV Charter and the Boulder Creek Elementary Schools (I am the counselor at both). In addition to my usual work of seeing kids individually and in groups, I will be going into classrooms each month to lead activities and discussion geared toward developing student’s empathic skills. Each month I will write an article corresponding with our monthly theme so that parents can stay in the loop of what is being discussed at school and practice more at home. This month, of course, it begins with empathy.


We might think that people are just born with the ability to empathize or not, but according to Dr. Gwen Dewar, empathy is actually a catchall term for three distinct processes: 1. Sharing emotions, which occurs when one feels distress after observing another person in distress, 2. Empathic concern, which is the motivation to care for someone who is in distress, and 3. Perspective taking, the ability to put

yourself in someone else’s shoes. A rare person might score very high or very low across the board, but most of us are going to have varying levels of skill in each of the processes. It will also change over time with development and experiences. Providing children the opportunity to practice will strengthen their abilities.


To be empathic, we need to have the tools to self-regulate. Working with your child to find coping skills will help them set boundaries around the strong emotions of others. It’s hard to stay calm when someone is crying or upset. A natural reaction might be to shut down emotionally or move away from the person, which can put a stop to any empathic response. If your child can deal with themselves first and foremost, they will be better able to respond to others in an empathic manner.


Look for ways to model empathy every day. One of the best ways to do this is by being empathic with your child. When they experience an emotion, ask them about it and coach them through. Try to imagine what things might feel like from your child’s perspective and the things they may or may not have control over. Try to do this even if it is a negative emotion toward you! Having empathy does not mean we will necessarily like or agree with the other person and it does not mean we will solve a problem, but understanding more about someone else’s experience will go a long way in negotiations.


When you are out and about, or watching TV, and see a person in distress ask your child how they think that person might be feeling? With such a vast emotional world out there coming at us at all times, you can use these opportunities to help your child navigate the seas. If you don’t have those resources available (ie, you are alone), feel free to make up scenarios for your child to ponder and discuss. To deepen the experience for younger children, ask them to make the corresponding ‘emotional face’ to how the other person may be feeling.


It has been found that humans experience more empathy with those that share commonalities with them. Help your child understand that regardless of what we may look like on the outside or what we may believe, it is still possible that we are more alike than different. Encourage their sense of curiosity and questions about others. With the Internet as a resource, we have the ability to learn countless things about people from other parts of America and the world without needing to travel anywhere!


Developing a sense of right and wrong that is not based on reward or punishment is essential when it comes to empathy. Working with your child to promote an internal moral compass can help motivate them not only to engage in compassionate behavior, but also to take action when necessary. Older children can learn more specifically about ‘moral disengagement’ and research projects like the Milgram experiment, in which participants were urged to administer an electric shock to another person by a man in an authoritative white lab coat. Despite the fact that the people being shocked were screaming and passing out (they were actually faking it), participants continued to shock them when directed to do so by the authoritative man. Having a cognitive awareness of this possible tendency in humans may help your child make a different decision.


I’m so looking forward to spending this year working with the children, parents and staff of the San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District. If you have any questions or concerns about your child, or would like to sign them up for counseling, please contact me at jsims@slvusd.org.


Parent Advisory Committee: The Charter’s Parent Advisory Committee is a great way to stay involved in the Charter and to help guide the direction of the programs at the broader level.  Parents in this committee learn about and help shape the Charter’s guiding documents such as the Charter Petition, Local Control Accountability Plan, WASC, classroom support, public relations, etc.  I would like at least one representative from each program to have a voice on this committee.

We will meet the Second Thursday of each month throughout the year. Please come to the First meeting on September 14 from 3-4pm to learn more.   This is a great way for the Booster Club representative to share with each other as well!

If you have additional questions, please email me! rschloser@slvusd.org


Unique After School Performing Arts opportunities open to All Charter students.

Amber Walker, one of our Charter teachers who specializes in the performing Arts leads two fun and fantastic opportunities that are available to All Students in Every Program of our Charter.  Please read on for more details.  They have become annual favorites for many of our students.


Thrill the World! 2017 (Michael Jackson's "Thriller" Event) Rehearsals

When: Thursdays: Oct. 5 and Oct. 12 and Fridays Oct. 20 and Oct. 27 from 3-4:30 pm

Where: Rm. 29 (the dance room) on the Quail Hollow Campus

No need to sign up ahead of time. Just show up.

This event was founded in 2006 in Toronto and has now spread to six continents. Every October people in cities around the world dance to "Thriller" at exactly the same time.  Preparation and counting down worldwide is part of the fun, but the feeling of being connected to others and dancing together as one is a Thrill like no other!  Celebrating the truly inspirational genius of Michael Jackson in a living and moving way is what keeps people coming back year after year.  This year the event will be held in Santa Cruz on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at the Louden Nelson Center lawn at 3 pm sharp.


All Charter Musical: Cinder-Idol-What the World Needs Now!

Last year we had a great turnout, with 60 students from each and every program in our Charter participating.

Amber will have an informational meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 3 pm for students and parents. The meeting will be held room 17 at the Quail Hollow Campus.

You will get a synopsis of the script, hear about characters and musical numbers, and get detailed info on the rehearsal schedule/requirements.


This year, the play will be, "Cinder-Idol-What the World Needs Now". Once again, it will be an original script written by Janinne Chadwick, which Amber directed and choreographed in 2005 with LPRT (Little People's Repertory Theater.) It is the classic tale twisted together with today's reality talent show craze, with step-sisters resembling the Spice Girls, Motown fairy godparents, 80's big hair rockers, and music ranging from pop, rock n' roll, Motown, and the Beatles.

Come to our meeting to find out more details!

Auditions: 3-5:30pm, Mondays/Tuesdays, Oct. 16, 17, 23, 24 in Rm 29

Rehearsals: 3-5:30 pm, Mondays, and Tuesdays in Rm 29

January Rehearsals: 3-6pm at the SLV PAC, Jan. 8, 9, 16, 22, 23

Tech Rehearsals: 3-6pm, Mon. and Tues. Jan 29 and 30 at the PAC

Dress Rehearsal: 3-6pm, Wed. Jan. 31 at the PAC

Performances for SLV classes: Thurs. and Fri., Feb. 1 and 2 at 10:30 am

Evening Performances: Thurs., Fri., and Sat., Feb. 1, 2, and 3


If you have any questions about any of these dates, feel free to email me at awalker@slvusd.org.  I look forward to sharing my love of performing arts with your students!

Sincerely,

Amber Walker  - Charter Teacher -Quail Hollow Integrated Arts (QHIA)


 😀 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)

             P.S. These pictures will be taken outside for a natural background.

  • 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.

Wednesday, Sep. 13: Character Day http://www.letitripple.org/character-day/  All programs will be participating in this Nationwide event in a variety of ways.

Coast Redwood HS:  Auditions for the Fall 2017's student-directed play will be held on Tuesday, September 5th and Wednesday, September 6th  in the SLVHS - MPR starting at 3:00 pm. Callbacks will be announced if necessary. You MUST BRING a ONE MINUTE DRAMATIC OR COMEDIC MONOLOGUE. Preferably off-book. SPORTS: X-COUNTRY Practices are starting after school and open to all. Meet on the track. You must have your athletic paperwork completed.

Coast Redwood MS: The Trowbridge opened their home and hosted the Welcome Potluck. Delicious food, swimming, ping-pong, basketball, and trampoline were some of the activities that brought the students together.

Nature Academy: To kick off their support with Empathy, all students watched the film Inside Out together on Friday.

Quail Hollow Integrated Arts (QHIA):First Field trip to Montalvo Arts Center to see Ramayana-The Indian Epic, Sep. 18

Quail Hollow Homeschool: Will have their annual Homeschool Family Campout at New Brighton State Beach Campground September 19-21.  

Fall Creek Homeschool:  Parents have signed up to support the classroom and discussion on Field Trips and online resources for the year were shared.

Mountain IS: Parents met for a long range planning meeting as an opportunity for everyone to contribute ideas and start planning this year’s classroom enrichment activities and special events.


Dates to remember:

September 4: No School --Labor Day Holiday

September 7th:  Nature Academy Back to School Night

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

September 14: Parent Advisory Meeting: 3-4 pm in the Charter Fall Creek Office.

October 5 and October 12: Vision and Hearing screening

October 5: First Rehearsal for Thrill the World event 3-4:30 at the Quail Hollow Campus

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

             P.S. These pictures will be taken outside for a natural background.

October 10: All Charter Play Cinder-Idol informational meeting at 3pm for students and parents. room 17 at the Quail Hollow Campus.

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

October 27th:  End of Quarter 1 grading period

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

November 10th:  No School-- Veteran’s Day

November 17: End of First Trimester

November 20th-26th:  Thanksgiving Break

December 22nd- January 7th:  Winter Break

January 25: End of first Semester



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






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