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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 5, 2018

    Dear Charter Families,

    This week's Charter News has another article from Robin, our mental health counselor.  We are so fortunate to have a consistent Mental Health counselor going into the classrooms and supporting the overall social-emotional health of the students. This week she is writing about the benefit of helping students shift their narrative.  

    You may have heard your student’s teachers talk about a positive versus a fixed growth mindset. Similar to shifting a person’s narrative, this concept is another way that we can help students shift their mental state toward the positive.  When we help to build a positive outlook we build a student’s positive sense of self, which supports their perseverance and name but a few areas involved in a healthy identity. Learning to shift your narrative also ties into the neuroscience of the brain: chemical and electrical messages are sent in your brain, these messages become more firmly ‘circuited’ the more they are used in thought and/or actions.

    In her article, Robin also touches on how social media can impact a child’s narrative. What we look like and say in quick sound bites through Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, etc. can often shape our narrative impacting our inner sense of pride, confidence, self-worth.

    We will talk more about social media and your child in the weeks and months to come.  


    PARENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE: Please come: Wednesday, October 10 from 3:00-4:00 pm.  We will be reviewing the Charter’s LCAP and discussing Charters focus areas for the year.

    Thank you to the parents who were able to attend last month.  We had representation from Nature Academy, Coast Redwood Middle School, and QHIA.  I heard from many parents who emailed me to say that they could not attend this initial meeting, stating that they would like to participate in the upcoming meetings: I hope to see you this week!

    This is a unique year in that there is no large report needing to be written. (Hooray!) Our WASC accreditation cycle of review and the Charter Petition renewal are not due until the 2010-21 school year.  Therefore, this year we can focus on adding infrastructure and deepening student academic and enrichment supports based on the Parent Advisory Committees involvement and input.

    At the last meeting, I reviewed the broad base of the documents that are the foundation of the Charter.   I hope to see more parents from all the programs at our next meeting on October 10 at 3 pm. We will be reviewing the Charter’s LCAP and discussing Charters focus areas for the year.

    The Parent Advisory Committee is a critical component to ensure that the parent’s input has a consistent say in the development of our programs that make up the Charter school.  

    Please come to this meeting: learn more about the Charter and tell me what is important to you.  I would like to have representation from every program on the Parent Advisory Committee.

    From Our Counselor: Robin Bates

    Hello Charter parents and staff! September was a great month of entering the classrooms and getting to know all of these amazing communities your students are creating! I am so in awe.

    As the school year continues, we will zoom in to different aspects of identity. This month, we will focus on our individual narratives. ​Humans have always told stories -whether they are ages-long, or individual lifetime stories, or even individual “micro-stories” during the day - to help us make sense of our experiences and the world around us. Our stories are perfect little windows to peer into our mental health and the way we shape identity.

    Recently I was driving with my own kids when my almost-11-year-old chimed in, “hey, Mom, do you remember that time you MADE me take that soccer class every week for 6 WHOLE WEEKS? I was the worst player in the class and because of this the other kids gave me a vibe and they never passed me the ball.” I gently swallowed my pride and tried to manage that “Mom guilt” so many of us struggle with. I decided to offer him a different story. “Well, then, think about how much courage it takes for a kid to continue trying in spite of difficult circumstances. You kept showing up, kept trying your hardest and stayed focused on soccer even though you were in a tough spot. Think about how much courage, perseverance and focus that took!” He was quiet (which is unusual for this kiddo). I knew he had felt a shift. Later he admitted that he hadn’t seen the story that way and it made him feel different - better - about himself.

    This is the power of learning to shift our perspective.​ Sometimes it can be as simple and switching out a few words from painful to positive. For example, a story of fear can also be a story of courage. A story about a difficult test experience can turn into a story of perseverance or gratitude about other talents. As we all listen to our children talk about their day or their struggles, while we are validating how our kids are feeling, we can listen for opportunities to “spin” words and watch how they can shift an entire perspective. And when we shift perspective, it impacts our identity. We can shift things like “fearful to brave” from “incompetent to determined” or from “lonely to self-reliant”. These are seeds for core beliefs about our identity that we carry with us throughout our lives.

    It’s difficult to talk about narratives without mentioning social media​ - a world where we have so much control over our narratives but can so often sweep us up in other peoples’. I’m hoping to have some meaningful discussion on this topic. There is a great scene in the most recent Jumanji movie involving a teen preparing for her “good-morning-I-just-woke-up-like-this” picture and all of the time she spent to stage it (color selections, makeup, hair, etc). Isn’t it amazing the lengths we go to control the narrative we present to our media audience? I’m looking forward to hearing our adolescents talk about this!

    Here are some resources online for exploring topics about safe media use for kids: (this is google’s kid safety website) (has several articles about internet safety for children of all ages)


    Don’t miss out on these fabulous after-school opportunities.

    Thrill the World! 2018 (Michael Jackson's "Thriller" Event)  REHEARSALS HAVE BEGUN

    When: Thursdays: Oct. 18 and Fridays Oct. 12 and Oct. 26 from 3-4: 30 pm

    Where: Multipurpose Room on the Quail Hollow Campus (up by the Charter Office)

    No need to sign up ahead of time. Just show as many as you can!. 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!  

    This year the event will be held in Santa Cruz on Saturday, October 27, 2018, at the Louden Nelson Center lawn at 3 pm sharp. There is also an option to perform in a flash mob on Halloween in Ben Lomond.

    All Charter Musical: Into the Well!: An original rock musical

    Last year we had a great turnout with 64 students from each and every program in our charter participating.

    Don’t forget to come to the informational meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 3 pm for students and parents. held in the multipurpose room 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, "Into the Well". Once again, it will be an original script written by Janinne Chadwick, which Amber directed and choreographed in 2008 with LPRT (Little People's Repertory Theater.) This story incorporates fairy tale characters from many different stories such as Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, The Frog Prince, Goldilocks, Jack and the Beanstalk, and many more.  Songs and scenes include a giant singing Bob Dylan tunes, punk-rock huntsman, and runway models gone awry! Music ranges from Motown, funk, pop, punk, and good ole' rock n' roll.

    Come to our meeting to find out more details! Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 3 pm for students and parents, held in the multipurpose room at the Quail Hollow Campus.

    Auditions: 3-5: 30 pm, Mondays/Tuesdays, Oct. 15, 16, 22, 23 in the multipurpose room on the Quail Hollow Campus   Rehearsals: 3-5: 30 pm, Mondays and Tuesdays

    Performance Week: February 4-9

    If you have any questions about any of these dates, feel free to email me at  

    I look forward to sharing my love of performing arts with your students!

    ~Amber Walker

    Drive for Schools Fundraiser: Tickets are here!  This is the biggest and most productive fundraiser for our program.  You could win a car, $25,000 or many other great prizes.  Your student’s program retains 100% of the money from the ticket sales!  Pick tickets up from your classroom teacher. book = 6 tickets for $25 (or $5 individual ticket price)  Tickets and money are due back to your teacher by Thursday, October 18.

    Wrap-N-Mat Fundraiser Reusable Sandwich Wraps and Snack Bags

    The Fall Creek Homeschool program is selling reusable sandwich wraps and snack bags. These wraps and bags keep your sandwiches fresh and open flat to eat on.  All Wraps and Bags are: - Reusable - Open Flat to Eat on - Made with BPA & PVC Free Plastic - Easy to Clean (Top Rack Dishwasher safe) - USA Made

    Please check out our Catalog of styles:

    You can purchase wraps and bags by talking to a Fall Creek parent about them, or printing out an order form here and emailing :

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

    CRHS: Juniors! Don't forget to Register for the PSAT  Juniors need to sign up with Annina in the SLVHS Admin office, the cost is $20 and you receive a study guide once you register. The test is on October 10th so do not delay! Students in the 9th and 10th grade may also take the PSAT. - San Francisco State University field trip is coming up.. Harvest Festival Monday, October 29th  2:30-5pm *free pumpkin painting leaf pressing, leaf pile, scarecrow building, wear your costume and more! Garden Sale - All Proceeds go to the SLV Charter Garden Programs Lots of things to buy: beautiful succulents, fall veggie plants and seeds, raffle tickets, milkweed bombs and more! *see attached flyer for more information Fall Writing Benchmark If you have not completed your writing benchmark please do so now. Send your essay to your teacher in a google doc.

    CRMS: Lotion Making is happening this Monday. We will get everything going for about an hour and then do something fun for an hour while we wait for the emulsification process and then we'll finish off the project. We played a more challenging game for CRMS students as far as rule controversies go, Capture the Flag. They did okay despite a few negotiations and agreement-making interrupting the game. We finished and presented our CRMS Design Theme slideshow. We then looked at local popular theme parks and made lists of what collection of rides, buildings, and areas make up amusement parks. The kids put all the things that they came up with into categories, and we will further use the lists as we design our amusement parks. 10/10: 11:00- Planning Department Field Trip

    Growth Mindset has begun! I want to revisit the concept throughout the year, but we kicked it off with each student trying to juggle (after some instruction.) This short video explains the concept well:  Growth Mindset video Most of the cubby boxes are finished, hooray.  Melanie met with all students for the Jr. Master Gardener class and they dug around in the garden.  Isaiah's mom Kyle did Mindfulness with CRMS after lunch (Thank you, Kyle!) Students worked on their essays about each other, with many completed. Many kids stayed for Math with Mark, so glad it's working out for people to take advantage of Mark's math magnificence. 11/1: Tech Museum Field Trip

    Nature Academy: Now both the 6th grade and the  7-- 8th-grade students have had their annual Ropes Course trip. Thank you to all who helped on the trips to Mt Hermon, students had a great day of team building and overcoming challenges. The 6th-grade class completed their Ancient Tools Project, They had a great Early Human day last Friday along the 6th grade students from the QHIA program, sharing their tools and learning Early human skills such as making arrowheads and fire making. Country Report: Geography component is due this week.  &-8th graders came back from a successful overnight trip to the Pinnacles. The teachers are busy setting up one of the few all Nature Academy students hikes for this coming Friday.  This is a new one: starting up near UCSC and ending at Wilder Ranch.

    Quail Hollow Integrated Arts (QHIA): We had the first of our monthly Immersive Math/Science days this week; we began with a math mystery team challenge. After that, students measured different lengths of their bodies, converting measurements using the metric system. We also discussed the connection to Da Vinci’s studies on body proportions. We ended the day with our tower challenge. There were many successes and constructive failures along the way.  

    Quail Hollow Homeschool: with math students either worked on Number of the Day, Basic Number Properties checklist and patterns in numbers or addition and subtraction and Multiplication Game with 10s. Daily Language Review - main focus was simile vs metaphor. We worked to finish our hot air balloons and baskets - those who finished worked on a Point of View Lesson with Martha comparing two versions of the Three Little Pigs - told by the pigs and wolf, using a Venn Diagram to organize their thoughts. We read a bit more of Felix's adventures to outer space and the North Pole. We introduced the Seven Continents Song. We reviewed and labeled the continents on a world map. We made our own travel buddies - animals drawn on fabric, stuffed and stitched up. These pillow pets will reside in our hot air balloons and be our travel buddies around the world this year.

    Fall Creek Homeschool: We planned and practiced a design to draw on the white rock using symbols of the elements, the planets, the zodiac signs, and some metals. The fifth graders continued making a giant cross-section of the inside of the Earth. We listened to the book On My Beach There Are Many Pebbles. We passed around examples of igneous rocks, discussed the minerals found in granite and wrote a page of details about these rocks in our Rainbow Books. We ended the day identifying good deeds we had witnessed. The 5th grade went to the garden. We discussed the folklore of gnomes, dwarves and leprechauns and what they have to do with rocks and crystals. We followed steps to sewing a gnome. The 5th grade painted the layers of the giant cross-section of Earth. We ended the day with our housekeeping jobs.

    Mountain IS: The children are really getting the hang of the classroom operations and new work period style. If Tuesday was the "Best work period" so far, then Thursday topped it! Overall, the children seemed focused and engaged in their activities and eager to try new work. We overheard some interesting reflections between children in relation to the work content as children worked side by side, while others volunteered their enthusiasm for their accomplishments as we wrapped up work period! Individual Work (see yellow sheets in cubbies)  Art: created, cut and added pumpkins to the backgrounds made last week. Fire Drill. Music: Russian folk dancing/singing Sci/PE: Explored Kinetic & Potential Energy through labeling and converting the stored energy in our muscles into action!- I hope you were able to make the astronomy night.

    Community Opportunities:

    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.)

    • October 19th:  No School-- Professional Development Day for Staff

    • October 27: Saturday, Thrill the World Event in Santa Cruz

    • October 29th: Picture retakes for Nature Academy 6-8: (during PE Period)

    • October 29th: Coast Redwood High School Harvest Festival: 2:30-5: 00 pm

    • November 12th:  No School- Veterans Day

    • November 13th: Picture retake day for all homeschool programs :  (time TBD)

    • November 19-23rd:  No School- Thanksgiving Break

    • December 21st-Jan 4th:  No School- Winter Break

    Posted Oct 8, 2018, 10:29 PM by Rhonda Schlosser
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