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Charter News: Aug. 21, 2015

posted Aug 25, 2015, 10:23 PM by Rhonda Schlosser   [ updated Aug 25, 2015, 10:25 PM ]

The beginning is the most important part of the work.


Dear Families,

School begins next Monday, August 24 and I want to welcome all of you to the 2015-16 school year!

For those of you who are returning to one of the Charter school programs, you come back knowing that you are beginning another year filled with great collaborative classroom learning and new field trip experiences, where you will be deepening your relationship with your teachers, your peers and yourselves. 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 teacher has in store for you. Welcome to our unique programs where you will begin to build strong relationships with fabulous teachers and fellow learners.  

You will be receiving regular emails from the teacher(s) of your specific program.  They will to keep you updated on homework, classroom activities and specifics on field trips and special events for your child.   The purpose of the Charter News is to keep our families informed about events and activities that pertain to all programs.  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.   

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 new part-time Secretary. Our administrative office is on the Felton district campus, located back behind the football field, near the entrance to Fall Creek.  This is where my office is located, and also where you can find Julie Walker, our new administrative assistant.  We are the ones for you to call for everyday questions, concerns, needs you may have with your child.

I look forward to meeting all the new families this year, and getting to know your students a bit more personally while they are working in their classes , and hopefully during all the fun outside activities they soon be on.

Have a great first week of school.


Welcome New Staff members!

We welcome our new math teacher, Brian Heery, to the Charter team.  He will be teaching the Nature Academy math students as well as the Charter high school students at the Coast Redwood location.

You will get a chance to meet him during Back to School nights but until then, here is what he has to say:

‘Innovating and integrating holistic teaching methods while collaborating with colleagues and working closely with students and their families is what I enjoy most about my work as a teacher. My experience in elementary, middle and high school has helped prepare me for this position. Making math fun and comprehensible to all students is my goal.’

Gillian Blair is our new part-time teacher who will be working with our families in the Quail Hollow Homeschool, our newly blended program that used to be called the BC and SLV Homeschool programs.

‘I am so excited to be here and looking forward to the opportunity to design curriculum in creative ways and to work with families and students of all ages.  I can’t wait to share my ideas and work in this new hybrid homeschool environment.’

Parent Advisory Committee  / Charter Renewal / WASC committee visit

I want to strengthen the consistent level of parent communication this year by adding a Parent Advisory Committee that meets monthly.  It is important to have the consistent voice from parents representing every program and grade level.  I have several parents who have stepped up to participate in this committee, and I am asking for more to join from each program.  If you are interested in the strength and longevity of the Charter, please consider helping in this way.

OUR PRIMARY FOCUS for this committee at the beginning of this year will be to be the lead in the process for the Charter Renewal and WASC committee visit.  This means that I would want you to learn more about the Charter Action Plan and to help review the Charter document in preparation for our Renewal coming up in May.  

Our first meeting will be Sept 2, from 3-4, at the Charter Administrative office in Felton.

If you are interested in participating in this committee, please email me and let me know.  

Voluntary Student Accident Insurance

SLVUSD is committed to providing a safe environment for your student. Even so, accidents do happen and resulting medical treatment (ambulance transport, surgery, hospitlization, etc.) can be very expensive. Of course, active students can get hurt outside of school as well.

Please know that SLVUSD does not assume responsibility for these costs. However, as a service to you and your child, SLVUSD has joined with 1,000s of others by offering you access to a low cost, voluntary purchase student accident/sickness insurance program. The program is arranged and administered by Myers-Stevens & Toohey & Co., Inc., a firm that has specialized in such coverages for over 40 years. The program is sponsored by the California School Boards Association.

You can download a brochure about 2015-2016 Student Accident Insurance Voluntary Student Accident Insurance

Online Student Registration for 2015-16 School Year

All families need to complete the on-line registration process through infosnap before school begins  to  be registered and enrolled  for 2015-16 school year.  Only those fully enrolled will be allowed to register for classes and attend Charter programs.   

I believe that most of you are now fully enrolled, but for the few who may need the information: How To Register:

New Students  K-12 -  go to:  and select the fourth bullet point  (2015-16 Grades 1st through 12th, Online New Student Registration English/Spanish.) Create an account and complete your student registration. Yes, it is okay if you use this link to enroll a Kindergarten student.

Continuing Students in SLVUSD -  an email containing a password (snap code) was emailed  to all parent/guardian emails  on June 5th and again more recently (if a student hadn't yet registered for 2015-16). To request a snap code or  to check your registration status please email Holly Thomas at

If on-line registration for 2015-16 was already completed through a prior  SLV School, (i.e. SLE but will now attend Nature Academy in 2015-16) your on-line registration is complete.

ALSO: All students entering the 7th grade must have a record of their Tdap booster (in addition to the DTap) or a signed Personal Belief Exemption on file before attending or enrolling in classes.

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.)

  • August 24: First day back to school

  • August 26 : 7-8th grade parent orientation meeting regarding website and email use.  3-4 pm in room 22 at SLVMS

  • Aug 28: All Charter Homeschool Beach Day: 11-2pm at Seabright Beach

  • September 2: Parent Advisory Committee meeting. 3-4pm in the Charter  Administrative office, Felton

  • September 7:  School Holiday

  • September 10: CRHS Back to School night. 6-7:30

  • September 13: Music on the Mountain Fundraiser. (see below)

  • September 17: Nature Academy Back to School night.5:30-7:30

  • September 15-17: QH Homeschool Family Campout at New Brighton Beach State Park

  • September 16-20: Santa Cruz County Fair (

Community events and opportunities:

On September 13, 2015 the SLV Education Foundation will be presenting a concert called Music on the Mountain with the small and intense orchestra, Expressivo. This fundraiser will donate proceeds to the education programs in SLVUSD. Tickets can be purchased at and at the Ben Lomond Market for Adults $35.00, Senior $25.00, and Students $15.00. Please plan to attend and encourage friends and family to support the schools in San Lorenzo Valley.