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Charter News August 26, 2018

posted Aug 28, 2018, 4:04 PM by Rhonda Schlosser

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.  -A.A. Milne



Dear Charter Families,


A week of school is over and we are starting week two! It’s great to see all the classes and programs bustling and everyone so excited to start a new year.  The kids look so happy to be back and all the teachers are full of rejuvenated energy as they engage with their students and classes. It is especially great to see the new energy that our many new teachers are adding to mix.

I am sure that many students are feeling more tired and drained than usual as they step back into the school routine of early mornings and hours of learning and exercising their `brains.  Students are back to needing to go to bed earlier to wake up early and get ready for a day of engagement in classrooms, with teachers, and with their peers. For (most) children and families, the start of the school year means that there needs to be a shift from the summer sleeping hours and relaxing pace of the mornings. The change of routine, new classes, new peers, new expectations can be physical and mentally exhausting. I noticed a distinctive slower pace in the students and teachers too by the end of the week.  Hopefully, everyone took advantage of the weekend and got some extra hours of sleep and fun in the sun.

Welcome back to week two.  There are great things happening.  Thanks for being with us.

~Rhonda



PARENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE: First Meeting: Wednesday, September 12 from 3:00-4:00 pm.  Parent’s voice is very important to Charter Schools!  I count on the Parent Advisory Committee to provide input regarding our programs and their unique needs as seen from a parents perspective.  I also need parent input in reviewing and understanding the business and foundational aspects that are required to keep our Charter school running smoothly to provide the support our student population needs.  This includes understanding how our budget works, our accountability requirements for State and Local Assessments, learning about our Charter Petition, and discussing ways to better support our students' academic and social-emotional needs: Kindergarten through High School.


As a dependent Charter, we are supported by the District’s school board, who oversees our school along District Office Cabinet support. The SLVUSD school board also reviews and approves our Charter petition renewal every 5 years as well as our LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan) report every year.  The Parent Advisory Committee is a critical component to ensure that parent’s input has a consistent say in the development of our programs that make up the Charter school.  

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


PERFORMING ARTS AFTER SCHOOL EVENTS OPEN TO ALL CHARTER PROGRAMS!

Below is a list of After School Performing Arts opportunities available to All Students in Every Program of our Charter School:


For those of you who are new to our programs, these are two very popular Performing Arts events that a large percentage of our students participate in.  They are hallmarks of our unique, multi-age student collaborations where our older students become leaders and mentors, and all students step in at a level that is right for their development and ability.


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

Rehearsals

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

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

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 27, 2018 at the Louden Nelson Center lawn at 3pm 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.

Amber will have an informational meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 3pm for students and parents. The meeting will be 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 3pm for students and parents, held in the multipurpose room at the Quail Hollow Campus.


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

Rehearsals: 3-5:30pm, Mondays and Tuesdays

Performance Week: February 4-9


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!


~Amber Walker


STUDENT REGISTRATION:  Our sincerest appreciation to all of you who have had to work through some difficulties in registering your student through the new infosnap process.  There are still some glitches, so please bear with us as we continue to complete some remaining registrations.

For technical difficulties, please contact the following:

Email:  support@infosnap.com

Phone: 866-434-6276 Press 1 and then 4 for Registration Support

Support Hours: Monday- Friday 6:00AM-5:00PM PST

Web portal:  https://help.powerschool.com

https://support.powerschool.com/f/contact_support  

~THANK YOU!



Santa Cruz County Fair: We encourage community engagement and the Fair has many ways for students to learn more about specialized crafts and trades. For years the County Fair has been a favorite of our families and we have had students enter the fair in various categories and bring back ribbons.


Hours: Wednesday 9/12 to Friday 9/14 Noon to 11:00PM Saturday 9/15 10AM to 11PM & Sunday 9/16 10AM to 10PM


 😀 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 10th: Nature Academy 6-8 grade: (during PE period)

  • October 4th: Quail Hollow Homeschool, Quail Hollow Integrated Arts, Fall Creek Homeschool, Coast Redwood High School, Coast Redwood Middle School Picture Day: (time TBD)

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

  • November 13th: 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: Headwaters Outdoor School Trip DEADLINE to sign up: Friday, August 31

Brian and Wade will be taking 15-26 of our Coast Redwood High School students to Headwaters on Monday, September 24 through Friday, September 28.

Shakespeare Festival in Ashland Oregon Trip Kay and Amber are bringing back our annual trek up to Ashland Oregon in May, 2019, to enjoy 3 nights and 4 days in Ashland, Oregon. Students will stay at a local hotel and enjoy 6-8 plays and workshops over three days. A visit to Southern Oregon University will be on our itinerary where we will visit their theater program and explore the campus. Parent Chaperones are welcome and we may need drivers!  Fundraising: Immediately in the fall we will begin our Toyota Drive for School (September)and volunteers for the Redwood Mt Faire (June) Pre-requisite: Enrollment in "Chill with Will" one semester class prior to the trip

CRMS:  Students have had their orientation and the weeks are filled with home studies and conference meetings. -Friday, Sept. 7: All Homeschool Charter Capture the Flag at Quail Hollow Ranch

Nature Academy: Back to School Night is this Thursday. Expect more details from your teachers soon.

6:00 – First Bell Rings for Back to School Night Classroom Visits.

-6th grade class: Sept 7th, will be taking a trip to the Cal Academy of Sciences. At the end of September Ms. Hope’s class will go to  Mt. Hermon for their Ropes Course. The annual beginning of the year hike for all grades will be on October 12th to Mt. Umumum.

Quail Hollow Integrated Arts (QHIA): -Tuesday, Sept. 4: Field Trip to SC Shakespeare’s production of Romeo & Juliet  -Friday, Sept. 7: All Homeschool Charter Capture the Flag at Quail Hollow Ranch

Quail Hollow Homeschool:  Students have had their orientation and the weeks are filled with home studies and conference meetings. -Friday, Sept. 7: All Homeschool Charter Capture the Flag at Quail Hollow Ranch September 11th  - Thursday, September 13th Beginning of the Year Camping Trip New Brighton State Beach Tuesday,

Fall Creek Homeschool: Students have had their orientation and the weeks are filled with home studies and conference meetings. -Friday, Sept. 7: All Homeschool Charter Capture the Flag at Quail Hollow Ranch

Mountain IS:  Students have had their orientation and the weeks are filled with home studies and conference meetings. Tuesday, September 4, on-site class begin  -Friday, Sept. 7: All Homeschool Charter Capture the Flag at Quail Hollow Ranch



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.)

  • September 3: No School Labor Day

  • September 10th: Picture Day: Nature Academy 6-8 grade: (during PE period)

  • October 4th: Picture Day: Quail Hollow Homeschool, Quail Hollow Integrated Arts, Fall Creek Homeschool, Coast Redwood High School, Coast Redwood Middle School Picture Day: (time TBD)

  • November 12: No School Veterans day

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

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

  • November 19-23: No School Thanksgiving Break

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