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Charter News December 18, 2015

posted Jan 3, 2016, 8:41 PM by Rhonda Schlosser

Rules for happiness: something to do, someone to love, something to hope for.  

~Immanuel Kant

Dear Charter Families,

During the holiday season, our thoughts turn gratefully to our charter families and all who have given their time and energy to our students and staff to make a positive influence in their lives.  It is in this spirit that we say thank you and best wishes for the holidays and New Year.

Warm Wishes,

~Rhonda, Julie, Holly and Tarah  (your support team)

Here are a few simple ways to cultivate gratitude.

* Ask Yourself Three Questions: “What have I received from __?”, “What have I given to __?”, and “What troubles and difficulty have I caused?”

* Come to Your Senses: Through our senses—the ability to touch, see, smell, taste, and hear—we gain an appreciation of what it means to be human and of what an incredible miracle it is to be alive. Seen through the lens of gratitude, the human body is not only a miraculous construction, but also a gift.

* Watch your Language: Grateful people have a particular linguistic style that uses the language of gifts, givers, blessings, blessed, fortune, fortunate, and abundance. In gratitude, you should not focus on how inherently good you are, but rather on the inherently good things that others have done on your behalf.

* Think Outside the Box: If you want to make the most out of opportunities to flex your gratitude muscles, you must creatively look for new situations and circumstances in which to feel grateful.   

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Parent Advisory Committee: A tremendous thank you to the few parents who regularly come and discuss the school’s action plan and review the Charter petition with me.  Hilde Largay, Rachel Trowbridge, Christie Hertig, Jennifer Theide, and Lou Larwood have become a fabulous team of support.  

Next meeting: Tuesday, January 12th, 3-4 pm  in the Felton, Fall Creek office.  (Chocolate and tea are always in supply, btw)

Holiday School support:  Don't forget! Use this link the next time you shop on Amazon and earn money for our school while you  shop.

Amazon School Rewards

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

Congratulations to teacher/director Amber Walker and cast and crew of the All Charter Play: The Jungle Book; Welcome to the Jungle!  They all did such a great job.  Watching them perform was a great way to start our holiday break.  There were students from everyone of our programs, except for our satellite program.  Ages ranged from 5-16, and you could tell that everyone had a great time.

All this week I have been able to step in and see some of the many special events each of our programs have been doing, in recognition of the season.  In every classroom, every program event, the level of community appreciation and camaraderie is palpable. How lucky we all are to have each other as fellow participants and learners in SLV Charter.

All Homeschool Charter Science Fair: This year Katie Parmenter will be organizing our Science Fair.  This is a great opportunity to dig into some fun experimental science in a low-stress, encouraging environment.   The week of Feb. 1 is when projects will be presented. Applications are available at each or our homeschool programs, if you are interested.  It is a great opportunity.

NEW GROUP OPPORTUNITY with Counselor Jennifer Sims

Here is a note from Jen:

“2016!! A new year means new choices and opportunities for growth.  In my time as the school counselor for the charter school, I've come to learn that the students here are savvy, strong, independent thinkers with a drive to understand themselves in an authentic way.  My Wellness and Empowerment for Teens program,TEEN WE, is here to be a part of that process.  Starting Tuesday, January 12th, this weekly, education and discussion group will cover all of the topics that are important to you!  We will meet every Tuesday from 2:30-3:30 pm, in P3, until school's out in June. I've got a lot of ideas to share, and I'd love to hear yours.  If you are in 8th - 12th grade, contact me at to ask questions, give feedback, or just get signed up!  See you soon!”

Please read the attached Flyer about her upcoming teen WE class.  This unique teen support group is designed for any and all of our students in grades 8-12.

You can always contact Jen for any reason via her email

Math tutor: Please don’t forget that Aaron Shaw, our math tutor, has scheduled hours at the following Felton locations and times:

  • Mondays from 12-3:30  in portable 5 with teacher Brian Heery; Math 1 & 2 emphasis

  • Thursdays from 2:00-4:00, primarily grades 6-8 in portable 28 with teacher Marcy Reynolds.  

Please come with your math homework and questions ready.

Special Advisory Message:

I have attached a Travel Advisory that was sent by the COE and asking that we share with our families.  urging Californians to protect themselves against mosquito bites if traveling to Mexico or Latin America, where there have been increased reports of the mosquito-borne diseases chikungunya and dengue.

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.)

  • December 21-January 4: Holiday: Winter Break

  • January 18: Martin Luther King Day

  • January 29: No School Professional Development Day for teachers

  • February 8: No School, District Holiday

  • February 22: No School, District Holiday

  • February 26: End of Second Trimester