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Charter News January 12, 2015

posted Jan 13, 2015, 6:29 PM by Rhonda Schlosser   [ updated Jan 14, 2015, 2:28 PM by Laurie Becker ]

Charter News

January 12, 2015

New Year's. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery. Today carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand. Only dreams give birth to change.           ~Sarah Ban Breathnach

Dear Families,

We are entering the second week back to school and the students are fully into the swing of the classroom routine once again.  For the students in our homeschool programs, there are not as many on-site site classes in January, as we focus on homeschooling activities and our mid-year reflection conferences.  Teachers often get to have home visits during this time, where they can see the projects and environment that the students have been engaged in.

The winter break is a great time for students to take a rest from the regular school routine. Everyone can benefit from some unstructured time, to give their brains and personal interests time to ruminate and develop.   A loving environment, a little boredom, or free exploration to flow with a person’s natural curiosity is like the dormancy in Winter that every bulb that flowers needs in order to bloom when ready.  All the students have come back with a renewed energy to do their best, with a new flourish of enthusiasm.  The teachers, too, are reinvigorated to step back into working with their students and excite them in their learning.  January is a great month for learning, and all the programs have lots of activities planned!



Jessica Zovar

SLVUSD Charter School Counselor

We are pleased to introduce Jessica Zovar as our Charter School Counselor! Jessica will be serving all Charter students Tuesdays from 10:30-3:30 (but mornings on Thursdays could work if scheduled ahead). Jessica will be able to work with students individually or in small groups and will also be available to parents and teachers for conferences and consultation.

She will be coming to each of the programs to introduce herself, starting next week.

A little about Jessica. . .

My name is Jessica Zovar and I am the new School Counselor working within SLV Charter Schools.  I earned my Masters in Counseling Psychology from Brandman University in June of 2012 and prior to that worked as a middle and high school teacher.   Since earning my degree I have provided individual and group counseling services to students of all ages and across varied academic environments, ranging from traditional classrooms settings to home-schooled students and families. I have worked with students to address life transitions, depression/anxiety, family issues, organizational support and social skills.  My therapeutic style values the counselor/client relationship and I use a variety of cognitive behavioral strategies, mindfulness and stress reduction techniques address each child’s unique social, emotional and academic growth. Meetings will range in time from brief check ins to 1 hour.

Some reasons for coming to see me may be:

*Anxiety, depression, emotional frustrations, bullying

*Academic support

*Social skills support

*Social/emotional support

*Family pressures, divorce


*Feeling stuck

*Eating disorders

*Gender questions

Parents are encouraged to contact Jessica via email regarding their child.  She will also have sign up sheets given to each teacher and program.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact Rhonda, or Jessica directly.

What’s Going on in Our Charter School?

SLV High School 8th-Grade Parent Night Coming In January

San Lorenzo Valley High School welcomes parents of current 8th-Grade Students to the annual 8th Grade Parent Night on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 6:30 pm in the SLVHS Multi-Purpose Room.

Come meet the counselors and administrators. Learn about our high school programs and other campus opportunities.

Make-O-Rama 2015  January, 23 10:30-2:30pm

Join us for our third year hosting this incredible homeschool event! Share, teach and explore a skill or activity with others….  The idea of this event is to introduce our families to new experiences and inspire them to open themselves to new artistic expression, skills and crafting. This is an especially great opportunity for children to teach something they know about, which is a huge boost to their knowledge and confidence! Parents are also invited to teach, facilitate and/or demonstrate as well.

7th Grade Visit to CSUMB: April 24, 2015, All 7th grade students are invited to join the SLV Middle School 7th graders as they visit CSU Monterey Bay for a fun, day-long campus tour. Transportation will be provided via bus and chaperones will be needed. All 7th grade students who wish to attend will need to complete a survey (it’s short - 15 question) and the survey can be obtained from Roberta. If your 7th grade student is interested in attending, please contact Roberta as soon as possible to get details.

All Homeschool Charter Science Fair Friday, Feb. 6

Young scientists and their parents came to the Resource Center on Tuesday to brainstorm ideas together. I have heard of many of the experiments that our students are working on and we are excited to see what comes to fruition.

Date of SC County Science Fair: March 7

Nature Academy Info Night: Please join us for the Nature Academy Info Night to hear all about this wonderful program. Wednesday, March 18, 2015; 6-7 pm; MS Library  

Charter Homeschool programs Info Night: Please join us for our annual Info Night to hear all about all our fabulous program options we have for the various grade levels K-12  . Tuesday, March 24, 2015; 6-7 pm; MS Library  

Announcing NEW Attendance Ledgers!:  Attention Homeschool programs! Beginning with Month 5 (this month!) we will be using new Attendance Ledger forms. We got approval from the District Administration and auditors to use new, easier to fill out forms.  

SLVUSD is a scent-free community:

In response to students and members of our community who are highly allergic to fragrances and scents, the SLVUSD Board of Trustees adopted a California School Board Association policy to make all district classrooms and offices fragrant neutral. SLVMS has parents and/or students with respiratory issues who can have negative reactions to fragrances. Please take care to follow the policy while on campus.  The announcement is below.

Staff and students shall refrain from bringing furred or feathered animals, stuffed toys that may collect dust mites, scented candles, incense or air fresheners and from using perfume or cologne, scented hair spray, nail polish or nail polish remover that are not fragrance-free in classrooms or other enclosed areas or buildings. The public shall be made aware that there is a growing number of people with fragrance allergies or sensitivities that can have mild to severe health consequences, including asthmatic attacks and other respiratory issues.


Make Art With Us!

Join us in creating a beautiful river-inspired public art piece at theTannery Arts Center as part of our Ebb & Flow River Arts Project. This sculpture was designed through the input of over 100 community members, and is a collaboration between artists Kathleen Crocetti and Anna Oneglia.  Bring your friends, neighbors, and colleagues and spend a couple of hours together making art! All skill levels welcome. If you want to bring your posse, contact Kathleen so that we’re ready for you.

Mission Hill Middle School 425 King St. // Room 5

January 7th through 29th  Feel free to drop in anytime on these days and times: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays from 3:30 – 8pm Sundays from 10am – 6pm

Music students are invited to attend an open rehearsal of the Santa Cruz Symphony on FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, at the Civic Auditorium in Santa Cruz. This special strings-only program opens with Samuel Barber’s profoundly moving Adagio for Strings, followed by Stravinsky’s ingeniously inventive celebration of Greek mythology – Apollon Musagète (Apollo's Muses). The program also includes Tchaikovsky's ravishingly sensual Serenade for Strings.

•The Civic Auditorium is located at the corner of Church and Cedar streets in downtown Santa Cruz. Plan to arrive no later than 7:15 p.m.

•Enter the auditorium through the side door off the parking lot. Identify yourself as a student and you will be greeted and seated by a volunteer docent.

•The rehearsal begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. and ends at 10:00 p.m. There will be one break, between 8:30 and 9:00, after which you may leave or stay for the remainder of the rehearsal.

Mountain Community Resources

6134 Highway 9, Felton  335-6600

2015 Food Distribution

Every Thursday from 11:00 to Noon

Except on: 11/26, 12/24 & 12/31

Bring an ID to the second Tuesday of every month.

Food distributions include: Free produce, staples, protein-rich and canned foods.

For more information Email: or call, 335-6608


(Please refer to your program’s newsletter for greater detail regarding dates and details specific to your Field Trips and events.)

  • January 19th - No school --Martin Luther King Birthday

  • January 20th - No School --Staff Professional Development Day

  • February 3 & 4 - High School Exit Exam for all 10th grade students (required)

  • February 9th - Holiday

  • February 16th - Holiday

  • February 27th - End of Second Trimester

The purpose of this newsletter 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.