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Charter News; May 2

posted May 3, 2016, 11:49 AM by Rhonda Schlosser

He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions.   


Dear Charter Families,

We are continuing with our State testing for the next several weeks.  Thank you so much for helping your students come prepared, rested, well fed, and willing to test with curiosity and to trying their best.  As mentioned before, while there is the ability for parents to let their students opt out, attaining 95% participation is still very important for our Charter. State testing has always been  politically charged, and unfortunately Charter schools can be impacted more than other schools if they stand out and alone.  I have heard that many parents, (even though their children do not feel at all excited to participate), are having them test primarily for the good of the Charter as a whole.  We are extremely touched by your commitment to our school in this way.  I remember feeling the same when my daughter was young...her third grade year in particular.  Once, when she was in her early twenties, she told me, “You know, mom, I never liked the tests, but it wasn’t as bad for me as you thought it was.”  (It is only one measure, she was reminding me, and once it was over, she could let it go.) ….Now I do know that State tests have changed in recent years, and not all kids react the same way, but I am sharing this story as a reminder of how influential parents’ emotional content is on their children.  All our teachers are dedicated to keeping the environment positive and the students’ confidence level high during the testing.  Thank you for your part in this joint venture, and to always doing what you feel is best for your child first...regardless.  :)

The month of May signifies the true beginning of the end of the year.  All of our programs are busy preparing for their special end of year events, field trips, advancement, graduation ceremonies, as well as helping students with their plans for next year.  The students are feeling the excitement, and they are feeling the summertime break calling to them.  It is close; they can nearly touch it.  But we can’t let them go yet! There are great events coming up at the end or our school year.  Please read on to learn more about each of our programs activities.


Quail Hollow Integrated Arts: enrollment still open.  The initial deadline to turn in applications for the new Quail Hollow Integrated Arts (QHIA) program for 7th and 8th grade has passed. The program is not yet full, so no lottery was needed and all applications can be accepted. From now on, enrollment is date stamped as it is received; first come-first served. If you or others you know are interested in the program, please submit an application ASAP to ensure a spot.

In the coming weeks, if the program has not reached its enrollment minimum, there is the possibility of opening some spaces to 6th graders, dependent on instructor/administrative conference, for the first year only.

Please email Amber Walker: Rhonda Schlosser for more info.  Quail Hollow Integrated Arts Application   Info Packet about QHIA    Quail Hollow Integrated Arts (QHIA) Info Packet


New Student Online Registration is active and in process

We are pleased to announce that we are using a new student online registration program for the 2016-17 school year called “PowerSchool Registration”.  Please watch your email inboxes for an email notification regarding the annual student registration through your parent PowerSchool account.  The email is being sent by Gail Heagerty,  our Student Information System and Database Specialist.  The subject line in “New Annual Student Online Registration.”  If you do not recieved the email by May 6, please check your spam folder.

All annual student online registrations must be submitted by the parent/guardian no later than Friday, June, 17.

Parent Advisory Committee: The Charter Petition will be going to the school Board for the first reading on May 4, and once again, I want to thank the team who came every month to help in this process of reviewing and writing the document.  Our LAST MEETING of the year will be May 17, from 3-4 P.M.  This will be the time that we can talk about what plans have been solidified, and what needs more refining as we prepared for next year.   ...And yes, there will be special chocolate for this event.  

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

The 2016 Student Author’s Fair was a wonderful success.  Thank you to all the parents who helped in managing our table through the day. We had lots of creative stories and lovely book bindings that represented the talent of our school’s students. Keep on writing!  

Nature Academy : Next week the 6th grade will continue the study of water, moving into Ancient Greece, a little more poetry, and writing a personal narrative. They will also commence the final piece of the Country Report. The trip to the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum was great. On May 12, they will head out on O'Neill's boat for our "3 hour tour". There is a meeting Tuesday night in preparation for the excursion to the Headwaters Outdoor School. The 7-8th grade class are working in their Science Journals and their in depth research summary paper,.  In history they are still studying the Civil War, with a creative literary and art piece as a final component. They are in their last round of electives, and are preparing for their week long excursion to Tahoe, May 15-19th.

Coast Redwood High School:The month May has arrived which signals us to begin wrapping-up the school term, focus on our 16th annual graduation and begin drafting what our school year will look like upon your return.  CONFERENCE WEEKS;Please contact your teachers for a conference date During the weeks of May 16 through June 3, the CRHS staff will be conferencing with your teen. Topics discussed: 1. Completion of 2015-16 classes 2. Credits 3. Transcripts

4. Schedule for the fall 5. Cabrillo College Concurrent Enrollment CRHS YEARBOOK; May 13th is our Yearbook Release Day and we will celebrate with a Great Gatsby Party! Dress-up if you like!

Starts at 11:00 and ends at 1:00. Seniors will be walking up to the Fall Creek Amphitheater to take their senior group photo at 12:30.

Coast Redwood Middle School: Yearbook:All personal pages are finished!  The yearbook editorial committee met at the Trowbridge residence to get all the group pages done. Next Book Club Meeting: Thursday, 5/19, 2:15pm-3:15pm:  SKY JUMPERS #2: THE FORBIDDEN FLATS by Peggy Eddleman. Ukulele Club Meeting: Thursday, 5/12, 2:15pm-3:15pm:Budapest, Riptide, Don’t Worry, Be Happy. Practice strums. Project Presentations:  This week’s presentation was on: Title IX and its effect on girls/women’s sports.  Gardening: Many of the kids worked with Matthew this week on the solar pump project and were successful in getting water flowing from the catchment tank to the holding tank. Batik Project:  Most of the kids either worked on waxing or mixing dye baths.

Quail Hollow Homeschool: Their last week of Block 4 classes has come to a bittersweet end. Students had so many wonderful sentiments to share at our closing circles. They wholeheartedly expressed their gratitude for their friends, families, teachers, and our school. Truly heartwarming….  In addition to the State testing, May brings a lot of special events.  Included is:Talent Show, preview and event, Field Day, Discovery Play Day, Capture the Flag at the Quail Hollow Ranch, Math and Art Exploration Day,  Build-O-Rama, King Kong Fun Run, and the annual end of year Pool Party and advancement Party.

Fall Creek Homeschool: They enjoyed a field trip to Mason Taylor Ranch. Owners Keri and Roger gave us a wonderful tour of their extensive fruit and nut tree orchard. Their farm stand on Summit Road is open all year, everyday until sunset.  Students finished their blank books by sewing, gluing, and finishing withgold duct tape on their spines. They listened folktale from Native American tradition called Raven. They treated to a tour of the Aquaculture buildings next to our classroom and learned about what was growing in the greenhouse and how aquaponics works. They assembled birdhouses! We saw a video about the California Condor and the work the Ventana Society is doing to bring them back in Big Sur. We viewed videos made by 3rd-5th graders.

Parent Carolyn treated the children to a parent-led activity of making pure clay from the digging pit. The children chiseled, pounded, and sifted the golden brown clay until it was a powder. Next they will add water very carefully and use it to model.

Mountain IS: -Games, Singing with Paula, -Library with Maria - The Story of Helen Keller (complete with some sign language), -Art with Mary Beth - glazing, -Silent Reading, -Creek adventure with Matt and Ruth (thanks!) - super fun... saw lots of creatures including a coyote, -Book Club - Streams to the River, Rivers to the Sea (thanks Emily!), -Jack Snyder's family history presentation, -PE with Mrs. Fleming, -Journaling, -Pentathlon practice 4th-6th, -Giada Todd's Family history presentation

Math Tutor: 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

  • Wednesdays from 2:15-4:00 in portable 28 at the middle school campus

Please come with your math homework and questions ready.

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.).

  • April 14-June 8: California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Testing Window.

  • May 2-6: CRMS trip to Headwaters

  • May 16-19: Nature Academy 7/8 Tahoe Trip

  • May 30: Memorial Day holiday