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Charter News: May 26, 2017

posted May 29, 2017, 10:53 PM by Rhonda Schlosser

I would rather be remembered by a song than by a victory.

-Alexander Smith

Dear Charter Families,

I know it is the end of the year and everyone is racing to the end of school so this Charter News is short!

Please read on for an article from Counselor Jen, accolades for our Charter school, Highway 9 meeting reminder, Flu virus, celebration/graduation dates.

Have a fabulous Memorial Day weekend.



Notes From Our Counselor Jen Sims: It’s the Relationship

Every once in awhile I stop and say to myself,  “It’s the relationship, stupid!”

Normally I am not a fan of name calling or shaming, but this is what my mentor used to say to me with an affectionate smile back when I was a struggling new therapist.   She said it when I got wrapped up in the need for evidence-based or results driven therapeutic techniques.  She said it when I would grumble and whine, “I’m not sure what my clients want from me?!?”  She said it when I took things too personally and forgot what I was supposed to be doing, and that what we are really here for is the relationship…come on, don’t be stupid.   

"It’s the relationship.  I can’t say that enough.  It’s the relationship.  As the school year draws to a close and I reflect on my work here over the past two years, it feels more true than ever that nothing that I do matters as much as the relationships I cultivate with the students, parents, teachers and staff at the charter school.  And nothing will change, get better or heal without the relationships that you have with each other.

Twenty years ago, there was a huge research project called The ACE study.  ACE stands for adverse childhood experiences – things like abuse, parental addiction and mental health, divorce and loss - and it turns out that the more you have of them, the more at risk you are for poor physical and emotional health as you age.  The tagline for the ACE study is ‘Turning Gold into Lead”, and those with the highest number of adverse experiences actually face early death.  One mitigating factor was discovered to make a difference, however, and that was the presence of a healing relationship.  Not multiple relationships; just one where you feel truly seen and heard.  This is all it takes to make the difference between life and death.

There’s no magic around health and healing.  It’s just the relationship.

What are the components of a healing relationship?  I think it’s pretty simple.  Children need relationships that are real, clean, clear and honest.   If you are working on a relationship with a young person, you are already doing what it takes.  If you are working on your relationship with yourself so that you can make sure you are being real, clean, clear and honest, then you are already doing what it takes.   Even if it feels like sometimes you are just being that potted plant parent, or the teacher who keeps saying good morning to a cranky student who barely responds, or if you’re wondering if that last ‘serious talk’ had any impact at all, or, if you are like me and felt so tired one day that you just played hide and seek with your kids rather than do anything serious at all, you are doing what it takes.

My most successful and positive interventions are with students that I have spent time getting to know and allowed to get to know me.  When the relationships in children’s lives improve, I notice their ability to focus and achieve in school dramatically increases.  Their decision-making gets better.  It goes on and on from there, and it doesn’t have to be hard!  When you’re in a jam just remember, it’s the relationship (but I won’t call you stupid).

Read more about the CDC-Kaiser ACE study here:

Read more about the potted plant parent here:

Teach your child about co-dependency and how to avoid it:


Charter School received Honor Roll award

Our school was chosen by Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE) as a 2016 California Honor Roll recipient!

“The California Honor Roll is part of a national effort known for its extensive and rigorous analysis of student achievement in public schools. Our school stood above other schools in the state because of success in getting students to grade level achievement and beyond.

This year, the Honor Roll includes 1,866 public K-8 and high schools that are recognized for demonstrating consistently high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement over time, and reduction in achievement gaps.

We did not apply for this award (they found us!) and it is a great honor to have been chosen. We will be featured on the Honor Roll website and a banner has been designed for us to hang proudly at our school.”

On behalf of our entire school community I want to say congratulations to you and your kids!


WASC Accreditation: Let’s celebrate our WASC Accreditation!!

We have officially received our WASC Accreditation through June 30, 2021!!!


Highway 9/San Lorenzo Valley Transportation Corridor Plan Open House

When: Wednesday, May 31, 2017; 5:00-7:00 pm (presentation at 6pm)

Where: Felton Community Hall (6191 Hwy 9, Felton)

What: Come share your ideas on how to make it safer and easier for everyone to get around San Lorenzo Valley, whether you are walking, biking, driving, looking for a ride, or taking transit. The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC), Caltrans, County of Santa Cruz, and Santa Cruz METRO need your help preparing a Highway 9/San Lorenzo Valley transportation corridor plan. Share your vision for Highway 9, learn about upcoming projects, and participate in development of this action plan to prioritize transportation projects and services. Measure D, which was approved by voters in November 2016, includes $10 million specifically earmarked for transportation projects along the Highway 9 corridor. For more information: visit, contact the RTC at 831-460-3200 or


A Message from the SLVUSD School Nurse on Norovirus

The Santa Cruz County school nurses met this week with the public health officer for Santa Cruz County about the Norovirus outbreak. Although we did have an outbreak in our valley, it was not our students who were at the camp at that time.

It has been recommended that we send any student with stomach pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea home and require 48 hours symptom-free before returning to school.

Norovirus in a healthy adult lasts 1-3 days, causing vomiting, diarrhea, and sometimes fever. Often people think it's food poisoning and the biggest risk is dehydration. There are over 1,200 cases in Yolo County schools, and 200 cases San Jose schools. We currently do not have any known cases in our schools and would like to keep it that way.

Please keep your child home if he or she is displaying these symptoms.


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

All of our programs are busy either coming back from or going out on their last special excursions.  End of year yearbooks are completed, celebrations of advancements and graduations are underway.  

  • 8 more days of school when we get back.

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.)

  • May 29th:  No School-- Memorial Day

  • June 1: Quail Hollow Integrated Arts 8th grade advancement ceremony & program celebration -QH Multipurpose Rm Classroom-12:30

  • June 2: Coast Redwood HS -12th grade Graduation -Fall Creek Amphitheater  -12:30

  • June 6: Coast Redwood MS 8th grade advancement ceremony & program celebration -Trowbridge Residence -3-6 pm

  • June 7th:  8th grade advancement ceremony--  SLVHS football field-- 11 AM

  • June 8th:  Nature Academy 8th grade advancement ceremony & program celebration -Fall Creek Amphitheater -10:00 am

  • June 8th:  Last day of school