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Charter News: November 13, 2015

posted Nov 25, 2015, 4:01 PM by Rhonda Schlosser

We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now:  ~Martin Luther King

Dear Parents,

Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  Next week we will have a full week off to celebrate what we have to be thankful for: our health, family and friends, a safe place to build community, supportive schools, contentment in the way we live and work with others. Our students and teachers are either wrapping up report cards and starting fresh with another trimester of learning, or giving the end of the semester a final push with getting projects and curriculum completed.

As we continue to review our Charter Document in preparation for our school’s renewal in the spring, I am more and more thankful for the dedication our teachers and parents put forth for the benefit of the students we are helping to educate.  The triad relationship between parent, student and teacher is central to all of our programs. By working together, we keep the students actively learning in their local environment while we continue helping them work through content area curriculum. In our teacher and parent meetings, we are beginning to review the organization and philosophy of the school, along with “who and what” we teach.  Much of this is based on educational requirements, but the format of our programs, and how we teach is what makes us who we are.

Thank you for working with our teachers and staying present with your children and their academic and social-emotional needs.  Remember that it takes a village, and we are all working towards the same goal of educating your children with their best interests at heart.


Parent Advisory Committee: Next meeting: November 17, 3-4 pm in the Felton, Fall Creek office.  We will be reviewing and answering questions on the school’s action plan. and begin to look at the Charter petition.


This was our first year with this fundraiser. For a first time effort in a location that wasn’t in a central location for most families, our profit was better than many expected. We will take our credit in book trade for the teachers and their students.  A tremendous thank you to Julie Walker and Tarah Locke who were the backbone of support for this venture.

Don't forget the Grad Night Fundraiser tonight! 
Where: Boulder Creek Pizza and Pub
When: From 5-9:00

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

Quail Hollow Homeschool:  Block 2 classes classes have begun. These classes are very diverse and impressive in how they work with the students and their learning. The teachers and parents are continuing the discussion on how best to integrate the consistency and group cohesion from the BCHomeschool program with the flexibility of class exploration from the SLVHomeschool program.  They are gearing up for their annual Holiday Craft Fair, which is a parent initiated event that brings the entrepreneur out in the students.  The first ever All Charter play is in full swing as the performances will be held in December.

FC Homeschool:   Students are completing their bird reports to present in class. They participated in the UCSC Farm to Fork program: “..tasting raw vegetables and fruits as we went - then we picked apples, pressed fresh cider and toasted the Sun. We ground up corn meal and made homemade tortillas while taking turns shaking cream in a jar to turn it to butter. We fed and held chickens, petted the farm cat, helped dress up a classmate as a plant with all its parts and discussed what each part was good for in terms of food. We opened a beehive with a plexiglass cover and watched the workers minister to the queen while we tasted their honey.”

Nature Academy:   The end of the trimester has come and minimum days for conferencing started Friday, Nov. 6th, and will continue the follow two weeks, Nov.10, 12, 16,18 & 20.

CRMS:  Project Presentations are continuing: The whole class looked examined some of the criteria for evaluating presentations. Students use all the group’s notes to give specific feedback to the presenters of the day. Garden Science: half the class was able to do their three lettuce plantings and complete their first data entries (hydroponic, straw bale, soil, either using organic or chemical fertilizer).  The rest of the group made great progress on clearing the back of the garden, began to plant some fava beans as a cover crop, and cut row cover cloth to protect our tender seedlings.  Thanks again to April for coming week after week to help with this project!

CRHS: CRHS COMMUNITY SERVICE:  The program has been granted money to build benches for the outdoor Fall Creek Amphitheater. This is the 12th grade project that needs to be started by the end of this month in order for us to benefit from the grant. Thank you to Kristin Praly for helping with this opportunity.

Counselor Jennifer Sims Please contact her via her email

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

  • 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.

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.)

  • November 23-27: Holiday -Thanksgiving Break

  • December.14-18~All Charter Play: Jungle Book Performance Week (7pm Performance on Thursday, Dec. 17 open to the community)

  • December 18: End of first Semester

  • December 21-January 4: Holiday: Winter Break