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Charter News: November 14, 2014

posted Dec 11, 2014, 5:32 PM by Rhonda Schlosser

Charter News  

November 14, 2014

"Autumn is the eternal corrective. It is ripeness and color and a time of maturity; but it is also breadth, and depth, and distance. What man can stand with Autumn on a hilltop and fail to see the span of his world and the meaning of the rolling hills that reach to the far horizon?"           -Hal Borland

Dear Families,

I cannot believe that we are midway through November. Daylight savings time has ended, and our daylight hours are shorter. The night come sooner, giving us the cue to turn inward.  I like to think of Fall as a time to reflect and renew; a time to determine what parts of your daily routine benefit your health and learning, and what things you might like to change.  

Teachers and students are in the process of reviewing their progress reports. The students that have met with their teachers so far have expressed that they are appreciating the process of reflection, evaluating what they have done well and talking about what next steps will serve them well.  Now is a good time for you, too, to reflect and appreciate with your child what they are doing well.   Praise and appreciate specific growth in your child’s organizational skills, time management, or their ability to question and discuss what matters most to them. With a sense of confidence, student’s can more easily move to their next step. Each child is such a dynamic and evolving wonder!  Their lives are not a static moment based on a pass or fail, rather they are an eternal work in progress, a developing citizen whose path is still wide open. Hold onto the vision as you help them build clarity in what works best in their education and in their path toward a healthy, happy, productive individual.  Thanks for choosing our school as part of your student’s educational path. We appreciate our part in their lives.

Speaking of appreciation, our Superintendent, Dr. Bruton met with each of the district’s school’s staff and led them through a simple process designed to help us express what we, as a school, do well.  She gathered each school’s information and created a slide presentation that was shared at the board meeting on November 12. This process was to emphasize her intent to expand from our strengths, that we are to appreciate and focus first on what we do well as we plan for the next steps toward greater excellence.

When she came to the Charter staff, some of our strengths we shared are: our flexibility, our commitment to working with the individual needs of each child, our strong collaboration between staff and parents, brain based research, thematically tied curriculum, teaching life skills and recognizing the need to respect developmental stages. Our desire to think outside of the box, our strong communication with our parents, our parents involvement with their students curriculum and in their classroom.  The willingness to try new things, to bring technology into the classroom and into the student’s learning as a strong tool for expanding their ways to collaborate and explore their resources.  Our awareness of the importance in nature based education, in taking the students out into the community and exploring career options, hands-on project based learning.  A focus on students doing their best and reaching for their dreams.   I hope you agree with our strengths.  


What’s Going on in Our Charter School?

MATH TUTORS: We are pleased to announce that we now have Math tutors from UCSC throughout the week, for each math level we offer.  They will be based in either our Math classroom, P5 or in P4, for individual tutoring sessions.

The first on board is Karen Ta who will be working as a Math 1 classroom aid, and will be available for our Math students who needs an extra boost or review on Tuesdays/Thursdays from 2:30-3:30.

Also joining us will be Adriana Guevara who will be available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays for Math 6 tutoring and 1-1 tutoring from 10-1.  She too will be working from our P5 and P4 classrooms.  Look for more to come.

All Charter Science Fair Applications Available Now!

Charter Science Fair Resources and Applications are on display and available in the Science section of the Resource Center on the QH campus. Teachers of all programs have applications as well. It’s time to start brainstorming ideas!

Deadline to apply for Charter Science Fair: Dec. 12

Date of Charter Science Fair: Friday, Feb. 6

Date of SC County Science Fair: March 7


In collaboration with West Arts Theater staff from Santa Cruz, Charter students from Coast Redwood High School, Fall Creek Homeschool, and SLV Homeschool have been working and playing hard together during weekly rehearsals to bring you this wonderful production!


When: Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 8pm

Where: Boulder Creek Rec Hall (13333 Middleton Ave.~corner of HWY 9 and MIddleton, just after the stop sign on the right)

Cost: FREE to the public!

HICKLEBEES Book Fair at the Quail Hollow campus Dates has been cancelled. Upon further staff discussion, we determined that there is not sufficient room space or over site support to have the Book fair this season.

COMMUNITY RESOURCE: For more information on what we do, and how you can help, contact:   Jennifer Anderson-Ochoa, Director

Community Advocacy Bilingual, short and long-term advocacy to access resources and set goals to address issues related to a variety of concerns including, housing, employment, health care, disability, insurance, counseling, education, substance abuse recovery, domestic violence prevention, and child care

Youth Advocacy Services include case management, community outreach, and coordination of court mandates including school attendance, community restitution, employment and counseling. Our Teen Advocate mentors youth to become contributing members of their community by involving them in collaborative opportunities and volunteer work.

Together In the Park Parents, family members and/or caregivers and their infant/preschool-aged children meet for play and group activities on Wednesdays 10:30am - 12:00 noon. April-October, we meet at Felton Covered Bridge Park and November-March we meet at MCR.

Parent Education A variety of parent education classes and one-on-one sessions addressing a wide range of topics, including: Preventing Tantrums, Dealing with Disobedience, Traveling in the Car, Fighting and Aggression, Managing Chores, and The Power of Self-Esteem. Both classes and individual sessions are available in Spanish and English.

Emergency Preparedness Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trainings twice a year, in both Spanish and English, in partnership with local emergency response agencies. Classes are available to teens and adults at no charge, and all materials are provided. We also staff and support the San Lorenzo Valley Emergency Network, and host an emergency ham radio station within our agency.

Food Distribution/Food Pantry  We partner with Second Harvest Food Bank to provide free supplemental groceries and nutritional awareness to the community. MCR also distributes free clothing during the three food distributions per month. This month, we will open our food pantry, which will allow us to supplement the food distributions with new and varied food items, including rice, beans, pasta, bread and meat. @cbridges.


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

  • November 26th- 28th:  No school-- Thanksgiving Break  

  • December 20th- January 5th:   Winter Break

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.