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Charter News: Oct. 30, 2016

posted Oct 30, 2016, 9:49 PM by Rhonda Schlosser

“The best way you can cheer yourself up is to cheer someone else up”   

~Mark Twain

Dear Charter Families,

One of the items our teachers work together on during our professional development days and late start days are the writing assessments that we use as a benchmark review to see how our students are progressing in their writing.  Teachers review and discuss ways to work in their classrooms and with individual students to increase their writing skills. You can help too, by reading what your child writes, appreciating their word choices, reading and discussing favorite stories or news articles, and expressing your own ideas and appreciations through the written word. Here are a few reasons, found in various articles, on the importance of writing.

• Writing builds communication and thinking skills.

• Writing expresses who we are.

• Writing is critical to becoming a good reader.

• Writing is an essential job skill.

• Writing makes thinking and learning visible and permanent.

• Writing fosters the ability to explain and refine our ideas to others and ourselves.

• Writing is the primary basis upon which one’s work, learning, and intellect will be judged—in college, in the workplace, and in the community.

• Writing preserves our ideas and memories.

• Writing allows us to understand our lives.

• Writing allows us to entertain others.

Which reason resonates with you and/or your student most?

Have a happy and safe Halloween!


PARENT EDUCATION NIGHT: Tuesday, Nov. 15.   

Come early for a special opportunity with our Counselor, Jen Sims.

Parent Advisory Committee: Next meeting: November 16 from 3-4 pm at the Charter Fall Creek office.  

Dr. Bruton will come to share the State of the District. Additional focus will be the WASC report, and learning more about LCFF goals and LCAP supplemental funds.

Our first meeting quietly came and went.  Our next meeting is November 16, for, 3-4 at the Charter Fall Creek Office. It is the one committee that the Charter has where parent representatives from every program meet to learn more about the details of the Charter and provide input to me regarding pertinent program needs requests  We meet once a month, (sometimes more) so that we can collectively discuss the guiding documents of the Charter School and so I can hear from you about the Charter program you and your child is involved in.  

All parents who are interested are welcome, but we particularly need representation from the Quail Hollow programs.  Here is a note from one of our parent representatives:

First it was Common Core; then it was WASC and now it is LCAP. There have been so many recent policy changes. Along with the frustration that comes with change, these new laws and policies have turned out to have some exciting silver linings. The charter needs YOU to be a voice in establishing and maintaining the vision and goals for this awesome Charter School. Come and join us!  There will be chocolate. :)

Math Tutor Now available for Secondary math support

-Mondays, from 12:30-3:30 in CRHS Portable 5 for High school students.

-Thursdays from 2:15-3:30 in the CRMS classroom P28 for middle school age students.

Mark is excited and ready to help any student who comes to work with him.  No need to sign up ahead of time.. Please make sure your student comes prepared with their math homework or questions about skills.

Fundraising Thank You: A Bit THANK YOU to all who sold Drive for Schools tickets.  The funds generated go directly to your students program to support enrichment activities.

Reminder: Checking for lice: We tend to get more reported cases of lice the first couple months of the school year.  It is important that you periodically check your student's head for lice once or twice a week during these few few months as a precautionary measure.  If we catch cases early on, they are so much easier to get rid of!!!  

Head Lice 101

Lice Treatment Checklist

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

CRHS: College and Career Week is this week and teachers will be presenting information, handouts, and activities to students in their classes. A culmination of activities will be presented on Friday at the Meeting of the Tribes!  Meeting of The Tribes Friday, November 4 from 10:00-12:00. This is a mandatory meeting for all students to attend. Extra credit activities will be presented and offered! Snacks as usual!  Keidi took her Spanish class (and other CR students who wanted to come) to Watsonville to see the Pajaro Valley Arts Council's Dia De Los Muertos exhibit.

CRMS:Friend John Rible engaged the kids some brain gymnastics through a math riddle to figure out his age involving adding, multiplying, exponents.  Then he led the kids in shifting seats and shifting again, making and remaking partners using his color-season system. Students are continuing with their Invention Research Projects: During their field trip to the Hornet Museum they were guided in creating and improving the flight of straws! There was also a lot of history of technology content shared on the USS Hornet, as well as information about how airplanes take off and land on an aircraft carrier.

Nature Academy: The First Trimester is ending and all assignments and grading is being completed for the 6th grade class took a trip to the Cal Academy of Sciences last week and are gearing up for their Kayaking excursion on November 3rd to Elkhorn Slough. They finished up their  basketball unit just in time for the SLV Hoops registration. Big thanks to Coach Paul for helping out!  7th and 8th graders are getting set for their trip to the Exploratorium and Tactile Dome this Friday, November 4.  They started illuminated letters in the style of medieval illuminations. Students will create a final project on an 8.5x8.5 card stock format.  Students are completing their assignment based on their personal choice Science reading book or articles.

Quail Hollow Integrated Arts (QHIA):What a fun week! So many highlights: *watching the PBS Documentary, “Hamilton’s America” *PAC Tour with Kylan Thureockes, measuring the stage for their scale model building project. *PE with Coast Redwood Middle School *Halloween celebration: A big thank you to the parents who helped with Halloween festivities. The kids had a great time together, and played an enormous game of banana tag with the younger students when their programming had ended, and also invited them into the classroom for a dance party  Students entered their artwork for the “Give Us a Hand” logo artwork contest through the SC Mountain Arts Center in Ben Lomond.  Three of the students’ artwork, (Julian Hughes, Sylvia Slaven, and Julia McCartney) was chosen to be incorporated into the new logo! Honorable mention were given to Gabe Mitchell, Cyrus Hurst, Taya Stockton.

Quail Hollow Homeschool: A big "THANK YOU" to all parents and families who participated in our Halloween Costume Parade and Extravaganza!  Friends from Fall Creek and QH Homeschool had a wonderful time playing games, listening to stories, and making wonderful crafts.  This is just one example of what an amazing, supportive, and fun community we have to make such a great day for our children!

Students learned more about Greek Myths - discussed what they were and had explains the origins of something, natural phenomena, have morals or themes, include gods, goddesses and/or monsters.  We read the myths of Midas and Pandora.  Having the opportunity to work in small groups or individually, friends began to write a myth using graphic organizers. Congratulations to Ayla Penny, whose artwork was chosen for the “Give Us a Hand” logo artwork contest.

Fall Creek Homeschool:The class had their first telescope night with the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club! It went really well - so clear and warm! Students saw Saturn with 3 of its moons, Mars looking very big and orange, Venus super bright, the Andromeda Galaxy, the Crab Nebula, the Dumb Bell Nebula, Cassiopeia, the North Star, the two Dippers, Sagittarius, the Milky Way, the Swan with its two famous stars, Deneb and Albireo, the Eagle with Altair, the Lyre with Vega, and the Summer Triangle!

Mountain IS: students had a " get to know our partners” activity. It was so cool to find out many of us had several similar interests that we hadn't known about!  they also had their first STEAM project - building towers with pipe cleaners in small groups. Students painted rocks into funky pumpkin/jack-o-lanterns and creating a silly story of the "fortunate" and "unfortunate" incidences of their trip to a pumpkin patch. It took a lot of loving hands and shared supplies for every student to participate in their baking day. Students were able to use apples from the trees on campus, peel, slice, and nestle them  in their choice of flour or gluten free crust, and of course enjoy them. A big thank you to the parents who worked like busy elves while students were in art class to ensure that they could enjoy their own warm pie with a fresh dollop of cream for lunch.

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 11th: No school  -Veteran’s Day

  • Nov. 15th, Tues 5:30 - 7:30. Parent Education Night: 5:30-6:00 Come meet and talk to our mental health counselor Jen Sims  6:00-7:30" Developing Higher-Order Thinking Skills and Effective Questioning Strategies"

  • November 17: Quail Hollow Homeschool Picture retake day:  (time TBD)

  • November 21-25th: No School  -Thanksgiving Break

  • Dec. 13th, Tues 5:30 - 7pm. Parent Education Night: "Using Projects and Problem-solving to Engage Every Learner!"

  • December 23rd- January 8th: No School--Winter Break

  • January 16th: No School--MLK Bday

  • January 20th: End of 2nd quarter

  • January 27th:  No School--Professional Development Day for teachers