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Charter News: September 16 , 2016

posted Sep 22, 2016, 10:31 PM by Rhonda Schlosser

“Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier. “

-Charles F. Kettering

Dear Charter Families,

I have really enjoyed going to all the programs and seeing your students happy at work, hearing from the teachers of their plans for their lessons and activities with their classes, and reading about the activities that I can’t see first hand.  Recently I was able to meet the many parents from the Nature Academy who came to Back to School Night, visit the Coast Redwood High School’s quarterly Meeting of the Tribes academic and social check in, and see our new Quail Hollow Integrated Arts program work on their Improvisation skills. I can’t wait to see the other programs in action in addition to hearing about them from teachers and parents.

This is a packed newsletter with various events that I hope you will take note of.  Please read below for important information on:

  • Ensuring full registration your student, if you have not already.

  • Changes in the District Volunteer practices

  • A Parent Education opportunity that would benefit parents with children of all ages

  • A special Community Event opportunity

  • Our biggest Fundraiser of the year

I for one am glad to have a little bit of our traditional Indian Summer weather this weekend. I hope you are enjoying the outdoors with family or friends and reconnect to the beauty and calmness that rejuvenate our bodies, brains, and soul.   

P.S.  With the reintroduction to school and it’s faster and busier routines, illnesses are being shared as well.  Please make sure your kids rest well, eat a breakfast with some protein, drink plenty of water, and wash their hands regularly throughout the day.  We don’t want anyone to get sick!


Volunteers in the classroom:  Please read the statement below from our superintendent.  Additional details about these new changes and how we will implement it into our various programs will be coming soon.

It’s All About Student Safety - PowerSchool Registration Reminder

Parents - If you have not submitted student online registration via PowerSchool, please take a few minutes to do so.  

It is a matter of safety.

  • We need to have the current and correct contact information via phone or email in order to contact you if your child becomes ill or has a medical or some other type of emergency while at school.

  • We need to have the current and correct information for your emergency contacts in case you are not accessible.

This is why we ask you to complete the annual on-line registration for each of your students every year.  If you haven’t checked to make sure all of your information is current and correct, please complete the PowerSchool Registration for each of your students as soon as possible.

How do you know if you’ve submitted your student’s PowerSchool Registration? If you log into PowerSchool and click on the link for “PowerSchool Registration” and you do not see any forms available to you, then you have done an update. If, however, there are links to your child’s online form, then your registration has not been updated.

If you need assistance setting up your parent PowerSchool account, you can come into your school office and the Registrar can assist you in creating your account. Or, you can email Gail Heagerty at for assistance.

Begin with the Brain:

Three Things Parents Need to Know!

   Presenter: Martha Kaufeldt

Do you often wonder what is going on inside your child or teen’s developing brain? What are some things that parents can do to encourage and motivate learning and curiosity in their children? Come and learn from a veteran “neuro-educator,” author, presenter, parent educator, and charter teacher!

  1. Discover how stress levels, too much pressure and over-scheduling can often minimize learning.

  2. Learn how multi-sensory first-hand experiences can promote brain growth and development at any age!

  3. “Use It or Lose It” is true! To maximize learning, 21st Century students need to actively process in a variety of ways!

No matter if your child is in elementary or high school, you will find these ideas thought provoking and leave with several new parenting strategies. This 90 minute presentation begins with a thought-provoking overview of how too much stress and pressure can hi-jack children’s brains and minimize learning. This entertaining session will also encourage quick reflections and discussions.  A short Q & A will follow the presentation.

Co-parents, spouses and partners are encouraged to come together!

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016     5:30 – 7:00pm

FALL CREEK Campus – LUDLOW Center (Behind the High School)

RSVP Requested to prepare materials, childcare, snacks, and meeting space.

*This session will launch a series of future Parent Education opportunities provided by SLV Charter School.

Huge Fundraising Opportunity: Toyota Drive for Schools

This is our biggest fundraising opportunity of the year. Every program in the Charter participates. Please get some booklets from your teachers and sell as many as you can - all money raised stays 100% in your student’s program!  (And you can win some amazing prizes too!)  Last day to turn money and tickets - Friday October 14 at 2:30pm      Tickets are $5 each or a book of 6 is $25


“Most Likely to Succeed” at Louden Nelson Sept 26th at 6:30.  Most Likely to Succeed examines the history of education in the United States, revealing the growing shortcomings of conventional education methods in today’s innovative world. The film explores compelling new approaches that aim to transform learning as we know it. After seeing this film, the way you think about “school” will never be the same.  

Film Trailer:     

This film shares many of the practices that the Charter programs work with and aspire to do more of. Project-based, problem-based, Inquiry-based learning are elements of all of our programs. Refreshments and a guided discussion will follow. I don’t think this will sell out but it would be great for people to register so we know how many to expect.

Here  is  the link to Eventbrite to reserve a ticket

   I hope to see you there!

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

CRHS: Coast Redwood High School Held their “Meeting of the Tribes, with support from their leadership class.  These quarterly meetings are designed to share important information to the students such as ROP announcements, College and Career opportunities, scheduling, field trips, clubs, teambuilding and lots more. The students from the leadership class talked about CRHS culture which included:Be Kind!:We are all about acceptance and positivity and kindness • Give people the benefit of the doubt (give them a break) • Respect each other, yourself, your teachers • Embrace individuality.• No Bullying (ever!) • No harassment /Sexual harassment • No put downs, none. Ever. • Stand up for people • Work Hard • Work together

CRMS: There was a photography field day last week. Students learned how to photograph movement and flow through diagonal lines, the rule of thirds, and  examples of pattern and texture, before we headed out on the trail.  They worked on partner trust and a photography and then went to Fall Creek to take photos. We stopped at several good spots along our hike to look for line, texture and contrast. Back in class, some kids had time to learn how to upload their photos to their Google Photos account.

Nature Academy: The 7-8th graders had their annual ropes course excursion on Friday, and the 6th graders will follow soon.  Writing topics in each group include an autobiographical poster that includes a self reflection.  The 7-8th Physics/Balancing the Components of their Lives project is complete and evaluations are in process. The 6th grade class are learning flag football, and will soon begin their Ancient Tools project.

Quail Hollow Integrated Arts (QHIA): The class is beginning their “Hamilton” unit using the musical soundtrack and video clips as a primary resource for the study of causes of the American Revolution and beginnings of our government. Afternoon Theater and Art Electives have begun with students split to learn ceramics and improvisation skills, or working with chess from guest master chess teacher.  Students have begun their Solo History Project.

Quail Hollow Homeschool: They had a great campout at New Brighton.  In addition to fun campsite activities, they met with the Park Ranger to learn about the history of Seacliff and the Cement Ship. They took a 3+ mile beach walk from New Brighton to Seacliff. They will  begin their onsite classes next week with their theme of Ancient Civilizations and Wonders of the World

Fall Creek Homeschool:  They had a great first week of onsite classes and the group seems very harmonious already; working hard and staying focused. With their astronomy unit, they are starting with the Sun and will continue through the solar system and all of the planets. They discussed our breathing and heartbeats and the rhythms they produce, played a listening game, and  participated in a comment and compliment circle.

Mountain IS: Their onsite classes have had a great start. Their parent meetings have gotten off to a fabulous start. There are several new families joining the class this year and are still looking for a few "mentor parents" to help welcome them into the program. The Annual Coloma overnight trip is in the planning stage.

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.)

  • Oct. 4th, Tues 5:30 - 7.  Parent Education Night: "Begin With the Brain: Three Things Parents Need to Know." Repeated from last February.  Flyer sent to you.

  • October 10th: No school--Professional Development Day for teachers

  • October 17th: Picture retake day for Nature Academy

  • October 20th: Quail Hollow Homeschool, Quail Hollow Integrated Arts, Fall Creek Homeschool, Coast Redwood High School, Coast Redwood Middle School Picture Day: (time TBD)

  • Nov. 8th, Tues 5:30 - 7. Parent Education Night: "Developing Higher-Order Thinking Skills and Effective Questioning Strategies" (Will also introduce Academic Vocabulary)

  • November 11th: No school  -Veteran’s Day

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

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

  • Dec. 6th, Tues 5:30 - 7. Parent Education Night:"Using Projects and Problem-solving to Engage Every Learner!"