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Charter News September 22, 2018

posted Sep 23, 2018, 10:20 PM by Rhonda Schlosser

“If you take out the team in teamwork, it’s just work. Now who wants that?”

~Matthew Woodring Stover

Dear Charter Families,

All of the programs have already attended a Field Excursion and many are planning the next one..or two or three. In each classroom I also see the students working on projects related to the academics they are studying. This coming week, CRHS students will be going to Headwaters; their first time in what is planned to be an annual event, the 7/8th grade Nature Academy students are having an overnight at the Pinnacles, and the 6th-grade students are having their ropes course on Friday. There are such dynamic activities going on in every classroom; so great to see.

I hope you are able to ask your student about the highlights and personal challenges of their days.  It takes a village, as the saying goes, and I want to highlight two additional layers of support and enrichment your students are partaking in.

Every program has also had Melanie Burgess, our very own Master Gardener, come and bring students (by grade level) into the garden near their program to teach them the Junior Master Gardner curriculum. Melanie has been working with our CRHS students, supporting the lab work for the Horticulture course for the last several years and in the process has expanded the garden there.  She is passionate in her plan to teach all students to grow their own food and understand how to support a sustainable local ecosystem.

The Junior Master Gardener program is an international youth gardening program of the university cooperative Extension network. JMG engages children in novel, “hands-on” group and individual learning experiences that provide a love of gardening, develop an appreciation for the environment and cultivate the mind. JMG also inspires youths to be of service to others through service learning and leadership development projects, and rewards them with certifications and recognition.”  This is an added enrichment program that the staff parents (through the PAC discussions and process) decided they wanted to add to all the Charter programs this year.

Robin Bates, our mental health counselor has also been working within each classroom.  She is a terrific additional set of eyes to ensure the Social-Emotional support of our students.  She has also started her monthly activities to help students understand the growth and development of their personal identity; facilitating them to learn what skills and tools can help them stay healthy and secure in who they are.

Thank you for staying active and communicative with your children and with us!


PARENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE: Next Meeting: Wednesday, October 10 from 3:00-4:00 pm.  

Thank you to the parents who were able to attend.  We had representation from Nature Academy, Coast Redwood Middle School and QHIA.  I heard from many parents who emailed me to say that they could not attend this initial meeting, stating that they would like to participate in the upcoming meetings.  This is a unique year in that there is no large report needing to be written. (Hooray!) Our WASC accreditation cycle of review and the Charter Petition renewal are not due until the 2010-21 school year.  Therefore, this year we can focus on adding infrastructure and deepening student academic and enrichment supports based on the Parent Advisory Committees involvement and input.

At the last meeting, I reviewed the broad base of the documents that are the foundation of the Charter.   I hope to see more parents from all the programs at our next meeting on October 10 at 3 pm. We will be reviewing the Charter’s LCAP and discussing a Charter focus for the year that we will be discussing and working on together.

The Parent Advisory Committee is a critical component to ensure that parent’s input has a consistent say in the development of our programs that make up the Charter school.  

Please come to this meeting: learn more about the Charter and tell me what is important to you.  I would like to have representation from every program on the Parent Advisory Committee.


Coming soon!  Don’t miss out on these fabulous after-school opportunities.

Thrill the World! 2018 (Michael Jackson's "Thriller" Event)


When: Thursdays: Oct.4 and Oct. 18 and Fridays Oct. 12 and Oct. 26 from 3-4: 30 pm

Where: Multipurpose Room on the Quail Hollow Campus (up by the Charter Office)

No need to sign up ahead of time. Just show up. Preparation and counting down worldwide is part of the fun, but the feeling of being connected to others and dancing together as one is a Thrill like no other!  Celebrating the truly inspirational genius of Michael Jackson in a living and moving way is what keeps people coming back year after year.  

This year the event will be held in Santa Cruz on Saturday, October 27, 2018, at the Louden Nelson Center lawn at 3 pm sharp. There is also an option to perform in a flash mob on Halloween in Ben Lomond.

All Charter Musical: Into the Well!: An original rock musical

Last year we had a great turnout with 64 students from each and every program in our charter participating.

Don’t forget to come to the informational meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 3 pm for students and parents. The meeting will be held in the multipurpose room at the Quail Hollow Campus.

You will get a synopsis of the script, hear about characters and musical numbers, and get detailed info on the rehearsal schedule/requirements.

This year the play will be, "Into the Well". Once again, it will be an original script written by Janinne Chadwick, which Amber directed and choreographed in 2008 with LPRT (Little People's Repertory Theater.) This story incorporates fairy tale characters from many different stories such as Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, The Frog Prince, Goldilocks, Jack and the Beanstalk, and many more.  Songs and scenes include a giant singing Bob Dylan tunes, punk-rock huntsman, and runway models gone awry! Music ranges from Motown, funk, pop, punk, and good ole' rock n' roll.

Come to our meeting to find out more details! Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 3 pm for students and parents, held in the multipurpose room at the Quail Hollow Campus.

Auditions: 3-5: 30 pm, Mondays/Tuesdays, Oct. 15, 16, 22, 23 in the multipurpose room on the Quail Hollow Campus   Rehearsals: 3-5: 30 pm, Mondays and Tuesdays

Performance Week: February 4-9

If you have any questions about any of these dates, feel free to email me at  

I look forward to sharing my love of performing arts with your students!

~Amber Walker

Drive for Schools Fundraiser: Tickets are here!  This is the biggest and most productive fundraiser for our program.  You could win a car, $25,000 or many other great prizes.  Your student’s program retains 100% of the money from the ticket sales!  Pick tickets up from your classroom teacher. book = 6 tickets for $25 (or $5 individual ticket price)

Tickets and money are due back to your teacher by Thursday, October 18.

Wrap-N-Mat Fundraiser Reusable Sandwich Wraps and Snack Bags

The Fall Creek Homeschool program is selling reusable sandwich wraps and snack bags. These wraps and bags keep your sandwiches fresh and open flat to eat on.  All Wraps and Bags are: - Reusable - Open Flat to Eat on - Made with BPA & PVC Free Plastic - Easy to Clean (Top Rack Dishwasher safe) - USA Made

Please check out our Catalog of styles:

You can purchase wraps and bags by talking to a Fall Creek parent about them, or printing out an order form here and emailing :

We will also have a table set up at Wild Roots in Felton on  Friday, October 5th between 3pm to 7pm

😀 Put your smiles on and brush your hair, Charter picture days are coming soon! More information will be sent closer to the picture dates.
  • September 24th: Nature Academy 6-8 grade

  • October 4th: Quail Hollow Homeschool, Quail Hollow Integrated Arts, Fall Creek Homeschool, Coast Redwood High School, Coast Redwood Middle School Picture Day: (time TBD)

  • TBD: Nature Academy 6-8 grade Picture retake day: (during PE period)

  • November 13th: Picture retake day for all homeschool programs :  (time TBD)

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

CRHS: Students are in the rhythm of coming to onsite classes and completing their Independent study courses. Next week many of our students will leave Monday morning with Wade and Brian to travel to Mt. Shasta's Headwaters and have the opportunity of a lifetime! September 28: End of the first 6-week grading period and eligibility October 10: PSAT at SLVHS October 12: Field trip to SFSU.

CRMS:  Thanks to Suzie for leading such a wonderful day at Mt. Hermon Outdoor School!  The kids had a great time getting to know each other through games and group challenges and reflective discussions. The 8th graders spent time with Melanie on Thursday in the JMG program discussing plans for building a fountain. The 6th and 7th graders worked on building/improving their hanging cubbies, which included an introduction to the Pythagorean Theorem. Pairs of students interviewed each other to write a biographical paragraph. Class Business Introduction: we got online to review the class business sales record and inventory spreadsheets at the end of the day. Students who had been in class since the start of the business two years ago presented a brief history of the business to the newer students.

Nature Academy: 6th grade:Sept 28th is our trip to MT Hermon Ropes Course. Early Human Day is October 5th. Location TBD. This will be a day of fun to showcase and celebrate what we have learned in the Early Human unit with students from the QHIA program.. I will be sending out more information about this day. If you feel you have a skill you could help with (fire making, stone tools, hunting and gathering, primitive crafts, cordage) please let me know. Stone Tool Project instructions went home last week. This project will be turned in at Early Human Day on October 5th. 7-8th graders will be going to Pinnacles for the students to study, through direct observation, the geologic history, and processes that have formed and shaped the Pinnacles. Thursday we will do our long hike, approximately 5 miles long. We will swim, eat spaghetti, and have evening campfire activities. Friday we are planning to visit Indian Canyon, a Costanoan Ohlone reserve, to eat lunch and pay our respects to the local first nation with Ann Marie Sayers near Hollister on our way home.

Quail Hollow Integrated Arts (QHIA): Students are finishing up their study of Plate Tectonics through CK12, and will begin (or have begun) their “C-E-R” on the topic. They will explore articles, determine what scientists are claiming about the phenomena, cite evidence, and connect it to prior knowledge learned through CK12. 6th graders completed their cave art slab painting, and began short stories, while 7th/8th graders learned about “Columbia: Lady Liberty” in connection to their statue project, and put themselves in the shoes of colonists deciding whether to be Patriots, Loyalists or stay neutral in terms of the American Revolution. Marie continued Reader’s Workshop with a focus on Character Traits, and Amber began direct instruction on creating Sentence Variety to enhance narratives. Our 7th graders enjoyed an hour in the garden with Melanie Burgess, part of our Junior Master Gardener program, and our 8th graders will be with her next Tuesday. 6th-grade students will participate in an Early Human Day is October 5th. Location TBD. This will be a day of fun to showcase and celebrate what we have learned in the Early Human unit with the Nature Academy students.

Quail Hollow Homeschool: We circled up altogether, introduced ourselves and shared some information about us.  We played some games with the focus of working together. We learned when everyone is working together, we can accomplish great things!  We settled down with some time to focus while listening to our singing bowl. We discussed what a good classmate/friend - does, is, says, is not. We listened to part of Felix Explores Planet Earth a bunny who gets loose from his girl's homemade hot air balloon.   We finished up the papier mache with our solid finishing layer. We ended our day with a compliment circle.  So much gratitude!

Fall Creek Homeschool: We made models of the Earth and its internal layers from Sculpey clay. We wrote about the Earth's structure, drew a diagram and learned about "cross-sections". We painted our coil pots that we built the week before.  We listened to the book Ish about perfectionism and the value of drawing. The 3rd grade went to work in the garden. We worked in pairs and small groups to do puzzles involving squares and cubes. We built 3-D cubes. We listened to the Grimm’s tale Sweet Porridge about the value of listening carefully and using the correct words. Lisa led the group in a discussion about borax, its source, and its differentiating properties. We compared it to examples of quartz crystals. Completed a Science Write Up, documented steps and illustrated the process for making Borax Crystal Stars.

Mountain IS: It was another great week!  The children are really adapting to the work period quite well and there seems to be real engagement in their individual work as we continue to "normalize" some of the new classroom operations. At the end of the work period, we reflected discussed as a group what was working well and what we are still needing to develop. We all seemed right on the same page and moving forward together. We concluded with some reflections on our accomplishments and introduced the idea that genuinely celebrating each other's accomplishments gives us a good feeling too: "I'm proud ....- of my story" - of improving my writing" - of my writing and finding definitions" - that I mastered the spindles" (counting exercise) - that completed the tetrahedron" - that I've mastered the tetrahedron" - that I did work I've never done before" (practicing initial sounds of words) - of the (life cycle of a frog) work & that I completed that super hard puzzle" What a joy to hear these reflections from the children! Developing a sense of self-efficacy & confidence in our individual learning process is at the heart of our journey together here each day.

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.)

  • September 24th: Picture Day: Nature Academy 6-8 grade: (during PE period)

  • October 4th: Picture Day: Quail Hollow Homeschool, Quail Hollow Integrated Arts, Fall Creek Homeschool, Coast Redwood High School, Coast Redwood Middle School Picture Day: (time TBD)

  • November 12: No School Veterans day

  • October 19th:  No School-- Professional Development Day for Staff

  • November 12th:  No School- Veterans Day

  • November 13th: Picture retake day for all homeschool programs :  (time TBD)

    • TBD: Nature Academy 6-8 grade Picture retake day: (during PE period)

  • November 19-23rd:  No School- Thanksgiving Break

  • December 21st-Jan 4th:  No School- Winter Break