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December 19, 2014

posted Jan 4, 2015, 9:25 AM by Rhonda Schlosser

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I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something.

-Neil Gaiman

Dear Families,

The school year is nearly halfway over.  The Winter Solstice on December 21 marks the longest night of the year, and for me it is also a good reminder that we are turning the corner in the school year.  The next time we meet it will be a new year, and with each new year we have another opportunity to enliven activities that serve us well.   We can all benefit from a winter break, shifting our focus for a while, giving pause for appreciation of family and traditions that support our selves.  May you have a wonderful winter break, may it be filled with the love and joy of good company.  

See you in the New Year.


Announcing our New Website:  While it is still under construction, it is also up and running, and a thousand times better at representing our Charter programs and all that we do.  

A tremendous thank you to Laurie Becker, one of our parents and owner of Forest Laurel Design, for working so hard to develop our SLV Charter website.  

WASC Update: We have yet to hear confirmation for our WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) Chair, but we will be ready when the WASC committee arrives to visit our school’s programs in early March!

Every school that goes through WASC accreditation writes a report in which the school explains how the school supports student learning.  The WASC process is a cycle that consists of a Self Study (where we are now) a Visit by a WASC committee who comes to support the self-study process (happening in March), and the Follow-up process whereby the school reviews, analyzes evidence and refines next steps to ensure the schools focus stays on best practices and student’s educational progress.

The report consists of 5 chapters that include: 1) data on student/community profile, analysis of data, clarification of student outcomes, 2) a summary of the progress made on the critical areas of follow-up from the previous WASC visit (our visit was in 2011),  3) an overall summary from our analysis of the profile data and progress, 4) Details and evidence in five categories of the schools structure: Organization, Standards-based Learning in Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment and Accountability, and School Culture and Support.  5) Next Steps in the action plan.

Chapters 1-3  of the report have been submitted to the District Office for review, and simple edits are the only clean up that is needed.  Chapters 4 and 5 will be submitted the week we return.  

Additional information is on our website.

What’s Going on in Our Charter School?


Tis the tradition for our programs to end the year with a holiday celebrations.

SLV Homeschool Holiday Craft Faire: Our Holiday Craft Faire was a huge success! A heartfelt thanks  to Cindy Laurin for all her time in organizing this event each year. Students and parents from each of our programs had such a great time together. The handmade items were incredible this year!  Great job to all of our talented participants. It was great to see so many of the staff members from the D.O come visit and purchase items as well. The parents worked hard at restoring all of the rooms back to how they were before Friday...thank you, thank you, thank you! What a wonderful day.

BC Homeschool Winter Potluck & Talent Share: The storm on the 11th delayed this until December 18th this year. Held at the BC Rec Hall, this annual event began with a potluck,  Once l fed, Amber lead the kids in a song..  Following this, many students shared their talents:  a poem, song, piano piece, etc.   The celebration ended with a Secret Snowman gift exchange, as well as their scripts and cd's for their musical production of "Hansel and Gretel."  A highlight was seeing the younger siblings stand up and sing the song with their older brothers and sisters. Joy was in the air!

Fall Creek Homeschool: Fall Creek Homeschool had their annual Winter Potluck dinner on Thursday night. The room is decorated with colored stars hanging from the ceiling and tablecloths made from newsprint onto which all had added drawings of seasonal motifs. A scrumptious buffet was enjoyed- a fitting celebration for our semester of studying local food and farmers! We were treated to a wonderful program of songs, comedy acts and poetry, performed by classmates, during the talent share.

Nature Academy Winter Carnival: The Nature Academy participated with the SLV Middle School in their annual Winter Carnival.  Activity and craft booths kept the students busy and brought in funds that will be donated to local cause.  After the fun, the students had lunch and a holiday movie together, before they shared gifts by way of secret Santa.

Coast Redwood Middle School:  Students gave presentations on organic food, giraffes, computer viruses (presented as a board game), and a Prezi presentation.  They used the volume-weight equivalency and  oil quality charts they created to make their own personalized hand sanitizer keeping in mind the medicinal quality of the plants used. They also worked on their medicinal silk paintings for the quilt.  Whew!  

Coast Redwood High School: To round out this semester Coast Redwood classes had wrap up classes this week with a Morning Fiesta in Spanish, a Quiz and Movie day in Biology, and relaxed group wrap-ups in English and History.

Mountain Independent Study:  The students at Mountain Independent Study  joined the Mountain School for a holiday event of sharing food and festivities.  They shared a more intimate Winter sing in their classroom today to help send their friends off with a warm holiday spirit.

SLV High School 8th-Grade Parent Night Coming In January

San Lorenzo Valley High School welcomes parents of current 8th-Grade Students to the annual 8th Grade Parent Night on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 6:30 pm in the SLVHS Multi-Purpose Room.

Come meet the counselors and administrators. Learn about our high school programs and other campus opportunities.

NEW!!!!  Nature Academy YEARBOOK 2014-2015

Something’s new at NATURE ACADEMY… a yearbook!

“Work hard play hard” is the motto here at NA. So let’s show off all that we do when we learn and play at Nature Academy.  There will pages for students and teachers to share what made their 2014-15 so memorable to them.  This is also a fundraiser.  A portion goes right back to the classroom.  (P.S. Your child’s school photo and sports group photos will still be in the SLV Middle school yearbook)

~Please place your order before 12/19/2014  so that you can get the $30.00 price!

Make Checks Payable To: Nature Academy  Please Give Envelope To Your Teacher

You may also purchase your yearbook online at: (Click Buy My Yearbook & Choose School From The Drop Down Menu)  Any questions you may contact Janeen Bond

All Homeschool 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!

Date of Charter Science Fair: Friday, Feb. 6

Date of SC County Science Fair: March 7


Mountain Community Resources

6134 Highway 9, Felton  335-6600

2015 Food Distribution

Every Thursday from 11:00 to Noon

Except on: 11/26, 12/24 & 12/31

Bring an ID to the second Tuesday of every month.

Food distributions include: Free produce, staples, protein-rich and canned foods.

For more information Email: or call, 335-6608


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

  • December 19th - First Semester Ends

  • December 20th - January 5th:   Winter Break

  • January 6th - School Resumes: all high school Math Classes resume, Homeschool conferences begin

  • January 19th - No school --Martin Luther King Birthday

  • January 20th - No School --Staff Professional Development Day

  • February 3 & 4 - High School Exit Exam for all 10th grade students (required)

  • February 9th - Holiday

  • February 16th - Holiday

  • February 27th - End of Second Trimester

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.