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Happy First 2 Weeks of School!

posted Oct 19, 2014, 7:55 PM by Laurie Becker
“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” ~Aristotle

This is the first All Charter Newsletter for the year. We are the school that supports educational options for students within and around the San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District. We are a unique school in that we span two campuses, seven programs, with one satellite program located in Soquel.

The purpose of this newsletter is to keep families informed about events and activities that pertain to all program; 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.  We have a great group of teachers who are dedicated to their profession and passionate about doing all that they can to make each year the best it can be for the families we serve.  They are excited to try new techniques and strategies in teaching when they know it will benefit the learning experience for the students.  I am sure you have already noticed the dedication and creative flair that makes your program the right choice for you and your child.  Look for more collaboration and technology opportunities happening throughout the Charter. 

As the principal, I have the honor of overseeing the educational programming for the school. As you know, we offer the same curriculum, but our formatting and strategies of implementation are different.   It is always a privilege for me to walk from program to program and see our students happy and engaged, working and learning with their teachers.  It was great to see the collaboration, comfort level, and eagerness to be back together so evident these first two weeks of school.

We also have a great Administration Team that supports all programs, teachers, and students.  There may be only three of us, but we have become (nearly) masters at juggling and multi-tasking, so that we can give the best support we can. Roberta and I are the go-to people if you have questions or concerns. Holly, as our new registrar is the initial person to talk to about enrollment.

Rhonda Reed-Schlosser: Charter Principal & Teacher
Quail Hollow Campus:      Monday-Thursday     336-5167
Ludlow, Felton Campus:     Friday             335-0932
Roberta Gutierrez: Program Manager and Administrative Assistant
Ludlow, Felton campus:     Monday-Friday    335-0932
Holly Thomas:  Registrar
Quail Hollow Campus:      Monday-Friday     336-5167

We hope you all had a great first two weeks of school, and may you have a relaxing weekend.
~Rhonda & Roberta

DATES TO REMEMBER:  NOTE: Please refer to your program’s newsletter for greater detail regarding dates and details specific to your Field Trips and events. 

Nature Academy Back to School Night: Wed., Sept. 10. 6-7 pm.  For parents only

School Picture Days

Nature Academy: Monday Sept 8 
Order forms will be going home on Tuesday, Sept 3. Pictures will be taken during PE classes on Monday, September 8.  Please be sure to fill out your forms and bring them with you to PE on School Picture Day.

SLV Homeschool, BC Homeschool: Sept. 18
Quail Hollow Site: Order forms will be handed out at the location
BC Homeschool: 10-11am 
SLVHomeschool: 11-12 pm

CRHS, CRMS, and Fall Creek: Thursday, Sept 25
Felton, at Ludlow site:  Order forms will be handed out at the location
Fall Creek: 10-11 am;
Coast Redwood Middle School;11-12 pm;
Coast Redwood High School: 12-2 pm


Every Program has many events already scheduled for the month of September; ropes courses, camping, kayaking and hiking.  Please look to your program emails / newsletters to find out more.
Some that are on the near horizon in September and are:
Mount Hermon Ropes course: Nature Academy, Coast Redwood Middle School
Kayaking; BC Homeschool, SLV Homeschool
Camping; BC Homeschool, Coast Redwood Middle School
Russian River Overnight: Nature Academy 7/8

Santa Cruz County Fair

This is a great family event that is a tradition for many.

We did not get any tickets for the education day, but Wednesday, Sept. 10 kids get in free.  Hopefully some of you will band together and make a day of it!


Though primarily for our Homeschool families, we welcome our Nature Academy families if they can ever attend

Capture the Flag

One of the most regularly attended field games and a favorite for years, CTF is a fast paced and exciting game that is part speed and strategy, part tag, a bit of social encounter and all fun. Played once a month on the fields at Quail Hollow Ranch it is also a meeting place for parents to socialize and get to know one another.

When:  Fridays: September 26, October 17
Time:  10:30 am to 12:30 pm  
Where: Quail Hollow Ranch
Who:  Charter wide kids welcome. We play rain or shine.
No sign-ups necessary. Bring sunscreen and hats, water too !!!
Questions: ask Amber (

State Park Hikes

A once a month opportunity to visit one of the many park trails throughout this amazing watershed of our San Lorenzo Valley. Accompanied by SLV Homeschool and other Charter teachers, all ages are welcome to hike and explore the trails with us. Each hike is approximately 2 1/2 miles. At the end of the year the annual King Kong Fun Run is hosted and involves a hike of about 4 1/2 miles to and from one of the high points in Henry Cowell State Park.

When: Friday: October 3
Time: 10:30am to Noon
Where: TBD (To Be Determined)
Who: Charter wide kids welcome. No need to sign up. We hike rain or shine. (Not suitable for dropping off younger children. Under 10 yrs old must be under adult supervision.)
Sign-Ups: No sign-ups necessary. Bring water and snacks for during and after ;-)
Questions: ask Amber (

Thrill the World-2014!

Led by Charter Teacher - Amber Walker: This will be our 4th year representing the SLVUSD Charter School in this event! Funky Zombies all over the globe are already planning for Thrill The World 2014! The event was founded in 2006 in Toronto, and has now spread to six continents. Every October people in cities around the world dance to "Thriller" at exactly the same time in their corresponding time zone. 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 25, 2014. Those of you who have participated previously may come for just the final two classes.
When: Thursdays: September 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23
Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm
Where: Quail Hollow site, Room 16
Who: Grades K-12
Class size: unlimited
Questions: Ask Amber (