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Charter News: November 25, 2014

posted Dec 11, 2014, 5:34 PM by Rhonda Schlosser   [ updated Dec 11, 2014, 5:38 PM ]

Charter News

November 25, 2014




  1. the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

Dear Charter Families,

As we begin our Thanksgiving holiday, I want to share my gratitude for the staff and families that make the Charter programs the wonderful programs they are.

I extend my gratitude to each and every teacher, who devote their hearts and minds to creating a rich experience for their students, spending countless hours thinking about how to better support their students, researching and reworking their curriculum and teaching to better fit the population they serve.

I extend my gratitude to Charter’s staff members who spend hours beyond the work day adding to, reworking and thinking about how they can help the Charter and the families enrolled. The first words out of their mouths are always, “How can I help you?”  To see them in action one would think that their job description ends in the phrase; -willing to do whatever is needed.

Gratitude to the District office staff and school board who supports each school with a multitude of services that serves as the foundation on which our programs run.

And to the parents of our students; I extend my gratitude to the love and devotion that you give to your children. 24/7.   May good things happen to you and those you love, and may we all extend gratitude to the community that supports our school.


What’s Going on in Our Charter School?

MATH TUTORS: We are pleased to announce that we now have Math tutors from UCSC throughout the week.  They will be based in either our Math classroom, P5 or in P4, for individual tutoring sessions.

  • Karen Ta supports the Math 1 students on Tuesdays/Thursdays from 12:30-3:30.

  • Adriana will give classroom support for Math 6, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

  • She will also support advanced Math 2 and 3 students on Thursday afternoons.

  • Victor Zuno-Sanchez will be working with the Coast Redwood Middle School students in P28 on Wednesdays from 1:30-2:45.

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!

Deadline to apply for Charter Science Fair: Dec. 12

Date of Charter Science Fair: Friday, Feb. 6

Date of SC County Science Fair: March 7


In collaboration with West Arts Theater staff from Santa Cruz, Charter students from Coast Redwood High School, Fall Creek Homeschool, and SLV Homeschool have been working and playing hard together during weekly rehearsals to bring you this wonderful production!


When: Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 8pm

Where: Boulder Creek Rec Hall (13333 Middleton Ave.~corner of HWY 9 and MIddleton, just after the stop sign on the right)

Cost: FREE to the public!

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   $30.00

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


Many of you have received, or will soon receive a survey from your student’s teacher regarding an important school initiative about computer laptops for use at home and in school.

We know that in preparing students for college and careers, computers have become an essential educational tool. They have become a critical tool in a child’s education, not the only one, but certainly one that teachers and students would like to have access to on a regular basis in the classroom.  

Your feedback on this survey is to evaluate the logistics and cost of this initiative for the district.  Please fill out the survey and have your student return it to his/her teacher. The District office would like to have the surveys returned by all classroom based Charter students by December 5.

Thank you.

Graffiti Removal Project

The Graftiti Removal Project’s mission is to mobilize volunteers to eliminate graffiti from our neighborhoods through sustained education and removal efforts. They remove graffiti from the unincorporated areas of Santa Cruz County, free of charge. Recently, they  have been trying to reach out more to the San Lorenzo Valley area as well as youth.   Our next upcoming volunteer opportunity for youth is going to be a group paint out under Graham Hill Rd. by the Covered Bridge Park in Felton on December 13th from 10 AM to 12 PM. We are also having a fundraiser night at Woodstock's Pizza in downtown Santa Cruz on December 18h from 5 PM-9PM.

If you have any questions about our organization please contact me at 831-427-0462 or

If you are interested in helping out, here is a link to their page on the Santa Cruz Volunteer Center website: Volunteer applications can be found online for ages 11-adult.

Community events and opportunities:

Want to know what’s going on that might be interesting to you and your family?  Check out our community links page for information on all kinds of things.  The page is updated regularly, so bookmark it as a resource.

This link is provided as a courtesy for parents and students by the San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District, to receive information of current local events and opportunities.

The San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District does not sponsor or endorse any of the organizations or events that are located on this website.

SLVUSD is a scent-free community:

In response to students and members of our community who are highly allergic to fragrances and scents, the SLVUSD Board of Trustees adopted a California School Board Association policy to make all district classrooms and offices fragrant neutral. SLVMS has parents and/or students with respiratory issues who can have negative reactions to fragrances. Please take care to follow the policy while on campus:  

Staff and students shall refrain from bringing furred or feathered animals, stuffed toys that may collect dust mites, scented candles, incense or air fresheners and from using perfume or cologne, scented hair spray, nail polish or nail polish remover that are not fragrance-free in classrooms or other enclosed areas or buildings. The public shall be made aware that there is a growing number of people with fragrance allergies or sensitivities that can have mild to severe health consequences, including asthmatic attacks and other respiratory issues.

COMMUNITY RESOURCE: For more information on what we do, and how you can help, contact:   Jennifer Anderson-Ochoa, Director

Community Advocacy Bilingual, short and long-term advocacy to access resources and set goals to address issues related to a variety of concerns including, housing, employment, health care, disability, insurance, counseling, education, substance abuse recovery, domestic violence prevention, and child care

Youth Advocacy Services include case management, community outreach, and coordination of court mandates including school attendance, community restitution, employment and counseling. Our Teen Advocate mentors youth to become contributing members of their community by involving them in collaborative opportunities and volunteer work.

Together In the Park Parents, family members and/or caregivers and their infant/preschool-aged children meet for play and group activities on Wednesdays 10:30am - 12:00 noon. April-October, we meet at Felton Covered Bridge Park and November-March we meet at MCR.

Parent Education A variety of parent education classes and one-on-one sessions addressing a wide range of topics, including: Preventing Tantrums, Dealing with Disobedience, Traveling in the Car, Fighting and Aggression, Managing Chores, and The Power of Self-Esteem. Both classes and individual sessions are available in Spanish and English.

Emergency Preparedness Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trainings twice a year, in both Spanish and English, in partnership with local emergency response agencies. Classes are available to teens and adults at no charge, and all materials are provided. We also staff and support the San Lorenzo Valley Emergency Network, and host an emergency ham radio station within our agency.

Food Distribution/Food Pantry  We partner with Second Harvest Food Bank to provide free supplemental groceries and nutritional awareness to the community. MCR also distributes free clothing during the three food distributions per month. This month, we will open our food pantry, which will allow us to supplement the food distributions with new and varied food items, including rice, beans, pasta, bread and meat. @cbridges.


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

  • November 26th - 28th:  No school-- Thanksgiving Break  

  • December 20th - January 5th:   Winter Break

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

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

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.