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Charter News: 2016-17 November 10

posted Nov 10, 2016, 8:59 PM by Rhonda Schlosser

Live as brave men; and if fortune is adverse, front its blows with brave hearts.

~Marcus Tullius Cicero

Dear Charter Families,

We have a new Administrative Assistant to support our Charter programs. Welcome to Danelle Matteson!  She now has nearly two weeks working at the Fall Creek office and is happy to be with us, as we are happy to have her. It’s a quick learning curve to step into an already running school year, but she is eager to learn all that she can and get to know all of you that step into the office or need her support.  Julie Walker has taken a position at the District Office, so will not be too far away.  

We have our second Parent Education night next Tuesday, November 15th.  Martha Kaufeldt is a dynamic, knowledgeable professional who packs a lot into her presentations.  Her topic is on designing questions, tasks, and projects that will help students go beyond basic knowledge and develop critical thinking strategies.  This is a skill that all students and their parents will benefit from.   ALSO!  The evening will begin with an opportunity to meet our Mental Health Counselor, Jen Sims.  Come at 5:30 and get to know how she works with our students, and learn about the themes she notices are relevant in supporting our elementary and secondary aged students.

Please RSVP Danelle or me to sign up for this special opportunity.  

Tomorrow is our holiday to honor the soldiers of our country, past and present. My father was a pilot in WWII, serving 20 years before retiring.  Please take some time to honor those who choose to bravely step forward to protect our country in this way.

Enjoy the extended weekend.


PARENT EDUCATION NIGHT: Tuesday, Nov. 15.   

Come early for a special opportunity with our Counselor, Jen Sims.

Parent Advisory Committee: Next meeting: Wednesday, November 16, 3-4pm at the Charter Fall Creek office.  Dr. Bruton will be with us to share the State of the District.  Additional focus will be the WASC report, and learning more about LCAP goals and supplemental funds. All parents who are interested are welcome, but we particularly need representation from the Quail Hollow programs.  Here is a note from one of our parent representatives:

First it was Common Core; then it was WASC and now it is LCAP. There have been so many recent policy changes. Along with the frustration that comes with change, these new laws and policies have turned out to have some exciting silver linings. The charter needs YOU to be a voice in establishing and maintaining the vision and goals for this awesome Charter School. Come and join us!  There will be chocolate. :)

Math Tutor Now available for Secondary math support

-Mondays, from 12:30-3:30 in CRHS Portable 5 for High school students.

-Thursdays from 2:15-3:30 in the CRMS classroom P28 for middle school age students.

Mark is excited and ready to help any student who comes to work with him.  No need to sign up ahead of time.. Please make sure your student comes prepared with their math homework or questions about skills.

In Our Community:  San Lorenzo Valley Little League Spring 2017 Sign Ups

Ages: 4-12      Online registration:

Walk-in registration at the SLV Middle School Board Room:

  • Wednesday 11/16, from 5-7 PM

  • Wednesday 12/7, from 5-7 PM

If a child has not played for SLVLL previously, you will need to provide a COPY of your child's birth certificate, which will stay on file as long as your child plays in our league.  Please also be prepared with your child's insurance information, as well as the date of his/her last tetanus shot.

We are looking for Managers for all divisions.  If you are interested in managing your son or daughter's team, please note it on your registration form.

Please check the SLVLL web site for complete details on all forms of registration, including cost.

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) As part of the new accountability requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the U.S. Department of Education is requiring school districts nationwide to identify students who are armed forces family members.

Is either parent/guardian on active duty in the US armed forces: Army, Navy, Air Force,  Marine Corps or  Coast Guard or on full-time  National Guard Duty?   

If so,  please let us know by emailing or calling Holly Thomas at 336-5167.  

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated!

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

CRHS: This past week was filled with college and career conversations, multiple intelligence assessments, figuring out the over-the-lifetime value of a high school diploma, of a two-year (AA) degree, of a (BA/BS), and the value of a graduate degree. COLA was discussed. Lots of surprised expressions! We also discussed careers, entrepreneurship, and internships.     Meeting of the Tribes #2 went very well. Our emotional/mental health counselor, Jenn Sims stepped in to give our students a health lesson, as did our college counselor, Jen Kelly, who discussed Cabrillo Night. Wade, Keidi, and Kay discussed school business and other pertinent information. Keidi gave a lesson on friendships and nurturing the CRHS culture and continued respect of one another.

CRMS:Design Thinking: Students presented their designs and gave and received constructive feedback.  It was great to see how attentive the groups were to hearing about each other’s designs and how they jumped right in to support each other with relevant suggestions.  The kids also answered some process questions about how they felt they and others in their group contributed to the project and ideas that they had for ways that they could have worked better together.  I had them take their responses to these questions and write them in the form of a letter to their teammates.  

Nature Academy: The First Trimester is ending and all assignments and grading is being completed for the 6th grade class took a trip to the Cal Academy of Sciences last week and are gearing up for their Kayaking excursion on November 3rd to Elkhorn Slough. They finished up their  basketball unit just in time for the SLV Hoops registration. Big thanks to Coach Paul for helping out!  7th and 8th graders are getting set for their trip to the Exploratorium and Tactile Dome this Friday, November 4.  They started illuminated letters in the style of medieval illuminations. Students will create a final project on an 8.5x8.5 card stock format.  Students are completing their assignment based on their personal choice Science reading book or articles.

Quail Hollow Integrated Arts (QHIA) Amber will be presenting an update on this program to the school board on Dec. 7, and they asked if our students wanted to perform something. The majority of the students wanted to perform the opening number of “Hamilton” in a spoken word format! We began practicing. I got goosebumps already! Causes of the American Revolution We are finishing up our unit on Causes. Students completed activities around the theme of “Sons of Liberty: Patriots or Terrorists”. Most importantly, we discussed how perspective has everything to do with how we view historical events.

Students listened to an audio version of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” narrated by Christopher Lee.

They also worked on how to transfer information from their notes into cohesive, properly formatted paragraphs. Art Each week I show the students a video “Inspiration”. This week was from Japanese artist, Chie Hitotsuyama, and her recycled newspaper sculptures.

Quail Hollow Homeschool:  Students discussed the structure of our democracy, other selections besides president; senators and representatives, and the two houses of congress.They shared our Wonders of Me posters - practicing public speaking so everyone can hear. Students made Greek pottery called "lekythios" (plural) lekythos (singular). For this they learned techniques to make pinch pots,coils, scoring and "gluing" their pieces together.  They are wonderful and unique, and the children are very proud.  After lunch, there was chess and rotations. Science: the class investigated  how well balloon rockets travel along string (thrust) and applied the scientific method by making a hypothesis, observation, and conclusion. Art: Used special water colors to paint owls from the last class.  Read "Owl Diaries" and just for fun read "Dragons Love Tacos" Garden: (Math, Science) looked at actual numbers of pumpkin seeds compared to estimations as well as adding larger numbers. We pulled weeds, ate carrots, and are making great progress in getting the garden cleaned up.

Fall Creek Homeschool: Mars Day was celebrated at Fall Creek!  We had two distinguished visitors, each with a different perspective on mars. Jon Neff, Rosie's Dad, has worked for NASA and been on teams for Mars and Jupiter exploration missions. He helped with one of  the rover deliveries to Mars. He helped with the Juno probe that arrived at Jupiter this past July. Jon showed us many photos and a short video about the work his teams have done and also what is happening now at NASA. The kids asked and answered many questions and showed how much they know about Mars and how excited they are to learn more.  After lunch, Brendan Mulhall, Logan's brother who is enrolled at CRMS, came to talk with us about a project he did concerning Mars. He showed us a presentation concerning what it would take to travel to and live on Mars, to establish a base for humans to live there. You could hear a pin drop in the room - they were riveted to the presentation and information Brendan gave us.

Mountain IS: Students had fun playing a new class made a taboo game.  The students worked with buddies to create game cards for a water form or landform which included 5 taboo words. Then in teams , students tried to guess the mystery word with a description that could not include any taboo word choices.

With our guest parent, Simon's mom Robin, students used ballots to vote for their choice of Tomie de Paola book. "The Night and the Dragon", was the clear winner. Robin then did a fabulous read aloud.

In art students created awesome mixed media geodes. In music, students learned some new words and movements to a folk song. The class took a walk through the school garden looking firsthand at the role that decomposition plays in the world. They followed up by starting an indoor experiment comparing the decay of chunks of pumpkin with and without yeast to an intact pumpkin.

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.)

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

  • Nov. 15th, Tues 5:30 - 7:30. Parent Education Night: 5:30-6:00 Come meet and talk to our mental health counselor Jen Sims  6:00-7:30" Developing Higher-Order Thinking Skills and Effective Questioning Strategies"

  • November 17: Picture retake day:  beginning at 8 am

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

  • Dec. 13th, Tues 5:30 - 7pm. Parent Education Night: "Using Projects and Problem-solving to Engage Every Learner!"

  • December 23rd- January 8th: No School--Winter Break

  • January 16th: No School--MLK Bday

  • January 20th: End of 2nd quarter

  • January 27th:  No School--Professional Development Day for teachers