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Charter News: Feb 12

posted Feb 15, 2017, 1:52 PM by Rhonda Schlosser

One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving. -Paulo Coelho

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. Lao Tzu

Don’t forget, no school tomorrow, February, 13th

Dear Charter Families,

The rains have subsided for a spell and I hope that your homes and roads will have time to dry and stabilize some. Our sympathies go out to those whose homes were flooded or who now have an extended commute due to road closures.

Unfortunately we needed to cancel our viewing of Screenagers due to the District’s storm closure. We have rescheduled it for March 8th, same time, same place.  Our students have now watched it with their teachers and the overwhelming response is that, while they had some criticism of the film, the majority of every class felt it very important that their parents view the film as well. We love it when our families can engage in important conversations with each other and their children.  There is no doubt that the topic of screen time is an important one to ponder and make some decisions about. Parent involvement and support is so important to your students success and events like these are a good way to support your children’s education.

I have listed some salient points that our teachers heard from their students through their discussions after the film.

  • The kids were quite attentive during the film and authentically interested in how something so much a part of their lives was being portrayed.  

  • Many kids felt that the examples used in the film were extreme.  Many felt that they could (and do) drop using their electronics for a week or more without any trouble, if they are away or have other activities.  

  • Some kids saw themselves reflected in the film more than others.  

  • Discussions were had about the characterization of computer use based on gender and class presented in the film and whether evidence from their own lives supported those characterizations.   

  • Almost everyone felt their parents should see the movie. About 75 % think their parents really need to see the movie, mostly because they perceive their parents as using a lot of screen time. Students thought that their parents were addicted to social media, and that they needed to see the film.

  • Students also unanimously thought that they had a good relationship with their parents regarding screens and social media. Many kids felt like they had a clear idea of how the parents should handle limits on computer use the situation and didn’t quite understand why the parents in the film were having such a hard time.

  • They referenced what they had learned last year about the brain and entertainment screen time.

  • Many expressed concerns that parents be made aware that the documentary seems biased and in their perception somewhat "fake."  They are concerned that their parents may disregard the benefits of the internet and media and curtail use without considering the benefits.

  • They expressed that the film spent too much time on video games and not enough on social media, admitting that the social aspect of screen time; relationships, bullying, being safe on the internet etc. was what they were dealing with most of the time, and should have been more of a focus of the film.

  • They recognized that many of the scenarios of the students presented in the film matched those of people that they know.

  • The majority of students did not think that violent games had an effect on student behavior, with a brave minority claiming the opposite. This was a big part of our discussion time.

  • They also discussed how many of their parents had completely different opinions regarding screen time and social media.

  • All students thought that children under 5 years old should not be using screens as much as they see them do.

  • One student noted that as soon as we were out of the PAC, half of the students immediately pulled out their phones : )

Again, Please take the time to read further about Screenagers.  If you are able to make it to the parents’ viewing, I think you’ll enjoy it, and also enjoy talking with your kids about it afterward. This is a very important topic for our staff and we hope that you will attend the viewing on March 8th, at 7 pm, in our Performing Arts Center on the SLVHS campus. Many of our high school students were not able to attend due to the conflict with a scheduled class.  It would be great if they could come with you to the evening show.


SPECIAL EVENT: SCREENAGERS! NEW DATE: Wednesday, March 8, 7-9 pm. at the Performing Arts Center on the Tri-campus. 7105 Highway 9, Felton, 95018

We have rescheduled our  hosting of the film of SCREENAGERS.

A brief discussion of the film will be offered right after the film.  We will be sending out a parent discussion guide closer to the date of the event for parents to use at home with their students after the screening.  We will also have hard copies at the event.

“This special screening probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.”

Tickets previously purchased will be honored.

Tickets are a suggested donation of $10.  Please note:  We have opened up the ticket sales to families of the other schools in the District, so please buy your tickets right away! There are only 210 seats available. Tickets and trailer for the film available at this link:   

You will receive a confirmation back from impact flow, which you need to bring with you to the event.  If you prefer to not purchase them online, they can also be purchased through your teachers or by contacting Danelle Matteson at 335-0932.

Parent Advisory Committee: PLEASE COME, This Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 3-4.

We will be discussing the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP):  

• What are the goals, • how are we moving forward, • What are the next steps for the coming year.  This is an important discussion and hearing from our parents is important.

Our WASC visit is planned for Feb. 27-28.  We will review the schedule for this important visit.

NEXT MEETING:  March 15, 2017. We will be discussing more about the LCAP goals, as well as testing preparation.

Information Nights:  Come learn more about in of our programs!  Please invite others who may be interested.

  • If you’ve ever wondered if a different curriculum delivery model would benefit your student.

  • If you’re a parent or caregiver looking for more involvement in your child’s education.

Our Information nights are coming in March. The information nights open the application window for the Nature Academy and Quail Hollow Integrated Arts Program.  A lottery will be held if there are more applications than seats available in either of the programs.  All other programs are filled based on the date the application is turned in as are the wait lists.

Nature Academy program March 7  5:30-6:30 MS Library

NA application window March 8-April 21       Lottery: Friday, April 28

Homeschool Charter programs March 14  6-7:30 pm MS Library

QHIA application window March 14-April 27       Lottery: Thursday, May 11

Campus Video Surveillance for greater safety: The SLV tri-campus now has video surveillance; 50 cameras are now running 24/7.   Video surveillance is also at the entrance of the Quail Hollow Campus as well.  This is a reminder of the importance that all visitors must have a badge when they are on campus.  Badges are given to visitors through the Fall Creek Charter office. Please contact your teachers or Danelle if you have any questions.

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

Coast Redwood High School: Here we are in second-semester and running strong. Our continued message to our students and to their Learning Coaches (parents) is to stay organized, check your emails, check the web page, open Schoology several times a week, check PowerSchool on a weekly basis, be on time with attendance and assignments, and ask questions! CRHS GRADUATION - Save this date and join the families and students of the class 2017 in celebrating their graduation at the Fall Creek Amphitheater on Friday, June 2 at 12:30p.m. This year's graduation also marks the 20th year Coast Redwood HS has been an education choice for hundreds of students! SENIORS: FIELD TRIP TO CABRILLO COLLEGE.Jennifer Kelly will be taking 10 students to Cabrillo College to take the readiness assessments in math and English. The results of these two assessments determine which classes a student is eligible to enroll in, in the fall. WHEN: Friday March 3, 2016  Assessment Time: 9:30  Leaving CRHS at 8:00 CONGRATULATION TO LILLIAN BUSNARDO who reached 6th place in Saturday's quarterfinals at the CCS Girls Wrestling Championship in San Jose.  PARENT SUNSHINE COMMITTEE  Thank you Cassie and Cayenne for the wonderful once-a-month teacher appreciation lunch! It is always a special treat to take a break and enjoy a ready homemade lunch!  The entire staff also wishes to thank everyone for your gifts "from the heart" at winter break and for your year-round donations. Thank you!

Coast Redwood Middle School:Chabot Space and Science Center:   In addition to exploring the museum exhibits, we participated in a Lego Robotics lab where the kids were encouraged to think like programmers, using programming blocks to troubleshoot different parts of a wheeled robot.  The most fun was when the kids got to explore programming the vehicles on their own.  Our day ended with watching a planetarium show on Ancient Mayan Astronomy and culture.  Thanks all for making the trek up to the Oakland hills! Class Business Kick-Off: Last week we started moving forward with our natural body care product class business. The kids brainstormed body care products that they would like to make, ideas for jobs that needed to be done to run the business, and how they would like to spend the profits (if there are any).  Starting with April’s lotion recipe, we did some product testing.  The kids worked in their table groups to describe the qualities of four different potential base oils that we might use.  They then made a small batch of the recipe using the various oils. Small containers of the lotion are now placed in different environments to test the effect of the oils on shelf-life and product characteristics.

Nature Academy: The 6th grade class has completed their Egyptian studies and are putting in a lot of great work on refining their writing skills.  A parent meeting will be held to prepare for their annual Headwaters Outdoor School Field Trip.  The 7-8th grade classes are continuing their work in science on the take apart project, working on their Africa Unit and preparing for the Sequoia Field Trip.

Quail Hollow Integrated Arts: We reviewed Grammarly revision suggestions to student research papers, using some student examples on the big screen. Please refer to a detailed email regarding how I’m using Grammarly as a teaching tool for students to improve various components of their writing.

The focus on CK12 Science was Acids and Bases. We individually and collectively researched a long list of Revolutionary Era women who accomplished remarkable feats, yet many of whom are not well known. We were surprised to learn how many women fought during the American Revolution disguised as men.

Quail Hollow Homeschool:We discussed the impacts of the recent stormy weather on us and our families, friends and neighbors.  We shared some new Wonders of Me posters brought in by friends - we still have a few out there, so finish them up and bring them in.  Friends who participated in the Science Fair shared about their projects.

Fall Creek Homeschool:The Santa Cruz Astronomy Club has agreed to come do another telescope night with us! We’ll be focusing on the constellations and the Messier Objects (galaxies, nebulas and star clusters). We’ll also see Venus and Mars! Come dressed warmly and bring binoculars! Wednesday, February 22 at 6:30 pm

Mountain IS: We are continuing with our play practice  both Tuesday and Friday. We finished our tall tale figures and painted the backdrop for our play which looks fabulous. Thank you Alex for helping to put that up for us.  We also practiced some Chinese jump rope games in PE. There are only 3 class days left to practice.  On Valentine’s day, we will have a themed art time and will be welcoming our loved ones for a " healthy for your heart picnic" from 12:20-1:00. We ask that each family bring a healthy snack to share. We will be sharing valentines after our picnic. Our day with conclude with a parent vs student game of hula hut.

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.)

  • February 13th: No School--Presidents day

  • February 20th: No School--Presidents day

  • February 24: End of Second Trimester

  • March 7: Nature Academy Information Night.  5:30-6:30

    • Lottery application window: Mar. 8-April. 21

  • March 8: SCREENAGERS Special parent Screening. 7 pm at the PAC on the SLVHS campus.

  • March 14: All Homeschool Programs Information Night.  6:00-7:00

    • QHIA application window Mar. 14-April. 28

  • April 3-7: Spring break

  • May 29th:  No School-- Memorial Day

  • June 8th:  Last day of school