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Charter News; Feb. 9, 2015

posted Feb 9, 2015, 2:30 PM by Rhonda Schlosser   [ updated Feb 19, 2015, 8:59 PM ]

“Accomplishment will prove to be a journey, not a destination.” -- Dwight D. Eisenhower  

Dear Families,

Happy Monday Holiday.  Isn’t it great to get some rain?!  Hopefully no trees have fallen in your area, and you are enjoying the weather without added difficulties.

The quote above reminds me of the importance of instilling in children the importance of a growth mindset. In a growth mindset, "people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work —brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.  Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity in the worlds of business, education, and sports. It enhances relationships.”   In contrast, with a fixed mindset, people “believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort."

We all have the potential for greatness, even if it doesn't always come easy right away. It is not that a person can't, it is that they haven't accomplished it, yet. With all the work that your students do, remember to praise their effort, (“I noticed that you spent a lot of time on that.’ ‘You put strong effort into that task.’) not their trait (‘You are a good artist.’  ‘You are smart in math.’)

...Speaking of math, the Math classroom’s window has been repaired and classes will resume in portable 5.  The new chromebooks are now being set up through the District’s IT department and should be ready to distribute back to the students without a few days.  


P.S.  A big congratulations to Roberta, who has recently become a ‘Grammie’ for her lovely granddaughter, Aubrey, born February 3.  Aubrey is healthy and doing well, wrapped in the loving embrace of her happy family.

What’s Going on in Our Charter School?  

Our new counselor, Jessica Zovar has had the pleasure of visiting our classrooms and meeting many of our parents. A reminder; she is available via email at or you can reach her by phone through your teacher or by contacting Rhonda at the Charter office, 831-336-5167.

Jessica has heard from many parents that there is interest in her offering parent support meetings.  This will be scheduled for a Tuesday afternoon at the end of February, and another in March.  The preferred time will be 2:30-4:00.  This meeting is available for all parents.  There will be no logistics discussed, it will merely be a time to come together, and support one another as charter parents.

If there are any topics of interest you would like to discuss (i.e. parenting strategies for certain behaviors or certain developmental ages,sharing of what is it like to homeschool, etc.) please email topics to Jessica and she will be sure to address them.

“ ‘Tis (Still) the season”  This year we have had a significant number of staff, students, and parents who have had various illnesses, many that have lingered for weeks!

As we share close quarters in the classrooms, please;

  • Encourage your children to wash their hands often, and to use hand sanitizer when water is not available.

  • Discourage your children from sharing their snacks and food with other children.

  • Discourage your children from sharing water bottles and drinks with other children.

  • Encourage your children to cover their coughs and wash hands thoroughly on a regular basis.


You may have also read of the measles outbreak in California. While there has not been any recorded cases in Santa Cruz County, some of you may want to be aware of the many immunization clinics available in the area. A full list of free and low cost clinics can be found in our Charter offices.  Or you can contact either Rhonda, Roberta, or Holly and they can send the list to you.

...little snippets of some of our programs.

SLV, BC, Fall Creek, and CRMS: All on-site classes are up and running and fully engaging. Our Science Fair was a big success for students from various Homeschool programs. There were projects from students in grades K-7th grade, with enough to fill two rooms. We are hoping that many go on to the County Science Fair, March 7.  Nature Academy:  Mr. K’s students are working on their country reports, 7/8th graders are off to Yosemite next week.

CRHS: All 10th graders took the California High School Exit Exam in both ELA and Math this week.

Mountain IS: "The Play's the Thing!"  Through February they will be practicing and performing our class play "Vacation on Mars"; a musical romp in our solar system.

Nature Academy Info Night: Please join us for the Nature Academy Info Night to hear all about this wonderful program. (Please invite any interested parents and come to help promote.) Tuesday, March 24,  2015; 6-7 pm; MS Library Wednesday, March 18, 2015; 6-7 pm; MS Library.

SLVUSD Charter School Info Night: Please join us for the Charter School Info Night to hear about all of the Charter School’s wonderful homeschool options. (Please invite any interested parents and come to help promote.) Tuesday, March 24,  2015; 6-7 pm; MS Library

PAC GRAND OPENING February 21 1-3PM / 7-10PM

Join us for the long-awaited Grand Opening of the SLVUSD Performing Arts Center.  There will be an official ribbon-cutting, followed by guided backstage tours and student performances. A special Benefit Concert will take place from 7-10pm featuring SLV alumni: The Coffis Brothers and the Mountain Men and Taylor Rae Vencill.  

COMMUNITY RESOURCES: Join YA tour de force Jandy Nelson plus local YA author and teacher Annameekee Hesik for a Young Adult fiction double-header and conversation.   Jandy Nelson is the author of the much beloved and critically acclaimed The Sky is Everywhere. She lives in San Francisco, CA.  I’ll Give You the Sun (a Bookshop staff favorite and New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Time Top Ten YA of the Year (#3), NPR Great Reads of the Year, and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year)  Driving Lessons is Hesik’s follow-up to the first The Young Know Who Girls novel: Abbey Brooks

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 9 - Holiday

  • February 11-13 - Yosemite Trip Nature Academy grades 7/8

  • February 13 - S C Symphony Docent Visit; Quail Hollow Campus 10:30-11:30

  • February 16 - Holiday

  • February 20 - Capture the Flag; Quail Hollow Ranch. 10:30-12:30 pm

  • February 21 - PAC Grand Opening 1-3PM / 7-10PM

  • February 27 - All Charter Skate Day. Santa Cruz Roller Palladium. 1-3 pm

  • February 27 - End of Second Trimester

  • March 7 - Santa Cruz County Science and Engineering Fair

  • March 18 - SLV Charter: Nature Academy Information Night

  • March 24 - SLV Charter: Homeschool programs Information Night

  • March 30th- April 6th:  Spring Break

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.