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Charter News: February 12, 2016

posted Feb 15, 2016, 3:13 PM by Rhonda Schlosser   [ updated Feb 15, 2016, 5:18 PM ]

If you look at his portraits they always give you an indelible impression of his great height.  

So does his life.  Height of purpose, height of ideal, height of character, height of intelligence.  

~David Lloyd George

His heart and his brain were utterly foreign to all vindictiveness or personal bitterness.  He declared himself hotly and strongly against wrong causes, but never against men.  ~London Spectator

Dear Charter Families,

Happy Presidents Day!  I hope you are still enjoying an extended weekend in honor of our greatest presidents.

Our first parent education meeting was a success, with parents attending from four of our six programs.  Martha Kaufeldt’s talk focused on the negative impact of stress on the brain and three ways to help reduce it at home.  The ideas and strategies discussed were in the areas -Time management, -Consistent procedures and routines, -Include and model Mindful Practices. Martha proved to be a lively and engaging speaker who whetted the appetite of all the participants, all asking for more evenings.   The parents engaged in shared discussions on the ideas shared, and all stated that they left the evening with multiple ideas to work on with their children. They also left us with suggestions for our next parent education evening!  Multiple parents mentioned wanting to hear more on: • Mindfulness • the Value of Unstructured Play • Teen and pre-teen support • Growth Mindset  • Stress management.  Answers to the survey also show high interest in  • Writing support and • Questioning Skills to support critical thinking, and deeper learning

We will be planning our next evening for sometime toward the end of March.


Parent Advisory Committee: At our last meeting, Dr. Bruton gave her State of the District, LCAP presentation.

Next meeting: Tuesday, Feb 23  3-4 pm  in the Felton, Fall Creek office.   PLEASE come to learn about specifics to the Charter’s LCAP funds and to give suggestions on how to best support our students with supplemental funds.  WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Employment Opportunities in the District:

  • Lead Mechanic-Permanent •   Electrician-Temporary

  • Food Service Worker II-Substitute •  Custodian-Substitute

Please contact Helen Sullivan-Thompson at 336-5193 for additional information.  Applications can be found on the SLVUSD website  Click on the employment link located by the District Office address.

PARENT EDUCATION: Thanks to all of you who have filled out our survey.  Based on the latest input we have received, the majority of you would like to learn more about  • Writing support, more on • Brain Development and supporting student’s growth,  and • Questioning Skills to support critical thinking, and deeper learning.

It’s not too late to add your suggestions.  We will be planning at least two more parent education night before the end of the year, and want enough suggestions to carry us well into next year.

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

In honor of Charles Darwin’s Birthday on February 12, here are some great websites to explore.

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one

most responsive to change.   ~Charles Darwin  (this one has an awesome British humor sensibility)   (interactive tree of life)  kids pick traits to help birds survive in an environment  (higher level simulation for the older kids)

Nature Academy :   The kids are turning in some pretty awesome projects centering around the theme of the book Whirligig...miniature free libraries located at various locations around the vayye, quilts hand-sewn for the blankets for babies projects, artwork that may positively impact others.  All revealing that they have a deep understanding of the book on a thematic level.  And yes, the kids are writing an essay too!  

Coast Redwood High School:

Tickets will be sold at lunch on the lawn by the cougar statue. Tickets are $15. Be sure to obtain your permission slip from your supervising teacher. 

                    When: Friday, February 19        Location: SLVHS Gym         Attire: Black & White


ABOUT US: The Seed Co-Op fosters a culture of community sharing and resilience by committing to provide our community with seeds and seed saving information.

The Seed Co-Op operates on the honor system and is available to all Charter 25 families. When you CHECK OUT seeds we expect you to COLLECT seeds and CONTRIBUTE seeds to The Seed Co-Op.

HOURS: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday   8:30-9:30am and 12:30-1:30pm (Room P3)

Please contact us at with any questions. More info noted on the CRHS webpage under Seed Co-Op

Coast Redwood Middle School: The class will be having a Tech Museum Field Trip on Thursday, 2/25.  Marcy is asking parents to bring in their power bills for this month, and for the months to come.  In class, students will be learning to read and understand the bills and will use the information as a jumping off place for understanding power usage across the globe. They are continuing with their research and gardening projects, book and Ukulele clubs.

Quail Hollow Homeschool:   Quail Hollow reported another amazing science fair!  Many students will be submitting their projects to the County Science Fair. Block 3 is underway with classes including; ‘Stepping Stones’ where students are busy practicing the lines and songs for their Spring play production, a fourth session of Wild Wanders, Lyrical Hip-hop, Chess, and Chemical Reactions, Improv, Writing, Algebra, and ‘Voyager’ group for the older students.

February is Black History Month please check out the resources on display in the RC, and visit this link for wonderful anecdotes, videos, speeches, and more.

Fall Creek Homeschool:  Fall Creek families enjoyed a wonderful day in San Francisco visiting Botanical Garden and the De Young Museum; learning more about their themes of birds and trees. The children listened to the book Roxaboxen and discussed similarities between the true story in the book and what they are doing in their play yard.  They also painted birds in watercolor and viewed photos and drawings of Hawaiian featherwork and identified trees in their play yard by examining leaves and matching them to various types of guidebooks in relation to their field trip to the DeYoung. Their words for the day included “caring”, “kind”, and “generous”. The children collectively composed paragraphs about airplanes and trees and then made beaded bracelets to help remember the order of prompts. On Tuesday, Feb 16, Connie Bowman, grandmother of Natalee and Shelly, will share her birding experiences. Thursday, Feb 18 they will host Jan Pitcher, a nature illustrator.

Mountain IS:  The children are very excited to start play rehearsals in earnest.  6th grade students have scripted a fun and engaging adventure with many of your family histories.  This should be a lively musical with songs and dances, as well as very dramatic scenes!   We will continue to have art, music, and PE class as well, but it will be smaller groups taking turns with play rehearsals.  

Math Tutor: Aaron Shaw, our math tutor, has scheduled hours at the following Felton locations and times:

  • Mondays from 12-3:30  in portable 5 with teacher Brian Heery; Math 1 & 2 emphasis

  • Wednesdays from 2:15-4:00 in portable 28 at the middle school campus

Please come with your math homework and questions ready.

Charter Information Nights / Nature Academy’s Lottery Window:

Please share this information with any families you may know who may be interested.

Nature Academy Information Night:

Date:  Tuesday, March 15   Time:  6pm - 7pm      Location:  SLV Middle School Library

Nature Academy Application Window:

Open:  Tuesday, March 15th    Close:  Friday, April 15th, 3:00 pm.

Lottery will be held on April 22 at 3 pm.

Homeschool Information Night:

Date:  Tuesday, March 22 Time:  6pm - 7pm Location:  SLV Middle School Library

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 15: No School, District Holiday

  • February 23: Parent Advisory Meeting

  • February 26: End of Second Trimester /early out for Nature Academy students