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Charter News: January 13

posted Jan 16, 2017, 1:06 PM by Rhonda Schlosser

Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until

you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.     

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dear Charter Families,

Welcome to 2017!  Already the year has begun in ways that contrast the year that just ended; lots of rain, a new president and government (to name the most obvious).  Both have had their share of press and impact, and both are significant reminders of the inevitable changes that come our way, of how we need to learn to adjust and work with change. Martin Luther King Jr. was a great model in the strength of character, of upholding the value of working together and standing up for what one knows is just, loving, and for the betterment of all humankind.

I believe his holiday comes at a good time in January when the New Year is a reminder of the importance to take time for reflection and renewal. We all need an honest time to reflect on what we are doing and how well it is working; for ourselves, our families, our communities, and of course for our children. The staff will have another Professional Development Day on January 27th.  This is one way that we re-calibrate together on specific academic issues.  And as most of you know, we are always reflecting on how best to support you and your students in the social-emotional realm, as well as on our teaching and facilitating best practices for the whole child.  

There is one issue that has come more and more to the forefront of our discussions together. That is how to find the right balance between the effective uses of screen time for learning versus the over saturated involvement that we see happening with some students. Overuse of screen time with our students and the greater society has made drastic changes in how we interact.  And so...

We are proud to announce that we are hosting the film of SCREENAGERS in order to further the discussion of this important topic.

“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.”

Many of us have been in the education field for many decades, and are thus on the ‘front lines’ of seeing how the increased screen time has impacted our students, your children, our citizens. We would like you to join us in the screening of this film, to extend the conversation both within our school and in your homes.  As Martin Luther said, ‘Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly’. Our intent is to always work as a collective team: parents, teachers and students together.  We look forward to our continued journey together and hope to see you at the Screenagers screening night.  Please read on to learn more.

And don’t forget, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., we have a holiday this coming Monday. Have a great three day weekend!


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

Tickets will be a suggested donation of $10. (There is a cost to host this film, though we don’t want to turn anyone away, we would appreciate anyone who is able to pay the suggested amount.)  Please note: If there are extra tickets after Charter parents have a week to purchase, we will be opening up the ticket sales to families of the other schools in the District as of Monday, January 23rd, 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 we ask you to bring with you to the event.  We will be sending out a parent 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.

Students in our secondary programs are scheduled to discuss and view the film the first week of February.  The student target audience is generally noted as ages 10 and above. Our teachers will be facilitating a discussion with the students after they view the film together.  

Parent Advisory Committee: January 25, from 3-4 PLEASE COME

This is a particularly important meeting as I will be sharing our SAFE SCHOOL PLAN, which needs to be reviewed by our parent committee, and our final WASC Report.  All parents are welcome to attend.

Next Meeting Date: Feb. 15, from 3-4

ALL CHARTER PLAY INFORMATION MEETING. Tuesday, Jan.31 at 3 pm for students and parents. The meeting will be held room 17 at the Quail Hollow Campus.

This is a special event that has become a favorite for many of our students who love the theater.   Amber Walker is a dynamic teacher who encourages every student with her excitement and performance expertise.  Last year we had a great turnout with 64 students from each and every program participating in our All Charter musical.

You will get a synopsis of the script, hear about characters and musical numbers, and get detailed info on the rehearsal schedule/requirements.  *Rehearsals will be on Mondays and Tuesdays from 3-5. Attendance requirements will depend on casting.

This year, the play will be, "The Little Mermaid: A Westside Story". Once again, it will be an original script written by Janinne Chadwick, which Amber directed in 2006 with LPRT (Little People's Repertory Theater.) It is the classic tale with a twist, containing mermaids who are Dancing Queen's, working class sharks who sing Bruce Springsteen, a mermaid girl falling for a surfer boy, and so much more! Music ranges from pop, rock n' roll, Motown, and funk.

Come to our meeting to find out more details!

Information Nights: Please invite others who may be interested.

Our Information nights are coming in March. We have one for our hybrid-Homeschool programs, and another for our seat-based Nature Academy Program.  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

Application window

NA application window 3/8-4/21/17

Lottery: Friday, April 28

Homeschool Charter programs March 14,  6-7:30 pm

QHIA application window 3/14-4/27/17

Lottery: May 11

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

All programs are getting into the grove after a refreshing, though storm-ridden break.  We are excited about our All Charter activities that are being offered and encourage you to participate in the All Charter Musical Play and the viewing Screenagers.

Santa Cruz County Drug Awareness: Note: this is a notification that I was given from the Santa Cruz County Sheriff Department.  This message does not pertain directly to the San Lorenzo Valley area, but we felt it was worth sharing for families who may have an interest in being informed of such activities.

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.)

  • January 16th: No School--Martin Luther King’s Birthday

  • January 20th: End of 2nd quarter

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

  • February 9: SCREENAGERS Special Screening 7 pm at the PAC: Tickets available  

  • February 13th: No School--Presidents day

  • February 20th: No School--Presidents day

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

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

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

    • QHIA application window Mar. 14-Mar. 28