Patience is not simply the ability to wait - it's how we behave while we're waiting.
Dear Charter Families,
March is closing and next week we have our Spring break. It is a well-deserved break for everyone and a nice time for rejuvenation as we continue the homeward stretch to the end of the year. Students have been working hard and deserve a well-earned break.
Thank you to the wonderful staff who designs such unique programs for our students and families. Students have continued to have wonderful experiences with their classmates through field trips, plays, presentations, and collaborative activities in the classroom. When we come back, there are already plans for more exciting activities as we begin our countdown to June. There is still a lot of learning ahead, and for now…
May you all enjoy the coming week in a way that fills your heart and soul.
Notes From Our Counselor Jen Sims: Patience
March is a tough month – it’s long, it rains, we have no 3-day weekends and spring break is taunting us from down the road. It’s tough to keep your nose to the grindstone while the sun is starting to shine and the buds are blooming into beautiful flowers. We’ve been waiting the whole winter for that! There so much patience to be exercised in March that I felt it was a great wellness topic.
BUT I have to admit...I am the worst when it comes to patience. The worst! I feel like kicking rocks when it comes to this subject. I bet a lot of you are nodding your heads in agreement as you read this right now. For that reason, I’d like to spend at least part of this article giving impatience a shout out, and frankly, it’s due. Where would we be without impatience?
Martin Luther King said, “We have no alternative but to protest. For many years we have shown an amazing patience…but we have come here tonight to be saved from that patience that makes us patient with anything less than freedom and justice.” Patience is a virtue but let’s not take it too far, right? We cannot glorify the ability to sit still, because there are some things we should not be sitting still for. Impatience tells us when it is time to act, to shift and to make a change.
If I have learned anything in my years as a psychotherapist, it is that no one changes anything until it no longer works for them. Not adults and not children. I’m certain that as parents you have had the frustration of looking at your child’s ineffective behavior and clearly seeing what could be different – but your child isn’t aware. Just telling them what needs to change doesn’t usually work. Counseling and behavior charts can work, but not all the time. What works 100% of the time for all of us is getting sick and tired of waiting for a person or a situation to change.
I can trace most of my important decisions back to this. I was impatient with the limitations of my work with people, so I decided to become a therapist. I was impatient waiting for the job I had at a community agency to get different, so I struck out on my own. I was impatient waiting for Pennsylvania to catch up with some of the ways I wanted to live, so I left.
What have you been too impatient to wait for and how has it spurred you on to action? Can you recognize and promote the same in your child? And how do you know when impatience crosses the line?
This leads me to discuss the dark side of impatience. I can think of many times that impatience has lead me down the wrong path – I’ve been hung up on by insurance and cable companies. I’ve blurted out the wrong thing because I just can’t wait to say something. There is one doctor’s office in Pennsylvania to which I should probably never return. Looking back I wish I had handled these situations more effectively because I ended up turning small events into social justice actions inside my head. It didn’t have to be that way. Here are some strategies on helping your child avoiding these potentially awkward moments by developing some self-control and patience.
Patience is developmental and requires practice: Younger kids have less of a tolerance for patience so start small. Short waits, getting longer as they get older is your best bet. It takes practice, so find situations where you can insert purposeful delays to help them get used to it.
Countdowns!: I am a huge fan of countdowns. If you are waiting for a vacation or holiday, do something fun during the month or week leading up to the date. Whether it’s marking the days off the calendar, reading a book chapter a night (for example, let’s say you’re going to HAWAII – read a book about Hawaii leading up to the trip), or having some special events beforehand like shopping for suntan lotion or planning your Netflix binge for a staycation. Anticipation can be so much fun.
Practice mindfulness: Waiting for anything, like the doctor or the bus, can be a great time to practice mindful breathing or sensory mindfulness – what do you see, hear, taste, smell and feel right now?
With older children, practice patience by working toward a goal: Saving money is good one for this. We often have to wait for the things that we want in life while we are working and earning them. The waiting will feel worth it when they can purchase a new outfit, shoes or video game.
Wrapping up, I want to add that we have worlds at our fingertips with iphones and ipads, and these are extremely helpful for boredom and waiting. I believe in their use for keeping a child (or ourselves) occupied when the wait is really too long. This won’t result in increased patience or attention span, however, so I encourage you to still practice, practice, practice patience and impatience as it works for you and your child.
Have an awesome spring break. It’s finally here!!!!
Screenagers: Take 3!!! As incredible as it may sound, our March 8 Screenagers night was curtailed once again. But We Will Not Give Up!
We have scheduled a final date of Wednesday, April 19, 7-9 pm, for any and all parents and students to come watch this important film with us, at the Performing Arts Center on the Tri-campus. 7105 Highway 9, Felton, 95018
Our students watched the film 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.
A brief discussion of the film will be offered right after the film.
Tickets previously purchased will be honored. Tickets are a suggested donation of $10. Please note: Tickets and trailer for the film available at this NEW 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.
If you are able to make it, 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 April 19th 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.
Open application window for Charter programs. INTENT to RETURN FORMS:
We are already receiving new applications for next year for all of our programs. You should have received an ‘Intent to Return’ form in an email from your teacher. Please fill this out and return it to either of the Charter offices as soon as possible.
This form either holds your spot OR releases your spot for someone else to fill. Students who are returning, either to their current program or to another program within the Charter do not need to apply again. You spot is guaranteed, provided we receive your Intent to Return form.
Siblings have priority enrollment, however all siblings still need to fill out a 2017-18 application in order to hold their spot and begin the enrollment process.
Thank you for your speedy attention to this request.
Parent Advisory Committee: PLEASE COME, April 19, from 3-4. More about testing, and further refinement of LCAP funding.
At our last meeting, we discussed the ideas from parents within the various programs about how to spend LCAP funds, based on the goals for our school Charter LCAP funding, what the goals our, how our supplemental funding was allocated, what was spent, and ideas for next year. Some good ideas were shared around encouraging and developing our students abilities in Mathematics.
Upcoming CAASPP testing begins: The Charter programs will begin the annual State testing once we return from our Spring Break. Part of the State Test requires headphones. We will have headphones in every testing area for students to use, however, if your student has earbuds or headphones of their own that have a regular phone jack plug, please have them bring them to school that week. Students can certainly use our headphones, but may like theirs better. Testing for CRHS and CRMS begins the week we get back from Spring Break - April 10-14. IF you have any questions about the tests, please feel free to contact you child’s teacher, or Rhonda at firstname.lastname@example.org
What’s Going on in Our Charter School? ..little snippets from some of our programs.
Coast Redwood High School: CRHS had their Leadership Activities Rainbow Week - March 20-24. We wish for our students to relax and enjoy their spring break. Students worked hard these last 3 quarters and deserve a well-earned break. Well done everyone! When we return our 11th graders will start their CAASPP testing for ELA on Tuesday morning, April 11, and 10th graders will start their test on Friday, April 14, for science. Thank you, parents, for your homeschooling support of your teen during these last 3 quarters. We are in the home-run stretch!
Coast Redwood Middle School: Students are completing their project presentations and work on the class logo for their product. Hannah’s mom came to class and did a graphic design activity with the kids to get them thinking about expressing emotions and ideas through shapes. Thanks to her leadership we already have some good ideas for our business logo to go with the business name the kids chose –Healthy Redwoods-.
Nature Academy:We we return the 7-8th graders will begin their renaissance unit. 6th graders will continue their China unit and begin to prepare for their Mt. Shasta annual trip.
Quail Hollow Integrated Arts:We have some exciting activities in the classroom coming up:
Students will create Rube Goldberg machines, applying their knowledge of Force and Motion. We will be building planter boxes and filling them! We need some parent volunteers to lead construction on this project. Please respond if you would like to come and help create our planter box gardens. We will be creating a mural on the “ball wall” on the court. Students will submit ideas for the design
Quail Hollow Homeschool: This was our performance week! Friends who participated in the play did an amazing job and we are all so proud of you and the hard work you put in.
Congratulations on a job well done! If you did not participate in the play, we hope you were able to come out and enjoy at least one of the performances - they were truly entertaining!
Fall Creek Homeschool: We attended a performance of the Quail Hollow Homeschool’s play “Master Mummy” at the Performing Arts Center. We had a discussion about various ‘houses’ in the play yard and the rules pertaining to how we share them. We made marbleized paper for our hand made books. The 4/5 graders continued making videos using Chromebooks – this time trying to compose a story with beginning, middle and conclusion. We made planispheres, which are essentially star maps.We completed step 2 out of four steps for our hand made books – sewing the pages together. The children brought home the storyboards they started in class with a partner. These can be used as jumping off points for composing a story to eventually write into their hand made books.
Mountain IS: We continue creating our own board games which integrate a variety of curricular areas. First we "buddied-up" to brainstorm a list of words typically found on game boards. We also created titles and selected fonts to create labels. In art we Modge Podged our spaces, words, spinners and titles to the game boards. Next week, students will create a rough draft of the playing instructions for their games. After some peer editing and revising, students will publish a final draft of direction on the back of their games so that anyone can enjoy playing them.
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.)