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Charter News: Oct. 2, 2016

posted Oct 2, 2016, 9:50 PM by Rhonda Schlosser

There is nothing like a dream to create the future.  

-Victor Hugo

Dear Charter Families,

For those of you who are new to the Charter and its programs, I would like to briefly share some of our underlying foundational principles.  Regardless of the program, we carry the same School Wide Outcomes.  These outcomes  are developed in the classrooms in a variety of ways while the teachers are facilitating students’ learning, both in the classroom and on their many excursions.  All of the Charter staff are trained and continue to develop their understanding of Brain Based Learning, Mindfulness, Reflective Listening, and Bloom’s Taxonomy that are now linked to Depths of Knowledge. We use these principles regularly in the classrooms. We have planned Parent Workshops throughout the first semester in order to share some of the key principles that we firmly believe in.  By coming to these workshops you will gain a better understanding of these ideas, and thus can work in better partnership with your student’s teachers. We are partners in your child’s education.  The more knowledgeable that everyone is in these areas, the better we can work as a cohesive team.

Please sign up for the parent workshop that is offered THIS TUESDAY.  It is not too late.


Begin with the Brain:

Three Things Parents Need to Know!

   Presenter: Martha Kaufeldt

Do you often wonder what is going on inside your child or teen’s developing brain? What are some things that parents can do to encourage and motivate learning and curiosity in their children? Come and learn from a veteran “neuro-educator,” author, presenter, parent educator, and charter teacher!

  1. Discover how stress levels, too much pressure and over-scheduling can often minimize learning.

  2. Learn how multi-sensory first-hand experiences can promote brain growth and development at any age!

  3. “Use It or Lose It” is true! To maximize learning, 21st Century students need to actively process in a variety of ways!

No matter if your child is in elementary or high school, you will find these ideas thought provoking and leave with several new parenting strategies. This 90 minute presentation begins with a thought-provoking overview of how too much stress and pressure can hi-jack children’s brains and minimize learning. This entertaining session will also encourage quick reflections and discussions.  A short Q & A will follow the presentation.

Co-parents, spouses and partners are encouraged to come together!

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016     5:30 – 7:00pm

FALL CREEK Campus – LUDLOW Center (Behind the High School)

RSVP Requested to prepare materials, childcare, snacks, and meeting space.

*This session will launch a series of future Parent Education opportunities provided by SLV Charter School.

PowerSchool Registration Reminder

Parents - We still have a significant number of families who have not completed their students registration! It is a matter of safety.

  • We need to have the current and correct contact information via phone or email in order to contact you if your child becomes ill or has a medical or some other type of emergency while at school.

  • We need to have the current and correct information for your emergency contacts in case you are not accessible.

How do you know if you’ve submitted your student’s PowerSchool Registration? If you log into PowerSchool and click on the link for “PowerSchool Registration” and you do not see any forms available to you, then you have done an update. If, however, there are links to your child’s online form, then your registration has not been updated.

If you need assistance setting up your parent PowerSchool account, you can come into our school offices and we can assist you in creating your account. Or, you can email Gail Heagerty at for assistance.

Special Community Event: Highway 9 Plan - Meeting Oct 11, 6PM, SLV Performing Arts Theater: Santa Cruz County is making a plan to improve safety and traffic flow along Highway 9.  The Regional Transportation Commission and the County Supervisor's Office wrote a grant and have funds for transportation engineers to design improvements to Highway 9 and adjacent roads. Most importantly, Caltrans is a partner, so the plan will have their buy-in from the start. Come share your thoughts: where does Highway 9 need some improvements? What improvements would you recommend? The planning area runs from South Felton to north of Boulder Creek, and focuses on town centers and schools. Intersections and nearby roads that can be bypasses or bike routes are also included in the plan.

Huge Fundraising Opportunity: Toyota Drive for Schools

This is our biggest fundraising opportunity of the year. Every program in the Charter participates. Please get some booklets from your teachers and sell as many as you can - all money raised stays 100% in your student’s program!  (And you can win some amazing prizes too!)  Last day to turn money and tickets - Friday October 14 at 2:30pm      Tickets are $5 each or a book of 6 is $25

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

ALL CHARTER OPPORTUNITY.  Thrill the World! 2016 (Michael Jackson's "Thriller" Event)

Mondays and Thursdays from 3:00-4:00pm on the Quail Hollow Campus and the Tricampus Cafeteria (the cafeteria adjacent to the SLE parking lot).

  • Mondays in Rm. 29 (the dance room) at the QH Campus: 9/26, 10/3, 10/17, 10/24

  • Thursdays in the Tricampus Cafeteria: 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27

You can come to learn the routine just once a week, or as many times as you like! No need to sign up ahead of time. Just show up.

CRHS: The Senior Internship Class has openings. Seniors will be mentoring Fall Creek students 1x month, participate in being an Outdoor Science School (5/6th grade science camp) cabin leader, and develop a year-long project that will be viewed by the community. We meet on Fridays within a reserved block of time between 10-12:00. Wednesday was Club Day at the comprehensive high school and the turn-out was amazing. Several Charter students jumped right in and showed interest in several after-school clubs. It is not too late to join a club! Creative Writing Club, - Santa Cruz Mountain School Surf Team, - Video Game Production, Environmental Club, -  Fashion Club, - Makers Club, - Gender and Sexuality Awareness (GSA),- Book Club, - Badminton, - Future Business Leaders of America, - Ultimate Frisbee, - The Anime Society, - Marine Life Matters, - SLV Fishing, - ACA Cougars (Acappella group), - Ukelele Club,  NCBI, - Interact Club, - Key Club, - Psychology Club, - and Ham Radio. If interested in joining, ask your Supervising Teacher to assist you with contacting the club lead teacher/supervisor.

CRMS: One of the dangers of homeschooling in an area where there are so many activity options is that it is easy to become overscheduled and then it is hard to find time to do any school at home!  Having an established homeschooling routine to fall back on will support you in maintaining a satisfying and productive homeschooling experience even on days when you tired from the busyness of classes, sports teams, etc.Thursday, 9/29, 3pm-4pm, Thrill the World: The class will take place in the Tri-Campus Cafeteria (which is most easily accessed through the Elementary School (SLE) parking lot).  Bring water to drink and your dancing shoes!

Nature Academy: 6th grade are class are completing their Ancient Tools Project.   They are working on taking Cornell Notes, and have begun an Earthquake Research assignment. 7-8th graders have begun their first elective wheel which includes, typing, cooking, and disc golf.  They are beginning their work of the middle ages with a timeline project and comparing facts between primary sources and movie clips.

Quail Hollow Integrated Arts (QHIA):Phantom of the Opera was an absolutely mind-blowing theatrical experience! Thank you to all of the parents who rallied and provided transportation for our kids so we could take advantage of this incredible opportunity. History Project: Students should have settled on a topic, and have begun outlining, gathering sources, etc.  This will be ongoing throughout the semester. In Physical Sciences we have been working on the topics of solutions, colloids, suspensions, and physical vs. chemical changes in matter. Students completed their coil ceramic mugs, ready for the initial fire.

Quail Hollow Homeschool: Students have a weekly rotation that includes a Science Rotation where they made electromagnets​ by coiling copper wire around  a nail and running a current through it.  The scientific method was used to record a hypothesis, data and conclusion.  Art Rotation: Story Stretchers class read 2 books about art supplies that have a mind of their own: Little Red Writing Hood and The Day the Crayons Quit.  They began phase one of a chameleon watercolor art project inspired by the book, A Color of His Own. Garden Rotation:  Students observed and discussed the garden and the state of it. Weeds were pulled and students made some predictions about a pumpkin and seeds and cleaned it out.

Fall Creek Homeschool: Discussed weekend activity of trying to find the constellation Cygnus the Swan in order to report how clear it is in our night sky. This is part of a world-wide effort to both study and promote dark skies. This weekend there is a chance to be a ‘citizen scientist” and submit your observations online at the Globe at Night

Lisa demonstrated how one can draw intersecting circles to get a shape known as the vesica piscis and how all of the primary shapes can be geometrically constructed out of the original circle. Students split into groups and worked on various lessons – some using rulers to subdivide interlocking circles to reveal triangles; others found the geometric relationship of the orbits of Earth, Mars and Jupiter; others used rulers to subdivide existing triangles to make a pattern.

Mountain IS: We’ve been working with bar graphs, collecting and organizing data, and learning some content vocabulary. As student geologists, we’ve compared rocks and minerals, learned about birthstones, discussing vocabulary such as luster, streak, cleavage, buoyancy, color, texture, weight and hardness. Writing descriptions about rocks, creating “Guess Who?” books - to be sent home next week. Reading Kevin Henkes’ books and evaluating and discussing his writing “voice”, and comparing/contrasting the character traits. And finally, letter writing to the 4th grade class regarding their play.  We look forward to seeing you at our newly scheduled first Parent Meeting on Wednesday, October 5 from 5:30-6:30pm.

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.)

  • Oct. 4th, Tues 5:30 - 7.  Parent Education Night: "Begin With the Brain: Three Things Parents Need to Know." Repeated from last February.  Flyer sent to you.

  • October 10th: No school--Professional Development Day for teachers

  • October 17th: Picture retake day for Nature Academy

  • October 20th: Picture Day: Quail Hollow Homeschool, Quail Hollow Integrated Arts, Fall Creek Homeschool, Coast Redwood High School, Coast Redwood Middle School: (time TBD)

  • October 29: Thrill the World event in Santa Cruz.

  • Nov. 8th, Tues 5:30 - 7. Parent Education Night: "Developing Higher-Order Thinking Skills and Effective Questioning Strategies" (Will also introduce Academic Vocabulary)

  • November 11th: No school  -Veteran’s Day

  • November 17: Quail Hollow Homeschool Picture retake day:  (time TBD)

  • November 21-25th: No School  -Thanksgiving Break

  • Dec. 6th, Tues 5:30 - 7. Parent Education Night:"Using Projects and Problem-solving to Engage Every Learner!"