Charter News  • August 5, 2018


“Be so good they can’t ignore you.” – Steve Martin 

Dear Charter Families,

Welcome to another great school year of learning together!

School begins Monday, August 19, and on behalf of the Charter administration and extended staff, I want to welcome you to a new school year with the SLVUSD Charter programs. Teachers get back to school on August 13 and will have their first week full of Professional Development and preparing their classrooms for the first day of school.

You will soon receive (or possibly have already received) a welcome letter from your teacher(s) with specific information about the program that your student is enrolled in. You will be getting regular emails from your student’s teacher throughout the year about school work, activities, field trips and special events that your child.  

For those of you who are returning, we look forward to learning about the changes the summertime brought to your students.  For those of you who are new to the SLV Charter programs, I know that you will fully enjoy all the classroom learning activities, events and field trip excursions your teachers have in store for you. We focus on building strong and positive relationships and each program can become almost like a second home for your child...and to you as well if you spend time supporting the classroom experience, supporting excursions, and connecting with the families whose children are learning alongside yours. The participation of our parents definitely is an important aspect of the rich opportunities in our programs.

You are on the front line in ensuring that your student is completing and turning in their school work and projects. And remember, your teacher(s) and I are only an email or call away.  Our administrative team is also happy to help you in whatever way they can. 

We have two Charter offices; the one on the Quail Hollow campus in Ben Lomond is where you can find our registrar. Our administrative office is on the Felton campus, located back behind the football field, near the school entrance to Fall Creek. This is where my office is located, and also where you can find Danelle Matteson, our administrative assistant. We are the ones for you to call for everyday questions, concerns, needs you may have with your child that are beyond your teacher’s field of expertise.

We look forward to meeting our new and returning students soon.  Until then, may you enjoy your last days of summer vacation!




PLEASE NOTE: Students are not considered fully enrolled until their on-line registration has been completed.

If you have received this Newsletter, your student has completed stage one of our enrollment process in our Charter programs.   The final step is to complete our online registration so that we have all of your students' up-to-date information, including emergency contacts and any specific health data.

You should have recently received the message and an email regarding registration requirements from the District Office.  IF YOU DID NOT RECEIVE THE NOTIFICATION OR ARE NEW TO OUR CHARTER, PLEASE CONTACT OUR REGISTRAR, HOLLY, AT and she will make sure that you can access the portal as soon as possible.

If you are NEW to our district, or you have not yet created your Parent Account, you must contact our school registrar, Holly Thomas, to complete initial enrollment forms BEFORE entering information online. We recommend that you use one of the following web browsers for this application: Google, Safari, or Firefox. 

We need your up-to-date contact preferences, student health data, parent/student permissions, as well as other important information verified or completed prior to the first day of school.  Students may not attend class or receive their finalized schedule until the online form has been completed. 

***Please complete your online registration forms within one week of receiving the email notification from the district.***

To complete the online forms,  please follow these instructions below which were also in the email you should have received 

To get started:

  • Please note you will need to have a unique "SnapCode" for each student to complete their respective registration in the email that was sent out to you.

What’s a SnapCode?

By clicking on the link in the box in the email, you are automatically entering your child's SnapCode. The SnapCode is like a key to your child’s Student Registration for the upcoming school year.  

Do you have a PowerSchool Enrollment Account?

  • YES - I have a PowerSchool Enrollment Account- If you already have used InfoSnap from PowerSchool in the past at another school district or ours, use the same login with the SnapCode provided below to complete the online registration form. (You should use the same account to complete forms for multiple children.)

  • NO - Create an Account for PowerSchool Enrollment - If you’ve never completed an online Student Registration, through InfoSnap, you need to create a PowerSchool Enrollment Account to access the online forms. This allows you to securely save your work and come back at a later time if necessary. You can use your email address or cell phone number

Now, begin by clicking on the SnapCode Link in the box that is on your email to access the registration portal and form: 

When you initially get logged into the registration system you will see the  Introduction letter. 

  • If you are a returning family/student please scroll down to the section of the letter titled “Returning Student” and ignore the beginning section about MANDATORY documents (this is for New Families/Students).
  • If you are a New Family/Student we should already have all of the MANDATORY documents on file and that is why you are able to begin online registration.


Do I have to answer all the questions?

  • Required fields are marked as "Required".  If you don't have the address for your Emergency Contacts, please put N/A for each related field for Street, City, State, and enter all 00000 for the Zip Code. However, if you are requesting your contact to Receive Duplicate Notification or Mailing, please do not skip their address information.

What if I make a mistake?

  • If you would like to make a change, click on the underlined field or click “< Prev” to return to a previous page. 

I’ve completed the form, now what?

  • When you have finished entering your information, click “Submit.” This will send all of the information you’ve entered to the school. If you cannot click on this button, you will need to make sure that you have answered all required questions.

 What if I have more than one student in the district? Do I need to do this for each child?

  • Yes, because you’ll need to provide information that is specific for each child. We recommend that you submit one Student Registration and then start another –this will allow you to “snap over” shared family information, which will save you time.  Remember that each student receives his/her own unique SnapCode for completing the online registration for each student individually.


I don’t know what a question is asking.

  • Please reach out to the school Registrar and ask any general questions about the form or the Student Registration process.  SLVUSD Charter School - 831-336-5167 

Help! I’m having technical difficulties.

  • Contact Support by Phone: 1-866-434-6276, Option 1, Option 4 for Registration Support (Operating Hours:  6AM - 7 PM P.S.T.)


Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in the upcoming new school year!     


Changes in our teaching staff.

The majority of our staff remains the same this year with a couple changes.

  • A warm welcome to Cindy Pressley who joins the Nature Academy team and has already helped create some exciting additions to the curriculum
  • Rebecca Doty will be full-time at the Nature Academy teaming with Cindy and
  • Mark Thomas will help round off the Nature Academy team
  • Marcy Reynolds returns as the teacher for Coast Redwood Middle School

PICTURE DAYS: Put your smiles on and brush your hair, Charter picture days are coming soon! More information will be sent closer to the picture dates.

  • August 29th: Coast Redwood High School (time TBD)
  • September 30th: Nature Academy 6-8 grade: (during PE period)
  • October 3rd: Quail Hollow Homeschool, Quail Hollow Integrated Arts, Fall Creek Homeschool, Coast Redwood Middle School Picture Day: (time TBD)
  • November 4th: Nature Academy 6-8 grade Picture retake day: (during PE period)
  • November 12th: Picture retake day for all homeschool programs :  (time TBD)

CAFETERIA NEWS: Breakfast is $2.50 and Lunch $3.50. Application for free and reduced lunch can be found on the SLVUSD Nutrition Webpage:   

From this link you can also learn more about the Free and Reduced Meal Program. Benefits of Qualifying for the Free & Reduced Meal Program include 

  • Free and Reduced Meals at School
  • Discounted Services for Internet and PG&E
  • Reduced or Waived Fees for Testing and College Applications

SLVUSD will be using a new vendor this year. Please click here to read more...

The District has replaced My SchoolBucks with Titan. Both the Transportation and Student Nutrition Services Departments has this information posted to their webpages prior to August 1st.

Once you create your Titan account, it can be used for purchasing bus passes or tickets and students meals, as necessary.


Santa Cruz County Fair: We encourage community engagement and the Fair has many ways for students to learn more about specialized crafts and trades. For years the County Fair has been a favorite of our families and we have had students enter the fair in various categories and receive awards.

2019 Fair Hours: Wednesday 9/11 to Friday 9/13 Noon to 11:00PM 

Saturday 9/14 10AM to 11PM & Sunday 9/15 10AM to 10PM




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


  • Monday, August 19 1st day of recorded homeschooling for the Fall semester. 

Orientation Dates for All students (meet in the garden) 

  • 11th & 12th grade students: Friday, August 16, 9:00-12:00 pm.  
  • 9th & 10th grade students: Monday, August 19, 9:00-12:00.  

Orientation dates for Parents/Guardians; 

  • 9th & 10th grade choose between Tuesday Aug 20 @ 5:30 OR Thursday Aug. 22 @ 9 am. 
  • 11th & 12th grade choose between Wednesday, Aug 21 @ 5:30 OR Friday, Aug. 23 @ 9 am.


    • Monday, August 19 1st day of recorded homeschooling. CRMS Parent Orientation Meeting to kick off the new school year. Wednesday, Sept. ___ First Day of Classes at CRMS. 
    • Friday, August 23: All Homeschool Beach Day at Twin Lakes Beach (near the Crow’s Nest) from 11am-2pm (*not a drop off event)
  • Friday, Sept. 13, 10:30-12:00: All Homeschool Charter Capture the Flag at Quail Hollow Ranch. 

Nature Academy: 

  • Monday, August 19: first day of school. It will be an Early Release Bell Schedule, release time will be 1:40pm.

All grades will be going on a big hike together sometime in September. Annual Ropes course will also be in September.  Look for their email soon for more details.

Quail Hollow Integrated Arts (QHIA):  

  • Monday, August 19 1st day of recorded homeschooling.

Mon., August 19: First Day of School: Students arrive at 9am and stay until 2:30 (It’s important for all of us to start together, as we will be doing a lot of community building activities) 12:30 Potluck for students and parents 1:30-2:30 Parent Orientation to online programs/structure and expectations of our independent study program, and September calendar overview

    • Friday, August 23: All Homeschool Beach Day at Twin Lakes Beach (near the Crow’s Nest) from 11am-2pm (*not a drop off event)
    • Monday, Aug. 27: Independent Study/Classroom Model Begins
  • Tuesday, Sept. 4: Field Trip to SC Shakespeare’s production of Romeo & Juliet
  • Friday, Sept. 13: All Homeschool Charter Capture the Flag at Quail Hollow Ranch

Quail Hollow Homeschool: 

  • Monday, August 19 1st day of recorded homeschooling.
  • Monday, August 19:  First Parent Meeting - New Family Orientation 10:00 am. Mandatory meeting for everyone 10:30 am Please be prompt : )  *this is when you will sign up for your semester meeting.  Look for more information mid - August (around the 17th)
    • Friday, August 23: All Homeschool Beach Day at Twin Lakes Beach (near the Crow’s Nest) from 11am-2pm (*not a drop off event)
  • Friday, Sept. 13, 10:30-12:00: All Homeschool Charter Capture the Flag at Quail Hollow Ranch. 
  • Tuesday, September 17th - Thursday, September 19th: Beginning of the Year Camping Trip New Brighton State Beach 

Fall Creek Homeschool:

  • Monday, August 19 1st day of recorded homeschooling.  Our first class gathering will be on Monday, August 19. 
    • Orientation for all families new to our Charter should come to Fall Creek classroom at 10:00 am. 
    • Orientation for all returning families should arrive at 10:45 am.  

Everyone will sign up for a semester planning meeting at this time so please bring your calendars. We will have some informal games in the play yard so everyone can  meet each other and then a picnic lunch. 

  • Friday, August 23: All Homeschool Beach Day at Twin Lakes Beach (near the Crow’s Nest) from 11am-2pm (*not a drop off event)  
  • Friday, Sept. 13, 10:30-12:00: All Homeschool Charter Capture the Flag at Quail Hollow Ranch.  
  • September 10, Fall Creek classes begin.

Mountain IS: 

    • Monday, August 19 1st day of recorded homeschooling.
    • Orientation and our first, class gathering at the river will be Tuesday, August 20th. We will meet in the CKC room, at the opposite end of the campus, at 10:00 for an orientation meeting. This is an important meeting for all new families. All returning families should arrive at 10:45.
    • August 23: All Homeschool Beach Day at Twin Lakes Beach (near the Crow’s Nest) from 11am-2pm (*not a drop off event)
  • Friday, Sept. 13, 10:30-12:00: All Homeschool Charter Capture the Flag at Quail Hollow Ranch
  • Tuesday, Sep. 17th: first in class day


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.)

  • August 19: First Day of School
    • August 29th: Coast Redwood High School from 10-12 pm at the Fall Creek office.
  • September 2: No School Labor Day
  • September 5:  Back to school night for Nature Academy 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. 
    • September 30th: Picture Day: Nature Academy 6-8 grade: (during PE period)
    • October 3th: Picture Day: Quail Hollow Homeschool, Quail Hollow Integrated Arts, Fall Creek Homeschool, Coast Redwood Middle School Picture Day: (time TBD)
    • November 1: No School; Professional Development Day 
  • November 4th: Nature Academy 6-8 grade Picture retake day
  • November 11: No School Veterans day 
  • November 12th: Picture retake day for all homeschool programs :  (time TBD)
  • November 25-29: No School Thanksgiving Break
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