Change your thoughts and you change your world. - Norman Vincent Peale
To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. -Winston Churchill
I apologize for not writing about the consolidation of the Charter programs onto the Quail Hollow Campus earlier or with more emphasis. It seems that there has been one thing after another that has taken precedence during this unprecedented time. But communicating plans for next year can’t be slowed down any longer.
I was hoping that Phase 1 of the construction would have been done on time at the end of February and I could share a picture of how the campus is shaping up, but it is just now nearly done.
We are still expecting that the Elementary programs can reopen as planned on Tuesday, March 23. I will email you if I hear to need to push back this reopening date due to further construction delays.
In addition to the planned ‘hardscapes’ changes; adding a staff parking lot and making a drive-through student drop off behind the District Office, redesigning the current parking lot, adding portables, shade structure, upgrading the basketball courts, there have also been upgrades to the air and heat, electrical, septic and bathrooms. We still have a ways to go, but the buildings will be painted, the playfield refurbished, and the rooms ready for action when we start back in August.
The news about all programs moving has been either delayed or not as prominent due to the COVID Pandemic crisis and the shift into living with social distancing and Distance Learning.
Additionally, the news has gone out at varying times to the programs based on the initial time frame that the program was to move. CRHS has known that it was to move to the current Ponderosa location at Quail Hollow for a couple years now, FCHS and CRMS were told at the end of last year and the classrooms were moved over the summer after we had gone into Distance Learning. No program has been able to reopen at the Quail Hollow site due to the Pandemic and the construction. Nature Academy was slated to move this summer sometime during the last year. Now, due to the Pandemic and our Distance Learning, all programs are going to start their full 2021-22 year together as we open in August.
Yes, there will be changes to the programs moving from the tri-campus, and for the two programs that had the Quail Hollow site to themselves for years, it will feel different as well. There is real loss to move from the tri-campus. It is natural to think of what will be lost first before thinking of how to mitigate any loss, or to branch out and start thinking about what positive innovations can happen with this change.
The essential reasons you have chosen each program in the Charter remain and are not primarily site-specific. The teachers, the uniqueness, the flexibility, the personalized nature of each program, the multi-age and multi-year looping with teachers to build safety and deeper understanding of how to work best with your child will remain.
As as much as change is difficult, it is the only thing that brings progress. And I do see that this move will bring more positive changes for every program in the long run. The world has changed. Now the Charter too, will be working with a new slate, with new opportunities to enhance what is already in place. Our teachers have a wealth of experience and are already planning for the coming year together.
I will have an open Zoom hour this Friday, March 19th from 12-1 for parents who would like to ask specific questions or share ideas.
Additionally, a Q&A regarding the reopening as well as the move will be held on 3:00 pm on March 22 with Dr. Bruton and me. We will be sending out a zoom link and registration for these through a separate email later this week.
P.S.: Please read Robin’s article on the Grief Anniversary of the Pandemic.
Don’t forget to review your teachers emails each week! They are working so hard to keep your students engaged and learning at their best, but we need your help too by reading our emails and checking on their work.
P.P.S: Please read on for dates for Robin’s and my Zoom meetings. Reflections on Homeschooling will be held on Wednesday, March 17 at 10:30. Parents love to hear from other parents as well, and so I hope for a strong number of various homeschooling attendees. Join Robin and me for R&R Coffee Chat Zoom on Thursday, March 18th, at 10 am.
And please continue to read the emails from Dr. Bruton regarding the steps toward expanding our on-site opportunities for students and the steps required to fully open schools back up.
All the Best,
From our Mental Health Counselor: Grief Anniversaries
“All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on” - Havelock Ellis
Well, well. I’m sitting here in the living room on a beautiful sunny Friday afternoon and am struck by the year that has passed since the shutdown began. It seems like a whole lifetime has happened since then, and sometimes I think I’ve normalized my life so much (to cope) that I’ve forgotten those wonderful days before Covid-19. Remember the article I wrote about howling and grief? I felt so much grief last year, hurting for our kids and everyone else affected by this pandemic. And then, over time, I started living in the best way that I could - with masks, 6 ft rules, online learning, working from home, closed businesses, and without baseball, basketball, live theater, camping trips and museums. We made this our “new normal”.
I’ve had a surge of requests for support recently, both professionally and personally, and I couldn’t help but sit and wonder what was really going on. Then, it hit me. We are on the year anniversary of the loss of a great deal of our way of life. It’s big.
Grief anniversaries can be very difficult to get through - they can feel like the loss is being experienced all over again. It can feel like a part of you is still there, in the past. So, often we tend to push them down, way down, so that we don’t notice it anymore. We have a “new normal”. But, it will always find a way to express itself. We are all collectively experiencing a grief anniversary in our own ways. Grief anniversaries can cause unusual sensitivity and mood swings, sadness, anxiety and anger. They can come through in our dreams, or sudden memories. I sometimes have a client who comes to me describing a really bad week, and then realizes they are in a big grief anniversary and didn’t even know coming in.
So, be gentle with yourself. Know that grief anniversaries are normal. Allow yourself more time to get things done, more rest, and the space to reflect. What losses were you grieving this time last year? For me, one of them was Little League and it was a true heartbreaker. But I could list many. One of the goals of grief is acceptance (although this does not mean that grief stops with acceptance). But with acceptance can come a flow of emotion. It’s the “art of fine mingling of letting go and holding on” that can get us all through this anniversary and into the many changes ahead.
I cannot wait to see all of you when the time is right!
Robin Bates, LMFT
Parent Advisory Committee: Next Meeting Date: Tuesday, April 13th at 10:30am.
We will continue to focus on our LCAP; Local Control and Accountability Plan as well as plans for supporting the outside area of our Quail Hollow school site and Library needs. It is important that our Charter parents are informed of the reports and processes that our Charter is held accountable to. Please attend this meeting if you are wanting to step up for a more active role in the growth of your student’s Charter school.
Everyone is welcome to attend these meetings, however, please remember that it is important to have a consistent group of parents to represent each program in the Charter. This Committee helps advise on various Charter annual activities, reports, including the budget and Charter renewal. They then report out in their various program parent meetings and gather additional information from the parents in the programs.
Zoom opportunity: Reflections on Homeschooling. 10:30 am Every 1st and 3rd
Our last session had to be canceled due to the evacuation and lack of power. Please attend our next one, this Wednesday, February 3. Last time we met the discussion was more about the writing process. This time, I’d like to share more around math..unless there is another topic that others would prefer.
This will be a time to discuss critical questions on your minds and various learning strategies for all age groups. The idea may have been initiated for those new to the homeschool process, but based on my 30 + years of experience, I know that this forum will be a great opportunity for more veteran homeschoolers as well. I’d love to hear the voices of old and new on these Wednesday Zoom times.
Join Zoom Meeting
Reflections on Homeschooling: 10:30 Every other Wed of each Month
R & R Coffee Chat Check-in for parents:
This is an open zoom meeting invitation for Charter parents to join Rhonda Schlosser, our Charter Administrator and Robin Bates, our Mental Health Specialist. This meeting is open to all to spend time with us, brainstorm issues, listen to your challenges and successes, and offer support in our road ahead together.
- March 2
- March 18
We look forward to “sharing coffee” and conversation with you!
Robin’s Consistent Meetings: In addition to classroom support and 1-1 sessions, Robin is holding regular group support meetings. For more information, contact Robin Bates,LMFT firstname.lastname@example.org
- 2x times monthly - R & R coffee parent meeting
- Thursdays at 12 - support group for parents with CZU home loss
- Thursdays at 3 - support group for highschool students - "The Unwind"
Parents' Support Group for Home Loss
Thursdays at noon
Hi families. I'm learning first-hand that losing a home is a major major loss. The experience of grief can be unexpected and overwhelming at times. I created this group for us to come together to support each other, share our struggles and successes in hope that we don't feel alone in this long process of healing.
Coast Redwood High School Students, you are invited to...
45-minute zoom group with Robin Bates
Join any week! Thursdays at 3 pm
We will take some time to check in, explore mental health topics,
support and unwind together in a weekly group for 6 weeks. This is not a psychotherapy group, but simply a place to check in, unwind, learn and connect with the counselor and your peers. I hope to see you all there!
From our Student Nutrition:
Alisia Munoz-Rojas, SNS Manager :SLVUSD Student Nutrition Services: (831) 335-5384
From the Santa Cruz County Office of Education: Focus on Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth and Families:
The Santa Cruz County Office of Education invites parents, students and educators to attend our next Equity Series topic: Focus on Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth and Families on Thursday, March 25 from 6pm - 8pm. This evening will include a keynote talk entitled “Black and Queer in the Monterey Bay", parent presentation, an LGBTQ+ student panel and community input. We hope you will join us. Please share the attached flyer with your colleagues and beyond. There is no cost, but please register for the event here. People from Santa Cruz County and beyond are welcome to attend.
CRISIS MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES:
In Case of Immediate Emergency Dial 9-1-1
Santa Cruz County 24-Hour Suicide Crisis Line- 1-877-663-5433 (ONE LIFE)
Santa Cruz County 24-Hour Crisis Line- 1-800-952-2335. Immediate crisis support to assess for hospitalization in a psychiatric crisis.
NAMI Santa Cruz County Help Line- 831-427-8020 x7 For individuals and family members affected by mental illness interested in learning more about local resources and navigating the mental health care system. Leave a message and receive a call back within 24 hours.
National 24-Hour Disaster Distress Helpline- 1-800-985-5990 Free counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters (COVID-19 included).
Santa Cruz County 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline- 1-888-900-4232
Santa Cruz County 24-Hour Child Abuse and Neglect Report Line-1-877-505-3299
Suicide Prevention Services of the Central Coast
Crisis Text Line-Text 741-741 for 24/7 Mental Health Crisis Support
What to do in a Mental Health Crisis
If you are thinking about harming yourself or attempting suicide, tell someone who can help right away: Call your doctor’s office, 911 for emergency services, or go to the nearest hospital emergency room. Call the toll-free, 24-hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) to be connected to a trained counselor at a suicide crisis center nearest you.
Ask a family member or friend to help you make these calls or take you to the hospital. If You Have a Family Member or Friend in a Crisis: If you have a family member or friend who is suicidal, do not leave him or her alone. Try to get the person to seek help immediately from an emergency room, physician, or mental health professional. Take seriously any comments about suicide or wishing to die.
Even if you do not believe your family member or friend will actually attempt suicide, the person is clearly in distress and can benefit from your help in receiving mental health treatment. If you are not in imminent danger but need immediate crisis support call: (800) 952-2335 / (24-hours a day for Santa Cruz County residents to assess for hospitalization in a psychiatric crisis.)
Charter Office Contact Information: The Charter office is open Monday through Friday from 8am-4pm. To reduce COVID19 exposure we ask that parents call or email the office before physically coming to the office in order to make arrangements to make contact with us in person. We will have a pick up/drop off box outside our office for parents to pick up/drop off items that need to be returned to office staff. Our office phone numbers are 335-0932 or 336-5167. You may also email us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
We appreciate everyone’s cooperation in helping us keep office staff healthy and safe during this time so that we can continue to support our families.
Attendance: We need to know when your student is sick.
The Charter registrar needs to know when your student is sick and not participating in any schoolwork for the day. If your student is enrolled in the Nature Academy, please call in to the registrar attendance line; 831-336-8527. If you are in one of our Homeschool programs, you do not need to call in, but you do need to mark your absence in your attendance ledger as well as on your planning sheet. If your student has symptoms of COVID, please have them tested. If they (or you) test positive, we would like to know. While you are not obligated to tell us, we are requesting you to contact the Charter Administrator. The request is to support the broader awareness of the span of the outbreak in our district and community. Any information regarding positive cases is private and confidential.
What’s Happening in Charter:
All Homeschool Charter Science Fair News: A big shout out and recognition - these three students will be going on to the Santa Cruz County Science and Engineering Fair on Saturday, March 13th to present their research and represent SLV Charter School. Good luck!!!
-Marcus Spracklen (9th): Determining the Impact of the CZU Fires with Satellite Imagining, in Collaboration with Machine Learning
-Damian Spracklen (6th): Seeing Through Walls with WiFi
-Jack True (Kindergarten): How do Arctic Animals Stay Warm?
We are so proud of all of our participants! Thank you for sharing your learning with us!
Nature Academy: Family Field Trip to Hidden Gem at DeLaveaga Park
All Charter Choreography Workshop: Treat People With Kindness: Choreo Workshop 2021
Dates to Remember:
- April 5th-9th: No school: Spring Break
- May 31, Monday: No School; Holiday
- June 3, Thursday: Last Student Day
Administrator: Rhonda Schlosser: email@example.com
Administrative Assistant: Danelle Matteson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registrar: Janet Hendricks email@example.com
Mental Health Counselor: Robin Bates firstname.lastname@example.org
HS Academic Counselor: Mary Zilge email@example.com