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CRMS Update for 12/11/15

posted Dec 13, 2017, 7:52 PM by Marcy Reynolds

Dear Coast Redwood Middle School Families:

Only two more weeks until winter break.  I look forward to finishing up work started this fall on the class business, building, etc., and also look forward to hearing our final presenters.  Thanks to those of you who loaned us desk lamps for our drawing class with Tina.  We are finished with them now, so you can return them to their place in your home.  Chico bags orders should arrive to us early next week; you should be able to pick them up after class next Wednesday.

 

Dates to Remember:

*Wednesday, December 13:  Please have your child bring their two-three picture to class. Tina will be helping the kids draw them this week.

*Thursday, December 14, 2:15pm-4:00pm, Month 3 Attendance Paperwork Due:  This is only a 3-week school month, so the paperwork turn-around time is quicker than usual.  Please plan on staying for a few minutes after class to work with your child to turn in your month 4 attendance paperwork to your child’s blue portfolio binder.  Please remember that there are three components to turn in:

The Attendance Check-Off Sheet (signed & dated 12/15/17)

A print out of the Learning Log (portrait orientation, your student’s name & attendance month at the top)

A minimum of 4 Work Samples (which should include one Writing and one Math)

Since you child will be typing class activities into their learning log that day, you’ll probably need to print out week 3’s page in the classroom.  I will be there to help with printouts, etc.

*Friday, December 15, before 2:30pm:  Science Fair Applications due to Katie Parmenter.  See announcement and attachments.

*Friday, December 22- January 5, Winter Break.  No need to keep homeschooling records.

*Monday, January 8, All Charter Hike, Location TBA:  I’ll be leading a hike in a local park for charter families to kick off second semester.

Tuesday, January 8- Tuesday, January 30, Semester 2 Planning Meetings:  Please sign up for a time in the classroom before winter break.

*Tuesday, January 30: Full-time Homeschooling and Second Semester Planning Meetings with Marcy. 

*Wednesday, January 31:  Classes at CRMS resume.

 

Summary of Class Activities:

Circle Check-In:  We did our usual check-in and also included the NVC feeling cards.

P.E.:  The kids read the written Cat & Mouse game description, then we played the game.  Some of the kids also played Dodgeball at lunchtime.

Fundraising Math:  The kids worked in pairs to figure out the percentage of funds that the students raised (with parent help) and the parents raised (without student help) in the Chico Bag fundraiser to determine what percentage of the funds each group gets to choose how to spend.

Writing:  The kids each wrote a persuasive paragraph to convince various audiences of how to spend the money they raised in the Chico Bag fundraiser.

Sign Language with Katreen:  Katreen taught us new classroom-related vocabulary and we practiced everything that she has taught us in the last three classes.  Please ask your CRMS student to show you some of what they learned!

Drawing with Tina: The kids worked on drawing a still life after Tina introduced a couple of different ways to approach the task.

Presentation by Jen Sims:  I led a mindfulness of body sensations activity, then Jen led a discussion about different types of self-awareness and connected self-awareness to beliefs and values.  The kids all started (and some completed) drawing a coat of arms design based on their values and beliefs. 

Project Presentations:  We had a wonderful week of student presentations on:  video game types, pesticides, JRR Tolkien, cat language and fermented beverages.  As usual, each member of the audience gave written feedback to the presenters.  The presenters all did an excellent job!

 

 Parent Meeting Summary:

*Fundraising:  We celebrated our recent fundraising success.  The parents present were in favor of a spring camping trip to the Pinnacles as a use for the funds, which is one of the activities that interests the kids.  I had looked at the weekdays of the week of April 16 as a possible time for us to go since, as of last weekend, there were still two group campsites available next to each other that week.

*Treering:  Before we break for the holidays, I am going to need your CRMS student’s non-school email address, and their password (if they have trouble remembering their password) so that I can add them to our class list on Treering (our yearbook service).  Once I have them (and you) on the class list, then you and your child will create an account at home and we’ll be ready to start working on it when classes resume again.  I will send details out about how to use Treering later, for now, I just need those email addresses.  This Thursday, when you turn in your attendance paperwork, please check in with me to make sure that I have your child’s correct email.  Thanks!

*Field Trips:  I shared some information I had received about field trips to the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History and the parents present were in favor of my organizing a field trip there.  We also have a field trip reservations for the Rosicrucian Museum on 4/25 and the San Francisco Zoo on 3/7.  The 3/7 date needs to be reconfirmed though, due to something happening at the Zoo that may end up negating our reservation.  I will let you know about this as soon as I hear back from them.

*Science Fair:  Diving in to a science fair project is a great way to transition out of holiday-model and take advantage of your extra homeschooling time in January while the ongoing groups do not hold any classes.  A science fair entry can be based on research, an experiment, a demonstration, or invention idea.  You don’t need to know what you plan to do when turning in the application this Thurs/Fri.  Turning in the application is simply a commitment to participate.  Applications are due this week.

*Writing Tutor:  Some families expressed an interest in hiring a writing tutor for either one-on-one or small group instruction.  If any of you have a name and contact information for a good writing tutor who might be available, please let me know and I will pass on this information.  We also discussed the possibility of having a writing club meet in the classroom, either after class on a Wed/Thurs or on a Mon/Tues.  In a club framwork the students would do most of their writing at home and then bring competed or in progress work to the club meeting to share with and received feedback (and appreciation) from an audience of peers.  The club would be facilitated by a parent or by Marcy.  Please let me know if you are interested in any of these writing support options.

*Photos:  If you happen to be in the classroom during CRMS activities and you have a device that can take photos, you are invited to please take pictures!  I have a hard time taking photos and teaching at the same time and the kids forget, unless we are all doing photography at the same time.  Any photos we take now will be helpful when we create our yearbook collages in the spring.

Announcements: 

Science Fair

Come participate in our school science fair and perhaps even the county science fair!  Working on a science fair project is a great way to take advantage of the extra homeschooling time you’ll have during the month of January since classes for homeschoolers don’t begin until the end of the month.  The deadline for applications is 12/15.  Please turn your applications to me by 12/14 or turn them in to Katie at the Quail Hollow Homeschool site by Friday, December 15th by 2:30pm.  (They can be dropped off with Katie or a scanned application can be emailed to kparmenter@slvusd.org.)  An application, filled out in its entirety, is needed for each participant. Filling out an application is a commitment to participating in the science fair : )​ Science fair boards will be available beginning the first week back from winter break in January.  

CRMS Update for 12/5/17

posted Dec 13, 2017, 7:49 PM by Marcy Reynolds

Dear Coast Redwood Middle School Families:

 Thank you for all your support for our fundraising efforts the last couple of weeks!  The Chico Bag fundraiser, led by Sheila True, was particularly successful.  Not only did we raise $1058 for the classroom, but the kids also earned prizes and my desire that most of the funds come from outside of CRMS families (who already contribute so much!) was satisfied.  We haven’t done the math on it yet, but it seems as if our lotions sales at the craft faire were better than expected as well.  I’m looking forward to connecting with the students who were there and hearing more details.

 Thanks to those of you who loaned us desk lamps for our drawing class with Tina.  We would love to hold on to them for one more week.  Also this week, Tina has requested that each child bring 2-3 pictures to class of things they would like to learn to draw.  She will be assessing the photos/pictures this week to determine if they are appropriately challenging for each child.  Once they have Tina’s approval, the kids will keep them here to use the following week(s).  If you have any questions about the pictures or the drawing class, please feel free to email Tina directly. Thank you Tina for offering this class!

 

Dates to Remember:

Wednesday, December 6:  Please have your child bring their two-three picture to class for evaluation by Tina (see intro above).  Please also remember to have your child bring their green binder back to class.

 Thursday, December 7, 2:15-3:30pm:  CRMS Monthly Parent Meeting.  On the agenda for this meeting will be debriefing fundraising and discussing how to spend those funds, project presentation and homeschooling check-in, Treering yearbook sign up information, and semester 2 planning meeting sign-ups.  I hope you can make it!

 Friday, December 15, 10:30am-12:30pm, Capture the Flag at Quail Hollow Ranch (Please note date change)Feel free to bring your lunch and join in the volunteer time afterward from 1pm-3pm to help support the Ranch. 

 Thursday, December 14, 2:15pm-4:00pm, Month 3 Attendance Paperwork Due:  This is only a 3-week school month, so the paperwork turn-around time is quicker than usual.  Please plan on staying for a few minutes after class to work with your child to turn in your month 4 attendance paperwork to your child’s blue portfolio binder.  Please remember that there are three components to turn in:

 The Attendance Check-Off Sheet (signed & dated 12/15/17)

A print out of the Learning Log (portrait orientation, including your student’s name & attendance month at the top)

A minimum of 4 Work Samples (which should include one Writing and one Math)

 Since you child will be typing class activities into their learning log that day, you’ll probably need to print out week 4’s page in the classroom.  I will be there to help with printouts, etc.

 Friday, December 15, before 2:30pm:  Science Fair Applications due to Katie Parmenter.  See announcement and attachments.

 Friday, December 22- January 5, Winter Break.  No need to keep homeschooling records.

 Monday, January 8-  Tuesday, January 30: Full-time Homeschooling and Second Semester Planning Meetings with Marcy. 

 Wednesday, January 31:  Classes at CRMS resume.

 

Summary of Class Activities (for the last couple of class weeks):

 Circle Check-In:  We did our usual check-in and also included the NVC feeling cards.

 P.E.:  We played Run, Rabbit Run and Banana Tag.

 Sales:  The kids came up with selling points for both their Chico Bag fundraiser and their lotion.

 Business Math:  The kids worked on figuring out the real costs of materials used to make each container of lotion.  This is a challenge because each step is actually composed of multiple steps and multiple operations.

 Business Writing:  The kids read and analyzed different project descriptions and then wrote two different original product description drafts.

 More Class Business:  The kids worked in teams to: build a Wordpress website, create a brochure, finalize product description copy, paint and hand-write product labels, enter material cost data on a spreadsheet and determine pricing and to make a batch of the lotion.  Eight of our classmates sold lotion at the all charter craft faire.

 Sign Language with Katreen:  Katreen came and taught us about the anatomy and physiology of hearing loss and shared her personal story.  She taught us how to finger spell and introduce ourselves.  She taught us about 25 words that we could use to make phrases.

 Drawing with Tina: Tina taught showed the kids the key places to notice on an object when working on shading and the kids used that information to draw a spot-lit softball.

 Hanging Cubby Project:  Some of the students who did not have a hanging cubby from last year constructed one.

 Lockdown Drill:  The kids participated in a campus-wide Stage 1 lockdown drill.

 Project Presentations:  In the last couple of weeks we were treated to student project presentations on: glassblowing, drones, Sphero, ball pythons, and whales.  Congratulations to presenters!


Announcements: 

Come participate in our school science fair and perhaps even the county science fair!  Working on a science fair project is a great way to take advantage of the extra homeschooling time you’ll have during the month of January since classes for homeschoolers don’t begin until the end of the month.  The deadline for applications is 12/15.  Please turn your applications to me by 12/14 or turn them in to Katie at the Quail Hollow Homeschool site by Friday, December 15th by 2:30pm.  (They can be dropped off with Katie or a scanned application can be emailed to kparmenter@slvusd.org.)  An application, filled out in its entirety, is needed for each participant. Filling out an application is a commitment to participating in the science fair : )​ Science fair boards will be available beginning the first week back from winter break in January.  

Fundraisers

posted Dec 13, 2017, 7:45 PM by Marcy Reynolds

Dear Coast Redwood Middle School Families,

Since this is the time of year that you may be spending more time with friends and family and because it is a time of year when  those friends and family might be purchasing gifts, I wanted to write a follow-up email with updates about our Chico Bag fundraiser and our Healthy Hand & Body Lotion business:

 

Chico Bags:

*We’ve got a quick turn-around on this one: Your kids will be returning all checks, cash and order forms to Sheila or myself when we return from break on Wednesday, 11/29.

 

*If folks you know are interested in purchasing some Chico Bag products and would like to pay by check, please ask them to make checks out to SLV Charter School with CRMS written in the memo line. 

 

*The PDF of all the available products was attached to the last CRMS update. Here is the link again:

ChicoBag Fundraising Catalog.

 

Healthy Redwoods Hand & Body Lotion:

I have been busily peddling the kids’ lotion at my qigong classes and have sold all the jars that we made labels for.  Felton Nutrition has kindly offered for us to sell our lotion at their store.  Noah and sister Olivia are working on handwriting more labels so that we can get our lotion into Felton Nutrition this week.  Thank you Noah & Olivia!  Hopefully next week we will be able to make more product, establish the beginnings of an online presence, create a brochure, and get our accounting straight so that we can firmly establish pricing.  The kids started on all of this last Thursday.  At this point we are selling 1 oz. containers for $4.50 and 2 oz. containers for $7.50.

 

We have gotten approval to sell our lotion at the All Charter Craft Faire on 12/1, 10am-2pm.  Lauren and Megan have offered to facilitate this.  I would love to have our table “humanned” by teams of two CRMS students for 1 hour each so that 8 of our students get practice selling our product at the faire.  My hope is that this year each CRMS student will have at least one experience of direct face-to-face sales.  Please let me know if your child cannot make it to the craft faire (NBOG kids need not reply).  If I don’t hear from you I will sign your student up for a shift.

 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and I look forward to seeing you next week!

CRMS Update for 4/24/17

posted Apr 24, 2017, 10:05 AM by Marcy Reynolds

Dear CRMS Families,

Most of the kids were able to finish their testing last week and celebrate the end (or near end) of the testing process with popsicles!  Some kids still need to make-up parts of the test.  Once I find out who needs to complete which test, I will contact you to schedule a time to finish them up.  Thanks to all who came to help support the kids (and the garden) during our testing mornings.

This week we have a special guest coming to CRMS.  Gitta Ryle is a friend of the Fraser-Thiede family. She is a survivor of the German holocaust in World War II, and is by all accounts a very positive and inspiring woman.  Jennifer feels that the kids would really benefit by meeting Gitta so she is bringing her to our class at 10am this Wednesday to share stories from her life. Here are some links to articles about her, if you would like to get to know her a little bit:

http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/20120702/gitta-ryle-santa-cruz-county-stories-holocaust-survivor-tells-students-not-to-forget

http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/general-news/20140827/santa-cruz-holocaust-survivor-remember-you-met-me

Several of the CRMS kids have studied World War II this year, but most have not, and we have not studied it in class, so you may want to discuss the war and the holocaust some with your CRMS student to help orient them for Gitta’s visit and maybe even come up with some good questions to ask her.

Marcy Reynolds

Coast Redwood Middle School

 

April Dates to Remember:

Thursday, 4/27, Month 9 Attendance Due to your child’s green binder in the classroom. When printing your learning logs, please remember to use the portrait orientation and to check the boxes to include a title on each page.  I have attached a screen shot to this email of what your dialog box should look like when you print. Doing this will save me from having to write titles on each page by hand. Thank you!

 

Thursday, 4/27, 5:00pm-6:00pm, Coast Redwood High School Information Night, CRHS Room P3.  Students and parents of 8th graders are encouraged to attend to meet all the CRHS teachers and hear what they have planned for next year.

 

May/June Dates to Remember:

Thursday May 4, PE Test.  We’ll do this all together during our usual PE time and include the FC 5th graders.  Even though only 5th & 7th graders need to officially test, all CRMS students will participate and enjoy the exercise together. 

 

Thursday May 5, All Charter Skate Day. 

 

Saturday May 6, Santa Cruz County Author’s Fair, 10am-3pm at the Capitola MallLisa Michel is coordinating SLV Charter School’s participation in the annual author’s fair.  We will not be doing anything in class this year for the fair, but CRMS students are encouraged to submit polished writing they have completed at home.  Even if your child doesn’t submit their own work, the fair is a great place to visit for inspiration.

 

Saturday May 6, SLV VAPA Showcase: 12 PM to 4 PM: SLVHS Campus.  Art from all SLV schools will be displayed. This will be another great place to get inspired! Please see Charter News for details.

 

Thursday, May 11, All Charter Play Performance, 10:30am-12:00pm.  At the PAC.  We will attend the play as a class to support our friends.

 

Wednesday, May 17, CRMS Parent Meeting, 2:15pm-3:30pm. Among other things we will discuss the end of the year advancement/celebration at the Trowbridge’s and begin visioning next school year.

 

Thursday, May 18.  Last CRMS class for the school year.

 

Friday, May 19, All-Charter Capture the Flag and Potluck.  Location TBA.

 

Friday, May 19, Blasting Through History event at the M.A.H. (downtown SC), 5pm-7pm.  This is an exciting opportunity that Cindy has set up for the CRMS kids to share what they’ve been learning and to promote their non-toxic skin care products.  More details TBA in the coming weeks.  Save the evening in your calendar, if you can.

 

May 22-June 7, End-of-the-Year Conferences. 

 

Thursday, 5/25, Month 10 Attendance Due.

 

Thursday, May 25, 6:30pm.  All Charter Talent Show.  (Mandatory rehearsal 5/24, 3-6pm).  More details TBA.

 

Tuesday, June 6, 3-6pm. End-of-Year Advancement Ceremony and Celebration, at the Trowbridge’s Home in Bonny Doon.

 

Wednesday, June 7.  Month 11 Attendance due by 2pm.  Please project activities through 6/8.  Feel free to bring it to our party on 6/6, if you’d like.

 

Thursday, June 8.  Last student day for the 2016-17 school year.

 

 

To Do/Homework:

Yearbook:  Please help your kids download their photos onto their computer and upload them to Treering.  If you have any trouble, please let me know.

 

Graphing:  In class last week the kids worked in pairs to graph a few questions from our lotion sample survey data.  They should have copies of their graphs in their email inboxes.  If you feel your child could use some more practice with this skill, I would be happy to email you a copy of the tally sheet and instructions to work on at home.

 

Project Presentation:  If your child has already had their preview meeting with me, please have them come to class prepared to give their presentation. 

 

Items Discussed at Our Last Parent Meeting:

 

End of year schedules

Spring fever check-in…ideas on how to keep kids motivated

Discussion of Coast Redwood High School format and information night

Testing check-in

Possible math class next year

Summer Garden Care

The continuation of the class business throughout the summer and next year

The opportunity that Cyndi arranged for us at the MAH

Photocopying help needed (Thanks to all who chipped in!)

 

 

Summary of Class Activities:

 

 

CAASPP Test:

The kids completed their tests!  Kudos to all for their concentration, endurance and generally positive attitudes.

 

Survey Results: The kids worked in pairs to transform the information on the lotion sample survey tally sheets into graphs so we could get a better look at the data.

 

Gardening:

The kids pulled weeds on testing breaks.

 

Yearbook:  Most of the kids were able to get into their Treering accounts.  They started uploading photos into the correct folders in Treering.

 

Project Presentation:  We enjoyed project presentations this week on the history of Legos and Origami.

 

P.E.  Ryan joined us and facilitated Dodgeball and a new way to play Capture the Flag.

 

Wish List:

We could still use more hot pads, another small (2-4 quart) saucepan, and a couple of Pyrex two-cup measures.  Thanks to all who have brought in items!

If any of you have some good ideas about how we can finish up spring weeding in the garden, I love to hear them.

Announcements:

All Charter Talent Show:

Calling all acts for our All Charter Talent Show, to be performed at the SLV Performing Arts Center (PAC) on Thursday, May 25, at 6:30pm. In addition, there is a mandatory Dress Rehearsal from 3-6pm on Wednesday, May 24. *Please speak directly with Amber if there is a conflict with this date. There are a few exceptions to the mandatory Dress Rehearsal attendance, but it must be discussed prior to then to be determined.

 

Acts should be no longer than approximately 3-4 minutes in length. Solo dancers, group dancers, solo musical artists, bands, monologues, stop motion videos, short films...any and all visual and performing artists are welcome!

 

We will also display 2D and 3D artwork in the lobby to the PAC.

 

Please email Amber Walker at awalker@slvusd.org with the following info by Friday, May 5:

1) Name and age/grade of student

2) Contact information of parent or responsible adult: email address and phone number

2) Charter Program they are enrolled in

3) What kind of performance or visual art will be presented

4) Staging needs-such as mats, microphones, piano, extension cords, backing musical track, chairs, etc.

 

CRMS Update for 4/17/17

posted Apr 19, 2017, 4:06 PM by Marcy Reynolds

Dear CRMS Families,

Your kids all did an amazing job focusing on the CAASPP test last week!  I think it is great for them to see just how focused they can be if they really apply themselves.  I am hoping we will be able to finish the testing this week, but I don’t want it to be too crammed for the kids, so if we need more time, we’ll spill over into May.

I think you’ll see by the calendar below that we have entered into the super-busy, super-fun, never-a-dull-moment end of the school year.  I hope you all are ready to jump in with both feet and enjoy all that this time of year has to offer!

Marcy Reynolds

Coast Redwood Middle School

 

April Dates to Remember:

April 19 & 20, CAASPP/SBAC Testing at CRMS.

 

Wednesday, 4/19, 2:15-3:30pm, CRMS Parent Meeting

 

Wednesday, 4/19, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Screenagers Showing and Discussion, at the PAC on the high school campus.

 

Thursday, 4/27, Month 9 Attendance Due to your child’s green binder in the classroom.

 

Thursday, 4/27, 5:00pm-6:00pm, Coast Redwood High School Information Night, CRHS Room P3.  Students and parents of 8th graders are encouraged to attend to meet all the CRHS teachers and hear what they have planned for next year.

 

May/June Dates to Remember:

Thursday May 4, PE Test.  We’ll do this all together during our usual PE time and include the FC 5th graders.  Even though only 5th & 7th graders need to officially test, all CRMS students will participate and enjoy the activities together. 

 

Thursday May 5, All Charter Skate Day. 

 

Saturday May 6, Santa Cruz County Author’s Fair, 10am-3pm at the Capitola MallLisa Michel is coordinating SLV Charter School’s participation in the annual author’s fair.  We will not be doing anything in class this year for the fair, but CRMS students are encouraged to submit polished writing they have completed at home.  Even if your child doesn’t submit their own work, the fair is a great place to visit for inspiration.

 

Thursday, May 11, All Charter Play Performance, 10:30am-12:00pm.  At the PAC.  We will attend the play as a class to support our friends.

 

Wednesday, May 17, CRMS Parent Meeting, 2:15pm-3:30pm. Among other things we will discuss the end of the year advancement/celebration at the Trowbridge’s and begin visioning next school year.

 

Thursday, May 18.  Last CRMS class for the school year.

 

Friday, May 19, All-Charter Capture the Flag and Potluck.  Location TBA.

 

Friday, May 19, Blasting Through History event at the M.A.H. (downtown SC), 5pm-7pm.  This is an exciting opportunity that Cindy has set up for the CRMS kids to share what they’ve been learning and to promote their non-toxic skin care products.  More details TBA in the coming weeks.  Save the evening in your calendar, if you can.

 

May 22-June 7, End-of-the-Year Conferences. 

 

Thursday, 4/27, Month 10 Attendance Due to your child’s green binder in the classroom.

 

Thursday, May 25, 6:30pm.  All Charter Talent Show.  (Mandatory rehearsal 5/24, 3-6pm).  More details TBA.

 

Tuesday, June 6, 3-6pm. End-of-Year Advancement Ceremony and Celebration, at the Trowbridge’s Home in Bonny Doon.

 

Wednesday, June 7.  Month 11 Attendance due by 2pm.  Please project activities through 6/8.

 

Thursday, June 8.  Last student day for the 2016-17 school year.

 

 

To Do/Homework:

Yearbook:  Please help your kids download their photos onto their computer and upload them to Treering (see attached).  We will need to have all pages complete, including custom pages, public pages and group pages by the end of the first week in May.  This means that we’ll need most, if not all, photos uploaded to Treering by the end of this week!

 

Project Presentation:  If your child has already had their preview meeting with me, please have them come to class prepared to give their presentation.  Depending on how the testing goes we may have time for 4-5 presentations this week.

 

 

Summary of Class Activities:

 

 

CAASPP Test:

The kids really did a great job applying themselves to the CAASPP English-Language Arts and Math tests this week.  I suggested that completing these tests could be compared to climbing a mountain.  It seems insurmountable at first and it is a lot of work, but by putting one foot in front of the other, pacing yourself, and taking breaks, you can increase your capacity for focus and mental endurance, regardless of the amount of content you know.  A big thank you to Leean and Sheila who held space in the garden, even during showery weather for the kids’ breaks.

 

ECO-ART:

Cindy (Kovas’ Mom) introduced us to the problem of plastics in the ocean and the environment and inspired us to use our engineering skills to come up with ways to reuse plastics instead of throwing them away.  With Leean’s help, the kids made fish magnets out of the mesh bags you’ve been donating all year plus resin.  The kids also came up with creative ways to recycle and reuse plastic waste.  A great follow up to this activity would be to go see the crocheted coral reef exhibit at Sesnon Gallery at Porter College at UCSC, if you haven’t gotten there yet.  I think the exhibit is going to leave town soon. 

 

Learning Styles and Goal Setting:

Jennifer Kelly (our CRHS’ and SLVHS’ academic counselor came to our class to introduce herself to the kids and to explain how she supports students to do well in school and achieve their goals.  She led the kids in two exercises: one on goal setting, and one on identifying learning styles. 

 

Gardening:

The kids pulled weeds on testing breaks!

 

Yearbook:

I introduced most of the newcomers to our yearbook format to help them get a sense of what we are creating together and what they will be expected to do.  Some of the kids took photos and loaded them into their Google Photos account.  I introduced them to how to edit photos in Google Photos and some of the kids were able to edit one or two photos.

 

Project Presentation:  We enjoyed Serafiina’s project presentation on Equestrian Vaulting.

 

Wish List:

We could still use more hot pads, another small saucepan, and a couple of Pyrex two-cup measures.

Announcements:

Screenagers:

Wednesday, April 19, 7-9 pm, Performing Arts Center on the Tri-campus. 7105 Highway 9, Felton, 95018. Suggested donation of $10  https://impactflow.com/event/presented-by-slvusd-charter-school-2178.  Please contact Danelle Matteson at 335-0932 for more info.

 

All Charter Talent Show:

Calling all acts for our All Charter Talent Show, to be performed at the SLV Performing Arts Center (PAC) on Thursday, May 25, at 6:30pm. In addition, there is a mandatory Dress Rehearsal from 3-6pm on Wednesday, May 24. *Please speak directly with Amber if there is a conflict with this date. There are a few exceptions to the mandatory Dress Rehearsal attendance, but it must be discussed prior to then to be determined.

 

Acts should be no longer than approximately 3-4 minutes in length. Solo dancers, group dancers, solo musical artists, bands, monologues, stop motion videos, short films...any and all visual and performing artists are welcome!

 

We will also display 2D and 3D artwork in the lobby to the PAC.

 

Please email Amber Walker at awalker@slvusd.org with the following info by Friday, May 5:

1) Name and age/grade of student

2) Contact information of parent or responsible adult: email address and phone number

2) Charter Program they are enrolled in

3) What kind of performance or visual art will be presented

4) Staging needs-such as mats, microphones, piano, extension cords, backing musical track, chairs, etc.

CRMS Update for 4/10/17

posted Apr 13, 2017, 3:39 PM by Marcy Reynolds

Dear CRMS Families,

I hope you all enjoyed a relaxing spring break last week!  For the next four class mornings we will be participating in the statewide SBAC testing, so our mornings will be a very quiet, focused time with garden breaks between tests and as needed.  If you’d like to give your kids (or yourself) a chance to get used to the SBAC test interface, or just to see the type of questions your kids will encounter, I suggest you hop on this link: https://login4.cloud1.tds.airast.org/student/V171/Pages/LoginShell.aspx?c=SBAC_PT   It is already set to Guest, so you only need to select the grade and Math or ELA to get started.  If your intention is to help your child acclimate to the interface, then I recommend choosing a lower grade than your child’s grade of enrollment.  Please make sure your child gets adequate sleep and eats a good breakfast (which includes protein) before testing to help support brain function.  If your child has headphones that are comfortable for them, please send them to class on Wednesday.

Thank you to the parents who signed-up up to be in the garden so the kids can change focal length, get some fresh air, and move their bodies!  Testing time at CRMS is always weeding time.  It would be great if we could get the entire garden weeded and mowed by the end of our testing time next Thursday.  If any of you have an hour or two (or even just a few minutes) available, I invite you to stop by and join in the effort. The gate is unlocked, so you can come in any time. Many hands make light work!

Marcy Reynolds

Coast Redwood Middle School

 

Dates to Remember:

April 12, 13, 19 & 20, CAASPP/SBAC Testing at CRMS.

 

Friday, 4/14, 10:30am-12:30pm  Capture the Flag at the Quail Hollow School Site (not at Quail Hollow Ranch).

 

Wednesday, 4/19, 2:15-3:30pm, CRMS Parent Meeting

 

 

To Do/Homework:

Complete Alliterative Acrostic: (Please see summary below.)  If your child did not finish their alliterative acrostic poem in class, please have them  finish it up at home.  They should have it in their white binder.  A dictionary or thesaurus can be helpful.  The purpose of this assignment is not only to learn about alliteration and stretch vocabulary, but also to develop a word bank that we can pull from when writing advertising and website copy for the business.

Project Presentation:  Time to finish up project presentations and meet with me for a preview.

 

 

Summary of Class Activities for 3/29 & 3/30:

 

 

Monster Mummy:

We attended Quail Hollow Homeschool’s comedic play on mummification.  They did a great job!

 

Class Business:

Creating a Webpage:  I set up a way that each of the kids could log on to Wordpress, showed them some basics of web design including using the tool bar, using ipsom lorem as dummy text, how to imbed images, and how to create columns.  All the kids who could log-on to their personal gmail address were able to start working on webpage design for the class business.  Those who weren’t able to get on directly, worked with others who could.  Please make sure that your child knows their own personal gmail address and password since we’ll not only be using them for work related to the business, but also for working on the yearbook.

 

Crafting a Logo:  The kids watched a short EdCorps video on branding which included a discussion of font and color.  After a brief tutorial, they used logomakr.com to create digital logos for the class business.  Logomakr was a bit buggy and limited in what it could do, but was simple enough so that all the kids were able to come up with nice-looking designs.  At the end of the class we admired each one and noticed how the different designs created a different sense of the product.

 

Alliteration:  We explored how alliteration, like rhyme, makes statements more memorable.  The kids worked on creating an alliterative acrostic poem, finding alliterations to go with every letter in our company name.  Much fun was had by all creating silly, as well as serious alliterations.

 

Photography:  The kids took spring-themed photos in the meadow and the forest for potential use on the Healthy Redwoods website.  They uploaded their photos into Google Photos and some of the kids started the editing process.

 

PE:

Ryan came and led the kids in sit-ups, push-ups, lunges, and medicine ball relay races.

 

Gardening:

The kids loaded up all the junk and weeds that we had piled up at the bottom of the garden into Orion’s truck.  Many thanks to Orion for offering his truck and bringing the load to the transfer station!

 

Project Presentation:  We were treated to a project presentation on U.S. Dialects.  Thanks to Jack and all of you who participated in Jack’s survey!

 

Wish List:

We could still use more hot pads, another small saucepan, and a couple of Pyrex two-cup measures.

Announcements:

Screenagers: Wednesday, April 19, 7-9 pm, Performing Arts Center on the Tri-campus. 7105 Highway 9, Felton, 95018. Suggested donation of $10  https://impactflow.com/event/presented-by-slvusd-charter-school-2178.  Please contact Danelle Matteson at 335-0932 for more info.

CRMS Update for 3/27/17

posted Apr 13, 2017, 3:36 PM by Marcy Reynolds   [ updated Apr 13, 2017, 3:37 PM ]

Dear CRMS Families,

One more week until spring break.  I hope you are all well and can make it to class this week!

Marcy Reynolds

Coast Redwood Middle School


Dates to Remember:

Thursday, 3/30:  Month 8 Attendance Due to your child’s green binder in the classroom.

 

April 3-7, Spring Break

 

April 12, 13, 19 & 20, CAASPP Testing at CRMS.  We’ll participate in the annual state standardized testing ritual as part of each regular class day.

 

Wednesday, 4/19, 2:15-3:30pm, CRMS Parent Meeting

 

Save the Date:  End-of-Year Advancement Ceremony and Celebration, Tuesday, June 6, 3-6pm.

 

 

To Do/Homework:

 

1.   Please prioritize working on project presentations.  I have set up a preview meetings with all of you at this point.  If you are unsure of your meeting time, please let me know. 

 

2.   Please encourage your child notice business logos as you go about your daily life.  Are they abstract or representational?  What do the designs convey?  Which ones are they most attracted to?  Why?

 

3.   Intent to Return forms are due by 3/31. 

 

4.   Ski trip $. Thanks!

 

Parent Meeting:  We had a snow trip check-in.  I showed the kids’ mission statement videos.  We checked-in about the upcoming CAASPP testing.  Rachel gave a Parent Advisory Council meeting update where LCAP funding was discussed.  Rachel asked if families would be interested in having their child(ren) participate in a theme-based 6-8 week math class next year.  All present said they would participate if the theme was appropriate to their child’s level and it was at a time when their child could participate.

 

Summary of Class Activities:

 

Class Business:

The kids watched the videos of each of them proclaiming their personal mission statement and wrote down key words that they heard from each statement.  We looked at those key words and identified which ones could also apply to our business mission.  I read them examples of a mission statements from a variety of different non-profit agencies, then they tried their hand at writing their own, including what we were doing, how we were doing it, and why we were doing it.  The variety of statements they came up with was great and we’ll be able to use them all somewhere in our advertising.

 

Kira (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-.

 

The kids split up all of the returned lotion sample surveys and tallied the results on the tally sheet that the survey group had made.  Not all the kids were able to look at all the surveys, but they did get some idea of trends and also made some improvements in the tally sheet.

 

PE:

The kids played lots of Dodgeball, both during the parent meeting and on Thursday.  We also played Banana Tag during lunch.

 

Gardening:

The kids cleared and amended three beds and transplanted the pea seedlings they had started a few weeks ago.

 

Trip Meal Follow-Up:

Looking at receipts from the food purchased for the snow trip, the kids compared their estimated meal costs to the true costs, taking into account food that was purchased and not used and food that was donated.

 

Project Presentation:  We had our first presenter this week who taught us about the Golden State Warriors and their history.  Thanks Amelia for starting us off!

 

 

Wish List:

*Empty & Clean Lotion/Hand Cream Containers:  This week the kids will be investigating packaging possibilities.  It would be great to see/experiment with as many different types of dispensers/bottles possible.

We could still use more hot pads and another small saucepan.

*Parent Help:  We could use some help weeding in the garden.  If you have a few minutes as you’re coming or going to drop by, your help would be appreciated!   We could benefit from the use of a pick-up truck to transport our weed and trash pile at the base of the garden to the dumpster.  The pile is growing so large that soon it will be difficult to get in and out of the gate.

 

Announcements:

The first track and field practice is Monday March 27th from 2:30-4:00.  Dress in comfortable clothes and meet the coaches outside the locker rooms.  Remember, there are no cuts and there is an event for everyone.  Hope to see you there!  The more the merrier.

Boys Volleyball (all grades) Tryouts Mon.-Wed. March 27, 28 and 29 4-5:30

Girls Softball Tryouts Mon.-Wed. March 27, 28 and 29  

6th-7th grade tryouts from 2:30 to 4 

8th graders from 3:30 to 5

 

Cool program coming up through BC Recreation and Parks!

KBCZ YOUTH PROGRAM  11-15 years

Date: March 23rd        Days: Thursdays         Time: 3-5pm                Ages: 11-15 years

Cost: $35 per month                                       Location: Visitor Center meets at 3pm- 5pm

Appropriate for middle school and young high school students. The program is a mix of learning DJ skills and radio broadcast equipment, as well as projects and community related fundraising efforts.

Instructor: Angela Evans

 

Screenagers: Wednesday, April 19, 7-9 pm, Performing Arts Center on the Tri-campus. 7105 Highway 9, Felton, 95018. Suggested donation of $10  https://impactflow.com/event/presented-by-slvusd-charter-school-2178.  Please contact Danelle Matteson at 335-0932 for more info.

CRMS Update for 3/20/17

posted Mar 24, 2017, 2:45 PM by Marcy Reynolds

Dear CRMS Families,

Thanks all for a rich and fun snow trip with lots of learning and growing!  It is always inspiring to me how a trip like that can have such a profoundly deepening effect on group dynamics.  To those who stayed home, thanks for taking the lead on project presentations!  I’m looking forward to previewing your child’s presentation soon.

Marcy Reynolds

Coast Redwood Middle School

 

Dates to Remember:

Wednesday, 3/22, 2:15-3:30pm, CRMS Parent Meeting (Lisa Michel has offered to supervise the kids on the soccer field while we meet.  Thanks Lisa!)

 

Thursday, 3/30:  Month 8 Attendance Due

 

April 3-7, Spring Break.  There will be no district classes this week.

 

April 12, 13, 19 & 20, CAASPP Testing at CRMS.  We’ll participate in the annual state standardized testing ritual as part of each regular class day.

 

Save the Date:  End-of-Year Advancement Ceremony and Celebration, Tuesday, June 6, 3-6pm.

 

To Do/Homework:

 

1.   Please prioritize working on project presentations.  I will be contacting you to set up a preview date with me on a Monday or a Tuesday.   If your child is ready, please contact me right away.

 

2.   Please collect up all lotion sample surveys and bring them to class on Wednesday.  We’ll be analyzing the data this week to move forward with product development.

 

3.   We had a great turnout for our Charter Info. night and we have many wonderful families interested in joining CRMS next year.  In order to know how many spots we’ll have available, we need to have your completed Intent to Return forms.  Please complete the attached Intent to Return form as soon as you can and leave it on my desk.  Thanks!

 

4.   I should be sending out total costs for the ski trip soon.

 

Summary of Class Activities:

 

3/8 & 3/9:

 

Class Business:

The three groups continued to work on their part of the project, created a shared Google doc with their compiled information and presented their information with the whole class.   The research group did find some information on ingredient health/toxicity.  It was a challenging task, made more challenging when they tried to compile the information they found.  The shopping research group was able to come up with a clear list of ingredients and the best prices and sources.  The survey group created a tally sheet for survey results and shared the feedback so far.

 

Maha came in and showed us how she is applying her commitment to upcycling to creating and packaging the jewelry she sells.  She taught the kids how to make boxes out of out-of-date wallpaper samples.

 

PE:

The kids played Banana Tag.  Ryan came on Thursday and led the kids in stretching, jumping and side-stepping up the stairs.  He also had them increase their stamina with holding plank and doing burpees.  Then we had fun playing an agility game.

 

Gardening:

The kids finished mapping the garden and made kale chips from the kale they grew.

 

Trip Prep.:

The kids worked in their meal groups to plan menus and estimate pricing for their snow trip meals.

 

3/15-3/17:

Snow Trip:

The kids all skied or snowboarded. They all cooked and cleaned, they all played games, got to know each other, navigated living together, and had a lot of fun at the Sembrat’s beautiful cabin.  Thank you so much to April and family for offering their space to us!

 

Wish List:

*Empty & Clean Lotion/Hand Cream Containers:  This week the kids will be investigating packaging possibilities.  It would be great to see/experiment with as many different types of dispensers/bottles possible.

Thanks to Sara for donating two blenders from Abbot’s!  Thanks to all who have shared your blenders and donated oven mitts and sauce pans.  We could still use more hot pads and another small saucepan.

*Parent Help:  I don’t have any parent helper signed up for next week.  Is anyone available?  It really helps to be able to run at least two stations for hands-on activities.  With no parent helper our activities become more limited. 

 

Announcements:

All Spring Sports tryouts with the exception of Golf start on Monday March 27th:

Girls Softball after school-2:30 March 27th 

Boys Volleyball after school-2:30 March 27th

Track and Field after school-2:30 March 27th

 

Screenagers: Take 3!!!!  As incredible as it may sound, our March 8 Screenagers! night was curtailed once again. This time it did not happen due to calendar mix-up at the PAC.  Our extreme apologies to the parents who came, only to find that the PAC was not open.  Thank you to our staff Amber, Rosie, and Jen who were there and fielded the frustrating non-event.

But We Will Not Give Up! After ensuring that yes, indeed we can keep the rental of the DVD from the Screenagers producers, and double assurance that the PAC will be ready for us, 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:  

https://impactflow.com/event/presented-by-slvusd-charter-school-2178

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.

Again, Please take the time to read further about Screenagers.  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.

CRMS Update for 3/6/17

posted Mar 7, 2017, 8:09 PM by Marcy Reynolds

Dear CRMS Families,

It feels like great skiing weather to me!  We do have a new challenge, though.  April received a call this morning and it looks like Hwy 120, the one that would take us from her cabin to Yosemite may be closed for the next few weeks due to a slide.  We’re going to keep watch on the situation to see if the park opens an alternative route.  In the meantime, I have sent an email to Dodge Ridge ski area with the details of our group to see what they can offer us.


Dates to Remember:

Wednesday, 3/8, 7-9pm, Screenagers film showing for parents at the Performing Arts Center.  Please see information in the Announcements section of this email.

 

Tuesday, 3/14: Charter Info Night. SLVMS Library 6-7:00pmPlease encourage anyone you know who might be interested in Charter programs to attend!

 

Wednesday-Friday, 3/15-17, Ski/Snow Trip (See below.)

 

Wednesday, 3/22, 2:15-3:30pm, CRMS Parent Meeting

 

Thursday, 3/30:  Month 8 Attendance Due

 

April 3-7, Spring Break.  There will be no district classes this week.

 

April 12, 13, 19 & 20, CAASPP Testing at CRMS.  We’ll participate in the annual state standardized testing ritual as part of each regular class day.

 

Save the Date:  End-of-Year Advancement Ceremony and Celebration, Tuesday, June 6, 3-6pm.

 

 

To Do/Homework

 

1.   Continue Project Presentation Research. I will email you to set up a preview meeting.

2.    Look at your cold weather gear and email me what you need/can lend to others. (See attached updated grid)

3.   Snow trip cook groups figure out approximate costs for the meal they are planning. (The kids should have each other’s email addresses to coordinate this.)

 

4.   Give out lotion samples and questionnaires to ask for product feedback.

 

 

Ski/Snow Trip

Gear: Please send me details on any gear that you need/can loan and I will add it to the grid and send it out again.  In order to keep costs down, each participant will need to bring a sleeping bag and towel. 

Food:  The kids are working in meal groups to come up with menus and pricing for our meals on the trip.  As soon as they have their pricing, they can email their group’s shopping list to me. Rachel has offered to shop at Costco for us before the trip.

 

Summary of Class Activities:

 

 

Monterey Bay Aquarium:

Thankfully, the Aquarium staff let us do the lab we were signed up for even though we were below the enrollment minimum.  It was a great, hands-on lab where we looked at, touched, and classified live sea creatures.  Afterward we ate lunch and everyone investigated the museum.  Some of us spent a good amount of time down in the new tentacle exhibit seeing some amazing squid, cuttlefish and octopuses.  Most of us also went to the albatross show where we learned about amazing albatross adaptations and habitat threats.  I was surprised to learn that the life span of an average albatross is 60 years!  We saw a lot of other amazing creatures and exhibits, too.  I am so amazed and grateful that such a high quality educational experience is available to us for the price of parking.

 

Project Presentations:
The kids worked in pairs to help each other narrow their topic, come up with main ideas, and brainstorm questions using graphic organizers that I provided.  The ball is in your court now.  Please take it and run with it.  Most of the kids are ready to start (or continue) their research and note taking.

 

Class Business:

We had three tasks to work on this week: creating a questionnaire to get feedback on our product, researching the validity of claims that our ingredients were healthy (including the value of organic vs. conventional oils), and researching the best pricing on our ingredients.  The kids chose one of these tasks of greatest interest to them and worked in groups to come up with information that they shared with the group.  The two research groups need to do some more digging.  The questionnaire group completed their questionnaire.  Probably your child has come home with samples and questionnaires.  Please help your child to pass these out to people willing to give us feedback on our product that can further our product development.

 

PE:

Ryan Stayskal came to class on Thursday and led the kids in PE!  He focused on correct body mechanics when sitting, standing, stretching and throwing.  The kids also played Dodgeball.

 

Snow Trip Planning:  Those more and less confident with cooking paired up to plan the meals for our trip.  Most of the kids started researching costs for the meals (15 kids, 7 adults).  Their homework assignment was to complete the pricing by next Wednesday.  They all took down each other’s email addresses so that they could communicate with each other about it over the next few days.

 

 

Wish List:

 

Thrift Store Items:  We still need blenders and small (two quart or smaller) non-reactive saucepans.  Oven mitts/gloves would also be helpful.  Thank you to all who have already contributed equipment!

 

Parent Help:  Please sign up for a day, if you haven’t already: https://docs.google.com/a/slvusd.org/document/d/1oaoprgoa4uhyjIgBcP8u7FzOHtAssbkJe44K93g0PF0/edit?usp=sharing. Thanks!

 

 

Announcements:

 

Parent Advisory Council: If you have any questions or comments for Rachel to bring to SLV Charter School’s Parent Advisory Council, please send her an email at: rachelt@gopalace.com.

Dream Big Film: Karen (Evan’s mom) sent along the link to the inspiring movie, Dream Big, about engineering showing at the IMAX theatre at the Tech Museum.  It looks great!  https://www.thetech.org/imax/presentations

Crocheted Coral Reef: OK…I can’t help thinking that many of you will think this is as cool as I did: http://art.ucsc.edu/galleries/sesnon/current  Here is a list of the crochet circles they are holding so you can crochet alongside other ocean enthusiasts! http://ias.ucsc.edu/content/2016/uc-santa-cruz-satellite-reef-0. I did go to a crocheting session last Tuesday and it was really fun.  There are plenty of enthusiastic, ocean-loving artists who will be happy to teach you how to crochet part of the community coral reef.

Environmental Art Contest:  Monterey Bay Air Resources District Calendar Art Contest to help bring awareness to the importance of clean air in our county.  Winners receive $100 cash award!  Deadline for submissions mid-March.  Please get your submissions to me by next Thursday, March 13.

CRMS Update for 2/27/17

posted Mar 7, 2017, 8:06 PM by Marcy Reynolds   [ updated Mar 7, 2017, 8:06 PM ]

Dear CRMS Families,

Dates to Remember:

Wednesday, 3/1, Monterey Bay Aquarium Field Trip. Please see attached permission slip for details.

 

Thursday, 3/2:  Month 7 Attendance Due to your child’s green binder.

 

Wednesday, 3/8, 7-9pm, Screenagers film showing for parents at the Performing Arts Center.  Please see information in the Announcements section of this email.

 

Tuesday, 3/14: Charter Info Night. SLVMS Library 6-7:00pm.  Please encourage anyone you know who might be interested in Charter programs to attend.

 

Wednesday-Friday, 3/15-17, Ski/Snow Trip (See Parent Meeting below)

 

Wednesday, 3/22, 2:15-3:30pm, CRMS Parent Meeting

 

Thursday, 3/30:  Month 8 Attendance Due

 

April 3-7, Spring Break.  There will be no district classes this week.

 

 

To Do/Homework

 

1.   Start on Project Presentation Research (See Summary below)

2.    Complete Media Release and RWS Liability Waiver, if you haven’t already.

3.   White binders go home on Thursday, and return on Wednesday…though this week they’ll return Thursday because of the field trip.  I’d like to get back into this binder-travel routine so that you can see what the kids are working on in class.

 

CRMS Parent Meeting

Parent Advisory Council: Rachel gave us an update on what was talked about at the Parent Advisory Council meeting.  It turns out that there is LCAP funding to help support arts and sciences, so she asked for ideas of how CRMS parents might want to use such funds.  I inquired whether the funds could be used toward hiring Peggy Edwards to do a botanical illustration class for CRMS and Rhonda thought that might be possible.  The group at the meeting expressed that they felt they were being well supported in arts and sciences.  Rachel encouraged any parents who have any ideas, concerns or questions to contact her so that she can relay those thoughts at the next Parent Advisory Council meeting.  Rachel’s email address is: rachelt@gopalace.com.

 

Ski/Snow Trip

It’s official…our snow trip has now received school-board approval!

Costs: Now that we know more of the real costs, it looks like the trip is going to cost $100 per student.  This includes chipping in for gas, housing, a day of skiing/snowboarding with equipment rentals and a lesson, and entrance to Yosemite National Park.  This total does not include food.  The kids will figure out approximate food costs this week and I should be able to provide you with a final cost in the next update.

Gear: Thanks to all of you who have sent me information on what gear you have, need, can loan.  I have started a grid (attached to this email) to organize all of the information.  Please dig through your boxes and bins that of snow gear to see what you might have that can be used by you or loaned to others.  Please add information to the document so that families can contact each other to arrange loans.  Soon I’ll be needing more information from those of you who need to rent ski/snowboard equipment. Please also post on the document whether you need or can loan a sleeping bag.  In order to keep costs down, each participant will need to bring a sleeping bag and towel. 

 

Smarter Balanced Assessments:  We are scheduled to participate in the state-mandated annual standardized testing as part of our class time on April 12, 13, 19 & 20.  Working on the tests as part of class time helps give the days a more natural rhythm which most students enjoy.  My priority for the testing is to create the most stress-free environment possible so that the kids can relax and focus.  For those who were interested I handed out a list of vocabulary words that would be commonly seen on the tests.  I have attached a copy of that list to this email.  Sometimes as homeschooling parents we are in the habit of explaining things in kid-friendly terms to help support understanding, but sometimes this means that we forget to introduce the academic language that students might see on a test or in a more structured academic environment. Looking over this list and including these terms in discussions with your children will help them feel more comfortable and competent come testing time.   For those of you interested in even more vocabulary than is on the attached sheet, here’s a link:  https://www.smarterbalanced.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/ELA-Construct-Relevant-Vocabulary.pdf

 

 

Summary of Class Activities:

 

 

Self-Esteem:

Jen Sims, our school counselor came and gave a presentation on self-esteem and how to work with the voice of the inner-critic.  The kids all identified what their behaviors were like when they were not feeling good about themselves and what their behaviors were like when they were feeling good about themselves.  They listed things that they could do to help themselves feel better and to help build up self-esteem when it is low.  They have the sheets they worked on in their binders, if you’d like to talk with them about their ideas.

 

Project Presentations:
The kids worked in pairs to help each other brainstorm ideas for their project presentations.  In your child’s binder you should find the broad topic web graphic organizer for that brainstorm.  We will touch on it again in class, but please continue the brainstorming and moving forward at home.  Our first presenter will present next week.  I will be contacting those of you who I know are further along in the process to meet with me for a preview meeting next Monday and Tuesday, then I will send out a list to everyone with their scheduled preview dates with me and their final presentation dates with the class.

 

Class Business:

After digging into values, priorities and strengths, writing a personal mission statement boiled down to one question: “How can I manifest what is most important to me through what I like to do best?”  It was a challenging writing task to go from the expanded view down to one or two sentences, but we did it.  Once the kids completed their personal mission they declared them aloud in front of Sandra’s phone’s video camera.  If your child was absent from class on Thursday, I would love if you could complete this part of the project at home and share the video clip with me (preferably via Google Drive).  I’d love to show you all the clips at our next parent meeting.

 

The kids participated in a reading jigsaw exercise looking into the research behind chemical toxicity in body care products.  I pulled articles from the Environmental Working Group website because they seemed accessible for the kids’ ages and reading levels. Groups of kids read and discussed one article and then presented their understanding of the article with another group.  We discussed the credibility of the different articles based on supporting evidence (i.e. citations).  I explained the role of footnotes and endnotes.  We then looked at the EWG website to evaluate its credibility based on its mission, its bias, the missions of its funders, and how they allocated their funds.  The general consensus was that the group leaned toward alarmist, but was generally trustworthy.

 

We completed our third lotion trial with the support of April and Sandra, both experienced body product makers.  Thank you to those who sent in coolers, blenders, mitts, saucepans, etc.  I think we’re beginning to get it down to a “science”.  We found that the oil-wax mix needed to cool to at least 90 degrees in order to emulsify completely.  In the process the kids are learning a lot about how to work with the equipment and ingredients and are getting great practice using the triple-beam balance to weigh ingredients and convert ounces to grams.

 

Gardening:  We harvested the kale in the garden that is starting to flower.  I’m hoping to make kale chips with the kids soon.  We did more weeding of the paths and we planted bush snap peas in flats.

 

PE:

Those who wanted to played Banana Tag and Dodge Ball.

 

 

 

Wish List:

 

Thrift Store Items:  We still need blenders and small (two quart or smaller) non-reactive saucepans.  Oven mitts/gloves would also be helpful.

 

Parent Help:  Please sign up for a day, if you haven’t already: https://docs.google.com/a/slvusd.org/document/d/1oaoprgoa4uhyjIgBcP8u7FzOHtAssbkJe44K93g0PF0/edit?usp=sharing. Thanks!

 

 

Announcements:

 

Dream Big Film: Karen (Evan’s mom) sent along the link to the inspiring movie, Dream Big, about engineering showing at the IMAX theatre at the Tech Museum.  It looks great!  https://www.thetech.org/imax/presentations

Crocheted Coral Reef: UC Santa Cruz and the Seymour Marine Center are sponsoring an astounding show of a crocheted coral reef! It is travelling the world and will be on display at the college from now through spring.  http://art.ucsc.edu/galleries/sesnon/current  There is a local crocheted coral reef being made right now which anyone interested can join! Crochet a little fish and you are in! This coral reef will be displayed at the Seymour Center this May. Here is a list of the crochet circles they are holding so you can crochet alongside other ocean enthusiasts! http://ias.ucsc.edu/content/2016/uc-santa-cruz-satellite-reef-0. I’m planning to go up for the session tomorrow night: Tuesday, February 28, 7:30 -9:30 pm, Stevenson College, Silverman Conference Room.  They have crochet hooks and yarn there, but you are also welcome to bring your own.

Young Women in Science:  This is a program sponsored by the Monterey Bay Aquarium for 6th & 7th graders who are interested in: learning about sea otters, meeting female scientists, boogie boarding and kayaking.  It sounds great to me!  Students who are interested in finding out more can attend a meeting at lunchtime next Thursday, March 2 at 12pm in the SLVMS, Room 16 (Nature Academy 6th grade).

New Makers Club:  SLVMS teacher Rebecca Doty has started a weekly makers club after school on Mondays, 2:30-4:00pm.  In addition to adult input, the kids will also be teaching each other.  It sounds like a great club!  She has invited any CRMS students who are interested to join.  Please let me know if your 6-8 grade child is interested.  Once I have everyone’s information I will contact Ms. Doty and get the details to you.

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

We have rescheduled our  hosting of the film of SCREENAGERS.

A brief discussion of the film will be offered right after the film.  We will be sending out a parent discussion 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.

“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.”

Tickets previously purchased will be honored.

Tickets are a suggested donation of $10.  Please note:  We have opened up the ticket sales to families of the other schools in the District, so please buy your tickets right away! There are only 210 seats available. Tickets and trailer for the film available at this link:  https://impactflow.com/event/presented-by-slvusd-charter-school-1315   

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.

 

 

Environmental Art Contest:  Monterey Bay Air Resources District Calendar Art Contest to help bring awareness to the importance of clean air in our county.  Winners receive $100 cash award!  Deadline for submissions mid-March.  Please let me know if your K-8 student is interested and I can send you more details.

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