Classroom Updates/Homework - Announcements



CRMS Update for 3/20/17

posted 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.

CRMS Update for 2/17/17

posted Feb 22, 2017, 6:46 AM by Marcy Reynolds

Dear CRMS Families,

Dates to Remember:

Wednesday, 2/22, 2:15-3:30pm, CRMS Parent Meeting.  It will be great to get together as a group to talk about how homeschooling is going, field trip details, projects, etc.

 

Friday, 2/24, 1-3pm,  All Charter Skate Day,  SC Roller Palladium.

 

Wednesday, 3/1, Monterey Bay Aquarium Field Trip.  Please see attached permission slip for details.  Permission slip due next Thursday, 2/23.

 

Thursday, 3/2:  Month 7 Attendance Due.

 

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 6-7:30pm.  Please encourage anyone you know who might be interested in Charter programs to attend.

 

Wednesday-Friday, 3/15-17, Ski/Snow Trip:

I finally heard back from Badger Pass.  With a minimum of 20 people, the ski area can give us a group rate.  Here are the basic costs:

*Lift Ticket + Equipment Rental = $25 per person

*Lift Ticket + Equipment Rental + Lesson = $35 per person (plus $35 per instructor.  I will find out how many instructors we might need for our sized group).

This seems like an amazing deal to me!

I also talked to the Nordic Center which is in a different location and is where the inner tubing happens.  They don’t have group rates, but are willing to give us a discount if we have a large group that wants to inner tube down the slopes.  Their price without the discount is $17 per person for a two-hour session.

In order to decide what to sign up for, I’m going to need to start collecting information from you and the kids about interest and skill-level.  You can get that information to me via email or let me know at the parent meeting on Wednesday:

*Is your child more interested in skiing, snowboarding, or inner tubing?

*What is your child’s skill level at the above?

*Do you have your own equipment?

*Does your child have adequate clothing (cold weather/snow-rain gear)?

*If not, what do you need to borrow?

We’ll discuss loaning, borrowing, renting gear at our parent meeting.  Many families might have snow/rain gear that their kids have outgrown or that belongs to adults/older siblings in the family who are not joining the trip and can be loaned for the week. No one should need to purchase clothes/equipment to participate in this field trip.

Here’s a link to get you excited: http://www.travelyosemite.com/winter/yosemite-ski-snowboard-area/

Now let’s hope for some cold, snowy storms between now and mid-March!

 

To Do/Homework

1.   Turn in Ed Corps Waivers (attached)

2.   Get signed-up for TreeRing and send me the email addresses you used.

3.   Turn in  MBA field trip permission slip (attached).

4.   Let me know if your daughter would like to attend the Women in Science meeting at lunch next Thurs. (See announcements below.)

5.   Let me know if your son or daughter is interested in participating in the SLVMS Maker Club on Tuesday afternoons (See announcements below.)

6.   Follow-up on business math we did this week, if you feel that would be beneficial (See summary below.)

7.   Start on Project Presentation Research (I’ll be contacting you in the next week to schedule a presentation time.)

 

Class Business Necessary Forms: Real World Scholars is an organization that supports classrooms starting and running their own businesses.  We are working with them and their EdCorps branch.  They have given us seed money, will be giving us a page on their website, and are offering educational support.  In order to legally continue to work with them, I’m going to have to ask each of you to sign two documents: a media release form and a liability waiver.  Both of these forms are attached to this email.  The liability release form is also available in a digital version: this photo release form, if you prefer that format.  I will have copies of these printed out in the classroom as well.  Please look these over.  Your completion and signing of these forms will allow us to move forward with our class business.  Thanks!

 

TreeRing:  Last week I had requested that you send me the email address you used to order your copy of this year’s yearbook (or plan to use to order the yearbook).  Also, please send me your child’s non-school issued email address that they can use to work on the yearbook.  Now I realize that many of you may not have signed up earlier in the year and so may need the school’s passcode to move forward.  I’ve attached a copy of the flyer that I gave out at the beginning of the year which contains that passcode, if you need it.  Thanks for giving this some attention.  I’m looking forward to seeing all the folders I set up fill with great photos!

 

 

Summary of Class Activities:

 

Note: We were not able to complete our write-up of class activities for Thursday, so the kids will finish this next week in class.

 

Circle Check-in:

We spent some time talking about the “why” of circle check-in time.  I shared with them excerpts from a blog post by Chad Fowler, CTO and software developer about how even though it is not easy for him, and it seems unnecessary for his very technical job that empathy is the most important skill he practices, both for success in his professional and his personal life.  The kids took the message to heart and even those who are challenged to tune in to how they are feeling and to provide supporting evidence made an extra effort to do so.

Class Business:

The kids had some struggles coming up with adjectives and similes to describe the characteristics of oils when we made our first batch of lotion on 2/2, so this week I gave them a list of some possibilities, had them circle those adjectives that they thought would appeal to someone purchasing lotion.  That led into a discussion of who might be the target audience for our lotion.  In their table groups the kids looked at the finished lotions they had made and (in a different color), circled the descriptors (or wrote in ones that were not on the list) that described the actual product.  They did this for all four lotions made with the different oils.

The kids watched part of a video of a TED talk by Simon Sinek, https://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action, and took Cornell Notes to write down the main points of the talk. Since their entire list of goals for the business that they brainstormed on 2/2 had to do with how they would like to spend their profits, I think getting in touch with the deeper purpose for the business was a new idea for them.  To begin visioning our own mission statement, the kids started working on a process of developing their own personal mission statement.  The process included drawing and answering questions to investigate what they most value and admire, and what circumstances bring out the best in them.  Once each child has their own individual mission statement, then we can see if we can pick up common threads to form a mission statement for our group.  Most kids are getting close to finishing answering the questions for self-reflection and will be ready to start writing their personal mission statement.  I was hoping that the kids would take home what they had completed and discuss it with you, but I failed to remind the kids to do this before they left on Thursday.  Hopefully soon we’ll return to the routine of binders going home on Thursday and returning to class on Wednesday.  Many of the kids were having a hard time seeing how their actions could affect those around them, so I shared several examples of how doing, or not doing, something could have even far-reaching effects.

I asked the kids to come up with what they felt would be good lab safety rules.  April came and helped us troubleshoot our emulsification problems.  The table groups completed a second lotion trial with the same oil they used before.  They worked on more accurately measuring weight and volume of ingredients and we were more sensitive to the role of temperature in the emulsification process.

The kids worked in pairs to figure out the costs of our first batch of lotion. These real-life math skills are so practical that I would encourage you to reinforce them by incorporating similar problems into your daily math routine at home for the next week or two.

Garden:

The kids worked in pairs to map the garden (including measuring the paths and the existing beds) and weeded the paths to help identify beds in greatest need of rebuilding.  The kids that are new to CRMS this year got an introduction to garden etiquette and how to care for the tools we borrow from the Nature Academy.

 

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:

 

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  I went to the opening of the exhibit on Friday evening.  It is definitely worth seeing for anyone interested in environmental health and/or handcrafts –very inspiring!  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 hoping to make it to at least one.  Anyone else want to join me?

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, Feb. 23 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 Tuesdays.  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.

 

CRMS Update for 2/14/17

posted Feb 22, 2017, 6:36 AM by Marcy Reynolds

Dear CRMS Families,

I hope you are all feeling a lot of love today.  You deserve it!  This update is one that has a lot of information, so you may want to flag the email for future reference.  I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow.

Marcy Reynolds

Coast Redwood Middle School

 

Dates to Remember:

Friday, 2/17, 10:30am-12:00pm,  All Charter Capture the Flag game at Quail Hollow Ranch. We play Rain or Shine! Please do not drop students off any earlier than 10:30am.

 

Wednesday, 2/22, 2:15-3:30pm, CRMS Parent Meeting.  It will be great to get together as a group to talk about how homeschooling is going, field trip details, projects, etc.

 

Wednesday, 3/1, Monterey Bay Aquarium Field Trip.  Please see attached permission slip for details.  Permission slip due next Thursday, 2/23.

 

Thursday, 3/2:  Month 7 Attendance Due.

 

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 6-7:30pm.  Please encourage anyone you know who might be interested in Charter programs to attend.

 

Wednesday-Friday, 3/15-17, Ski/Snow Trip.  Let’s hope for some cold storms to pass through before our trip.  I think they must be flooded up at Badger Pass, since I haven’t heard back from them yet.  I hope to have firmer details by our next CRMS parent meeting on 2/22.

 

 

Summary of Last Week:

 

Rain & Slides!

 

More Important Info:

Class Business Necessary Forms: Real World Scholars is an organization that supports classrooms starting and running their own businesses.  We are working with them and their EdCorps branch.  They have given us seed money, will be giving us a page on their website, and are offering educational support.  In order to legally continue to work with them, I’m going to have to ask each of you to sign two documents: a media release form and a liability waiver.  Both of these forms are attached to this email.  The liability release form is also available in a digital version: this photo release form, if you prefer that format.  I will have copies of these printed out in the classroom as well.  Please look these over.  Your completion and signing of these forms will allow us to move forward with our class business.  Thanks!

 

TreeRing:  Last week I had requested that you send me the email address you used to order your copy of this year’s yearbook (or plan to use to order the yearbook).  Also, please send me your child’s non-school issued email address that they can use to work on the yearbook.  Now I realize that many of you may not have signed up earlier in the year and so may need the school’s passcode to move forward.  I’ve attached a copy of the flyer that I gave out at the beginning of the year which contains that passcode, if you need it.  Thanks for giving this some attention.  I’m looking forward to seeing all the folders I set up fill with great photos!

 

 

Wish List:

 

Thrift Store Items:  For those who might be thrift store shoppers (like I am)…would you please keep your eyes out for items that we can use for our class business?  Some of the items we need are: Plastic tablecloths, rubber scrapers, blenders, single burner hot plates, small (two quart or smaller) non-reactive saucepans, easy-to-read measuring cups, and scales that can measure down to half an ounce.

 

Lost and Found:  There are some very nice items in the lost and found basket by the door of the classroom.  Please take a look for what might belong to your child the next time you’re there.

 

Parent Help:  With the classroom projects I have planned for this semester, especially in the garden, I would love to be able to break up our larger class sub-groups to work on different parts of a project simultaneously.  For this I could really use some parent help.  If you haven’t signed up to help out in the classroom one day this semester, would you please do so?  Here’s the link: https://docs.google.com/a/slvusd.org/document/d/1oaoprgoa4uhyjIgBcP8u7FzOHtAssbkJe44K93g0PF0/edit?usp=sharing. Thanks!

 

 

Announcements:

 

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  I went to the opening of the exhibit on Friday evening.  It is definitely worth seeing for anyone interested in environmental health and/or handcrafts –very inspiring!  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 hoping to make it to at least one.  Anyone else want to join me?

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, Feb. 23 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 Tuesdays.  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.

 

 

Password Reset:  Our district tech support person, Paul Owens is in the process of resetting all of the passwords for district 6-8th graders.  This means that when your child logs in to his/her school Gmail account, s/he will need to pick a new password.  Here are the password requirements:

 

-Must be at least 8 characters long

-Must contain at least 1 letter and 1 number (no capitals or special characters required, but are good to use)

-Can NOT use a password that has previously been used for that account

CRMS Update for 2/3/17

posted Feb 7, 2017, 1:54 PM by Marcy Reynolds

Dear CRMS Families,

It was great to see the kids this week.  For those who are down with the flu, we hope you get better soon and look forward to seeing you again!

Marcy Reynolds

Coast Redwood Middle School

 

Dates to Remember:

Monday & Tuesday, 2/6-7, 3-5pm, All-Charter Play Auditions.  Please see Announcements below.

Wednesday, 2/8, 7-9pm, Screenagers film showing for parents at the Performing Arts Center (on the High School Campus).  Tickets cost $10 and are available at this link:  https://impactflow.com/event/presented-by-slvusd-charter-school-1315. Screenagers Trailer.  There are also paper tickets available.  If you would like to purchase paper tickets, please let me know so that I can get them for you.

 

Friday, 2/17, 10:00am-12:00pm,  All Charter Capture the Flag game at Quail Hollow Ranch.

 

Wednesday, 2/22, 2:15-3:30pm, CRMS Parent Meeting.  It will be great to get together as a group to talk about how homeschooling is going, field trip details, projects, etc.

 

Wednesday, 3/1, Monterey Bay Aquarium Field Trip.

 

Thursday, 3/2:  Month 7 Attendance Due.

 

Ski/Snow Trip, 3/15-17: In polling during our planning meetings it seems like almost everyone wants to participate in this proposed trip to the Sierras, so I’m calling it a go!  We don’t know whether there will be snow in Yosemite in March, or if Badger Pass will be open, but we’re going to go ahead and plan as if there will be snow and all will be open.  If it turns out there is no snow, then we’ll have a rich time hiking and investigating early spring in Yosemite instead.  I am waiting to hear back from Badger Pass to see what kind of package deal they might be able to offer us.  I told them that we would have a broad range of abilities/interests as far as skiing goes –some who have skied/snowboarded a lot and others who have never skied/snowboarded and who may prefer to sled.  Lift tickets seem to run about $40 per person per day, not counting equipment rentals, lessons, park entry, etc.  Skating (another location) and inner-tubing seem to run about $20 for two hours.  We’ll see if they can offer us a group discount.  April will need approx. $350 from us to cover the cost of heating the place while we’re there and cleaning after we leave.  We would divide this cost between all of us.  There will also be a cost for gasoline to get up there (we’ll all contribute to the drivers, maybe $15 each) and for food (kids will form cook groups, budget and plan it out, maybe $25 each).  These are not firm numbers, but I wanted to suggest some numbers so that you can start budgeting for the cost. April, Marcy, Katherine, (and maybe) Jeff have volunteered to drive/chaperone so far.

 

 

Summary of the Week:

 

Chabot Space and Science Center:  The Chabot Center turned out to be a very lovely, relatively small museum which made it  a very relaxed field trip.  There were only a few other school groups there and the size of the museum allowed the kids to wander freely in self-chosen groups.  In addition to exploring the museum exhibits, we participated in a Lego Robotics lab where the kids were encouraged to think like programmers, using programming blocks to troubleshoot different parts of a wheeled robot.  The most fun was when the kids got to explore programming the vehicles on their own.  It seems like we could have easily spent another hour in the lab trying out different programs.  Our day there ended with watching a planetarium show on Ancient Mayan Astronomy and culture.  Thanks all for making the trek up to the Oakland hills!

 

Screenagers: After our circle check-in, but before the film screening, I engaged the kids in a milling activity where they talked with each other about their own and their family’s use of internet-enabled devices.  I think this activity helped highlight just how important these devices have become in our lives.  From there we headed to the PAC where Charter Teacher, Melissa Stockton introduced the film.  The kids were quite attentive during the film and I think were authentically interested in how something so much a part of their lives was being portrayed.  Our after-screening discussion was animated!  Many kids felt that the examples used in the film were very extreme.  Many felt that they could (and do) drop using their electronics for a week or more without any trouble, if they are away at camp, or have other activities.  I think some kids saw themselves reflected in the film more than others.  We talked about the characterization of computer use based on gender and class presented in the film and whether evidence from their own lives supported those characterizations.  Many kids felt like they had a clear idea of how the parents should handle limits on computer use the situation and didn’t quite understand why the parents in the film were having such a hard time.  Almost everyone felt their parents should see the movie. If you are able to make it to the parents’ viewing on the 8th, I think you’ll enjoy it, and also enjoy talking with your kids about it afterward.  A very nice red, light weight, rain jacket was left by a student in the PAC.  Please let me know if you think it might belong to your child.

 

Class Business Kick-Off: Last week we started moving forward with our natural body care product class business.  The kids brainstormed body care products that they would like to make, ideas for jobs that needed to be done to run the business, and how they would like to spend the profits (if there are any).  Starting with April’s lotion recipe, we did some product testing.  The kids worked in their table groups to describe the qualities of four different potential base oils that we might use: grape seed, olive, coconut, and safflower.  They then made a small batch of the recipe using one of the oils.  They poured the lotion into small containers and placed the containers in different environments to test the effect of the oils on shelf-life and product characteristics.

 

 

 

Wish List:

 

Thrift Store Items:  For those who might be thrift store shoppers (like I am)…would you please keep your eyes out for items that we can use for our class business?  Some of the items we need are: Plastic tablecloths, rubber scrapers, blenders, single burner hot plates, small (two quart or smaller) non-reactive saucepans, easy-to-read measuring cups, and scales that can measure down to half an ounce.

 

Email Addresses for TreeRing:  If you haven’t already, please send me the email address you used to order your copy of this year’s yearbook (or plan to use to order the yearbook).  Also, please send me your child’s non-school issued email address that they can use to work on the yearbook.  I’d like to sign up all the kids to be editors, but I need email addresses to do that.

 

Lost and Found:  There are some very nice items in the lost and found basket by the door of the classroom.  Please take a look for what might belong to your child the next time you’re there.

 

Parent Help:  With the classroom projects I have planned for this semester, especially in the garden, I would love to be able to break up our larger class sub-groups to work on different parts of a project simultaneously.  For this I could really use some parent help.  If you haven’t signed up to help out in the classroom one day this semester, would you please do so?  Here’s the link: https://docs.google.com/a/slvusd.org/document/d/1oaoprgoa4uhyjIgBcP8u7FzOHtAssbkJe44K93g0PF0/edit?usp=sharing. Thanks!

 

 

Announcements:

 

Little Mermaid: A Westside Story Audition Info

Next Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 6 and 7, are our audition days, from 3-5pm. Every student is cast, and we will play Improv games, sing, dance, and read some lines from the play to puzzle together which actors will play which parts. We will start out in Rm. 17 on the Quail Hollow campus, then shift to the multi-purpose room on Monday. 

 

Please print out the following form and fill it in, returning it with your student next week. Thank you! I am looking forward, once again, to sharing theater with your students.

 

~Amber

 

Little Mermaid: A Westside Story Participation Form

 

Password Reset:  Our district tech support person, Paul Owens is in the process of resetting all of the passwords for district 6-8th graders.  This means that when your child logs in to his/her school Gmail account, s/he will need to pick a new password.  Here are the password requirements:

 

-Must be at least 8 characters long

-Must contain at least 1 letter and 1 number (no capitals or special characters required, but are good to use)

-Can NOT use a password that has previously been used for that account

 

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.

CRMS Update for 1/26/17

posted Feb 7, 2017, 1:51 PM by Marcy Reynolds

Dear CRMS Families,

I’ve really enjoyed getting together with you all for our semester 2 planning meetings.  It is wonderful to take the time to sit down together, reflect on the year so far, and vision the future.  I hope you all feel refreshed and inspired in your homeschooling. 

Marcy Reynolds

Coast Redwood Middle School

(831) 512-9331

 

 

Ski/Snow Trip, 3/15-17: In polling during our planning meetings it seems like almost everyone wants to participate in this proposed trip to the Sierras, so I’m calling it a go!  We don’t know whether there will be snow in Yosemite in March, or if Badger Pass will be open, but we’re going to go ahead and plan as if there will be snow and all will be open.  If it turns out there is no snow, then we’ll have a rich time hiking and investigating early spring in Yosemite instead.  I am waiting to hear back from Badger Pass to see what kind of package deal they might be able to offer us.  I told them that we would have a broad range of abilities/interests as far as skiing goes –some who have skied/snowboarded a lot and others who have never skied/snowboarded and who may prefer to sled.  Lift tickets seem to run about $40 per person per day, not counting equipment rentals, lessons, park entry, etc.  Skating (another location) and inner-tubing seem to run about $20 for two hours.  We’ll see if they can offer us a group discount.  April will need approx. $350 from us to cover the cost of heating the place while we’re there and cleaning after we leave.  We would divide this cost between all of us.  There will also be a cost for gasoline to get up there (we’ll all contribute to the drivers, maybe $15 each) and for food (kids will form cook groups, budget and plan it out, maybe $25 each).  These are not firm numbers, but I wanted to suggest some numbers so that you can start budgeting for the cost. April and I can transport 10 kids total in our cars, so we’ll need at least two more adults to come with us to drive and chaperone.

 

Dates to Remember:

Tuesday, 1/31, 3pm, All Charter Play Information Meeting, in Rm. 17 at the Quail Hollow Campus site in Ben Lomond.  I encourage you to attend this meeting if you might have any interest in your child participating in this year’s all-charter play.

Wednesday, 2/1, CRMS Trip to Chabot Science Center, Oakland, 9:30am-2:00pm.  We will meet at the center at 9:30am, go straight to our lab, then eat lunch, enjoy the museum and end with a video program. If I haven’t already received your permission slip and payment, please bring them with you. I look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, 2/2, First CRMS Classroom Day for second semester (9:30am-2:00pm).  I’m looking forward to getting back in the classroom with the kids and getting going on our winter/spring projects!  We’ll start off our first day with attending the student showing of the Screenagers film at the PAC and continue on from there.

Thursday, 2/2, Month 6 Attendance Due to your student’s green portfolio binder.  Please remember that there are three components to the attendance paperwork:  The learning log (which you can print out after school in the classroom), the attendance check-off sheet (which should match the learning log entries: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-R9BS8w2UvpTTdPWVIwdGlPdU0/view), and a minimum of four work samples (including one math and one writing sample).  Please come in to the classroom and spend some time with your child picking out their best work for the month, printing it out, and adding it all to their portfolio.  Please do not rely on your child to complete this task on their own.  Thank You!

Friday, 2/3, All Charter Science Fair, 9:30am-11:30am (main event), 6:00-7:30pm (for those who cannot attend during the main event) at the Quail Hollow Campus site in Ben Lomond.  Even if your child didn’t sign-up to present a project this year, it is still an inspiring event to attend.

Wednesday, 2/8, 7-9pm, Screenagers film showing for parents at the Performing Arts Center (on the High School Campus).  Tickets cost $10 and are available at this link:  https://impactflow.com/event/presented-by-slvusd-charter-school-1315. Screenagers TrailerThere are also paper tickets available.  If you would like to purchase paper tickets, please let me know so that I can get them for you.

 

Friday, 2/17, 10:00am-12:00pm,  All Charter Capture the Flag game at Quail Hollow Ranch.

 

Wednesday, 2/22, 2:15-3:30pm, CRMS Parent Meeting.  It will be great to get together as a group to talk about how homeschooling is going, field trip details, projects, etc.

 

 

 

Wish List:

 

Parent Help:  With the classroom projects I have planned for this semester, especially in the garden, I would love to be able to break up our larger class sub-groups to work on different parts of a project simultaneously.  For this I could really use some parent help.  If you haven’t signed up to help out in the classroom one day this semester, would you please do so?  Here’s the link: https://docs.google.com/a/slvusd.org/document/d/1oaoprgoa4uhyjIgBcP8u7FzOHtAssbkJe44K93g0PF0/edit?usp=sharing. Thanks!

 

 

Announcements:

 

Password Reset:  Our district tech support person, Paul Owens is in the process of resetting all of the passwords for district 6-8th graders.  This means that when your child logs in to his/her school Gmail account, s/he will need to pick a new password.  Here are the password requirements:

 

-Must be at least 8 characters long

-Must contain at least 1 letter and 1 number (no capitals or special characters required, but are good to use)

-Can NOT use a password that has previously been used for that account

 

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.

CRMS Update for 1/10/17

posted Feb 7, 2017, 1:48 PM by Marcy Reynolds   [ updated Feb 7, 2017, 1:50 PM ]

Dear CRMS Families,

Happy Winter!  I hope you are all safe, warm and dry in this very wet weather.  The fact that school was cancelled on Monday means that you don’t need to keep a learning log for that day.  Keeping learning logs started today.  I know it is sometimes difficult after a vacation to get back into the routine of homeschooling.  A couple things can help.  One is our semester 2 planning meeting.  If you haven’t signed up for a time yet, please do at the link below.  I really look forward to talking to each one of you about how homeschooling is going and how we can keep it going!  The second is attending Gillian’s Math Word Problems workshop this Thursday morning (please see description below).  It should be an inspiring workshop that will provide practical support for working with your child in Math.  Lisa and I will be providing childcare during that time.  Weather permitting, we will be able to play games outside as well as offering activities inside.

Below I have listed key dates that you might like to enter in to your calendars.  Here are also three links that you might find helpful for planning your second semester:

School District Calendar: http://www.slvusd.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/District-School-Calendar-2016-2017.pdf.  

CRMS Parent Help Calendar for Second Semester: https://docs.google.com/a/slvusd.org/document/d/1oaoprgoa4uhyjIgBcP8u7FzOHtAssbkJe44K93g0PF0/edit?usp=sharing.

CRMS Semester Two Planning Meeting Sign-up Sheet: https://docs.google.com/a/slvusd.org/spreadsheets/d/1Q_1ZOSjfXjcy9XJqXkNDRUSkBHrF4FeOer5yEqcsO2w/edit?usp=sharing

If you have materials checked out from the CRMS library that you know you will not be using this semester, please feel free to return them this at your semester planning meeting so that they will be available to others.

Ski/Snow Trip Idea, Possibly 3/15-17: The Sembrat family has a large cabin at Pine Mt. Lake that they are willing to let us use for a couple of week nights as long as we pay for the cleaning after we depart.  Parents who attended last month’s parent meeting were enthusiastic about the idea.  The cabin has enough room for all of the kids, plus enough parents to drive and chaperone.  There are 18 beds total, and there is additional floor space for air matresses.  If we want to ski, Badger Pass is 1.5-2 hours away and offers discounted packages for homeschoolers.  Alternatively we could find a place to sled/saucer.  I said I would look into whether the Yosemite Institute offers programs during that time as well.  What do you think?  Please let me know if you/your child would be interested in participating in such a trip.

SF Symphony Afternoon:  At the parent meeting I mentioned that there are three museums within walking distance of the Symphony that we might want to visit when the symphony is over: the Tenderloin Museum, the Museum of Performance & Design, and the International Art Museum.  I checked out the Tenderloin Museum over the holiday and am not sure that it is appropriate for all of our students, but could be for some.  The Museum of Performance & Design does not seem to have open exhibit.  The International Art Museum looks like a safe bet for those who are interested in their collection which highlights Chinese calligraphy.  I invite you to look at these museums online to see if you might be interested in visiting any of them after the symphony program.

 

Marcy Reynolds

Coast Redwood Middle School

(831) 512-9331

 

 

Dates to Remember:

Monday, 1/10-Tuesday, 1/31, Semester Two Planning Meetings.  Please schedule a time to meet with Marcy on the sign-up sheet in the classroom. 

Wednesday, 1/25, CRMS-QHIA trip to hear the San Francisco Symphony.  We’ll send out more details about the trip next week.

Wednesday, 2/1, CRMS Trip to Chabot Science Center.  Usually I wouldn’t schedule a field trip on our first day back, but this was the only time they were offering the robotics workshop that fit at all with our schedule.  Details to follow later in the month.

Thursday, 2/2, First CRMS Classroom Day for second semester.  Classes on Wednesdays and Thursdays should continue uninterrupted (except for the occasional field trip) through March 30.

Friday, 2/3, All Charter Science Fair!  Even if your child didn’t sign-up to do a project this year, it is still an inspiring event to attend.

A reminder that our spending cap will be $15.  I have suggested that the kids take advantage of this opportunity to get to know their partner and try to find a gift for them that really suits them, instead of picking something generic.  Here are the names of the kids who have expressed a desire to participate in the activity: Daniel, Amelia, Willow, Brylie, Dylan, Sara, Chris, Hannah, Evan, Ellie, Erin.  We will do our gift exchange this Thursday.

 

Summary of Class Activities from the Week of:

Secret Santa:  It was touching to see that some real observation and thought went into choosing most of the gifts that were given.  They really did fit the different personalities of the kids.

Art: The kids completed their partner bio posters.  Many of the kids mixed tempera paints and painted their cubbies.  We created a temporary art gallery with all the kids’ acrylic paintings.  The class participated in a gallery walk to look at details in the paintings and then offered specific appreciations to the artists.

Partner Bios:  The kids completed writing and publishing their partner bios.  All the kids learned how to adjust text to fit size constraints.

Design Thinking: Most of the kids finished making and hoisting their hanging cubbies.

 

Project Presentations: We heard the final invention presentations for first semester –kudos to all!  The last projects  to be presented were on play stations and particle accelerators.  For second semester the students are invited to  choose whatever they want to research an present…though the ideas do need to receive approval from the teacher (me) and parent (you).  It is not too early to start brainstorming ideas!

 

Natural Body Care: April came in and gave a presentation on the negative effects of chemicals in body care products and taught the kids how to make their own hand lotion.  Hopefully you’ve been able to enjoy some of the finished product.

 

Class Business:  I introduced the idea of us starting a classroom business second semester and encouraged them to think about creating a product that meets a need.  I’ve already received an email from a student with an idea for a product, and hope to hear from more students.

 

Gardening:  Some of the kids helped harvest gourds from the garden, including cleaning the gourds to prepare them for drying.  At noon on the solstice we measured the length of the shadow cast by the student-constructed sundial in our garden.

 

P.E.:  We played Capture the Flag.

 

SLVMS Winter Carnival:  The CRMS kids had time during lunch on Thursday to participate in the middle school’s winter fundraising event.

 

Charter Workshops to Kick-Off Second Semester:

Thursday, January 12

Math Parent Ed Workshop “Taming Wild Word Problems”

10:00am to 12:00pm, Room 16 at Quail Hollow Homeschool - presented by Gillian Blair

Does your child hit a wall on word problems in math? Let’s bust through the blockade with some friendly strategies.  Come to a workshop for parents of students Grades 2-8, where we will demystify and tame those gnarly math word problems.  Childcare will be provided (by Marcy & Lisa).

Also…look for an announcement soon about Martha’s two-session parent-student workshop offered early in 2017.

Coast Redwood MS Summer Orientation Letter

posted Jul 26, 2016, 6:52 PM by Marcy Reynolds

Dear CRMS Families,

I hope you all are in the middle of a relaxing & rejuvenating summer abundant with unscheduled time for doing whatever nurtures you the most.  As we are less than a month away from the official start of the 2016-17 school year, I wanted to send an email to let you know about important dates so that you can mark them on your calendars and keep them in mind as you make end-of-summer/fall plans:

Third Annual Santa Cruz Homeschool Conference: Saturday, August 13, 9am-4:30pm.  For more info: http://www.dlcsantacruz.org/2016homeschoolconference Not an SLV Charter event, but a great opportunity to network with other homeschooling families and get inspired for the new year.  I plan to go and hope to see you there.

Sunday 8/21, 3-7pm:  CRMS beginning of the year family gathering.  Since we have so many new families joining this year I thought it would be fun to get together the evening before school starts to get to know each other through mixer activities, games, a shared potluck dinner, and maybe even some swimming.  The Trowbridge family has graciously offered their home in Bonny Doon for the event.  I’ll send out directions and details the week before.

Monday, 8/22, 10am-12pm: First official homeschool day & parent orientation meeting.  Parents and Marcy will meet in the CRMS classroom to get down to the nuts and bolts of homeschooling with Coast Redwood Middle School while the kids get to play on the field or in the shade of the woods with John Rible and JT Osgood (two good teacher-friends of mine). 

Please bring:

*Your calendar to sign up for a semester planning meeting and parent help days in the classroom. 

*Your laptop or your log-in information so that you can use one of our classroom Chromebooks to access your gmail/google drive accounts.  Hopefully, we’ll also be able to set up yearbook accounts at that time.

*A cash donation (if possible) to support paying JT & John for their time providing childcare. 

There will be instructional materials available at this meeting for you to take home for getting started with your homeschooling year.

8/22-9/15, Semester planning meetings.  Once you start your official homeschooling year I will meet with each of you individually to flesh out the details of your learning plan for first semester at our semester planning meeting.  Experienced homeschoolers, if your schedule allows, please sign up for later meetings to leave the first couple weeks for families new to homeschooling.

Friday, 8/26, 11am-2pm, All-Charter Beach Day, Twin Lakes Beach, Santa Cruz:  All families enrolled in SLV Charter School are invited to all-charter events.  These events are always super-fun and it is great to connect with the broader community of families homeschooling through our SLV Charter School.

Wednesday, 9/14, 2:15pm-3:30pm.  CRMS Monthly Parent Meeting.  This is a time for us to get together to support each other in the very challenging and rewarding endeavor of homeschooling middle-schoolers.  We bring stories of our triumphs and challenges, share advice and resources, and make decisions about how to spend parent-raised school funds.  There will also be CRMS parent meetings after class on: 11/16 & 12/14, and will continue monthly second semester.

Thursday, 9/15, Month 1 Attendance Paperwork Due:  Don’t worry…after the parent orientation meeting on 8/22 you’ll know what to do.

Wednesday, 9/28, 9:30am-2:00pm, CRMS Classes Start:  Please send your child to school dressed in layers (it can get hot in the afternoon), a snack, lunch (no candy, soda, or peanuts, please), and a pair of shoes suitable for P.E. (if they aren’t already wearing some), and a laptop/chromebook/tablet with keyboard, if they have one they use for school.  CRMS classes will continue uninterrupted on Wednesdays and Thursdays until Thursday, 11/17.  Then classes will resume the week after Thanksgiving and continue until the winter break, 11/30-12/22.

Friday, 9/30, All-Charter Capture-the-Flag Game.  This is a long-time SLV Charter tradition.  Kids of all ages (including alumni) come and play while parents connect with each other. The games usually take place mid-day and are held either at on the Quail Hollow Homeschool campus field or on the field next to the pond at Quail Hollow County Park.  More details will be sent closer to the date.

Thursday, 10/13, Month 2 Attendance Paperwork Due.

Saturday 10/22-Monday 10/24, CRMS Family Campout, Mt. Madonna County Park.  This is a great opportunity for CRMS families to hang out in a non-rushed atmosphere: parents get to know parents, parents get to know kids, kids get to deepen their relationships with each other as well as get to know parents.  It is a great time to share homeschooling experiences and support each other in a pressure-free environment.  The campout will take the place of our usual CRMS monthly parent meeting for October. Many of the kids last year listed our fall campout as one of the high points of their year for them.  We share the cost of the campground reservations: $30 per family.

More Dates:  For those of you who like to plan even further ahead, I here is a link to the SLV school district calendar for 2016-17:  http://www.slvusd.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/District-School-Calendar-2016-2017.pdf

I hope you continue to make the most of your summer and I look forward to seeing you at the Trowbridges on 8/21.


Sincerely,

Marcy Reynolds

Coast Redwood Middle School

(831) 512-9331

CRMS Update for 4/25/16

posted Apr 26, 2016, 12:33 PM by Marcy Reynolds

Dear CRMS Families,

 

Green Ninja:

We’ll get back to Green Ninja when the yearbook is done and we return from Shasta.

 

Headwaters:  If you haven’t turned in the med form and waiver (attached) and payment for Headwaters, please bring it to class on Wednesday.  It looks like we’ve barely got enough room in all the cars to transport all of the kids.  Thank you, Drivers!  We’ll discuss any last minute details/questions, at our parent meeting this Thursday.  I will send out meeting times and places later in the week.

 

Yearbook:

Please refer to the email I sent out on Friday with the subject line “Yearbook Help” for a list of what your child needs to work on for the yearbook.  Paul Owens, our district tech support was able to come by the classroom to investigate the problem we were having creating accounts.  Sure enough, the district’s firewall will not allow kids to create accounts at school.  I am hopeful that after your child creates and account at home, they will be able to access it at school.  In addition to the information I already sent in the “Yearbook Help” email, here is some more information that will be helpful in working to finish our yearbook pages this week:

 

*In my rush to create a classmate reflection grid from last year’s form, I neglected to add Nicole.  Please do add Nicole Fraser-Thiede to your grid and include her in your appreciations!

 

*Treering is sending you deadlines that allow for time for the editorial staff to review all pages.  Since every child in CRMS is an editor, I would like to extend these deadlines.  The real deadline for your child to finish their custom pages (which will only be in their yearbook) and their alphabetized page (which will be in all yearbooks) is the end of this week.  This will also be the deadline for the yearbook editorial team to finish the group pages.  By Sunday I need to have all the pages in their final form so that when we return from Headwaters, we can just add the Shasta photos and description and send it off to print.  Please have your child’s pages completed by this Saturday night.  Also, please purchase your yearbook by this Saturday night so that we can make sure you get it in time for our end of the year celebration.

 

*Please prioritize getting photos into not only your child’s Treeing folder, but also into the group folders, and the folders of other students.  This will really help every child to have enough to work with when creating their pages.  Thanks!

 

*When creating your pages, click the little grid tab to the top right of the page.  This will overlay a grid on your page so that you can place your photos and text boxes evenly.  Remember, there will need to be three text boxes one each student’s alphabetized page: one for their name, one for their bio, and one for their classmate’s reflections about them.

 

Please send me an email if you have any questions!


Upcoming:

 

Math Study Hall with Aaron Shaw: Wednesdays, 2:15pm-4:00pm. 

SBAC Testing: During class time, mostly in the mornings on 4/27 & 4/28.  The kids are doing great: really applying themselves, but not stressing.

Next Book Club Meeting: Thursday, 4/28, 2:15pm-3:15pm:  SKY JUMPERS #2: THE FORBIDDEN FLATS by Peggy Eddleman.

Next CRMS Parent Meeting: Thursday, 4/28, 2:15pm-3:30pm.  We’ll meet at the Nature Academy garden while the book club meets in the classroom.

Ukulele Club Meetings: Thursday, 5/12, 2:15pm-3:15pm: Budapest, Riptide, Don’t Worry, Be Happy. Practice strums.

 

Summary of Class Activities:

 

CAASPP Testing: The kids did a great job of focusing!  Most of them completed the CAT ELA and Math tests.  This week we’ll be completing the Performance Tasks.  Many thanks to parent helpers and Rhonda for helping to create a relaxed and supported experience for the kids.

 

Project Presentations:  This week’s presentations were on: the history of computers; dirt bike safety and equipment; and volcanos.  Thank you, presenters!

 

Gardening:  The kids worked on sheet mulching, digging the irrigation line trench, and weeded.  Katherine and Jennifer worked the mornings in the garden and welcomed kids taking breaks from testing, so the garden is starting to look really great!   Please keep that cardboard coming! We’ve almost mulched to the top of the garden.  Renee will not be here this week, but we are hoping that Matthew can make it.

 

Batik Project:  Most of the kids of the kids transferred their designs onto fabric with charcoal and began to use the hot wax and tjantings.  Some kids mixed dyes and did their first dye bath.

 

Yearbook: The kids worked on their write-ups or photo-editing for the yearbook. 

 

Wish List:

*Large pieces of cardboard for sheet mulching project.  Feel free to simply throw any big pieces of cardboard over the garden fence if you happen to bring them by the school when we aren’t there.

*Gravel and river stones for the succulent garden.

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