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:, 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: 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: Thanks!





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.