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: Thanks!





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.  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! 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:   

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