CRMS Update for 2/5/18

posted Feb 5, 2018, 6:25 PM by Marcy Reynolds

Dear Coast Redwood Middle School Families:


I hope you all are enjoying this unusually warm winter/spring weather!  It is an inspiring time to garden and we will be moving forward with our plans for renovation.  If you have any tools that the kids can borrow (pry bars, crow bars, hammers, flat & Phillips head screwdrivers, staple removers) please send them with your child to class to use in dismantling the beds.  We are trying to salvage as much of the wood as possible for reuse.  As the kids design beds to fit their chosen plants, I’m sure we’ll be asking for odds and ends to repurpose into bed-building materials, too. 


In addition to tools, please send cameras with your kids to class this week (if you have them).  We’ll want to take photos of the garden renovation in progress.  The kids will also be photographing their bio partners this week. (See class summary below.)


Last on the CRMS to do list before Wednesday would be to fill out the survey about out trip to Yosemite.  Thank you to those who have already filled out the survey.  So far ten of you have responded. I need to hear from at least 10 more of you to be able to move forward. If you have any questions I can answer to help you decide, please let me know.  At this point I just need to determine if we have enough interest to make the commitment to go:



Marcy Reynolds

Coast Redwood Middle School

San Lorenzo Valley Charter

Dates to Remember:


*Thursday, Feb. 8: Parent Advisory Committee Mtg. at the Fall Creek Classroom (Charter Admin. Office location behind the SLV High School) Our superintendent, Dr. Bruton, will attend to present the State of the District.


*Friday, February 9: Charter Science Fair at Quail Hollow Homeschool site in Ben Lomond. (Please note the change in schedule below) If your student is participating in the fair, set up is between 9:00-9:20am. Interviews are between 9:30-10:30am. Open viewing time will run from 11-12pm. If your CRMS student has not entered a science project this year, I really encourage you and your child to go anyway. Attending during the open viewing time not only supports the students who did enter, but can also inspire project ideas for the future or even right now.


*Monday, February 12: School Holiday


*Thursday, Feb. 15: Screening of “Straws” at the PAC at 12:45. We will walk over as a class to see the film and hope to have some time with our QHIA friends afterward. Here is a link to the trailer:


*Thursday, Feb. 15: CRMS Monthly Parent Meeting: 2:15pm-3:15pm at the CRMS classroom.  On the agenda: Sharing triumphs and challenges of homeschooling a middle-schooler; classroom check-in; project presentation preview sign-up, garden rebuild; science faire debrief, Redwood Mt. Faire, arranging drivers for upcoming field trips.


*Friday, Feb. 16: Capture the Flag at Quail Hollow Ranch: 10:30am-12:30pm


*Monday, Feb. 19: School Holiday


*Tuesday, Feb. 20, 10:30am-12pm:  Santa Cruz Youth Symphony Performance for 4-6th graders, downtown Santa Cruz, led by Marcy & Gillian.  We still have a few spots left, so if you would like your child to attend, please let me know ASAP.


*Thursday, Feb. 22, 2:15pm-4pm:  Month 6 Attendance Paperwork Due to your student's blue binder in the CRMS classroom.


*Friday, February 23rd, 10am-12pm: Volunteer Day at Quail Hollow Ranch. This is our chance to give back to the Ranch! Amber Walker needs parents and students to join her to do community service work in exchange for our monthly use for Capture the Flag. It will be a couple of hours of painting fences, or pulling non-native plants, etc.


Looking Ahead:


*CRMS Monthly Parent Meeting Schedule:  Many thanks to Lisa Michel for offering to supervise the kids during these meetings from 2:15pm-3:15pm: Wednesdays, March 14, April 18, May 9.


*Wednesday, March 7:  Field trip to the San Francisco Zoo. Details TBA.  We’ll be leaving earlier and coming back later than usual.


*TBA Mid-March:  Trip to Loch Lomond to release our trout hatchlings.  The actual day will be determined by when we receive our eggs and how quickly they hatch. Usual drop-off and pick-up times.


*Wednesday, April 25:  Field trip to the Rosicrucian Museum, San Jose.   We’ll be leaving at 9am for this one and will be back at school for the usual pick-up time at 2:00pm.


Class Summary:


Partner Bio:  The kids brainstormed questions to ask each other, including both closed and open-ended, internal and external questions. They interviewed each other, took notes, and used those notes to write a paragraph describing their partners.  We dissected some of those paragraphs and identified next steps in improvement.  Some of the kids are on their second draft, still consulting with their partners to clarify information.  We will be finishing up this week.  If your student cannot finish the bio in class this week, I'll be asking you to help them finish it at home, which may require a phone call to their partner to ask more questions.


Garden Redesign:  We worked in the garden to begin the process of dismantling some of the garden beds.  The kids all chose several plants they would like to grow and researched information about the needs of those plants.


All Charter Play:  We attended the play performance of Cinder-idol.  Kudos to players!


P.E. & Health: After our Circle Check-In, we ran stair laps, ran a relay race, practiced frisbee-throwing skills, and played a beginner's-level version of Ultimate Frisbee.


Typing Up the Week:  If your student is having trouble typing up the week adequately in class, please let me know.  I can offer tools that will make it more successful for them.



Coping with Stress workshop for Parents, next Thursday.  Please see attached flyer.