CRMS Update for 3/20/17

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

Dear CRMS Families,

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

Marcy Reynolds

Coast Redwood Middle School


Dates to Remember:

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


Thursday, 3/30:  Month 8 Attendance Due


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


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


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


To Do/Homework:


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


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


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


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


Summary of Class Activities:


3/8 & 3/9:


Class Business:

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


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



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.



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.



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. 



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:

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.