CRMS Update for 3/6/16

posted Mar 18, 2016, 3:19 AM by Marcy Reynolds

Dear CRMS Families,

I hope everyone is enjoying the rain!


*Partner Bio:  If your child has not finished their biographical paragraph write-up yet, please finish it at home and share it with me via Google Docs or email.

*Project Presentation Planning & Research

*Ukulele: Keep practicing strums and smooth chord changes.  Perfect Budapest (attached to 2/15 update).

*Book Club: New Book: Sky Jumpers, by Peggy Eddleman


Writing Study Hall with Lou: Tuesdays, 2:30pm-4:00pm, at the Fall Creek office (aka The Annex). 

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

Ukulele Club Meetings: Thursdays, 2:15pm-3:15pm, 3/10, 3/17…

Book Club Meeting: Thursdays, 2:15pm-3:15pm, 3/24

Next CRMS Parent Meeting: Wednesday, 3/23, 2:15pm-3:30pm


Headwaters:  It turns out that Tim Corcoran, the founder of Headwaters will be coming to the Art & History Museum in Santa Cruz on Saturday, March 12, 7-9pm and giving a slide show presentation of photographs he has taken of Santa Cruz.  In addition to being a dedicated outdoor educator, Tim is a wonderful photographer.  I hope that many of you will be able to attend the presentation.


Summary of Class Activities:


Circle Check-In:  In addition to sharing how they were doing physically and emotionally, the kids shared a stories of their favorite PE activity in the last month.


Weather Data Collection:  Last week’s record-keeper was Faith.


Partner Bios:  If your child has not finished, please have them finish writing at home. Photography is also a part of this project.  The kids are taking portraits of their partners, uploading them, transferring them to their school Google account and sharing them with me.  In class I shared a list poem with them called Slug File and we used it as a template for coming up with figurative language to describe their bio partners.  The kids first worked alone at first, consulting dictionaries and thesauruses for support.  The next day they worked in table groups helping each other come up with figurative language that fit their partner and the pattern of the poem.  Some kids challenged themselves to rhyme as well.


PE: The kids ran two laps around the field, completed dribbling and passing drills and then played Knockout. As we work up to running the mile to support the 7th graders in their PE test, please remind your child to come to school with a pair of good running shoes.


Trout Project:  I was amazed at how fast the eggs hatched.  We now have tiny alevin in our tank, complete with egg sacks.  We’ve been looking at them each day.


Climate Science: We looked at the data from our density lab and compared it to a computer simulation.  The kids came up with similarities and differences between our lab, the simulation, and the actual ocean that they are intended to model.


Tech Museum: We had a fun time at the Tech Museum in the morning exploring exhibits related to energy and alternative technologies, as well as the kids’ favorites.  In the afternoon the kids participated in the “Green By Design” lab where they created circuits using solar cells and designed and tested wind turbines using volt meters to track their energy production.


Project Presentations:  If your child has not chosen a date for their presentation, I will be assigning them one.  I’ll send you the dates for their presentations to me and to the group this week.  If you or your child have any questions, please let me know.  We can arrange a time to meet.  Otherwise, the kids will be completing their presentations with you at home.

Stress:  We had a visit from our school counsellor, Jennifer Sims, last week who gave a presentation on how to identify stress.  She will be coming back this week to talk with the kids about healthy ways to manage stress.


Gardening:  I presented information on mycelium growth and tree mushroom cultivation.  I worked with three groups of kids to inoculate oak logs with shitake and oyster mushroom plug spawn.  Renee came with seeds, soil, and seedling trays and helped the kids plant.  Sara supported the others in clearing the upper beds and ongoing weeding.


Asteroid Project:  Many kids finished painting their asteroids last week and are working on making their information tags so that we hang the celestial models from the ceiling and still be able to read about them.


Ukulele Club:  The kids were competently led by Jeanette last Thursday and practiced Budapest.  Based on Elli’s class, Jeanette suggested that the kids all do a basic downward strum when they play in ensemble so that they can coordinate better.  I was impressed with how the kids really stuck to it and worked to stay together.  They unanimously decided to stick with Budapest and get it down before learning a new song.  If you notice your child not practicing, please encourage them to do so.  There is a clear difference between those who practice and those who don’t.  It is a little frustrating for those who have practiced to slow down for those who haven’t.


Wish List:

*1 Bag of Gravel for succulent garden

*Please send in your power bills this week.




Coast Redwood High School Parent Info. Night:  Monday, March 14, 6-7:30pm, Room P3, which is through the CRHS garden at the back of the SLV High School campus.  This is intended to be a parent orientation.  Kids are welcome to attend, but I will be arranging a time for 8th grade CRMS students to go over as a group to meet the teachers and receive a separate orientation.


Capture the Flag at Quail Hollow Ranch: Friday, March 18, 10:30-12:30.  This monthly game is an SLV Homeschool tradition and is open to all Charter Homeschool Students.


Monterey Bay Air Resources District Art Contest: Due Friday, March 18.  They are encouraging kids, grades 1-8 to submit 8”x10” drawings representing everyday pollution or wintertime pollution to be recognized during Clean Air Month in May.  More details are on the flyer on the counter near the front of the classroom.


Teen Peer Court Fundraiser: Saturday, March 19, 8:30am-12:30pm at the Santa Cruz Law Library.  I’ve spoken with many of you who have older kids about the great Teen Peer Court program in Santa Cruz where teens get to participate in all aspects of a teen-centered courtroom.  Well, the Santa Cruz Law Library is hosting a Scrabble tournament to raise money for the program.  The cost is $25 for adults to participate and is free for students grades 7-12.  For more information call (831) 420-2205 or email


Charter Homeschool Information Night: Tuesday, March 22, 6-7pm, SLV Middle School Library.  We love to have currently enrolled families show up to our info. night to share their experiences with interested families who might be nervous about making the leap into homeschooling.  If you know of a family who you think might be interested in homeschooling through our charter school next year, please encourage them to attend the information night and find out about our charter programs.


New Seed Co-op:  CRHS mom, Melanie Burgess and the teachers at Coast Redwood High School have started a garden seed co-op where you can donate extra seeds that you might have and take new seeds that you might like to try to grow. The Seed Co-Op operates on the honor system and is available to all Charter 25 families. When you CHECK OUT seeds you’ll be expected to COLLECT seeds and CONTRIBUTE seeds to The Seed Co-Op.  HOURS: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday,  8:30-9:30am and 12:30-1:30pm (Room P3 at CRHS on the SLV High School campus). Please contact with any questions. More info noted on the CRHS webpage under Seed Co-Op.