CRMS Update for 4/17/17

posted Apr 19, 2017, 4:06 PM by Marcy Reynolds

Dear CRMS Families,

Your kids all did an amazing job focusing on the CAASPP test last week!  I think it is great for them to see just how focused they can be if they really apply themselves.  I am hoping we will be able to finish the testing this week, but I don’t want it to be too crammed for the kids, so if we need more time, we’ll spill over into May.

I think you’ll see by the calendar below that we have entered into the super-busy, super-fun, never-a-dull-moment end of the school year.  I hope you all are ready to jump in with both feet and enjoy all that this time of year has to offer!

Marcy Reynolds

Coast Redwood Middle School


April Dates to Remember:

April 19 & 20, CAASPP/SBAC Testing at CRMS.


Wednesday, 4/19, 2:15-3:30pm, CRMS Parent Meeting


Wednesday, 4/19, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Screenagers Showing and Discussion, at the PAC on the high school campus.


Thursday, 4/27, Month 9 Attendance Due to your child’s green binder in the classroom.


Thursday, 4/27, 5:00pm-6:00pm, Coast Redwood High School Information Night, CRHS Room P3.  Students and parents of 8th graders are encouraged to attend to meet all the CRHS teachers and hear what they have planned for next year.


May/June Dates to Remember:

Thursday May 4, PE Test.  We’ll do this all together during our usual PE time and include the FC 5th graders.  Even though only 5th & 7th graders need to officially test, all CRMS students will participate and enjoy the activities together. 


Thursday May 5, All Charter Skate Day. 


Saturday May 6, Santa Cruz County Author’s Fair, 10am-3pm at the Capitola MallLisa Michel is coordinating SLV Charter School’s participation in the annual author’s fair.  We will not be doing anything in class this year for the fair, but CRMS students are encouraged to submit polished writing they have completed at home.  Even if your child doesn’t submit their own work, the fair is a great place to visit for inspiration.


Thursday, May 11, All Charter Play Performance, 10:30am-12:00pm.  At the PAC.  We will attend the play as a class to support our friends.


Wednesday, May 17, CRMS Parent Meeting, 2:15pm-3:30pm. Among other things we will discuss the end of the year advancement/celebration at the Trowbridge’s and begin visioning next school year.


Thursday, May 18.  Last CRMS class for the school year.


Friday, May 19, All-Charter Capture the Flag and Potluck.  Location TBA.


Friday, May 19, Blasting Through History event at the M.A.H. (downtown SC), 5pm-7pm.  This is an exciting opportunity that Cindy has set up for the CRMS kids to share what they’ve been learning and to promote their non-toxic skin care products.  More details TBA in the coming weeks.  Save the evening in your calendar, if you can.


May 22-June 7, End-of-the-Year Conferences. 


Thursday, 4/27, Month 10 Attendance Due to your child’s green binder in the classroom.


Thursday, May 25, 6:30pm.  All Charter Talent Show.  (Mandatory rehearsal 5/24, 3-6pm).  More details TBA.


Tuesday, June 6, 3-6pm. End-of-Year Advancement Ceremony and Celebration, at the Trowbridge’s Home in Bonny Doon.


Wednesday, June 7.  Month 11 Attendance due by 2pm.  Please project activities through 6/8.


Thursday, June 8.  Last student day for the 2016-17 school year.



To Do/Homework:

Yearbook:  Please help your kids download their photos onto their computer and upload them to Treering (see attached).  We will need to have all pages complete, including custom pages, public pages and group pages by the end of the first week in May.  This means that we’ll need most, if not all, photos uploaded to Treering by the end of this week!


Project Presentation:  If your child has already had their preview meeting with me, please have them come to class prepared to give their presentation.  Depending on how the testing goes we may have time for 4-5 presentations this week.



Summary of Class Activities:




The kids really did a great job applying themselves to the CAASPP English-Language Arts and Math tests this week.  I suggested that completing these tests could be compared to climbing a mountain.  It seems insurmountable at first and it is a lot of work, but by putting one foot in front of the other, pacing yourself, and taking breaks, you can increase your capacity for focus and mental endurance, regardless of the amount of content you know.  A big thank you to Leean and Sheila who held space in the garden, even during showery weather for the kids’ breaks.



Cindy (Kovas’ Mom) introduced us to the problem of plastics in the ocean and the environment and inspired us to use our engineering skills to come up with ways to reuse plastics instead of throwing them away.  With Leean’s help, the kids made fish magnets out of the mesh bags you’ve been donating all year plus resin.  The kids also came up with creative ways to recycle and reuse plastic waste.  A great follow up to this activity would be to go see the crocheted coral reef exhibit at Sesnon Gallery at Porter College at UCSC, if you haven’t gotten there yet.  I think the exhibit is going to leave town soon. 


Learning Styles and Goal Setting:

Jennifer Kelly (our CRHS’ and SLVHS’ academic counselor came to our class to introduce herself to the kids and to explain how she supports students to do well in school and achieve their goals.  She led the kids in two exercises: one on goal setting, and one on identifying learning styles. 



The kids pulled weeds on testing breaks!



I introduced most of the newcomers to our yearbook format to help them get a sense of what we are creating together and what they will be expected to do.  Some of the kids took photos and loaded them into their Google Photos account.  I introduced them to how to edit photos in Google Photos and some of the kids were able to edit one or two photos.


Project Presentation:  We enjoyed Serafiina’s project presentation on Equestrian Vaulting.


Wish List:

We could still use more hot pads, another small saucepan, and a couple of Pyrex two-cup measures.



Wednesday, April 19, 7-9 pm, Performing Arts Center on the Tri-campus. 7105 Highway 9, Felton, 95018. Suggested donation of $10  Please contact Danelle Matteson at 335-0932 for more info.


All Charter Talent Show:

Calling all acts for our All Charter Talent Show, to be performed at the SLV Performing Arts Center (PAC) on Thursday, May 25, at 6:30pm. In addition, there is a mandatory Dress Rehearsal from 3-6pm on Wednesday, May 24. *Please speak directly with Amber if there is a conflict with this date. There are a few exceptions to the mandatory Dress Rehearsal attendance, but it must be discussed prior to then to be determined.


Acts should be no longer than approximately 3-4 minutes in length. Solo dancers, group dancers, solo musical artists, bands, monologues, stop motion videos, short films...any and all visual and performing artists are welcome!


We will also display 2D and 3D artwork in the lobby to the PAC.


Please email Amber Walker at with the following info by Friday, May 5:

1) Name and age/grade of student

2) Contact information of parent or responsible adult: email address and phone number

2) Charter Program they are enrolled in

3) What kind of performance or visual art will be presented

4) Staging needs-such as mats, microphones, piano, extension cords, backing musical track, chairs, etc.