CRMS Update for 5/11/15

posted May 11, 2015, 8:36 PM by Marcy Reynolds

Dear CRMS Families,

Dates to Remember:

No Math Tutoring this week

May 13, 14: CRMS CAASP Testing, mostly Math.

Wednesday, May 13, 1:45pm-3:00pm: Next Parent Meeting.  Come connect with other parents, check in about how the testing is going, begin to plan next year, and sign up for an end of the year conference.

Thursday, May 14: Town Hall Meeting.  I’ve requested $500 for CRMS to help offset the cost of our beginning of the year Ropes Course (which costs $48 per student).  Come support that proposal and all the other wonderful proposals. The parents who show up make the decisions about how the parent-fundraised funds are allocated.

Friday, May 15: Month 9 attendance due.  (Yes, that’s This Friday!)

Thursday, May 21: Last Day of Class at CRMS.  Lou will be leading that day since I can’t be there.  My plan for Wednesday, May 20 is to take our Fall Creek Hike which had been cancelled twice due to dangerous critters. End of year conferences begin the following week.

Thursday, June 11, 11am-2pm: CRMS Advancement Ceremony and End of the Year Potluck Celebration at the Trowbridge residence in Bonny Doon. Thank you Rachel, Faith & family for offering to host our party!


If you have any photos that you have taken of CRMS kids/activities, the next couple of weeks would be the time to email or “share” them with me since the kids might want to include them in their yearbook.

Summary of 5/6-7:

Testing:  Thanks for sending books to read and quiet work to do during the testing time. The kids are doing a great job focusing and I think they are amazed at how fast time flies when one is deeply concentrated.  Our routine is to test for the first 1-1/2  to 2 hours of the day (with breaks).  This seems like a good amount of time for them to be able to do quality work.  Some kids may need to finish up testing next week.  I will let you know where we end up after Thursday.

It has definitely been a juggling act for me to administer 12 different tests, 6 of which require guiding different mini-lessons to portions of the group.  I am tremendously grateful to Roberta who has been able to come in and to the parent helpers who have been stationed out in the garden, helping to weed and providing a supervised, healthy place for the kids to take breaks. 

Mother’s Day Gifts:  A process that has been ongoing for a few weeks:  Each child identified a health issue that their mother was having, used their medicinal herb chart to find an herb that would be helpful, and chose a preparation for that herb.  As a whole class we made three medicated oils, one tincture, herbal sprays, herbal bath salts, and a variety of tea blends.  The kids also spent time writing up labels, decorating cards and wrapping their gifts.  Thanks to Roberta for getting gift-wrapping supplies for us.  I hope you are all enjoying your gifts!

Project Presentations:  Last week was architecture week.  We learned about Greek Columns and The Pantheon in Rome.  Thank you to all the presenters who were flexible about timing and postponing presentations until this week.  I am looking forward to them!

Yearbook:  The kids all got a start on writing their paragraph about one of the year’s class activities for the yearbook.  It is not easy for them to remember back to some of the things we did earlier in the year, but I think it is a good exercise.  It was fun to hear them helping each other remember different bits and pieces of our year.  Here is a list of what each child is preparing for the yearbook:

*A write up of a group activity (mentioned above)

*A personal biographical paragraph

*Answering the question, “If you were a medicinal plant, what plant would you be and why?”

*A photo of that medicinal plant (need not be an original).

*A reflection on the positive qualities of each classmate

*8 photos for their personal page

*More good photos for group pages

Some kids will have enough time to complete the list in class, but most will need to do at least part of it at home.  I’ll let you know what is left to do at the end of this week.

P.E.:  We played a new version of dodgeball & the kids (and parents) weeded in the garden.


Tdap Booster Needed to start 7th Grade Next Year

For the 2015-16 school year, and all future school years, students entering,

advancing or transferring into 7th grade will need proof of an adolescent whooping cough booster immunization (called Tdap) for school in the fall. The new requirement was signed into law in 2010. Students without proof of immunization will NOT be allowed to attend school on the first day of school in August.  Please be sure to bring proof from your doctor to the charter office by June 1. It is still possible to wave the Booster.  Please contact Holly in the charter office to get the form and find out the procedure. 


Redwood Mt. Faire Fundraiser

The Booster Club will be doing The Redwood Mt. Faire Fundraiser again this year.  We have been assigned to the beverage ticket booth.  We will have 18 slots that will be split up 3 per program, with the extra slots being allotted first come first serve.  The money will go directly into each program's individual Booster Club funds.  The following is a link for sign-ups.

I have signed up for Sunday, 5/31 from 5:30-9:00pm since that’s when I can make it.  Does anyone want to join me or volunteer at another time?  We need to sign up before May 22.



Scholastic Book Fair

May 11-15 in the SLVMS Library

The SLVMS Book Fair will be open in the SLVMS Library from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm every day of the week from May 11 through May 15. An amazing selection of books is headed our way. At the Book Fair, you will find the latest and finest titles for kids, as well as books of interest to parents.  The Book Fair is designed to encourage student reading and raise funds to support new book purchases for the library. Hope to see you there. You can also shop online at