CRMS Update for 5/15/15

posted May 27, 2015, 9:21 AM by Marcy Reynolds

Dear CRMS Families,

Missing Earbuds:  Faith is missing her earbuds after using them for testing.  Did your child bring them home by accident?  Here’s the description: “black with silver on them and they have some paint on the cord. The cord is black and the end is a right angle. They are ear buds and have L and R  for the left and right ears.” If you find them, please let me know.

Dates to Remember:

Tuesday, May 19, 11am-1:30pm.  Make-up testing time (see testing below).

Math Tutoring, Wednesday, 1:45pm-2:45pm.  This will be the last Math tutoring session of the year.

Thursday, May 21: Last Day of Class at CRMS.  I’ve been able to shift things so that I can be in class on the last day –yay!  So we’ll have a normal class day on Wednesday, with a focus on the yearbook and the last project presentations, then we’ll take our hike up to the limekilns in Fall Creek on Thursday.

Tuesday, May 26:  Survey Monkey Survey Due.  Please complete our online, 10-question, year-end survey.  Here’s the link: 

Month 10 Attendance due, Monday, June 8:  If you feel confident projecting out a the last week-worth of homeschooling activities it would be a great help to me if you could turn in your month 10 attendance early.  If you don’t feel confident in projecting activities, then the final due date is the last day of school, Thursday, June 11.

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!


Please have your child complete their description of a class activity for the yearbook, type it into Google Drive and share it with me by next Wednesday.  Here is the list of who is writing about what:

Ropes Course: Jacob

Campout: Brendan M.

Quilt-Making: Jeanette

Photography: Erin I.

P.E.: Aidan

Circle Check-in: Brennen

Mindfulness: John

Project Presentations: Brendan B.

Rosicrucian Museum: Viviana

Neuroanatomy: Viviana

Gazos Creek: Henry

Cal Academy: Ari

Ano Nuevo: Garvey

Marin Headlands: Faith

Gardening: Elena

Math Tutoring: Hannah

Puma Project: Erin W.

Art: Carrie

Antiseptic Lab: Justin

Spikerbox Lab: Scott

Planaria Movement Lab: Evan

Plant Extracts: Elizabeth

Medicinal Plant Studies: Riley

Planaria Regeneration Lab: Hannah S. (will finish next week)

Parent Meeting:  Thanks to all who were able to make it to the parent meeting on Wednesday. We started by appreciating the beautiful quilt, discussed how the testing was going and what was happening in class, and then engaged in a rich discussion about working with teenagers resistant to taking direction/receiving guidance from their parent-teachers.

Town Hall Meeting:  Thanks to all who attended the Town Hall Meeting!  I just heard from Kusum that our proposal for $500 to help fund our beginning of the year ropes course was voted in.  Thank you Charter Boosters!

Summary of 5/13-14:

Testing:  Most of the kids have finished their testing.  I’ll email you if you child still needs to complete the test.  We’ll have a make-up testing session on Tuesday, May 19, 11am-1:30pm for those who need to complete their tests.

Project Presentations:  This week we heard about the history of My Little Pony, narwhal conservation, sea glass, and colossal squids.  Thank you presenters!  Please don’t forget to fill out your project presentation reflection sheets.

Yearbook:  The kids are working on their yearbooks. On Wednesday morning Sadie Parker (CRMS Alumna and yearbook specialist) will come and help the kids take their content and format it on to the pages.  Here’s a reminder of what the kids need to complete 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.

Gardening:  A lot got weeded this week, largely thanks to Annette, Crystal and Bruno.  On Thursday some of the kids were involved in planting and setting up a compost pile as well as weeding.

P.E.:  The kids did free-play on breaks from the testing and we played a game of Capture the Flag.  We also worked on calming and listening skills during a discussion of potential PE games.

Quilt: Bill and Jeanette Sembrat brought in the beautiful finished medicinal herb quilt that the kids and April made.  Thank you so much to April for her tireless dedication and perseverance with this project!  It is amazingly beautiful and I think the kids are proud to have been a part of it.  Please take the time to come in and look at it as you’re picking up/dropping off your kids this week.


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.