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December/January Newsletter 2016-17

posted Jan 13, 2017, 11:36 AM by Katie Parmenter

Details and News:

It is hard to believe how quickly this school year is flying by and 2016 is coming to an end. We will have a shorter break in classes this year, with some parent education opportunities. We hope you enjoy a wonderful time with your family and loved ones - and start strong homeschooling again on January 9th when our break ends. January is a wonderful time to focus on Science Fair Projects. We teachers look forward to the opportunity to meet with you for our mid year evaluation meetings. Please let us know if you would prefer to have us come to your home or meet at school when you sign up for a time that is best for you.

Mid Year Benchmarks for Math & Writing

Here is an opportunity to see the growth your child has made in writing. Remember, this is to be done by students organically so we can see growth and progress that has been made since the beginning of the year. While it may be tempting, please do not use this as a teaching opportunity when your child asks for help. Please turn these in to your teacher of record at your mid year meeting or before. If you have any questions, please ask.

Resource Library

Our resource center will not be open for regular hours during the month of January. Teachers will be on and off campus with families for semester evaluation/planning meetings. Please email your teacher of record in January (or call) to make sure the Resource Library is open before heading over to check out materials.

Tuesday, December 13 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Parent Ed Workshop:
"Developing Higher-Order Thinking Skills and Effective Questioning Strategies" (Will also introduce Academic Vocabulary) with Martha Kaufeldt
"This evening workshop will help parents think about and design questions, tasks, and projects that go beyond basic knowledge and comprehension thinking. Learn ways to challenge your child to APPLY and TRANSFER new concepts, ANALYZE information, form opinions based on EVIDENCE, as well as SYNTHESIZE and CREATE new ideas.
RSVP Requested
335-0932 to prepare materials, childcare, snacks, and meeting space by 12/9 *This session is the second of a series of future Parent Education opportunities provided by SLV Charter School. **Come early if you would like to meet Jen Sims, our school counselor, plan to arrive at 5:30pm.

Science Fair

All Charter Science Fair Applications Available Now!

Science Fair Applications Due: Friday, December 16

Charter Science Fair Applications are available on top of the teacher bookshelf next to the fridge. Please pick one up and return completed applications to Katie’s tray. There are so many resources on display in the Resource Center. It’s time to start brainstorming ideas!
Deadline to apply for Charter Science Fair: Friday, December 16
Date of Charter Science Fair: Friday, February 3
Date of SC County Science Fair: Saturday, March 11

Friday, December 9
Discovery Play Day
10am-1pm
Come join us for guided play and exploration. This event is a favorite of our students. Parents are welcome to stay or drop children off after signing them in with teachers. Remember to pack a lunch.

Friday, December 16 All Charter Skate Day!

Santa Cruz Roller Palladium: 1:00-3:00pm
1606 Seabright Ave. in Santa Cruz
Parents must accompany their children or send their children with a responsible adult. Admission and skates are FREE for children enrolled students.
Siblings and parents cost $3.00. If your enrolled student would like inline skates instead of roller skates, it costs an additional $3.00.

Thursday, December 22
Winter Holiday Potluck and Talent Share
Our last class day before Winter Break on Thursday, December 22 will be our Winter Holiday Potluck and Talent Share. Please bring something to share for the potluck. Please help your child choose something that is appropriate to the occasion. We ask if students are planning on sharing a song, piano piece, poem, etc. for the talent share portion to please let us know what your child will be performing, and let us know if your child will be needing access to a piano, boom box, etc. (Thank you Poppy for sharing your keyboard for the talent portion)
The students will also share gifts with their “Secret Santa”. These were chosen during the crafting day. The kids will also perform as a group for all of you parents!

Wednesday, December 21
Parent Advisory Committee Meeting
Fall Creek Office 3:00-4:00pm
At our meeting with will be discussing:

* Safe Schools Plan * WASC report update
* Questions/ Interests/idea * LCFF/LCAP: Supplemental funds

Looking forward to January...

Semester Planning meetings/home visits January 9-26 (Homeschooling begins Monday, Jan. 9) It is not too early to schedule a meeting with Katie and Gillian : )

Thursday, January 12
Math Parent Ed Workshop

10:00am to 12:00pm, Room 16 at Quail Hollow Homeschool - presented by Gillian Blair
Does your child hit a wall on word problems in math? Let’s bust through the blockade with some friendly strategies. Come to a workshop for parents of students Grades 2-8, where we will demystify and tame those gnarly math word problems. Childcare will be provided!

From Teacher Lisa Michel

Dear Families of our 4th and 5th Graders,

Once again we have the opportunity to attend a free concert of the Santa Cruz Symphony! The concert is on Thursday, January 26 at 11am ( arrival at 10:30) at the Santa Cruz Civic and runs for 45 minutes. Also, a member of the Symphony will come to Fall Creek classroom on

Friday, January 13 at 9:30 am to give us a pre-concert introduction of what we will hear.   I hosted this last year and it was completely wonderful. I truly encourage all 4th and 5th graders to attend both of these fantastic sessions. Please email me as soon as possible to put your student on the list.  Seating is limited and I only have so many seats reserved.   lmichel@slvusd.org


Important Dates:

Thursday, December 8: Parent Meeting 1:30pm Turn in Month 4 paperwork

Friday, December 9: Discovery Play Day Month 4 paperwork due

Tuesday, December 13: Parent Ed Night 

Friday, December 16: All Charter Skate Day

Science Fair Applications Due Wednesday, December 21: Parent Advisory Committee Meeting

Thursday, December 22: Winter Holiday Potluck & Talent Share Month 5 paperwork due

December 23- January 8: Winter Break: NO SCHOOL

Monday, January 9: Homeschooling Resumes/Mid Year Meetings begin with Katie & Gillian 

Thursday, January 12: Math Parent Ed Workshop 10am-12pm

Monday, January 16: NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King, Jr

Thursday, February 2: Parent Meeting 1:30pm & Turn in month 6 paperwork 

Friday, February 3: Charter Science Fair & Month 6 paperwork due


November/December Newsletter 2016

posted Dec 12, 2016, 9:38 PM by Katie Parmenter   [ updated Dec 12, 2016, 9:41 PM ]

Details and News:

Together we have learned so much about ancient Greek culture this past month.  We have been sharing our 7 Wonders of Me posters.  We learned about the different styles of greek columns and architecture and how that style is still used all around us today, we read Greek myths, made up our own in a writing activity to share and present to the class,  and made our own lekythos. We will finish up our Greek study next week with our own version of the Greek Olympics.  


Our Halloween Extravaganza was a great day of fun had by all - thank you all for your participation!  We also had our very first emergency drill and discussed and practiced how to handle an emergency at school with duck and cover, then evacuating the building to the field.  The first round of elective rotations with science, art and gardening has ended.


Writing Prompts and Story Outlines

Each week you will find one or two writing prompts, outlines, or guides in the weekly update.  Please use the ones you think are relevant for your child.  These are not assignments – they are supports for you in your teaching of writing to your child. We are trying to encourage MUCH more writing in general for everyone.

Stone Soup is a magazine by and for kids. It is published 6 times per year. Preparing writing for submission to the magazine would be good inspiration for writing creative stories and poems. Here is a link to how to submit writing: http://stonesoup.com/how-to-submit-writing-and-art-to-stone-soup/


Fundraising Opportunities:

Coupon Books?  Box Tops?


Tuesday, November 15  5:30pm - 7:00pm

Parent Ed Workshop: "Developing Higher-Order Thinking Skills and Effective Questioning Strategies" (Will also introduce Academic Vocabulary) with Martha Kaufeldt

"This evening workshop will help parents think about and design questions, tasks, and projects that go beyond basic knowledge and comprehension thinking.  Learn ways to challenge your child to APPLY and TRANSFER new concepts, ANALYZE information, form opinions based on EVIDENCE, as well as SYNTHESIZE and CREATE new ideas.  Come early if you would like to meet Jen Sims, our school counselor, plan to arrive at 5:00pm

RSVP Requested to prepare materials, childcare, snacks, and meeting space.   

*This session is the second of a series of future Parent Education opportunities provided by SLV Charter School.


Thursday, November 17

Picture Retake Day

Fall Creek Office from 8:00am-12:00pm


Tuesday, December 13  

Parent Education Night: "Using Projects and Problem-solving to Engage Every Learner!"

Fall Creek Ludlow Building 5:30 - 7:00pm

Wednesday, November 16

Parent Advisory Committee: Charter Fall Creek Office  3-4pm

From Rhonda:  Dr. Bruton will come to share the State of the District. Additional focus will be the WASC report, and learning more about LCFF goals and LCAP supplemental funds.  It is the one committee that the Charter has where parent representatives from every program meet to learn more about the details of the Charter and provide input to me regarding pertinent program needs requests  We meet once a month, (sometimes more) so that we can collectively discuss the guiding documents of the Charter School and so I can hear from you about the Charter program you and your child is involved in.  

All parents who are interested are welcome, but we particularly need representation from the Quail Hollow programs.  Here is a note from one of our parent representatives:

“First it was Common Core; then it was WASC and now it is LCAP. There have been so many recent policy changes. Along with the frustration that comes with change, these new laws and policies have turned out to have some exciting silver linings. The charter needs YOU to be a voice in establishing and maintaining the vision and goals for this awesome Charter School. Come and join us!”   There will be chocolate. :)


Friday, December 2

Winter Holiday Craft Fair

Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm

This is an opportunity to share our creative talents, and support each other's artistic endeavors by selling and purchasing each other's crafts and/or food. Students and parents are encouraged to make and sell their craft items!  Please email Amber Walker at awalker@slvusd.org  if you would like to participate and have a space to sell your wares.

(It will be a shared table space, approx. 3ft. X 3ft.)  

The deadline to reserve a table is Monday, November 28

Where: QH Homeschool Rooms 14 and 16 and QH Resource Library


Science Fair

All Charter Science Fair Applications Available Now!

Science Fair Applications Due:  Friday, December 16

Charter Science Fair Applications are available on top of the teacher bookshelf next to the fridge.  Please pick one up and return completed applications to Katie’s tray.  There are so many resources on display in the Resource Center.  It’s time to start brainstorming ideas!

Deadline to apply for Charter Science Fair: Friday, December 16

Date of Charter Science Fair: Friday, February 3

Date of SC County Science Fair: Saturday, March 11


Friday, December 9

Discovery Play Day  10am-1pm

Come join us for guided play and exploration.  This event is a favorite of our students.  Parents are welcome to stay or drop children off after signing them in with teachers.  Remember to pack a lunch.  This play day will be limited to 21 students.  Email kparmenter@slvusd.org to reserve a place.

Thursday, December 8

Annual Crafting Class Day

We meet at our regular class time.  We will also draw names for our Secret Santa gift exchange

that friends will participate in at our Winter Holiday Potluck on Thursday, December  22.

If you do not plan to be there, please notify Katie by 12/19 – to make sure everyone who is participating has a Secret Santa  : )

Students will go home with an envelope that has their secret pal's name inside.  Gifts that are handmade are appreciated, or it is also an option to spend no more than $5.00 on a gift for their pal.  Please remember, giving comes from the heart.


Thursday, December 22

Winter Holiday Potluck and Talent Share

Our last class day before Winter Break on Thursday, December 22 will be our Winter Holiday Potluck and Talent Share.  Please bring something to share for the potluck.  We ask if students are planning on sharing a song, piano piece, poem, etc. for the talent share portion to please let us know what your child will be performing, and let us know if your child will be needing access to a piano, boom box, etc.  (Does anyone have a keyboard they are willing and able to bring in for the talent portion?)


Wednesday, December 21

Parent Advisory Committee Meeting

Fall Creek Office 3:00-4:00pm

Please consider representing Quail Hollow Homeschool during the Parent Advisory Committee meetings.  We need you!  This is a chance to learn about what is happening in our charter school from administration and other parents.  Meetings are the 3rd Wednesday of each month.  


Looking forward to January...

Semester Planning meetings/home visits January 9-26 (Homeschooling begins Monday, Jan. 9)

It is not too early to schedule a meeting


Important Dates:


Friday, November 11: Veteran’s Day - NO SCHOOL

Friday, November 18: Capture the Flag QH Ranch 10:30am-12:30pm

Friday, November 21-25:  NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

Friday, December 2:  Winter Holiday Craft Fair

Thursday, December 8: Parent Meeting 1:30pm

Friday, December 9: Discovery Play Day

                       Month 4 paperwork due

Tuesday, December 13: Parent Ed Night

Friday, December 16: All Charter Skate Day

                                 Science Fair Applications Due

Wednesday, December 21: Parent Advisory Committee Meeting

Thursday, December 22:  Winter Holiday Potluck & Talent Share

                                          Month 5 paperwork due

December 23- January 8: Winter Break:  NO SCHOOL

Monday, January 9:  Homeschooling Resumes

Friday, February 3: Charter Science Fair

October/November Newsletter 2016

posted Oct 17, 2016, 9:18 PM by Katie Parmenter

Details and News:

We have been so busy in class - building adobe brick, learning about structures and architecture, writing in Greek, working on guided drawings - full of fun stuff as well as art, science and working in the garden!  We had a fabulous day kayaking and feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet at the Felton Quarry to see and learn about all of the work that is happening right in our “back yard”.  It was really eye opening!


You may have seen Jen Sims around our campus on Tuesdays; she is our school counselor.  She is here to offer additional support for our students and families.  Jen visited our younger group last week and will spend some time with our older friends next week - sharing what makes a good classmate/friend, communication, and choices we make.  She will also be available at the next Parent Ed Workshop on Tuesday, November 15th for parents who would like to meet her.  She can be reached at jsims@slvusd.org  There are consent and counseling intake forms that are with paperwork in the Resource Library -


Please remember to send your child to school with a refillable water bottle with their name on it.


Huge Fundraising Opportunity!!!

Toyota Drive for Schools

This is our biggest fundraising opportunity of the year!!!  Please get some booklets from us and sell as many as you can - all money raised stays 100% in our program!  (And you can win some amazing prizes too!)  Last day to turn money and tickets - Friday October 14 at 2:30pm

Tickets are $5 each or a book of 6 is $25


Friday, October 14

Discovery Play Day

10am-1pm

Come join us for guided play and exploration.  This event is a favorite of our students.  Parents are welcome to stay or drop children off after signing them in with teachers.  Remember to pack a lunch.


Wednesday, October 19

Wednesday, November 16

Parent Advisory Committee Meeting

Fall Creek Office 3:00-4:00pm

Please consider representing Quail Hollow Homeschool during the Parent Advisory Committee meetings.  We need you!  This is a chance to learn about what is happening in our charter school from administration and other parents.  Meetings are the 3rd Wednesday of each month.  


Quail Hollow Homeschool Events


Thursday, October 27

Costume Parade and Fall Celebration/Craft Day!

Our Halloween Extravaganza is a parent participation day : )  We welcome parent volunteers to lead crafts.  It is helpful to have 4 or 5 “stations” with a different craft at each table or room.  We can use 2-4 parent helpers at each station.  The crafting will start at around 10:30am.  

* Please confirm with us if you would like to lead a craft or be a helper to someone else.  The festivities will end at 1:30pm  


Just a Reminder:  All costumes must be in good taste and safely constructed so that they do not interfere with safety.  Gruesome costumes and bloody, fake wounds are not appropriate for a school with young participants.  Weapons (including "fakes" made from cardboard, plastic, wood, etc.), skateboards and roller blades/skates are not allowed as part of costumes at school.


Here is a rough schedule of how our day will look ~


9:45  – Gather at the basketball courts and gawk at each other  : )

10:00 – Parade around the campus loop (2 times) group picture to follow

10:30 – Crafting Activities - Parent Led

12:00 – bag lunch outside and recess play on field and at far playground

12:45 – Choice of three areas:

  1. Outside games led by the QHIA 6th-8th graders on the big field

  2. Continue unfinished crafts inside

  3. Pumpkin carving with your own pumpkin and your own parent attending you - bring supplies

1:30 – Goodbye to all!



All Charter Events


Thursday, October 20

Quail Hollow Campus 7:00 pm

Teacher Lisa from Fall Creek Homeschool has scheduled a stargazing and telescope night with the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club here at Quail Hollow.  They will concentrate on seeing the planets Mars and Saturn and possibly Venus.  Families are invited to attend as long as she is assured that all children will have parents with them to set boundaries and be clear about the rules, no running around - it will be dark!


Friday, October 21

All Charter Skate Day!

Santa Cruz Roller Palladium:  1:00-3:00pm

1606 Seabright Ave. in Santa Cruz

Parents must accompany their children or send their children with a responsible adult. Admission and skates are FREE for children enrolled students.  Siblings and parents cost $3.00. If your enrolled student would like inline skates instead of roller skates, it costs an additional $3.00.  



Tuesday, November 15th  5:30pm - 7:00pm

Parent Ed Workshop: "Developing Higher-Order Thinking Skills and Effective Questioning Strategies" (Will also introduce Academic Vocabulary) with Martha Kaufeldt

"This evening workshop will help parents think about and design questions, tasks, and projects that go beyond basic knowledge and comprehension thinking.  Learn ways to challenge your child to APPLY and TRANSFER new concepts, ANALYZE information, form opinions based on EVIDENCE, as well as SYNTHESIZE and CREATE new ideas. Go beyond learning superficial facts and really help your child build DEPTH and COMPLEXITY as they learn."  Come early if you would like to meet Jen Sims, our school counselor, plan to arrive at 5:00pm

RSVP Requested to prepare materials, childcare, snacks, and meeting space.   

*This session is the second of a series of future Parent Education opportunities provided by SLV Charter School.


Friday, December 2

Winter Holiday Craft Fair -  

This is an opportunity to share our creative talents, and support each other's artistic endeavors by selling and purchasing each other's crafts and/or food. Students and parents are encouraged to make and sell their craft items!

Please email Katie Parmenter at kparmenter@slvusd.org if you would like to participate and have a space to sell your wares (It will be a shared table space, approx. 3ft. X 3ft.)  An email will be sent in November regarding how to reserve a table and help with set up/tear down.

The deadline to reserve a table is Monday, November 28

When: Friday, December 2

Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm

Where: Rooms 14, 15, and 16 at the Quail Hollow Campus



Important Dates



  • Friday, October 14:  Month 2 Attendance Paperwork Due

          Drive For School Money and Tickets Due

               Discovery Play Day

  • Wednesday, October 19: Parent Advisory Committee

  • Thursday, October 20:  Picture Day

               Emergency Drill - the Great Shake Down

  • Friday, October 21:  All Charter Skate Day

  • Thursday, October 27:  Halloween Costume Parade and Extravaganza

  • Tuesday, November 8: Parent Workshop

  • Thursday, November 10: Month 3 Paperwork Due

  • Friday, November 11: NO SCHOOL

  • Friday, November 18: Capture the Flag

  • November 21-25: NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

  • Friday, December 2:  Winter Holiday Craft Fair

  

September/October Newsletter 2016

posted Oct 10, 2016, 2:36 PM by Katie Parmenter


  Katie Parmenter    kparmenter@slvusd.org              Gillian Blair   gblair@slvusd.org

  Classroom phone number: 336-9439


Details and News:

What a great campout everyone!  Thank you for taking the time (parents - it's a lot of hard work to pack up and get ready, you are awesome!) to make this memorable event for your children.  It was fabulous to have our new families join us and a great opportunity to make new friends and connect with others before class starts on Tuesday.  We hope those of you who missed the trip due to sickness are feeling better and getting healthy.


We are looking forward to beginning our classes next week!  We will be getting messy with an activity our first week, please don’t dress fancy.


Field Trip - Kayaking in Elkhorn Slough for 3rd-8th graders

Friday, October 7: Meet at Blue Water Ventures in Moss Landing by 9:00am

Deadline to sign up is Friday, September 16

Details will be sent via email to attending families


Thursday, October 13

Vision and Hearing Screening - Grades K, 2, 5 and 8

This is scheduled right at the beginning of class time -

Bring your prescription glasses if you have any


Costume Parade and Fall Celebration/Craft Day!

This year our Halloween Extravaganza is on Thursday, October 27

This is a parent participation day : )  We welcome parent volunteers to lead crafts.  It is helpful to have 4 or 5 “stations” with a different craft at each table or room.  We can use 2-4 parent helpers at each station.  The crafting will start at around 11:00am.  The festivities will end at 1:30pm


Please indicate on the sign-up sheet (located in the Resource Library on the bookshelf next to the fridge) if you would like to lead a craft or assist.

  • Just a Reminder:  All costumes must be in good taste and safely constructed so that they do not interfere with safety.  Gruesome costumes and bloody, fake wounds are not appropriate for a school with young participants.  Weapons (including "fakes" made from cardboard, plastic, wood, etc.), skateboards and roller blades/skates are not allowed as part of costumes at school.


Here is a rough schedule of how our day will look ~


9:30 gather and gawk at each other : )

10:00 "parade" and pictures

10:30 snack

11:00 - 1:30 crafting/lunch/outside play - pick up time


Quail Hollow Homeschool Events


Wednesday, September 28

Quail Hollow Homeschool and QHIA Picnic & Potluck

11:30-1:30pm

Bring a picnic lunch with something to share - join us on the lawn for time to connect with friends we share the campus with.


Friday, October 14

Discovery Play Day

10am-1pm

Come join us to cultivate exploration, collaborative and cooperative learning, creativity, and community building between students of all ages in open ended and guided activities. Parents are welcome to attend and assist (particularly parents of young students.)  Remember to pack a lunch.


Friday, October 21

All Charter Skate Day!

1:00-3:00

Santa Cruz Roller Palladium

1606 Seabright Ave. in Santa Cruz

Parents must accompany their children or send their children with a responsible adult. Admission and skates are free for children enrolled in the Charter program.  In-line skates and other items are extra.


Huge Fundraising Opportunity!!!

Toyota Drive for Schools

This is our biggest fundraising opportunity of the year.  Please get some booklets from us and sell as many as you can - all money raised stays 100% in our program!  (And you can win some amazing prizes too!)  Last day to turn money and tickets - Friday October 14 at 2:30pm

Tickets are $5 each or a book of 6 is $25


A Fun Fundraising Event

Santa Cruz Mountain Harvest Festival

Saturday, September 24

This is so last minute and so exciting!!! The awesome people running the the Santa Cruz Mountain Harvest Festival had a last minute opening and we are in!! We will be selling pumpkins and (hopefully!) baked goods. It is only one week away! Can you help out with baking something yummy and/or putting in time at our table? (Would love your homemade banana bread, pumpkin bread, lemon bars, muffins or cookies) We will be in the Junction Park location with all the kiddie related tables and petting zoo. This should be a great opportunity to make money for our program and be super fun too!   The event is Saturday September 24th from 11-6 with two Boulder Creek locations just a few blocks apart. We must set up at 9:30 in the morning at our Junction park table. Anyone have a van or truck and time this week to go get pumpkins with me? Anyone know where I can get hay bales?



What we need:

1) 2-4 parents (and kids) and a van or truck to head up to get pumpkins this week TBD…

   possibly Wednesday or Thursday.

2) 2-3 parents to set up at 9:30 on the 24th

3) 6 parents to volunteer to sell. Three of them 11-2:30 and three 2:30-6:00.

4) EVERYONE bake yummy stuff and drop it off either to the Junction by 11:00 on Saturday or  to the school by Friday at 2:00. (Or whenever you get there...if you show up later to drop off at the fest we would not refuse your awesome baked goods. Just send me an email or text so I know what's coming.)


This event is super sweet local awesomeness. We are very fortunate to have this chance. Let's rock it guys!! Email me with your availability and what you are going to bake. Thanks so so much!!


Julie Chapin

Cell 408 569 2500

Juliedell@gmail.com




All Charter Events


Friday, September 30:

All Charter Capture the Flag & Picnic Potluck

10:30am-12:30pm

One of the most regularly attended field games and a favorite for years, CTF is a fast paced and exciting game that is part speed and strategy, part tag, a bit of social encounter and all fun. Played once a month on the fields at Quail Hollow Ranch it is also a meeting place for parents to socialize and get to know one another.

Time:  10:30 am to 12:30 pm, followed by a Picnic Potluck at the picnic tables and meadow near the cottage.

Where: Quail Hollow Ranch

Who:  Charter wide kids welcome. We play rain or shine.

Bring sunscreen and hats, water too!!!


Tuesday, October 4:

Parent Education Night

Begin with the Brain:  Three Things Parents Need to Know  Presenter: Martha Kaufeldt

5:30-7pm FALL CREEK Campus – LUDLOW Center (Behind the High School)


Do you often wonder what is going on inside your child or teen’s developing brain? What are some things that parents can do to encourage and motivate learning and curiosity in their children? Come and learn from a veteran “neuro-educator,” author, presenter, parent educator, and charter teacher!

  1. Discover how stress levels, too much pressure and over-scheduling can often minimize learning.

  2. Learn how multi-sensory first-hand experiences can promote brain growth and development at any age!

  3. “Use It or Lose It” is true! To maximize learning, 21st Century students need to actively process in a variety of ways!

No matter if your child is in pre-school or high school, you will find these ideas thought provoking and leave with several new parenting strategies. This 90 minute presentation begins with a thought-provoking overview of how too much stress and pressure can hi-jack children’s brains and minimize learning. This entertaining session will also encourage quick reflections and discussions.  A short Q & A will follow the presentation.

Co-parents, spouses and partners are encouraged to come together!



RSVP Requested to prepare materials, childcare, snacks, and meeting space.         jwalker@slvusd.org

This session will launch a series of future Parent Education opportunities provided by SLV Charter School






Other Important Dates


  • Friday, September 16 at 11:00am: First Parent Meeting                                         Month 1 Attendance Paperwork Due

  • Tuesday, September 20:  Classes Begin

  • Saturday, September 24: Santa Cruz Mountain Harvest Festival

  • Wednesday, September 28 11:30-1:30: Picnic & Potluck for  QH Homeschool & QHIA

  • Friday, September 30: 10:30-12:30 Capture the Flag

  • Friday, October 7: Kayaking at Elkhorn Slough for grades 3 and up

  • Monday, October 10: NO SCHOOL for students

  • Thursday, October 13: Vision/Hearing Screening

               Parent Meeting 1:30pm - Turn in Month 2 Paperwork

  •  Friday, October 14:  Month 2 Attendance Paperwork Due

               Discovery Play Day

    Drive For School Money and Tickets Due

  • Thursday, October 20:  Picture Day

  • Friday, October 21:  All Charter Skate Day

  • Thursday, October 27:  Halloween Costume Parade and Extravaganza











All Charter Performing Arts Opportunities


Thrill the World! 2016 (Michael Jackson's "Thriller" Event)

3-4 on Mondays and Thursdays on the dates indicated.

Mondays in Rm. 29 (the dance room) at the QH Campus: 9/26, 10/3, 10/17, 10/24

Thursdays in the Tri-campus Cafeteria: 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27


You can come to learn the routine just once a week, or as many times as you like!

No need to sign up ahead of time. Just show up.


This event was founded in 2006 in Toronto, and has now spread to six continents. Every October people in cities around the world dance to "Thriller" at exactly the same time.  Preparation and counting down worldwide is part of the fun, but the feeling of being connected to others and dancing together as one is a Thrill like no other!  Celebrating the truly inspirational genius of Michael Jackson in a living and moving way is what keeps people coming back year after year.  This year the event will be held in Santa Cruz on Saturday, October 29, 2016 (location to be announced).


All Charter Play

Rehearsals begin in February, with the culminating performances in May.

Rehearsals for this musical will take place after school from 3-6, on various days at the QH campus depending on how students are cast. All practices and performances during performance week will take place at the PAC on the SLV High School campus. More info to come, particularly which musical will be selected.

*Please note the dates for performance week, as attendance is mandatory on these days.

Performance Week: Monday 5/8-Friday 5/12


All Charter Talent Show

Wed. 5/24 Mandatory rehearsal from 3-6 in the PAC

Thur. 5/25 performance for community at 6:30 in the PAC

Come and share your talents, whether it be music, dance, video, acting, singing, 2D and 3D artwork to display in the foyer..all ages encouraged to participate!


If you have any questions about any of these activities, feel free to email me at

awalker@slvusd.org  I look forward to sharing my love of performing arts with your students!


Beginning of the Year Newsletter 2016

posted Oct 10, 2016, 2:27 PM by Katie Parmenter   [ updated Oct 10, 2016, 2:33 PM ]

Katie Parmenter    kparmenter@slvusd.org              Gillian Blair   gblair@slvusd.org

  Classroom phone number: 336-9439


Welcome back… and welcome to our new families!


Thank you to our amazing families for keeping us strong all these years! Our theme this year is “Ancient Civilizations and the Wonders of the World”.  We will explore different cultures, architecture and landmarks all over the world, while learning about their technology and successes and how we use their inventions and concepts in our world today.  We know we have many talented parents out there and would love for you to share your gifts with our kids - if you are interested in leading an activity, please let us know.


Quail Hollow Homeschool Events


We would like to give special attention to our camping trip: This is our beginning of the Year Family Tradition!  Starting off the year singing songs ‘round the campfire, playing on the beach together, early morning coffee “rescue”, preparing meals together, etc. is the perfect way to kick things off and really get to know each other in a way that parent meetings and classroom time just don’t provide for.  We encourage your whole family to join us!  Working parents are encouraged to join us at night for dinner and campfire time.


Tuesday, September 13 - Thursday September 15

Family Camp at New Brighton Beach

(Park Ave. exit off of 1 South, turn Right and follow signs)

  • Tuesday, September 13-Thursday September 15.  Arrive anytime after 2pm.  You are in charge of your children : )  Katie and Gillian will give parents some down time on Wednesday and lead activities for our students.  Check out is at noon on Thursday. We have group site 1 this year.  It was reserved by our wonderful Shireen Doyle and it is in her name.  If you are in need of this group site, please email and confirm with Shireen if there is still space available: shireendoyle@yahoo.com

  • It is not too late to book your own campsite - many families have already reserved one.

  • Look forward to an email with a more detailed schedule of activities which Katie and Gillian will lead, and of course there is always parent supervised Beach Play Time!  Both evening meals will be potluck style.  Siblings are welcome to come, and parents must be present with their children unless you have made special arrangements with Katie and Gillian, and another parent.



Friday, September 16

1st Parent Meeting and Paperwork Due

11am - 11:30am

This meeting will be a brief follow up after our camping trip and time to turn in Month 1 Paperwork is due by 3pm on this day!


All Charter Events


Friday, August 26

All Charter Beach Day at Twin Lakes Beach

11:00am-2:00pm

Join us for our Annual All Charter Beach Day with all of our Charter Programs!  We have moved over one beach to Twin Lakes Beach (by The Crow's Nest), per lifeguard suggestion, as to avoid the worst riptides.  This is a great way to meet new families and have some relaxed fun in the sun together.  Teachers will be in attendance from 11am-2pm but feel free to come during times that are convenient for your family and stay longer and enjoy spending time with other Charter families!  


As with all of our All Charter events - parents are responsible for their children at all times.  Please stand and watch at the edge of the water if your child is playing

in the surf.  This is not a drop off event.  Parents must be present with their children, or send their student with another parent who will be responsible for them.


Friday, September 30:

All Charter Capture the Flag & Picnic Potluck

10:30am-12:30pm

One of the most regularly attended field games and a favorite for years, CTF is a fast paced and exciting game that is part speed and strategy, part tag, a bit of social encounter and all fun. Played once a month on the fields at Quail Hollow Ranch it is also a meeting place for parents to socialize and get to know one another.

Time:  10:30 am to 12:30 pm, followed by a Picnic Potluck at the picnic tables and meadow near the cottage.

Where: Quail Hollow Ranch

Who:  Charter wide kids welcome. We play rain or shine.

Bring sunscreen and hats, water too!!!


Other Important Dates


  • Monday, August 22: 1st day of school, begin to record homeschooling

  • August 22-September 16:  Semester Planning Meetings with teacher of record

  • Monday, September 5:  No School/ District Holiday

  • Tuesday-Thursday, September 13-15:  QH Homeschool Family Campout at New Brighton State Beach Campground

  • Friday, September 16 at 11:00am: First Parent Meeting and Month 1 Attendance Paperwork Due

  • Tuesday, September 20:  Classes Begin

  • Friday, September 30: Capture the Flag

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