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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
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.

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