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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  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


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 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