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September/October Newsletter 2016

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

  Katie Parmenter              Gillian Blair

  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


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


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!


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

All Charter Events

Friday, September 30:

All Charter Capture the Flag & Picnic Potluck


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.

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  I look forward to sharing my love of performing arts with your students!