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QH Homeschool December/January Newsletter

posted Dec 13, 2015, 7:02 PM by Amber Walker   [ updated Sep 4, 2016, 1:58 PM by Charter Admin ]

Quail Hollow Homeschool

December/ Newsletter 2016

Resource Center phone number: 336-9439 ~  Room 17 phone number: 336-5168

        Amber Walker awalker@slvusd.org                Katie Parmenter kparmenter@slvusd.org

        Martha Kaufeldt mkaufeldt@slvusd.org         Gillian Blair gblair@slvusd.org

We have our Winter Break from December 19th until January 4th.  Our first day back to record homeschooling will be Tuesday, January 5th.  Although onsite classes don’t start until February, there will be events scheduled throughout January so our community can spend some together.  Please note these dates on your calendars!  January is a wonderful time to focus on those Science Fair projects!  We look forward to our semester evaluation/planning meeting in January with each of you.

As most of you know by now, Teacher Martha will not be coming back next semester.  She will be reducing her contract at QH Homeschool. She has loved her time at the school. However, her new books have just come out and she really needs to focus her attention on her Teacher Training jobs.  A new teacher will soon be hired and she will be able to assist in transitioning her families during their January conferences.

SB277 Update-

This information was sent out from Rhonda by email and is included in this newsletter

As many of you know, Senate Bill 277 becomes law as of January 1, 2016.  SLVUSD Charter staff have been fielding many calls from concerned families with questions about the implementation of SB 277 and what that means for Charter Students.

Effective July 1, 2016, students who attend public or private school can no longer be exempted from vaccinations based on personal beliefs.  Exemptions on file for a child already attending school will remain valid until the child reaches the next managed checkpoint: kindergarten, seventh grade, or a transfer to a new district.  An eighth grader who has a personal belief exemption on file before January 1, 2016, may remain in a school in the same district without being vaccinated for the remainder of their high school years.

As a California Public Charter School, we are required to follow the immunization guidelines set forth by the California Department of Health. Please visit the Shots for Schools website for the most recent information regarding the requirements for immunizations at http://www.shotsforschool.org/, or contact your local health department.

Thank you for your attention to this.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions specific to your child.



The Hour of Code

The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.

In classes this week, many students participated in The Hour of Code.  Below is a link where students can go “Beyond the Code” to learn more about computer science and programming


All Charter Play

Come support our students from every charter program in our production of:

The Jungle Book: Welcome To the Jungle

An Original Rock Musical written by Janine Chadwick.

Evening Community Performance at the PAC (located on the SLVHS campus)

Thursday, December 17th at 7pm. Refreshment Reception to follow.

Admission is FREE!

Resource Center

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 call or email your teacher of record to make sure the resource center is open before heading over to check out materials.

Please return materials you have been using this past semester.  It is best and appreciated to return what you have checked out before borrowing something new

Science Fair

All Charter Science Fair Applications Available Now!

Science Fair Applications Due:  Friday, December 11

Charter Science Fair Applications are available on top of the teacher bookshelf next to the fridge.  Please pick one up and return completed applications there as well.  Resources are on display on the “thematic book shelf” in the Resource Center.  It’s time to start brainstorming ideas!

Deadline to apply for Charter Science Fair: Dec. 11

Date of Charter Science Fair: Friday, Feb. 5

Date of SC County Science Fair: Saturday, March 12

Science Fair Brainstorming

Wednesday, Jan. 6 from 11am-12pm. New to the Science Fair? Need some ideas? Got some ideas to share? Come and find out what it’s all about! We will meet in Room 17 on the Quail Hollow Campus. You can pick up a science fair display board too!

Teen Charter Movie/Game Night

Wednesday, Jan. 7 from 6-8:30pm.This year, the movie shown will be ____! Students in Middle School and High School please join us in Room 14 to watch the movie together and/or play board games: Monopoly, Apples to Apples, Risk...whatever students bring.

Capture the Flag

Monday, Jan. 11: Quail Hollow Ranch from 10:30-12:30. Rain or Shine!

Make-O-Rama 2015!

January, 8 10:00-2:00pm

Join us for our fourth year hosting this incredible event!

Share, teach and explore a skill or activity with others….

The idea of this event is to introduce our families to new experiences and inspire them to open themselves to new artistic expression, skills and crafting. This is an especially great opportunity for children to teach something they know about, which is a huge boost to their knowledge and confidence! Parents are also invited to teach, facilitate and/or demonstrate as well.

Here are some previous Make-O-Rama activities:

Book-binding  (blank pages for a journal/story), Origami, drawbots, comic bookmaking, simple drawing lesson (horses), Lego lesson, Pizza dough, Paper airplanes, Sewing instruction, hand and machine, Sculpey clay, sewing stuffed animals, and more!

The Specifics: The facilitators/instructors of an activity will have table space (a whole table) and chairs placed around the table for participants to sit at. Each activity will be approximately 10-20 minutes in length. You choose how many people you feel comfortable with at your table.

Is your activity longer than 10-20 minutes? There is the possibility we may be able to have a “workshop” session at specific intervals and participants sign up for the workshop. Example: If someone wanted to facilitate a painting technique and needed an hour, they could potentially set up in Room 14 and have 2-3 sessions at 1 hour each. Workshops could also be age or level specific.

This fun event is open to all SLV Charter students, parents, teachers and community members. To sign up and RSVP for a table, or if you have any questions, Please email Amber Walker at awalker@slvusd.org

Important Dates in January

Tuesday, January 5 - Homeschooling Resumes

January 5-28 Semester Planning Meetings/Home Visits

Friday, January 8 - Make-o-Rama - QH  10-2pm

Monday, January 11 - Capture the Flag - QH Ranch 10:30-12:30pm

Monday, January 18 - No School

Tuesday, January 19 - Teen Movie Night

Thursday, January 21 - Parent Meeting 10:30-12:30  

Friday, January 22 - Month 5 Paperwork Due by 3pm