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QH Homeschool September/October Newsletter 2015

posted Feb 25, 2015, 7:16 PM by Amber Walker   [ updated Sep 4, 2016, 1:57 PM by Charter Admin ]

Quail Hollow Homeschool

September/October Newsletter 2015

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

Details and News:

The family camping trip to New Brighton this year was amazing!!!  We had over 50 students attend with their families and siblings - with such a large group, it was great for our children to meet and make new friends, as well as giving parents the opportunity to get to know new faces and bond in this community as well.  Thank you for embracing each other in our new larger community! As we ended our time with the children in our reflections and traditional compliment circle, we heard the joys of playing and friendship, love of nature and fun projects.  Along with the joys, there were also some challenges (the parking fiasco!) thank you to all for your patience as we rallied together to find solutions. We will definitely be pro-active next year regarding the new enforcement of limited cars allowed.

We are looking forward to beginning our classes next week!  Please make sure all registration is complete before classes begin. Students who have not completed their InfoSnap registration will not be able to participate in classes until it is complete.

We would like to officially welcome our new teacher, Gillian Blair to Quail Hollow Homeschool.  She comes to us with a passion for teaching and working with families,

a ton (or kilo) of knowledge in math, love for the outdoors and energy to join our fabulous homeschool program.  Yay Gillian!!!

Counselor Update:  We have a new counselor this year who is fully hired and ready to start!  Her name is Jennifer Sims, and we have her for 20% of her contract.  Look for more information in the near future to meet her.

AND!  We now have a math tutor.  His name is Aaron Shaw and he is a  former Nature Academy student, currently in his last year at San Jose State.  He will be working for us on Mondays from 12-3:30 in portable 5 with Brian; primarily to support students in Math 1 & 2.  He will also be working for us on Thursdays from 1:30-3:30 in Marcy's portable 28, primarily to support students in grades 6-8.  Right now, it is set as a drop in, but if he become too busy, we may have to schedule a sign up situation for the Thursday sessions.  

Huge Fundraising Opportunity!!!

Toyota Drive for Schools

This is our biggest fundraising opportunity of the year.  Please get some booklets from any of our teachers and sell as many as you can -

all money raised stays 100% in our program!

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

Resource Center: The Resource Center is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am-3:00pm, and on Wednesdays from 9:00am-2:00pm. Like last year, it will be closed on Fridays due to many off site events, with the exception of the Friday when paperwork is due. Two new items regarding the RC:

  1. The RC will be closed on Mondays, so teachers can meet with families, prep for classes, etc. and give their full attention to those tasks.

  2. The RC will be staffed on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday by a teacher who is available to organize items, lead an activity, assist families in finding resources, offer homeschooling guidance, and have some unscheduled time available to families. Tues: Katie-Block 1, Amber-Block 2, Wed: Gillian, Thurs: Martha

Click on this link for RC Guidelines and Procedures:

Resource Center Procedures

Benchmarks:  Please make every effort to get these turned in by the end of next week if you have not done so already.  If you need assistance or have any questions, please ask a teacher.

Upcoming Events:

Capture the Flag

Friday, September 25

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 who talk with each other about issues of the day.

Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm

Where: QH Ranch

Who: Charter wide kids welcome. No need to sign up. We play rain or shine.

Bring: WATER bottle, sunblock, comfortable shoes to run in, hat, and playful spirit!

Field Trip - California Academy of Sciences

Friday, October 2:  Meet out front by 10am

Deadline to sign up is Friday, September 18

Details will be sent via email to attending families

Field Trip - Kayaking in Elkhorn Slough for 3rd-5th graders

Wednesday, October 7: Meet at Blue Water Ventures in Moss Landing at 9:15.

Deadline to sign up is Friday, September 18

Details will be sent via email to attending families

Costume Parade and Fall Celebration/Craft Day!

This year our Halloween Extravaganza falls during our week break between block classes.  

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, depending on the craft.  The crafting will start at around 11:00am.  Please indicate on the sign-up sheet (located in the Resource Center 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

1:30- 2:30 pumpkin carving (Parents need to be present if their child participates)

Heads Up!

Our Winter Holiday Craft Fair will be held on Friday, Dec. 4.

Start crafting!

Other Important Dates:

Tuesday, September 22:  Block 1 Classes and Ongoing Groups begin

Friday, September 25: First Capture the Flag of the Year!

Friday, October 2: Field Trip - California Academy of Sciences

Wednesday, October 7:  3-5th grade Kayak Elkhorn Slough

Friday, October 9:  Capture the Flag - Quail Hollow Ranch

Tuesday, October 13: Last Day to turn in Toyota Drive for School Money

Thursday, October 15: 1:30-2:30 Parent Meeting

Turn in Month 2 Paperwork

Thursday, October 15: School Pictures (specific time for group photo TBA)

Friday, October 16:  Last Day to turn in Month 2 Paperwork

Thursday, October 22: Last Day of Block 1 Classes

Saturday, October 24: Thrill the World at Louden Nelson Center

Thursday, October 29: Halloween Costume and Crafting Extravaganza!!!

Friday, October 30: No School for Students - Professional Development for Teachers

Friday, December 4:  Winter Holiday Craft Fair

Wednesday, December 16 at 7pm: All Charter Play: “Welcome to the Jungle”