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A MESSAGE FROM THE BUSINESS MANAGER

Greetings Blue Oak Community,
     This year begins my family's 10th year as a grateful Blue Oak family.  Samantha started in 1st Grade and was blessed to study with Shannon O'Laughlin from 2nd through 8th grade.  She is settling in to her sophmore year at Inspire.  Kieran began in Kindergarten and is in 6th grade - his third year with Mr. Meier.  My husband of 17 years, David, is a graduate student in Consciousness and Transformative studies with an emphasis in dream work and will begin his doctoral program next year. 
     I am closing in on my fifth year as a member of the administrative team.  I have been witness and participant to much evolution in this very special community and this year is shaping up to be one of the best to date. The emerging structure and collaboration of the various leader bodies is inspiring. Enrollment is at an all-time high. Attendance is strong.  We are enjoying a flood of volunteerism around the school and the enthusiasm is enlivening!  
     I came to Blue Oak with an extensive background in executive management in organizational development & training, finances, human resources and business operations.  Since becoming a charter school parent I have attended the Chief Business Officer training and the Charter School Leadership intensive with Charter School Development Center, a leading California charter school advocacy group.  I have also been a student of Waldorf education for over two decades.
     Much of my activity is behind the scenes.  I work with your class treasurers and provide ongoing support to teachers, ensuring they have everything they need. Fall is a  busy time in my department as preparations are made for the annual independent audit that evaluates our fiscal procedures and verifies compliance with a multitude of mandatory reports. 
     I consider it a great privilege to work in a community that consistently strives to provide education for children that develops thoughtful, creative, responsible human beings who remain free to be fully self-epressed in the world.  
With much regard,
Cyd Simerville Orneallas

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 A Special Thanks to Mark Thao Photography for their continued support and excellent service to our school.