Monday
May122014

the Leaves, for the week of 5.5.2014 

This Week - May Faire, May Faire, May Faire!

5/7 *    Wednesday, 1:30-2:30pm Festivals Committee Meeting in Community Coordinator’s office

5/8 *   Thursday, 1 :30-3:30pm May Faire Clean Up out back > VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

5/9 *   Friday, 3 pm – 6:30 pm May Faire Prep. Work > VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

> We are still running short on Volunteer sign-ups for Friday after School
If you can stay after school on Friday to help move tables and chairs etc. We would really appreciate it!           

5/10*   Saturday, 10:30 am – 3 pm the MAY FAIRE
> VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
> still need more sign-ups for FREE Activities for the kids and for Clean Up help

More details: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0B44A9AA29AB9-mayfaire


The Annual Blue Oak May Faire – Final UPDATE
Saturday, 5.10.14 from 10:30 am – 3 pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/622813421141137/

 

> MATERIALS NEEDED <

We always count on donations from our community to help supplement the materials required to pull off the crafts and decorations.  To see the “wish list” follow the link below.
A DONATION STATION is set up in the Great Room.  You can drop items there all this week.  Please wait to bring in any fresh greenery and cut flowers until at least Thursday.

 WISH LIST:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0B44A9AA29AB9-mayfaire1

 

> BAKE SALE Items DONATED <

Don’t forget that we count on your Bake Sale Donations to run a Bake Sale Booth which helps us cover the costs of the festivals and raise money for the school.
Please bring them Saturday morning directly to the Bake Sale Booth.  Volunteers will be there to greet you and help you label your items.

 

> VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED <

This is the biggest event of the year.  It takes many volunteers to pull it together. 

VOLUNTEER NEEDS:   http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0B44A9AA29AB9-mayfaire

Each year, each grade has an assigned responsibility.  For example, Grades 1st through 4th are responsible for providing the support for the FREE Crafts & Activities for children.  Without their support there would not be activities for the children to do.  Please sign-up for a grade slot before other slots.  Visit link to sign up online or sign-up on printed sheets in the Parent Corner on the Volunteer Board.  Remember that DOUBLE HOURS can be recorded for anyone who stays and helps with clean up.
As of today it is looking like we’re at about 44% Participation on the sign-ups. 

The 4th Grade activity will be cancelled if it does not receive the Volunteers that it needs - leaving 3 Free Activities for the kids to do at the Faire.

 

> WHAT TO BRING TO THE FAIRE <

- Your festive selves, dressed in your best May Day attire!
- Bake Sale Items (each dish earns you one raffle ticket)
- Cash for Local Vendors and Classroom Fundraisers

- Lunch Foods will be sold – pack a picnic lunch if you do not want to purchase lunch

- Reusable Water Containers
- Your own dishware for lunch

-  Half Sheet Info Flier (earns you one raffle ticket)

* there will be several FREE raffle prizes given out at the Faire

SCHEDULE:

- Gates Open ~ 10:30 am

- Opening festivities ~11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Green Man skit by 8th grade students

May pole dance:

2nd Graders dance while faculty Sings

3rd Graders dance while 6th Graders plays accompaniment music

4th Graders dance while 7th graders play accompaniment

Faculty dances

 

- Faire Opens ~12 noon

All booths open, music starts and the fun begins!
This year there will be Fundraising booths selling lunch food, various snacks and a Bake Sale booth.  If you do not want to purchase your lunch then we suggest you pack a picnic lunch.

Musical Guests – Alli Battaglia & the Musical Brewing Company + Blue Oak Student                                                                                                                                                performances

 

- Faire Closes ~ 3pm
             Clean-up will begin inside the back fencing at ~ 3:15 pm, but the Local Vendor Marketplace will                                                remain open for shopping (outside of gates) until at least ~ 4 pm.


- May Faire Significance -
Half way between Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice, Blue Oak School welcomes the earth’s bountiful rebirth with their annual May Faire. As the Green Man chases away King Winter to make way for Lady Spring and the King and Queen of the May, the children gather around the brightly colored May Pole for dancing. Older children provide musical accompaniment while younger children dance a rainbow of ribbons in various patterns around the flower adorned pole. When the dancing has commenced, the community is invited to continue in merriment with food, live music, free craft & activity booths for children, and local vendors. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the coming of Spring while joyously deepening connections with our school community.

 

 

From our Principal_______________________________

> Laurie Kopping 879-7483 or Laurie@blueoakcharterschool.org

 

Dear Blue Oak Families,

 

In planning for an amazing 2014-15 school year, many of us are working out schedules and calendars that will best support student learning and teacher instruction. We are considering a change next year to providing a semester and year-end report card for parents (we currently provide report cards at the end of each of three trimesters). School wide parent teacher conferences would be held in January. You would still have the opportunity to meet with your child's teacher if at any point in the school year you had concerns about their achievement. This would support better rhythm for students and teachers in implementing benchmark assessments and would be important in supporting our success with the Smarter Balance testing.

 

If you have any feedback for us about this proposed change, please email me at laurie@blueoakcharterschool.org. We want to include parents in this decision and make sure that we are meeting everyone's needs.

 


 

COMMUNITY NEWS_________________________

Blue Charter School Elections are happening all this week.  Please stop by the front lobby to place your vote.  Each family group may place no more than 2 votes.

Why is this important?


The Charter Council (aka the Board) is our governing body and you (parents & staff) are its electorate. If you want a say in who is governing your child’s school; this week is your opportunity.


Questions about the Elections may go to Damon Fadale @
damon@greenwaysolarpower.com



CALENDAR (coming up)___________________________

5/13 *  Tuesday, 6 pm Charter Council Meeting

5/14     Wednesday, 9 – 11:30 am LAST School Tour of the year
5/20 * Tuesday, 6 pm 2nd Grade MacCleod Class Parent Meeting
5/26    Monday – NO SCHOOL – holiday

5/27 * Tuesday, 6 – 8 pm LAST Parent Council Meeting of the year (PC for 2014-15 will be decided)
 
6/2      Monday, 6 – 8:30 pm SPRING STRINGS CONCERT

6/13     Friday, HALF DAY and LAST DAY OF THE YEAR

 

Next School Year-
2014 – 2015 School Year Calendar has been approved.
Our first day of school will be Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

 

FROM ONE TO ANOTHER____________________________
> from Jeanna Hand

A Yard Duty is.....

I am more than "just" a yard duty

I am a referee

I am a nurse maid

I am a counselor

I am a mother

I am a jokester

I am a kid

I am a teenager

I am a wiper of tears

I am a comforter

I am a hugger

I am a confidant

I am a conflict and resolution instructor

I am a coach

I am a friend

I am a Tetherball champ (until I got beat by a third grader)

I am an encourager

I am a listener

I am a hand holder

I am a boo boo fixer upper

I am a high fiver

I am dance judge

I am a goofball

 

I am your child's friend as well as their "yard duty/teacher."  I am someone who loves them for their individuality.  I am a tool in helping your child be successful.   They are a tool in my success too.

 

Your child is a blessing to me.

Your child is the joy added to my day.

Your child's "hello's" and hugs are an added bonus to my every day.

Your child's smile makes my heart melt and their tears make me love them even more.

Your child's enthusiasm makes me giddy inside.

Your child's openness makes me appreciate their innocence.

Your child's wonder of the clouds, makes me remember the days I laid on the grass at recess and saw an animal in the sky.

Your child makes me remember my Yard Duties and the love they had for me when I was little.

Your child makes me want to be young again, then again I wouldn't go back either.

Your child's compassion towards another student "WOWS" me!

Your child makes me love my job.

Your child is often in my thoughts when I know they've had a special day planned.

Your child and I connect over pizza and Shel Silverstein.

Your child is amazingly wonderful in their own unique ways.

Your child is valued.

Your child is loved.

Your child is cherished.

Your child is imaginative.

Your child is creative.

Your child is genuine.

Your child is receptive.

Your child is intelligent.

Your child is remarkable.

Your child is out of this world awesome!

Your child is a spit fire.

Your child is a chatter box (just like my yard duty nick named me when I was 8!)

Your child is unlimited.

Your child is bright.

Your child is ....... Loved.

 

Thank you for letting me spend my days with your child.

 

Jeanna Hand  3/11/14

(How about a big thanks to Jeanna Hand for being an awesome member of our community!)

 

Monday
May122014

the Leaves, for the week of 4.28.2014 

From our Principal_______________________________

> Laurie Kopping 879-7483 or Laurie@blueoakcharterschool.org

CALL FOR CHARTER COUNCIL APPLICANTS

Our school needs two parent volunteers and two community volunteers who are willing to serve a two year term as members of the Blue Oak Charter Council. The Election Committee has extended the application deadline to this Friday, May 2. If you are interested in providing service and leadership in this area, or you know someone who is, please obtain an application on the Blue Oak website. You may also contact our Parent Council Chair, Damon Fadale at damon@greenwaysolarpower.com.

From our Executive Director_______________________

>Nathan Rose 879-7483 or Nathan@blueoakcharterschool.org

   Fresh Baked Goods with the Director! 

   This Friday, the 2nd at 8:30 am.

In response to creating space to have parents' voices heard, I want to personally invite you to a morning chat and to enjoy a refreshment. This is a casual chat to discuss any topic of interest.  Ask any question that may pop up and get to know what the back office does and how we keep the school open and compliant. While we do not condone feeding sugary treats to students, as adults we can enjoy a fabulous treat every now and then. Tea, coffee, juice and water will be provided as well as some healthier snack options.  I look forward to meeting with you then.

GRATITUDE & CONNECTIONS_______________________
> Summer O’Neill 717-01378, summer@blueoakcharterschool.org
   A huge thank you to all the volunteers who showed for last Saturday’s spring work day! 
We did a little sprucing and planting, but more importantly, we made connections with one another.  I was able to get to know parents better and chat with students who helped plant flowers. It doesn’t get any better than that! 
   We also had a Blue Oak graduate come back to help us.  She planted all the new white roses and helped plant the new area of planter boxes off the back entry.  She was delightful and was able to share with me that she is doing really well at Inspire High School.  She says there’s a lot of work but she loves it!

   On two separate occasions, parents told me about their experiences at Blue Oak so far.  They each emphasized how great the sense of community they feel is.  One of them also commented on how she feels bad for those parents who are not feeling connected; she feels it was easier for her because she is naturally more outgoing.  But we know not everyone is.
   If you are not feeling connected and you are a little shy, my suggestion is to just start participating more. I was very shy my first year at Blue Oak, but after continually showing up for various activities; slowly but surely, I was able to build connections with people who shared my same values.  That’s how it happened for me – I just kept showing up and after a while, small conversations here and there, grew into friendships.  Work Days and Festivals are my favorite for building connections.  It always seems easier to chat when you are busy working on something else. (food for thought)

           


CALENDAR
_____________________________________________
(* signifies event is also a participation opportunity and/or there are more details below *)

This Week
4/29    Shakespeare in the Schools (assembly)

4/29 * Tuesday, 3:15pm Finance Committee Meeting

4/29 * Tuesday, 6 – 9 pm Parent Council Meeting in the Parent Corner
            More details:
http://www.blueoakcharterschool.org/meeting-information/

4/30 * Wednesday, 1:30-2:30pm Festivals Committee Meeting in Community Coordinator’s office

 

4/30 * Wednesday, 6-7:30pm Class Parent Meetings  for the following classes:

-         1st Grade >  Sims

-         3rd Grade > Madera

-         3rd Grade > Chew

-         5th Grade > B. Lee

(FREE DROP-IN Childcare will be provided in the Great Room and/or Playground from 5:45 – 7:45pm)

5/1 *    Thursday, 12:30-1pm Elections Committee (BOCC) ask front desk for location
            More details:
http://www.blueoakcharterschool.org/

5/1 *    Thursday, 4 pm FUNDRAISER Application Deadline to run a Fundraiser at the May Faire
            A complete list of Fundraisers that have already been approved is up in the Parent Corner.

5/2 *    8:30-9:30am Fresh Baked Goods and Coffee and Tea, with the director – Parent Corner

5/3 *    Saturday, 11 am – 5pm Endangered Species Faire

            More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1456658144571686/

5/3 *    Saturday, 8am-2pm YARD SALE – Class Fundraiser for 7th Grade @ 929 W.8th Ave

 

Next Week – May Faire, May Faire, May Faire!

5/5 through 5/9 All week, Bring in Donations needed for May Faire Activities & Decorations
   (craft supplies, fresh flowers, potted plants, etc.)
> drop areas will be clearly marked for you in the Great Room

5/5      Monday, 4 pm VENDOR Application Deadline to have a Vendor Booth at the May Faire
5/7 *    Wednesday, 1:30-2:30pm Festivals Committee Meeting in Community Coordinator’s office

5/8 *   Thursday, 1 :30-3:30pm May Faire Clean Up out back – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

5/9 *   Friday, 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm May Faire Prep. Work – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED 

5/10*   Saturday, 9 am – 10:30 am May Faire – Final Set up – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

5/10*   Saturday, 10:30 am – 3 pm the MAY FAIRE - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

More details: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0B44A9AA29AB9-mayfaire


The Annual Blue Oak May Faire

Saturday, 5.10.14 from 10:30 am – 3 pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/622813421141137/

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

This is the biggest event of the year.  It takes many volunteers to pull it together. 

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0B44A9AA29AB9-mayfaire


Each year, each grade has an assigned responsibility. 
For example, Grades 1st through 4th are responsible for providing the support for the FREE Crafts & Activities for children.  Without their support there would not be activities for the children to do. 

 

Please sign-up for a grade slot before other slots.  Visit link to sign up online or sign-up on printed sheets in the Parent Corner on the Volunteer Board.

 

May Faire Summary
This faire is a free family event; open to the Blue Oak Community, as well as the larger local community.  Invite your friends and family!
https://www.facebook.com/events/622813421141137/

We encourage all who can to ride their bikes as parking can get tight at this event.

We always ask that all guests bring their own dishes and water containers, so the event can be as green as possible.  A “Green & Hydration Station” will be set up for your convenience, so you can wash your dishes and replenish your drinks.

SCHEDULE:
- Gates Open ~ 10:30 am
- Opening festivities ~11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Green Man skit by 8th grade students

May pole dance:

2nd Graders dance while faculty Sings

3rd Graders dance while 6th Graders plays accompaniment music

4th Graders dance while 7th graders play accompaniment

Faculty dances

- Faire Opens ~12 noon

All booths open, music starts and the fun begins!
This year there will be Fundraising booths selling lunch food, various snacks and a Bake Sale booth.  If you do not want to purchase your lunch then we suggest you pack a picnic lunch.

Musical Guests – Alli Battaglia & the Musical Brewing Company + Blue Oak Student performances

- Faire Closes ~ 3pm
             Clean-up will begin inside the back fencing at ~ 3, but the Local Vendor Marketplace will remain open for shopping (outside of gates) until at least ~ 4 pm.


What do we need from you?

1. Help- a lot of it!  This is the biggest event of the year. 
Please see the sign up genius link or visit the Parent corner to sign up.  
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0B44A9AA29AB9-mayfaire
2. Bake Sale Donations-  The Bake Sale helps support the festival by raising funds to pay for the expenses of the Festival.

Other Important Information

* All applications are available in the front lobby and on the school’s website.

* Class Fundraisers – Application DEADLINE is MAY 1st
All classes are welcome to apply to hold a class fundraiser.  All applications will have to go through the regular application process for class fundraisers, space is limited.

- acceptable fundraisers -
Lunch Foods, Snack items and/or Beverages, services, i.e. face painting, hair braiding, tarot card reading, etc. (A chart of already approved fundraisers will go up in Parent Corner soon)

* Local Vendors Marketplace – Application DEADLINE is MAY 5th
Vending is open to local vendors.   Once approved, a flat fee will be required: $30 for Blue Oak families & alumni and $40 to all others.

- acceptable vendors -
Locally owned and handmade products, i.e. arts and crafts, jewelry, beauty products, etc.
Locally owned business may also apply for a booth space to simply market their business.

- May Faire Significance -
Half way between Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice, Blue Oak School welcomes the earth’s bountiful rebirth with their annual May Faire. As the Green Man chases away King Winter to make way for Lady Spring and the King and Queen of the May, the children gather around the brightly colored May Pole for dancing. Older children provide musical accompaniment while younger children dance a rainbow of ribbons in various patterns around the flower adorned pole. When the dancing has commenced, the community is invited to continue in merriment with food, live music, free craft & activity booths for children, and local vendors. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the coming of Spring while joyously deepening connections with our school community.

 

COMMUNITY NEWS_________________________

* Blue Oak Presto Strings Group

Shelley Fairchild, our amazing Strings Teacher, would like to invite Reed, Wind, Brass, Percussion and String Bass players from the Blue Oak Community to join the Presto Strings group (Monday Orchestra).  This spring they are working on a symphonic work by Beethoven.

Rehearsals are on Mondays from 3:15 to 4:45 pm and they will get started right after Spring Break. The piece will be performed at the Spring Strings concert on Thursday, June 5th. 

Shelley is very excited to expand our performance experience this way and looks forward to hearing back from the community.  If you are interested please contact Shelly right away.

>Contact:  891-6336 or 518-4643, email:  shelleygaye@yahoo.com

Monday
Apr282014

the Leaves, for the week of 4.22.2014 

From our Principal_______________________________
> Laurie Kopping 879-7483 or Laurie@blueoakcharterschool.org

Dear Blue Oak Families,

   We trust that your child enjoyed a much needed break and has returned to school this week refreshed and ready for the two remaining months of the school year. Spring is a busy and joyful time of year and our teachers have much to accomplish before summer. Please do your best to hold home rhythms and established bedtimes so that your child can benefit from what their teacher offers in school.

   Also, our last Nurtured Heart parent evening with Josh Kuersten will be this Thursday at 6pm. We had over 400 people come to Blue Oak to hear Howard Glasser earlier in the month and support for the Nurtured Heart Approach is growing in the Chico community. Even if you have not attended a single NHA event this year, it is a perfect time to join us this Thursday.


From our Executive Director_______________________
>Nathan Rose 879-7483 or Nathan@blueoakcharterschool.org

Reminder to keep up the good attendance, our school goal is 95% but we are hovering at 93%. We have lost over $30,000 this year due to absences. This is money that could go toward more classroom materials, supplies, paint, paper, crayons, beeswax, yarn, etc. If your child is healthy, help them learn the importance of regular attendance. Thank you.

CALENDAR_____________________________________________
(* signifies event is also a participation opportunity and/or there are more details below *)
 
APRIL
4/23 * Wednesday, 1:30-2:30 pm Festivals Committee Meeting

4/23    Wednesday, 9-11:30 am School Tour

4/24 * Thursday, 3 – 4:30pm Facilities Committee Meeting

4/24 * Thursday, 6 – 8 pm Parent Ed. Workshop #3 on the Nurtured Heart Approach LAST ONE

https://www.facebook.com/events/765701080114593/

4/26 * Saturday, 9 am – 4 pm Spring ALL SCHOOL WORK DAY – out back

            https://www.facebook.com/events/458779810921170/

4/29 * Tuesday, 3:15pm Finance Committee Meeting

4/29 * Tuesday, 6 – 8 pm Parent Council Meeting in the Parent Corner

4/30 * Wednesday, 6-7:30pm CLASS MEETINGS for the following classes:

-         1st Grade > Robertson and Sims

-         3rd Grade > Madera

-         5th Grade > B. Lee

(FREE Childcare will be provided on the playground from 5:45 – 7:45pm)

> Coming up in MAY

The Annual Blue Oak May Faire
Saturday, 5.10.14 from 10:30 am – 3 pm
  
 Half way between Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice, Blue Oak School welcomes the earth’s bountiful rebirth with their annual May Faire. As the Green Man chases away King Winter to make way for Lady Spring and the King and Queen of the May, the children gather around the brightly colored May Pole for dancing. Older children provide musical accompaniment while younger children dance a rainbow of ribbons in various patterns around the flower adorned pole. When the dancing has commenced, the community is invited to continue in merriment with food, live music, free craft & activity booths for children, and local vendors. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the coming of Spring while joyously deepening connections with our school community.
https://www.facebook.com/events/622813421141137/

May Faire Summary

This faire is a free family event; open to the Blue Oak Community, as well as the larger local community.  Invite your friends and family!
We encourage all who can to ride their bikes as parking can get tight at this event.

We always ask that all guests bring their own dishes and water containers, so the event can be as green as possible.  A “Green & Hydration Station” will be set up for your convenience, so you can wash your dishes and replenish your drinks.


- Gates Open ~ 10:30 am

- Opening festivities ~11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Green Man skit by 8th grade students

May pole dance:

2nd Graders dance while faculty Sings

3rd Graders dance while 6th Graders plays accompaniment music

4th Graders dance while 7th graders play accompaniment

Faculty dances

 - Faire Opens ~12 noon

All booths open, music starts and the fun begins!
This year there will be Fundraising booths selling lunch food, various snacks and a Bake Sale booth.  If you do not want to purchase your lunch then we suggest you pack a picnic lunch.

Musical Guests – Alli Battaglia & the Musical Brewing Company

+ Blue Oak Student performances

- Faire Closes ~ 3pm
            Clean-up will begin inside the back fencing at ~ 3, but the Local Vendor Marketplace will remain open for shopping (outside of gates) until at least ~ 4 pm.


What do we need from you?
> Help- a lot of it!  This is the biggest event of the year. 
Please see the sign up genius link or visit the Parent corner to sign up.  
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0B44A9AA29AB9-mayfaire
Each Grade level has an assignment each year – please sign up with your grade first and anything else second.


> Bake Sale Donations-
The Bake Sale helps support the festival by raising funds to pay for the expenses of the Festival.

Other Important Information

* All applications are available in the front lobby and on the school’s website.

 * Class Fundraisers – Application DEADLINE is MAY 1st

All classes are welcome to apply to hold a class fundraiser.  All applications will have to go through the regular application process for class fundraisers, space is limited.

- acceptable fundraisers -
Lunch Foods, Snack items and/or Beverages, services, i.e. face painting, hair braiding, tarot card reading, etc. (A chart of already approved fundraisers will go up in Parent Corner soon)

* Local Vendors Marketplace – Application DEADLINE is MAY 5th
Vending is open to local vendors.   Once approved, a flat fee will be required: $30 for Blue Oak families & alumni and $40 to all others.

- acceptable vendors -
Locally owned and handmade products, i.e. arts and crafts, jewelry, beauty products, etc.
Locally owned business may also apply for a booth space to simply market their business.

C
OMMUNITY NEWS_________________________
* Blue Oak Presto Strings Group

Shelley Fairchild, our amazing Strings Teacher, would like to invite Reed, Wind, Brass, Percussion and String Bass players from the Blue Oak Community to join the Presto Strings group (Monday Orchestra).  This spring they are working on  a symphonic work by Beethoven.

Rehearsals are on Mondays from 3:15 to 4:45 pm and they will get started right after Spring Break. The piece will be performed at the Spring Strings concert on Thursday, June 5th. 

Shelley is very excited to expand our performance experience this way and looks forward to hearing back from the community.  If you are interested please contact Shelly right away.

>Contact:  891-6336 or 518-4643, email:  shelleygaye@yahoo.com

* Free Puppet Making Workshop

Another shout-out that we STILL NEED more parent volunteers for help with puppet making: TUESDAYS and FRIDAYS, 12:30-3:30pm.

ANY time that parents could come and help with this messy project would be greatly appreciated, and we especially need folks to help with clean-up.  This activity will take place in the Kindergarten play area and is really a LOT of fun!!!  And don't forget, the Endangered Species Faire will take place on May 3rd, 11:00-5:00pm,  at Lower Bidwell Park,  and is put on by the Butte Environmental Council.

Thank you!!!

Monica McDaniel

Outreach Community Coordinator,

Blue Oak Charter School

530.879.7483, ex:2037

 * Charter Council Election Committee

> Contact: damon@greenwaysolarpower.com

> Meeting dates: The Election Committee will be meeting again on April 24th and May 1st, from 12:30 pm -1:00 pm. Please ask at the front desk for the location.

  
We are in the season of holding elections for new board members and for those who would like to renew their term for the Blue Oak Charter Council. Being a member of the Charter Council is a position of great responsibility and service.  Elections are always held the first week of May.  This coming election there will be 4 open seats.  We are looking for applicants from the larger community to run for the open Community seats and also applicants from our current school parents to run for the open parent seats.   The deadline for submitting an application is April 28th. Applications can be found on our school’s website.  If you are interested in supporting Blue Oak in this way, or if you know someone in the broader community who is, please contact Damon Fadale, our Parent Council chair, for more information.
> 2014 Elections Committee: ~ Damon Fadale,  Joc Clark, Laurie Kopping and Chairun Combs.


- The Blue Oak Charter Council meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6pm at The Blue Oak School Campus.
-   The Blue Oak School is governed by a seven-member Charter Council with three parent representatives and four community members, chosen, in accordance with the bylaws of Blue Oak Charter School Inc.  The charter Council is the entity which is held accountable for the operations of the school. It is the responsibility of the Charter Council to develop policies and put them in writing, so they serve as guidelines and goals for the successful and efficient functioning of the school. 
(from school charter) 
Charter Council Functions
- Overseeing that the school’s program and operation are faithful to the terms of the charter and its mission statement;
- Adopting policies that further clarify and assist in maintaining  the TBOS Mission and Educational Program;
- Ensuring that the school's academic programs are successful. All TBOS academic programs are evaluated and reviewed annually by the Charter Council.  Evaluations are used to determine the effectiveness of the programs and provide direction for improvements;
- Hiring the Director and evaluating his/her performance yearly;
-  Approving the hiring and termination of staff;
-  Creating, serving on, and appointing people to necessary committees;
-  Developing strategic planning and approving short and long term goals;
-  Providing board orientation to all members, which includes introduction to the school and curriculum, classroom visits, and a binder of polices and information;
-  Development of sound fiscal policy and business management practices and approving school expenditures;
-  Level 3 conflict resolution.

Monday
Apr282014

the Leaves, for the week of 4.07.2014 

From our Principal_______________________________

> Laurie Kopping 879-7483 or Laurie@blueoakcharterschool.org

Dear Blue Oak Families,

This Wednesday at 6:30 pm we have the honor of hosting a community event with Howard Glasser, the creator of the Nurtured Heart Approach. He is traveling from his home in Arizona to speak primarily to parents and educators in Northern California. I warmly invite you to attend this special evening. The Nurtured Heart Approach offers a way of being with your child that has a long lasting positive impact on your relationship and your child's view of the world. As we know, parenting is one big learning experience so please take advantage of this opportunity to grow and enliven your work as a parent.

From our Executive Director_______________________
>Nathan Rose 879-7483 or Nathan@blueoakcharterschool.org

 It is time to be vocal at the state level. Assembly Bill (AB) 1531 is set to be heard in the Assembly Education Committee next Wednesday, April 9, 2014. This bill would thwart a core tenet of charter school independence by requiring charter school authorizers to select a majority of the nonprofit board members of a charter school. Please follow the web link below to learn more and act now!https://www.votervoice.net/CCSA/campaigns/35481/respond?mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRokvaXBZKXonjHpfsX56%2BkuUKe%2FlMI%2F0ER3fOvrPUfGjI4DSMFlI%2BSLDwEYGJlv6SgFTrfMMaNvzbgIXxI%3D

Attendance Update-
Many parents keep their children home due to allergy symptoms such as stuffy nose.  When it's allergy season students still need to come to school.

We are running about 90% attendance this spring. Our budgets are built upon a 94% assumption. We lose approximately $1,400 a day with that many children are absent. That is less money for art supplies, beeswax, balls for games and musical instruments. Help support our school by making regular attendance a priority.  

Additionally we are experiencing about 10% tardiness from our students. That is about 40 students every day. We hope this can improve as the beginning rhythm of the day is so important to feel connected to the day's lesson; it is part of the Waldorf Pedagogy to be on-time and set routines to help children be successful.

California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, is making truancy and chronic absenteeism one of his top priorities. He says: "A lost school day is a lost opportunity for our students to learn. We cannot afford these losses. We must do more to ensure our students are in the classroom and ready to learn."

From the front office:

The front of school is an unsafe place for unattended children to wait.  For the safety of our students, we ask that children get picked up after school at the designated drop off area, located on the west side of the building. Please follow the flow of our parking lot around the campus to the orange safety cones. Children grades 3rd and under are to get picked up at their classroom no later than 3:00 p.m.  At that time, they will be escorted to wait in the office until a parent/guardian can pick them up. A one-dollar per minute charge will be billed to families for children (per child) that are not picked up prior to the end of a 15-minute grace period.  Any special arrangements must be made before drop off and communicated with the teacher. Thank you for helping us keep your children safe!

CALENDAR_____________________________________________

(* signifies event is also a participation opportunity and/or there are more details below *)
 
APRIL
4/8 *   Tuesday, 6 pm Charter Council Meeting in the Resource Room

4/9 *   Tuesday, 1:30-2:30 pm Festivals Committee Meeting in Community Coord’s office

4/9*    Wednesday, 6:30 - 8 pm Howard Glasser, Creator of the Nurtured Heart Approach
(NO childcare services provided)

4/10*   Thursday, 6:30 pm Public Forum to discuss our Local Control & Accountability Plan (LCAP)

            FREE Childcare provided 6:15 -8pm

4/10*   Thursday, 12:30-1 pm Election Committee Meeting (ask front desk for location)

4/11 *  Friday, 3:30 -4:30 pm Nurtured Heart Parent Book Study

4/11 *  Friday, 6 pm Ms. Simon’s Bunco Night! (in the Great Room)

> Spring Break is 4/12 through 4/21 – School resumes Tuesday 4/22 <


4/23 * Wednesday, 1:30-2:30 pm Festivals Committee Meeting
4/23    Wednesday, 9-11 am School Tour

4/24 * Thursday, 6 – 8 pm Parent Ed. Workshop #3 on the Nurtured Heart Approach LAST ONE
4/26 * Saturday, ALL SCHOOL WORK DAY – Outside spruce up in preparation for May Faire
4/29 * Tuesday, 6 – 8 pm, Parent Council Meeting in the Parent Corner

> April 28th – May 6th California Smarter Balance Testing

COMMUNITY NEWS_________________________

* Charter Council Meeting, 4.8.14, 6 pm
This is a public meeting and anyone is welcome to attend.  The meeting is held on a monthly basis, every second Tuesday of each month.  To view the agenda you can go to our website: http://www.blueoakcharterschool.org/charter-council-meetings-2013/

 

* LCAP – Public Forum, 4.10.14 6:30 pm - 8 pm

Important change: The time for LCAP Open Forum will be pushed back 30 minutes to 6:30 in order to accommodate the 3rd grade play.  ~ Free Drop-In Childcare Services will be provided on the playground from 6:15 – 8 pm for children from Pre-K through 8th Grade. 

(There is no need to sign up ahead of time for this event)

 

This Public Forum is a very important opportunity to share your thoughts on what you think Blue Oak needs.  We need your input on how we spend money. What do you think needs more funding? 

Please come and let us know what you think.  This will be the last opportunity for the entire community to have input into next year’s budget.

Under Gov. Brown's proposal known as Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), all California schools will be given more money and are given more control of how they spend it. To learn more check out the LCFF website: http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/lc/lcffoverview.asp 

 

* Nurtured Heart Study & Support Group, 4.11.14 3:30 pm

All are invited to meet this Friday in the Parent Corner.  We all know how challenging our job as parents can be.  As excited as we are about the Nurtured Heart Approach, applying new strategies is its own hurdle.  We want to foster a community of support as we learn this new approach with "nurtured hearts".  Once we form our group we will decide how often, when, and where works best for us all to continue meeting.  Hope to see you there.  ~ from: Francesca Fillmore, franisrad@netscape.net

 

* Ms. Simon’s 4th Grade Bunco Night! 4.11.14 6pm

This Friday at Blue Oak School in the Great Room

Purchase tickets at the door $10 per person

Come joins for a fun evening! If you don't know how to play don't worry we will teach you!!

 

* Charter Council Election Committee

Meeting dates: The Election Committee will be meeting on April 10, 17, 24, and May 1, from 12:30PM--1:00PM. Please ask at the front desk for the location.

 

* Free Puppet Making Workshop
   Blue Oak will be participating in "the Grand Procession of the Species" at this year's Endangered Species Faire held on May 3rd from 11am-5pm.  Puppet making workshops will be offered here on campus on Tuesdays and Fridays in the Great Room.  These workshops will be led by Blue Oak Parent Jessica McDougal and Butte Co. Environmental Council (BEC) member, Susan Tcudi.

If you would like to help create masks, puppets, props, etc. please just come on by!
(see Participation section for more details)

 

> SAVE THE DATE!  MAY FAIRE is 5.10.2014 from 11 am – 3 pm

 

~ The May Faire is our annual celebration of springtime. 


~ Opening ceremonies will include the 8th Grade students for the opening skit and the 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders will be dancing the Maypole, while the 6th and 7th graders play the accompanying music.  Opening ceremonies will run from ~11 am – 12 pm.

 

~ Fundraiser and Vendor Applications are flowing in!  Space is limited so get your applications in soon. Both forms are available in the front office and can be emailed to you by Summer if requested. (summer@blueoakcharterschool)

Last year the Class Fundraisers brought in a total of over $2000!  Fundraisers can be lunch food sales, snack foods, beverages, services, sales, etc.  There will be a Bake Sale Booth which will be the main Fundraising component for covering the cost of the May Faire, so no other Bake Sales will be approved.  We are still accepting Vendor applications as well – for local artists, craft persons and appropriate local business marketing booths.  (We will not accept any outside food vendor – that is reserved for class fundraisers)  Vendor fee is $30 for Blue Oak members or $40 for all others.

 

To begin to get an idea of the Volunteer needs for this event please take a look at the Sign-Up genius link http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0B44A9AA29AB9-mayfaire

We will be using this link for ALL sign ups this year.  We will also post sign-up sheets on the Volunteer Board in the Parent Corner after spring break.  Help spread the word!

 

PARTICIPATION_______________________________

From: Summer O’Neill, Community Coordinator summer@blueoakcharterschool.org

or 717-0138

 

Work with students on Endangered Species Faire Puppets & Masks

Requested by Monica, Outreach Coordinator 879-7483 ext.2037 or monica@blueoakcharterschool.org

> Help needed on Tuesdays 1-3pm and/or Fridays 1-3pm in the Great Room

   The Butte Environmental Council is conducting puppet making workshops on Tuesdays and Fridays with our students.  On our campus we have a Blue Oak parent and artist, Jessica McDougal leading the effort.  She could really use some more help working with the students in creating their Endangered Species masks and puppets for the “Grand Procession of the Species”.  All questions can go directly to our Outreach Coordinator Monica. 

 

Library Helpers Needed

Requested by Claire Fong, Librarian 879-7483 ext. 2025 or Claire@blueoakcharterschool.org

> Help needed afterschool Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and/or Fridays and/or specifically:

Tues. 9:40-11 am, Wed. 9-11:30 am or 12:15 – 1:40pm, Thurs. 10:30-11:30am

   Claire has done an amazing job improving our library!  She could use a little more help in continuing to improve the overall organization and inventory of the library.  If you would like to help her label books, organize, re-shelf books, place orders, etc. – please contact her.  The times listed here are the times she would be available to work one on one with volunteers.

 

Kindergarten Sweepers

Requested by Cheryl Grant, Kindergarten teacher

> Help needed every morning and every afternoon

   The Kindergarten Yard sidewalks need constant sweeping.  Could you help sweep one morning a week or two?  What about staying after pick up and doing a little sweeping?  Give it some thought and see if there isn’t at least one time you could consistently help keep the Kindy Yard tidy.

 

Kindergarten Garden Helpers

Requested by Cheryl Grant, Kindergarten Teacher

> Help needed on sunny days

   The Kindergarten has a lot of planted plants and beautiful flowers.  The teachers could use some help getting everything watered on the days we have no rain.  It is also always nice to have a little extra help pulling unwanted weeds and volunteers (no pun intended).  Maybe staying during drop off time from 8:30 to 9am is an option for you?  That is always nice because then the kids see the adults role modeling what it is to help out and be a part of the community.  You’ll usually find that you end up with a few very cute helpers who will become your friend for life!

 

Create Basketball Court

Requested by Mr. G, Games Teacher – 514-4249 or daebin@blueoakcharterschool.org

> Mr. G needs some help prepping and painting the asphalt so that there is a clearly outlined basketball court on the playground.  He has done some recent reorganizing of the playground so that there is now a large space opened up for a good size basketball court.  If you would like to help Mr. G make this happen, please contact him directly (especially if you have a power washer of your own!).  Mr. G will be there to lead the project and provide the proper supplies.
FROM ONE TO ANOTHER__________________________

Have nice relaxing break!  Get off your screens and get outside!

 

Thursday
Apr032014

the Leaves, for the week of 3.31.2014 

ATTENTION ALL BLUE OAK FAMILIES
> from: Maggie Buckley, Enrollment Clerk  - Contact: maggie@blueoakcharterschool.org

   If you have not yet turned in your signed “Intent to Return” form, you need to return it IMMEDIATELY! 
This form ensures that your child has a spot in the desired grade for the fall of 2014-15 school year. 

A VERBAL notification will NOT HOLD A SPACE FOR YOUR CHILD.
A signed form must be received to hold a space.  You must fill out one form for each child.
You may return these forms to your class teacher or to the front office.

From our Principal_______________________________
> Laurie Kopping 879-7483 or Laurie@blueoakcharterschool.org

Dear Blue Oak Families,

  Last Thursday we had another informative parent evening on the Nurtured Heart Approach. We reviewed material from the first evening and then went more deeply into ways of seeing and recognizing the greatness in children. We will have the last evening in our series on Thursday April 24.

  We also have the honor of hosting Howard Glasser, the creator of the Nurtured Heart Approach and author of several books, at our school on Weds April 9, from 6:30-8:00pm. Child care will not be offered for this free community event. We warmly invite you to hear from this esteemed therapist and innovator in working with children.

  A book study on "Transforming the Difficult Child" will begin soon.  Blue Oak parents Francesca Fillmore and Melissa Lindaman will be leading the study. Please email Francesca FranisRad@netscape.net for more information

From our Executive Director_______________________
>Nathan Rose 879-7483 or Nathan@blueoakcharterschool.org

Dear Parents,

  Thank you to those of you who attended the gathering of, “Fresh Baked Goods and Coffee/Tea with the Director” discussion on Friday, March 28th.  There was a group of parents who enjoyed a time of refreshments and discussion.  Mr. Rose was able to gather information about future requests for topics to be discussed, and to answer questions.  Please join him for the next installment of “Fresh Baked Goods and Coffee/Tea with the Director” on Friday, May 2nd.

PARTICIPATION_______________________________
From: Summer O’Neill, Community Coordinator summer@blueoakcharterschool.org or 717-0138

Work with students on Endangered Species Faire Puppets

Requested by Monica, Outreach Coordinator 879-7483 ext.2037 or monica@blueoakcharterschool.org

> Help needed on Tuesdays 1-3pm and/or Fridays 1-3pm in the Great Room

   The Butte Environmental Council is conducting puppet making workshops on Tuesdays and Fridays with our students.  On our campus we have a Blue Oak parent and artist, Jessica McDougal leading the effort.  She could really use some more help working with the students in creating their Endangered Species masks and puppets for the “Grand Procession of the Species”.  All questions can go directly to our Outreach Coordinator Monica.  *Puppets and masks will be made on the following days: 

Fridays 4/4, 4/8 and possibly 4/25 AND Tuesdays 4/8 and 4/22

   Also, be sure to plan to come to the Endangered Species Faire on Saturday, May 3rd, 11-5pm, in Lower Bidwell Park Recreation Area by one-mile.  Great family event!

 Library Helpers Needed

Requested by Claire Fong, Librarian 879-7483 ext. 2025 or Claire@blueoakcharterschool.org
> Help needed afterschool Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and/or Fridays and/or specifically:

Tues. 9:40-11 am, Wed. 9-11:30 am or 12:15 – 1:40pm, Thurs. 10:30-11:30am

   Claire has done an amazing job improving our library!  She could use a little more help in continuing to improve the overall organization and inventory of the library.  If you would like to help her label books, organize, re-shelf books, place orders, etc. – please contact her.  The times listed here are the times she would be available to work one on one with volunteers.

 Kindergarten Sweepers

Requested by Cheryl Grant, Kindergarten teacher
> Help needed every morning and every afternoon

   The Kindergarten Yard sidewalks need constant sweeping.  Could you help sweep one morning a week or two?  What about staying after pick up and doing a little sweeping?  Give it some thought and see if there isn’t at least one time you could consistently help keep the Kindy Yard tidy.

 Kindergarten Garden Helpers

Requested by Cheryl Grant, Kindergarten Teacher

> Help needed on sunny days

   The Kindergarten has a lot of planted plants and beautiful flowers.  The teachers could use some help getting everything watered on the days we have no rain.  It is also always nice to have a little extra help pulling unwanted weeds and volunteers (no pun intended).  Maybe staying during drop off time from 8:30 to 9am is an option for you?  That is always nice because then the kids see the adults role modeling what it is to help out and be a part of the community.  You’ll usually find that you end up with a few very cute helpers who will become your friend for life!

 Create Basketball Court

Requested by Mr. G, Games Teacher – 514-4249 or daebin@blueoakcharterschool.org

> Mr. G needs some help prepping and painting the asphalt so that there is a clearly outlined basketball court on the playground.  He has done some recent reorganizing of the playground so that there is now a large space opened up for a good size basketball court.  If you would like to help Mr. G make this happen, please contact him directly (especially if you have a power washer of your own!).  Mr. G will be there to lead the project and provide the proper supplies.

 CALENDAR______________________________________________

(* signifies event is also a participation opportunity and/or there are more details below *)
 
APRIL
4/1 *    Tuesday, 1:30-2:30 pm Festivals Committee Meeting

4/3 *   Thursday, 12:45 – 1:45 pm Garden & Playground Committee Meeting in Kindergarten Yard

4/4 *   Friday, 3:30 – 5 pm Administrative Design Committee Meeting in Ms. Ginney’s classroom

4/5 *   Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm, Car Wash Fundraiser for the 8th Grade @ Knockout Collision

4/8 *   Tuesday, 1:30-2:30 pm Festivals Committee Meeting

   Tuesday, 6 pm Charter Council Meeting in the Resource Room

4/9 *   Wednesday, 6:30 - 8 pm Howard Glasser, Creator of the Nurtured Heart Approach

4/10*   Thursday, 6 pm Public Forum to discuss our Local Control & Accountability Plan (LCAP)

> Spring Break is 4/12 through 4/21 – School resumes Tuesday 4/22 <

4/22 * Tuesday, 1:30-2:30 pm Festivals Committee Meeting

4/23    Wednesday, 9-11 am School Tour

4/24 * Thursday, 6 – 8 pm Parent Ed. Workshop #3 on the Nurtured Heart Approach

4/26 * Saturday, ALL SCHOOL WORK DAY – Outside spruce up in preparation for May Faire

4/29 * Tuesday, 6 – 8 pm, Parent Council Meeting in the Parent Corner
> April 28th – May 6th California Smarter Balance Testing 

>SAVE THE DATE!  MAY FAIRE is 5/10/2014 11 am – 3 pm.  Start getting in your fundraiser applications now!  Great opportunity for classroom fundraising!

COMMUNITY NEWS_________________________

* Free Puppet Making Workshop 

   Blue Oak will be participating in "the Grand Procession of the Species" at this year's Endangered Species Faire held on May 3rd from 11am-5pm.  Puppet making workshops will be offered here on campus on Tuesdays and Fridays in the Great Room.  These workshops will be led by Blue Oak Parent Jessica McDougal and Butte Co. Environmental Council (BEC) member, Susan Tcudi.

If you would like to help create masks, puppets, props, etc. please just come on by!
(see Participation section for more details)


* Administrative Design Committee Meeting #3, 4.4.14 3:30 pm

> from: Louthea Griffin, loutheag@yahoo.com or 831-869-1597 
               Tighe O'Neill, tighe.oneill@fundtech.com or 513-1806

   The Blue Oak Charter Council has formally reconvened the Administrative Design Committee to evaluate the current and future organizational needs of our school, considering short and long term proposals presented by council members, administration, faculty and parents.  Meetings will be held every Friday at 3:30 pm for a period of at least 3 more weeks to draft a recommendation to the Charter Council and to be presented at the April 8th board meeting for their consideration.
Meeting Agendas will be posted at the entrance of the school each week. Questions can go directly to Committee chairs, Louthea and/or Tighe.

 

* Car Wash Fundraiser for the 8th Grade – 4.5.14 10 am – 2pm

Is your car covered in pollen?  How about you go by the 8th Grade Car Wash this Saturday and get your car all spruced up before your spring break travels?  Sound like a good idea to me!
They will be at Knockout Collision @ 3225 Esplanade (north chico) from 10 am – 2 pm.

* LCAP – Public Forum, 4.10.14 6 pm

Blue Oak needs your input on how we spend money. Under Gov. Brown's proposal known as Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), all California schools will be given more money and are given more control of how they spend it. To learn more check out the LCFF website:

http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/lc/lcffoverview.asp

We need your help identifying the areas of need at Blue Oak. A Public Forum will be held to gather your feedback on the various areas which the survey identified as community needs.

FREE Childcare will be provided to give more families access to have their voice heard. Please take time to attend the meeting on April 10th. Thank you for your time and participation with this important matter! (Childcare is open from 5:45 – 8 pm for children from Pre-K through 8th Grade. There is no need to sign up ahead of time for this event.)


2-1-1 Community Services – Get connected to FREE & Low Cost services

CALL or text 2-1-1 for more information on:

food/ shelter/ clothing, family programs, health insurance, counseling/ treatment, health care/ prevention, housing assistance, parenting support, employment services, transportation, recreation/ activities, support groups AND MORE  !

> FIVE VERY SIMPLE WAYS TO CONNECT WITH 2-1-1

1- Dial 2-1-1

2- Text zip code to 898211

3- Visit Butte211.org and click "Contact Us"

4- Email Butte 2-1-1 at helpcentral@ncen.org

5- "Like" Butte 2-1-1 on Facebook- www.facebook.com/HelpCentral.org

 

Blue Oak Chess Club

Blue Oak Chess Team tied for 7th place out of 16 schools represented in Wednesday's District Championships.  This is an excellent result given that we only had 4 players present.

Galen Fairchild took a Silver Medal while Bryce Rorive, Harley Gonzalez and Isabelle Mikolajczak took Bronze Medals.

 

FROM ONE TO ANOTHER__________________________

Do you find there are a lot of misconceptions about what a Waldorf school is all about?  Do you have a hard time responding to these misconceptions, but know in your heart that they are inaccurate?

Here are a couple of resources that can help us all articulate the what and why of Waldorf.

Waldorf Education: Frequently Asked Questions

http://www.whywaldorfworks.org/02_W_Education/faq_about.asp

Myth Busting: How Reading is taught in a Waldorf School

http://blog.bellalunatoys.com/2011/waldorf-reading.html