ATTENTION ALL BLUE OAK FAMILIES
> from: Maggie Buckley, Enrollment Clerk - Contact: firstname.lastname@example.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
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.
From: Summer O’Neill, Community Coordinator email@example.com or 717-0138
Work with students on Endangered Species Faire Puppets
Requested by Monica, Outreach Coordinator 879-7483 ext.2037 or firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 email@example.com
> 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.
(* signifies event is also a participation opportunity and/or there are more details below *)
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!
* 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or 831-869-1597
Tighe O'Neill, email@example.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:
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.)
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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
Myth Busting: How Reading is taught in a Waldorf School