May Faire Time
Our annual May Faire is a celebration of community and the changing of the season. With the dark cold days of winter leaving us, we join together in celebration of the newness of life bursting forth from the earth.
The Green Man comes to chase King Winter away as we all joyously usher in the procession of the King and Queen of the May. The long standing Beltane tradition of dancing the May Pole is honored as part of the opening ceremony.
Live music, vendors, crafts, and healthy food all add to the magic and wonder of this springtime celebration. The beauty of this event is amplified as more and more members of our community share their ideas, talents, time, energy, and hearts.
Please contactSummer@blueoakcharterschool.org, or sign-up on the bulletin board in the Parent Center, to see how you can contribute this whimsical festival.
Thursday May 16 and Friday May 17, contribute to the procession of flowers: Please bring in cuttings of greenery and flowers form your home gardens. We will use them for our decorations and activities. (Materials can be delivered to our front office.)
Friday May 17, 3:30pm – 5:30 pm, clean up and set up: Come help us set up the back space (tables, chairs, pop-up tents, etc.) and decorate. We always need a lot of help with this part…
Saturday May 18
What to Bring
· This is a Community affaire! Bring your family and friends and your wonderful selves in your most fanciful MAY DAY attire!
(Be festive! Think spring, fairy wings, flowers, colorful, etc.)
· We ask that each family bring 1 Potluck dish & 1 Bake Sale item
· Your own dishware & re-usable water container(s)
· Money for shopping, fundraisers, and donations! (Credit cards will be accepted)
Order of Events
· 10:30am - 10:45am > Arrivals, Drop off Potluck lunch items & Bake Sale item
· 10:45 am – 11am > Get settled for opening festivities
· 11am – 12pm > Opening Festivities 8th grade performs skit and May Pole Dancing!
· 12pm- 3pm > the Faire Opens – GIANT Potluck Lunch, Live Music, Local Vendors, Activities, Fundraisers and fun!
Lunch & Activities – we will be asking for donations to help cover the cost of the faire and any profits will be donated to the Blue Oak School Foundations Teacher’s Education Fund, to help support the continuing Waldorf education of our staff.
STAR Test Update
Thank you to our generous parents for the healthy snacks you have provided to students these two weeks. Theme days are as follows:
Tuesday, May 14: Sport Attire/Jersey Day
Wednesday, May 15: Backwards Day
Thursday, May 16: Crazy Sock Day
Friday, May 17: Whole Class Theme Day
Stacey Bearden and Donica O'Laughlin created period clothing for our 4th graders to wear on their Malakoff Diggins field trip. This clothing will be handed down to each succeeding 4th grade class in support of this outstanding field trip experience. What a contribution these amazing ladies have made to our students.
Justin Hammer, Jackie Hammer, and Darren Ferguson worked together to build a new May Pole for our celebration this Saturday. We appreciate their skill and willingness in meeting this very important need for our community.
Parent Education Evening
Our lovely Kindergarten teachers warmly invite you to join our guest presenter, Anna Rainville, on Tuesday May 21 at 6pm. Anna is a revered Waldorf teacher mentor who specializes in song and dance. This will be an opportunity for the grown ups to participate in circle games and folk dances. Child care is available if requested in advance.
Please save your CRV beverage containers for the sixth grades recycling fundraiser. The next two pick up dates are Friday, May 17 & May 31 beginning at 7:30 am. We are available for house and business pick up on those dates after 8:20am for large donations. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a pick up.
Parent Council Update
Parent Council will meet again on Tuesday, May 28th at 6 pm. One of our discussion topics will be the Dress Code. As a community we have been noticing a lack of clarity about our dress code and confusion about what is meant by "media". Our current Dress Code is outlined in the Parent Handbook, which you can find on the home page of our website, www.blueoakcharterschool.org. Please come join our discussion if this is a topic of interest to you.
Blue Oak Charter Council Update
At the Charter Council meeting on May 7th we met Susan Powers, our newest Contracted Business Service representative from the Charter Schools Management Corporation. CSMC assists with our accounting and fiscal reports.
Nathan gave us an updated report on the proposed computerized testing for 3rd -8th grade, slated to go into effect in 2014-15. This raised questions of how best to prepare our students for this type of testing, and how we, as a Waldorf inspired school, will accommodate computerized testing with our policy of limiting technology.
We had an extensive review and discussion regarding the contract between BOCS and Steiner College for teacher training. Our next meeting will be June 11th at 6 PM.