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

Thursday
Apr032014

the Leaves, for the week of 3.24.2014 

From our Executive Director_____________________________

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

   Fresh Baked Goods with the Director! 
   This Friday, the 28th 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.

CALENDAR______________________________________________

(* signifies event is also a participation opportunity and/or there are more details below *)
  MARCH
3/25 *  Tuesday, 1:30 - 2:30 pm, Festivals Committee Meeting in Community Coord. Office

3/25 *  Tuesday, 6 pm Parent Council Meeting in the Parent Corner – to view the Agenda go to
              http://www.blueoakcharterschool.org/meeting-information/

3/26    School Tour, 9 -11:30 am

3/27 * Thursday, 6 – 8 pm Parent Education Workshop #2 on the Nurtured Heart Approach

            https://www.facebook.com/events/289620977829208/

3/28 * Friday, 8:30 am Meet with the Director

3/28 * Friday, 3:30 – 5 pm Administrative Design Committee Meeting in Ms. Ginney’s classroom

3/29* Saturday, 6 pm Blue Oak Mardi Gras Ball - a 7th Grade Fundraiser

https://www.facebook.com/events/626399974081177


APRIL
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

4/8 *   Tuesday, 6 pm Charter Council Meeting in the Resource Room

4/9 *   Wednesday, 6 pm Howard Glasser, Creator of the Nurtured Heart Approach – coming to Chico!
            (Blue Oak will be hosting this presentation – more details to come – FREE Public Event)

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

 

GRATITUDE!_________________________________

> from Jackie Hammer – Garden & Playground Committee chairperson
A big shout out to all the people who came to the mini work day last Saturday!  Thanks for all your help!
It’s lookin’ good out there!

IMPORTANT REMINDERS________________________

- Returning Students

> from: Maggie Buckley, Enrollment Clerk  - Contact: maggie@blueoakcharterschool.org

   If you have not yet filled out your “Intent to Return” forms, please do so and return to your class teacher by March 28th 2014.  These forms help us to plan for next school year.

COMMUNITY NEWS_________________________
* Parent Education Evening – Nurtured Heart Workshop #2 – this Thursday
   If you missed Part 1 - not to worry - you should still come to Parts 2 and 3.  For more on the Nurtured Heart Approach check out this website http://www.childrenssuccessfoundation.com/

   Deadline for Childcare sign-up is this Wednesday morning at 9 am.
Free childcare is provided for Blue Oak Families; from Pre-K (2.5 - 5yrs. old) through 8th Grade.

You must sign up ahead of time to make use of the childcare services. Sign-up sheets are hanging throughout the school. You only need to sign-up you child one time.  If you are not on campus you can call 879-7483 and sign up over the phone. 

   Schedule for the evening:

- 5:30 pm - Food Sales OPEN in the Great Room - Come have dinner!
   (Food sales will be open throughout the evening)

- 5:45 pm - Childcare Opens for check-in
   (Check- in locations: Pre-k & Kindy on Kindy Yard & 1st – 8th on the Grades Yard)

- 6:00 pm – Introduction by Principal, Laurie Kopping
   Followed by, presentation from our guest speaker, Josh Kuersten

- 7:30 pm - Q & A

- 8:15 pm - Childcare Closes

 * Free Puppet Making Workshop - 3/28

   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 Fridays 1-2:30 pm in the Great Room, from 3/28 - 4/11.  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!


* Administrative Design Committee, Meeting #2

> 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.

* Blue Oak Mardi Gras Ball is THIS SATURDAY!

> from: Rebecca Lacque & 7th Grade parents – Contact: Rebecca 521-4470

   Saturday 3/29, 6 pm at the Arroyo Room, Downtown Chico

Dinner, Dancing, Live and Silent Auctions, Photo Booth and more!  A great way to support our 7th Grade while having LOTS of FUN!  The 7th Graders have set a goal to sell 200 tickets.  Help them reach their goal!  You can purchase tickets in the front lobby and for more information just call Rebecca or go to facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/626399974081177

FROM ONE TO ANOTHER__________________________

> I was told about this author/storyteller/researcher by one of our parent board members, Heather Halterback.  I went home and Googled her and this short Ted Talk was my first exposure to her. 
Brene Brown
http://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability

 

Monday
Mar242014

the Leaves, for the week of 3.18.2014 

From our Executive Director____________________________
>Nathan Rose 879-7483 or Nathan@blueoakcharterschool.org
   Fresh Baked Goods with the Director!  Next Friday, March 28th 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 as well.  I look forward to meeting with you then.

From the front office_________________________
   In an attempt to continue to serve our students and families efficiently, we have activated a new phone answering system, commonly known as the “auto–attendant”.  It is widely used in schools and it allows the caller to directly connect with various departments by simply entering an extension.  You will hear options to reach our most frequently requested departments:Attendance office (2005), Rest and Recovery (2007), Enrollment (2037), Nutrition Program (2039), and for Kate Holmes (Administrative Assistant) to schedule appointments with Mr. Rose and/or Ms. Kopping (2008).

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

MARCH
3/20*  Thursday, 3:30 pm Facilities Committee Meeting (location t.b.d.)

3/20 * Thursday, 5 – 8 pm Woodstock Pizza – Blue Oak dinner-time fundraiser for 8th Grade

3/21 *  Friday, 1 – 2:30 pm Free Puppet Making Workshop for Endangered Species Faire

3/21 *  Friday, 3:30 pm Administrative Design Committee Meeting (location t.b.d.)

3/22 *  Saturday, 9 am – 12 pm Garden & Playground Committee Mini Work Day
3/25 *  Tuesday, 1:30 - 2:30 pm, Festivals Committee Meeting in Community Coord. Office

3/25 *  Tuesday, 6 pm Parent Council Meeting in the Parent Corner
3/27 * Thursday, 6 – 8 pm Parent Education Workshop #2 on the Nurtured Heart Approach

            https://www.facebook.com/events/289620977829208/

3/28 * Friday, 8:30 am Meet with the Director

3/29* Saturday, 6 pm Blue Oak Mardi Gras Ball - a 7th Grade Fundraiser

https://www.facebook.com/events/626399974081177


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

4/8 *   Tuesday, 6 pm Charter Council Meeting in the Resource Room

4/9 *   Wednesday, 6 pm Howard Glasser, Creator of the Nurtured Heart Approach – coming to Chico!
            (Blue Oak will be hosting this presentation – more details to come – FREE Public Event)

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

 

SPRING BREAK 4/12 through 4/21 – school resumes Tuesday 4/22

IMPORTANT REMINDERS________________________

- Returning Students
> from: Maggie Buckley, Enrollment Clerk  - Contact: maggie@blueoakcharterschool.org
   Teachers will be handing out “Intent to Return” forms to all parents.   We need parents to fill them out and return to your class teacher by March 28th 2014.  These forms help us determine which students plan to return so we can hold a spot for them and what openings we have so we can plan for new enrollments.

- Upper Grades’ Exterior Doors
  
Please do not use these doors to enter or exit the school.  Even if the doors are propped open, staff requests that you please do not use these doorways as a shortcut into the school.  Even if class is not in session faculty also uses their classrooms as their office space and it is disruptive to have people walking through.  Thank you for your respect and understanding on this matter.

 GRATITUDE_______________________________
  Thank you to Melissa Lindaman for hosting the Spring Clothing Swap.  This was an event to just to foster community and we hope to have more of them!  We appreciate your contribution to our community!

PARTICIPATION_____________________________

*Garden & Playground Committee*
> from: Jackie Hammer, Committee Chair  - Contact: jjehammer@sbcglobal.net   We are looking for donations for our next phase of improvements to our gardening spaces.  We are in need of larger rocks to help with erosion and perennials you may already have in your own gardens that can be shared and transplanted. We are also looking for someone to help out with some irrigation upgrades.  We will be getting together this Saturday to do a small Garden & Playgrounds work day form 9 am – 12 pm.  Please come lend a hand!  If you can be of help with any of this please contact Jackie directly. Thank you!

COMMUNITY NEWS_________________________

* Facilities Committee Meeting - 3/20
   The Blue Oak Charter Council has formed a Facilities committee to discuss our immediate facility needs and our long term needs. They will be meeting this week on Thursday afternoon at 3:30 pm.  (location of mtg. t.b.d. – look for signage as you arrive)
This is a public meeting and all interested parties are welcome to attend this meeting. 

* 8th Grade Fundraiser at Woodstock’s Pizza - 3/20
   This Thursday evening 3/20, from 5 -8 pm
Woodstock's gives 25% of the total sales during that time period.  All customers need to do is mention “BLUE OAK 8th Grade Class” at the time of your purchase. So, come out this Thursday evening to help the 8th Grade class raise money for their big end of the year fieldtrip.  The 8th Grade really appreciates it!

 * Free Puppet Making Workshop - 3/21
   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 Fridays 1-2:30 pm in the Great Room, from 3/21 - 4/11.  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! The procession is meant to be a joyous and uplifting celebration of the natural world, as well as a reminder to the threats to our environment.

Take note of this year’s faire NEW LOCATION, it’s at ONE MILE recreation area in Lower Bidwell Park! Free and FUN community event for the whole family!

* Administrative Design Committee - 3/21
> from: Louthea Griffin, loutheag@yahoo.com or 831-869-1597 and 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 4 weeks to draft a recommendation to the Charter Council, to be presented at the April 8th board meeting for their consideration. (meeting location t.b.d.)

Public Agendas for this meeting will be posted at the front entry of the school, 72 hours before each meeting.

* Blue Oak Mardi Gras Ball *- 3/29
> from: Rebecca Lacque & 7th Grade parents – Contact: Rebecca 521-4470
   Saturday 3/29, 6 pm at the Arroyo Room, Downtown Chico
Dinner, Dancing, Live and Silent Auctions, Photo Booth and more!  A great way to support our 7th Grade while having LOTS of FUN! 
The 7th Graders have set a goal to sell 200 tickets.  Help them reach their goal!  You can purchase tickets in the front lobby and for more information just call Rebecca or go to facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/626399974081177
 

* Blue Oak 4th Grader Wins 2nd Place in “Fiction 59” Contest!
> an interview with Stephanie Nichols and winner Kampbell Marsh from Mrs. Simons 4th Grade class

SN: Tell me about the contest you entered.

KM: "Fiction 59" is a writing contest where you are challenged to write a Fiction story in exactly 59 words.

SN: Have you ever entered a writing contest before?

KM: No, this is my first time.

SN: Who is your favorite author?

KM: J.K. Rowling. But soon I get to read J.R.R. Tolkein, I’m excited to start that!
SN:  What do you want to be when you grow up?

KM: A book reviewer or editor.

SN: What do you like to do in your free time?

KM: Read! Also, practice archery.

SN: You won 2nd place in the contest, did you receive a prize?

KM: Yes, I got a $25 Lions Books Gift Certificate, a notepad, and a 2nd Place winner’s certificate.

SN: Thank you for taking the time to share your news with the school, congratulations again!

KM: You’re welcome!

FROM ONE TO ANOTHER__________________________

> 5 things Teachers Wish Parents Knew: Your children can do more than you think

http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/13/5-things-teachers-wish-parents-knew-your-children-can-do-more-than-you-think/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_php=true&_type=blogs&emc=edit_tnt_20140314&nlid=60021244&tntemail0=y&_r=1

 

 

Monday
Mar242014

for the week of 3.10.2014

the Leaves

From our Principal____________________________
>Laurie Kopping 879-7483 or laurie@blueoakcharterschool.org
 This Friday our teachers begin their final practicum weekend of the year, for their Waldorf Hybrid Program studies.  All year they have been working diligently with faculty from the Rudolf Steiner College to deepen their practice and provide a rich and effective public Waldorf curriculum to their students. We understand the inconvenience of school not being offered next Monday and we appreciate your support.  Thank you!

From our Executive Director____________________________
>Nathan Rose 879-7483 or Nathan@blueoakcharterschool.org
   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. This week a survey will be open for your feedback. Once the survey results are tabulated the top priorities will be discussed at a public forum to create our spending plan, also known as Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).

This public forum will be held Thursday, April 10th at 6PM.

FREE Childcare will be provided to give more families access to have their voice heard. Please take time to fill out the survey and attend the meeting in April.

Please click on the link to complete the survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WFTKJ8N

Thank you for your time and participation with this important matter!

 

CALENDAR______________________________________________
(* signifies event is also a participation opportunity and/or there are more details below *)
3/11 *   Tuesday, 1:30-2:30 pm Festivals Committee Meeting in Community Coordinator’s office

3/11 *   Tuesday, 6 pm Blue Oak Charter Council Meeting in the Resource Room (off Great Room)

            To view the Agenda for this meeting follow this link:

            http://www.blueoakcharterschool.org/charter-council-meetings-2013/

3/14     Friday, Half Day - 12:30pm Dismissal for all students

3/15 *  Saturday, 10 am – 2pm Children’s Clothing Swap – A FREE community event for Blue Oak families

3/17     Monday, NO SCHOOL – Staff Development
3/25 *  Tuesday, 6 pm Parent Council Meeting in the Parent Corner
3/27 * Thursday, 6 – 8 pm Parent Education Workshop #2 on the Nurtured Heart Approach

            https://www.facebook.com/events/289620977829208/

3/29* Saturday, 6 pm Blue Oak Mardi Gras Ball - a 7th Grade Fundraiser

https://www.facebook.com/events/626399974081177


IMPORTANT REMINDERS________________________

 

New Kindergarteners

> from: Maggie Buckley, Enrollment Clerk  - Contact: maggie@blueoakcharterschool.org

   This is just a reminder to those kindergarten families who have not done so, please turn in your completed 2014-15 school year enrollment information to Blue Oak School as soon as possible!

Enrollment packets are available at the front desk. 

If you have any questions regarding the requirements for enrollment or need help filling out the paperwork please call the school at 879-7483 ext. 2037 and ask to speak to Maggie.

 


 

Lunch Ordering

> from: Cat Kirkland, Nutrition Services Coordinator – Contact: cat@blueoakcharterschool.org

    Lunch orders must be placed no later than the Monday prior to the week of service.

Please place your orders online at www.orderlunches.com.  If it is your first time ordering online, you will need to take a few extra minutes to create a student profile.  This is an easy and straightforward process.  At one point you will be asked for the school’s password and you will need to enter BOCS244.  Once you have created this profile you will not need to take this step again.

   There is a laptop in the front lobby which is set up for access to our school’s website and for ordering lunches.  Please feel free to use it at any time.  For more detailed information on the Nutrition programs that we offer, go to our website http://www.blueoakcharterschool.org/nutrition-program/

 

Have you moved or changed your contact information?

> from: Shelly Santi, Rest & Recovery – Contact:  shelly@blueoakcharterschool.org

   If this is the case, please be sure to update your information so that we have all the information we need to contact you.  All you need to do is fill out information that has changed on the yellow “Information Update” form and turn it into our receptionist Amber.

 

GRATITUDE_______________________________

> from: Stephanie Nichols, Reading Interventionist – Contact: stephanienichols@blueoakharterschool.org

Dear Blue Oak Community,

Thank you for your support in helping make our first “Read Across America Day” a grand success. I was so proud to see the participation from our students and thrilled to bring this celebration to our school. I would especially like to thank Claire Fong our librarian, Shannon Walker & Eileen Cullen for all their help with our performance of Green Eggs & Ham and Mr. Antuzzi and his group of courageous, hard-working 8th grade students.         ~ Stephanie Nichols

Reader’s Oath

I promise to read, each day and each night.

I know it's the key, to growing up right.

I'll read to myself, I'll read to a crowd.

It makes no difference, if silent or loud.

I'll read at my desk, at home and at school,

On my bean bag or bed, by the fire or pool

Each book that I read puts smarts in my head,

'Cause brains grow more thoughts, the more they are fed.

So I take this oath, to make reading my way,

Of feeding my brain, what it needs every day.

 

PARTICIPATION_____________________________

*Garden Committee*

> from: Jackie Hammer, Garden Committee Chair  - Contact: jjehammer@sbcglobal.net

   Garden Committee needs your help.

We are looking for donations for our next phase of improvements to our gardening spaces.

We are in need of larger rocks to help with erosion, perennials you may already have in your own gardens that can be shared and transplanted, and a couple yards of nutrient rich soil for our garden beds. We are also looking for someone to help out with some irrigation upgrades.

If you can be of help with any of this please contact Jackie directly. Thank you!

 

COMMUNITY NEWS_________________________
* Children’s Clothing Swap *

> from: Melissa Lindaman, Parent Volunteer – Contact: missyvan2001@yahoo.com
   Saturday 3/15/14, 10 am – 2 pm at Blue Oak School
This is a FREE Community event, organized by parent Volunteer Melissa Lindaman.  
Start putting aside your children’s’ clothes for this event.  Bring some, take some – it’s that simple!
Please only bring children’s clothing.  We aim to start simple, and if all goes well we will expand the idea for next time.  We are now accepting your items in the Parent Corner.  Please sort your items by size and clearly label bags with the sizes they contain.  This will go a long way towards helping organize the items ahead of time, so all of you can show up Saturday and easily find some new items.
If you would like to volunteer to help Melissa with this event please contact her directly, or you can go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B4CA8AD2DA6FA7-blue

(she still needs help Friday 3/14/14 after school and on Saturday - before, during, and after the event)

* Blue Oak Mardi Gras Ball *

> from: Rebecca Lacque & 7th Grade parents – Contact: Rebecca 521-4470

   Saturday 3/29, 6 pm at the Arroyo Room, Downtown Chico

Dinner, Dancing, Live and Silent Auctions, Photo Booth and more!  A great way to support our 7th Grade while having LOTS of FUN! 

The 7th Graders have set a goal to sell 200 tickets.  Currently they are at about 50 tickets – help them reach their goal!  You can purchase tickets in the front lobby and for more information just call Rebecca or go to facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/626399974081177

 

* The Blue Oak School Foundation *
> from: Michael Antongiovanni, B.O.S.F. Treasurer – Contact: mantongi@gmail.com
    The Blue Oak School Foundation is looking for several people to help provide sustainable, long-term governance & fundraising support, for programs that align with the Blue Oak School’s vision and goals. For information about the foundation visit our website.  The group meets once a month and if you are interested please plan to join our next meeting on Monday March 17th at 6 PM Location TBD.
http://blueoakschoolfoundation.org/home/index

* Chico’s new Parks and Playgrounds Map!  Let’s Play Outside! *
> from: Chico Rec.
Download your free Chico Parks and Playgrounds Map
http://www.chicorec.com/Parks--Facilities/index.html.
What’s the Big Deal about Being Outside?

  • ·         Outdoor play is especially healthy for kids!  Check out these benefits to playing outside:
  • ·         Gives kids a chance to burn off energy
  • ·         Can be calming and allows kids to “recharge”
  • ·         Helps kids learn to interact with and understand the natural world
  • ·         Offers a chance for more social interaction with peers
  • ·         Offers more opportunities for creativity and free play

*Adapted from:  http://www.healthyalberta.com/729.htm


* Are you the only one in your family group getting the Leaves & one-call phone notifications?
   If there is another adult in your family group whom you would like to receive these updates as well, then all you need to do is update your information with the front office.  Amber, our receptionist, has put extra copies of the yellow "Information Update" form in the front lobby for you to use.  You only need to fill in the relevant information.  Common example: You are getting the email and phone notifications, but the father has not been receiving them.
  
On the yellow Information Update form you only need to fill in the Student name and the fathers emails and/or phone number – write “Add” next to any info that would be in addition to what is already recorded.  If you need new info to replace old info – write “change to” next to it.   

* May Faire Update *

> from: Summer O’Neill, Community Coordinator – Contact: 717-0138 or summer@blueoakcharterschool.org  

Save the date: May 10th 2014 from 11 am – 3pm

Fundraisers:

Start brainstorming for class or grade level fundraisers for this year’s May Faire.  At last year’s faire we had ten fundraising booths, which combined raised over $2000!  This is a great opportunity for classroom fundraisers.  Fundraiser Applications can be found in the front lobby. 

* Food sales (i.e. snacks, beverages, lunch foods) will be considered this year!  Assigned grade level fundraisers do not apply for this special event.  OPEN.  Applications will be processed on a first come basis.

Arts & Crafts Vendors:

Vendors from inside and outside the school are welcome at the May Faire.  Products to be sold must be locally hand-made items.  The fee is $30 for Blue Oak families& alumni, and $40 for all others.  All interested vendors must apply using the Vendor Application.  Please do not include payments with initial application.  Spread the word to all your crafty friends!  Vendor applications can be found in the front lobby.

* Outside food vendors will NOT be considered.

 

FROM ONE TO ANOTHER____________________________

Take a look at the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education’s newsletter to see what is going on in the public Waldorf movement.

You will see some familiar faces!

http://www.allianceforpublicwaldorfeducation.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Confluence_Winter2014_Vol3No2.pdf

 

Screen Time?

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/mental-wealth/201402/gray-matters-too-much-screen-time-damages-the-brain

 

Play, Empathy and TV

http://www.handinhandparenting.org/article/play-empathy-and-tv/

 

Monday
Mar242014

for the week of 3.03.2014