Next Monday the 19th is the first day of our week long Thanksgiving break. There will be no school Monday the 19th through Friday the 23rd. We hope this will offer a wonderful opportunity to share some time in nature with your children.
Friday, the 16th, we will be having our school wide Thankfulness Celebration at 1:30 PM (see last weeks' Leaves for more detail). Please support your child in bringing a nonperishable food donation sometime this week as part of our celebration.
Mark your calendar: Sunday December 2nd, at 10 am we will be having an all-school work day. Tuesday December 18th in the evening we will be holding our Winter concert.
Parent-teacher conferences will be held the week of November 26th. Sign up now to meet with your child's teacher. We expect and appreciate every families' attendance at parent-teacher conferences. This time with your child's teacher is extremely important in supporting your child's educational success. It is a way of dedicating time for a two-way conversation with a focus on learning. We encourage you to come prepared with questions and to be thinking of how you would like to become more involved with your child's learning.
Also happening the week of November 26th will be benchmark testing. We will be conducting benchmark testing on California State Standards in order to evaluate our success thus far in the school year and point to areas needing additional instruction. We will be having our morning walk around the school every day during the week of the 26th in order to encourage mental alertness and community in the testing process. We want our practices this week to match as closely as possible the testing strategies we will employ during the actual STAR testing that we will conduct in the Spring. This is a great time for parents to give extra attention to ensuring good nutrition and adequate rest, as well as talk to your child about any anxiety they may have about testing. Applaud their persistence in doing their best during long testing periods and when approaching test questions that cover unfamiliar subject matter. Student attitude has everything to do with success in testing and as a parent you can provide great support in this area of school performance.
Wednesday the 14th is the last day to order quilt squares from Ms. Ginney's class fundraiser for the 2012 Blue Oak quilt. Right now we have only 8 squares ordered, which makes for a pretty small quilt. Past quilts are hanging in our great room. Please see Beth in the front office if you need more information.
BROWN ACT TRAINING November 15, 2012 6:00 – 8:00 PM- The Law Offices of Young, Minney & Corr will be providing this valuable training which will include the Brown Act and practical advice on effective governance. The workshop will outline each of the requirements of the Brown Act, explore common pitfalls and how to avoid them, address essential habits for highly effective governance boards, and discuss tips for running effective Board meetings. Any Parent Council members, Committee Members, Teachers and Board Members are invited to attend. RSVP with Nathan Rose firstname.lastname@example.org. The workshop will be held as follows:
Blue Oak Charter School 450 W. East Ave (next to Enloe Rehab Center) Chico, CA 95926
Thank you to Lundburg Farms for donating twelve 25-pound bags of organic brown short grain rice to our kindergarten program. We are grateful to provide this highly nutritious food to our students. Thank you to Summer O'Neill and Shelly Santi for coordinating the receipt of this generous gift.
Thank you to volunteer Donica O'Laughlin for donating pomegranates and making pomegranate jelly with our third grade students last week. This has been a spirited and delightfully messy tradition for Blue Oak that supports our third grade curriculum. Thank you for making this lovely contribution to our school.
Charter Council Notes
The BOCS Council meeting on November 6th was highlighted by the completion of the petition for Charter renewal. This was submitted to the CUSD on November 7th, for their review and approval. The process will take place at their December and January meetings. We will want all of your support at these meetings. Watch for “save-the-date” alerts so that as many of you as possible can attend and defend the Blue Oak Charter renewal. Kudos to Nathan Rose for his attention to detail and his tireless effort to finalize the petition.
We are looking forward to the BOCS Town Hall Meeting to be held at the school on Tuesday November 13th at 6 PM. This will be an opportunity for the administration to explain and clarify some of the programs and initiatives at BOCS, as well as a forum for any questions you might have. Please join us.
The Finance Committee reported that our financial audit went well, and that BOCS received the highest school award from the Annie B Fund.
We were introduced to the revised teacher evaluation process, and discussed the upcoming administrative evaluations. Further discussion included annual training days for faculty and administration, the expansion of our Title I Program to a school wide plan, and a revised conflict of interest code.
After several months of advertising and soliciting for a parent representative to the Blue Oak Council, we are grateful to have Eric Berg step up to fill that position. Eric not only brings his legal experience to the Council, but also an historic perspective of the evolution of the school from its inception which could prove invaluable for some of the decisions we will be making.
Our next meeting is Tuesday, December 4th, at 6:00pm. All are welcome to attend.