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The Leaves 9-24-12

Harvest Festival


In less than a week we will be coming together to celebrate the change of season. Details for the Festival are at the end of this week’s Leaves, so keep reading! Volunteers are still needed to support this lovely Waldorf tradition.


Vision and Strategic Planning for Blue Oak


Vision work is essential for the success of any organization and we are very pleased to have scheduled a Vision and Strategy Planning Day on Saturday October 6th from 9-3pm. This will be a work day with a professional facilitator from the Sacramento area. The overall focus question is, "How can we become a model public school inspired by Waldorf education that others can emulate?" We will be developing a three-year plan with time lines for accomplishing the objectives we set. We are looking for parents, staff and board members who are willing to commit to the entire 6-hour day and provide leadership in a team that will focus on accomplishing a specific goal for the school over the course of the school year. We need to limit the size of the group to about 24. 


The Vision Committee will be reviewing applications and composing the work day group this Thursday, September 27th. If you are interested in volunteering in this manner, please respond with a statement of intent (email is fine) to Laurie@blueoakcharterschool.org so that we may include you. We hope to include everyone that is interested while still keeping the size of the group manageable. Your statement of intent should indicate why you would like to participate in the Vision and Strategy work day and your commitment to the full 6-hour day. 


General News


The Blue Oak Charter Council is seeking a parent representative who is interested in joining the board. Please contact Nathan@blueoakcharterschool.org if you are interested in applying. The deadline for application is this Friday September 28th.


We are in need of a reading group leader for our 3rd and 4th grade reading program. This is a paid position requiring a one hour commitment Monday through Friday from 11am to 12pm. Please contact Laurie@blueoakcharterschool.org if you are interested.


Chico Unified will be conducting hearing and vision screening of our grades K, 2, 5, and 8 students this Wednesday the 26th. Makeup screenings will be conducted at a later date for any students in these grades who are not present on Wednesday. 


October lunch menus are available. Lunches are $3 and snacks are $1. All orders must be placed the Monday prior to the week of service. It is very helpful to our staff if you order for the entire month. Please contact Cat@blueoakcharterschool.org if you have any questions.


Nathan has timed cars driving around the loop at drop-off in the morning and found the average time to complete the loop is 4 minutes. We rarely have cars backed up on East Avenue now, which was a significant safety concern last year. We are feeling really good about this change and appreciate the demonstration of good faith by the community as this change was implemented. Thank you.




Thank you to Amanda Bosschart and others who lovingly tended the grounds and garden over the summer with planting, watering, weeding, and topsoil. Our children are benefitting from the thriving green life around them on the campus because of your commitment and caring. Your contribution to our school is significant.


Thank you to Katie Zukoski for housing visiting teacher mentor Barbara Warren all last year. This gift was so important in supporting the growth of our teachers. Housing is an ongoing need as mentors come frequently to our campus, and for families with this resource to share, provides a tremendous opportunity to support our teachers and students.


Thank you to Lyn Burleson and John Nallion for your donation and delivery of sand to our childrens’ sand box. That was a lot of sand.


Here is something fun to do. Next time you are in the Plant Barn, thank them for their generous donation of plants to our Kindergarten yard.


Public Waldorf Education

The recent issue of Confluence, the newsletter of the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education, concerns itself with the idea of taming the many dragons that confront us as we strive to bring forth the education of the future. I invite you to take a look.


Harvest Festival Details


Program for Saturday the 29th

3:45 pm Arrive & find your seats for the play

4:00 pm George the Dragon Play begins with our 2nd graders

4:15 pm Faculty Sings with accompaniment from the 8th graders

4:30 pm – Potluck & Craft Tables will open, find a table or picnic spot & have fun!

5:30 – 6:30 ~ Musical entertainment & FOLK dancing by local group Troika

6:45 pm – Clean Up begins * many hands make light work

What to bring

Potluck dish to share

Your own dishes & utensils to eat with


What to think about

We are celebrating the coming of the Fall season, so when creating your dishes at home, think seasonal, all natural and organic if possible.

We will need main dishes, side dishes, fruits, vegetables and desserts.  There are no meal assignments, just bring what you are inspired to make and share!

There will be a dish washing station so can wash your dishes before you take them home and don’t forget to pick up your potluck dish before you leave!

Want to help?


Sign up in Parent Center on sign-up sheets or you can just click on the following link to see your options http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/1053586380058

Where the same sign-up information is available for your convenience

Don’t want to sign-up for anything?  That’s fine!  Just jump in when you can and know that we appreciate anything you can do!



Laurie Kopping,


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