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The Leaves 3.5.13


At our Parent Council meeting last week we discussed the issue of bullying on our school campus. I wanted to take a moment to address concerns in this area of our community life. Bullying among children is understood in Education Code, the law that governs public schools, as repeated, negative acts committed by one or more children against another. I can tell you that very few conflicts among students on our campus constitute bullying, but it does occur. The vast majority of conflicts involve students demonstrating social behavior that is unacceptable at school. Students then get feedback from their environment that the behavior is unacceptable and learn new ways to interact with peers. We strive for this kind of success. As a community, we need to be more thoughtful about our use of the term “bullying” so that it retains the intended meaning.

Bullying prevention happens primarily in the classroom where the teacher teaches appropriate behavior and creates a positive class culture. When children are at recess, they are supervised by caring, diligent, trained staff who are committed to creating a safe play environment. However, it is very difficult to detect bullying among children on a large play yard as it often looks like typical play. Encourage your child to report any hurtful behavior to an adult on campus immediately. Talk to your child’s teacher if you have concerns about possible bullying. Work on building your child’s inner strength so that they can handle conflict positively. Children are strengthened by our Waldorf curriculum and the Nurtured Heart Approach is a great resource as well.

Parent Education Evening for newer parents

Next Tuesday, March 12 from 6-8 pm we will be holding a parent discussion dedicated to newer families. We have organized a panel of Blue Oak moms and dads to share their experiences, reflect and listen. Also sitting on the panel will be Barbara Warren, our visiting Waldorf teacher mentor. This will be an opportunity for you to share your experiences and discuss any questions or concerns you might have regarding your child's education and our school community.

* FREE CHILDCARE is available if you sign up at the front desk by 3:30pm, Monday the 11th. Childcare is only provided for current and incoming students for fall of 2013 (no children younger than school age).  Childcare check-in is at 5:45 pm .

Nurtured Heart Parent Event

Erica Charlesworth, a local trainer and coach, will be presenting a free one-hour introduction to the Nurtured Heart Approach on Tuesday March 19th at 6pm in our great room. We strongly encourage all parents to attend. We are finding this approach to be highly consistent with our values as a school. In fact, our last staff development day was entirely devoted to deepening our work with the approach. You can RSVP to Erica at 530-520-9239 or ericacharlesworth@hotmail.com.


v  Now is the time to turn in March lunch menus.

Our lost and found is really full; items will be donated at the end of the month. 

Support for music program

Would you like to support our music program? Our music teacher, Max Stout, has requested donations of the following items: any and all band instruments such as trumpets, trombones, saxaphones, clarinets, etc. It would also be nice to have a carpet that would cover the majority of the music room. That would make it much easier on the lower grades during movement activities. Thank you!

Notes from Community Coordinator

There are new volunteer binders out in front of each classroom. There is a Participation Hours sheet for each family. These binders will be used to track your participation. Please take a minute to begin writing out the hours you have completed this year. We will call for the class binders to be turned in close to the end of the school year.

The May Fair planning committee is holding their second meeting this Friday, 3:30-4:30 pm in the Parent Center.

Please provide feedback for our "WALDORF 101" Parent Education Evening by completing an online survey if you attended. The survey will be open through Thursday 3/7/13. Click here https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Parent_Ed_Waldorf_101



-          Tickets are selling quickly.  Please plan on joining us at this Unforgettable Event!

-          There are some fantastic Silent Auctions items being donated by individuals and local businesses

-          That Jack Show hosted by our very own Blue Oak parent, Jack Stockton, has generously created a commercial to promte our wonderful event! Check it out on YouTube via this ink: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWY8ESqQgM0

-          KZFR and KNVR are kindly running a Public Announcement on the Ball and the Story of the Class thanks to a donation to by Jeannie and Al Schademan.

The Class of 2013 is inspired and appreciates all the support that is being expressed by the Blue Oak families, friends, and community!  Please see our invitation below for all the details.

Dear Blue Oak Families: YOU ARE INVITED To the BLUE OAK BALL

The Class of 2013 is hosting a Dinner Dance Fundraiser

Date:     Friday March 22

Cost:      $40 in advance, $45 at the door

Place:    Elks Lodge, Chico

Doors Open at 5:45 (Dinner at 6:30 pm)

The Evening will include:

  • ·         Silent Auction
  • ·         Paleo dinner served by The Hunter and The Farmer
  • ·         Speaker-New York Best seller, Chico’s own Sara Fragosa 
  • ·         Music will be provided by local Chico Bands: MaMuse, Wolfthump, Feverpitch from The Ascent Music Academy, and DJ Luke Anderson will help us dance the night away!

Tickets can be purchased at the following locations:

  • ·         Blue Oak School
  • ·         Genesis Salon (next to Nash's)
  • ·         The Ascent Music Academy (next to Music Connection)

All proceeds will support the funding of “Operation: Unforgettable!” (the end-of-year, rights-of-passage 8th grade epic field trip).

For questions call Jen @ 828-7224 OR email Jen Johnsen - jenjohnsen1@yahoo.com

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