“the Leaves” 1.13.2014
We would like your feedback on our recent Winter Concert held at Bidwell Presbyterian church back in December. We are already beginning to discuss the Spring Strings Concert and your feedback will help us plan the best concert possible. Follow the link to fill out the very brief survey.
Thank you for your participation in this way!
- Class Meetings -
FREE Childcare will be provided in the Great Room, beginning at 5:45 pm. All class meetings will begin at 6 pm and end anywhere between 7 & 8 pm. Remember that attendance at these meetings counts towards your Participation Hours. Questions can go directly to your class teachers.
Mon. 1/13 ALL 1st & 2nd Grade Classes
Wed. 1/15 5th Grade- Meier only & BOTH 6th Grade Classes
Thurs. 1/16 5th Grade- B. Lee only & ALL 7th & 8th Grade Classes
- Coming Up -
1/14 Tuesday @ 6pm – Blue Oak Charter Council Meeting (BOCC)
> to view the agenda for this meeting click
1/20 Monday – No School (Holiday)
1/24 Friday – Half Day – 12:30 pm pick up school wide
1/27 Monday – No School (Staff Development)
1/28 Tuesday @ 6pm – the Parent Council Meeting (PC)
1/30 Thursday 1:30-2:30pm – Festivals Crew Meeting – in the Parent Corner
> Executive Director, Nathan Rose 879-7483 or Nathan@blueoakcharterschool.org
- Drop-Off Procedures-
Every day from 7:40 AM to 8:10 AM is a one way loop turning immediately to the right and circling around the school building. The landlord and City of Chico has required this as part of our Facilities Use Permit & Lease. Please do not park to the left in marked spaces; these spaces are reserved for the Eye Center and Little Discoveries Preschool. Thank you for helping us stay in good graces with our neighbors, the City, and landlord.
- Afterschool Programs -
Reminder that homework club ends at 4:15 sharp. There is no adult supervision provided after release. Please assure pickup at the appropriate time.
> Community Coordinator, Summer O’Neill 717-0138 or email@example.com
- Upcoming Participation Opportunities -
> 2 Volunteers Needed to move a Piano, ASAP
A parent has found us a FREE antique piano and we just need at least 2 strong people to go pick it up and bring it to the music room for Mr. Stout. If you have the strength and/or vehicle to help with this please contact Summer. I can help coordinate the scheduling, etc. THANK YOU!
> Finance Committee, Nathan Rose 879-7483 or Nathan@blueoakcharterschool.org
The Charter Council Finance Committee is looking to add some additional parent voices. If your child participates in the Free and Reduced Lunch Program, we would value your input. We need 1 or 2 more parents who represent our community. This is a monthly meeting with a little prep work prior to each meeting. We will propose the final budget draft and Funding Plan to the Charter Council in June. All questions can go directly to Nathan Rose.
> ALL SCHOOL WORK DAY, Sat. 2/1 from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm, Summer O’Neill 571-0138 or
Summer@blueoakcharterschool.org It’s that time again. Our second Work Day of the year is just around the corner. Mark your calendars and plan on being here. It is a family affair. We will take you for an hour or the whole day, just come and contribute when you can. We will be collecting requests over the next few weeks, so if you have any thoughts or ideas for a project please contact our Community Coordinator directly.
> Enrollment Clerk: Maggie Buckley 879-7483 ext. 2037, Maggie@blueoakcharterschool.org
January is Open Enrollment month for the 2014-15 school year. There will be a School Tour every Wednesday for the next 5 weeks and two “Mornings in the Kindergarten” in January. If you have friends who are curious about our school, this is a great month for them to come learn more.
This month is also the time for current families to fill out paperwork for new Kindergartners and for Kindergartners who will be returning for a 2nd year. Remember all siblings of currently enrolled students receive priority enrollment, but you still need to fill out the paperwork to enroll them.
The public lottery will be on Thursday, February 13, 2014. Applications can be turned in to the front office up until 3pm February 12, 2014. Families will be notified of lottery results and placement information by the end of March 2014. If you have any questions concerning the lottery or enrollment please contact our Enrollment Clerk directly.
- Schedule -
> School Tours, 9 am to ~ 11:30am, on the following Wednesdays: 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5 and 2/12
* you must call the front desk to sign up for a tour 879-7483 *
> Mornings in the Kindergarten – 10am to ~12 noon on the following Saturdays: 1/11 and 1/25 Mornings in the Kindergarten are an opportunity for the child to participate in the Kindergarten classroom and for the parents to observe their child in this educational environment.
* You must call the front desk to reserve a space, 879-7483 *
> Nurtured Heart Trainer: Erica Charlesworth 520-9239, firstname.lastname@example.org
You are invited to join local trainer and mother, Erica Charlesworth, for an introduction to the Nurtured Heart Approach®, created by psychologist Howard Glasser. Erica was trained by Howard in August 2012 to teach parents the Nurtured Heart Approach. Fundamentally, NHA is about developing a core belief that GREATNESS exists in all of us, and consciously & purposefully living from that space. Although it was designed for the most challenging of children, it also works wonders on the rest of us!
-Nurtured Heart Approach® Parent Circle
Thursdays, Jan 16 thru Feb 6, 2014 (4 week series) from 7-8:30 pm @ Sunny Garden Montessori Preschool
Cost: $60, To register contact Erica
From our Principal__________ __________________
> Laurie Kopping 879-7483 or Laurie@blueoakcharterschool.org
Bullying Awareness at Blue Oak
On December 12 the faculty and staff completed a workshop on the prevention of bullying. Bullying is defined as aggressive, unwanted behavior that involves a pattern over time and an imbalance of power. We reviewed the types of bullying and what a teacher can do to promote a healthy classroom environment. We identified three key ways that we address bullying issues at Blue Oak.
The first way is through relationships, teachers model and guide students’ behavior in their daily interaction. They teach communication skills and the value of inclusion. Over time, the bonds of community are strengthened in a class, fostering sensitivity and respect among students. Relationships are deepened with our practice of teachers staying with a class over a period of years. Over time, teacher parent relationships have an opportunity to deepen as well, supporting essential communication and trust.
The second way is through our developmentally based curriculum. Children are brought stories and biographies that teach values of honesty, kindness, curiosity, and optimism, among others. As children learn through stories they integrate models of behavior into their way of seeing and interacting in the world. Teachers may also bring specific pedagogical stories to the class when challenges with behavior arise. Pedagogical stories may be more impactful to young people than direct instruction.
The third way we address bullying is in our conscious effort to develop the inner strength of each child. We use the Nurtured Heart Approach as a training model for our staff and continue to grow and develop in implementing this approach. We strive to see what is going right and increase the positive through our attention and relationship. We strive to see and find words to describe the greatness in each child.
We will continue to learn more about the dynamics around bullying in a school setting and identify areas that could be strengthened at Blue Oak. We have recently added a part time counselor to our staff and one of our goals is to better support the social development of students who are struggling. We expect students to report misbehavior and we appreciate clear, timely communication from parents when there are concerns. We know that we must never fall into complacency because bullying can happen anywhere and we strive to be aware and responsive to all student conflicts.