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for the week of 1.6.2014

the Leaves  - 1.6.2014

Welcome back from the Winter Break!
We are glad to have your child back with us and looking forward to all that we will accomplish together in the next several months. This is a time to focus energies and lean into creating rhythms at home that sustain your family and make it possible for your child to benefit from school.
Your child's teacher will be hosting a parent meeting in the next two weeks. This is the second of three class meetings for the year. Attendance at parent meetings is an important way to be involved in your child's education and support your child's teacher. Please make every effort to attend and join us in the work we are doing at Blue Oak.
Laurie Kopping
Blue Oak School Principal

- 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.
Tues. 1/7         ALL Kindergarten Classes
Thurs. 1/9       ALL 3rd & 4th Grade Classes
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)
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)

> 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 6 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 *

> Community Coordinator, Summer O’Neill 717-0138 or summer@blueoakcharterschool.org
- Trimester One Report -
   We are thrilled to report that ~ 3,800 Participation hours have already been recorded!
We currently have ~ 400 students at Blue Oak, which translates to about 280 families.  We ask for 50 Participation Hours per family group so our goal for one school year would be ~14,000 hours.  At 3,800 hours we are already 27% of the way there!  We think this is amazing and we are very grateful to all of you for actively participating in our community.  Thank you for tracking your hours in the new binders, we couldn’t make it work without your support!  We have several families whom have already far surpassed their 50 hours.  When asked for their permission to publicly thank them, almost every single one of them expressed their gratitude and humbly requested that they be kept anonymous. I think this speaks to the many generous hearts we have here in our community.  We are honored and grateful!
  * Did you know that those binders were a parent’s idea?  That clever ladies name is Jessica McDougal and because of her helpful and practical solution we have been able directly address some of the communities needs around participation hours. 

- Upcoming Participation Opportunities -
> Garden & Playground Committee
, Jackie Hammer 321-0717 or jjehammer@sbcglobal.net
   Committee meeting this Thursday afternoon, 1/9/14 starting at 12:45 out on the playground. 
All are welcome at the meeting.  Come by and see what’s going on.  All questions can go directly to the Committee Chairperson.
> 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.
> Facilities Committee, Nathan Rose 879-7483 or Nathan@blueoakcharterschool.org
   The Blue Oak Charter Council is forming a facilities committee. The mission of this new committee is to create a comprehensive development plan for our school facilities.  They aim to assess the current and future needs of our community and determine whether our current site can or cannot be developed to meet those needs.   If you have experience in engineering, contracting, finance, design, real estate, and/or any other related fields, and are well versed in our Waldorf approach to education, please consider contributing your time to this committee.  A highly inclusive and interactive process is anticipated which will include input from all interested parties. 
> ALL SCHOOL WORK DAY, Sat. 2/1 from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm, Summer O’Neill 571-0138 or
   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.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES_________________________
Blue Oak needs a new Library Tech. Mrs. Karen is returning to her home state of Hawaii with her family we will miss her dearly. The job is to manage the school library and provide literacy support to students and teachers in a variety of functions. Minimum education requirements: High school graduate with working knowledge of library systems and technology applications. College experience preferred.
Wage: $11-15 hourly depending on experience.  Twenty-eight hours per week. Please apply @ www.edjoin.org

> Nurtured Heart Trainer: Erica Charlesworth 520-9239, ericacharlesworth@hotmail.com
   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! 

- Introduction to the Nurtured Heart Approach®

Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014 from 6-7:30 pm at Sherwood Montessori @ 746 Moss at Filbert
No cost or registration required.

-Nurtured Heart Approach®
Training Introduction
Sunday, Jan 12, 2014 from 1-5 pm @ Sunny Garden Montessori Preschool @ 2801 Godman Ave
Cost: $60 , To register contact Erica 520-9239, ericacharlesworth@hotmail.com

 -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

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