Newsletter, issue Oct. 2015


Newsletter Carpinteria Family School, October 2015



In This Issue:
  • Family Sunset Picnic
  • CFS Garden Work Party
  • Welcome to our New Kindergarten Students
  • Welcome to the New Students in Jan Silk’s Class
  • Family Campout at Lake Casitas
  • Welcome to All of Our New CFS Team Members
  • Guitars in Classroom
  • Ride On
  • New Bike Tools for CFS
  • Box Tops


Upcoming Events:
  • October 2nd, 7:45am
    New Family Orientation in Ms. Porter’s class
  • October 2nd
    Family Friday, LoriLee presents a walk/bike to school video*
  • October 2nd – 4th
    Avocado Festival, look for the CFS avocado art display
  • October 7th, 7:30AM
    Walk or Bike to school day, meet at Lucky Llama
  • October 8th, 6PM
    First Parent Group Meeting: Fall Family Picnic
  • October 9th
    Family Friday, Kyle Crooks, local Police Officer will talk about kids safety & empowerment*
  • October 9th, 9:30 – 10:30AM
    Bike Rodeo, Volunteers needed
  • October 10th
    Whole School Garden Work Party
  • October 16th
    Family Friday, Matthew Gritt, local Fireman will share “You Can Be Safe”*
  • October 23rd
    Family Friday, Amber Shields, RN will share about germs and her recent medical trip to Guatemala*
  • October 30th
    No Family Friday, due to Halloween parade and class parties
  • November 6th
    Family Friday, Jog-a-thon roll out*
  • November 13th
  • November 20th
    Harvest Festival
* Family Fridays take place every Friday from 8:30-9:00 in Ms. Porter’s K/1 classroom. Please remember to sign in at the office


Happy Birthday
  • Anita Becker 10/21
  • Lucrecia DiStasio 11/4


Executive Board:

Co-President: Julie Sigwart &  Brittney Crooks

Vice President: Vanessa Glasgow

AR Treasurer: Chris Power

AP Treasurer: John Stineman

Secretary: Carolyn Haines



Publicity Tribe
Leader: Kristina Calkins
Holly Howard, Lisa Monaghan, Julien Brun & Karina Kulangara

Family Community Tribe
Leader: April Taff
Shannon Bernstein

After School Enrichment Tribe
Co-Chair: Donna Boyd & Cynthia Mayoral
Jena Jenkins & Kimberly Berg

Garden Tribe
Co-Chair: Sarah Rochlitzer & Mimi Atkinson
Kacey Gritt, Erin Kane, Alicia Hammond, Rebekah Barry, Christina Dugre, Jen Gutierres & Kevin Monaghan
Garden Education Manager-Genevieve Schwanbeck

Community Relations Tribe
Chair: Lisa Oldt-Lawenda

Classroom Community Tribe
Chair: Kyomi Kiriu
Nicole Garay, Dominique Cavalli & Margot Dorion

School Enrichment Tribe
Chair: Lulu Castillo

Fundraising Tribe
Chair: Amber Monroy
Jen Cooper, Lark Cobb, Alia Glasgow, Jena Jenkins & Holly Howard

Non-Violent Communication
Coordinator: Caroline Pendergast

We need your help to make this another incredible school year! Please contact Vanessa Glasgow at [email protected] to join one of our tribes.

Dear CFS parents this newsletter intends to:

  • Be a dependable source of information
  • Increase school unity between the 3 classes

Fall Family Sunset Picnic

Thursday, October 8th @ 6pm in the Family School gardenPlease join us for a family potluck! Bring your favorite fall appetizer, main dish or dessert to share. This is a waste free event so please don’t forget your own plates and utensils. Our garden educator Genevieve will be sharing gardening tips for fall planting such as which veggies, fruits and drought tolerant plants to plant in a pot or your garden! We will also be sharing CFS Harvest Festival information and have signs ups for event participation. Questions? Contact Lisa Oldt at [email protected]

CFS Garden Work Party

Saturday, October 10th from 9AM-12PMThis year CFS will team up with Canalino School for their Campus Beautification Day on Sat. October 10th from 9am-12:00. We will make a big push across the whole campus to make it look great! Please bring sunscreen, water, a hat, and gardening gloves if you have them. We want to replant the barrels in front of Lorie Lee’s classroom, so if you have succulents at home that you can bring clippings from, that would be great. Please contact Sarah Rochlitzer at [email protected] with any questions.

Welcome to our New Kindergarten Students!

Kindergarteners: Lila, Haven, Canyon, Gordon, Michelle, Kellen (back row) Surya, Eliott, Christian, Amelia, Maya and Santiago (front row).
Our kindergarteners enjoy Ms. Porter and all the fun learning activities in their classroom. They have settled in very well and are hard at work: In math, learning how to count, how to recognize and write the numbers are big activities. The Alphafriends make learning the ABC super fun and the kindergarteners have already mastered some sight words.kindergadners2015 funny
Ms. Porter’s K/1 class making funny faces.

Other highlights in the K/1 classroom was Rikki’s demonstration of how to make smoky bubbles with dry ice and building a spinner.


Welcome to the New Students in Jan Silk’s Class!

Kyle enjoys skateboarding with his friends and reading

Fankie’s favorite things to do are body surfing and art!

Family Campout at Lake Casitas

CFS families gathered at Lake Casitas Campground for a fun weekend campout. Families enjoyed a pizza dinner and Bingo after setting up the tents on Friday evening and enjoyed unwinding in a beautiful setting overlooking Lake Casitas for the weekend.
sunsetThe families woke up to a beautiful sunrise energized for a fun filled day ahead: the children rode the hills with their bikes and scooters and water fights were a nice refresher during the hot day.
splashJan, Ms. Porter and LoriLee played the Ukulele during sunset surrounded by an interested audience and families enjoyed a delicious potluck dinner. The evening ended with smores at the bonfire and the hilarious cookie game.

Thank you to all the teachers and our Principal Leslie Gravitz for joining us for dinner Saturday and sharing the festive ukelele music circle. A gigantic thank you to the campout organizer Sara McCullough for planning a fabulous weekend! And lastly we would like to share our gratitude to Jack’s Famous Bagels and Starbucks for donating bagels and coffee for our Sunday community breakfast.

music time

CFS at California Coastal Cleanup

We did it! CFS was represented in strong force at the California Coastal Cleanup. We helped coordinate 100 adult and child volunteers in their efforts to clean up our local Jelly Bowl Beach and it’s bluffs environment. Together we collected and cleaned about 1 mile of our coastline and cleared 45 lbs. of trash and 15 lbs. of recyclables. It was clearly a successful day. A huge thanks to our team Leader Jan Silk. Thanks also to all the families that helped at the registration station and with the clean up.

A Huge Welcome to All of Our New CFS Team Members!

Welcome to Jessica Gala from AmeriCorps
JessicaFamily School’s AmeriCorps Literacy tutor for the 2015-2016 year is Jessica Gala. Jessica is from Huntington Beach, CA – so she feels right at home hanging out at Carpinteria’s beaches. She is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz where she studied English Literature and Classical Studies. Therefore, she is a bit of a word nerd and history buff, and can talk on and on about Latin root words or ancient Greek mythology. Jessica also loves the outdoors, and spends almost every weekend with her boyfriend driving up and down California, camping, hiking, and rock climbing. Spending eight hours or more in a car does not faze her anymore. But of course, when she gets to take a break from driving Jessica has her nose in a book. Jessica has always loved to read ever since she first began school herself. Her favorite kid’s book fluctuates between Go, Dog! Go! and Where the Wild Things Are, but has settled on The Little Prince which she first read in Mr. Thom’s 5th grade class. Jessica is so excited to be working at Family School and already loves working with her students. She hopes she can impart her love of reading to all.
AmeriCorps is a volunteer program sponsored by the federal government. Often called the, ‘domestic Peace Corps’, AmeriCorps members work in a variety of positions and fields throughout America, serving the pressing needs of a community. The AmeriCorps literacy tutor program is sponsored in conjunction with the Santa Barbara County Education Office. Literacy tutors help support struggling readers in Santa Barbara county schools through individualized or small group tutoring. Tutors work with the school, teachers, parents, and staff in formulating literacy plans, becoming an integral addition to a student’s reading education.

Introducing Sheri Kent

SheriSheri Kent is the student teacher in Jan Silk’s 2nd- 3rd grade this year. Sheri recently obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Child Development and Education from Antioch University in Santa Barbara. She completed the majority of her undergraduate work previously at Ohio State University. Sheri is now enrolled in Antioch’s California Teaching Credential/Masters in Education Program and will have her CA Teaching Credential by the end of the year and her MEd by next summer.Sheri has volunteered with Santa Barbara County Partners in Education in their AOK Afterschool Program at McKinley School in Santa Barbara. She did her undergraduate senior thesis/Capstone on “The Effects of Homelessness on Child Development and Academic Success” and is an advocate for homeless children and their families. She also volunteered at Transition House in Santa Barbara in their Children’s Evening Enrichment Programs and at their Family Support Center with childcare.

Sheri lives in Santa Ynez and enjoys reading, movies, and music. She adores animals and has two cats: Tripod and Julio. Sheri shares, “It’s nice to know that the things I have been learning about in class and visualizing can really happen. There can be great public schools with caring, amazing instructors, participative parents and happy, engaged, learners. I am so grateful that CFS was my first placement because now I know what is possible!”

Introducing Annalynn Clark
AnnaLynnAnnalynn Clark is the student teacher in LoriLee’s class this year. She has her bachelors in childhood education and is currently working on a duel credential. In June she will be graduating with her multiple subject credential as well as a mild/moderate special education teaching credential!

She loves working with kids and recently finished teaching at the Montessori Center School in Goleta.
She previously worked at the Lompoc Parks and Recreation Center as a Youth Programs Instructor. She has also worked at Girls Inc. of Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Recreation Department and as an A-OK Leader at Cleveland Elementary School.

Guitars in Classroom

“Guitars in the Classroom” – GITC provides free music integration classes for educators who work with children of all ages. GITC shows teachers how to make music, lead music for learning and how to write songs with students in order to enhance and deepen their learning experience in every subject area.This summer, Antioch University invited Lori Lee and Jan along with their student teachers, Anna and Sheri, to participate in the GITC training. They learned how to select or create songs by singing and playing ukelele and guitar. A core part of their training was how to lead students in singing and songwriting. Integrating music helps students learn everything from English and math, to science, physical education, social studies, visual arts and more! All four teachers found such joy singing and playing this summer and are excited to share that love of music in the classroom and throughout our CFS community.


Ride On!

On October 9th from 9:30am-10:30 Lori Lee’s class will have their first Bike Rodeo on the school black top. The objective will be teaching children the importance of seeing, being seen, and remaining in control at all times when riding a bike. This is achieved through a series of bike handling drills and the simulation of traffic situations. Lori Lee, our very own Safe Routes Instructor, who is certified by the League of American Bicyclists, will begin the rodeo with an explanation of what skills students are expected to demonstrate. Various stations will give students the opportunity to practice a variety of specific bike handling skills and procedures for operating a bike safely and legally on the street. Volunteers are needed for this event, please contact Lori Lee if you can help.

New Bike Tools for CFS!

Last year there was money left over from Bici-Familia Carpinteria which was a family bike safety day event. As a result, CFS will soon have a bike stand, pumps and a set of tools to help with minor repairs at school. Please let Lori Lee know if anyone has an idea of how to build a portable cart or storage unit to easily move around campus.

Box Tops

Save Box Tops from products you buy to help our school earn free money! Last year we collected 952 box tops which earned our school $95.20 We receive 10 cents for every box top collected. Please place box tops in a ziplock bag with name of student and teacher. Box Tops canisters are located in every CFS classroom. They must have a valid date to be counted. Ask your family and friends to save box tops for our school too.Email our CFS Box Tops Coordinator Cindy Matsumura-Nordholm with any questions or for a list of participating companies, [email protected]


Upcoming News

A visit has been planned for the ARF reading program to visit our Family Friday on January 29, 2016. ARF is a literary program that gives students in grades K-6 an opportunity to improve their reading skills and inspire them to become life-long readers by reading aloud to specially trained therapy dogs. If you’d like to learn more see is expanding their library reading program to include Carpintera Library. Starting Saturday, October 17th from 10-11 AM, parents can bring their little ones to the library and sign up for a 10-15 minute reading session to read to the dog Buttercup.

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