Newsletter Carpinteria Family School, October 2015
In This Issue:
* 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
Co-President: Julie Sigwart & Brittney Crooks
Vice President: Vanessa Glasgow
AR Treasurer: Chris Power
AP Treasurer: John Stineman
Secretary: Carolyn Haines
Family Community Tribe
After School Enrichment Tribe
Community Relations Tribe
Classroom Community Tribe
School Enrichment Tribe
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:
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.
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!
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.
The 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.
Jan, 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.
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
Family 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
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
She loves working with kids and recently finished teaching at the Montessori Center School in Goleta.
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.
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.
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]
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 http://allforanimals.org/arfARF 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.