Newsletter, issue Sept. 2015


Newsletter Carpinteria Family School, September 2015



In This Issue:
  • Introducing Ms. Porter K/1 Teacher
  • General Info about upcoming events
  • After School Enrichment
  • Call for pictures


Upcoming Events:
  • September 15th, 12:15pm
    Helmet Distribution at the Outdoor Cafe, (Kindergarten)
  • September 17th, 2:20pm
    Helmet Distribution at the Outdoor Cafe, (1st – 5th grade) $10
  • September 18th
    Holly Lohius @ Family Friday
  • September 19th
    Beach Cleanup
  • September 25th – 27th
    CFS Campout
  • October 7th
    Bike to School Day
  • October 8th
    First Parent Group Meeting
  • October 10th
    Whole School Garden Work Party
  • November 13th


Executive Board:

Co-President: Julie Sigwart &  Brittney Crooks

Vice President: Vanessa Glasgow

AR Treasurer: Chris Power

AP Treasurer: John Stineman




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

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 & Holly Howard

Non-Violent Communication
Coordinator: Caroline Pendergast

If you do not see your name listed on a tribe, please sign up for one right away to help make this a great school year for our children!  Every family needs to help a tribe. Please contact the tribe leader or Vice President Vanessa Glasgow at [email protected]

Dear CFS parents this newsletter intends to:

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

Getting to Know Ms. Porter

Porter FamilyMs. Porter is our new Kindergarten & first grade teacher. She grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and has wanted to be a teacher ever since she was in Kindergarten.   She loves to read and one of her most beloved children’s book is the “Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. She really enjoys camping and being out in the wilderness. Her favorite thing to do is go on long trail runs and she also enjoys playing tennis. One of her favorite places to be is out on the beach!  When she is not enjoying the outdoors, she is a huge fan of movies and TV shows. She loves to travel and her most treasured vacation is when she goes on a “Porter Family Cruise” with all her extended family.  She adores dogs and they defiantly rank as her favorite animal. CFS extends a warm welcome to our new teacher!


Upcoming events info:

Family Fridays

Every Friday from 8:30-9:00 parents are invited to a special time when all the CFS students come together in Ms. Porter’s classroom! Please join us on September 18th at 8:30am for a special treat when CFS Alumni parent Holly Lohuis, Marine Biologist, Naturalist & Diver extraordinaire presents to our school!

Beach Cleanup

Join CFS at Jelly Bowl Beach, Carpinteria (at the end of Calle Ocho) on Saturday September, 19th 9am -12:00 Save plastic and bring your own buckets and gloves. Questions? Contact our very own beach captain Jan Silk [email protected]


additional information:

PFCFS Family Camp at Lake Casitas

Friday, September 25-Sunday September 27

Get ready to have some fun and make some awesome memories!

  • Friday check in is at 2pm -Sunday checkout is at noon
  • Friday night we will have pizza and BINGO and Saturday will be filled with fun games ending with a potluck dinner and s’mores with a campfire!
  • There is a $40 dollar contribution per family for Friday and Saturday and just Saturday is $20 per family. Because we would like everyone to be able to join us, please contact Chris Power should your family need a scholarship. All scholarship information is confidential. If you would like to donate to the scholarship fund, please contact Chris Power, or place a check in the classroom locked box with the memo: campout scholarship. Also, please place your Waivers and Checks in the classroom’s locked boxes.

    Parents must be present with their children at the campout, and if your child is displaying inappropriate behavior, you will be asked to leave the campout.

RSVP on/or before September 18th. Registration papers will be sent home or you can download them from our website

*Please note that children need to be supervised by an adult at all times during this event.

Contact Sara McCullough with questions. Email: [email protected] or phone or text: (805)-280-5170

What is After School Enrichment?

The After School Enrichment (ASE) program provides extracurricular opportunities to our CFS students. The ASE tribe goal is to offer three different after-school classes, three times a year during the fall, winter, and spring for a total of nine courses each school year. Each session runs for six weeks. Classes usually meet after school once a week for an hour. We try to provide a variety of classes to appeal to our entire community of students. Some examples of classes that were offered last year include: art, drama, cross fit, baking, ocean in motion and pedal power a bike safety class. Students are charged a reasonable fee for the classes and some scholarships are available. Instructors for the classes include our CFS teachers, parents, and friends from the community.

We are excited to offer three classes this fall which will start in mid-late September. Stay tuned for details which will be sent home in your student’s weekly folder. Scholarships are available. Note that all scholarships are confidential, contact Chris Power should your family need one to participate.


Drama class

Young CFS thespians during last years’ drama class. From left; Celeste, Lilliana, Chloe, Camryn, Chase & Jack

If you have a talent to share, we would love to talk to you about teaching a class! Please contact Donna Boyd at 805-680-3127 or Cynthia Mayoral 805-450-4572 if you have any questions about After School Enrichment.


Calling All Great Pictures

Let’s get our picture collection off to an early start this year! Here is a link to the PFCFS google drive which is not public, so please don’t share the link below with people outside our PFCFS community. There are already some created folders to use for events.   However please also create your own folder or just upload your files directly to the main folder. We will use these pictures for things like the newsletter, bulletin boards, Coastal View News submissions, slideshow, etc… Thanks in advance for your support!! Questions please reach out to [email protected] on the publicity tribe.

If you have news you would like to submit, please email it to [email protected]

Questions? Please contact Kristina Calkins, Publicity Tribe Leader
805-901-4711 or [email protected]