Parents' Monday Night Meeting - Curriculum

August 26, 2013 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Fathers Club Meeting @ Ausiello's

January 8, 2013 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

August 20th, 2012 Issue

SREC Member-at-Large Board Election August 27
Submitted by Kathy Hayes, SREC Board President

We will be conducting a Board Election for two Member at Large Positions at the Charter School Parent Meeting on August 27th. Each family will receive one ballot and have the opportunity to vote. Voting will occur at the Parent Meeting. There are three candidates for the two Member at Large Positions. Candidate statements are below as provided by the candidates (in alphabethical order):

Jennifer Galusha


Girls on the Run
Submitted by Kelli Ruderman and Dana Jones

Girls on the Run, a national running program for girls in 3rd through 5th grades, will be starting at the Santa Rosa Charter School in early September. The after school program will be led by parent volunteer Coaches Kelli Ruderman, Dana Jones, Sherrese Macondray, and Loren Fouts.The girls will complete a non-competitive 5K run/walk event at the end of the twelve-week program. No running experience is necessary! Registration forms will be distributed soon, or you can download. Please put forms in the Ruderman Family folder once completed. Please note that we can only take 15 girls on our team this year. The program costs $165 and we have only one scholarship available. We will practice afterschool on Tuesdays and Fridays starting 9/11/12.


Art Room Volunteer Needed for Project Now
Submitted by Aileen Cormack (Monika's art teacher sub)

Hello everyone! I am a long time parent, and the Art substitute while Monika is on maternity leave. I really need some volunteer help with a particular job....

Sketchbooks need to be made. Prepunched papers and plastic binders are on table in art room with binding press machine.... Plus, there are examples to see. I need about 50 or 60 brand new sketchbooks.

Here are the simple instructions:
1) Use red plastic spines. Cut three rings off each
2) Put on binding machine as shown with open edge up.
3) Pull handle from you to open up spine.
4) Put colored construction paper backing, 15 to 20 pages of white paper, and construction paper cover. Pull handle back and lift off.... 

If someone can do this Monday, it would be highly appreciated. Let Mary Jo in the office know that you are willing to do this.


SREC Apparel Orders Due this Week
Submitted by Kristine Gaspar

School t-shirt orders, for use on field trips, middle school PE, and other events, are due August 24th. Place the order form and payment in the envelope in the Charter School office. Order forms can be found in your charter school office family folder or in the office on the counter next to the hot lunch forms or download and print at home. Please note that forms will be distributed to preschool mailboxes very soon.  Please email questions to


Santa Rosa Cooperative Preschool News
Catherine McCracken, SREC Preschool and Chidren's Center Director

What a great start to the year!! We had so many people at the work party and got so much done!! Walls painted, yard weeded, equipment repaired, toys washed and on and on! I have a special appreciation for Ken Del Castillo (Maxwell's Dad) for our new beautiful lawn!! He arranged for the donation of sod, pulled up all the old grass, prepped the the area for the new stuff and with some emergency last minute help from a couple of dads in the Father's Club (JC and Jonathan), got the sod laid down. Wooo Hooo! We love it and can't wait to play on it!! Thank you!! I also have an extra appreciation for Sasha Garthwaite (Logan, Fiona & Hunter's Dad) for building the Early Learners a new construction workbench over the summer! The kids love it almost as much as I do!


Hot Lunch Starts Tuesday August 28
Submitted by Jean Reed

Hello everyone and welcome back to the 2012/2013 school year. Hot Lunch will start on 8/28/12 with pizza. Below are helpful tips for ordering hot lunch and some policies that we want to outline for new families and also for returning families.

Remember hot lunch is only available Tuesdays and Fridays. Tuesdays are always pizza and Fridays will rotate between burritos, pasta (both pesto and meat sauce) and Chinese food. We do not prepare the lunches on site so availability is limited.

Please read the following guidelines regarding ordering lunch.


Using Helpcounter to Log Volunteer Hours
Jen Pickrell, Particpation Committee/Helpcounter Coordinator

This is our second year using the HelpCounter system, our first year was a great success and we are hoping this tool will provide even more function as we all become comfortable with it. This web-based program allows you to enter your hours for classroom and committee/even electronically. With this system, the record of your hours is all in one place, and you can get personal access to your information and update it at any time. A record of family and individual totals will be sent via email to volunteers monthly to make sure you are on track for both working at school and entering your information. Here are some useful instructions to get you started using Helpcounter:





Children's Center News
Catherine McCracken, SREC Preschool and Children's Center Director

We are loving having all our kids back!  We sure did miss the ones who were not in Summer Camp with us!  Summer Camp was super fun with great activities and field trips! The golfing (Thanks Danny Flores!), Bedazzling, carnival games and music making were just a few of the fun activities!  

A few reminders for the new school year...  Calendar schedule forms are available on the website under the Children's Center Tab AND the Forms tab.  Please note there are now two forms available, one for preschool and one for school age.

Calendar forms AND payment for the prepaid are due the last working day of each month.  They can be brought into the Children's Center and Early Learners room or emailed to  We no longer have a fax line!


Host Family Needed for SREC Marketing Intern
Submitted by Kate VanderSluis, SREC Librarian

Yuting Hu (AKA Stephanie) was one of my exchange students from China through CHI in the summer of 2007. (These classes were held at our school). She has since returned to the states to get a degree in marketing at the University of Oregon, which she will complete next year. So, in the next few weeks before her fall semester starts in mid-Sept, she would like to serve as a marketing intern for our school. She is standing by ready to get on a train or plane just as soon as we have housing for her. She would need room & board & transportation (bike or bus OK). Please contact me right away if you would like this opportunity for your family (and our school).

Kate Vander Sluis,   Educator & SREC Librarian

Low-Cost Community Dental Clinic Offered August 26
Submitted by Mary Schexnaydre

Santa Rosa Junior College is hosting a dental clinic event for the community on Sunday, August 26, 2012. There will be cleanings, education, checkups, and referrals to other clinics for more serious cases. The appointments will be from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm. This is for children ages 4-18 years old. The cost is $10 per family, NOT per child. The clinic will take place on the Santa Rosa Junior College campus, in the Health Sciences RACE BUILDING. There will be free parking next to the RACE BUILDING. This community service event is sponsored by the Healthcare Workforce Development Program, the SRJC Dental Dental Clinic and the Santa Rosa Sunrise Rotary Club. To make an appointment call 527-4949, PLEASE leave a message and we will return the phone call. Download a bilingual two-page flyer in Spanish and English.

Santa Rosa City DINE Program Sept 14: Education and Youth
Submitted by Kate VanderSluis, SREC Librarian

The City of Santa Rosa's Community Engagement Program is has announced a new opportunity aimed at bringing residents together to discuss important issues facing the city. The foundation of this program is the power of making connections with members of your community that you might otherwise never have the opportunity to meet. What better way to facilitate those connections than through sharing a meal? The DINE Program pairs volunteer hosts with residents of their larger geographical neighborhood to eat dinner together while having a facilitated discussion about local affairs. Meals will take place simultaneously throughout the city with 8-10 volunteer guests and one facilitator at each site. Each dining site will be discussing the same issues so we can combine overall trends and commonalities to share with participants, the larger community, city staff, and elected officials.


SREC Board Elections

Letter to the Santa Rosa Charter School Community.



Hi!  My name is Kathy Hayes and I am the new President of the Santa Rosa Education Cooperative Board, which oversees both the Charter School and the Preschool.  I am looking forward to meeting those that I don’t know and working with many of you during the 2012/2013 school year.


Work Party THIS Saturday, August 11 from 9 to 2

Just a reminder that THIS Saturday, August 11, 9AM to 2PM, we are having a work party to beautify our school.  This is a great opportunity to meet new people and get the school ready for your kids.  It also fulfills the requirement of participating in one work party a year. 
We will be needing brooms, saws, chain saw, screw guns, shovels, gloves, gardening equipment, paint brushes and rollers, cleaning supplies, power spray painter, blower, power washer, etc.

Garden Wish List - 5/14/2012



Thank You for Your Time and Effort

The Participation Committee would like to acknowledge and thank all the family volunteers (moms, dads, big brothers, big sisters, cousins, grandpas , uncles and aunts) who have helped our school by scrubbing, sweeping, phone calling, typing, digging, painting, photocopying, cooking, serving, planning, reading, encouraging, listening, sharing, supervising, coaching, teaching, sorting, driving, planting......and by just being willing to lend a hand.
Have a great Thanksgiving Holiday. We are grateful to be part of this great cooperative community.
Pamela Van Halsema
Participation Committee Co-Chair

Common Sense Media Use for Kids 0-8


National Study from Common Sense Media Documents Media Use by Children Ages 0 to 8

Did you read to your kids today? Did you hand over your iPhone at the grocery store? If so, you're not alone.
How families use media and what it means for kids' health and well-being is the subject of Zero to Eight: Children's Media Use in America, the first study by Common Sense Media's new Program for the Study of Children and Media. The report is featured in both the New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle today.
The study shows that everything from iPods to smartphones to tablet computers are now a regular part of kids' lives, with kids under 8 averaging two hours a day with all screen media. Among the key findings:
42% of children under 8 years old have a television in their bedroom.
Half (52%) of all 0- to 8-year-olds have access to a new mobile device, such as a smartphone, video iPod, or iPad/tablet.
More than a third (38%) of children this age have used one of these devices, including 10% of 0-to 1-year-olds, 39% of 2- to 4-year-olds, and more than half (52%) of 5- to 8-year-olds.

Save the Date - SREC Craft Fair is Dec 3rd

Help us get the word out about our SREC Craft Fair and Pancake Breakfast!!
We are looking for crafters who would like to rent a table at the fair—the cost is $25 plus a donation of one craft item to our raffle. Last year we had about 15 different crafters selling all kinds of homemade craft items and we hope to have even more this year! Booth rental forms are downloadable from the school web site:
Please let your friends and family know about the fair and ask them to save the date

  • Saturday, December 3 at the First United Methodist Church on Montgomery in Santa Rosa
  • The craft fair will be open 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • and breakfast ($5 per person) will be available 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • This is a great place to shop for holiday gifts—all local!!

Hot Lunch Update

Hello SREC Community,

Out of courtesy, I wanted to let everyone know that we will go back to the original LIttle Ceasar's pizza for Tuesday hot lunch.  We gave Mary's pizza a chance but could not financially sustain the shift in pizza vendors. Also, juice will no longer be served with lunch, water will be the only drink option.  I appreciate all the help and support during this chaotic trial period!
The Friday hot lunch will continue to alternate between burritos, pasta, and chinese.
While I would love to offer only local, organic options, we have limits regarding the preparations, cost effectiveness, and serving of the food.

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