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.

School Spirit Day is TOMORROW - Oct 20th

This Thursday,10/20 is SREC Spirit Day.  We have a volunteer photographer who will take a yearbook photo of all SREC students gathered together for the CA Shakeout and some other candid photos of purple and/or grey clad students for yearbook and website . Get out that SREC shirt and wear it with pride! If you did not purchase an SREC school T-shirt, can you still participate in school spirit day? Of course! Wear your favorite purple and grey outfit and join in the fun! We hope to see lots of purple and grey tomorrow. GO SREC!!!

Lost and Found Items MUST be Claimed by Friday, Oct 21st

Lost and Found needs to be claimed by this Friday 10/21.  Unclaimed or untagged items will be donated to charity. Please take a look when you pick up your child and take home anything that is yours! Thank you.

New Booster Seat Law

A new law that takes effect Jan. 1, 2012 requires children use booster seats longer, drawing mixed reaction from parents, educators. The law states that boosters are required until age 8.

The law, which takes effect Jan. 1, requires children to remain in booster seats until they are 8 years old or are 4 feet 9 inches tall.

Currently, children legally can avoid booster seats when they turn 6 or reach 60 pounds.

Parents caught violating the law could be hit with a fine of nearly $500 and have a point deducted from their driving record.

LaDonna Moore
Santa Rosa Charter School

eScrip Earnings Update

To date we have raised $1274.00 from receipts we collected during the eScrip redemption!  The redemption period has been extended to October 20th.  If people have receipts to turn in, just put them in the purple tube in the front office and we will get someone to enter them online.  I want to Thank ALL the folks who volunteered to collect receipts you did a fabulous Job!!  We will do this valuable fundraiser again in February.

Shannon Ottens
Fundraising Co-Chair

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