QH Homeschool August/September

posted Feb 25, 2015, 7:15 PM by Amber Walker

Quail Hollow Homeschool

August/September Newsletter 2015


Resource Center phone number: 336-9439/Room 17 phone number: 336-5168

        Amber Walker awalker@slvusd.org                Katie Parmenter kparmenter@slvusd.org

           Martha Kaufeldt mkaufeldt@slvusd.org         Gillian Blair gblair@slvusd.org



Details and News:

Every year brings on change and this year is no exception.  The Quail Hollow site has blended with the SLV Homeschool and BC Homeschool programs together, and along with that comes the opportunity to grow community and make new friends.  As teachers, we are hoping to retain the integrity of what has made each program wonderful and unique as this new year begins.


During these first few weeks of school, teachers will meet with families to come up with a learning plan for the year.  In September, we will continue the tradition of camping and join together for our 1st Annual Quail Hollow Homeschool Camp Out!  


A Note from Rhonda regarding sharing our campus with the QUEST AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM:

Quest Daycare is a State licensed day care facility and as such there are specific requirements that they need to adhere to.  


The one licensing rule that impacts their relationship with the Charter and the after school sports programs the most is that the students in their charge cannot intermingle with other children at all. This is not meant to be exclusionary, but simply a condition for their licensing, and unfortunately, if a family comes to the field near the area where they are playing, they would need to leave the area completely.


What this means to us is that we need to be respectful of their situation and make sure that our students are not around the areas where they are playing when they are out. Specifically:

  • Bathrooms in the Multi-use building up by the Charter Office are not to be used.  They are maintained by Quest and thus, are not a shared resource, especially between the hours of 8-6 during the week.

  • Field Use: They are asking to use the climbing structure and field nearest to it every day of the week, during the hours of 1:15-2 pm.  

    • They will be using cones to define the 'Quest Zone'

    • We can still play on the field, just not in their area.

  • They may be using the basketball court area from 3:30-4:30 when the field is in use, or at other times.

    • Again, the plan is that they will be defining their 'Quest Zone' with cones.

We want to make sure that the rapport between Charter families and the children enrolled in Quest is one where there is no feeling of exclusion, rather one where we can respect the necessary boundaries, and all enjoy the facilities at the QH site.


Sign ups for Block 1 Classes and Ongoing Groups have begun. No need to hover by the computer, it is not a “first come, first served” situation. There will be a week long window to sign up for classes and events.


Resource Center: The Resource Center is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am-3:00pm, and on Wednesdays from 9:00am-2:00pm. Like last year, it will be closed on Fridays due to many off site events, with the exception of the Friday when paperwork is due. Two new items regarding the RC:

  1. The RC will be closed on Mondays, so teachers can meet with families, prep for classes, etc. and give their full attention to those tasks.

  2. The RC will be staffed on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday by a teacher who is available to organize items, lead an activity, assist families in finding resources, offer homeschooling guidance, and have some unscheduled time available to families.

  3. Tues: Katie-Block 1, Amber-Block 2, Wed: Gillian, Thurs: Martha

Click on this link for RC Guidelines and Procedures:

Resource Center Procedures


Parking: Please do not drive down through the yellow gate and park by the classrooms, this is for staff parking only. Please park only in designated parking spots, *NOT along the side of the hill or next to a designated spot. This is very important; the buses use our parking lot to drop off QUEST kids and turn around from their bus runs. They cannot clear the turn if cars are parked outside of the marked spaces.


Benchmarks:  Math and Writing Benchmarks are ready to take home.  While it may be tempting, please do not use this as a teaching opportunity when your child asks for help.  Remember, this is to be done by students organically so we can see growth and progress made over the course of the year.  Please turn these in with your month 1 paperwork, if not before.  If you have any questions, please ask.


African Library Project:

This year the Voyager Group will be spearheading a community service partnership with the African Library Project; founded by a homeschooling friend of many of our staff members, Chris Bradshaw.

The African Library Project changes lives book by book by starting libraries in rural Africa.  The grassroots approach mobilizes U.S. volunteers, young and old, to organize book drives and ship books to a partner library in Africa, making a concrete and personal difference for children on both continents. We will need to collect 1,000 books and raise $500.00 to start a library in Africa. Please click on the following links for more information and the types of books that can be donated:

https://www.africanlibraryproject.org/


Types of Books to Donate to ALP


Parent Advisory Committee ~ Charter Renewal & WASC committee visit

Administration would like to strengthen the consistent level of parent communication this year by adding a Parent Advisory Committee that meets monthly.  It is important to have the consistent voice from parents representing every program and grade level.  Rhonda is asking for parents from each program to participate in this committee.  If you are interested in the strength and longevity of the Charter, please consider helping in this way.

The primary focus for this committee at the beginning of this year will be to be the lead in the process for the Charter Renewal and WASC committee visit.   

The first meeting will be Wednesday, September 2, from 3-4, at the Charter Administrative office in Felton.


If you are interested in participating in this committee, please email rschlosser@slvusd.org


Important dates at the beginning of the year:


Monday, August 24: The first recorded homeschool day of the semester

Tuesday, August 25:  Quail Hollow Homeschool Open House

Wednesday, August 26:  High School Open House

Friday, August 28: All Charter Beach Day at Seabright Beach/11am-2pm

August 24 - September 14: Semester Planning Meetings with teacher of record

Monday, September 7: No school/holiday

Tuesday - Thursday, September 15-17:  QH Homeschool Family Campout

             at New Brighton State Beach Campground

** Month 1 Paperwork due Friday, September 18th

** Parent Meeting ~ Friday, September 18th at 1:00pm

Tuesday, September 22:  Block 1 Classes and Ongoing Groups begin

Friday, September 25: First Capture the Flag of the Year!


Here is a link to More Information about our Family Campout:

QH Family Camping Trip


Link to Block 1 Weekly View:

QH Homeschool Block 1~ 2015


Link to QH Homeschool September Calendar:

QH Homeschool 2015 September Calendar

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