Weekly Updates

QHIA Weekly Update:September 15, 2017

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Classroom Phone #  (831) 336-5168


Hello families,

What an incredible week!

  • The kids really enjoyed Sophia’s visit on Monday, and were very interested in her career in Urban Planning and Development, which grew in part from her bike tour. They had a great discussion on what they thought would be improvements in SLV to better support pedestrians and cyclists.

  • They are having a blast with Hunter Wallraff, while I facilitate lessons/projects in tile Mosaic Art and Art History. Hunter is a gifted teacher; we are so fortunate to have him with us again.

  • Character Day was a huge success! We had so many deep discussions, and the kids are all lit up about some service projects, and even creating a music video together. Here are some links to videos that we enjoyed, that inspired them to make their own:

Playing for Change: Don't Worry Be Happy

Playing for Change: Stand By Me

30,000 Days

The Science of Character

  • Here is a link to our Animoto Video that we made: What the World Needs Right Now

  • Jen Sims, our awesome Charter School Counselor, came and led a heartfelt workshop on Empathy. She was blown away by the students’ honesty as we went around the circle and spoke of when we felt Empathy towards another in our lives, and when we recalled a time when we felt Empathy from someone else. Every student spoke. So awesome.

  • We had our first Capture the Flag today. It was a small, yet mighty group : )  I am very proud of our older students who mentored the young ones who came from other Charter Programs. They set great examples for sportsmanship and comradery. Here is a photo of some of the participants (I accidentally had my phone on video when more students arrived for the photo)

Huge Fundraising Opportunity!!!  Toyota Drive for Schools

This is our biggest fundraising opportunity of the year, and how we pay for ALL of our field trips.

Rachael picked up our tickets today, so we have them in the classroom for you to pick up. We were the first program to get our tickets, so Rhonda bought a packet already!

All money raised stays 100% in our program! (and you can win some amazing prizes too, a win win!)

Tickets are $5 each or a book of 6 is $25

Next Week:

Monday, Sept. 18

Field Trip to Ramayana-The Indian Epic at Montalvo Arts  Please see separate email for directions and details. We will leave the school campus at 9:15am.

Thursday, Sept. 21

Monthly Potluck at 2pm Please note the time change. This will be a great time to connect with families, talk in person about how the program is going for your students, complete/turn in attendance sheets, look over student work. *Students will be bringing home journals, work samples, and Attendance Sheets on Wednesday for parents to look through, to be returned on Thursday.

Friday, Sept. 22

Month 1 Attendance Due/Family Conferences

Other Updates:

Final Call for STOMP! Tickets: Thank you for your response! If you haven’t responded, I will include just your student in our count of attendees. We will attend on either May 4, 5, or 6.

Kayaking on Oct. 11: Please email me to let me know if you will be joining us on the kayak trip or if just your student will be participating. The cost is $39.00 per kayaker. Please let me know if you would like sponsorship for your student. No student is turned away, all may participate. I need to confirm with Kim how many kayaks she should reserve for the day.

Weekly Snacks

Thank you to Jake Lane’s family for providing snacks this week. Here is the link to sign up:

QHIA Snack Sign Up

Coming Up in October:

Thursday, Oct. 5: School Picture Day (We have a different company this year!)

Thursday, Oct. 5: First Thriller Practice for Thrill the World Event 3-4:30 in the dance room.

Friday, Oct. 6: Skate Day at the SC Roller Palladium from 1-3pm.

Tuesday, Oct. 10: Informational Mtg. for All Charter Play. 3pm in our classroom

Wednesday, Oct. 11: Kayaking in Elkhorn Slough

Monday/Tuesdays: Oct. 16, 17, 23, 24: Charter Play auditions in the Dance Room and Resource Center from 3-5:30.

Friday, Oct. 20: Capture the Flag at Quail Hollow RANCH 10:30-12:30

Saturday, Oct. 28: Thrill the World Event in Santa Cruz at 3pm sharp

Tuesday, Oct. 31: Halloween/Fall Celebration at school

Thank you for sharing your students with me!



All important info, including All Student Assignments and our calendar of events, are accessible at any time here. Just click on this link:

QHIA Website

Amber Walker,
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Amber Walker,
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Amber Walker,
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