Thursday, September 15, 2016

Ag Day Traffic Alert

Fri, Sept 23, 8:30am-12:00pm

No traffic allowed south of Auction Hall. Drop-off procedure remains the same. Please drive carefully.

Dragon Pageant

In Autumn a great golden knight with sword and with shield, passes over meadow and orchard and field.He’s on his way to battle ‘gainst darkness and strife.He is the heavenly warrior protector of life.
The Dragon Pageant Play will be performed on Fri, Oct 7 on the 3-5 grade playground (corner near climbing wall).
  • 9:30-10:00am Performance by Grades 2-8
  • 10:45am-12:00pm Fun activities for students, Main Campus 
  • 12:00-12:30pm Jugglers will perform for the enjoyment of all

Don’t miss this special day!

Volunteer opportunities will be available through Sign-up Genius. Watch for our announcement next week!

School Photos

Wed, Sept 28 and Thur, Sept 29: KSchedule to be announced
  • It is recommended to wear solid, dark autumn colors. Please avoid wearing bright colors, white t-shirts,  busy prints or anything with decals or advertisements.
  • Make-up/retake date: Wed, Oct 26
  • See flyer on page 6 for more information
  • If you have questions contact sari@sariphotography.com

Emergency Kits


Emergency Kit Coordinators will contact your class very soon to gather the supplies that your child will need in case of an emergency.  Supplies need to be brought by Thurs, Sept 22. Bins will be available outside your classrooms to collect your child’s Emergency Kit.  See below for the Supplies List. 

LOCS Board Notes

by Sarah Grossi

Did you know that Live Oak loses approximately $75,000 annually due to student absenteeism? Our Average Daily Attendance determines our state funding, with the school losing $37 for every day that a child is absent, regardless of the reason.  If each student has just one fewer absence during this school year, Live Oak will receive $10,000 more in state funding than we did last year.


An Independent Study plan is an option that enables a child to continue with work they miss in class and allows the school to retain the funding that would otherwise be lost to the state due to an absence.  Independent Study plans must be arranged at least three days in advance of the planned absence.  Please contact the office for more information about requesting Independent Study.  

Foundation News

Volunteer Party

Thurs, Sept 29, 7-9pm

Live Oak runs on parent power. In addition to vacancies on both the Live Oak School Board and the Foundation Board, there are several committees and groups that need your help.

Do you want to learn more about what is happening at our school and how you can participate?

On Thurs, Sept 29, from 7-9 pm at Mario & John’s on D St., all current and prospective volunteers are invited to enjoy some drinks, conversation and great appetizers made by Live Oak parent and chef Joe Ferraro. You’ll hear from Mr. Morgan and current board members about how you can make a difference in the future of Live Oak.

First drink is on us! We hope to see you there.

Please RSVP to  debbie.elam@liveoakfoundation.org

 

 

Message From the Annual Fund Administrator

After just one month of school, we are off to a great start with 39% of families participating as donors. Our goal is 100%! Your donations support all the extras our kids receive at Live Oak that are not covered by state funding: our strings program, wonderful field trips (ropes courses, camping trips, pumpkin patches), quality materials, and help in the classroom.

Please donate what you can online at www.liveoakfoundation.org  

Please contact me if you have any questions! I’m here to help.

Jerusha Ogden, Parent Rosemary K, 2nd Grade

Annual Fund Administrator, administrator@liveoakfoundation.org

 

Live Oak Foundation Donations and Pledges Received

 

 

Class

Donors

Class Size

Participation

Percentage

Rosemary K

3

22

14%

Sunflower K

4

22

18%

1st Grade

10

32

31%

2nd Grade

11

32

34%

3rd Grade

14

32

44%

4th Grade

12

31

39%

5th Grade

13

31

42%

6th Grade

15

31

48%

7th Grade

9

30

30%

8th Grade

13

32

41%

Overall

Participation

82

208

39%

Gifts Received from July 1, 2016 - August 31, 2016

 

Live Oak Lunch Club

Interested in getting a break from making your child’s Lunch every day?
Ms Denise loves to cook healthy food for the Live Oak Community and is offering to make lunches 3 days a week (Tues, Thurs and Fri) to give you a break.  If you are interested in this private lunch offering, please email her at 

Chef-Denise@comcast.net.  You will receive a welcome letter with all the details. Then, each week you will receive a link to Sign-up Genius that will give the menu for the following week. As a bonus, Ms. Denise welcomes parents and teachers to jump in and enjoy a salad on Thursdays each week. Space is limited.

Autumn Break Childcare


School will be closed for the Autumn Break during the week of October 10-14. We hope your family will enjoy the cool breezes and have time to rest and relax before the holiday season is here.  For those families needing childcare, we are offering activities and play in the Afterschool Room. There is limited space, with preference given to full week enrollees.  The hours will be 8am-4:30pm every day. This service is for Live Oak Charter School enrolled children only. Cost is $40/day per child. Please contact Denise.williges@liveoakcharter.org for more information.


Safety Reminders

  • Please drive with care through the Fairgrounds.  
  • Watch for pedestrians and bike riders.
  • No u-turns until you reach the last white pole on the Concourse. 
  • “Cone Zone” is for drop off and pick up only, please no parking
  • No Cell Phone use while driving

Handwork News

Welcome back to Handwork 2016-2017!

by Ms. Meret, Handwork Teacher

This is my 3rd year in this position and 4th year at Live Oak. My classroom is looking especially neat and tidy with the addition of some new pieces of furniture. If you haven't stopped in, please do.
Ms. Gayla and I are happy to be teaching grades 1-5 together this year. 4th and 5th grade have one double period of Handwork instead of 2 single periods twice a week.  In 4th grade students learn embroidery, appliqué and cross-stitch. In 5th grade, students knit on double pointed needles. I will also be adding clay projects to compliment their ancient civilization studies. We were anxious to see the students reaction to such a long class and were prepared to give them a break mid class. However, they have been so engrossed in their work, we never had to take a break! 
Also different this year, the handwork room is only open to students who have been invited in during lunch recess. They are invited if they need extra help or they have fallen behind in their work.
As in previous years, Handwork bags and the contents never go home, unless there are special circumstances.
We have been off to a great start so far!

Handwork Guild 
Thursdays, 8:30-10am
Handwork Room 

Bring your handwork projects from home, share your knowledge and skills with others, work on handwork projects for the school, and enjoy the company of other crafters. All skill levels are welcome. We hope to see you there!

Live Oak Sports News

Coaches Needed
Our programs are all run by generous parent volunteers. This gives the students wonderful after-school sports opportunities. We are currently looking for:
  • Lead and Assistant coaches for Cross-country running. 2 practices per week after school (days TBD) and 4 events/meets. 
  • Girls’ Basketball Lead and Assistant Coaches. Practices twice per week beginning in December,  6-8 games. 
  • For all the events sporting and otherwise we will need volunteer drivers

If your child would like to participate in any school sports have them talk to their teacher, to Mr. Draper or to the office staff. 
For more information or to volunteer contact aaron.draper@liveoakcharter.org


Cross Country Events (Tuesdays 3:45 pm)
Sept 20- Spring Lake Park- Host School: Rincon Valley Christian
Sept 27- TBD...
Oct 4- Riverfront Regional Park- Host School: The Healdsburg School
Oct 11- Sonoma Country Day School- Host School: SCDS
Oct 18- Shollenberger Park- Harvest Christian School

Emergency Kit Supplies List

Live Oak is implementing the school’s emergency preparedness program. In order to comply with State disaster preparedness standards each child must have an emergency provision of food and medicine (if applicable, forms available from the office) at the school.

The school provides first aid and other basic supplies, but asks you to supply the following items that will be needed should such an emergency event occur: 
  • A family photo and any calming messages that will help make your child feel better
  • 1 waste basket sized plastic bag
  • 2 plastic spoons 
  • 2 paper napkins
  • 2 cans tuna/chicken/sardines/beans (we have can openers) 
  • 2 granola or energy bars
  • 2 fruit cups or applesauce
  • 2 packets of peanut butter or cheese crackers
  • 1 small bag of protein rich food (such as jerky or nuts)

If your child is taking any medication, please include a three (3) day supply in the original container-- showing dosage, name of medication, doctor, and complete the “Permission To Administer Medication” form.
  • The above items should be placed in the gallon-sized ziplock bag provided
  • All items must fit into one gallon ziplock bag  
  • Please do not pack perishable items that might attract insects (factory sealed items work best)
  • Return the supplies to the Emergency Kit bin outside your child’s classroom by Thur, Sept 22.


Thank you for your assistance in helping the school prepare carefully for your child’s safety and well-being in the event of an emergency.

Credo Corner

Open Houses
Sat, Oct 15, 1pm (1290 Southwest Blvd. Rohnert Park)

Sat, Mar 18, 1pm (1400 Valley House Dr. Rohnert Park - our new campus at Sonoma Mountain Village)

Shadow Days
Tuesdays and Wednesdays ongoing, beginning in October
Contact Enrollment Coordinator, Jodi Boyle (707-664-0600 x 4 or enroll@credohigh.org)

Application Process
Rolling Lotteries Jan 11, Feb13, Mar 13, and Apr 19
Application available online at www.credohigh.org 


Credo High School is moving to our permanent campus at Sonoma Mountain Village (SOMO) this winter. To keep up on the latest news and find out how you can help make the vision a reality sign up for our newsletters by going to www.credohigh.org/content/support-our-new-campus-0 

Community Events

Free Homework Help at the Petaluma Library
Tues and Thurs, 3:30-5:30pm Homework helpers are available on a drop-in basis for grades K-12 during the school year.


Farmer Olympics at the Petaluma Fairgrounds

Sat, Sept 17, 12-7pm
Live music by the Vivants, Oddjob Ensemble, Hubbub Club and more! Local food & drinks and a full farmers market! Farm-themed games & activities: Hay bale stacking, Drip-tape jumprope, egg & spoon race, competitive irrigation, Lexicon of Sustainability food label trivia, Farm-fresh pizza topping contest, Hole Lotta Farm-to-School Toss, Synchronized Grazing, T-Post Pounding and much, much more...
Admission $15, Children 6-12 $10, Children 5 and under FREE





For Parents of Preschool and Kindergarten Children: An evening with Nancy Mellon 
Tues Sept 20, 6pm at Heart and Hands, the Shop, 145 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. 
$20 per couple/$15 per single person
Why is home-grown story telling even more essential today?  Learn why and how to soothe the pervasive wish and tumble of instantaneous gratifications.  Nurturing children born into our technological era presents unique challenges.  During this evening you will discover a cornucopia of practical inspiration for building your own family storytelling tradition.  Nancy Mellon is a world renowned storyteller and expert on Early Childhood Education. (www.healingstory.com) See Flyer Below.

Outside in Nature: Fall Break Adventure Camp at Tara Firma Farms
Nature Connection Adventures for Happy, Free Range, Feral Kids 7 to 11. Mon-Fri,Oct 10-14, 9am-3pm in the Nature Nook in the Old Barn @ Tara Firma Farms, 3796 I Street Ext, Petaluma. Weekly Camp Fee $300.
Contact Peter Bergen at (707)225-2404 or pjbergen@yahoo.com More info at www.outsideinnature.com


Thursday, September 1, 2016

Parent Salon: Screenagers Documentary Screening

Wed, Sept 7, 6:30pm 
Petaluma Public Library Community Room
Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age - Documentary film followed by a forum led by Mr. Morgan. Hosted by Live Oak Charter School. Open to the Public. The film audio will be available in Spanish as well as English.
Childcare provided for currently enrolled Live Oak students on the LOCS campus.

RSVP for childcare only to denise.williges@liveoakcharter.org

Reminders

  • Dogs: Dogs are not allowed on school campus and fairgrounds property.  Please respect this policy. 
  • Lost and Found: Pickup your lost treasures.  All leftovers will be donated on Fri, Sept 9.

Live Oak Lunch Club

Interested in getting a break from making your child’s Lunch every day?
Ms Denise loves to cook healthy food for the Live Oak Community and is offering to make lunches 3 days a week (Tues, Thurs and Fri) to give you a break.  If you are interested in this private lunch offering, please email her at Chef-Denise@comcast.net.  You will receive a welcome letter with all the details. Then, each week you will receive a link to Sign-up Genius that will give the menu for the following week. As a bonus, Ms. Denise welcomes parents and teachers to jump in and enjoy a salad on Thursdays each week. Space is limited. Lunch Club begins the week of  Mon, Sept 5.

Dog Show Traffic and Cleaning Alert

Sept 9-11
The dogs are back! Please walk into the school grounds. Parking is very limited. Fri, Sept 9, there is ONE WAY traffic along the Concourse. You may enter at the main gate in the usual location, and exit through the gate behind Herzog Hall onto Payran. Live Oak staff will be directing traffic. Please keep an eye out for them and follow their instructions. Traffic will be very slow during drop-off and pick-up, so please park outside of the fairgrounds in the Airporter parking lot and walk your students in and out, or have your older students walk themselves in and out.  
Access to campus will be limited during the weekend, so classroom cleaning volunteers should plan accordingly. 
  • Friday before 5:30pm you may drive to the gate and let the guard know you need to pick up students or get to the school office.
  • Friday after 5:30pm you may park outside the gate in the Airporter Park and Ride lot and walk in.
  • Saturday and Sunday, before 5:00pm you may park outside the fairground gates and walk in. 
  • Saturday and Sunday, after 5:00pm you may drive in and park in the upper campus lot.


Thank you for your patience and understanding during this annual event!

Board News

by Sarah Grossi

The Board’s Executive Committee was pleased to learn that Live Oak may be able to access Prop 39 funding to make energy improvements at the school.  According to the sate’s Energy Commissioner, schools can use Prop 39 money to make their buildings more comfortable and safe for both students and teachers, creating better learning environments.  We hope to use Prop 39 funds to upgrade heating and cooling systems in our classrooms or make other improvements to reduce Live Oak’s carbon footprint. 
If you are interested in learning more about school funding and policy issues, come join us for a LOCS Board meeting.  The next Board meeting is on Thurs, Sept 8 at 7pm in the Music room. All are welcome.

Please see the letters of intent from two parents who are interested in joining the Board below.

Foundation News

A Message from the Annual Fund Administrator
Gifts are coming in! Thank you! Here is what one new Live Oak parent wrote about giving: 
“I chose to give a monthly contribution to Live Oak for several reasons -- the main reason being the majority of the features that made Live Oak our ‘First Choice School’ -- handcrafts, musical instruction, foreign language, classroom aides, field trips, etc. -- are dependent on community contributions. I feel a call to do my part and give so my daughter can have the best, whole-child, magical and academic experience possible. It’s one way I can say, ‘Thank You,’ to Live Oak’s founding families, and the existing community, for creating exactly the school we were looking for.” 
~Carrie Whittier, Parent Rosemary K
Go to liveoakfoundation.org to set up a gift that works for your family. Every donation and every dollar make a difference, whether you can help pay a for a specialty teacher, a field trip experience, or a new set of violin strings, your gift has impact.
Jerusha Ogden
Parent Grade 2, Rosemary K
Annual Fund Administrator 

A Message from the Foundation Chair
Congratulations to the Foundation’s Fun Committee for putting on a fantastic first annual swim party! Thank you, Live Oak, for making this event such a success.  While special appreciation goes to the generous folks at Three Twins for their ice cream donation (yum!) as well as to Matthew Phipps, Katie Sveinson, Aimee Ward, Meno Reiner, and Jacqueline Machado of the Fun Committee for handling all the legwork, the real success of these events depends on all of us in the school community. It depends on all of us showing up in whatever ways we can to collectively support the development of our children. The goal of the Fun Committee is not fundraising but to have low cost, “break-even” events where as many community members can attend as possible! 
Whether it’s to help with more fun events like the swim party or our annual auction fundraiser or to serve on one of the school’s committees or boards, you can find out how to become more involved in the Live Oak community at the Foundation’s annual Volunteer Party at the end of September. Details will be coming soon or contact debbie.elam@liveoakfoundation.org.

Live Oak Sports News

Coaches Needed

Our programs are all run by generous parent volunteers. This gives the students wonderful after-school sports opportunities. We are currently looking for:
  • Lead and Assistant coaches for Cross-country running. 2 practices per week after school (days TBD) and 4 events/meets. 
  • Girls’ Basketball Lead and Assistant Coaches. Practices twice per week beginning in December,  6-8 games. 
  • For all the events sporting and otherwise we will need volunteer drivers

If your child would like to participate in any school sports have them talk to their teacher, to Mr. Draper or to the office staff. 
For more information or to volunteer contact aaron.draper@liveoakcharter.org

2016 LOCS Volleyball
This year represents Live Oak’s fourth season of playing competitive volleyball in the Middle School Sports League.  Eight matches will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays starting Sept 12 and concluding with single day tournaments on Oct 8 and 15.  We have both a 7th and 8th grade team.  Last year, our 8th grade team finished the season undefeated (14-0), winning a banner by placing first in the Southern Division and winning a trophy by placing first in the year-end tournament.  Our 7th grade team finished the season last year with a 12-2 record, placing second during the season and also during the tournament.  This year, our current 8th grade team is looking to improve on their record from last year.  My hope for our 7th grade team is that they will qualify for the year-end tournament, which is so much fun.  Of course, fun is the goal and I am looking forward to lots of it during the upcoming weeks.  Please check the LOCS calendar for our home matches and come out to support our teams. 

– Coach David Woodbury

Bulletin Board

This is a space for our Live Oak community to post notices about items or services for sale or trade, or to give away, or simply to share information with one another. Send your notices to leaflet@liveoakcharter.org.
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Do you love dogs and have a little extra free time? Would you be interested in walking and playing with our friendly poodle puppy? We are looking for someone M-W for an hour between 10-3pm. The pay is $10/ hour but negotiable. We live by Oak Hill Park. If you are interested text me at 707.307.3809 or email april@aprilhowell.com

From the Parent Handbook...

BICYCLES & SKATEBOARDS
Cyclists must follow all traffic laws. Please dismount bicycles when transiting into areas used by pedestrians. Bicycle racks are available by the Main Office and Middle School. Helmets are required for all students who are riding a human powered vehicle (bicycle, unicycle, skateboard). Unicycles and skateboards may not be ridden in the Fairgrounds; students must dismount at the main gates. Bicycles are allowed on the concourse following basic rules of the road.

PARENT SUPERVISION AFTER HOURS

School rules must be maintained at all hours. Please be mindful that Live Oak staff work diligently to create a comprehensive environment that holds our students in a healthy and mindful way throughout the school day. When students are on campus after hours, parents must ensure that the space is held in a similarly reverential and consistent manner. Parents are responsible for ensuring that their children follow school rules whenever they accompany on campus. Festivals, events, and weekend work parties are opportunities for us to demonstrate to our children that the expectations of the school are held consistently on campus.

Credo Corner

Open Houses 

Sat, Oct 15, 1pm (1290 Southwest Blvd. Rohnert Park)
Sat, Mar 18, 1pm (1400 Valley House Dr. Rohnert Park - our new campus at Sonoma 
Mountain Village)

Shadow Days
Tuesdays and Wednesdays ongoing, beginning in October
Contact Enrollment Coordinator, Jodi Boyle (707-664-0600 x 4 or enroll@credohigh.org)

Testing
Placement tests given to admitted students in the spring

Application Process
Rolling Lotteries Jan 11, Feb13, Mar 13, and Apr 19
Application available online at www.credohigh.org 

Counseling Requirements
Once accepted family meets with an administrator for an enrollment conference 

Enrollment Requirements 
Students must have passed all 8th grade classes and graduated from 8th grade


Credo High School is moving to our permanent campus at Sonoma Mountain Village (SOMO) this winter. To keep up on the latest news and find out how you can help make the vision a reality sign up for our newsletters by going to www.credohigh.org/content/support-our-new-campus-0 

Community Events and Announcements

Free Homework Help at the Petaluma Library
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-5:30pm Homework helpers are available on a drop-in basis for grades K-12 during the school year.

The Puppe Trixters Present.....A Fairy Fest!  
Sun Sept 11, 11am-2pm at  Wickersham Park, Petaluma. Puppet Showtimes:  11am and 1pm. Recommended for children ages 3-9. Adults $10.  Children by donation. All proceeds benefit Rosanna Ferrera, a long time Waldorf teacher.  In 2014 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and has been integrating her life’s trainings in her profound healing journey.  Puppetry arts are one way she brings greater joy into her life and raises funds for her continued well-being. This event is put on by Heart and Hands Community Center.

Farmer Olympics at the Petaluma Fairgrounds
Sat, Sept 17, 12-7pm
Live music by the Vivants, Oddjob Ensemble, Hubbub Club and more! Local food & drinks and a full farmers market! Farm-themed games & activities: Hay bale stacking, Drip-tape jumprope, egg & spoon race, competitive irrigation, Lexicon of Sustainability food label trivia, Farm-fresh pizza topping contest, Hole Lotta Farm-to-School Toss, Synchronized Grazing, T-Post Pounding and much, much more...
Admission $15, Children 6-12 $10, Children 5 and under FREE

For Parents of Preschool and Kindergarten Children: An evening with Nancy Mellon 
Tues Sept 20, 6pm at Heart and Hands, the Shop, 145 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. 
$20 per couple/$15 per single person
Why is home-grown story telling even more essential today?  Learn why and how to soothe the pervasive wish and tumble of instantaneous gratifications.  Nurturing children born into our technological era presents unique challenges.  During this evening you will discover a cornucopia of practical inspiration for building your own family storytelling tradition.  Nancy Mellon is a world renowned storyteller and expert on Early Childhood Education.

Outside in Nature: Fall Break Adventure Camp at Tara Firma Farms
Nature Connection Adventures for Happy, Free Range, Feral Kids 7 to 11. Mon-Fri,Oct 10-14, 9am-3pm in the Nature Nook in the Old Barn @ Tara Firma Farms, 3796 I Street Ext, Petaluma. Weekly Camp Fee $300.

Contact Peter Bergen at (707)225-2404 or pjbergen@yahoo.com More info at www.outsideinnature.com

Heart and Hands Events






School Board Letters of Intent

To the Live Oak Charter School community -
I would like to be considered for the open position on the School Board. I’m very impressed with the leadership, experience and passion that I’ve seen at LOCS over the last 2 years.   I’ve not considered running for a board position prior to now, but find myself very interested in finding a way to serve the LOCS staff, and support the overall school vision at this critical time in the development of the school.
My daughter, Sidney, is in Ms. Lois’ first grade class.  She spent 2 wonderful school years with Ms. Mary Alice in the SunFlower kindergarten.  The opportunity for our family to get Sidney in the 2 year Kindergarten program was crucial in Sidney’s early learning and development, and the Kindergarten program allowed her to stretch and learn in ways that she couldn’t do at home.  We moved here from Colorado about 3 years ago, following a job opportunity in the Solar industry, and now are happy homeowners living in a little house just 4 blocks from school.
My first career was in education.  I was a public middle/high school science teacher in Los Angeles County from 1996-2006, specializing in field/community based Environmental Education.  Basically, I connected my city kids to nature and science in their everyday lives.  Having begun my teaching journey as an Outdoor Educator, I applied a similar philosophy to my class lesson/unit planning.  This meant that breaking down classroom walls and getting students to directly connect to nature and science is a thread that is very strong in my educational experience.  Not only did I get kids out on “field trips”, but I directly integrated field study into my science curriculum, and got my students involved in real science.  An example of this was a beach ecology program where my students were collecting and analyzing micro-plastic fragments in samples of beach sand.  This was “real work” that the scientists needed to have done, and my students were able to connect their learning to a bigger picture; the presence of micro-plastics in the ocean and beach ecosystems.
I was also a founding teacher of Environmental Charter High School in 2000.  What a wonderful, wild and challenging experience!  I’m very proud of my contribution to the “DNA” of this school, which has since spawned 2 more schools and is a great success.  The website is here:  http://ecsonline.org/ .  I participated in the original core group of educators that wrote the Charter and presented it the local school board.  I was involved as a teacher and administrator in many school board meetings and tough decisions.  Much like LOCS, ECHS was renting rooms from a local organization.  In our case, it was a church.  We soon outgrew the church and had to open up a storefront campus down the block.  
I want to listen to the needs of the school community and serve the best way I can.  My experience in Education and Charter Schools will help frame my thinking and I am confident that I can be a positive force in the continuing success and future of LOCS.  Ms. Lois’ and I are planning some fun science extension activities this year for the first grade!
Best,
Chris Fox   

Greetings Live Oak Board,
My name is Cortney Calahan, and I am a parent of two Live Oak students; my daughter is in 3rd grade and my son is in Kindergarten. I am also a credentialed secondary science teacher.  I taught secondary science at Willits High School for 5 years before taking a break to be a full-time parent while my children were young. Now that my youngest is school age, I have re-entered teaching and am teaching math and science for grades 7 and 8 at Sonoma Charter School. 
I am writing this letter of intent because of my interest in joining the Live Oak school board. Live Oak Charter School is a truly exceptional school. My children are beyond blessed to experience the care, nurturing, and well-rounded education Live Oak staff and teachers provide.  I would like to give back to the school by volunteering my time for the school board.  My familiarity with Live Oak as a parent and my background as an educator give me a unique perspective that I believe would be beneficial for the Live Oak School Board. 
I have experience participating in school functioning groups. While at Willits High, I was secretary for the Willits Unified Teacher’s Union, and also science department chair. My children attended a parent co-op preschool, Petaluma Parent Nursery School, and I served on the board of directors for two years.  
I would be honored to serve on the Live Oak School Board and appreciate the opportunity.
Thank you,

Cortney Calahan-Richmond

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Chess For Kids at Live Oak


2016-17 Leaflet

The Leaflet is available in three formats. 
Paper   Distributed to every family via your youngest child’s folder. 

If you wish to opt out of the paper version please inform the school secretary.

The Leaflet is published every other Friday. The next publication date is Fri, Sept 2. If you wish to submit an article, appreciation, or community bulletin post please contact Jen Stevens at leaflet@liveoakcharter.org

Notes from the Live Oak School Board

The Board welcomes students, parents, faculty, staff, and community to the 2016/17 school year at Live Oak!  We are excited to embark on this year together and want to remind everyone that daily school attendance really does have a meaningful impact on our school budget.  Anything we do to ensure maximum daily attendance helps guarantee that Live Oak has the resources to fulfill our program's potential.

What does the Live Oak School Board do?
The Board of Directors is responsible for the policies and fiscal oversight of Live Oak Charter School.  We conduct strategic planning to meet the goals and mission of the school.  

When does the Board meet?  
The Board generally meets on the second Thursday of every month at 7pm.  Specific dates are on the school calendar and the agenda is always posted in advance in the school office and on the website  at liveoakcharter.org. The next meeting will be Thurs, Sept 8 at 7pm in the Music Room.

Who is on the Board?  
The Board is composed of Shaina Ferraro (Chair), Karna Dawson (Vice Chair), Josh Kizner (Treasurer), Sarah Grossi (Secretary), John Gerber, Erin Wrightsman, and Matthew Morgan.   

Can anyone attend a Board meeting?
Yes! School Board meetings are open to the public and we welcome community comment and participation.  Everyone is encouraged to attend at least one Board meeting and experience this aspect of our school’s governance in action. 

How can I find out more about the Board?

Come join us at a meeting, talk to a Board member, or email Shaina at boardchair@liveoakcharter.org.  We’d love to hear from you.

Work Day Warriors

Our heartfelt gratitude to the families who shared their time and effort to beautify our campus during our summer Work Day:
Adam, Soleil and Somi Burkett; Shelly Dieterle and Jeff, Ethan, Mirabelle and Sebastian Kauffman; Kate Hedlund; Pat Mundy; Marla, Milo and Oliver Pedersen; Geoff Towle; Brian and Xander Ross; Cheryl Vargas; Brenda, Garrett and Mike Verza; Denise Williges; David, DJ and Sarah Woodbury; the office staff. 

A big thank you to Bobbie Smith who cleaned up the entire area behind the 3rd and 4th Grade classrooms.

Time For Change


Back-to-School is fading away this year. In its place, parent meetings will be scheduled from Aug 16-25. Stay tuned to the Leaflet, online calendar (liveoakcharter.org/calendar) and teacher emails for dates of meetings.

Save the Date

Tues, Aug 30 8-9pm
Please save the date for our upcoming Parent Salon: Learning Support at Live Oak. This meeting will happen in person in the Music Room and will also be streamed LIVE online. We are trying this new-to-us meeting type to increase access for all parents wanting to be a part of this meeting. More info coming soon.
For parents that want to come to the meeting in person childcare for children enrolled at LOCS will be provided.
Questions - please email Erin at erin.wrightsman@liveoakcharter.org

Wed, Sept 7, 6:30pm 
Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age - Documentary film followed by a forum led by Mr. Morgan.
Petaluma Public Library 

Childcare and Spanish audio available

Lunch Club

Interested in getting a break from making your child’s Lunch every day?
Ms Denise loves to cook healthy food for the Live Oak Community and is offering to make lunches 3 days a week to give you a break.  If you are interested in this private lunch offering, please email her at Chef-Denise@comcast.net.  You will receive a welcome letter with all the details. Then, each week you will receive a link to Sign-up Genius that will give the menu for the following week. As a bonus, Ms. Denise welcomes parents and teachers to jump in and enjoy a salad on Thursdays each week. Space is limited. Lunch Club begins the week of  Mon, Sept 5.

Live Oak Swim Party

Thurs, Aug 25

Join us for an afternoon of sun, swim and good times with schoolmates at the Petaluma Swim Center, just a short walk from the school. From 1-3pm Live Oak families will have exclusive use of both pools (and maybe ice cream too). Normal pool use rules apply. 

Cost $3 per person.

Foundation News

Did you know outside lenders look at what percentage of Live Oak families participate as donors to the school? That's why we aim for 100% participation from all Live Oak Families each year. When you donate to the Foundation, your participation is counted, and your gift makes a difference! The programs that make Live Oak special are funded by parent donations-from field trips to kindergarten snack, quality art supplies, classroom support, music, Spanish, handwork, movement, and more. Charter schools are public schools, but they are not fully funded by the state. We make up the difference through donations (of all sizes) from parents. Our exceptional curriculum costs $1,200 per student per year, and pooled together parent gifts provide that difference. Please sign up to help support Live Oak today at a level that works for you, and be counted! If you have any questions, please let me know.

Jerusha Ogden, Parent grade 2, Rosemary K, 
Annual Fund Administrator, Live Oak Foundation,