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, 

Credo Corner

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 

Climbers on Campus

A friendly reminder, if children want to use the Climbing Wall or Monkey Bars after school a parent needs to supervise and ensure that the children are playing safely and following the rules.
  • Do not climb over or sit on top of the Climbing Wall
  • Do not go behind the Climbing Wall
  • No more than 5 students on the Climbing Wall at a time
  • No sitting or standing on top of the Monkey bars
  • No more than 3 students on the Monkey Bars at a time
  • No climbing on fences, deck rails or trees

Morning Child Care

Before School Care is available at Live Oak! We are pleased to continue to offer morning child care from 7:15-8:15am.  

Sign-up with our After School Program coordinator Denise Williges at denise.williges@liveoakcharter.org. For more information please call Denise at 707-762-8436.

After School Program

WELCOME to the Live Oak After School Program(ASP)! Our ASP Coordinator is Denise Williges, and our supporting staff are Malia Buckheit, Mimi Herschkowitz, Alicia Torre and Jeanne Schirm.
Our program is designed to give our children a comfortable and enjoyable place to stay after school.  We provide nutritious snacks, outside play, arts and crafts activities, quiet time for homework and reading, and time to unwind and relax.
We also have a free work-study program for 7th and 8th graders. They can help younger students with projects, give a hand to the staff in play and clean-up, and have time to get some of their own school work done and hang out with classmates.

If you would like more information, please contact Denise Williges at 762-8436 or come in and visit us in the ASP room (blue building).

Safety First!


Please drive with special care during drop-off and pick-up. Watch for pedestrians. Do not park in the “cone zone” or the Fairgrounds Administration parking lot. Please make u-turns at the far end of the Concourse, after the last white pole. Cell phones should never be used while driving.

Good for the Planet, Good for our School


Looking for an easy Fundraising/Recycling Opportunity? Bring your used ink cartridges to the office.

For every 20 cartridges turned in monthly, the school receives $40 in merchandise. Now that’s smart recycling!

Clay Classes are Back

After School Clay Classes with Ms. Meret begin on August 29 and run in 5 week sessions. If a holiday lands during a session, the class will be made up the following week.
Where: In the Handwork room, 3:05-4:35pm.
Cost: $100 per session. Includes all supplies and firing. Payable by the first class.Siblings enrolled in the same session pay 1/2.
Classes will be limited to 10 students per session. If your child doesn’t make it into the first session, they will automatically be placed in the following session if you wish.

For more information or to sign up contact Ms. Meret at meret.piderman@liveoakcharter.org

Community Events and Announcements

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

The Twelve Agreements

The foundation of positive school culture is trust. A healthy school environment is predicated on a shared understanding of the social contract and a consistent tending to its practice. All Students, Staff, and Guests are responsible for upholding these agreements.

Practice Respect Be inclusive, take turns, listen well, and strive to resolve conflicts.
Do Not Harm Be gentle. Do not use force in anger. No grabbing, pushing, hitting, or kicking.
Use Kind Words Compliment and give thanks. Use gentle and appropriate language, do not demean.
Be Safe Be aware of danger. Make healthy choices. No mock fighting or wrestling. 
Care for All Things Treat all living things, belongings, equipment, and campus respectfully.
Do Not Disrupt Stay focused in class, quiet in passage, and be considerate of others’ needs.
Follow Directions Do as directed by Teachers and Supervising Adults. No arguing.
Keep Together Stay in assigned areas; know the boundaries, and where to go.
Be Ready Arrive promptly, dressed appropriately, and prepared to learn.
Act with Honesty Listen to others, share your feelings, and honor the truth.
Take Responsibility Clean up after yourself, fulfill promises, complete lessons, and seek help.

Offer your Service Help others whenever possible, report concerns to adults.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

2016-17 Calendar

We look forward to seeing you again for the 2016-17 school year. School starts on Monday, August 15, 2016. See the 2016-17 Calendar at www.liveoakcharter.org/calendar
Have a great summer!

8th Grade Commencement


The Faculty, Administration and Board of 
Live Oak Charter School
is honored to announce the Commencement for the Eighth Grade 
Class of 2016
Family, Friends and Students of Live Oak are invited to attend on 
Sunday, June 5 at 4:00pm

Lucchesi Center, 320 North McDowell Blvd, Petaluma

Music by Live Oak Choir and Strings. Reception and refreshments to follow.

Closing Rhythms and Rituals

8th Grade Rose Ceremony
Fri  June 3, 8:30-9am
On the last day of the school year, all classes will gather together to send our 8th graders on to their next adventure with our encouragement and best wishes. This ceremony echoes the Rose Ceremony at the beginning of the school year, in which 8th graders ushered their 1st grade buddies across the rainbow bridge and welcomed them into the grades. The Live Oak community is welcome to join us for this event, which will be held on the lawn in front of the Kindergarten classrooms. 

Kindergarten Fly Away Ceremony
Fri June 3, 11:30am

Rosemary and Sunflower Kindergartens invite their families to honor the children moving on to First Grade at the Fly Away Ceremony. Families and students will gather under the trees in front of the Kindergarten classrooms to watch graduating Kindergarteners “fly away” and meet their new 1st grade teacher, Ms. Lois. This ceremony honors a big leap for the children, as they leave the sanctuary of the Kindergarten for the wonders, joys and challenges of the grades. Please bring lawn chairs, and expect the event to end before 12:15pm to allow families time to leave before the all-school dismissal at 12:40pm. Be mindful that parking may be challenging and allow extra time on this special day.

Packing, Cleaning & Moving Help Wanted

Thursday, June 2 after dismissal and Friday, June 3

Volunteers, please check with your class teacher about when the work should take place to minimize disruption for the students and the Fly Away Ceremony starting at 11:40am on Friday.

K-5 - Classrooms need to be cleaned. Furniture, desks, chairs and boxes need to be stacked high. Teachers will have a list of tasks on their blackboard. 


Middle School - We will need lots of volunteers since we have to move everything out of the classrooms and do a thorough cleaning. Teachers will have a list of tasks on their blackboard. 

Foundation News

Many of the treasures made by our children throughout the year are starting to come home. Materials like wool, crayons, wood, beeswax, and paper are made possible through parent support, but did you know hundreds of parent donations pooled together also make it possible for our kids to have the specialty teachers and aides who help them learn? Thank you to all who have contributed to the Live Oak Foundation this year -- 73% of families have donated! There is still time to donate! To be included in this year’s participation figures, you can still set up a one-time or monthly contribution by June 30 at www.liveoakfoundation.org. It takes all of us doing what we can. It’s so moving for me to see your ongoing support for our school and our children. Thanks for the privilege of serving our kids. Happy summer! To all the wonderful Live Oak teachers, staff, volunteers and donors -- thank you!

Jerusha Ogden
1st grade parent 
Annual Fund Administrator, Live Oak Foundation 

Rummage Sale Success!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Rummage Sale by donating goods, bake sale items and their time and muscle.  Our annual Reduce-Reuse-Recycle Extravaganza netted $3700 for the Live Oak Foundation!  
Special thanks to the Credo High volunteers who helped set up and to the aftercare kids for helping to unload the trailer.  Leftover items are donated to Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul, and the Thrifty Hippy, owned by Live Oak parents Monique and Sam.  Just a reminder that kids clothes, toys and books are always FREE at Thrifty Hippy, so if you missed the opportunity to shop our rummage sale, stop on by.  In addition, left over shoes are picked up by James Gachu who sends shoes to Africa, so your donations had far reaching effects!

We look forward to next year, hopefully with more parent volunteers.

Gayla and Dori

Summer Strings Q & A

by Jeanette Isenberg, Strings Teacher

What happens with the violin, viola or cello over the summer?
Students who are currently playing a violin, viola or cello belonging to Live Oak Charter and who are planning on returning for the 2016-2017 school year will take the instruments home for the summer and return with them in the fall, along with their music binder and music from this year.
Students who are currently playing a violin, viola or cello belonging to Live Oak Charter and who are NOT returning to Live Oak Charter for the 2016-2017 school year will turn instruments in to Ms. Isenberg before or at their last strings class.

What can I do to make sure that my child’s instrument is ready for the summer?
We will have time in strings class to inspect, inventory and clean the instruments, cases and bows in order to ready them for summer use. Please make sure that your student is bringing his/her instrument on their strings class days.   

What if my child needs a larger size instrument?
Some students will be exchanging instruments in order to have the proper size for the summer. We will be making time in class to measure students in order to determine a proper fit. Some students will play the same instrument over the summer. 

I noticed that my child’s instrument has a crack in the back.  What should I do?  
Your child’s instrument was assigned at the beginning of the year in good to excellent condition, with a working and clean case, rosin, shoulder rest of some sort (violins and violas), a working bow and a cleaning cloth. Reasonable wear and tear is expected (i.e. Needs new bow hair, might need new strings, has a few dings on the body of the instrument, cleaning cloth is no longer clean). After years of even careful use we know that some of the older instruments will need to go to the repair shop to receive some TLC before being reassigned to their next user. The school will take charge of regular maintenance.
You may be responsible for extraordinary maintenance, such as, but not limited to fixing cracks, broken bridges, or replacing missing or broken shoulder rests.

There is no longer any rosin or cleaning cloth in the case.  What can I do?
During the course of the year, rosin breaks and cleaning cloths go missing. Strings break. It is always greatly appreciated if you replace those items. 

What happens if we can’t tune the instrument or a string breaks during the summer?
You can take the instrument to Loveland Violins located at 618 4th Street, Santa Rosa,  (707)526-9777. They will replace any broken strings and take care of any other problems…they will even tune the instrument. You can also try to contact me at jeanette.isenberg@liveoakcharter.org for help tuning the instrument or answering questions.  5th grade students and up know how to tune their instruments…they simply need a tuner or piano to work from. 

How is it that we are able to take home the instruments at no charge for the summer?
Live Oak Charter is fortunate, through the support of the Live Oak Foundation and the generosity of many, to possess quality string instruments which I hope will outlast us all.   It is pretty unusual and very cool that our students get assigned a bowed string instrument in third grade; becoming a steward of a beautiful, one-of-a-kind, handcrafted instrument which they alone bring to life.  

Please encourage your child to practice regularly over the summer. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me. jeanette.isenberg@liveoakcharter.org

Congratulations 4th Grade!

Ms. Julie’s 4th grade class shared a wonderful presentation and song at the Petaluma City Schools Board Meeting on May 24.
Great Job Grade 4!

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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Looking for local house-sitting or sublet opportunity for family visitors (2 neat, responsible adults - my favorite cousin and her friend), week of June 27. Prefer west side, two bedrooms, or possibly one bedroom with two beds. Please et me know if you have any leads - thank you! Jane Waxman, wholechildtutor@yahoo.com

Third Grade Bee Keepers


Community Events

Flying Trapeze Camp 
Session 1: June 6-10 (dependent upon sufficient registration contact us for details and other possible dates) 
Flying Trapeze, Juggling, Acrobatics, Tightrope, Stilts,Trampoline, Aerial Arts & other Circus Skills
9am-2pm. $270/week or $60/day
Recommended for children who have finished 4th grade or higher. Younger can be considered on an individual basis.
16331 Norrbom Rd, Sonoma. (707) 935-7359
Contact Summercamp@TrapezePro.com, to register


Farm Camp with Tamara Lemesh and Michelle Loftin
June 20-24, 9am-3pm (Extended day available). 
Ages 5y10mo-10yrs. $250/week, 10% sibling discount. Additional $15/day for extended care. 
Your child will feel right at home at this spacious country ranch located off of Lakeville Highway. The children will participate in animal care, farm work, seasonal baking, wet felting, owl pellet discovery, native plant identification, natural crafts, hiking, berry picking and more! Healthy gluten-free, vegetarian friendly snacks will be provided daily. Parents are expected to pack lunches, water bottles, sunscreen and layers of clothing for the changing weather. Registration forms available in the Live Oak office.



Sprint Kayak Clinic 
River Town Racers invites youth 11-16 to our June sprint kayaking clinic. Develop coordination, strength and aerobic conditioning, confidence and mental focus while learning to paddle fast! 
Live Oak middle school students Petri, Chloe and Jasper can tell you all about it, or go online to rivertownracers.org for more about dates and cost.



Painting with Children in Waldorf Schools
An intensive course for Waldorf teachers and parents with Gail McManus. August 4 - 9, 9:30am-12:30pm, 2-4pm in Santa Monica. (On Aug. 9th we end at 1pm). 
Tuition (including materials) is $385. Some tuition assistance may be available. Assistance with lodging can be provided. Please send a $50 non-refundable registration fee, to be applied toward tuition to Gail McManus, 952 17th St., Apt. A, Santa Monica, CA 90403. 
Gail McManus  gail@gailmcmanus.com (518) 653-2957.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Rummage Sale

  • Fri, May 13 Set-up 9:00am-3:00pm-Open 3:00-5:00pm  to LOCS’ Parents and staff only
  • Sat,  May 14 Open to public 8am-2pm
  • Sun, May 15 Open to public 8am-12pm-Clean-up will follow


Spread the word, tell your friends and family! The Rummage Sale will take place on the North End of the Upper Campus Playground. Donations will be accepted until 5pm on Friday, May 13
Donations
  • Items should be clean and in good repair. Anything electric should work.  If in doubt, ask yourself, “would I pay money for this?” 
  • Categories include (but not limited to): toys & games, sporting goods, linens, holiday items, craft items, house wares, baby items, shoes, books, and clothing.  If you can sort clothing by girls, boys, baby, men’s and women’s that helps even more.
  • The storage container is at the upper campus between the playground and street.
  • Please place items in cardboard boxes that CLOSE in order to maximize space in the storage container.  We need to stack from floor to ceiling.
  • Sort and label your items the best you can.  This saves our volunteers loads of time!
  • We cannot take mattresses or cribs, or car seats/boosters more than 3 years old.  We have to pay to haul them to the dump.


Help is still needed, especially for clean up on Sunday. Sign up at www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4aa8a92ba31-rummage
Contact
Dori King:  4xking@comcast.net, or (707)795-4672

Gayla Overmeer:  grovermeer@comcast.net, or (707)695-6189

Save the Date

End-of-Year Assembly - Thurs, May 26,  11:00am, Herzog Hall 

Families & friends are invited to enjoy our 1-8 grade performances for the closure of the year!

Screenagers- New Date

Wed, Sept 7 at 6:30pm in the Petaluma Library Community Room. 
Hosted by Live Oak Charter School, donations welcome. 
Audio available in Spanish and English. 

Questions? Email erinwrightsman@gmail.com

Board News

The Live Oak School Board will be holding elections for our three open seats at the June meeting.  We have have two current board members Shaina Ferraro and Sarah Grossi, who have submitted letters of intent wishing to be considered for an additional term with the school board.  Please see their letters at the back of the leaflet.  If you are interested in being considered for the LOCS school board but missed the deadline for this coming election, please don’t hesitate to contact the board chair.  Additional letters of intent will be considered after the start of the next academic year. (boardchair@liveoakcharter.org)


The school board will be working on this coming school year’s budget during the course of our May and June meetings.  This is a great chance to see how the school priorities get translated into action.  The school board meets regularly on the second Thursday of the month at 7pm (except in July).  The meetings are open to the public and we welcome your input.

Foundation News

Thank you to all the families who have given so far. We are at 73% participation! Did you know when Live Oak seeks outside funding, one of the signs that we are a strong school is having a broad base of support from our families? We hope every family will contribute. If you haven’t made your donation yet, there is still time to give what you can and be included in the participation numbers! Charter schools are not entirely publicly funded schools, and parent support makes Live Oak’s rich curriculum possible! You can drop off your donation on campus or go to www.liveoakfoundation.org. Every gift makes a difference. Thank you!
Jerusha Ogden, 1st Grade Parent, Annual Fund Administrator, 
Live Oak Foundation 

Live Oak Foundation Donations and Pledges Received
Class                        
 Donors       
Class Size         
Participation
Percentage
Rosemary K
18
22
82%
Sunflower K
17
22
77%
1st Grade
27
32
84%
2nd Grade
30
32
94%
3rd Grade
26
32
81%
4th Grade
24
32
75%
5th Grade
23
32
74%
6th Grade
18
30
62%
7th Grade
24
31
77%
8th Grade
20
30
67%
Overall
Participation
149
205
families
73%

Gems and Jars

by Krista Wigert, Math Teacher, Grades 4-8

This year at Live Oak, we started a new class for grades four and five.  For one period per week each, fourth and fifth grade classes trek down to the middle school campus to have a math problem solving class in the math room.  Fourth grade meets on Mondays and fifth grade on Fridays.  The class teacher and I run these classes together.
The goal behind these classes is fourfold.  The first goal is to give students more time solving problems that reinforce or expand on the curriculum they have learned in main lesson.  Often in moving forward with curriculum and meeting the various ability needs of the class, it is difficult to find class time to offer problems that combine skills, review previous topics, or expand on the content.  During this period designated for problem-solving only, students can concentrate on applying what they have learned instead of taking in new concepts.  
The second goal of these classes is to increase math collaboration between the lower grades and the middle school.  This year, the class teacher and I had regular check-ins regarding what math content the class is learning, what previous skills could use more practice, and what field trips, projects or main lesson blocks are current or upcoming.  This way I can use the context of Gold Country, May Faire, the Pentathlon, etc. to create problems.  The class teachers know the instructional and social needs of the students and provide the leadership in those areas.  I know the scope and sequence of the math curriculum throughout the grades and can write problems that keep us on a fitting and productive path.
The third goal is to have students learn to work through the stages of problem solving.  When we started this in the fall, the initial impulse for many students when they saw a word problem was to either write down a quick answer or ask the teacher for help.  Since students are grouped with peers of similar strengths, we have done our best to have students check in with the group before asking a teacher.  We also encourage them to get started by drawing a diagram, underlining key information, or looking for a pattern.  Since there is no time constraint except the end of the period, students may take as much time as they need pondering and working the problems.  Our aim is that they learn to be comfortable with the puzzling process.  This means maybe not immediately knowing how to approach the problem.  It may also mean hitting dead ends and changing course a few times.  This perseverance and willingness to struggle is an exercise of the students’ will and requires practice in order to develop.
The fourth goal is to have fun and enjoy the pursuit of the solution.  This is where the gems and jars come in.  When students arrive, six to eight problems, each on a small slip of colored paper, are laid out and ready for them.  Each group gets usually two more gems than there are problems.  We hand out the first problem and they go to work.  One student in each group is the designated messenger and one is the designated referee.  The designations change each week.  When the group is satisfied that they have correctly solved the problem, the referee OKs the messenger to deliver the answer.  The messenger comes to the front, pays a gem to submit an answer, and shows their answer.  If it is correct, they get to crumple the paper (surprisingly satisfying), put it in the jar, and move to the next problem.  If they are incorrect, they’ve spent a gem and have to go back and rework the problem.  The purpose of paying a gem to submit an answer is to encourage students to verify answers with each other before submitting.  It can be tempting to use trial and error as a method of narrowing to a solution; but in preparation for cases where there is no “answer key”, students need practice scrutinizing their own work and processes before claiming it correct.  Students work with their group at their own pace.  Some groups finish six or seven problems and some finish three or four.  It is rare that a group finishes all the problems.  I try to write a pool of problems each week that start easy and get increasing more complex.  The aim is to increasingly challenge groups but not overwhelm them.

This first year has been a learning process and has evolved each week as we teachers evaluate what worked, see where we can improve, and then make modifications.  This formative process will continue as each class presents its strengths and areas for growth, and as we teachers see new opportunities to inspire and challenge students.

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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Come support 6th graders Petri and Aedan as they perform in their orchestras on Saturday May 14th at 3pm in Jackson Theater, Sonoma Country Day School in Santa Rosa!
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We have deaf family members and it’s time for our kids to start learning American Sign Language (ASL) so that they can be effective communicators with their grandparents. This summer we will be looking for a teacher for our soon-to-be LOCS first and third graders, with plans to start lessons in September after the new school year begins. It’s always best to learn a new language in a group, where you can have access to other speakers, so we’d love to recruit some friends of any age to join them. If your kids might be interested, please let me know so that we can take that into consideration when trying to find the right teacher. If we have a big enough group or enough interest, we may investigate getting permission to do the lessons on campus during aftercare hours. Also, if you know of someone who teaches ASL, we’d love to have that information, too! 
Thanks!! 
Jessica Umphress & Josh Kizner 
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Do you have or know of a space for rent that can accommodate 2 adults and a dog? I’m looking to relocate to the Petaluma area (Novato to Rohnert Park). I’m happy to consider barters/trades and other non-traditional rentals. Rustic is great! I can offer gardening, painting, property management, general labor, dance, pilates, yoga, fitness/personal training and the like. Thank you and happy Spring! 
Aaron Draper, LO Movement teacher 

Community Events

Spring Classes at Circle of Hands
Spring Fairy Dolls. Sat, May 14, 10am-4pm
Woodland Fairy Houses. Sat, May 28, 10am-2pm
More info: 
6780 McKinley Street, Suite 120, Sebastopol

Farm Camp with Tamara Lemesh and Michelle Loftin
June 20-24, 9am-3pm (Extended day available). 
Ages 5y10mo-10yrs. $250/week, 10% sibling discount. Additional $15/day for extended care. 
Your child will feel right at home at this spacious country ranch located off of Lakeville Highway. The children will participate in animal care, farm work, seasonal baking, wet felting, owl pellet discovery, native plant identification, natural crafts, hiking, berry picking and more! Healthy gluten-free, vegetarian friendly snacks will be provided daily. Parents are expected to pack lunches, water bottles, sunscreen and layers of clothing for the changing weather. Registration forms available in the Live Oak office.

Painting with Children in Waldorf Schools
An intensive course for Waldorf teachers and parents with Gail McManus. August 4 - 9, 9:30am-12:30pm, 2-4pm in Santa Monica. (On Aug. 9th we end at 1pm). 
Tuition (including materials) is $385. Some tuition assistance may be available. Assistance with lodging can be provided. Please send a $50 non-refundable registration fee, to be applied toward tuition to Gail McManus, 952 17th St., Apt. A, Santa Monica, CA 90403. 
Gail McManus  gail@gailmcmanus.com (518) 653-2957.

Sprint Kayak Clinic 
River Town Racers invites youth 11-16 to our June sprint kayaking clinic. 
Develop coordination, strength and aerobic conditioning, confidence and mental focus while learning to paddle fast! 

Live Oak middle school students Petri, Chloe and Jasper can tell you all about it, or go online to rivertownracers.org for more about dates and cost.

Handwork News

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!





School Board Letters of Intent to Run

Dear Karna,
I am writing to formally express my interest in continuing on the Live Oak Charter School Board. I have been a parent at Live Oak for the past five years, and next year both of my sons will attend school in the kindergarten and 4th grade. I have enjoyed volunteering at Live Oak since our family began here, and have appreciated playing a part in many different aspects of the school, such as being a Class Coordinator, serving on the Community Connection Committee (C3), and most recently being the Secretary of the Live Oak Charter School Board. I would very much like to continue to help our school grow and thrive. 
I am an acupuncturist, with my own practice in Petaluma, specializing in treating children and women’s health issues. I enjoy working with people, and a lot of what I do is educating people on caring for themselves- their body, mind, and spirit. This is a philosophy I learned at school when I attended Summerfield Waldorf School, from grades 8-12. Whereas I had been an interested student previously, I suddenly blossomed into a voracious one. I thrived in all of the different lessons, and felt gratitude for what we learned as well how we learned. These experiences shaped me, and I believe very strongly in the benefits of a Waldorf education. I feel particularly grateful to have Live Oak in our community and accessible to all of Petaluma. I love the charter school model for its base in Waldorf principles, while maintaining flexibility with changes in our modern times. 
I would be honored to continue serving on the Live Oak Charter School Board. Thank you for your consideration. 
Sincerely,
Shaina Ferraro 



April 14, 2016

Dear Board members:
This letter is to formally express my interest in continuing to serve as a member of the Live Oak Charter School Board of Directors after the conclusion of my current term in June 2016. During my past two years on the Board, I have developed a deeper understanding of the issues facing Live Oak and the role of an effective school board in supporting the school’s mission and ensuring its continued success.  I maintain a strong commitment to sustaining and enhancing the high-quality, public, Waldorf–inspired educational program offered at Live Oak.
As you know, I have been a parent at LOCS for the past six years and presently have sons enrolled in the third and fifth grades. In my professional life, I am a public-sector social worker with experience in public policy analysis, program planning, implementation, and evaluation, and grant administration. I have extensive experience working with diverse populations. 
I am honored to have been able to serve on the Live Oak School Board and hope that my experience and strong commitment to the mission and educational goals of Live Oak will continue to be an asset to the Board.  Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,

Sarah Grossi

Friday, April 29, 2016

May Faire Gratitude

This year’s May Faire was one of a kind, and will certainly shine through the spring! Held on Earth Day, our Faire presented us with the best of nature’s festive spirit - and our community met her with courage, joy and generosity!  The rain asked us all to embrace the fun of the unknown; we answered with full hearts and smiles. Thank you to our entire community for your bravery and enthusiasm! Every small act strengthens the thread of our community and makes a very strong fabric. 
The Festival Coordinators – Lisa, M. & Muriel

Special Thanks to:
  • Jen Rousseau and Marek Kaszuba for the design and creation of a brand new May Pole and beautiful ribbons 
  • Leah Joy Numair and Madeline Modica for creating an amazing May Pole crown flower arrangement
  • Denise Williges, Lisa Gordon and Rebecca McDowell for baking over 500 delicious shortcakes for the enjoyment of everyone
  • Kymmie & Matthew Phipps and Monique Azlant for acquiring a Party Gazebo that kept our musicians and their instruments dry
  • Families who brought extra tarps, EZ-UPs, umbrellas, and jackets to help keep us dry
  • Community members who donated glass jars and all kinds of beautiful flowers and greenery
  • Megan Berka for creating the SignupGenius that coordinated our parent volunteers
  • Stacey DeGooyer for preparing the flowers and greenery with the help of Alex Zhou & friends, Heather Haley, Laura Peshek, Maxine Vanichkul and Vanessa Nelson 
  • The companies who provided us food and flatware: Mr. Red Levine of Excellent Packaging, Clover Stornetta Farms, Grocery Outlet, Lucky’s, Petaluma Market, Raley’s, Safeway and Sprouts
  • Clare & Nicolas Abrams for donating organic strawberries 
  • Raffia and Garland helpers: Kim Anderson, Danielle Andrews, Derek Berka, Emily Bliquez, Sophie Clark, Chela Fielding, Holly Hamm, Dana Mellon, Kymmie & Matthew Phipps, Meno Reiner, Brandy Rucker, Kathryn St. Clair, Jeanine Seaver, Maxine Vanichkul, Cindy Wood and Alex Zhou
  • Jacqueline Machado for overseeing strawberry cutters: Debbie Fox, Sophia Clark, Shelly Dieterle, Chela Fielding, Carolina Jensen and Maxine Vanichkul, and cream whippers:Megan Berka, Noemi Villegas, Salvador Ramirez and Cass Murphy
  • Kelly Collins and her crew of Third Grade cream whippers
  • Set-up crew: Amy Cole, Debbie Fox, Elaine Daly, Hector Martinez, Katie & Lee Sveinson, Kymmie & Matt Phipps, Megan Berka, Patrick Numair and Sarah Grossi
  • Preparers of the shortcakes with Strawberry and whip cream: April Howell, Denise Williges, Julie Beckner, Karen Perry, Kim Anderson, Krista Wigert and Rob Bunce 
  • Clean-up crew: Andrea Torrey, Brandy Rucker, Chelsa Smith, Debbie Fox, Jeanine & Aedan Seaver, Monique Azlant, Rob Bunce, Shelly Dierterle and many more of you!
  • Blanket and sheets washers Debbie Fox, Jerusha Ogden and others... 


It takes a village...!

LOCS Board News

by Karna Dawson, Board Chair
The Live Oak School Board has a number of open board seats for next year.  If you are interested in being considered for the open board positions please submit a letter of intent by Sun, May 1 to Karna Dawson at boardchair@liveoakcharter.org.

Coming Soon- Screenagers

C3 and Live Oak Charter School will be hosting a screening of the documentary film Screenagers in the community room at the Petaluma Library. Date to be announced. The screening will be open to the public and FREE. There will be a way to give a donation if you’d like to contribute towards future parent education nights. Questions? contact Erin Wrightsman at (707)480-4855.


Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span?  Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that happening with her own kids which started her on a question to delve into how it might affect their development. Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and also offers solutions on how adults can empower their kids to best navigate the digital world to find balance.

Foundation News

Thank you to all the families who came to our table to give a donation, or make a pledge for next school year! If you haven’t made your donation yet, please visit www.liveoakfoundation.org. It makes such a difference. Here’s the latest--thank you all!

Jerusha Ogden, 1st Grade Parent, Annual Fund Administrator, 
Live Oak Foundation 


Live Oak Foundation Donations and Pledges Received

Class
    Donors
     Class 
     Size
    Participation
    Percentage
Rosemary K
     18 
      22
      82%
Sunflower K
     15
      22
      68%
1st Grade  
     25
      32
      78%
2nd Grade
     28
      32
      88%
3rd Grade
     26
      32
      81%
4th Grade
     20
      32
      63%
5th Grade
     21
      32
      68%
6th Grade
     17
      30
      59%
7th Grade
     22 
      31
      71%
8th Grade
     18
      30
      60%
Overall
Participation
     143
     205
  families
      70%

Gifts Received from July 1, 2015 - April 26, 2016

Everyone Can Sing!

by Rachel Steiner, Choir Teacher

As a child, I did a whole lot more listening to music than playing or singing.  I dabbled on a few
instruments for a while and almost never sang (until a later age). Listening was my great passion, and I grew up in a highly musical family, so there was no shortage of live or recorded music to enjoy.  I often fell asleep three quarters of the way through one of my mom’s gigs, sometimes atop of pile of empty instrument cases. Listening came easy. Singing, although it became the instrument at which I excelled, did not. I didn’t sing much as a young child and felt that I didn’t have “a good voice.”  I had to work hard to achieve competency in my chosen instrument; however, with hard work comes security and comfort in the fact that your proficiency comes from skill, not luck.  Fortunately, I was surrounded by musical family members who practiced every day as regularly and naturally as they brushed their teeth or checked the mailbox.
Now, as a professional singer who 1) never thought she’d achieve success in singing and 2) had to work harder than many “naturals”, I am deeply driven to bring the unique joy of singing to others.  I feel strongly that singing is our birthright; not just for the elite few who possess what society has deemed to be an exceptional voice.  We are all born with this musical instrument pre-packaged into our bodies.  And it doesn’t take us twelve months to figure out how to make it work, like learning to get our legs to walk us around.  As every parent knows, a baby can (and does!) phonate his or her voice right from the get-go (and what a big sound immediately bursts forth from their little bodies!)  But with age comes culturally-acquired inhibitions and I often hear adults say that they “cannot” sing or that they’re “terrible” singers, etc. However, I think that the value of singing goes a lot deeper than some linear ranking against other singers or how aesthetically pleasing our voices sound. And it turns out science backs me up on this.

A recent article in Time discusses the many psychological and physiological benefits of singing, especially singing with others.  The release of both endorphins and oxytocin create a wonderful synergy of soothing nerves, lifting spirits, and cultivating feelings of trust and bonding.  Some studies have suggested that singing reduces feelings of depression and isolation, and the article is very clear that a person need not have an exemplary vocal instrument or command of music to reap these benefits.  And while we all have different goals associated with our pursuits and passions, most of us don’t play catch with our kids in the backyard with the purpose of becoming a professional pitcher.  So, in the spirit of tossing a koosh ball around on the lawn, I would invite you to try singing a bit with your child, or learning a new song together if you already sing together regularly. Have him or her teach you a song from school if you are inspired to do so.  Or share a song that you loved as a child. You may both end up happier, less stressed, and a little more bonded. 

Chess for Kids Tournaments

 Chess for Kids presents its Annual Scholastic Chess Tournaments. All levels of skill are welcome.

Sonoma County Tournament: Sat, May 14,10am. (Arrive by 9:15) Strawberry School; 2311 Horseshoe Dr, Santa Rosa. Sign up online at www.chessclubforkids.com, $25 entry fee. Paid registrations MUST be received by Thurs, May 12, 5pm.
Napa County Tournament: Sat, May 21,10am. (Arrive by 9:15) Napa Boys and Girls Club, 1515 Pueblo Ave, Napa. Sign up online at www.chessclubforkids.com, $25 entry fee. Paid registrations MUST be received by Thurs, May 19, 5pm.
This is a great opportunity for kids to be exposed to playing chess in a casual tournament setting! Show off new skills that have been learned all school year! Players will compete in three rounds against others of same or similar grade levels. 


Sign up online at www.chessclubforkids.com  or pick up an entry form in the Live Oak office.

Sports News- Go Dragons!

by Coach David Woodbury 


On Fri, March 18, the 8th Grade Waldorf track and field meet was held at Napa Valley College.  8th graders representing the following schools were in attendance; Coastal Grove, Greenwood, Live Oak, Novato, River Oak, and Stone Bridge.
This was the first time that Live Oak participated with this invitational competition and our students were very nervous.  This sentiment was short-lived once the games began and they saw how strong they all were.  
The students were divided into 4 groups; blue, red, green, and yellow.  The events included several running events, long-jump, javelin, discus, and shot-put.  Awards were presented to the top 4 finishers in either individual races or overall at the end of the event.  Given that there were 6 schools, students from Live Oak should have received 1/6th of the first place ribbons.  At the end of the meet, it appeared that our students were holding nearly ½ the blue ribbons!  Here is just one example of many.  All the students gathered for the presentation of the awards for long-jump.  The presenter announced “For the girls’ yellow division, 1st place goes to Julia from Live Oak, 2nd place goes to Rose from Live Oak, 3rd place goes to Esme from Live Oak.  You could hear “wow” being whispered from students of the other schools.  This was typical of how the day went. (Live Oak may not be invited back next year!)  Rowan won all the running events he entered.  Hana finished 1st place for all the girls who competed in both long-jump and shot-put.  

All of the students competed well, and more importantly, had fun.  This was an amazing showing for our school and everyone was very impressed.  I was most impressed at the end of the meet when many of our students joined students from other schools in the “fun” relays.  This 8th grade class is amazing and it is such a pleasure to witness them in action.   

Live Oak Rummage Sale

Got stuff?  The Live Oak Rummage Sale, the ultimate reduce, reuse, and recycle fundraiser, is coming soon to the upper campus playground!  We need your donations, big or small, and of course your help! The first storage container is here, and the second will arrive on Fri, May 6. 
Dates
  • Fri, May 6 -2nd Storage container arrives at Live Oak for donation collection
  • Thurs, May 12 - Set-up from 12:40-4:30pm
  • Fri, May 13 - Set-up 9:00am-3:00pm – Open from 3:00-5:00pm  to LOCS’ Parents and staff only
  • Sat, May 14 – Open to public from 8am-2pm
  • Sun, May 15 – Open to public from 8am-12pm – Clean-up will follow-up for several hours
  • The Rummage Sale will take place on the North End of the Upper Campus Playground.

Donations
  • Items should be clean and in good repair. Anything electric should work.  If in doubt, ask yourself, “would I pay money for this?” 
  • Categories include (but not limited to): toys & games, sporting goods, linens, holiday items, craft items, house wares, baby items, shoes, books, and clothing.  If you can sort clothing by girls, boys, baby, men’s and women’s that helps even more.
  • The storage container is at the upper campus between the playground and street.
  • Please place items in cardboard boxes that CLOSE in order to maximize space in the storage container.  We need to stack from floor to ceiling.
  • Sort and label your items the best you can.  This saves our volunteers loads of time!
  • We cannot take mattresses or cribs, or car seats/boosters more than 3 years old.  We have to pay to haul them to the dump.
  • Large items make the most money.  If you have large items but can’t get them to school, please email or call (contacts below) for a truck to help you.

How can I help?
  • It takes many hands to make the Rummage Sale possible, especially with set-up and clean-up.  You can work anywhere from an hour to all day, we are flexible.  At clean-up on Sunday, strong volunteers with trucks are especially needed.
  • Are you willing to help coordinate the clean-up efforts?  This has historically been understaffed.
  • Can you distribute fliers to places you frequent?  Contact below
  • Can you donate items to the bake sale portion of our sale?  These include coffee, donuts, cookies, muffins, hot dogs, etc.
  • Tell your family and friends.  Post it on your Facebook.  Spread the word.
  • Email Rummage Sale coordinators (below) or use SignUpGenius to help  www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4aa8a92ba31-rummage/39184588

Contact

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!

Community Bulletin Board

This is a space for parents in the 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 
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In search of our next place to call “home” while Julia attends Credo High. I’m a homebody by nature, looking to create a charming haven for the two of us. 
Desire 2 bdms, enough room for my sewing/crafts and Julia’s sports equipment, 2 rocking chairs, a kitchen that I want to cook in, a place to do homework, play cards and draw, and some outdoor space /deck / patio for taking in nature and relaxing at the end of the day. All this in the $1700 - $1800 range. 
Open to doing trades (gardening, errands, baking). We are excellent tenants. Do you know someone, who knows someone who might be the key to this puzzle? 
Email Kim Anderson at creative_soul@sbcglobal.net
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Open Arms Play Garden is open the following weeks in the summer and has some openings still available.
June 1-3
June 20-24
June 27-July 1
July 5-8
July 25-29
August 1-5
August 8-12
Sign up is per day not per week allowing parents a flexible schedule.
We will spend Mon through Wed at home in the lovely Garden from 8:30 to 12:30 or 3:30, and Thurs and Fri on a hike at Helen Putnam park from 8:30 to 12:30. The hikes are lovely and suited to children ages kindergarten through 2nd grade. 
We hike, play, climb trees and eat snack and lunch outdoors. Meals are provided at Play Garden and on hike days.
Enrollment on a first come first serve basis and based on availability. 
Please contact  Mayaan at 

Community Events

Free Intro to Infant Developmental Movement with  Ellie Erdman and Kandace Syer, Sat May 7, 6pm-7:30pm at the Dhyana Center, 186 N. Main St. Suite 250 Sebastopol, Ca 95472. 707-823-8818
Free introduction to a new class, “Baby Moves”, and service being offered to the community. We will discuss the importance and methods of developmental movement for all babies in the first year. We will share what our skilled observation and facilitation is and what it can offer parents and caregivers; demonstrating meaningful moments that catalyze neurological development and movement coordination. Learn additional ways to nurture your child’s potential.
For parents, grand parents, expecting parents, caregivers, and birth-workers.

Spring Classes at Circle of Hands
Spring Fairy Dolls. Sat, May 14, 10am-4pm
Woodland Fairy Houses. Sat, May 28, 10am-2pm
6780 McKinley Street, Suite 120, Sebastopol, CA 95472

Farm Camp with Tamara Lemesh and Michelle Loftin
June 20-24, 9am-3pm (Extended day available). Ages 5y10mo-10yrs
Register on or before May 1: $235/week. After May 1: $250/week
10% sibling discount. Additional $15/day for extended care. 
Your child will feel right at home at this spacious country ranch located off of Lakeville Highway. The children will participate in animal care, farm work, seasonal baking, wet felting, owl pellet discovery, native plant identification, natural crafts, hiking, berry picking and more! Healthy gluten-free, vegetarian friendly snacks will be provided daily. Parents are expected to pack lunches, water bottles, sunscreen and layers of clothing for the changing weather. Registration forms available in the Live Oak office.

Painting with Children in Waldorf Schools
An intensive course for Waldorf teachers and parents with Gail McManus. August 4 - 9, 9:30am-12:30pm, 2-4pm in Santa Monica, CA (On Aug. 9th we end at 1pm). 
Tuition (including materials) is $385. Some tuition assistance may be available. Assistance with lodging can be provided. Please send a $50 non-refundable registration fee, to be applied toward tuition to Gail McManus, 952 17th St., Apt. A, Santa Monica, CA 90403.

Contact Gail McManus at gail@gailmcmanus.com, 518 653-2957.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

May Faire at Live Oak

May Faire is a celebration of spring and fertility dating back to Roman times. May Pole dancing has
been popular in western Europe, especially England since the 1700’s.

Come to celebrate and enjoy the beauty of spring on Fri, April 22 from 11:00-12:30pm

Our community is like a garden and children are the flowers we so carefully tend. To make this event a success, we need the generosity of your time and bounty to help with different tasks, equipment and of course we need TONS of Flowers & Greens to make beautiful garlands!

You have probably already received our Sign-up Genius volunteer link prepared by Megan Berka. If you have not signed up yet, do not hesitate to do so. Every bit counts. 

Questions?
Please contact us via email: 

With much appreciation!

-The Festival Coordinators

Gratitude


Our deepest appreciation to Debbie Fox & Sidney, Megan Berka & Noa for tending the Coffee/Tea Cookie station for our annual Middle School Concert Event, and to Rebecca McDowell who baked delicious gluten free cookies for our enjoyment & to Sumiko Heon who connected us with Preferred Sonoma Caterers who donated yummy cookies! A special thank you to Mimi Holden for setting up the Herzog Hall with us and for all of you who helped clean up!

Petaluma Kids Gran Fondo


The 4th Annual Petaluma Kids Gran Fondo will be taking place May 7, 2016 at 9:00am at Lucchesi Park. PKGF raises money for children with disabilities, life threatening illnesses, local schools and youth groups.  Your particpation in this event last year raised over $1000 for Live Oak School!  At the Gran Fondo kids will have the chance to challenge themselves on any of three different routes from which they choose.  They can also choose to ride a bike, walk, run or roll around the 3 courses which include a 1 mile, 4 mile and 7 mile route.  Parents (strollers included) and dogs on leashes are also welcome to accompany their kids.  Afterward, participants will enjoy a complimentary hot dog lunch and a kids expo with jumpy houses, face painting and more!  Let’s all plan to meet at 8:45 at the blue tower to take a group photo.  Don’t forget to wear your Live Oak T-Shirt!  Questions?  Email aimee210@sbcglobal.net

Mr. Morgan Mornings

Monday Mornings with Mr. Morgan is back!  Do you have questions, ideas, or topics you would like to discuss with Mr. Morgan and other members of the Live Oak Community? Join us in the 
library after drop-off.
Mon, April 18 and Mon, April 25

8:30-10am.

Board News

by Karna Dawson, Board Chair

Spring has sprung!  With the arrival of spring and the welcoming of the students back from break the school administration and board begin the process of looking forward to the next academic year.  We evaluate the progress we have made towards our goals throughout the year and re-evaluate the goals for next year.  Specifically, we will begin to work on and finalize the budget for next year.  Although this might not sound very exciting it is the formalizing of the school budget that allows us to prioritize our goals and establish our intentions for the upcoming year.  

The LOCS school board meets regularly on the second Thursday of the month (except July) at 7pm.  We have seven members, each with either a two or three year term.  Additionally, each board member typically has one (or two) roles outside of attending the board meeting.  This can include, chairing a board committee, taking the minutes for the board meetings, being an officer of the board and many other roles.  At the end of this academic year we have three board members whose term is expiring.  One of whom is not choosing to re-submit his application for board membership.  If you are interested in joining the school board the application process involves submitting a letter of interest to the board chair.  The current board members interview the candidates and then take a vote.  This process is the same for new people wishing to join the board as well as current board members whose term is expiring and they wish to be considered for another term.   We are accepting letters of interest until May 1st.  If you are interested in learning more about what it is like to serve on the school board please contact one of the board members for more information.  Serving on the school board is a great way to support the school.

Foundation News

Thank you all for an amazing auction season. In the end we raised over $75,000.00, a record for LOCS. A HUGE thank you to all of the volunteers that took the time to help. We couldn’t have done it without all of you.  Save the date for the next Revelry- Sat, March 4, 1017. 
--Corryn Degelabert, Auction Chair

Two years ago, my family and I drove two hours to visit Live Oak and were welcomed by trays of delicious strawberry shortcake and smiles at the May Faire. This inspiring Live Oak community (you!) excited me to volunteer on the Foundation Board our first year at the school, and fill the need for a new Annual Fund Administrator this year (even though I still feel like a newbie!). The many people who create the magic of Live Oak continue to amaze me daily. 
The 65+% of the Live Oak Families who have given to the Annual Fund so far this school year are hundreds of individuals doing what they can to make a difference for our school. 
Each of us offers a puzzle piece in a bigger picture, and your piece matters. Your donation may cover a class field trip, or a skein of wool, a violin or recorder, a year of painting paper for one child or a hundred, an assistant in the classroom for a year or a day. To all the donors so far, thank you for your piece in the puzzle. Everyone’s contribution is important. You can give a gift that works for your family at www.liveoakfoundation.org, in the office donation box, or at our Foundation Table all next week!
Look for our Foundation table next week April 18-21. We will be accepting pledges and gifts for this school year as well as next school year, and we will have Live Oak apparel as well.
Thank you for all you do!
--Jerusha Ogden, 1st grade parent,
Annual Fund Administrator, Live Oak Foundation 

5th Graders in the State Capitol

In March the fifth grade class travelled to Sacramento.  Here is a description of the field trip in the fifth graders’ own words:  

Field Trip to Sacramento

“Our field trip was very tiring because we were walking everywhere.  On Monday we drove to Suisun and from there we took a double decker train to Sacramento.  That day we went to the state capitol, Sutter’s Fort and finally we went to this awesome hostel that was five stories tall!
On Tuesday we slept in and went on an underground tour which wasn’t really what I thought it was going to be.  Then we went to an art museum.  After all the walking we were all really tired.  We walked back to the train station and got back on the train and when we got to the other train station, I personally did not want to get off.  The train was awesome. It had foot rests and reclinable seats; it was very comfortable.  Finally when we got back to school we talked about the trip and then everybody went home.”
(Daniel)

Sacramento
“Sacramento is a very interesting place.  I enjoyed underground Sacramento when we went under the houses, except it smelled bad.  I thought it was dumb that if you knew how to shoot needles in someone’s arm you could call yourself a doctor.  I also found the art museum very unique.  Some art was very original and some very modern.  I enjoyed the ceramics that looked like real things.  Some of the places we visited were beautiful.  The state capitol had a very Greek look;  I enjoyed it a lot  The hostel we slept at was very beautiful.  There was lots of detail on the ceilings and walls.  Sacramento is a very beautiful city.”
(Mimi)     

“In March our class went to Sacramento to visit the capitol.  To get there we had to take a train.  We did a lot of walking and visited many interesting places.  One place was Sutter’s Fort.  The fort had thick white walls and historical artifacts.  We also visited the Crocker Art Museum.  There were many kinds of art, some of it scary, detailed or surprising.”
(Casey)

The State Capitol
“On our amazing field trip to Sacramento we went to the state capitol.  At the capitol we first went to a hearing room; my mom was in the hearing.  After that we walked down the beautiful hallways to the committee room; there we saw Assemblyman Marc Levine and Senator Lois Wolk.  Because she represents the land where the jelly bean factory is, she brought us jelly beans.  It was beautiful and amazing.”
(Leah)

The Crocker Art Museum
“In Sacramento we went to a very fascinating art museum.  First my group went to the courtyard.  In the courtyard there were very interesting cast iron heads of the animals in the Chinese New Year.  After that our tour guide took us inside to the  American art  section.  Inside there were many big windows and the walls were very white.  We looked around and my favorite painting was a big painting of El Capitan.  This was a fun experience.”  (Carlo)

Sacramento
Wind, rain and rushing water
A city could never survive the waves 
And few people were left alive.
They who survived held their heads high and their buildings even higher.  
Now we walk on the cold, hard ground,
See the dim lights and shiver at windless cold.  
An underground city left behind to take the chance to survive.
(Piper)

This poem is about underground Sacramento.  The rains of the winter of 1861- 1862 transformed the Sacramento Valley into an inland sea and the city was underwater.  After the flood, many of the buildings were raised and in our tour of Underground Sacramento, we had the opportunity to go underneath the current street level of Old Sacramento.