Newsletter 2018-09-13

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Field Study

1st grade class party

2-3 Turtle Bay (afternoon)

5-6 Narnia

7-8 Turtle Bay (morning)

Do you know where Narnia and Sherwood Forest are? These hidden gems of Palo Cedro along North Cow Creek are available to us thanks a set of beautiful persuasive essays written by our middle schoolers several years ago that were sent to the landowners behind Palo Cedro Park asking for their permission to use their properties for field study. We are so grateful to be allowed special access to these amazing natural resources.

School News

  • Please RSVP by TOMORROW, Friday, Sept 14 if you want ribs or veggie skewers for the Chrysalis BBQ and Campfire. We are so excited to be able to bring a taste of Chrysalis camping onto campus with  food, friendship, songs and stories. And even if you don’t RSVP, please      come anyways. Our hope is that nearly everyone in the whole school will be there!

  • Also tomorrow, Friday, Sept 14th is the first K-3 cross country meet of the year, and we are sponsoring it!  If you are interested in helping our kiddos--and get some volunteer hours, too--please contact Ms. Corinne.

  • Come visit the Shasta County Mini Maker Faire this Saturday from 10 am - 5 pm at the Shasta County Fairgrounds in Anderson. Chrysalis is one of the lead sponsors and will have an amazing nature art booth to share with the community. In addition, meet Claude the fire  breathing dragon, build a car to race in the Nerdy Derby, paint a rock to hide in the park, learn to solder, try to beat the world record for  tallest Keva plank tower, take an electronics workshop with the Oregon  Museum of Science and Industry, and much much more! Kids are free and Dr. Irene still has a few free adult tickets remaining — get one before they’re gone!

  • If  you already paid for camping, your refund is available in the office. Come by to pick it up or give us a call and we can send it to you.

  • We’re hiring! Do you know of anyone amazing to serve as our second grade aide?      Please spread the word and help us find that amazing special someone to add to the Chrysalis team. Applications are due September 21st.

  • Parent Club is looking for enthusiastic members willing to lead the parent  community this year. It’s super fun and an amazing group of parents to be part of. If you are interested in a leadership role, you MUST attend the next meeting on Wednesday, September 19th at 3 pm.

  • Congratulations to the Kindergarten class for their amazing attendance this first month of  school. Each month, the class with the best attendance earns the privilege of hosting our school mascot, Mr. Otterton, in their classroom, Why is classroom attendance so important? Research shows that kids who were  absent 18 days or more both years were far less likely to be able to read proficiently at the end of 3rd grade. Make good attendance a habit and it will help carry your children into college and careers.

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  • Attached is a letter from the California Deparmtent of Education regarding some important resources about digital inclusion, the California Earned Income Tax Credit, and student mental health.   

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Ms. Angela is looking for several different helpers for  her classroom — gecko feeder, spelling homework checker, field study book binding, and more. And if you happen to have a set of the Harry Potter books, hers are literally falling apart!
  • Ms. Crystal would love for an extra grownup to join her on field study tomorrow at Turtle Bay. Please contact her if you are able to join her.  
  • Please consider helping Jason in the camp kitchen next  week Friday to either prep or clean up our amazing rib dinner. He might even share his recipe with you! Sign up through Parent Square (same notice as where you RSVP).

Love and Logic

What can little kids learn when they are shopping with their parents in the grocery store? A huge amount!
They can learn about how to find the items and about what’s the best value. They can learn about quantity. They can learn about quality. They can learn about how much you love hanging out with them in the store and how helpful they are to you. They can also learn about boredom. They can learn about not getting what they want. They can learn delayed gratification and self-control.
They can learn a lot. That is as long as they aren’t watching a video on a phone or a tablet.
Many parents of young children allow that. It’s understandable. It makes it easier in the short term. Nevertheless, Love and Logic is really big on what happens later in the kid’s life; what happens later on with your relationship with the child.
We are really big on paying now… rather than paying much bigger later on.
So… the next time you’re in the store, would it be healthier for the child to be helping you shop? How can you make that happen?

•  Before you go, the child can help you draw pictures of the items you need to find. Another option is to print images of these items off the web. Now the child has something to hold in their hand as they help you on your mission.

•  When they find something you need they can feel great about themselves. If they spot something that’s not right you can say, “Oh, that’s really close! That’s almost what we want. Let’s look over here. Oh, look at that. It looks just like our picture. Look, it says ‘Beans.’ The letter ‘B’ stands for beans.”

•  You can ask questions: “Are we going to get the small one for this price or the bigger one? I think we should get the bigger one. It’s a better value. That means the price is just a little bigger, but the quantity is a lot bigger. ‘Quantity’ is just a fancy word for how much you get.”

These things make shopping so much more fun, and think about the lessons learned with respect to vocabulary, math, and other essential skills.
Of course, they are not always going to be happy about this approach, particularly if they have become accustomed to watching videos or playing games while you are shopping. This is okay, because it is most important to give our children small opportunities to become unhappy or bored.
Do these feelings still come our way as adults? The healthiest people are those who learned early in life that these feelings are temporary… and that they can cope and get through them.
Thanks for reading! Our goal is to help as many families as possible. If this is a benefit, forward it to a friend.
Dr. Charles Fay

Upcoming Events

  • Fri, Sept 14- Chrysalis hosts Cross Country at Lake Redding Park
  • Sat, Sept 15 – Chrysalis at the Shasta County Mini Maker Faire
  • Wed, Sep 19 - 3:00 pm Parent Club meeting
  • Fri, Sept 21 - MINIMUM DAY 12:30 release
  • Fri, Sept 21 - 5:30 pm Chrysalis BBQ
  • Fri, Sept 21 – Sun, Sept 23 - Siskiyou camping trip      CANCELLED
  • Mon, Sept 24 -- NO SCHOOL - camping trip recovery day
  • Wed, Sep 26 - Fri,  Sep 28 — Chrysalis rafting trip
  • Tue, Oct 9 and Wed, Oct 10 - Picture Day!
  • Wed, Oct 10 - 4-6  pm Board meeting