Wednesday, October 26, 2011

10/26/11 Newsletter

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


  • Intra/Inter-Personal Courses: Bridget Van Block is offering two courses for the 6th grade. An Inter Personal course on conscious communication 1 x week for 6 weeks.This is an interactive course teaching life skills for clear communication and resolving conflict in a way that meets everyones needs.
    This will be followed by an Intra Personal course on learning to trust yourself and make good choices. This is also an interactive life skills program. Bridget has taught these courses for the last 5 years at Desert Star Community School and West Sedona School and looks forward to sharing with the 6th grade.Bridget has a masters degree in Transpersonal Psychology and has been a psychologist for 23 years. She has a private practice in West Sedona. If you have any questions feel free to call her at 204-5624. We are asking all 6th Year parents/guardians to donate at least $100 of their tax-credit money to these courses.

  • The Artist in the Classroom: The Artist in the Classroom, sponsored by the city of Sedona Arts Council has offered Maleita Wise an opportunity to introduce the visual journal process to the 5th and 6th grades at Sedona Charter School. This is a method of combining art and the written word in a journal format and helps the children see communication as visual as well as linear. Using various topics, the children will explore what life feels like to them at this time. There is no better way to learn about symbol than to create your own and be empowered by these as you write. Maleita has taught this process for over 30 years for all age levels, drug and alcohol treatment centers, and the Wellness Center at NAU. It is her hope to offer this tool as an ongoing way for kids to identify their goals, dreams, intentions and to feel clear about their path in life. More about her background can be found at
  • Report Cards: Report cards are to be mailed out next week. Conferences for the first marking period were scheduled for this week. If you have any questions about your student's report card please email us to schedule a conference with your student's advisor (Jacki: 6th, Marsha: 5th, Andrea: 4th).
  • Red Rock Fantasy Supplies: We have begun our yearly artist study, this year's focus being Frida Khalo. We are in need of holiday lights, brightly colored outdoor or indoor paints, and plywood, or tax-credit-eligible donations to buy these supplies.

Volunteer Opportunities

50 Parent/Guardian Volunteer Hours per year are required for each SCS student unless other arrangements are made with the Principal Educator. Below are the current volunteer opportunities for the UE classroom. Be sure to log your hours in the main office!

  • Grand Canyon Drivers: (see below)
  • Laminating/Hole Punching: If you are available to help us with laminating during the school day, please let us know or drop by and check in with Marsha.
  • Friday Electives: We are in need of volunteers to run Friday electives from 2:00-3:00pm for next semester. If you can commit to the entire semester (January-April) and would like to lead one of the following classes or have an idea of your own, please email us.


-Nature Walk/Hiking



-New Global Citizens


-Digital Photography



Upcoming Events

  • Fall Harvest Festival: Our annual Fall Harvest Festival will take place from 3:30-5:00 pm onFriday, October 28th. There will be tricks, treats, and a haunted house!
  • Dia de los Muertos Field Trip: We will be attending the Dia de los Muertos festivities at Tlaquepaque on Monday, October 31st from 10:00am-12:00pm. We are all set with drivers!
  • Flagstaff/Sedona Symphony Assembly: The Flagstaff/Sedona Symphony will perform in the UE classroom for the entire school at 10:15am on Tuesday, November 8th.
  • Grand Canyon Field Trip: Our annual Grand Canyon trip will meet at school and head out at 7:00am on Wednesday, November 9th. We will meet the rangers at 10:00am for our ranger-led excursion. Lunch will be held at the Shrine of the Ages. We will head back to school at 3:00pm. There will be no overnight camp-out due to the freezing temperatures reached at the Grand Canyon at night. We are still in need of drivers.
  • Oliver Twist Performance: The Grail Theater of Britain will be performing Charles Dickens' classic Oliver Twist for the entire school on Thursday, November 16th at 1:30 pm.
  • Thanksgiving Feast Potluck: Our annual Thanksgiving Feast Potluck will take place in our classroom on Friday, Novermber 18th at noon. We will provide drinks and utensils; please contribute the following items to ensure a full meal for everyone:
          • 6th Years: Meat, Cheese, and/or Bread
          • 5th Years: Chicken Noodle and/or Vegetarian Vegetable Soup
          • 4th Years: Desserts

Jacki, Marsha, Bill, and Andrea

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