Blue Oak's weekly newsletter
Issue #4
September 29, 2017
School Meals program
Beginning immediately, any student that has reached the max charge of 3 meals will be offered an alternative meal until the balance is paid.

The alternative breakfast is cereal and the alternative lunch is a cheese sandwich. The student will still have full access to the garden bar and choice of milk if they choose.
The reason we have to offer the alternative meal is a federal guideline to moderate food cost if a student has reached the maximum charging limit.

Parents can send payments with the students to give to the Cafeteria Manager or put money on their My School Buck Account at
using the students ID number

Good news from our school counselor
This summer, the counseling department got some very exciting news that Blue Oak was approved to receive the Frank Watters & Mary Anne Houx Children’s Fund mini grant, distributed by the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Butte County (CAPC). 

The mission of CAPC is “to stop the cycle of child abuse and promote healthy families through education, advocacy, and community collaboration by promoting comprehensive services through our role as Butte County's designated Child Abuse Prevention Council.” Frank Watters was an economics teacher at Chico State and Mary Anne Houx was on the Butte County Board of Supervisors. Together, they felt they had a duty to reduce child abuse by donating to the fund. Thanks to their unwavering dedication, this funding is available to support the healthy development of our youth at Blue Oak. 

This fund gives us the opportunity to have vital staff resources, supplies, and snacks for Greatness Groups. It is an honor for us to be selected for this grant opportunity and we are ever so grateful.

With much optimism and a smile-
Miss Genesee School Counselor

For more information about the Child Abuse Prevention Council please contact the website at:

NEW after-school activity

Chinese Club
Mondays 3:15-4:30 (Beginning September 25th)
Room 17 (Teacher Susan’s Kindergarten)

We would like to start a Chinese club to share the heritage of our Chinese families. We will meet for an hour each week. During this time, everyone can learn Mandarin through singing and storytelling. We will also do some crafts and learn to write simple Chinese characters.

We will start with the very basic like counting and greeting. As the time goes, we will progress as we learn more. This is a chance for us to learn about the language as well as the culture together. Throughout the year, we will also learn the Chinese stories about seasons and holidays, and how Chinese people celebrate the holidays around the world. You don’t have to be Chinese to join in, and there is no prior knowledge required. We are looking for anyone who is interested in learning to speak Mandarin as well as wanting to know more about the Chinese culture. There is no age limit for this club. The parents are welcome to join us as well. Please complete a permission slip for this after school offering. They’re available at the front desk .
We would like to share our gratitude for those families that came together last Saturday and helped in the efforts to spruce up the back playground for the Harvest Festival.

Will & Sanae Nitzky, Anastasia Price, Mitchell Nail, Amy Lawrence, Caleb Casey, Vangie Houle, Trevor Williams, Matthew Conner and all the lovely helpful children that came along with them!

And a HUGE shout out to Amy Lawrence and Deanna Perry for all their beautiful work done on the Kindergarten yard.

We thank you,

Jackie Hammer & Michelle Daugherty

Mark your Calendars! 
Next Week

  • Monday, 10/2 @ 6 pm - Facilities Committee Mtg. in the Parent Center

  • Tuesday, 10/3 @ 6 pm - Parent Council Mtg. in the Parent Center

  • Thursday, 10/5 @ 12:45 pm - Thursday Marketplace in the Great Room > Jamba Juice fundraiser (smoothies for sale $5 each), School Store open and Girl Scouts recruiter

  • Thursday, 10/5 @ 1:15 pm- 1st Blue Oak Garden Club meeting in the kinder play yard - children are welcome! Contact: for questions or to be added to the email list

  • Thursday, 10/5 @ 6 pm - Community Enrichment Evening, subject: Waldorf and Public School Governance w/ guest speaker George Hoeffeker >>>> CHILDCARE provided to all Blue Oak Families 

save the date
  • 10/10, Tuesday @ 4 pm - Finance Committee Mtg. (Board Committee)
  • 10/12, Thursday 8 am to 2'ish pm Live SCAN mobile service
  • 10/16, Tuesday @ 6 pm - Charter Council Mtg. (Board)
  • 10/18, Wednesday @ 9 am - School Tour (call front desk to sign-up, tell your friends)
  • 10/19, Thursday - Make Up Picture day

Community Enrichment Evening 10/5, with George Hoeffeker
The Blue Oak community has a special opportunity coming up on Thursday, October 5th.
George Hoffecker will be hosting a community educational event at 6 p.m. (great room)

George Hoffecker is a certified Waldorf teacher and was a class teacher at Live Oak Waldorf School for many years. In 1996 he became principal of the first charter school in the nation using Waldorf methods. He has been a public charter high school principal as well as Director of Charter Services for an elementary school district. For the past 13 years he has been an educational and organizational consultant in both the private and public Waldorf movements and an adjunct faculty member at Rudolf Steiner College.

His training with Marshall Rosenberg in Non-Violent Communication and with John Kinyon and Ike Lassiter in applying NVC to mediation and conflict resolution strategies is at the heart of his approach to establishing compassionate classrooms and faculties. In addition, David Cooperrider’s “Appreciative Inquiry” has deeply informed George’s approach to developing healthy social organizations. George was a co-founder of the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education and currently is a member of the Alliance’s advisory board. 

Please plan to join us for this exciting educational opportunity. Childcare will once again be provided to all Blue Oak Families! Sign- up at the front desk or email
Annual Giving Campaign
The last day to donate to the Annual Givinig Campaign is September 30th. Any funds receieved up through this date will be matched by 5%. You can go to our website to donate one time or set-up a recurring donation that works for your budget.

There will be a booth set-up at the Harvest Festival as well, and of course we will assist you at the front desk at anytime.

To date we have raised approximately $14,000 towards the Giving campaign.
Mobile LIVE SCAN Service
October 12th - Thursday
You can get your Live Scan (fingerprints) done on Blue Oak School campus.
The mobile service provider will be set up on campus from 8 am until about 2 pm.
The cost is $62. No appointment necessary. Drop in service.

You may contact her with specific questions or to schedule an appointment for another time.
CONTACT: 530.387.4540 website:
email: Kate Carmichael-Buell

Once you have your fingerprint clearance on file with Blue Oak School you do not need to do it again.
Live Scan's done with other organizations do not transfer. We must have a clearance on file that has been specifically done through Blue Oak School. We need this clearance on file before you can Volunteer around any students.

General questions about volunteer requirements please contact or
879 7483 ext. 2001
Yard Duty Volunteers/substitutes
Who? at least 1 parent
When? upper grades recess. M,T, W, F 10:45-11:15 am and/or 1:10-1:55 pm
We are looking for one more adult to be out at Upper Grades recess.
We are also looking for a few more parents to be trained as Yard Duties that would be willing to be called in as a substitute from time to time.

Garden Club assistance
Who? 2nd and 3rd grade parents
When? contact garden club @
Our school gardens are a teaching tool for our children.
During 3rd grade the children are studying practical living skills, so this is a perfect task for 2nd and 3rd grade parents to help with. But of course anyone can help!

Chess Club assistant
Who? 1 volunteer
When? Wednesdays 3:15 - 4:15 pm
Kevin Brightling (volunteer parent coach) is looking for some assistance with Chess Club this year. It is VERY popular and he has a lot of interested kids this year. NO CHESS experience needed, he just needs and additional adult in the room.
You can contact him directly 530.354.4715 or

Reading Aide substitutes
Who? 3-5 volunteers
When? MW 10:50-11:30,T TH 11:35-12:15, F 10:50-11:30
We are hoping to train a few volunteers on how to lead our 2nd & 3rd grade mid-level reading groups. Last spring we often had to cancel reading groups when an aide was out sick. This loses our fidelity in reading instruction. 

School Site Council members
Who? At least 4 parents
When? Approximately 6 meetings this school year - Meeting #1 in late October (schedule t.b.d.)
 The School Site Council is the oversight committee for Title 1 and is required by Federal Law. The focus of this committee will be Student Achievement to advise the board on Student Achievement and the use of Title 1 funds. The Council will be composed of staff members, students, parents, and community members.
The scope of this work includes: review of test scores, demographics, ELD, professional development and parent community engagement. 
This Council requires a parity between parent/community/students and school staff. 
Please let us know if you are interested OR if you would like to nominate someone.
A school wide vote will determine who sits on this council.