Hope you had a nice break

Director's notes                                                                                         Jan 8, 2014

Hi all,

Welcome back from our snow-free, 45 degree break. At least the ice skating was good. Hope all are feeling rested and ready to jump back in as we finish out the final 3 wks of the the semester, which ends on Jan 24. Progress reports will be out by early Feb at the latest.

I am sure many of you have heard our new morning and afternoon bells. Hopefully you didn't jump from fright, particularly if you were inside. We are working on a better sound that our current options. The middle school bell rings at 7:30 am and the elementary bells at 9:13 for line-up and 9:17 for tardy.

Many thanks for those students/families finishing their Independent Studies. If you have any outstanding, please complete them as soon as possible and return them to the teacher.

On Monday, our Board approved a staff recommendation to change our Kindergarten program next year from part day to full day. Beginning Aug '14 they will be on the same daily bell schedule as our other elementary students. We will present more specific info on what this will look like during our info meetings in mid-late March.

We are continuing to work on developing a high school program modeled after ours. The process stalled a little, but I should have more concrete info after the high school staff and admin discuss it more later this month. We are pretty sure there will be a program of some sort; hopefully working out extent of program and other details.


Meeting, Monday, January 13, 2014 in M-6 at 5:30pm

Link to last month's minutes.

Family Dance, Friday, February 7, 2014 at the SELS Gym

We need parent volunteers to help decorate, design and work the event. Please join us at the meeting on Monday if you are interested or send us an email ptc@truckeecharterschool.org


  • Jan 20, Martin Luther King Day – NO SCHOOL

  • Jan 23-24, Middle School Minimum Days, released at 11:45 am (Elementary school is full day)

  • Feb 5, Minimum Day for all students

  • Feb 17-21, Ski/Skate Week – NO SCHOOL


Notas del director                                                                      08 de enero 2014
***Si tienes preguntas en Español puedes comunicarte con la nueva línea de Español de SELS al (530) 386-3273. Si no te contestan por favor deja un mensaje en Español con tu número de teléfono y se te devolverá el llamado.

Hola a todos,

Bienvenido, de nuestra , descanso de 45 grados sin nieve . Al menos, el patinaje sobre hielo era bueno. Espero que todo se sienten descansados ​​y listos para saltar de nuevo en lo que terminemos las últimas 3 semanas del semestre , que finaliza el 24 de enero . Los informes de progreso se fuera a principios de febrero a más tardar.

Estoy seguro que muchos de ustedes han escuchado nuestras nuevas campanas de la mañana y de la tarde . Esperemos que no saltó del susto , sobre todo si estabas dentro . Estamos trabajando en un sonido mejor que nuestras opciones actuales . Suena la campana de la escuela secundaria a las 7:30 am y las campanas de primaria en 9:13 para line-up y 09:17 para llegar tarde .

Muchas gracias por los estudiantes / familias de terminar sus estudios independientes. Si usted tiene alguna pendiente, por favor complete lo antes posible, y devolverlos a la maestra.

El lunes, el Consejo aprobó una recomendación personal para cambiar nuestro programa de Kindergarten el próximo año de parte del día a día . A partir de agosto '14 van a estar en el mismo horario de clases al día como resto de los estudiantes de primaria. Vamos a presentar información más específica sobre lo que esto se verá como en nuestras reuniones de información a mediados de finales de marzo.

Seguimos trabajando en el desarrollo de un programa de escuela secundaria el modelo de la nuestra. El proceso se estancó un poco, pero yo debería tener más información concreta después de que el personal de la escuela secundaria y de administración discuten más adelante este mes. Estamos bastante seguros de que habrá un programa de algún tipo , esperemos que se resuelve el alcance de programa y otros detalles.


Reuniones, Lunes, 13 de enero 2014 en la M- 6 a las 5:30 pm
Enlace a minutos del mes pasado.

Baile Familiar , Viernes, 07 de febrero 2014 en el Gimnasio SELS
Necesitamos padres voluntarios para ayudar a decorar , diseño y funciona el evento. Por favor , únase a nosotros en la reunión del lunes si usted está interesado o nos envía un correo electrónico ptc@truckeecharterschool.org

20 de enero , Día de Martin Luther King - NO HAY CLASES
En 23 a 24 , la Escuela Intermedia Días cortos , dado a conocer a las 11:45 am ( La escuela primaria es de día completo)
05 de febrero , Día mínimo para todos los estudiantes
17 hasta 21 feb , Esquí / Semana Skate - NO HAY CLASES

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