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Date of Next Publication: Friday, April 29, 2016
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Angela Thalls, Bulletin editor


Important Dates

April 22
Walkathon with Green Acres, 11:00-noon
Market Day, 12:30-1:15pm

April 29
Electives Session #4 begin (see article below)

May 9
All-School Meeting, 6:00-8:00pm

May 26
Open House/Entrepreneur Fair

For a complete and up-to-date calendar listing of Tierra Pacifica events visit the website calendar link at


Linda’s Letter

Dear parents,

May 9 is our last All-School Meeting of the year. It is super important that everyone come. Among other topics I want to clarify the very nuanced and complicated issues of attendance and Independent Study. I know that there are some misunderstandings about these issues, that some people are concerned about the school being black and white or rigid. I apologize profusely for giving that impression. I really want to address these concerns, put people’s minds at ease, and also help us to work together to find the best path as a community. So please come, get the full picture and lend your voice. Our school is about whole child and whole families and we always have the best outcomes when we work together as a team.

This Saturday April 16 is the last work day for Sprinkler installation in the field inside of our track.
Please come out and lend your support for either the morning or the afternoon shift! Many hands make light work. When we finish the sprinklers, the track will stay beautiful! It will be so wonderful to have it done for the Walkathon! Please email invites to your friends at Green Acres, Ocean Alternative, and on the Little League team!

This week was incredibly exciting. The 4/5/6 classes used our brand-new tents on a camping trip in the Pinnacles; The Oaks, Suns and Hearts traveled to Natural Bridges, Seymour Center and Quail Hollow ranch; The Spots played secret angel in each of the empty classrooms, writing sweet affirming notes for younger children, leaving piles of balloons and generally showing their affection for the younger kids.


Tierra Pacifica/Green Acres Walkathon and Market Day
Next Friday! April 22

11:00am–12:00pm – Walkthon. Students from both schools join forces getting healthy, while raising money for play yard improvements. DJ Mr. Trinh-Halperin will be on hand to get the party started with some rocking tunes. Last year’s funds paid for resurfacing and repainting the basketball courts. This year’s project is still being selected, some possibilities are painting basketball court lines, new basketball hoops, new piece of playground equipment or "buddy benches" for kids to sit on when they are looking for a buddy to play with. Students are encouraged to get pledge signatures/donations for walking/running laps. Pledge forms were distributed to each class today. Yellow Walkathon pledge forms are also available in the office. Turn in your forms and money in the office on the day of the event.

12:30pm–1:15pm – Market Day. Any student can be a vendor on this Market Day. The only restriction is that power hook ups have already been assigned to specific students and will not be available to any other students. If you are planning to sell food you will need a food permit. If you completed a food permit for a previous market day, you may bring your old permit instead of getting a new one.

Walkathon volunteers please contact Bengie at if you can help out between 8:30am–12:00pm.

Market Day volunteers please contact Adrian at to help set up / clean up between 12:00–2:00pm.

Urgent! Call for Session III Electives Instructors!
Session IV Starts Friday April 29
Extended class proposal deadline NEXT MONDAY April 18, 12:00 noon

We still need elective instructors for our last session of the year! Electives only happen because of our family volunteers. Each class runs from 11:00am - 12:10pm on the following Fridays: April 29, May 6, 13, and 20. Don’t forget that time spent on electives prep and teaching earns you triple parent participation hours!  We will also reimburse instructors up to $25 in expenses per elective.

Sign up now!

Never taught an elective? View a short 3-part video of Linda's tips on how to teach an elective at

Development Corner

The TPCS lottery for new students happened before break and new families are stopping by the school to confirm their spot for next year. These families are so excited to be part of the TPCS community.  They have heard good things about the teachers and the programs and all that has been accomplished by parents working together here. It is fun to see so many people jazzed about being a part of the school. These new families are invited to the May 9th All-School meeting.  Please introduce yourself and share with them what you like about the school.  Thanks to the families who will be “buddies” to these new families and help in making them feel welcome.

Do you have a family member you would like to connect with TPCS? 
Our Spring newsletter will be going out the first week of May.  Send contact information to: if you would like the newsletter sent to family members or friends.  We send electronically and also print a limited number to mail out as well.

Parent Pledges. It is never too late to pledge! Thanks to all of the TPCS families who have pledged for the 2015-2016 school year. Pledges pay for Teacher’s Aides, music, art, counselors, PE Teacher, additional math and language arts instruction. If you have not pledged and are now in a position to pledge at any level or you can pledge more, please contact Satisha or me. We can email you a pledge form and pledge forms can be found in the office as well.  You can also make a one time donation. All pledge donations are needed and appreciated.  Thank you for your commitment to TPCS!

Fund Development Team. Interested in helping with outreach to help our school be well-resourced and thriving? Join the Fund Development Team!  We have a dynamic volunteer team of parents, grandparents and friends who plan and coordinate fundraising projects and events, and connect people with gifts, time and talents.  Contact Bengie at or 462-9404 ext 4 for more information if you are interested.  I am happy to meet you on campus or elsewhere to talk about our work and answer your questions.  New volunteers are ALWAYS welcomed and needed. We currently only meet once a month or less.

Shop and donate to TPCS:

Amazon Smile. Amazon shoppers, please use the Tierra Pacifica Amazon Smile link for your purchases.  TPCS earns money for purchases.  
Here is the link:

eScrip. There are currently no local grocery stores participating in eScrip, however there are other ways to sign up and support TPCS. eScrip Dining is proud to offer the opportunity for you and your families to earn up to 5% per dollar spent - including tax and tip at thousands of participating restaurants.

•    No cards or coupons to present
•    No membership numbers to remember
•    Earn 2.5% per dollar on everything you order - food, drinks, even the tax and tip at thousands of restaurants
•    Earn an additional 2.5% when you complete a post-dine survey

That's it! When you pay at a restaurant with a registered credit or debit card, eScrip Dining tracks the dine and automatically awards your organization with 2.5% for every dollar you spend on your entire dining bill. For more information and to search restaurants visit to look up participating restaurants.

Thank you for pledging to support TPCS.  Without all of the time parents put into every aspect of the school and generous donations, it would be a much different place.  Working together to make the school the best it can be keeps our community and school strong.

Bengie Hodges, Development Coordinator

With Gratitude

Thank you Jennifer, Erin and the 4-5-6 parents who helped make the Pinnacles camping trip such a success! The kids had a wonderful time! ~TPCS 4-5-6 families

Thank you to Dean, Sherry, Tom, Lynn and Angela, the Grandparents & Friends Team for support on events and newsletters this year. ~Bengie Hodges

Thanks to all of the TPCS families who came out to enjoy pizza and fun at Woodstock before the Talent Share on March 24th!  Woodstock is donating $302, (25% of TPCS orders) to TPCS. ~Bengie Hodges

Thank you to Mike Krakowiac for coming in multiple times each week to work on our buildings. And thank you to Sean Sullivan for coming in to do building work each Thursday. Your efforts are greatly appreciated! ~Kitty Hansen

Thanks to Bengie and Green Acres Home and School Club for coordinating this year’s Walkathon to be held on April 22. This is a valuable source of funds for playground improvements – and the kids have a great time too! – TPCS Staff

The Bulletin Board

Tomorrow! Outdoor Party at Jamba Juice
Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz

I will be DJing with some friends outside Jamba Juice in downtown Santa Cruz from 6:00–9:00pm on Saturday 4/16.  All families are welcome, the event is free and a total blast. A fun thing to do on earth Day! Denver Drake,

Want to learn about Live Oak School Measure R?

TPCS parent Erik Bloomstrand has created a website with information about Measure R and what it means for Live Oak Schools. Visit

So You Think You Can Sk8?
Rollerskating Clinic with Santa Cruz Gromshells Roller Derby Team
Wednesday, May 11, 3:30pm - 5:30pm

Calling all boys and girls age 5-17! Does your kid want to learn to skate or improve their skills on 4 wheels? Tired of slamming into walls and want to learn how to stop correctly? Perplexed how to skate backwards? Want to brush up so you can try out for the Groms? Come join the Santa Cruz Gromshells Roller Derby Team in their first annual "Learn 2 Skate Gr8" clinic. Note: this is a skating clinic, not a roller derby clinic.  Cost $30, includes skates, personalized instructions, gift and snacks! Advance registration required; space limited contact Kelly Olmstead at for registration form and info on how to sign up!

Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML)
Free! Open House April 30–May 1

This is a free event and an incredible learning opportunity for all ages. And there’s free parking! There will be fun activities such as live animal touch tanks, a fish printing craft corner, a puppet show, and exploration of the facility. Students and faculty will also give educational presentations on their research. For more info call 831-771-4400 or visit Or email Bonnie Brown from the Fisheries & Conservation Biology Lab at

UCSC Kids Summer Basketball Camp
Week of June 13-17
UC Santa Cruz

Ages 6-15, 8:00am–4:00pm. $250.00 per camper. For more info contact Coach Kent at or 459-1355.

Santa Cruz Soccer Camp
Delaveaga Park

For girls & boys all ages. 12 week-long camps at Delaveaga Park. For more info visit or call 831-246-1517

Cabrillo Youth Summer Programs

All summer long, weeklong sessions. Register online! Scholarships Available! For more information visit or call 831-479-6331

Join the Junior Giants
Free Non-Competitive Summer Baseball
For Boys and Girls

Sign up starts May 2 online at Sign up in person at the Sheriffs Office Live Oak at 5200 Soquel Drive, Santa Cruz on May 5, 4:00-6:00pm, May 14, 9:00-11:00am, and May 19, 4:00-6:00pm. League starts June 18. Questions? Call 454-7682 or email

Mid County Soccer Club Fall 2016
Registration March 1st, 2016 - June 15, 2016

Enroll your child in recreational soccer for youth ages 4-18. Session runs from September 2016-November 2016. Coaches will contact their players in August 2015. Register now for placement. Late registration may be available depending on availability from June 15-30, 2016. Information, forms and online registration at

Volunteer Coaches, Referees needed! Team Sponsorships opportunities are also available! Contact the club at

Positive Discipline classes in Santa Cruz County

Remember, parent education hours count toward your TPCS parent participation.

Navigating the School Years with Positive Discipline, 5-12 year olds
What: This 8 week series helps parents with school age children learn new ways to understand their children’s behavior, how to set limits with kindness and firmness, and ways to encourage their children to cooperate and become more capable.
When: Tuesdays, April 12 through May 31, 2016, 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue
Who: Colleen Murphy, Certified Positive Discipline Trainer, ECE co-op teacher with over 16 years of ECE teaching experience both with children and as a parent educator
Cost: $80 per person for the 8 week series
How: Register at or call 831-476-7284×107.  Limited scholarships available, childcare is $10/class if needed

Parent Support Group: For Parents of Teens
What: This is a monthly meeting where parents of teenagers can share their challenges, concerns, problem solve together, and find support. The is group open to parents of teens all throughout Santa Cruz County. These groups are based on the principals of Positive Discipline but will be led in a support group format versus an instructional class series.
When: Last Wednesday of every month, from 6:30 – 8:00pm
Where: Meetings are held at the Branciforte Small Schools Campus, 840 N. Branciforte Ave, Santa Cruz
Who: Meetings are facilitated by Stephanie Tam Rosas who is a Certified Positive Discipline Parent and Teacher Educator. She currently works with youth and in the past has worked in Santa Cruz County with at-risk youth, teen moms, foster youth and domestic violence. (visit to learn more)
Cost: None
How: Just come join us! Meetings are drop-in. If you have questions you are welcome to call or email Stephanie at 831-920-3835 or

Grupo de apoyo y aprendizaje para padres

Disfrute de tiempo con otros padres y aprenda sobre los conceptos y herramientas de Disciplina Positiva. Cada sesión incluye un tema especial y apoyo para mas familias florecientes!
Eche un vistazo a nuestros Talleres de Sabado, 10 AM a 12 PM, $20 por persona:
7 de Mayo – A la Hora de Comer
Los talleres de los sábados serán en 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz.
Para más información o para registrarse, hable al 831-476-7284Get your news in the Bulletin!