Weekly Newsletter #19: Redwoods (ages 8-10)

Weekly Newsletter #19: Redwoods (ages 8-10)

Redwoods Togetherness
“Everything is a gift. The degree to which we are awake to this truth is a measure of our gratefullness, and gratefullness is a measure of our aliveness.”

― David Steindl-Rast, Jesus and Lao Tzu: The Parallel Sayings
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Parent Teacher Tools – Snack sized science projects
TKG Office – Tuition is past due
In Education News – Keeping Kids from Toy Guns
TKG TV– Seeing gratitude at TKG
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Happy February families,

We are still riding strong through 2018! The growth, persistence and skills that are being developed by our Redwoods, inspire me. We have a palatable rhythm and we continue to build on trusting our voices. Even when “pushed,” students rise to the challenge and lean in to the learning. I can’t tell you how many times I hear, “YES!” when we’re transitioning to our next activity. They seem to be excited about what we’re learning in class: from publishing their Folktales to exploring California’s native tribes (for our project-based social studies unit). I am so proud of our Redwoods and how far they have grown, both literally and figuratively!

Although we are always assessing what works/does not work for us – there is a new factor to navigate: Home Practice! Not only did our Redwoods cheer with excitement when we introduced it, some even asked if they could do MORE! For math Home Practice, I am reminding them of only doing part of the worksheet, so they can spend time as they choose. However, I am always met with, “but we can do the whole thing, right?”.  Their enthusiasm for learning and proving their growth, is so amazing and warming to my heart. Seeing their pure joy for learning underscores our commitment to this way of learning.

We look forward to the curiosity, collaboration, and exploration that February will bring!

Enthusiastically yours,
Nicolette Rodriguez-Moody

Jill Vengerik, Lead Teacher
Nicolette Rodriguez, Co-Teacher
Lena Garcia, Head of Education – Teacher Mentor
Trish Valdez, School Business Manager
Shannon Minor, Board President
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  • Field Trip. Fri 9 Feb, 9:45am (meet at tall whale statue). Point Vicente Interpretive Center and  Abalone Cove/Tide Pools our learning focus will deepen our experience of CA regions and native peoples. We will drive to our second stop. Bring binocs! See Jill’s email for more details.
  • Family Game Night. Thr 15 Feb. 5:30 – 6.30pm @ TKG. Come play games with us! Meet each other for dinner before…or bring a snack to share! After games, we will be available to answer enrollment questions – so invite your friends and share our school community. Register here and questions to: Trish.
  • Gratitude Circle, Thr 2:50pm. You are always invited to come to gratitude circle in your student’s class. If you have to split time, make a plan with your teacher!
The Divide Between “Sex Positive” and True Confidence
Reading Group


PT Schedule: Week of Feb 6
WED – Dokmanovich
THR – Metzger
FRI – Field Trip
MON – Rossfeld, Watanabe, Sclafani, Tuccinardi, Correia, Williams

  • PTs Needed: Wed (12-3), Thr (12-3), Mon (8.30-11.30). Contact Trish to sign up.
  • Self-care Opportunity (fundraiser), Wed 7 Feb @ Riviera Nails. Make time for you – and feel free to pick up a gift certificate if you can’t stay!
Science Provocations – For when you need help inspiring!
Medicine Cards


  • Tuition is Past Due! Please make your payment now and avoid late fees. Contact Trish.
  • TKG Book Club “Braving the Wilderness” Every Friday through March 3rd @ 3.15. There is childcare! Please come fill your cup with us. Register, here.
  • Homeschool Enrichment. We are becoming vendors to local charter schools and students who may want to sign up from some of our classes. Spread the word!
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In Education News: Learning Through Play

Keeping Kids From Toy Guns: How One Mother Changed Her Mind

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When my husband was growing up, the only boy in a family of all girls, his mother didn’t allow him to have any toy guns. He was a mild mannered, sweet little boy. But when he was five years old, he ran over to his friend’s house and “borrowed” one of the toy guns he had played with over there and coveted, stashing it in his bedroom.

For years, every time I heard what has become a famous family story I sided with my mother-in-law. When my sons were babies I knew how our society viewed male aggression. Like other parents I knew, I had a keen desire to protect my boys, a certainty I could steer their play in the right direction, and a categorical abhorrence for violent toys of any kind. Their first toys were blocks, puzzles, and cooperative games. They were empathetic and kind boys. I felt no small triumph that my strategy had worked: my gentle sons didn’t even know…

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Gratitude at TKG. Watch TKG learning @ our YouTube channel!
Gratitude Feast 2017
Seeing gratitude at TKG – so much fun too!
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