We’re off to a great start!

Thank you to everyone who attended, and helped out, at the Welcome Back Dinner on Tuesday.  We had the best attendance ever and the energy at the event felt positive and hopeful for a great new school year at the Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts.   Special thanks to the Duran family for catering the event and to John and Dave (SRCSA’s hard working custodians) for help setting up.

The first Communication Packet of the year will be heading home on Friday, August 23.  The following information was shared at the Welcome Back Dinner to ensure that the new school year starts out well:

2013-2014 Back to School Checklist

Donate to SEED.  The Student Education Enhancement Drive begins in August and runs through September.  The purpose of SEED is to raise money for art supplies and equipment for in-class arts instruction plus special arts-related equipment and other items that benefit all students.   Families are asked to contribute $100 per student toward the drive.  If you have any questions, please contact Tiffany Seder, SEED Coordinator, at seder5 [at] sbcglobal.net.

Complete your family’s Campus Directory form.  Forms are available in the office and on this web site. By providing your name, email address, and other optional information to SACO, we will be able to make sure that you receive email notifications about volunteer opportunities, events, and other news about happenings at the school. Also, your contact information will be included in the 2013-2014 Campus Directory so that members of our school community can arrange play dates, parties, study groups, carpooling, etc. Contact Gary Royal if you have questions about the Campus Directory at thermophile [at] rocketmail.com.

Attend Back to School Night.  Back to School Night, held on Thursday, September 12, is an opportunity for parents/guardians to hear from our Principal, meet your student’s teacher, and hear more about the year ahead in your student’s classroom and how you can help. 

 Volunteer. Each family is required to volunteer 20 hours per year at SRCSA.  August Volunteer Opportunities include the first SACO Meeting, Monthly Communication Packet Team, and weekly Campus Beautification opportunities.  Need help making a volunteer plan?  Contact SACO’s Volunteer Coordinators at srcsavolunteer [at]gmail.com. This year SACO will be using a new on-line method to keep track of volunteer hours called Help Counter.  More information is going home in the August packet.

 Easy Fundraising Opportunities.  More information about these ongoing fundraising activities will be provided in the August packet.       

  • Sign up for Escrip at www.escrip.com.   SRCSA’s group number is 500021406.  If you shop at Oliver’s or Safeway, our school will receive a percentage of your purchases.  See the Escrip site for more details.  If you have questions, contact our Escrip Coordinator Todd Elsa at todd@nullelsa.us. 
  • Collect Box Tops for Education.  These labels are on various food items.  This year, monies raised through Box Tops will go directly to each individual classroom.  If you have questions about Box Tops, contact our Box Tops Coordinator Susan Dickey at susanlf.dickey [at] gmail.com.  
  • Participate in Target Take Charge of Education.  By signing up for a Target RedCard (debit or credit) a percentage of your purchases at Target will go directly to SRCSA.

 Plan to Attend SACO Meetings.  The 2013-2014 Calendar, which will be available as a “Google” calendar on the updated SACO web page, lists all of the major activities and meetings for the entire school year.  The first SACO meeting of the year is planned for Friday, August 23 at 8:00 a.m.  We will assemble the first communication packet at 9:00 a.m.

 Consider joining the Art Walk and Halloween Committees.  Art Walk is SRCSA’s biggest annual fundraiser and has become a fun-filled day for the kids.  The Halloween Carnival is a fun, free event that transforms part of the campus into an old fashioned school carnival.  Both events take a lot of work to plan, and require lots of volunteer power to be successful.  We still need help leading these key events.  Please contact SACO Co-Presidents Stephanie Brown and Erin Morris if you can help.