Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Children & Families Program Committee Meeting - Aug 8

This is a friendly reminder that we will be having our Children and Families Program Committee Meeting on August 8th at the Health and Human Services building at 9am. The meeting will be in conference Room A.

Cassie Brazil
School Readiness Coordinator
First 5 Amador
975 Broadway
Jackson, CA 95642

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

TSPN INTERVIEW: Ruthella Turner, ATCAA's Backpack2School

TSPN's Tom Slivick talks with Ruthella Turner about A-TCAA's ongoing Backpack2School drive to raise funds for school supplies for local children.


FACL Book Drive Scheduled for August 4

Jackson, CA. Do you have some nice books that are taking up room on your bookshelf? If so, why not sort through them and donate some to the Friends of the Amador County Library. The Friends is holding a book drive on Saturday, August 4 at their book storage facility behind the old courthouse in Jackson, 42A Summit Street, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Every year the Friends collect books from generous donors throughout the county and then sell them to raise money for the county library. This year’s book collection efforts are particularly important as the county’s library budget has been cut along with most county services.
Because of the Friends’ successful book sales and fund raisers, the non-profit organization has been able to contribute significantly to the library, enabling the purchase of new books, e-books, online resources, and other important library services.
"We couldn’t do what we do for the library without the generous donations from so many Amadorians," said Janie Brown, president of the Friends board of directors. "I hope everyone who loves books will help us continue to support our excellent library system."
For those who have books to donate but who can’t make the August 4 book drive, the Friends have set up donation boxes at the following locations:
• El Dorado Savings Bank, 460 Hwy 49, Sutter Creek
• Bank of Amador, 422 Sutter St., Jackson
• Bank of Amador, 26395 Buckhorn Ridge Road, Pioneer
• Clark's Corner, 12 West Main, Ione
• Pokerville Market, 18170 State Highway 49, Plymouth
Gently read books and lightly used audio-visual materials are requested.   The Friends cannot accept donations of books in poor condition, manuals or magazines. If you have major donations of books and can't make it to the book storage or the other drop off locations, please contact us at 296-5541 and someone will pick up your donations.
All donations to the nonprofit organization are tax deductible. Monetary contributions are always appreciated and can be sent to FACL, PO Box 701, Jackson CA 95642, or can be made online at www.friendsoftheamadorcountylibrary.org.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Foothill Charter School PUBLIC MEETING - July 25

About two years ago, a group of parents, educators, and business people banded together with a vision of building a new school alternative in Amador County.

Our vision was for a school where every child was treated as an individual, every parent felt their opinion mattered regarding their child's education, and every professional could utilize their creative talents while teaching.

On July 25th, the Amador County Unified School Board will meet to discuss whether such a PUBLIC SCHOOL should be established in this county.  If you are interested in your child attending a school with a fresh, innovative approach to education,  please attend this PUBLIC MEETING at the Amador County Administration Center, 810 Court Street in Jackson at 6:30 p.m. OR contact foothillcharter@yahoo.com.

Hope to see you there!

Marie Elliott

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Foothill Charter School: A Fresh Approach to Free Public Education

In 2013, 120 K-5 students will have the privilege of participating in a ground breaking experience, the inception of Foothill Charter School (FCS).  Starting in August, 2013, each student in FCS will have his or her potential discovered and nurtured. 

The staff will pursue every avenue to create the best learning experience for each individual student.  Families will be highly involved in every aspect of the school, including their child's education plan.  Professionals from the community will be invited to participate in this educational experience, thereby expanding our students' natural wonder for our beautiful county and world.

Foothill Charter School has already obtained the required number of parent signatures in order to submit its charter application.  We continue to collect signatures in order to confirm to ACUSD and the community that FCS is a wanted and needed institution in our county.  We are confident that student applications will exceed capacity for the classrooms.

The charter application for FCS has been submitted to Amador's school board.  As of yet, no discussions have occurred between the involved parties.  We at Foothill Charter hope that the board and community are inquisitive and open with their questions and concerns during the open public hearing at the school board meeting on Wednesday, July 25th at 6:30 PM in the County Administration Center in Jackson.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Mountain Oaks: Thinking of Homeschooling?

This is the time of year when many families are evaluating how well their educational arrangements have been working for their children.

It might be the time to consider an alternative educational placement that more suits your child or teen.  Our precious children are only young once, and their experiences as young learners will affect their lives through their pursuit of educational and career choices.

If you are a parent who has a minimum of four hours daily M-F for your student's education, and the motivation and incentive to homeschool your child(ren), Mountain Oaks, http://www.mountainoaks.org may be the right choice for you.

Mountain Oaks is an accredited, K-12, public-funded (non-tuition) charter school . . .(from the website) " . . . about families . . . families who are making a personal decision to homeschool their children.  Mountain Oaks was established to provide support for homeschooling families with three resource centers, fully credentialed teachers and individualized curriculum.  Parents and students have the power to choose how to optimize their student's learning potential through innovative opportunities, varied curriculum and individualized support.  Each student is treated as a unique individual.  Mountain Oaks is a publicly-funded, tuition-free school!"

Over the past 18 years, Mountain Oaks School, http://www.mountainoaks.org/site/pages/home.cgi has developed many features among which are:  a successful Academic Decathlon team for 9-12th graders; workshops for enrichment and core subject support; an athletic program; online classes available for 9-12th graders; underwater robotic competition; and various social and sharing events for the enhancement of community among the students.  There is also an abundant library rich with choices in curriculum and supplementary materials.  All mentor teachers are California credentialed with extensive experience in homeschooling models and the specific needs for those families.

In Amador County, our site is located in Ione.  We are accepting enrollments for fall of 2012.  Call (1-888-686-6257, ext. 2258, please leave a message) soon to have your place ensured for fall of 2012, or go to http://mountainoaks.org/site/pages/enrollment.cgi to complete an online "Interest Form" indicating you would like for someone to contact you.

1-888-MTN-OAKS (1-888-686-6257)