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October Newsletter 2017

Ocean Alternative Education Center

Ocean Alternative Education Center is a free, public Home School in the Live Oak School District.

We offer classes, clubs, field trips and other activities for our students and families. Each family ...more

Interested in Learning More About Ocean Alternative?

We hope this website gives you an idea of how our program works and the activities we offer to homeschooling families. If you are interested in registering your child or visiting our school, please complete the New Student Information Survey.

What's Happening at Ocean?


Mondays: Singing and Crafts Club

Tuesdays: Minecraft Club

Wednesdays: Leadership and Film Club

Thursdays: Spectra Art Classes Continue   11:30 - 1 Groupers; 1 - 3 Sea Squirts & Urchins

Friday, October 13, Field Trip: Live Earth Farm, 10:30 - 1:30

Thursday, October 19: Family Potluck and Games Night

November 17 Field Trip: S.C. Roller Palladium

These are subject to change. Please, refer to the calendar for up-to-date information.

For a larger version of our school calendar, click this link.

Staff Email

Bell, Deb
Burrows, Justin
McGrath, Zelda
Sauter, Mary
Wood, Joy

Parent Mentors

We have some of our wonderful & experienced homeschooling parents who are happy to share experiences, brainstorm ideas, and mentor. Need support?  Call or email one today.

Heddi Craft—(mom of 2 Ocean grads)


Carol Bowles—(mom of 3rd grader)  


Carolyn Angell—(mom of 7th grader and Ocean grad) 


Rebecca Paten—(mom of 2nd & 6th grader and Ocean grad)  


Elana Sifry—(mom of Ocean grad) 


Alberta James—(mom of 2 Ocean grads)  


Jen Bruno—(mom of 1,& 4th grader) 



Our Address:

984-6 Bostwick Lane

Santa Cruz, CA  95062

(831) 475-0767

(We are located on the Green Acres Campus in Live Oak)

Here is a link to a map of our school

Escrip for Schools

Escrip is an easy way to raise money for our school.  All you have to do is go to escrip.com and assign your Safeway or Vons purchases to Ocean Alternative Education Center. You also need to renew your membership each year.  If you have family members out of the area, there are many other merchants that partner with escrip.  That's all it takes!

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@ Green Acres Cafeteria (school next door to Ocean)


Bring a potluck dish to share and your favorite game to play after our meal. Enjoy good food, fun games, and our wonderful community! Please sign up in the office so we know how many people are coming. To keep our school "green" please bring your own place settings if possible.



Singing and Crafts Club with Joy, Mondays, 1:30 - 2:30

beginning Oct. 16

Please sign up, preference given to Monday students

Toyota Drive 4 Schools- Tickets/$ due this Thursday

To support all of our wonderful events we are asking every student to sell at least one book of tickets for the Drive for Schools fundraiser. All of the money raised goes directly to the school. This year's money will go towards:

Reducing costs to special events and classes
Materials for Messy Camp and science classes
Supporting three school plays in the spring
Science camp for the groupers
And more . . .

How do I  go about selling tickets?
1) Pick up tickets in the office. No upfront payment is needed. Take as many sets of booklets as you think you can sell. The focus is on selling booklets. 
2) Sell tickets by the book for $25 or individually for $5 each. Tickets can be paid for with cash or by check made payable to Ocean Alternative.
3) Make sure the name and contact information is completely filled out at time of purchase—incomplete tickets will not be eligible in the drawing.
4) Please return cash, checks, completed ticket stubs and any unsold tickets to Ocean office by this Thursday Oct. 19th (date change)
5) Ocean Alternative keeps all the money raised!

Advanced Theater Option—Zorro in Santa Cruz

2017-2018 Ocean Advanced Theater SIGN UP BY OCT. 26th

Once again we will work with Terri Steinmann from West Performing Arts to offer a 1st-8th grade play for very committed actors. This play has an audition day on Nov. 3, from 10-1. Questions? Ask Deb!

This class option is NOT available to Kindergarteners and will require that actors attend the audition day, all rehearsals, any extra rehearsals we might call, and that they will be here for the tech rehearsal on March 5, dress rehearsal and the two performances on March 9. There is a fee for this option that can be offset by reducing curriculum/materials provided by Ocean. No family will be turned away because of the cost.

Actors will receive their scripts and parts before Winter Break and are expected to begin learning lines before initial rehearsals begin in January.  


Join us for an original swashbuckling tale of the infamous bandit of California! But forget all the old stories you heard before, as we take Zorro into Santa Cruz in the year 1850, where he (or she) runs into all sorts of trouble and meets true local characters such as Mountain Charley, Faustino Lorenzana, and Georgiana Bruce Kirby, to name a few. Play with us in this unique historical fiction adventure set right in our own county!

Ocean Film Festival Club!

Wednesdays, 2:40-4:40 Starting Oct. 4

This club is for Urchin and Grouper students interested in working on films in a group, and/or helping plan and host this year's Ocean Film Festival. Parents who want to join in and help are welcome! Please sign up in the office AND fill out the survey. Thanks!

Ocean Alternative Health Policy


Let's all stay healthy. Please observe your child for symptoms of illness each day they plan to come to the center. Our health policy also applies to parents and staff.


Stay home if there are any signs of the following:


A fever of 100 degrees or more

A constant cough

Symptoms of illness including: low energy, aches, chills, etc.

Diarrhea/Vomiting more than once within the past 24 hours

Any contagious disease (please notify us)

Any illness or injury within the past 24 hours, which prohibits a child from actively participating in the program 


If your child becomes sick while at the program, you or someone listed on your emergency card will be contacted to pick the child up immediately.


Thanks for you help!


Drop off/Pick Up Policy


Drop Off/Pick up Policy: Just as a reminder, for safety reasons, student drop off/pick up is in the Green Acres parking area (go straight instead of turning into District Office/Tierra Pacifica/ Preschool lot). If you need to see that your student is getting to class or need to come on campus, please park in parking spaces available in either lot. (District Office or Green Acres) 


Also, we ask that you honor the drop off and pick up times for each day. If you have special circumstances please check with Sue in advance. The staff uses the time before and after school to set up, clean up and have meetings with families. If you arrive to school early, please plan to stay with your child. Thank you for your cooperation.


We also encourage families to use the site as a hub or hang out after school hours and only ask that you supervise your own children.

Parent Portal


SPECTRA Art and Staff Workshops continue Thursdays in October 10/19, 10/26 with Kat.

Read about the current project on the Thursday Page.

11:30 – 1:00 Wednesday Groupers; 1:00 – 3:00 Monday Sea Squirts and Tuesday Sea Urchins (Urchins start art at 1:00 sharp) 


Fall Buddy Day!

Thursday, Nov. 2, 1:00 - 3:00 at Ocean

No Spectra Art on Buddy Days


Go to Club page 

Field Trips for 2017 - 18 school year!

Please go to the Field Trip page for all the details


Ocean Online is our digital independent study program. For more information and to begin the enrollment process please fill out the Ocean Online New Student Information form. For an overview of this unique opportunity please check out the Ocean Online page.

Spectra Theater Class Plays 2017 Available

If you are interested in watching any of the Theater Class plays from last year, complete the following survey and you will be given the link to all the plays. If you want your own copy, you can download it onto your own computer. The videos are only visible to anyone who has the link. In respect to every Ocean family, you will be asked to agree to share responsibly and agree not to put the videos on social media. 

Theater Class Plays 2017

Common Core Testing Information

Formative Assessment pdf. 

Here is how to get to the tests:

* go to caaspp.org

* click on “practice and training test” green tab

* click on “student interface practice & training test”

* keep the student info as guest and click on the “sign in” tab

* select grade

* select the type of test

* you can look at the different designated supports—Mary will have a list of designated support descriptions for a reference

* please use this site to practice, look at test questions, different grade levels, designated supports, etc.


Practice Test Portal

Answers to tests

*Informational Essay Rubric,

grades 3-5 

*Opinion Essay Rubric,

grades 3-5

*Narrative Writing Rubric,

grades 3-8

*Explanatory Essay Rubric,

grades 6-11

*Argumentative Essay Rubric, 

grades 6-11 



TA resources - hover over this tab-click on Resources-Practice & training tests. Scroll down page to find grade and test. It gives the answers and/or rubrics used to grade questions. Use the 2014 answers.


The tests themselves are personalized because the test is adaptive, meaning that the questions they pose are dependent on the accuracy of the previous answers—they'll select the next question based on the answer to the current question, selecting either more basic or more advanced questions, adapting to the student.


The practice tests are personalized because you can get the answers and sit together to see what's on the test, to help them to understand the problems. You won't get a report of the practice test, so this is the way to know how it's going for your child, or for you, should you opt to try out the test yourself!


Released 2015 Test Questions


Parent Guides and Roadmaps to Common Core Math by Grade Level

Parent Guides and Roadmaps to Common Core English Language Arts by Grade Level

There are times when the practice sites are down for maintenance.  If you are not able to log in the site will be unavailable for a short time.

CAASPP-California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress

TOMS - Test Online Management System (student demographic and staff information)

SBAC- Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

 Parent Volunteers Needed

Ocean needs representatives for several school/ district committees. If interested please contact Mary.

  • Site Council - contribute ideas for school events - New families encouraged!
  • Offering a class to teach students a skill or passion (any time commitment okay)