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What's Happening Next at Ocean?

Monday, February 8

*Office CLOSED



Tuesday, February 9

*Office Open: 8 am to 4 pm

*Sea Urchins (8 - 11 yrs) Class Day 9:30 to 1:30 (Can arrive at 9:15)

*Garden Club - 1:30 to 2:30

*Minecraft Club - 1:30 to 2:30


Wednesday, February 10

*Office Open: 8 am to 4 pm

*Groupers (8 - 11 yrs) Class Day 9:30 to 1:30 (Can arrive at 9:15)

*Strategies & Games Math Class  1:30 to 2:30


Thursday, February 11

*Office Closed: 8  to 11 am/Open 11 am to 4 pm

*Mini Mermaids Practice - 9:45 to 11:15 am

     Outrageous Fortunes Rehearsal  11:30 TO 1 @ Ocean

     Actors Toolbox and Curious George  1 to 3 pm


Friday, February 12

*Office Open: 8 am to 4 pm

*Sewing Club 10 am to 12 pm (CLASS CLOSED)

*Teen Club @ SC Gymnastics - sign up in office- 1:30 to 3 pm


Upcoming Events

*Monday, February 15 - Sea Squirt Field Trip to Pump'd
*Sewing Club = February 5 & 12
*Science Fair - February 19
*Leadership Beach Clean up - February 19
*Exploratorium Field Trip - February 26

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 - heddicr@gmail.com

Carol Bowles - santacruzjujube@yahoo.com

Carolyn Angell - cnangell@att.net

Rebecca Paten - rebeccapaten@gmail.com

Elana Sifry - esifry@losd.ca

Alberta James - alberta@krebscycleproducts.com

Ona Tigue - onalunafe@yahoo.com 

Jen Bruno - jenbruno@webmail.us


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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Theater Program UPDATE: Please sign up!

Our Theater Program on Thursdays is starting (and Outrageous Fortunes continues)!  Please access our Theater page for all information.  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. 

CURIOUS GEORGE and ACTOR'S TOOLBOX Showcase Performance date MARCH 10 at Del Mar School. 

For details on CURIOUS GEORGE (for Squirts) and the TECH and ACTOR'S TOOLBOX option (for Groupers and Urchins), look on our Theater page or read the details on the surveys below. Please FILL OUT THE SURVEYS ASAP. Thanks!

For Squirts: Please fill out this survey.

For Urchins and Groupers: Please fill out this survey.

Lakota Language & History Class - Mondays 1:30 to 2:30 (All ages welcome)

Come meet your social studies requirement in this fun and interactive introduction to Lakota culture, language and history. Now being offered Mondays 1:30-2:30 immediately following Sea Squirts at ...more

Sewing Club -Friday, Feb 5 & 12 (Sign up required)

This club is open to students 8 - 14 years old at any skill level. If your child is younger than 8 but has a desire to sew and can keep focused, email Michelle (michellesewsbytheseashore@gmail.com).


Our annual Science Fair is February 19th from 10 to 12 pm.    This is a great way to incorporate language arts, math, science and art together into one project.  If hearing the term science fair brings up bad memories, have no fear.  We welcome all projects of inquiry and discovery.  Paperwork to help you with the scientific process is available in the office.  Ask Mary your questions!!


If you are interested in entering the County Science Fair, the deadline is February 12. Here is the website for more details.

Spring Camping Trip at Big Sur- Reserve Now!

Screen Shot 2015-10-31 at 4.28.10 PM.pngSpring Camping Trip @ Pffeifer Big Sur

Thursday, June 2 through Sunday, June 5, 2016

Our spring camping trip will be happening at Pffeifer Big Sur State Park.  We are hoping to all get a spot in the Weyland Loop, Sites # 89 to 130.  Big Sur offers great hiking, beach exploration and river play.  The challenge is we need to start getting our sites soon.  December 1 is the opening of the reservation window for campsites. Mark your calendars!


Go to reserveamerica.com to make your reservations online or call for information at (831) 667-2315


Curriculum Orders & Display


The curriculum is now available in the library everyday. We will continue to take orders every Friday.  The orders are starting to roll in and will be placed in your box at school.  Items can also be ordered from Discount School Supply. 


In addition, we added to our library:

Life of Fred math books - 2 complete sets elementary through middle school

Story of the World Volume I to IV- CD sets and story books for check out - activity books available to order


As always,  I am open to your ideas about how to best support our families.  

Ocean Alternative Online Calendar

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 or make arrangements with a staff member if you have special circumstances.  The staff uses the time before and after these designated times to set up or clean up for the day as well as tend to other business.  If you arrive to school early, please plan to stay with your child.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Monday  9:30 to 1:30 (We ask that all parents walk the child in)

Tuesday 9:15 (Classes start at 9:30) to 1:30 or 2:30 (for students in Garden Club/Minecraft Club)

Wednesday 9:15 (Classes start at 9:30) to 1:30 or 2:30 (for students in Math Games Class/Leadership events)

Thursday  12:45 (Class starts at 1:00) to 3:00 

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

February Newsletter Available

Welcome to 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 Is Ocean Alternative?

Upcoming Field Trips


Exploratorium: Feb.26, sign up and pay by Feb. 1.

Monday kids can meet at Pump'd on Feb. 15 (Presidents Day)

March 25: Hiller Aviation Museum

Please go to the Field Trip page for all the details

Staff Email

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

Student User Name & Password

If your student is a 3rd grader moving up to Tuesday class or a new 3rd through 8th grader, please complete this survey.  We use Google Accounts quite often in our Tuesday and Wednesday classes, and each student needs to come up with a user name and 8 digit password.  

Common Core Testing Information

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 - I will leave a list of designated support descriptions for a reference
  • please use this time to practice, look at test questions, different grade levels, designated supports, etc.


The practice tests are personalized because you can get the answers and sit together to see what's on it. 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! 


Answers to tests


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 actual tests will be adapatable, meaning that 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.


Below you will find a list of links to the CaliforniaTac website for Smarter Balanced Testing.


 manuals and videos
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