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Monday, September 15

Office Open 8 am to 4 pm

Sea Squirt Class Day (5 to 8 yrs) 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

Sea Squirt Parent Meet & Greet 9:45 to 10:30 am


Tuesday - September 16

Office Open 8 am to 4 pm

Sea Urchin Class Day (8 to 11 yrs)  9:30 am to 1:30 pm

(can start arriving at 9:15)

Sea Urchin Parent Meet & Greet 9:30 to 10:30 am


Wednesday - September 17

Office Open 8 am to 4 pm

Grouper Class Day (11 to 14 yrs)  9:30 am to 1:30 pm

(can start arriving at 9:15)

Grouper Parent Meet & Greet  9:30 to 10:30 am


Thursday - September 18

Office Closed 9 to 12 pm/Open 12 to 4 pm

Google Training for Parents & Students  1 to 3 pm

Teen Club & Leadership at Twin Lakes Beach  6:30 to 9 pm


Friday - September 19

Office Open 8 am to 4 pm



Upcoming Events   

Tuesday, 9/23 Site Council Meeting 6:30 to 8 pm

Thursday, 9/25 "Let's Talk Math" 1 to 3 pm

Friday, 9/26 through Sunday, 9/28 - Fall Camping Trip at Little Basin Campground

Thursday, October 2 Spectra Art Class 


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!


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

Dreambox Math Program

If you would like to learn more about this online math program for students, please contact your consulant or Mary.  The content goes up through 4th grade math content but any student can use it. It is now available to do on an iPad.  Look for OC-Sauter to find your students account.


All Field Trip information and online sign ups are now under the Field Trips Tab on top of this page.

PARENT MEET & GREET - 9:30 TO 10:30

Class Days Start The Week of September 15

        We ask all parents to attend a Meet and Greet on the first class day for your child.  Mary will present the details and opportunities of the class days, review our schedule, and give you a taste of what we will be offering this year.  There will also be time to meet and greet other parents and share some tea and snacks.

        Monday Sea Squirts:  Monday, 9/15 - 9:45 to 10:30 (Note:If your Sea Squirt needs you to stay with him/her, I will happily share the

information with you another time)

        Tuesday Sea Urchins:  Tuesday, 9/16 – 9:30 to 10:30

        Wednesday Groupers: Wednesday, 9/17 – 9:30 to 10:30

   We look forward to seeing you ALL there!  

Google Training 9/18 1 to 3 pm


    SEPTEMBER 18         1 TO 3 PM

Interested  in  learning  how  to  use  these  great  

tools?  Save  this  date  to  get  an  introduction  or  

advance  your  skills.  

Training will  be in two one hour sessions. 

    1:00 to 2:00  Beginners/Intermediate

    2:00 to 3:00  Non-beginners

Come for 1 hour or both.  Childcare is provided.  Students are welcome to attend with their parents.

Let's Talk Math September 25 - 1 to 3 pm


SEPTEMBER 25       1 TO 3 PM

Join us during this time to talk about and explore some math resources, tools and strategies that are available in teaching math.       1 to 2 pm - K- 3rd grade-ish

             2 to 3 pm - 4th - 8th grade-ish

The discussion will be geared towards these grade levels but there will be overlap so come when you can.  Childcare will be provided.


 The first site council meeting is Tuesday, September 23rd from 6:30-8:00 pm.  This will be an organizational meeting to plan the openings on the council and to organize the yearly site council calendar.  If you are interested in joining the council or just want to find out what it is all about, please join us.


We will be camping at Little Basin  Campground  in Boulder Creek (located before Big Basin).  We have a group site reserved  for  tent  camping  which  includes use  of a community  kitchen (no need to bring pots, pans or stove) and  picnic area. There is a  playground  and  a sports  field  for  games  and  an amphitheater for our talent show.  There are  plenty of roads for biking and scootering.     

     The  cost is $7.50 per person per night. If you plan to come for just the day, the cost is $5 per person If you prefer to have your own individual site (rather than stay in the group site), go to  www.reserveamerica.com.   

     Please sign up and pay in the office so we know who is planning on attending.  To find out more about the campground, go to www.littlebasin.org.  If  anyone  has  equipment    to  lend  others  or  needs  to  borrow  equipment,  please  let  us know.


Bring games, puzzles, play equipment and whatever else you like to do.  Unfortunately, pets are not allowed.


Friday - Arriving after 3 pm (The group site does not have space to park your car. Although they will allow you to unload your equipment before parking in lot on site)


Saturday- Potluck (5:30 pm), Talent Show (7 pm)


Saturday Activities with WOLF School - Junior Ranger Program (3 pm), Nature Club (4:30 pm), Campfire (7 pm)


Parent Support Group meetings give parents a chance to share homeschooling experiences and learn from each other.  All parents (new and returning) are encouraged to come to this highly supportive group to exchange ideas and experiences. We are very fortunate to have our mentor parent, Heddi Craft, lead these valuable meetings. Our first meeting will address homeschooling questions as well as best days and times for this year’s meetings.  This meeting will be on Thursday while your kids are in Spectra class. If you have a Grouper, he/she is welcome to stay while you are in the meeting and help in our classes. Childcare will be provided for younger siblings.  If anyone has questions or feedback about topics to address this year, please email Heddi at heddicr@gmail.com.

Class Day Schedule


  • 9:30 - 10:00 Arrivals, Playtime & Clean up
  • 10:00 - 10:10  Snack (clean up)  
  • 10:15 - 10:55  Inquiry Groups
  • 10:55 - 11:10   Outside Play
  • 11:15 - 11:30  Circle
  • 11:30 - 12:10  Focus Groups
  • 12:10 - 12:30  Lunch & Story
  • 12:30 - 1:30  Share & Outside


  • 9:15 - 9:30 Arrival
  • 9:30 - 10:25 Focus/Science
  • 10:25 - 10:45 Play
  • 10:45 - 10:55 Eat Snack
  • 11:00 - 11:55 Focus/Science
  • 11:55 - 12:15  Lunch
  • 12:20 - 12:35  Outside play
  • 12:40 - 12:45  Announcements
  • 12:45 - 1:30 Inquiry
  • 1:35 – 2:30  Math Class
  • Showcase: (last class day of month)
  • 12:45 - 1:00  Teambuilding Activity
  • 1:00 - 1:30   Showcase


  • 9:15 - 9:30 Arrival
  • 9:30 - 10:30 Focus/Science
  • 10:30 - 10:50 Snack/Break
  • 10:55 - 11:55 Focus/Science
  • 11:55 - 12:15 Lunch
  • 12:15 - 12:35  Outside
  • 12:40 - 12:45 Announcements
  • 12:45 - 1:30 Inquiry
  • 1:35 – 2:30  Math Class 
  • Showcase: (last class day of month)
  • 12:45 - 1:00  Teambuilding Activity
  • 1:00 - 1:30   Showcase

SALUD open to all live oak students

Starting August 19th, SALUD is open for low cost immunizations and dental care.  This is available to all students attending a Live Oak School including Ocean Alternative.  Call 475-5610 to make an appointment.

Consent-Photo Release 12-13.doc

If you prefer not to have your student's picture on our website, please revise your consent-photo release by printing/downloading the attached form and turning it into Sue (sfinnegan@losd.ca)

Ocean Alternative Online Calendar

What Is Ocean Alternative?

September Newsletter Available

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.  

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, please complete the New Student Information Survey.  

Our Math Mindset and Preferences Survey (form)

Parent Roadmaps to the Common Core Standards- Mathematics

The Council of the Great City Schools' parent roadmaps in mathematics provide guidance to parents about what their children will be learning and how they can support that learning in grades K-8. These parent roadmaps for each grade level also provide  three-year snapshots showing how selected standards progress from year to year so that students will be college and career ready upon their graduation from high school.


PTA Parent Toolkits

Common Core Information



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

Main Site 

 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
TIDE- California Test Information Distribution Engine 
             (student demographic and staff information)
SBAC- Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
Bell, Deb
Burrows, Justin
Finnegan, Sue
McGrath, Zelda
Sauter, Mary
Sifry, Elana
Wood, Joy