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January 31

Showcase/Teambuilding is usually the last Wednesday of the month from 12:45 - 1:30!

Showcase is an opportunity for students to showcase something they have done, made, learned, shared with their peers.


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.


Monday  9:30 to 1:30 (or 2:30 for students in Singing Club).  We ask that all parents walk your child in and come in to get them.


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


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


Thursday Spectra Art 

Groupers, 11:30 to 1:00 (except Buddy Days and during Theater), 

Sea Squirts & Urchins, 1:00 -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 own children.

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!


The Sick Cartinas

Math Focus Group

9:35 - 10:35, with Joy

1/10/18: What a fun group!  The students refined the game they created last class.  They played the game to see where instructions weren't clear and they re-drew their game board.  This game was a big hit at the Math Festival.  Thank you to those who participated in the Math Festival!  It was tons of fun!

We will meet in this focus group one more time, on 1/24 to do a writing assessment.  This will be used, along with other criteria, to form our Writing Focus Groups for second semester.  Writing Focus groups will begin Wed., 1/31.

It was a real pleasure to work with this Math group!  Friendships were formed and fun learning took place every class.


Archived summaries on Joy's Page

Justin's Math Focus Group

11/29 - Growing Shapes: Week 1, Day 5 of Jo Boaler's youcubed Week of Inspirational Math. This activity is a visual introduction to the practical application of algebra. ...more

UMGOCK Math Group

Deb's Focus Group 9:35-10:35 (archive on Deb's Grouper Page)


How do you see the figure growing? If we count the first figure as 1, the second figure as 2, the third as 3, the fourth as 4, how ...more

The Dankest of the Meme Lords (D.O.M.L.)

Deb's Focus Group 11:10-12:10

Nine Lines Race to 1,000 

(and other math games)!

We've been playing SEQUENCE!

Sequence is a board and card game. The players compete to create rows, columns or diagonals of five connected checkers placed on the cards that the player has laid down. Two-eyed Jacks are wild, while one-eyed Jacks allow an opponent's checker to be removed. The game ends when someone has reached a specified number of connections.


Tic Tac Toe Products

Here's the sheet that goes with it:


Science with Mary

Hey Groupers! Here is the Google Classroom link. Class Code: 337618


We continued our study of genetics and learned how to determine the probability of genetic outcomes using Punnett Squares.

Grouper Science Camp

This year we are going to Yosemite and joining the Naturebridge program. (

Camp is 3 days (Sun-Tue)

We stay in the tent cabins in Curry Village (aka Half Dome ...more




Baking/Arts & Crafts


If you have an idea for an after school group that you'd like to lead, let us know!

Minecraft Club

Film Festival Club 

Leadership Club

Yearbook Club (starts in January)

Teen Club

For the latest on the Clubs available, click here.


We will meet on January 10 from 1:35 to 2:30 to discuss ideas for the rest of the year and complete some community service projects on our school site. There will be no meeting on January 17 . ...more


Let’s go around and around and not get dizzy at the Santa Cruz Palladium (Seabright Ave) on Friday, January 26 from 7:30 to 10 pm.  $8 plus $3 for inline skates - Drop off & pick up at roller rink. You can bring friends.

Yearbook Club Starting January 24

   Yearbook Club

(Wednesday Groupers)

Want to help create our amazing yearbook?  Our first meeting is January 24 from 1:35 to 2:30.  We will teach you how to use digital tools to edit pictures, arrange the pages, and add graphics.  We will be meeting every Wednesday through February.  If you have questions, ask Mary

Sign up in the office if interested in becoming a yearbook staff member .

Film Festival Club

WEDNESDAYS, 2:40-4:40

On Hiatus until March

Fostering Growth Mindset

This is the video I showed at the Parent Meet & Greet.