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  • 9:30 – 9:35 Announcements

  • 9:40 - 10:30 Focus/Science

  • 10:30 – 11:10 Recess/Snack

  • 11:15 – 12:05 Focus/Science

  • 12:05 - 12:40  Lunch/Outside play

  • 12:45 - 1:30 Inquiry

  • 1:35 – 2:30  Minecraft Club


October 30

Showcase/Teambuilding is usually the last Tuesday 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.

Tuesday (3rd - 5th grade)


Focus Groups are small groups that focus on a specific content theme. We cycle through two themes each year: Math and Literacy


Playing with Math Focus Group 1

This group will focus on having fun as we use mathematical reasoning, perseverance, and critical thinking to work on real life math problems. Emphasis will be on having a Growth Mindset as  students explore different ways to solve problems using a variety of skills, logic and critical thinking and to share their reasoning with each other.  We will focus on the Math Practice Standards

Group 1 meets  9:40-10:30 in Classroom A with Joy.

10/2: Today students brainstormed ... more

10/9: Students learned about the Commutative...more

Playing with Math Focus Group 2

Same as above.

Group 2 meets 11:15 - 12:05.

10/2: Today students brainstormed... more

Welcome Sea Urchins!
Welcome Sea Urchins!


10/9  This week, students traveled through a series of stations asking questions relating to geology and what geologists do.  Next week, we will learn about a memorable day in Santa Cruz.


Inquiry Groups for the fall are:

Technology, School newspaper, Baking & Crafts and Outside Games.

 Inquiry meets weekly from 12:45 - 1:30 except on the last Tuesday of the month which is Showcase. 


Clubs extend the fun and learning. Parents interested in sharing a skill or interest with our students, please talk to Mary.

Running Club

Mondays starting October 8 to November 5

1:30 to 3:00 pm   Wear clothes and shoes to run and water.  All ages welcome



What? In Minecraft Club we will be using Minecraft EDU, a game based learning tool that looks and feels like Minecraft, with teacher controls and guidance.  

Sign up beginning Tues, Sept. 18

When? Tuesdays, starting Oct. 2, from 1:30 – 2:30pm.  

Who? Class space is limited to 15 students and priority is given to Tuesday Sea Urchins (grades 3-5). Students in 2nd, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade can join on a space available basis.  

Where? Meet in the Science room at Ocean Alternative.  

***Note: Students must sign-up, no drop-ins please.***

PARENT PERMISSION REQUIRED! Sign-up forms will be in the office starting September 18.

Contact Justin for more info: