April 23, 2018
It's that time of year again! If you are interested in enrolling your students for the 2018-2019 school year, you can access the enrollment form HERE.
Email us or call us at (916) 259-1688 if you are interested in scheduling a tour to see our fantastic school!
Exciting Changes for 2018-2019:
As you know, Placer Academy applied for a new charter petition with Rocklin Unified School District. We submitted the petition, and RUSD voted on our petition on April 18 at their Board Meeting. In a unanimous vote, the RUSD Board of Directors voted to approve Placer Academy's charter beginning in August of 2018.
This was a long, arduous process, but it will be very beneficial to us in the future as we search for a long-term facility. This change of authorizer will have little impact on our day to day operations, but we will be formally changing our name to Placer Academy Charter next year. Our school calendar, program and staff will remain the same.
While we still have work to do to get ready for next year, this is a HUGE hurdle we have overcome. Thank you to everyone that assisted in the process, and especially thank you to the staff, students, and families for being so supportive and flexible while my attention has been focused on this.
Kindergarten Parent Orientation Night:
If you have a kindergarten student joining us for the 2018-2019 school year, we hope you can attend our Kindergarten Orientation Night on Thursday, April 26 at 5:30 pm. This night is intended for parents only. We will have your registration paperwork as well as information on what your child needs before they start school. There will be a presentation, a time to meet the teachers, and tons of information shared.
Upper Academy Point Bonita Adventures:
Our 6th, 7th and 8th grade students spent the week at Point Bonita. This is one of the annual overnight field trips that our Upper Academy students get to experience. They got to visit the Point Bonita Lighthouse; they participated in some sand crab data collection; and a great time was had by all!
The Mud Pie Cafe:
The Mud Pie Cafe is a popular kitchen hang out and we could use some parent donations. If you have the following, please send it in to the school.
We are in need of spoons, cake tins, muffin tins, measuring cups, cookie sheets, spatulas, cookie cutters, serving plates or recycled wide-mouthed container (with and without lids). No glass please. Metal or heavy duty plastics work best. Also, dry rice, cracked corn, sand, or different kinds of mulch make fun ingredients.
Summer Art Camp:
Placer Academy’s first summer art camp is coming June 25th! Campers will screen print t-shirts, batik, make paper mache ice cream cones, create mixed media canvas and more! Find the flyer in your students’ backpack and sign up in the office.
Springtime in the Art Room:
Just look at these gorgeous third grade flowers. Students used watercolors and ink blotters to create these masterpieces. They did such a lovely job with the color!
Upcoming INCREDIBLE Events
Apr 23 - School Day
Apr 24 - School Day
Apr 25 - School Day
Apr 26 - School Day
K Orientation, 5:30pm
Apr 27 - Early Release
Star Nova, 12:30 pm
Apr 30 - School Day
May 1 - School Day
May 2 - School Day
May 3 - School Day
BOD Meeting, 6:30pm
May 4 - Early Release
Star Nova, 12:30 pm
"POW"-erful PTO Updates
Car Decals Are Back:
They are available in the office at the main campus for ONLY $5.
Free Babysitting During PTO Meetings:
Did you know that PTO offers free babysitting while you attend the PTO meeting? We love involvement and want to make it easy for you to participate. Please join us for our monthly meetings.
The next PTO meeting is on Wednesday, April 25th at 3:10 pm.
At this meeting, you can meet the candidates for the VP position.
Any questions? Contact us at
School Start Time:
K-5: 8:10 am
6-8: 8:25 am
End of School Time:
K-5: Monday - Thursday, 3:00 pm
K-5: Friday, 12:00 pm
6-8: Monday - Thursday, 3:15 pm
6-8: Friday, 12:15 pm
Homework Help for Math:
We have found a wonderful resource that allows you to choose your student's grade level, the module they are working on, and the lesson number. Then, you can look at sample homework, video taped lessons, and other resources. This resource comes from Oakdale Joint Unified School District.
Click HERE to utilize this awesome site!
High School Enrollment:
It is that time of year for our 8th grade families to begin thinking about high school. We know that Harvest Ridge has students that go to a variety of high schools around Placer County, all with their own policies and time lines.
In order to help you navigate this process, we have put together some resources to assist you in the transfer on to the 9th grade. Please click HERE to visit our webpage of resources.
Why Teacher's Aides Deserve Our Appreciation Every Single Day:
I don't know about you, but I am so appreciative our of Teacher's Aides. I came across this article and thought it summed up how I felt perfectly. I hope you enjoy.
"Paraprofessional, Instructional Assistant, Teacher’s Aide, Educational Assistant… these wonderful people go by many names. When we read these titles, however, we may not really understand what their jobs entail. After almost 10 years in education, though, I think I can sum up a parapro’s job description in one word: superhero."
Click HERE to read the entire article.