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Principal's Message: November, 2017

Greetings Venture School Families,


Welcome to November! I would like to start November by thanking each of you for your commitment and support of our Venture School PTSA campaign to provide Youth Relief Kits in response to the fires in Napa and Sonoma.  As a school, we were able to send over 200 Youth Relief Kits that went immediately into the hands of students in need throughout the Sonoma Valley.  I was asked to pass on that “they appreciate your support and the love in the air that day was thicker than the smoke in Sonoma.” Great Job Vikings!


I would also like to thank our school community and the Venture School PTSA for recognizing Red Ribbon Week and reminding students about the dangers of drug abuse, using illegal drugs and/or medicine without a prescription. We also made Red pens available to all our students with label reminder about positive health and well-being. It was great to see the Red Ribbons throughout the campus as a reminder of our community commitment to student health and well-being. Thank you!


For the month of November, we are highlighting our 3rd Venture school wide Value: “Nurturing: The Venture School community helps students acquire the character strength to function in an increasingly challenging world.”


Lastly, we are excited to bring the Donors Choose crowdfunding opportunity to Venture School!  Donors Choose is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to bringing support, through direct online donations, to classroom and school project needs…and the donations are tax deductible!!!   Being one of the smaller schools in the SRVUSD means that we have a smaller budget than our comprehensive neighbors, even though we have the same needs as the larger comprehensive schools. Currently, the Donors Choose community has funded 12 Chromebooks for Venture School…we don’t want to stop there! All Venture teachers have active Donors Choose projects to be funded and have a deadline of December 31st. Please click the link below to learn about how to get involved:


November can be a challenging time for students as they strive to keep up with their assignments given the distraction of the holidays and breaks. Please encourage your student to take full advantage of the small group classes and labs, our open facility (8:30a – 3:30p) and working with the teachers to schedule productive study time at school and at home. For most students, devising a dedicated morning or afternoon block of time, dedicated to academics, seems to work best.



  • Ceramics Class – Venture School is offering 50% off our student and parent “Intro to Ceramics” course ($30 per couple) in November and December from 3:30p – 5:30p. See Venture Office Manager Dennice Barnes for details @


As we approach the end of the year, we have some important announcements to pass on…please see below.


In Partnership,

Matt Chamberlain



Important Dates / Events:




  • Friday, 11/10/17: Veterans Day – NO SCHOOL


  • Tuesday, 11/14/17: PTSA General Meeting @ 6:30p – 7:30p (Besides our PTSA Executive Board Members, we need an additional 15 students and/or parents to make the meeting official. Please add this to your calendar!)


  • Monday – Friday 11/20/17 – 11/24/17: Thanksgiving Break – NO SCHOOL Click link for some Thanksgiving humor:



Counselor Updates:


November 2017

As we get ready to celebrate what we are thankful for, November brings to the forefront Good Nutrition, Hunger awareness, Indian Heritage Month, and even Peanut Butter Lover’s month.  Yum!  Here’s more about other items to be aware to make the most of your November.


Stay Healthy This Fall

With the change in the weather, it is easy to feel a little low on energy or possibly catch a cold.

Here are 6 ways to stay healthy this fall.  Since I’ve lost my voice, I know I should have had more of #3.


Plan for the Break:

In the midst of hopefully the yummy food you will be eating and fun times to be had, plan ahead if there are extra tasks to complete since this is an extra week in the academic calendar.  If your child is behind in English by 2 tasks, choose the days that will work best to complete those assignments.  Monday and Wednesday from 10-12 and 2-4.  Give yourself time to rest, and complete your best work.  The week will come and go with travel, family, friends, and hopefully many laughs as well.  Happy Thanksgiving!


Alissa Kruse


Venture School

(925) 479-1215

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*Find the SPECIAL word and win a prize!:

Read the entire newsletter from top to bottom, and if you find the secret word – come to our front office and tell us what the word is and what it was in relation to within the newsletter, and claim your prize!


This month’s secret word is: couple

Good Luck and GO VIKINGS!

Posted by: Kaylyn Patricio Published:11/6/17
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