Wildflowers grow and bloom in some of the most extreme conditions. With all the challenges our community has had to face recently, remember that beauty shows it's face in some of the most unexpected ways, a blooming sunflower on the playground at the end of December!?!? Continue to bloom and grow over the break, and we'll see you next year!
over 5 years ago, WOC
Winter Sunflower
Wildflower is hosting another Wellness Event December 15th from 11 - 4, please share with your friends and family!
over 5 years ago, WOC
Wellness Flyer 12/18
Wildflower is holding another Wellness Clinic, December 15th and we need volunteers throughout the day. Please sign up on our sign up genius link, and show our Paradise, and canyon friends and family how much we care and want to share our support!https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4AA5A722ABF58-wellness
over 5 years ago, WOC
Hello Wildflower Community- I am writing to provide some information concerning our re-entry efforts and our return to school, which is set for Monday December 3. First, my heart goes out to all of those directly affected by the catastrophic fire that continues to impact each and every one of us in the greater Chico area. I feel honored to be a part of a community that has responded in such an incredible manner to meet the needs of those impacted by the fire. Over the past few weeks, I have had the privilege of working on school related issues with the Paradise school leaders, in particular the Paradise charter school community. Most had lost their homes and yet they guided their efforts with the exacting focus of keeping their school communities intact. I am pleased to say that all of these schools have found temporary school spaces for their students. Wildflower staff members are currently in the process of establishing a plan to directly assist those schools during their relocation and settling in stages. While we must not lose sight of those in need, it is time to address some practical measures concerning our return to school. I have fielded a number of questions concerning the length of time that school was canceled. Most Chico kids and parents were ready to get back to school as soon as possible. The decision concerning the length of school closure took into account a variety of factors. A disaster of this magnitude presented so many unknowns, including the safe placement of thousands of displaced students. Time was also needed for re-entry plans, trauma training, business and insurance related issues and the required cleaning of all schools in Chico. All Chico schools were instructed that all facilities needed to cleaned by an outside cleaning company prior to students re-entering school buildings. The cleaning measures are focused on any negative impact the smoke and ash from the fire may have had on our facilities. Wildflower, like many charter schools, contracted with a company called Servpro for cleaning. The comprehensive cleaning includes the wiping of all surfaces and objects, air cleaning and recirculation, cleaning all carpets and changing all HVAC filters. Currently, the cleaning company has a large crew on site and they should be completed by Saturday. Costs associated with the cleanup will be covered by the school’s insurance policy. Wildflower will not need to extend the school year as a result of the school days missed. In addition, our school will receive full funding from the state for the days that we have not held classes. Both of these items are related to the fact that Governor Brown declared a state of emergency for Butte County. In addition, the Butte County Office of Education directed all Butte County schools to be closed. The Wildflower staff recognizes that students will be returning to school in a variety of mindsets and some with varying levels of trauma. Wildflower staff members have completed re-entry and trauma training during our time away from school. A few points are clear. One, that children need to get back into the routine of school. Two, that support measures need to be in place to meet the needs of those students experiencing trauma related to the fire. Our support measures are being led by Wildflower staff members Emma and Tina. Emma, our school counselor, is reaching out to families and students that were directly affected to establish a re-entry support plan. Tina has been heading up our support and relief efforts, and is creating a variety of support plans and mechanisms to meet our community’s needs. These efforts include support for our teachers. While our entire staff wants to be a source of support in every way possible for those impacted by the fire, please know that our teachers play a very special and specific role. Their primary responsibility is to create a safe and nurturing environment for your children. In order for them to make that happen, they need to be focused on the tasks related to their classroom environment. If you would like to speak with your child’s teacher concerning fire related issues, please send them an email or give them a call to set up a time to meet. Approaching teachers with fire related items during the times they are working with children, including prior to school each day, will take them away from their child focused mindset. We will be welcoming four new students after we return to school. Two new students will be joining the middle school program, along with one new kindergartener and one fourth grade student. Please help us welcome these kids and their families to the Wildflower community. I look forward to seeing you on Monday and working with you to create a nurturing and positive environment for the students of Wildflower Open Classroom. Our Chico community has a long way to full recovery and I envision the Wildflower community being a big part of those efforts. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly if you should have any questions. Tom Hicks Wildflower Director
over 5 years ago, Wildflower
Wildflower Community, At the direction of Butte County Superintendent Tim Taylor, Wildflower and all Butte County Schools will be closed until December 3. The current county wide plan is to re-open school on Monday, December 3rd. We hope this message finds you and your family well in this difficult time in our community.
over 5 years ago, Kim Heywood
Wildflower is hosting a FREE Wellness Clinic for those displaced by the Camp Fire this Wednesday, November 14th 12-4pm at Wildflower 2414 Cohasset Rd Ste. 3. Receive FREE services and support to help reduce stress, find comfort, and connect to caring individuals.This event is open to all ages. Children's activities and childcare is provided so parents may receive services and children can play. Massage, energy healing, yoga, meditation, music, and sound healing will be offered along with haircuts, and emotional support, there will be a place to just talk, rest, have a snack and enjoy a warm tea or coffee. Butte County SELPA will have three mental health clinicians from BCOE on site for counseling and support including children. If you are wanting to donate monetarily we will accept cash, gift cards, or electronic transfers to Andy Taylor via Venmo @Andy-Taylor-8 or contact him via email at Andydtaylor12@gmail.com. Any financial donations will go directly to Wildflower families, alumni, and extended family displaced by the fires. Tina will be at Wildflower throughout the Wednesday Wellness Clinic to collect monetary donations.
over 5 years ago, Wildflower
Wellness Clinic Flyer
Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the traumatic Camp Fire that has destroyed so many homes and businesses in our area. We are doing our best to keep the Wildflower community updated with as much information as possible. ​​During this difficult time, we want to make sure we are providing for the physical, social, and emotional needs of staff, students, and parents within Butte County. Butte County Office of Education in collaboration with other agencies have put together a crisis resources list to help families in need and provides information for those who would like to offer support. Click the link below for those resources. https://5il.co/5ktc Stay safe, and we will continue to send updates as we receive them.
over 5 years ago, WOC
Dear Wildflower community, we are reaching out to you in concern. We would like to find out whom amongst you have been directly affected by the Camp Fire. We want to help! There are many WOC families in need, and we are gathering supplies for immediate use including food, clothing, cash, and toiletries. Please email and let us know how you are affected and what you need. This includes Wildflower alumni and extended family. Emails can be sent to info@wildflowerschool.com
over 5 years ago, Wildflower
Wildflower will be closed all of next week and through the Thanksgiving holiday. Our thoughts are with those affected by the tragic turn of events in our community. We will continue to update you as information becomes available. Please see the press release below for more information. Press Release All Butte County Schools Closed Through November 23, 2018 OROVILLE-CA Butte County Superintendent of Schools, Tim Taylor, is announcing the closure of all public schools (districts and charter schools) in Butte County through Friday, November 23, 2018. This action is taken in response to the ongoing Camp Fire emergency in Butte County. Schools, families and communities are experiencing extreme loss due to this fire and its impact. Time is needed to help understand the extent of loss and disruption in our county and to develop ways to resume safely providing services to our schools and students. Butte County Office of Education will continue to support our schools, students, families and staff affected and is working closely with the California Department of Education, district superintendents and charter school leaders throughout the duration of this emergency and in the difficult months ahead.
over 5 years ago, Wildflower
Due to the impact of the Camp Fire, Wildflower will be closed Friday, November 9. Our thoughts are with Chico and the surrounding communities. We hope everyone stays safe during this difficult time. Press Release All Butte County Schools Closed Friday, November 9, 2018 OROVILLE-CA Butte County Superintendent of Schools, Tim Taylor, is announcing the closure of all public schools (districts and charter schools) in Butte County tomorrow, Friday, November 9 due to fire emergency and for the safety of students, staff and families affected by the Camp Fire in Butte County. This action follows on the emergency proclamation for Butte County by acting Governor Gavin Newsom. As a reminder, schools are also closed Monday, November 12 in observance of Veteran’s Day.
over 5 years ago, Wildflower
Wildflower Community, We want to let you know we are following the "Camp Fire" closely. We will let you know if there are any changes to our school schedule. If your family is being impacted by the fire, and need anything, please contact Wildflower for assistance. As of now, Chico has not been directly impacted by the fire, and your children are safe here at school. We will keep you posted with any updates.
over 5 years ago, Wildflower
Our annual costume parade demonstrated the imaginations of our students and families!
over 5 years ago, WOC
WOCAP Costumes
Queen of Hearts
Halloween Witch
Robin Hood
Linda's and Melissa's students were scientists today!
over 5 years ago, Wildflower
Science experimentation
Science with Linda
Microscope investigation
Microscopic findings
The WOCAP river trip was a success!
over 5 years ago, WOC
Paddles Up!
Independence on the river
Making Bracelets
Dinnertime by the fire
Morgan's 3rd & 4th Grade Pumpkin Book Report Projects!
over 5 years ago, Wildflower
Harry Potter Pumpkin
Dog Man Pumpkin
Captain Underpants Pumpkin
Fairy Squash
What a great way to kickstart the week! Thank you to Wolfthump for drumming and dancing with us after lunch!
over 5 years ago, Wildflower
Jammin' to Wolfthump
Dancing with Wolfthump
Wolfthump rhythm
Wildflower had a great visit with Andy Keller from Chico Bag, and the Bag Monster! Reuse - Reduce - Recycle! Get your very own Wildflower Chico Bag in the office for only $8.00.
over 5 years ago, Wildflower
Bag Monster
Eco Club Team Leaders w/ Andy Keller
Wildflower is holding our annual "Makers Market" holiday craft fair Saturday December 1, 2018. If you are interested in being a vendor please contact Lindsey (530)566-4480 or email lhensher@gmail.com. Please pass this info along to folks who might be interested!
over 5 years ago, WOC
WOC Makers Market Flyer
Debbie's 1st & 2nd Grade Class learning about trees at the Tree Farm!
over 5 years ago, WOC
Tree Farm Exploration
WOCAP Students learning about water sheds in preparation for their upcoming river trip!
over 5 years ago, Wildflower
Nani's Water Shed Lesson