We have power and school will resume today ,Thursday 10/10 with a ONE HOUR DELAY. That means students may arrive for before care at 8:30, and the regular day will begin at 9:30. This will give us time to ensure we are prepared for critical services. Thank you everyone for your patience and understanding. See you soon!


Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Fuente Nueva is holding events 1/22-1/25 to empower our students to choose love and light where there is hate and darkness. We will explore concepts such as what it means to be an upstander versus a bystander, hurtful language and how to respond when you hear it, and the power of spreading love. Story teller Baba Jamal Koram https://www.griostoryman.com/, will be joining us to share his inspirational stories with our students. Activities will be held all week long, watch the classroom newsletters to learn more.



Homework at Fuente Nueva

There is a lot of talk out there about the effectiveness of homework in elementary school and people line up on both sides of discussion. Opponents argue that we should let kids have free time to explore their own passions while supporters say it teaches students responsibility. Where does Fuente Nueva land on this issue?

We believe that homework should be meaningful, manageable, and minimal. While this approach will translate differently at each grade level, the goal is the same of aiming for quality of quantity. You will see less busy work, and more projects. Teachers will send home simple opportunities for students to share what they are learning with parents. So while homework is not going away entirely, we do hope that this new approach enables families to have more quality time together to immerse themselves in all the “learning in disguise” that can happen while they are away from school.

So what does this look like? As an immersion school we ask for parents to support their child’s home language development. In most cases at Fuente this is English language development. Simply reading with your child every night is a great way to both spend time with your family while also providing a learning opportunity. In grades 2nd-5th grade, homework assigned supports the limited amount of school time they receive formal instruction in English. In addition, teachers are ready to work with parents to provide additional home practice that fits individual needs. This could be simply referring parents to the learning opportunities on our website or as complex as creating learning packets for the specific needs of the student.

Fuente Nueva teachers are already reporting that the new approach is creating a positive shift in student engagement during lessons. As with all new practices we plan to monitor the impacts and adjust as needed. We sure hope that families enjoy the opportunity to read, play and spend quality time together.




I Block Party Monday 9/3/18

Join in this great annual event that celebrates the intercultural friendship between Arcata and Camoapa, Nicaragua. If you have not been before, I highly encourage you to consider carving out some time to stop by. Better yet, if you want to lend a hand, donate a baked good with all proceeds benefiting the Arcata-Camoapa Sister City project.

The 33rd annual I Block Party, with live music and free admission, is on Monday, September 3rd, from 12-6 on I street, between 10th and 11th streets. Music from the Gatehouse Well, Kingfoot, Motherlode and the Latin Peppers.

Enjoy local microbrews, and delicious barbequed chicken, albacore, or tofu. Cold drinks and locally made desserts will also be available, as well as a raffle and silent auction. Brings the kids for free facepainting!

The I Block Party is the annual fundraiser for the Arcata-Camoapa Sister City Project, which is celebrting 33 years of international friendship and solidarity. All proceeds benefit Camoapa, Nicaragua.

Music Line Up:
12:00-1:00 The Gatehouse Well
1:15-2:45 Kingfoot
3:05-4:05 Motherlode
4:30-6:00 The Latin Peppers



Celebrating Black History Month

While every month is a good time to talk about the contributions of African American leaders who have shaped our world today, Black History Month gives us an opportunity to take the conversation one step further. As a parent who grew up in an area with a lot more diversity than my kids have here in Humboldt, I have struggled to give them the experiences and knowledge that they need to be a true ally to the People of Color in our local community. A tremendous resource to learn more is right here with our local chapter of NAACP. This month they are sponsoring several events that I thought others may be interested in learning more. Click on this link to be connected to their Facebook page that has all the information you need to engage with our local community in celebrating this Black History Month.


Season of Generosity

This time of year many of us are inspired to give to others in need. From Giving Tuesday to the Can Food Drive, there are many ways that families can get involved. I am always moved to see that some of the families at our school who are struggling are often also among those who are giving to others. We often talk about this as the season of generosity, but really we must ask ourselves, is this not a trait we wish to practice all year long? During character ed lessons with the students, we often explore the personal benefits gained when we are generous. The kids have turned the concept on its head and named that they did something nice for someone else because it felt so good for them to give. Now that is really make use of the phrase, “what you put out into the world comes back to you”!  So this season, I hope together we can experience the joy of giving to others through more than just material things and also share the gift of smiles, a helping hand and a shoulder to lean on. I can’t think of any reason to not continue that all year long!

Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones.


New Playgrounds are Open!

Thanks to the efforts of many parents we are excited to have both of our new playgrounds open. Behind the TK/Kindergarten room we were lucky to inherit a used structure from HSU. With some investments by the school and a lot of hard work by parents, it is a perfect addition for our youngest students. The main playground also received an upgrade which includes a large climbing structure and a continuous play system that has various components linked together. Both of these play areas already are impacting the students’ physical activity. We are deeply grateful for funds donated by our Amigos de Fuente Nueva and for the hard work of many parents to make this playground upgrade a reality.





Stronger Together

While schools do not take political sides, we are impacted by the political climate in our country.  Our students are working out what they hear and see from their families, in the media, and their community. Students express their thoughts and ideas at school, trying to make sense of their world and in turn create our community climate.

At Fuente Nueva, part of our core mission and values is to promote world citizenship. What does this look like? It can be as simple as showing compassion and empathy for those who have different ideas than us; and in the older grades, it can be as complex as taking action for what the students believe in. Getting curious, sharing thoughts, and finding common ground is something that we model for our students.

At Fuente Nueva, we are seeing this moment in history as a teachable moment. The adult discourse that has been heard by our students can lead to negative behaviors as students try on what society is modeling for them. Sometimes this can be ugly and scary for all of us involved. How we respond as a community can be an example for the world we live in.

Here in school, we are committed to supporting each student in the way that they need most. We will show compassion for those who make poor choices and support them to learn a new way. We will have firm and clear boundaries that enable our students to practice civility while creating a safe community for all of its members. At Fuente Nueva, we are deeply committed to celebrating the diversity that exists here in our school and far beyond.

As parents of today’s youth, you play a critical role in how we move forward. Please, talk with your kids. Find out what they are thinking and what they know. It can sometimes be surprising the ideas that the kids are sorting out in their minds and hearts. Share your own thoughts to help them process the world around them. If something comes up for your student at home, please don’t hesitate to bring it to our; attention and we will do the same by including parents when situations arise at school.

It is with pride that I look at the school we have built; founded on the concept that seeing the world through multiple languages and cultures broadens us and prepares us for world citizenship. Our students are taught to celebrate each other’s success and learn together when there are challenges. Now, as we are witnessing the disparity that exists in our nation, a school such as Fuente Nueva takes on a whole new meaning and increased purpose.

As a school community we can be united in support of our students as they face the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. It is a true honor to walk with you on this journey. My door is open and I would love to continue the conversation. Truly, as always, we are stronger together.



Progress for a Safer Route to School!

Yesterday, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance that reduces the speed limit on Foster Avenue to 25mph. In five weeks we will see new signage on Foster Avenue. We are sending a big thank you to our county staff and the board for making this happen so quickly.

It started with a close call for a family en route to Fuente Nueva. That parent and I partnered up and requested the county staff to consider reducing the speed limit. County staff moved quickly and as a result have been able to take the first steps towards providing a truly safe route to school for our students. Through a partnership with the City of Arcata, the County of Humboldt, the County-wide Safe Routes to School Task Force and parents of both Fuente Nueva Charter and Mad River Montessori our next steps include: additional signage on Janes Road, the extension of our School Zone to include Foster Avenue, and the reduction of speed limit for the entire zone to 15mph. Long term plans also include a path along the side of Foster Avenue.

Check us out on the news!



The Great ShakeOut

This Thursday our school will participate in the national Great ShakeOut. Millions of people around the world will be practicing earthquake readiness by simulating their response to an earthquake. Students will drop, cover, and hold on during the simulated shaking. Afterwards, we evacuate the buildings and meet on the blacktop.

As a school we continuously practice and prepare for a natural disaster. At home, as a mother, disaster preparedness is often at the bottom of a long list of “to-dos”. We encourage families to take this opportunity to evaluate your own preparedness. The link below provides a variety of resources for families.

Want to join me in updating our school’s Safety Plan? Contact Directora Beth at bwylie@fuentenueva.org.



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