Welcome to TLC Grow Zone!

<div class=\"postavatar\">Welcome to TLC Grow Zone!</div>

Da-Da-Daaaahhhh!  Cue the drum roll!

Welcome to TLC Grow Zone!  So glad you are here!

TLC Grow Zone has been in process and being worked on behind the scenes for months.  Today it is introduced to our students, parents and community and I feel like I need to insert a marching band scrolling across the screen.  Or perhaps confetti tumbling continuously down your monitor.


Because you are the reason to dream up, plan, create and maintain TLC Grow Zone in the first place!  It is here that you can find out exactly what is going on at The Learning Center! Charter School.  You can view photos and videos.  You can read about what we have done and what we are planning.  You can get information about events.  And most importantly, you can become part of the discussion!

Let me show you around a bit.

First of all, see those icons in the upper right hand column?  When you click on one, it takes you to that place.  TLC Grow Zone is this blog and so much more.  It is also YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Linked-in, and Flickr.  These social media tools provide new methods to communicate among teachers, students, parents and community.  So, go ahead and click on some of those icons . . . I’ll wait for you.

Cool right?!?  Now check this out.

At the bottom of every blog entry (called a blog post) is a place to read comments and leave comments.  Make it a practice to read these comments and to leave your own.  You can ask questions, offer insight and make suggestions here.  Be part of the dialogue!

Finally, any time there is highlighted text, click on it to go directly to a site that has more information or may be helpful in learning more about the blogged topic.

See?  TLC Grow Zone is a wealth of useful information and will become a hub for discussion.  It is a living, breathing place to connect.  A one-stop-shop to connect with students, teachers, parents and the community.

So, look around.  Stay awhile.  Comment.

Yes, definitely comment.

I am so glad you are here!

Monster Mash Bash Begins Saturday

October 23rd 6:30-10:30 and Maze Only on October 30th 6:30-10:30

Preparations for our annual Monster Mash Bash begin months in advance but really move into high gear in the weeks leading up to the event.   Ms. Karen can be found out in the maze everyday, all day for weeks beforehand.  And if you’re  looking for Ms. Mary Jo, go near the maze and holler her name for she is in there somewhere!

There are countless volunteers that make this event possible.  Parents and community members generously give of their time, talents and donations.  I’d picture them here but seems they don’t want their photo taken while they are covered in paper mache, paint or other various and assorted grime.

Either that or they have fallen down the rabbit hole.

More on the November Elections

<div class=\"postavatar\">More on the November Elections</div>

The North Carolina Alliance for Public Charter Schools recently blogged about the upcoming election and how to find out how our candidates for public office feel about charter schools and raising the cap on charter schools in North Carolina.  I am re-blogging below with their permission.

I have been asked if the Alliance will publish a “voter’s guide” for the election now in process. We have not and the only one I am aware of with a question about charters is the NC Family Policy Council’s. Its fourth question was “Should the General Assembly remove the cap on the number of charter schools allowed in the state?”

Here are the NC Senate responses and here are the NC House responses.

There was only one vote on charters during 2010. On June 17, 2010 I made a motion to Senate Bill 1201 to remove the cap on charter schools and the motion was “tabled”, meaning the motion itself would not be voted on at all. The vote for the tabling is also attached. Those voting “aye” voted to table, ending the opportunity to remove the cap. The vote was 26-20 to table.

All of you likely know the charter cap has been a partisan issue for years following the Charter School Act’s bi-partisan passage in 1996. Republicans have favored lifting the cap and Democrat leaders, who control committee bill referrals, have generally not allowed charter bills to be heard. That does not mean there are no charter supporters among the  Democrats of course.

For 2011, the Republican caucus has committed publicly to lift the cap. I have emailed the Democrat senate leader, Martin Nesbitt, for his party’s plan regarding charters.

Eddie Goodall

President, NC Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Please make informed decisions about the General Assembly candidates, as they affect charters.

The Learning Center! Charter School is non-partisan and cannot and does not endorse candidates.  However, we do encourage you to be aware of candidate positions, and more importantly, their legislative history, and by all means vote!


The Learning Center! Charter School’s sole intent is to provide our  school community with information about what is happening politically in  our state regarding charter school law.  We solely seek to inform.

Early voting for November election

<div class=\"postavatar\">Early voting for November election</div>

Early voting for the November 2, 2010 election began earlier this week.  Click HERE to find you voting site.

The Cherokee Scout is an excellent resource for finding out where our local, state and federal candidates stand on important issues . . . especially on charter schools and laws.  You can find out how potential school board members, state level candidates and federal level candidates view and plan to vote for charter schools.

It affects our kids.  Get out there and vote!

The Learning Center! Charter School’s sole intent is to provide our  school community with information about what is happening politically in  our state regarding charter school law.  We solely seek to inform.

Fieldwork at Hillcrest Orchards

Yesterday the kindergarten through the fourth grade classes visited a local apple orchard.  They got to see how apples grow and learn how a farm operates.  They also got to . . .

Milk a cow.

Feed the goats.

Shell corn.

Take a wagon ride.

And, hold a chicken.

One industrious third grader even managed to find the most humongous caterpillar I’ve ever seen.

Lucky for these students, fieldwork is an important part of our studies at TLC!

What’s on your tray?


The Learning Center! is hosting “School Lunch – What’s on Your Tray?” an interactive campaign that can inspire every type of student to get excited about healthy school lunch choices.  The campaign culminates during National School Lunch Week, October 11-15, 2010.

Promotions for the campaign include fun and colorful table displays in the dining commons and an informative email brochure for parents about the National School Lunch program.

By visiting www.WhatsOnYourTray.org,  students can take a personality quiz to reveal which of the site’s cool cartoon characters fit their personality the best.  Whether they score as a social star, busy bee, sports fanatic or just totally chilled-out, students can learn what foods are best to fuel them up, keep them healthy and get the most out of their action-packed school days.  Each character comes paired with healthy eating tips.

“School Lunch – What’s on Your Tray?” is being featured in school cafeterias nationwide this fall to emphasize all the components of well balanced school meals.  The campaign is sponsored by the non-profit School Nutrition Association and the Milk Processors Education Program (MilkPEP).

Serving more than 31 million children every school day, the federally-funded National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides nutritionally balanced low-cost and free meals to students.  The program, which has been serving the nation’s children for over 60 years, requires school meals to meet federal nutrition standards.

  • Meals are based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, meaning they contain no more than 30% of calories from fat, and less than 10% from saturated fat.
  • School lunches include fruits and vegetables, grains and proteins as well as milk, and they must provide one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowances of protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, calcium, and calories.
  • Meals are served in age-appropriate serving sizes meaning you get the amount of food that your body needs!

Meals served at The Learning Center! meet or exceed these standards, plus we are working toward sourcing  more of our fruits , vegetables and meats locally.  Currently all of the beef and most of the chicken served in our nutrition program is locally produced and hormone, antibiotic and synthetic chemical free.

For more information about healthy school meals, visit www.TrayTalk.org