Friday, May 7, 2021
Quote of the week: "If I ever write a memoir, the title will be: You're a Better Mother than I am." -Jeanne Bellinger
Dear Ocean Shore Families,
Ah, Mother's Day. The day moms get breakfast in bed and then have to clean up the entire kitchen when they get up. This year has been hard on everyone, but I think it's been especially hard on mothers. Nearly 3 million women have dropped out of the American workforce since last March, many of them mothers struggling to care for children. Mothers trying to work from home have been expected to juggle their job responsibilities, plus coordinate their children(s) Zoom schedules and serve as homeschool teachers in the process. Many women are also trying to care for older relatives, and before the vaccine was readily available, had to deal with the stress of worrying about those older adults getting sick, not to mention the stress of possible loss of income, and the stress of dealing with their children's mental health and wellbeing. While I am thrilled to have kids back at school, I also know that the hybrid schedule is even more challenging for parents, adding in the logistics of pick up and drop off, staggered start times and figuring out when to Zoom from home on asynchronous days. Then throw in the stress of social media. I know I shouldn't compare myself to other moms, yet there's that Facebook post from my friend who's having her kids build garden beds, create art projects from recycled materials and sell organic baked goods on Instagram. Oh, look, my sister's daughter is getting an elite college scholarship while my daughter has dropped two classes and has developed a Minecraft addiction. It has been a lot, to say the least. I guess the silver lining is that we have all learned to adapt. We might drop the ball now and again, but our kids are getting through this and so are we. There IS a light at the end of the COVID tunnel. It's Friday, so I'd like to raise a glass and toast all of the mothers in our community. Hang in there. We are all doing the best we can, and the kids are alright.
Link to the 2021-22 Return to OSS form: Return to OSS 2021-22 Please fill this out by 5/10/21 so that we can plan staffing for next year. Our office staff will start calling families next week that have not filled out the form.
Link to the Daily Health Screening Form: OSS Daily Health Screening
CAASPP testing: 3rd through 8th graders will be tested. The testing schedules will vary depending on the grade level, and the teachers are in the process of setting up their schedules. When they do, teachers or ombuds will provide that schedule to parents. Ocean Shore's testing window is between May 27th and June 10th. Testing will occur most likely for an hour in the morning, and then the rest of the day will be spent on other activities. The federal government has mandated that we give these tests. Therefore, California public schools do not have a choice in the matter.
Staffing for the 2021-22 school year: Marguerite and Sandy will not be teaching 4th/5th grade next year. The district will be posting that position next week, as well as our open 2nd and 3rd grade positions. We are not taking any parent requests for specific homeroom teachers at all for the 2021-22 school year.
8th grade graduation will be at Terra Nova High School on Thursday, June 10th @ 2:00 pm. Ticket information and instructions will be shared with our 8th grade parents as we receive it. All PSD 8th grade graduation ceremonies will take place on the Terra Nova football field. Families will sit in the bleachers.
Student Council Book Drive/Sale: We'll be accepting new and gently used books for our annual student council book drive and sale. Students can drop off books in their classrooms next week (5/10-5/13) and the sale will be the following week (5/17-5/21) from 12:40-1:10 in the yard, weather permitting. All proceeds will go to the Pacific Beach Coalition.
7th grade fundraiser: Come join us at the May 22 Arts & Crafts PopUp from 12-4pm at the Intertwine Cafe. Several of our own 7th grade parents and additional OSS supporters will be selling their arts and crafts, Cristin will be hosting a music class, and P-Town Birrias will be dishing up some amazing food. All vendors that day will be donating a portion of their proceeds to the 7th grade class fund to help send the 7th graders on their 8th grade field trip, have an amazing graduation, and fun skip day. Use the QR code in the flyer to sign up for your music class spot with Cristin. We hope to see you all there! Flier attached.
7th/8th grade fundraiser: School is back and it is time to start Flocking!! Want to order a Flock of Pink Flamingos to gather upon a friend’s property to roost? Pay us to place these pink darlings in someone’s yard! Anyone in Pacifica can be Flocked and anyone can order a Flocking.
Please email OSSFlockers@gmail.com for more information. Order form :
Other events: Please see the attached fliers for: Spindrift Summer Programs, ThinkBridge Summer Program, SFSU reading skills program, Manifest youth conference, Riordan and Sacred Heart Summer Camps,
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