Friday, March 19, 2021
Quote of the week: "If everyone is moving forward together, then success will take care of itself."--Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company
Dear Ocean Shore Families,
I'm thrilled to officially announce that all continuum students will be returning to school the week of April 19th! I know the hybrid model is not ideal, not by a long shot. I've heard from parents who are excited, parents who are apprehensive, parents who want to switch from full year distance learning to hybrid, and parents who signed up for hybrid but now don't want to return to school. I want to reassure everyone--parents, staff and students--that we DO have a plan. Do I have all the answers about what this will look like? No, I do not. However, the staff and I are working on it, and parents WILL have information as it is finalized. There will be an official "Back to School Night 2.0" on Thursday, April 15th from 6:00-7:15 via Zoom. Will I be sending out information sooner than 4/15? Yes, I will. As of this moment, here is what I can tell you for sure.
Cohort (Group) A: Monday, Tuesday: Kindergarten, 2nd, 4th, 1/2 of 6th **, 8th
Wednesday: At-home, asynchronous learning for all students
Cohort (Group) B: Thursday, Friday: 1st, 3rd, 5th, 1/2 of 6th **, 7th
Ocean Shore Start Dates (this is the same as the PSD plan, but I've written it differently)
First day for K, 2nd. April 19 - an A day
First day for 1st, 3rd, 5th, 1/2 of 6th, 7th. April 22 - a B day
First day for 4th, 1/2 of 6th, 8th ( K and 2 will also attend) April 26- an A day
** The cohorts (groups) for sixth grade will be determined by 3/26. Please reach out to Katy Stearns @ firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a preference in being part of the A (Monday, Tuesday) or B group (Thursday, Friday) and she will try to accommodate you if possible. She will NOT necessarily be able to accommodate everyone's requests.
Special Education Students might have different schedules. Please stay tuned for more details.
Arrival and Dismissal Times
Kindergarten: 9:00 am-12:00 pm
1-3: 8:50 am -1:00 pm
4-5: 8:40 am -1:00 pm
6-8 8:30am -12:50 pm
We are still working on drop off and pick up procedures and locations. Students' temperatures will be taken before they enter campus, and families will be expected to fill out a Google form each morning, as the staff do now, that asks health screening questions.
More to follow. Take a deep breath and hang in there.
Shout out of the week: The Ocean Shore Community. We are all a team--families, students, and staff. The next month will be challenging, but we've got this. As Henry Ford points out, we will be successful if we move forward and work together!
Come join The DLG (Diversity Learning Group) Virtual Book Club!The DLG Book Club aims to promote community discussion focused on the DLG vision “to instill an understanding on the value in acceptance and respect for one another’s differences so that we can grow as a society.” Come join us on our inaugural discussion circle for our new book! When: Monday, March 22th, 2021Time: 7pm-8pm Book: "Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America" By Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. BlainReading Discussion: Part 1 - 6 Zoom: https://fhda-edu.zoom.us/j/6489556005
"Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019" collects the work of 90 writers — historians, poets, journalists, novelists and activists — to tell the stories of Black Americans, from the arrival of the White Lion, which brought enslaved people to the colonies in 1619, to the Black Lives Matter movement. https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2021/02/18/four-hundred-souls-book
Note: Consider supporting locally and purchasing the book from Florey's Book Co.
Virtual Paint Night - Saturday, March 20: Join OSS parent and artist, Jeffrey Wong, for some fun with watercolors. This first paint session is for adults only, but we plan to do one for the kids very soon. See attached flyer for more information. Space is limited, so click here to register today!
Pacifica School District-wide Art-a-thon: Please join all of us in celebrating Art education month by creating a piece of two dimensional visual art (painting, drawing, sketch, collage, color, etc.) inspired by the 2021 Art-a-Thon theme Here Comes the Sun and what it means to you. Please see the attached flier for more details. Sponsored by PEF.
Care Solace Mental Health resource: Please see the attached flyer with details. This is an online resource available to all families, staff and students in our school district. Care Solace matches families with mental health professionals that accept their insurance plans or that have sliding scale fees for families without insurance.
Return to School 2.0: We will have an information night for parents on Thursday, April 15th from 6:00-7:15. I'll present for 20-30 minutes, send you off to meet with the teachers, and then host a quick question and answer session from 7:00-7:15. Ocean Shore will be pushing information out to parents much sooner than April 15th through my weekly letter, teacher newsletters and ombuds. However, April 15th will be a time to give the complete overview and have teachers give specific information about what Hybrid learning will look like in their classrooms.
Principal of Ocean Shore. Check back here for weekly updates and messages from the principal.