Quote of the week: "Fall seven times. Stand up eight." --Japanese proverb
Dear Ocean Shore Families,
I've thought a lot about resilience this week. Let's be honest, this week was rough, at least it was for me. We had multiple positive COVID cases reported by parents and revealed by tests at school (about 15 since Monday), and conducted hundreds of PCR Pool tests and rapid tests. Fifteen sounds like a lot, but it is only about 4% of Ocean Shore's student population. Most of our students are at school and healthy. Ayesha has been working day and night to test students, log results and communicate with the district office and families. As we look into the contact tracing data, we are finding that the vast majority of cases were transmitted at home from a positive parent or sibling. It can be frustrating to have to keep children at home that don't seem sick and to have to communicate with the front office or the teachers to get work to do at home. It's especially frustrating when the phones at school don't work for three days! (They work now) I know I'm digging deep and continue to be inspired by our students and our staff members. They pivot on a dime and make changes so that our kids are still learning and still having fun.
It was wonderful to see so many parents at our General PTO meeting last night. Our PTO board did a great job of putting together an organized and informative meeting. The PTO is very interested in getting parent feedback. Here is the link to a PTO parent survey. This is your chance to express your opinions, give suggestions and offer to help. Take a quick PTO Survey! https://forms.gle/X8hnR8aZGEGfdWm97
Listening to Gitima speak was a highlight of the meeting for me. She is caring, intelligent and empathetic and has a wealth of knowledge and experience that she is eager to share with all of us. Here are the slides that she shared last night during the meeting. The links should be active: School Counselor, Ocean Shore
Due to COVID testing, our Martin Luther King, Jr. Observation has been postponed until Tuesday morning at 8:30. Jonathan will lead us in song via Zoom.
Take care and enjoy the long weekend!
We do NOT have school on Monday, January 17th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Covid Reminders: Please keep your children home if they are sick. If they exhibit even one symptom at school, they will need to go home. If your child is out sick for any reason, this Google form must be filled out before they return to school and they must come to the office to receive a return to class slip before they can go to their classroom. OSS Return to school form. ** Please do NOT upload positive test results. If your child or another immediate family member has COVID-19, contact Ayesha Siddiq @ email@example.com immediately.
Please note that if a child is out sick for any reason, they can't come back to school without: 1. a negative COVID test or 2. Recent documentation from a healthcare provider that states your child's symptoms are typical of your child's underlying chronic condition (such as allergies) or 3. recent documentation from a healthcare provider confirming an alternative named diagnosis (such as strep or a cold)..
Other School Business:
Yearbook: The yearbook is being compiled and we need your child's input. Attached are flyers that show step by step instructions on how to upload photos, complete your free personal pages, and purchase your yearbook if you choose to. We need your students' photo submission with their name, grade and classroom Teacher information in the comments. We would love photo submissions of your students for everything else as well: first day of school, outdoor ed, Halloween, read-a-thon, etc. Contact Tanya Guido with any questions. firstname.lastname@example.org.
7th grade fundraising: Support our 7th grade class by purchasing these cute t-shirts. Link is here: https://oss-7th-grade-fundraising.cheddarup.com/ and a flier is attached.
Food Drive:The Pacifica Resource Center extends its thanks to our community for our generosity during the end-of-year food drive. Ocean Shore families donated over two hundred (yes, 200!) pounds of food for our neighbors in need. Please keep the spirit going and be as generous as you are able in donating to the food drive currently being coordinated by our eighth grader, Ava Litz. She is learning about the problems and solutions surrounding hunger in this country as part of her 20% Project. She has been visiting classrooms sharing what she has learned and what we all can do to help. Thank you, Ava, for your activism.
6th grade tour: There is a ZOOM meeting for families that are interested in transferring to Ocean Shore for sixth grade on Jan 19, 2022 10:00 AM . Please pass this information along to any families that might be interested. Join Zoom Meeting. https://pacificasd.zoom.us/j/84663128413?pwd=Um42WDYyL0E1RDFvSCtzN21hUXl0UT09 Meeting ID: 846 6312 8413 Passcode: 825134
PEF: Please see the Pacifica Education Foundation Winter Newsletter below. Please contribute to PEF in 2022!
Additional Fliers attached: Pacifica Unified Soccer information, Spanish & Portuguese translations of letter.
Principal of Ocean Shore. Check back here for weekly updates and messages from the principal.