Quote of the week: “Doesn't expecting the unexpected make the unexpected expected?” -- Bob Dylan, songwriter
Dear Ocean Shore Families,
The construction is proceeding ahead of schedule which is great news for the moment. However, because the construction crew was able to start working on the back of the kindergarten playground sooner than expected, it means we need to adjust again. Because construction vehicles need to access the kinder yard, we are going to close the parent parking lot and block off the parking lot entrance to Edgemar starting on MONDAY. The Edgemar turnaround will not be affected. Parents are encouraged to drop off children in the front of the building and then exit on to Oceana Blvd. The kindergarten gate next to the library is now open in the morning, and the Nelson Gate is another spot to drop off students. Please do not double-park on Edgemar or block the intersection at Edgemar and Manor. I know this is extremely inconvenient. The staff and I are doing everything we can to ensure the safety of our students during this hectic time.
The good news is that we are going to start the 2022-23 school year with a beautiful playground. Please check out the playground design and photos of the play structures at the bottom of this letter.
Next week will be a busy one. We start CAASPP (CA State standardized testing), so make sure your student has a healthy snack and plenty of rest. There are also three field trips, all on Thursday. The second graders will be off to the SF Zoo, the sixth graders will be visiting Safari West and the Petrified Forest in Calistoga, and the seventh graders will be learning about sustainable farming at Hidden Villa in Los Altos. The kindergarteners are in Marin County today at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. It feels so good to have Ocean Shore kids traveling all over the Bay Area. Next week is also teacher appreciation week, so please take the time to write a quick email or card to your child's teacher(s). This has been an incredibly difficult time for educators. I know from experience that a few kind words from a parent can turn a challenging day into a good one. Our teachers are some of the most dedicated professionals that I have ever worked with, and they care deeply about your children. Show them some love next week!
Common Sense Media is an excellent resource for parents. We are hoping to have them present at one of our PTO meetings next year. In the meantime, check out their website for reviews of movies, Apps and their most recent addition, podcasts: Common Sense Podcast Reviews
Parent parking lot will be closed from Monday, May 2nd until ???
COVID reporting: We had two positive testing pools on Wednesday. The follow up rapid testing on Friday did not show any positive results. If you or a family member test positive, please email Ayesha Siddiq, email@example.com
2022-2023 School Year - Intent to Return Survey
Please help us prepare for the next school year by confirming your child’s enrollment. Please do so by using the survey link immediately below by Wednesday, May 4th. (Eighth grade parents do not need to complete the survey).
PSD Intent to Return Form
Garden: We have a garden clean-up day this Sunday from 10:00 to 1:00. Come join the fun and earn hours at the same time!
Absences: We now have an email address dedicated to reporting student absences: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call 650-738-6650 Ext. 3205. Please provide your child's full name, grade, your full name and the reason for the absence. Thank you!
Spring Auction: Ocean Shore's Spring Auction is back and will be live next week! This auction has a lot of special items. The spring auction of 2020 was canceled due to Covid and we are now able to put those amazing baskets and much more up for auction. This bidding process will be online; however, baskets and items will be available for viewing in the main hallway starting next week. You can get a sneak peak online if you open the attached flier. All items will not be loaded until Monday. 25% of all proceeds from the auction will go to Ukraine Relief Efforts. Thank you, Amanda and Tristin
Food Drive: Hello Ocean Shore Families!Thank you so much for your very generous food donations to StarVista clients in San Mateo county over the past few months. Our Ocean Shore community has already donated almost 200! food items. If you have not yet donated or would like to continue to donate, please consider sending in non-perishable food items that will go directly to the people who need them.The collection bin is at the front entrance and will remain open for donations throughout the rest of the school year. Thank you again for helping to keep food insecure members of our community fed and healthy. Ava Litz - Eighth Grade Student
PEF: Please see the Pacifica Education Foundation Spring Newsletter below, and contribute to PEF in 2022!
Fliers: May Lunch Menu, Playground photos, Spring Auction, 4H event, Girl Scout information, AYSO soccer, Legarza Summer program, Pacifica United, Sanchez summer programs, tech camps, PEF newsletter, Portuguese and Spanish translations of my letter.
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