Friday, October 9, 2020
Quote of the week: "Practice what you preach."
I did something unprecedented last week; I took my own advice! As my former students and actual children (Jack, 19, and Clara, 17) would be quick to point out, I'm really good at giving advice, but not always so good at practicing what I preach. I actually read for 2 hours last Saturday, and it felt great. I've been nibbling away at The Mirror and The Light, by Hilary Mantel, for months and I finally finished it. I spent two hours reading for pleasure, and my world did not fall apart. Some of the laundry did not get done, some groceries weren't purchased, and some emails went unanswered. As educators or parents (or both!), the work is endless. There is always something to do, and because of technology, our work is always with us. It used to be when I got home, I just had to deal with doing laundry, making dinner, or changing a diaper. Now that I have a pocket-sized computer in my hand at all times, there is that nagging feeling that I'm obligated to answer every question immediately, whether it's 9:00 pm on a Friday night or 9:00 am on a Monday morning. I'm sure I'm not alone. We need to work on breaking that cycle, for our sake and for the sake of our children. What we do is always more impactful than what we say. In honor of Indigenous Peoples Day, take a breath, appreciate the beauty of the natural world, and try to find balance in your life.
No school on Monday, October 12 & Tuesday, October 13. Monday is Indigenous Peoples Day and Tuesday is professional development for all staff, including classified staff. This means that we will not have anyone answering phone calls on either day.
No lunch service at Ocean Shore on Tuesday, October 13. We will not be distributing lunch at Ocean Shore on 10/13/20. However, any Ocean Shore family can pick up meals at the following schools: IBL, Vallemar, Sunset Ridge, and Ortega. Our high schools are also distributing lunch to PSD students. Time is 11:00 am-1:00 pm. There is no cost.
Picture Days will be November 4th and 5th. More information and logistics to follow. All YDL students will be included.
Dia de los Muertos Ofrenda for Sean Nunan: Several of our families are coordinating a Day of the Dead Altar for Sean. It will be displayed at school during the week of November 2nd, and will be up during the scheduled picture days on 11/4 & 11/5. More information to follow.
Read-a-Thon: Keep reading! Any questions about reading logs or donations? Please contact your teacher. YDL families, please reach out to Virginia Clements @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Food Support for Families: Because of the Fires, the California Department of Education (CDE) is assisting the California Department of Social Services, (CDSS) to share information about Disaster CalFresh food benefit services. Currently, families in Lake, Monterey, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Yolo counties are eligible for Disaster CalFresh benefits.
The application process for Disaster CalFresh benefits is a two-phase process. First, families in eligible counties must pre-register for Disaster CalFresh benefits by calling or texting 1-916-237-1909 between Wednesday, October 7 and Tuesday, October 13. Those families that have pre-registered will be contacted by their local counties to complete the application and interview process between Wednesday, October 14 and Thursday, October 22. IInformation is available at https://cdss.ca.gov/inforesources/cdss-programs/calfresh/disaster-response/outreach-materials and will be updated routinely.
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