Quote of the week: "Find your beach."
-Corona Beer advertisement tagline
October is always an exhausting month for educators. The start of the school year excitement has passed, and the work starts to come in. We have meetings, assessments, professional development, grading, planning, and more meetings. This year is especially stressful. The face-to-face interactions with co-workers, students and parents are absent right now. Of course, these social interactions are what give us the most joy. Most educators enjoy being with people. None of us went into this profession to sit in front of a computer screen all day long. I was bemoaning the current level of exhaustion among my staff members at a meeting, and wondering aloud how I could help them deal with their stress and my own. The wonderful Julie Carrillo told me that we all need to figure out how to find our beach, and that we need to find our beach daily. It is not enough to find our beach one a month or even once a week. I resisted the urge to roll my eyes. Some days, I'm lucky I find time to brush my teeth before falling into bed. However, I know Julie was right, as she often is. If we, as educators, parents, and caregivers, don't take time to nourish ourselves, we won't be able to take care of others. All of us are entitled to do something we enjoy, something just for us, every day. My "beach" used to be reading fiction, long novels that dropped me into another world where I could stay for days or weeks at a time. Now, it's more often Netflix or Hulu which is fine, too. However, in honor of Read-a-thon, I'm committing to reading every day, even if it's just for 10 minutes. I challenge all of you to find one thing that you can do every day, something that you love, even if it's just for a few minutes. Many of us live in Pacifica, so it might literally be finding the beach. It could also be yoga or hiking or eating chocolate or savoring a glass of wine or even drinking an ice-cold bottle of Corona. We should all take Julie's advice and find our beach.
Environmental Action Team (EAT): Please join our Environmental Action Team (E.A.T.) Committee for our First Sunday of the Month garden maintenance days from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, and our first Monday of the Month Zoom Meetings from 6:30-7:30 pm. The first maintenance day is this Sunday, October 4th, and the first Zoom meeting is Monday, October 5th.
Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84816396584?pwd=UnhZN3JiQmZqKzlSU2RQODYxVHpXUT09 Meeting ID: 848 1639 6584 Passcode: 1MwrRe
We look forward to working with you in and for our school garden!
Read-a-thon: it's happening all this month! I've attached a PDF with the information, but you can also check with your child's teacher. This is such a great way to reinforce the importance of reading every day, and raise money for Ocean Shore at the same time.
Flocking Fundraiser: A Fundraiser for 7th/8th graders at Ocean Shore School. 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, or check out our flier on the PTO homepage. https://www.osspto.org/
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