Quote of the week: "Halloween is everyday, isn't it? For some of us..." --Tim Burton
I love holidays in general, especially Halloween. There is a freedom in dressing up and taking on the persona of someone else. That persona can be scary, cute, racy, clever, or adventurous, sometimes all of the above. On Halloween, we are all actors, and all the world's a stage. There is so much creativity on display: decorated houses, homemade costumes, and creepy carved pumpkins. Today, of all days, I miss having children in the building. There is nothing as colorful (or as crazy) as an elementary school on Halloween. Luckily for me, I can virtually drop in on the students in their Zoom classes. I'm looking forward to seeing costumes, listening to scary stories, and watching students participate in games. Be sure to ask your students what they did today in school, what they enjoyed about the day, what would have made the day even better. I wish you all a safe and happy Halloween with lots of tricks and treats!
P.S. Special thanks to Lily Escobedo, Jenny Abellana and Gina Smith for coordinating our Read-a-thon. Everything went smoothly, and we raised over $25,000. Thank you to everyone who contributed!
Return to School Task Force: Our district-wide task force met for the first time on 10/20/20. We are starting to put in place safety measures for returning to school and discussing everything from cleaning schedules to desk placement. I promise to keep our community updated about the plans for Ocean Shore. It would be mid-January at the very earliest that any students would return. Students would return in phases, most likely starting with students with special needs and progressing from there. Of course, any plan depends on the COVID-19 numbers continuing to hold steady or drop. I know how frustrating all of this is, and I wish I had more concrete answers!
PEF fundraiser on Halloween morning: PEF is proud to announce its partnership with Coastside Dance School, LLC. To launch the partnership, Roxanne Selinger of Coastside Dance School will be hosting two virtual dance classes for Pre-K to 8th graders, the morning of Halloween, with all proceeds supporting PEF! Please see the attached flier for more information. PEF needs our support more than ever, so please donate if you can! https://www.pacificaef.org/
Picture Days will be November 4th and 5th.
Please see the flier below for more information. Here's a link to Lifetouch's safety information.
Lifetouch Safety and here is link to Lifetouch for online ordering: https://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/#/ Our picture day id number is : EVTVBR6T4. We will be taking temperatures and asking screening questions. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 will not be allowed into the building.
Dia de los Muertos Ofrenda for Sean Nunan: The altar will be displayed outside of the library during the week of November 2nd, and will be up during the scheduled picture days on 11/4 & 11/5. Feel free to drop a card or paper flowers in the basket. Sean's family came to see the altar this week and Sean's wife, May, expressed her deep appreciation for the Ocean Shore community.
Ocean Shore Book Fair: The book fair will run from 11/13 through 11/26. It's entirely online. Here is the link to our Scholastic page: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=oceanshoreschool1
Garden Art Project: Feel like sanding, priming, and painting the alphabet? We are looking for a few families willing to help restore 16 inch tall wooden letters so that they can be hung on the fence of the school garden. 4 to 6 wooden letters of the alphabet and supplies to restore them would be provided. If you are interested in or have questions regarding helping us add some future color to the outdoor space, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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