Friday November 19, 2021
Quote of the Week:" I don't have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness - it's right in front of me if I'm paying attention and practicing gratitude." --Brene Brown (professor)
Dear Ocean Shore Families,
I'm definitely the kind of person who needs to be reminded to practice gratitude. A large chunk of my job involves problem solving, and sometimes just problem "listening" because I can't always solve the problems that I'm presented with. I'm not unique in this. Most of us deal with issues every day that don't have easy answers, and it can be frustrating and exhausting. That's why practicing gratitude is so important. When we stop and think about what is good in our lives, it makes us happier. It DOES take practice for most of us. When one thing after another seems to be going "wrong" at school, the last thing I'm likely to do is think about what I'm grateful for. However, when I do take the time (it only takes 30 seconds) to take a few deep breaths and think of something positive in my life, I feel better instantly. It doesn't make the problems go away, but those few seconds of gratitude can interrupt my negative focus and sometimes jolt me into thinking about a solution or a work-around that didn't occur to me. We all need to model gratitude practice to those around us, especially to our students. I'm grateful to my teachers and school staff who work endless hours for our students. We have the best staff in the world. I'm so grateful to all of you for supporting our school and for sharing your children with us. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Shout out of the week goes to our Read-a-thon winners! Our top readers were: K/1st grade (tie): Zhara Rolke & Luciano Campagna, 2nd/3rd grade: Embar Metzgar, 4th/5th grade: Kaavel Basu, 6th grade (tie): Nina Alexiev & Alvine Ekah, 7th/8th grade: Zachary (Kai) McArthur. Congratulations to our top readers and to all of the students that participated this year!
We are off all next week for Thanksgiving break. School will resume on Monday, November 29.
Read-a-thon results: Our students read over 197,000 minutes and raised over $40,000!! Please see the attached flier for a complete list of winners, top fundraisers and winning classrooms.
PTO Corner--a message from our PTO president: We are in desperate need of 2 people who have evening /weekend time and are somewhat skilled with online sign-ups or finance to help with our After School Enrichment Program. This is a “desk job” so to speak. Please email Tarra at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested or have questions. Please see the attached PTO Corner flier for other information about fundraising and employer matching donations.
PEF: Giving Tuesday is coming up on November 30th. Please consider supporting the Pacifica Education Foundation! https://www.pacificaef.org/
Office Needs: Patricia is in need of Seventh Generation Disinfecting Wipes to clean our reusable ice packs.
Lost and Found: We have many, many, many water bottles and lunch boxes in our lost and found as well as the usual large number of sweatshirts and jackets. All bottles and lunch boxes will be thrown out after December 3rd and clothing will be donated to Goodwill. Please come to the office and ask to "visit" the lost and found if your child is missing something.
Fliers attached: Read-a-thon winners, PTO passive donations, PTO corner, PSD job recruitment, December lunch menu, Medi-Cal Dental benefits, PSD Calendar with OSS minimum days.
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