Quote of the Week: “There is a child in every one of us who is still a trick-or-treater looking for a brightly-lit front porch.” – Robert Brault, writer
Dear Ocean Shore Families,
I love Halloween. I have vivid memories of sprinting from house to house to maximize the amount of candy I could get in the two hour trick-or-treat window. I loved the excitement of dressing up and the anticipation of seeing everyone's costumes and home decorations. I loved stories about vampires, witches, and black cats. Why am I using the past tense? I still love those things. Of course, I can't trick-or-treat as an adult, and now I can't even walk around with my kids because at 18 and 20, they would get strange looks knocking on doors. The next best thing is being a principal, and getting to watch your children dress up, eat candy, and listen to spooky stories. We won't be doing our school wide parade this year, but the younger grades are doing smaller parades and our older children will be doing activities in their classrooms. It's especially exciting because at this time last year, the classrooms were empty, and the halls were silent. Our lives are stressful, and the pandemic is still with us. We have plenty of real things that scare us and make us anxious. Halloween provides us with the chance to pretend to be someone else, to be scared by unrealistic monsters, and to eat and drink sugary treats. It's an escape that I welcome every year, and one that I am privileged to share with your children.
Take care and keep reading! (Read-a-thon has raised over $20,000 so far)
P.S. Please make sure that your children don't bring any fake weapons to school or wear costumes that are overly bloody. Be mindful of costumes that could be considered cultural appropriation such as Native American headdresses. If you have a question about whether or not a costume is appropriate, please contact your child's teacher or me. Thank you!
YSB counselors: I have biography pages attached as PDFs for Jessica and Tiffany, our YSB counselors. Please contact Gitima Sharma
if you are interested in having your child see a counselor (firstname.lastname@example.org). I can not tell you how amazing these three women are. We hit the counseling jackpot this year, and it couldn't have happened at a better time.
Kindergarten Registration for 2022-23: Information can be found on the PSD website: http://pacificaredesign.cyberschool.com/District/1150-Kindergarten-and-TK-Registration.html Tour information is not yet posted. All tours will be virtual. The OSS dates/times for virtual tours are: 12/8/21 @ 10:00 am, 12/14/21 @ 9:00 am & 1/12/21 @ 6:30 pm. Zoom links will be posted on the PSD website. Kindergarten packets are due by noon on 2/1/22. The packets can be picked up at any school site or the district office. They are available now. Please contact the district office if you have questions about registration that aren't answered on the PSD website.
JUHSD High School Open Houses: Please see the attached flier for information. Registration information will be coming soon to their website: https://www.juhsd.net/Page/2003.
Clothing needed: We need leggings (all sizes) and pants for boys 1st-5th grade to keep in the office for spills and other types of accidents.
Additional fliers attached: Flu Vaccination Clinics (Eng. & Spanish), JUHSD Open Houses, PGSL, PNLL, Pacifica United Soccer, City of Pacifica Halloween, Read-a-thon FAQ, Bios for YSB counselors.
Principal of Ocean Shore. Check back here for weekly updates and messages from the principal.