Friday, February 5, 2020
Quote of the week: "I'm not an early bird or a night owl, I am some form of permanently exhausted pigeon." --from a Pinterest post of funny motherhood quotes
Dear Ocean Shore Families,
I have writer's block this week. Usually, something comes to me. I'll be prompted by an event, see an interesting quote, or experience something that I think is relatable. I think, like most of us, I'm just a little tired. Actually, I'm a lot tired. I'm guessing I'm not alone. We are in the eleventh month of this pandemic and all ready for life to go back to some kind of "normal". On days like today, I try to find humor wherever I can. I usually don't find it on Pinterest, but I did today. I often find it on YouTube when I'm procrastinating. I scroll through Saturday Night Live commercial parodies, Seth Miller monologues, or The Daily Show clips. We all know we feel better when we laugh, and studies show that laughter has both short and long term positive effects on the body. The famed Mayo Clinic backs me up. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress-relief/art-20044456
We have lots of school news, so please take the time to read the flyers and announcements. Next week, many of our classes will be celebrating our first virtual Valentines Day and have valentines and other treats going home and fun activities planned for the end of next week.
Have a wonderful weekend, and try to"find the funny" in your life. I promise you'll feel better if you do.
Shout out of the week: Jennifer Mitchell hosted another online dance party on Monday night that was open to all K/1 families, adults and siblings. Some full-year distance learning first graders participated, and were happy to see their classmates. Jennifer took music requests and played everything from Harry Styles to The Mandalorian theme music (which is very hard to dance to). Izzy and Lila, Jennifer's daughters, joined, as always. They all danced, and then Jennifer read a story to settle things down. I can't wait until we can all dance again in person, but in the meantime, I'm deeply grateful that Jennifer is willing to host this during her precious free time in order to build community with our families and provide a fun opportunity for kids to connect with each other.
TK and Kindergarten registration for new families is due by 4:30 pm on Wednesday, February 10th. Please let any friends and neighbors know. The kIndergarten lottery is on Friday, February 12th.
February Break: There will be no school the week of 2/15/21-2/19/21. School will resume on 2/22/21.
Chromebooks: The District has additional chromebooks. If you do not already have a Pacifica School District device and would like one, please email our Library Media Tech, Barbara Bualat at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange the pick up of a chromebook. A loan agreement will need to be signed by a parent/guardian.
EAT team: If you are interested in helping out in the outdoor learning space of the garden, please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, or just join us: in the garden Sunday, February 7 between 10 and 1 (you do not have to stay the whole time - also adults only) or via Zoom Monday, February 8 at 6:30 (again you do not have to stay the whole time). Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84816396584?pwd=UnhZN3JiQmZqKzlSU2RQODYxVHpXUT09 Meeting ID: 848 1639 6584 Passcode: 1MwrRe- If you are interested in helping sand, prime, and paint some wood letters to decorate the school, please email Virginia email@example.com
DLG (Diversity Learning Group) Virtual Book Club: This Monday, 2/8 @ 7:00 pm. If you missed the introduction meeting but still want to join in, Adults and 7/8th grade readers are welcome. Please see below plan and next meeting zoom details. The book club aims to promote community discussion focused on the DLG vision “to instill an understanding of the value in acceptance and respect for one another’s differences so that we can grow as a society.” Zoom link: https://fhda-edu.zoom.us/j/6489556005 How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. - This book is described as taking readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas – from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilities - that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their poisonous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves.
Return to School Update: There has been talk recently about learning hubs opening on a few school campuses in Pacifica. A learning hub is a small group (5 or 10 children) of targeted students, who are invited back to campus by the principal to be supervised by classified staff as they work remotely. There is no direct instruction or tutoring. This is really just a safe space to work for our most vulnerable students. Currently, we do not have appropriate staffing at Ocean Shore to support a learning hub. I'm hoping that we will be able to arrange this in the near future, but we don't have a plan in place right now.
Yearbook 2020-21: Please see the attached flyer for information.
Care Solace Mental Health resource: Please see the attached flyer with details. This is an online resource available to all families, staff and students in our school district. Care Solace matches families with mental health professionals that accept their insurance plans or that have sliding scale fees for families without insurance.
Flocking Fundraiser: The 8th grade is still trying to raise money for whatever type of graduation that ends up being possible. Please take advantage of the flocking if you are able and interested. It is a fun way to surprise someone for their birthday (I'm looking at you, Jason McArthur, Happy 50th!) or to provide a silly pick-me-up for a friend or family member. Please see the attached flyer.
Meal Distribution updates: Please see the attached flyers for information about the February Break and updated information for food distribution throughout Pacifica.
February is National Children's Dental Month: Please see attached fliers in English and Spanish concerning dental health from Smile California.
Principal of Ocean Shore. Check back here for weekly updates and messages from the principal.