Friday, November 6, 2020
Quote of the week: "Come on inner peace, I don't have all day!" --posted by the Fight Like a Girl Club @ fightlikeagirlclub.com
I'm tired of being patient. It's 4:00 pm on Friday and I want to know who the president is, when in-person school will start, and when we'll have a vaccine. I want to know when I will get to see my parents in Cleveland, and when I can finally eat inside a restaurant. I have been working on my mindfulness practice, which seems counterintuitive. Why should we have to work on our breathing? Why should we have to remind ourselves to live in the moment? Why is sitting still for five minutes so difficult? As educators and parents, we are action-oriented problem solvers. We feel responsible for our students and our children, and we want to help them gain the skills they need to be successful in an ever-changing world. That is our job. However, it is also our job to model patience and to show our children that it's okay not to know what's going to happen and when. It's important to show them how to live with uncertainty, how to be flexible, how to be patient, how to wait. Those skills are vital as well, and working on them is a lifelong process. Take a deep breath, and have a beautiful weekend!
No school this Wednesday, 11/11/20: We will celebrate Veteran's Day with a school holiday on Wednesday, 11/11/20. My thoughts and my gratitude go out to all of our veterans and those currently serving in our military.
Wellness Town Hall Meeting on 11/12/19: Please see the attached flier for information. This Zoom meeting will focus on how to communicate more effectively with your children and how to find resources to help them if they are struggling.
Ocean Shore Fundraising for November: Tonight, Friday, 11/6, is Round Table Pizza night. Just mention that you are from Ocean Shore and they will donate 15% of your sale to our PTO. Sees Candy sales have started as have Simple Pleasures Coffee Subscriptions. Here is the link to the OSS PTO's fundraising campaign page which has all the details. https://www.osspto.org/campaigns.html
Pacifica Education Foundation and the Pacifica Historical Society Fundraising event this Sunday: These two non-profits have partnered for a fun way to learn about Pacifica and raise money as you drive around town. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
Return to School Task Force: Our district-wide task force met again on 11/4/20. San Mateo County COVID numbers continue to maintain or slightly decline from last meeting. Currently we are in the moderate or orange level with a positivity rate of 1.6%. The school board has approved hiring 7 temporary custodians and has contracted with Curative, a company that will coordinate the regular (biweekly or weekly) COVID testing of PSD staff. We broke into three groups to discuss health and safety issues, Hybrid plan issues/questions, and communication with families. We'll meet next on 11/17/20, most likely in our site-level groups to start discussing specifics about what Ocean Shore needs in order to safely begin the process of returning to school.
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
Makeup Picture Day: Our makeup picture day will be Wednesday, December 16th. The time will most likely be from 8:30-12:00. There will not be a schedule. Families can come at any time that morning. Here is link to Lifetouch for online ordering: https://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/#/ Our picture day id number is: EVTVBR6T4.
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