Friday, February 12, 2021
Quote of the week: "Pleasing everyone is impossible, but pissing everyone off is a piece of cake." --Unknown
Dear Ocean Shore Families,
The Pacifica School District Board meeting this Wednesday was an intense experience. After listening to public comments from parents, considering input from the school district administration, and from the unions, our school board members voted to approve the Hybrid learning plan and also voted to not implement that plan until staff has been vaccinated. We had Ocean Shore parents speak on behalf of both sides of the argument. Some advocated bringing kids back to school asap, and others supported waiting until most staff have received both doses of the vaccination. All of our parents spoke eloquently and presented their positions rationally and respectfully. I was reminded again why this school community is so special. However, I did not envy the school board members. Whatever their decision, a large part of the Pacifica community would be disappointed. Now that they've voted, and we know the conditions for our return, we will continue to prepare Ocean Shore for hybrid learning so that our classrooms and our staff are ready to go when we get the ok. I'm optimistic that the vaccination process will speed up, and I am hopeful that we might have some of our kids back in the building for the last few months of the school year. I promise to keep you updated on our progress to reopen school, even though some of you will find the updates disappointing. We might not all agree on the timeframe and conditions for returning to school, but we can find common ground in our love for Ocean Shore and for this community.
Happy Valentines Day and Happy Lunar New Year!
Shout out of the week: All of our teachers have been putting together vibrant lessons to celebrate Black History month and the Lunar New Year. This week, I'd like to give a shout out to our 4/5 classes. Sandy and Marguerite's 4th and 5th graders are currently reading Sounder and The Watsons go to Birmingham respectively, and will be doing a research project in March focusing on important contributions of Black women. Jonathan's class is studying the quilters of Gee's Bend, Alabama, and the kids are making designs to make "quilt collage" with whatever scrap paper and fabric they may have at home. Virginia dove into Lunar New Year and has sent home materials for multiple projects as well as bubble rap so they can mimic the sounds of firecrackers during their virtual celebration today to kick off the Year of the Ox!
School News & Community Information
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 email@example.com to arrange the pick up of a chromebook. A loan agreement will need to be signed by a parent/guardian.
San Mateo County Library: Please see attached fliers for information about free events sponsored by the SMC Library, including a Lunar New Year Celebration. Happy Year of the Ox!
Stanford Children's Health: Please see attached flier for important information about scoliosis.
Principal of Ocean Shore. Check back here for weekly updates and messages from the principal.