Friday, January 29, 2021
Quote of the week: "Life begins when you step outside your comfort zone." Neale Donald Walsch, author
Dear Ocean Shore Families,
Happy Friday! I hope everyone weathered the literal storm this week. Unfortunately, part of my fence and the structure covering my old hot tub did not. My backyard looks like it was hit by a tornado. Experiencing 70 MPH winds made me very thankful that I no longer live in tornado country! Today's quote is just a little reminder that we all need to exercise our hearts, minds and bodies a little as the pandemic drags on. Of course, this advice is coming to you from someone who has turned binge-watching British historical dramas (Bridgerton, The Spanish Princess, The Last Kingdom...) into an art form. Luckily, I have a job that forces me out of my comfort zone almost on a daily basis. However, I'm still trying to make sure that I push myself in my free time to do something other than watch a screen. I've discovered yoga, tried my hand at baking sourdough bread, and am reading "How to be an Anti-Racist" and participating in our DLG book club. While engaging in these activities isn't necessarily going to help me change the world, it does push me beyond what is comfortable and force me to stretch mentally and physically. Resolve to take a small step outside of your comfort zone this week and encourage your kids to do the same!
Shout out of the week: Bill Litz gets my shout out this week. He is the one who has acquired all of the plants and planted them in the garden this year. Last year, he planted the tomato seeds that we raised to sell, he acquired the lettuce that we are giving away, and planted almost all that we see in the garden and all that we are harvesting. Ocean Shore's beautiful garden has been a bright spot during these difficult times. Thank you to Bill and to all of the volunteers that have kept the garden growing!
Kindergarten registration for siblings is due by noon on Monday, February 1st. If you haven't already done so, please bring your form directly to the district office.
EAT team: If you are interested in helping out in the outdoor learning space of the garden, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
PEF: Membership Has Its Rewards: Have you tapped into the new Partner Perks Program offered through the Pacifica Education Foundation? Through a unique partnership with local businesses, they now offer exclusive discounts to PEF members; and are adding new partners every month! The program helps you and our local business community; and our students' educational experience benefits directly, too! Ready to tap into these perks? Get your membership today! Also, check out the attached flyer for Spindrift's Bollywood dance class. PEF members receive a 10% discount.
Return to School Update: We are not planning to return to school at this time. However, there is now a detailed plan in place for when we do decide to return. The district office will present it to the school board on February 10th. Hopefully, the vaccination process will speed up, and teachers will receive their vaccinations quickly.
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