Dear Ocean Shore Families,
Happy Friday! I hope you are able to attend the PEFathon this weekend! These are wonderful community events for your family. I am hopeful Ocean Shore will have a strong turnout! By participating, you are supporting the PEF programs that make our school so special!
Reflections From My Office:
It was fun this week to see so many families join us for the “Wild Night of Reading” where our teachers hosted an event to celebrate reading in light of our Readathon. This event was new this year. It was my first opportunity to see how cherished traditions like Oceans Week and the Winter Bazaar go from an idea to an event.
A few weeks back, teachers were swapping ideas about the upcoming Readathon event. Being that this is our 10th year of Readathon, the teachers felt this year deserved a special celebration. This is the part where the real Ocean Shore magic began. Everyone jumped in to help to make this dream of an idea become reality. Teachers shared insight about similar events from their past experiences with other schools or districts. As a staff, we talked about how the make the evening meaningful for both parents and students. Therefore, teachers volunteered to host workshops for parents on reading development for different levels of readers. Other teachers volunteered to lead “Adventure” activities in each classroom with a reading theme. Other teachers who could not attend the evening helped in other ways to organize the event. An Ocean Shore parent volunteered to lead an assembly for the students.
It was remarkable how quickly this came together. It speaks to the very “Ocean Shore” nature of our school. I love that “Ocean Shore” has become my new favorite adjective to describe our school community. It is very “Ocean Shore” to see the way in which so many dedicated teachers, staff and parents join in to make things happen. The “Ocean Shore” adjective is synonymous with industrious, creative, innovative and dependable. Our teachers stayed on their own time to facilitate the event because they recognized the value of the evening. Parents took time out of busy schedules to attend the event, and become learners themselves. The students had fun seeing that reading is an adventure and is not limited to something only done in school.
I hope to host more evenings such as these in the future! Here are a few pictures from the night!
Staff Makin’ Waves:
Our kindergarten teacher, Lily, was the mastermind behind our Wild About Reading Event. She organized many different details and sought ways to make the event fun and raise money for our PTO. After busy days of teaching, like so many others, Lily facilitated planning meanings and coordinated the logistics to make the night the success that it was! We are grateful for her contribution to our school!
Parents Makin’ Waves (Shared From a Parent to All Parents!):
Ocean Shore parent, John Edwards, is a valuable volunteer. As a father and published author, he has served our school in many ways. At the “Wild About Reading” event, he graciously led the students in a fun evening of reading one his books to him. He shared his firsthand personal experience with the kids about what it means to write and publish books. We are grateful for all that he does to share his expertise with our students as valuable learning opportunities!
School Safety Update:
This month our classes have been learning about digital citizenship. Common Sense Media is a great resource for educators and parents. I encourage your to take a peak at this website. In light of the “Fortnite frenzy” that many students are excited about, I thought I would share this helpful perspective giving you tools about how to navigate this popular video game.
Parents’’ Ultimate Guide to Fortnite
There will be another School Emergency Preparedness Info Night on Monday, October 29th! Click here for the details!
From the Front Office:
Seeking Outdoor Patio Furniture: We have invited our 8th graders to eat outside during lunch as a special “treat” being the oldest students on campus! We are looking for donations on nice patio furniture. These would be things such as simple chairs, tables, and picnic tables (nothing that requires cushions or umbrellas). Please contact the office if you have a donation. We can give you our tax id number for your records.
A reminder about extended school absences of 5 days or more: If your family is going to be away from school for 5 days or more. Please remember to notify the teacher AND the office and ask your teacher for an Independent Study contract. When you take advantage of the Independent Study contract your child will avoid missing important schoolwork and helps prevent the school from losing out on allocated money from the State.
Every day a student is absent due to travel, illness, excused or unexcused we lose approximately $30 per student per day. However, when your child agrees to do an Independent Study contract or allocation with remain as though the student is at school.
From PEF Corner:
The Pacifica Education Foundation (PEF) is taking education to new heights. They completely fund educational programs which exceed California’s core school standards; which our district budget cannot accommodate. Simply, PEF funds, advances, and protects a higher quality education for OUR students.
Learn more, here.
PEF SPONSORED PROGRAMS:
- Elementary School Music Program
- Middle School Band Program (Music Matters in Pacifica - MMIP)
- Middle School Computer Science Program
- Elementary School Slam Poetry Program (SPARC - Stage Performance + Rhythmic Culture - Poetry)
- Professional Science Curriculum Development & Training For Teachers (Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS))
Learn more, here.
PEF gives our children an enriched educational experience. Give back to PEF and don’t forget your employer-sponsored donation matching too! Give back or donate here.
UPCOMING PEF EVENTS:
- PEFATHON: Mark Your Calendars - Oct. 28th - Run & Walk to support our school! Races for all ages, Fitness Fair, Awards, Prizes and much more! See the attachment on this newsletter; or click here.
-http://www.pacificaef.org/givingNEW MEMBERSHIP PLANS: Membership provides you tickets and/or discounted access to fun annual family events, supporter decals, and much more. Learn more, here.
- LISTEN & LEARN: PEF Ambassadors will be onsite at PTO events. You can volunteer to help us here.
HOW CAN I HELP?
- Volunteers needed, here.
- Like & Follow PEF on Facebook, here.
- Reach Out to our PEF Ambassadors, below:
From the Environmental Action Committee:
Hi all, there will be a garden day on the first Sunday of every month, which is next on November 4th, from 10-1pm. Looking forward to getting my hands in the dirt and do some winter clean up!
Other project will be finishing the fence boards to keep the mulch in and routing an additional hose caddy to the north side of the garden. If your class needs work attending to the beds, please let me know and we can plan for that!
EAT (Environmental Action Committee) will meet every first Monday of the month from 6-8pm in the library. Items on the agenda are
NEXT WEEK HAPPENINGS!
Monday, October 29th: Assembly on Bully Prevention Our middle school peer mediators and I will be facilitating student assemblies for each grade level. The focus of our assembly is on the importance of empowering kids to stand up for others.
HALLOWEEN PARADE and POD DAY:
8:30 K-1st Parade: Starting in the Kinder hall, the students will snake through the hall, pick up the first graders, will go through the rest of the halls, so that the other classes can come out and see them. Then they will go outside and do one lap and take photos, etc.
10:30 – 11:30 Fall POD Activities: If you wish to volunteer, we can always use the help! Contact your child’s teacher for details.
11:35-12:30 LUNCH and Costume Change. Lunch will be eaten in the classrooms with time to change into costumes.
12:30 2-8th Grade Parade Outside. B wing will lead, followed by C, then D, then E. Circle yard twice, then pictures, etc. Minimum Day dismissal!!!
Outdoor Classroom Day – November 1st
On Wednesday, we are hosting our first school-wide Outdoor Classroom Day! Being that this is a minimum day following many festive fall celebrations on 10/31, we felt this would be a great day to get our students outside. Students will rotate in groups to various stations for their subject areas. Our core academics all have connections beyond our classroom walls. This day will be a celebration of our emphasis on how we connect learning the to the outside. This is a very “Ocean Shore” event!
DLG Meeting on November 1st at 6 pm in the Library: Parents and caregivers, join the Diversity Leadership Group for a discussion of school culture next Thursday evening (1 November, 6 PM, Library). Bring your questions, concerns, and ideas for DLG events such as Ability Awareness Week, Celebrate Diversity Day, and Family Movie Night. Childcare is available upon request (Lissin@EarthCapades.com). If you’re unable to attend the meeting, feel free to leave comments in the DLG parent folder.
REMINDER: MINIMUM DAYS October 31 AND November 1st.
THE FALL BOOK FAIR IS COMING!
SUPPORT YOUR SCHOOL LIBRARY AND GET YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING DONE EARLY!
Dates open: Thursday, November 8th – Thursday, November 15th
PURCHASE BOOKS and support our Library. Our Library gets a percentage of the book fair sales. Every dollar spent is important as it goes directly to the purchase of library materials! Teachers will also have book wish lists if you would like to gift a book to a classroom.
HELP RUN THE BOOK FAIR - Volunteers Needed!
We need help with:
Set up - Wed. November 7th from 8:00 a.m.- to completion
2-hour shifts: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. all days (Thurs. 11/8 through until break down)
Break down - Thursday, November 15th from 3:00-5:00 p.m.
If you are able to help, please sign up on the sign-up sheet in the Parent Hallway.
Thank you very much for your support in building great readers!!
WAYS TO HELP OUR SCHOOL AND GAIN VOLUNTEER HOURS
Middle School Elective Coordinator
We are looking for a parent volunteer to coordinate the middle school elective assignments. If you enjoy puzzles, this is a job that can be done at home. Each trimester the 7th and 8th grade students get to rank choice electives. It is a puzzle to assign each student to various elective slots throughout the week. This trimester ends Nov 16th and the middle school teachers need assistance to get the students organized into their various electives before the next trimester begins. If you are interested in earning hours at home, this may be for you. Please contact Jonelle.email@example.com to apply or ask questions.
GARDEN HELP NEEDED! Can You Help Us With Our Electives in the Morning? We are looking for a parent to manage a small group of 7th and 8th graders with a teacher support during a garden elective on Tuesday and Wednesday? One or both days. 8:22-9:05. Please let the office or our 7th/8th grade teachers know if you are available.
Looking for Extra Hours on the Weekend? WE are looking for some simple construction work to help build a cart on wheels for our psychomotor class mats. Cost of materials will be provided. Anyone interested should see Patricia in the office.