Dear Ocean Shore Families,
Happy Friday! I hope your family is off to enjoy the lovely weather this weekend! This weekend is the Sharp Park Cleanup. See below for more details! This is a great opportunity to get outside with your family and help the community.
Today our students enjoyed an assembly in celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Our friend Eddie visited students to share stories and dances with the students. It was fantastic, and I encourage you to ask your child about their takeaways from the event.
Reflections From My Office:
This week I had the opportunity to visit our 8th graders at Yosemite for their weeklong field trip. I was able to share some highlights from my trip with the 8th grade families, and wish to share this with you. What an experience for our kids! I am grateful for the hard work that went into preparing for the trip from fundraising, organizing details and last minute arrangements. I look forward to welcoming them back any minute soon!
Here is a recap of my message to our 8th grade families:
I arrived on Tuesday to greet the students as they returned from their hike. They were eager to tell me about how they were able to hike off the trail, navigating all by themselves with the help of the GPS (and their naturalist and chaperones patiently following their lead). The lesson they learned is that when you follow only the GPS without considering the terrain in front of you, the hike ends up doing a great deal of downhill to uphill hiking (hence – the importance of switchbacks!) They were fairly proud of themselves and I enjoyed seeing them so excited! As each hiking group returned, they eagerly shared their stories of their first few days on the trip. The teachers played their guitars and sang songs while the kids played ball, gathered sticks and built forts, or wove bracelets at the picnic tables. The entire experience was truly idyllic, with the gorgeous backdrop behind them of pines, meadows and rocks.
The rest of the trip was just as lovely as the start. It was so wonderful to see the kids interact with one another, laughing and encouraging others – even peers beyond their close circle of friends. This was especially apparent yesterday on the trail. When a few kids needed encouragement or help on navigating a rocky trail, it was the other 8th graders who stepped in to lend a hand to their peer. The naturalist wisely knew how to let them help each other, as this was far more meaningful than having an adult step in to do it for them. A highlight of the trip for me was when our hiking group stood in a circle to share gratitude at the end of our hike. I beamed when I heard the students who needed some encouragement share gratitude for the other students who stepped in to lend a hand and kept them going on the hike. That is the grand lesson from the whole experience. At breakfast yesterday morning, a naturalist shared some advice with the students. She told them to remember that being a part of a community is all about putting into the group what you wish to receive from it. The 8th graders demonstrated this very concept on the trail yesterday. I was so glad to witness this and celebrate their success together!
Here were a few other highlights from my experience:
As I told them before I departed, I will reflect on my time with them at Yosemite long after the trips ends. I will smile and think back to this week when I see them in the lunchroom or in their classrooms. The experience will inevitably bring them together, promote their individual growth and independence and bond them as a group as they continue in the months ahead!
Staff Makin’ Waves:
On Monday our staff participated in our school district professional development day. Staff selected from a variety of workshops presented by other teachers, district specialists and other presenters. One of our teachers, Jennifer Mitchell, led a dynamic workshop for teachers on integrating social and emotional learning into the K-2 classrooms. She led us through activities and strategies that were practical ways to help students develop such things as deepening their emotional language, becoming active listeners, promoting positive communication and using social stories to promote emotion and social awareness. It was inspiring to see how teachers like Jennifer share their passion from their own professional learning with their colleagues. This is what our teaching community is all about!
Parents Makin’ Waves (Shared From a Parent to All Parents!):
The trip to Yosemite would not be complete without the efforts from parent chaperones that accompanied the students this whole week during the trip! It takes a great deal to arrange busy home and work schedules while they were away supporting our kids. Thank you to our Ocean Shore 8th grade parents Barbara Bruxvoort, Jonathan Harris, Monica Nolan, Andy Schine, and Michelle Zuromski for accompanying our students!
Student Safety Updates:
We have a SAFETY DRILL NEXT WEEK! Our school will be participating in the Great California Shakeout on October 18th. Click here for more information on the Great Shake Out:
This will be our “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” drill in conjunction with the Big 5 Safety Protocols. Teachers and staff will lead students through this drill to for earthquake preparedness. In addition, we will be testing our emergency notification system for parents on the day of our drill. You will be receiving a notification to test our emergency contact system. This will occur after our drill on October 18th by the end of the school day.
From the Front Office:
THANK YOU! A big thank you to the Oca, Mejia and Macdougall Families for purchasing some great books for our library. Your generosity is very much appreciated. From, Barbara & Renee (AND students of OSS!)
THANK YOU! Staff have been able to park in their designated staff parking spots thanks to our parents and visitors for respecting these spaces as parking for staff only. Thank you for your continued adherence to this matter!
Please Remind Your Child to Keep Electronic Toys at Home: Electronic toys should be kept at home as this can be distracting for students. Recess and lunchtime are screen-free (unless under the supervision of staff members for unusual occasions). Help us encourage our students to enjoy playtime outdoors!
From the PTO Corner:
Check Out the Different Fundraisers! Click here to see the ways you can support our school with fundraising opportunities!
-We have a winner for the silent auction Golden Ticket Parking Spot..Malcolm Katz for the months of November, December and January!
This week, if 5 new families join the Ocean Shore School fundraiser, Good Eggs will host brunch for our teachers!
-Portraits with Art Klozet Photography Studio.
READATHON! Welcome to Ocean Shore School's 10th Annual Readathon! Click here for the flyer!
Wild About Reading! Let your imagination run WILD!
October 1st thru October 31st
To raise money for field trips while building literacy skills
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:
NEXT WEEK HAPPENINGS!
Sharp Park Cleanup This Saturday 10/13! Click below for more details:
Kindergarteners extend their day starting next week! Our kindergarteners will be joining the “big kids” with a longer day and eating lunch at school. We practiced last week and are ready to have them join us for a little longer day!
Thursday, October 18th: Great California Shake Out Drill at Ocean Shore Students will participate in the drop, cover, and hold on drill after recess!
Thursday, October 18th: Superintendent Dr. Heather Olsen visits Ocean Shore! I look forward to having Dr. Olsen visit our campus on Thursday morning to tour classrooms and visit students, staff and teachers.
Ocean Shore is Participating in Trick or Treat for UNICEF! Click here for more information about how school hopes to help children in need who were devastated by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi. Click here for more information
October 24th from 5:30-7:30 pm: Wild Night of Reading for All Ocean Shore Families! In the spirit of Readathon, Ocean Shore families are invited to come for an evening of celebrating literacy! Click here to see the Flyer
October 28th: PEFathon! See the flyer below to register today!
Yearbooks are on Sale! Our middle school staff will be working hard to preserve your memories. Don't let these memories pass you by, order yours today online visit: www.treering.com/validate (private OSS passcode: 1014115995473789. If you have any questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org
EASY WAYS TO SUPPORT OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY AND GAIN VOLUNTEER HOURS:
NEED HOURS OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL HOURS?
OUR ROBOTICS TEAM NEEDS YOUR HELP! OSS is fortunate to have a volunteer coach our Robotics team, which meets on Friday after school. Due to popular student demand, we are in need of additional help from volunteers to help supervise. Could you help? If so, contact David Bradley at email@example.com . Any and all help is appreciated!