Dear Ocean Shore Families,
Hello! Welcome back from Thanksgiving break. This is such a festive time of year, isn’t it? I enjoyed seeing the kids return this morning, looking rested and full of good food and memories from the holiday break. They love reporting all of the fun experiences they had! I was grateful my parents were able to visit me from Wisconsin. They arrived with lots of cheese curds that I shared with the teachers today. My dog, Bea, enjoyed being spoiled by her “dog-grandparents” for the week!
I am excited to attend the PEF Winter Gala on Friday night! I hope to you there. This will be a special evening, and a great way to spend time with our school community while supporting treasured programs at all of our schools. Be sure to buy a ticket if you have not bought one yet! Click Here: https://www.pacificaef.org/2018-winter-gala
Reflections From My Office:
Students recently brought home their report cards and other work samples as we hosted parent-teacher conferences. This is an important time for home and school communication. The teachers worked diligently to prepare the report cards and to share each student’s unique progress through looking at multiple projects, work samples and assessments. As I have walked around campus talking with the students, I reminded them that their effort means everything. As a parent, it is important to remember a few key items:
· Celebrate Effort: Upon receiving their report cards, I always reminded my students as a teacher that their effort mattered as much as their achievement – and sometimes even more. What an important life lesson we can teach our children. What you put into something is just as meaningful as what you take from it.
· Ask Questions: At your parent-teacher conference, take time to inquire about what academic standards are expected of your child at this point in the year. Have your child self-reflect on their progress this 1st trimester.
· Report Cards of 2018: You might notice that the report card your child brought home is different than the report card you received as a child. It is normal to feel a little confused! To help you better understand your child’s report card, please refer to the district website, “Elementary Report Guide for Parents.”
Please see the link here: https://www.pacificasd.org/files/user/1/file/Report%20Card%20Guide%20for%20Parents.pdf
I asked a few students how they felt about receiving their report cards. A few of our younger students told me proudly told me that now they were going to receive their very own report card, just like their big brothers and sisters. One little girl explained that the purpose of the report card was “To tell my mommy and daddy how nice I am to my friends in class. And that I listen to the teacher.” Another little boy chimed in with his own explanation of the purpose of reports cards. I watched his eyes grow big as he spoke and realized the interesting correlation between the holiday gift time of year and report cards. “Principal Julie! I think that boys and girls get report cards ‘cause Santa wants to know if we have been good or bad. I think my parents tell Santa how I do in school and stuff. Then he decides what kinda present I get.” When an older 2nd grader walked by as we were talking, she explained to the younger students that when she gets her report card, her parents give her chocolate milk to celebrate her good progress. “Really!?” The little ones yelled out in disbelief and excitement. The little things we can do to celebrate our kids goes a long way!
Staff Makin’ Waves:
I want to acknowledge how many of our staff took time to help the Friday school was cancelled. I was so appreciative of their willingness to come help at school and redirect any students who arrived at school. Whether they showed up in person or were offering with phone calls and texts, the staff efforts were greatly appreciated. As in true “Ocean Shore” fashion, we turned the morning into a fun one. Here is a picture from us being prepared to respond!
From the Front Office:
Important Information for Families Registering a Sibling Into Ocean Shore Next year! YOU MUST ENROLL YOUR YOUNGER SIBLINGS with the Kindergarten Sibling / Priority Enrollment card! These cards should be turned in as soon as possible, and can be turned into Patricia. These are in the Pacifica School District Kindergarten Enrollment 2019-2020 packet. Please stop by the front office if you need a copy. If you have a child who will be 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2019, your child is eligible to attend kindergarten in the fall 2019. If your child will turn 5 between September 2 and December 2, 2019, please request the Transitional Kindergarten Enrollment Card.
Last Chance To Submit UNICEF Boxes: This week will be the last week to turn in the UNICEF boxes. Remember that any amount will help!
School Safety Update:
From Safe Routes to School: Please Lend Your Voice! Safe Routes to School brings us Y-Bikes and Lower Your Carbon Footprint Days. In the past, the district has received some support for infrastructure as well. Two years ago, Pacifica had such a good response rate that we got some extra funding!
Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. Your feedback allows us to adjust Safe Routes to School (SRTS) education and encouragement program features to best meet the needs of each individual school. Your feedback will also be shared with decision makers throughout the county who can address infrastructure issues regarding safe walking and biking. This survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.
LINK TO ENGLISH SURVEY - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/1819_English
LINK TO SPANISH SURVEY - https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/1819Spanish
Gracias por tomarse el tiempo para completar esta encuesta. Su participación nos permite ajustar la educación y el fomento en el programa Rutas Seguras a Escuela para cumplir mejor con las necesidades de cada escuela. Sus comentarios también serán compartidos con autoridades que pueden abordar cuestiones de infraestructura sobre de caminar y andar en bicicleta con seguridad. La encuesta no tomará más de 5 minutos en completarse.
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:
Register Today: Winter Gala!
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:
A friendly reminder that your See's Candies orders are due Wednesday 11/15/18. Please submit the collection envelopes to your teachers or fundraising folder. Candy ordered will be available 12/3/18. Thank you for your support! Stay Sweet!
Mixed Bags continues throughout the Thanksgiving break. It's super easy to donate when you shop...50% of the order is donated to our school! The order forms are due Tuesday 11/26/18.
Paint Nite! on December 6th, 7:00pm at Long Board Margarita Bar. Arrive a few minutes early to grab your seat and a drink. Reservations are first come first serve! Go to our web page to get your ticket!
Have you ordered through Good Eggs to help us win the $500 bonus?! Be one of the 20 new customers! Now until the 18th, new customer orders will be entered to Win a Good Eggs Thanksgiving meal for you and one to gift to a friend when you join the fundraiser this week! One family across all participating schools will be chosen to win this feast. When you order 5% it will count back to the school on all orders placed between now through November 30.
For any questions, contact Jenny Abellana at firstname.lastname@example.org
From Lily Peterson, Ocean Shore School Student Council President:
The Ocean Shore Student Council is a place where kids in 4th – 8th grade come together and help out our school become a safer and more fun school. Our President, Lily Petersen, and Vice President, Paige Miller, would like to reach out to the families of Ocean Shore for an update and request. Right now, we are working on getting the food drive organized, replacing and adding trash cans, and providing recycling bins for our school yard. We are reaching out to you, the families, to have your children bring in cardboard boxes and food for the food drive over the next week. During Thanksgiving, the Student Council collects non-perishable foods for families that don’t have food for Thanksgiving. There will be more information about said food drive in the coming week. We both want to help make sure Ocean Shore is a fun, safe environment for all students. If you have any questions, contact Julie, the Principal, or Seva, the Vice Principal. Thank you for your time.
NEXT WEEK HAPPENINGS!
Tuesday, November 27th at 7 pm in the Library: School Safety Committee Meeting. All parents and staff are invited to attend to discuss and reflect on this important topic of student safety!
Friday, November 30th: PEF Winter Gala 7-10 pm Mildred Owen Concert Hall Please attend and I hope to see you there!
Monday, December 3rd: An Important Informative Meeting for Ocean Shore Parents! Lend your voice and input for the Master Facilities Planning Meeting at Sunset Ridge 6:30 – 9:30. Details to follow!