Dear Ocean Shore Families,
Happy Friday! I hope you are enjoying this thrilling weather. The fresh breeze is a nice change from the poor air quality we experienced last week. I look forward to the Winter Gala this evening and hope to see you there! It will be a grand evening, while supporting our amazing school and district.
Reflections From My Office:
Children have an amazing ability to be resilient in the face of a disaster or tragic event. Have you noticed how they often are the first to offer a hug when they notice someone is sad? Or how they beam proudly when they present a homemade card to someone to cheer them up? They rush to help one another when someone slips on the blacktop, or pat their friend on the back when they need some TLC at the lunch table. Big brothers walk their younger sisters to school, hand in hand. These little sweet and tender moments I see around our campus on a daily basis and remind me that I have one of the best jobs in the world. I witness the beauty of a child’s trust and love. To see this in the face of the challenging events our world endures brings me great comfort.
I will never forget a sweet moment I had as a teacher. In response to the earthquake in Haiti a few years ago, my class designed a campaign called “Coins for Kids” where they contributed their spare change to donate to UNICEF. They were successful and learned some valuable lessons along the way. I loved watching their smiles as they brought Ziplock bags of their coins at home. When we did the final count of the coins, I noticed a strange little object at the bottom of one of the large jar. I picked up the object and smiled. It was a little tooth! Some dear little one had emptied the contents of their piggy bank, which included a tooth that was being saved for the Tooth Fairy. It made me realize that these giving campaigns not only support those in need, but provide such grand life lessons for our kids.
The recent fires have been such an example of how our kids wish to make a difference and spread their good will to those in need. I have heard several conversations around campus about how they wish to help the recent fire victims. Our Student Council members proudly told me how Ocean Shore stepped up last year to raise money for the fire victims in Sonoma county after last year’s tragic fires. This servitude and benevolence is a richly woven into the culture of Ocean Shore. It is no surprise that our kids will be working to help these recent fire victims who lost everything.
I am proud to share that some of our school community members have designed a campaign to help the fire victims. It will be called our “Find Money Campaign”. A caring parent, teacher, and our students have designed an effort to encourage our kids to find bits of money in the world – perhaps under a couch cushion or on the sidewalk – and give this to others who need it. I encourage to let the kids get the most out of this experience by letting them find the money themselves. Simply giving them the money to donate may compromise the intrinsic value they can gain from finding the money or giving their own to others. We are excited to see how the collective force of Ocean Shore can come together! The students will be given the details for the campaign so I encourage you to ask your child about it! Here is a video created by Juli’s 2nd grade class that all of our Ocean Shore students will be watching in class to promote the effort!
In addition to this event, our beloved Winter Bazaar is approaching on Thursday, December 13! This special fundraising event brings together the full school community – students, parents, staff and alumni – to work together on beautiful handmade crafts and silent auction baskets that are purchased at this annual event. Funds are distributed to the Pacifica Tribune Holiday Fund to support our local families in need. Be sure to come and show your support!
Staff Makin’ Waves:
Our teachers do some pretty great things to support the confidence and emotional of our students. One of our teachers, Sean, does a special practice at the end of the day. His students give him a fist “high-five” and say, “You are…” and they fill in with an adjective to describe themselves! Many kids say such things as “awesome” or “funny” or “proud”! I love watching this! One of his students often stops by the office at the end of the day to do the same practice with me. What a great example of how one teacher can spread kindness across the community!
Parents Makin’ Waves:
Kate Sosnowski has been working hard behind the scenes in many different capacities. She contributes greatly by co-facilitating productive meetings around student safety, designs creative ways to help our students support the larger community and finds ways to enhance our resources to support student learning. She wears many hats as so many of our OSS volunteers do! She is an example of how one dedicated volunteer can make a huge difference for our school, and we are fortunate to have her at Ocean Shore!
From the Front Office:
The Winter Bazaar is Coming and We Could Use Your Help! The staff is looking for a few parent volunteers to help on the day of the Winter Bazaar (THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13th!). Please visit the poster on the bulletin board in the main hallway to sign up if you can help us out!
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.
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.
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:
NEW SPIRIT WEAR STYLES ARE HERE!
Order deadline is Tuesday December 4 (to get the shirts Dec. 18, before the winter break)
Wear your school pride with style!! Support a great cause!!
Two ways to order:
1) Order online www.osspto.org (click on the “Fundraising” link)
2) Use the attached order form (Fill out order form; put envelope with order form & payment in black lockbox at school)
Last Day for Good Eggs orders! Order before midnight tonight.
Stay out of the rain this weekend! Order your weekend groceries and household needs through Good Eggs and you'll be contributing to OSS. Your order gives us a 5% donation of your order, you get $15 off your order for first timers, and FREE delivery for orders $60. Check it out! Order before midnight 11/30 and you'll help us win the $500 bonus!
Visit the link.
schools.goodeggs.com Enter the code OSS1018 –– click "Shop Now.”
Need a date night, a girls night out or a friends night out? Join Paint Nite on December 6th at Longboard Margarita Bar.
Buy a cocktail and enjoy the journey. The cost is $45, which $15 is donated to our school. Sit among friends learning to paint a scape with the towers of the Golden Gate bridge emerging from the fog. note: While Paint Nite is a family friendly event, due to the venue our event is for 21 years and up. Here is the link to sign up:
NEXT WEEK HAPPENINGS!
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. Information posted HERE
Wednesday, December 5th: POD DAY!
Thursday, December 13th: WINTER BAZAAR! From 2:45-5:45. Stop by the MPR to find treasures for the holiday season and support our local community!