Dear Ocean Shore Families,
Happy Friday! As I write this, we continue to be indoors as a result of the unhealthy air quality. I walked around the classrooms at recess and was pleased to see our kids happily entertained playing card games or drawing pictures. The kids were safe from the air and went about the day without skipping a beat!
Reflections From My Office:
We hosted our first school tour this week for incoming kindergarten parents. It was fun to talk with new parents who are entering the school system for the first time. Do you remember that feeling? Anxious, curious, and excited parents gathered in the staff lounge to begin the tour. We asked several 8th graders to be a “panel” of speakers for the parents before we began the tour around the school. As I introduced myself and gave a brief overview of Ocean Shore, I felt confident that having our students speak directly about their real educational experiences would have a great and memorable impact on the parents.
The 8th graders reflected fondly on their time spent here at Ocean Shore. One of the students who is new to our school this year, offered perspective about how different the school was compared to previous schools attended. She stated that the inclusive nature of the school personally impacted her educational experience in a much needed, positive way. Another student talked about his nine years as an Ocean Shore student. When asked what was his favorite part about Ocean Shore, his response was immediate. “The community is the best part of this school. Everyone supports you, no matter how you learn or what kind of student you are at school. Every teacher is your teacher.” Their eyes lit up and they beamed when talking about how they have learned to work on projects while teaching other students and that they never feel overwhelmed by assigned homework. In addition, they loved being part of special electives such as the Coffee Cart where they have the opportunity to work with a variety of students with different abilities. I smiled as I listened to them describing all the signature programs that make Ocean Shore special like Oceans Week and POD days. There could not be a better representation than students listening and interacting with parents. This is our product. Our students speak with eloquence, poise and command. Proud of who they are and their ideas, Ocean Shore students are not daunted by an audience full of adults. Critical thinking comes easily to our kids because they spend everyday practicing this skill. From our youngest to our oldest, this is what they do.
So if prospective parents wanted to know what Ocean Shore was all about, they received no better explanation than hearing from our kids directly. Not only the particular programs, but the way these students valued the virtues of each experience. They delivered an insight into the “bigger picture” of why we do what we do at Ocean Shore, giving all that attended a new awareness of the heart and soul of our school.
Staff Makin’ Waves:
Barbara Bualat is a valuable member of our team at Ocean Shore! She supports our students learning to read in many different ways. One such way is how she facilitates our library and gets our emerging readers excited about books. Her support with our Book Fair (happening now!) is one such example of how her tenacity and dedication to reading benefits our whole community.
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.
DRUM ROLL…. RESULTS FROM THE READATHON: WE RAISED OVER $31,000!
TOP 10 FUNDRAISERS
K-2 Emma Akmese
3-5 Elias Akmese
6-8 Rosie Bruxvoort
KINDLE RAFFLE WINNER
Renee's 3rd Grade
Many classrooms made their goal and are earning a popsicle party!
Thank you to all of our students and families whose efforts to celebrate reading while raising money for our school made this year a smashing success. This shows the power of our collective force as a school working together for our kids! Let’s keep the momentum going!
From the Front Office:
Supporting Kids in Need: Every year, a few current and retired OSS teachers work together to adopt a family in Pajaro. They are usually migrant workers who are out of work during the winter months. Our school community helps by donating any sized bikes they might have. With minor repairs, we can then include them with our other donations. It is often the only form of transportation they have plus fun for the kids.
If you are able to help, please contact our OSS teacher Alice at Agaribaldi@pacificasd.org Bikes are needed by November 23.
Remember to have your child pack a snack for recess! Please make sure you send your child to school with a healthy snack for morning recess. We have a small supply of snacks we keep for emergencies or for designated students in the office. Any student who forgets their snack can always get something from us. However, many students are relying on these supplies regularly and depleting our snack supplies that are really only for emergencies or individual students.
Winter Bazaar: Yogurt Jars Items Needed! Does anyone have Oui Yogurt jars? They will be used for Winter Bazaar crafts. Please see our teacher Natalie or drop them in the office. Thank you!
Let’s Be Good Neighbors! Please remember to be mindful of where you are parking or waiting for your child. We have received calls from our neighbors that parents are parked and blocking driveways when picking up students.
School Safety Update:
From Safe Routes to School: DUE TO THE POOR AIR QUALITY, our “Lower Your Carbon Footprint Day” on Thursday 11/15 has been postponed until further notice.
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!
Please Lend Your Voice:
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:
1.) Save The Date & Register Today: Winter Gala!
NEXT WEEK HAPPENINGS!
Stop By our Book Fair! 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.
Parent Teacher Conferences: We have minimum days this week. Be sure to make the most out of this important opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher.
NO SCHOOL THE WEEK OF November 19 – 23 in observance of Thanksgiving!
WAYS TO HELP OUR SCHOOL AND GAIN VOLUNTEER HOURS
Middle School Elective Coordinator
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.