Dear Ocean Shore Families,
Hello! This was a fun week with lots of festivities underway. From our POD day, “Paint Night” fundraiser, PSD facilities planning meeting to preparations for the Winter Bazaar next week, December is a busy and productive month.
Our staff lounge has been transformed with anticipation of the Winter Bazaar on Thursday next week. I look forward to seeing you there! Take a look at the details below (a beautiful poster created by our own 2nd grade teacher, Juli!).
Reflections From My Office:
As a classroom teacher, I always enjoyed this time of year for the festive celebrations and ways the focus on giving. I especially liked talking with students about what are the “best gifts.” This often led to a discussion about how the best gift aren’t always things…they can be words. My students and I would swap “word gifts” with each other. We shared how they didn’t cost much money, never ran out or went away, and were very easy to wrap! I enjoyed talking about this with our students during lunch this week. At the lunch tables, this provided a great discussion topic: “Word Gifts.” Here were some responses from students when I asked them for examples of “Word Gifts.”
My question: What is a word gift you would give to someone?
· “I would tell my mom that I love her. More than anything!”
· “I’ll give a word gift to my best friend. I will tell her I would do anything for her.”
· “My friend will always stand up for me. I will tell her that.”
· “My mom and dad tell me I’m smart. That always stays with me.”
· “My dad believes in me. He tells me that when he drops me off to school in the morning.”
· “My grandma told me I’m beautiful.”
I encourage you to engage in this conversation with your family! Share with me your responses!
Staff Makin’ Waves:
We are fortunate to welcome Mika Duff to our faculty this year. As our school psychologist, Mika has jumped into our Ocean Shore family with a splash! She is a wealth of knowledge, works diligently with teachers and parents to support each student need. We are grateful to have her at Ocean Shore this year!
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.
From Our Library:
Book Fair was a success!
We'd like to thank you all for helping to make our Book Fair a success yet again. Despite the smoke lowering the amount of sales, we did well thanks to your support! Thank you to the families that purchased books for the library for all to share and a big "Thank You" to the Darah and Milo Katz family for their most generous donations of many books to our library and to multiple classrooms! Lastly, Thanks to our volunteers for helping us set up, run and breakdown the fair - we couldn't do it without you!
We recently received a donation of 35 books from our Amazon Wish List! Wow! Unfortunately, there was no paperwork in any of the boxes so our benefactor(s) remains a mystery... Thank you mystery donor! Thank you, thank you! We would love to know your identity so we could thank you personally.
As always, we truly appreciate your help in fostering a love of reading and learning in our students.
Barbara and Renee
Information from Jefferson Union High School District for Enrollment Deadlines for 8th Grade Families:
Online enrollment closes on January 7, 2019! If you wish to have assistance with this enrollment process for 9th grade, visit IBL (Ingrid B. Lacey Middle School) on Wednesday December 12th 5:30 to 7:30 PM where district representatives will be able to assist you with this process.
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:
Private OSS passcode: 1014115995473789. If you have any questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
NEXT WEEK HAPPENINGS!
Thursday, December 13: WINTER BAZAAR! Stop by the MPR to find treasures for the holiday season and support our local community!
Thursday, December 13 (following the Winter Bazaar). Support Fire Victims at Pedro Point Brewery! Come out to hear our Ocean Shore teachers Jason and Jonathan! They will be playing music at Pedro Point Brewing on December 13th, after the Winter Bazaar, to raise money for the Paradise fire victims. We will start a chilled out acoustic set around 6 pm. It is a Free show with tips going to non-profit organizations to help the people of Paradise.
SAVE THE DATE 5th GRADE FAMILIES! January 10th 6 – 8 pm! What is Middle School Like at Ocean Shore? 5th grade parents and students are invited to an informational meeting to hear from Ocean Shore high school alumni and current middle school students and teachers. More details to follow!
Picture Retake Day January 18th! Mark you calendar if you wish to have your child pictures taken again or if your child was absent.