Dear Ocean Shore Family,
Greetings! We are underway with the new school year! Thrilling! Our first two days at Ocean Shore were a great success. There is nothing like the buzz of the first day of school, would you agree? From our littlest ones starting their school experience to our veteran 8th graders, our hallways, classrooms, and campus was electric with the childlike energy that comes from starting a brand new school year.
What a pleasure to meet so many parents! Thank you for your warm welcome and coming up to introduce yourself. I look forward to meeting more of you around campus. Stop by to say hello!
Expect to receive my weekly message each Friday. I hope this blog and newsletter can add to your weekend reading list. Parents have busy lives outside of our campus. An important part of my job is to make sure you feel apart of the campus, even if you are not able to be present everyday. Our communication is very important to me. I plan to include sweet stories or observations from students and staff, updates on schedules and policies, and flyers with information about events in our community. Utilize the PTO and school websites for more information, and never hesitate to contact us with questions.
Reflections from My Office:
When I learned that I was joining Ocean Shore as the principal many months ago, I knew I was coming to a special place. It is why I sought out our school! Ocean Shore has amazing students. This was something I heard from all, knew from my research on their academic success, and could see firsthand from the experiences they created with activities such as Oceans Week. However, nothing prepared me for the introduction I received from the students on our first day. Wow.
Every school tries to produce confident, poised and polite students. Ocean Shore does not have to try because our kids are thriving in this arena. Our kids are extraordinary. I was incredibly impressed with the genuine kindness they expressed to me and others. They greeted me with a handshake, looked me in the eye with their introduction, and said hello again when I passed them in the hallways. From our younger students to our middle school kids, they showed a happy, relaxed demeanor that shows our school is doing something great in how we work to develop the whole child. I could not be more proud to assume my role as their principal! While I have enjoyed meeting our staff, teachers, and parents the missing piece was the students. To greet them today has made the picture complete.
One special memory from the first day of school was when I walked into Jennifer’s kindergarten class. While the kids were quietly gathered on the rug, I introduced myself and explained that the kindergarten class and I had something in common. I explained that today marked their first day of school – and mine! We shared the first day jitters and feelings of coming to a new school together! When I told them that today was my first day of school at Ocean Shore, one little girl looked at me wide-eyed. In disbelief, she said, “You mean, you’re still in school!?” Smiling, I explained that principals come to school everyday just like them. Principals also get nervous on the first day of school just like them.
Recognizing Our Parent Team Members!
A wonderful part of my position is to witness firsthand the many different contributions of all of our stakeholders. Staff, teachers, students, parents and community members are what makes our school so special. I want to recognize our PTO co-presidents, Michele Tuman and Amber Metkiff. They worked hard over the summer to welcome back our community for another year at Ocean Shore! Many hours are spent behind the scenes to coordinate the special events that make our school so wonderful. As a school, we are very fortunate to have these two as our PTO leaders as a liason and ambassador for our school!
UPDATES AROUND CAMPUS
My 60 Day Challenge:
Knowing your name is important to me. Thank you for your patience as I work quickly to assimilate myself and learn many new names. I shared the same challenge with the students at our opening day assembly. I have vowed to learn the first name of all of our students in 60 school days. Yikes! Yet, I accept the challenge! This will also give me an opportunity to show the students that principals also have homework as I am studying names and faces in effort to remember!
Pardon Our Dust! Campus Clean-Up This Sunday at 10 am! You may have noticed our grounds and outside campus need some TLC. While we have been on summer vacation, the weeds and trash have made themselves at home on our campus. We need your help to beautify our lovely campus. Join us this weekend on Sunday (8/19) from 10 am - 1 pm for a campus yard cleanup. It is helpful to bring brooms, gloves, weeding tools and possibly wood tools to make a mulch barrier from the garden to the street. We could also use some left over 2x6” or 2x8” lumber to piece together the barrier. Any help is greatly appreciated!
Reminders About Our Lunch Program At Ocean Shore:
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Prices are the same as last year. Single lunch - $3.25/day; 30 day purchase - $97.50 (31st meal is free); Milk - 75cents.
-Adult single meal - $3.75 (+ 75 cents for milk)
-Reduced single meal - 40 cents (which includes milk)
-If you believe you may qualify for reduced or free meal status, please contact the office for an application.
-Those currently on reduced or free meals must reapply by September 28.
Help Us Expand Our Elective Classes for 7th and 8th Graders with a Volunteer Opportunity for Any Ocean Shore Parent! Do you have a personal interest or passion that you would enjoy sharing with students? The 7th and 8th graders at Ocean Shore School have the opportunity to choose electives for the first period of the day, 8:20am to 9:05am. Students who do not enroll in band, enroll in offered electives every trimester. The electives are taught by the middle school teachers, and options are based on need, interest, and resources available. They may change throughout the year. Parents can also earn school hours by offering and/or helping with any elective in which they are proficient. For instance, do you enjoy computer programming or coding? Do you speak another language? These are great opportunities to work in partnership with our teachers to offer some wonderful experiences for our students. Contact Julie with any interest!
Looking for Extra Opportunities to Help Out at Ocean Shore? We are looking for alternative service aides. These aides are paid by funds collected from families who are unable to fulfill their hours and decide to pay instead. Alternative service aides help support our program, as they are a guaranteed presence in classrooms every week. Please inquire with your child's teacher for more information. Help is greatly appreciated!
Extra Playground Balls Welcome! Looking to get rid of extra outside balls such as basketballs, soft rubber balls, foam balls, etc? We would welcome any of these items at Ocean Shore. Please see your child’s teacher to ensure it would be a good fit for our playground!
Looking For Dust Covers for Our Media Carts in our Library! We are looking for anyone who could sew 3 dust covers for our media carts in the library! This is a great opportunity to volunteer your time to help our school. Please see Patricia if you know of a way to help!
Auditions for Regazzi
Music and Movement Flyer Fall
Family Fun Run