Dear Ocean Shore Families,
Happy Friday! I hope you enjoyed a wonderful week as we welcome this gorgeous warm weather to our weekend!
Next week is an exciting opportunity for parents! It is our Spring Auction! Support Ocean Shore School by bidding on items including priceless experiences with our Ocean Shore staff. CLICK HERE to see the items. I hope to see you all NEXT WEEK FRIDAY 3/22 for an important event happening at Ocean Shore (Diversity Day and Multicultural Night)! See the details below or CLICK HERE!
Reflections from my Office:
How many times have you asked your child after school, “How was your day?” While children’s response to this question vary, it is likely their day was impacted in some way from an adult at school. The people working at our schools make the relationships for our kids matter. Their day-to-day encounters are enriched by the guidance and encouragement they receive from staff. At Ocean Shore, this is exactly the experience our kids have every single day.
Teachers often stand out when kids recall an average day at school. They love their teachers, and enjoy telling their parents a small moment from the day that resonated with them personally. In other cases, they interact with adults who guide them outside of the classroom. Our custodian, school office staff, cafeteria staff, yard supervisors, library aide and so many more know each child. As a collective staff, we are on a first-name basis with our kids, something we pride ourselves on because it matters greatly. Whether in a classroom or walking to lunch, kids know our adults are invested in them at every moment.
One such example of this is our library-aide, Barbara Bulat. Barbara is the kind of employee who cannot be valued by a number of hours she is assigned to work. It is her practice in the programs she creates for kids and her lasting relationships with our little ones that make the difference. Last week was another example of her impact on our kids. She organized the event with the support of many valued volunteers. From advertising, organizing, and helping kids find the perfect book, she can be found giving her best effort to get our kids enthralled with books. Reading matters – and she models this for our students. Not to mention, in between these duties, she facilitates a thriving reading intervention club for our emerging readers. Pretty awesome!
While our library is a treasured, safe place for kids when they visit weekly with their class, the doors are always open to kids during their recess and lunchtime. Make no mistake, the library at these social times is anything but quiet. Kids are laughing, researching, and talking about books together. The energy is magnetic. It is a vibrant place for kids during their play time and it exists entirely because a devoted staff member and team have created a special place for kids to explore learning. These experiences are told to parents when they get home from school, so I’m told from parents. This is how elementary and middle school should be – safe, happy and fun.
From the Ocean Shore School Library:
Thank you to everyone who supported our library by purchasing books at the book fair, donating money and volunteering time to help. The proceeds go directly to book purchases and library supplies. We are very grateful to be part of such a supportive community.
Thank you! - Barbara and Renee
Staff Makin’ Waves:
One of our cherished classrooms is our special education room. Inside you will find devoted employees who are serving the various needs of our students. Cynthia is one of our district behaviorists. Her heart is bigger than words can describe, and her students adore her loving, playful and supportive approach with everyone she encounters! She provides leadership and service to students and staff on a daily basis. Our school is so fortunate to have her radiant smile and presence, enriching the lives of our children every single day!
Diversity Day is Next Week! What is Diversity Day?
Celebrate Diversity Day is coming up next Friday, March 22! This year we have our full day of activities at school, and the Diversity Leadership Group is also hosting OSS’s Multicultural Family Night Celebration that evening.
Celebrate Diversity Day (CDD) and the Diversity Leadership Group (DLG) were born over 10 years ago out of an act of discrimination. A family would not allow their student to drive on a field trip with a parent who happened to be a Lesbian. The reaction from the OSS community was swift ~ The Diversity Leadership Group was created and planning for the first Celebrate Diversity Day at OSS got underway.
Originally created and implemented by one intrepid parent volunteer, CDD has evolved from an event primarily celebrating Family Diversity to honoring the unique cultural, familial and gender diversity at Ocean Shore. We now have a dedicated team of DLG members who organize the day and activities, and are supported by the administration, staff and PTO.
On Celebrate Diversity Day the entire school experiences an assembly ~ this year we will be having Cascada de Flores present their Latin American Music and Bilingual Storytelling program.
In addition to the assembly, each grade has age-appropriate programs presented by parent volunteers, teachers, and professionals from outside the school community. To complement these activities, this year our 4th and 5th graders will experience a workshop on Privilege and Intersectionality with SPARC Poetry’s Mike Taylor and our Middle Schoolers will experience activities centered around the history of Hip Hop with Oakland’s Hip Hop For Change.
We invite you to come check out Celebrate Diversity Day for yourself! Attend the assembly, visit the classrooms, donate an item for our potluck to feed our volunteers, staff and presenters, and ask your students what they experienced that day when they get home. And, of course, bring the whole clan to Ocean Shore’s Multicultural Family Night happening that evening, March 22, from 6-8 in the MPR. If you want to contribute food, music or crafts from your heritage for the evening event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s to celebrating Ocean Shore’s diverse population and nurturing acceptance and respect for our differences EVERY DAY!
From the Front Office:
Are You Interested in Serving on the District Workforce Housing Committee? Pacifica School District is developing the former Oddstad School into Workforce Housing to provide below market rate rent and help our employees mitigate the high cost of housing in the Bay Area. The Workforce Housing Committee will typically meet once per month (the first Wednesday of the month from 3:30 to 5:00 pm). The purpose of the committee is to have representation from interested stakeholders to guide the project and assist with communication to stakeholder groups. Two community members representing parents and the greater Pacifica community will be selected by the Board of Trustees.
The deadline for applications is March 22nd. If you are interested in applying to be on the Workforce Housing Committee, please submit the application to Susanne Campos at email@example.com. If you have questions regarding the Workforce Housing Project, you may direct them to Josie Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application can be found at:
Cleaning out closets? Thank you for your clothing donations! We are still looking for gently-used shoes!
Boys shoes: sizes 13 & 1 in particular, as well as any other sizes for boys and girls!
FROM THE 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 at http://www.pacificaef.org/about-us.
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 at http://www.pacificaef.org/programs-c1ylq.
PEF gives our children an enriched educational experience. Give back to PEF and don’t forget your employer sponsored donation matching too! Donate at http://www.pacificaef.org/how-to-give.
UPCOMING PEF EVENTS:
- DONATION WEEK: Mark Your Calendars - April 29th - May 3rd! Support our school by volunteering with PEF during the “School Competition” day, on May 2nd.
- NEW MEMBERSHIP PLANS: Membership provides you tickets and/or discounted access to fun annual family events, supporter decals, and much, much more: https://www.pacificaef.org/membership
- LISTEN & LEARN: PEF Ambassadors will be onsite at PTO events.
HOW CAN I HELP?
- Volunteers needed, sign up here: http://www.pacificaef.org/volunteer
- Like & Follow PEF on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PacificaEducationFoundation/
- Reach Out to our PEF Ambassadors, below:
NEXT WEEK HAPPENINGS!
Monday, March 18th: Live Scan Service Available at Ocean Shore! Click HERE for information and sign-up options posted HERE:
Friday, March 22nd: Diversity Day at Ocean Shore and Evening Silent Auction. On this day we focus on learning about different kinds of families, different cultures, and different identities. This year, we are introducing a new event. On Friday night from 6-8 PM, we will be hosting a multicultural night. There will be food and live entertainment from different cultures. Come join us to celebrate the different cultures represented in the Ocean Shore population!
Multicultural night will also be the last chance to bid on any items from our Spring Auction. Bidding begins on Monday, March 18. Bidding ends at 7:30 on March 22. Come join us!
WHAT IS DIVERSITY DAY!?
Spring Break: 4/15 - 4/22 . School Resumes TUESDAY 4/23!