Dear Ocean Shore Families,
Happy Friday! We have had multiple classes attend field trips this week, including some overnight trips to Pt. Reyes. Welcome back to those who attended as chaperones or staff! It sure feels empty without all of our kiddos on campus, so I will be excited to have them all back. However, I know it was a wonderful experience, with another class attending next week. Here is a favorite picture I received. The image captures everything magical about a field trip: outdoor learning, cherished friendships and memories that will be cherished for years to come!
Reflections from my Office:
As a staff, we talk a lot about how important our mindset is for everything we do. Our teachers care for one another, uplifting and supporting their colleagues everyday. In our staff lounge, I love reading their gratitude notes to one another on our “Staff Makin’ Waves” bulletin board. This includes the mindset of our students. Without a doubt, how kids feel when they enter our classroom has a dramatic impact on their learning capacity and stamina. The teachers and I have been sharing lots of strategies to support the social and emotional needs of our kids. This can be extended to the home, as many of you are invested in the same cause!
A while back, a parent shared with me some incredibly useful feedback. The questions below are a great example of how specific praise can be more impactful than “good job.” When you are inclined to praise your child with “good job”, try some of this feedback instead!
1. Isn’t it great that your strong legs can help you run super fast? Praising the things a children can do with their bodies instead of noticing how it looks will help them appreciate, and strive for, a healthy lifestyle.
2. I love the color combo you’ve got going on today, it’s very creative! You can still compliment your children on their outfits when you focus on their creativity, rather than how pretty or handsome they look.
3. You are a kind person. Pointing out attributes like kindness, courage, and honesty will go far in building self-esteem.
4. I’m really impressed with how you solved/built/created that. Can you show me a thing or two?! Praise your children for their critical thinking and problem-solving prowess, and nurture their interest in all things STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math).
5. I think you are a great leader. One of the best things you can do for your children is show them that being a leader isn’t just “being bossy.”
6. I am proud of you. Because kids need to hear this from their parents.
7. Just be yourself. It’s enough. Children are constantly being told they aren’t enough, and it’s time to break the cycle.
8. Your ideas are important, and I want to hear them. Children need to know their ideas are awesome and worth sharing.
9. Your bright smile shows me how happy you are. They are smiling for a reason, and when you notice, it’ll make them even happier.
10. You can change the world. Because, they can!
On another note, I recently viewed a short 2-minute video on You Tube from psychologist Andrea Macari reflecting on her child’s homework assignment that encouraged independence and prevents “over-helping” our kids. Let me know your thoughts!
Parenting Video: youtu.be/skWEzbtQ4gs
Parents Makin’ Waves:
Congratulations to Julie Stock and Barbara Bruxvroot who were selected as the 2019 Elna Flynn Outstanding Volunteer Award! Our school staff community who has worked side by side with them for their years of endless hours of service to our school selected Julie and Barbara. They will be recognized as our Ocean Shore recipients on May 3rd at a special banquet, along with other volunteers from each school in our district. We are very proud of our nominees and look forward to celebrating their contributions to Ocean Shore School!
Here is some background on the award and what this special recognition means:
The Elna Flynn Outstanding Volunteer Award serves as peer recognition of outstanding volunteer activities within the Pacifica School District. First awarded in 1988, the Elna Flynn Outstanding Volunteer Award (EFOVA) is an annual celebration of those hard working individuals who freely volunteer countless hours in the name of education. The EFOVA recipients are announced and honored at the annual Spring Banquet of the Pacifica School District’s Parent Council.
Elna Flynn (1930 – 1987) was the consummate volunteer. Not only did she volunteer her time while her four children were being educated in our school district, she continued to volunteer even after her youngest child graduated into high school. An active member of the PTA at Portola School, she served over the years in every possible capacity: from room parent, to library chair, to PTA president and every position in between. Elna Flynn expanded her volunteer service to include several years as president of the Laguna Salada PTA Council, a position that coordinated the activities of PTA programming for six schools. She also served in various volunteer positions for the Seventeenth District PTA, the coordinating body for all of San Mateo County.
Congratulations, Julie and Barbara (2019 Elna Flynn Outstanding Volunteer Award Recipients
Pictured Below: Barbara (left) and Julie (right)
From the Front Office:
Missing Any Small Items? We keep small lost items in the front office (different than the lost and found items such as clothing stored near the MPR). For example, these items would be things such as keys, key chains, jewelry, child sunglasses, ear buds, and even a Barbie Doll!). Describe the items you are missing, and we hope to return your lost item to you!
Join the Conversation about the Future of Housing in Pacifica on Saturday, April 13th 9:30 am – 12:00 pm! Click HERE for more information about an upcoming invitation to gather as a community to engage in this important conversation at the Pacifica Community Center. Breakfast and childcare services will be provided.
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!
Thursday, April 4th: Drag Bingo at Longboard! GET YOUR TICKETS NOW for a fun adult night out next week - Thursday April 4 at the Longboard Lounge in Eureka Square. We will be playing Bingo, auctioning off a custom made surfboard, a bike, and good wine! Your ticket price of $40 will include one drink, burritos from Al Pastor Papi, and 3 games of Bingo. Get that babysitter and join us! All funds going to our PTO budget for 2019/2020 school year. See attached flyer. Get your tickets here
Garden Clean-Up Day on Sunday, April 7th (10 am – 1 pm): Bring the family for a fun morning of helping to maintain our beautiful garden. This is a treasured place on our campus that does not exist without the care from our valuable volunteers! The rain has produced some wonderful growth that needs our attention. Hope you can join!
MINIMUM DAY on FRIDAY 4/12!
Spring Break: 4/15 - 4/22. School Resumes TUESDAY 4/23!