Dear OSS Families,
Hello! Can you believe we are entering the last week of school!? What a year, especially for myself as I have had the pleasure each week of discovering the different activities and celebrations our amazing school offers. From Back to School Night, to Oceans Week and to our Talent Show last night – it has been so memorable. As you reflect on this year, what stands out? Share your thoughts with me as I would love to share this in my final newsletter next week!
Reflections from my Office:
Last night, dozens of kids got on stage to sing, dance (even on stilts!), play music, tell jokes or simply dazzle a packed house of parents and guests for the 2019 Ocean Shore Talent Show. It was my second viewing of the show, as the kids performed for the student audience earlier in the week. It was simply spectacular! Ripe with precious moments I will long remember, the Talent Show gave our kids opportunities to shine in their own way. I loved every minute!
Events like last night are reminders that each child has a special gift to share, and sometimes the confines of a classroom cannot provide this glimpse. In true Ocean Shore fashion, the Talent Show reflected“kid footprint” as opposed to an adult footprint. I love this about our school. Each act felt personal and genuine to each child. In past years, I have attended many other talent shows at different schools. It had a different feeling because the kids did not create their acts. I was always surprised to meet the “professional choreographers” behind stage directing the students. I felt that this robbed the kids of having a meaningful experience where they could demonstrate their individuality and feel the roar of the audience encouraging them as they demonstrated their personal best. Our talent show was created by kids, performed by kids and celebrated by kids. This is the Ocean Shore way! Even the tech crew (led by our middle school tech students!) who opened the curtains and controlled the sound and lightening! Thanks to the guidance and countless hours of her time, our Talent Show PTO leader, Cristin Fong, led our kids to put on one amazing show! It stood out to me how Cristin wanted each performer to express themselves as individuals, and she encouraged each child to do their very best as if they were her own kids. We were also grateful for the hours of support from our school volunteers who guided our tech crew, David Bradley and Chris Romero. Bravo everyone!
A moment I won’t forget occurred at our student performance. This year, we have been fortunate to welcome new students. Instead of using verbal language skills, one of our new 3rd grade students expresses herself beautifully with singing and dance. She wowed the audience when she took to the stage and performed a song and dance solo. Smiling from ear to ear, she entertained us with confidence, poise and enthusiasm. The students roared with applause and clapped along. I know I was not alone when my eyes were watery with tears, so proud of her and our student body. This is what the talent show is all about. Raw and tender moments that cannot be fabricated create lasting memories for our kids. Opportunities for kids to express themselves in ways their classmates might have never seen without a stage to perform. It was incredible! Take a look at some scenes from the show!
HAVE YOU HEARD THIS PODCAST YET!? Check out our Student Podcast! Episode #4 is Dedicated to our beloved custodian, Ron!
Here the voices of our own students! New hosts this week, Annie and Liam, share their insights with you.
Did you like the Podcast!? Have any old iPhones or iPads? WE WOULD LOVE OLD PHONES OR IPADS to help us keep this elective class going for our school!! Please click here for specifics about our newest elective: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1QWy60icHaFKtaQYCAM8zBwIULrFmQcMMhCcHvk389qo/edit?usp=sharing
We would greatly appreciate any iPhone IOS 11.1 (5,6,7,,8,9,X) or iPad Generations 5 and above or iPad Mini 2 and above, iPad Air or iPad Pro!
From the Front Office:
END OF THE YEAR PICNIC DETAILS!
If you have not already informed the office of your plans to attend the picnic, please contact the office immediately so that your child can participate in this fun school-wide field trip to the park.
OSS PICNIC DOLPHIN DEALS!
Only a few more days left to pre-order your meal deals for the picnic at Frontierland. Don't miss out!
Reserve your lunch deals now! On-line orders link:
Another way to order your meal deals before the day of the picnic: You can leave cash or check with your order form in the ESCOBEDO family folder until June 5. Forms are located in the parent hallway.
Note: cash or check only at day of picnic.
LOST AND FOUND ITEMS WILL BE DONATED TO CHARITY! Our Lost and Found is overflowing. Be sure to stop by before the last day of school. All unclaimed items will be donated to charity over the summer.
NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR IMMUNIZATIONS! Please CLICK HERE for a reference to understand the immunization requirements for your child to start school in the fall. INCOMING 7th GRADE FAMILIES – please be sure to verify the updates posted on HERE
FROM THE PTO CORNER:
LICE INFORMATION: At our last PTO meeting, our teacher Jennifer shared an informative presentation on lice with helpful resources for parents. Click on the presentation posted below here for more information:
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!
NOTE: Tuesday - Friday are MINIMUM DAYS!
Saturday, June 1st: 8th Grade Dinner Dance! 6-9 pm Ocean Shore MPR
Sunday, June 2nd 10 am End of School Year Garden Day: This Sunday, June 2 from 10:00 to 1:00 we will hold our last garden cleanup for the school year, and put together a summer watering stewards sign-up. Please Join Me in the Garden! From: Virginia 4/5 grades
Monday, June 3rd 2019: OSS Spring Harvest Festival! Brought to you by the Environmental Action Team, students will be invited to harvest and prepare salads grown from our very own student garden! Garden will be open for students at lunch recess! Students will enjoy sitting at our newly (handmade) table and benches in the Peace Garden - created by OSS parents and volunteers!
Tuesday, June 4th: : 11 am SAFETY DRILL . Students will be participating in a "Shelter In Place" safety drill and a partial "Evacuation" Drill from our Big 5 Safety Protocol. (Please note: students will NOT be leaving campus for the evacuation).
Tuesday, June 4 at 7pm in the MPR: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Grade Music Concert!
Thursday, June 6th: 8th Grade Graduation 5 pm Aragon High School Theater Congratulations to our 8th Grade Graduates!
Friday, June 7th: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL! 9 am End of the Year Picnic at Frontier Land Park!