Dear OSS Families,
Hello! I know many of you are on your way to KOA for a camping trip! I wish you a wonderful trip and look forward to hearing about it on Tuesday! Thank you for coming to Open House last night. What a great turnout! I look forward to seeing you next week for our Talent Show!
Reflections from my Office:
Thursday was another exciting week at Ocean Shore. We concluded Oceans 411 and opened our doors for Open House. As I explained to the students on Thursday, this event is a true celebration of collaborative learning – between teachers, students, parents and volunteers. Under the guidance from our teacher Sheila, a small and dedicated army of teachers and volunteers organized academic activities across the curriculum to give students real-world, hands-on experiences in lieu of just reading facts out of a book. Older students would lead stations for younger students to learn about marine science that specifically related to our theme – coral reefs. This tradition has been happening at Ocean Shore for many years. It is easy to see why it continues to thrive and be one of the treasured traditions of Ocean Shore.
As I have been saying all year, this event captures the magic of our little school. We are one community working together with a single vision; providing the best education for our kids. Oceans 411 demonstrated this collaborative effort! From the visiting scientists, teaching parents running the exhibits, the volunteer parents helping set-up and coordinate the beach days, our teachers helping prepare the students, and the 7th and 8th grade students who helped created robust lessons to teach our kids! As I walked around the campus each day, I felt such pride for our school!
A really special part of the event is the leadership role our 7th and 8th graders. They were awesome! The purpose of Oceans 411 is to get kids excited, intrigued and enthused about our own backyard – the ocean. No better way to achieve this than to have kids ignite kids. The 7th and 8th graders led the younger children throughout the past few weeks by either teaching them or creating an educational website. It was pretty incredible to watch. I talked with a few 7th and 8th graders about the experience. Here is what they said:
When I asked how they liked teaching the other kids:
“It was so fun to see them get so excited! I loved being a teacher.”
“It was hard, Julie. They are so little so they get real squirmy. I don’t know how the teachers do that everyday.”
“”The best part was when they didn’t understand what we were doing. Then, like all of a sudden, they get it! That was exciting for me.”
“They are so cute! But they didn’t know some of the bigger words we used. So, we had to explain what the words meant.”
HAVE YOU HEARD THIS PODCAST YET!? Check out our Student Podcast!
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!
Scenes from the Week!
It was a busy week at OSS! Take a look!
From the Front Office:
DUE TUESDAY 5/28 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL PICNIC PERMISSION SLIP: Please complete this ONLINE permission slip for our annual field trip to Frontier Land Park. Please remember that you should first report to school. CLICK BELOW to complete the permission slip.
NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR IMMUNIZATIONS! Please make sure your child is up to date with immunizations. Your child will not be allowed to attend school next year without these complete. Please let us know if we can answer any questions related to immunizations.
FROM THE PTO CORNER:
Pre-sale lunch meals for picnic at Frontierland June 7.
OSS PICNIC DOLPHIN DEALS!
Pre-order your meal deals so you won’t miss out.
Note: cash or check only at day of picnic.
Reserve your lunch deals now! On-line orders link:
Another way to order your lunch meals before the day of the picnic; You can leave cash or check with your order form in Escobedo family folder until June 5. Forms are located in the parent hallway.
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:
Monday 5/27: NO SCHOOL in observation of Memorial’s Day!
Tuesday 5/28: POD Day Celebrating our 8th Graders! 10:30 – 11:30 am
Wednesday 5/29: Talent Show Performance for Students! (PLEASE NOTE! This performance is intended only for a student audience as there will NOT BE SEATING FOR EXTRA ADULTS OTHER THAN STAFF due to space limitations.)
Thursday, May 30th Talent Show Performance for Parents! 6pm-8pm
Call Time: 5:00pm
Contact Talent Show directors Cristin Fong, Ana Brenner & Sara Kuenstler at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions!
Saturday, June 1st: 8th Grade Dinner Dance! 5-9 pm Ocean Shore MPR
Sunday, June 2nd 10 am Garden Clean Up Day! Bring the family for fun outdoors and help maintain our beautiful garden!
Tuesday, June 4 at 7pm in the MPR: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Grade Music Concert!