Dear OSS Families,
Hello! What a big week at Ocean Shore. The chicks in our kindergarten rooms hatched and Oceans 411 is underway! I hope to see you all at Open House on Thursday 5/23 at 6 pm for a chance to see the projects and work on display!
Reflections from my Office:
It is quite extraordinary to take in all of the activities, events and activities that go along with this momentous week. I have reveled in walking from room to room to watch the students collaborate and work together. I chatted with some of our 7th and 8th graders about how the experience has been for them to lead the younger students in lessons, games and ocean activities. They smiled and said, “It is hard work to be a teacher! I don’t know how they do it?” Another 8th grader explained to me that the “little kids actually do listen to you as long as you are nice to them.” They also explained that the kids are very “candy-motivated”. I laughed and asked the 7th and 8th graders, “Aren’t you motivated in the same way?” They agreed.
Some 2nd graders explained to me what they have enjoyed most about Oceans 411. They said they love; the theme days, decorating the halls, creating stuff, being in different stations, and working with big buddies.
My favorite part has been seeing the synergy of collaboration. From parent volunteers to teachers to kids, everyone is working together towards a common goal. Kids are moving, talking, and participating in hands-on experiential learning opportunities. It is easy to see why Oceans Week is a signature program of Ocean Shore. It represents the very best of our school! I love it!
Check out our Student Podcast!
As mentioned last week, we have a few students creating a podcast for their elective class. Take a listen for the second episode posted below!
Staff Makin’ Waves:
Much of Oceans 411 relies on the planning and coordination of many of our teacher leaders. Several folks have been instrumental this year in coordinating the event, as well as fulfilling their regular teaching responsibilities! Thank you to Sheila, Michelle, Jason and Beccy for their extra efforts to coordinate assemblies, schedules, beach activities and student schedules!
Scenes from the Week!
It was a busy week at OSS! Take a look!
From the Front Office:
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 HERE to complete the permission slip.
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
I Know Joe, Corp Surf Camp Pacifica Scholarships! Click HERE for applications for this special opportunity led by our own OSS teacher, Fran, for 5th – 8th graders.
A Message From An 8th Grader:
My name is Jasmin Saucedo, and Im in 8th grade, going into 9th. For my last year here at Ocean Shore, I would like to make an impact by doing a food drive to donate to a shelter in San Francisco. The shelter that I picked is one of the largest shelters down in San Francisco, called Episcopal Community Services (ECS). I would like to ask the Ocean Shore community to help me achieve my goal by donating any unused food, for example, canned food, boxed food, and overall any type of shelved food. I'll have banners and cardboard boxes near the front office where you can put in your donations. If you can participate by donating any shelved food we would greatly appreciate it.
FROM THE PTO CORNER:
Open House is on Thursday, May 23rd at 6:00pm. Dinner will be available for purchase starting at 5:00pm. Location at the popcorn window.
Pizza proceeds to 7th grade class.
Above & Beyond catering offering
BBQ chicken and Vegetarian Option ~
Grilled Tofu & Veggie Skewer
Giving Week... FILL THE OSS REEF!
Your spare change helps us fill our reef. The OSS PTO Board is making a final fundraising push to help meet our goal. A fun way to stay in theme with Oceans 411 a FILL THE REEF wall has been created. Located across from the Art Gallery Wall in the main hall. Give your donation to your teacher or a PTO board member and your student will be given a sea creature to fill the reef! Be sure to add your name and teachers name to the sea creature so we can award popsicle parties for those classes helping to fill the reef! Thank you for your continued support.
Get your SPIRIT WEAR orders in by MAY 19th
This is the last order of the school year! Orders will be delivered the week of June 3rd. Order online at osspto.org (click on the fundraising link)
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!
Monday (5/20): Live Scan service at OSS for parents! Click HERE for sign-ups!
Thursday (5/23) 6 pm Ocean Shore Open House! Don’t miss this fun night open to all! Come see the completion of the projects and celebrate the conclusion of Oceans 411!
Friday (5/24): Minimum Day!!!
Monday 5/27: NO SCHOOL in observation of Memorial’s Day!
THE TALENT SHOW IS COMING!
When: Wednesday, May 29th 9am-11am & Thursday, May 30th 6pm-8pm (2 performances)
Call Times: 8:30am & 5:00pm
Contact Talent Show directors Cristin Fong, Ana Brenner & Sara Kuenstler at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions!
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!