Dear Ocean Shore Families,
This was one interesting week! Thank you again for the support and understanding given the unusual flooding yesterday. I appreciate the emails of encouragement and your feedback. We will continue to welcome this input!
As I write this, the cleaning and recovery specialist team has been working at our school to continue to survey the damage and continue the cleaning process in all efforts to open school as soon as possible. Work has been progressing at a steady pace. As the process continues over the weekend, I will keep you updated on any changes.
Reflections From My Office:
Yesterday was a quite a day, wasn’t it? When an emergency happens – like the flooding yesterday - it gives you lots to reflect upon. I thought of ways we could improve our process, wonder how we could respond to events in the future, and anticipated our next actions. And in these cases, you are often overwhelmed by the ways in which people care for one another. I kept coming back to this in my mind – and what gave me the greatest sense of gratitude – was the small yet powerful moments of people helping others.
At our impromptu staff meeting held after the last student was picked up yesterday, we reflected on those moments. Teachers shared stories of how incredible our students and parent volunteers responded, and recognized each other for helping in the time of need. For instance, some of our 8th grade students immediately jumped in to help younger students by reading books to them in the MPR waiting for families to arrive. Teachers went out of their way to help the maintenance crew redirect the water to help protect the classrooms. Students helped teachers put rugs on tables to prevent water from reaching them. Our Vice Principal Seva quickly thought on her feet as she safely directed students and staff to the MPR in a calming, reassuring way. Parents who came to pick up children asked how they could help, and stayed around to help inform other parents. This morning, I met a large group of teachers who arrived (without being asked!) to help families retrieve important items left behind by our students. When I met with other district administration, principals and teachers, I was overwhelmed with the outpouring of support from our neighbor schools. They offered to help put up bulletin boards, replace books or help in anyway possible. Despite the unfortunate circumstance, seeing such acts of kindness brought me great comfort!
Next week, I will be sending you further updates regarding our feedback and reflections on our reunification process. Stay tuned!
From the Front Office:
NOTE: PACIFICA SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD MEETING 1/22 WILL NOW BE HELD AT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFICE:
The PSD Board meeting was going to held at Ocean Shore School. Due to the recent flooding, the meeting will now be held at the School District Office.
After School Enrichment:
The After School Enrichment Program is starting up again in February, and enrollment begins at 7:30PM on Thursday, January 23rd.
Please go to this site to view classes and to enroll. The purchase option will be available at 7:30PM Sharp on January 23rd. IMPORTANT: The URL has changed, and you will need a PayPal account even if you are paying by credit card.
An Important Message About an Upcoming Opportunity to Share Your Input!
As we develop a new three year Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), we first need to seek engagement and input from our Stakeholders. As parents/guardians are one of our main stakeholders, I would like to invite you to participate in Pacifica School District’s LCAP Family Engagement/Input Meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to first, provide information on what the LCAP is, how it is created and the goals and priorities it is intended to support. Second, it will be an opportunity to gather input from the parent/guardian community around how we support improved student achievement, student engagement, school climate and family engagement; and provide feedback on programs and services that meet the needs of the community.
Our hope is to get a minimum of 25 families from each of our schools to attend one of the two scheduled meetings below:
· January 24th at Sunset Ridge from 9:00 am - 10:30 am
· January 30th at Ortega School from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Child care will be provided.
Please RSVP at this link:
Kindergarten Sibling Registration:
Important Information for Families Registering a Sibling Into Ocean Shore Next year! YOU MUST ENROLL YOUR YOUNGER SIBLINGS with the Kindergarten Sibling / Priority Enrollment card! These cards should be turned in as soon as possible, and can be turned into Patricia. DUE DATE 2/3/2020. These are in the Pacifica School District Kindergarten Enrollment 2019-2020 packet. Please stop by the front office if you need a copy. If you have a child who will be 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2020, your child is eligible to attend kindergarten in the fall 2019. If your child will turn 5 between September 2 and December 2, 2020, please request the Transitional Kindergarten Enrollment Card.
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