Dear Ocean Shore Families,
Greetings! Happy "ski week" break! I hope you are about to enjoy a lovely time with your family with this week off from school. I am on my way to London to visit my brother and his family. I am so excited to see my 6 and 8-year old niece and nephew! I have enjoyed polling our students to find the best “gifts” to bring them. I have packed in my suitcase a unicorn doll and Beyblades for them. I usually get top “Auntie Points” for my gifts because I have such a great sample of students to get the best recommendations for the latest and best gifts! If it weren't for our students, I would not know the first thing about a Beyblade. My nephew thinks I am pretty "cool" to have this inside scoop! I will be excited to explore the beautiful city and spend time with my family.
Reflections from my Office:
This week our school hosted a tour for Pacifica administrators visiting the campus. School principals and district administration are visiting each campus and touring the classrooms. I love this learning opportunity as a site leader! Ocean Shore was the first school site to host this series of tours. I was so proud of our school, teachers and students. It was a fantastic opportunity to spend time in our classrooms to see the powerful learning experiences taking place all over our campus! As administrators, we recognize the most important work is student learning and being able to witness the student engagement and collaboration expertly facilitated by our teachers was inspiring. The students did not skip a beat as we walked into classrooms. When I walked in with the team of administrators, one 2nd grader looked up at me with wide-eyes and asked, “Principal Julie? How many presidents are here today? Can I show them my work?” She was proud to show us her sketch. It was pretty sweet.
The comments I heard from my principal colleagues over and over was the noticeable atmosphere of respect between our teachers, students and each other. The teachers took time to explain the “why” behind the “how” of their instructions and directions, in addition to providing rich instruction. Students offered to help one another, from passing a glue stick to helping clean up spilled water. We greet each other a smile when we walk by in the hallway and stop to ask when something is wrong. I encourage you to follow this example from our kids, and take time to do the same around our neighborhood. This speaks to the culture of our school community, and one in which I am proud to serve and lead everyday!
Staff Makin’ Waves:
We are so fortunate to have a stellar custodial crew! Many times, the value of school climate can be measured in the way in which all staff interacts in respectful and meaningful ways. One example is how Ron works with our middle school students. They enjoy helping him clean up, talk about things happening like the latest sports event (especially if it is football), or just to generally check in with them. Students feel this care and respect. One such measure was how several of our 8th graders were hoping to dress as “Ron” for Halloween this year! He is a bit of a local celebrity!
Students Makin’ Waves:
Congratulations to our very own, Jonas Desyatnik from Ocean Shore! He competed in the local Pacifica Parks and Recreation Spelling Bee this last Saturday and won 1st place for the 4th/5th Grade! Way to go, Jonas! We are proud of you!
From the Front Office:
Do You Have Extra Newspapers? Our art room is in need of extra paper newspapers! Please bring them to the office as they will be greatly appreciated and well-used by our students with art projects!
Oceans Week News! The Coral Café is taking place February 26th and 27th! Parents can help support this by signing-up on the Google Doc posted below or let your child’s teacher know of your interest. We are also looking for someone to teach crocheting after school to add to our lovely collection of crocheted coral reef that we started a few years ago! Please email our 3rd grade teacher Sheila for additional information: email@example.com.
Coral Reef Café Sign Up:
Yearbooks are on Sale!
Our middle school staff will be working hard to preserve your memories. Don't let these memories pass you by, order yours today online visit:
Private OSS passcode: 1014115995473789. If you have any questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org
SPRING BOOK FAIR IS COMING! SUPPORT YOUR SCHOOL LIBRARY AND GET YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING DONE EARLY!
Dates: Friday, March 1st – Friday, March 8th
Purchase books and support our Library. Our Library gets a percentage of the book fair sales. Every dollar spent is important as it goes directly to library materials funding! Teachers also have book wish lists to support their classrooms.
Order On-line: You can also order on-line from February 19th through March 11th! Go to our homepage on the Scholastic Book Fair website and select “Find a Book Fair”, then enter “Ocean Shore”. The home page provides information on purchasing on-line and opening an EWallet account for your child.
Volunteers Needed! We need help:
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:
From the Diversity Leadership Group: Are you a member of a Multi-Racial and/or Multi-Faith family and would like to share your story!? The Diversity Leadership Group is hoping to find a few families who would be interested in talking to our students about your experiences at home, at school, and in the world on Celebrate Diversity Day (CDD). CDD is taking place on Friday, March 22. Timing is flexible. If you are interested in participating, please contact Lissin at Lissin@EarthCapades.com
NEXT WEEK HAPPENINGS!
Monday 2/18 – Friday 2/22: NO SCHOOL!
Monday 2/25: School Resumes!
Thursday 2/28 10:30 – 11:30 am: Safety Drill at OSS! PLEASE NOTE! As part of our drill, we will be testing our communication systems to notify parents using the new TEXT MESSAGE FEATURE. Here is a reminder of the email you received from Dr. Olsen regarding these instructions:
Friday, March 22nd: Diversity Day!