Dear Ocean Shore Families,
Happy Friday! This morning, the staff of Ocean Shore was treated to a lovely surprise from our PTO members. We arrived to our staff lounge to find a gorgeous spread of a lovely breakfast brought in by many parents. It brightened our day! The food was creative, delicious and comforting, and gave our staff a chance to feel appreciated and feast as a staff family. I walked by the staff lounge, and the room was full of our hard-working staff laughing and enjoying the time together. Special breakfasts like the one we had today brings us all together - thanks to our parents and their generous efforts. We have happy teachers, a happy staff, and consequently, happy kids!
Reflections from my Office:
This week concluded our 2nd trimester. Our teachers have been working hard to review student work samples, assessments and reflect on their academic, social and emotional development over the course of the last few months. I can assure this is an incredibly timely process as our staff is very thorough to provide our home to school team with evidence and information that reflects an accurate portrayal of each student’s individual growth.
Be sure to reach out to your child’s teacher with any questions or feedback. In the fall, I shared with you these reminders about how to reflect on your child’s report card and communication with the school.
Celebrate Effort: Upon receiving their report cards, I always reminded my students as a teacher that their effort mattered as much as their achievement – and sometimes even more. What an important life lesson we can teach our children. What you put into something is just as meaningful as what you take from it.
Ask Questions: At your parent-teacher conference, take time to inquire about what academic standards are expected of your child at this point in the year. Have your child self-reflect on their progress this 1st trimester.
Report Cards of 2019: You might notice that the report card your child brought home is different than the report card you received as a child. It is normal to feel a little confused! To help you better understand your child’s report card, please refer to the district website, “Elementary Report Guide for Parents.”
Please see the link here:
Another reflection from last week was last Friday when I had the opportunity to visit the kindergarten classrooms to read books for “Read Across America Day” in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. It was the highlight of my day! I recommend you take an opportunity to read to your child, or your child’s classroom (even older kids love this more than they will admit!). There are beautiful books with powerful messages, and what a great way to spend 20 minutes. Find time after drop-off or at the end of the day to read story to your child’s class – it will be worth it! Here are some pictures from my experience:
Students Makin’ Waves:
Congratulations to 7th grader, Isaiah Sneed! Isaiah received recognition at the 2019 San Mateo County Office of Education STEM Fair and earned 2nd place! He represented our school and community of Pacifica very well with top honors and now has an opportunity to continue competing even with a trip to Washington D.C! He was required to demonstrate his project by speaking with the public and judges, which he did very well! Our teachers, Beccy and Sophie, were an influential part of his success with thier encouragement and preparation! Congratulations, Isaiah!
From the Front Office:
Are You Interested in Serving on the District Workforce Housing Committee? Pacifica School District is developing the former Oddstad School into Workforce Housing to provide below market rate rent and help our employees mitigate the high cost of housing in the Bay Area. The Workforce Housing Committee will typically meet once per month (the first Wednesday of the month from 3:30 to 5:00 pm). The purpose of the committee is to have representation from interested stakeholders to guide the project and assist with communication to stakeholder groups. Two community members representing parents and the greater Pacifica community will be selected by the Board of Trustees.
The deadline for applications is March 22nd. If you are interested in applying to be on the Workforce Housing Committee, please submit the application to Susanne Campos at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions regarding the Workforce Housing Project, you may direct them to Josie Peterson at email@example.com.
The application can be found at:
Cleaning out Closets? We Are Looking for Gently Used Children’s Clothing for the Office! When kids slip in mud, get wet, have accidents, etc. we like to have an abundance of clothes the kids can change into, wear home, then return at their convenience. The following would be greatly appreciated!
Boys shoes: sizes 13 & 1 in particular, as well as any other sizes
Illegal Parking Around Campus: I ask for your support in following legal driving and parking regulations around our campus. Please be mindful of where you park, no matter how long you intend to park! Your “”just real quick” parking compromises the safety of others, breaks traffic laws, and inconveniences others – especially handicapped or parents with strollers.
When you park on the curb: You block the ability of our small children and parents with strollers or wheelchairs to safely arrive to school. Parents have been observed parking on the curb on Manor. Please be advised we will solicit the police to help remind drivers to abide by parking laws.
When you park in a staff parking spot: You have prevented your child’s teacher or staff member from arriving to school. As with any office or medical facility, please respect the designated parking places for our staff that arrives at ALL HOURS of the day. This is especially important for field trip departures. Please do not park in the parking lot when awaiting a field trip.
When you park in a loading zone during drop-off: You cause a backup of cars waiting to drop off their child, adding unnecessary time to the drop-off time and potentially causing students to be tardy. This also creates a safety hazard as parents attempt to weave around your parked car, which is an illegal violation of parking standards for a loading zone.
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!
Tuesday, March 12: PTO Executive Board Meeting (7-9 pm) OSS staff lounge
Friday, March 22nd: Diversity Day!