Dear OSS Families,
Hello! May is upon us. What a fun and busy time of year! It was great to see so many parents around campus this week, and I know it will continue in our final weeks as each week brings a new fun celebration or event!
Important Reminder About Next Week!
We are gathering on May 9th at 6:30 pm in the MPR for our final mandatory PTO meeting of the year. Back by popular demand, we will again host several breakout sessions for parents. Our teacher leaders who will facilitate discussions and activities relevant to parents as we head into the summer months. I hope to see you there! May 9th at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Reflections from my Office:
Volunteerism has been on my mind a lot lately. I’ve been reflecting on the value of this virtue on our Ocean Shore community. While attending the Eco Fest last Saturday, I was struck by the impact of the entire Pacifica community coming together in effort to keep our local beaches clean. The turnout was impressive! This collective effort trickles into our schools. While the larger Pacifica community has a storied history rich with the spirit of volunteerism, our sweet Ocean Shore School echoes the same. Ocean Shore is the heart of volunteerism in Pacifica. In partnerships with our staff, volunteers are what make the “Ocean Shore world” go around. Not one of our programs could fly without the dedication of volunteers from our community and families.
As a brand new 3rd grade teacher, I remember calling my mom with new insight. I told her that I finally got it – I know knew why she was by Girl Scout leader, helped my teachers in the classroom, and attended every parent teacher conference. From the teacher lens, I was able to see how these volunteers serve an invaluable role to schools. There was no way I could accomplish what I wanted to do for my students on my own. Volunteers matter mightily in how they impact every child’s education. From the PTO, to grandparents helping in the classroom, to PEF programs and our outside volunteers who believe in the Ocean Shore experience and serve their own time – long after their kids have left the school or even if they don’t have kids who ever attended OSS. Volunteerism is the golden thread that binds our school together. Thankful, are we. Let’s keep this going year to year!
Speaking of volunteers, tonight we honor our Elna Flynn Award recipients – Barbara Bruxvoort and Julie Stock! Join me in congratulating them on this important distinction. New volunteer partners are the local chapter of the Boys and Girls Club! Every Friday at lunch, they are facilitating activities and games for our students. Another great example of how partnerships in our community grow strong schools. Here is look at them from last week!
Staff Makin’ Waves: We are so fortunate to have a volunteer, Chris Romero, help after hours to provide essential support to our technology! As a former OSS parent, he has remained to help in many different capacities. We are so grateful for this service!
One of the newest members of our school assistant team is Ayesha Siddiq. She has joined our team with enthusiasm and positivity. Today our staff arrived to find a cupcake bar at snack time from a mystery member of their team. (I found out it was Ayesha!) Here is a look at how she helps make OSS a fun place to work!
Scenes from the Week!
It was a busy week at OSS! Take a look!
From the Front Office:
What School Does Your Family Plan to Attend Next Year? DUE NEXT WEEK 5/10! At this time, plans for the next school year need to be made regarding enrollment. For us to have a better idea of your intentions, please complete this online form by May 3rd, 2019.
Please CLICK HERE to complete the survey.
If you have more than one child at Ocean Shore School, please complete one form per child.
Parent Input for Class Assignments for the 2019-20 School Year: If you wish to give our school team your input regarding your child’s class assignment for next year, please find the attached form HERE to share your insight regarding what kind of classroom environment your child would thrive in for the upcoming school year. This form will direct you on the process of how you can share your feedback.
Questions About Statewide Testing? Click HERE for more information about testing! Find helpful information for parents to understand the testing underway for our 3rd – 8th graders.
HELP AND MATERIALS WANTED FOR OCEANS 411! We are looking for a large number of egg cartons, pipe cleaners, and paper straws for the Maker Space during Oceans 411! Please leave in the office for teacher Natalie!
HALLWAY DECORATING for Oceans 411 Starts Tomorrow 5/4! Following the beach training (10 am science lab!), we will begin decorating the hallways for Oceans 411! Help on Sunday is also welcome. Come help the school transform and earn valuable volunteer hours! Contact teacher Sheila with any questions!
We Need a Beach Coordinator for Oceans 411! We are actively recruiting for an assistant beach coordinator. We really would like to find someone who could commit for consecutive years but any kind of help is welcome. The beach coordinator organizes equipment and rotations at the beach. You get to sit at the beach all morning and earn hours! Contact Beccy email@example.com if you are interested.
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 PTO CORNER:
Sign up sheets can be found on OSSPTO FUNdraising. Ombuds shared it in their weekly emails or find a hard copy on the PTO bulletin board in the parent wing. Submit forms with check or cash to the Fundraising folder.
PTO Volunteer Jobs! It’s that time of year again. Time to consider how you want to participate in your Ocean Shore community next year. The signups for next year’s volunteer jobs are posted in the kindergarten hallway waiting for your consideration. Check out the elected and appointed positions. There are jobs that help keep our school environment neat and efficient – art room monitor, kitchen monitor, prop master and there are jobs that bring us together – social event coordinator, new parent coordinator, junior Olympics coach. And there are PTO executive board positions – secretary, vice president, parent representative, treasurer, and president. There are many ways to help Ocean Shore posted on the wall waiting for your name.
If you have the time to help out the school, we would love to have your help. Please sign your name on the candidate’s line of a job in which you are interested by May 7th. If it is a position that is elected, we will begin voting at the PTO General Meeting, May 9th. If it is appointed, the PTO Board will be voting to choose and approve the candidates at the PTO Executive Board Meeting – June 11. Thank you for your interest in being a part of this amazing and active community!
Silent Auction Bid Winners! Please stop by the office to pick up your auction items and submit your payment. If you have questions to email Jenny Abellana at firstname.lastname@example.org
NEXT WEEK HAPPENINGS!
3/4: BEACH DAY TRAINING for ALL Beach Day Workers for Oceans 411! 10 – 11 am at Ocean Shore Science Lab
3/6: 7 pm Band Concert for Beginning Band (6th Grade)
3/7: 9 am School Tour for All New Families
3/9: 6:30 - 9:00 pm General PTO Meeting
3/10: OSS MINIMUM DAY!
3/10: Family Bowling Night!
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 email@example.com for any questions!