Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Quote of the week: "As we individuals grow in our resilience-as we become better at staying conscious and not losing heart-we will be able to remain strong in challenging conditions for the long haul. This is within the capacity of all of us." --Pema Chodron from Welcoming the Unwelcome: Wholehearted Living in a Brokenhearted World.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
What can I say? I'm just ready for 2020 to be over. The loss of Sean Nunan hits us hard. He was a gifted teacher and an amazing human being. Many of you have already seen the Go Fund Me link for his family. Here it is again in case you wish to donate.GoFundMe link for the Nunan family
We will be planning some additional celebrations to honor Sean's life. Look for updates from myself or your teachers. We are also able to offer some counseling services to students who need help processing this loss or just processing the trauma of 2020 in general. Please reach out to your teachers or me if you'd like your child to be referred for counseling. I try to keep an open heart and mind in times of crisis, but it's not easy. As a former English teacher, I often turn to books to escape and relax but also for inspiration. I'm currently reading Pema Chodron's newest book. The above quote jumped out at me because sometimes I feel like I DON'T have the capacity to deal with all of this. I'm sure that I'm not alone. Pema points out that we all have the capacity to grow and be hopeful in difficult times: even when good people die young, even when we are stuck inside because of smoke and COVID, even when the sky itself turns a dark, alien orange and gets darker, not lighter as the day goes on. We can only do this together. Reach out when you need help; you are not alone.
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PTO Communication Survey
Back-to-School is next week. We are going to have two nights. Look for an email with the Zoom or Google Meet link from your teacher.
September 15th for 2/3 (5:30-6:30) and 6-8 (6:30-7:30) YDL 6th grade (6:30-7:30)
September 17th for K/1 (5:00-6:00) and 4/5 (6:00-7:00)
Diversity Leadership Group
The Diversity Leadership (DLG) group is back and virtual! Please join our monthly meetings on the last Wednesday of the month, from 7-8:30pm. Our next meeting is Wednesday, September 30. Zoom link is here.
Diversity Leadership Group (DLG) was founded at Ocean Shore School over 10 years ago by parents dedicated to increasing awareness and inclusion in the school community. Today, DLG serves as a resource for parents, teachers, staff and students in the OSS community to identify and discuss ideas, concerns and areas in need of further growth or awareness. The Diversity Leadership Group’s mission is to provide leadership, guidance and support to the Ocean Shore community to cultivate an environment of inclusion where each individual is valued and respected.
Upcoming virtual events in October: Indigenous People's Day celebration and International Literacy Week.
For more information, questions, comments, or concerns you would like to discuss, please email DLG at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This message went out to all staff from the district office on 9/8:
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