Friday, December 10, 2021
Quote of the Week: "You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give."
--Kahlil Gibran (poet)
Dear Ocean Shore Families,
I'm thrilled to announce that our Winter Bazaar sale was a great success, and that we made over $5500! There is still time to bid on the baskets. Bidding will close at 7:00 pm tonight. Here is the link: https://www.32auctions.com/WinterBazaar. The money we raise goes to Pacificans Care, Pacifica Resource Center, Pacifica Library Foundation, Youth Services Bureau, and the Ocean Shore emergency fund. At 6:00 pm tonight, we will have a family concert: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/winter-bazaar-family.
The Winter Bazaar was Patty McNally's event and I've been thinking about her a lot these past weeks. Patty knew how to get people to volunteer even when they thought they didn't have the time, and to crack open their wallets even when they thought they didn't have the money. She was a hard woman to say no to because you knew that whatever commitment she asked of you, she was prepared to do ten times more. She gave her heart and soul every day to the Pacifica community at large, to our school district, and to Ocean Shore. I am so happy to be continuing the tradition of giving that Patty and other OSS staff members started.
Staffing: There will be some staffing changes in January and I will share information with the entire Ocean Shore community when I am able to do so, most likely next week.
Changes in lunch procedures: This Monday we will start using the cafeteria for lunch again. Students will sit in assigned seats with students from their homeroom class. As we did before the pandemic, students will play first, and then come into the cafeteria to eat.
Covid Questions: Ayesha Siddiq is Ocean Shore's COVID contact. Please direct any questions about COVID-19 to her attention. Leave a message for her in the office or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Pacifica School District is updating their COVID-19 protocols and I'll share them soon.
Office Staff first aid training: We have training in CPR, basic first aid, epipen use, and some of us are trained in the use of a defibrillator. If we suspect a broken bone, a sprain or a concussion (we have a clear concussion protocol), we will call home, but we aren't medical professionals and can't diagnose injuries.
OSS Tours: If you know parents interested in Ocean Shore, our tours/informational meetings are virtual again this year. Three are geared toward incoming kindergarten parents, and one is geared toward parents interested in transferring their incoming 6th graders to Ocean Shore. Here is the link to the dates, times and Zoom links for each meeting: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lyf1WNS2l4fhyOHrJkmV24QOUBWa0gGhq3ufEYAoPp0/edit?usp=sharing. The dates are 12/14, 1/12 & 1/19 (6th grade transfers). Applications for Ocean Shore sibling incoming kindergarteners are due by noon on 2/1/22. Applications for new families are due by 4:30 pm on 2/16/22. Please contact the district office with any questions about enrollment. 650-738-6600. Ask for the student services department.
Fliers attached: PSD job recruitment (substitutes), Recommendations for COVID-safe holiday activities (English & Spanish), San Mateo County Home Sharing Program (English/Spanish), San Mateo Library puppet and magic shows (English/Spanish).
Principal of Ocean Shore. Check back here for weekly updates and messages from the principal.