Voyager Family News

Week of October 7, 2019

Strand Spotlights and Info

What a wonderful first PTO-hosted Family Fun Night we had on Friday! Thank you to all the families who came out to run, Gaga, kick soccer balls, jump rope, and shoot hoops! Huge gratitude to the MANY volunteers, including PTO parents, older siblings, CHS NJROTC cadets, and community partners who hosted stations!
  • Our District is seeking your input on future programs, experiences, and opportunities for students across CUSD. To gather your feedback, we’re using a tool called Thoughtexchange. All of our voices matter, so your participation is crucial and valued.

    Click here to participate. You’ll be asked to respond to one open-ended question, consider and assign stars to some of the ideas shared by others (20 to 30 is ideal), and learn what’s important to the group. Your thoughts and stars are anonymous. You can come back as often as you’d like to participate and, in fact, we ask that you do come back to star some of the new ideas shared since you first participated. The ratings will help us understand the most important areas to focus on for future programs, experiences, and opportunities.Participation will be open until October 14, 2019

  • New Student Leadership Structure at Silver Strand Elementary School: Please see the special section below for a description of our new visions for student leadership growth and involvement in school! Please sign up your student if he/she would like to co-host Friday Flagpole!

  • Halloween Costume Drive: A Coronado Girl Scout Troop is once again collecting used or new Halloween costumes to donate to the Monarch School of San Diego for underserved children. Look for the bin in our office, which will be available after Halloween as well! See more information below.

  • This week’s theme is PROBLEM SOLVING: When you are facing a challenge or conflict with someone, it’s important to identify what you are feeling and communicate with “I” statements and then discuss how you can both contribute to solutions.

Running Club Starts next week (October 8)! New time: Tuesday and Thursday mornings!

PLEASE DO NOT BE LATE TO RUNNING CLUB--we encourage your child to be ready to enter the gates promptly at 7:30 AM to avoid having to check in at the office during busy school business time.

Note: Students who attend Youth Center in the mornings and are registered for Running Club: Youth Center staff will escort runners to SSES and sign them over to parent volunteers. At the end of Running Club at 8:00 AM, runners will join their Youth Center friends in the courtyard and proceed to class.

Running Club is not a school-supervised activity; it relies on parent volunteers. Thank you for all your help!

To register your child, sign up here!
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5th Annual Book Character Pumpkin Decorating Contest!

Silver Strand is hosting a pumpkin decorating contest for all Preschool - 5th graders that would like to participate! (see photo examples below)

Contest rules are as follows:

1. The theme for the pumpkin contest is, “My Favorite Book Character.” You may pick any character from any BOOK you have read or heard. No TV or cartoon characters please J

2. Pumpkins can be real or plastic and are to be painted or colored with markers, NOT carved unfortunately, (absolutely no carved pumpkins will be accepted – unfortunately, carved pumpkins rot, attract bugs, and smell) Acrylic paints or permanent markers work best. Watercolors tend to run. Yarn, construction paper, pipe cleaners, cloth, wigs, old clothes, etc. may be used to decorate the pumpkin; paste or glue may also be used. If you bring in a real, but UNCARVED pumpkin, please bring it on a non-porous base (foil-covered cardboard, e.g.)

3. There may be only one entry per student, with the info below clearly identified on a 3” x 5” card:

1. Name of the book character, book, and author of the book (front of card)

2. Student’s name, grade, and teacher (back of card – very important!)

4. All entries are due on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. All pumpkins should be brought to the library first thing in the a.m. so they can be displayed (staff members will assist)*No early or late entries will be accepted*

5. Students will vote for a first, second, and third place winner in grades preschool-K, 1-2, and 3-5. Winners will be recognized at flagpole on Nov. 1st. All participants will get a participation certificate.

6. Pumpkins will be displayed in the library during the dates of October 15 – Nov 1st. All pumpkins must be taken home the morning of FRIDAY, NOV 1st. Any remaining pumpkins will be thrown away.

7. Participation is totally voluntary; the project can be done independently by the student or as a family project. Students choosing to participate must provide their own pumpkin and decorating materials.


Good luck,

HAVE FUN and happy decorating!! *Please contact Ms. Pierro for any questions:


Girl Scout Troop 5548 is collecting old and gently used Halloween costumes. Take this opportunity to clean out your closets and make a child's Halloween special! The costumes will be donated to the Monarch School for underprivileged children in San Diego. We encourage you or your child to bring in costumes and drop them off in the bin in your school's office. The drive will begin on Monday, October 7th and end on Friday, November 8th, giving you the opportunity to give old costumes for this Halloween, and then donate your recent costumes for the kids next year. If you have any questions, please contact Thank you for your support!

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SSES Voyager Student Leadership Opportunities

Silver Strand Elementary School

Leadership Opportunities

Our goal at SSES is to provide students with a variety of opportunities to develop and practice their leadership skills. We hope that these opportunities will foster a greater sense of community and/or improve self-esteem by:

  • helping students connect with staff and younger students on campus in meaningful ways,

  • helping students take on a challenge and grow their character through responsibility and teamwork, and

  • helping students become champions for each other and encouraging success across our campus

To that end, we are re-envisioning student leadership to ensure that Voyagers can be involved and grow without competitive elections/hierarchies (we believe practicing for those levels of leadership is more developmentally appropriate at middle and high school).

Our students will have opportunities to join:

  • Curbside Host Crew (5th Grade)
  • Friday Flagpole Crew (K-5th Grade): Please use this link to sign up your child (with their awareness and enthusiasm!) to assist with the pledge of allegiance, announcements, and Voyager Crew Cards.

  • Mentorship Crew (5th Grade--5th grade teachers are sending notices home regarding these opportunities)
  • Spirit Crew (stay tuned; we are collaborating with PTO to form a Spirit Crew to help plan fun days and activities!


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Calendar Events

This Week and Next:



Thurs 10/9: Bartczak's 4th Grade Field Trip to Maritime Museum

Thurs 10/10: General PTO Meeting 6:30 at Cays Jamaica Village Clubhouse

Mon 10/14: District Holiday/No School

Tues 15-18: School Lunch Week: Get a free dessert with lunch purchase

Tues 10/15 APEX Fun Run Kickoff Assembly and "Sporty" Spirit Dress Day (wear team or sporty gear)

SAT 10/19: CSF Gala & Auction at Hotel Del Coronado

And Beyond:

Thurs 10/24: APEX Fun Run and Panera Restaurant Night

Fri 10/25: 4th Grade Bring a Parent to Lunch (11:30 AM)

11/4-8: Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students Early Release at 1:40)

Thurs 11/7: General PTO meeting at SSES, 8:30 AM

Mon 11/11: Veteran's Day Holiday/No School

Wed 11/13: Lamb's Players "SLAM" Assembly (Anti-Bullying)

Fri 11/15: PTO Family Fun Night at SSES: Howdy Hoedown

Fri 11/22: PTO Pies for Teachers

11/25-29: Thanksgiving Holiday/No School

Thurs 11/5: General PTO meeting at SSES, 8:30 AM

12/9-13: Holiday Shoppe at SSES

Fri 12/20-1/3/20: Winter Holiday/No School

Mon 1/6/20: School Resumes

Thurs 1/9: General PTO meeting at SSES, 8:30 AM

Fri 1/17/20: Teacher Workday/No School for Students

Mon 1/20/20: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday/No School

Thurs 1/30: Late-Start: all students start at 10:00AM and Math Night at SSES

Fri 1/31: 3rd Grade Bring a Parent to Lunch (12:15PM)

Thurs 2/6: General PTO meeting at SSES, 8:30 AM

Fri 2/14-Mon 2/17: Presidents' Weekend/No School

Thurs 2/27: Spring Open House

Fri 2/28: 2nd Grade Bring a Parent to Lunch (12:15)

Thurs 3/5: General PTO meeting at SSES, 8:30 AM

Fri 3/13: PTO Family Fun Night: Freaky Friday Dance

Wed 3/18, 4:30-9 PM: CSF Telethon at CHS

Thurs 3/19: Late-Start: all students start at 10:00AM

Fri 3/27: 1st Grade Bring a Parent to Lunch (11:50)

3/30-4/3: Spring Break Holiday/No School

Tues 4/7-Thurs 4/9: Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students Early Release)

Thurs 4/9: General PTO meeting at SSES, 8:30 AM

Fri 4/10-Mon 4/13: District Holiday/No School

Fri 4/24: Kindergarten Bring a Parent to Lunch (11:50) and 25th SSES Luau!

Thurs 5/7: General PTO meeting at SSES, 8:30 AM

5/25: Memorial Day Holiday/No School

6/4: General PTO meeting at SSES, 8:30 AM

6/11/20: 5th Grade Promotion/Last Day of School/Early Release

PTO News and Updates

We are SO FORTUNATE at Silver Strand to have the ongoing support of our PTO. Thank you for all you do with your time, energy, and fundraising!

NEXT PTO MEETING IS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10 @6:30 PM at Jamaica Village Clubhouse in the Coronado Cays. Elections for open positions will be held.

Our PTO Board:

  • President: Lori Blauert
  • Treasurer: Leslie Broussard
  • Secretary: Leigh-ann Williamson
  • Luau Coordinator: Heather Pettit
  • PTO Advisor: Nellie Ritter

In addition to building community, supporting curriculum, and enriching students' school experience, the Silver Strand PTO is responsible for Family Fun Nights, Holiday Shoppe, Yearbook and Luau to name a few. Our fundraising efforts provide for school field trips and enrichments clubs. We are unable to do what we do without the support of Silver Strand families, teachers and staff. You can join online now! Link: Please let us know on our membership form where you would like to help us with your time and talents.

After-School Enrichment Clubs

Our SSES PTO is proud to sponsor and coordinate after-school enrichment clubs for students in grades K-5 from 3-4 PM Monday through Thursday (note that these clubs are not part of the CUSD/SSES instructional day, and clubs are run by private organizations/non-CUSD employees).

SSES Teacher Karen Pierro works with our PTO as a coordinator/liaison.

The Clubs Schedule is posted here.

Coronado SAFE Events and Activities

Coronado SAFE supports healthy families and children through workshops/"coffee talks," school programs, speakers, and counseling.

COFFEE TALK: Navigating the Smart Phone Era

FRESH Perspective with a NEW Speaker: Matthew Bishop, LMFT

Monday, October 7th


201 6th Street (CUSD Board Room)

Register On-line at

Or call us at 619-522-6884 ext. 1#

Transform your family through an interactive presentation on:

· Self-esteem, validation & social media

· Sexting, yes it’s happening, now what

· Long term impact (career, psychological, legal)

· The Neuroscience connection

· Real life strategies for kids and teens who pushback (bring your questions...get answers)

Matthew Bishop is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at The Soul Care House in Mission Hills. He is a doctoral candidate in Behavioral Health Leadership at Grand Canyon University researching the intersection between female clergy and mental health professionals. In his private practice, he specializes in treating addictions and compulsions as well as working with adolescent boys experiencing a wide variety of mental health challenges.

See for more information and to register for upcoming events.

Morning Dropoff and Afternoon Pickup in 2019-20

Our new bell schedule means ALL students TK-5th Grade will start school at 8:10 AM (same as this past year), and ALL Kindergarten-5th Graders will release at 2:55 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and at 1:40 on Wednesdays (Transitional Kindergarten will release at 11:50 each day). Our afternoon pickup time will be BUSY! Your cooperation with protocols and safety provisions will be essential for smooth and safe transitions for students.

Adult supervision outside school in the morning does not begin until 7:50 AM; please do not plan to drop your child off prior to this time unless they are participating in band/choir/other officially supervised school activities.

IN THE MORNINGS: TK and Kindergarten students will line up outside the gate to the right of our office door each morning by 8:05 AM to be picked up by their teachers and escorted to class. First graders will enter the same gate and proceed to class at the first bell. All other grades enter the gates to the left by Strand Hall when the first bell rings to line up by class on the blacktop.

IN CASE OF RAIN OR INCLEMENT WEATHER, students will report to Strand Hall and line up in designated areas in the Hall.

At the end of the school day, Kindergarten teachers will escort their students to the PRESCHOOL GATE for parent pickup ahead of other students, so parents of kindergarteners should plan for their students to be ready to reunite with you 5-10 minutes before 2:55 (or 1:40 on Wednesdays).

We encourage those students/families who can walk/bike/scooter to do so!

Military Connections

Silver Strand Elementary School is SO fortunate to have the full-time services of our very own MFLC (Military Family Life Counselor), Marie Millard! Our MFLC is available to help students through the emotions and transitions associated with military life.

Nominations and Applications Open for Operation Homefront’s 2020 Military Child of the Year® Awards


Six Military Child of the Year® (MCOY) Awards are presented to one outstanding child from each service branch: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and the National Guard. The awards recognize the recipients for their resiliency, leadership, and achievement during their parents’ service. Each recipient receives a free trip along with two guests to Washington, D.C., a laptop, and a cash award of $10,000.

The seventh award is the Military Child of the Year® Award for Innovation. This award goes to a military child who has designed a bold and creative solution to address a local, regional, or global challenge. The recipient receives a $10,000 cash award, a laptop, a free trip along with two guests to Washington, D.C., and donated business expertise in bringing the solution to market. Booz Allen Hamilton has presented this award and provided the experts for the last four years.

Recipients and their families will arrive in Washington, D.C., on March 30-31, 2020, for events, tours, and activities leading up to the Awards Gala. The gala will be held the evening of Thursday, April 2, 2020.


All applicants must meet each of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be a legal dependent of a service member or military retiree (Finalists must provide DEERS enrollment form)
  • Be between the ages of 13-18 at time of nomination
  • Be able to travel to Washington, D.C., to attend the MCOY Gala and other events (March 30 or 31 – April 3, 2020)
  • Agree to a background check (if selected as finalist)
  • Provide letters of recommendation (if selected as a semifinalist)
  • Be willing to participate in media and donor opportunities


Parents, siblings, teachers, coaches, clergy, neighbors, grandparents, and anyone familiar with the child’s achievements.


Simply go to and click the Nominations tab. Nomination fields include when and how long a parent has deployed, number of family moves, Gold Star Family or EFMP status, whether a parent is a wounded service member, nominee’s volunteerism, and five short answers as to why the nominee is deserving.


Youth ages 13-18 may apply for the Innovation Award at during the application period. They are not required to be nominated by another person.


The nomination and application periods open September 17, 2019, and close December 9, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern.


Please visit our website,, and click (FAQs) frequently asked questions. The website provides a wealth of program details, including profiles of previous recipients. For further information, contact Jenny Valderas, Director of Family Support Services, (210) 549-4603 or

Military Spouse Support Meetings:

Village Wed. Nov. 20 8:30-9:30 Building Resiliency in Children

Strand Wed. Feb. 19 8:30-9:30 Supporting Your Child Through Deployment

ECDC Wed. May 20 8:30-9:30 Transitions

For information about military-sponsored activities for youth, visit the Fleet and Family Services website here.

Coronado Schools Foundation Events & Updates

Coronado Schools Foundation Online Auction Leaves the Gate October 10th and Gala Guests Call to Post October 19th!

The popular Coronado Schools Foundation (CSF) Online Auction launches Thursday, October 10th at noon and will remain open for bidding until Monday, October 28th.

This year’s Online Auction which features more than 200 unique items, including great local deals & steals. Participants can register and Bid for Kids! at All proceeds benefit Coronado Unified schools and students.

The Benefit Gala A Day at the Races will be held on Saturday, October 19th in the Grand Ballroom at the Hotel del Coronado with limited seating still available.

This year’s Live Auction and Raise your Paddle portion of the evening will generate funds to “Stock the iLabs” at all 4 CUSD campuses. The new iLabs, short for Innovation Lab, are creative spaces that provide students the opportunity to solve real world problems and watch their projects come to life through collaboration and innovation.

Volunteers, Tickets, and Donations

To reserve a ticket or table, to volunteer, make a donation to the auctions (Live or Online) or make a donation to sponsor a Coronado Unified staff member, please visit or call Development Coordinator Jennifer Stein at 619-437-8059, ext. 5. For those who can’t attend, donations of $500+ will have their names read aloud at the event. Find out more at

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Coronado Public Library Events for October

2019-20 Parent and Student Handbook

Our Parent and Student Handbook includes more detailed information about our school programs and policies. Click here to access our handbook (also available on our website).

Community Agreements and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

We are in year 2 of a district-wide review and revamping of our supports and interventions for students, including academic and behavioral/social-emotional. The aim is for our community to have clear and consistent expectations and interventions with a restorative and supportive focus. Our Silver Strand MTSS committee has drafted a set of Community Agreements for students, staff, and families (see attachment below). We are also working on updated referral/intervention forms and a new look and focus for our "blue slip" incentive forms. We look forward to keeping you posted on our progress and inviting your feedback!

How Does Coronado Unified School District Communicate with Families?

Stay Connected with Silver Strand Elementary School!!

We want you to be "in the know"! Read our weekly email, and please check our website to stay up to date on school news, programs, and upcoming events. There is a "Search and Popular Pages" tab on the middle righthand side of our Home Page. This contains Voyager Family Emails, PTO link, Menu, Calendar and other important information. There is also an orange PeachJar tab on the bottom right of the Home Page. PeachJar contains flyers for Enrichment Clubs and other organizations hosting events at our school and in the community. The link to our homepage is:

Check out and "like" our Facebook page to see photos of student events and programs!