Principal Smith's Weekly Update
Week of December 4
Greetings CPJMA Families,
We have some exciting things happening this week. We have our rescheduled blue ticket event this Tuesday. We have a special holiday performance by the Marine Corps Band this Wednesday on the blacktop at 8:30, parents are invited to attend. Parents that desire to attend may either wait at the lunch arbor after morning dismissal, or you can arrive on campus closer to the start time of the performance and sign in at the front office. We have a parent-principal chat this Friday in the library. Also looking ahead, reminder that Friday, December 15th is a minimum day/12:15 dismissal. Lots of excitement happening at CPJMA! Please read on for more information! Have an amazing week ahead!
Please Mark Your Calendars: 😊
December 5: Blue Ticket Celebration (10 tickets)
December 6: Marine Band Holiday Performance, blacktop, 8:30 a.m.
*Parents are invited to attend, you may either wait at lunch arbor after morning dismissal, or you can arrive on campus closer to the start time of the performance and sign in as a visitor at the front office.
December 8: Whole School Awards Assembly in auditorium, 7:50 a.m.
December 8: Parent-Principal chat in library, 8:30 a.m.
December 11: Holiday Fun Week (see below in next section)
December 12: Winter Concert & Violin Sing-a-long in auditorium (UTK-2nd) *enter through cafe doors on PB Drive
December 13: MINIMUM DAY (Wednesday)
December 14: Winter Concert & Violin Sing-a-long in auditorium (3rd-5th) *enter through cafe doors on PB Drive
December 15: MINIMUM DAY (FRIDAY)
December 18 - January 2: Winter Recess/No School-Campus Closed
January 3: School resumes for students and staff
Thank you to ALL CPJMA Parents for everything that you do to support our students, staff, and school community! We are incredibly grateful for each of you and your kiddos!
Have an AMAZING week!
In an effort to keep everyone healthy, PLEASE do not send your student to school if they have any of the following:
Fever with or without chills/rigors (fever defined as temp >100 that does not resolve within 30 min. without medication)
Shortness of breath
Nasal congestion (runny nose)
Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
New loss of taste/smell
Muscle or body aches
Poor feeding or poor appetite
New Administration Building:
When students and staff return from winter break on January 3, 2024, our new administration building on PB Drive will be complete. The construction team is planning to demolish the current school office on Ingraham sometime in early January.
REMINDER - Lost & Found Rack REMINDER Our lost and found rack is piling up with a massive amount of sweaters, jackets, lunch bags, and water bottles. Please take a peek at the lost and found rack located outside of building 100/the building where our classrooms are located.
Holiday Fun Week: December 11 - 15
Please Mark Your Calendars: 😊
Music & Violin At-a-Glance:
Winter Concert and Holiday Sing-Along (combined Mrs. Freese & Ms. Li/Violin)
Primary Grades (UTK-2nd) - Tuesday, December 12th, 8:00-8:45 am
Upper Grades (3rd-5th) - Thursday, December 14th, 8:00-8:45 am
Spring Violin Concerts (Ms. Li) - same date, different times
K-2: Thursday, April 25th, 8:00-8:45 am
3rd-5th: Thursday, April 25th, time 9:00-9:45 am
Spring Musicals (Mrs. Freese)
Primary Grades (UTK-2nd)- Tuesday, April 30th, 8:00-8:45 am
Upper Grades (3rd-5th) - Thursday, May 2nd, 8:00-8:45 am
After School Clubs:
San Diego Yokohama Sister Society’s Connect the World After-school Enrichment Program:
Great news! We are able to add more students to our Connect the World program!
At Connect the World, we provide a variety of academic, physical, and cultural enrichment activities after school such as Homework Help, Japanese Language, World Cultures, Dance, Arts & Crafts, Karate, and STEAM. As an enrichment program, our instructors provide established curricula and daily structure so students benefit from their engagement and participation in the various activities we offer. Our program is well-suited for those looking to be proactive and productive after school!
We operate Mondays-Fridays from 2:15-6:00PM (Wednesdays and scheduled half days from 12:15-6:00PM). Monthly tuition rates and additional information can be found on our website: connect-world.org.
If you have any additional questions please email our Program Director, Cynthia Le, at email@example.com. Thank you!
Starts September 11
See link below to sign up:
Kindergarten - 5th Grade
Starting September 27
Wednesdays from 12:15-1:15
Fall Music Club with Mr. Champion, Mrs. Freese, & Mr. Chamberlain begins on Tuesday, September 5 and runs through October 3 (No Music Club during Parent-Teacher-Conference weeks). Music Club is for 4th-5th graders, and meets on Tuesdays in the school auditorium from 2:10-3:00 p.m. Music club is free. Performance: Pacific Beach Fest on October 7, 2023
*Music Club is for students in 4th/5th grade and by request/availability/ability/appropriateness for other grade level students at CPJMA
- Spring Music Club: February 13 - May 7. (No Music Club during Parent-Teacher-Conference weeks or during spring break). Spring Music Club Performance: Gator By the Bay on May 11, 2024
***Please email Mr. Champion regarding any questions about music club: firstname.lastname@example.org
🎤Sing n' Speak Spanish:
Mondays & Wednesdays beginning August 28, 2023
See link below for more information and for registration:
Have questions? Please email mailto:email@example.com
Tuesdays beginning September 12, 2023
See link below for more information and for registration:
Have questions? Please email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional Minimum Days for CPJMA this School Year
CPJMA will continue to have every Wednesday as our minimum day each week (12:15 dismissal). In addition, the following days below have been approved by our district as additional minimum days this school year for CPJMA:
Volunteering on Campus
We are in great need of parent volunteers during our lunch recess blocks, specifically during our three lunch recess periods: UTK 11:20-11:40, K-2nd 12:00-12:20, 3rd-5th 12:25-12:45. If you are able to volunteer to supervise during a lunch recess period, please complete the volunteer form (see link below) and bring proof of a recent negative TB test.
Interested in volunteering in your child's classroom: Many of our teachers send information on options to volunteer in their classrooms usually sometime between the 3rd-6th week of school. In our lower grade classes, it is important to first build independence (at school) in our younger students, to allow them time to learn the classroom routines, structures, classroom environment, and teacher expectations, absent of the parents being in the classroom. Should you have any questions about volunteering in the your child's classroom, please reach out directly to your child's teacher regarding your questions.
*Parents that sign up with their child's teacher to chaperone at a field trip during the school year must have a current volunteer application on file, and provide proof of the results of a current TB test
SDUSD Volunteer Application: https://sdusdfamilies.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Volunteer-Application-2021-2022-.pdf
*You may also pop by the school office and pick up a volunteer form in the office lobby.
SDUSD Volunteer Process Information: https://sdusdfamilies.org/volunteer-2/
***Please email Della our school ESA with questions about your volunteer form: email@example.com
REMINDER - PLEASE READ BELOW FOR UPDATED INFORMATION REGARDING INDEPENDENT STUDY CONTRACTS:
If your child will be out of school for more than 5 days, please notify your child's teacher in writing if you would like an independent study contract prepared for your child. After the teacher has given you the okay regarding your request, you would then contact Ms. Nolte in the school office to ask for the independent study contract paperwork. It is ultimately the parent/guardian's responsibility to obtain the independent study contract paperwork from Ms. Nolte in our school office, (after parent has received approval from the teacher about the request). Requests for independent study contracts must be made with your child's teacher at least two weeks in advance. The independent study contract is an agreement between the parent and teacher, providing the student with relevant classwork to complete during the time that the student is out of town. The parent must provide written notification to the teacher with the request to receive an independent study contract, this written request must be provided no less than two weeks in advance. This will allow the teacher to get the contract and assignments ready for your child. If the written notification is not provided to the teacher in at least two weeks advance of your travel date, the independent study contract will not be accepted.
REMINDER: After you speak with your child's teacher regarding your request for an independent study contract, you must then contact Ms. Nolte in our school office for the independent study contract paperwork - this is the parent/guardian's responsibility. Requests for independent study contracts must be made with your child's teacher at least two weeks in advance.
Thank you for your support with this :).
IMPORTANT: Arrival & Dismissal Reminders
ARRIVAL (Morning Drop-Off)
ALL CPJMA students will enter the school through the cafeteria exterior doors located on Pacific Beach Drive. The cafeteria doors will close at 7:40 a.m. sharp. Students that arrive after 7:40 will need to enter through the front of the school gate located on Ingraham.
On the first day of school, parents may walk students directly to their classrooms. After the first day of school, parents may walk students directly to the blacktop each morning and MUST QUICKLY EXIT the campus when the teachers arrive at the blacktop at 7:37/7:40, as we will need to close and lock the cafeteria doors to secure our campus, and to allow for our teachers to begin their day with classes. Please do not congregate with other parents at this time, please exit the school promptly after the students are picked up by their teachers on the blacktop
DISMISSAL (Afternoon Pick-Up)
- UTK - All UTK students will be dismissed out of their classrooms. A UTK staff member will open and remain at the UTK playground gate (green gate) located on Fortuna, and UTK parents may walk directly to the UTK classroom doors to pick up their child. (Older student siblings can be picked up here if the parent has made this prior arrangement with both teachers)
- Kindergarten & 1st grade students (and older student siblings if the parent has made this prior arrangement with both teachers) will dismiss from the gate area located on Fortuna, directly next to the UTK gate.
- 2nd - 5th grade students will dismiss from the cafeteria exterior doors located on Pacific Beach Drive.
In order to facilitate safety and efficiency with our morning drop off and pick up process, we need your help parents. Please be safe and efficient when dropping your child off. When you pull onto the side of the curb/side of the street closest to the arrival/dismissal entry point, we need you to move your car ALL THE WAY FORWARD and QUICKLY drop off or pick up your child. Please try your best to stay in your car (if you are not walking your child onto campus). It is important that we keep traffic moving along. The school police officer assigned to our cluster is not able to support us with traffic duty, as he supports all five of the schools in the Mission Bay Cluster, and is mainly at Mission Bay High School. Please do not double park. Please do not park in the middle of the street. In addition, if your car is parked at the curb while you are actively sitting in it, I will ask you to let your child out of the car so that we can keep traffic flowing in an effort to not back up Pacific Beach Drive. In addition, I am asking all parents to not permit nor encourage your child to walk/or run across the north side of PB Drive without using the crosswalk. Please use the crosswalk with your child. This is extremely important. Please practice safety by using the crosswalk, rather than running/walking across the street/and or allowing your child to run across the street as that is NOT SAFE. Please demonstrate safety, common sense, and patience when dropping your child off at school and picking them up from school. If you are able to help our school with traffic control during morning arrival or afternoon dismissal (by volunteering your time to direct cars to move forward/supporting the flow of traffic, signaling, etc.), please email Principal Smith (me) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you tons!
CPJMA Daily Schedule 2023-2024
See link below for the CPJMA daily schedule
Teacher Communication: Please ensure that you connect with your child’s teacher regarding their preferred method of parent communication (email, Class Dojo, weekly newsletters, etc.). It is imperative that you stay connected with your child’s teacher.
THE TEACHER-PARENT RELATIONSHIP is most critical to the growth and success in your child's educational journey.
School Website: https://crownpoint.sandiegounified.org/. Our school website is run voluntarily by one of our amazing power parents. Thank you Katie Gugino for being our webmaster!!!
CPJMA Parent/School Calendar: https://crownpoint.sandiegounified.org/news/events
This calendar is also found on the school website, click on "news", and then drop down to "events".
PTO: We have an extremely amazing, active, and supportive Parent Teacher Organization. Our PTO parents have done so much to support our students and staff! I encourage all parents to get involved with our school by supporting our PTO, and consider being on the PTO, and/or helping with PTO fundraising events, as the funds that our PTO raise go directly into the school to create the BEST OPPORTUNITIES for our students (art experiences, science experiences, whole child experiences, field trips, supplies/resources for our teachers, theater/drama programs, supporting with our music/violin programs, celebrations for our students and staff, and extra-curricular events/activities for our students). Please email email@example.com and/or visit https://friendsofcpjma.com/ for more information on how to get involved with our PTO to support our school.
Breakfast and Lunches:
School Breakfast will be available free of charge to ALL students on a grab & go cart as students arrive/enter into the exterior cafeteria doors.
School lunch will be available free of charge to ALL students. Students may bring their own lunch to school instead if they would like.
Please visit the Food Services website for information on child nutrition and lunch info.: https://www.sandiegounified.org/departments/food_and_nutrition_services