Voyager Family News
Silver Strand Elementary School Week of February 25, 2019
Spotlights and Reminders: Read Across America Week!
Next Friday is Read Across America Day. United Through Reading’s Mobile Story Station will be available before and after Friday Flagpole for parents to record themselves reading to their children, Student Council is sponsoring a “comfy, cozy” dress day on Friday, and we encourage you to celebrate reading at home in special ways this week.
We are conducting a Lockdown Drill this week (unannounced date/time). Please see more details in our safety message below.
Mrs. Beheshti, our VAPA teacher, has created a website showcasing our visual and performing arts program and students' work! Check it out here!
This week’s theme is READING. Discuss with your children what YOUR favorite books and authors are!
Important Health Information about the Flu
In Coronado Unified School District, our first priority is to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for our students. After all, we can’t educate children if they’re not in school and healthy. That’s why we want to share these important prevention tips that can keep your child healthy in the face of the recent death of 14-year-old San Diego County girl from influenza.
The seasonal flu vaccine is recommended for most everyone six months of age and older, unless determined otherwise by a medical provider. It is important to note that all of the strains for which the flu vaccine provide protection are currently causing illness in the county, according to county Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten. The vaccine is the best defense to protect from illness, and can help prevent severe complications and hospitalization. The flu vaccine cannot make a person sick, and the most common side effects are soreness, redness, or swelling at the injection site.
Wooten said there are several everyday prevention steps that students, parents, and school employees should take:
- Practicing respiratory etiquette, including covering one’s mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, or to cough into one’s elbow.
- Practicing good hand hygiene, which means washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
- Routinely cleaning surfaces that are touched often, such as desks, countertops, doorknobs, computer keyboards, any hands-on learning objects, faucet handles, and phones.
- Keeping students who are ill at home, including remaining at home until at least 24 hours after a fever subsides.
- Completing any course of prescribed antiviral medication.
Many respiratory infections can spread from person to person and cause symptoms similar to the flu, and taking those prevention steps also may help reduce the spread of other viruses and bacteria.
For more information on the county’s influenza situation, visit the Health and Human Services Agency’s Influenza page.
Silver Strand Safety and Security Support from Karen Pierro
Lockdown Drill this Week
This week we will conduct another lockdown drill. During the drill, school operations and instructional activities will be halted, no employees or visitors will be granted access to our campus, and all occupants are to remain inside buildings to provide the highest level of concealment and cover.
Our office staff will contact the proper authorities to notify them that this is a drill and no offices phones will be answered as the drill is conducted.
During the drill, our staff safety team will walk the campus to ensure that all lockdown procedures were followed correctly. Once we’ve determined that all is secure, we will issue an “all clear” signal. The entire drill should take no more than 15 minutes.
Here is what was shared with your children:
Our number one rule in school is to BE SAFE
We practice being safe in different ways:
Playground & campus
Reasons Why Our Campus Would Lockdown (all buildings, classrooms, doors, windows, etc., should be locked and secured. No movement at all):
A threat directly to the school or in the surrounding community
Nearby /neighborhood criminal or police activity
Reasons Why Our Campus Would Shelter in Place (reaction to an environmental hazard when students and staff need to seek temporary shelter):
Swarm of bees moving around campus
Unidentified/Unfamiliar dog or animal on campus who is behaving aggressively
Overview of what students should expect during the Lockdown Drill:
Announcement made from Ms. Moore over loudspeaker
If you are outside, get inside of a room that is closest to your body
Expectations for classrooms once students are inside:
Doors locked and closed
Window coverings drawn
Students spread out in safe spots (designated by teachers)
Staff phones on silent ringer mode
During these preparation talks, teachers & staff will also remind children that this is only a practice drill and there is no danger. We will do everything we can to keep children calm and reassured. Staff will be encouraged to use the phrase, “We’re not scared, we’re prepared!”
Any efforts you can make at home to support this message (Safety is important, we practice lots of ways to be safe, etc.) are greatly appreciated. After discussing this with your child/children, please contact us if there is any follow up needed at school.
Thank you for your support with this & for helping keep our kids SAFE!
Student Council News
Read Across America Day!
Friday, March 1
* * comfy, cozy spirit day at Strand * *
ALOHA!....LUAU is coming! Please make sure your luau contributions are to our luau basket parent soon. This will ensure enough time to put the baskets together. Also, look for pre-order forms soon and know you will get 10 raffle tickets for pre-ordering!
- Buy your Silver Strand Yearbook for $20 here: https://bit.ly/2qREOAc
- Please help us populate our yearbook with photos of our students and events by posting photos you take throughout the year at http://sw.balfour.com/tops-services/publicupload/loginForm; Enter project number 925811
Thank you to our parent volunteers who put our yearbook together!
Calendar of Upcoming School Events
THIS WEEK: READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY
FRI 3/1 READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY & COMFY COZY (PAJAMA) DRESS DAY
11:30: Kindergarten Take a Parent to Lunch Day (TK will be next month)
3:00-4:00: School Site Council Meeting
THUR 3/7 4PM: School Board Meeting
FRI 3/8 Friday Flagpole
ON THE HORIZON:
3/14: LATE START THURSDAY, CSF Telethon
Coronado School Foundation Events and Updates
THE CSF TELETHON IS COMING ON THURSDAY, MARCH 14! SSES Voyagers will host and perform from 5-6 PM. Student Council will participate in a game show, kindergarteners will sing, and some PE students will dance with Mr. Bachman! Stay tuned for more details!
Support our programs through donations to CSF here: https://csfkids.org/
Coronado SAFE Events and Activities
Coronado SAFE supports healthy families and children through workshops/"coffee talks," school programs, speakers, and counseling.
Click here to learn more about a "Nurtured Heart Approach" Parent Group beginning on Tuesday morning, February 26 for six weeks!
See https://coronadosafe.org/ for more information and to register for upcoming events.
CORONADO SAFE OUTREACH
Coronado SAFE counselors visit Silver Strand at recess to introduce students to healthy coping strategies. Here, students are practicing deep breathing exercises.
Arts for Learning Grant
CUSD is the beneficiary of a Department of Defense grant that pairs classroom teachers with local artists to integrate arts into science, social studies, language arts, and math. Here, an artist is teaching students how to draw comics.
CORONADO SAFE OUTREACH
Stay Connected with Silver Strand Elementary School!!
Check out and "like" our Facebook page to see photos of student events and programs! https://www.facebook.com/Silver-Strand-Elementary-School-176775765849277/