Voyager Family News

Week of Dec 2, 2019

Strand Spotlights and Info

This Thanksgiving week we extended gratitude for the privilege of working with the extraordinary Silver Strand Elementary students, families, staff, and community partners! Special thank yous to our parent volunteers who refresh our gardens, clean out and update our staff workrooms and lounges, help in classrooms, bake and buy pies, coordinate activities and chaperone field trips, and help one another care for children and carpool! Gratitude for our students who mentor one another, clean and volunteer, offer help to adults, welcome new students, and serve as curbside hosts and buddies to younger students. Thank you to our Childcare, Military Youth Center, and Band, Choir, and After-School Club leaders who teach and care for students before and after school hours! Thank you to Coronado Police Department for mentoring students in our GREAT Program in 4th grade, and who provide safety support often. May all our Voyager family members have a restful and friend- and family-filled Thanksgiving!


  • This week’s theme is SUCCESS: A student runner told me he had “failed” running club because he was in 34th place. I asked him if he would tell someone else who finished a running race last that they had failed if they had tried their very best. He thought about that for a while and we discussed, how do we define success? Is it winning? Or does it include other components, like perseverance, trying, attitude, and pride in oneself?

Holiday Happenings and Events at SSES!

It's a fun, festive month learning and celebrating at SSES and in the community! Here are the events and activities to keep in mind:

  • Holiday Spirit Dress Days: Wed 12/4: Holiday Socks; Wed 12/11: Deck Your Neck Day; Mon 12/16: Ugly Holiday Sweater/Sweatshirt; Tues 12/17: Holiday Twin/Color Day; Wed 12/18: Holiday Headgear; 12/19: Holiday Pajamas.
  • Family Fun and Service Projects: Make a Snowman (due Friday December 6--see below); Donate Travel Shampoo (Anchored4Life Club, in conjunction with other CUSD sites, is collecting items for homeless youth--drop off Dec 9-19 in the front office)
  • Holiday Performances: Sat 12/7: Band & Choir perform at Artisans' Alley at VES; Wed 12/11: Choir performs at Hotel Del Holiday Event; Wed 12/18 @8:30 AM: SSES Holiday Concert featuring all grades and Band & Choir in Strand Hall
  • Holiday Shoppe, Week of Dec 9: Holiday Shoppe is a special SSES tradition sponsored by PTO and other community organizations. Items are purchased or donated for our students to buy and wrap for family members (most items cost $1 and no student without money is turned away). We will send home a form for students to plan who (including pets) they would like to buy for, and families may send cash or pay online in advance). Thank you to all who make this happen for our students and their families!! See schedule of class visits to the Shoppe below!)
  • Community Events: Friday 12/6: Coronado Holiday Parade and Open House; Sat 12/7: Artisans' Alley; Wednesday 12/11: Hotel Del Coronado Holiday Winter Wonderland


Tuesday, December 10:

  • 9:00: AM Preschool
  • 9:30: Hatheway
  • 10:00: Renly
  • 11:15: Craig
  • 12:30: Freeman
  • 1:30: Wheeler
  • 2:00: PM Preschool

Wednesday, December 11:

  • 10:15: Bartczak
  • 10:45: Kinzel
  • 11:15: Preciado
  • 12:40: DeGroat
  • 1:10: Fullmer

Thursday, December 12:

  • 9:00: Cavanaugh
  • 9:30: Yakutis
  • 10:00: Larson
  • 10:30: Judd
  • 12:15: Jackson


Help Silver Strand Decorate Our Library for the Winter:



Snowmen or snowwomen need to be free-standing.

No bigger than 2 ft tall.

They may have a winter or holiday “scenery” base or background.

Some suggested materials to use: socks, felt, wood, styrofoam, tissue box, clay, recycled plastic bottles (NO FOOD pls). See VAPA teacher Ms. Mirtallo if you need some supplies!

Please bring in snowpeople ON December 6, 2019.

They will go home with students on January 31st.

This is a child/family project (not a contest).

Students completing a snowman will

each receive a certificate & small treat.


Contact Ms. Pierro with any questions

Running Club Updates


20 Parents/130 Students/1,489 miles

Run Club Morning Schedule:

  • 7:25-7:30 am - Line up at the gate wearing tracker cards. (no supervision before 7:25 am)
  • 7:30 am - Gate opens and immediately closes
  • 7:30-7:35 am - Runners are escorted to the field. They drop backpacks and line up.
  • 7:35-7:55 am - Run begins.
  • 7:50 am - Final Lap Call
  • 7:50-8:05 am - Runners receive run feet, collect backpacks, sit at class cones until bell rings. (Kinder/TK will have a parent PTO Volunteer help)
  • 8:05 am - Parents & Volunteers must be off-campus. Please do not take your child to class as this can be distracting to the class's morning routine.

To register your child, sign up here!

Health Awareness: Lice

San Diego's warmer climate makes it a more welcoming region for lice infestation among children and we want to remind our Voyager families to check your students' heads regularly (we recommend choosing a calendar day each month to do spot checks).

Some facts and tips:

  • Do not panic if you have lice in your family! A regular regimen of treatment and frequent checks will eradicate lice and prevent future outbreaks.
  • Lice are not a sign of poor hygiene!
  • Wearing hair up or combed in ponytails/braids and with hair gel help prevent spread of lice.
  • Live lice look like small tan insects and are most commonly found on the scalp at the crown of the head, around the ears, and at the back hairline. Combing with a fine-toothed lice comb will remove most live lice and is a critical step of treatment. Eggs/nits look like tiny grey/white pods attached to the hair shaft close to the scalp.
  • A faithful treatment regimen every seven-nine days for three-four weeks will disrupt the reproductive cycle by eradicating live lice and new egg hatchings.
  • If you have questions about lice, feel free to email our Health Technician at

Calendar Events

This Week and Next:

Wed 12/4: Spirit Dress Day: Holiday Sock Day (don't have holiday socks? Wear holiday colored socks!). Luau planning committee meeting @Calypso Cafe 6PM

Thurs 12/5: 4th Grade Field Trip (Jackson)

Fri 12/6: Holiday Snowmen due to Library; Coronado Holiday Parade and Open House

Sat 12/7: Artisans' Alley and Band and Choir Performances

And Beyond:

Wed 12/11: Spirit Dress Day: "Deck Your Neck" (with scarves, etc.) SSES Choir performs at Hotel Del Holiday Event, 4:30 PM

12/10-12: Holiday Shoppe at SSES

Fri 12/13: Kona Ice after school

Mon 12/16: Spirit Dress Day: "Ugly Holiday Sweater"--make your own if you don't have one! Embellish a sweatshirt or sweater with ribbons, garlands...see Ms. Mirtallo in VAPA for supplies if you need them!

Tues 12/17: Spirit Dress Day: Holiday Color/Twin Day: Join a friend(s) to wear red and white, red and green, blue and gold, or anything festive!

Wed 12/18 @8:30 AM: SSES Holiday Concert featuring TK-5th Grade classes and Band & Choir and Holiday Headgear Spirit Dress Day

Thurs 12/19: Spirit Dress Day: Holiday/PJ Day

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

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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!

The Silver Strand Scoop...PTO Membership is Sweet! Membership Drive is still in full swing! Thank you to those who have already joined! You should see your ice cream scoop on the window of Strand Hall. The donation requested is $20 but any donation will be accepted. The PTO board wants to eliminate any barrier to joining and reaching 100% parent and teacher participation! Please click this link to join!

SSES Water bottles are on sale now! Order Deadline is Dec 3rd to receive before winter break. These make great stocking stuffers for your favorite Voyager and the proceeds from your purchase will help fund water filling station upgrades at Silver Strand. Link:

Put your child's Name in Lights on the Silver Strand's Marquee Sign! We now have a convenient online form to easily schedule your Birthday, Welcome or Farewell message! The cost is $20 and your donation supports the SSES PTO! Schedule online now:

Silver Strand PTO Board

  • President: Lori Blauert
  • Vice President: Nellie Ritter
  • Treasurer: Leslie Broussard
  • Secretary: Leigh-Ann Williamson
  • Parliamentarian: Lisa Emme

Silver Strand PTO
Call or Text: 619-537-8782

Join Silver Strand PTO Today!

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.

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 next session of clubs will start the week of January 19th. Registration flyers will come out Monday, December 9 via PeachJar. Sneak peek of soccer opportunity below!

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Coronado SAFE Events and Activities

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

SAFE COFFEE TALK on Anxiety and Youth on Monday, December 9, 8:30-9:30 at CUSD Board Room. See for more information and to register for upcoming events.

Morning Dropoff and Afternoon Dismissal 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).

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: Focus on Anchored4Life

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.

Thank you to our community advisory members, MFLC, and students who attended the Anchored4Life Club training in October! Our students learned how to help their peers who are experiencing transitions. The Anchored4Life program at our school focuses on helping new students adjust to Silver Strand, lifts up students whose loved one is leaving for or returning from deployment and sending our warm wishes with students who are relocating. The Team Leads provide care package "Kits" with a theme designed to support each of the four transitions. The kits contain comforting items, coping skills, DVDs to help kids understand that they are not alone and helpful tools for parents. If your child will be experiencing one of these transitions this year, please inform their teacher or the MFLC to receive a free transition kit. The MFLC's information is always available in the Silver Strand office with the other resource materials.

You will also see our Anchored4Life Team Leads around campus this year presenting uplifting messages, helping with service projects and growing in their leadership skills. We are excited to be partnering with Anchored4Life to provide this service to all of our students.

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

We’re excited to announce the Coronado Schools Foundation #GivingTuesday campaign! We created a unique Facebook fundraiser page and are hoping to leverage the power of your social networks to make this a big success!

Facebook fundraising page will go live on Monday, Dec 2nd. You can share the link to your contacts.

If you aren’t on Facebook, you can send an email with the form and text to give options.

Text to Give GIVE4KIDS to 91999

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Coronado Public Library Events

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!