Voyager Crew Bulletin

April 27, 2020: Distance Learning Week 4; Assessment Phase

Strand Spotlights and Info:

Dear Voyager Crew,

I continue to admire your teamwork and independence through this journey. You are committed to figuring out best practices for your students and their families and helping them navigate challenges. The next phase of distance learning means "students will be monitored for: engagement in meaningful learning activities around reading, writing, and mathematics, participation in distance learning lessons in ELA and Math, performance in ongoing teacher created assignments and activities, and informal assessments. The end-of-year report cards will consist of a teacher-developed narrative summary of students’ progress on distance learning activities in the areas of reading, writing and mathematics." Please devise your own record-keeping measures, understanding that we will be writing narratives versus reporting on achievement on specific standards. Learning department, administrators, and teachers will work together on a "menu" of narrative comments to help us with report cards. And please communicate clearly with families which activities you expect them to submit for formative review.

Understanding that we have families who are dual working households, have deployed spouses/are single-parenting, and/or are coping with immediate and extended family illness, AND who are expressing their own and children's fatigue with screens and management of student learning and activity overwhelm, I think it's important that this next phase of assessment not feel pressuring to parents but be represented as fulfilling our obligation to provide feedback for students and families on report cards at the end of the school year. Some families will appreciate being able to tell their children their work "counts." Others may continue to tell you when their children need to take breaks from schoolwork or complete fewer tasks. Clear communication and a tone of encouragement and understanding is key!

OUR THEME FOR THE WEEK is FLEXIBILITY: It's important for both families and educators to recognize the potential need for flexibility with schedules and workload. While some you have found a routine that works and are feeling like you and your students are in a groove, others of you are acknowledging a need to make adjustments based on your own and families' feedback. Encourage families to share with you their individual circumstances, struggles, and capabilities, so that you can differentiate and prioritize for them or provide them with needed downtime.

  • Instructional Tip: In this fourth week of distance learning, please determine, if you haven't already, how you will "monitor" students engagement, participation, and performance on ELA and math activities.
  • Staff Survey: Please use this form for a check-in with Jenny by Thursday 4/30.
  • Staff Meeting: This week, I'd like to meet with grade levels, ASE, and SpEd teams either for 10-15 minute slots on Wednesday afternoon, or another time your grade level/team prefers. Please let me know!
  • Disengaged Students/Families: Thank you for letting me and Sophia and other teammates know so we can support and also reach out. Please know that we cannot refer students TO our MFLC, but we can refer families to her. I am happy to remind families that she is a valuable resource.
  • Resource Pickup: Please ensure you are letting me know if you are providing any new tangible materials for families to pick up from the office. We are letting parents know that our office is open for picking up medication and resources between 9 and 2, but need to know if we should expect a volume of visitors so we can plan for proper safety of all. Mondays during meal pickup are NOT ideal.
  • Drive-thru MEAL PICKUP for FAMILIES WILL BE MONDAY this week from 11-1 PM. Feel free to join!
  • SPSA (School Plan for Student Achievement): I am working on this important document for review by you next week prior to the School Site Council approval. I am postponing School Site Council to May 6, 3 PM.
  • CSF Telethon, Wednesday, May 6, 5-9 PM: Please encourage your students and their families to watch! TK/Kindergartners, Band, and SSES Staff will be featured!
  • Your Extenuating Circumstances: It's not unlikely that you may have your own health concerns or needs to take care of family which prevent you from working as you normally do. Please reach out to me and to Human Resources Director Armando Farias with any questions or concerns about work expectations. WE ARE HERE TO SUPPORT YOU!
  • Mandated Reporting During School Closure: Thank you, Sophia, for providing an important update on our roles supporting students in crisis at the time. Please see the attached PDF below this section for more info.
  • Classified Staff: Thank you, incredible Instructional Assistant team, for making yourselves available to connect with colleagues and students and for your assistance with meal prep and pickup!
  • Working on Campus: It's critical that you follow safety and security protocols if you visit the site and any shared spaces (workroom, office, staff lounge). Please use wipes and sanitizer and avoid touching unnecessary surfaces. Lock all doors and gates behind you unless you communicate with a colleague who is still on campus. If you work collaboratively in the same space, please maintain appropriate distance, wear masks, and use sanitizer.

Please click here to read the latest CUSD Update.

This Week We Appreciated Our Admin Professionals, Kimberley Junk, Frankie Guillen, and Heather Springfield!

Thank you for all you do for us!
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Calendar Events


Mon 4/27: Meal Pickup, 9-11 AM

Wed 4/28: Staff Meetings: Grade-level, ASE, and SpEd Teams, 2PM or time TBD by grade levels

Friday 5/1: Virtual Friday Flagpole

5/4-8: Teacher Appreciation Week

Wed 5/6: School Site Council Meeting, 3 PM; Virtual CSF Telethon, 5-9 PM

Thurs 5/7: General PTO meeting via Zoom, 7PM: Topic: Silver Strand PTO General Meeting

Time: May 7, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Meeting ID: 886 0988 4322

Password: 452167

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Fri 5/8: SSES Staff Car Parade through Housing and Cays especially celebrating 5th Graders, 2 PM

Happy Birthday April and May Birthdays!

4/9: Sherril Altstadt

4/27: Ellen Cody & Molly Moy

5/1: Dana Kane

5/8: Kimberley Junk

5/14: Yolanda Reyes

5/25: Robyn Fullmer

5/26: Renee Cavanaugh

5/27: Sophia Frost


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

Special Education Updates

Thank you, Katie Leontieff:

At this time, we are still mandated to hold IEP meetings in order to stay in compliance. This means that we still need a general education (teacher) to attend, as this person is a statutory member of the team. The (meetings) will be held via Zoom (or telephonically.) At these meetings, we will be reviewing present levels, progress on previous goals, draft goals, supports and parent concerns. We will (discuss services, but likely )not be able to offer FAPE at this time. Case managers will work to schedule meetings around teacher office hours. We appreciate everyone’s flexibility as we begin this new adventure. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Month of the Military Child: Opportunity to Recognize our Military Children!

April is dedicated as Month of the Military Child and Mindy Hayes, SLO, would really appreciate your assistance in recognizing and celebrating the sacrifices, bravery, resiliency and strength shown by your military students.

Each student has a unique story. For them, being a military kid means moving every 2-3 years, changing schools, making new friends, trying to fit in, and taking on more responsibility at home because a parent is deployed (more worry too). But it also means learning new cultures, meeting new people, seeing the world, having friends all over the world, and feeling a sense of pride knowing that even though their parent is the one protecting our country…they serve too! Our military children are an amazing resource to connect our world!

Please take time this month to recognize military-connected students. Below are a couple of ideas:

  1. Ways to Recognize Month of the Military Child Virtually:
  2. Ask everyone to wear purple (official color recognizing military children) for National Purple Up Day on April 22
  3. Acknowledge Month of the Military Child on your school marquee
  4. Share the attached military child poems through email, newsletters, or class meetings (sent via SSES Family Newsletter)
  5. Share the link from Military One Source for kids to receive a Free Month of the Military Child Kit:

Thank you,

Mindy Hayes

School Liaison Officer

Naval Base Coronado


Tips and Etiquette for Using Online Meeting Platforms (like Zoom): Communication for Staff and Families

For Staff:

Jennifer Landry has published a slideshow full of tech tips and directions here. Reminder that video conferencing is NOT a requirement.

How to avoid Zoom bombing:

From Zoom:

How to Manage Your Waiting Room
Watch this quick video breaking down how to admit participants from your waiting room into the meeting. Watch Now

Secure Your Virtual Classrooms with Zoom Waiting Rooms
Check out this blog post to learn how to secure your virtual classroom. Read More

As of March 31st, the Waiting Room feature in our account will be automatically turned on by default to ensure your virtual classes are protected and include only the intended students and participants. Going forward, you must admit your students to the virtual classroom.

How do I admit participants into my class?
It’s simple. As the host, once you’ve started the meeting, you’ll begin to see the number of participants in your waiting room within the Manage Participants icon. Next, select Manage Participants to view the full list. Then, you’ll have the option to admit participants individually by selecting the blue Admit button next to their name or all at once with the Admit All option on the top right-hand side of your screen.

How to Manage Your Waiting Room
Watch this 2-minute video breaking down how to admit participants from your waiting room into the meeting. What’s more, read this blog post to learn how to secure your virtual classroom.

Watch Now:
Read More:

Communication to Families:

Dear Families,

You may have begun using Zoom as a way to connect with friends and family groups via video/app. Some teachers may use this feature to connect with your child, though are district is not requiring video conferencing as part of our Distance Learning Plan. We are aware of concerns related to Zoom in particular and will be taking preventive measures.

We have some suggestions for safely/appropriately using this tool:

  • Your child should not be alone with an adult in an online meetup platform. If your child benefits from one-to-one support from a teacher, counselor, or (other role), plan to be present and available throughout the session.
  • Ensure your child and anyone else in the home who may appear on video is appropriately attired.
  • Choose a place in the home that is relatively distraction-free and quiet. Discourage pets and other family members from participating unless it's appropriate to do so.
  • Have all supplies your child may need readily available.
  • If the meeting is academic in nature, please refrain from eating on screen.
  • Take the opportunity to teach your child camera/video conference etiquette--maintain attentiveness and eye contact, remain in view, refrain from entertaining/distracting others.

Additionally, due to privacy policies, please do not take pictures of Zoom meeting screens that show other students and post it to your pages, newsletters, Facebook, etc. Any type of posting needs to have permission from all parties involved for our minors.

Minors (under 18) should not create a Zoom account. But important to know is that they don’t need a Zoom account to JOIN a meeting. Therefore, if teachers invite students to a meeting, they will provide the Zoom invite code, and if a teacher wants to hold office hours, they will provide students with the Zoom invite code.

Joining a Zoom Meeting - 1 min video link

CUSD Learning Resources During School Closure

Your child's teacher has provided with you classroom resources.

Find our District's Elementary Learning Plan here.

Our Computer Lab page on the school website has login information for your students and academic websites your students use can be found here. Military-connected students may access for free K-12 education support.

Your APEX Fun Run Team has provided a FANTASTIC packet of daily activities--see the link below this section!

Distance Learning Resources and Accounts sponsored by our School District:

SSES VAPA Teacher Ms. Mirtallo has created a VAPA Google Classroom with EXTRA activities for your child: (use code jsobtih to join)

American Heart Association Kids Heart Challenge: sign your family up for 10 days of heart-healthy activities at through our school.

Ticket to Read: All K-2 grade students have accounts. Username format FirstL### Password: csd4700####

Compass Learning: All K-5 grade students have accounts. Username format FirstL### Password: csd4700#### The school is silver

RAZ Kids: All K-5 grade students have accounts. The login format is different by grade level. If you need your login info, email your teacher.

Edutyping: All 2-5 grade students have accounts. The school code is corona75 and Username format FirstL### Password: csd4700####

Xtramath: All K-5 grade students have accounts/pins.

Sumdog: All 1-5 grade students have accounts.

Our Computer Lab page on the school website has additional login information for your students and academic websites your students use can be found here. Military-connected students may access for free K-12 education support.

Here's a link to many available resources:

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!

Silver Strand Luau: We are so very sad to report that our SSES PTO and Principal Moore have made the difficult decision to cancel our Silver Strand Luau scheduled for April 24. We are so grateful for our PTO volunteers, parents, and staff who were preparing for this amazing event, along with a slate of amazing vendors and services. We fully intend to reschedule and hold our 25th Luau, but are not in the position to designate a new date at this time. Thank you for your donations and volunteerism--we look forward to mobilizing our forces in support of family togetherness and our wonderful school community SOON! We will have SO MUCH to CELEBRATE!

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.

Coronado Schools Foundation Events & Updates:

VIRTUAL TELETHON on MAY 6, 5-9 PM! Read more here!

Telethon is one of Coronado Schools Foundation’s largest fundraising events of the year, and all proceeds raised through Telethon go directly back to our schools to fund the STEM and Arts Pathways programs impacting the education of every child enrolled in our district. We ask our business partners, community members, donors, and colleagues to work strategically with us to ensure that our rescheduled Telethon is again another exceptional success for our schools. If you feel compelled to give at this time, visit and click on DONATE. All donations will be acknowledged LIVE on air.

Coronado Schools Foundation’s mission is to raise and manage funds to provide exceptional learning experiences for all Coronado Unified School District students. We thank you for your partnership in this time of public uncertainty and applaud each one of you for continuing your commitment to the educational enrichment of our children.

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Coronado SAFE Resources

See the flyer below for resources on navigating physical distancing.

Visit Coronado SAFE's website for more resources and info on activities in the community:

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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.

Military Spouse Support Meetings:

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.

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!

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!