September 15, 2022

OCEAN K-12 Family Partnership Newsletter

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Here is what you will find inside this newsletter:

  • Family Resource Event, Sept 20
  • Field Trip, Sept 23
  • Picture Day, Sept 20
  • Make Up Assessments Friday Sept 16

OCEAN Family Resource Event for K-8 Families - Sept 20 @ 5:30pm

Join us for learning together about how to make at home learning a success with your K-8 student.

September 20, 5:30-7pm (NEW DATE)

OCEAN 800 Classrooms

K-8 Families

All K-8 families are invited to attend. We will offer four short rotations and an opportunity to ask questions of teachers, experienced OCEAN families, and the principal.

Topics include

  • Accessibility tools and manipulatives
  • Understanding grade level standards
  • Using google classroom and the monthly work pacing guide
  • Tips from experienced OCEAN families

The event is geared towards families, but we will have some quiet activities for kids to do while their parents learn if you need to bring your student along.

Field Trip: Friday 9/23/22

čičməhán Trail (Cheech-ma-han)

Chetzemoka Trail

Yahoo! I can’t wait to get our Friday field trips going. On our first trip we are going to going to learn about the history of Native American Nations in Port Townsend. We will be walking to a number of sites on the trail and stopping to learn this important history. This should be a blast!

There is no cost for this trip. As always this trip is parent/guardian accompanied. We encourage as many families to come as can. Let’s learn and have fun with the kids. Once I have three confirmed chaperones I can take a limited number of unaccompanied students in the van on a first come first served basis. Please RSVP by email to so we can get an idea of how many people are going to go with us.

When: Friday September 23rd

Meeting Time: 9:45

Trip Leaves: 10:00

Walk the čičməhán Trail 10:30 -12:00

Lunch 12:00 – 12:30

Walk the čičməhán Trail 12:30 – 2:00

Pick Up at portable: 2:30 ish

What to bring: Water Bottle, Lunch, Snacks, Raingear, and Appropriate Shoes.

If you have them please bring: Journals and pencils.

Reminder: Chaperones need to have already completed the Secure Volunteer Application. Since this is an outdoor trip no proof of COVID vaccination required.

The čičməhán Trail (Cheech-ma-han) Trail is comprised of 18 sites throughout the city of Port Townsend, Washington, that naturally divide into 3-mile, 6-mile, or 12-mile loops. The 3-mile loop focuses on downtown historical sites; the 6-mile loop extends west to Laurel Grove Cemetery; and the 12-mile loop goes all the way out to North Beach and Fort Worden. All loops contain elevation changes, with some steep uphill and downhill grades.

The intent of the čičməhán Trail Trail is to educate the public on the relationship between the S'Klallam people who had lived for hundreds of years at this place, that they called "qatáy" and the European settlers who arrived in Port Townsend in the mid-19th century, intent on making it a key port of trade in the Northwest. Each sign on the trail tells a small part of the story of historic and modern-day S'Klallam people. In many ways, what we know about čičməhán's life represents the difficulties encountered across this country in the struggle for peaceful coexistence between American Indians and non-Native peoples who found themselves living in the same geographical area with very different cultural values. In the 21st century, the S'Klallam people and residents of Port Townsend and Jefferson County celebrate our differences and build on our ongoing community partnerships and respectful relationships to successfully move forward for the benefit of our future generations.

More about the Trail Team and the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe.

Picture Day Schedule - Tuesday September 20

Picture Day is coming Tuesday, September 20.

Students with Tuesday classes will have photos taken at 9:15am or 1pm.

If your student does not have class at OCEAN on Tuesday please come to the OCEAN office at 1pm for pictures.

Order online:

Paper ordering forms will also be sent home.

Make-up day is Monday October 24.

Make Up Assessments Friday Sept 16

On Friday we will be finishing up assessments.

High School Students in grades 9-11 who did not complete their assessment should come during study hall from 12-2pm in room 902.

K-8 families received an appointment time via email or phone.

After we complete assessments the intervention team will meet and contact families if their student is scheduled for additional reading, math, or writing intervention.

Upcoming Events

2022-23 School Year

Picture Day - September 20 (Students without on-campus class on this day can come for photos)

OCEAN Family Resource Event (Includes new K-8 family intro session) - September 20, 5:30-7pm [CHANGED DATE]

čičməhán Trail Field Trip - September 23

ASB Bike-A-Thon - September 29 - 12:45-3pm

OCEAN Camp Out - ORCA Event - October 6-8

Picture Retake Day - October 24

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