Voyager Family News
Week of September 16, 2019
Strand Spotlights and Info
- Fire Drill: We will have our first fire drill on Monday at 10:30 AM. Drills are for us to "be prepared, not scared" and to practice emergency response. Principal Jenny Moore will come over the loudspeaker first to alert school that drill is about to happen. Then, emergency bell will sound. Students will line up and evacuate with teachers to designated areas on blacktop. Students will be released back to class when we have accounted for all staff and students.
- GAGA PIT: Our SSES PTO has generously donated a Gaga Pit to our school! The Gaga Pit will be available for play by 1st through 5th graders at morning and lunch recess. We are excited to incorporate a new activity for students, which many of our Voyagers are familiar with from camps and community centers. PE teachers will be orienting students to how it works, rules, etc. Curious about what Gaga is? Learn more here!
- Running Club: Stay tuned for more information about Running Club, slated to begin the first week of October.
- This week’s theme is SAFETY. As we practice in case of emergency at school, consider talking as a family about your protocols in case of emergency at home or elsewhere.
This Week and Next:
Wed 9/18: 8:30-9:30 AM at CMS: Military Spouse Meeting about Family Moves/Changing Schools
Fri 9/20: NOTE THAT FAMILY FRIDAY EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL OCTOBER.
Thurs 9/26: Late-Start: all students start at 10:00AM
Fri 9/27: ICE CREAM FRIDAY & 5th Grade Bring a Parent to Lunch (11:30 AM)
Sat 9/28: Coronado Cays 50th Celebration
Mon 10/14: District Holiday/No School
Fri 10/25: 4th Grade Bring a Parent to Lunch (11:30 AM)
11/4-8: Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students Early Release at 1:40)
Mon 11/11: Veteran's Day Holiday/No School
Fri 11/15: PTO Family Fun Night at SSES
11/25-29: Thanksgiving Holiday/No School
12/9-13: Holiday Shoppe at SSES
Fri 12/20-1/3/20: Winter Holiday/No School
Mon 1/6/20: School Resumes
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
Fri 1/31: 3rd Grade Bring a Parent to Lunch (12:15PM)and PTO Family Fun Night at SSES
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)
Fri 3/13: PTO Family Fun Night
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)
Fri 4/10-Mon 4/13: District Holiday/No School
Fri 4/24: Kindergarten Bring a Parent to Lunch (11:50) and SSES Luau
5/25/20: Memorial Day Holiday/No School
6/11/20: 5th Grade Promotion/Last Day of School/Early Release
Morning Dropoff and Afternoon Pickup 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). Our afternoon pickup time will be BUSY! Your cooperation with protocols and safety provisions will be essential for smooth and safe transitions for students.
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 anticipate a VERY BUSY afternoon pickup each day, with more students releasing at the same time! It will be critical that all drivers follow our safety protocols and plan for efficient reunification with students. We encourage those students/families who can walk/bike/scooter to do so!
The blue crosswalk in the middle of the dropoff/pickup area is reserved for use by school community members with disabilities during our busiest times. If you park to walk into school with your child, please use the crosswalk by Strand Hall.
When dropping off or picking up your students, please stay to the right. The left lane is for parking and is not safe for passing, except when directed by school staff/crossing guard in the afternoons.
Meet Our Board and Join our PTO!
Welcome to our new PTO Board:
- President: Lauren Koehler
- Vice President Lori Blauert
- Treasurer: Leslie Broussard
- Secretary: Leigh-ann Williamson
- Parliamentarian: Becca Kofonow
- Luau Coordinator: Heather Pettit
- PTO Advisor: Nellie Ritter
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. Your first opportunity to support our endeavors this year is by joining the PTO. You can join online now! Link: http://bit.ly/2yMRMTL Please let us know on our membership form where you would like to help us with your time and talents.
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 Clubs Schedule is posted here.
Community Agreements and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support
Coronado SAFE Events and Activities
Coronado SAFE supports healthy families and children through workshops/"coffee talks," school programs, speakers, and counseling.
SAFE is on campus at SSES for the next few weeks teaching self regulation skills to our kindergarteners with a curriculum called "Turtle Talk." Ask your student all about it!
See https://coronadosafe.org/ for more information and to register for upcoming events.
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.
Military Spouse Support Meetings:
CMS Wed. Sept 18 8:30-9:30 Children and Moving/Challenges of Changing SchoolsVillage 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 Public Library Opportunities and Events
Explore the Microcosmos with Foldscopes
Join the worldwide movement of microscope makers by building your own Foldscope, the portable paper microscope. We will also introduce the design principles of microscopes and learn how to prepare slides to explore a variety of samples. This program is open to all ages, but scientists under 12 should bring an adult collaborator. Register by family or for single participants at the Children's Reference desk or call the Library at 619-522-7390.
Saturday, Sept 14 at 2-4pm, Winn Room
Have you ever wanted to see a real brain? Come to the Brain Workshop where scientists from SDSU Brain Development Imaging Labs will dissect a sheep's brain. Attendees will get a chance to touch or even hold the brain! Register by calling the Library at 619-522-7390 or signing up at the Children's Reference Desk. For grades 1-5.
Thursday, Sept 19 at 3:30pm, Ruby Room
Makey Makey Workshop
With the use of Scratch programming (developed
at MIT) and Makey Makey hardware, we are going to explore how different sounds are created and create our own interpretations of a common musical instrument ... the xylophone! Register by calling the Library at 619-522-7390 or at the Children's Reference Desk. For grades 1-5.
Thursday, Sept 26 at 3:30pm, Ruby Room
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2019-20 Parent and Student Handbook
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