November 10, 2022

OCEAN K-12 Family Partnership Newsletter

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Here is what you will find inside this newsletter:

  • November 11 - Veteran's Day, No School
  • K-8 Student Exhibition Night, November 17
  • ALICE Training and Drill
  • Monday, November 21 - No OCEAN Classes

November 11 - Veteran's Day - School Closed

OCEAN is closed on November 11 for Veteran's Day. There will be no classes and the office will be closed.

K-8 Student Exhibition Night, November 17, 5:30-7pm

K-8 Student Exhibition Night

Thursday November 17th 5:30 - 7 PM

OCEAN portables (MB & Daniel’s classroom)

Student Exhibition night is an opportunity for students to share their home learning. Our focus this month is:

  • K-8 English/Social Studies: Native American Unit

  • K-5 Science: Solar System & Beyond Unit

Students should bring any material for their presentation to OCEAN before their presentation (5th-8th graders bring presentation/materials Wednesday November 16th for in class presentation practice. K-4 students should bring presentations/materials Tuesday November 15th for in class presentation practice).

Student exhibition night is an optional presentation night for students and their families. Please join us if you would like your child to practice their presentation skills in a supportive environment, want the night to be an incentive for home learning topics (everybody needs a deadline) or you’d like to deepen relationships with the OCEAN community.

If your child is uncomfortable presenting but would like to attend we can accommodate them. Options are for you or a teacher to present with them or for them to leave their work out for display or simply for them to show up and applaud others in their work.

ALICE Training and Drill

OCEAN will be practicing an important safety drill on Monday, November 14 that we train for through the ALICE safety protocol. ALICE is used anytime we have an intruder on our campus, or otherwise need to go into lockdown for the safety and security of students and staff. ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. Student training in the ALICE protocols is completed in the classroom, through discussion and role play. The student training is completed through giving accurate information to students that is developmentally appropriate.

ALICE is not a ‘fear based’ training, and no ‘scare tactics’ are ever used. The Port Townsend School District has used the ALICE protocols in our schools since 2018. Some of the concepts covered in the training include: during any kind of emergency at school, it is important to follow directions from your teacher or other school staff; here are many solutions and options when faced with an unexpected situation, including dangerous situations; and students are smart, capable and can respond appropriately in a dangerous situation to protect themselves and others. We provide age appropriate training with our elementary students learning to follow adult directions in emergencies, and middle and high school students learning how to actively follow the ALICE procedures.

We also encourage you at home to have conversations. Ask your child about the safety drills they do at school, and what they mean (fire, earthquake, evacuation, lockdown), as well as review your safety drills for incidents at your home. It is also helpful for all individuals, no matter what their age, to identify places that they think it would be safe to go during an emergency at home, at school, or out in the community.

Monday, November 21 - No OCEAN Classes Conferencing Day

No OCEAN Classes will be held on November 21 to allow for November Conferences.

Upcoming Events

November 11 - Schools Closed - Veteran's Day

November 17 - K-8 Student Exhibition Night, 5:30-7pm

November 21 - No OCEAN Classes, Conferencing Day

November 24-25 - No School Thanksgiving Break

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