Voyager Family News

Silver Strand Elementary School Week of March 18, 2019

Spotlights and Reminders:

  • Thank you so much, Voyager Families! Your generous contributions during the CSF Telethon earned us the Mootime Ice Cream Party! Thank you for supporting our Specials Programs, Academic Support and Enrichment, and Band and Choir! We appreciate you! A special thank you to Renee Cavanaugh, Eric Bachman, our TK/Kindergarten and Specials teams, and all our staff, students, and families who supported the CSF Telethon through performances and donations!

  • This week we will have an unannounced earthquake drill, to practice responding in case of that type of emergency. Our teachers will prepare our students, and the drill will be brief, with no accompanying evacuation. Read below in our Safety and Security section for more information about earthquake emergency response and preparation.

  • This Thursday, 3/21 is World Down Syndrome Day. People with Down Syndrome usually carry an extra chromosome 21, and in recognition of our friends with Down Syndrome and to raise awareness, we encourage students to wear mismatched socks on Thursday! See here for more information about Down Syndrome.

  • It's hard to believe we are in our last session of After-School Enrichment Clubs! Click here to see the options for the spring session and directions for signing up!

  • Congratulations to SSES Classified Employee of the Year Susan Lechowicz, and CUSD Preschool Classified Employee of the Year, Eileen Rodriguez! Thank you for all you do for our students, staff, and families, and for representing the excellence and contributions of our classified teammates!

  • This week’s theme is REGULATION: Regulating means checking our bodies and minds, identifying feelings, and adapting our approach (tone, activity/energy) to the environment we are in. Adapting can involve deep breathing, brain breaks, reflections, or quick physical activity. When adapting is difficult we may need help sorting through emotions or releasing energy and it‘s important for us to communicate to others how we are feeling.

March MATH Madness Contest for 1st through 5th Graders

In honor of March Madness, all first through fifth grade students will participate in a March Math Madness contest via Sumdog. Your child has been introduced to at school during computer lab. is a free interactive website that reinforces math skills while playing fun games. The students earn points for each correct answer. As a reward for taking part, each student that answers 100 questions will receive an item for their virtual Sumdog house. The contest will run from 8:00 am March 15 to 8:00 pm March 21.

Time at school to participate will be limited to computer lab or free time, when allowed by your child’s teacher; therefore, we are encouraging the students to participate at home. Please look to your child’s teacher for login information or contact Traci Orth at The competition is a great way to keep math skills sharp over the weekend and it is a great boredom buster!

How to access the Web site:

You’ll be amazed at out how excited your child will be to play math games!


Traci Orth-Technology Resource Teacher

Important Health Information about the Flu: FLU is still affecting our students and families!

In Coronado Unified School District, our first priority is to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for our students. After all, we can’t educate children if they’re not in school and healthy. That’s why we want to share these important prevention tips that can keep your child healthy in the face of the recent death of 14-year-old San Diego County girl from influenza.

The seasonal flu vaccine is recommended for most everyone six months of age and older, unless determined otherwise by a medical provider. It is important to note that all of the strains for which the flu vaccine provide protection are currently causing illness in the county, according to county Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten. The vaccine is the best defense to protect from illness, and can help prevent severe complications and hospitalization. The flu vaccine cannot make a person sick, and the most common side effects are soreness, redness, or swelling at the injection site.

Wooten said there are several everyday prevention steps that students, parents, and school employees should take:

  • Practicing respiratory etiquette, including covering one’s mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, or to cough into one’s elbow.
  • Practicing good hand hygiene, which means washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Routinely cleaning surfaces that are touched often, such as desks, countertops, doorknobs, computer keyboards, any hands-on learning objects, faucet handles, and phones.
  • Keeping students who are ill at home, including remaining at home until at least 24 hours after a fever subsides.
  • Completing any course of prescribed antiviral medication.

Many respiratory infections can spread from person to person and cause symptoms similar to the flu, and taking those prevention steps also may help reduce the spread of other viruses and bacteria.

For more information on the county’s influenza situation, visit the Health and Human Services Agency’s Influenza page.

Silver Strand Safety and Security Support from Karen Pierro


As you know, safety is a top priority for the Silver Strand community. Throughout the school year, we conduct various drills: fire, earthquake, and lockdown. This coming week, Silver Strand will conduct an uannounced earthquake drill. The Fire Department, District Office, and the Principals from other sites will be notified prior to the drill. Parents will also receive an Edulink notification during the drill.

Our staff will remind students of the safety steps to take in case of an earthquake. We encourage parents to please talk with your children about the following information as well:

Earthquake While in a Classroom:

Command: DROP and HOLD

Drop down to knees with back to the windows. Get under/below equipment (desk, table, chair, etc.). Grasp equipment (legs, etc.) with both hands and hold on tight. Keep body under or below equipment. Stay clear of objects that can fall.

Earthquake During Recess/PE:

Get clear of all buildings, power lines, light poles if disaster dictates. Drop down to the ground and hold on to some object if possible. Cover head and face away from the disaster. Stay down on the ground and wait for further instructions.

Earthquake During Lunch:

Procedure is the same as at recess, for students who are in the recess area. Students in Silver Strand Hall will "DUCK and HOLD" under tables. If students are not at tables (moving to trash can or going to restroom) they are to DROP and COVER.

The goal of any emergency or disaster drill is to improve our ability to protect students, reduce potential injuries, and save lives. Drills allow us to evaluate our emergency operations plan and improve our response skills. Please contact us with any questions or concerns.

Student Council News

We are looking forward to recognizing Month of the Military Child! During the week of April 8, we will have special dress days and a Friday Flagpole celebration. Stay tuned for more details!

PTO Updates

Thank you to our Silver Strand Voyager parent community for stepping forward to assume roles on the PTO Board! Our school is enriched through our PTO's activities for students and families and donations to our programs. Thank you for your generosity!

ALOHA!....LUAU is coming! Please make sure your luau contributions are to our luau basket parent soon. This will ensure enough time to put the baskets together. Also, look for pre-order forms soon and know you will get 10 raffle tickets for pre-ordering!

Coronado School Foundation Events and Updates: Behind the Scenes Tour this Thursday

Behind the Scenes Tour: Would you like to tour our Specials Programs, which are funded by CSF? Read here for more information and to RSVP.

Did you know that the Coronado Schools Foundation supports the Silver Strand Band, Choir, Science Lab, Visual and Performing Arts Programs, Technology Resource Teacher, Library, and academic support teachers? CSF brings STEAM to Silver Strand Elementary! Support our programs through donations to CSF here:

Voyager Yearbook: We are approaching deadlines! Send in photos!

Thank you to our parent volunteers who put our yearbook together!

Calendar of Upcoming School Events

THIS WEEK: CSF Behind-the-Scenes Tour

MON 3/18:

TUES 3/19:

WED 3/20:

THUR 3/21: World Down Syndrome Day: wear mismatched socks!


4 PM School Board Meeting

FRI 3/22 : Friday Flagpole

NEXT WEEK 3/25-29: Spring Break

NEXT NEXT WEEK: Teacher Conferences (NO JOKE!) Month of Military Child/Autism Awareness Month/National Poetry Month

MON 4/1:

TUES 4/2:

WED 4/3: Teacher Conference Schedule/Early Release

THUR 4/4: Teacher Conference Schedule/Early Release


FRI 4/5: Teacher Conference Schedule/Early Release

Friday Flagpole

Coronado SAFE Events and Activities

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

Coronado SAFE is hosting QPR Suicide Prevention Training on March 18. This training is relevant for parents of students of all ages. Find more information here.

See for more information and to register for upcoming events.

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!