Village and ECDC Family Newsletter

Week of April 27, 2020

PTO Update

1. VOTE for the PTO Board

We need you to VOTE for the incoming PTO Board.

2. Village PTO is hosting Virtual Bingo on Thursday night 4/30 as a FREE fun family night!

Village PTO is having a Virtual Family Bingo night on Thursday April 30- games start at 5:30! Feel free to log on early (5:15 we will open the Bingo hall)

Please register for the event by Tuesday. We will send a zoom link to the email address you register.

Please consider supporting local restaurants and buying takeout for this event! These restaurants do so much for supporting our programs when life is normal, and we can return the favor!

We will have prizes to award in between the 4 games we plan to play!



c. GATHER CHIPS (lego pieces??) and

d. plan a little FUN into next week! A little effort can make for a great time!

3. Purchase your Village Elementary Yearbook!

You can purchase the yearbook online through the above link.

4. Share your preference for how we construct our budget for 2020-21

The board is at work wrapping up this year and looking for how to build the budget for next year. As a member of the PTO, we care what you value and want to invest in what our members want!

5. Teacher Appreciation week is next week! May 4-8

We love our VES teachers and staff!

Village PTO is working on a plan to celebrate our teachers for teacher appreciation week! But this is only part of the week- we hope that you will coordinate with your room parent(s) to make a plan in your class.

This was the original plan for Teacher appreciation week this year and more ideas will be shared on the Room Parent board in Konstella.

Monday- Bring a flower (maybe you color a virtual flower to show over zoom)

Tuesday- Snack (maybe your class can mail a snack to your teacher)

Wednesday- PTO Sponsored Luncheon (we are working on a plan for this)

Thursday- Note

Friday- Gift Card (maybe you can send a digital gift card?)

We understand that life has changed from the beginning of the year, and some room parents may now be overwhelmed with their own family. So if you didn’t originally volunteer to be a room parent and want to step up to help out now, please offer to help your room parent organize this for your class!

Maggie Pettit (Jonathan and Noah's mom)

Distance Learning -Phase 3 Roll Out Beginning April 27th

We hope that the first two days of of the Phase 3 roll out has been a success for your family!

Do you need a device? See the link below!

Thank you to all of our extraordinary teachers and parents who have been working so hard to bring learning home to your students. We know that this is not easy, and your efforts are applauded and appreciated.

Some things you should know:

  • Each grade level will look different- amount of work, zoom meetings, online vs. paper expectations. This is to be expected and appropriate. Feedback on assignments will also look different at each grade level. All of our teachers are following the CUSD Distance Learning platform.
  • Grade level teams are working together to lesson plan, organize curriculum and provide family resources. In addition to to their classroom Zoom meetings and office hours, our teachers are participating in Zoom meetings with Admin, leadership and with their teammates throughout the week. They are also attending virtual IEP meetings weekly.
  • If you have feedback to give to our teachers regarding distance learning, please email them to let them know about your experience with distance learning. They are working SO hard and would love your feedback!
  • If it gets overwhelming, please take a break. If you need assistance, please let your student's teacher know.
  • All students are expected to participate in work completion. If your student has not been engaged in the distance learning platforms, Mrs. White and myself will be reaching out soon to see how we can help. We care about your families and know how important it is to keep learning continuing, even at home.
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A Message from Karin Mellina- CMS Principal

Please find CMS 6th Gr. Orientation information at the link below:

CMS 6th Grade Orientation Link

Information for Math Placement will be coming soon!

Join us for the Car Parade!!

Friday, May 8th at 2:00 pm, VES/ECDC staff are going to drive through Coronado

to say hello to you!!

ALL VES and ECDC students and families are invited to be along the parade route

to kick off celebrating our promoting 5th graders

and wave/say hi to ALL of our Village Superheroes!

Promoting Class of 2020, we can't wait to celebrate you!

Social Distancing in REQUIRED:

Please do not get within 6 feet of anyone you do not live with.

IT IS HIGHLY recommended that masks be worn!

All participants must remain safely on the sidewalks as this parade route does not have police escort and/or barriers for your protection. Do not block intersections and follow social distancing guidelines - Have fun and BE SMART! All roads will still be open for regular traffic.

If you live south of Coronado (Cays, etc.) or East/North (over the bridge) we encourage you to drive to Coronado and be along the parade route so we can see you!

The parade starts at 2:00 pm at Tidelands Park/Marriott and will take about 30 to 45 minutes before we come to the end of our route over by Glorietta Bay.


All of 2nd Street

Most of Alameda Blvd

Most of 10th between J and C

I between 10th and 5th

5th between I-F

Palm between 5th and 6th

D in front of the school

Most of Olive Ave

Most of 10th between J and C

C between 10th and 5th

5th between C-A

All of Margarita Ave

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Grab-and-Go Meal Service at Village Elementary and Silver Strand

When: Every Monday

Location: Multi-Purpose Rooms at VES (H Street) and Silver Strand Elementary

Distribution Time: 11:00AM - 1:00PM (while supplies last)

****UPDATE: Please enter on 7th street, turning Right onto H. Please do not enter from 8th/H ave. People have been waiting for up to an hour on 7th. Please be kind and abide by our traffic plans. Signage will be present on Monday.****

Our next distribution day will be Monday, 4/27 at 11AM. All families with children 18 and under will be able to pick up free breakfast and lunch meals via curb-side pick-up. Each child will receive one bag that contains 5 days’ worth of meals for breakfast and lunch. Meals may consist of packaged, refrigerated, and/or frozen items (heating instructions will be provided). District and school staff will start "Grab and Go Distribution" of meal bags at 11AM, and will stop once all bags are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

All meals will be distributed curb-side to decrease the risk of exposure. Bags will be placed into automobile trunks-they will not be handed through the vehicle window for the protection of both our staff and vehicle occupants. Only those in cars will be served meals during this pick-up window, no walk-ups or bicycles are allowed in order to maintain social distancing protocols. If you are unable to pick-up meals by car or during the scheduled distribution time, please email on or before the Friday before pick-up at noon and we will schedule an alternative window to pick-up a meal.

Meals may not be distributed to students. Students who are receiving meals are encouraged to be physically present at the time of pick-up. Additionally, adults may pick up meals for students not present by printing and submitting this form at the time of pick-up. No meals will be distributed to parents/guardians without a child present or a form submitted at time of pick up due to state regulations.

Meals are available for all children aged 18 and under. Children are not required to be students of Coronado Unified School District. On April 6, the first day of meal distribution, we served 5 breakfast meals and 5 lunch meals to 630 children, 6300 meals in total. On April 14, the second day of meal distribution, we prepared and served enough meals for over 830 children (8,300 meals in total). As demands increase, we will continue to increase the number of meals we prepare in order to accommodate our entire school community. This is free for all children, regardless of meal status - please spread the word!

Don't Forget About Specials! PE, VAPA and I LAB

A Message From Mrs. Trinidad-ILAB Teacher

A Message From Mr. Sawi and the PE Team

A Message From Mrs. Fuhrmann- VAPA Teacher

See some works of art below! We will be featuring art in each week's family Newsletter!

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CSF Telethon

Thank you to everyone who has been working so hard to get the virtual telethon up and running! More information to come!

A Big Thank You to Presenting Sponsor Swinerton and Swinerton Renewable Energy

The Show Will Go On!

The 33rd annual Coronado Schools Foundation Telethon, originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 18th, is rescheduled for Wednesday, May 6thfrom 5-9 pm! It will be a virtual broadcast, with all of your favorite game shows, competitions, performances, and guest appearances pre-recorded in adherence to social distancing protocols in place.

"In these unprecedented times, it is inspiring to witness the creative ways in which we respond to the unexpected school closures,” notes Superintendent Karl Mueller. “Our staff has literally designed a Distance Learning program from scratch, our students are learning how to engage safely in virtual environments, and our community is finding unconventional ways to support our schools. The Coronado Schools Foundation continues to adjust to meet the immediate needs of our community. Right now, our students are craving connectedness to school and peers and CSF is rising to the challenge by forging ahead with the beloved annual Telethon! While nothing in our new normal is normal, the response from the Coronado Schools Foundation certainly reminds us that in Coronado our commitment to student health, safety, and success is unwavering."

Telethon is one of the two largest fundraising events for Coronado Schools Foundation each year. Your donations to Telethon ensure that every student enrolled in the Coronado Unified School Districe has access to the STEM Innovation and Art Enrichment Pathways made available entirely by the community's philanthropic support.

Jeanmarie Bond, the new President and CEO of Coronado Schools Foundation, will be the “socially distanced” host this year. “Coronado is a community that cares – I think that’s one of the hallmarks of our city. And we at Coronado Schools Foundation care deeply about the students and families in our District” said Bond, “We want to make certain that we stay connected. That’s exactly why we decided to go forward with this Telethon virtually – to connect with one another, reinforce that we are all in this together, and celebrate this wonderful community that is Coronado!”

New this year is an ingenious competition called “Schooled It!” where pairs of teachers from all four school sites compete to create a professionally decorated Buzzby Cake. New York Times bestselling author and TV celebrity chef, Melissa d’Arabian hosts this hilarious challenge, prerecorded by students enrolled in the KCMS Broadcasting Class at the middle school. “As a parent with three daughters enrolled in Coronado schools, I am so appreciative of the enrichment programs CSF provides for our kids,” notes Melissa d’Arabian. “All of this is made possible by the generosity of our amazing community of donors.”

The Presenting Sponsor for Telethon is Swinerton and Swinerton Renewable Energy, pivotal partners in the $125 million Hotel Del Coronado renovation project, along with Producing Partner Mullins Orthodontics and Golf Cart Opportunity Sponsor Willis Allen Real Estate of Coronado. Block Partners for each of the hours include the Hotel Del Coronado, Buona Forchetta, Alan Kinzel from Douglas Elliman Realty, and Dr. Natalie Bailey from Advanced Dentistry in Coronado.

Underwriting Partners for the production are La Mer on Orange Avenue, Spiro’s Greek Café, the Chisholm Mickel Team from Berkshire Hathaway, Clayton’s Coffee Shop, CMG Mortgage, Nicolls Design, and Navy Federal Credit Union. A team from Finest City Entertainment will produce and broadcast the show, with dozens of local Coronadans working virtually to ensure this show is a success.

The CSF Telethon will be broadcast live and virtually on AT&T Ch 99, Spectrum CH 19, and The show will run from 5-9 pm, and each hour will spotlight a different CUSD campus.

If you would like to donate early, visit and click DONATE. Each and every donor to Telethon will be acknowledged LIVE on air.

Zoom Etiquette

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.

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 ettiquette--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.

Great video: Joining a Zoom Meeting - 1 min video link

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Konstella-We have almost ALL PTO parents enrolled on Konstella!

Konstella is the new online place for everything happening at Village Elementary. Please log on and place your students in their classes, it takes less than 3 minutes!

Download today to avoid missing new information!

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As our educators, parents, and community come together to connect, challenge and champion our students during our district closure, we are humbled by the outpouring of compliments during these trying times. What a positive testament to our CUSD family!

Click here to recognize an employee or volunteer who goes above and beyond to make a difference. Those who are "caught" will receive a copy of the positive words that were shared about them and a "Caught Being Awesome" decal. Please take a minute or two to brighten someone else's day!
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A Message from Coronado Safe

Coronado SAFE is here and available to support Village families. Here are a few things we are doing, please let us know how else we can help during this time:

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Green Art Labs Opportunities

Art Boxes
Ages 4-12
Choose between paper art or sewing
$25 per child
Includes online Zoom class

Creative Kids Online Session

Ages 4-12
$40 per child, 4 online classes
$15 drop-in online class

Choose from class on:
Wednesdays 1:00-2:00
Wednesdays 2:30-3:30
Thursdays 12:30-1:30
Register at

Or, we can customize a class for your group. Email for more info.

Link to Past Video from VES Staff

Here is a link to a very special video made by your student's teacher!

We miss you all terribly!