Voyager Family News

Week of March 2, 2020

Strand Spotlights and Info: READ ACROSS AMERICA WEEK

Silver Strand Staff Members have collaborated on several activities to celebrate reading this week! Here's a peek at what we have planned; individual classrooms will host additional opportunities!

Monday - Friday:

Each day a Book Riddle will be posted in the Office. There will be separate puzzles for grades TK-2 and 3-5. Students can drop by the office, fill out an answer sheet and each day we will draw a student's name to win a copy of the book.

There will also be a Book Raffle of book titles sponsored by each classroom. During their library block, students will be given an opportunity to put their name in a drawing for the book of their choice. Names will be drawn Thursday and announced at Friday Flagpole.


All-School Voyager Read-In from 8:10 - 8:30: We'll kickoff Read Across America week by reading! Each class will have a read-aloud or read independently! Stop, drop, and read at home too!


Spirit Day: Dress as your favorite author or book character


Book Swap Drop Off: Have a book or two or three to give away or swap? Drop them off in the front office all day Thursday, and we will have a table of books for students to choose a free one on Friday before and after school!


Book Swap: We will have a table of books for students to choose a free one on Friday before and after school!

More News and Updates:

  • The CSF Telethon is COMING SOON on Wednesday, March 18th from 5-9 PM at the CHS Theatre. SSES will feature our Voyager Band, TK/Kindergarteners singing, and Staff dancing live on stage that evening! Please support by attending and/or making a donation to support our VAPA, Innovation, and other special programs!

  • Silver Strand Luau (our biggest family party/fundraiser) is coming (April 24!) Sign up to volunteer here!

  • Skateboarding/Biking Prohibited on Campus and in Parking Lots (and wear your helmets, PLEASE!!): We recognize that there are too few safe environments for students to skate in our community, but skating, scootering, and biking in our parking lots and on campus is not permitted, even after hours and when the campus is open for use by baseball. Please help us by reminding your students and community members.

  • Snacks for Sale in Lunch Line: Our cafeteria offers optional snacks and bottled water for sale for students in addition to the hot lunch. Snacks cost .50. 75, or $1.00 (and can be charged to your child's nutrition account) and students are limited to ONE snack/water purchase per day. Please have conversations with your children about YOUR expectations for purchase of snacks, and if you would like to limit your child's access to optional snacks, email

  • ATTENDANCE: If your student will be absent for five or more consecutive days for a planned family trip/event, you may request an Independent Study Contract at least five days in advance (this timeline allows time for the teacher to compile classwork in each subject area for the student in advance). Make this request through Frankie Guillen in the front office.

  • Parents of TK/Preschool Students: While our health office and office hallway restrooms may be used by parents and children before/after preschool and TK hours in cases of urgency/emergency, please be aware that we must reserve these spaces for primary use by our students and staff during these busy times of day. Our health office and technician is often addressing student emergencies or confidential health interventions. Our preschool and TK teachers will help their students use the restroom just prior to pickup in an attempt to alleviate a need to use office restrooms. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding!

  • PLEASE DRIVE SAFELY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: We cannot emphasize enough the importance of driving carefully, slowly, and mindfully in the neighborhood and in our drop-off area and parking lots. We have witnessed some unsafe speeds and maneuvers recently, often in attempts to get to school on time. BEING LATE IS BETTER THAN BEING UNSAFE. Please refrain from passing other drivers in the drop-off zone in the mornings, and practice patience as we know traffic will back up. We do our best to move drivers through efficiently, but pedestrians and student safety are OUR FIRST PRIORITIES.

  • The theme for this week is READ: Read as a family, and share your favorite books from when you were young!
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Calendar Events

This Week and Next:

Mon-Fri 3/2-6: Read Across America Week (see activities listed above, including Dress Day Wednesday)

Tues 3/3: "Waking up Courage" Assembly all grades

Thurs 3/5: General PTO meeting at SSES, 8:30 AM

Sat 3/7: SSES/VES Family Movie Night "Abominable" @ Village playground 5:30 PM dinner; 6:15 movie

Mon 3/9: Earthquake Drill

Thurs 3/12: 2nd Grade Zoo Field Trip

Fri 3/13: 5 PM at CMS: Band&Choir Boosters Spaghetti Dinner

And Beyond:

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)

Wed 4/8: 8:45-9:30 AM Middle School Electives Assembly for 5th Graders @CMS

Thurs 4/9: General PTO meeting at SSES, 8:30 AM

Fri 4/10-Mon 4/13: District Holiday/No School

Tues 4/21: CMS Parent/New Student Orientation (5th Graders), 6:30 PM @CMS

Fri 4/24: Kindergarten Bring a Parent to Lunch (11:50) and 25th SSES Luau!

Thurs 5/7: General PTO meeting at SSES, 8:30 AM

Wed 5/13: 5th Grade Families invited to CMS Spring Faire Open House, 5:30-7 PM

Fri 5/15: CMS Orientation and Tour for 5th Graders, 9:30-11 AM

5/25: Memorial Day Holiday/No School

6/4: General PTO meeting at SSES, 8:30 AM

6/11/20: 5th Grade Promotion/Last Day of School/Early Release

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PTO News and Updates

We are SO FORTUNATE at Silver Strand to have the ongoing support of our PTO. Thank you for all you do with your time, energy, and fundraising!

Silver Strand Luau (our biggest family party/fundraiser) is coming (April 24!) Sign up to volunteer here!

Please order your yearbook and help our Voyager Yearbook PTO volunteers gather photos of all our students and classes! To order a book, visit this website. Yearbooks are $25 with a discount of $5 ($20) if you are a PTO member (use code SSESPTO2020). If you have photos to include in this year's yearbook, please download the "ImageShare" app, with Project number 025811. The upload code is SSE20. See more info in PTO section below.

SSES Water bottles are on sale now! Proceeds from your purchase will help fund water filling station upgrades at Silver Strand. Link:

Put your child's Name in Lights on the Silver Strand's Marquee Sign! We now have a convenient online form to easily schedule your Birthday, Welcome or Farewell message! The cost is $20 and your donation supports the SSES PTO! Schedule online now:

Silver Strand PTO Board

  • President: Lori Blauert
  • Vice President: Nellie Ritter
  • Treasurer: Leslie Broussard
  • Secretary: Leigh-Ann Williamson
  • Parliamentarian: Lisa Emme

Silver Strand PTO
Call or Text: 619-537-8782

Join Silver Strand PTO Today!

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.

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After-School Enrichment Clubs

Clubs are in session! Here's a link to more information!

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.

Coronado SAFE Events and Activities

Coronado SAFE supports healthy families and children through workshops/"coffee talks," school programs, speakers, and counseling. See flyers below for upcoming events.

Coronado Schools Foundation Events & Updates

The CSF Telethon is COMING SOON on Wednesday, March 18th from 5-9 PM at the CHS Theatre. SSES will feature our Voyager Band, TK/Kindergarteners singing, and Staff dancing) all performing live on stage that evening! Please support by attending and/or making a donation to support our VAPA, Innovation, and other special programs!
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Some reminders for families of SSES students who ride the bus (Cays residents only):

  • Parents and guardians are responsible for their children up to the moment they board the bus, and as soon they disembark. Behavior at the bus stops is responsibility of parents/guardians.
  • A parent/guardian or responsible person designated by parent/guardian must meet ALL kindergarteners and students with special needs at the DOOR of the bus (not in vehicles) when it arrives at the bus stop after school in the Cays.
  • The bus driver will not open doors after closing them for departure to accommodate late passengers. Thank you for your understanding.
  • Guests and friends who are not Cays residents and registered bus riders may not ride the school bus.
  • For more information about bus policies and applications, click here.

Emerald Keepers Environmental Non-Profit News and Events

Military Connections: Focus on Anchored4Life

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.

Thank you to our community advisory members, MFLC, and students who attended the Anchored4Life Club training in October! Our students learned how to help their peers who are experiencing transitions. The Anchored4Life program at our school focuses on helping new students adjust to Silver Strand, lifts up students whose loved one is leaving for or returning from deployment and sending our warm wishes with students who are relocating. The Team Leads provide care package "Kits" with a theme designed to support each of the four transitions. The kits contain comforting items, coping skills, DVDs to help kids understand that they are not alone and helpful tools for parents. If your child will be experiencing one of these transitions this year, please inform their teacher or the MFLC to receive a free transition kit. The MFLC's information is always available in the Silver Strand office with the other resource materials.

You will also see our Anchored4Life Team Leads around campus this year presenting uplifting messages, helping with service projects and growing in their leadership skills. We are excited to be partnering with Anchored4Life to provide this service to all of our students.

Military Spouse Support Meetings:

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.

Morning Dropoff and Afternoon Dismissal in 2019-20

Our new bell schedule means ALL students TK-5th Grade 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 release at 11:50 each day).

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 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 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 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 encourage those students/families who can walk/bike/scooter to do so!

School and Classroom Volunteers: What You Need to Know!

We thank you for your time, assistance, and enthusiasm, SSES volunteers! Please ensure you are aware of the following:

  • ALL parents who enter campus and have interactions with other students, even while just helping at a party, MUST have verification of a negative TB test (within past four years) and have submitted our School Volunteer Application.
  • Please contact Kelley Englehart in Human Resources ( with questions about clearance to be a volunteer. Kimberley Junk in the SSES office can help as well.
  • The Live Scan of Fingerprints must be completed if your role as a volunteer takes you out of the classroom with children/out of sight of the teacher.
  • If you have concerns about your child you would like to address with his/her teacher, please make a separate appointment to discuss versus initiating a discussion during your volunteer time.
  • Please respect confidentiality of students and staff and refrain from photographing other students or reporting or describing behaviors you observe to other parents/community members. Please share any concerns directly with the teacher.
  • Volunteers are very helpful! But determining tasks and planning for volunteers takes time, too, and our teachers use their own discretion in inviting volunteers into the classroom. Please reach out to your child's teacher or room parent to learn more about opportunities to help.

Thank you for being a valuable part of the Voyager Family!

2019-20 Parent and Student Handbook

Our Parent and Student Handbook includes more detailed information about our school programs and policies. Click here to access our handbook (also available on our website).

Community Agreements and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

We are in year 2 of a district-wide review and revamping of our supports and interventions for students, including academic and behavioral/social-emotional. The aim is for our community to have clear and consistent expectations and interventions with a restorative and supportive focus. Our Silver Strand MTSS committee has drafted a set of Community Agreements for students, staff, and families (see attachment below). We are also working on updated referral/intervention forms and a new look and focus for our "blue slip" incentive forms. We look forward to keeping you posted on our progress and inviting your feedback!

How Does Coronado Unified School District Communicate with Families?

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!