Voyager Family News
April 20, 2020: Distance Learning Week 3
Strand Spotlights and Info:
Dear Voyager Families,
We are entering Week 3 of Distance Learning and our goal this past week has been ensuring that all our students are connecting with teachers and resources. If you are having challenges with technology or resources, please reach out to us. Know that many of your educators are also juggling work and parenting challenges and therefore understand and we ALL have great empathy for you during this journey. Our approaches will evolve as we go and get to know what works for you, your student, and for us. Thank you for your enduring patience and for communicating with us regarding your needs! Remember to take deep breaths and be easy on yourself and children. Your health and overall well-being are MOST important.
OUR THEME FOR THE WEEK is PERSEVERANCE: Working in isolation, independently, and without teachers' and peers' assistance is challenging, and we know that frustration and confusion are common. Setting timers for and expectations for "get this much done" and then "take a break" helps with task completion.
MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD: National Purple Up Day is this Wednesday, April 22, so plan on going violet, Voyagers, in honor of our Military Children! See the PDF below this section for a special edition of the CA Academic Anchor Newsletter, and here is a link from Military One Source where children can receive a free Month of the Military Child Kit: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDODMILITARYONESOURCE/bulletins/2852c84
News and Updates:
Happy National School Librarians Week, Beth Linde! We miss our weekly library time, and appreciate you!
Drive-thru MEAL PICKUP WILL BE MONDAY this week from 11-1 PM.
VIRTUAL CSF TELETHON will HAPPEN on MAY 6, 5-9 PM! Read more here! https://coronadotimes.com/news/2020/04/17/the-show-will-go-on-csf-telethon-rescheduled-for-may-6/
Principal Jenny Moore remains available by email should you have any questions during our closure: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please expect responses within 24 hours on weekdays. We can also arrange online meetings should you and your student(s) need support in any way.
Let's stay connected! Ms. Moore will continue to post daily fun connections and challenges on our Silver Strand Elementary School Facebook page. Stop by to check it out and send photos for us to post!
All school facilities are closed during this time, including fields, playgrounds, and sports facilities. Please remind your family members that they may not access our grounds for their own health and safety and that of staff members who may need to be onsite to support distance learning.
Please Join Us in Congratulating our Voyager Crew Members of the Year!
Congratulations, Dyan Sebastian!
Dyan Sebastian, Instructional Aide and Campus Security Assistant, is our SSES Classified Employee of the Year.
Congratulations, Debra Hatheway!
Deb Hatheway, 3rd Grade Teacher, is our SSES Teacher of the Year.
Congratulations, Ellen Cody!
Ellen Cody, Reading Specialist, is our SSES and CUSD Teacher of the Year!
Congratulations, Dyan Sebastian!
CUSD GRAB-AND-GO MEAL SERVICE
Grab-and-Go Meal Service at Village Elementary and Silver Strand
Location: Multi-Purpose Rooms at VES (H Street) and Silver Strand Elementary
Distribution Time: 11:00AM - 1:00PM
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 hot lunch (a slice of Papa John’s cheese pizza) and a 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). Children are not required to be students of Coronado Unified School District.
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. All meals will be distributed curb-side to decrease the risk of exposure. Only those in cars will be served meals during this pick-up window, no walk ups or bicycles allowed in order to maintain social distancing. If you are unable to pick-up meals by car, please email Charity.Campbell@coronadousd.net on or before Friday, April 3 at noon and we will schedule an alternative window to pick-up a meal.
Tips and Etiquette for Using Online Meeting Platforms (like Zoom)
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
Weekly Family Activities from our Sanford Harmony Social-Emotional Learning Program
Week 2 Family Discussion Topics:
- M: What song or food or activity will you always associate with this quarantine time?
- Tues: If you could be any animal, which one would you be, and why?
- Wed: What are you proud of this week?
- Thurs: Tell a family member what you admire and appreciate about them.
- Fri: What's your favorite form of exercise?
Week 2 Family Community Builders:
- This week, designate a jar and put papers in with the activities and places and people you are most excited to see when Quarantine is lifted. Collect these so that when we are able to join community events, you can pull activities out and do them!
Awesome Online Learning Resources During School Closure!
Find our District's Elementary Learning Plan here.
Our Computer Lab page on the school website has login information for your students and academic websites your students use can be found here. Military-connected students may access https://military.tutor.com/home for free K-12 education support.
SSES VAPA Teacher Ms. Mirtallo has created a VAPA Google Classroom with EXTRA activities for your child (use code jsobtih to join).
Ms. Moy's INNOVATION PAGE will connect students with engineering activities! Use code xfiijjp.
Coach JD has an awesome PE page with fun activities! Use code 3x7ci5f.
Ms. Moore's Google Classroom has Friday Flagpole video and read-alouds. Use code lnsdirh.
American Heart Association Kids Heart Challenge: sign your family up for 10 days of heart-healthy activities at https://www2.heart.org/site/SPageServer?pagename=khc_resources_search through our school.
Your APEX Fun Run Team has provided a FANTASTIC packet of daily activities--see the link below this section!
This Week and Next:
Mon 4/20: Drive-thru meal pick up at SSES, 11-1 PM; SAFE Coffee Talk on Suicide Prevention @9:30 AM; see flyer below.
Wed 4/22: National Month of the Military Child "Purple Up" Day!
Fri 4/24: Virtual Friday Flagpole Assembly
*This day was also meant to be SSES Luau. Let's wear our Hawaiian/floral/tropical gear to celebrate Voyager unity!
Wed 4/29: School Site Council Meeting to approve SPSA via Zoom, 3PM.
Wed 5/6: CSF VIRTUAL TELETHON featuring SSES Teachers, Band, TK/Kindergarten!! 5-9 PM
Thurs 5/7: General PTO meeting at SSES, 8:30 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
Military Connections: MFLC Availability During Quarantine
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 and their families through the emotions and transitions associated with military life.
Video Teleconferencing Services Now Available! (see flyer below this section)
Military & Family Life Counselors (MFLCs) are here to listen now more than ever. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, MFLCs can now offer video teleconferencing
services to help Service Members, spouses, children and staff address:
» Deployment and reintegration issues
» Marriage and relationship issues
» Parenting and family issues
» Communication challenges
» Stress and anxiety
» Sadness, grief and loss
» Daily life issues
Consultations and trainings are free and anonymous.* No records are kept. The MFLC Program is intended for all Services, Guard and Reserve components.
After-hours and weekend appointments are available. Group or off-site meetings can be arranged.
Scheduling an appointment is easy!
Just call your MFLC at 619-592-0093.
SILVER STRAND ELEM
Military Spouse Support Meetings:
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.
PTO News and Updates
Silver Strand Luau: We are so very sad to report that our SSES PTO and Principal Moore have made the difficult decision to cancel our Silver Strand Luau scheduled for April 24. We are so grateful for our PTO volunteers, parents, and staff who were preparing for this amazing event, along with a slate of amazing vendors and services. We fully intend to reschedule and hold our 25th Luau, but are not in the position to designate a new date at this time. Thank you for your donations and volunteerism--we look forward to mobilizing our forces in support of family togetherness and our wonderful school community SOON! We will have SO MUCH to CELEBRATE!
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: http://bit.ly/NAMEINLIGHTS
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
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.
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.
See the flyer below for resources on navigating physical distancing.
Coronado Schools Foundation Events & Updates:
VIRTUAL TELETHON on MAY 6, 5-9 PM! Read more here! https://coronadotimes.com/news/2020/04/17/the-show-will-go-on-csf-telethon-rescheduled-for-may-6/
Telethon is one of Coronado Schools Foundation’s largest fundraising events of the year, and all proceeds raised through Telethon go directly back to our schools to fund the STEM and Arts Pathways programs impacting the education of every child enrolled in our district. We ask our business partners, community members, donors, and colleagues to work strategically with us to ensure that our rescheduled Telethon is again another exceptional success for our schools. If you feel compelled to give at this time, visit csfkids.org/telethon and click on DONATE. All donations will be acknowledged LIVE on air.
Coronado Schools Foundation’s mission is to raise and manage funds to provide exceptional learning experiences for all Coronado Unified School District students. We thank you for your partnership in this time of public uncertainty and applaud each one of you for continuing your commitment to the educational enrichment of our children.
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.
2019-20 Parent and Student Handbook
Community Agreements and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support
How Does Coronado Unified School District Communicate with Families?
Stay Connected with Silver Strand Elementary School!!
Check out and "like" our Facebook page to see photos of student events and programs! https://www.facebook.com/Silver-Strand-Elementary-School-176775765849277/