Voyager Family News

Back-to-School 2019-20 Edition

Welcome from Principal Jenny Moore

Welcome, Voyager students and families, to the Silver Strand Elementary School 2019-20 school year!


I am grateful and proud to support a unique, small, and special school in Coronado Unified School District, and to serve Silver Strand’s dedicated and inspiring staff, kind and curious students, and generous and involved families and community members.


Coronado Unified School District believes every child every day needs a connection, a challenge, and a champion. Your child has the opportunity to make connections with peers and teachers through our daily classroom meet-up/circles, through cross-grade mentorships and “buddies,” through access to clinical and Military Family Life counselors and community mentors, and through learning with classroom, Visual and Performing Arts, Innovation Lab, and PE teachers.


Silver Strand Elementary School offers curriculum, instructional strategies, and resources to meet the needs and styles of diverse learners. Each student will be challenged to achieve based on individual strengths and areas of growth and through small group instruction, personalized education time, and interventions built into the school day. Through our VAPA and Innovation Lab specials, as well as enrichment club opportunities beyond the school day, students can discover new areas of interest and excitement in music, art, dance, computer science, engineering, coding, robotics, gardening, yoga, sports, running, world languages, and more.


The Silver Strand Elementary Voyager family recognizes how critical it is to belong to a safe and supportive community which champions the gifts and contributions of each individual. Our Sanford Harmony social-emotional learning program promotes peer support through problem-solving, mentoring and partnerships, and coping strategies. At our weekly Friday Flagpole community assembly, we recognize students and staff for their positive contributions to our Voyager Family, celebrating character and kindness. Through the lens of a growth mindset, we champion our students’ individual growth and successes, encouraging them to recognize leaps in both academics and personal responsibility.


Our families come from the neighboring Lincoln Military Housing at Silver Strand, the Coronado Cays housing development, as well as neighborhoods in Imperial Beach and San Diego through inter-district transfers. We extend a warm welcome to our military families, recognizing the unique gifts and challenges associated with families who serve. Silver Strand Elementary and Coronado Unified School District are proud to offer robust resources for students and families through our partnerships with the military, including our Military Family Life Counselor (MFLC), Military Spouse support groups, and mentoring programs (Operation BIGs and PALs).


Our programs and opportunities are the result of generous community support. We encourage you to connect with us and other families through joining and volunteering with our Silver Strand PTO, the Coronado Schools Foundation, and in your child’s classroom. Communicate with your child’s teachers and participate in school activities such as weekly Friday Flagpole assemblies and Family Fun Nights, fairs, and performances.

Invest in and champion your child’s education and personal growth this year by talking with your child about daily learning challenges and experiences, and reading, researching, and exploring together.


We look forward to knowing your children and you. It’s going to be a wonderful year!

Welcome to our Voyager Family,


Jenny Moore, Principal

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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).

What's New in School Year 2019-20!

New Bell Schedule: See section below for details!

New Paint:
Our buildings are being refreshed with new paint and a new color palette! Thank you to our Maintenance & Operations Department for beautifying our school inside and out!


New Curriculum:


  • Bridges Math: We are implementing new curriculum in mathematics which aligns with the Common Core standards and prepares our students for mathematics at Coronado Middle and High Schools. Our 3rd and 5th grade teachers piloted Bridges Math this year and report more excitement about numbers and problem solving, as well as increased scores in math among their students. Exciting features of the new curriculum are its accompanying intervention and challenge/extension activities, to meet the needs of a range of learners.
  • English/Language Arts Pilot: A few grade levels at Village and Silver Strand Elementary Schools will be participating in pilots of ELA curricula this fall (Scholastic and Benchmark). Our intent is to pilot in 2019-20 and adopt a new curriculum for the following school year. If your child is in a class participating in the pilot, you will receive more information at the beginning of the year.
  • New Science "Innovation" Special: We are excited to continue to offer our weekly Science Special with a new curriculum, Project Lead the Way (the engineering/design/robotics/project-based program used by CMS and CHS). Students will be incorporating more technology and STEAM activities into their time in this new "Innovation" special, funded by CSF!


New Voyager Crewmates and Roles: Our enrollment has increased and some teammates have moved or transferred, so we are excited to have new staff at Silver Strand Elementary School in the following roles (we will introduce you to specific personnel when we finalize our hiring process).


  • Kindergarten (additional class)
  • 1st/2nd Grade Combo Class (additional class)
  • 4th Grade (Kathleen Spane transferred to Village Elementary)
  • Special Education (Coleen Holgate transferred to CHS and Sydney DeTurk out of district)
  • PE (Eric Bachman transferred to CMS)
  • Visual & Performing Arts
  • Health Technician (former Health Tech Frankie Guillen is our new Attendance and Preschool Assistant)
  • Child Nutrition
  • Military Family Life Counselor (Gia del George is working with Coronado SAFE)


We will miss our former teammates but have welcomed wonderful new crew to SSES!

New Bell Schedule for the 2019-20 School Year

New Bell Schedule: In partnership with our district administration and staff of both Village and Silver Strand Elementary Schools, we are introducing some exciting changes to our district's elementary bell schedules which we believe will benefit families and the learning of all students TK through 5th grade.


We used the following criteria and goals in the development of our schedule:

1. Create a schedule which is family-friendly and deliberately prioritizes student achievement.

2. Calibrate instructional minutes from Kindergarten to Grade 5.

3. Limit student transitions during the instructional day.

4. Designate blocks of designated time for Math, English/Language Arts, Science/Social Science, Specials, and Sanford Harmony (SEL).

5. Ensure common daily teacher prep time (TK-5) by grade-level team.

6. Provide weekly collaboration time for staff.


Highlights of the new schedule:


  • ALL students in grades K-5 will start and end their days at the same time, Monday through Friday (students in TK will end their school day at 11:50 before kindergarten lunch).
  • TK students will be in school from 8:10 to 11:50 AM all days all year, including Wednesdays.
  • ALL students K-5 will have PE or VAPA/Innovation every day for 50 minutes Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (PE twice a week and either Innovation or VAPA twice a week, switching topics halfway through the year to provide continuity and concentration on one topic per semester). ALL students K-5 will have 30-minute PE on Wednesdays.
  • Social-Emotional Learning time, in the form of lessons, morning circles/meet-ups and/or buddy time, is built into our schedule every day.
  • Our new lunch schedule will make serving, transitioning, and supervising students safer and more manageable.


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday Bell Schedule Basics:

8:10 AM: School begins for all students TK-5th Grade

9:45-10:00 AM: TK-2nd Grade Recess

10:00-10:15 AM: 3rd-5th Grade Recess

10:40-11:30 AM: VAPA/Innovation/PE for 4th and 5th Grade

11:30-12:15 PM: 4th and 5th Grade Lunch

11:50 AM: TK Dismissal

11:50-12:35 PM: Kindergarten and 1st Grade Lunch

12:15-1:00 PM: 2nd and 3rd Grade Lunch

1:00-1:50: VAPA/Innovation/PE for 2nd and 3rd Grade

1:50-2:40: VAPA/Innovation/PE for Kindergarten

2:00-2:50: VAPA/Innovation/PE for 1st Grade

2:55: Dismissal for ALL students K-5th Grade


Wednesday (Early Release) Bell Schedule Basics:

(K-5th Grades have 30-minute PE during the school day)

8:10 AM: School begins for all students TK-5th Grade

9:45-10:00 AM: TK-2nd Grade Recess

10:00-10:15 AM: 3rd-5th Grade Recess

11:30-12:15 PM: 4th and 5th Grade Lunch

11:50 AM: TK Dismissal

11:50-12:35 PM: Kindergarten and 1st Grade Lunch

12:15-1:00 PM: 2nd and 3rd Grade Lunch

1:40 PM: Dismissal for ALL students K-5th Grade

PM Staff Professional Development


Questions about the schedule? Email Ms. Moore at Jennifer.Moore@coronadousd.net

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!

Calendar Highlights: Plan Ahead!

Monday and Tuesday, August 12 and 13: Registration for NEW students, 8:00-11:30 AM and 12:30-2:30 PM

Wednesday and Thursday, August 14 and 15: Registration for RETURNING students, 8:00-11:30 AM and 12:30-2:30 PM

Thursday and Friday, August 15 and 16: TK/Kinder Assessments (by appointment, TBD)

Monday, August 19: First Day for Teachers

Tuesday, August 20, 6:30 PM: New Family Ice Cream Social at the District Office

Wednesday, August 21: AM: New Family (9:30 AM) and Kindergarten Orientation (10:30)

CLASS PLACEMENTS/TEACHER ASSIGNMENTS VISIBLE on Synergy ParentVUE by 3PM on 8/21


Thurs 8/22: First Day of School for Students: School begins at 8:10 AM!

Mon 8/26, 6 PM: Elementary Band Info Night (4th and 5th grades) at Village Hall

Thurs 8/29: Back-to-School Night at SSES (5-7 PM)

Mon 9/2: Labor Day Holiday/No School

Fri 9/6: Loews Play on the Bay Event benefiting Coronado Schools: https://www.loewshotels.com/coronado-bay-resort/play-on-the-bay

Fri 9/13, 4:30 PM: All-School Carnival sponsored by CSF at CHS Quad

Thurs 9/26: Late-Start: all students start at 10:00AM

Fri 9/27: 5th Grade Bring a Parent to Lunch (11:30 AM) and PTO Family Fun Night at SSES

Mon 10/14: District Holiday/No School

Fri 10/25: 4th Grade Bring a Parent to Lunch (11:30 AM)

11/4-8: Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students Early Release)

Mon 11/11: Veteran's Day Holiday/No School

Fri 11/15: PTO Family Fun Night at SSES

11/25-29: Thanksgiving Holiday/No School

12/9-13: Holiday Shoppe at SSES

Fri 12/20-1/3/20: Winter Holiday/No School

Mon 1/6/20: School Resumes

Fri 1/17/20: Teacher Workday/No School for Students

Mon 1/20/20: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday/No School

Thurs 1/30: Late-Start: all students start at 10:00AM

Fri 1/31: 3rd Grade Bring a Parent to Lunch (12:15PM)and PTO Family Fun Night at SSES

Fri 2/14-Mon 2/17: Presidents' Weekend/No School

Thurs 2/27: Spring Open House

Fri 2/28: 2nd Grade Bring a Parent to Lunch (12:15)

Fri 3/13: PTO Family Fun Night

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)

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

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

5/25/20: Memorial Day Holiday/No School

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

Meet Our New Board and Join our PTO!

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!


Welcome to our new PTO Board:

  • President: Lauren Koehler
  • Vice President Lori Blauert
  • Treasurer: Leslie Broussard
  • Secretary: Leigh-ann Williamson
  • Parliamentarian: Becca Kofonow
  • Luau Coordinator: Heather Pettit
  • PTO Advisor: Nellie Ritter


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. Your first opportunity to support our endeavors this year is by joining the PTO. You can join online now! Link: http://bit.ly/2yMRMTL Please let us know on our membership form where you would like to help us with your time and talents.

Morning Dropoff and Afternoon Pickup in 2019-20

Our new bell schedule means ALL students TK-5th Grade will 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 will release at 11:50 each day). Our afternoon pickup time will be BUSY! Your cooperation with protocols and safety provisions will be essential for smooth and safe transitions for students.


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 will 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 will 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 will escort their students to the front of school 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 anticipate a VERY BUSY afternoon pickup each day, with more students releasing at the same time! It will be critical that all drivers follow our safety protocols and plan for efficient reunification with students. We encourage those students/families who can walk/bike/scooter to do so!

Important Information Regarding Nutrition and Meals at Silver Strand Elementary School

This year students in grades 2 through 5 will NOT use lunch cards to swipe for meals from their accounts; instead they will enter their 8-digit Synergy ID numbers. See the attachment below for additional information.

Band for 4th and 5th Graders

Coronado Unified School District

Strike Up the Band Night!

Monday August 26 – 6:00pm - Village Hall

Village Elementary School

Interested in learning how to play a musical instrument? Please join us for an open house and instrument petting zoo. Open to all 4th and 5th grade students at Village and Silver Strand Elementary and all CMS students.

● Meet the teachers from Village and Strand.

● See and hear each instrument up close before choosing which one to play.

● Learn about rental programs and instrument costs from Harper’s Music.

● You may choose from the following instruments: Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, and Percussion.


Returning band students do not need to attend - you will be sent a separate form to fill out in order to sign up again this year.


For more information please contact:

Matt Heinecke – Village/CMS: mheinecke@coronadousd.net

Mark Margolies – Silver Strand Elementary: markmargolies@hotmail.com


Band made possible by presenting sponsor, The Werth Group, with additional support from Coronado Schools Foundation donors and Coronado Band and Choir Boosters.

Coronado SAFE Events and Activities

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


See https://coronadosafe.org/ for more information and to register for upcoming events.

Military Connections

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.


For information about military-sponsored activities for youth, visit the Fleet and Family Services website here.

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: https://strand.coronadousd.net/.


Check out and "like" our Facebook page to see photos of student events and programs! https://www.facebook.com/Silver-Strand-Elementary-School-176775765849277/