Voyager Family News

Week of November 11, 2019

Strand Spotlights and Info


Thank you to all who helped make our Friday Flagpole, Veterans Day Brunch, and Flyover and Helicopter Visit such special events and opportunities, including our Military Liaison, MFLC, and SSES PTO, custodial staff, Band and Choir Directors, Special Education Department, Front Office Staff, and Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23! We appreciate you! Veterans, thank you for your service.

  • Heavy Traffic from Imperial Beach: If you are arriving at SSES from the south, please be aware that construction projects in IB are likely to affect traffic flow through the next week. Please plan accordingly; we are accommodating the unforeseen delays.


    Next week we will be conducting the first complete lockdown drill of this school year. During the drill, school operations and instructional activities will be halted, no employees or visitors will be granted access to our campus, and all occupants are to remain inside buildings to provide the highest level of concealment and cover. Our office staff will contact the proper authorities to notify them that this is a drill and no offices phones will be answered as the drill is conducted. During the drill, our staff safety team will walk the campus to ensure that all lockdown procedures were followed correctly. Once we’ve determined that all is secure, we will issue an “all clear” signal. The entire drill should take approximately 10-15 minutes.

    In an effort to allay student fears that can be attached to this experience, teachers will have briefed their students on what to expect when we practice our first lockdown this year.

    Here is what will be shared with your children:

      • Our number one rule in school is to BE SAFE

      • We practice being safe in different ways:

      • Playground & campus

      • All-school drills

      • Fire

      • Earthquake

      • Lockdown

    Reasons Why Our Campus Would LOCKDOWN (all buildings, classrooms, doors, windows, etc., should be locked and secured. No movement at all):

        • A threat directly to the school or in the surrounding community
        • Nearby /neighborhood criminal or police activity

    Reasons Why Our Campus Would SECURE CAMPUS (students and staff take shelter indoors and lock exterior doors for the duration of the event. Indoor classroom activity may continue while school perimeter is secured:

        • Danger or police action in surrounding area
        • Bomb (or other, not visible) threat to the school

    Reasons Why Our Campus Would SHELTER IN PLACE (reaction to an environmental hazard when students and staff need to seek temporary shelter):

        • Swarm of bees moving around campus
        • Unidentified/Unfamiliar dog or animal on campus who is behaving aggressively
        • Severe weather

    Overview of what students should expect during the Lockdown Drill:

      • Announcement made from Mrs. Moore over loudspeaker

      • If you are outside, get inside of a room that is closest to your body

      • Expectations for classrooms once students are inside-

      • Doors locked and closed

      • Window coverings drawn

      • Lights off

      • Students spread out in safe spots (designated by teachers)

      • Staff phones on silent ringer mode

    During these preparation talks, teachers & staff will also remind children that this is only a practice drill and there is no danger. We practice so we can be prepared.

    As we all know, sometimes lockdown situations can frighten students. We will do everything we can to keep children calm and reassured. Staff will be encouraged to use the phrase, “We’re not scared, we’re prepared!” Any efforts you can make at home to support this message (Safety is important, we practice lots of ways to be safe, etc.) would be greatly appreciated. After discussing this with your child/children, please contact us if there is any follow-up needed at school. Thank you for your support and for helping keep our kids SAFE!

  • After-School Enrichment Clubs: The final week of this session of clubs is Nov 18-22.

  • This week’s theme is SERVICE: Thank you to all our Voyager families with military personnel who have served our country and who continue to serve their communities.

Paraprofessionals Appreciation Week

We are so proud to work with our amazing team of paraprofessionals (see photo below), who support individual and small groups of students at SSES. If your child has benefited from the services of a paraprofessional, please consider writing a note of gratitude this week!
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Help Silver Strand Decorate Our Library for the Winter:



Snowmen or snowwomen need to be free-standing.

No bigger than 2 ft tall.

They may have a winter or holiday “scenery” base or background.

Some suggested materials to use: socks, felt, wood, styrofoam, tissue box, clay, recycled plastic bottles (NO FOOD pls)

Please bring in snowpeople ON December 6, 2019.

They will go home with students on January 31st.

This is a child/family project (not a contest).

Students completing a snowman will

each receive a certificate & small treat.


Contact Ms. Pierro with any questions

Gratitude for Halloween Costume Donations!

Girls Scout Troop 5548 delivered 265 costumes this year, and The Monarch School sent this thank you message:

Sending out a quick email this morning to say THANK YOU for your help at Monarch this week! On Tuesday, every Monarch student had the opportunity to come through the Halloween pop up shop and pick out a costume to wear. On Friday, elementary school students paraded around campus to trick or treat, middle and high school students each enjoyed a Halloween party, and all families were invited to participate in an after-school Trunk-or-Treat! It was a week full of festivities and we are so grateful that you were able to be apart of it!

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Running Club Updates

Run Club Morning Schedule:

  • 7:25-7:30 am - Line up at the gate wearing tracker cards. (no supervision before 7:25 am)
  • 7:30 am - Gate opens and immediately closes
  • 7:30-7:35 am - Runners are escorted to the field. They drop backpacks and line up.
  • 7:35-7:55 am - Run begins.
  • 7:50 am - Final Lap Call
  • 7:50-8:05 am - Runners receive run feet, collect backpacks, sit at class cones until bell rings. (Kinder/TK will have a parent PTO Volunteer help)
  • 8:05 am - Parents & Volunteers must be off-campus. Please do not take your child to class as this can be distracting to the class's morning routine.

To register your child, sign up here!

Calendar Events


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

Wed 11/13 at 10:15 AM: Lamb's Players "SLAM" Assembly for all grades (Anti-Bullying)

Fri 11/15: Lockdown Drill, Ice Cream Friday, and PTO Family Fun Night at SSES: HipHop Hoedown! (5-7 PM)

Wed 11/20: MilSpouse Meeting at Village, 8:30 AM

Thurs 11/21: Theatre Club Performance at Strand Hall, 6 PM

Fri 11/22: PTO Pies for Teachers

11/25-29: Thanksgiving Holiday/No School

And Beyond:

Thurs 12/5: PTO Meeting 8:30 AM

Fri 12/6: Holiday Snowmen due to Library; Coronado Holiday Parade and Open House

Tues 12/10: SSES Choir performs at Loews Holiday Event, 6 PM

Wed 12/11: SSES Choir performs at Hotel Del Holiday Event, 4:30 PM

12/9-13: Holiday Shoppe at SSES

Wed 12/18 @8:30 AM: SSES Holiday Concert featuring TK-5th Grade classes and Band & Choir

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

Mon 1/6/20: School Resumes

Thurs 1/9: General PTO meeting at SSES, 8:30 AM

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 and Math Night at SSES

Fri 1/31: 3rd Grade Bring a Parent to Lunch (12:15PM)

Thurs 2/6: General PTO meeting at SSES, 8:30 AM

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)

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

Fri 3/13: PTO Family Fun Night: Freaky Friday Dance

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)

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

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

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

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

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 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

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.

The Clubs Schedule is posted here. The last week for this session of clubs is Nov 18-21.

Coronado SAFE Events and Activities

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

SAFE COFFEE TALK on Anxiety and Youth on Monday, December 9, 8:30-9:30 at CUSD Board Room. See for more information and to register for upcoming events.

Morning Dropoff and Afternoon Dismissal 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).

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 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!

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.

Nominations and Applications Open for Operation Homefront’s 2020 Military Child of the Year® Awards


Six Military Child of the Year® (MCOY) Awards are presented to one outstanding child from each service branch: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and the National Guard. The awards recognize the recipients for their resiliency, leadership, and achievement during their parents’ service. Each recipient receives a free trip along with two guests to Washington, D.C., a laptop, and a cash award of $10,000.

The seventh award is the Military Child of the Year® Award for Innovation. This award goes to a military child who has designed a bold and creative solution to address a local, regional, or global challenge. The recipient receives a $10,000 cash award, a laptop, a free trip along with two guests to Washington, D.C., and donated business expertise in bringing the solution to market. Booz Allen Hamilton has presented this award and provided the experts for the last four years.

Recipients and their families will arrive in Washington, D.C., on March 30-31, 2020, for events, tours, and activities leading up to the Awards Gala. The gala will be held the evening of Thursday, April 2, 2020.


All applicants must meet each of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be a legal dependent of a service member or military retiree (Finalists must provide DEERS enrollment form)
  • Be between the ages of 13-18 at time of nomination
  • Be able to travel to Washington, D.C., to attend the MCOY Gala and other events (March 30 or 31 – April 3, 2020)
  • Agree to a background check (if selected as finalist)
  • Provide letters of recommendation (if selected as a semifinalist)
  • Be willing to participate in media and donor opportunities


Parents, siblings, teachers, coaches, clergy, neighbors, grandparents, and anyone familiar with the child’s achievements.


Simply go to and click the Nominations tab. Nomination fields include when and how long a parent has deployed, number of family moves, Gold Star Family or EFMP status, whether a parent is a wounded service member, nominee’s volunteerism, and five short answers as to why the nominee is deserving.


Youth ages 13-18 may apply for the Innovation Award at during the application period. They are not required to be nominated by another person.


The nomination and application periods open September 17, 2019, and close December 9, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern.


Please visit our website,, and click (FAQs) frequently asked questions. The website provides a wealth of program details, including profiles of previous recipients. For further information, contact Jenny Valderas, Director of Family Support Services, (210) 549-4603 or

Military Spouse Support Meetings:

Village Wed. Nov. 20 8:30-9:30 Building Resiliency in Children

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.

Coronado Schools Foundation Events & Updates

Coronado Schools Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeanmarie Bond as President and CEO effective November 11, 2019.

Jeanmarie has ten years experience working for the University of California San Diego Foundation and University Advancement in various roles. Most recently, she worked with the UCSD Foundation Board of Trustees, the CFO, the Chancellor, Vice Chancellors and Deans of various academic areas as well as high-level donors.

Prior to her roles at UCSD Jeanmarie was Education Director for the San Diego County Bar Association; a substitute teacher at Coronado High School (Sophomore Honors and Freshman English) and Director of Junior Achievement at Coronado Middle School; Director of Public Relations at Grey Advertising and Assistant to the Dean of Development and Alumni Relations at Linfield College.

Jeanmarie has lived in Coronado for more than 20 years. Her two adult sons, Phil and Christian Bond, both graduated from Coronado High School. Jeanmarie finds it truly exciting and inspiring to serve her own Coronado community by leading CSF. Learn more at

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Coronado Public Library Events

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!