Voyager Family News

Week of September 2, 2019

Strand Spotlights and Info

Dear Voyager Students and Families,

We had a fabulous first full week, busy with Back-to-School Night, Book Fair, and 5th Grade Bonding!


  • Band and Choir: Our Band and Choir programs will both start the week of September 9. Thank you to Coronado Schools Foundation for funding our directors and making music free for our students!
  • Enrichment Clubs: Our After-Scool Enrichment Clubs will begin the week of September 9; flyers for the fall session are on Peach Jar (for details on accessing Peach Jar, see the "Stay Connected" section at the bottom of our newsletter).
  • Running Club: Stay tuned for more information about Running Club, slated to begin at the beginning of October under the direction of PTO.
  • Safety and Security: Silver Strand has posted positions to provide security/safety oversight in the mornings and afternoons at drop-off and pick-up times (7:45-8:15 in the mornings and 2:45-3:15 in the afternoons; 1:30-2 PM on Wednesdays). If you are interested in applying, please see or email Ms. Moore at with any questions about the positions.
  • Biking to and from School: WE LOVE that our Voyagers are biking and scootering to school! Please remind your bikers/scooters to use crosswalks when arriving at school and walk bikes on school property.
  • Dogs at SSES: We also love our furry friends! But for reasons of health and safety, we cannot permit dogs on our campus (even out front in the flag plaza) or tied to our gates. You will see some families walking to school with dogs and waiting and socializing on the outskirts, a great way to include your pup and follow district policy.
  • Volunteer for VAPA: Our terrific new Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) teacher is looking for assistance in her classroom as well with some project prep (cutting, etc). If you are interested in volunteering, please email
  • Play by the Bay Fundraiser at Loews this Friday: Join community friends at a special fundraiser event benefiting our schools--great food, great music, silent auction, BEAUTIFUL VIEWS:

Choir Information and Application: 2nd-5th Graders

Calendar Events

This Week and Next:

Friday 8/30: Information about After-School Enrichment Clubs posted to PeachJar

Mon 9/2: Labor Day Holiday/No School

9/5, 8:30 AM: General PTO Meeting

Fri 9/6: Loews Play on the Bay Event benefiting Coronado Schools:

Mon 9/9, 8:30 AM: SAFE Coffee Talk on Managing Family Chaos, at the District Office

Wed 9/11: PICTURE DAY (during your student's PE class)

Thu 9/12, 4PM: School Board Meeting, DO

Fri 9/13: Kona Ice after school

Fri 9/13: Choir Starts, 7:15 AM in VAPA room

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

And Beyond:

Fri 9/20: PTO Family Fun Night at SSES

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

Fri 9/27: 5th Grade Bring a Parent to Lunch (11:30 AM)

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

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 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 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!

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: Please let us know on our membership form where you would like to help us with your time and talents.

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.

*Clubs will start the week of 9/9

*Individual Clubs have posted flyers with details on how to register on Peachjar

*Some clubs have enrollment caps so register early!

*If your child does not get into a particular club this time, there will be one, possibly two more sessions this school year (session 1 will end in November).

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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!

Coronado SAFE Events and Activities

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

The first Coffee Talk is Monday, September 9 at 8:30--see flyer below.

See for more information and to register for upcoming events.
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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.

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

Confirmed---CMS Wed. Sept 18 8:30-9:30 Children and Moving/Challenges of Changing Schools

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

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).

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!