Voyager Family News

May 25, 2020: Last Week of Formal Distance Learning

Strand Spotlights and Info:

Dear Voyager Families,

It’s Classified Staff Appreciation Week, and we want to send a special shout-out and gratitude to our classified teammates, who run our front office and health office, cafeteria, library, help our students in classrooms, clean and take care of our facilities and grounds, and make sure we are all ready to learn and teach! We couldn’t do what we do without YOU!

Top News:

  • Please see the Special 5th Grade News Section Below!
  • Monday is Memorial Day Holiday; please take a day off school and screens in honor of those who have fallen in service of our country.
  • Meal Pickup will be on TUESDAY this week due to the holiday, 11-1 PM.
  • Our district is ending formal distance learning on Friday May 29th to provide staff with two weeks of planning time in June for next school year. Your student's last class Zooms, instructions, and assignments will occur this week, with no new work published after May 29. The district will provide enrichment activities for families to participate in in June, and our staff will be available to answer emails. Our offices will remain open from 9AM to 2PM for families to retrieve and drop off materials.
  • Read the lastest District Newsletter here.
  • Your SSES PTO is accepting nominations for Board positions for next year. Please see PTO section below for more information!

OUR THEME FOR THE WEEK is CLOSURE: While the school year does not end officially until June 11, we will end formal distance learning this week and bid farewell to our students in grades TK-4 (5th graders will have promotion activities the week of June 8). We are saying farewell under circumstances which do not allow us to make the personal contacts and participate in traditional closure activities. Nevertheless, we will make the most of our opportunities to connect and celebrate the relationships we've built together this year. We have been through a lot together and are grateful for our Voyager Community!

More News and Updates:

  • Principal Jenny Moore remains available by email should you have any questions during our closure:

  • All school facilities beyond the office 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.

5th Grade News

Dear 5th Grade Families:

  • Please see important new 6th grade information from CMS Principal Karin Mellina here.
  • Students entering 6th grade at Coronado Middle School next year are invited to a “CMS Connections” zoom call hosted by CMS 8th grader Dylan Berk and other members of the CMS Associated Student Body. During the call, a panel of student leaders will be answering questions from students about academics, electives, sports, visual/performing arts, and other CMS activities. The call will be led by 8th grade students and monitored by CMS interim assistant principal Mr. Keller.Monday, June 8 9:00 am - 9:45 am: Students with last names AK : Zoom Link; Monday, June 8 10:00 am - 10:45 am : Students with last names L-Z : Zoom Link
  • Prerecorded Promotion Zoom: We plan to provide a prerecorded Zoom featuring SSES staff recognizing and naming all Strand 5th graders as we would in a live in-person ceremony so that families may watch together beginning on Wednesday, June 10.
  • Drive-Up Certificates and Recognition: Please plan on driving up to SSES during a designated timeframe between 9 and 11 AM on Thursday, June 11.
  • Thank you to 5th Grade parent Jessica Nelson, who is helping compile a video celebration featuring our 5th graders! Please use this link to send in a recording of your 5th grader! It's easy!
  • You may order a customized yard sign for your SSES 5th grader: The cost of 12” x 16” Sign is $12 and includes a stake and child’s name on the bottom. Send e-mail to with Child’s name, school, home address and we will deliver before the 29th. Payments can be made via Venmo: @Stefan-Freeman-2 or Paypal: See photo example below!
  • Preorder 5th Grade Shirts by Thursday 5/28. $14. Call 619-477-7676 or email More info in photos below!
  • Game Club/Message from Coronado SAFE: We've been hearing a lot from rising 6th graders that they are nervous to transition into middle school, especially with the circumstances COVID brings. We would like to invite all 5th graders from both public and private schools to join our weekly game club. This will give the opportunity to see both familiar and unfamiliar faces as they have fun, change their routine, learn new ways to use Zoom with friends, and start to feel integrated into the middle school community.

    The Zoom information is listed below:

    Coronado SAFE is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

    Topic: Game Club- Middle

    Time: May 28, 2020 03:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

    Every week on Thu, until Jul 30, 2020, 10 occurrence(s)

    May 28, 2020 03:30 PM

    Jun 4, 2020 03:30 PM

    Jun 11, 2020 03:30 PM

    Jun 18, 2020 03:30 PM

    Jun 25, 2020 03:30 PM

    Jul 2, 2020 03:30 PM

    Jul 9, 2020 03:30 PM

    Jul 16, 2020 03:30 PM

    Jul 23, 2020 03:30 PM

    Jul 30, 2020 03:30 PM

    Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.


    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 832 9454 5002

    Password: 458235

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Congratulations 5th Grade Award Winners/Sons of the American Revolution Poster Contest: Boston Massacre

We are proud of the 13 SSES students who entered the contest and placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in San Diego County and 3rd in the State of California!

Congratulations, Jack Dempsey!

1st place in San Diego County; 3rd place in California
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Grab-and-Go Meal Service at Village Elementary and Silver Strand

Every Monday

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 on or before Friday, April 3 at noon and we will schedule an alternative window to pick-up a meal.

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 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 through our school.

Your APEX Fun Run Team has provided a FANTASTIC packet of daily activities--see the link below this section!

Calendar Events

This Week and Next:

MON 5/25: Memorial Day Holiday/No School

TUES 5/26: Meal Pickup, 11-1 PM

Fri 5/29: Last day of Formal Distance Learning; Virtual Friday Flagpole

June 1-11: District-provided Online Enrichment Activities

Fri 6/5: Virtual Friday Flagpole

6/10/20: Prerecorded Zoom Promotion Ceremony

6/11/20: 5th Grade Promotion Drive-Up Certificate

Military Connections: MFLC Availability During Quarantine

Message from Mindy Hayes, SLO:


As each district continues to support students through distance learning and look to the future of summer school and the 2020/2021 school year, I encourage you (or your student) to continue to touch base with your child’s teacher(s) on a weekly basis. Monitoring your district and school websites is also a great way to stay up-to-date.

Coronado Unified School District:


Coping Through Uncertainty and Self Care

Wednesday, May 20, 8:30 am

Coronado Military Spouses is a quarterly event where parents meet to discuss areas of interest and concern under the guidance of the Military Family Life Counseling team. Each meeting highlights a particular topic and is designed to be interactive rather than a lecture series. This month, we will meet via Zoom. If you would like attend, please email the Naval Base Coronado School Liaison Officer at and I will send you the meeting ID and password.


Teens are invited to join CYP’s bi-weekly Teen Program! The 2nd and 4th Friday of the month, the Teen Staff have planned fun games and activities. If your teen is interested in participating, email or call 619-435-5056 and ask for Ana, DeAnte or Vanessa, to receive details about the next activity.


Don’t forget your school-based Military Family & Life Counselor (MFLC) is available for non-medical, telephonic or video counseling! UPDATE: South Bay Union MFLC is now able to assist military-connected families at ALL SBUSD schools. Your MFLC contact info is below or bookmark for quick access. While there, you may also want to check out the other “@Home” tabs full of helpful and fun resources.


619 592-0093


There are numerous organizations who provide valuable assistance and resources to military families. Each week, I will highlight one such organization. This is for informational purposes only and does not constitute or imply endorsement by the United States Department of Defense or the United States Department of the Navy.

This week’s organization: Support The Enlisted Project (STEP),

STEP builds financial self-sufficiency among junior active duty enlisted service members and recently discharged enlisted Veterans and their families in Southern California facing financial crisis through counseling, education and grants.

LIBRARY @HOME is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Digital customers enjoy e-books and audiobooks, foreign language learning, test prep, and research resources that support lifelong learning, and professional and recreational reading. Check it out at And while there, learn about the “Spring Into Reading Challenge” where you could win a gift card just for reading!


NRSW Fleet & Family Support Centers are now offering free, interactive and informative webinars online. These webinars are open to Service Members, families, and civilian government employees. See the attached “NRSW Fleet and Family Support Webinars” flyer for full details and registration information or visit

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.


619 592-0093


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

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!

The PTO Board is seeking and accepting nominations for the Executive Board positions. This is a wonderful opportunity to give back to the school community by giving your time and talent through serving on a board. It is also a great resume builder where many skills can be gained and enhanced such as leadership, communication and teamwork. All PTO members can run or be nominated by another member. If you are interested in running or nominating someone, please send an email to We will ask for these nominations again as the new school year resumes and look forward to holding elections then as we have canceled our June 4 meeting. The specific positions open for school year 2020-2021 are: President, Vice President and Secretary; however please note all positions are open for nominations per the bylaws.

See the position descriptions here:

a. President. The President shall prepare the meeting agenda and send it to the

Secretary for disbursement, preside over the meetings of the organization and Executive

Board (Board), serve as the primary contact for the Principal, represent the organization

at meetings outside the organization, serve as an ex officio member of all committees,

and coordinate the work of all other officers and committees so that the purpose of the

organization is served.

b. Vice President. The Vice President shall assist the President and carry out the

President's duties in his or her absence or inability to serve.

c. Secretary. The Secretary shall keep all records of the organization, take and

record minutes, handle correspondence and send notices of meetings and their

corresponding agenda to the membership. The Secretary shall keep and send the minutes, a

membership list, a copy of the bylaws, a copy of the standing rules, a copy of the conflict

of interest policy and any other necessary supplies.

d. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall receive all funds of the organization, keep an

accurate record of receipts and expenditures, and pay out funds in accordance with the

approval of the Board. He or she will present a financial statement at every meeting and

at other times of the year when requested by the Board, and make a full report at the end

of the year. The Treasurer shall remain available beyond the end of his or her term, until

the taxes are complete, to answer questions and provide any information needed.

e. Parliamentarian. The Parliamentarian shall advise the President on questions

of parliamentary procedure, ensure meetings are carried out in an efficient manner, keep

the bylaws, conflict of interest policy and standing rules of the organization, and amend

the bylaws as needed in accordance with Article XI below.

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:

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.

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 SAFE is here and available to support SSES families. Here are a few things we are doing, please let us know how else we can help during this time:

See the flyer below for resources on navigating physical distancing.

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Coronado Schools Foundation Events & Updates:

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.

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As our educators, parents, and community come together to connect, challenge and champion our students during our district closure, we are humbled by the outpouring of compliments during these trying times. What a positive testament to our CUSD family!

Click here to recognize a student, family member, employee, or volunteer who goes above and beyond to make a difference. Those who are "caught" will receive a copy of the positive words that were shared about them and a "Caught Being Awesome" decal. Please take a minute or two to brighten someone else's day!

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!