Voyager Family News
Week of January 20, 2020
Strand Spotlights and Info
We have NO SCHOOL Monday the 20th in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
LAST REMINDER! After school clubs start next week, so register BY MONDAY if
your child is interested! Creative Arts club and CYSL Soccer are FULL, but there are still openings in Yoga, Jump Rope, Kid Coding & Photojournalism. All club info is found in Peachjar on our school website. Contact Karen Pierro with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note: all students registered for a club will be directed to meet club instructors in a central meeting spot where attendance will be taken. Students in CYSL Soccer will meet on the back blacktop. ALL CLUB PARTICIPANTS will be dismissed through the front gates near the flagpole. Visitors are not allowed on campus during club times without a visitor sticker.
The Great Kindness Challenge is the week of January 27-31, and we invite our families to participate at home as we celebrate and practice kindness at SSES! We will kick off the week at the January 24 Friday Flagpole--please have your child wear blue or SSES Voyager gear for our all-school photo that morning. Find great resources and sign your family up to join at the GKC website.
SSES will participate in the "Global School Play Day" on Wednesday, February 5 this year (see the GSPD website for more info and this blog post to watch a compelling TED Talk on the importance of play). Our students will follow their regular schedule and grade levels may conduct some regular lessons/activities, but students will have opportunities throughout the day for unstructured play, as research indicates that play time with peers helps children develop skills of self regulation, collaboration and cooperation, and problem solving. Classroom teachers will send you more information, including invitations and guidelines for students to bring in non-electronic or motorized toys and games to play with peers.
Coronado has a new environment-focused nonprofit called Emerald Keepers, with many events and opportunities for our students and families. See flyers below for more information.
The Chamber of Commerce is creating a highlight video for its annual Salute to the Military Ball and hoping to portray some SSES families. See the detailed information in the next section of the newsletter if you are interested!
Our Health Office provides shoes, socks, undergarments, and clothes to students who need them due to weather, accidents, etc. We are in need of all items in all sizes for our students. Please consider donating gently used clothing and shoes to the health office!
- Please order your yearbook and help our Voyager Yearbook PTO volunteers gather photos of all our students and classes! To order a book, visit this website. Yearbooks are $25 with a discount of $5 ($20) if you are a PTO member (use code SSESPTO2020). If you have photos to include in this year's yearbook, please download the "ImageShare" app, with Project number 025811. The upload code is SSE20. See more info in PTO section below.
- The 2020 Census is hiring in Coronado! There are not enough applicants in Coronado and Silver Strand currently to ensure enough workers for an accurate count. The Census provides more than a snapshot of a community’s demographics. The Census count determines the allocation of nearly $800 billion among 130+ different programs. Those programs provide funding for schools (Title 1 (Silver Strand Elementary), special education, Head Start, school lunches), medical, roads, SNAP, housing, social block grants, and so much more! It takes a community to get an accurate count, and the Census need Coronado USD’s help! See flyer below or apply at https://2020census.gov/en/jobs.html
- The theme for the new year is ROLE MODELS: We all have people we look up to and admire and whose behavior and habits we emulate. It is likely we are also mentors and role models for others, no matter how young we are! Seeking the guidance of others as well as sharing our talents and expertise are both valuable ways of connecting and growing.
2020 Census Worker Opportunity in Coronado
Military Families: Opportunity to be Highlighted in our Community
Coronado Chamber of Commerce
Salute to the Military Ball 2020 Call for Video Interviewees
“The Young and the Brave: Applauding our Military Kids”
What’s it like to be a military family? Are you willing to let your child tell your family story on camera? The Coronado Chamber of Commerce is seeking families with school age children to help us tell the community what it’s like to be a military kid.
What is the reason for this video? The Coronado Chamber hosts active duty military at the annual Salute to the Military Ball, to be held at the Hotel Del Coronado on April 18, 2020. The theme of this year’s Ball is “The Young & The Brave: Applauding our Military Kids.” The video will be the highlight of the program.
What are we attempting to show? We want Coronado to know what our community is like for so many of our school children, and so many of our adult residents, who are children of servicemembers. We especially want to capture that view through the eyes of today’s children who are growing up in military families. We also want the community to see the importance of the military families in strengthening our Coronado community.
What’s our production process? We plan to interview the children, in the presence of parents. We’ll ask questions about being a military kid. We want to learn how they feel about moving; going into a new school; leaving friends; deployments and homecomings. We want to know the role of the community in their lives.
When and where are we doing this? We will be filming the last week in January. Tony Perri, our videographer, has worked extensively with children. We will suggest locations for filming, and are also open to filming at locations you would like us to show. We expect to take about an hour with each interview.
You can see “Honoring Our Homefront,” the video we showed at last year’s Ball, at https://www.coronadochamber.com/military-ball.html
Will you tell your story on camera so Coronado can appreciate “The Young and the Brave:” and “Applaud our Military Kids?”
If interested, please contact:
In January and February, your child will take a MAP® Growth™ test from NWEA® on a computer. We give students MAP Growth tests to determine their instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year (and from year to year) in Mathematics and Reading for grades 2nd-5th and for Kindergarten and 1st grades, in math.
MAP Growth tests are unique in that they adapt to your child’s level of learning. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. This results in a detailed picture of what your child knows and is ready to learn—whether it is on, above, or below their grade level.
Since MAP Growth tests provide immediate and accurate information about your child’s learning, it’s easy for teachers to identify students with similar scores that are generally ready for instruction in similar skills and topics, and then plan instruction accordingly.
MAP Growth reports also provide typical growth data for students who are in the same grade, subject, and have the same starting performance level. Each school year, students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade take the tests. Following each testing period, you will receive a report showing your child’s growth, which you can review with your child’s teacher for more insight.
We are truly excited to focus on your child’s individual growth and achievement. For more information about the MAP Growth test, visit: NWEA.org/Parent-Toolkit.
Emerald Keepers Environmental Non-Profit News and Events
- Late-Start Thursday Workshop on Marine Science at Coronado Library for 3rd-5th Graders 1/30, 8:30-9:45 AM. See flyer attached below for more information!
- Poster Contest for students K-5, due February 21. See attached flyer for more info!
- Visit the website https://www.emeraldkeepers.org/ for more information and events and opportunities!
This Week and Next:
Mon 1/20/20: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday/No School
Fri 1/24: Great Kindness Challenge Kickoff at Friday Flagpole (wear SSES Spirit Gear for all-school photo); Report Cards sent home with students
1/27-31: Great Kindness Challenge at SSES with Spirit Dress Days (Tuesday: Team Kindness--wear sport/athletic gear; Wednesday: Dreaming of a Kinder World/Comfy Kindness--wear pajamas or comfy clothes; Thursday: Peace, Love & Kindness--wear tie dye, flower power, "hippie"
Thurs 1/30: Late-Start: all students start at 10:00AM; Math Night at SSES 5:30-7 PM
Fri 1/31: 5th Grade Colonial Day at VES; 3rd Grade Bring a Parent to Lunch (12:15PM)
Mon 2/3: Screening of "Like" movie, about the impact of social media on our lives, 6:30 PM in the CHS CoSA Theatre.
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
SSES Water bottles are on sale now! Proceeds from your purchase will help fund water filling station upgrades at Silver Strand. Link: http://bit.ly/strandwaterbottles
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.
After-School Enrichment Clubs
Our winter after-school clubs start the week of 1/19!
We have some FUN offerings that include: Yoga, Jump Rope, Soccer, Coding, Photojournalism (Creative Arts Club is FULL)
All info is found on individual flyers, located in Peachjar (bottom left of our school webpage).
Contact Karen Pierro with any questions: email@example.com
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.
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.
Morning Dropoff and Afternoon Dismissal in 2019-20
Our new bell schedule means ALL students TK-5th Grade 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 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 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 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 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!
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.
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.
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
We’re excited to announce the Coronado Schools Foundation #GivingTuesday campaign! We created a unique Facebook fundraiser page and are hoping to leverage the power of your social networks to make this a big success!
Facebook fundraising page will go live on Monday, Dec 2nd. You can share the link to your contacts.
If you aren’t on Facebook, you can send an email with the form and text to give options.
Text to Give GIVE4KIDS to 91999
School and Classroom Volunteers: What You Need to Know!
We thank you for your time, assistance, and enthusiasm, SSES volunteers! Please ensure you are aware of the following:
- ALL parents who enter campus and have interactions with other students, even while just helping at a party, MUST have verification of a negative TB test (within past four years) and have submitted our School Volunteer Application.
- Please contact Kelley Englehart in Human Resources (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions about clearance to be a volunteer. Kimberley Junk in the SSES office can help as well.
- The Live Scan of Fingerprints must be completed if your role as a volunteer takes you out of the classroom with children/out of sight of the teacher.
- If you have concerns about your child you would like to address with his/her teacher, please make a separate appointment to discuss versus initiating a discussion during your volunteer time.
- Please respect confidentiality of students and staff and refrain from photographing other students or reporting or describing behaviors you observe to other parents/community members. Please share any concerns directly with the teacher.
- Volunteers are very helpful! But determining tasks and planning for volunteers takes time, too, and our teachers use their own discretion in inviting volunteers into the classroom. Please reach out to your child's teacher or room parent to learn more about opportunities to help.
Thank you for being a valuable part of the Voyager Family!
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/