Voyager Family News

April 27, 2020: Distance Learning Week 3

Strand Spotlights and Info:

Dear Voyager Families,

We hope you and your family are well and safe. Thank you for expressing your needs and doing what is best for your family's health and well-being.

The next phase of distance learning in CUSD for TK-5 means "students will be monitored for: engagement in meaningful learning activities around reading, writing, and mathematics, participation in distance learning lessons in ELA and Math, performance in ongoing teacher-created assignments and activities, and informal assessments. The end-of-year report cards will consist of a teacher-developed narrative summary of students’ progress on distance learning activities in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics." You can view the District's Student Grades document here.

We understand that we have families who are dual working households, have deployed spouses/are single-parenting, and/or are coping with immediate and extended family illnesses. We also know many of you are expressing your own and children's fatigue with screens and management of student learning and overwhelm with activities. This next phase of distance learning fulfills our district's obligation to keep records and provide feedback for students and families on report cards at the end of the school year. Teachers will continue to communicate which activities students should submit for review. We will not provide "grades" on specific standards, and students' promotion to the next grade level will NOT be impacted by performance during distance learning.

OUR THEME FOR THE WEEK is FLEXIBILITY: It's important for both families and educators to recognize the potential need for flexibility with schedules and workload. While some you have found a routine that works and are feeling like you and your children are in a groove, others of you are acknowledging a need to make adjustments and take breaks/time off. Please share your individual circumstances, struggles, and capabilities, so that teachers can help differentiate and prioritize for you or acknowledge your need for downtime.

MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD: See the PDF below this section for a special edition of the CA Academic Anchor Newsletter, and here is a link from Military One Source where children can receive a free Month of the Military Child Kit:

Please click here to read the latest CUSD Update.

News and Updates:

  • Drive-thru MEAL PICKUP WILL BE MONDAY this week from 11-1 PM.

  • Parents of 5th Graders: Ms. Mellina, CMS Principal, will be sending information about classes and programs at CMS next week. Our community is planning special recognitions of 5th, 8th, and 12th graders, and we will begin discussions about promotion soon.

  • THE VIRTUAL CSF TELETHON will HAPPEN on MAY 6, 5-9 PM! TK/Kindergartners, Band, and SSES Staff will be featured! We look forward to joining together as a community remotely to celebrate the Coronado Schools community!

  • Next SSES Staff Car Parade: Both Village Elementary and Silver Strand are planning staff car parades for 2PM on Friday, May 8. We will follow a similar route as our last one, but include the north end of Coronado Cays Boulevard this time!!

  • Principal Jenny Moore remains available by email should you have any questions during our closure: Please expect responses within 24 hours on weekdays. We can also arrange online meetings should you and your student(s) need support in any way.

  • Let's stay connected! Ms. Moore will continue to post daily fun connections and challenges on our Silver Strand Elementary School Facebook page. Stop by to check it out and send photos for us to post!

  • All school facilities 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 to support distance learning.

This Week We Appreciated Our Admin Professionals, Kimberley Junk, Frankie Guillen, and Heather Springfield!

Thank you for all you do for SSES!
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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.

Tips and Etiquette for Using Online Meeting Platforms (like Zoom)

Dear Families,

You may have begun using Zoom as a way to connect with friends and family groups via video/app. Some teachers may use this feature to connect with your child.

We have some suggestions for safely/appropriately using this tool:

  • Your child should not be alone with an adult in an online meetup platform. If your child benefits from one-to-one support from a teacher, counselor, or (other role), plan to be present and available throughout the session.
  • Ensure your child and anyone else in the home who may appear on video is appropriately attired.
  • Choose a place in the home that is relatively distraction-free and quiet. Discourage pets and other family members from participating unless it's appropriate to do so.
  • Have all supplies your child may need readily available.
  • If the meeting is academic in nature, please refrain from eating on screen.
  • Take the opportunity to teach your child camera/video conference ettiquette--maintain attentiveness and eye contact, remain in view, refrain from entertaining/distracting others.

Additionally, due to privacy policies, please do not take pictures of Zoom meeting screens that show other students and post it to your pages, newsletters, Facebook, etc. Any type of posting needs to have permission from all parties involved for our minors.

Minors (under 18) should not create a Zoom account. But important to know is that they don’t need a Zoom account to JOIN a meeting. Therefore, if teachers invite students to a meeting, they will provide the Zoom invite code, and if a teacher wants to hold office hours, they will provide students with the Zoom invite code.

Great video: Joining a Zoom Meeting - 1 min video link

Weekly Family Activities from our Sanford Harmony Social-Emotional Learning Program

Our students benefit from Morning Meetings in their classrooms, where they have an opportunity to build community by sharing opinions, ideas, and information about themselves. They also "Buddy Up" to form stronger peer-peer relationships on a smaller scale. We will be posting ideas here you can use for family meals and family challenges!

Week 2 Family Discussion Topics:

  • M: What song or food or activity will you always associate with this quarantine time?
  • Tues: If you could be any animal, which one would you be, and why?
  • Wed: What are you proud of this week?
  • Thurs: Tell a family member what you admire and appreciate about them.
  • Fri: What's your favorite form of exercise?

Week 2 Family Community Builders:

  • This week, designate a jar and put papers in with the activities and places and people you are most excited to see when Quarantine is lifted. Collect these so that when we are able to join community events, you can pull activities out and do them!

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 4/27: Meal Pickup, 11-1 PM

Friday 5/1: Virtual Friday Flagpole

5/4-8: Teacher Appreciation Week

Wed 5/6: School Site Council Meeting, 3 PM; Virtual CSF Telethon, 5-9 PM

Thurs 5/7: General PTO meeting via Zoom, 7PM: Topic: Silver Strand PTO General Meeting

Time: May 7, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Meeting ID: 886 0988 4322

Password: 452167

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Fri 5/8: SSES Staff Car Parade through Housing and Cays especially celebrating 5th Graders, 2 PM


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

Military Connections: MFLC Availability During Quarantine

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!

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.

See the flyer below for resources on navigating physical distancing.

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Coronado Schools Foundation Events & Updates:

VIRTUAL TELETHON on MAY 6, 5-9 PM! Read more here!

Telethon is one of Coronado Schools Foundation’s largest fundraising events of the year, and all proceeds raised through Telethon go directly back to our schools to fund the STEM and Arts Pathways programs impacting the education of every child enrolled in our district. We ask our business partners, community members, donors, and colleagues to work strategically with us to ensure that our rescheduled Telethon is again another exceptional success for our schools. If you feel compelled to give at this time, visit and click on DONATE. All donations will be acknowledged LIVE on air.

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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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!