Voyager Family News

May 11, 2020: Distance Learning Week 6

Strand Spotlights and Info:

Dear Voyager Families,

It was great to see so many of you of on our parade route on Friday! We love and miss you!

It's so heartening to see so much Voyager community support for one another! We know families are sharing food, childcare, support for families with new babies, and providing other resources and care.

Thank you for continuing to do what is best for your family's health and well-being while managing continued challenges of distance learning and quarantine. Our counselor Sophia Frost is available for social-emotional support, as well as counselors at CORONADO SAFE (see section below), and our MFLC Marie Millard can be reached at 619-592-0093.

This week we celebrated teachers and all staff, as well as school nurses and Child Nutrition Staff! We appreciate the teamwork of our staff supporting all of you at home!

We have some exciting news to share!

First, Focus, a philanthropic community organization, has approved a donation of Chromebooks to SSES. We anticipate adding 12 devices to our site, in our attempts to reach 1:1 at this critical time for students to have access to technology. Thank you, Focus! Second, at the CSF Telethon the Vernetti family, longtime supporters of CUSD, earmarked $10,000 for SSES! It will be exciting to determine as a school community and CSF the most effective use of those funds.

Top News:

Our district's approach to preparing for next year is to plan for all possibilities, including a continuation of distance learning AND a plan for inviting all students and staff back to campus with class lists and a bell schedule prepared. We know there are MANY uncertainties and questions. Our preparations will include:

  • Launching registration to determine student enrollment
  • Planning for staffing
  • Determining consistent online platforms and best practices for instruction
  • Determining most appropriate curriculum for distance delivery with evolution to physical classroom learning in mind

Read the latest update from CUSD here.

OUR THEME FOR THE WEEK is OPTIMISM: A spirit of positivity and hope for and faith in a healthier future keeps us going when our spirits falter. Find reasons to smile and lift others!

More News and Updates:

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

  • Book Swap Table available Wednesdays and Thursdays: We have initiated a Book Swap table outside the library for families to come by and drop off a few books and/or pick some up! We have provided wipes and sanitizer; please practice social distancing as you browse our selection.

  • Parents of 5th Graders: Please find CMS 6th Grade Orientation information at the link below:

  • 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.

  • 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.


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 5/11: Meal Pickup, 11-1 PM

Thurs 5/14: CUSD Board Meeting, 4 PM

Fri 5/15: Virtual Friday Flagpole

Wed 5/20: Your Military Family Life Counseling Team and Coronado School Liaison Program are partnering to host the quarterly CORONADO MILITARY SPOUSES. This interactive workshop will take place via Zoom on Wednesday, May 20 at 8:30 am. The topics are Coping with Uncertainty and Self Care. The MFLCs will facilitate this timely discussion and provide prompts to get the discussion rolling. Interested attendees are asked to RSVP to the School Liaison Officer at or 619-991-2509. They will then be provided the Zoom meeting ID and password.


5/25: Memorial Day Holiday/No School

6/4: General PTO meeting at SSES, 7PM

6/11/20: 5th Grade Promotion/Last Day of School/Early Release

Military Connections: MFLC Availability During Quarantine

Message from Mindy Hayes, SLO:

Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day! Friday we honored all our military spouses for your tireless efforts of support and love. You are the glue that keeps your family together, successful and moving forward. Thank you!

I hope each of you is thriving and healthy! Please reach out if I can be of assistance.


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:

South Bay Union School District:

San Ysidro School District:


Saturday, May 16, 8 pm

Graduate Together: America Honors the Class of 2020 is a one-hour national graduation ceremony airing on multiple television stations and streaming platforms. Visit for full details. Also on the site, Seniors, Educators and Parents are invited to share their stories.


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.


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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!

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:

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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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!