Voyager Family News

Week of 9/13/2021

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Greetings from Principal Jenny Moore

Dear Voyager Families,


We could not be more proud of and grateful for the grace and understanding our school community demonstrated this week as we quarantined a classroom due to COVID-19. Special gratitude to our 4th grade team and families. We appreciate the teamwork and efforts made at both site and district levels to ensure we were following proper protocols and keeping our school community safe.


Join our PTO here; the class with the most memberships will enjoy a special treat.


This year at Silver Strand Elementary we are ALL ABOARD!


  • Voyagers ALL on campus TOGETHER!
  • ALL unique individuals part of a special school community
  • ALL aboard for recess, lunch, Specials, and Voyager events!
  • ALL seen, heard, loved, supported, and valued
  • ALL aboard with a focus on student growth
  • ALL connected to one another, all challenged to grow, and all championed and celebrated!


I am proud to support this unique, small, and special school in Coronado Unified School District, and to serve Silver Strand’s dedicated and inspiring staff, kind and curious students, and generous and involved families and community members. Please read my full Principal's Welcome Letter on our school website.


All Aboard for Week 4!


Jenny Moore, Principal

Voyager News & Updates

Positions Open at Silver Strand! Come Join our Crew!

We are still filling positions at our school and invite our community members to apply! Currently open positions include:

  • Campus Assistant/Recess and Lunch Supervisors: We have positions from 9:30 to 10:15 AM AND/OR from 11:30 to 1PM daily (applicants can choose both times or one or the other). Our Campus Assistants play an active, fun, and critical role supporting students during lunch and recess. Please check Edjoin.org or call or email Ms. Moore with questions.


Nutrition Department/Ice Cream Fridays (on hold): In the past, our Nutrition Department offered a monthly "Ice Cream Friday" at the elementary sites (a day when students could purchase ice cream at lunch). While we settle into our new "lunch for all" routine, the Nutrition Department is suspending Ice Cream Fridays. We apologize for the confusion/previously advertised information.


APEX FUNDRAISER POSTPONED: Our Jogathon Fundraiser partners, APEX, are postponing our fundraiser to Spring 2022. We will begin looking at potential dates!


Previously Shared, But Still Relevant Information:


Specials and PE

  • All students in K-5th Grade experience Innovation Lab, Visual and Performing Arts and PE on campus this year! Read more about our programs here, and find our schedule for rotations in School Schedules section below.
  • Please click these links for introductions to our PE, Innovations Lab, and Visual and Performing Arts programs.


Band & Choir:

  • Choir is for 2nd-5th Graders on Thursday and Friday mornings before school, starting wee of 9/20: Registration form is here; due September 10.
  • Band is for 5th Graders only Tuesday and Wednesday mornings before school, starting week of 9/27: Registration form is here; due September 10.
  • Questions? Shane Schmeichel

    Director of Special Programs

    Coronado Unified School District

    shane.schmeichel@coronadousd.net

    619-522-8900 Ext. 1039


  • SCHOOL-BASED MILITARY FAMILY LIFE COUNSELORS

Your school-based MFLCs are here and ready to listen and provide feedback to support military students and parents through short-term, situational, problem-solving counseling sessions. Start your conversation today! Complete the MFLC Parent Acknowledgement Form attached below and return it to your school site front office or classroom teacher.

· Silver Strand Elementary, Marie Millard – 619-592-0093


Daily Lunch:

  • Please be clear with your student if they are having school lunch or bringing and eating their own. Read more about our Nutrition Program and find menus here so you may plan with your child.
  • All students will still bring a snack and water bottle for morning recess, and students with robust appetites are encouraged to bring additional snacks if free lunch is not sufficient.
  • Bulk Breakfast Distribution will occur on Tuesdays at 2:55 dismissal/pickup.

COVID Team Center for Family Communication:

  • We know managing health and safety under current circumstances is complex and stressful. If you have questions about next steps, please contact the COVID Team Center. The center is open daily from 8-3. Parents/staff can leave messages and a team member will follow up.
  • Phone: 619-437-1305 Ext: 1040 or COVIDteam@coronadousd.net


SSES PTO:

  • Please join and support our PTO! Click on the link here to join the PTO through Konstella, and see the section below for more info.


What Should My Child Bring to School Every Day?

  • Curiosity, Belief in Oneself, and a Willingness to Grow and Make Friends :)
  • Mask(s). Students should show their masks at the school gates. We will have masks available for students who forget them.
  • Closed-toe shoes and clothing which allows for active movement on fields and playground.
  • A jacket or sweatshirt. We have our own unique climate at Silver Strand, and our classrooms open to the outdoors. Students should be prepared for fluctuations in temperature.
  • A hat for sun safety at recess and lunch. Children may bring their own sunscreen to apply; we may not supply sunscreen.
  • Healthy snacks and refillable water bottle, and lunch if your child is not accessing school lunch or has a robust appetite.
  • School supplies, assignments, reading books, and devices per teacher request/instruction. Suggested/optional school supply lists for each grade level are available in the front office.


Facilities: So Many Exciting Upgrades! In addition to the exterior of our school freshly painted last year, we have the following exciting projects underway:

  • Shade structures and new palm trees in kindergarten and upper-grade recess/snack areas. (Hey, why aren't they larger? Code restrictions require structures to be a certain distance from standing buildings and other structures).
  • Library, Innovation Lab, and adjacent Workroom remodel: We look forward to unveiling all new spaces designed with collaboration, exploration, and Innovation in mind! (project completion projected for late fall)
  • Crew Lounge Upgrade! Our Voyager Crew will enjoy a fresh space to relax and refresh, with new appliances, flooring, and furniture!
  • Strand Hall Interior Painting: Our gathering and performance space will have a freshly painted interior.


NEW RECESS PROGRAMMING

  • Safe return to recess will require reorienting our students to playtime, and both Village and Silver Strand elementary schools are excited to implement Playworks, a program which provides structures and social-emotional learning supports for recess. Daily recess (15 minutes each morning and part of a 45-minute lunch period) will include some new routines, including rotating playground and field stations/areas to help us maintain consistent groupings of students as we emphasize exercise, fun, relationship building, fair play, and problem solving.

All District Websites have new formats and content updates are works in progress.

  • Find Silver Strand's website here!


New Voyager Crew and Roles: We are excited to welcome the following Voyager PARENTS to our Crew:

  • Welcome Jenna Boraby, who will serve as Lunch/Recess Supervisor!
  • Weclome Jamie Friedman, who will begin her role as PE Aide soon!

Attendance and Current Health Guidelines and Protocols

ATTENDANCE UPDATE:

To streamline communications and assist in our efforts to keep all of our students healthy and on campus as much as possible, we request that families utilize our NEW Student Absence reporting form each time your student is absent (due to illness). If your child is ill, please use this form to report your child's absence.We ask that you complete this form as soon as possible to provide our teams ample time to support your student’s needs.


Absences not related to illness should be reported as soon as possible by emailing Frankie.Guillen@coronadousd.net or by calling 619-522-8934 press #2.


Testing Overview


  • CUSD led a Statewide pilot program to provide on-site testing for COVID19. In certain instances, your student may be able to return to campus sooner by presenting a negative COVID test, as determined by the published COVID19 Decision Tree.
  • Your student may test at the COVID Command Center at the high school or any testing site and then provide their results via email to COVIDteam@coronadousd.net.
  • Parents are encouraged to register their student for CUSD’s onsite testing program by accessing this link.
  • Moreover, the current COVID decision tree provides additional flexibility (modified quarantines) for individuals who are fully vaccinated for COVID19. Please complete this optional form to verify your student’s vaccination status.



Concurrent Curriculum Delivery

CUSD prioritizes the continuity of your student’s learning. As a result, CUSD, in collaboration with our teachers, have agreed to provide Concurrent Curriculum Delivery to students if they are directed to quarantine or isolate. This means that, while they may not be present physically in classrooms, they will be able to ZOOM into their classrooms to continue their learning until they are able to return safely in-person. This program is only available to students directed not to attend in person by the COVID Command Center. Please look for additional communication from your student’s teacher(s) on how to access CCD. This is a unique program that is not offered at most school districts - CUSD is proud to support your student’s continuity of learning and we appreciate your collaboration to support Every Child, Every Day.


COVID Team Center: The center is open daily from 8-3. Parents/staff can leave messages and a team member will follow up. Phone: 619-437-1305 Ext:1040

COVIDteam@coronadousd.net

  • Testing: CUSD is making convenient testing available to all students and staff. Please follow the link below to see our testing schedule/locations and to book an appointment:
  • CUSD Rapid Antigen Testing - Testing Schedule and Appointment Link


COVID/MASK Protocols: In adherence with CDPH guidelines, masks are mandatory in all indoor areas on campus regardless of vaccination status. Masks are optional outdoors but strongly recommended. COVID19 Guidance Updates and Safe Reopening Plans

Calendar Highlights: Plan Ahead!

This Week:

Thurs, 9/16, 7PM: PTO Meeting via Zoom

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Meeting ID: 735 098 3439
Passcode: PTO


Week of 9/20: Before School Choir Starts, Thursdays and Fridays

Friday, 9/24: PTO Family Fun Night


Week of 9/27: Before School Band Starts, Tuesdays and Wednesdays

October 5: Save the Date for Possible Picture Day

October 11, 2021 District Holiday/No School

November 1-5, 2021 Parent Conferences/Early Release at 1:40 PM

November 11, 2021 Veteran’s Day Holiday/No School

November 12, 2021 Teacher Workday/No School for Students

November 22-26, 2021 Thanksgiving Holiday/No School

Dec 20-January 3, 2022 Winter Holiday/No School

January 17, 2022 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday/No School

January 27, 2022 End of Semester 1

January 28, 2022 Teacher Workday/No School for Students

January 31, 2022 Start of Semester 2

February 18-21, 2022 Presidents’ Weekend Holiday/No School

February 24, 2022 Second Semester Open House

March 28-April 8, 2022 Spring Break/No School

April 13-15, 2022 Parent Conferences as Needed/Early Release 1:40

April 18, 2022 District Holiday/No School

April 29, 2022 Silver Strand Luau

May 30, 2022 Memorial Day Holiday/No School

June 16, 2022 5th Grade Promotion/Last Day of School/Early Release

Silver Strand 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!


Message from your PTO:



Way to stay adaptable this week, Voyagers. We have some announcements and links-- please check them out!

  • We are still looking for two 5th grade parents to sign up for September Teacher Appreciation! See the link for Sign Up Genius below for that and other opportunities.

  • Please join! We are doing a SURPRISE PRIZE CONTEST for the classroom with the highest percentage of PTO members! Click below on the Konstella link to join or use the QR code in the flyer. A $20 family donation covers every child in the family (be sure to add each child and classroom in Konstella as you register). Deadline to join for the contest is Sept 23. Classroom winner will be announced at our Virtual Family Fun Event on Sept 24.


  • Our Spirit Wear can now be purchased ONLINE! Check it out here:


https://www.konstella.com/open/sales/611a9aac09fc2c3b4456e86c

  • Upcoming Calendar of Events:


September 16, 7pm, PTO General Meeting on Zoom



Lisa Emme is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: PTO September General Meeting
Time: Sep 16, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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September 23, deadline to join the PTO for the classroom prize contest!


September 24, 6pm-7pm, Virtual Bingo Family Fun Event on Zoom; registration info coming next week!

School Schedules

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday Schedule:

7:55-8:10 AM: Drop-off period for students

8:10 AM: School begins for all students TK-5th Grade

9:45-10:00 AM: TK-2nd Grade Recess

10:00-10:15 AM: 3rd-5th Grade Recess

11:30-12:15 PM: 4th and 5th Grade Lunch

11:50 AM: TK Dismissal

11:50-12:35 PM: Kindergarten and 1st Grade Lunch

12:15-1:00 PM: 2nd and 3rd Grade Lunch

2:55: Dismissal for ALL students K-5th Grade


Wednesday (Early Release) Schedule:

7:55-8:10 AM: Drop-off Period for Students

8:10 AM: School begins for all students TK-5th Grade

9:45-10:00 AM: TK-2nd Grade Recess

10:00-10:15 AM: 3rd-5th Grade Recess

11:30-12:15 PM: 4th and 5th Grade Lunch

11:50 AM: TK Dismissal

11:50-12:35 PM: Kindergarten and 1st Grade Lunch

12:15-1:00 PM: 2nd and 3rd Grade Lunch

1:40 PM: Dismissal for ALL students K-5th Grade

PM Staff Professional Development


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday “Specials” Schedule for K-5th Grade

12:35-1:20: VAPA/Innovation/PE for Kindergarten and 1st Grade

1:20-2:05: VAPA/Innovation/PE for 2nd and 3rd Grade

2:05-2:50: VAPA/Innovation/PE for 4th and 5th Grade


Wednesday PE Schedule:

8:45-9:15: 4th Grade

9:15-9:45: 1st Grade

10:15-10:45: 5th Grade

10:45-11:15: 2nd Grade

11:15-11:45: Kindergarten

1:00-1:30: 3rd Grade


Specials/PE Rotations (swap Specials at second semester):

  • 1st Semester VAPA: Grades K, 2, and 4
  • 1st Semester Innovation Lab: Grades 1, 3, and 5

Crosswalk Safety at Arrival and Dismissal

Morning Arrival and Dismissal

School Arrival and Dismissal Times and Locations

  • ALL students TK-5th Grade will start school at 8:10 AM
  • ALL Kindergarten-5th Graders will dismiss at 2:55 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and at 1:40 on Wednesdays
  • Transitional Kindergarten will release at 11:50 every day, location TBD.
  • Gates will open at 8:05 each morning for students only to enter campus.
  • TK/K students will enter school through the gate to the right of our library/main flagpole plaza. Families escorting kindergarteners to the gate are encouraged to park along our field spaces on Leyte Rd as parking is very limited in front of campus.
  • Students in grades 1 and 3 line up to enter campus through the gate to the right of our front office door.
  • Students in grades 2, 4, and 5 enter campus through the gate to the left of our front office door/mosaic sign. 4th and 5th graders will be directed to enter through gates and line up on the blacktop near our lunch area.
  • Gates close at 8:10 AM; students who arrive after 8:10 will check in at the office.


Drop-Off Dos and Don'ts
  • Help us keep students safe and supervised by dropping off or sending your child to school between 7:55 and 8:10 each morning.
  • NO STUDENTS OR FAMILIES SHOULD WALK ACROSS THE DROP-OFF TRAFFIC AREA. The crosswalk in the middle of this area is for use solely by family members or children with disabilities. The crosswalk at our staff parking lot is supervised by a crossing guard and is the safest pedestrian route.
  • We know that working and busy family schedules create challenges, but please DO NOT drop off children prior to 7:55 AM unless they are part of a supervised, organized school activity on campus.
  • Drivers form a single drop-off line in front of school and drop off should be adjacent to the curb and efficient (if you need to walk your child to the gate, please PARK along our fields, in the back of our staff parking lot, or on neighborhood streets). Do not pass drivers on the left after dropping your child.
  • Drivers should drive SLOWLY and ATTENTIVELY in our school area, where there are pedestrians, bikers, cars going in multiple directions, and athletes/families entering our parking lot area to access the baseball fields.

Pick Up Dos and Don'ts
  • TK through 1st grade students are released by teachers to their guardians. Family members picking up students in these grades should park and walk to greet their student and teacher.
  • Students in grades K-5 will be released at 2:55 PM daily, except for Wednesdays at 1:40 PM. We request that family members are prompt at pickup or call the office in the case of running late/emergency.
  • Drivers may line up and wait in our pickup area in front of school at dismissal. Drivers who have picked up their children may pass waiting drivers on the left to exit the pick-up area. Passing on the left is ONLY permitted at dismissal.
  • Because traffic may back up considerably at dismissal, families of older students may consider parking at a nearby designated location where your child may walk to meet you.
  • NO STUDENTS OR FAMILIES SHOULD WALK ACROSS THE DROP-OFF TRAFFIC AREA. The crosswalk in the middle of this area is for use solely by family members or children with disabilities. The crosswalk at our staff parking lot is supervised by a crossing guard and is the safest pedestrian route.


Walking/Biking/Scootering:
  • Please follow the safest and most direct route to and from school (using crosswalks!) and follow directions of the school crossing guard at crosswalk near the school parking lot.
  • Safety helmets are required for biking/scootering/skating to school.
  • Bikes/scooters/skateboards should always be locked at the racks adjacent to staff parking; bikes, scooters, and skateboards are not permitted on campus.


IN CASE OF RAIN OR INCLEMENT WEATHER, students will report directly to classrooms or to Strand Hall and line up in designated areas.


Pets/dogs are not permitted on school grounds for reasons of safety/allergy, unless they are part of a prearranged instructional program. Families who walk dogs to school must remain with their pet outside the front courtyard area of school.

Champions Childcare at Silver Strand

Coronado Unified School District has an agreement with outside care provider Champions to provide before- and after-care for Silver Strand Elementary School students at our school site (note that Champions is an outside contractor using our facilities). Please see the Champions website for more information: https://www.discoverchampions.com/our-locations/coronado/ca/001663


If you need immediate assistance please contact Area Manager Robyn Clark at 619-746-9178, or Champions Family Support at 800-246-2154

Families of Learners of English Language News and Updates

At the end of last school year, students in kindergarten through grade twelve participated in the Summative English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC). The Summative ELPAC helps teachers across the state determine how well students are progressing in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English. In our district, the test results are one way to look at how well our students are doing. We use the results to find areas in which students are doing well and areas in which they need help.

Student Score Reports can now be accessed electronically through the parent portal in our student information system. Directions are attached. This report shows an overall score and performance level, an oral language (speaking, listening) score and level, and a written language (reading, writing) score and level. It also shows a performance level for each of the ELPAC domains: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

To learn more about your child’s scores, go to the parent web page called Starting Smarter, available at https://www.ca.startingsmarter.org/. There, you will find:

· Resources to help you understand test results on the Student Score Reports

· Access to sample test questions and practice tests

· No-cost resources to support your child’s learning

· A guide to prepare for parent-teacher conferences

Exit (Reclassification) Criteria

The goal of language acquisition programs is for students to become proficient in English as rapidly as possible and to meet state academic achievement measures. This district’s exit (reclassification) criteria are listed below. If your student received a score of 3, 2, or 1, your student continues to be identified as an English learner and will receive English Language Development within their regularly scheduled school day. If your student received an overall level of 4, your student has met one criteria of the four required and we will examine other data to determine exit eligibility.

Required Criteria

(California Education Code [EC] Section 313[f])

Coronado Unified School District

Criteria


English Language Proficiency Assessment

Overall ELPAC Level 4


Teacher Evaluation

Student is prepared to participate effectively in the curriculum at a level equal to the average peer.


Parental Opinion and Consultation

Parent agrees that the student is ready to be reclassified.


Comparison of Performance in Basic Skills

Local Assessment score of 70% or higher on a benchmark assessment.


If you have questions or concerns about your child’s progress, please contact Julia Braga, English Language Arts & Development Teacher at jbraga@coronadousd.net / 619-522-8900 ext. 1024

Safe Harbor Coronado Events and Activities

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


See https://coronadosafe.org/ for more information and to register for upcoming events.

Military Connections & Updates from our SLO

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.


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


Hello NB Coronado Families -

A lot has been packed into this short week! I hope your family is well and adjusting to all the demands of the new school year. Take time to enjoy small successes and breathe through the challenges. We’ll all make it!

Please reach out to me if I can be of assistance with any school-related questions or Navy resource inquires.

Best wishes for a restful weekend!

SCHOOL UPDATES

As the 2021-2022 school year continues, I encourage you to monitor your district and school site websites to stay up-to-date.

- Coronado Unified School District: www.coronadousd.net

o Read the latest communications from CUSD and Superintendent Mueller at https://coronadousd.net/

o 2021-2022 online registration for new CUSD students is available at https://coronadousd.net/Parents--Students-/Online-Registration-for-2021-2022-School-Year/index.html. Plus, download a copy of the District Calendar.

o Governing Board Meeting Recordingsclick here, Next Regular Meeting: October 21, 4 pm

o Champions Childcare - Call today for available care options:

§ Village: 619-865-1577

§ Silver Strand: 619-865-1504

o Student-2-Student (S2S) Club – S2S is designed to ease the transition of students into Coronado High School by welcoming new students through connection and fostering a sense of belonging. Follow S2S on Instagram or Facebook @CoronadoS2S to see what’s happening.

o Free Lunch Meals for all Enrolled Students for School Year 2021-2022 –Full details at https://coronadousd.net/Departments/Child-Nutrition-Services/index.html

o Safe Harbor Coronado Aloha Club Welcome Bags - To welcome new military families to Coronado, the NBC School Liaison Program partners with an amazing local organization called Safe Harbor Coronado. Through their Aloha Club, they connect new families with existing ones in the community to serve as a resource and help build connections throughout the year. They also offer a "Welcome Bag" delivered to your door. To sign up visit https://coronadosafe.org/new-to-coronado.

Volunteers Needed: If interested is being a local volunteer to match with new families please email info@safeharborcoronado.org.


TEEN NIGHTS –

Next Teen Nights: Fridays, September 10 & 24, 6-8 pm

Silver Strand Youth Center, 1302 Leyte Road

Join the Silver Strand teen crew for fun, food and friendship! All teens, 13-18 years, are welcome to attend….and bring a friend (military or civilian)!

Info: 619-435-5056

CORONADO-SOUTH BAY MILITARY SPOUSES MEET-UP

Thursday, September 16, 9-10 am @ Spreckles Park, Coronado

Come meet the Naval Base Coronado SLO and MFLC team in a casual meet and great setting! Hear about the various supports and programs available at your school site, ask questions, and mingle with other military spouses. Delicious coffee and pastries will be served.

Info: Mindy.Hayes@navy.mil or 619-991-2509

FREE TRAINING TO BECOME A REGISTERED BEHAVIOR TECHNICIAN

Tuesdays & Thursdays, September 14-November 4, 3:30-6 pm

A Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) is someone who works in a school, home, or clinical setting to support a client with their educational or treatment plan. In just 40 hours, you can increase your hire-ability and get continuing education credits (applicable for Coronado Unified). See attached RBT flyer.

Register: https://adulted.coronadousd.net/Registration/index.html or call 619-522-8911


“HELP YOUR KIDS REACH THEIR POTENTIAL” WORKSHOP
Monday, September 13, 9:30-10:30 am

Winn Room at Coronado Public Library

Join Safe Harbor Coronado as they bring you a free workshop presented by Fred Becker. Help develop your kid's self-reliance and responsibility. Explore paths to healthy social and emotional skills. Find ways to allow your kids to learn and grow. Workshop is useful for parents of all ages.

Register: https://safeharborcoronado.org/upcoming-workshops/p/september-event

VIRTUAL COLLEGE FAIR 2021

Wednesday, September 22, 4 pm

Hear from seven colleges, plus time to ask your burning questions. Register to receive the Zoom link information or call 619-553-8290 for more details.

Register: https://nbplcollegefair2021.eventbrite.com

MILITARY CHILD OF THE YEAR AWARD NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN

Nominations due December 1, 2021

Now in its 14th year, the Military Child of the Year® Award reflects the positive impact these impressive young people have made on their military families, their schools, and their communities. The annual awards recognizes eight outstanding young people ages 13 to 18 for their scholarship, volunteerism, leadership, extracurricular involvement, and other criteria while facing the challenges of military family life. Award recipients receive $10,000, a laptop computer, a trip to Washington, D.C. to be recognized at the 2022 gala, and more.

Apply: https://operationhomefront.org/military-child-of-the-year/

EXCEPTIONAL FAMILY MEMBER PROGRAM (EFMP)

The Metro San Diego EFMP team produces a great, monthly newsletter full of information, webinars, resources, and contact numbers. Check out the September 2021 edition attached. For questions about enrollment, call the Regional MTF Coordinators Office at 619-532-8586. http://navylifesw.com/sandiego/families/ffsc

PARTNERS IN PROMISE MILTIARY SPECIAL EDUCATOIN SURVEY

Take the survey to be part of the solution for equal education for all military-connected children. If you are a military-connected EFMP family, this is your chance to share your story and help make change happen. It only takes about 15 minutes to complete.

Survey: https://bit.ly/militaryspecialeducationsurvey

SPACES AVAILABLE IN SILVER STRAND PRESCHOOL
Coronado Unified School District’s state preschool program at Silver Strand Elementary still has a few spaces available. See if your family qualifies under the guidelines established by the California Department of Education (CDE).
Visit and apply: www.coronadopreschool.com

CAL FRESH FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS

College students could get up to $234 a month to help pay for groceries through the state's #CalFresh program. Many San Diego area college students last year reported being food insecure or not knowing where their next meal was coming from. If you have a student in college, tell them about help available through CalFresh. Students can find out if they qualify and apply for benefits today at https://www.getcalfresh.org/students.

COVID-19 VACCINES AVAILABLE TO THOSE 12 YEARS & OLDER

Safe, free, and effective COVID-19 vaccines are available to everyone age 12 and up. Take a step forward to help end this pandemic. Check for available appointments and book your vaccination as soon as you can.

Book an Appointment / Find a Walk-In Clinic: https://myturn.ca.gov/

Military Installation Appointments: https://informatics-stage.health.mil/COVAX/ (serving ages 12+)

PARENT EDUCATION VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS

Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) Parent Programs is offering a new series of Parent Education Virtual Workshops for military-connected parents and professionals who work in support of military-connected children.

- Identifying How Children Learn, September 14, 9 am

- Creating Strong Families, September 21, 9 am

- FAFSA and CSS Profile, September 29, 9 am

- Selecting the College That Fits, September 29, 9 am

Register: https://www.militarychild.org/webinars

Not available to attend the live webinar? Register at the links above to receive the recording. Plus visit the website to view recordings of previous webinars.

TWENTY MINUTES WITH TUTOR.COM

Tuesday, Sep 28, Oct 26, Nov 9, or Dec 7, Numerous times available

Attention Military Families: Did you know you have access to no-cost expert tutoring, online and on demand? Come learn about all the resources available to you and your family from Tutor.com/military—and ask us your questions live!—at an upcoming info session. Join the Tutor.com Military Support Team as we cover:

· How Tutor.com works

· Who is eligible to use it

· Who our tutors are

· Which subjects are available

· How to get started

· Answers to your questions, and more!

Register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/4428102078663859212

TUTOR.COM STUDENT SUCCESS WEBINAR SERIES

Tutor.com has a brand-new series of student success webinars, hosted by Tutor.com K-12 and higher education expert Dr. Amy Dietzman, covering topics on gaining confidence in school and overcoming test anxiety.

- How to Gain Confidence in Class - Friday, September 17, 9 am

Register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4276605868871296527

- Overcoming Test Anxiety - Friday, September 24, 9 am

Register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8688544709392289039

- How to Gain Confidence in Your Writing – Friday, October 1, 9am

Register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/705052352761952015

SCHOOL-BASED MILITARY FAMILY LIFE COUNSELORS

Your school-based MFLCs are here and ready to listen and provide feedback to support military students and parents through short-term, situational, problem-solving counseling sessions. MFLCs are also available to provide school-based support to school staff. Start your conversation today!

· Silver Strand Elementary, Marie Millard – 619-592-0093

· Village Elementary (TK-2nd), Kimberly La Sala – 619-816-0320

· Village Elementary (2nd-5th), Michele Alexander – 619-592-0609

· Coronado Middle School, Michele Dozier – 619-592-0821

· Coronado High School – 858-275-9428

· South Bay Union School District, Lisa Poli – 619-403-0686

· Silver Strand Youth Center, Kathryn Welsch – 619-373-2127

NMCRS INTEREST FREE LOANS AND GRANTS

The Navy Marine Corps Relief Society’s Education Assistance Program offers interest-free loans and grants for undergraduate or master's degree at an accredited 2- or 4-year post-secondary, technical or vocational institution in the United States. This financial assistance is available for children of active duty, retired or deceased Sailors and Marines; and for spouses of active duty and retired Sailors and Marines.

Details: https://www.nmcrs.org/pages/education-loans-and-scholarships

HOMESCHOOLING IN CALIFORNIA

Considering the idea of homeschooling your student(s) but have questions? The California Department of Education is a great place to start: https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/ps/homeschool.asp. You can also find answers with the Homeschooling Legal Defense Association. HSLDA is a non-profit advocacy organization available to help you make sense of the laws and understand your legal homeschooling rights: https://hslda.org/.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY FUN WITH MWR’S COMMUNITY RECREATION

MWR’s Community Recreation team is planning a full calendar of family-friendly events. Up next: Auto Skills Class, Superhero Challenge, Bark in the Park, Teddy Bear Clinic, Costume Design Class, Mandala Dotting Art, Oktoberfest, Hand Pottery, Wood Burning, Murder Mystery Dinner, Kid’s Music Day, Julian Farm Visit, Day Out with Thomas the Train, and SO much more. Check them out (and register) at https://sandiego.navylifesw.com/recreation/community-recreation. Follow MWR Community Recreation on Facebook and Instagram for the most up-to-date info: @NavyLifeNBC and @SanDiegoNavyCommunityRecreation

Info: 619-437-3028

HOT, HOT, HOT EVENTS:

· Teddy Bear Clinic: registered children receive a cuddly friend to help them learn from the Naval Hospital Balboa about basic health and first aid: https://runsignup.com/Race/CA/SanDiego/bearclinic

· EFMP Play Date & Networking Event: https://runsignup.com/Race/CA/Coronado/EFMPPlay

· Trunk or Treat (EFMP early access): https://runsignup.com/Race/CA/Coronado/TrunkorTreat21

MWR DIGITAL LIBRARY: OPEN 24/7

Enter a world of entertainment through the free, Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library. Cure cabin fever with an array of resources for adults, teens and children, including: E-books – Audiobooks -- Grade-level lesson plans – Movies -- Online tutoring -- Job interview simulations -- Car maintenance guides -- Legal forms -- Financial literacy tools

https://www.navymwrdigitallibrary.org/

WEEKLY ORGANIZATION SPOTLIGHT

There are numerous organizations who provide valuable assistance and resources to military families. Each week, I will highlight one such organization.

This week’s organization: United Through Reading, www.unitedthroughreading.org, info@utr.org

Every year, United Through Reading (UTR) connects tens of thousands of military families through the read-aloud experience, with positive effects on children and parents. Now, UTR brings the Story Station into the hands of every military family through your phone. Download the United Through Reading App today! It’s a fun, free, and secure way to stay connected through the read-aloud experience. Whether your service member is deployed or you would like to record a story for your kids to listen to and read while you take a few moments for self-care, I encourage you take time to connect with each other through the App. United Through Reading has a critical role in keeping military families connected and resilient while supporting the educational development and emotional wellness of military children.

The items in this email are 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.

NOTE: If links do not open directly, copy and paste the address into your browser. Be sure to remove the "https://no-click.mil/?" if it appears in the link.

Take care,

Mindy Hayes

School Liaison Officer

Naval Base Coronado

619-991-2509

www.navylifesw.com/slo

Connect your child with a Youth Sponsor: https://sandiego.navylifesw.com/fleet-family/child-youth-programs/youth-sponsorship-naval-base-coronado

Leaving San Diego?

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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: https://strand.coronadousd.net/.


Check out and "like" our Facebook page to see photos of student events and programs! https://www.facebook.com/Silver-Strand-Elementary-School-176775765849277/