Voyager Family News

Week of March 9, 2020

Strand Spotlights and Info:

Don't forget to set your clocks one hour forward on Sunday!!


News and Updates:


  • The CSF Telethon is COMING SOON on Wednesday, March 18th from 5-9 PM at the CHS Theatre. SSES will feature our Voyager Band, TK/Kindergarteners singing, and Staff dancing live on stage that evening! Please support by attending and/or making a donation to support our VAPA, Innovation, and other special programs!

  • Silver Strand Luau (our biggest family party/fundraiser) is coming (April 24!) Sign up to volunteer here!

  • Earthquake Drill: We will have a brief earthquake drill on Monday morning, during which students will "drop, cover, and hold on." We will not evacuate for this drill.

  • Healthy Snacks: Students generally benefit from a balance of snacks that include fruit and protein. High-carb, sugary snacks may affect your child's energy, fatigue, and focus.

  • This week’s theme is SPRING! Spring is about growth and renewal. It’s never too late for a fresh start. Let’s find opportunities to reset and bloom!

Help Prevent the Spread of Respiratory Diseases


Dear CUSD Parents and Guardians,

We are continuing to closely monitor the coronavirus (now named COVID-19) situation. Currently, County health officials report there are only two known cases of coronavirus in San Diego County. We are monitoring the changes daily and will provide updates as they come available.

You may be aware that the disease has spread to other countries and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued new travel warnings with increased concern for South Korea, Japan, and Italy. Travel warnings for China have not changed, and the CDC has lowered their level of concern for travel to Hong Kong and Taiwan. Additional detail about these warnings can be found on the CDC website.

The CDC also recently shared that the coronavirus almost certainly will begin spreading in communities in the United States, and Americans should begin preparations now. We are working with county school and health officials to establish protocols for schools in the event that coronavirus does spread in San Diego. More information will be shared as this plan develops. In the meantime, current information about the coronavirus is available on the CDC and County of San Diego/Health and Human Services websites.

As a reminder, if your child is sick, please keep them home from school. To help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the coronavirus and flu, follow these important tips:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
      • Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional.
      • Get vaccinated every year.

Additionally, the California Department of Public Health does not recommend the use of face masks for general prevention and says that handwashing provides better protection from infectious diseases.


The Coronado Unified School District will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary. If you have questions about these topics, please contact CUSD Office of Student Services at 619.522.8900 x 1032. We thank you for your cooperation and support.

Sincerely,

Niamh Foley

CUSD Director, Student Services

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Calendar Events

This Week and Next:

Sat 3/7: SSES/VES Family Movie Night "Abominable" @ Village playground 5:30 PM dinner; 6:15 movie

Sun 3/8: "Spring Ahead": Set clocks forward one hour

Mon 3/9: Earthquake Drill

Wed 3/11: School Site Council Meeting in SSES Library, 3 PM

Thurs 3/12: 2nd Grade Zoo Field Trip

Fri 3/13: 5 PM at CMS: Band&Choir Boosters Spaghetti Dinner


And Beyond:

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)

Wed 4/8: 8:45-9:30 AM Middle School Electives Assembly for 5th Graders @CMS

Thurs 4/9: General PTO meeting at SSES, 8:30 AM

Fri 4/10-Mon 4/13: District Holiday/No School

Tues 4/21: CMS Parent/New Student Orientation (5th Graders), 6:30 PM @CMS

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

Wed 5/13: 5th Grade Families invited to CMS Spring Faire Open House, 5:30-7 PM

Fri 5/15: CMS Orientation and Tour for 5th Graders, 9:30-11 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

2020 Census Worker Opportunity in Coronado

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 (our biggest family party/fundraiser) is coming (April 24!) Sign up to volunteer here!


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.


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
Email: silverstrandpto@gmail.com
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.

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After-School Enrichment Clubs

Clubs are in session!


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.

Coronado Schools Foundation Events & Updates

The CSF Telethon is COMING SOON on Wednesday, March 18th from 5-9 PM at the CHS Theatre. SSES will feature our Voyager Band, TK/Kindergarteners singing, and Staff dancing) all performing live on stage that evening! Please support by attending and/or making a donation to support our VAPA, Innovation, and other special programs!
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BUS POLICIES & INFORMATION

Some reminders for families of SSES students who ride the bus (Cays residents only):


  • Parents and guardians are responsible for their children up to the moment they board the bus, and as soon they disembark. Behavior at the bus stops is responsibility of parents/guardians.
  • A parent/guardian or responsible person designated by parent/guardian must meet ALL kindergarteners and students with special needs at the DOOR of the bus (not in vehicles) when it arrives at the bus stop after school in the Cays.
  • The bus driver will not open doors after closing them for departure to accommodate late passengers. Thank you for your understanding.
  • Guests and friends who are not Cays residents and registered bus riders may not ride the school bus.
  • For more information about bus policies and applications, click here.

Emerald Keepers Environmental Non-Profit News and Events


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:

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.

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!

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 (kelley.englehart@coronadousd.net) 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

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: 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/