October News

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Fall Learning In OCEAN

Students have been hard at work in their OCEAN classes. From projects on Africa to Tracking the Dragon Field trips, students are enjoying learning in person at OCEAN and working hard with their families at home. I am impressed with the stamina of students who are learning new math content and stretching their reading and writing skills with research projects.

Families can continue to support all students attending class and arriving on time. Class attendance is critical for students to make successful progress and get support from teachers. Students who must miss class should reach out to their teachers and check the google classrooms to keep up with missed learning.

Additionally, if a student will be absent and/or is experiencing cold/flu like symptoms please email oceanattendance@ptschools.org or call Sheana Walvatne at 360-379-4272. Please include the reason for the students absence as we are tracking absences due to illness.

Students cannot come to school with any symptoms listed on the COVID-19 Flowchart. Please review this chart in case your student comes down with any cold/flu like symptoms. If a student needs COVID testing to return to school after symptoms improve we are able to do a rapid test in the office so they do not miss additional days of school. Please request testing by reporting your student's symptoms at oceanattendance@ptschools.org or call Sheana Walvatne at 360-379-4272.

Finally, here is this month's teaching at home tip: Graphic Organizers are a tool that classroom teachers often use to help students organize their thinking and ideas. They can be useful for writing, reading comprehension, math, or just about anything. They can support a wide variety of learners. Below are two graphic organizers that I like to use with students of many ages: Hamburger Writing and Step-by-Step Math.

Our first OCEAN Family Resource Meeting is November 17, at 7pm via Zoom. I welcome all OCEAN families to join me. The focus will be hearing from OCEAN families about what is working, and visioning how we can strengthen and grow the OCEAN community and school. Bring your ideas and questions for an open conversation. We will have a little fun together too.


Sarah Rubenstein

OCEAN K-12 Principal

Pick up and Drop Off

Please walk to OCEAN for pick up and drop off from the Orchard side of the Blue Heron parking lot. Please do not walk across the playground side as Blue Heron students are having recess there during mid day pick up.

Please be aware of our voice volume at pick up since there are Blue Heron classrooms that are next to the OCEAN portables that often have windows open for improved ventilation.

Hiring a Leave Replacement Teacher

Teacher Molly has announced that she will be moving to England to teach with the Department of Defense. Her last day in OCEAN will be December 1. We will miss Molly and wish her the best of luck on her new adventure teaching special education preschool in Lakenheath, UK.

We have started the process of hiring a leave replacement teacher to take over Molly's classes and will let the OCEAN community know when the position is filled.

Upcoming Events

Picture Retakes, Thursday, October 28, 1-2pm at Blue Heron

Final State Testing Retakes, Friday, October 29, 8:30-11:30am

ORCA Meeting, November 4, 7-8:30pm

No School, Veteran's Day, Thursday, November 11

OCEAN Family Resource Meeting, Thursday, November 18, 7-8:30pm, Zoom link

Thanksgiving Break, No School, November 25-26


Congratulations to all those who weathered the elements and pedaled for the Bike-A-Thon to raise funds for OCEAN. Great community effort, everyone! Time now to get your weather friendly Halloween costume on. OCEAN families are invited to attend the “Trunk or Treat” at Blue Heron MS this Saturday, October 30th from 2-4pm. How will you be honoring Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, this year? Consider this valuable educational resource to appreciate the cultural significance and festive celebration.

Building community in Covid times calls for thoughtful planning and creativity. ORCA intends to host events throughout the school year to engage students and families in a variety of ways. We are striving to honor the range of needs among our learning community. Feedback is always welcome as we navigate this evolving terrain together.

Join us at one of the upcoming Zoom meetings as a way to build connections and co-create a positive learning experience. The November ORCA Community Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 4th, 5-6:30pm. Review the agenda, look for a separate email with the Zoom link, and contact ptorcaboard@gmail.com for more information. The OCEAN Family Resource Meeting provides connection with Principal Sarah Rubenstein and other OCEAN families to share hopes and dreams, express needs, get questions answered and deepen as a community; Thursday, November 18, 7-8:30pm (future Family Resource meetings February and May 2022).

Do you have ideas how your student and family can be better served and how our learning community can thrive? Look for a Family Survey in November to share your thoughts. Wishing for some exchange with other parents to support each other as we navigate teaching our kids at home? Look for invitations to “Parent Support Under the Tent” in front of Blue Heron MS. As the season turns, stay tuned for more opportunities to engage in ways that work for you and your family.

Zhaleh Almaee, ORCA Board President, on behalf of the ORCA Team

Kim Jacoban, Heather McRae-Woolf, Amber Jones, Bridgette Ramsey

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Guiding Good Choices Workshop - Fall 2021

Cost FREE, 5-week workshop hosted via Zoom

Dates/Times 6-8pm 5 evenings in November

either Mondays: 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29

OR Tuesdays: 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30

To register

contact Lindsay Scalf



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Love & Logic Parenting Class

Love & Logic Parenting Class Being Offered!

Please join us for a class on Parenting the Love and Logic Way. Love and Logic is a proven technique that has withstood over 40 years of testing in homes just like yours. The tools you will gain are simple and effective.

There will be 6 weekly sessions beginning on Tuesday November 9th

Where: The class will be taught via Zoom. We will send a link to your email when you sign up.

When: Once a week on Tuesdays, 6:30pm -8:30pm

November 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, and December 7th & 14th

Cost: $10 for the workbook

To Sign Up: Call the Salish Coast Office at 360-379-4535 or

email Chiarra Klontz at cklontz@ptschools.org or

Ellen Thomas at 360-379-4888 or ethomas@ptschools.org

Love and Logic Parenting:

  • With humor and care, we show adults how to discipline kids without losing their love and respect.

  • We focus on helping children develop personal responsibility, self-control and good decision making skills.

  • Unlike some approaches we don’t use complicated reward or punishment systems only focused on short-term compliance.

  • Instead, we focus on nurturing long-term relationships and reinforcing good character.

Questions? contact Peter Braden pbraden@ptschools.org or

Ellen Thomas ethomas@ptschools.org

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Port Townsend School District No. 50 does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, immigration status, national origin, age, honorably-discharged veteran or military status, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, marital status, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. The district provides equal access to the Boy Scouts of America and all other designated youth groups listed in Title 36 of the United States Code as a patriotic society. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator for State Law (RCW 28A.640/28A.642): Amy Khile, 1610 Blaine Street , (360) 379-4603, akhile@ptschools.org

Title IX Officer: Laurie McGinnis, 1610 Blaine Street, (360) 379-4602, lmcginnis@ptschools.org

Section 504/ADA Coordinator: Shelby MacMeekin, 1610 Blaine Street, (360) 379-4366, smacmeekin@ptschools.org

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