School News and Events for October 2016
Pacific Elementary School's Farm-to-Table Dinner 2016
We are delighted to invite you to the 6th annual Farm-to-Table Dinner --– a benefit for the FoodLab program of Pacific Elementary School. The event is Saturday, October 15th, 2016, 5pm-8pm. Purchase your tickets by credit card or check (checks made out to 'Pacific Elementary School' and 'FoodLab' in the memo area).
School News, Events, and Updates
Halloween at School
PARADE: It's time for the annual Halloween Parade! Join us on Monday, October 31st in the school yard immediately following our morning announcements. Students are encouraged to wear costumes to school that day, families and friends are invited to stay and see the parade of costumes.
COSTUMES: When choosing a costume to wear at school, remember no costumes that would promote violence (i.e. no weapons, guns, swords, make-up portraying gore, etc.). Also, in light of recent events, we do not recommend clowns. This keeps it fun and safe for everyone. Students may choose to wear regular school clothes and change in and out of their costume for the parade. Bring a change of clothes that day since a costume might be too big, bulky, or otherwise uncomfortable for a student to wear all day at school.
Free Money for the School
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On the menu...
The October lunch menu is now available online. The schools' fresh and wholesome school lunches cost $3.50 per lunch for students; adults, $5 per lunch. Thank you for purchasing your lunches in advance---make sure you've paid for October's lunches. Children are encouraged to participate in the school lunch program, but may also bring lunches from home.
Swanton Pacific Ranch local beef is now on the menu at Pacific School. Read more about their grass-fed beef spranch.calpoly.edu/.
Fall 2016: World Music Ensemble
Immerse your child in a sonic adventure of music from around the world! Sign up for the World Music Ensemble series with music teacher Kristen Allen-Farmer. Students will learn to play Brazilian samba, Shona style marimba music, and swing music. The ensemble will utilize the barred Orff instruments, marimba, drum set, piano, surdos, bells and other percussion instruments. Our series will culminate in a performance.
Did you know?
Parent/Teacher Communication: "Communication between parents and teachers is of the utmost importance. Please help us to know you by asking questions, voicing concerns, or visiting after class. It is also extremely useful to let your teacher know if there are any changes or situations at home which may be affecting your student at school. This information will be kept confidential, but it can allow teachers and staff to have greater sensitivity to your child's particular situation. Formal parent/teacher conferences are scheduled two times during the school year in order to review each child’s academic and social growth. The November conferences are for all students, and the spring conferences are on an as-needed basis. Parents are welcome to visit the classrooms in session, but an appointment for such visits should be made ith your child’s teacher, in advance."
Lost & Found: "Please mark your child’s clothing with his/her name. Lost and found clothes are placed on the Lost & Found rack outside the school office. Please check it regularly. Unclaimed clothing will be donated to charity several times each school year."
School Programs: Life Lab Program: "Project Life Lab is Pacific School's gardening program, where the children learn nutrition and natural science in an integrated curriculum with gardening activities. Thanks to generous funding from Pacific School’s Parents’ Club and various grants and fundraisers, Life Lab is directed by John Fisher and assisted by Trish Hildinger. Students in most classrooms participate in weekly Life Lab activities. You can learn more about the Life Lab Program at: www.pacificschoollifelab.com."
School Expectations and Rules: Expectations within School Buildings: "Students walk and use quite voices inside. Students should use bathrooms appropriately. Students must obtain permission to use the phone, classroom or library computers, or to be inside during recess. Students must obtain permission AND have direct adult supervision to be in the kitchen, janitor’s room, supply closets, staff room, or to access the Internet."
Questions? Be sure to consult the updated Family Handbook.
Movie Night: October 28th
Please join us for Movie Night on Friday, October 28th. Our feature film will be Goosebumps (rated PG) in the MU if there's rain...
Next Wednesday, October 26, the 4th, 5th and 6th grade will host an informal Halloween Concert for their parents and caregivers in the new Multi-Purpose Room at Pacific School. All cellists, violinists and marimba players will be presenting pieces. Please arrive at 12:30 for a concert that will run approximately from 12:45-1:05. IS families are invited to attend even if your child is not involved in an instrument.
Dress Code: Your child may wear either their regular school attire or their Halloween costume.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child's music teacher directly:
Renata Bratt: firstname.lastname@example.org
Astrid Huala: email@example.com
Kristin Allen-Farmer: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you! We look forward to seeing you there!
Potato Night is coming...
Join us on Friday, November 4th, 5:30 - 7:30pm for a night of family fun including a potato-themed potluck and revelry --- it's a silly notion, a fun evening, and a Pacific School Tradition. Come celebrate starchy tubers! We'll eat potatoes, decorate potatoes, and play games featuring... you guessed it! potatoes.
Join the Wellness Committee
Our first Wellness Committee meeting will take place October 26th from 1pm to 2pm. Parents, community members, staff, and students are all invited to attend. We are asking members for a commitment of five, one-hour meetings every other month. We will be discussing ideas such as developing Field Day where the entire school is involved, non-food-based fundraiser ideas for Parent’s Club and others, incorporating more yoga into P.E., creating a more peaceful lunchroom environment, and creating a family nutrition education class. We have a lot to work on, so please join us in the conversation if you are available. Contact FoodLab Coordinator Emelia Miguel for more information. Thanks!
To meet the requirements of a state grant, preschool will be OPEN these two Fridays when the rest of the school is closed:
A great team of volunteers arrived on Saturday, October 1st for our School Work Day and managed to complete an amazing amount of work on all the projects we had on the docket for the day! Thanks to these fantastic volunteers plus Big Creek Lumber, Benjamin Riordan Building & Design, and Groundswell Coastal Ecology for installing a significant portion of the new retaining wall, clearing out hundreds of weeds, propagating thousands of plants, and most importantly—for the wonderful camaraderie and fun!
Parents' Club Updates
Drive For Schools raised $5100 for Parents' Club. These funds go towards aides, classroom grants, theatre, music, and more... Thanks to EVERYONE for your participation! Parents' Club is also looking for the following:
Pacific School in the news...
School Award: Quality happens here! Pacific Elementary recognized for our participation in the Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge.
Stacey Reynolds recognized: Congratulations to preschool teacher Stacey Reynolds. Stacey Reynolds will be recognized as the "Early Educator of the Year" at the Central Coast Early Care and Education Conference on October 8th, at Cabrillo College. Learn more about this conference (PDF, English and Spanish).
Life Lab in the News: Happy to report on John Fisher, Pacific Elementary's Life Lab Director. A recent Santa Cruz Sentinel article discussed how food gardens instill good nutritional habits in children and are valuable teaching tools."Life Lab’s 'Plant It, Grow It, Eat It!' Workshop held Friday the 14th at the UC Santa Cruz Farm taught garden-enhanced nutrition education for elementary and middle schools. Participants included 25 garden educators and parent volunteers from schools and nonprofits across the country, including one educator from Brazil." Read more...
Good job, John! Thank you for the inspiring work you do---both at our school and for educators everywhere.
Drive for Schools
Win a new car or $25,000 cash. Tickets are available now and 100% of proceeds go directly to Pacific Elementary School.
This is an amazing opportunity to have a chance at getting a new car or some cash AND help gain financial support for Pacific School. Stop in at the office and get more tickets if you sell out. Good luck and thank you.
Lunchtime Safety: Please keep all children under the age of 7 (including babies and toddlers) safe by making sure they stay off the big playground during the hours 12:30 -1 PM. If you are staying for lunch, please have your children stay with you while while you eat either in the lower grades lunchroom or at the tables on the ocean side of the building. Our goal is to keep everyone safe during recess.
National School Lunch Week: It's national school lunch week! Join us for a celebratory school lunch soon (pay in advance in the school office). Yum!
People and trucks needed
Saturday, October 22 from 9-10:30am, we will meet at Peace United Church, 900 High St, SC, fill our vehicles, drive back to school and empty all into the MU room. Three trucks will make this a one trip effort but we will do as much as we can in a single trip with the vehicles available. Thank you! Questions or an alternative time when you can help---email Candace at email@example.com.
More news and upcoming events
Keeping up-to-date with school events and happenings is easier than ever. We have a new calendar on the school website at http://www.pacificesd.org/calendar.html.
Add us to your smart phone or tablet and always be in-the-know, automatically updated on date changes and new calendar items. Learn how to integrate our calendar electronically here: https://support.google.com/calendar/answer/151674?hl=en.
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