School Closed During Spring Break
School will be closed April 6-10 for spring break. Transforming so many school processes in such a short amount of time has taken a tremendous effort. The Pacific School staff have risen to the occasion, but now they need a break. Please do not expect distance learning activities, check-in calls, or responses to email during this week, so that all staff can rest and catch up with other obligations.
How to Pay Your School Bills
IMPORTANT FIRST STEP: Clearly label your check or cash with student, program, and invoice number if available. I.e. Student John Doe, Rec, Inv. #00123. Then you have two options:
Best option: Mail your check (not cash) to this address:
Attn: Hillary Redding
P.O. Box H
Davenport, CA 95017
Alternative option: Deliver your cash or check to the school office between 11:00 and 1:00 Tuesdays, starting April 14. You can also drop off your library books at the school office and get lunch at the DRSC at that time. There will be an envelope outside for money and a bin for books. Hillary will be present to collect money and will email receipts. Please maintain appropriate social distancing.
Start Making Films Now - Due Monday, April 20
All students are encouraged to make a film for Pacific School's Socially Distanced Film Festival, Thursday, April 23! Films will be compiled and released for families to watch on Thursday followed by a Zoom meeting for film makers to discuss their process, answer questions, and receive fun awards! This is a great project to work on while sheltering in place. Films should be 3 minutes maximum, non-malicious, and non-violent. More Information.
April FoodLab Menu
Important Note: DRCS will continue serving lunches during spring break, 11:00-1:00.
Meals are free for ALL children ages 18 or below. Parents/guardians may pick up meals for their children. Available between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. every school day at the Davenport Resources Services Center, 150 Church Street, Davenport. If you live in Santa Cruz, use this map to determine meal pick-up locations and times.
How to Return Books and Keep Reading
If your kids are done with the school library books that they brought home recently, please bring them back to the school. We will have a library book collection box out on Tuesdays starting April 14, between 11-1 in front of the school office. You can come with your books, pay your school bills, and get lunch from the Resource Center at the same time!
While the school library is closed for checking out additional books, Doña has put together a list of reading resources you can use right now.
Please Read the Weekly Memo
The memo includes a wealth of updates, information, and resources. Please read it. Find it here: Memo Archive
School Closed through June
Please see the following announcements from the County of Santa Cruz.
Letter to Parents from Superintendents 4/1
Shelter in Place Order Extended to at least 5/3
Wireless Internet Options
These are two wireless ISP companies that may be able to provide coverage to your house if you live in some of the more remote areas of Santa Cruz County's north coast. Pacific Elementary does not endorse these or any other companies; rather we are just trying to make sure that all students can access their online schooling options.
Ridge Wireless: https://www.ridgewireless.net/
Resources During School Closures
The Santa Cruz County Office of Education has launched a website with resources for distance learning. Also, check out this amazing list of free online educational resources.
How to talk to kids about coronavirus
Free children's ebook about coronavirus
Need help of any kind?
Start by calling 211. They can help you get connected with what you need. English Spanish
Useful information in English and Spanish.
FREE Internet Options
Check out these options if you need Internet access.
Schedule and Routine are Helpful
Kids and adults need schedules and routines. Consider implementing one at home. Here's one example.
By 9:00 Up, dressed, breakfast eaten
10:00-10:30 Exercise, PE
10:30-11:00 Fix snack, eat outside
11:00-12:15 Science, Social Studies, etc.
12:15-1:00 Fix lunch, eat outside, clean up
1:00-2:30 Reading and writing
2:30-3:30 Music, art, make film, be creative
3:30-4:30 Free time if done with schoolwork
4:30-5:00 Walk, run, bike, play outside
5:00-6:00 Chores, clean room, help fix dinner, etc. perhaps while listening to music, audiobooks, or educational podcasts
Be Counted for Your School!
This button leads to a video in which Mr. Gross explains the importance of participation in the U.S. Census for school funding.
Parents' Club Info.
Blaze Pizza cancelled fundraising activities. To join the April Parents' Club Meeting use Zoom:
Time: Apr 14, 2020 5:30 PM
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 696 555 4182
Parents' Club needs a treasurer, or two parents to be co-treasurers. It's not a hard job. If you might be interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know. Thanks! Samantha
Raise Money by Shopping at New Leaf
Shop at New Leaf? Get a New Leaf gift card and Parents' Club will get 5% of your purchases. More information.
Parents’ Club wants to welcome you!
Be informed about all the events this year by printing out the "Year at a Glance 2019-20".
Follow the Parents’ Club on Facebook for up to date events: PS The Foundation for our Future. https://www.facebook.com/psfparentclub/
Parents’ Club Meetings 2019-2020
April 14th @ 5:30pm Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 696 555 4182
May 12th @ 5:30pm
June 2nd @ 5:30pm
Dates of Fundraisers and Events
Popcorn Wednesdays - Every Wednesday, Parents’ Club sells popcorn for $1 per bag. It’s made with organic popcorn and oil. A student favorite.
Art and Wine Event - Converted to online auction
Bingo Night - May 8 - a Family friendly event, with raffle, bingo and grand prize of Disneyland tickets
Grandparent's Day in the Life Lab - May 15 - a day in LifeLab that welcomes your family and friends
4th of July - a Community event
Please use the 2019-20 School Calendar and the 2020-21 School Calendar to plan your vacations during school holidays so your student can attend all 180 school days. (Wasn't that a nice thought? Or just stay home because of coronavirus.)
Missed a memo? Find it here: Memo Archive
MENU: The current lunch menu can be found at the top of the Menu and Calendar page.
Subscribe to the Pacific Elementary mailing list. We also encourage you to join the Pacific School Facebook Page and the Parents' Club Facebook Page.
The company that makes the weather station (Ambient Weather) at the school has added a new service for viewing the information in a web page. It's called Ambientweather.net and has a large graphical display with no ads! Click here for the link!
The Santa Cruz Public Library Bookmobile in Davenport
The Bookmobile visits every other Monday at 2:30 p.m. Everyone should have a library card-you can get a card for yourself or a child at the bookmobile! Visit the Bookmobile soon and raise a reader.
Census Workers Urgently Needed! $20-$22 Per Hour
The census is very important to Pacific Elementary, as well as to the community as a whole. An accurate count could result in tens of thousands of dollars in annual funding that we don't currently receive. There are many reasons that people don't participate in the census, but many of those reasons can be mitigated by a census worker who is known in the community and trusted by the people who might otherwise avoid participating. If you or someone you know would like to help with the census, please see this information: English or Spanish