Board Meeting Monday, June 6
4:00 by Zoom. Public Welcome. Agenda.
Meeting ID: 736 7169 2216 Password: 8jWxiJ
Reopening Plans Delayed
Friday, June 26: We were hoping to announce our reopening plans for 2020-21 today. However, we are sorry to report that Mr. Gross received new information this morning which requires us to update our plans again. We will be releasing our revised reopening plans as soon as we are able. We realize that this is frustrating for all.
June 19th Letter from Superintendents
This letter includes updates and community resources for families over the summer.
Free Youth Lunches all Summer
The Davenport Resource Services Center is making lunch available for free to all youth ages 18 or under. Pick up lunches Monday-Friday, 12:00-2:00 p.m. at the DRSC, 150 Church Street, Davenport. More Info
Also, there are free meals and food available throughout Santa Cruz County. Check out this map for more information. This link lists other food distribution options in Santa Cruz. Finally, there will be community food distribution at the Boardwalk July 3, 17, and 31 from 9:00-1:00. Please don't let yourselves or anyone you know go hungry this summer!
Extra Money for Food!
If you qualify for free or reduced price lunch, make sure you apply for pandemic-EBT. More information: English Spanish
GOOD NEWS - Improved Internet Access at School!
We now have a new fiber internet connection. The new connection has a capacity of 1Gb/s which is twenty times faster than we had with our old cable connection. Also, we will not begin paying for the internet costs until 2021 because a grant covered the costs of the upgrade.
Students and community members can access Pacific School's internet for free in two different ways:
From the school grounds
WIFI: PESD 2
From the parking lot across Highway 1 from Whale City Bakery
Letter from Mr. Gross
Dear Pacific School Families-
This has been a historic spring trimester, full of dramatic changes and unusual circumstances. We -- students, faculty, parents, staff -- could have allowed ourselves to surrender to the overwhelming drama, retreated to our shelters, and given up. But our community isn't one to submit too easily to the larger forces that swirl around us. Rather, we quickly assessed our options, sprang into action, and rapidly redesigned our school. It wasn't easy, and it wasn't flawless. But we did it. The summer is beginning with even more turbulence, as people protest racist violence even in the midst of a pandemic that is far from receding. Though school will be on hiatus for a few months, never has education (both formal and informal) been so relevant. Talk to your children about the world around them, appropriate to their developmental level. Let their questions and comments be your guide about how much or how little to share. Remind them that there are a lot of grown-ups who love them and will do their best to keep them safe. There are myriad things we can't control, but our community is our strength and whatever is going on in August when the next school year begins, it is our community that will make it work because our kids are worth it.
Eric Gross, Superintendent/Principal
Congratulations Sixth Graders!
Congratulations to all of our graduates. Please see the memo for access to the graduation website and video.
Welcome to 5th/6th Mr. Guerrero!
We are excited to announce that Dallas Guerrero will be joining our faculty! Mr. Guerrero will be taking over the 5th/6th-grade class as Ms. Cicchinelli departs to Wyoming for graduate school. Mr. Guerrero earned both his BA and his teaching credential from CSU Sacramento. While he did his student-teaching in kindergarten and worked in a preschool, he taught 6th-grade math and science in a middle school in Roseville, where he served in several leadership positions and initiated several after-school clubs for students. Reference checks revealed unanimous high praise, confirming the interview committee's impression as to its top choice. We hope to introduce him in person in August, but we're confident you'll be pleased even if you have to meet him virtually!
CalFresh (Food Stamps)
You or someone you know may now quality for CalFresh. Contact our friendly CalFresh Outreach Department for assistance.
or call: 831-662-0991. They are busy but not backlogged and are proud to report that they are keeping up with applications.
Public Notice of Budget and LCAP Hearings
How to Pay Your School Bills
Clearly label your check or cash with student, program, and invoice number if available. I.e. Student John Doe, Rec, Inv. #00123. Then mail your check (not cash) to this address:
Attn: Hillary Redding
P.O. Box H
Davenport, CA 95017
Please Read the Weekly Memo
The memo includes a wealth of updates, information, and resources. Please read it. Find it here: Memo Archive
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.
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.
The Pacific School Foundation is now an Amazon affiliate.
Visit pacificschoolfoundation.org and click the Amazon link and a portion of your purchases will be given to PSF at no additional cost to you. If you happen to forget when you visit Amazon, before your click checkout, you can visit the site and a portion of your purchase will be paid to support PSF your items if you put some in the cart will still be there. The checkout page will look like a regular Amazon page. As long as you have gone through the website, it should work. If you have family that shops on Amazon, they can also use the link and help the school.
Fundraising to support the school:
As much is unclear for next year, PSF Parents still need to fundraise money to support the school. We will look towards new ideas to raise money to support Music, the library, LifeLab, the theater arts and teacher grants. Thank you for your support and help in making Pacific School great! We are developing a list on how you can support the school through PSF. Keep an eye out for a signup.
Support the School Library!
Bookshop Santa Cruz is offering a new program that can help keep your school library updated with new books when your students return to school, which also helps support our local book store. You can purchase gift cards for the school library through Bookshop Santa Cruz now. Bookshop will keep track of how much money per school has been donated then present your library with a gift card for that amount.
Use the following website and select Pacific Elementary when you purchase your gift card: https://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/booksforschools
Parents’ Club Meetings 2019-20
June 2nd @ 5:30pm
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.
Pacific's COVID-Response Web Page
We have a new web page, where we will be keeping you posted about the planning process for next year. The memo still will be your best place for updates, but if you miss a memo or want an overview, go here.
Please use the 2020-21 School Calendar to plan your vacations during school holidays so your student can attend all 180 school days. NOTE: Despite coronavirus, no changes to the 2020-21 School Calendar are expected.
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.
Internet Access from Across Hwy 1
Internet access is available to the public in the parking lot across Highway 1 from the Whale City Bakery. The signal is called PacificElem and the password is student2020.
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
Census information English
Census Information Spanish
Questions Answered about the Census