Please use the 2017-18 School Calendar to plan your vacations during school holidays so your student can attend all 180 school days. Thank you. We now have the 2018-2019 School Calendar ready, so you can plan your summer!
MENU: The current Monthly FoodLab Menu can be found at the top of the Menu and Calendar page.
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For more school news, go to the News and Events Page.
Please come to the Independent Study Open Classroom & Information Night
on Friday, March 2nd, at 5:30 pm, just before the Student Short Film Festival and Formal Gala at 6pm.
We would love to meet new families that might be interested in joining us next year!
Hiring for Next Year: Candace has insisted on retiring, despite our best efforts to prevent her, and some of our 1-on-1 aides are going to graduate school. We will be hiring for both positions next year. The front desk/secretary position is posted here and the aide positions are posted here. To apply for either position, email your resume, cover letter, and 3 professional references to Superintendent Eric Gross, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please spread the word! The Pacific School staff are supportive and caring, and the setting is gorgeous.
Help for the School Play
We are looking for parent help in play rehearsals on Tuesday afternoons from 1pm to 3pm, as well as assistance with sets, costumes, & props. The Parents' Club could use help with coordinating sweatshirts, programs, refreshments, and ticket sales as well. To sign up, look for the signup sheet in the office starting on Monday, February 5th. The play performances will be on the 19th and 20th of April -- save the date!
Race to Nowhere Documentary
Reserve your tickets for this award winning documentary about how students feel pressured to achieve and how we can better support student health and well-being. Join us at Santa Cruz High Auditorium on Thursday, February 8 from 6:30-8:00 pm.
Race to Nowhere is a film that calls us to challenge current thinking about how we prepare our children for success. The film has become the centerpiece of a nationwide, grassroots movement for the transformation of education. Seven years after its initial release, Race to Nowhere continues to be an enduring touchstone for parents and educators seeking to make change in their school communities. Join us on Thursday, February 8 from 6:30-8 for a free screening of Race to Nowhere. Clink on the link below to view the trailer and reserve your free tickets.
Click on this link to view the e-postcard to reserve your tickets and learn more.
New Garden Instructor
We're excited to anno unce that we have hired an excellent new garden instructor! Sze-Wing Lau will be joining our staff in mid-February and Life Lab classes will resume in late February or early March. Ms. Lau has extensive garden and teaching experience and is very excited to be joining Pacific School.
New 1st-2nd Aide: Welcome to Gennesis Gean, the new Instructional Aide in the 1st/2nd-grade class. Gennesis is a UCSC student who is majoring in Global Economics with a minor in Education. She has worked as a Learning Assistant at Soquel High, an AVID Tutor in Santa Cruz City Schools, and a Coordinator for the Engaging Education program at UCSC. She is fluent in Spanish and English. One of her letters of recommendation for the position came from a professor at UCSC for whom Gennesis has worked. Dr. Kyle Robertson wrote, in part, "my daughter...is in that classroom and I would trust Gennesis to work with [her] and her classmates." What stronger recommendation can there be?
Board Meeting and Admissions Lottery, Tuesday Feb. 20, 4:00
Reminder: No Chorus Thurs, Feb. 22
Clam Chowder Cook-Off
FoodLab students will be competing in the Professional category at the Boardwalk's Annual Clam Chowder Cook Off Sunday, February 25th. The more people that vote for our chowder the more likely we will win a People's Choice Award! Come vote 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Parents' Club Corner
Buy Tickets Now for Pacific School's Art & Wine Festival! Friday, February 23, from 5:30-8pm at the Bonny Doon Tasting Room in Davenport.
Don't Want to Buy Tickets?
Help Out Instead!
Please volunteer to help with Pacific School's Art and Wine Festival! Email Kristin Heady, kekheady [at] gmail.com. This is a fun way to make a big difference to your school. Studies show that students with parents who volunteer for their school do better academically.
Parents' Club Calendar with Other Useful Info
Join Us In Making Our School Great!
Parents' Club meetings usually happen on the second Tuesday of the month at 5:30pm. (Note: Dates & locations may be subject to change)
February 13th- Santa Cruz Rosie McCanns
March 13th - Pacific School
April 10th- Santa Cruz Rosie McCanns
May 8th - Pacific School
June 5th- Santa Cruz Rosie McCanns
To find out more about Parents' Club, visit their Facebook Page. You can also join their Google Group to receive email updates about meetings, fundraisers, etc. To do so, visit the Google Group page and then click "Join Group to Post".
Amazon Smile Fundraiser
Do you shop on Amazon? Visit smile.amazon.com and type in "Ps The Foundation For Our Future" or simply use this URL: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/77-0279872. Select it just once, and then every time you shop on Amazon, use the smile.amazon.com website (instead of just amazon.com). Pacific School Foundation will be gifted 0.5% of your purchase totals. It really adds up!