School News and Events for August 2016
School Garden and Grounds Work Days
We need volunteers to help with a variety of garden and school yard tasks. We will be digging and re-gopher wiring garden beds, pulling weeds, painting signs, installing lawn irrigation, building trellises, trying to move a shed, and more! All ages welcome.
Join us Sunday, August 14th and Friday, August 19th from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. for a Pacific Elementary workday.
All people big and small are invited. We have many projects to get the school safe, tidy, and functional such as: Spreading wood chips, setting up our tether-ball poles, removing trash and sticks from school yard, removing mold causing dirt from side of building, weeding, removing a fence, and moving a shed. If that doesn't keep us busy there is plenty more to do in the school garden such as seeding, flower cutting, and potting things up.
8/14/16 Workday - Irrigation finished, weeded over 5 bins of green waste, dirt removed from side of buildings, and wood chipping. Thanks to all those helped!
Life Lab Garden Program Update
Thanks to family summer volunteers the garden is looking better than ever. Other great news is that Pacific Elementary received a $1,000 Organic Agriculture Education grant to install a fruit orchard, more details to come. Last year's garden teacher Trish Hildiner will be returning this year. Garden classes will begin in September. The fall garden is booming with popcorn, dry beans, winter squash, tomatoes, lettuce, tomatillos, and LOADS of flowers. Look for flower bouquet sales to support our garden in the weeks to come.
Registration and First-Day-of-School Preparation
Registration Day, August 23rdWe have all necessary registration forms (which must be returned before the 1st day of school) available online. We've also included welcome letters from staff members and other information for your review.
Paper copies of registration packets will be available in the office but we are encouraging as much online submission as possible.
Two forms can be submitted automatically--Field Trip Driver form and Emergency form. NOTE: ALL STUDENTS must have a completed emergency form before attending school. Other forms can be printed and brought in or scanned and emailed.
Please come to the school office, 8:30am-1:30pm, to pay bills for lunches, preschool, and after school programs (Rec and Care). Thank you for your prompt attention.
First Week of School Checklist:
Classroom Visits: August 23rd
Join us Tuesday, August 23rd, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. for classroom visits. This is an hour when students and parents can visit the school, see their teachers, classmates, and meet new students. It is a restricted hour of visiting since teachers are busy preparing for the the first day of school.
First Day of School
The first day of school for students is Wednesday, August 24th. The Parents’ Club will host a Welcome Back Coffee in the morning from 9:00-9:30 on the blacktop. Please stop by after you drop off your student/s.
Before-school supervision begins at 8:35 am each day. DO NOT, under any circumstances, drop off your child before 8:35am, as we will not have staff on the playground before that time.
School News, Events, and Updates
We have two new teachers: Ms. Hettenhausen will be teaching the 3rd/4th grade class and Ms. Cicchinelli will be teaching the 5th/6th grade class. We are excited to welcome these new staff members to our school!
Pacific Schools' fresh and wholesome school lunches cost $3.50 per lunch for students, and many children may qualify for free or reduced price meals (information about the free or reduced price meal program is available in the school office). Children are encouraged to participate in the school lunch program, but may also bring lunches from home.
Save the Date: Annual Farm-To-Table
The annual Farm-To-Table Fundraising Event is scheduled for October 15, 2016 at Green Oaks Farm. Mark your calendars and join this fun, informative, and delicious event.
Volunteering and Fundraising
Pacific Elementary is the smallest and least-funded school in Santa Cruz County. We are also one of the most popular! Parent, family, and community support is crucial to our success. Volunteering is also an interesting, meaningful way to learn about the school and meet the variety of people in the school community. There are a myriad of ways to support Pacific School that fit any schedule, any budget:
Hiring Two Aides
Pacific Elementary is hiring for two aide positions, one four mornings per week (no benefits), and one 5 days per week (70% benefits). More details here:
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.
Openings in Preschool, 4th-6th IS, and 5th-6th 5-day Programs
We have openings for the 2016-17 school year in Preschool, the fifth-sixth 5-day classroom, and 4th, 5th, and 6th independent studies students. Please spread the word about our amazing school and its unique opportunities such as small class sizes with aides, LifeLab, FoodLab program, school play, field trips, etc.
Little Free Library at Pacific School
You may notice a file cabinet in front of the office that is painted school colors. This is our Little Free Library! If you open the drawers you will see that they are filled with books of all kinds.
The purpose of this library is to provide books to the community even when the school library is closed or the bookmobile is not here. If you see a book you want to read, please take it! When you are finished, return it and take another book, or pass it on to a friend. Please use this library and keep it filled with great books!
Pacific School Ladies' Night
You're invited to kick off the school year right with a night of drinks, nibbles, and good times! The first week of school will be done - and it'll be time to think about YOU! Come join fellow Pacific School moms (past, present and future) for a drink (or many), swap summer and first week stories, and get ready to face the school year in style. Any and all ladies who are fans of Pacific School are welcome. ALL proceeds go to Pacific School Parent's Club.
When: Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: Home of Cari Napoles (482 Swanton Road, Davenport, CA 95017)
Community News and Events
Health Coverage For All Children Regardless of Immigration Status
Last year, California passed legislation that allows all low-income undocumented children and youth under nineteen years of age to enroll in full-scope Medi-Cal. Medi-Cal coverage will provide previously ineligible undocumented children access to the full array of health care services they need to stay healthy and ready to learn.
The expansion of full-scope Medi-Cal to undocumented children begins on May 16, 2016. Families should apply for restricted-scope Medi-Cal for their children as soon as possible. Children who are enrolled in restricted-scope Medi-Cal (also known as emergency Medi-Cal) will be automatically enrolled into full-scope Medi-Cal when the expansion begins on May 16, 2016.
Download more information and full details (PDF, English and Spanish).