School News and Events for February 2017
Upcoming Art & Wine Fundraising Event
Join us at the Bonny Doon Vineyard on February 24th, 5:30 – 8:00 pm, for an evening of Art & Wine for Pacific School brought to you by Pacific School Parent's Club (PSF).
Pacific Preschool Open House
Wednesday, March 15th, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Pacific Preschool is the ideal first step into Pacific Elementary. Our preschool offers a rich, hands-on learning environment and a flexible schedule. With 3-,4-, or 5-day attendance options, the preschool meets a variety of family needs. We also offer FREE tuition for income-qualifed families.
Questions? Interested? Call Molly at 831-425-7002 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. More information online at www.pacificesd.org/preschool.
School News, Events, and Updates
The next meeting will be on Wednesday, February 15th, 5:30pm at Pacific School and you're invited to join.
Along with Valentine’s Day, February marks American Heart Month, a great time to commit to a healthy lifestyle and make small changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health. Take on the February Wellness Challenges from Ms. Emelia...
Melissa Wedlock will be teaching a series of Worldanz fitness classes as a fun, heart-rate-raising fundraiser!
Did you know?
School Hours: Arrival and Departure: "The playground is open at 8:35 a.m. Children should not arrive before 8:35 a.m., as supervision can not be provided. Preschool children should arrive at 8:30 a.m. and must be accompanied to and from school by adults. All students should walk home or be picked up promptly upon dismissal, unless they are enrolled in our After Care or After School Recreation programs. Students who are not picked up promptly will be automatically enrolled in After Care or After School Recreation and parents will be charged for their care."
Snacks and School Lunches: School Lunches: "Pacific School is extremely proud of its award-winning school lunch program. School lunches are prepared fresh from scratch each day and feature organic and local ingredients as much as possible. Students are encouraged to participate in the nutritious school lunch program and may purchase school lunches on a monthly basis at $70 for 20 lunches ($3.50 per lunch) paid in advance. ALL FAMILIES are requested to please complete the CONFIDENTIAL application for free or reduced price ($0.40) meals. Doing so will not hurt the finances of the school and allows us to have accurate information about our student body when applying for grants and government programs. The free and reduced price lunch application form is provided to all students at the beginning of the year and may also be obtained at any time from the school website (http://www.pacificesd.org/forms-for-families.html) or in the school office. Parents may purchase a school lunch for $5.00 per lunch paid in advance at the school office. Students may also bring healthy lunches from home. Children may not bring candy or sodas to school. Lunchtime for all students is part of our curriculum as children sit with a staff member and practice table manners. Students also learn about nutrition at this time."
Snacks and School Lunches: Snacks and the Wellness Policy: "The Pacific School District Governing Board has adopted a Wellness Policy that addresses nutrition education, physical activity, environmental education, and student wellness. It establishes nutritional guidelines for the food served at school, including snacks and birthday treats. Food and beverages donated to school parties and school events shall be subject to the same nutritional guidelines as sold foods. Parents and staff are encouraged to provide snacks that are consistent with the goals of the policy. Each class will send home a list of appropriate snack foods, and parents will receive wellness information on a regular basis through the school memo. The full Wellness Policy can be found on the school website under Governance; Plans & LCAP ."
Parent/Community Activities: Classroom Volunteers: "We are eager to have parents volunteer in our classrooms, either on a regular basis or a one-time basis to discuss or demonstrate a particular interest or talent. Some parents who volunteer on a regular weekly basis may listen to individual children read and generally assist the classroom teacher. If you are interested, contact your classroom teacher. You must sign and adhere to the guidelines in the Volunteer Confidentiality Agreement (found on our website here: http://www.pacificesd.org/forms-for-families.html )"
Questions? Be sure to consult the updated Family Handbook.
End Parent/Child Control Battles
Join us at Pacific School on Monday, February 6, 6:00 - 7:30pm, for an evening special event for parents with Psychotherapist and Author Neil D. Brown, LCSW (www.neildbrown.com). Are you struggling with your child or pre-teen's behavior? Has life become an endless Parent-Child struggle? You are not alone! Parent/child control battles---end them and move forward again. This enjoyable and high-impact talk will help parents identify, understand, and resolve parent/child control battles. Sign up at the school office.
Adult Lunchtime Procedures
Those of us in the FoodLab kitchen are thrilled to see so many people enjoying our student-created lunches! Thank you for choosing to eat here.
For those new families just joining us and for those who need reminding, I would like to share with you our adult lunchtime procedures.
Pacific Elementary officially joins other businesses and organizations who are celebrated for operating in an environmentally friendly manner. We are officially recognized as a school for our efforts in conserving energy and water, minimizing waste, preventing pollution, and shrinking our carbon footprint. Great job, everyone! Thank you for making a difference.
Santa Cruz Music Event
This year, the music program at Pacific School has been invited to participate in the Young Ensemble Showcase, which will be hosted on Saturday, February 11 at Santa Cruz High School from 9am-1pm. The marimba students will be performing at this event this year. This is a great opportunity for our young musicians to get out there in the community and perform, see performances of their peers and attend music related workshops. An informational flyer is attached if you are interested in attending.
~Kristin Allen-Farmer, Music Educator, Pacific School
A special note of thanks to John Fisher and all the movie-makers (and movie-watchers). Thanks to all of you, the first annual student film festival at Pacific Elementary was a fantastic success. If you missed the Pacific School debut of these filmmakers, you can watch their creations here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZi416p2b-N3QDhFxAALpcqexdY8jpsHB. See you on the big screen next year!
CA Thursdays Collective Action Day guest, Angela Gile from Assemblyman Mark Stone's office, came to visit. Students prepared presentations on what nutrition means to them and what FoodLab means to them and their community. Thanks to Musa, Noah, Ryder, Zephyr, Raina, and Ruby Higgins for their amazing presentations!
What's for lunch?
Check out our February Lunch Menu now online at http://www.pacificesd.org/foodlab.html.
Annual Grandparents' Tea in the Garden
Calling all grandparents! Mark your calendars and plan to join us on April 24 and 25th to enjoy tea-time in the Pacific School LifeLab Garden! .
A special thank you to parents, grandparents, and Davenport community members who are helping fix and maintain our buildings and surrounding environment: Sinclair Wilkinson, Andy Wilson, Andy Egger, Dustin Keller, Grandpa Timo, Leanne Salandro, Don Croll, John Fisher, Patrick Salandro, Ryan Judson, and Bill Henry. Thank you!
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