Quote of the Week: "Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." The Dalai Lama
Dear Ocean Shore Families,
I'm going to turn over my "mic" to Gitima this week. It's been a long time since I looked at the Pacifica School District Mission Statement, but I was struck by how much of it dovetails with the challenges that we are facing right now. Here is the heart of that statement. We believe that:
Right now, many of us are struggling with personal interactions. In order to better support our community, and encourage the practice of kindness (it IS a practice), over the next few weeks we will be rolling out a Kindness Campaign. Gitima is meeting with teachers to work out a few more details, but I wanted to share what we have so far. Stay tuned for more information.
Take care and keep reading!
Counselor's Corner: The era of COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented struggles, which have strengthened the need for compassion, empathy, and kindness at individual- and systemic-levels. The Ocean Shore School Community will be initiating a campaign to inspire students, teachers, and staff to engage in acts of kindness in their own unique ways - big and small. Teachers are excited about reading books and facilitating circles on the topics related to kindness such as respecting individual and cultural differences. Each class will further use the "Acts of Kindness" wheel to track the number of acts that the school community engages in to express kindness to self, family members, class peers, school community, society, and world at large. We at Ocean Shore will therefore use the Digital Citizenship to promote our students' socio-emotional wellbeing rooted in these words by a Peacebuilder, Daisaku Ikeda: "When we care for others our own strength to live increases. When we help people expand their state of life, our lives also expand. Actions to benefit others are not separate from actions to benefit oneself. Our lives and the lives of others are ultimately inseparable."
Kindergarten schedule changes: On Monday, our kindergarteners will be here until 2:00 pm.
Kindergarten Registration for 2022-23: Information about Kindergarten Registration and tours (virtual) will be coming next week.
Upcoming minimum days and Holidays: Friday, October 29th and Monday, November 1st will both be minimum days. Thursday, November 11th is Veteran's Day and school is closed.
Conferences: Conferences will be coming up the week of November 15th. Please contact your student's teacher to schedule an appointment. We will have a minimum day schedule all week.
DLG Book Club, this Monday @ 7:00 pm: Join us for the next meeting of the Diversity Learning Group (DLG) Book Club! We're reading the first three chapters of My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem. I'm putting in a personal plug. I'm getting so much out of reading these books, and listening to the insights of these amazing women. --Jeanne Zoom link is here.
JUHSD High School Open Houses: Please see the attached flier for information. Registration information will be coming soon to their website: https://www.juhsd.net/Page/2003.
Additional fliers attached: San Mateo flu shot clinics, PNLL Baseball, PGSL softball, Slam Poetry event TONIGHT at OSS, JUHSD high school tours, Social/Emotional Learning parent nights.
Principal of Ocean Shore. Check back here for weekly updates and messages from the principal.