Quote of the week: "Start by keeping kindness at the forefront of your mind in everything that you do. You never know the impact that your words could make, maybe even for years to come." --Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dear Ocean Shore Families,
We are all still under a great deal of stress, and Omicron has made life more complicated for everyone. However, there seems to be light at the end of that tunnel, and I'm happy to report that we only had one positive pool in our PCR testing this week. When we tested that class this morning, none of the students were positive. It's evident from the information we gather from families that have a positive result that our safety procedures are working and that the virus is not spreading at school.
In other news, we celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday on Tuesday by listening to a short recorded excerpt from his "Where do We go from Here?" speech, and being led in song by Jason and Jonathan on guitar playing "This Little Light of Mine." Of course, all of this was on Zoom, and we had a few technical difficulties at first. However, soon the sound of kids singing could be heard in the hallways, including the new verse Jonathan wrote last year that includes a remembrance of Patty and Sean. I thought about them on Monday, and how they were so positive. Both of them were very careful with their words and valued the inspirational words of others. I think of them often as I'm choosing my quote of the week and as I'm writing this letter. They, like Dr. King, continue to motivate and inspire me to be a better educator and a better person, to choose my words wisely and with care.
" We'll carry Sean's hope./I'm gonna let it shine./We'll spread Patty's love./I'm gonna let it shine./The future is in our hands./I'm gonna let it shine./ Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!"
Have a wonderful weekend!
I will be out the week of January 24th-30th with unreliable internet access, and there will be no newsletter on Friday, 1/28/22. Please email any COVID related questions or information about positive tests to Ayesha Siddiq. Please do not text or call her on her personal cell phone. Because she is a parent as well as an employee, many parents have access to Ayesha's personal contact information. It is NOT appropriate to contact her on her cell phone. Please call the office to speak with her directly between 8:00-3:00; please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or information to share outside of office hours. Thank you!
Covid Reminders: Please keep your children home if they are sick. If they exhibit even one symptom at school, they will need to go home. If your child is out sick for any reason, this Google form must be filled out before they return to school and they must come to the office to receive a return to class slip before they can go to their classroom. OSS Return to School Form ** Please do NOT upload positive test results. If your child or another immediate family member has COVID-19, contact Ayesha Siddiq @ email@example.com immediately. If you are sharing a picture of a positive test result with the office, PLEASE WRITE YOUR CHILD'S FIRST AND LAST NAME ON THE TEST. We are getting pictures of unidentified tests. As of Friday, January 14, PSD is now following the updated CDC guidelines and will allow students back after 5 days of quarantine, instead of 10, if they have a negative COVID test.
Please note that if a child is out sick for any reason, they can't come back to school without: 1. a negative COVID test or 2. Recent documentation from a healthcare provider that states your child's symptoms are typical of your child's underlying chronic condition (such as allergies) or 3. recent documentation from a healthcare provider confirming an alternative named diagnosis (such as strep or a cold). We have the capacity to do some rapid testing at school, so please contact Ayesha if you can't obtain a test for your child. PSD is now following the updated CDC guidelines and will allow students back after 5 days if they have a negative COVID test. Here is the link for free COVID tests. https://www.covidtests.gov/
Reminders: Please do not park in the staff parking lot. Some staff come and go during the day so those parking spaces need to be available. We thought we had a theft on our campus when a bass guitar went missing. It was found. However, please remind your children not to leave musical instruments or other valuable items in the hallway or open breakout rooms overnight. Thank you!
7th grade fundraising: Support our 7th grade class by purchasing these cute t-shirts. Link is here: https://oss-7th-grade-fundraising.cheddarup.com/ and a flier is attached.
EAT/Garden: EAT is looking for organic potting soil donations for the garden. Families can drop bags off behind the bike racks next to the garden fence.
Additional item: Over the break, we found a brand new sweater with tags on it in a bag on the playground. It's a women's medium, taupe, cropped cardigan with metallic buttons. Please call the office for more information.
PEF: Please see the Pacifica Education Foundation Winter Newsletter below. Please contribute to PEF in 2022!
Additional Fliers: PSD Calendar for 2022-23, February Lunch Menu, Food Drive Flier, SMC Library event, Pacifica United Soccer, DC Stars Football, SMC Home Sharing program.
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