Mrs. Fregoso's Newsletterscroll down to the end of the newsletter to see attached flyers
August 16, 2017
Dear Sandpiper Families,
I would like to officially welcome all of you to the 2017-2018 school year. Summer is wrapping up and the entire Solana Pacific staff has been busy preparing for your arrival. We are so excited to welcome our new 4th grade students as well as every new family and staff member to the very best school around!
Our teachers and staff are planning lessons and creating classroom environments that are inviting, stimulating, and promote 21st Century Skills (Creativity, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Communication). Our entire staff has been trained in the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People “The Leader in Me”; which we will be continuing with our students. In addition, all students will be experiencing expanded opportunities within our STREAM lab and Maker Space, including tinkering and robotics opportunities, thanks to your support and donations through the Solana Beach Schools Foundation. We are ready to begin what will surely be a memorable school year!
To help students and parents feel comfortable with their first day of school, we will be having our Mini-Open House, a time where students and parents can come and briefly meet their new teacher and see their classroom. This will be held on Friday, August 25th from 10:15-11:00 AM. We will also have spirit wear, band, CDC and nutrition information in the lunch table area before and after the event. At the conclusion of our Mini Open House, we will be closing our school for a district-wide function.
You will be able to view your child’s class assignment online the evening prior to Mini-Open House. There is an online process this year and you should have received a separate email with those instructions. Please, look for that important information regarding the online data confirmation required in order to receive your child’s classroom assignment on August 24th after 5:30 p.m.
At mini-open house, in addition to meeting teachers, there will be several booths with information about the PTO and the Solana Beach Schools Foundation, school lunches, volunteer opportunities, C.D.C (Child Development Center-before and after school care), and a booth selling our Solana Pacific Spirit Wear in two great colors and styles that students, parents and staff will love to wear to show the community that we are inspiring learners and creating leaders everyday!
The school calendar and bell schedule are posted on our website. We are looking forward to seeing each one of you at Mini-Open House. It’s going to be an amazing 2017-2018 school year!
PS – Suggested school supply lists are posted on our webpage under “Staff Webpages” and Grade Level Information. As you begin to do your back to school shopping, please do NOT purchase your students ZUCA BACKPACKS or other large rolling backpacks as these a big and do not fit in our backpack storage areas and have caused safety issues.Attention: Ongoing Construction . . . Please, Read!Please, be aware that we have our new solar panel installation which will be ongoing during the first weeks of school. This wonderful addition to our school was made possible through Measure JJ passed by voters last November. During the final phases of construction, sections of our large parking lot will be fenced off and the fencing will move daily. As such, please do not park in our lot and allow our teachers and staff to use any available parking spaces. I highly encourage parents to park and walk to pick up your child, whenever possible. Options include the lower lot of the community rec center, the top level of the Highland Center parking garage, or the street on the west side of Townsgate. The street side closest to school is for loading and unloading only during school hours. And, of course, please have extra patience, follow all staff member instructions, and use caution when dropping off and picking up children at school.
Important Dates and Information
- Mini-Open House Friday, Aug. 25, 10:15-11:00 AM
- First day of school Grades 4-6 Tuesday, Aug. 29, 8:45 AM - 2:53 PM with a Welcome Coffee for 4th grade parents or parents new to our school at 8:45 a.m.
- Picture Day Thursday, Sept. 7
- Back to School Night (4th-6th grade parents only) Wednesday, Sept. 13, 5:30-7:00 PM (Look for details in the Weekly Communication and an All-call)
- Labor Day - No School Monday, Sept. 4
- SCHOOL HOURS ARE 8:45 AM -2:53 PM • Supervision begins at 8:25 AM so please do NOT have your child arrive before that time. Our morning CDC program is available on a daily or drop-in basis for families who need earlier supervision. Register so this option is available to your family. Thank you. School starts at 8:45 AM (first bell rings at 8:40 AM). PLEASE BE ON TIME EVERYDAY!
Pick Up and Drop Off Procedures
Our hope is that the majority of our families will walk or ride their bikes, skateboards, or scooters to school (we have bike and skateboard racks – it is mandatory to bring a lock and a helmet). If your family will be driving, now is a good time to arrange home to school carpools. School maps indicating drop off and pick up procedures can be found on our school website. Click on drop-off and pick-up procedures to view.
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