The Penguin Press

Week 10 Q3 February 26, 2024

It was another great week at PBE. This past week we enjoyed explorations in the garden, engaged in writing activities, and celebrated students who were “caught being leaders” with a Wednesday Wellness Message from our one and only Ace. The leaders we celebrated this week are:

  • Kian from Mrs. Atwell’s class; 
  • Soma from Ms. Cromar’s class; 
  • Maya from Mrs. Luce’s class; 
  • Fiona from Mrs. Denenberg’s class
  • Sophia from Ms. Raugewitz’ class
  • Katie and AubreyRose from Ms. Arthur’s class;
  • Lily and Ava from Mrs. Taylor’s class;
  • Steele from Mr. Sandler’s class

March is almost here and that means it’s almost time for the PBE Gulls Game on March 8th. It’s also time to sign up for summer school. Please contact Mrs. Glora Reyna at greyna@sandi.net for summer school details.

It’s great to be a Penguin!

With joy and gratitude,

Dr. Karon Schnitzer

Dates to Remember

  • February 28 – Variety Show Permission Slips due by 8 AM
  • March 1 – Variety Show Auditions at 2:15 PM
  • March 5- SSC Meeting on Zoom: https://sandiegounified.zoom.us/j/84538372109
  • March 7- Coffee Chat/Teatime with Principal/ELAC Meeting (8:00-9:00 in MPR) Please join us at our next meeting as the Mission Bay High School’s IB Coordinator will be giving a brief presentation on the International Baccalaureate program and the many other opportunities that our students can look forward to in secondary school.
  • March 8 – PBE at the Gulls Game (Purchase tickets by March 4: https://www.konstella.com/open/sales/65a1ac3e281c9e73103ef8c2)
  • March 14 – FOPBE Meeting at 5:30 PM on Zoom
  • March 22 – FIRE Variety Show at 6:30 PM
  • March 29- Lost and Found items not “found” will be donated. It is located between the library and Mr. Sandler’s room.
  • April 1-5- Spring Break- No School

The Annual Variety Show is Almost Here!

The 32nd Annual PBE Variety Show is coming March 22ndPermission Slips are due on Wednesday, February 28th!

Important Dates to remember:

  • WED Feb 28 @ 8:00 AM Permission slips due to your teacher.
  • FRI Mar 1 @ 2:15 PM Auditions – Please be show ready with music, props, and costumes (if applicable)!
  • FRI Mar 15 @ 2:15-5pm Dress rehearsals (Act 1 participants only, backstage crew, Emcee’s)
  • MON Mar 18 @ 2:15-5pm Dress rehearsals (Act 2 participants only, backstage crew, Emcee’s)
  • WED Mar 20 @ 12:30 PM Dress rehearsals until 4:30 p.m. (All participants, backstage crew, Emcee’s) 
  • THU Mar 21,  School wide daytime assembly show. Please bring props and costumes to school.
  • FRI Mar 22SHOW TIME @ 6:30 PM Please arrive by 5:45 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: The rehearsal schedule has changed from the original flyer sent home to accommodate the Star of India field trip. There will be no rehearsal on Tuesday, March 19th, but 5th Graders will be expected to return to school at 12:30 PM for the Dress Rehearsal on Wednesday, March 20th.

Attendance Matters

Students are expected to attend school for the entire school day. Regular attendance assures that your child will not miss valuable instructional time. The hands-on experiences, teacher-directed lessons, and small group work that are missed cannot be made up. This dynamic learning makes consistent, regular attendance imperative to your child’s academic growth.

Please schedule non-emergency appointments outside of regular school hours and plan vacations during school holiday and vacation times.

To report an absence:
California law requires us to document the reason for every student’s absence. If your child must be absent due to illness, or emergency:
Text (858) 900-3460
Call the office, (619) 605-4200 to leave a voicemail or speak with our School Assistant, Jennifer Toledo, before 10 a.m.


Absences and Tardies:
A student will be considered tardy if they arrive after all check-in is complete and the gates have been closed. If you arrive after this time, please check in at the office.
Tardies:
Our school day begins promptly at 7:50 a.m. Being tardy is very disruptive to your child’s school day as well as the school day of his/her classmates. He/she misses the morning routine and important information that teachers review at the start of the day. Please assist us in meeting your child’s educational needs by making sure your child is at school before 7:50 a.m.
If arriving later than 7:50 a.m. students must come to the office to check in and receive a tardy pass.
If tardiness becomes habitual, the principal or school counselor will meet with your student/family to brainstorm and find solutions.


Truancy:
In accordance with the Education Code (48200, 48260 (a), 48260.5), a series of official district truancy letters are mailed to parents and reported to the state in cases of excessive unexcused absences and/or arriving late or being taken out of school early.
Please note that truancy letters are sent home for a combination of unexcused absences, late arrivals, and/or leaving school early.


Independent Study Contracts:
Independent study contracts (ISC) must be approved by the principal in advance, at least 5 days of the scheduled absence. The principal may meet with parents to review the circumstances of the contract and the child’s attendance record and achievement.
If approved, independent study contracts also require that the assigned work is completed and sent in with the child upon his/her return to school
Generally ISC must be for a duration of a minimum of 3 school days to a maximum of 14 days per school year.
Independent Study Contracts are important to school funding.
Contact Penny Lobato, plobato@sandi.net, to set up an independent study contract.

ABSENCES AND EXCUSES
Excused Absences
A student’s absence shall be excused for the following reasons:

  1. Personal illness (Education Code 48205), which includes physical, mental or emotional illness.
  2. Quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer (Education Code 48205) (cf. 5112.2 – Exclusions from Attendance)
  3. To attend a medical, dental, optometric, or chiropractic appointment (Education Code 48205)
    (These are the I codes—Dea)
  4. To attend the funeral services for a member of the immediate family, which shall be limited to one day if the service is conducted in California or three days if the service is conducted out of state (Education Code 48205) Immediate family member shall be defined as mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, spouse, son/son-in-law, daughter/daughter-in-law, brother, sister, or any relative living in the student’s immediate household. (Education Code 45194, 48205)
    (The M code—Dea)

All other reasons are the E code–Dea.

  1. To appear for jury duty in the manner provided by law (Education Code 48205)
  2. As needed to attend to an illness or medical appointment during school hours of a child to whom the student is the custodial parent (Education Code 48205) (cf. 5146 – Married/Pregnant/Parenting Students) 7. Upon advance written request by the parent/guardian and the approval of the principal or designee, justifiable personal reasons including, but not limited to: (Education Code 48205)
    a. Appearance in court
    b. Attendance at a funeral service for someone other than an immediate family member
    c. Observation of a holiday or ceremony of his/her religion
    d. Attendance at religious retreats not to exceed four hours per semester
    e. Attendance at an employment conference f. Attendance at an educational conference offered by a nonprofit organization on the legislative or judicial process
  3. Service as a member of a precinct board for an election pursuant to Elections Code 12302 (Education Code 48205) (cf. 6142.3 – Civic Education)
  4. To spend time with his/her immediate family member who is an active duty member of the uniformed services, as defined in Education Code 49701, and has been called to duty for deployment to a combat zone or a combat support position or is on leave from or has immediately returned from such deployment (Education Code 48205) 2 (cf. 6173.2 – Education of Children of Military Families)
  5. To participate in religious exercises or to receive moral and religious instruction in accordance with district policy. (Education Code 46014) In such instances, the student shall attend at least the minimum school day. A student may be excused for this purpose on no more than four days per school month. (cf. 6141.2 – Recognition of Religious Beliefs and Customs)
  6. For the purposes of attending the pupil’s naturalization ceremony to become a United States citizen. (Education Code 48205)
  7. For the purpose of participating in a cultural ceremony or event. (Education Code 48205) Cultural shall be defined as related to the habits, practices, beliefs, and traditions of a certain group of people. (Education Code 48205)

Parent/Care-Giver Volunteers Needed

As part of our ongoing commitment to ensuring the safety of our students, we are reaching out to request your assistance in supporting Mr. Sandler and Mrs. Erickson as they serve as our Safety Patrol Advisors.

Pacific Beach Elementary is in need of parent volunteers to serve as crossing guards during arrival and dismissal times. Your presence and support in this capacity will greatly contribute to the safe passage of our students across busy intersections near the school premises.

Your commitment to this vital role will involve:

🚸 Directing pedestrian traffic during designated times.

🚸 Ensuring students adhere to crossing protocols.

🚸 Assisting younger students in safely crossing the street.

🚸 Acting as a reassuring presence for our students and their families.

If you are able to volunteer for this important duty, please email Dr. Schnitzer at kschnitzer@sandi.net. Your participation will help us maintain a safe environment for all members of our school community.

We sincerely appreciate your dedication to the well-being of our students. Thank you for considering this request, and we look forward to working together to keep our school environment safe for everyone.

School-Wide Expectations

As we strive to cultivate a positive and supportive learning environment at PBE, I wanted to take a moment to remind you of our school-wide expectations, which are:

Be Safe

Be Respectful

Be Responsible.

These expectations are not only integral to creating a conducive atmosphere for learning within the school premises but are also fundamental principles that contribute to the overall well-being and development of our students.

In line with our commitment to fostering these values, I encourage you to reinforce these expectations at home as well. By practicing safety, respect, and responsibility in your daily interactions and activities with your child, you not only support their growth and character development but also reinforce the importance of these principles beyond the classroom.

California Healthy Kids Elementary School Survey

We would also like to hear from you so that we may better serve you and your family’s needs. The California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS), sponsored by the California Department of Education (CDE), has an annual survey. This is a very important survey that will help promote better health and well-being among our youth, improve the school learning environment, and combat problems such as drug abuse and violence.

Please complete this Parent survey: https://wested.ugam-apps.com/wested/ts/d0nk (when opening the link, choose parent survey/take survey, then select language)

Additionally, if you have a FIFTH GRADER, your child is being asked to be a Your child does not have to take the survey. Participation is voluntary and requires your permission.

It is Voluntary.


Students who, with your permission, agree to participate do not have to answer any questions they do not want to answer and may stop taking the survey at any time.
It is Anonymous. No names are recorded or attached to the survey forms or data. The results will be made available for analysis only under strict confidentiality controls.

Administration.
The survey will be administered on Monday, March 25th.

Please take a moment to complete this two-question permission slip.

Safety

Absolutely, ensuring the safety of all students, including the safety patrol, during morning drop-offs is paramount. Adhering to designated crosswalks and refraining from jaywalking helps maintain a safe environment for everyone. Please do not make U-turns in front of the school on Tourmaline or on Fanuel (especially during drop off and pick up). Also, please note that Fig Tree will be closed promptly at 7:50 allowing the supervising teacher to attend to his/her class.

*Thank you for emphasizing this important aspect of morning routines and being mindful of our student leaders who serve as Safety Patrol at PBE and please use the crosswalks.

Leader in Me

STEAM

This week’s focus: Communication, Electricity, and Electromagnetic Radiation.  

We always encourage questions and ideas, and today someone asked if the Tesla coil’s electric charge would be able to light the flashlight bulb in the same way it lit the fluorescent bulb. What a great idea, and we were so glad to be able to accommodate the testing of their hypothesis. It’s incredibly impactful for students to understand their ideas are important!

We would LOVE for you to volunteer!

Do you have any spare time? We could use your help volunteering in classrooms or even just making copies to help teachers. Parents volunteering in elementary school plays a crucial role in fostering a collaborative and supportive learning environment. Your involvement goes beyond assisting with tasks; it creates a sense of community and strengthens the bond between parents, teachers, and students. By dedicating your time in the classroom, you contribute to the overall well-being of the school community. Volunteering also allows you to actively engage in your child’s education, gaining insight into the curriculum, and providing valuable support for teachers. Furthermore, it instills a sense of responsibility and civic duty in children, showcasing the importance of active participation in community endeavors. Get involved today!

School Site Council (SSC)

The School Site Council (SSC) is a governance body at the school level that plays a crucial role in the decision-making process. It is typically composed of parents, teachers, administrators, and sometimes students, depending on the school’s structure. The primary purpose of the School Site Council is to develop and oversee the implementation of the School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA).

The key responsibilities of the School Site Council may include:

  1. Developing the SPSA: The council collaborates to create a comprehensive plan that outlines the school’s goals, strategies, and actions to improve student achievement.
  2. Budget Oversight: SSC members may have a role in reviewing and approving the budget allocations related to the SPSA goals, ensuring that funds are used effectively to support student success.
  3. Monitoring Progress: The SSC monitors and evaluates the progress of the school in achieving the goals outlined in the SPSA. Regular assessments are conducted to track the effectiveness of implemented strategies.
  4. Parent and Community Involvement: The SSC encourages and facilitates parent and community involvement in the decision-making process. This ensures that diverse perspectives are considered in shaping the school’s policies and programs.
  5. Collaboration with Other Committees: The SSC often collaborates with other school committees and groups to address various aspects of school improvement and community engagement.

Please join at our next meeting:

3/5- 2:30-3:30 Zoom Link: https://sandiegounified.zoom.us/j/84538372109

4/9 2:30-3:30

5/7 2:30-3:30

Friends of Pacific Beach Elementary (FOPBE)

FOPBE is on Instagram and Facebook! Follow FOPBE to stay up to date about PBE events, announcements, and reminders, plus fun facts and highlights about our wonderful school!  Follow FOPBE at https://www.instagram.com/fopbe/ and/or https://www.facebook.com/FOPBE/

Please connect with our parent partners at: pacificbeachelementary@gmail.com

Coffee Chat/Tea-time with the Principal and English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Please join us at our next meeting as the Mission Bay High School’s IB Coordinator will be giving a brief presentation on the International Baccalaureate program and the many other opportunities that our students can look forward to in secondary school.

Please plan for Thursday, March 7th after drop off at 8:00 a.m. in the MPR We will be serving light refreshments.

Beautification/Modernization Project

The new UTK building is coming along nicely! It’s almost time for us to get Building Four on March 1st. Yay! This is another sneak peek at the new UTK buildings.

The Penguin Press

Week 9 Q3 February 19, 2024

It was another great week at PBE. We hope you are enjoying this nice, long weekend. Presidents’ Day is celebrated in the United States to honor and commemorate the contributions and achievements of past American presidents, particularly George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. The day was originally established to celebrate Washington’s birthday on February 22nd, but it has since evolved to honor all U.S. presidents. Don’t forget to sign u for the Penguin Dash! Our Penguin Dash is February 22, so please sign-up now to help our school raise as much as we can for school programs such as Science, Music, Art, Whole Child Playground Supervision, Missoula Children’s Theatre, Garden, and much more. There are still volunteer opportunities available for the Penguin Dash Jog-a-Thon!

Check out the sign up sheet to view the time slots.  It’s a great event to join in, cheer your students on and help out.

How to Raise Donations: We encourage you to help your child solicit pledges from friends, family, neighbors, and community members through our online PledgeStar system.

How? Students collect donations by Pledge Star, set up their own personal online account

It’s great to be a penguin!

With joy and gratitude,

Dr. Karon Schnitzer

Dates to Remember

  • February 16-19 – No School (President’s Day)
  • February 20th – NAEP Testing (4th graders only)
  • February 22nd – Penguin Dash
  • March 7- Coffee Chat/Teatime with Principal/ELAC Meeting (8:00-9:00 in MPR) Please join us at our next meeting as the Mission Bay High School’s IB Coordinator will be giving a brief presentation on the International Baccalaureate program and the many other opportunities that our students can look forward to in secondary school.
  • March 8- Gulls Game- PBE will be featured!
  • March 29- Lost and Found items not “found” will be donated. It is located between the library and Mr. Sandler’s room.
  • April 1-5- Spring Break- No School

Attendance Matters

Students are expected to attend school for the entire school day. Regular attendance assures that your child will not miss valuable instructional time. The hands-on experiences, teacher-directed lessons, and small group work that are missed cannot be made up. This dynamic learning makes consistent, regular attendance imperative to your child’s academic growth.

Please schedule non-emergency appointments outside of regular school hours and plan vacations during school holiday and vacation times.

To report an absence:
California law requires us to document the reason for every student’s absence. If your child must be absent due to illness, or emergency:
Text (858) 900-3460
Call the office, (619) 605-4200 to leave a voicemail or speak with our School Assistant, Jennifer Toledo, before 10 a.m.


Absences and Tardies:
A student will be considered tardy if they arrive after all check-in is complete and the gates have been closed. If you arrive after this time, please check in at the office.
Tardies:
Our school day begins promptly at 7:50 a.m. Being tardy is very disruptive to your child’s school day as well as the school day of his/her classmates. He/she misses the morning routine and important information that teachers review at the start of the day. Please assist us in meeting your child’s educational needs by making sure your child is at school before 7:50 a.m.
If arriving later than 7:50 a.m. students must come to the office to check in and receive a tardy pass.
If tardiness becomes habitual, the principal or school counselor will meet with your student/family to brainstorm and find solutions.


Truancy:
In accordance with the Education Code (48200, 48260 (a), 48260.5), a series of official district truancy letters are mailed to parents and reported to the state in cases of excessive unexcused absences and/or arriving late or being taken out of school early.
Please note that truancy letters are sent home for a combination of unexcused absences, late arrivals, and/or leaving school early.


Independent Study Contracts:
Independent study contracts (ISC) must be approved by the principal in advance, at least 5 days of the scheduled absence. The principal may meet with parents to review the circumstances of the contract and the child’s attendance record and achievement.
If approved, independent study contracts also require that the assigned work is completed and sent in with the child upon his/her return to school
Generally ISC must be for a duration of a minimum of 3 school days to a maximum of 14 days per school year.
Independent Study Contracts are important to school funding.
Contact Penny Lobato, plobato@sandi.net, to set up an independent study contract.

Parent/Care-Giver Volunteers Needed

As part of our ongoing commitment to ensuring the safety of our students, we are reaching out to request your assistance in supporting Mr. Sandler and Mrs. Erickson as they serve as our Safety Patrol Advisors.

Pacific Beach Elementary is in need of parent volunteers to serve as crossing guards during arrival and dismissal times. Your presence and support in this capacity will greatly contribute to the safe passage of our students across busy intersections near the school premises.

Your commitment to this vital role will involve:

🚸 Directing pedestrian traffic during designated times.

🚸 Ensuring students adhere to crossing protocols.

🚸 Assisting younger students in safely crossing the street.

🚸 Acting as a reassuring presence for our students and their families.

If you are able to volunteer for this important duty, please email Dr. Schnitzer at kschnitzer@sandi.net. Your participation will help us maintain a safe environment for all members of our school community.

We sincerely appreciate your dedication to the well-being of our students. Thank you for considering this request, and we look forward to working together to keep our school environment safe for everyone.

School-Wide Expectations

As we strive to cultivate a positive and supportive learning environment at PBE, I wanted to take a moment to remind you of our school-wide expectations, which are:

Be Safe

Be Respectful

Be Responsible.

These expectations are not only integral to creating a conducive atmosphere for learning within the school premises but are also fundamental principles that contribute to the overall well-being and development of our students.

In line with our commitment to fostering these values, I encourage you to reinforce these expectations at home as well. By practicing safety, respect, and responsibility in your daily interactions and activities with your child, you not only support their growth and character development but also reinforce the importance of these principles beyond the classroom.

California Healthy Kids Elementary School Survey

We would also like to hear from you so that we may better serve you and your family’s needs. The California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS), sponsored by the California Department of Education (CDE), has an annual survey. This is a very important survey that will help promote better health and well-being among our youth, improve the school learning environment, and combat problems such as drug abuse and violence.

Please complete this Parent survey: https://wested.ugam-apps.com/wested/ts/d0nk (when opening the link, choose parent survey/take survey, then select language)

Additionally, if you have a FIFTH GRADER, your child is being asked to be a Your child does not have to take the survey. Participation is voluntary and requires your permission.

It is Voluntary.


Students who, with your permission, agree to participate do not have to answer any questions they do not want to answer and may stop taking the survey at any time.
It is Anonymous. No names are recorded or attached to the survey forms or data. The results will be made available for analysis only under strict confidentiality controls.

Administration.
The survey will be administered on Monday, March 25th.

Please take a moment to complete this two-question permission slip.

Safety

Absolutely, ensuring the safety of all students, including the safety patrol, during morning drop-offs is paramount. Adhering to designated crosswalks and refraining from jaywalking helps maintain a safe environment for everyone. Please do not make U-turns in front of the school on Tourmaline or on Fanuel (especially during drop off and pick up). Also, please note that Fig Tree will be closed promptly at 7:50 allowing the supervising teacher to attend to his/her class.

*Thank you for emphasizing this important aspect of morning routines and being mindful of our student leaders who serve as Safety Patrol at PBE and please use the crosswalks.

Leader in Me

POSITIVE PARENTING PROGRAM – FREE CLASSES FOR SDUSD PARENTS

The Positive Parenting Program is a preventive, early intervention program that helps parents find positive solutions to common childhood behaviors. Classes are FREE and childcare is provided. The dates are: February 6, 13, and 20 (in person) 6:00-8:00pm.

Families must register in advance. Contact: Dulce Caldwell with any questions you may have.

STEAM

This week’s focus: Communication, Electricity, and Electromagnetic Radiation.  

We always encourage questions and ideas, and today someone asked if the Tesla coil’s electric charge would be able to light the flashlight bulb in the same way it lit the fluorescent bulb. What a great idea, and we were so glad to be able to accommodate the testing of their hypothesis. It’s incredibly impactful for students to understand their ideas are important!

We would LOVE for you to volunteer!

Do you have any spare time? We could use your help volunteering in classrooms or even just making copies to help teachers. Parents volunteering in elementary school plays a crucial role in fostering a collaborative and supportive learning environment. Your involvement goes beyond assisting with tasks; it creates a sense of community and strengthens the bond between parents, teachers, and students. By dedicating your time in the classroom, you contribute to the overall well-being of the school community. Volunteering also allows you to actively engage in your child’s education, gaining insight into the curriculum, and providing valuable support for teachers. Furthermore, it instills a sense of responsibility and civic duty in children, showcasing the importance of active participation in community endeavors. Get involved today!

School Site Council (SSC)

The School Site Council (SSC) is a governance body at the school level that plays a crucial role in the decision-making process. It is typically composed of parents, teachers, administrators, and sometimes students, depending on the school’s structure. The primary purpose of the School Site Council is to develop and oversee the implementation of the School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA).

The key responsibilities of the School Site Council may include:

  1. Developing the SPSA: The council collaborates to create a comprehensive plan that outlines the school’s goals, strategies, and actions to improve student achievement.
  2. Budget Oversight: SSC members may have a role in reviewing and approving the budget allocations related to the SPSA goals, ensuring that funds are used effectively to support student success.
  3. Monitoring Progress: The SSC monitors and evaluates the progress of the school in achieving the goals outlined in the SPSA. Regular assessments are conducted to track the effectiveness of implemented strategies.
  4. Parent and Community Involvement: The SSC encourages and facilitates parent and community involvement in the decision-making process. This ensures that diverse perspectives are considered in shaping the school’s policies and programs.
  5. Collaboration with Other Committees: The SSC often collaborates with other school committees and groups to address various aspects of school improvement and community engagement.

Please join at our next meeting:

3/5- 2:30-3:30

4/9 2:30-3:30

5/7 2:30-3:30

Friends of Pacific Beach Elementary (FOPBE)

FOPBE is on Instagram and Facebook! Follow FOPBE to stay up to date about PBE events, announcements, and reminders, plus fun facts and highlights about our wonderful school!  Follow FOPBE at https://www.instagram.com/fopbe/ and/or https://www.facebook.com/FOPBE/

Please connect with our parent partners at: pacificbeachelementary@gmail.com

Coffee Chat/Tea-time with the Principal and English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Please join us at our next meeting as the Mission Bay High School’s IB Coordinator will be giving a brief presentation on the International Baccalaureate program and the many other opportunities that our students can look forward to in secondary school.

Please plan for Thursday, March 7th after drop off at 8:00 a.m. in the MPR We will be serving light refreshments.

Beautification/Modernization Project

The new UTK building is coming along nicely! It still looks like phase one should be done in between February 20th and March 1st. Yay! This is another sneak peek at the new entrance and UTK buildings.

Our School-wide Focus

Our school is committed to teaching the whole child. That means creating/enhancing student leadership opportunities, providing teaching tools to help students regulate emotions, and increasing the intellectual capacity of all of our learners. This week’s professional learning was looking at data and creating school-wide goals.

The Penguin Press

Week 6 Q3 February 12, 2024

It was another great and wet week at PBE. We kicked off this week celebrating Black History Month, welcomed Area Superintendent Mitzi Merio, and celebrated the 100th day of school.

It’s great to be a penguin!

With joy and gratitude,

Dr. Karon Schnitzer

Dates to Remember

  • February 15th FOPBE Meeting 8:00-9:00 in library
  • February 16-19 – No School (President’s Day)
  • February 20th – NAEP Testing (4th graders only)
  • February 22nd – Penguin Dash

Parent/Care-Giver Volunteers Needed

As part of our ongoing commitment to ensuring the safety of our students, we are reaching out to request your assistance in supporting Mr. Sandler and Mrs. Erickson as they serve as our Safety Patrol Advisors.

Pacific Beach Elementary is in need of parent volunteers to serve as crossing guards during arrival and dismissal times. Your presence and support in this capacity will greatly contribute to the safe passage of our students across busy intersections near the school premises.

Your commitment to this vital role will involve:

🚸 Directing pedestrian traffic during designated times.

🚸 Ensuring students adhere to crossing protocols.

🚸 Assisting younger students in safely crossing the street.

🚸 Acting as a reassuring presence for our students and their families.

If you are able to volunteer for this important duty, please email Dr. Schnitzer at kschnitzer@sandi.net. Your participation will help us maintain a safe environment for all members of our school community.

We sincerely appreciate your dedication to the well-being of our students. Thank you for considering this request, and we look forward to working together to keep our school environment safe for everyone.

School-Wide Expectations

As we strive to cultivate a positive and supportive learning environment at PBE, I wanted to take a moment to remind you of our school-wide expectations, which are:

Be Safe

Be Respectful

Be Responsible.

These expectations are not only integral to creating a conducive atmosphere for learning within the school premises but are also fundamental principles that contribute to the overall well-being and development of our students.

In line with our commitment to fostering these values, I encourage you to reinforce these expectations at home as well. By practicing safety, respect, and responsibility in your daily interactions and activities with your child, you not only support their growth and character development but also reinforce the importance of these principles beyond the classroom.

California Healthy Kids Elementary School Survey

We would also like to hear from you so that we may better serve you and your family’s needs. The California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS), sponsored by the California Department of Education (CDE), has an annual survey. This is a very important survey that will help promote better health and well-being among our youth, improve the school learning environment, and combat problems such as drug abuse and violence.

Please complete this Parent survey: https://wested.ugam-apps.com/wested/ts/d0nk (when opening the link, choose parent survey/take survey, then select language)

Additionally, if you have a FIFTH GRADER, your child is being asked to be a Your child does not have to take the survey. Participation is voluntary and requires your permission.

It is Voluntary.


Students who, with your permission, agree to participate do not have to answer any questions they do not want to answer and may stop taking the survey at any time.
It is Anonymous. No names are recorded or attached to the survey forms or data. The results will be made available for analysis only under strict confidentiality controls.

Administration.
The survey will be administered on Monday, March 25th.

Please take a moment to complete this two-question permission slip.

Safety

Absolutely, ensuring the safety of all students, including the safety patrol, during morning drop-offs is paramount. Adhering to designated crosswalks and refraining from jaywalking helps maintain a safe environment for everyone.

*Thank you for emphasizing this important aspect of morning routines and being mindful of our student leaders who serve as Safety Patrol at PBE and please use the crosswalks.

Leader in Me

POSITIVE PARENTING PROGRAM – FREE CLASSES FOR SDUSD PARENTS

The Positive Parenting Program is a preventive, early intervention program that helps parents find positive solutions to common childhood behaviors. Classes are FREE and childcare is provided. The dates are: February 6, 13, and 20 (in person) 6:00-8:00pm.

Families must register in advance. Contact: Dulce Caldwell with any questions you may have.

STEAM

This week’s focus: Communication, Electricity, and Electromagnetic Radiation.  

We always encourage questions and ideas, and today someone asked if the Tesla coil’s electric charge would be able to light the flashlight bulb in the same way it lit the fluorescent bulb. What a great idea, and we were so glad to be able to accommodate the testing of their hypothesis. It’s incredibly impactful for students to understand their ideas are important!

We would LOVE for you to volunteer!

Do you have any spare time? We could use your help volunteering in classrooms or even just making copies to help teachers. Parents volunteering in elementary school plays a crucial role in fostering a collaborative and supportive learning environment. Your involvement goes beyond assisting with tasks; it creates a sense of community and strengthens the bond between parents, teachers, and students. By dedicating your time in the classroom, you contribute to the overall well-being of the school community. Volunteering also allows you to actively engage in your child’s education, gaining insight into the curriculum, and providing valuable support for teachers. Furthermore, it instills a sense of responsibility and civic duty in children, showcasing the importance of active participation in community endeavors. Get involved today!

School Site Council (SSC)

The School Site Council (SSC) is a governance body at the school level that plays a crucial role in the decision-making process. It is typically composed of parents, teachers, administrators, and sometimes students, depending on the school’s structure. The primary purpose of the School Site Council is to develop and oversee the implementation of the School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA).

The key responsibilities of the School Site Council may include:

  1. Developing the SPSA: The council collaborates to create a comprehensive plan that outlines the school’s goals, strategies, and actions to improve student achievement.
  2. Budget Oversight: SSC members may have a role in reviewing and approving the budget allocations related to the SPSA goals, ensuring that funds are used effectively to support student success.
  3. Monitoring Progress: The SSC monitors and evaluates the progress of the school in achieving the goals outlined in the SPSA. Regular assessments are conducted to track the effectiveness of implemented strategies.
  4. Parent and Community Involvement: The SSC encourages and facilitates parent and community involvement in the decision-making process. This ensures that diverse perspectives are considered in shaping the school’s policies and programs.
  5. Collaboration with Other Committees: The SSC often collaborates with other school committees and groups to address various aspects of school improvement and community engagement.

Please join at our next meeting:

3/5- 2:30-3:30

4/9 2:30-3:30

5/7 2:30-3:30

Friends of Pacific Beach Elementary (FOPBE)

FOPBE is on Instagram and Facebook! Follow FOPBE to stay up to date about PBE events, announcements, and reminders, plus fun facts and highlights about our wonderful school!  Follow FOPBE at https://www.instagram.com/fopbe/ and/or https://www.facebook.com/FOPBE/

Please connect with our parent partners at: pacificbeachelementary@gmail.com

Coffee Chat/Tea Time with the Principal and English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

The English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) plays a crucial role in ensuring that the needs of English Learner (EL) students are met within educational institutions. Here are several key reasons highlighting the importance of ELAC:

  1. Advocacy for English Learners: ELAC serves as a platform for parents, guardians, and community members to advocate for EL students’ needs. It provides a forum for discussing concerns, proposing solutions, and advocating for resources and programs that support EL students’ academic success.
  2. Parental Involvement and Empowerment: ELAC encourages parental involvement in their children’s education. By participating in ELAC meetings and activities, parents become more informed about educational policies, curriculum, and resources available for EL students. This involvement empowers parents to actively engage with educators and administrators to ensure their children receive appropriate support.
  3. Cultural and Linguistic Understanding: ELAC fosters cultural and linguistic understanding within the school community. It provides a space for sharing diverse perspectives and experiences related to language acquisition and cultural integration. Through dialogue and collaboration, ELAC members promote an inclusive environment that values linguistic diversity and supports the cultural identity of EL students.
  4. Resource Allocation and Program Evaluation: ELAC contributes to decision-making processes regarding resource allocation and program development for EL students. By reviewing data on EL student performance, discussing instructional strategies, and providing feedback on existing programs, ELAC members help identify areas for improvement and advocate for the implementation of effective practices that meet the unique needs of EL students.
  5. Compliance with Legal Requirements: In many educational systems, ELAC is mandated by state or district regulations to ensure compliance with legal requirements related to EL education. By establishing ELACs, educational institutions demonstrate their commitment to supporting EL students and complying with laws such as the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and state-specific EL policies.
  6. Community Engagement and Partnerships: ELAC facilitates partnerships between schools, families, and community organizations to support EL students’ academic and socio-emotional needs. By collaborating with local agencies, cultural institutions, and advocacy groups, ELAC expands access to resources and services that enhance EL students’ educational experiences and overall well-being.

In summary, ELAC plays a vital role in promoting equity, inclusivity, and academic achievement for English Learner students by advocating for their needs, empowering parents, fostering cultural understanding, informing decision-making, ensuring legal compliance, and fostering community partnerships.

Please plan to join us on Thursday, March 7th after drop off at 8:00 a.m. in the MPR We will be serving light refreshments.

Beautification/Modernization Project

I was checking things out again this week. The new UTK building is coming along nicely! It still looks like phase one should be done in between February 20th and March 1st. Yay! This is another sneak peek at the new entrance and UTK buildings.

Our School-wide Focus

Our school is committed to teaching the whole child. That means creating/enhancing student leadership opportunities, providing teaching tools to help students regulate emotions, and increasing the intellectual capacity of all of our learners. This week’s professional learning was looking at data and creating school-wide goals.

The Penguin Press

Week 5 Q3 February 5, 2024

It was another great and wet week at PBE. We welcomed our new garden teacher, Ms. Laura, and we kicked off the Scholastic Bookfair. We also kicked off Black History Month. We will hear from Ms. Durham at Monday Morning’s Meet up to learn more. Ms. Durham shares: “It is essential to recognize and celebrate the contributions of African Americans throughout history. By doing so, you’ll be contributing to a more inclusive and diverse learning environment that celebrates the achievements of everyone. 

It’s great to be a penguin!

With joy and gratitude,

Dr. Karon Schnitzer

Dates to Remember

  • February 9th- Penguin Dash
  • February 15th FOPBE Meeting 8:00-9:00 in library
  • February 16-19 – No School (President’s Day)
  • February 20th – NAEP Testing (4th graders only)

California Healthy Kids Elementary School Survey

We would also like to hear from you so that we may better serve you and your family’s needs. The California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS), sponsored by the California Department of Education (CDE), has an annual survey. This is a very important survey that will help promote better health and well-being among our youth, improve the school learning environment, and combat problems such as drug abuse and violence.

Please complete this Parent survey: https://wested.ugam-apps.com/wested/ts/d0nk (when opening the link, choose parent survey/take survey, then select language)

Additionally, if you have a FIFTH GRADER, your child is being asked to be a Your child does not have to take the survey. Participation is voluntary and requires your permission.

It is Voluntary.


Students who, with your permission, agree to participate do not have to answer any questions they do not want to answer and may stop taking the survey at any time.
It is Anonymous. No names are recorded or attached to the survey forms or data. The results will be made available for analysis only under strict confidentiality controls.

Administration.
The survey will be administered on Monday, March 25th.

Please take a moment to complete this two-question permission slip.

Safety

Absolutely, ensuring the safety of all students, including the safety patrol, during morning drop-offs is paramount. Adhering to designated crosswalks and refraining from jaywalking helps maintain a safe environment for everyone.

*Thank you for emphasizing this important aspect of morning routines and being mindful of our student leaders who serve as Safety Patrol at PBE and please use the crosswalks.

POSITIVE PARENTING PROGRAM – FREE CLASSES FOR SDUSD PARENTS

The Positive Parenting Program is a preventive, early intervention program that helps parents find positive solutions to common childhood behaviors. Classes are FREE and childcare is provided. The dates are: February 6, 13, and 20 (in person) 6:00-8:00pm.

Families must register in advance. Contact: Dulce Caldwell with any questions you may have.

STEAM

This week’s focus: Communication, Electricity, and Electromagnetic Radiation.  

We always encourage questions and ideas, and today someone asked if the Tesla coil’s electric charge would be able to light the flashlight bulb in the same way it lit the fluorescent bulb. What a great idea, and we were so glad to be able to accommodate the testing of their hypothesis. It’s incredibly impactful for students to understand their ideas are important!

We would LOVE for you to volunteer!

Do you have any spare time? We could use your help volunteering in classrooms or even just making copies to help teachers. Parents volunteering in elementary school plays a crucial role in fostering a collaborative and supportive learning environment. Your involvement goes beyond assisting with tasks; it creates a sense of community and strengthens the bond between parents, teachers, and students. By dedicating your time in the classroom, you contribute to the overall well-being of the school community. Volunteering also allows you to actively engage in your child’s education, gaining insight into the curriculum, and providing valuable support for teachers. Furthermore, it instills a sense of responsibility and civic duty in children, showcasing the importance of active participation in community endeavors. Get involved today!

School Site Council (SSC)

The School Site Council (SSC) is a governance body at the school level that plays a crucial role in the decision-making process. It is typically composed of parents, teachers, administrators, and sometimes students, depending on the school’s structure. The primary purpose of the School Site Council is to develop and oversee the implementation of the School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA).

The key responsibilities of the School Site Council may include:

  1. Developing the SPSA: The council collaborates to create a comprehensive plan that outlines the school’s goals, strategies, and actions to improve student achievement.
  2. Budget Oversight: SSC members may have a role in reviewing and approving the budget allocations related to the SPSA goals, ensuring that funds are used effectively to support student success.
  3. Monitoring Progress: The SSC monitors and evaluates the progress of the school in achieving the goals outlined in the SPSA. Regular assessments are conducted to track the effectiveness of implemented strategies.
  4. Parent and Community Involvement: The SSC encourages and facilitates parent and community involvement in the decision-making process. This ensures that diverse perspectives are considered in shaping the school’s policies and programs.
  5. Collaboration with Other Committees: The SSC often collaborates with other school committees and groups to address various aspects of school improvement and community engagement.

Please join at our next meeting:

3/5- 2:30-3:30

4/9 2:30-3:30

5/7 2:30-3:30

Friends of Pacific Beach Elementary (FOPBE)

FOPBE is on Instagram and Facebook! Follow FOPBE to stay up to date about PBE events, announcements, and reminders, plus fun facts and highlights about our wonderful school!  Follow FOPBE at https://www.instagram.com/fopbe/ and/or https://www.facebook.com/FOPBE/

Please connect with our parent partners at: pacificbeachelementary@gmail.com

Coffee Chat/Tea Time with the Principal and English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

The English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) plays a crucial role in ensuring that the needs of English Learner (EL) students are met within educational institutions. Here are several key reasons highlighting the importance of ELAC:

  1. Advocacy for English Learners: ELAC serves as a platform for parents, guardians, and community members to advocate for EL students’ needs. It provides a forum for discussing concerns, proposing solutions, and advocating for resources and programs that support EL students’ academic success.
  2. Parental Involvement and Empowerment: ELAC encourages parental involvement in their children’s education. By participating in ELAC meetings and activities, parents become more informed about educational policies, curriculum, and resources available for EL students. This involvement empowers parents to actively engage with educators and administrators to ensure their children receive appropriate support.
  3. Cultural and Linguistic Understanding: ELAC fosters cultural and linguistic understanding within the school community. It provides a space for sharing diverse perspectives and experiences related to language acquisition and cultural integration. Through dialogue and collaboration, ELAC members promote an inclusive environment that values linguistic diversity and supports the cultural identity of EL students.
  4. Resource Allocation and Program Evaluation: ELAC contributes to decision-making processes regarding resource allocation and program development for EL students. By reviewing data on EL student performance, discussing instructional strategies, and providing feedback on existing programs, ELAC members help identify areas for improvement and advocate for the implementation of effective practices that meet the unique needs of EL students.
  5. Compliance with Legal Requirements: In many educational systems, ELAC is mandated by state or district regulations to ensure compliance with legal requirements related to EL education. By establishing ELACs, educational institutions demonstrate their commitment to supporting EL students and complying with laws such as the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and state-specific EL policies.
  6. Community Engagement and Partnerships: ELAC facilitates partnerships between schools, families, and community organizations to support EL students’ academic and socio-emotional needs. By collaborating with local agencies, cultural institutions, and advocacy groups, ELAC expands access to resources and services that enhance EL students’ educational experiences and overall well-being.

In summary, ELAC plays a vital role in promoting equity, inclusivity, and academic achievement for English Learner students by advocating for their needs, empowering parents, fostering cultural understanding, informing decision-making, ensuring legal compliance, and fostering community partnerships.

Please plan to join us on Thursday, March 7th. Time is TBD. We will be serving light refreshments.

Beautification/Modernization Project

I was checking things out again this week. The new UTK building is coming along nicely! It still looks like phase one should be done in between February 20th and March 1st. Yay! This is a sneak peek at the new professional learning area and another look at the UTK buildings.

Our School-wide Focus

Our school is committed to teaching the whole child. That means creating/enhancing student leadership opportunities, providing teaching tools to help students regulate emotions, and increasing the intellectual capacity of all of our learners. This week’s professional learning was looking at data and creating school-wide goals.

The Penguin Press

Week 4 Q3 January 29, 2024

It was so great to see you all at the Let Your Kindness Glow Dance! How much fun was it to dress up for spirit week and demonstrate acts of kindness?! Thank you for showing your spirit and kindness all week long. Our fifth graders got a visit from Pacific Beach Middle School and even got to tour the school this week. It’s great to be a penguin!

With joy and gratitude,

Dr. Karon Schnitzer

Dates to Remember

  • February 6th – SSC 2:30-3:30 on zoom
  • February 9th- Penguin Dash
  • February 15th FOPBE Meeting 8:00-9:00 in library
  • February 16-19 – No School (President’s Day)
  • February 20th – NAEP Testing (4th graders only)

Safety

Absolutely, ensuring the safety of all students, including the safety patrol, during morning drop-offs is paramount. Adhering to designated crosswalks and refraining from jaywalking helps maintain a safe environment for everyone. Thank you for emphasizing this important aspect of morning routines and being mindful of our student leaders who serve as Safety Patrol at PBE.

POSITIVE PARENTING PROGRAM – FREE CLASSES FOR SDUSD PARENTS

The Positive Parenting Program is a preventive, early intervention program that helps parents find positive solutions to common childhood behaviors. Classes are FREE and childcare is provided. The dates are: February 6, 13, and 20 (in person) 6:00-8:00pm.

Families must register in advance. Contact: Dulce Caldwell with any questions you may have.

The Universal Transitional Kindergarten (UTK) pre-enrollment priority window is now open!

Pre-enrollment for the 2024-25 school year will open on Monday, January 22nd from 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at PBE.

Early childhood education is important for students, both academically and socially. UTK is a new grade level preceding kindergarten, open to all students who will turn age 4 by September of this year — children born between September 2, 2019 and September 1, 2020. 

Beginning January 22, families may contact their neighborhood school directly to complete the UTK enrollment packet. If space at the school of residence becomes full, Neighborhood Schools and Enrollment Options (NSEO) will assist families in enrolling in the next closest school with space available.

In UTK, students receive a full day of school aligned with the elementary school bell schedule and calendar. Each class has two teachers who provide developmentally appropriate teaching practices to help prepare students for kindergarten success. All UTK students are offered free and nutritious breakfast and lunch at school. 

Please email Gloria Reyna greyna@sandi.net for more information.

STEAM

This week’s focus: Communication, Electricity, and Electromagnetic Radiation.  

We always encourage questions and ideas, and today someone asked if the Tesla coil’s electric charge would be able to light the flashlight bulb in the same way it lit the fluorescent bulb. What a great idea, and we were so glad to be able to accommodate the testing of their hypothesis. It’s incredibly impactful for students to understand their ideas are important!

We would LOVE for you to volunteer!

Parents volunteering in elementary school plays a crucial role in fostering a collaborative and supportive learning environment. Your involvement goes beyond assisting with tasks; it creates a sense of community and strengthens the bond between parents, teachers, and students. By dedicating your time in the classroom, you contribute to the overall well-being of the school community. Volunteering also allows you to actively engage in your child’s education, gaining insight into the curriculum, and providing valuable support for teachers. Furthermore, it instills a sense of responsibility and civic duty in children, showcasing the importance of active participation in community endeavors. Get involved today!

School Site Council (SSC)

The School Site Council (SSC) is a governance body at the school level that plays a crucial role in the decision-making process. It is typically composed of parents, teachers, administrators, and sometimes students, depending on the school’s structure. The primary purpose of the School Site Council is to develop and oversee the implementation of the School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA).

The key responsibilities of the School Site Council may include:

  1. Developing the SPSA: The council collaborates to create a comprehensive plan that outlines the school’s goals, strategies, and actions to improve student achievement.
  2. Budget Oversight: SSC members may have a role in reviewing and approving the budget allocations related to the SPSA goals, ensuring that funds are used effectively to support student success.
  3. Monitoring Progress: The SSC monitors and evaluates the progress of the school in achieving the goals outlined in the SPSA. Regular assessments are conducted to track the effectiveness of implemented strategies.
  4. Parent and Community Involvement: The SSC encourages and facilitates parent and community involvement in the decision-making process. This ensures that diverse perspectives are considered in shaping the school’s policies and programs.
  5. Collaboration with Other Committees: The SSC often collaborates with other school committees and groups to address various aspects of school improvement and community engagement.

Please join us Tuesday, 2/6 from 2:30-3:00 on zoom!

Attendance

PBE is plagued by chronic absenteeism. We want to work together with you so your children can do well in school!  Students miss valuable learning time and can fall behind in their school work when they are not in school – whether it is excused or unexcused.    

While Education Code sections 48200 and 48260(a) make school attendance mandatory, it is also important to know that research shows:

  • Children who are chronically absent (two days per month, or 18 days per year) in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade and more likely to struggle academically in later years.
  • By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign that students are at risk for dropping out of school.
  • By 9th grade, good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than 8th grade test scores.

To combat these statistics, we in the PBE family would like to develop a positive incentive plan for students on campus to have better attendance. For example, each class would need a certain number of days of perfect attendance for a popcorn party. We were thinking they would need to spell the word attendance. Each day they have perfect attendance, they get a letter to spell the word ATTENDANCE. Since the word attendance has 10 letters, they would need 10 perfect days to earn a party. That way the FOPBE could fund individual parties throughout the school year and show a commitment to the future of our students in our community.

We can’t do this attendance mission alone. For us to sustain this, we need a great team of people and support from our community. WE can make incremental changes year over year and sustain them so that they accumulate over time and help create an environment that is healthier and happier. It is happening all over the state and country, and it can happen here too!

We are passionate about this endeavor and hope you can support us, as we tackle this challenge to promote increasing attendance through our morning wellness announcements, flyers sent home to parents, as well as through social media and in our classrooms. Thank you for your partnership PBE community!

Friends of Pacific Beach Elementary (FOPBE)

FOPBE is on Instagram and Facebook! Follow FOPBE to stay up to date about PBE events, announcements, and reminders, plus fun facts and highlights about our wonderful school!  Follow FOPBE at https://www.instagram.com/fopbe/ and/or https://www.facebook.com/FOPBE/

Please connect with our parent partners at: pacificbeachelementary@gmail.com

Coffee Chat/Tea Time with the Principal and English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

The English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) plays a crucial role in ensuring that the needs of English Learner (EL) students are met within educational institutions. Here are several key reasons highlighting the importance of ELAC:

  1. Advocacy for English Learners: ELAC serves as a platform for parents, guardians, and community members to advocate for EL students’ needs. It provides a forum for discussing concerns, proposing solutions, and advocating for resources and programs that support EL students’ academic success.
  2. Parental Involvement and Empowerment: ELAC encourages parental involvement in their children’s education. By participating in ELAC meetings and activities, parents become more informed about educational policies, curriculum, and resources available for EL students. This involvement empowers parents to actively engage with educators and administrators to ensure their children receive appropriate support.
  3. Cultural and Linguistic Understanding: ELAC fosters cultural and linguistic understanding within the school community. It provides a space for sharing diverse perspectives and experiences related to language acquisition and cultural integration. Through dialogue and collaboration, ELAC members promote an inclusive environment that values linguistic diversity and supports the cultural identity of EL students.
  4. Resource Allocation and Program Evaluation: ELAC contributes to decision-making processes regarding resource allocation and program development for EL students. By reviewing data on EL student performance, discussing instructional strategies, and providing feedback on existing programs, ELAC members help identify areas for improvement and advocate for the implementation of effective practices that meet the unique needs of EL students.
  5. Compliance with Legal Requirements: In many educational systems, ELAC is mandated by state or district regulations to ensure compliance with legal requirements related to EL education. By establishing ELACs, educational institutions demonstrate their commitment to supporting EL students and complying with laws such as the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and state-specific EL policies.
  6. Community Engagement and Partnerships: ELAC facilitates partnerships between schools, families, and community organizations to support EL students’ academic and socio-emotional needs. By collaborating with local agencies, cultural institutions, and advocacy groups, ELAC expands access to resources and services that enhance EL students’ educational experiences and overall well-being.

In summary, ELAC plays a vital role in promoting equity, inclusivity, and academic achievement for English Learner students by advocating for their needs, empowering parents, fostering cultural understanding, informing decision-making, ensuring legal compliance, and fostering community partnerships.

Please plan to join us on Thursday, March 7th. Time is TBD. We will be serving light refreshments.

Beautification/Modernization Project

I was checking things out again this week. The new UTK building is coming along nicely! It still looks like phase one should be done in between February 20th and March 1st. Yay! This is a sneak peek at the new UTK buildings.

Our School-wide Focus

Our school is committed to teaching the whole child. That means creating/enhancing student leadership opportunities, providing teaching tools to help students regulate emotions, and increasing the intellectual capacity of all of our learners. One way we do this is by having students engage in collaborative conversations. We know whoever is doing the talking is doing the thinking. This week’s professional learning was looking at the Leader in Me Program and learning about how to empower student voice.

The Penguin Press

Week 3 Q3 January 22, 2024

Another exciting week has passed at PBE, filled with learning about making a difference like Dr. Martin Luther King and celebrating kindness with our kickoff rally which was held on Wednesday. We are excited to see all the students dressed up for spirit week! Did you know that January 20th was penguin day?! We are reaching out to Sea World to learn about future potential partnerships. It’s great to be a penguin!

With joy and gratitude,

Dr. Karon Schnitzer

Dates to Remember

  • January 22-26, 2024- Kindness Week- see below for details
  • January 23, 2024 – School Site Council (SSC) Meeting from 2:30-3:00 This is open to the public. See below for details.
  • January 24, 2024 – Office will close after dismissal for Office Staff Meeting (12:30 ish)
  • January 25, 2024- English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) – 11:30 in library
  • January 25, 2024- Dance Party in MPR 5:00-7:00

POSITIVE PARENTING PROGRAM – FREE CLASSES FOR SDUSD PARENTS

The Positive Parenting Program is a preventive, early intervention program that helps parents find positive solutions to common childhood behaviors. Classes are FREE and childcare is provided. The dates are: February 6, 13, and 20 (in person) 6:00-8:00pm.

Families must register in advance. Contact: Dulce Caldwell with any questions you may have.

The Universal Transitional Kindergarten (UTK) pre-enrollment priority window is now open!

Pre-enrollment for the 2024-25 school year will open on Monday, January 22nd from 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at PBE.

Early childhood education is important for students, both academically and socially. UTK is a new grade level preceding kindergarten, open to all students who will turn age 4 by September of this year — children born between September 2, 2019 and September 1, 2020. 

Beginning January 22, families may contact their neighborhood school directly to complete the UTK enrollment packet. If space at the school of residence becomes full, Neighborhood Schools and Enrollment Options (NSEO) will assist families in enrolling in the next closest school with space available.

In UTK, students receive a full day of school aligned with the elementary school bell schedule and calendar. Each class has two teachers who provide developmentally appropriate teaching practices to help prepare students for kindergarten success. All UTK students are offered free and nutritious breakfast and lunch at school. 

Please email Gloria Reyna greyna@sandi.net for more information.

The Great Kindness Challenge: Jan. 22-26

We would LOVE for you to volunteer!

Parents volunteering in elementary school plays a crucial role in fostering a collaborative and supportive learning environment. Your involvement goes beyond assisting with tasks; it creates a sense of community and strengthens the bond between parents, teachers, and students. By dedicating your time in the classroom, you contribute to the overall well-being of the school community. Volunteering also allows you to actively engage in your child’s education, gaining insight into the curriculum, and providing valuable support for teachers. Furthermore, it instills a sense of responsibility and civic duty in children, showcasing the importance of active participation in community endeavors. Get involved today!

School Site Council (SSC)

The School Site Council (SSC) is a governance body at the school level that plays a crucial role in the decision-making process. It is typically composed of parents, teachers, administrators, and sometimes students, depending on the school’s structure. The primary purpose of the School Site Council is to develop and oversee the implementation of the School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA).

The key responsibilities of the School Site Council may include:

  1. Developing the SPSA: The council collaborates to create a comprehensive plan that outlines the school’s goals, strategies, and actions to improve student achievement.
  2. Budget Oversight: SSC members may have a role in reviewing and approving the budget allocations related to the SPSA goals, ensuring that funds are used effectively to support student success.
  3. Monitoring Progress: The SSC monitors and evaluates the progress of the school in achieving the goals outlined in the SPSA. Regular assessments are conducted to track the effectiveness of implemented strategies.
  4. Parent and Community Involvement: The SSC encourages and facilitates parent and community involvement in the decision-making process. This ensures that diverse perspectives are considered in shaping the school’s policies and programs.
  5. Collaboration with Other Committees: The SSC often collaborates with other school committees and groups to address various aspects of school improvement and community engagement.

Please join us this Tuesday from 2:30-3:00 on zoom to learn about our current data and the 24-25 projected budget. This meeting is open to all community members. Hope to see you there.

Please see the agenda here.

Join meeting:  https://sandiegounified.zoom.us/j/83969370918

Attendance

PBE is plagued by chronic absenteeism. We want to work together with you so your children can do well in school!  Students miss valuable learning time and can fall behind in their school work when they are not in school – whether it is excused or unexcused.    

While Education Code sections 48200 and 48260(a) make school attendance mandatory, it is also important to know that research shows:

  • Children who are chronically absent (two days per month, or 18 days per year) in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade and more likely to struggle academically in later years.
  • By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign that students are at risk for dropping out of school.
  • By 9th grade, good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than 8th grade test scores.

To combat these statistics, we in the PBE family would like to develop a positive incentive plan for students on campus to have better attendance. For example, each class would need a certain number of days of perfect attendance for a popcorn party. We were thinking they would need to spell the word attendance. Each day they have perfect attendance, they get a letter to spell the word ATTENDANCE. Since the word attendance has 10 letters, they would need 10 perfect days to earn a party. That way the FOPBE could fund individual parties throughout the school year and show a commitment to the future of our students in our community.

We can’t do this attendance mission alone. For us to sustain this, we need a great team of people and support from our community. WE can make incremental changes year over year and sustain them so that they accumulate over time and help create an environment that is healthier and happier. It is happening all over the state and country, and it can happen here too!

We are passionate about this endeavor and hope you can support us, as we tackle this challenge to promote increasing attendance through our morning wellness announcements, flyers sent home to parents, as well as through social media and in our classrooms. Thank you for your partnership PBE community!

Friends of Pacific Beach Elementary (FOPBE)

FOPBE is on Instagram and Facebook! Follow FOPBE to stay up to date about PBE events, announcements, and reminders, plus fun facts and highlights about our wonderful school!  Follow FOPBE at https://www.instagram.com/fopbe/ and/or https://www.facebook.com/FOPBE/

Please connect with our parent partners at: pacificbeachelementary@gmail.com

Coffee Chat/Tea Time with the Principal and English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

All are welcome to attend. We will be sharing school-wide data, the projected budget and how we can support our language learners. The English Learners Advisory Committee (ELAC) makes recommendations regarding programs for students with second language needs. The purpose of the ELAC is to provide parents of English Learners opportunities to: Learn more about the programs offered to their children. Please join us on Thursday, January 25th at 11:30 a.m. to learn more about how to support your English language learners and how to get more involved celebrating multilingualism and multiculturism. We will be serving light refreshments.

Beautification/Modernization Project

I was checking things out again this week. The new UTK building is coming along nicely! It still looks like phase one should be done in between February 20th and March 1st. Yay! This is a sneak peek at the new UTK buildings.

Our School-wide Focus

Our school is committed to teaching the whole child. That means creating/enhancing student leadership opportunities, providing teaching tools to help students regulate emotions, and increasing the intellectual capacity of all of our learners. One way we do this is by having students engage in collaborative conversations. We know whoever is doing the talking is doing the thinking. This week’s professional learning was looking at the mathematical progressions and exploring the various representations in math problems.

The Penguin Press

Week 2 Q3 January 15, 2024

Another exciting week has passed at PBE, filled with hands-on learning and exploration in science and our garden! This week, our little scientists delved into the wonders of nature as they observed plants, insects, and the changing seasons.

In addition to their scientific discoveries, our budding writers have been honing their literacy skills by documenting their observations in journals. They are expressing their thoughts, recording findings, and even attempting to write simple sentences about their experiences in the garden. This integration of science and writing not only enhances their understanding of the natural world but also nurtures their language development.

We invite you to encourage your child to share their gardening and scientific adventures with you at home. You might ask them about the different plants they’ve explored, the insects they’ve discovered, or even their favorite part of the garden. Your involvement in these conversations will not only strengthen their understanding but also foster a love for learning.

Thank you for your continued support in nurturing the curiosity and growth of our young learners.

With joy and gratitude,

Dr. Karon Schnitzer

Dates to Remember

  • January 15, 2024 – Monday – No School -In observance of Martin Luther King
  • January 17, 2024 – Wednesday- Kindness Challenge Kickoff
  • January 19, 2024 – Friday – Lockdown/Fire Drill
  • January 22-26, 2024- Kindness Week- see below for details
  • January 25, 2024- English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) – 11:30 in library
  • January 25, 2024- Dance Party in MPR 5:00-7:00

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. with children provides an opportunity to teach them about the values of equality, justice, and compassion. Here are some age-appropriate activities for children to engage in:

  1. Read Age-Appropriate Books:
    • Choose books that introduce the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr. in a way that children can understand. Look for books with colorful illustrations and simple language.
  2. Art and Craft Projects:
    • Have children create art projects that symbolize unity, diversity, and equality. For example, they can make friendship bracelets with different colored beads to represent diversity.
  3. Watch Educational Videos:
    • Show age-appropriate videos or documentaries that explain the significance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s contributions to civil rights. Platforms like PBS Kids often have educational content suitable for children.
  4. Discuss Diversity:
    • Engage in conversations about diversity and the importance of treating everyone with kindness and respect. Use simple language to explain concepts of equality and fairness.
  5. Write and Share Dreams:
    • Encourage children to write or draw about their dreams for a better world. This can be done through drawings, poems, or short stories, fostering creativity and expression.

POSITIVE PARENTING PROGRAM – FREE CLASSES FOR SDUSD PARENTS

The Positive Parenting Program is a preventive, early intervention program that helps parents find positive solutions to common childhood behaviors. Classes are FREE and childcare is provided. The dates are: February 6, 13, and 20 (in person) 6:00-8:00pm.

Families must register in advance. Contact: Dulce Caldwell with any questions you may have.

The Universal Transitional Kindergarten (UTK) pre-enrollment priority window is just around the corner!

Pre-enrollment for the 2024-25 school year will open on Monday, January 22nd from 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at PBE.

Early childhood education is important for students, both academically and socially. UTK is a new grade level preceding kindergarten, open to all students who will turn age 4 by September of this year — children born between September 2, 2019 and September 1, 2020. 

Beginning January 22, families may contact their neighborhood school directly to complete the UTK enrollment packet. If space at the school of residence becomes full, Neighborhood Schools and Enrollment Options (NSEO) will assist families in enrolling in the next closest school with space available.

In UTK, students receive a full day of school aligned with the elementary school bell schedule and calendar. Each class has two teachers who provide developmentally appropriate teaching practices to help prepare students for kindergarten success. All UTK students are offered free and nutritious breakfast and lunch at school. 

Please email Gloria Reyna greyna@sandi.net for more information.

The Great Kindness Challenge: Jan. 22-26

We would LOVE for you to volunteer!

Parents volunteering in elementary school plays a crucial role in fostering a collaborative and supportive learning environment. Your involvement goes beyond assisting with tasks; it creates a sense of community and strengthens the bond between parents, teachers, and students. By dedicating your time in the classroom, you contribute to the overall well-being of the school community. Volunteering also allows you to actively engage in your child’s education, gaining insight into the curriculum, and providing valuable support for teachers. Furthermore, it instills a sense of responsibility and civic duty in children, showcasing the importance of active participation in community endeavors. Get involved today!

Attendance

PBE is plagued by chronic absenteeism. We want to work together with you so your children can do well in school!  Students miss valuable learning time and can fall behind in their school work when they are not in school – whether it is excused or unexcused.    

While Education Code sections 48200 and 48260(a) make school attendance mandatory, it is also important to know that research shows:

  • Children who are chronically absent (two days per month, or 18 days per year) in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade and more likely to struggle academically in later years.
  • By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign that students are at risk for dropping out of school.
  • By 9th grade, good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than 8th grade test scores.

To combat these statistics, we in the PBE family would like to develop a positive incentive plan for students on campus to have better attendance. For example, each class would need a certain number of days of perfect attendance for a popcorn party. We were thinking they would need to spell the word attendance. Each day they have perfect attendance, they get a letter to spell the word ATTENDANCE. Since the word attendance has 10 letters, they would need 10 perfect days to earn a party. That way the FOPBE could fund individual parties throughout the school year and show a commitment to the future of our students in our community.

We can’t do this attendance mission alone. For us to sustain this, we need a great team of people and support from our community. WE can make incremental changes year over year and sustain them so that they accumulate over time and help create an environment that is healthier and happier. It is happening all over the state and country, and it can happen here too!

We are passionate about this endeavor and hope you can support us, as we tackle this challenge to promote increasing attendance through our morning wellness announcements, flyers sent home to parents, as well as through social media and in our classrooms. Thank you for your partnership PBE community!

Friends of Pacific Beach Elementary (FOPBE)

FOPBE is on Instagram and Facebook! Follow FOPBE to stay up to date about PBE events, announcements, and reminders, plus fun facts and highlights about our wonderful school!  Follow FOPBE at https://www.instagram.com/fopbe/ and/or https://www.facebook.com/FOPBE/

Please connect with our parent partners at: pacificbeachelementary@gmail.com

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

The English Learners Advisory Committee (ELAC) makes recommendations regarding programs for students with second language needs. The purpose of the ELAC is to provide parents of English Learners opportunities to: Learn more about the programs offered to their children. Please join us on Thursday, January 25th at 11:30 a.m. to learn more about how to support your English language learners and how to get more involved celebrating multilingualism and multiculturism.

Beautification/Modernization Project

I got to jump behind the scenes again this week to see how we are progressing It still looks like phase one should be done in between February 20th and March 1st. Yay! This is a sneak peek at the new meeting room area.

The Penguin Press

Week 1 Q3 January 8, 2024

Dr. Schnitzer Joins the PBE Family

Happy new year! I am elated to join the Pacific Beach Elementary School Family. I am a product of SDUSD as I attended Ocean Beach Elementary School and Point Loma High School. I actually lived down the street from PBE when my husband and I were first married in 2000 we lived on Felspar. I am overjoyed to return home. In the past 23 years, I have had the opportunity to teach every grade level from kinder to sixth grade in my fourteen years in the classroom. I have served as an administrator the last four years in the Chula Vista Elementary School District and I teach at San Diego State University where I serve as a professor in the College of Education. Each day, I intentionally seek ways to increase engagement by ensuring that every person that steps on our campus feels valued and capable. It has been such a joy to see all of you entering school this week. It has been a pleasure meeting so many of you and I look forward to meeting you and learning your story.

With joy and gratitude,

Dr. Schnitzer

Dates to Remember

  • January 8, 2024 – Morning Meet Up on the blacktop- 7:50 a.m.- parents are welcome to stay and join us!
  • January 15, 2024 – Monday – No School -In observance of Martin Luther King
  • January 25, 2024- English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) – 11:30 in library
  • January 25, 2024- Dance Party in MPR 5:00-7:00

Friends of Pacific Beach Elementary (FOPBE)

Please connect with our parent partners at: pacificbeachelementary@gmail.com

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Please join us on Thursday, January 25th at 11:30 a.m. to learn more about how to support your English language learners and how to get more involved celebrating multilingualism and multiculturism.

Beautification/Modernization Project

I had the opportunity to meet with the construction team and view the work they have been doing. It looks like phase one should be done in between February 20th and March 1st. Yay!

More to come next time……