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 email@example.com 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 22nd! Permission 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 22, SHOW 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.
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.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, to set up an independent study contract.
ABSENCES AND EXCUSES
A student’s absence shall be excused for the following reasons:
- Personal illness (Education Code 48205), which includes physical, mental or emotional illness.
- Quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer (Education Code 48205) (cf. 5112.2 – Exclusions from Attendance)
- To attend a medical, dental, optometric, or chiropractic appointment (Education Code 48205)
(These are the I codes—Dea)
- 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.
- To appear for jury duty in the manner provided by law (Education Code 48205)
- 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
- Service as a member of a precinct board for an election pursuant to Elections Code 12302 (Education Code 48205) (cf. 6142.3 – Civic Education)
- 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)
- 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)
- For the purposes of attending the pupil’s naturalization ceremony to become a United States citizen. (Education Code 48205)
- 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 email@example.com. 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.
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:
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.
The survey will be administered on Monday, March 25th.
Please take a moment to complete this two-question permission slip.
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
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:
- Developing the SPSA: The council collaborates to create a comprehensive plan that outlines the school’s goals, strategies, and actions to improve student achievement.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.