Eastshore Elementary School

APRIL

Newsletter

April 11, 2014

As we look forward to Spring break and then…the end of the 2013-2014 school year, we have a great many school events planned and some significant learning still to do…

CALIFORNIA DISTINGUISHED SCHOOL SITE VALIDATION VISIT: Yesterday our entire school community came together to demonstrate our remarkable learning environment here at Eastshore.  Three visitors from the Orange County Department of Education arrived early in the morning to have breakfast with our staff and begin a busy day of classroom visitations and observations.  Three 6th graders served as ambassadors and escorted our guests to classrooms and planning meetings – thank you to Laura Waters, William Talbert and Malaya Glezos!

A group of our parents met with the team as well – thank you to Scott Kopecky, Regan Daniels, Eun Beenen, Tiffany Ramirez and Kelley Tomlinson!  The team also met with a group of classified staff members, our Leadership Team, student representatives from grades one through five and our entire teaching staff at the end of the day.  We also had three dignitaries from IUSD attend a luncheon with the validation team; Cassie Parham, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, Lauren Sipelis, Director of Elementary Education and Sharon Wallin, IUSD School Board President.

Our staff and students demonstrated the high quality of education that takes place here each and every day and we felt the visit went very well.  We’ll keep you posted on the results!

JOG-A-THON:  Thank you, thank you, thank you to all families who contributed to our annual Jog-A-Thon fundraiser this year!  We exceeded our goal of $35,000 and five teachers were “silly strung” by their students, having raised at least $2500 for their classrooms.  An abundance of prizes were delivered to students who entered the raffle and every child received a generous goody bag.  Every child was a winner and our school was the greatest beneficiary of all.

        A huge SHOUT OUT to Regan Daniels for her outstanding leadership in coordinating this most successful event.  Thank you also to her team of volunteers who helped make the event memorable and fun!  We couldn’t do what we do here every day without the support of our parents and families!

P.T.A. NEWS:  The next P.T.A. meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 29th at 8:15 a.m. in the MPR at Eastshore.  Please join us as we discuss the happenings at Eastshore and begin to plan for next school year.

Family Fun Night is scheduled for Friday, April 25th.  It will be held on the playground and several food trucks will be on campus ready to serve dinner at 6:00 p.m.  More information will follow after Spring break.

As we head into warm weather season, please review the dress code with your child.  Thank you again for your support in our endeavors to keep our campus safe – together we can make a difference!

MEASLES UPDATE:  Please read this important information from our

Health Services Department:

 

Measles Update

Orange County and California are currently experiencing an increase in measles cases with more cases expected to occur over the next several months. Measles is an acute infection caused by the measles virus. It is very contagious and spreads easily through the air. Simply being in the same room with someone who has measles is enough to become infected as it spreads mainly through respiratory droplets in the air. Infected individuals are most contagious from about 4 days before the rash starts until 4 days afterwards.

Routine measles vaccination of children in the U.S. has made measles a rare disease here.  However, measles is still seen in this country, usually associated with a visitor or traveler coming to the U.S. from other countries. Individuals who have not received the measles vaccine are particularly vulnerable at times of measles outbreaks and should take special care against exposure to this virus. Approximately 20% of reported measles cases experience one or more complications. These complications are more common in children under 5 and adults over 20 and can range from very serious to life threatening.

The measles virus is so contagious that it can spread rapidly once introduced and cause outbreaks, especially in schools or day care settings. Please make sure that you and your families are immunized against measles, and remember that good hand washing is the best prevention against the spread of communicable diseases. Further information can be found at:     http://ochealthinfo.com/phs/about/dcepi/epi/disease/measles

.IPSF NEWS:

                                    

PATS Deadline EXTENDED to April 11

Forms are still rolling in for IPSF’s Parents Appreciating Teachers & Staff (PATS) program and we don’t want you to miss your chance to thank special teachers and staff members at your child’s school!  Therefore, we are extending the deadline to submit PATS to April 11.  When you recognize someone through the PATS program, your designated recipients will receive a personalized Certificate of Recognition along with a small gift expressing your gratitude during National Teacher Appreciation Week in May. Contributions also help to fund the Innovative Teaching Awards Program (ITAP) and Innovative Counseling Awards Program (ICAP). CLICK HERE for more information or to complete our online form. Don’t wait—the final deadline to participate is April 11, 2014!  

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IPSF Summer Program Catalogs Now Available

Studies have shown that many students experience significant skill regression during the long summer break.  Prevent your child from experiencing the dreaded “summer slide” by enrolling in one of IPSF’s Summer Enrichment Programs.  Course catalogs are now online for IPSF K8 Summer Enrichment Academy, High School Summer Academic Camps and IPSF Summer College at IVC.  Program dates and registration dates vary—please refer to the relevant course catalog for details on how to enroll. Information about IPSF Summer Programs information can also be found on our registration website.   

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Tee It Up for Education & Helicopter Ball Drop to Benefit IPSF

IPSF’s 4th Annual Tee It Up for Education Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, May 12, 2014 at Strawberry Farms Golf Club.  Spend the day on the course with business, community and civic leaders and help raise funds for Irvine schools.  A limited number of foursomes and sponsorship opportunities are still available. Help us sell out and CLICK HERE for more information or to register online.  Don’t golf, or can’t join us this year?  You can still buy a ticket for the helicopter ball drop for your chance to win up to $5,000!

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Spring Roll Festival at Farm Direct Supports IPSF

Farm Direct, Irvine’s newest neighborhood market, is supporting Irvine schools through IPSF.  The store will host a Spring Roll Festival April 12 & 13th.  Come to the Edible Art Workshop for Kids on Saturday, April 12 from 10 AM -2 PM to join IPSF and Tanaka Farms for some healthy fun.  Purchase a ticket for a chance to win family passes to the Huntington Museum & Library with proceeds to benefit IPSF.  Farm Direct is located at 5331 University Drive in the Parkview Shopping Center.

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Annual Donald Bren Honors Concert on April 30, 2014

General Admission tickets are now on sale for the 32nd Annual Donald Bren Honors Concert on April 30, 2014 at the Renée & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Ticket prices range from $25 - $55T.  To purchase, contact the Segerstrom Center for the Arts directly by phone (714) 556-2787, visit their website at www.scfta.org or go to the box office at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA. 

 

More information about IPSF Programs and Activities can be found at www.ipsf.net

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

Tuesday, April 29            P.T.A. Meeting @ 8:15 a.m. in the MPR

Thursday, April 25           Family Fun Night

Wednesday, April 30       IUSD Honors Concert