September 14, 2014
Greetings Seaside Community! The first full week of school was off to an excellent start and the speed bumps we encountered were driven over slowly and gracefully.
Reorganization: As many of you know, every year presents the possibility of a reorganization. We have been fortunate at Seaside to have avoided this scenario for the last few years. This year, however, we are faced with having to move students around a bit.
This movement is done in the best interest of the students and their education. Great care is taken in the placement of students and consideration of a number of factors is given in an effort to create balanced classrooms and meet the needs of all students. Please know that all of the teachers at Seaside are well educated, loving and capable of teaching all students. The reorganization brings the benefit of a reduced class size allowing the teacher to spend more time with individuals and small groups.
Please support your child through the process modeling a positive attitude and easy adjustment to change. The ability to adapt is an essential life skill that will support your child in the future. We appreciate your productive involvement with the process.
Back to School Night will be held on September 18 with 3rd -5th grades at 6:00 – 6:40, a PTA meeting at 6:45 – 7:10 and K – 2 from 7:15 – 8:00. A District representative will be present at the meeting to share some exciting news about Torrance, so make sure to attend the PTA portion of the evening.
If your child’s teacher is unable to host Back to School Night on the 18th, a date the following week will be used. Your presence at the PTA meeting on the 18th is invited.
Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) All third grade students are being offered the opportunity to participate in GATE testing. A parent letter with more detailed information will be mailed home to families of 3rd grade students. The deadline for returning your permission slip to your 3rd grade child’s teacher is October 8, 2014. GATE testing for third graders will take place on site during October and November.
*More information concerning GATE testing for grades 4 and 5 will be coming soon.
Lunch: We have instituted a new eating procedure at school. Students are asked to sit in their seats and chat in a low tone for 12 – 15 minutes before getting up to throw away recycling and garbage. This way, a calm eating environment is promoted and children will be more inclined to eat their food rather than pack up and play. Please reinforce this at home with your children.
Food sharing: Remind your children that food sharing is prohibited. Also, please explain to your children that we have an Allergy Awareness Table at lunch for students with food allergies. No nuts may be brought to the table ever. This is a very serious issue as we have some students with severe nut allergies and we don’t want anyone to suffer exposure.
Enjoy the week ahead. We look forward to a fun and productive school year!
Seaside Elementary School