OSS Spring Fest this Sunday, April 21

The family event to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Ocean Shore School/Alternative is Sunday, April 21st from 11am – 3pm at Ocean Shore School. This event is open to the community so bring your friends and neighbors. Please find the activities and schedule of performances below including the Library Dedication to Patty McNally at 1:30pm. 

  • Food and Activity Highlights
    • Food Trucks: Whisk and Dominics
    • Carnival Games
    • Bouncy Houses/Giant Dual Slides/Hungry Hippo Game
    • Tie-dye OSS logo shirts
    • Art /Bracelet Booth
    • Square Dancing
    • Imagination Playground – Pacifica Libraries
    • Commemorative shirts/hoodies for purchase
    • Carnival Games
    • Auction
  • Schedule of Performances
    • 11:30-12:00 pm: Foggy Coast Kids 
    • 12:15-12:35 pm: Coastside Dance School 
    • 12:50-1:15 pm: Jonathan Harris sing-along 
    • 1:15-1:45 pm:  Terra Nova Drum Line (in front of library) 
    • 1:30-2:00 pm:  Patty McNally’s Library Dedication 
    • 2:00-2:20 pm:  Square Dance led by Connie 
    • 2:35-3:00 pm:  Foghouse 

Buy tickets and wristbands including reserving an OSS shirt to tie-dye at https://my.cheddarup.com/c/oss50thanniversary.

Yearbook – Customize two free pages until April 14

The deadline to customize two free pages or pay for additional custom pages has been extended until the end of day April 14. These pages will be printed in your child’s yearbook.  If you have purchased your yearbook already, log into https://www.treering.com/ and click on the customize option.  You can design your own layout or use a template.  If you have purchased a yearbook in the past, log into your account and you should have the option to buy this year’s book and then customize it.  If you are new or have never purchased a yearbook, click on the following link to set up an account.  https://www.treering.com/purchase?PassCode=1014115995473789. If you miss the customization deadline, you can still buy your yearbook.

Celebrate Diversity Day + Multicultural Night on March 28

Celebrate Diversity Day (CDD) is Thursday, 3/28!  As part of our annual OSS tradition, CDD is an opportunity to showcase and celebrate diversity in all its forms, including racial/ethnic, gender, economic, and family diversity. Our students across all grade levels will be engaged in curriculum-related activities that explore and celebrate our similarities and differences. The goal of CDD is to promote a culture of inclusivity, acceptance, and respect within our school community. 

Then, we invite you to join us on Thursday evening (3/28) from 6pm-8pm for Multicultural Night, a chance for our school community to come together and celebrate the diversity that makes us unique. This exciting event will feature performances, potluck (bring a cultural dish to share), and displays from a range of cultures and backgrounds. It’s a night not to be missed, and we hope to see you there!  Sign up HERE to share a dish, dance or activity.

“In Our Reading Era” Read-a-thon Happening Now

The read-a-thon is in progress through February 29th! This is Ocean Shore’s largest fundraiser of the year and 100% of donations go directly to the school! Prizes will be awarded to top readers and fundraisers. Our goal is $40,000. We are 28% to our goal at about halfway through. Keep reading and collecting donations! Check the fundraising total or make a donation at https://app.99pledges.com/fund/ossread2024

  1. Set up your student’s fundraising page to collect donations at https://app.99pledges.com/fund/ossread2024/addme
  2. Check your company if they do matching donations.
  3. Use your calendar log to track your daily minutes read and then enter your total minutes in a Google Form at the end of the month. https://forms.gle/DRrhRLzuJ5a3XEpXA

More information can be found at https://osspto.org/readathon.

OSS Spirit Wear Pre-Order – New Designs!

We are partnering with Gandy Ink again to offer a new selection of gear for our OSS community.

This year, we are featuring several new designs including flannel lounge pants, raglan style 3/4 sleeve shirts, a football shirt, soft gray long sleeve with OSS on the front and the dolphin logo on the back and a navy trucker hat. Plus hoodies and t-shirts in new colors!

Pre-Sale orders will run 9/1-9/24 with delivery expected at the end of October/early November.

Due to storage space, we will have a very limited inventory of gear available for sale so if you see something you want, make sure you place your order before Sept 24th.

Order Today

Welcome from your PTO President! – 2023-2024

Hello and welcome Ocean Shore families to the 2023-2024 school year!!!

The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is eager to welcome back all of our families with an especially warm welcome to all entering Kindergarten families and any other families new to Ocean Shore!

I, myself, am a new parent here with an entering Kindergartener and am very much feeling the back to school excitement and nerves!! First off, I wanted to congratulate you and your family for committing to Ocean Shore! Ocean Shore has a very distinctive program from other district schools. We pride ourselves in volunteerism, commitment, and experiential learning. In order to make our unique philosophy come to life we very much rely on the PTO and all of our families to ensure that our school is provided all of the “extras” that enhance learning, make school fun and allow our hardworking teachers and staff to focus on what they do best – teaching!!!

The PTO is a combination of both the Executive Board and PTO job holders, consisting of both parents and teachers/staff, elected each spring to manage the family participation program and oversee the annual PTO budget and fundraising, which cover key aspects of Ocean Shore’s enhanced curriculum, such as field trips, theme days, assemblies, classroom supplies, technology, physical education and art. The community our families and staff have built year after year is one that provides our students and families amazing educational and social opportunities!

OSS Back to School Night is Thursday, Sept 14, 2023! This is a great opportunity for all OSS families to meet teachers and participate in the first planning meeting for each class. Attendance is HIGHLY recommended so families get a chance to meet their class ombuds, sign up for volunteer activities of their choosing and find out about academic information from the teacher(s).

Save the Dates!

PTO General Meetings 6:30-8:30pm (in person and zoom):

September 21, January 18, March 21, May 16

Other ways we encourage you to stay involved with your dolphin(s):

  • Do your best to adhere to meet your volunteer hours and to log your hours in the binder in the office. There are many ways to meet volunteer hours including driving for field trips, classroom volunteering, involvement with the PTO – please reach out to your classroom OMBUD for opportunities! There are also ways to stay involved outside of the typical school day – PTO meetings, teacher take home activities, etc.
  • We HIGHLY encourage annual family donations/child to help us meet our fundraising goals and ensure that we are able to provide consistent funding for critical school supports (physical education, art, field trips, teacher supplies, etc.) ln order for us to fund PTO activities without dipping into our rainy day fund we would need an average of $400/child/year!!
  • Join us for back to school night, fundraising events, PTO general meetings and consider reaching out to support us in filling an open PTO job holder position:
  • Check our OSSPTO website often for up to date details on school activities and meetings www.osspto.org.
  • Follow us on Facebook @OSSPTO and Instagram @Oss_Pto

Please do reach out with any questions and we wish everyone an amazing school year!!

Grace Sobieski
Ocean Shore School PTO President 2023-24
president@osspto.org

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