Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Sunblast Issue 1

September 11, 2013 - Issue 1

Principal's Message

Dear Soleado Parents,

On behalf of the faculty and staff, I would like to welcome you and your family to our little place in the sun.  It was a busy summer on our campus with construction and very little water, but as you can see, with a little bit of love, everything is coming together.

There were some special items added to our Soleado campus this summer. AYSO generously donated a new shed that holds all of our emergency supplies.  Two Eagle Scouts spent a whole weekend beautifying our school.  Michael Hashimoto created a garden area next to the Ninos building and planted more flowers in our hillside sun.  Ross Miller redesigned a shaded area with seating and flagstone flooring which creates a nice “hang out” area for our students. Great job Scouts!

Our standardized test results are in and it looks like Soleado shines once again. We are proud of our student’s academic achievements and their hard work really paid off.  I would like to offer a special thanks to our dedicated teachers for all they do to provide access to the curriculum for all of our students.  You are a great group of professionals and we are fortunate to have you at our school.

There are some important events that are coming up in the near future that you should add to your calendars. 
·   Thursday, September 12th, Back to School Night
·   Friday, September 13th will be Picture day at Soleado.  More information will be sent home with your child so keep an eye out.
·   Next week, is Yellow Ribbon Week

Please make sure that you have signed up on Member Planet.  This is a great way to stay informed about all activities at Soleado.  Also, make sure to check our Edline site once a week for updates and classroom activities.
Edline link: 

Member Planet

I sincerely look forward to getting to know all of our students and their families over the course of this year.  For me, Soleado is more than just a school but is also a village whose primary function is to foster good citizenship and academic excellence in our students in an environment that is safe and enjoyable.  Look for opportunities to get involved in our school this year and don’t hesitate to contact me if you can’t find anything to do.  I know that there is something for everyone at our little place in the sun.

Once again, welcome to the 2013-2014 school year at Soleado.  I am excited about all of the wonderful things we have in store for your child this year.

-Mrs. Gina Stutzel

------------------------------------------------------This Friday, September 13th is a minimum day. Dismissal is 12:46 P.M.

Join the PTA & Booster Club

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 is our next PTA general meeting at 9:00 A.M. in the MPR.  Come enjoy coffee and pastries while being informed of our upcoming school events.  Fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Elliot will be our guest in October.  Stay tuned for a different guest teacher every month.

Don’t forget to join PTA with a membership of $10 per person payable to "Soleado PTA" in our office or on our Member Planet site.  
Click here for PTA/Booster Club membership.  If you haven’t joined Member Planet please sign up to receive the bi-monthly Sunblast and see our school calendar.  For more information log onto​​.

The Booster club is our fundraising arm of parent volunteers who also needs your support.  Thank you for those who donated already to the Booster Club through our Member Planet campaign.
It’s not too late to donate!

Update on Soleado’s Direct Donation Drive:

If you have already donated, click here:

If you have not already donated, click here to find out why you should, and how to support our Soleado students:

If you agree with any of the following statements, click here:

It is important that I encourage my student to read.
I want my student to be excited about reading books.
Having strong reading skills will help my student with communication, academics, and focus.

Rays of Light Shine Bright...  Come by the main office to see the new volunteer area brought to you by Jennifer F.

Volunteering at School

You must sign in any time you are on campus and are going past the flagpole. You must have a badge on. This is for safety of the students.

Looking forward to volunteering in the class? Make sure you have an up to date TB test and have signed the volunteer contract and given it to Miss Rhonda.  See edline for the volunteer handbook.

Planet Aid Box Donations

Many of you may have noticed the bright yellow Planet Aid bin located by the TK/Kindergarten playground.  Please donate any used clothing or shoes to this box and help make a difference.  Click here to learn more about the program

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Welcome our newest Sun Mrs. Lisa Rogers

We would like to welcome our newest Soleado Sun, Mrs. Lisa Rogers.  Mrs. Rogers is one of our exceptional first grade teachers.  Her calm gentle approach with children has created a loving energy in her classroom, which is just one of many reasons we are blessed to have her as part of the Soleado Family. She believes that children should be active, are unique individuals, and create a positive energy that fills her up with joy every day. Some of the things, besides teaching, that Mrs. Rogers loves are her two beautiful children, Ethan and Lindsay.  She also really enjoys swimming.  Recently, Mrs. Rogers participated in a 1 mile swim from Angel Island to Tiburon. She is looking forward to joining a local swim team so that she can continue her swimming pursuits.  Professionally, Mrs. Rogers has taught in the Palos Verdes School District (’97-’07) before moving to Lake Arrowhead. Most recently, she was a K-8 instructor for the California Virtual Academy (CAVA).  Her experience with the Common Core and use of technology in education is just a few ways Mrs. Rogers will contribute her expertise and knowledge to the students at Soleado.

Mrs. Rogers wants the students and parents of Soleado to know that her door is always open and would love some assistance working with the students in the new garden, which was built by a local Eagle Scout this summer, Michael Hashimoto.

Next time you see Mrs. Rogers, make sure to say “Hi” and welcome her to our Soleado Family!

Reflections Program 2013-2014
"Believe, Dream, Inspire"

Reflections Program – Introduction
The Reflections Arts Recognition Program is a national arts recognition and achievement program for students. Since 1969, over 10 million students across the nation have taken part in this popular PTA program.
The excitement and enthusiasm that the program generates for students, parents, schools and communities is unmatched with the majority of California PTAs participating in the program at all PTA levels.
That's why the Reflections Program provides an excellent opportunity for students of all ages to:

  • Unleash their creative talents and be inspired
  • Express themselves imaginatively in their artwork
  • Experience the joy and fun of making art
  • Tap into critical thinking skills to create art inspired by the annual theme
  • Receive positive recognition for their original works of art
As an added bonus, in showcasing and celebrating student talent, the Reflections Program increases community awareness of the importance of the arts in education.
We are preparing for the program at our school and will be sending out more information with dates and events. Please review the information below to learn more until then.
General Rules:
Student Entry Form:
Please contact Jennifer Farrell at for more information.

Yellow Ribbon Week
September 16-20

Greetings Teachers and Parents,

​It’s Yellow Ribbon Week again! Join us in promoting friendship and kindness by celebrating Yellow Ribbon Week at Soleado.
Yellow Ribbon Week is observed to promote ”Loving, Caring, Sharing, & Friendship” in our children’s daily social learning environment, with an emphasis on preventing bullying in our school and community.

Through this program, we hope to encourage students to develop positive social skills and to respect their relationships with friends and classmates, which will promote healthy growth and development throughout their lives.

Yellow Ribbon Week is a national PTA program, which we are proud to celebrate at Soleado.


Yellow Ribbon Week – Activities

Monday - “Yellow Ribbon Kick Off & Pledge Day”
         Wear yellow socks or wear a yellow ribbon to celebrate the start of Yellow Ribbon Week.

Tuesday – “Friendship Day”
Make a new friend day and invite someone new to play with you at recess.

Wednesday ­– “Teamwork Day”
Celebrate teamwork by wearing a t-shirt or hat from your favorite sports team.

Thursday- “Peace & Love”
Dress in tie-dye, peace sign, flower, heart, or bright color clothing
to celebrate peace and positive friendships.

Friday- “Ray of Sunshine ”
         Wear your Soleado spirit gear or anything yellow to support Loving, Caring, Sharing and Friendship.      

Thank You!

Thank You to Jeannie Hahn for working so hard on getting our Emergency Preparedness supplies up to date in both the EP shed and in the classroom.

Thanks to Catherine Lucas for organizing registration day and all the hours she has spent organizing the forms​.  Thank you to everyone who made registration day a great success!  We had great volunteers who really helped!

Thanks to all those that brought refreshments for our Welcome Tea!  What a spread!! If you are interested in donating any baked goods or store bought items to any of our school functions please email us, Eva Ruiz & Noelle Whitaker (your Hospitality V.P.s), at  This is one super easy way you can feel like you are supporting our awesome "Soleado family village".​

Join Soleado
On Member Planet

In this Issue:
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Join Soleado
On Member Planet

Join PTA & Booster Club
Bookfair Info Link
Volunteering At School
Planet Aid Box
PEF Food Trucks
Meet Mrs. Rogers
Yellow Ribbon Week
Thank You!

Save The Date:

PEF Food Trucks
Wed. Sep. 11, 2013
Marmalade Cafe Parking Lot, Promenade

Back to School Night
Thu. Sep. 12, 2013, 6:30-8:30 P.M.
Parents of TK – 3rd grade students will meet in the MPR at 6:00 for a brief meeting with Mrs. Stutzel before reporting to their child’s classroom. Parents of 4th and 5th grade students will meet in the MPR at 7:15.
Picture Day
Fri. Sep. 13, 2013

Minimum Day
12:46 PM dismissal
​Fri. Sep 13, 2013

Yellow Ribbon Week
Sep. 16-20, 2013

Book Fair
September 30th-
October 3rd

PTA General Meeting
Tue. Oct. 8th, 2013
MPR, 9:00 A.M.

Our first “Community Night” will be held on Wed. October 23 at 6:00 pm, MPR.

​Java with Gina
Tue. Oct. 29, 2013,
Staff Lounge, 9:00 A.M. ​

---------------Helpful Links:
Soleado on Edline

Volunteer Blog​

Palos Verdes Unified School District​

Thank you for supporting

Soleado Elementary School
PVP Council of PTAs
Thirty-Third District PTA
California State PTA

Soleado Elementary School
27800 Longhill Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes
California 90275

Gina Stutzel, Principal
Sara Robinson,
​PTA President
Jennifer Novak, 
Booster Club President


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