Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Sunblast Issue 3

October 15, 2013 - Issue 3

Join Soleado On MemberPlanet
Join PTA/Booster Club
Help Update Directory
Disaster Drill
Halloween Carnival
Soleado Superstars
Art At Your Fingertips
Costume Closet
Reflections Contest
PEF Friendship Walk
Enrichment Programs
Thank You!
Save the Date

AAYF in classrooms
Fri. Oct. 11- Fri. Oct. 18
(see AAYF article)

Halloween Carnival
Sun. Oct 20, 12:00-3:00 P.M.

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

PEF Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk
Sunday, October 27, 9:00 AM

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

Halloween Parade
Thu. Oct 31, 9:00 A.M., blacktop

Helpful Links:
Soleado on Edline

Volunteer Blog

Palos Verdes Unified School District

Peninsula Education Foundation

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
(310) 377-6854

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


The Soleado Sun Blast is a twice-monthly digital publication produced by the PTA and Booster Club.  The information is intended for the use of Soleado families.  If you would like to stop receiving these newsletters please click unsubscribe at the bottom of this issue.

The Next PTA/Booster Club General Meeting
All are welcome to the next meeting, Tuesday, November 12th at 9:00 A.M. in the MPR.  Our next guest faculty speaker is Mrs. Donahoe.  Thank you to Ms. Elliott who spoke on how Common Core will effect math in our curriculum at the October PTA meeting.

Don't forget to visit our school's webpage:

If you haven't already joined PTA - It's not too late!  Every member counts!!  To join PTA and Booster Club click here:

Everyone should have received a letter from your room parent regarding the classroom fund. All voluntary donations are due by Friday, October 18th. Please use the envelope that was sent home or put the room parent treasurer name on the envelope. 

Help PTA Update the Directory
We are in the process of updating our school directory. If you gave permission to publish your address and/or email in the directory please take the time to confirm your phone numbers by October 25th, 2013.  (We are especially missing phone numbers.) Start by clicking here:

Volunteers Needed for Disaster Drill
This Week!

On October 17, Soleado will be having our major Disaster Drill. This is the biggest emergency drill of the year. We need parents help to observe and critique the drill.

If you can volunteer to help out with the drill. please click the link below to sign up:

Halloween Carnival is On It's Way!
Sunday, October 20th
at Soleado Elementary School
12-3 p.m.

Sign up to help set up, decorate, run a booth and clean up. We appreciate any and all volunteers to make this a success. Click here:

Your family and friends are welcome to join us at Soleado for our annual Halloween Carnival!  We're having a costume contest, and bringing a petting zoo, a reptile tent, crafts, food, a photo booth, carnival games and prizes, jumpers and more to Soleado to celebrate with our teachers and friends.

If you pre-order your tickets by Wednesday, October 16th, you'll receive a discount on tickets and wristbands for unlimited games and time in our inflatable jumpers.  After Wednesday, October 16th, the regular price will apply.
Preorder your tickets, sponsorship and delicious caramel apples here!

Soleado Superstars for September
The Following Students Received "Soleado Super Star" Certificates on Friday September 27, 2013
TK - Villaescusa

KDG - Bergeson

KDG - Field

Barrett B.
Calista Y.

Audrey C.
Nicholas H.
Angelo S.

Marcus L.
Tayla J.
Yuto S.
KDG - HaleJackson A.
Sofia D.
Jacob J.

1st - BursonMao E.
Saki H.
Jinu N.
Matthew P.

1st - DinoJeffrey C.
Cameron L.
Charlotte V.

1st - DonahoeLaine A.
Yazmin B.
Efosa O.

1st - RogersLenna K.
Luca M.
Audrey P.

2nd - BigginsMatthew N.
Alyssa O.
Leonardo T.
Aubrianne T.

2nd - BoydAmber C.
Keanu I.
Nathan L.

3rd - HlavacNatalie E.
Michael L.
Isabella P.
Haruya S.

3rd - KearnsJenna H.
Andrew K.
Jacob L.
Francesca V.

4th - BeallSantiago R. G.
Katie R.

4th - HarriganNathanael C.
Bella F.

5th - ElliottJessica H.
Emma P.

5th - EllisFelicia H.
Hiroaki S.

Art At Your Fingertips Presents:
Faces Of Cubism

In this colorful project, students will learn how African tribal sculptures and masks inspired Pablo Picasso and significantly influenced the origination of Cubism. Students will create a vibrant Cubist-style face utilizing line, shape, pattern and color..

Project Created by Stephanie Kohler


If you would like to volunteer in your child's classroom for Art at Your Fingertips, please contact Trudy Bragg at  The schedule this week is below.  (4th and 5th completed their projects last Friday Oct. 11th.)
3rd GradeTuesdayOctober1512:50 - 2:30Class
TKWednesdayOctober1610:00 - 11:00Class
2nd GradeWednesdayOctober1612:50 - 2:30Class
1st GradeThursdayOctober1712:50 - 2:30Class
KindergartenFridayOctober1812:15 - 2:00Class

For more information about this wonderful program sponsored by the Palos Verdes Art Center please click here:
Help Costume ClosetAnchor,
Earn Money for Soleado

Missing Out Would Be A “Grave” Mistake!

Halloween is just around the corner and the Costume Closet is the ideal place to get the perfect outfit for Cotillion, parties and trick-or-treating! With over 7,000 costumes and accessories in stock, you can choose a complete costume or find just the right finishing touch for the costume you already have.

The Costume Closet has new regular operating hours and special extended Halloween hours beginning Monday, October 14th.
Special Halloween hours are:
Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Interested in volunteering? There are a lot of ways to help! Contact Erika Kraak at or our PTA’s Costume Closet coordinator Donna Epstein for more information on how you can volunteer in a fun place, earn credits toward costume rentals and earn money for the school. The Costume Closet is located at 300 ‘D” Paseo del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates, CA  90275 at the Malaga Cove School site. Contact us at 310-378-5005, or via email at

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

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.
Reflections program information was sent out with dates and events. Please review the information below to learn more.

General Rules:

Student Entry Form:

Please contact Jennifer Farrell at for more information. 

All submissions are due by October 25th!

PEF Sketchers Pier to Pier
Friendship Walk

Mark your calendars! The Peninsula Education Foundation is going to participate in the 5th annual Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk on Sunday, October 27th.

Come join us for a beautiful walk from Manhattan Beach Pier to Hermosa Beach Pier and support our schools at the same time.  Last year, PEF received a check for $105,000 for our participation! We had the most walkers of any participating school district!  Our goal this year: over 3,000 walkers and an even bigger check!

Show your Soleado pride and sign up to participate in this fun family event. The registration process is easy.

Visit, click on the "Register" button, and then click on "Create A Friendship Walk Account." Fill in your personal information, join the Soleado Elementary team and remember to designate PEF as your charity of choice.  Currently we have 30+ walkers signed up for our school.  Contact Lara Hanlon, our Soleado coordinator at for further information.

Questions? or 310.378.2278 Join the fun and walk for our PVPUSD schools!

for Soleado

Click here for detailed information.

Classes are held afterschool for your convenience on the following dates.

Color Me Mine-Ceramic PaintingWednesdays: Nov.27, Dec. 4, 11, 18
MagicTuesdays: Oct. 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5
It’s Your Chess Move!Thursdays: Oct. 24, Nov. 7, 14, 21, Dec. 5, 12
Advanced ChessThursdays: Oct. 24, Nov. 7, 14, 21, Dec. 5, 12
Beginning UkuleleMondays: Oct. 21, 28, Nov. 4, 18
Dance PartyTuesday: Nov. 19
The Musical Minds Piano-Keyboard Club for Beginners 
& Advanced Students
Tuesdays: Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 10, 17
Animal InvasionFridays: Oct. 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8
Show Me the ScienceFridays: Nov. 15, 22, Dec. 6, 13
What’s Cooking?Thursday: Dec. 19
Climbing ManiaWednesday: Oct. 16
YogaWednesdays: Oct. 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13
Sports Triple PlayMondays: Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16
Chess TournamentThursday: Dec. 12
AnchorFundraisers On Our Volunteer Blog
For easy fundraisers to help Soleado, click here:

We Appreciate Volunteers!

The Give With Target Facebook promotion has closed for this year and we were able to earn $149 for Soleado!  Many thanks to everyone who voted, and we hope it showed how easy fundraising can be!  The Soleado Booster Club will use Target gift cards as contest and raffle prizes and for supplies throughout our fundraising year, so every vote mattered.  Be sure to look for this promotion again next August and September and let's keep doing what we can for our school.

A very special thank you to Eva Ruiz, Noelle Whitaker and Jennifer Farrell for the fantastic SOUPER HERO staff luncheon!!  Thank you also to the parents who cooked soup, donated supplies and additional goodies to treat the teaching staff.

A big thanks to the Book Fair Volunteers who gave up their time and effort to help kids find and purchase books at our week long event from Sep. 30 to Oct. 4.  Thank you to our Book Fair coordinator Jennifer Wong for being there everyday and making sure all was running smooth.  Set up and clean up volunteers had no small feat either.  The Book Fair is a community effort that benefits everyone here at Soleado!

Thank you to the Korean Parents Asociation for donating $1,000 to our school!  Principal Stutzel gladly accepted the check from KPA president Rosa Kim at our last PTA meeting
Soleado Elementary School PTA
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