Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Sunblast Issue 9 - Feb. 12 2014


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February 12, 2014 - Issue 10
Parent Resource Room
Traffic Safety
PTA/Booster Club

PTA Chairs Needed
HSA Nominations
Art At Your Fingertips
Enrichment Programs
January Super Stars
Refections Update
Costume Closet
Summer School
Red Ribbon Week

Thank You!
Save the Date

Community Night
Wed. Feb. 12, MPR
6:00 P.M.

President's Holiday
Feb. 14 - 17
no school

3rd Grade AAYF
Feb. 18, 12:50-2:30

Java With Gina
Wed. Feb. 19
Parent Resource Room9:00 A.M.

Feb. 19, 10-11:00 A.M.

2nd Grade AAYF
Feb. 19, 12:50-2:30 P.M.

Ridgecrest 6th Grade

Feb. 19, 6:30-8:00 P.M.

1st Grade AAYF
Feb. 20, 12:50-2:30 P.M.

4th/5th Grade AAYF
Feb. 21, 1:20-2:50 P.M.

3rd Grade AAYF
Feb. 18, 12:50-2:30

Soleado Costume Closet Work Days
March 27, Feb. 6,

Flag Ceremony
Feb. 28
Kindergarten AAYF
Feb. 28, 12:15-2:00 P.M.

Community Read-In
March 4

Book Fair
March 5

Incoming 6th Grd Music Open House
March 3, 7:00-7:45 P.M., RIS Auditorium

Red Ribbon Week
March 10-14

PTA/Booster General Meeting
March 11, 9:00 A.M., MPR

Ruby's Night
March 12

Minimum Day
March 13, 12:46 dismissal

Minimum Day
March 21, 12:46 dismissal

Spring Break
March 24-28

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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

PTA President:
Sara Robinson,
Booster Club President:
Jennifer Novak


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Principal's Message

Click above for Mrs. Stutzel's video.

Parent Resource Room Open House

Following our Community Night on Feb. 12th (tonight!) in the MPR at 6:00 P.M., our Parent Resource Room will have it's very own Open House on Feb. 19th after drop off.  Come join us for Java with Gina starting in the Resource Room at 9:00 A.M. on the 19th.

Topics of discussion for both events will include Common Core and "Testing of the Test".  See the district website.

Traffic Safety Reminder!

Safety is the most important factor of your child's day here at Soleado.  We pride ourselves in making sure that all students feel safe and secure throughout their day.
But, we need your support to keep the streets and parking lot a safe place for our students as well.  

Please remember that you are not allowed to pass cars on Longhill Drive! This means when picking up or dropping off your child and you see line of cars on Longhill waiting to turn into Soleado, it is illegal (and very unsafe) to pass all cars waiting and turn into the Soleado lot.  We all must be patient!   Please wait in line behind all the rest of the cars or use the "park and walk" method to drop off or pick up your child.  

Please also remember that the speed limit is 5 mph in the parking lot.  We are  seeing cars driving way too fast through the parking lot.   Please remember that this is a school area and our #1 concern is the safety of the children at Soleado.  

We appreciate your support in keeping our students safe during drop off and pick up.  

Thank you for your help,
Mrs. Stutzel 

The Next PTA/Booster Club General Meeting

Our next meeting is Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 9:00 A.M. in the MPR.  Come hear our next faculty speaker, Mrs. Field from kindergarten.
Thank you to third grade teachers Ms. Hlavac and Mrs. Kearns for speaking yesterday about blending handwritten skills with 21st century learning!  See you all at the next meeting.

Vote For Upcoming PTA Board

Soleado PTA Straw Ballot  - 2014-2015

President - Eva Ruiz
Executive V.P.  - Jennifer Farrell
1st VP - Stephanie Cox
2nd VP - Hospitality - Noelle Whitaker and Ursula Dollard
3rd VP - Education - Catherine Lucas
4th VP - Community - Sara Robinson and Rachel Rioux
5th VP -Communications -  Grace Liu
6th VP - Booster Club Liaison and Volunteer Coordinator - Donna Epstein
Legislative Representative - Deborah North
Treasurer - Lana O'Shea
Financial Secretary - Hazel Kim
Auditor - Jennifer Masuguchi
Recording Secretary - OPEN
Historian - Michelle Ayers-Coppock

The election will be held March 11th at the next PTA/Booster Club General Meeting.

Respectfully Submitted by the Nominating Committee,

Michelle Ayers-Coppock - Chairperson
Heidi Sublette
Cameron Scott
Rachel Rioux
Deborah North
Gina Stutzel - Principal

PTA Positions Still Available!

Are you good at typing and listening?  This position requires attendance at two meetings a month.

 Recording Secretary
  • Take minutes at all Executive Board and General Meetings and distribute them for comments in a timely manner.
  • Bind all minutes into the official record of the PTA.
  • Have minutes available at meetings for reference.

****We are unable to have a PTA without having a recording secretary on the board.  Please contact Rachel Rioux at if you are interested.***

Chair Positions still open - These chair positions do not require attending meetings and are a great way to get involved.  Sign up to do with a friend!

Honorary Service Awards
  • Establish an Honorary Service Awards committee with at least five (5) members including the first vice president and the Honorary Service Chairman.
  • Plan and coordinate the Installation of Officers and Honorary Service Awards Program with the outgoing President and 2nd Vice President.
  • Order/print HSA awards and engrave the Past President’s pin in time for the annual installation
Science Fair
Work closely with teachers and help to oversee the needs of the Science Fair.
Assist the Principal in making sure that safety rules are being followed such as traffic rules, etc.
Campus Beautification
Work with Principal on ways to beautify the school campus. Hold special weekend clean up days, as needed.
Community Outreach
Talk with 4th VP and Principal about outreach opportunities that the students can do to help others in the community.
Costume Closet
Pass along information from District and help to organize volunteers to work at Costume Closet.

Please contact Rachel Rioux at if you are interested.

Honorary Service Award Nominations

Nominations for Soleado's annual Honorary Service Awards are now being accepted!  Do you know of anyone who has made significant contributions to Soleado throughout the year?  Please let us know!

The PTA gives out Honorary Service Awards at the end of every school year to recognize the service and dedication of both individuals and organizations. Nominated individuals can be teachers, staff members, parents or anyone you feel has made significant contributions to the well being of students at Soleado.

The HSA Committee will be meeting March 19 and really needs feedback from the school community.  Please share with us the name of anyone you feel should be considered for an award by March 14. Nomination forms are in the front office, online and edline & Member Planet, or you can simply email Catherine Lucas at with a name of someone you feel positively impacts our Soleado Community.

Awards will be given out at the HSA Awards luncheon here at Soleado on Tuesday, May 20.   

February 2014 Art At Your Fingertips: Japonisme Plum Tree

 Created by Erin Eitter Kono

Students will learn how the opening of Japanese trade to the West after 200 years of seclusion changed European art in the mid-nineteenth century.  With this project inspired by Japanese Master Utagawa Hiroshige and European Post-Impressionist Vincent Van Gogh, they will understand how art connects and influences cultures by drawing a plum tree in the Ukiyo-e style using oil pastels on black paper.

Click here for more details on this project
sponsored by the Palos Verdes Art Center.

3rd Grade TuesdayFeb. 18 12:50 - 2:30classroom
TKWednesday Feb. 1910:00 - 11:00 classroom
2nd Grade WednesdayFeb. 19 12:50 - 2:30classroom
1st GradeThursday Feb. 2012:50 - 2:30 classroom
4th/5th Grade FridayFeb. 21 1:20 - 2:50classroom
KindergartenFriday Feb. 2812:15 - 2:00 classroom

If you would like to volunteer in your child's classroom for this Art At Your Fingertips project please contact Trudy Bragg at

Enrichment Programs
for Soleado

The following classes are offered for the
Winter 2014 Enrichment Program.

For further details and registration information click here.

Lego BashTuesday February 18
Beginning Chess ThursdaysFebruary 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20
Advanced ChessThursdays February 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20 
Jedi Training Camp MondaysMarch 3, 10, 17
“Fun”- damentals of Science Tuesday February 25, March 4, 11, 18
Young Architects! WednesdaysFebruary 19, 26, March 5, 12
Karate: Character CountsFridays February 21, 28, March 7, 14

For information about the PVPUSD Enrichment Program, including a full list of class offerings and fees, please contact the Enrichment Program at
(310) 541-7626, Ext. 292 or visit us at

January Super Stars

The Following Students Received “Soleado Super Star” Certificates on Friday January 31, 2014:
TK-VillaescusaCarson C. 2nd-Biggins Jett L.

Miles J.
Eliza M.

Olivia J.
Tate R.

Deun L.2nd-Boyd Lucas C.
KDG-Bergeson David F.
Yumi K.

Ino C.
Jake M.

Taylor Y.
Chloe S.
KDG-Field Kaede K.3rd-Hlavac Jennifer A.

Nina T.
William B.
KDG-HaleAnnie K.
Sophie M.

Tomoki K.
Justin T.

Evan Y. 3rd-Kearns Haley H.
1st-Burson Kayla B.
Hannah R.

Rachel M.
Saxton T.

Travis R.
Kekoa V.

Josiah S. 4th-Beall Nate E.
1st-Dino Kaden A.
Jackie H.

Anton B. 4th-Harrigan Grace L.

Sophie K.
Sarah S.
1st –Donahoe Carlo G.5th-Elliott Darin P.

Kairi S.5th-Ellis Danny P
1st-Rogers Elyzza G.
Julia K.

Brian K.

Matthew L.

Reflections Awards Update

On Feb. 5th Reflection Winners were announced for the whole district.   The Council Level awarded the following Soleado Suns: 
Visual: 2nd Place, Lauren B.
Dance: Honorable Mention, Nikki Y. 
Music Comp: 2nd Place, Sarah S.
Literature: 1st Place, Allison Y.
She is the only one to have moved on from Council to 33rd District level. If she places, then her entry will go on to State.  Congratulations!

Costume Closet Workdays for Soleado

Calling all Soleado parents!  We're having Soleado work days on Thursday, February 27 and Thursday, March 6 at the Costume Closet.  Our specific hours will be between 10:30 A.M. and 12:30 P.M. for both days.  Sign up with a friend and help earn money towards our school.  You can also take home costumes for laundering and mending.
Sign up on suppersaas here or call 

Besides holiday costumes, the Costume Closet has formal wear for the family.  Let's not forget, the 5th grade Colonial Fair is coming soon!

If you have any questions contact Donna Epstein at

Summer School Information

Click above for summer school registration information in Palos Verdes.
Classes will be held

Registration starts March 31st at 9:00 A.M.

Red Ribbon Week Helpers Needed

Mark your calendars for Red Ribbon Week, March 10-14, 2014!
As you know RRW is all about making healthy choices.
We need parent volunteers!

To help plan events, contact Stephanie Cox at
To help kids with the Lomita Sheriff's visit, contact Jeannie Hahn at

Watch for flyers coming home soon!

We Appreciate Volunteers!

Booster club would like to recognize and thank the following parents for our wonderful Luau fundraiser on Feb. 1st.: 
Thanks to Erica Mangham for coordinating the fundraiser.
Amy Davis and Heidi Sublette for the awesome job on the decorations!
Daniel Carranza for being a great Dj and keeping people dancing all night.

Georgina McGovern, Donna Epstein, Gayle Drake, Deborah North for bringing in so many auction items.  Thanks to Ray Roostaeyan, Dean Bengston and Lenny Mangham for their help at the event.

A special thank you to the fabulous auction team of
Jennifer Novak, Georgina McGovern, Michelle Jongkind and Donna Epstein.

Finally, thank you parents who attended the event for all of your support during our 3rd biggest fundraiser!  Raffle tickets in the parking lot alone made about $700.  Together we raised over $12,000 during this event.   Mahalo!!!

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