Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Sunblast Issue 11 - Feb. 26 2014

Sunblast Issue 11 - Feb. 26 2014
February 26, 2014 - Issue 11

Costume Closet
Read-In Book Fair

Pennies For Patients
Red Ribbon Week
Ruby's Night

PEF Update
Art At Your Fingertips
Amazon Link
PTA/Booster Club
Java With Gina
PTA Needs You
HSA Nominations
Summer School
Thank You!

Save the Date

Soleado Costume Closet Work Days
Feb. 27, March 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

Fun Run
Mon. March 10

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

For all the above dates and more, Member Planet has a free app for iPhone users. Click on the icon below to get your copy:

Click here for more information on using the mobile app.
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


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.

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Principal's Message

Soleado Families,

Spring is in the air…It is that time of year to gear up for our Annual Fun Run!  This is a wonderful event at Soleado to get our students moving and showing their Soleado Spirit, as well as, earn some money for our school.  The Fun Run is a great jump start to our Red Ribbon Week activities.  Please keep posted on all of the upcoming events and let's
​get running!!!

On another note, Soleado PTA needs your help…. We are still looking for a Recording Secretary for our PTA committee. This position requires very little commitment beyond availability to attend the monthly meetings.  Some of the responsibilities are taking 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, and have minutes available at meetings for reference.  

If you are interested, please contact me directly. 

Thank you Soleado Families,

Your Principal~Gina Stutzel

​Soleado Costume Closet Workdays

Soleado Costume Closet days are Feb. 27th/March 6th 10:30-12:30. Bring family or friends and make money for the school and credit for future rentals.

For further information contact:

Read-In and 1-Day Book Fair March 4-5

Special guests will be reading books to every class March 4th.  
Some of the wonderful guests:
Dr. Sandra Kim - Lomita Pet Hospital
Principal Allen - Miraleste Middle School
even our own local firemen.
Contact Jeannie Hahn at for any questions.
Parents and students are invited to come to Soleado's One Day Book Fair March 5th.  There will be a great selection of books.  Come by the MPR:

7:30 to 8:30 am
Lunch Time
2:30 to 4:00 pm
5:30 to 7:00 pm

Please contact Jennifer Wong at for any questions.

Pennies for Patients Donations

You may have seen your child bring home a collection box with the above logo.  (Click on the logo for futher information and dontate online!)  
Our school is committed to collecting all spare change (not just pennies) for this worthy cause.  Your child has the power to make a positive impact on the lives of blood cancer patients!
Please collect and turn in all contributions February 24th-March 14th for a chance to earn t-shirts, a class party, tickets to local attractions
​and more!

Red Ribbon Week March 10-14

Click the banner above to volunteer
Red Ribbon Week: March 10-14
Dream, Believe, Achieve and Stay Healthy

Monday:  Let's team up and get fit with our FUN RUN!!! Bring your hats and water bottles.  (Don't forget to put on the sunblock)

Tuesday: Watch out for our Lomita Sheriffs. (Lunch Recess) & show the neighborhood our red ribbon spirit.
Wednesday: Turn your back to junk food, lets dress BACKWARDS! 

The students will meet the Nutrition Magician to learn with magic the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.

Thursday: Rock out and get fit with Coach K (recess
10:15-11:15), healthy snacks will be passed out at recess.
Come to school in your workout clothes ready to get fit!
Friday: Superhero day! We are all healthy superheroes!
Dress up as any kind of healthy superhero you can think of.

Remember: Wear red all week

Click here to volunteer!  
For more information, contact Stephanie Cox at
To help kids with the Lomita Sheriff's visit, contact Jeannie Hahn at

Watch for your flyer coming soon!

Ruby's Night Fundraiser

Wednesday, March 12th

Ruby's Diner will be hosting a fund raising day for Soleado!

8:00 am - 9:00 pm  
  Principal Mrs. Stutzel will be there to host you!
Come support the cause and enjoy a great meal.
20% of sales generated will go towards Soleado!
Applies to dine in and take out orders as well as gift cards purchased!

Please remember to fill in the FUNDRAISER SIGN-UP SHEET located next to the register before you leave!
Not discount/coupons/scrip/tips allowed.

Ruby's Diner is located at the Promenade Mall
550 Deep Valley Drive, RHE
(310) 544-7829

PEF Sketchers Walk Update

Just announced -- our school district had the highest number of participants at the 2013 Skechers Friendship Walk.  We had 3,386 walkers out of the 10,000 total registered (our goal was 3,000).  PEF will be receiving a check in the amount of $136,000!!  This is $31,000 MORE than last year.  Thank you for your support of PEF.

Click here to donate and receive the car sticker

March 2014 Art At Your Fingertips:
Sill Life In Lines

Created by CeCe Nahin 

In this fundamental drawing project, students will learn the history of pen and ink drawing which spans many cultures over many centuries.  Using a variety of techniques, they will create a still-life drawing adding shadows by varying line style and using oil pastels to add interest with a punch of color.

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

5th GradeFridayMarch 141:20 - 2:50classroom
4th GradeFridayMarch 141:20 - 2:50classroom
3rd GradeTuesdayMarch 1812:50 - 2:30classroom
TKWednesdayMarch 1910:00 - 11:00classroom
2nd GradeWednesdayMarch 1912:50 - 2:30classroom
1st Grade
March 20
March 21
12:50 - 2:30
8:45 - 10:00

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

 Don't Forget Our Amazon Link 

Click on the graphic above (or click here)
to help earn a percent back to Soleado.
Spring Break is coming!  It's time to stock up on sunscreen, hats and warm weather gear.

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.  

Also on March 11th, 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

Java with Gina Update

 If you missed Java with Gina in our Parent Resource Room on Wedneday, February 12 here are some highlights.

We had a great suggestion from a parent that we are going to implement in March 2014.  It was suggested that we could use the Parent Resource Room as a place for parents to meet occasionally to gather and socialize to get to know one another - especially the parents of younger grades and new families to our school.  We will have a standing Soleado Social Hour at school on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month from 8:30 - 9:30am in the Parent Resource Room starting March 14th.

Parents attending can bring their own refreshments.  Booster has generously offered to provide a Keurig coffee maker that we can keep in the room for volunteers to utilize at these gatherings.

Additionally - we will now post volunteer needs for parents to sign up for on the large white board next to the computer in the Parent Resource Room.  This room will continue to evolve over the next few months - but it is heading in the right direction.

In conclusion, Mrs. Stutzel provided information on new state testing for grades 3-5.  Our world is changing so fast!  Our kids need to be up to speed on problem solving multiple ways.  Click on the SBAC logo below to log into a sample test as a guest.    

See what 21st Century Learning (and testing) is like!
Also, click here for the entire PowerPoint presentation.
(Once there, click on Community Night Feb. 12 Power Point.)

PTA Positions Still Available!

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 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 here & 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.   

Summer School Information

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

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

We Appreciate Volunteers!

Thank you to hospitality chairs Eva Ruiz and Noelle Whitaker for organizing yummy treats and coffee for Java with Gina.

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