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Sunblast Issue 12 - March 19 2014

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March 19, 2014 - Issue 12

Calling All Scientists
Summer School
Writing Workshop
February Super Stars
Enrichment Classes
Booster Club Recruits
Amazon Link
Joey's Smokin BBQ
PTA/Booster Club
Social Hour
PTA Secretary Needed
RRW Memories
Thank You!

Save the Date

1st Grd AAYF
Thurs., March 20

4th/5th Grd AAYF
Fri., March 21

Minimum Day
March 21, 12:46 dismissal

Spring Break
March 24-28

Joey's Smokin BBQ

April 1-7

Disaster Drill
Mon., April 7

Soleado Social Hour
Fri., April 11, 8:30 am
Parent Resource Room

PTA Booster Meeting
Tue., April 15

Science Fair
Thu., April 17

Green Ribbon Week
April 21-25

Soleado Social Hour
Fri., April 25, 8:30 am
Parent Resource Room

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:

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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
This month we have two videos, one from Mrs. Donahoe and the other from Principal Stutzel.  
Make sure to view both by clicking on each one at a time.

Calling All Scientists and Engineers!

The Science Fair is recruiting approx. 10 volunteer judges to evaluate the entries.  We are looking for parents with science, engineering background or those with a high interest in science.  Judging will take place on 4/16 (Wed) from 3 to 4 pm in the MPR.  Mrs. Ellis (5th Grade) will provide the training to all judges.  Interested families please contact Linh Tu (Science Fair parent coordinator) at  Your help to make the Science Fair a success is greatly appreciated!

Make Your Plans for Summer Now!

Summer Break k-5 registration begins Monday, March 31st!
Classes include 21st Century academic classes; daVinci Institute; enrichment classes and more.
Kindergarten – 5th grade will be held June 16th – July 11th (M – F), 8:30 am – 12:00 pm at the Cornerstone, Dapplegray and Vista Grande elementary campuses. No school on July 4th!
For more information or to register online, visit

Writing Workshop for Families
Learning from Every Writer in the Room
Presented by Lorrie Tom

Family of Writers is a unique opportunity for students and parents to write together. 
During three evening meetings, Lorrie Tom guides families through writing activities that help participants discover confidence, voice, and craft while also addressing Common Core writing standards.  
Students who write well are more likely to become lifelong writers.  Parents will also learn positive approaches for giving writing response to their children.   
Most importantly, parent and child share the rich legacy of family stories, experiencing writing as a creative, joyous, and insightful journey. 

Who Should Attend: Families with 3rd through

5th Grade Students
Dates: April 8, 15, and 22
Time: 6:30 to 8 PM
Location: Point Vicente MPR
Bring: Paper and pen, or laptop/tablet
Cost per family: $55

To register for the class, visit and download a registration form.  

Students who are currently enrolled in the PVPUSD Enrichment Program can add this class to his/her current registration form.  
Please call the Enrichment Office (310.541-7626) with any questions or to add this class.

Super Stars for February

The Following Students Received “Soleado Super Star” Certificates on Friday February 28, 2014.

TK-Villaescusa Joelle K.    2nd-Biggins Colin B.
KDG-BergesonEmma C.

Cate L.

Conrad P.

Nicholas W.

Gavin Y.
2nd-Boyd Jacob C.
KDG-FieldCourtney B.

Hannah K.

Hinako H.

Ella M.

Kira O.
3rd-Hlavac Nicholas C.
KDG-HaleBrenden J

Shinichiro H.

Ezekiel N.

Erica R.

Mia P.
3rd-Kearns Hugo B.
1st-Burson Mia C.

Lucas K.

Sophia E.

Sukura U.

Elizabeth L.

Cameron Y.
1st-Dino Stella J.
4th-Beall Jack R.

Irene O.

Sarah S

Hana T.
4th-Harrigan Mazen H.
1st-Donahoe Walden L.

Lilly N.

Himari O.
5th-Ellis Amy A.

Angie P.

Sean C.

Lucas S.
5th-Elliott Max C.
1st-Rogers Pius J.

Taylor Y.

Mia S.

Spring 2014 Enrichment Classes

The PVPUSD Enrichment Program is happy to announce the beginning of the Spring Enrichment Session.  Brochures will come home before spring break, and you may also view classes
Classes begin the week of April 14th
If you have any questions, please call us at (310) 541-7626 ext. 292.  We look forward to seeing you in the spring!

Booster Club Needs You!

Want to help decide how to raise and spend money to benefit Soleado?  The Soleado Booster Club Board is looking for new members, as well as people interested in planning one or more of our fundraising events.  For more information, e-mail Jennifer Novak at or call her at (626) 487-9762.

Don't forget to visit our volunteer blog for the most recent posts on fundraising, student council events and all things Soleado.

For passive fundraising you can do while shopping, see the following merchants on our blog by clicking here.

 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.  Don't forget Mother's Day is around the corner!

Joey's Smokin BBQ, April 1-7!

 Joey's Smokin BBQ will be giving 20% back to Soleado for a whole week instead of just one day, right after we get back from Spring Break.  Look for flyers & the information out before the break.
Click on the logo above for their menu and location.
Click here to see the flyer.

The Next PTA/Booster Club General Meeting

Our next meeting is Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 9:00 A.M. in the MPR.  Come grab some coffee and hear about the latest developments. 

For the remainder of the school year we will have the following speakers present at our PTA/Booster Club general meetings:

April 15 - Mrs. Villaescusa - TK
May 13 - Mr. Kuykendall - Principal at Ridgecrest and
Ms. Biggins 2nd grade

Costume Closet Work Days

Soleado has two new dates just for us to sign up, bring a friend and benefit our school.  Sign up on supersaas for the following times:
April 3rd or the 16th from 10:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.

For further information contact:

Soleado Social Hour Dates

As reported, we have started to 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 April 11th and 25th.

PTA Position 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.***

A Memorable Red Ribbon Week

As you know RRW took place last week with lots of great memories.  
Click below to see 2 videos:

Below are some of the scenes from RRW.


Ask your kids about the Nutrition Magician below!

Our Member Planet site has a photo upload feature to share photos.  You must be a member to share and view photos.  
Sign into and click on 'photos' to view more photos from Red Ribbon Week.

We Appreciate Volunteers!

Many thanks to Jennifer Wong, Booster Club and volunteers for a successful 1-day Book Fair on March 4th.

A big thanks to Jeannie Hahn for pulling together an inspirational Community Read In for our students!

Thank you to the following people for helping out for Community
Read-In: Anne D'arcy, Kellie Benoy, Claudine McKiernan.  
Special thanks to Urusla Dollard for the wonderful food for our guests for Community Read-in. 

Great job to all the volunteers who helped organize Red Ribbon Week - especially RRW chairperson Stephanie Cox, 4th VP Jeannie Hahn, 3rd VP Jennifer Farrell, EVP Rachel Rioux, Assembly Chairperson Paula Persson and Booster Club!  

A big thank you to 
Cindy Van Scoyoc for organizing the Fun Run.  Together we raised over $20,000!

It's spring time at Soleado! Thanks to Georgina McGovern for all her hard work! Soleado is looking so pretty thanks to Booster Club supporting beautification at our school!

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