Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sunblast Issue 14 - April 23 2014

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April 23, 2014 - Issue 14

International Fair
Parents' Night Out
Java With Gina
Variety Show
Auction Winner
PTA/Booster Club
Costume Closet
Social Hour
AAYF Exhibit
Art At Your Fingertips
PEF Main Event
Science Fair Winners
Amazon Link
Thank You!
Save the Date
Green Ribbon Week
April 21-25

Parents' Night Out
Fri., April 25

Goodwill Truck
Sat., April 26

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

Flag Ceremony
Fri., April 25

Java With Gina
Fri., May 8, 9am, MPR

Variety Show
Fri., May 9, 6pm
Ridgecrest MPR

PEF Main Event
Sat., May 10

Teacher's Appreciation Week
May 12-16

PTA Booster Meeting
Tue., May 13
9:00 am, MPR
Flag Ceremony
Fri., May 16

E-Waste Collection
Sat., May 17

International Fair
Sun., May 18

Honorary Service
Awards Luncheon

Tue., May 20

Student Free Day
Fri., May 23

Memorial Day Holiday
Mon., May 26

5th grd Colonial Fair
Wed., May 28

Field Day
Thu., May 29

Slide Show Night
Fri., May 30

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Palos Verdes Unified School District

Peninsula Education Foundation

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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 message.

 International Fair Sign Ups

 International Fair is coming on Sunday, May 18th.  Sign up for a booth and represent a country by May 1st.  Here are the countries represented so far: South Africa, India, Great Britain, Czech Republic, Korea, Japan and USA.  The Fair will be a fun time to show our families the different cultures of Soleado.

Sign up on Member Planet here or if you have any questions and would like to know further information contact Donna Epstein at

Parents' Night Out April 25th

Sign up for our last Parents' Night Out on Member Planet here.

This Friday, April 25, 2014 from 6-10 p.m.
Hosted by our own Jessica and David Norwood

This evening's theme is "Cirque du Soleado"
and it means our students will enjoy a world of fun:
scavenger hunt - Olympic themed "Simon Says"
hip hop dancing - circus activities
crafts - and dinner!

Kids are welcome to wear their craziest circus outfits.
All proceeds benefit our Soleado Booster Club
and it's support of our school.

Java With Gina May 8th

Come join Principal Stutzel for updates on "testing the test" SBAC results and other district wide information that affect Soleado.

Variety Show May 9th

Soleado families are invited to the spectactular Variety Show at Ridgecrest Intermediate School on May 9th at 6:30 P.M.
Support your family and friends at this annual event!

Auction Winners from Our Luau Mixer

The Lim family play out their auction prize to bowl
​with Mrs. Stutzel and Rhonda!

The Next PTA/Booster Club General Meeting

Our last meeting of the school year is Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 9:00 A.M. in the MPR.  
Come hear Mr. Kuykendall, Principal at Ridgecrest and
Mrs. Villaescusa, our very own TK teacher and Andrea Sala from PEF.  Also, we will have Ms. Hlavac giving us a recap of attending Capitol Convoy.  We have many guest speakers!

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The American Revolution is Coming!

Costume Closet needs volunteers in April and May.
Earn costume rental credits and help out our PVPUSD Schools.  Soleado's 5th grade 'Walk Through the Revolution' will be on May 22nd followed by the Colonial Fair on the 28th.
Sign up on supersaas f
or any available time slot!

For further information contact:

Soleado Social Hour Dates

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 25th.

AAYF 3rd Grade Exhibit

This year Soleado 3rd graders will have their Faces of Cubism on display at the PV Art Center from May 2 to May 25.  This is a wonderful event open to the public.  We hope everyone will come!
(Click on the flyer above for a detailed view.)

See you there,
Trudy Bragg and Mirka Villain
Soleado AAYF School Chairs

A Bonus Art At Your Fingertips!

Thanks to the Soleado Student Council all students will do a 6th Art At Your Fingertips project again this year.  The project will be Multi-FACE-eted, a self-portrait print collage based on colorful prints
​by Andy Warhol.  

3rd/4th/5th grades had theirs on Friday and Tuesday already.
TK - Wed April 23, 10:00-11:00am
2nd grade - Wed April 23, 12:50-2:30pm
1st grade - Thurs April 24, 12:50-2:30pm
Kinder - Fri April 25, 12:15-2:00pm

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

Also, 5th Grade "Sill Life In Lines" artwork will be on display at iBerries and the Palos Verdes Library Main Branch display case for the first 2 weeks of April.  Go visit and enjoy!

PEF Main Event Is In Full Swing!

Save the date for May 10
th!  The theme this year is very fun – Let's BOND – a James Bond inspired event!  It's going to be a fabulous evening!  Casino tables, auction, live entertainment and dancing!  FUN! It's really best if you can coordinate a table or two from your school.  We do seat people by school and it creates a lot of enthusiasm when we have the school cheering by section.   If you have friends who want to volunteer at Main Event, we LOVE grown up volunteers and have plenty of jobs for them!  See for more info.
For the auction see:

Science Fair Winners

Congratulations to the following students for their award winning projects.

5th Grade
1st placeMika M. Red Wine Stains
2nd Beau D.What Weight Paper Makes a Paper Airplane Fly
the Furthest?
2ndWeston B. Do Plants Grow /upside Down?
3rd Darin P.Naturally Deadly
Honorable MentionDaniel O. Mint Cool Down
Honorable Mention Koki T.Do Bananas Get Tanned?
Honorable MentionNicholas C. Keep Cool

4th Grade
1st placeMinseo K.The Most Efficient Way to Reduce the Number of
Bacteria on My Toothbrush
2ndNaoki S. Clean the Pennies
2nd Sara T.Which Type of Sugar Forms the Best and the
​Fastest Crystals?
3rdBryan N. The Audio Distraction Reaction
3rd Tian D.Do Distractions Change Driving Video Game Scores?
Honorable MentionSarah G. The Toothpaste Games
Honorable Mention Hunter R.Is a Laser Light Beam Bent by Sugary Liquids?

3rd Grade
1st placeJenna H. Can the Words We Speak Alter the Molecular
Structure of Water?
2ndFrancesca V. The Flight of Frisbees
3rd Jacob L.Which Plants Are the Most Fire Resistant?
3rdAmanda B. Optical Illusion Challenge

2nd Grade
1st place Aubrianne T.Handwashing: Soap and Water vs. Hand Wipes
2ndNathan L. Melting Ice Cubes
3rd Jacob C.Solar Brownies

1st Grade
1st placeLuca M. Will the Small Ball Bounce Higher?
2nd Ananya K.Which Vinegar Makes an Egg More Bouncy?
3rdSophia E. Does a Bigger Owl Pellet Have More Bones?

Mrs. Ellis would like to thank the judges, the Science Committee, Mrs. Stutzel and Ms. Rhonda, and a special thanks to Linh Tu for time and energy devoted to this year's Science Fair!  We are very proud of ALL our budding scientists and thank you for your participation and hard work!

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We Appreciate Volunteers!

Many thanks to Linh Tu for coordinating the Science Fair entries, judges and refreshments with the Science Committee of Mrs. Ellis, Mrs. Beall, Ms. Rogers, Mrs. Villaescusa, and Ms. Hale.
There were 250-300 visitors to our Thursday Night event last week.  

A big thank you to the following parents for coming in to judge the Science Fair entries: Brendan Robinson, Eugene Kong, Brent Liu, Hanieh Tehrani, Kimberly Holland-Chominsky, Ramon Primicias, John Accardo, Sharon Valente, Praveen Gattu, Jody Davis and Adelaide Vaughn.

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