Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Sunblast Issue 13 - April 9 2014

Sunblast Issue 13 - April 9 2014 - COPY1
April 9, 2014 - Issue 13

Green Ribbon Week
International Fair
Calling All Scientists
PTA/Booster Club
Costume Closet
Social Hour
Art At Your Fingertips
PEF Main Event
Percussion Class
5th Grade Photos
Summer School
Enrichment Classes
Booster Club Recruits
Amazon Link
Thank You!

Save the Date

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

International Fair
Planning Meeting

Thu., April 17, 8:30am
Parent Resource Room

Science Fair
Thu., April 17

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

Science Fair
Thu., May 15

Flag Ceremony
Fri., May 16

E-Waste Collection
Sat., May 17

International Fair
Sun., May 18

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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


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

Click above for Mrs. Stutzel's video message.  (This time it works!)

Green Ribbon Week: April 21-25

Wear Green all week
Reuse! Bring a a used towel for the guide dog program.
Pack a 100% green lunch for your child- No plastic disposable drinking bottles and no plastic baggies!  Kids will be recognized and rewarded!

It's GREEN Week- Walk to school day! Less driving means fewer emissions and every gallon of gas saved keeps 20 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

It's Earth Day- Beautification day- Soleado kids will clean up their community!

Soleado Farmers Market after school, please come buy some of our student-grown veggies! 

LIGHTS OUT at Soleado today to teach students about conserving energy!  Students and teachers will go outside for a small period of time.
Waste Management will be visiting 2nd Graders!

REUSE! Toy Drive!! Bring an unwanted toy that will be donated to a local Los Angeles children's based charity.

REUSE! Goodwill will be at Soleado on this day to collect your unwanted goods!  

E- WASTE at Soleado May 17th!

In an effort to conserve paper and be more green, please read your monthly Soleado Blast Newsletter! 

Other things happening in our community:


Celebrate Earth Day Weekend!  EDCO and the City of RanchoPalos Verdes are sponsoring a free shredding event on
Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 9 a.m. to noon
at the RPV Civic Center (City Hall Parking lot)
located at 30940 Hawthorne Boulevard. This free event is the perfect opportunity for Rancho Palos Verdes residents to safely dispose of personal documents. During this event, certified document shredding trucks will be on-site to shred your documents on-site

Earth Week at Terranea:

In partnership with the International Bird Rescue, Terranea will release a rehabilitated pelican into the wild at 10:00 a.m. on April 21st at the Terranea Beach Cove. Guests are invited to come and view the release and learn more about wildlife bird rescues. The organization operates two year-round aquatic bird rescue centers in California, which care for over 5,000 birds every year, and has led wildlife rescue efforts for more than 200 oil spills in over a dozen countries. No advance reservations needed.

 International Fair Planning Meeting

 Our Annual International Fair will be on Sunday, May 18th this year.  The information and planning meeting will be on Thursday, April 17th after morning drop-off in the Parent Resource Room at Soleado.  If you'd like your culture represented at the Fair, come to the meeting to sign up for a booth.  The more the merrier!

For further information contact Donna Epstein at

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  OR use our sign up link here.  Your help to make the Science Fair a success is greatly appreciated!

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!

Thank you to Ms. Biggins who's 2nd grade class prepared a special presentation to Booster and PTA at this month's meeting.  (click below)

As a special bonus for PTA members, Legoland has provided the following coupon for your family to enjoy all of 2014.  Come get your copy in our Parent Resource Room!

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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 for the following Soleado times:

Thursday, April 22nd from 10:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.
(specific for Soleado) 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 11th and 25th.

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.  

4th/5th grades - Fri April 18, 1:20pm-2:50pm
3rd grade - Tues April 22, 12:50-2:30pm
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.

5th Grade Percussion Class!

This class is designed for 5th graders going into 6th grade music at Miraleste, Palos Verdes, or Ridgecrest intermediate schools next fall.
All levels are welcome!

There is no charge for the class. Lesson materials will be provided, but students need to come to class with a drum pad and a pair of drumsticks. Both of these items are available at Amuse Music Center.
Classes will run from 10:00am to 12:00pm
on the following 5 Saturdays:
April 19th, April 26th, May 3rd, May 10th, May 31st.

Classes are held in the music room at
Palos Verdes Intermediate School
2161 Via Olivera
Palos Verdes Estates, 90274
Feel free to contact the teacher with any questions:
Ms. O'Loughlin can be reached at 310-544-4816, and


Attention Fifth Grade Parents!
Please send any and all photos you have from SOLEADO events through the years (Kindergarten through fifth grade) to Paula Persson for inclusion in the memory book.  E-mail to

A gentle reminder that all forms and custom page orders are due on April 18, 2014.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Paula Persson at or call her at 310.995.6603.

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

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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 at
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 Is Recruiting!

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.

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to help earn a percent back to Soleado.
April means Spring is Here with Easter and gardening!  
​Purchase a gift card for $10 and up, 1-day shipping is free.

Also Mother's Day is May 11th!
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Thank you for shopping!!!

We Appreciate Volunteers!

Many thanks to Linh Tu and Heidi Sublette for their grant writing efforts!  Soleado has been awarded $500 towards the fruit and vegetable garden from Western Growers Foundation.  This is a great step towards educating our kids about taking care of the earth and healthy eating.

​A big thank you to all the families who purchased food at Joey's Smokin BBQ during our fundraiser this past week!  You are helping to make a difference for our kids.

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