Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Sunblast Issue 15 - May 12 2014

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May 12, 2014 - Issue 15

HSA Luncheon
E-Waste Collection
International Fair
Safe Driving
STEM Symposium
Handball Tournament
PTA/Booster Club
LCFF/LCAP Meetings
School Supplies 14-15
April Super Stars

Field Day
Slide Show Night

Costume Closet
Social Hour
Third Grade Art Exhibit
Summer Reading
Amazon Link
Thank You!

Save the Date

Teacher's Appreciation Week
May 12-16

4th/5th Music Concert
Thu., May 15, 9 A.M.

Flag Ceremony
Fri., May 16

E-Waste Collection
Sat., May 17

International Fair
Sun., May 18

Honorary Service
Awards Luncheon

Tue., May 20

STEM Symposium
Tue., May 20
3:30-5:30 P.M.
(see article)

5th Grd Walk Through the Revolution
Thu., May 22

LCFF Meetings
Thu., May 22 and June 12, District Office
(more info)

Minimum Day
AND All Library Books Returned

Fri., May 23
​12:46 dismissal

Memorial Day Holiday
Mon., May 26

5th Grd Colonial Fair
Wed., May 28

Field Day
Thu., May 29, 9-12
(see article)

3rd Grd Concert
Fri., May 30, 9 A.M.

Slide Show Night
Fri., May 30, 6 P.M.
​(see article)

Panda Express

Fri., May 30

1st Grd Jump Rope Show
Tue., June 3, 11:30 A.M.

Last Day of School/
5th Grd Party/Promotion/

Minimum Day
Thu., June 5
12:46 dismissal

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

Click above for Mrs. Stutzel's message.

Help us to show our teachers at Soleado how much we appreciate them! Suggestions on ways to do this were sent to all classes by the room parents.  Click here to bring something to the teacher's luncheon Wednesday, May 14th.

HSA Luncheon May 20th

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E-Waste Collection This Saturday

E-waste pick up will be on
Saturday May 17th from 9:00 - 2:00 at Soleado

E-waste items include computers, monitors, laptops, printers,TV, DVD 
players, cell phones, cables, radios, clocks, small kitchen appliances that 
plug in -- pretty much any device that plugs into electricity and is 
smaller than a dishwasher! You can even drop off VHS movies and 
CDs/DVD's! Soleado will receive 60% of E-waste proceeds!

 International Fair This Weekend

 International Fair is coming this weekend Sunday, May 18th, noon to 3:00 P.M.  Sign up to help with a booth and setting up or cleaning up.  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

Safe Driving With Your Help

Click here
to review our drop off and pick up guidelines from Principal Stutzel.  We need your help to keep everyone safe in and around school!

STEM Symposium May 20th

PEF invite all families to come see what PVPUSD's awesome 6th - 12th grade students are doing in their Science, Technology, Engingeering and Math (STEM) classes.

Student Engineers' Expo Symposium*

All Community Members Welcome!
Elementary Students Welcome!

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
3:30-5:30 P.M.

Promenade on the Peninsula
In the former Borders space

Hands-On FUN!
Competition Winning Teams: CyberPatriots, Robo Magellan & more!
Solar Boat
CO2 Dragster Demonstrations
Flight Simulator
​Robots - Lots of Robots!

Thanks to your financial support to PEF, we have great programs like STEM in our Intermediate and High Schools!  
Click here to donate, any amount is appreciated!

Mark your calendars:
Friday May 23rd is a Minimum Day

(not a pupil free day as previously published.)

Enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend May 24-26! 

First Annual PVPUSD Handball Tournament Begins at Soleado!

At the beginning of May, students in 3-5th grade learned the basics of every kids favorite school yard game —Handball.  Each class had an opportunity to practice before their individual class tournament.  Class tournaments consisted of a double elimination format with the top 4 in each class advancing to the final round. During the final stage of class tournaments, the top two students advanced on to the final grade tournament.
Josh L. (Left) takes on eventual champion Kevin Y. (Right) in the 5th grade boys final.

            Each grade tournament consisted of a quadruple elimination tournament with the best boy and girl advancing on to the district wide tournament held Monday May 19th at Silver Spur Elementary.
            Getting to see the tournaments first hand I must say... WOW! The skill and competition of which the students play at is pretty amazing for such a young age.  -Coach K.

3rd Grade Winners: Sophie M., Nicholas C.
4th Grade Winners: Grace H.. Alex L.
5th Grade Winners: Jessica H., Kevin Y.

Helping Rhonda for the Day

Charlotte C. being office manager of the day. 

Charlotte got to make announcements and help Ms. Rhonda with many fun duties. Peninsula Education foundation offered this as one of its many wonderful auction items.

 PTA/Booster Club Meeting
& Sunblast Survey

Our last meeting of the school year is Tuesday, May 13th at 9:00 A.M. in the MPR.
Come hear the following guest speakers:
Mr. Kuykendall, Ridgecrest Principal
Mrs. Villaescusa, TK Teacher
Andrea Sala, PEF Executive Director
and Mrs. Hlavac will discuss Capitol Convoy

Here's your chance to give us your opinion about communication you receive from the PTA and Booster Club.
Click on the link here to take our Communications Survey.  Our hope is that you stay informed of all our schools activities, events and fundraisers.  These ultimately benefit our kids and community.  We cannot do it without our supportive parents!

District Wide Funding Meetings
The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) is the new mechanism for funding public education in California.  Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District (PVPUSD) is required to develop a Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) under this new funding mechanism.  As required by Education Code 52060, the PVPUSD 2014-15 LCAP has been developed with the consultation of teachers, principals, administrators, other school personnel, employee bargaining units, parents/guardians, and students.  The Board of Education will review the LCAP on May 22 and June 12, 2014 at the regularly scheduled board meeting.  During these meetings the public will have an opportunity to submit written comments regarding the specific actions and expenditures proposed to be included in the LCAP.  As required by Ed. Code, the purpose of this message is to serve as notification to the public of the opportunity to submit written comments on the proposed LCAP. 

The Governing Board of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District will hold a public hearing on the Local Control and Accountability Plan at the Malaga Cove Administration Center on May 22, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. and on June 12, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.  The public is cordially invited to attend this meeting.  The proposed LCAP will be on file and available for public inspection on the District website should members of the public wish to review the LCAP prior to the public hearing.

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Pre-purchase 2014-2015 School Supplies
The Soleado School Supplies Program offers the opportunity for parents to pre-purchase the yearly school supplies now. This includes all back to school supplies as well as the materials your teacher will need during the school year. This means you aren't running around looking for those hard to get oil pastels, folders, pencil sharpeners, etc...on the teachers' list!
We will do it for you!

To assure that your child's supplies will be waiting for them in the classroom on the first day of school, pre-orders are being taken now. 
Please have your donation in by June 6, 2014
The total cost for classroom and school supplies per child
 for the whole school year  is $65(TK-5)
$40 Student Classroom Supplies
$20 Grade Level Supplies
$5 Student Scholastic Subscriptions

To Purchase School Supplies, fill out the School Supply Payment Form Online at
Payment options:
Credit card- (will be charged $2.25 per student convenience fee)
Fill out form online and bring in a check to the school office. 
If you have any questions email

April Super Stars

 The Following Students Received "Soleado Super Star" Certificates on Friday April 25th, 2014

Villaescusa-TK Dylan A.    Donahoe -1st Dennis A.

Ethan C.

Nadia G.

Genevieve F.

Yakuto M.

Dallas G.

Emma P.

Lincoln K.
Rogers-1st Anais K.

William S.

Miu S.
Bergerson-K Anza E.

Sydney S.

Sophie I.

Karin Y.

Kaito K.
Biggins-2nd David L.
Field-K Hisanori M.

Bryce L.

Kira O.

Braydan M.

Audrey S.

Sierra P.

Presley T.
Boyd-2nd Aarushi C.

Dylan V.

Ming D.

Mason V.

Osagie O.
Hale-K Michael C.

Sophie O.

Ali E.
Hlavac-3rd Khiara D.

Kyra M.

Yuki F.

Nathaniel W.

Joshua J.
Burson-1st Isobel A.

Jonahs P.

Sarah C.
Kearns-3rd Kohei H.

Nick C.

Nicholas W.

Radamel M.

Nick P.
Dino-1st Mary C.
Beall-4th Lauren Q.

Yuichiro H.

Kiana M.

Ananya K.
Harrigan-4th Yuki H.

Dallas N.

Osuke T.

Elliott-5th Caroline H.   Ellis-5th  Sophia G.

Nathan W.

Shinji W.


Field Day, Thursday May 29th

Field day - a fun day for the kids! This will start at about 9 A.M. and go until 12:00 noon.  Come join us for a fun filled day of jump roping, tug of war, water fun, and much more!

Feel free to stay after to picnic with your child. Please note there will not be food to buy at this event. Kids can bring a sack lunch, order from cafeteria or you can bring something to eat with them.  Don't forget the sunscreen!

Slide Show Night, Friday May 30th

All Soleado families and friends are welcome to join us Friday night, May 30th at 6:00 P.M., at school to celebrate our 2013-2014 school year with a special slide show presentation, capturing all of our students and the fun they had this year.  This year, we are welcoming Chef Michael Shafer of the Buffalo Fire Department to provide food for any families who would like to picnic before the show.  Pre-orders will be available for a discounted price, with limited food available at the event.

This event is a great way for your students to remember all of the experiences they had with their classmates, and celebrate a safe and fun year before we head into the summer.

The American Revolution is Coming!

Costume Closet needs volunteers in 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 any available time slot!

For further information contact:

Soleado Social Hour
We have been using 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. 

The last Soleado Social Hour is on the 4th Friday of the month, May 23rd from 8:30 - 9:30 A.M. in the Parent Resource Room.

Third Grade Artwork on Display!
Students from Ms. Hlavac and Mrs. Kearns third grade classes will have Art at Your Fingertips artwork on display at the Palos Verdes Art Center during the month of May.  Be sure to visit the Art Center to see artwork from students all over the Peninsula.  
Soleado third graders Cameron Y. and Amanda B. enjoy the student art show opening night.

Summer Reading Program at PVLD

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​Purchase a gift card for $10 and up, 1-day shipping is free.

Buy them for your favorite people: teachers, coaches,
moms, dads and grads.
If you are not sure you are activating the fundraiser, fill your cart, close the window and click on the link again to purchase.
Thank you for shopping!!!

We Appreciate Volunteers!
Thank you to all of the families that have donated to have paid for Coach K, Kathleen Davis (Technology Aide), and our wonderful music teachers.  We are setting a special recess aside with Coach K on June 3 for all the students who's family donated to PEF this still have time!  Any donation amount is supportive and appreciated!

Click here to donate.

A big thank you to Heidi Sublette for organizing a great Green Ribbon Week!  Trees were planted, items were donated and most of all we had a great Farmers Market with the harvesting help of Mrs. Erickson (below) and Linh Tu.
Mrs. Burson's class and other first graders also helped with selling car to car.  At the farmers market stand, we had help from Mrs. Ellis' 5th graders as the cashiers.

Together we sold nearly $150 worth of organic produce!

Above right, students help water and sell produce.  Lower left, first graders ​from Mrs. Burson's class 
plant pumpkin seeds!

Thank you to the parents who purchased produce from our Soleado Farmer's Market, these funds keep our garden program growing!  There will be a final harvest in a few weeks with some more yummy vegetables including tomatoes!  The first graders in Ms. Rogers' class planted a Three Sisters garden which included corn, squash and beans and learned a history lesson about how Native Americans were able to keep these Three Sisters as a consistent food source.  The first graders also planted pumpkin seeds and Ms. Fields' class planted corn... so we will all be returning to a fall garden with some really colorful produce. 

Heidi Sublette is looking for parents who would like to volunteer their time in the garden with students in the new school year this coming fall.  Contact Heidi at

Many thanks to Ms. Rhonda for all you do!  For those who have not seen, there is a special garden out front dedicated to our wonderful office manager Rhonda!

Ms. Rhonda...always helping us bloom and grow  

A huge THANK YOU to Jeannie Hahn for organizing such a wonderful evening with our talented Soleado Suns!  Your time and dedication to putting together a fun show was greatly appreciated by all.  

Additional thanks to Daniel Carranza for his time providing the great tunes and sound for the variety of acts - as well as the many parents and a pre-teen who helped wrangle the acts, run the curtains and set up the mics.  

Most importantly - the kids all had a lot of fun!
This is the selfee that the MC took during the Variety Show. It was part of the skit. Pictured are Young Seo K., Marissa H., Weston B. 

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