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Shark Bites....
A Monthly Publication for All Things Shell Beach Elementary
November Edition

For the 4th year on a row, witches, goblins, clowns, and creatures of all kinds gathered at Shell Beach Elementary for our annual Trunk or Treat event. Trunk or treaters played carnival games, used our photo backdrop, ate food, bought baked goods hosted by our 6th grade families, listened to music and of course trunk or treated. Everyone had a blast.

A special thank you to the local vendors who participated, our families that put their chili to the test, all the behind-the-scenes volunteers who helped to put the event together, and of course our families who decorated their trunks.

This event would not be possible without Paula Williams who has acted as the coordinator for the past 4 years. She has been "faboooolous"!!

We are already looking for a coordinator for next year's event.
If interested, be sure to contact the PTO.

It's no too late for that perfect picture! Picture retakes are on Wednesday, November 7th. Return the packet of unwanted pictures and your student will have a new set taken. If you don't have the package, be sure to let your child's teacher know you are interested in retakes.
In honor of all those who serve and have served, school will be closed on Monday, November 12 in observance of
Veterans' Day.
Report cards will go home on Friday, November 16th. Please be sure to return the report card envelope when we come back from Thanksgiving Break.

We hope you have time over Thanksgiving break to enjoy family and friends. Thanksgiving break runs November 19-23.

Classroom Highlights
Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins!!! First grade students were treated to a field trip to Avila Farm. Students rode on tractors, picked pumpkins, and enjoyed a lunch with friends. Thank you to the PTO who continues to help support field trips.
What happens when you bring 65 second grade students together? Fun, of course! Our second grade students played a grade level version of rock, paper, scissors. Cooperation, team work, and strategy took center stage.
Every year Shell Beach students are proud to cheer on participants in the Wounded Warrior Ride. This year was no exception. Our third grade classes made signs while others joined in waving the American flag and cheering.
Think engineering is only in college? Think again! Our kindergarten students are already learning the design process with teacher created STEM bins. Students learn how to work together and problem solve while also learning how to be creative.
Earthquake 101
Fourth grade students had a hands on lesson on constructing earth quake resistant structures. Using specific parameters for the "building", students combined prior learning and design process as they first created a rendering of their building on paper. From there, they constructed their building using toothpicks and marshmallows.
When students felt their design was solid, Mrs. Dang used a bowl of jello to replicate an earthquake. It was back to the drawing board for most students. However, teams that got it right the first time were challenged with tougher parameters.

Breaking the Code

Students in Mrs. Muetzel's class not only put their math skills to the test, but their critical thinking and collaboration skills as well as they worked in teams to successfully "break the code". In this challenge, students were asked to not only solve a series of math problems but also had to pay attention to detail as they properly competed the puzzle and recorded each correct answer.
Student Leadership
You don't have to be out of school to learn how to work together to make your community a better place. Led by the trio of Mrs. Muetzel, Mr. Schmieg, and
Mrs. Vanderlei, our Student Council is learning to work collaboratively to make our school a better place. Students are interested in having their voice heard on a variety of issues. Can't wait to see their impact!
You Scream, I Scream,
We All Scream for Ice Cream
Students raising more than $250 were treated to a special field trip to the Doc Burnstein's ice cream warehouse where they created a one-of-a-kind flavor for Shell Beach.
Celebrity scoopers dished up ice cream delights for families of all ages at the Doc Burnstein's Give Back Night. Thanks to everyone who helped to make the event possible!
Lost and Found
Looking for that lost sweatshirt, jacket, water bottle or lunchbox? If so, be sure to check out the rack of clothing and other items in front of the office.

All items not picked up by Thanksgiving break will be given to Children's Resource Network.
Report Cards
Over the past couple of years, our district has been hard at work on revamping our report cards to better match state standards and instruction. There are several changes to the report cards across various grade levels. Feel free to reach our with any questions you may have.

Based on parent/teacher feedback and our emphasis on a growth mindset, we have made changes to our awards' assemblies. Students in 4th and 5th grades will be recognized for surpassing AR goals, academic achievement (or improvement), and outstanding character with a special recognition. 6th grade students will still be recognized with Honor Roll/Principal list (as well as other recognitions as determined by teachers) though the structure of the recognition ceremony will be different. We will continue to recognize students who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance through 4th-6th grade with the prestigious Presidential Award. We are hoping that these new practices continue to let students shine in their own unique ways.
A Message from the Principal
Hard to believe it's already November...where has the time gone? I'm not exactly sure, but we sure have been busy! We are wrapping up our first trimester which means that new AR goals will be set soon. Our School Site Council reviewed and approved our school safety plan and our Single Plan for Student Achievement. We have been awarded nearly $25,000 in grants that are primarily supported by the district. These funds have been used to purchase additional Chromebooks, to support teacher professional development, to support music, improv, and dance instruction, as well as to allow our school to partner with One Cool Earth to make outdoor learning opportunities a reality. Students and teachers were not only entertained by drama students from Judkins, but were given a specially-designed improv curriculum from Judkins drama teacher Mr. Leibo. These are just some of the reasons Shell Beach is such a jawsome place to be!
--Dr. Cervantez, NBCT
Shell Beach Elementary | Phone 805-474-3760 | Fax 805-473-5517
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