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6th Grade Orientation
Thursday August 28th 5:30-7:30
·        Meet our 6th grade teachers & South Shore staff
·        Take a tour of the building
·        Ask questions
·        Hear about middle school "life" and expectations
We are excited to meet all of our 6th grade students and families!
Any questions please email Asstistant Principal Justin Hendrickson

South Shore School Supply List!
 Recommended classroom supply lists per grade level will be available in the front office on Monday 8/25/14.  Lists were sent home in June and will also be sent on email to all families on 8/22/14.
Please note that needed supplies will be available for all students for their learning success. 
If your child would benefit from a "back to school" toolkit (backpack and supplies), please contact our Family Support Worker, Acquinetta Williams, 252.7600. 
Items that all classrooms always need:  tissue, hand sanitizer, and light, healthy snacks* (please note, South Shore is a sugar and peanut free school)

It is with great sadness that I share the passing of Mr. Nguon Chhorn, beloved Bright Spirit at South Shore PreK-8.  Mr. Chhorn retired in the Spring of 2014 after more than a decade of supporting our youngest Sea Dragons in PreK and K.  He was one of the original members of South Shore's instructional team, at the birth of South Shore with Gary Tubbs.  Mr. Chhorn witnessed the growth and development of so many South Shore students who he knew as preschoolers and as young adults.  He was recently showered with thanks by the promoted 8th grade class of 2013, who celebrated his love, care and support at the Gratitude Assembly.  
Additional information will be provided when released by Mr. Chhorn's loving family.  
He lives in the hearts of so many children and adults.  
Mr. Nguon Chhorn - Bright Spirit.  Magnificent Journey. 

Southeast Seattle represented at Harvard Graduate School Family Engagement Institute!

Seattle Administrators working togther (former and current South Shore leaders!) working toward and committing to strengthening school & family partnerships in Rainier Valley.  Stay tuned for some dynamic family/school engagement opportunities between South Shore PreK-8 and Rainier Beach High School this year!

South Shore School Hours Will Change
2014-2015 School Year

August 8, 2014
Dear South Shore Families,
I am both proud and humble to return to South Shore as your principal.  As many of you know, I began my administrative tenure as the Assistant Principal/Director of Early Learning for South Shore during 2010-12.  Together with Keisha Scarlett at South Shore, and most recently as the principal of Graham Hill Elementary, I have worked to build strong educational experiences for a remarkable impact on our southeast region. As a long time resident of Rainier Beach, it is my privilege to be part of the Sea Dragon family again.  
I am looking forward to partnering with you across the year as part of my commitment to continuing the successful academic trend that South Shore has experienced in recent years. I believe that the partnerships between families, schools and the community are essential for supporting children's social, emotional and academic growth.  The relationships between families, schools, and the community are the greatest assets we have for ensuring a safe, productive, and joyful school experience.  Nurturing positive relationships, supporting a calm and organized school environment, and growing students up across 10 years of learning are my priorities as your school leader.  I consider each of you an ally in this work.  
Open and ongoing communication is essential for our success. Please make sure and let me know your ideas, your concerns, your celebrations, and your questions. I make sure to return phone calls, texts and emails within 24-48 hours.  Our new Administrative Assistant, Yedit Bailey, will be a welcoming, friendly face in the front office to help put you in touch with me. This year we also welcome a new Middle School Assistant Principal, Justin Hendrickson, who alongside Geri Guerrero, our Early Learning Assistant Principal, will encourage our shared goals. One last change that impacts our whole school community is the bittersweet departure of Mr. Macomber who has accepted a position closer to home and his children’s school. We are in the process now of hiring a new House Administrator.
As the year gets underway, please be mindful of our new start and end times this year: 
·         PreK-5: 8:05am-2:15pm. 
·         Middle School: 7:55am-2:25pm.  
The South Shore handbook will have specific information about arrival and departure times and procedures. We also have some important initial dates for you to keep in mind:
  • Kindergarten Jump Start: August 18 - 22  (8:30am - 12pm)
  • PreK Home Visits: Your PreK teacher will begin contacting you in mid-August.
  • Bridge to Sixth Grade: August 28  (5:30-7:30pm). Join us for Pizza and Orientation, for 6th grade families and their 6th grade students. More information coming.
  • Family Orientation and School Tour (for new and bilingual families): Saturday, August 30 from 10-12. This is for new and bilingual families only. More information coming.
  • First Day of School for First through Eighth grade: Wednesday, September 3
  • First Day for Kindergarten:  Monday, September 8
  • First Full Day for PreK – Wednesday, September 10 – first full day for all PreK students (Sept. 8, 9am-12pm for last names from A-M), Sept. 9, 9am-12pm for last names ending N-Z)
  • Back to School Celebration: Friday, September 5 (5:30pm-7:30pm). More information to follow.
There will be additional information coming to you soon about my leadership priorities, new staff introductions, and school based information.  A School Family Partnership Handbook will be provided to all families the first week of school.  
Enjoy these last days of August -- as Bright Spirits on a Magnificent Journey, we have some terrific work ahead!
Dr. Laurie Morrison
Principal, South Shore PreK-8

Calling All South Shore Dads!
WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students)
Click the picture for more information about the
Watch D.O.G.S. Program

Watch the fantastic story about WATCH D.O.G.S. from Matt Lauer and the TODAY Show, 2/11/13, featuring the great WatchDOGS of Martinsburg, WV. And thanks to all the dads and everyone involved in the program who are helping to make it a success!
Click - Watch the video from the TODAY Show

Getting to Know the Mood Meter

Have your children come home talking about a Green Day or maybe a Red moment they had at recess?
South Shore PK-8 uses the RULER Program, a curriculum designed to help build our students socioemotional well-being. If you would like to become more familiar with the Mood Meter, a visual tool to help students track their socioemotional wellbeing throughout the day, click on the link below.

Check out this great article about the RULER program from Our Schools Coalition - article

Parent Toolkit

The Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP) is one assessment that the district uses to assess the students of Seattle Public Schools. At South Shore PK-8 this test is done in all grades twice a year. We have included a link to help you better understand the MAP

September 27, 2013 | Contact: South Shore 206-252-7600 

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