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Dear Family and Friends of PDMSS,

In the quiet of summer, activity still exists on a school campus. Teachers attend professional development training. New students enroll. Learning materials and curriculum resources arrive. Summer cleaning takes place. PTA Executive Board members assemble packets and prepare the year’s events. . . All of these activities lead to the start of a new school year.

Our campus was alive and action packed this week! The first week of the 2009-2010 school year has been smooth and has set the tone for the year ahead. Student Council Officers Donovan G., Emma P., Tanner A., Farah S., & Leila A. conducted New Student Tours on Tuesday, September 8 and welcomed over 20 new students (grades 1-5) and their families to PDMSS while our new kindergarten students were enjoying an afternoon in the kindergarten courtyard for a preview of the rooms and environment. The first three days were spent getting to know classroom expectations, routines, making new friends and reconnecting with old friends.

I want to thank the McKeever Family for enhancing our morning assembly with an incredible sound system. Congratulations to Ella M. & Mary Jo C. for their award winning design of our new green field trip t-shirt. Every student received one on the first day of school at a special assembly honoring our two fourth grade artists. Every Friday is spirit day. We encourage everyone to show their school spirit by wearing a PDMSS spirit wear t-shirt.

We closed the week with an extraordinary assembly coordinated by our very own Jerri Churchill. Actor and Activist John C. McGinley of Scrubs, Are We Done Yet? and Wild Hogs with special guests the Strikers All-Stars and a Special Olympics Gold Medal Winning athlete kicked off Spread the Word to End the Word campaign. PDMSS had the honor of being the first school in the country to receive this positive and motivational assembly. The assembly focused on being kind to others, especially those with intellectual challenges. Choosing the right words to share feelings and making the commitment to end the r word - retarded. The Strikers All-Stars performed an amazing dance and taught our students a simple stepping style dance and chant: stomp, clap, clap, stomp, stomp, clap . . . Spread the Word to End the Word. It was a powerful assembly with a message of love that will last throughout the year.

Thank you for a great week.
Enjoy the weekend with your family.

Warmest regards,
Chi Kim, Principal

Wed. 9/16 Back to School Night
6pm to 8pm

Thur. 9/17 New Parent Volunteer Training, 1pm

Malibu Labor Exchange Food Collection
4th & 5th Grades

Fri. 9/18 *** 1pm Dismissal ***

YMCA Kid's Night Out

Sat. 9/19 Heal the Bay Coastal Cleanup 9am-Noon
Westward Beach

Mon. 9/21 New Parent Volunteer Training, 1pm

Tue. 9/22 New Parent Volunteer Training, 2:30pm

Mon. 9/28 NO SCHOOL
Admissions Day

Flu Season Update >>

September Lunch Menu here >>

Septic Tank Update

Construction on the new septic system is underway and causing quite a buzz. The students and staff have adjusted to the newly configured play areas, and everyone has displayed great flexibility in the first few days. The 12,000 gallon septic tank will be delivered on Tuesday (9/15) with scheduled installation to take place on Wednesday (9/16). Please continue to emphasize to your child the importance of staying safe and following the rules especially staying away from the perimeter of the fenced area. With our commitment to safety, cooperation, and patience, the project should be complete well before our annual Halloween Parade.

School Hours Reminder

Gates open at 8:10AM
Line up bell at 8:25AM
Morning Assembly - Flag Salute & School Cheer
  • Parents say goodbye to students at the playground
  • Students and Teachers head to class

Instruction Begins Promptly at 8:30AM.
Kindergarten ONLY Dismissal - Monday - Thursday 1:30PM
Grades 1-5 Dismissal Monday - Thursday 3:00PM
Friday Dismissal - 1:00PM

All students who are not picked up at the end of the day will be sent to the office. Thank you for timely attention to the pick up times.

Welcome New Staff Members

Mary Tafi, Teacher Grades 4/5
Mrs. Tafi is teaching our 4/5 class. She has been a member of the PDMSS family for over five years. She has served as a one to one aide, long term substitute, day to day substitute, and enrichment class teacher. She received her multi-subject teaching credential from CSU Los Angeles. She graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Planning and Administration. She is a certified life coach and holds a certificate in Dietary Guidance from the Cooper Institute. She also worked for several years in the entertainment industry in operational and human resources management. She is also the creator of Eat a Rainbow™, a nutrition curriculum she developed for kindergarten through fifth grade. She has taught over 500 school children and is the lead teacher for this year’s PDMSS Organic Garden Project. She is an avid runner and food lover. She lives in Malibu with her husband, Bruce and her son who attends Malibu Middle School.

Nancy Friedman, School Psychologist
Mrs. Friedman is our new school psychologist. She worked at Roosevelt Elementary School for over 10 years and will bring her knowledge and expertise to PDMSS this year. She has been married for 25 years and has two children ages 23 and 18, and a beloved golden retriever. She is a California native, born in Los Angeles, who has lived in Southern California most of her life, but have also lived in Oregon, Hawaii, and New York. Her hobbies include gardening, reading novels, travel, collecting antiques.  This summer she traveled touring colleges with her daughter.

Frederick Thomas, Instructional Aide - Grades 4 & 5
Mr. Thomas spent the last seven years employed by the Saugus Union School District's Child Care Program. He began as a site counselor, working with children from Kindergarten to 6th grade. Two years ago he was promoted to the position of Assistant Director. He and his twin brother were born in Mission Hills and grew up in Santa Clarita, near Magic Mountain. He is the youngest of 12 children. As a child he spent a great deal of time in art classes, playing football and participating in the Boy Scouts of America-completing the program by earning the rank of Eagle Scout. After graduating from Saugus High School, Mr. Thomas began attending CSU Northridge and is currently working towards completing his teaching credential program. He enjoys watching movies, hiking and scuba diving.

Brigitte Warmington, Special Education One to One Aide
Ms. Warmington received her B.S. from CSU Northridge, with a degree in Kinesiology, specializing in adapted physical education. She is married and has a one year old daughter, Brooklyn Rose. She is also a certified swim instructor who teaches children and adults with disabilities. She owns and operates a special swim team for children with disabilities called, Aqua Buddies.

Jose Velasquez, Day Custodian - Plant Manager
Although not a new employee, Mr. Velasquez has been promoted to the position of Day Custodian. We are very excited to have him provide top quality service to our staff and students during the regular school day.


For most families, summer is a time to relax, to travel, to play on the beach.  At PDMSS, however, there are many people working diligently to get ready for school to start in September.

The PTA Executive Board meets throughout the summer, planning our budget, working on the calendar, activities, and getting the back to school packets prepared and sent to all of our families.  I would like to thank them all personally for their never-ending dedication to our school and our kids.  A special thank you goes to Kerry Hernandez, who in addition to taking on the monumental task of fundraising, has now added the PDMSS calendar to her plate.  We appreciate you, Kerry!

For many years, PDMSS has had a lemonade stand at the Chili Cook Off.  This year was no exception, thanks in large part to our student council officers, Donovan G., Emma P., Tanner A., Leila S. and Farah S.  They set up, cleaned up, designed a beautiful lemonade banner, and coordinated many families to work shifts in the booth.  Thank you to the Griffins, Ross’s, Anawalts, Fahertys, Millers, Bartons, Paynes, Danleys, Stacks, Nathans, Rubensteins, Lamonts, and Aiellos.  Our stand raised almost $900!  The PTA would like to give the proceeds to our Student Council to find a worthy cause to donate the money to.  Excellent job!

Additionally, for the first time ever in PDMSS history, we have had an offer of matching funds for the lemonade stand proceeds.  Our heartfelt thanks go to the Nathan family, who has donated an additional $892.00 to our PTA to support our programs.  Thanks to the generosity of the Nathans and so many others in our PDMSS community, we are working  hard to meet our fundraising goals.

The first day of school was wonderful and full of smiles for the students.  Thank you to the following parents, who made it an easy transition for us parents too.  Ali Thonson, Kasey de Varennes, Loree McBride, Marla Pinkett, Kerry Hernandez, Amy Young, Mindy Peterson, Lisa Mazzarella, Susanne Roth, Roohi Stack,, Andrea Zuckerman, Sasha Rondell, Tami Gordon, Sadie Barish, Laura Craven, Indira Lewis, and Germyna Day.  Thanks to these ladies, our Back To School Fair was a huge success.  A special thank you to Indira Lewis, who has designed and implemented our adorable new spirit wear.  It is available for sale by pre-order. 

Welcome Back, Everyone!  It is going to be a fantastic year!

Robyn Ross, PTA President

Community Service Opportunity from a PDMSS Alumnus

I was a student of Point Dume Marine Science Elementary School and graduated in 2004.  I currently attend Malibu High and have been very active in an organization called Operation Smile, which provides free surgeries in developing countries for patients that are born with cleft lips or cleft palates.  I am very honored to have been selected to actually go on one of the surgical missions with a team of doctors this November to Vietnam.  In preparation for my mission, I am soliciting contributions of toothbrushes (my target goal is 1,000) so that I can provide the children with the proper tools as I teach them about dental hygiene.  In addition, in order to relax the children who are stressed about their impending surgeries, I am also soliciting donations of beanie babies.  I was wondering if there would be any way to make an announcement in the Point Dume Newsletter so that any dentists, orthodontists, or oral surgeons could contact me to arrange for toothbrush donations.  If possible, I would like to also place a donation box in the office so that families could donate as well.  I am leaving for Vietnam at the beginning of November.

All donations can be dropped off at the PDMSS office from Wednesday, September 16 - Friday, October 16, 2009.

Thank you so much,
Tenaya Drapkin

If you would like more information about the organization Operation Smile, please visit http://www.operationsmile.org/

Community News & Announcements

Malibu Labor Exchange Food Drive

The next collection will be on Thursday, September 17th.  Although the entire school is invited to participate in this monthly collection, it is the Fourth and Fifth Grade’s turn to make a special effort to bring the items listed that day. Collection bins will be at the Fernhill gate that morning and outside the office all day.
Suggested foods & products to donate:

Bread to make sandwiches
Peanut butter, jelly
Canned meats, such as tuna
Fresh whole fruit in bulk
Protein and breakfast bars
Instant Soup  (add hot water)

Other healthy lunch-type items
Fruit drinks
Packages of hot chocolate
Coffee, creamer, sugar
Hot/cold cups

Thank you for your support and your participation in making this program successful. For more information about the Malibu Labor Exchange, visit the website at www.malibulaborexchange.org


Book Signing at Diesel Books

Rawumptious Recipes
Friday September 18, 7:30pm
More information here

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