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Dear Family and Friends of PDMSS,

I am very pleased to announce that the Septic Tank Installation paving and striping on our playground are complete! Students were able to enjoy full use of our playground. It was a thrill to experience the expanse with no obstruction or construction noise, just the sounds of children laughing and playing at recess. Thank you for your great attitude and kind patience! It was your excellent modeling that helped shape the positive spirit that permeated the campus.

As we establish routines and structures within the classroom communities, we also incorporate components of our Comprehensive School Safety Plan throughout the year. Room Parents are busily compiling emergency phone trees while students and staff are working on safety strategies. We had our first monthly fire drill of the school year on Wednesday at 9:45AM. It took approximately 3 minutes for the entire student body to exit classrooms in a quiet and orderly fashion onto the playground. Our students were able to listen to instruction, practice our emergency drill, and be prepared. I am very proud of all of our students, staff and parents for taking these safety precautions and measures seriously. The more prepared we are as a community, the more efficient we will be with our response and support systems should an emergency situation ever arise during the school day.

Each classroom and specialist space is equipped with an emergency backpack filled with supplies. PDMSS also has a large storage unit that houses emergency supplies (water, generators, blankets, etc) that will accommodate all of our students and staff members. This is also the bin where all of our student comfort kits will be stored during the school year. (Please send your child’s CK in by Friday, October 9). We also have emergency food supplies and water. PDMSS is also a community site for the City of Malibu Emergency Bin.

On October 15 at 10:15AM, PDMSS will participate in the Great California ShakeOut, a statewide emergency earthquake drill. The purpose of the ShakeOut is to practice how to protect ourselves during earthquakes, and to get prepared at work, school and home. (For information go to www.shakeout.org/). PDMSS students will be taught and reminded of the duck, cover and hold strategy to prevent injuries should an earthquake occur. Please know that we follow the American Red Cross recommended strategy in our school district of ducking (under a table), covering (the back of one’s neck with one hand, and closing one’s eyes to protect from shattered, flying glass) and holding (a leg of the table for stability with the other hand).

Each school site is responsible for having an evacuation plan for different emergency scenarios. For most situations, the school is the safest place to keep our children. Your child’s safety is our priority. If there were ever a need to evacuate the school facility with our students, our evacuation location is Westward Beach. Please know that school staff will remain with our students at the evacuation site until the very last child is picked up by a parent/guardian or someone listed on the child’s pink emergency card.

What is your family’s emergency plan? We hope that you take the time to talk about your family’s strategy and practice it this week.

Yours in safety,

Chi Kim, Principal

Tue. 10/6 Malibu Special Education Foundation Open House, Malibu HS at 6:30 p.m.

Thur. 10/8 Student Council Meeting, Room 12 at 7:50 a.m.

Sat. 10/10 Malibu Pie Festival, Cross Creek at 10:30 a.m.

Wed. 10/14 Room Parent Meeting, PDMSS Library at 8:35 a.m.

Thur. 10/15 Student Council Meeting, Room 12 at 7:50 a.m.

Great Shake Out - Drill / Simulation at 10:15 a.m.

Wed. 10/21 Picture Make Up Day, Cafetorium 8-10:30 a.m.

Thur. 10/22 Student Council Meeting, Room 12 at 7:50 a.m.

Fri. 10/23 Chic Street Man Assembly, Cafetorium at 9:00 a.m.

Thur. 10/29 Student Council Meeting, Room 12 at 7:50 a.m.

Fri. 10/30 Annual Halloween Parade, Playground at 10:45 a.m.

October Lunch Menu here >>

Welcome Sean McArthur to PDMSS.

Sean McArthur is our new evening custodian. He was born and raised in Santa Monica, California. He was a student and graduate of the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District. He is big football fan. He has two daughters ages 17 & 19. He is looking forward to being a great team player and providing top quality service to the students, staff and parents at PDMSS.

Volunteers - Making Education Our Collective Business

Thank you to the many volunteers who have been TB cleared, has Level I form completed. and a Volunteer Code of Conduct and Confidentiality Agreement signed! This is just a reminder of what is expected of ALL VOLUNTEERS at PDMSS.

As a volunteer, I agree to follow the Volunteer Code of Conduct. I will be kind, safe and responsible by doing the following:

  1. Signing in and out of the office (Start and end of volunteer shift)
  2. Wearing a volunteer or visitor badge
  3. Being patient, kind, and modeling positive behaviors
  4. Using respectful, encouraging, and appropriate language when speaking with students and adults
  5. Being prompt, reliable, and conscientious
  6. Respecting the activities as outlined by the teachers, staff, and administrator
  7. Following established disciplinary policies and procedures consistently which means that all school rules apply to volunteers too!
  8. Turning off my cell phone so that my child knows that I truly am present and working in the classroom, library, science lab, art room or field trip
  9. Respecting the privacy of all children
  10. Keeping observations, experiences and information confidential
  11. Understanding that younger siblings MAY NOT be included when I am volunteering due to liability and so that I may devote quality time to the classroom without distraction to student learning

Student Council Officers and Classroom Representatives from grades 2-5 attended the first Student Council meeting of the year. Student Council is a leadership and community service organization at PDMSS that allows students to give service back to the school as thoughtful citizens. Meetings are held at 7:50AM every Thursday. Student representatives learn about and promote school events, provide information to their classroom peers, and gain confidence as public speakers.

This week we discussed the three goals of Student Council members. They are to
  1. be great role models and students
  2. help make a difference for the environment & people
  3. promote school spirit

Congratulations to Miss Hovest’s Second Grade Class for earning the most Golden Tickets during September! They will be deciding on a charitable organization, whose goal is to help people in need, in which to donate their $50 Golden Ticket.

Student Council Officers
President - Donovan G.
VP - Emma P.
Secretary Tanner A.
Co-Commissioners: Leila A. & Farah S.

Classroom Representatives - Grades 2-5
Grade 2: Jake K., Lauren L., Quinn G., Emilia B., Griffin C. Russell K. & Ella L.
Grade 3: Ava K., Jack H.,
Grade 4: Talin L., Crystal G., & Samantha C.
Grade 5: Ava C., Delaney F., & Rayah D.

Thank you! Art and Music will begin the week of October 12!!! Our next goal is to fully fund field trips and assemblies for our students. Please help us by joining the Direct Investment Campaign today.  Your 100% tax-deductible donation allows us to ensure a stable, high-quality education for our children.  It will take every family’s involvement in order for the PTA to achieve our aggressive fundraising goal - 100% is our goal. We are currently at 50% participation. We are half way there!

Direct Investment Grade Level Participation Percentage Breakdown
Kindergarten - 46%
Grade 1 - 57%
Grade 2 - 60%
Grade 3 - 60%
Grade 4 - 41%
Grade 5 - 35%

Thank you to the following 99 families for their investments:

Aldrich Family, Alexander Family, Anawalt Family, Annis Family, Barish Family, Barton Family, Bode Family, Boland Family, Brosnan Family, Brufsky Family, Burger Family, Carrola-Landry Family, Carson Family, Chartoff Family, Cloete Family, Cohen Family, Cole Family, Cook Family, DeMeritt Family, Dempsey Family, deVarennes Family, Dion Family, Ekman Family, Embiricos Family, Errico Family, Farrer Family, Fox Family, Gerber-Crawford Family, Gonzalez Family, Gordon Family, Goudzwaard Family, Graham Family, Griffin Family, Hack Family, Haines Family, Hamilton Family, Harrer Family, Hernandez Family, Herz Family, Holmes Family, Kevin & Samantha Hughes Family, Jenkins Family, Junger Family, Kassoy Family, Kennedy-Bailey Family, King Family, Kline Family, Krawczyk Family, Lamont Family, Lehman Family, Lewis Family, Loftus Family, Longo Family, Mankoff Family, Mark Family, Martin Family, Martinez Family, Mason Family, Mastrippolito Family, Mazzarella Family, McDonnell Family, McNulty Family, Ken & Janice Miller Family, Motavasselan Family, Nanula Family, Nathan Family, Nokes Family, O’Connor Family, Panzer Family, Christian & Sheryn Payne Family, Perey Family, Pernice Family, Peterson Family, Picard Family, Pinkett Family, Putterman Family, Rapf Family, Ray Family, Rondell Family, Rosen Family, Ross Family, Roth Family, Rubenstein Family, Schaar Family, Sheridan Family, Simonian Family, Norton & Kim Smith Family, Spiner Family, Stack Family, Stockwell Family, Strickland Family, Swindal Family, Szczepanik Family, Tarlow Family, Taylor Family, Thonson Family, Woglom Family, Wolfsdorf Family, Zuckerman Family

Please make your 100% tax-deductable donation today.
Donation forms are available in the PDMSS School Office or to download  CLICK HERE.   



Community News & Announcements

City of Malibu - Basketball Registration


Message from the Malibu Foundation for Youth and Families


Parenting Without Power Struggles Book Launch
Diesel Book Store - October 11 at 3:00 p.m.


Malibu Library Art Program
Wednesday, October 14 at 4:00 p.m.


Pepperdine Family Fun Theater Events


Cirque du Soleil KOOZA
Benefit the Education Foundation
Only 5 more days to purchase tickets for the October 30th, 8:00 p.m. event


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