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“We cannot win this battle to save species and environments without forging an emotional bond between ourselves and nature for we will not fight to save what we do not love.”  S.J. Gould

Dear Family and Friends of PDMSS,

Thanks to the many parents who attended our organic gardening session with John Lyons of the Woven Garden, we have officially broken ground for our winter garden! With the help of our gardening crew. led by our magnificent Sadie Pollock-Barish, students began the process of forging that critical bond that Professor Gould stated so eloquently. Our goal is to engage our students in the process of cultivating the earth, slowing down to observe a dynamic ecosystem that takes place on land, eventually, comparing and contrasting ecosystems that they study in our Marine Science Lab.

It was a joy to witness our students ooohing and aaaahing as they discovered creatures that have performed microbial miracles in the soil for thousands of years. Our classroom plots of weeds, worn vegetation and rocks, were actually teeming with life in the form of lady bugs, caterpillars and earthworms that shared the space as nature intended. They even witnessed a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis (one that was not ordered from a commercial butterfly farm!) A final harvest of broccoli, french beans and carrots were gathered. Next week, seedlings and vermicomposting!

Thank you for your continued support in helping our students connect with our world to become thoughtful, caring citizens.

Warmest regards,

Chi Kim, Principal

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.
Oct. 10-23 Red Ribbon Week
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 >>

MUSIC and ART Begins October 12, Thanks to Your Direct Investment!

Welcome Dr. Gwendolyn McGraw who will be teaching our K-3rd grade PTA sponsored Choral Music Program! Dr. Gwen currently teaches and provides oversight of preservice teachers’ (General Music K-5) preparation for the state-required PACT portfolio submissions at UCLA. She recently retired from administrative/faculty position at USC to continue research on developmental psychoacoustics (with implications for audio-media); to compose, arrange, and record research-based music and multimedia for children; and to conduct research on cognition, music experience, and singing voice development in infancy, early childhood, and primary grades. Dr. Gwen was an Associate Professor and Department Chair of Music Education at USC, an Associate professor and Coordinator of Music Education at CSU, Sacramento, and a lecturer and Associate Conductor of International Children’s Choir at Emory University. She has taught students of all ages from Tallahassee, Florida to Los Angeles, California. We are very honored and excited to have her join PDMSS.

Welcome back to Mrs. Amy Loch, Choral Music Director of Malibu High School, who will be leading our 4th and 5th grade PTA sponsored Choral Music Program! Mrs. Loch earned her Bachelors in Music Education from the University of Nebraska Lincoln with an emphasis in vocal music and a minor in dance in 2002. While attending UNL she was a member of the University Singers, a large mixed choral ensemble and the Scarlet and Cream Singers, the University's show choir. She taught vocal music and dance in Nebraska for three years before relocating to North Carolina where she taught vocal music and theatre at Northwood High School in Pittsboro, North Carolina. While in North Carolina she was a member of the Duke Chapel Choir and sang with the Durham Vocal Ensemble. She moved to the Los Angeles area in April with husband Jeremy who works for School-Link Technologies in Santa Monica.

Welcome back to Ms. Joanne Horton is a ceramic/fine artist living and working in Granada Hills, CA. She holds a BFA degree in Ceramics/Fine Arts from Otis College of Art and Design. Since graduating, she has worked in several aspects of the ceramic industry, specializing in the creation of custom tile and restoration of vintage tile for historic buildings. In 1998, she and her husband, Rich Mudge founded Creative Fire Studio, an art studio dedicated to bringing ceramic and art classes to elementary and middle schools over four school districts.

Please join the 53% percent of PDMSS families who have chosen to make an investment in all of our students. Participate in 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.

Direct Investment Grade Level Participation Percentage Breakdown
Kindergarten - 49%
Grade 1 - 57%
Grade 2 - 64%
Grade 3 - 66%
Grade 4 - 43%
Grade 5 - 37%

Thank you to the following 105 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, Day Family, DeMeritt Family, Dempsey Family, DeStefano Family, deVarennes Family, Dion Family, Ekman Family, Embiricos Family, Errico Family, Farrer Family, Finn 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, Kish Family, Kline Family, Krawczyk Family, Lamont Family, Lanier 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, McKeever 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.   


We are excited to welcome back Chic Street Man to PDMSS on Friday, October 23 at 9 AM for our first assembly. Chic became a fast favorite of our students and teachers when he performed for us last Spring.

Chic Street Man is an exciting singer, writer, and performer, he inspires audiences to help make the world a better place . . . soulful, and full of wit and humor. He incorporates a variety of musical forms all of which have roots that can be traced back to the ancient African tradition of storytelling with call and response. The stories are used for the purpose of spinning a tale, but always to instill in the listeners the spirit of an honorable life and the value of living in harmony with others; and to inspire them to make positive contributions to society.

Congratulations to Ms. Kelley Didion who is now the Assistant Principal at Mar Vista Elementary School in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District. They are lucky to have such a strong instructional leader at their school!



Parenting Without Power Struggles: Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids While Staying Cool, Calm and Connected

Family therapist Susan Stiffelman will be speaking to parents at PDMSS on Wednesday, October 28th at 8:30 am. She'll be discussing how to:
  • Be the Captain of the ship in your child’s life, confidently and calmly in charge without timeouts, bribes or punishments
  • Keep your cool, even when your kids defy, resist, push your buttons or tune you out
  • Transform your child's frustration and anger into adaptation and flexibility
  • Awaken your child's natural instincts to cooperate and connect
Susan is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist, a credentialed teacher, educational therapist and parenting coach. She offers parenting presentations throughout the country.

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