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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.

Sun. 11/1 Set clocks back 1 hour at 2:00 a.m.

Wed. 11/4 Public Schools Week,

Mon. 11/2 Reflections Projects Due

Tues. 11/10 PTA Meeting, 3:15 p.m.

Wed. 11/11 No School,
Veterans' Day

Fri. 11/13 Famous Person Spirit Day

Wed. 11/18 Pupil Free Day, Parent Teacher Conferences

Nov. 19-25
1:00 p.m. Dismissal - Parent Teacher Conferences

Thur & Fri.
Nov. 26 & 27
No School
Thanksgiving Holiday

November Lunch Menu here >>

Dear Family and Friends of PDMSS,

During the summer, my mother traveled to Alaska.  At the end of her trip and on her way through airport security, the TSA confiscated what they deemed to be a suspicious package from my mother’s carry on luggage.  They asked her many questions, and she tried to relay where she purchased the items, what they were used for, and to whom they would be given: six in total, one for each grandchild.  To no avail, the suspicious snow globes were taken and tossed in a very large bin.  She was devastated (to the degree with which one could be, for a lost moment – hugs, smiles, and gratitude from her grandchildren).  When my mother repacked her overnight bag and finally passed through security, she glanced over and saw hundreds of these moments crammed in the bin waiting to be destroyed.  She was informed that she could purchase airport snow globes in the terminal shops; apparently they posed no threat to national security.

What a world . . . things like this skew my thinking as a parent.  Frankly, I worry about what their lives will be like when they are adults.  What kind of an individual will survive, thrive and change circumstances in order to make our world better than the way in which we received it?

The goal of any school should be to foster a mindset that hard work and effort, along with personal responsibility, create the greatest potential to make our world a better place.

It is with this in mind that PDMSS creates opportunities for our students to become learners with a purpose.  The choices we make about curriculum, activities, enrichment and expectations all have an impact on what our community and ultimately our world will be like for this generation.  The data for our academic programs are consistently high because we place great emphasis on learning to read, write and solve problems.  But more importantly, we provide opportunities that allow students to use their knowledge to help themselves and to help others.

The news that comes from PDMSS is dedicated to what is right about our community and how we can work together to make it better.  As you are aware, our teachers send either daily, weekly or biweekly newsletters.  We count on you to stay informed by reading them in a timely manner.

Having your child take personal responsibility for their schoolwork and homework is an area that we need your help with.  In any school, it is often the parent who asks about what work was missed or what the homework was for the night.  At PDMSS, we need your support in asking your child to follow the rule:  Ask three before you ask me.  Who can you ask?   For example, if your child forgot the words for an assignment or can’t remember the page number to do for math, have them follow the rule. Ask three before you ask me.  Who can you ask?  Who or what are the three?  1) a classmate;  2) a different classmate  3) the teacher’s newsletter.  You are supporting and guiding rather than doing it for your child.

If a child knows that a parent will always ask the teacher, or look through folders themselves, it gives a child no reason to act independently or think for themselves.  This has long-term implications for our students.  We should not reinforce behaviors that could ultimately lead to learned helplessness.  Providing multiple opportunities to have our children figure out solutions to problems is a skill that will help foster a sense of independence, confidence and resilience.

Imagine what the world would be like if it were filled with thoughtful, independent thinkers who found a passion and purpose for their learning to make our world a better place.  I look forward to the day that snow globes are free to roam the earth . . .

Have a great weekend with your family!

Warmest regards,

Chi Kim, Principal

Thank you to Gabrielle Reece and Laird Hamilton for kicking off Red Ribbon week for our fourth and fifth graders.  They spoke of the importance making good choices and taking care of our bodies by exercising, staying active, and eating good food.  The students made a commitment to cut their video game playing and soda consumption by 50%!  

We ended Red Ribbon Week with our student body wearing red and enjoying the music and positive message of Chic Street Man.  He sang and spoke of the importance of taking care of oneself to be able to take care of others.  

Special thanks to Jana Blake, Loree McBride, and Marla Pinkett for coordinating this year’s Red Ribbon Week.
Thank you to Brent Spiner who provided his oration skills to help our students become fluent readers of the Pledge of Allegiance.  If your child would like to practice fluent reading and speaking, we have attached the words and the MP3.

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America,
and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all.

(If you don't see the audio player for the Pledge of Allegiance, click here>>)

Congratulations to Zoe N. for completing 100 environmentally friendly tasks to earn her eco-warrior medal!

Thank you to the PDMSS Student Council Officers and Representatives who voted this Thursday to donate the proceeds from the Chili Cook Off Lemonade Stand to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  The gift of $900 will be sent on behalf of the students at PDMSS.

Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors, and entire communities.

For more information:  www.wish.org

Congratulations to Miss Hovest and Mrs. Tafi's classes for 100% participation in wearing spirit wear or red for Red Ribbon Week!

Halloween Costume Drive was a huge success thanks to the Student Council and parent coordinators Janice Miller, Michelle Bearnadou Russo and Alice Dodd.  Together we collected approximately 200 costumes to donate to School on Wheels!

The Lost and Found Players (Susan Booker, Lydia Graham, Crystal G., Saxon R., and Truman S.) did an excellent job of performing a short skit on personal responsibility. There are over 50 items in the lost and found because clothing is left behind on the playground.  Remember, at the end of each month, the Lost and Found items not claimed are put in the Planet Aide bins and given to others in need.

Thank you to Sadie Barish, the entire Gardening Committee and students of PDMSS who have spent over 80 hours bringing our winter kitchen garden to life!  We are looking forward to our winter harvest after the holiday season.

100% is our goal

Direct Investment Grade Level Participation Percentage Breakdown
Kindergarten - 63%
Grade 1 - 60%
Grade 2 - 67%
Grade 3 - 68%
Grade 4 - 51%
Grade 5 - 47%

Please join the 59% 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 -

Thank you to the following 118 families for their investments:

Aldrich Family, Alexander Family, Anawalt Family, Annis Family, Barish Family, Barton Family, Bode Family, Boland Family, Brosnan Family, Brown Family, Brufsky Family, Burger Family, Carrola-Landry Family, Carson Family, Chaisson Family, Chartoff Family, Churchill Family, Cloete Family, Cohen Family, Cole Family, Cook Family, Day Family, DeMeritt Family, Dempsey Family, Denker Family, DeStefano Family, deVarennes Family, Dimmel-Alexeff 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, Hinderer Family, Holmes Family, Kevin & Samantha Hughes Family, Jenkins Family, Junger Family, Kassoy Family, Kennedy-Bailey Family, Kim-Finn Family, King Family, Kish Family, Kline Family, Krawczyk Family, Lamont Family, Lanier Family, Lehman Family, Lescher 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, Eddie & Lisa Miller 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, Sandel Family, Schaar Family, Sheridan Family, Shevick Family, Simonian Family, Sittig Family, Norton & Kim Smith Family, Smoller Family, Spiner Family, Stack Family, Stockwell Family, Strickland Family, Swindal Family, Szczepanik Family, Tarlow Family, Taylor Family, Thonson Family, Wilder 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.   

Thank you to the Malibu High School Chamber Singers who shared their gift of voice with our 5th grade Choir Class. Special thanks to Mrs. Loch and Mrs. Justine for coordinating this special class presentation.

Halloween Parade Reminders:
Friday, October 30th
10:45 AM - Parade Begins

Students may come to school in costume, but MUST wear comfortable and appropriate shoes. NO MASKS, toy weapons, or silly string are allowed. Students may bring masks for the parade only. Students who wear masks at any other time during the school day will have to tun it into the office for a parent to pick up.

Parents may come in costumes that are appropriate for an elementary school setting. Parents, there are absolutely NO MASKS allowed for adults at all. This is a safety requirement in order for staff and students to identify all adults on campus. We appreciate your cooperation and support to make this year’s festivities safe and sane. Please direct your questions to Ms. Kim ckim@smmusd.org

Parent Education Reminder

Wednesday, October 28th at 8:30 - 10:00AM in the Library

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

Please donate your extra Halloween candy to the less fortunate. A box will be placed in the office November 2-4.

Community News and Announcements

Game of Skate


Halloween at the YMCA Santa Monica


Santa Monica Youth Volleyball


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