FOPBE Weekly News Letter Oct 19

FOPBE Weekly News Letter Oct 19
Posted on 10/18/2020
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Weekly Newsletter from FOPBE

PBE Families,

Mid-October is upon and we have three important items to report on this week:

1.  PBE STRONG Contribution Drive 💪🏻now through October 30! Thank you to those who have already contributed. We have raised close to $5,000 but are still far from our goal of $13,000. By contributing, you are helping PBE students, teachers, and community benefit from programs that are not offered by the district, including ongoing social/emotional support, increased technology, and teacher support due to Covid19, as well as science enrichment. A great way to include loved ones is to reach out to family, friends, and neighbors. To make a contribution, please visit There are a number of great perks that come with your donation, including a raffle ticket for prizes and PBE STRONG gear. Any amount is appreciated and all proceeds go directly to benefit students at every grade level. See below for information on tiers and PBE Strong prizes.

2.  Our next FOPBE Meeting is this Tuesday, October 20 at 5:30 pm.  Zoom details below.  Please join us as we provide updates on the various activities going on at PBE and discuss some fun, family-friendly events for our students!  
3.  Need some Halloween activities??  Look for details this week about PBE's Pumpkin Decorating Contest and Neighborhood Self-Guided Halloween Tour.  Thank you to Christin Bawa for coordinating!!
Have a great week PBE. We hope to see you at Tuesday's meeting - Zoom details:

Topic: FOPBE Meeting
Time: Oct 20, 2020 05:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 869 1545 5112

-Rachel & Elizabeth on behalf of FOPBE

Principal's Message

We hope this email finds you healthy, happy and enjoying the weekend.

PBE STRONG Contribution Drive

Sending out a HUGE heartfelt “thank you” to all families who have already donated to the annual FOPBE (Friends of Pacific Beach Elementary) contribution drive! FOPBE remains committed to supporting the PBE community and are in the midst of our PBE STRONG Contribution Drive.  By donating, you are helping our students benefit from social/emotional support as well as science enrichment. To make a contribution, please visit There are a number of great perks that come with your donation including a raffle ticket for prizes and PBE STRONG gear. Any amount is appreciated and all proceeds go directly to benefit students at every grade level.

Phase 1 Appointment Based Learning-Update

This week, were excited to welcome a small number of students and staff back onto our school campus as we began Phase 1-Appointment Based Learning. Beginning Tuesday, students visited campus each day and met with a member of the PBE team in small group and/or individual appointments. Visiting students continued to participate in their “live instruction” via Zoom with their teachers and classmates. Our team was prepared, though we were nervous and excited like we are for the first day of a new school year. We have posted signage reminding students, staff and families to maintain the 6 feet of distance from each other, wash hands and wear masks. Students met inside our classrooms- which are now all equipped with air purifiers or outside at the numerous shaded outdoor options. While we were well prepared to welcome students to campus, we made some adjustments and expect to continue to refine our practices as we add additional students for on-site appointments in the coming weeks. Although we have many students who would benefit from in-person appointment-based opportunities, we selected a very small number of students to return to campus this week.  Starting small allows us to apply a variety of policies and procedures, observe their implementation, and modify them as needed, in order to ensure for the health and safety of our community and build the necessary infrastructure for subsequent phases.

In selecting students to participate as we launch our reopening plan, we considered a variety of factors, including the following:

  • students' needs, participation in online learning, and ability to wear a mask (students must be able to wear a mask for the duration of their time on campus)
  • availability of staff, classrooms, and resources
  • ability to supervise, observe, and reflect on protocols and procedures
  • school schedules for learning and cleaning/sanitizing
  • student and staff movement patterns around campus

We look forward to inviting additional students after we successfully launch the beginning of our reopening plan and transition to subsequent phases.

Dr. Doug Fisher co-author Distance Learning Playbook for Parents- October 22nd from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

PBE families are invited to join author Douglas Fisher as he speaks to the parents of Mission Bay Elementary Schools about a book he has recently co-authored. The Distance Learning Playbook for Parents outlines supportive strategies for navigating virtual environments to ensure effective and impactful learning that aligns the needs and expectations of teachers, parents, and students alike.
The Distance Learning Playbook for Parents – How to Support Your Child’s Academic, Social and Emotional Development in Any Setting

Registration is now open, limited capacity:

Monday Morning Assembly @ 8:15-8:25 a.m.

We invite all PBE students to join us for our Monday Morning Assembly hosted by Principal Grondek. Our Monday Morning Assembly is an opportunity for our school to come together as a community and celebrate our common goals of being bucket fillers and spreading kindness.  This is an optional opportunity; please join us if this feels like a good way for your child to begin his or her week.  

Zoom Details

Meeting ID: 972 7458 6060

We thank you for your continued support, grace, and flexibility as we partner together to support our students!

Take care,

Jennifer Grondek

FOPBE, PBE’s non-profit foundation, remains committed to supporting school programming, teachers, and students. Since many programs we typically raise funds for are on pause, FOPBE is focusing fundraising efforts toward the following:

Club Xcite provides social/emotional support programming for all students
San Diego Youth Science- offers virtual experiences to help all students
understand the process of science and inspire scientific curiosity

To donate, visit & click “DONATE NOW” or set up monthly donations. Include your name, your child’s name & teacher with the donation. We hope to collect donations by 10/30/20. 
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Here's what's happening this week at PBE:

Monday, October 19
  • Monday Morning Assembly, 8:15-8:25 am, 

    see email for Zoom details
Tuesday, October 20
  • FOPBE Meeting, 5:30 pm
WednesdayOctober 21

Thursday, October 22
  • PBE Library Book Pick Up 7:30 - 9 am
Friday, October 23
  • Dance Fitness Friday with Coach Cortes, 8-8:30 am
  • November 6, Principal's Chat 8 am
  • November 11, Veterans Day, No School
  • November 16 - 20, Minimum Days, Parent-Teacher Conferences

Wear your PBE gear and show off your school spirit!
Meet your friends and neighbors at the family-friendly PB Farmers' Market every Tuesday from 3 pm to 6 pm for farm fresh food, tasty snacks or an easy dinner, on Bayard Street at Garnet.  

In cooperation with City of San Diego COVID-19 guidelines, markets are focused on grocery shopping and prepared food is only offered for takeout. Before attending, please read current market rules here.
Thank you for your continued support!