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Welcome to Skyline School, Home of the Waves! We are a unique school housing two outstanding educational programs, our 4th-6th grade program and our Global Education K-6 program.
 
Skyline is the recipient of the 2012 California Distinguished School Award. This recognition was achieved through the hard work of our students, committed and dedicated teachers and staff, and our active and involved parents.
 
Our Parent Teacher Association and the Solana Beach Schools Foundation provide substantial financial and volunteer support to our school, supporting specialized programs, technology, science, art, music and physical education.
 
 

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    Student Safety Getting To and From Home

    With so many of our students walking and biking to school this year, your child’s safety is of utmost importance to us at Skyline.  To ensure this safety, we would like to remind all parents to have conversations with your children about “Stranger Danger” and how to safely get to and from school each day.   Here are some suggestions that can help guide these family discussions:

    • Make sure your child is walking and/or riding to and from school in a group and/or with an adult supervising.
    • Remind your child to never talk to strangers.  If someone in a car asks them for directions or approaches them in any way, they should not talk to the person but immediately run to the school, nearest adult they know, neighbor’s house, etc.
    • Do not take shortcuts or different routes to or from school.  Have a plan and make sure your children know you expect them to walk with friends using a certain route every day.
    • Report any unusual occurrences to the school office.  We have an extensive network whereby we notify all other schools and they also notify our district so we can keep our children safe.
    • If you see a vehicle that looks “out of place” or suspicious, write down the license number and a brief description of the car and person.  The police do follow-up on this information and they need our help. 

    We encourage you to go over these safety expectations with your children.   Thank you for helping us keep our children safe.

    Common Core Math:  Procedural Fluency is More Than Memorizing Math Facts

    With the emphasis on Common Core mathematics these days, many parents are wondering how to help their children become successful learners in this area.  Our ultimate goal is to have our children become mathematically fluent in their learning of math.  But what does that mean?  Does it mean knowing a lot of math facts?  Does it mean being able to quickly solve a math problem?   It is important for parents to understand that mathematical fluency truly involves a child’s ability to have a deep understanding of mathematical concepts, which results in their ability to efficiently and accurately access, compare, and apply strategies, knowledge and skills in a variety of contexts.    There is an abundance of research that will tell you that teaching for mathematical speed and accuracy (e.g., math fact drills) before children have developed the meaning of these ideas is, at best, a waste of time.  Research also indicates that instruction which emphasizes growing mathematical meaning, also results in speech and accuracy gains.    If you are interested in reading more, Dr. Jo Boaler, a mathematics professor at Stanford University, has written an excellent article on this topic. (Fluency Without Fear: Research Evidence on the Best Ways to Learn Math Facts)

    So what can parents do to support a goal of meaning-driven fluency?

    • Engage your child in natural mathematical talk, connecting mathematics to the world around us.
    • Ask questions rather than providing the solution.  So often it is easier to simply tell or explain the procedure for doing a math problem when your child gets the wrong answer.  Instead, ask your child questions that begin with “how” and “why” to help better understand the manner in which he/she is thinking about the problem.
    • Suggest a strategy rather than compelling your child to solve a problem in a certain way.  It can be useful, to share your own way of thinking about solving a problem.

    Certainly, efficiency and accuracy in mathematics are important to learning, however, true mathematical fluency should be meaning-driven which will result in speed and accuracy as students construct a stronger and more connected understanding of mathematics.

    Skyline’s Halloween Parade

    Skyline will be hosting its annual Halloween Parade on Friday, October 31, 2014, beginning at 8:55 a.m. The parade will be held on the upper playfield, and parents are cordially invited to watch the parade. Students are encouraged to wear their Halloween costume to school. It is important that costumes adhere to Skyline’s dress code, and students are not allowed to bring toy guns, daggers/swords or other toy weapons. We ask that students not wear masks to school. Finally, if students are going to wear face makeup, we ask that they not wear fake blood or be too gory as it might scare the younger students. We look forward to a spooky Halloween parade.
     
    STREAM 
    The school year has began with a new acronym at our schools, and many parents want to know more about STREAM and the learning behind the letters. The District and the Foundation will provide a series of brief emails over the next few weeks, sharing information and providing additional resources for interested parents and students. Click here (http://www.smore.com/h8tvg ) to read the first newsletter, entitled STREAM ~ What Is It & Why Now? 
     
     
    Best wishes,

    Lisa Denham, Principal

    Don’t forget to mark these important dates on your calendar:
     
    Parent/Teacher Conference Week ... Oct. 27-31
    12:25 p.m. dismissal all week
    Play It Safe ... Thursday, Oct. 30
    Monday, Nov. 10, No school
    Tuesday, Nov. 11, Veteran's Day Holiday 
    Red Ribbon ... Nov. 12 and Nov. 13 
     
     
     
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