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Upcoming Events

Week of April 21st-3rd & 5th Grade Testing

April 22nd-Earth Day

April 24th-Spring Picture Money Due

Week of April 28th-4th & 6th Grade Testing

April 29th & May 1st-5th Grade CST Science Test

April 29th-5th Grade Field Trip

May 1st-5th Grade Field Trip

Week of May 5th-7th Grade Testing

May 7th-Open House 5:30-7:00

May 11th-Mother's Day

Week of May 12th-Make-Up Testing

May 14th-WOW Assembly

May 16th-Spring Carnival 3:30-6:30

May 26th-No School Memorial Day

May 28th-Art Discovery Day

May 30th-District Spelling Bee

June 2nd-5th Grade Field Trip

June 4th-Last Day School

Running Club

Our Running Club meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30-8:50 on our field.

5th Grade Colonial Day

March Key of the Month


Balance – Live your best life
Be mindful of self and others while focusing on what’s meaningful and important in your life. Inner happiness and fulfillment come when your mind, body, and emotions are nurtured by the choices you make.

Valise Project

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Reading on the Lawn


Stay Informed

Today: 4/18/14

School Calendars

SAX Institute

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Vote for our very own Charlotte Pivo!

Vote Now!! Click here

Mrs. Charlotte has been volunteering for 3 years now. She comes in early to cut, copy, glue, file, staple, organize, etc. She reads stories with students and sight words. She also gives them one on one support in math. Mrs. Charlotte loves to be creative with fun problems that hold their attention. She has been able to reach the students that need extra help and attention. For one student that was far below grade level, Mrs. Charlotte would work with her twice a week and they were able to bond. This little girl then began opening up and feeling much better about herself. Mrs. Charlotte has made an impact on many of these kids life and will continue to do so. Coming to our school and volunteering gives her joy and happiness. At the end of each year Mrs. Charlotte teaches the 1st grade students a dance for our Performing Arts Festival. She comes in additional hours to choreograph the dance with our students. 

Smarter Balanced Assessment Field Test

Dear Parent or Guardian:

Our school is one of many in the country that will participate in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Field Test this spring.  Schools in 24 states will participate in the field test starting this March.

For our school, all students in grades third through seventh will participate in the Field Test in both mathematics and English language arts/literacy.  Students will not participate in the CST’s for these content areas except fifth grade who will take the CST Science test. 

Our school plans to administer the Field Test from April 14th to May 16th.

  • The tests are not timed; however, it will take approximately 3 to 4 hours to complete each content area test.

  • Testing may be scheduled over multiple sessions of about 45 minutes each, but may be scheduled in shorter or longer sessions as appropriate for the students in the school.

To comply with federal and state statute, participation in the field test is required.  Please note that Smarter Balanced will adhere to all federal and state privacy laws, including but not limited to Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The Field Test is an opportunity to “test the test.”  Information from the Field Test will be used to evaluate the testing software, ensure the quality of test questions, and evaluate the effectiveness of the test administration and training materials. 

This is an exciting opportunity for our school.  Students will be able to try out new, online testing software and new question types that will be similar to future Smarter Balanced assessments.  By participating in the Field Test, your child will be influencing the development of the Smarter Balanced assessments that will be California’s statewide assessment beginning in the 2014 – 2015 school year.  Every student response is a valuable piece of information that will be used to ensure that the new assessments are valid, reliable, and fair for all students.

Please visit the Smarter Balanced website at for more information.  If you have any questions regarding your child’s participation, please contact Donna Wilkins, (760) 901-7905.



Dr. Jessica Poumele



Green Oceanside, OUSD Teaming up for Annual Contest

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Environmentally conscientious students are invited to use their creative talents in this year’s City of Oceanside “Create to Educate” performance art contest. All students in grades 1-12 are eligible to creatively express through writing, song, video or art how our community can help improve and save the environment.

Recycling, preserving natural resources, water conservation and renewable energy are some of the many areas for students to focus their entries. Click Create to Educate for contest rules and details.

The City of Oceanside also encourages students, teachers and parents to take part in Earth Month 2014. Visit to learn more about activities and learning opportunities.  For further information, contact Oceanside Environmental Specialist Jenna Roripaugh, at or by calling 760-435-5828.

Flu Season and Staying Healthy

Flu Image.jpgThe Oceanside Unified School District strongly encourages all students and parents to utilize precautionary health measures to help prevent the spread of germs that can lead to illness.  Click Flu Season to learn more about what you can do to prevent yourself from becoming infected, and what to do should you become ill.

School of Choice and Interdistrict Transfer Options for 2014-15

choice.jpgApplications for School of Choice and requests for Interdistrict Transfer for the 2014-15 school year will be accepted beginning January 6.  Please use the following links to carefully review the guidelines and deadlines for each option.

School of Choice -- January 6 through March 28

Interdistrict Transfers – January 6 through April 30

For further questions, please contact the OUSD Student Services Department at (760) 966-7802, or (760) 966-7849.

"Because Nice Matters" Anti-Bullying Program

4 Types of Bullying

  1. Cyber
  2. Physical: hitting, kicking, taking belongings, or the threat of any of these
  3. Verbal: name calling, insulting or racist remarks.
  4. Indirect: spreading unpleasant stories about someone or excluding someone from social groups.

What bullying isn’t

  • Falling out with people
  • Short term arguments
  • A fight or quarrel between children of equal power or strength
  • Friends breaking up
  • Occasional teasing

How not to be a bully

Ask yourself 5 questions:

  1. Are my actions or words hurting someone else’s feelings?
  2. Are my actions or words hurting someone else physically or making them feel afraid?
  3. Would I want someone else to do this to me?
  4. Am I unfairly taking my anger out on someone?
  5. Am I trying to control someone against his or her will?

Be a part of the solution, not a part of the problem.

If you are being bullied or you witness someone being bullied, get help from an adult.

Ice Cream Day Info.

fudge bar.jpgIce Cream Day is the first Friday of the month. The ice cream day for April is the 18th. 

Ice Cream is cash sales only….no purchases from student accounts.

Choices for ice cream day include fudge bars, or sherbet, and will be sold after students are seated with their meal. They are $.50 each, one purchase per student.

If you have any questions please feel free to stop by the cafeteria.

Thank you.

Shelly Garcia

Cafeteria Manager


Welcome to Santa Margarita Elementary School

1 Carnes Road
Oceanside, CA  92058

(760) 901-7900 Office
(760) 430-1415 Fax

Mighty Mustang Motto

I will respect myself and others.

I will do my best.

I will praise myself and others daily.

I will talk it out to resolve problems.

I will do right by taking care of myself, others, this school, and home.

School Hours:

M, T, Th, F: 8:55-3:35

Am Kinder 8:55-12:15

PM Kinder: 12:15-3:35

Wed: 8:55-1:05

including Am & Pm Kinder

6th & 7th Grade

M, T, Th, F: 8:45-3:35

Wed: 8:45-1:05

AM Preschool 8:40-11:40

PM Preschool 12:40-3:40

Annual Bond Report

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Red Ribbon Week

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Our Marine Volunteers


Common Core Parent Information

CommonCoreLogo-color2.jpgCalifornia is one of 45 states nationwide to adopt the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English/Language Arts and mathematics.   This shift in teaching has been characterized by some as “the most significant change to classroom instruction since 1998,” when California first adopted its own academic standards.  Click the Common Core link to learn more about the standards and how the Oceanside Unified School District is implementing Common Core in the classroom.

Kids First Initiative and the 8 Keys of Excellence

Copy of Kids First.jpgThe OUSD Kids First initiative is off and running.  Click Kids First to view the 8 Keys of Excellence, watch student videos and to learn more about this life-changing project and how you can get involved as a partner with the district.  

Wellness Policy

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The OUSD Student Wellness Policy focuses on nutrition and physical education.  

Foods and beverages sold to students through the district’s child nutrition program, student stores, vending machines and fundraisers meet or exceed state and federal nutrition standards. Nutrition education is provided as a part of the district’s health education program. 

Click "wellness" to learn more about healthy living! 


Welcome Brigadier General Bullard

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All 7th through 12 Graders MUST Have the Tdap Immunization!!!

In response to a recent whooping cough (pertussis) epidemic in California, the California Department of Public Health has mandated all students enrolled in public education grades 7 - 12 MUST show definite proof of immunization (Tdap) against this infectious disease before the start of the 2013-14 school year. Immunization is a state requirement. Please see for further vaccination information.