• April 25, 2018

    Posted by Peggy Riley on 5/10/2018

    Del Mar News                                         April 25, 2018 

                                                                             

    Dear Del Mar Community,

    Beginning next week, all of our students will engage in the CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress) stateside testing.

    Testing will take place:

    Wednesday, 5/2 & Thursday, 5/3 - ELA

    Wednesday, 5/9 & Thursday, 5/10 - Math

    Tuesday, 5/15 - Science

    Grade 6, 7 & 8- Math and English Tests  The CAASPP exams will take place May 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 10th, from approximately  8:20am-10:30am.  During these four days, all students will take the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics. Each day will include about 2 hours of testing.

    Grade 8- Science Test  The California Science Test (CAST) will be given to all students in grade eight (8) on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 8:20am-10:20am. All 6th and 7th grade students will participate in advisory program, including an assembly.

    At Del Mar Middle School, our students have always had a respectable participation rate and perform well above the state average. We want to continue and enhance this success so please help us support students to attend school on time and perform to the best of their ability.

    As many of you may know, California recently implemented a new way to display school performance data. Each school in the state now has its own Dashboard which includes visual displays, graphs, and pie charts reflecting how well the school and similar schools are meeting standards in several categories. The academic category uses CAASPP data to display academic performance. The dashboard is highly accessible and visible to colleges, the community, and the public. Our school rating is based on our students' performance and improvement on these exams.

    Please read the attached letter and FAQ sheet for additional information regarding the CAASPP.

    Thank you,

    Brian Lynch, Principal

    Redwood High School is hosting Matt Bellace, Ph.D. who will be speaking on Teens Making Healthy Choices on Thursday night at 7:00 in the small gym. Please see flyer for more details.

    Order your yearbooks now.  After May 25th the price will go up.

    Please join the Tiburon & Belvedere Police Departments for a presentation this Saturday on Safe Driving for our Youth.  Details attached here.

     

    PTA News

           

    2018 Graduation Donation

    It's not too late to donate!  Families of 2018 graduates please consider a donation in the amount of $170 to help pay for the following (you can also stop by the office if you cannot meet the $170 and would still like to contribute, any amount is welcomed!):

    -ceremony

    -graduate party including dinner and entertainment

    -teacher appreciation luncheon

    -digital copy of class slide show

    -cable car transportation used for the graduate parade to downtown Tiburon

    -Six Flags entrance fee, transportation to and from plus lunch

    Please click here for easy online payment or call the office.

    Staff Appreciation Week - May 7-11

    The PTA will be saying THANK YOU to our wonderful teachers and staff for all that they do through Staff Appreciation Week. Here are the activities planned for our staff.

    Monday, May 7th - Pancake Breakfast (district provided)

    Tuesday, May 8th - Peet's Coffee Break provided by PTA

    Wednesday, May 9th - Teacher off-site activity (after school)

    Nibbles provided by PTA

    Thursday, May 10th - Teacher Luncheon provided by Mia

    Allenstein and treats/drinks by PTA

    Friday, May 11th - Choice Lunch

     

    Del Mar Middle School students and the PTA present 

       Mary Poppins, Jr. 

       APRIL 25-28TH

     

    Tickets on sale now! Click here to purchase.  Come support your fellow classmates.  Paper tickets are available to purchase in the school office.

    Remember to submit Phoebe Hearst nominations.

    Don't forget to nominate your favorite teacher for the Phoebe Hearst Outstanding Educator Award.  Using this survey, please tell us about the wonderful qualities that you and your child appreciate about his/her favorite teacher this year.  Nominations must be received by May 4th.  The recipient of the Phoebe Hearst Award will receive a $500 grant at the Celebration of Education on May 30th.  Thank you for recognizing our fabulous teachers

     

    Foundation News

     

    OUR SPRING EVENTS ARE ONLY 4 WEEKS AWAY!

    Here are a few things to remember:

    • PICNIC IN PEARLS FASHION SHOW TICKETS ARE SELLING FAST! Get yours before they sell out! Visit our website for details & to purchase tickets.
    • GATSBY GALA TICKETS & ONLINE AUCTION WILL BE AVAILABLE MAY 1st. Stay tuned for more information regarding the auction. Get your flapper dresses ready!
    • FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA for a chance to win free tickets to all of our events. If you don't follow, you can't win!
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  • April 4, 2018

    Posted by Peggy Riley on 4/26/2018
    Del Mar News                     April 4, 2018 
                                                                             
     
    Dear Del Mar Community,
     
    Last week we were honored to host our area's elected Congressman, Jared Huffman. Many of our 8th grade students directly shared the legislation they had written during trimester 2 in their history class. Mr. Huffman made himself available to hear more directly from our students. I was incredibly proud of our students; they were thoughtful and articulate in asking challenging questions of him.
     
    Open House Invite:  Del Mar Open House is Thursday, April 19th from 6:30-8:00.  I look forward to seeing you and celebrating your students' work.
     
    Reminder: Please join me tomorrow morning from 8:30-9:30 for a Principal's chat in our library. I will be reviewing our staff's work around grading practices and want to hear from parents about our reports cards and student led conferences.
     
    I hope you all enjoy your time off during Spring break!
     
    Sincerely,
    Brian Lynch
     
    Please come to check lost and found.  It will all be donated at the end of the day tomorrow, April 5th.
     
    8th grade class picture is available to order, log in here.
     
    Order your yearbooks now.  After May 25th the price will go up.
    PTA News
     
           
    2018 Graduation Donation
    Its not too late to donate!  Families of 2018 graduates please consider a donation in the amount of $170 to help pay for the following:
     
    -ceremony
    -graduate party including dinner and entertainment
    -teacher appreciation luncheon
    -digital copy of class slide show
    -cable car transportation used for the graduate parade to downtown Tiburon
    -Six Flags entrance fee, transportation to and from plus lunch
     
    If you cannot make the $170 commitment but would like to  contribute to this fabulous event for your child, please stop by the office and fill out the donation form.  Any amount is greatly appreciated.
     
    Please click here for easy online payment 
     
    Del Mar Middle School students and the PTA present Mary Poppins, Jr. -   
      
    APRIL 25-28TH
    Tickets on sale now! Click here to purchase.  Come support your fellow classmates.  Paper tickets will be available in the office starting April 16th.


     
     
     
    PTA Executive Board Slate  
    -
    The 2018 Nominating Committee has completed its work to develop a slate of nominees for the 2018-2019 Executive Board.  Congratulations to the following individuals!
     
    District Co-Executive Vice Presidents: Angela Chang and Amanda Rickel
    District Treasurer: Amy Kaufman
    District Auditor: Charito Mittleman
    Reed Site Chair: Carli Hamilton
    Bel Aire Site Chair: Jaqueline Jaffee
    Del Mar Site Chair: Tracy Cunningham
     
    The slate will be presented to the PTA Membership for election into office at the District PTA Meeting on May 16th.  
     
    Last but not least, many thanks to Tina Borden, Stacey Crawford, Jessica Malek-Madani, Jen Riley (chair), and Jenny Sims for their service on the Nominating Committee.
     
    Foundation News
     
          Foundation 
     
     
    WE ONLY NEED 65 MORE FAMILIES 
    TO REACH OUR PARTICIPATION GOAL!
     
     
    HELP US WRAP UP THE FAMILY GIVING CAMPAIGN
    AND MEET OUR $2 MILLION COMMITMENT TO RUSD

     
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    SPRING BRINGS OUR ANNUAL EVENTS
    FASHION SHOW & BOUTIQUE
    Friday, May 18th
    &
    GATSBY GALA & AUCTION!
    Saturday, May 19th
     
    G E T  I N V O L V E D !
               
    The Foundation is actively seeking donations to this year's LIVE AUCTION. The auction is a much anticipated part of the Regatta and essential to our fundraising effort.
     
    Can you spare a week at your fabulous vacation home or one game from your season's tickets?
     
    If so, we would LOVE to hear from you!
    All ideas and contributions are welcome!

    Contact: DeAnn Biss, VP of Events at dbiss@me.com.
     
    P L E A S E  J O I N  U S  T O D A Y !
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  • March 21, 2018

    Posted by Peggy Riley on 4/26/2018
    Del Mar News                                          March 21, 2018 
                                                                             
     
    Dear Del Mar Community,
     
    As I continue to build a greater understanding of what is working well at Del Mar and what I need to lead our school community in improving, please join me for a Principal's Coffee on Thursday, April 5th from 8:30-9:30 in the School library. I will be giving an update on the work my staff has been engaging in around grading practices and I would love to hear parent feedback on report cards and Student Led Conferences.
     
    This Friday, our leadership students will be hosting our Pajama Jam School Dance in the Del Mar gym. The dance is from 6-8 pm. We ask that parents support their students in following school rules regarding the dance:
     
    Del Mar Dance Rules
     
    In order to create a safe and fun environment for all, the following rules are in effect at all Del Mar dances:
     
    *Students absent from school the day of the dance cannot attend without prior permission of administrator.
    *This is a Del Mar student dance only. No guests from other schools are allowed.
    *Students must arrive no later than 6:30 PM. No admittance after 6:30.  Students must stay until the end of the dance (exceptions made only with approval of administrator). No "in and outs".
    *The Del Mar dress code is in effect at all dances.
    *Students are expected to comply with the direction of chaperones, both staff and parents.
    *Dancing must remain appropriate.
    *Parents of any student engaging in disruptive behavior will be called to pick up their son/daughter.
    *Students must be picked up by an adult 
    immediatelyfollowing the dance at 8:00 pm. All students will be dismissed from the parking lot in front of the school at the bus loading area. Adults will supervise dismissal from this one central location. Students are not allowed to walk home or ride their bikes home. The chaperones thank you for your consideration of their time.
     
    Finally, as we are now in the midst of Trimester 3 and focused on finishing the school year off strong, we also begin looking to and planning for next school year. Current 6th and 7th graders will be asked to pick their elective choices over the next week. We will be reviewing options in advisory on Thursday and will be sending home directions in a separate email to students and parents on how to make selections in ALMA. All selections will need to be made by the end of the day, March 28th.
     
     
    Brian M. Lynch
    Principal
    Del Mar Middle School
    Reed Union School District
    105 Avenida Miraflores
    Tiburon, CA 94920
    (415) 435-1468


    Please read our Math Department Newsletter here.
     
    8th grade class picture will be taken on Wednesday, March 28th.  To pre-order pictures log in here.
    PTA News
     
    Del Mar Play - April 25-28th 
     
     
     
    Parent Ed Events
    Empathy + Authority: A Balanced Approach to Parenting
    Date:          Thursday,  March 22nd ,  7 - 8:30 pm
    Location:   Bel Aire Staff Development Room
    RUSD parents Noah and Stacey Kempler will discuss:
    *    Developing empathetic parenting skills,
    *    Creating structure and consistency in parenting,
    *    Fostering responsibility and accountability, and 
    *    Combining empathy and authority for a balanced approach to parenting.

    PTA covers the cost of field trips, assemblies, parent education events, library books and so much more!  Please join the PTA by clicking here.                
     

    Foundation News
     
          Foundation 
     
     
    WE ONLY NEED 125 MORE FAMILIES 
    TO REACH OUR PARTICIPATION GOAL!
     
     
    HELP US WRAP UP THE FAMILY GIVING CAMPAIGN
    AND MEET OUR $2 MILLION COMMITMENT TO RUSD
     
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    SPRING BRINGS OUR ANNUAL EVENTS
    FASHION SHOW & BOUTIQUE
    Friday, May 18th
    &
    GATSBY GALA & AUCTION!
    Saturday, May 19th
     
    G E T I N V O L V E D !
               
    The Foundation is actively seeking donations to this year's LIVE AUCTION. The auction is a much anticipated part of the Regatta and essential to our fundraising effort.
     
    Can you spare a week at your fabulous vacation home or one game from your season's tickets?
     
    If so, we would LOVE to hear from you!
    All ideas and contributions are welcome!

    Contact: DeAnn Biss, VP of Events at dbiss@me.com.
     
    P L E A S E J O I N U S T O D A Y !
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  • March 7, 2018

    Posted by Peggy Riley on 3/22/2018
    Del Mar News                March 7, 2018 
                                                                             
     
    Dear Del Mar Community,
     
    In response to the school shooting that took place in Parkland, Florida on February 14th, 2018, our students and staff will be participating in the National Walk Out at 10 am on Wednesday, March 14th. As an administrator, I see this as a very important teachable moment and opportunity for our students to collectively show support for the 17 student and faculty victims of the shooting and communicate their concern for safety in schools. A group of students, staff and administrators are developing a program that will allow students to leave class, come together as a community, and engage in thoughtful reflection and recognition for 17 minutes followed by a class discussion on the topic of civic engagement.
      
    All students are expected to remain on campus during the program; however, participation in the activity is voluntary and we will have a supervised space designated for students that choose to not participate.
     
    Trimester 2 grades
    Teachers are grading end of trimester assignments and assessments and are inputting grades. Grades will be made public in ALMA the afternoon of March 16th.
     
    6th/7th Grade Course Selections for 2018-19
    For current 6th and 7th graders, communication will be sent home next week describing elective options and we will be asking students to make course selections in ALMA for the 2018-19 school year.
     
    8th grade information - Trimester 3 & Graduation Information
     
    Note: 8th grade photo scheduled for Wednesday, March 14th.

    Dear Eighth Grade Families: 
     
    This is the first week of the third and final trimester of your child's Del Mar Middle School career! 
     
    The intent of this letter is to clearly communicate Del Mar's behavior standards and discipline procedures for the third trimester of the eighth grade year. With the eighth grade promotion activities scheduled for June, we want to ensure that these events are safe, fun, and positive experiences for all students. We are looking forward to a productive and fun final trimester with your child poised for success in high school next year. 
     
    We will be visiting 8th grade classes to inform students of expectations and consequences regarding their behavior. We want to be sure that you as parents/guardians are informed as well so you may support your child in making wise decisions and help them understand the consequences of inappropriate conduct should any occur. 
     
    Also included in this letter are some notes regarding graduation.  With advanced notice and reminders about graduation logistics, we can ensure successful end of year celebratory events.

    Student Conduct and 3rd Trimester Consequences
    Attendance at the third trimester Six Flags field trip, graduation parade, ceremony and dance are designed to celebrate students' three years at Del Mar and are considered a privilege. Misbehavior during the third trimester may result in exclusion from one or more of these and other planned eighth grade activities. 

    A student will be excluded as follows if s/he receives: 
     
    1) Three behavioral referrals resulting in detentions OR one behavioral incident resulting in suspension ⇨ Exclusion from Six Flags field trip and referral to Student Action Plan - to meet with advisor, school counselor, nurse, learning specialists and/or principal
    2) Additional referral resulting in either detention OR suspension ⇨ Exclusion from graduation parade and in school suspension
    3) Next referral resulting in detention or suspension ⇨Exclusion from graduation dance 
    4) Next referral resulting in detention or suspension⇨ Exclusion from graduation ceremony

    Students must also meet Del Mar's academic criteria. In order to participate in the graduation ceremony, parade and dance students must have a cumulative 8th grade GPA of 2.0 or higher, pass all of their 3rd trimester classes and have a satisfactory behavior record. Students at risk of meeting this academic criterion will miss field trip experiences in order to catch up on missing work. 
     
    If you have any questions regarding these policies, please email Mr. Sawyer or Mr. Lynch to discuss your concerns. Thank you in advance for your support.  

    Graduation Notes:

    Graduation Attire-Students are expected to abide by school dress code.  
    ⬧ Girls: Please wear appropriate semi-formal dress code attire.  Very short skirts, low cut or strapless dresses, spaghetti straps and sheer fabrics are not appropriate.  We rely on the good taste and judgment of parents in this matter. The school will have sweaters or shawls for anyone who is not dressed appropriately. 
    ⬧ Boys: Please wear suits or jacket and dress pants (no jeans), shirt with a collar, tie and dress shoes (no tennis shoes/sneakers), no tuxedos or hats.
     
    You will be receiving additional memos and information from this year's Graduation Committee over the coming months.  They are planning great culminating events that require a great deal of coordination and support. 
     
    PTA News
     
    2018 Graduation
    Graduation is fast approaching! For those of you who have not donated, it's not too late!
     
    Suggested Donation of $170 - donation covers the below expenses:
     
    *ceremony
    *8th grade graduation party for the graduates including dinner and entertainment
    *teacher appreciation luncheon
    *digital copy of the class slide show
    *cost of the cable cars for the parade
    *link to graduation and party photos
    *Six Flags trip - entrance, transportation, lunch  
     
    Please click on this link for easy online payment.  Alternatively, you can send a check made payable to "Del Mar PTA" along with the attached voucher to Del Mar Middle School at 105 Avenida Miraflores, Tiburon, CA, 94920.
     
    Additional contribution- Because not all families have the financial ability to contribute, consider helping our efforts by contributing an additional amount. Additional contributions of any amount are welcome and may be made online or by mail as detailed above.
      
    Questions? Please contact Courtney Finnegan at tozzifinnegan@yahoo.com or Ashley McCulloch at ashleymcculloch1@gmail.com.
     
    8th Grade Sweatshirts - We still have some size medium available in the school office.  Stop by any time.  Price is $45, checks made out to Del Mar PTA.
     
    Get Involved with the PTA!
    The Nominating Committee is currently working to develop a slate of officers for next year.  Open positions include Site Chair on all three campuses as well as three open positions with the District PTA:  Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Auditor.   
    To express your interest in one of these positions or to learn more, please contact a member of the Nominating Committee:  Tina Borden  (tina_borden@mac.com), Stacey Crawford (crawbabies@gmail.com), Jessica Malek-Madani (jessmadani@gmail.com), Jen Riley (jen_riley@comcast.net), or Jenny Sims (jasims@pacbell.net). 
     
    New site chairs at Reed, Bel Aire and Del Mar will also be looking to fill positions on their own boards for the 2018-2019 school year, ranging from grade-level coordinators to chairs of specific events throughout the year.  
     
    If you are interested in getting involved in the PTA, please contact the current site chair at your school:
    Reed - Alie Hart (allisonhart21@gmail.com);
    Bel Aire - Stacy Achuck (stacy@achuckfamily.com); and
    Del Mar - Tracy Rittenhouse (Trittenhouse@att.net).
     
    PTA in Action!
     
     
    Did you know that the PTA provides our teachers with lunch or coffee and nibbles every month to show our appreciation for all that they do for our children?  PTA also covers the cost of assemblies, field trips, parent education events, library books and so much more!  Please join the PTA by clicking here: 
     
    Parent Ed Events:
     
    Emotional Agility with Dr. Susan David, Harvard Medical School
    Date: Thurs. March 15th, 7 - 8:30 pm
    Location: Redwood High School Small Gym
    Emotional Agility is a process that enables us to navigate life's twists and turns with self-acceptance, clear-sightedness, and an open mind.
     
    Susan David, Ph.D, internationally renowned psychologist, draws on her more than twenty years of research to show emotionally agile people are not immune to stresses and setbacks, yet know how to navigate through the rough patches.
    Don't miss this evening event, which is a collaboration with Tam and Drake High Schools. 
     
     
    Empathy + Authority: A Balanced Approach to Parenting
    Date:          Thurs.  March 22,  7 - 8:30 pm
    Location:   Bel Aire Staff Development Room
    RUSD parents Noah and Stacey Kempler will deliver this presentation:
    • Developing empathetic parenting skills,
    • Creating structure and consistency in parenting,
    • Fostering responsibility and accountability, and 
    • Combining empathy and authority for a balanced approach to parenting.
    Bel Aire Play!
     
    The Wizard of Oz
    Theater and Choreography Director  Marissa Joy Ganz
    Music Director  Sara MacBride
     
    Performance Dates: March 7th-11th
     
    To purchase tickets, please click Here.
     
    For more information please send email to: belaireplay@gmail.com

    Foundation News
     
          Foundation 
     
     
    THANK YOU TO ALL THE AMAZING DISTRICT DADS WHO HELPED TO MAKE LAST WEEK'S PHONEBANK SUCH A SUCCESS!
     
     
    WE ONLY NEED 145 MORE FAMILIES 
    TO REACH OUR PARTICIPATION GOAL
                                  DONATE TODAY                                 
    HELP US WRAP UP THE FAMILY GIVING CAMPAIGN
    AND MEET OUR $2 MILLION COMMITMENT TORUSD
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  • February 14, 2018

    Posted by Peggy Riley on 3/22/2018
    Del Mar News                February 14, 2018 
                                                                             
     
    Dear Del Mar Community,
     
    Please join me on Thursday, March 1st from 8:30-9:30 in the Del Mar Library for a Principal's Coffee and Conversation. While I will be giving brief updates on the work our staff and students are engaging in at Del Mar, time will be provided to hear feedback from parents on what is working well and areas we as a school should provide more focus on.
     
    VAPING in Middle School
    I want to bring awareness to a trend we, and schools across the country, are increasingly observing among some of our students and to ask for your support.
     
    We have been receiving reports of students "vaping" on and off our campus. Our students are predominantly using a vaporizer called a "JUUL" to smoke nicotine products.  These vaping or e-cigarette devices can also be used to smoke marijuana products. This emerging trend of using vaping devices/e-cigarettes makes it more difficult for school staff and parents/guardians to identify when students are smoking because they mask the typical scent of nicotine and marijuana and they are easy to hide.  We need everyone in our community to work together on this issue.
     
    We have taken the following steps to maintain a safe environment for all our students and provide a drug-free and nicotine-free campus:
    • We have increased our patrol of the bathrooms throughout the day. School administration, campus assistants and other staff members enter the bathrooms many times each day.
    • We have informed the entire staff of the reports of vaping in the bathrooms. We have also educated our staff on what to look for in regards to vaping devices. Our teachers have been more diligent on monitoring bathroom use of their students during class time.
    To help you identify vaping/e-cigarette devices at home please see the attached photo file. The first picture is of the "JUUL" device. It looks very similar to a phone charger or a larger flash/thumb drive and is the one that is most commonly used by our students. The second picture is of a vape unit used to smoke marijuana or THC/hash oil.
     
    Attached to this email is a helpful brochure from the Tobacco-related Disease Control Program of Marin County Department of Health and Human Services. It covers the following topics:
    • What are E-Cigarettes and Vape Pens?
    • Why are they dangerous?
    • Aren't they safer than tobacco cigarettes?
    • Do E-Cigarettes help smokers quit?
    • Are they safe to smoke indoors?
    Our School Psychologist are available to help students who are struggling with use or decision making. If you have further questions or want to refer your student for support, please contact Dr. Kover or Dr. Gold.
     
    We are committed to doing everything we can to address this issue. We hope the information in this email is helpful to you and provides a platform to dialog with your student about the use of tobacco and marijuana.  Thank you for your help and support on this issue.
     
    Take care,
     
    Brian Lynch 
     
    Attention current 6th grade families:
     
    All incoming 7th graders will need to show proof of a Tdap booster before entering 7th grade.  If you haven't already done so, please make those appointments now.  
    You may submit proof to the school office starting now until
    the first day of school, August 23rd.
     
    PTA News
     
    Parent Ed Events -
     
    March 1 - 
    How do I speak to my Child about Race? 
    Organized by Dr. Nancy Lynch RUSD, PTA will host.     
    6-730pm, Bel Aire School

    March 22 - 
    Empathy and Authority A Balanced approach to Parenting, 
    7-8:30pm, Bel Aire School
     
     
    PTA Nominating Committee 2018
    Congratulations to the following individuals for being voted in to serve on this year's Nominating Committee:

    Tina Borden
    Stacey Crawford
    Jessica Malek-Madani
    Jen Riley
    Jenny Sims

    Angela King will serve as alternate.  The Principal-Advisor for this year is Brian Lynch.  The Nominating Committee will meet over the next several weeks to develop a slate of PTA officers for the 2018-2019 school year.  Open positions include Site Chairs at Reed, Bel Aire and Del Mar as well as Executive Vice President.  If you are interested in one of these leadership positions, please contact any of the Nominating Committee members or Nichole Rowles at nrowles@mac.com.

     
    Bel Aire Play -
    Please join the Bel Aire Students Somewhere Over the Rainbow for this year's production of The Wizard of Oz

    The play runs Wednesday, March 7 - Sunday, March 11  
    Tickets are on sale now    https://belaireplay2018.bpt.me/ 

    Play Performance Schedule:
    Wednesday, March 7 - 6:30PM (Emerald Cast)
    Thursday, March 8 - 6:30PM (Rainbow Cast)
    Friday, March 9 - 6:30PM (Emerald Cast)
    Saturday, March 10 - 2:30PM (Emerald Cast)
    Saturday, March 10 - 6:30PM (Rainbow Cast)
    Sunday, March 11 - 2:30PM (Rainbow Cast)

    For more information please send email to: 
     
    8th Grade Sweatshirts - We still have some size medium available in the school office.  Stop by any time.  Price is $45, checks made out to Del Mar PTA.
     
    Foundation News
     
          Foundation 
     
     
    $1 MILLION DOWN...$ 1 MILLION TO GO!
    THANK YOU TO THE MORE THAN 450 FAMILIES 
    THAT HAVE ALREADY DONATED
     
    CALLING ALL REMAINING RUSD FAMILIES!
     
    PLEASE HELP US RAISE THE OUTSTANDING $1 MILLION 
    AND REACH 100% FAMILY PARTICIPATION
     
    And speaking of calling...
    At the end of February, The Foundation will be hosting our second Parents' Phone Bank of the year!
     
    Consider a donation or pledge PRIOR TO WINTER BREAK 
    to avoid the call from a district parent!
     
    For any parent who enjoys "smiling and dialing," please consider joining us at The Lodge at Tiburon for this super fun event.
    Refreshments will be provided!
     
    Contact Parents' Phone Bank Chair, Raul Saavedra at raul.g.saavedra@gmail.com for more information.
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  • January 31, 2018

    Posted by Peggy Riley on 3/22/2018
    Del Mar News                January 31st, 2018 
                                                                             
     
    Dear Parents and Guardians,
     
    Last week teachers sent home progress reports to students who were earning C- or lower in a course and/or to students whose citizenship needs improvement. Whether or not your child received a progress report, the mid-point of Trimester 2 is an appropriate time to sit with your child and help them reflect on their progress towards achieving the goals they set in their student led conference. Invite your child to share some of their classroom work archived in digital folders on their laptops.  Ask them what, in particular, they are proud of and inquire about ways they are following through on goals, expanding upon what is presented in class, and/or changing their opinion when new information is given.
     
    On a different note, please be mindful of driving safely when dropping off and picking up students at school.  Some important reminders:
    • The parking lot is for staff and for buses only at drop off and pick up time.  Please have students walk to and from the street. 
    • Students must use cross-walks when crossing the street (even, or especially on rainy days).
    • Drive safely, slowly and park in ways that allow traffic to flow as freely as possible.
     
    Attention 8th Grade Parents:  Your student will receive their Redwood Registration Packet today in advisory class. Please ask them for it when they get home.  This contains the information you need for registration next week at Redwood High School.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Brian Lynch
    Principal
     
    PTA News
     
    8th Grade Sweatshirts - We still have some size medium available in the school office.  Stop by any time.  Price is $45, checks made out to Del Mar PTA.
     
    Don't forget to order Del Mar spirit wear and water bottles at this link.
     
    Parent Ed:

    "Not Alone" - Film and Community Discussion - 
    Jan 31, 7-9pm
    Mill Valley Community Center
     
    Through intimate one-on-one interviews, Jacqueline Monetta and the audience learn about depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicide attempts, getting help and treating mental illness. Join host Michael Pritchard, teen mental heath advocate, comic and motivational speaker, along with Kiki Goshay, the Director/producer of Not Alone
     
    Purchase Tickets here.  


    Social Media Wellness - Helping Teens and Tweens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digitial Media World.
    Feb 7th, 7-8pm
    Tam Valley Elementary School (New Location)
    350 Bell Lane
    Mill Valley

    Ana Homayoun is a nationally recognized counselor and consultant and has recently released her new book Social Media Wellness:  Helping Teens and Tweens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World.  The goal of  this program is to create greater conversation and spur change to promote better habits online and in real life.  The author has created supplemental resources as part of her written work to encourage additional/greater conversation among families and communities.
     
     
    Foundation News
     
     
     
    $1 MILLION DOWN...$ 1 MILLION TO GO!
    THANK YOU TO THE NEARLY 450 FAMILIES 
    THAT HAVE ALREADY DONATED
     
    CALLING ALL REMAINING RUSD FAMILIES!
     
    PLEASE HELP US RAISE THE OUTSTANDING $1 MILLION 
    AND REACH 100% FAMILY PARTICIPATION
     
     
    *****
     
     
     
    FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA FOR A CHANCE TO 
    WIN TWO TICKETS TO THE GAME!
     
      
     
     
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  • January 17, 2018

    Posted by Peggy Riley on 2/1/2018
    Del Mar News                January 17, 2018 
     
     

    Dear Del Mar Families:
     
    Special programs are underway to help students develop healthy and wise decision-making skills in addition to promoting overall wellness.  The Being Adept program provides students with 2-3 sessions related to tobacco, drug, and alcohol awareness and prevention.  Seventh grade students completed their units in December, the eighth-grade course is underway, and the sixth-grade program will begin in early February.
     
    Seventh-graders just began working with Soul Shoppe to build self and social awareness and relationship skills.  Students will learn how assumptions and judgments create disconnection, drama, and other hurtful behaviors. S/he will learn to build empathy for others, seeing how everyone has experienced some level of teasing, put­downs or other oppressive behaviors. Additionally, seventh-graders will have guest teachers engaging in yoga and hip-hop classes over the coming weeks as part of the overall wellness unit in PE.
     
    Sixth and eighth grade students have upcoming assemblies with David Roche and Michael Pritchard, respectively, both reinforcing values and messages of empathy and respect.  These programs are part of our school and district-wide endeavors to reduce bullying and to promote kindness and inclusivity within and beyond our community.  Thank you, PTA, for sponsoring these important programs!
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Brian Lynch
    Principal
    PTA News
     
     
     
    If you ordered an 8th Grade Sweatshirt for your student, it will be distributed in advisory today.  If you requested office pick-up, it is available in the office.  We still have sweatshirts available for sale, price is $45.  Stop by the office any time from 7:30 - 4:00.
     
    Don't forget to order Del Mar spirit wear and water bottles at this link.
     
    Del Mar Play Auditions continue on Thursday for the 6th graders.  Anyone needing to complete their registration paperwork or pay donations can access this information on the Del Mar website.
     
    Parent Ed:

    "Not Alone" - Film and Community Discussion - 
    Jan 31, 7-9pm
    Mill Valley Community Center
     
    Through intimate one-on-one interviews, Jacqueline Monetta and the audience learn about depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicide attempts, getting help and treating mental illness. Join host Michael Pritchard, teen mental heath advocate, comic and motivational speaker, along with Kiki Goshay, the Director/producer of Not Alone
     
    Purchase Tickets here.  


    Social Media Wellness - Helping Teens and Tweens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digitial Media World.
    Feb 7th, 7-8pm
    Edna Maguire Elementary School, Mill Valley

    Ana Homayoun is a nationally recognized counselor and consultant and has recently released her new book Social Media Wellness:  Helping Teens and Tweens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World.  The goal of  this program is to create greater conversation and spur change to promote better habits online and in real life.  The author has created supplemental resources as part of her written work to encourage additional/greater conversation among families and communities.
     
    Seeking 2018 PTA Nominating Committee Candidates - The RUSD PTA is seeking PTA members to serve on the 2018 Nomintating Committee for the PTA Executive Board.  Comprised of five members and one alternate with knowledge of all three school sites and their volunteer communities.  Meetings will be held in Feb. and Mar. with a goal of delivering a final slate by late March.  Open board positions to be filled - Executive VP, Auditor, and Site Chairs at all three schools.  Interested candidates, please contact Nichole Rowles at nrowles@mac.com by Jan. 18th.
     
     
     
    Foundation News
     
    Foundation 
     
    $1 MILLION DOWN, $ 1 MILLION TO GO!
     
    AT YESTERDAY'S SCHOOL BOARD MEETING, THE FOUNDATION PRESENTED RUSD WITH A $1 MILLION CHECK, FULFILLING HALF OF OUR ANNUAL COMMITMENT TO THE DISTRICT.
     
    THANK YOU TO THE NEARLY 400 FAMILIES THAT HAVE ALREADY DONATED, HELPING US TO MEET OUR HALFWAY GOAL!
     
    WITH YOUR HELP, THE FOUNDATION FUNDS 20 OF THE 90 EDUCATORS 
    ANNUALLY AT OUR THREE SCHOOLS.
     
    CALLING ALL REMAINING RUSD FAMILIES!
     
    PLEASE HELP US RAISE THE OUTSTANDING $1 MILLION 
    AND REACH 100% FAMILY PARTICIPATION
     
    EVERY FAMILY COUNTS!
     
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  • December 20, 2017

    Posted by Peggy Riley on 1/18/2018
    Del Mar News                December 20th, 2017 
                                                                             
     
    Dear Del Mar Community,
     
    This past few weeks, while continuing to engage in our trimester 2 curriculum, our school has built in time to come together as a community and celebrate our individual and collective selves. Last week our Guitar, Orchestra and Steel Band classes bravely and confidently performed during advisory and in evening concerts. Their hard work was evident and the positive energy was contagious! This week, our leadership students have organized another winter-themed spirit week encouraging our students and staff to celebrate the season in dress-up days, music at lunch and a costume contest. Thank you to the PTA for organizing a special luncheon for staff and advisory parties for our students.
     
    It is important that students, staff and parents continue to cultivate the school culture we all want to learn and be members of. I encourage you all to take this energy and momentum forward into our winter break. Celebrate and be with your family and friends. I continue to challenge our students and staff to be mindful of who they are in our school and community, and challenge you as parents as well. Specifically - Be Open, Be Kind, Be Involved and Be Brave every day in all you do!
     
    Staff will return on January 8th to engage in professional development and we all are looking forward to our students returning rested and focused on January 9th.
     
    Happy Holidays to all!
     
    Sincerely,
    Brian Lynch


    PTA News
     
    Get your last minute holiday gifts by giving your child Del Mar Spirit Wear - including a limited edition Swell style water bottle:  link to spirit wear
     
     
     
     
    Foundation News
     
    Foundation 
     
    GIVE THE GIFT OF EDUCATION THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
     
    Remember to take advantage of this year's tax deduction by making your donation to The Foundation before December 31st.If you prefer to donate in 2018, we also welcome pledges in advance of your actual donation. A pledge today is simply a promise to place your donation by the end of the school year and helps The Foundation to more accurately forecast outcomes for the remainder of the campaign.
     
     
    This year, we are encouraging families to consider a donation of appreciated stock as a tax efficient way to make your commitment. We also encourage you to inquire about your company's matching policies as those additional dollars can make a huge difference for our schools. Visit our website  for more information regarding stock donations and corporate matching.
     
    Make sure to pick up a Directory and get those holiday cards in the mail! DIRECTORIES ARE AVAILABLE IN ALL THREE OFFICES! The Directory Mobile App can be also purchased in the office or directly through the Foundation website . Grab one next week when you are at school for holiday parties!
     
    ARE YOU A NEW RUSD FAMILY?
     
    The Foundation's SPRING EVENTS are the perfect way to get involved!
     
    Spring brings our annual Fashion Show & Boutique as well as our Silent Auction Gala. These events are so much fun and not to be missed!
     
    A Few Ways to Get Involved: 
    • VOLUNTEER
    We have varied opportunities - many with minimal time commitments.
    Contact:        DeAnn Biss, VP of Events at dbiss@me.com.
    • HOST A SIGN UP PARTY
    Sign Up Parties are a big part of our fundraising effort. We have lots of ideas - simply pick a party to host.
     
    Contact:        Angela Jorgensen angelajorgensen@sbcglobal.net or
    Elizabeth Wilhelm elizabeth_wilhelm@me.com 
    • CONTRIBUTE TO OUR AUCTION
    Perhaps you can spare a week at your summer home or one game from your season tickets? All ideas are welcome, and our Auction Team is ready to help!
     
    Contact:        Jacqueline Jaffee Jacqueline.jaffee@gmail.com or
    Stephanie Alberti stephalber48@gmail.com
     
    Planning is already under way for our 2018 Spring Events
    PLEASE JOIN US TODAY!
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  • December 6, 2017

    Posted by Peggy Riley on 12/21/2017
    Del Mar News                December 6th, 2017 
                                                                             
     
    Dear Students and Parents,
     
    The holiday season is a wonderful time to come together as a community, to give thanks and celebrate all that is good in our life. Del Mar will be celebrating our wonderful music program with student performances next week. Whether or not you have a child performing, we encourage you all to come, as families to enjoy what our students have been working diligently on.
     
    Here is the schedule:
    Monday, December 11th - Guitar Concert, Del Mar Gym 6:30 - 7:30
    Wednesday, December 13th - Orchestra/Band Concert, Del Mar Gym 6:30-7:30
    Thursday, December 14th - Steel Band Concert, Del Mar Gym 6:30 -7:30
    Please be sure to read the attached Math Newsletter.
     
    Finally, the lost and found will be donated on December 15th.  Please be sure to have your student search for lost items or stop by to look for that lost sweatshirt or lunch box. Please sign in at the office and we'll direct you.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Brian Lynch
    Principal


    PTA News
     
     
     
    Spirit Wear
    Holiday Shopping is in full swing - check out Del Mar SpiritWear and the limited edition Swell style water bottle now available!  Any items not available at time of purchase will be sent  to you once the stock arrives.
     
    Del Mar Play
    The Play will be announced to the students at school next week.  There will be a parent meeting on Friday morning, Dec. 15th, at 8:30 in the Del Mar Library.  If you cannot make that meeting, there will be another one the following Tuesday evening at 6:30.
     
    Foundation News
     
     
    GIVE THE GIFT OF EDUCATION 
    THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
     
    Remember to SHOP FOR REED at all your favorite online retailers including Amazon to benefit our schools! Nuggetand Woodlands Markets participate as well! Visit our website for more information on how to sign up and earn for Reed Schools just by doing your everyday shopping!
     
    And speaking of...Make sure you pick up a Directory and get those holiday cards in the mail! DIRECTORIES ARE AVAILABLE NOW IN ALL THREE OFFICES! The Directory Mobile App can be also purchased in the office or directly through the Foundation website.
     
    Remember to take advantage of this year's tax deduction by making your donation to The Foundation before December 31st. If you prefer to donate in 2018, we also welcome pledges in advance of your actual donation. A pledge today is simply a promise to place your donation by the end of the school year and helps The Foundation to more accurately forecast outcomes for the remainder of the campaign.
     
    This year, we are encouraging families to consider a donation of appreciated stock as a tax efficient way to make your commitment. We also encourage you to inquire about your company's matching policies as those additional dollars can make a huge difference for our schools. Visit our website for more information regarding stock donations and corporate matching.
     
    ARE A NEW RUSD FAMILY?
     
    The Foundation's SPRING EVENTS are the perfect way to get involved!
     
    Spring brings our annual Fashion Show & Boutique as well as our Silent Auction Gala.
     
    A Few Ways to Get Involved:
    • VOLUNTEER
    We have varied opportunities - many with minimal time commitments. Contact Foundation VP of Events DeAnn Biss at dbiss@me.com
    • HOST A SIGN UP PARTY
    Sign Up Parties are a big part of our fundraising effort. We have lots of ideas - simply pick a party to host. Contact Angela Jorgensen angelajorgensen@sbcglobal.net or Elizabeth Wilhelm elizabeth_wilhelm@me.com.
    • CONTRIBUTE TO OUR AUCTION
    Perhaps you can spare a week at your summer home or one game from your season tickets? All ideas are welcome, and our Auction Team is ready to help. Contact Jacqueline Jaffee Jacqueline.jaffee@gmail.com or Stephanie Alberti stephalber48@gmail.com.
     
    Planning is already under way for our 2018 Spring Events.
    Please join us today!
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  • November 8, 2017

    Posted by Peggy Riley on 12/6/2017
    Del Mar News                November 8, 2017 
                                                                             
     
    Dear Parents,
     
    Your children just successfully completed the first trimester of the school year. Students have been working hard in their advisory periods to prepare for their upcoming conferences next week and we appreciate you making the time to engage with your child and their advisor around your child's learning and progress towards goals.
     
    Drop Off/Pick Up - Student Safety
    I want to remind all adults responsible for dropping off and/or picking up our children, to be mindful of how you drive around our campus. Remember, the parking lot off of Avenida Miraflores is for Staff Only. You will notice moving forward we've increased our signage to help remind everyone.
     
     
     
    Please be aware of how fast you drive and where you drop off your children on Hilary Drive above the school. With changes in time, come changes in sunlight which has made it more difficult for drivers to see. Please drop off students on the side of the street our school is on, so our students do not have to cross the street.
     
     
    Parent Education with Dr. Kover and Dr. Gold
    If you were unable to attend, please find notes for 7th and 8th grade, 6th grade notes will be sent out soon:
     
     
    If you ordered school pictures, they should be coming home with your students this week.  The PE teachers are handing them out during class.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Brian Lynch
    Principal


    PTA News
     
    THANK YOU!
    The PTA & co-chairs of the RUSD Book Fair would like to thank the generosity of our parent & school community for the donations of books to the victims of the North Bay wild fires.  We collected more than 15 boxes to be donated.
     
    PTA Membership
    Join the PTA and support a wide range of programs in our schools: assemblies, field trips, parent education events, library books, teacher appreciation, and more. Click here to join the PTA.
     
    Please join us for our next Parent Ed event:
      
    Being Adept
    Date:              Tuesday, November 28th, 6:30-8 pm
    Location:        Del Mar Middle School Gym
     
    The mission of Being Adept is to prevent alcohol and drug abuse among adolescents through a research and science school-based curriculum that empowers youth and their parents to make informed, healthy choices. Being Adept professionals ensure that parents receive the training they need to engage in an ongoing, vital dialog with their children. Research on emotionally healthy teens point to the need for specific parenting practices. Building the kind of connection that keeps kids close while at the same time, honoring the individuation and separation process is a challenging yet critical element of effective parenting. Before parents' voices become marginalized by their children's ever-present world of text messaging and social media, we help you build a foundation for communication. Parents will leave this program equipped with the tools, strategies and protocols to raise healthy teens. Topics to be covered include:
    • How to talk to your kids about drugs and alcohol
    • How to talk about your own use
    • Understand national stats and local stats
    • Understand drugs of choice in your community
    • Understand risk factors and protective factors
    • View role play scenarios to help guide your parenting
     
    Foundation News
     
     
    Pledge Day 2017 Is Next Friday, 
    November 17th!
     
    The Foundation is officially kicking off its 2017-18 Family Giving Campaign this month with our annual Pledge Day on Friday November 17 
    th.
     
    Donations and pledges received before or on this day will help The Foundation to more accurately forecast outcomes for the remainder of the campaign and fulfill our mid-year commitment of $1 million to the District. Every Donation Counts!
     
    As part of the Pledge Day efforts, we will be hosting the first of two Dads' Phone Banks on the evening of Tuesday, November 14th.
     
    Consider a donation or pledge BEFORE this date to avoid the call from a District Dad!
     
    For those Dads who enjoy "smiling and dialing," please consider joining us at The Lodge at Tiburon for this super fun event. Refreshments will be provided!
     
    Contact Dads' Phone Bank Chair, Raul Saavedra at raul.g.saavedra@gmail.com for more information.
     
     
    THANK YOU to our wonderful community of Corporate and Family Sponsors, teachers, parents and students for making the 2017 Run for Reed such a huge success! We absolutely could not have done it without you!
     
     
     

     
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