• September 27, 2017

    Posted by Peggy Riley at 10/12/2017

    Del Mar News 

     
    September 27, 2017
     
    Dear Families,
     
    The school year is well underway, and our teachers and students are diving deep into the curriculum and instruction. As we continue to onboard our new student information system, ALMA, please speak with your student about their progress in their classes and encourage your students to reach out to teachers directly with questions or concerns. We are working closely with our district office and ALMA to give students and parents access to attendance and on-line grades soon. Thank you for your continued patience.  
     
    Private School Application
     
    The public high schools in our area (Redwood, Tam, Drake) offer high quality educations leading to admission to excellent colleges and universities. I understand some students and families may prefer the smaller settings of local private schools. Please note, it takes valuable staff and teacher time to write recommendations and process applications.  Apply to a school only if your child is seriously considering attending.
     
    To help us process your applications most efficiently, please bring all required documents and information to Laurie Kristy in the school office as soon as possible, and no later than November 10.   These include: transcript requests, recommendation forms, the private  school response form, and a $50 donation per application (payable to "RUSD") to help us offset costs incurred with regard to processing the applications on your child's behalf.  

    Your child's private high school application process begins at the Del Mar school office. Do not go directly to individual teachers, unless the school's instructions require that the recommendation forms be emailed directly to them.  Please encourage students to demonstrate the courtesy of speaking directly with teachers to request and thank them for writing a letter on their behalf.  Please note that we have the student's advisor write the "Principal/Counselor" recommendation. 
     
    Any questions, please contact Laurie Kristy at lkristy@reedschools.org.
     

    6th Grade Parent Meeting - Friday, October 13th 
    with Dr. Gold, Dr. Kover & Mr. Lynch
    Friday, October 13, 8:30-10:00am in the Del Mar Library
    Don't miss this opportunity to discuss the typical development of our sixth graders.  What's normal at this age? What are other parents seeing?  What are the major challenges and concerns as your child starts middle school?  Come meet with the Del Mar team and discuss with other parents your questions and concerns.
     
    Brian Lynch
    Principal, Del Mar Middle School
       PTA News
     
    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.
     
    Parent Ed Nights
    Save the dates for these upcoming PTA events:
    Thursday, October 19th:  The Good Enough Parent: How to Have an Imperfect Family and be Perfectly Satisfied       
    College of Marin AUDITORIUM - James Dunn Theater
    For more information, click here.   
    REGISTRATION REQUIRED
     
    RUSD Book Fair
    Monday, October 23th - Friday, October 27th:  RUSD Book Fair
    Family Nights: October 24th and 25th.
    Proceeds Benefit all RUSD School (Reed, Bel Aire, and Del Mar) Libraries.   
    Interested in volunteering?  
    Contact Leilah Gilligan:  leilahgillig an@yahoo.com
    Spirit Wear
    Please show support for Del Mar and order your Spirit Wear.
    Any items not available at time of purchase will be sent  to you once the stock arrives.
    ChoiceLunch
    Sign up for ChoiceLunch here
       Foundation News
     
     
    THE 2017-18 FOUNDATION FAMILY DIRECTORY IS COMING SOON!
     
    Support the Foundation by purchasing a Directory and Mobile App. It is a great way to put a face to a name and a family!  Visit our Directory Page for more information and to purchase online.
     
    The Foundation is seeking Program Ambassadors to serve as liaisons to Foundation funded specialists and programs at all three schools. This a great way dive deep into subject areas such as Spanish, Music, Art, STEM Labs, School Psychology and Library & Media as well as an opportunity to join the Foundation Volunteer Board. For more information about Program Ambassadors, contact the Foundation Office at marketingvp@reedfoundation.org.
     
    THE FOUNDATION INVITES YOU TO THE 5TH ANNUAL RUN FOR REED SCHOOLS!
    JOIN US AS WE KICK OF OUR FAMILY GIVING CAMPAIGN
     
     
     
    The race will start and finish in Downtown Tiburon with expanded food and beverage offerings, live music and entertainment. Bring friends and family to enjoy the race and post-race celebration. We are also looking for responsible students to volunteer before, during and after the event. Whether or not you plan to run, kids of all ages and grades, teachers, parents and community members are welcome! For more information on volunteering at Run for Reed, email us at eventsvp@reedschools.org.
     
    If your entire family is planning to run, consider purchasing a Family Sponsorship which includes registration for up to four runners, race shirts, hats and other fabulous sponsor swag as well as VIP home delivery of your race bag!
     
    THANK YOU TO ALL OUR EXISTING FAMILY SPONSORS
     
    Barnowski Family
    Malek Family
    Stiefel Family
    Biss Family
    McInerney Family
    Tobin Family
    Bosch Family
    McNamara Family
    Tsai Family
    Chang Family
    McNerney Family
    Turner Family
    Coleman Family
    Miller Family
    Van Dusen Family
    Endean Family
    Phillips Family
    Van Oast Family
    Fisch Family
    Pirsch Family
    Wang Family
    Gillmeister Family
    Ryan Family
    Watson Family
    Hamilton Family
    Schmidt Family
    Wilhelm Family
    Healy Family
    Schneider Family
    Zolfaghari-Ashcroft Family
    Hyman Family
    Sicklick Family
     
    Kesmodel Family
    Smith Family
     
     
     
    THANK YOU TO ALL OUR CORPPORATE SPONSORS
     
     
    FOR DETAILS AND REGISTRATION VISIT
    http://www.foundationforreedschools.com/run-for-reed
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  • September 13, 2017

    Posted by Peggy Riley at 9/28/2017
    Dear Families:
     
    It was wonderful to see everyone at last week's Back-to- School Night event. I hope you found the evening informative and you left with excitement for your child's academic year at Del Mar!
     
    Technology:
    Recently, all Del Mar students were given lap tops to support the teaching and learning process. With greater access, comes greater responsibility. Our teachers will be dedicating time throughout the school year to engage all students thoughtfully with curriculum around technology and appropriate technology use. As parents, you are navigating new territory, and I wanted to pass along a great resource should questions arise with how to support your child's use of technology. Please take time to visit the following website: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/parent-concerns.
     
    Online Grades:
    As teachers shared at Back to School Night, our district has adopted a new student information system, called ALMA. We want to ensure we are confident with how to use this new program so it accurately reports student progress without miscommunicating information to families and causing undue stress.  We anticipate giving access at the end of September or first week in October.
     
    I encourage you to speak with your child about what she or he is learning, keeping the focus on positive and scholarly work habits and the learning itself-the questions and ideas raised in class. 
     
    Home / School Communication:  Reminder-Teacher websites provide information on assignments and other class information. Encourage your child to speak with adults at school if she/he has questions, ideas, or needs support.  Please forward any questions or concerns you may still have to the teacher or staff member most directly involved. We are looking forward to working together this year to support your child in having a positive and productive experience at school.
     
    Attendance:  Please remember to call the absence line when your   student will be out.  Call the main number, 415-435-1468, and 
    press 4.
     
    Math Newsletter:  Click on this link to view our September Math           Department  Newsletter.
     
    Peanut Allergies:  Please try not to send peanuts or peanut                   products to school with your child.  We have students with severe nut       allergies and would like to limit the chances for exposure.
     
    Best regards,
     
    Brian Lynch
    Principal, Del Mar Middle School
       PTA News
     
    Sign up for PTA Membership, yearbooks, birthday books, etc., all in one place:


    Please show support for Del Mar and order your Spirit Wear.
    Any items not available at time of purchase will be sent  to you once the stock arrives.
    Sign up for ChoiceLunch: 


    Join PTA and take advantage of free parent education events throughout the year!
     
    Our first Parent Education event:
    Creating a Player-First Environment in Youth Sports,is Tuesday, September 19th, at 7 pm at Hall Middle School (200 Doherty Drive, Larkspur).
     
    Registration is required as seating is limited:
     

     
     
     
     
    Eventbrite - Hall Middle School PTA in collaboration with Kentfield Schools PTA, Marin Primary & Middle School, Mill Valley Middle School PTSA, Reed Union School District, Ross Valley School District, and the Marin County Office of Education presents Changing the Game: Creating a Player-First Environment in Youth Sports - Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at Hall Middle School Gym, Larkspur, CA. Find event and ticket information.
     
    John O'Sullivan is the author of the national bestselling book Changing the Game: The Parents Guide to Raising Happy, High-Performing Athletes and Giving Youth Sports Back to Our Kids, as well as a contributing writer for the Huffington Post, Soccer America, and NSCAA Soccer Journal. 
       Foundation News
     
     
       The 2017-18 Foundation Directory is coming soon! ORDER  YOURS TODAY!
     
       Support The Foundation by purchasing a Family Ad to be placed in the Directory book. It's a great way to put a face to a name and a 
       family!
     
       TODAY, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH IS THE DEADLINE  FOR PURCHASING A FAMILY AD!
     
       Visit The Foundation Directory Page for more information or to purchase a Directory, Mobile App and Family Ads.
     
      
             
     
     
    RUN FOR REED SCHOOLS
    OCTOBER 13TH, 2017
     
    WE ARE ONE MONTH AWAY FROM THE RACE!
     
    The Foundation for Reed Schools invites you to 
    The 5th Annual Run for Reed Schools!
    Join us as we kick off our Family Giving Campaign!
     
    The race will start and finish in downtown Tiburon with expanded food and beverage offerings, live music and    entertainment. Kids of all ages and grades, teachers, parents and community members welcome.
     
    5K starts at 4:45
    1 mile starts at 4:55
     
    Bring friends and family to enjoy the race celebration
    on a closed off Main Street from 4:30-8:00
     
    YOU MUST REGISTER ONLINE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE RACE!
     
    FOR DETAILS AND REGISTRATION GO TO
    http://www.foundationforreedschools.com/run-for-reed
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  • August 23, 2017

    Posted by Peggy Riley at 9/20/2017

    Del Mar News                                                 

     
    August 23, 2017
     
    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    I wanted to provide another warm welcome to all new and returning families!  The Del Mar Staff is looking forward to a wonderful year and have spent the past few days working together to ensure a positive start to the school year for all students and their families. We look forward to partnering with you over the course of this school year! 
     
    Some important dates:
     
    First day of school:  Tomorrow, Thursday August 24th
    7/8th grade students pick up schedules on blacktop outside kitchen and gym.  Our first day of school begins at 8:20am.  Students will go to all classes, including advisory and a school-side assembly.  Dismissal is 2:05pm.
     
    Picture Day: Monday, August 28th
    All students needing PE uniforms will get them at this time. A $35 donation, checks made out to RUSD, is greatly appreciated.  
     
    Laptop Rollout: Monday, August 28th (8th grade); Tuesday, August 29th (7th grade); Wednesday, August 30th (6th grade).
    7/8th grade students will receive any required school supplies they need at this time.
     
    Principal's Coffee: Friday, September 1st
    All new-to-Del Mar families are especially invited to join, and returning friends are most welcome.  Program includes time to meet and mingle, with brief welcoming address by principal.
     
    Schedule ChangesLast day to request is Tuesday, August 29th.
    In order to allow class enrollments to be verified and necessary administrative changes to be made, no student-initiated changes will be made during the first day of the school year. Student-initiated changes may be made only under unusual circumstances. Such changes may be made through the fourth day of the school year. Print and fill out the attached form and have your student return to the main office no later than Tuesday afternoon.

    Mark your calendars: Back to School Night is Thursday, September 7th, beginning at 6:00pm.  Invitations with student schedules will be sent home with your child that week.
     
    Here's to a great year!
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Brian Lynch
    Principal, Del Mar Middle School

    Foundation News

     
     
    RUN FOR REED SCHOOLS
    OCTOBER 13TH, 2017
     
    The Foundation for Reed Schools
     invites you to  
    The 5th Annual Run for Reed Schools!
    Join us as we kick off our Family Giving Campaign!
     
    The race will start and finish in
     downtown Tiburon with expanded food and beverage offerings, live music and entertainment. Kids of all ages and grades, teachers, parents and community members welcome.
    5K starts at 4:45
    1 mile starts at 4:55
     
    Bring friends and family to enjoy the race celebration 
    on a closed off Main Street from 4:30-8:00.
     
    FOR DETAILS AND REGISTRATION GO TO
    OR 
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  • August 16, 2017

    Posted by Peggy Riley at 8/24/2017

    Del Mar News                                                 

     
    August 14, 2017 
                                                                             

    Dear Del Mar Middle School Families:
     
    Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year. I sincerely hope you have had a relaxing and fun summer with family and friends and are as excited as I am about this upcoming school year.

    I am honored to join this community and serve as your principal. My vision is to develop a school that is inclusive and nurturing. I will hold high expectations for students, faculty and staff and will support everyone in our efforts to prepare all students for the current and future needs of our community. It is my privilege and responsibility to motivate, inspire and propel all members of our community to be our best selves, to be civic-minded, and globally aware, in our pursuits as life-long learners.

    My strength lies in connecting at the human level to the people I am leading and serving. You will find me to be available, open to new ideas, and a flexible thinker willing to consider alternatives while maintaining a focus on our goals. I will model resiliency and will always do what is best for our students and for our school.

    As your new principal, I will first seek to understand, and as such, I will begin actively soliciting the input of students, staff, and parents to extend the excellence of our school community.  On Wednesday, August 23rd, I'll be available at 6:00 pm in the Del Mar Gym to meet and talk about the upcoming school year.  In addition, there will be a Principal's Coffee on September 1st at 8:30 am in the Del Mar Library.

    Please find important information regarding the start of the school year below. On behalf of the entire staff, welcome back! We look forward to working collaboratively to ensure all students continue to develop and grow academically, socially and emotionally.

    Sincerely,

    Brian M. Lynch
    Principal
     
     

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    Please note the change in start and end time - moved 5 minutes later:  8:20-3:10; 8:20-2:05 early release days.
    This year's bell schedule is attached here.

    Welcoming New Staff
    We are fortunate to welcome the following outstanding faculty and staff to Del Mar:
    • Humanities teachers (6th grade): Melissa Jewell & Ross Sargent
    • Math teacher (6th grade): Shawn Barile
    • Spanish teachers:  Danyel Harrington  & Molly Malone (from Bel Aire)
    • Spanish teacher and Speech Pathologist:  Lara Martinez
     
    Class Schedules
    Sixth-grade students and all new 7th/8th grade students will receive their class schedules during Orientation on Wednesday, August 23rd, the day before school begins. Returning seventh and eighth-grade students will receive their schedules on Thursday morning, August 24th, the first day of school - schedules will be distributed in front of the kitchen by the gym on the Del Mar blacktop.

    Regarding class schedules, we are busy making final preparations for the start of the year.  Our main priority is to minimize and balance class size in all academic classes.  We will not be able to accommodate requests to change elective classes.  

    Student/Parent Handbook
    Please review this year's handbook to become familiar with school guidelines and procedures.

    Picture Day and PE Uniforms
    Picture Day is Monday, August 28th.  All new students will receive PE uniforms on this day. We appreciate a donation of $35 to help cover the cost of these uniforms and student locks, checks made out to RUSD. Returning students needing to purchase new PE clothes or locks can also get them on Picture Day.  The cost is $20 for a new PE suit and $8 for each lock you need to replace.  Checks should be made out to RUSD.

    Laptop Rollouts
    Eighth-grade students will receive their laptops on Monday, August 28th,  seventh graders on Tuesday, August 29th and sixth graders on Wednesday, August 30th.  All students will receive instruction and reminders in each of their classes about proper laptop usage and care.

    Student Supplies
    School supplies will be available to sixth-grade students as part of Wednesday's orientation program. Seventh and eighth-grade students who need supplies will receive them during laptop rollout. The school will provide all necessary items needed in class, including headphones; parents may choose to purchase a personal set of headphones or any other item for their child if they wish to do so.

    First day of school is Thursday, August 24th. 
    School will begin at our normal 8:20 am start time and students will have an early release from school at 2:05 pm. Students will have an abbreviated 7-period day, along with some advisory class time and a school-wide assembly.  

    Students should bring a sack lunch to school for the first two days of school. The PTA lunch program begins Monday, August 28th (see the Lunch Program link on our webpage). Students should also bring a healthy snack to school each day for break.

    Student safety
    Cars are not permitted in the school parking lot for drop off and pick up.Please discuss with your child where to meet each day after school and be sure to discuss an "emergency" plan should delays (i.e. traffic, bad weather, etc.) occur.

    Please note the campus is not supervised before 8:05 a.m. or after 3:15 p.m. (unless there is a designated school activity previously scheduled).

    6th Grade/New Student Orientation is Wednesday, August 23rd from 9:00am-12:30pm.  Students should report to the gym.  An orientation for parents will begin at 12:00pm. Students will be treated to a pizza lunch at 12:30pm.

    Student locks:   During orientation, new students will receive locks for their quad lockers, which must be provided by the school for security reasons. 
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  • May 24, 2017

    Posted by Peggy Riley at 6/9/2017

    Del Mar News                   May 24, 2017 

     
     
    Dear Del Mar Families:
     
    Here is the penultimate Del Mar News Flash of the year!  The year has gone by quickly and, with two weeks to go, we are still so busy at work.
     
    Students' End of Year Portfolio Work
    The purpose of student portfolios is to tell a story of a student's journey of learning.  Over time, the work samples that comprise the portfolio demonstrate students' proficiency-how they meet or exceed standards, how they embody our vision, and how they show growth and progress over time.  Ask your child to share with you his or her work and join me in acknowledging their efforts, good work and how much they have learned. 
     
    Laptop Collection
    Students need to save work that they want to keep from this school year before they return the laptop. They may use external flash drives, hard drives or import documents onto a cloud-based platform such as Google Drive or Dropbox. Students will return laptops (chargers and cases):
    • 6th graders on Thursday, June 1
    • 7th graders on Friday, June 2
    • 8th graders on Monday, June 5
    Spring Concerts
    Please join us at tonight and tomorrow night's Orchestra and Steel Band concerts at 6:30pm in the Del Mar gym.
     
    Assemblies
    Last week, motivational speaker, Jennifer Azzi, addressed sixth and seventh grade students.  Ms. Azzi is an Olympic Gold medalist, Stanford basketball champion, and WNBA star. Her message of: be yourself, follow your vision, embrace obstacles, and help others was well received. 
     
    Next week, while 8th grade students participate in their annual 6 Flags field trip, 6/7th graders will assemble for a first time to Del Mar Mosaic presentation to continue forwarding our message of embracing diversity, and including and respecting all.  Thank you, PTA, for supporting these programs.
     
    Best regards,  
     
    Alan
     
    Alan Vann Gardner, Ed.D.
    Principal, Del Mar Middle School
     
    6th Grade Families:
    Bike Safety classes will take place soon.  Please see theattached flyer.
     
    8th Grade Families:
    8th graders will be going to Six Flags on Tuesday, May 30th.Attached is the information that is being sent home with your student this week.

      

    PTA News

     
    Last call for teacher gift donations:

    Please do not forget to make your donation to the End of Year Teacher gift.  Our teachers and staff are very appreciative of the generosity of the Del Mar families!
     
    Please consider making a donation by clicking here.
    Checks are also accepted in the Del Mar Office made out to Del Mar PTA.
     

    Foundation News


    THE REGATTA WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!
    This past weekend, The Foundation for Reed Schools went Back to the 80's with three amazing fundraising events under the tent at Blackie's Pasture.
     
    We would like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to all the many volunteers, sponsors and attendees that made these events so successful.
     
    ONLINE AUCTION IS STILL OPEN!
    Just a reminder that the auction and sign up parties will be open and available online through next Monday. Clickhere to view items and parties. Bid for the kids!
     
    THANK YOU TO OUR SPRING EVENT CHAIRS!
    The vision, commitment and countless volunteer hours that these parents dedicated to our events were paramount to their success! We could not have done it without you!
     
    • Regatta Co-Chairs - Elizabeth Wilhelm & Angela Jorgenson
    • Regatta Auction Co-Chairs - Stephanie Alberti and Jacqueline Jaffee
    • Fashion Show Co-Chairs - Stacey Crawford, Abigail Vare, Becky Miller & Maggie Jackson
    • Bingo Night Co-Chairs - Tina Borden & Dana Swanson
     
    A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR VP OF EVENTS, STACY ACHUCK!
    For the past six years, Stacy has worked tirelessly in this role volunteering her time and talent to The Foundation. This is her last year as a Foundation board member, and we are deeply grateful for all her hard work. 
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  • May 10, 2017

    Posted by Peggy Riley at 6/9/2017

    Del Mar News                        May 10, 2017 

     

      
    Dear Del Mar Families:
     
    Last week a team of school and district staff went to Santa Clara to be presented with our Gold Ribbon Award.  Mary Jane Burke, Superintendent of Marin County Schools, asked me to forward a memo she sent addressed to the entire Del Mar Middle School community.  Read the letter here or click on the link below for easier viewing.
     
    Gold Ribbon Letter

    On Wednesday, May 24th, Being Adept will have a Teen Panel Discussion at Bel Aire School from 6:30pm - 8:00pm.
    Please see the attached flyer for details.

    Foundation News

     
    Regatta Season is HERE!
    Glue all the stickers back on your Rubik's Cube because we're going Back to the 80's!
     
    ALL tickets on sale NOW! Four easy steps with ONE click!
     
    Kids Bingo Night
    Wednesday, May 17th 5pm-7pm ($15 per person)
     
    "Pretty in Pink/Bohemian Chic" Fashion Show & Boutique
    Friday, May 19th 10am-3pm (General Admission $125)
     
    Regatta "Back to the 80's Gala"
    Saturday, May 20th 5:30 pm -11pm ($150 each/ $300
    couple)
     
    Regatta Auction
    Online auction now open!
     
    to buy tickets and go to the online auction.

     
     
    Congratulations to Jenny Sims! As a Foundation social media follower, she is this week's lucky winner of two tickets to the Back to the 80's Gala & Auction on Saturday, May 20th, Under the Tent at Blackie's Pasture! Do YOU want a chance to win two Regatta Tickets? Follow The Foundation for Reed Schools on any social media channel and became instantly eligible to win. Our next drawing will take place Friday, May 12th at 5 pm.

    PTA News


    End of Year Teacher Gifts
    It is a Del Mar tradition for parents to make one donation that will be used to purchase gift cards for every teacher and staff member at Del Mar.  The teachers and staff know that the gift comes from ALL of the families - 6th through 8th grade - and they are very appreciative of the generosity!
     
    Please consider making a donation by clicking here.  
    If you'd prefer, you can also make a contribution by dropping off a check in the Del Mar office no later than Wednesday, May 24. Checks can be made to Del Mar PTA with the memo line "End of Year Gift." 
     
    Any amount is greatly appreciated and truly makes a difference.  In previous years, families have donated in amounts ranging from $5 to $1,200.  Participation is, of course, optional. Thank you and here's wishing you and your family a happy and restful summer!

    8th Grade Mom's Social
    Please join us as we raise a glass to the Del Mar class of 2017 and to the friendships we have made during our years in the Reed Union School District.  Desserts and Drinks.
    Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 from 7-10pm at the McIntosh home - 45 Bayview Avenue, Belvedere
    $25 per person (donations to fund the student graduation party)

    8th Grade Families:  The Redwood Foundation's annual auction is on Friday, May 19th. Join your (soon to be) fellow Redwood parents at Peacock Gap at 5:30 pm for a fun evening to benefit Redwood's students and staff. The Redwood Foundation grants $1 million a year to support innovation, creativity and more at Redwood. For more information and to buy tickets, click here, or contact Dana Steele at Dana.steele@autodesk.com or Jen Shaver atjenshaver@comcast.net from Redwood's Annual Giving team.

    From RUSD PTA
    Congratulations to the following people for being elected to the 2017-2018 RUSD PTA Executive Board:
    President: Kim Sichel
    Secretary: Nichole Rowles
    Treasurer: Kirstin Hoefer
    Del Mar Treasurer: Tracy O'Connor
    Bel Aire Treasurer: Winnie Anderluh
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  • April 26, 2017

    Posted by Peggy Riley at 5/11/2017

    Del Mar News                         April 26, 2017 

     
    Dear Parents,
     
    We are rapidly approaching the 100 days of May with so many exciting recent and upcoming events:
     
    Open House:
    Thank you for the great turnout at last week's Open House.  It was so wonderful to see everyone and appreciate students' efforts and accomplishments, with acknowledgement for all the hard work on the part of this incredible staff.
     
    SBAC Testing:
    Del Mar students will take SBAC tests Tuesday and Wednesday during the next two weeks of school (May 2,3 and 9,10).  We will begin testing first thing in the morning. Please do not schedule appointments during these times and be sure that students come to school rested, nourished, and on time.
     
    Student Portfolios and 8th Grade Showcase:
    Students at all grade levels are in the process of selecting and reflecting upon how their work demonstrates their progress and process as learners and evidence of standards and attributes of our vision of the Del Mar and RUSD Graduate.
     
    Selected eighth grade students will showcase their portfolio work to a 7th grade audience during advisory period today; 7th grade students will present to 6th graders in two weeks, and 6th graders will share their work with classmates at the end of the school year.  It is this process of authentic project-based assessment, reflection and sharing of work with real audiences for which we have been honored as a California Gold Ribbon School.   Parents: your child's work is available for you to view on his/her weebly portfolio site-ask them to share their work with you at home!
     
    Track and Field:
    Many of our Del Mar students are competing in this Thursday's regional track and field meet; those qualifying will participate in the county finals on Friday, May 5.
    Send your child to school with layers of clothing, a lunch, water, snacks, hat, and sunscreen. It is recommended that students do not bring valuables of any kind.
     
    For those not participating, please note that classroom teachers will be delivering instruction as usual.
     
    Check the Del Mar Calendar...
    For many more upcoming events!

    Best regards,
     
    Alan
     
    Alan Vann Gardner, Ed.D.                                                Principal, Del Mar Middle School

     
    Be sure to read the Del Mar Math Newsletter here.

    It's time to purchase your Del Mar Yearbook.  You can get them online at this link or purchase them with cash or check in the Del Mar Office.  Yearbooks are $40 if purchased by May 19th.  After that date, you can only purchase them in the Del Mar office and the price goes up to $50. 
     
    Save the Date - Wednesday, May 10th is Bike to School Day! Biking to school improves your student's health, reduces pollution, and reduces traffic.  Your student also gains a sense of independence and fun!

    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  Friday, May 5th.  The recipient of the Phoebe Hearst Award will receive a $500 grant at the Celebration of Education on May 31, 2017.  Thank you for recognizing our fabulous teachers!
       

    PTA News

     
     
     
    Come see the family friendly production Suessical Jr, The Musical at Del Mar School! There will be two casts, "Green Eggs" and "Ham" performing this delightful show full of fun and fantastical Seussical characters. 
    Dates: Thursday April 27th - Saturday the 29th, 6:30pm         Sunday April 30th - 2:00pm matinee  
    For more information, click here
    To purchase tickets, click here
     
    PTA Executive Board Slate - The 2017 PTA Nominating Committee has completed their work on the Executive Board slate, which will be presented to the PTA Membership for election into office at the May 4 General PTA Meeting.  For more information, please click here:
     

    Foundation News



    Thank you to the 623 families who have donated! Your commitment to quality public education ensures our district remains a countywide, statewide and nationwide leader. 
     
    The Foundation relies on the community to fund valuable programs and educators that would not be possible without your financial support. 
     
    Donate or pledge today www.foundationforreedschools.com
     
     
    Regatta Season is HERE! Glue all the stickers back on your Rubik's Cube because we're going Back to the 80's!
     
    ALL tickets on sale TODAY! Four easy steps with ONE click!
     
    Kids Bingo Night
    Wednesday, May 17th 5pm-7pm ($15 per person)
     
    "Pretty in Pink/Bohemian Chic" Fashion Show & Boutique
    Friday, May 19th 10am-3pm (General Admission $125)
     
    Regatta "Back to the 80's Gala"
    Saturday, May 20th 5:30 pm -11pm ($150 each/ $300 couple)
     
    Regatta Auction
    Get your bid number for the online auction which opens at 9 am on Tuesday, May, 2nd.  
     
    Go to http://www.foundationforreedschools.com/regatta/ for more information and to buy tickets.
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  • April 5, 2017

    Posted by Peggy Riley at 4/28/2017

    Del Mar News                    April 5, 2017 

     

    Dear Families:
     
    Gold Ribbon Award:  I am pleased and proud to announce that Del Mar was recently recommended to receive the distinguished Gold Ribbon Award from the California Department of Education. Here is an excerpt from a letter of congratulations from County Office of Education Superintendent Mary Jane Burke:
     
    "I want to thank you for welcoming the Gold Ribbon site validation group to your school to learn about your Digital Portfolios and Showcase Exhibitions of Student Work Program. The program is a model for the utilization of technology as a tool in developing students' expertise and improvement on 21 Century skills through rigorous and engaging learning experiences. Based on our visit, it was clear that the teachers are excited about the program and demonstrated how improvements made to the program have garnered incredible results.  How fortunate for the students to have such dedicated teachers who will not settle for anything less than the best opportunities for their students.
     
    You should be very proud to be considered among the top 12% of all the middle schools in the state. This honor is one not to be taken lightly. It demonstrates the academic prowess of the student body as a result of the dedicated, highly trained teachers and faculty who truly care about the success of each student. Thank you for providing your students with the ability to succeed in school and in life. Congratulations!"
     
    Open House Invite:  Mark your calendars: Del Mar Open House is Thursday evening, April 20, from 6:30pm until 8:00pm the week we return from Spring Break.  We look forward to seeing you and to celebrating students' work and accomplishments to date.
     
    WEB:  The Del Mar WEB program is now recruiting current 7th graders to be next year's WEB leaders. WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) is a nationally recognized middle school transition program specifically designed to help 6th grade students feel more comfortable in their new school.
     
    WEB leaders are students who are positive role models, responsible, possess leadership qualities, are kind and, most importantly, have a desire to give back to the Del Mar community.  Interested students may contact Mr. Sonneville (rsonneville@reedschools.org) or Dr. Kover (dkover@reedschools.org) with any questions.  The attachedapplication is due Friday, April 21.
     
    Best regards,
     
    Alan
    Alan Vann Gardner, Ed.D.
    Principal, Del Mar Middle School

    Our students have an Art Exhibit opening at Tiburon Town Hall this evening.  Stop by for the opening reception tonight from 6:00-8:00pm.

    The Lost and Found will be donated this Friday.  Please stop by and see if any of your student's missing items are there.

    Bus passes for next year (2017/18) are on sale now at www.buschallenge.org.  This past year, we had well over 50% of the students taking the bus to school, and next year we'd like to make an even bigger impact toward reducing traffic.  Please consider joining the initiative.  As is the case this year, all buses are campus-specific, and you can track your child's route in real-time via our Find My Bus app.  You can see all the routes and stops here: https://www.buschallenge.org/pages/routes-stops 

    Thank you for joining the traffic reduction team!  Email questions to: info@buschallenge.org

    PTA News

     
     
    Come see the family friendly production Suessical Jr, The Musical at Del Mar School! There will be two casts, "Green Eggs" and "Ham" performing this delightful show full of fun and fantastical Seussical characters. 
    Dates: Thursday April 27th - Saturday the 29th, 6:30pm         Sunday April 30th - 2:30pm matinee  
    For more information, click here
    To purchase tickets, click here
     
    PTA Executive Board Slate - The 2017 PTA Nominating Committee has completed their work on the Executive Board slate.  Congratulations to the following individuals for being nominated to the 2017-2018 PTA Executive Board!
     
    President: Kim Sichel
    Secretary: Nichole Rowles
    Treasurer: Brewster Carroll
    Del Mar Treasurer: Tracy O'Connor
    Bel Aire Treasurer: Winnie Anderluh
     
    The slate will be presented to the PTA Membership for election into office at the May 4 General PTA Meeting.
     

    Foundation News


    Family participation rates matter! Regardless of dollar amount, high participation percentages allow the district to apply for grants. Currently, 60% of families have participated. We ask the remaining families to consider a donation or pledge, in any amount, and help us reach our goal of 100% participation! 
     
    Thank you to the 572 families who have donated to the Foundation's Family Giving Campaign! 
     
    Did you know?
    * You can make a pledge now and pay by June 30th?
    * Monthly payment plans are available.
    * Many companies offer corporate matching. 
    * You can donate stock.
    * You can make your donation via credit card and earn points and miles!
     
    Interested in volunteering on the Foundation Board next year? There are many ways to get involved. Please visit our website and go to the "about" tab to see a detailed description of open positions! http://www.foundationforreedschools.com
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  • March 22, 2017

    Posted by Peggy Riley at 4/28/2017

    Del Mar News                                  March 22, 2017 

     

    Dear Families:

    One of the cornerstone components of our RUSD Vision is that students become their "Best Selves." This entails speaking and acting in respectful ways, appreciative of diversity and other cultures and perspectives.

    To promote Best Self behavior, we have programs in place at each grade level and school-wide to promote this vision and these values, and to ensure that all students feel safe at school.  Some of these programs include:
    • David Roche and Marlena Blavin's Love at Second Sight assembly,
    • Soul Shop and Challenge Day programs in 7th and 8th grades respectively,
    • Common Sense Media and other advisory lessons that focus on no bullying and being an "upstander" who advocates for self and others.
    We are proud that due to these and other efforts, Del Mar scored in the 99th percentile as a caring, engaged community based on the most recent California Healthy Kids Student Survey. 

    Despite these efforts, we have seen a rise in unacceptable and hateful speech behavior on the part of some of our students which is of grave concern. Having spoken with my principal colleagues at other southern Marin schools, this issue extends beyond Del Mar; it has become a common theme and focus of all our attention.

    More specifically, we had a recent incident where a student discovered a small swastika etched on a peer's eraser, found the "N" word and anti gay remarks penciled on students' lockers, and comments about some of our Muslim students being terrorists. What these incidents have in common is that some of our students have been targeted because of race, religion or sexuality.

    We are addressing this issue at school in a variety of ways and I am writing to enlist your support at home.  At school, we have and are:
    • Utilizing some of our advisory time to raise awareness and create a forum for students to voice their feelings, ideas and concerns. 
    • Devoting professional development time to send some staff to presentations by the Anti-Defamation League at other school sites. 
    • Planning a school-wide assembly with a multi-denominational panel to address all students about the what's and the why's associated with these forms of hate speech. 
    • Promoting the message of "if you see something, say something," so can be aware and respond more immediately if and when subsequent issues arise.  
    • Reminding students of their No Bully Pledge made at the onset of the school year, and that it is their obligation to advocate on behalf of themselves or others. 
    These are cultural competency skills, and we are doing our best to teach students how to embody these skills as an engaged citizen within our school community. 

    When we catch a student who has committed this type of offense, we discipline the student, speak with the family, and also take the opportunity to engage him/her in a restorative practice to help educate and do some community service type of activity so this person learns from mistakes and gives back to the community in a positive way.

    It heartens me that regarding these incidences,many students shared their concern and disgust with a teacher, counselor, or an administrator to let us know what has been happening. Students in Friday's lunch time TEA Club initiated a recent Mix-it-Up (Nobody Eats Alone) Day and are brainstorming other ideas to raise all students' awareness and stop these offensive behaviors.

    We ask that families please work in partnership with us and reinforce the following messages with your child. 
    • First and foremost, students need to understand that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated.
    • We will follow Ed Code in response to any type of hateful act, and students involved will face serious consequences.
    • It is never okay to use hate speech, even when joking.  Certain words, symbols, and phrases anchored in a history of hurt and oppression, perpetuate hate and stereotypes are never acceptable, not even when joking between friends.
    • We would like our students to stand up for others when they hear hateful and derogatory language and/or let an adult (e.g. parent, counselor, teacher) know when they see or hear things that make them uncomfortable.
    These conversations are not always easy.  They are, however, extremely important for all of us to have.  Thank you for working in partnership with us ~ our children are worth it!

    Sincerely,

    Alan Vann Gardner
    Principal, Del Mar Middle School


    Kaiser Permanente will present Nightmare on Puberty Street to our students on April 19th.  This assembly contains sexual health information so you have the option to opt your child out of the assembly. Please see the attached flyer for more information.  If you choose to opt out of the assembly, please let Vice Principal David Sawyer know.

    Being Adept is hosting Dr. Danielle Ramo of UCSF on 4/19 at Bel Aire School. Dr. Ramo will talk about teens and marijuana use, and will go over what the recent legalization means for our communities and youth. Attached is a PDF flyer with more info. 
     


    It's all about creative problem solving. Come together with your peers and work together to solve problems in our communities. Dive in, have fun, and be part of the solution.
    For more information and to register click here.

    RUSD School Psychologist, Dr. Allan Gold, will host a workshop addressing the issues, challenges, and rewards of being an adoptive parent.  Please join him on Wednesday March 29th at the Staff Development Room at Bel Aire School from 8:30 to 10:00 am for this unique oppportunity to meet other parents of adopted children and to engage in a helpful and benficial discussion.

    Please RSVP to Dr. Gold at agold@reedschools.orgby Friday, March 24th.  We look forward to seeing you there.

    PTA News

     
    Don't forget to get your tickets for the Bel Aire Play, Beauty and the Beast!
     
    "Rising to the Complicated Challenges of Family Relationships in the Digital Age" by Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair  
    Wednesday, March 29th from 6:30-8:30pm
    Marin County Office of Education
    111 Las Galinas Road, San Rafael
     
     

    Foundation News


    Family participation rates matter! Regardless of dollar amount, high participation percentages allow the district to apply for grants. Currently, 57% of families have participated. We ask the remaining families to consider a donation or pledge, in any amount, and help us reach our goal of 100% participation! 
     
    Thank you to the 551 families who have donated to the Foundation's Family Giving Campaign! 
     
    Did you know?
    * You can make a pledge now and pay by June 30th?
    * Monthly payment plans are available.
    * Many companies offer corporate matching. 
    * You can donate stock.
    * You can make your donation via credit card and earn points and miles!
     
    Interested in volunteering on the Foundation Board next year? There are many ways to get involved. Please visit our website and go to the "about" tab to see a detailed description of open positions! http://www.foundationforreedschools.com
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  • March 8, 2017

    Posted by Peggy Riley at 3/27/2017

    Del Mar News                                   March 8, 2017 

     
    In case you didn't have a chance to read the RUSD News this morning:
     
    Dear Families:
     
    During my first day as Principal seven years ago, the Del Mar Staff adopted a slogan derived from an African proverb, "If you want to walk fast, walk alone; if you want to walk far, walk together." Walking far together became a theme for our collaborative endeavors regarding academics and social programs for the students we serve.
     
    Since the beginning of the school year and during this recent mid-winter break, I have taken time to reflect on the direction of Del Mar Middle School and my own career.  During my time at Del Mar, I have seen the educational program expand, become more aligned and consistently rigorous across grade levels; have watched our students develop academic, social/emotional, technological, and leadership skills; and have applauded the collaborative endeavors of our talented and professional staff that go above and beyond to support the students.  For these accomplishments and more, I will always be proud of being a part of this truly special community.
     
    I have walked far with you for the past eleven years, and it is with mixed feelings that I write this letter to inform you that this is a time in my career for a new challenge, to work closer to my Petaluma home, and that I will be leaving Del Mar Middle School and the Reed Union School District at the end of this academic school year.   
     
    At the onset of accepting an administrative position in the Reed District, I never anticipated that I would have worked here for as long as I've had. I am grateful for the opportunity to have served and for the many great moments, accomplishments, and memories. I am deeply respectful and appreciative of this faculty and staff-true professionals who work as colleagues on behalf of the students.  I am grateful for how supportive you, the families, have been of our program and school, and for the Del Mar students for their talent, creativity and willingness to learn.
     
    Del Mar is well poised to continue its journey and tradition of continued inquiry, excellence, and growth. 
    We have much to yet accomplish this spring and beyond.  I look forward to working with you this third trimester and to a successful completion of the school year.  
     
    With gratitude,
     
    Alan Vann Gardner, Ed.D.
    Principal, Del Mar Middle School


    Dear Sixth and Seventh Grade Families: 

    This is the first week of the third trimester. At this time, we need to clearly communicate Del Mar's behavior standards and discipline procedures for the third trimester. We are looking forward to a productive and fun final trimester with your child poised for success.
     
    We have informed 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. 

    Student Referrals and 3rd Trimester Consequences:

    Referrals are given for: Aggressive Play, Class Disruption, Dress Code Violations, Inappropriate Use of Computer, Inappropriate Language, Rude/Mean to Others, Vandalism/Litter, Other (i.e. Hate Speech)

    Three referrals or a suspension during the third trimester will result in exclusion from one or more of the following planned sixth and seventh grade activities:

    Participation in Sports and Play Production, Talent Show, Assemblies, Track Meet, Advisory Parties, and End of the Year Trip

    In addition, after three referrals, students are referred to a 
    Student Action Plan - to meet with advisor, school counselor, nurse, learning specialists and principal. A fourth referral results in an in-school suspension.

    If you have any questions regarding these policies, please email Mr. Sawyer or Dr. Vann Gardner to discuss your concerns. Thank you in advance for your support.  
    David Sawyer, MA in Education Administration

    PTA News

     
    8th Grade Graduation Update:
    8th Grade Graduation Festivities - Please remember to make your graduation contributions -  A suggested donation of $170 pays for the following expenses:
     
    *ceremony
    *graduation party including dinner/entertainment and entrance fee
    *transportation and lunch for the year end 8th grade trip to Six Flags
    *links to the class slide show, graduation, and party photos.
     
    Here is the link:  https://www.schoolpay.com/parent/mip/Mcni.  Please note some families may not have the financial ability to contribute to the above. Additional contributions of any amount are welcome and may be made online or by check.
     
    Sweatshirts!
    Missed the 8th grade sweatshirt order?  Please email Lisa Hovan at lisa@hovancpa.com to place your order.  Final orders need to be submitted by Friday, March 10th. 
     
    Seussical the Musical
    Handy Parents?  The play production team is looking for any handy parents to assist with sets and costumes.  If you can lend a helping hand, please contact Taissa Cherry (play producer) at "cherryt@comcast.net".

    Parent Ed Events
    Wed., March 15, 6:30pm
    Hall Middle School
    To register, please click here.

    "How to Raise Resilient, Gritty, and Passionate People" 
    Wed, March 22, 7-8:30pm, 
    Mill Valley Middle School Gym
    To register, please click here.
     
    "Rising to the Complicated Challenges of Family Relationships in the Digital Age"
    by Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair
    Wed, March 29 6:30-8:30pm
    Marin County Office of Education
    111 Las Galinas Road, San Rafael 

    For more information on Parent Ed events, please click here.

     
    Choice Lunch - New Spring Menu!  www.choicelunch.com
     

    Foundation News


    Halfway to our Goal! The Foundation presented our first installment to the District of $1 million dollars Tuesday night at the Board of Education meeting. Thank you to the 525 families that have made this possible. We still have $1 million to go. Please help us to reach 100% family participation by donating at www.foundationforreedschools.com.

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