• January 18, 2017

    Posted by Peggy Riley on 2/2/2017

    Del Mar News

    January 18, 2017 

     
    Dear Del Mar Families:
     
    Congratulations Del Mar Mathletes...for a great job during yesterday's county-wide competition.  Our 7th grade team placed third and our 8th grade team came in first place overall! 
     
    Seeking Parent Volunteers with an expertise in science...to help this year's seventh grade students who are about to embark on their TAP (Take Action Projects).  Please contact Mrs. Oefinger or Ms. Baker (a link will soon be added to their class webpages where you can indicate your interest and area of expertise) or Ms. Cerni (jcerni@reedschools.org) if you are able to serve as a resource for students during their research stage (in February) or mentor a small group of students later in March as they develop their action plans.
     
    Special Programs are underway to help students develop social/emotional and healthy/wise decision-making skills.  The Being Adept program provides students with 2-3 sessions related to drug and alcohol awareness and prevention.  Seventh grade students completed their mini-unit, the eighth grade course is underway, and the sixth grade program is forthcoming.
     
    Seventh graders just began working with Soul Shop to build self and social awareness and relationship skills.  Students will learn how assumptions and judgements create disconnection, drama, teasing and other hurtful behaviors, and how to build empathy for others, seeing how everyone has experienced some level of teasing, put­downs or other oppressive behaviors.  Ask your child about the metaphor of carrying a heavy backpack and about what they can "clean out" - a great conversation starter to probe them about what they are learning in class.
     
    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 meanness, bullying and to promote kindness within and beyond our community.  Thank you, PTA, for sponsoring some of these important programs!
     
    Best Regards, 
     
    Alan
     
    Alan Vann Gardner, Ed.D.,
    Principal
     
    8th Grade Families:  Your 8th grader will be given a high school registration packet tomorrow (Thursday).  Please go through this document with your student.  It contains everything you need to know/do to register at Redwood High School.
     

    PTA News

     
    Seeking 2017 PTA Nominating Committee Candidates - 
    The RUSD PTA is seeking PTA members to serve on the 2017 Nominating Committee for the PTA Executive Board.  The committee will be comprised of 5 members and 1 alternate with knowledge of all 3 school sites and their volunteer communities.  Meetings will be held in February and March, with the goal of delivering a final slate by late March.  Interested candidates, please contact  katiseymore@gmail.com by tomorrow, January 19.  

    Upcoming Parent Education Events - 
    • "Cybersafety - Protecting Those You Love",  Wednesday, Jan. 25th 7:00 p.m., Cyber Lounge at Del Mar, No RSVP required. 
    • "Understanding Difficult Behaviors and What to Do About Them" Thursday, February 2nd, 7:00 - 8:30 PM, Bel  Aire Elementary School. The speakers are Stacey and Noah Kempler, RUSD parents and licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in private practice.  Please RSVP:  jasims@pacbell.net.
    Click for more Parent Ed information here: https://www.reedschools.org/Page/170
    Del Mar Spring Play "Seussical, the Musical" 
    New this year are  - "Pre-Audition Workshops" to be held in the PE Classroom for any interested kids:
    6th Grade - January 18 at 2:15pm
    7th&8th Grade - January 24 at 3:15pm
    Auditions - January 26/27 at 3:15pm in the PE Classroom
    All information and forms can be found on the Del Marwebsite.

    The Del Mar Class of 2017 has a newly designed, special "8th Grade Only", hoodie sweatshirt.  The sweatshirt includes the names of all the 8th graders on the back and a cool new logo designed by a former Del Mar Student, Josh Chan. Here is a mock-up of the design:



    The sweatshirt is medium weight, gray with navy and yellow lettering, and comes in the following sizes:  Adult Small, Medium, Large and X-Large.

    Click here for the online order page.  
     
    Order deadline is January 25th.  Once we place the order, there will be no additional sales so please get your order in now!

    Foundation News


    New Years Resolution?
     
    Make your Annual Family Giving Donation to The Foundation! Your donations are critical to maintain the high standards of educational excellence we all desire for our children!
     
    Help us reach our $2 million dollar grant commitment to RUSD and donate today atwww.FoundationForReedSchools.com. Your gift is 100% tax deductible. Credit cards accepted and installment payment plans also available. Every donation, from every family makes an impact! 
     
    Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter! Check out The Foundation for Reed Schools on Facebook and Instagram @ReedFoundation and Twitter@FoundationReed for upcoming and past events, photos and more! #foundationfunded.
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  • December 21, 2016

    Posted by Peggy Riley on 1/19/2017

    Del Mar News

    December 21, 2016

     
    Dear Families:
     
    No such thing as winding down before holiday break.  Last week students assembled for wonderful winter music concerts featuring the Del Mar Orchestra and Steel Band, as well as for our monthly emergency preparation/safety drill.  This week students are immersed in a variety of activities that include:  chemistry experiments, brain stations and ocean presentations in science, writing letters about literature to favorite authors and much, much more. 
     
    Our holiday food drive is complete-Del Mar students and families were very generous with this year's donations to the Marin Food Bank. 
     
    Reminder: Tomorrow is our last School Spirit Day of 2016-Students, wear ugly sweaters to show your school spirit and pride!
     
    On behalf of the Del Mar staff, thank you for sharing your children with us and for working together to support their learning and growth.  We are fortunate to be part of such a great community.
     
    Wishing you all a happy, restful and fun holiday break.  I am looking forward to a great 2017, a year in which, together, we will provide more great opportunities and support for students so they enjoy their journey of learning and celebrate their progress and accomplishments.
     
    Best regards,
     
    Alan
     
    Alan Vann Gardner, Ed.D.
    Principal, Del Mar Middle School
    Please check the lost and found.  We'll be donating it Thursday afternoon.

    PTA News

     
    Suessical, the Musical - Get ready for the Del Mar Playcoming end of April!  Parent Meeting January 12th at 7pm in the PE classroom next to the gym.  New this year, "Pre-Audition Workshops" to be held for any interested kids January 23-24, with auditions to take place January 26-27. More info to follow in the New Year!!
     
    The PTA wishes everyone a Safe & Happy Holiday break!!

    The Del Mar Class of 2017 has a newly designed, special "8th Grade Only", hoodie sweatshirt.  The sweatshirt includes the names of all the 8th graders on the back and a cool new logo designed by a former Del Mar Student, Josh Chan. Here is a mock-up of the design:



    The sweatshirt is medium weight, gray with navy and yellow lettering, and comes in the following sizes:  Adult Small, Medium, Large and X-Large.

    Click here for the online order page.  
     
    Order deadline is January 15th.


    Foundation News


    Thank you to the 285 families in our extraordinary community who have already donated to The Foundation's Family Giving Campaign. Your contributions are critical to fund the programs, teachers, staff, training, and technology that will foster high academic achievement and ensure your child has access to the highest quality public education! 
     
    Help us reach our $2 million dollar grant commitment to RUSD and donate today atwww.FoundationForReedSchools.com. Your gift is 100% tax deductible. Donate before 12/31/16 to receive a 2016 tax deduction. 
     
    Every donation, from every family makes an impact! 
     
    Shop for Reed This Holiday Season!
     
    3 ways to generate AUTOMATIC donations to our schools:
     
    Amazon Smile
     
    1. Register at www.smile.amazon.com and select "Reed School Foundations" as the charity you would like to support. Remember to go to smile.amazon.com when you need to make a purchase on Amazon.
     
     
    Register your credit and debit cards at www.escrip.com. Select "The Foundation for Reed Schools."
     
    2. Buy groceries at Nugget and Woodlands Markets with cards registered with escrip.com.
     
    3. Install the ForgetMeNot pop-up on your web browser.  When the ForgetMeNot pop-up banner appears at the top of an online retailer's website, click the banner to earn a percentage of your purchase for Reed schools.
     
    Best wishes for a happy and safe holiday season!
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  • December 7, 2016

    Posted by Peggy Riley on 1/19/2017

    Del Mar News

     
    December 7, 2016 
     
     
    Dear Families:
     
    Busy times at Del Mar! 
     
    Last week's Winter Wonderland Middle School Dance was a huge success. Approximately 200 students attended and enjoyed their time dancing, visiting with friends, playing ping-pong, getting photo booth pictures, watching a movie, and eating snacks.  Thank you to: Ms. Chase's leadership class for planning and organizing, parent and staff chaperones for supervision, and students for their festive and appropriate school dance behavior!
     
    Lunchtime activities: There are a variety of lunchtime advisory competitions and clubs that provide students with many ways to pursue interests and participate at school. Clubs include: Garden, Lego, SAT, Anime, Magic, Math, TEA (diversity), and two student-led Science and Newspaper. 
     
    Students are reminded of club meeting days through the Morning Bulletin.  Ask your child for their password so you can view the first edition of the Dragon Tribune (student newspaper): dragontribune.weebly.com.  Additionally, peer tutors work during lunch and during Wednesday advisory periods and after school basketball season is underway.
     
    Winter Concerts: All are invited to next week's concert series.  Del Mar's guitar class will perform on Monday, Orchestra/Instrumental Band on Wednesday, and Steel Band on Thursday.  All concerts begin at 6:30pm in the school Concert Hall (gymnasium).
     
    7th Grade Being Adept Program has begun.  Students will receive a series of three sessions of drug and alcohol awareness and education. Eighth and sixth grade to follow.
     
    More 7th Grade News:  Our pilot Teen Screen program is underway.  Also, click here for information on two upcoming science units of study on neuroscience and human reproduction.  All students will receive these units of instruction unless parents notify Vice Principal David Sawyerto opt out.
     
    Del Mar Math News: The math department's monthly newsletter is included here with news and a recap of important information from recent memos.  
    Also including a link to math presentation at the recent parent education meeting on November 9th.  
     

    PTA News

        
    New Winter Menus now available at Choice Lunch! Please click here to order.

    Foundation News


    The Foundation is Thankful for YOU! Pledge Day KICKED OFF our Family Giving Campaign and was a huge success! Thank you to the 192 families who pledged or donated! Our goal is to have 100% family participation. Every family counts! Pledge or donate atwww.FoundationForReedSchools.com
     
    Shop for Reed This Holiday Season!
     
    3 ways to generate AUTOMATIC donations to our schools:
     
    Amazon Smile
     
    Register at www.smile.amazon.com and select Reed School Foundations as the charity you would like to support. Remember to go to  smile.amazon.com when you need to make a purchase on Amazon.
     
    Escrip.com
     
    Register your credit and debit cards at www.escrip.com. Select the Foundation for Reed Schools.
     
    Buy groceries at Nugget and Woodlands Markets with cards registered with  escrip.com.
     
    Install the ForgetMeNot pop-up on your web browser. When the ForgetMeNot pop-up banner appears at the top of an online retailer's website, click the banner to earn a percentage of your purchase for Reed schools.
     
    Thank You to all the volunteers, parents, teachers, grandparents and special friends who made Grandparents Days at Reed and Bel Aire Schools an overwhelming success! A fun and festive time was had by all!#foundationfunded
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  • November 30, 2016

    Posted by Peggy Riley on 12/16/2016

    Del Mar News

    November 30, 2016 

     
     
    Dear Families:
     
    Mathematics Update: Here is a recap of some recent efforts to support students in math.
     
    Homework: Students are now using Study Island to practice standards currently being addressed in class, and Dreambox, an adaptive program, to provide remedial support and additional challenges based on student interest and need.  If you or your student has any questions about how to log-in to these programs from home, please contact your student's teacher.  Homework is designed to allow your student to work independently.  If your student is unable to do so, please encourage your student to contact his/her teacher directly for additional support. (Note: algebra students will continue receiving homework from Pearson curriculum as they have done in the past.)
     
    Morning Math Support: Morning math support is provided to any student, at any grade level, who would like additional support. Your student can report to Room 6 on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday mornings from 7:30-8:00am.
     
    iPad Use:  Students are working on both iPads and in their mathematics notebooks.  Internet browsers and other applications have been removed from the student iPads.  
     
    Communicating Student Progress: In addition to these changes, we also want to improve our school-home communication and provide more accurate and timely feedback about how your child is doing in class.
     
    1. Teachers will use PowerSchool as the main way to communicate information and will now include content standards being addressed when reporting quiz/test scores and grades. Study Island scores will be entered in PowerSchool every two weeks, also listing standards being addressed.
     
    2. Quizzes and end-of-unit tests will be taken using paper and pencil.  After grading, and review in class, the tests will be sent home with your child. This will enable parents to see the problems, student answers and the earned grade.
     
    3. Students will be allowed to make corrections on quizzes to show evidence of understanding and meeting standard, and to boost their score. Instead of using class or lunchtime, any student wishing to do so should attend one of the morning math support sessions (see above).
     
    4. Every Friday afternoon, you will receive email reports from Study Island regarding your child's performance using this program.
     
    5. As always, please email your child's teacher if you have specific questions or concerns.  If after speaking with your child's teacher, you continue to have questions or concerns, I am available to speak to you by phone or in person.
     
     
    Middle School Winter Wonderland Dance:  Here is some important information about this Friday night's Winter Wonderland Dance that we encourage all students to attend!
     
    When and where:     7:00-9:00pm in the Del Mar gym.
     
    Drop off and pick up: Students must arrive by 7:15pm and stay until the end. All students must be picked up by an adult inside the school parking lot by the amphitheater/bus area.
     
    Attire:  Festive and/or winter attire; Dress code expectations apply.
     
    Tickets: On sale in the school office and at the dance.
     
    Fun: Professional DJ and photo booth! Snacks and drinks on sale!
     
    Safe: Songs are middle school appropriate; Teacher and parent supervision provided. Drop off/pick up procedures ensure safety as well.
     
    Calling all Chaperones
    The Winter Wonderland dance is looking for a few chaperones to help the night of the dance.  If you are able to assist, please let Ms. Chase know at  cchase@reedschools.org .
                            
    Content Filters:  Our wonderful IT department staff worked over Thanksgiving break to change students' internet filters in an attempt to resolve internet connection problems some students were experiencing at home.  We anticipate that all students will now be able to access all curriculum resources from locations outside of school.
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  • November 16, 2016

    Posted by Peggy Riley on 12/7/2016

    Mathematics and 7th Grade Teen Screen

     
    Dear Families:
     
    This week's Math Memo will focus on three topics: math homework, iPad use, and providing students with additional math support at school.  These were among some key concerns voiced at last week's Parent Education meeting as well as conversations I have had with individual parents.
     
    Mathematics News
    Math Homework: Many of you have expressed confusion and frustration about your child's homework experience.  We want to ensure that students will be successful working independently at home and that parents can provide adequate and easy support if needed (including access to resources if they require review of a concept or instruction).
     
    The purpose of homework is to reinforce mathematics knowledge and skills. Homework should provide students, first and foremost, with an opportunity to practice and review skills they already know. Homework is not intended to be new material that students have not been taught.  In some situations, however, it may present an opportunity for extended learning, which may involve some "productive struggle" for students. Some recent math homework has involved new material, rather than practice and review.  This has lead to frustration and "unproductive struggle" for some students.
     
    In response to comments by students and parents concerning homework, the math department has determined that some exercise problems that were previously assigned for homework would be better incorporated as part of the class lesson.  Homework will now consist of a combination of targeted skill practice based on classroom learning, and personalized math skill practice.  Study Island and Dreambox are two online, aligned programs that will provide this homework support.
     
    Dreambox is an adaptive math program that personalizes instruction and can be used for both intervention and enrichment.  Dreambox will provide students with immediate feedback and both teachers and parents will have access to this data.  Please refer to the Del Mar math homework website at rusdmath.weebly.com for more information. 
     
    Study Island is an online tool that provides an opportunity for quality academic support, practice, and real-time assessment data leading to mastery of the California Common Core Math Standards. The immediate feedback and built-in remediation, coupled with the actionable data, enables students, parents and teachers to easily monitor progress.  Students can work through questions using a standard test format or an interactive game format.  To receive credit (a "blue ribbon") for a topic, a student must complete at least ten questions and get a minimum of seven of them correct. 
     
    By Thanksgiving break, all students will have taken pre-tests for both Study Island and Dreambox, so that upon returning from break on November 28, they will be ready to begin using these programs for their homework practice.
     
    Algebra HW: Please note that students in the compacted 8th grade algebra course will continue receiving the same type of homework as they have in the past.
     
    iPad Use:  This week, our IT department has deleted Safari from all student iPads.  When students use iPad devices, they will be for math use only.
     
    Morning Math Support:  As we have done in prior years, Del Mar will offer additional math support for all interested students three mornings per week.  Ms. Marshall and/or Dr. Gold will be available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 7:30-8:00 am in Room 6.  Students, from any class and grade level, are welcome to drop in if they have questions or need help.  -Begins week after Thanksgiving break!
     
    Teachers are also available for "office hours" at certain break or advisory class times; students should speak with their teacher to arrange an alternative time toask questions if any of the morning times do not work.  
     
    More Math Information Coming Soon
    We are in the process of working on new ways to communicate accurate and timely feedback about how your child is doing in math, beyond the limited information provided in PowerSchool.  More information will be coming soon.  Of course, if at any time, you have questions about your child's progress in math, do not hesitate to contact your student's math teacher via email.
     
    Teen Screen Preview for 7th Grade Families
    We are pleased to announce that seventh grade students will be offered the opportunity to participate in a free mental wellness screening program called TeenScreen. Mental wellness is a key component to the overall health and development of today's teenagers. Del Mar is committed to supporting students struggling with emotional difficulties early and linking them to effective support services.  Developed by Columbia University, and run by Stanford University in conjunction with the Family Service Agency of Marin, the program provides us with a proven method of identification of concerns which can lead to help for our teenagers. On Friday, we will send to you an email letter and permission form for this free, confidential program. Students will learn about the program during a brief presentation on November 29.  We hope many of our seventh graders will participate.

    PTA News

        
    "Raising Resilient Girls"
    Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 7-8:30 pm
    Edna Maguire Elementary School
    80 Lomita Drive, Mill Valley
    Co-sponsored by the Reed Union School District PTA and It Takes a Village, Mill Valley
     
    For more information on Parent Education events, pleaseclick hereParent Teachers Association (PTA) / Parent Education
     
    Come Support and cheer for our students as they participate in the annual Turkey Trot; 11:21am on Monday the 21st.

    "Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age; Screening and Discussion"
    Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 7:00-8:30 pm
    Marin Country Day School
    Sponsored by the MCDS but open to the RUSD Community (Parents Only)
    Open to all, no registration required.

    Winter Wonderland Dance - 7pm-9pm on Dec. 2nd
    All Del Mar Middle School students are invited and can purchase tickets at the front office.  The gym will be transformed with a DJ, photo booth, tattoo station, and Winter Wonderland decor. Festive attire or white outfits are encouraged.
     
    New Winter Menus now available at Choice Lunch!  Pleaseclick here to order.

    Foundation News


    PLEDGE DAY IS ONE WEEK AWAY!The Foundation for Reed School's annual Pledge Day is next Thursday! Please help us meet our $2 million commitment to RUSD by making a donation or pledging your support by November 17th! EVERY FAMILY COUNTS!
     
    More than 1,500 students at Reed, Bel Aire and Del Mar count on The Foundation to ensure funding for specialists and programs in Art Education, PE, Music, Technology, STEAM Labs, Libraries, Spanish; a school psychologist, a Math 
     
    TOSA, and more. Help us meet our $2 million commitment to RUSD!

    Grandparents/Special Friends Day at Reed and Bel Aire! 
    Reed will host its Grandparents/Special Friends day on Monday, November 21st and Bel Aire will host its Grandparents/Special Friends day on Tuesday, November 22nd. Please ask your loved ones to RSVP to their invitation by November 16th with the name of each attendee and include your child's name and grade. Click here  for more information about this fun-filled event!
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  • November 2, 2016

    Posted by Peggy Riley on 12/6/2016

    Del Mar News

    November 2, 2016 

     
    Dear Families:
     
    Continuing "the conversation" from last week, here are some additional Q and A's about our mathematics program.  These questions are from recent notes I have received and conversations I have had with students and parents alike. I hope that this series of memos, as well as our upcoming Parent Education meeting (Wednesday morning November 9 @ 8:30am), will help address and alleviate concerns you may have.
     
    Q:  My child feels s/he is not succeeding in math.  Does this reflect my child's ability?
     
    A: The consensus amongst math teachers is that this year's program is more rigorous, with students being required to think more deeply and discuss their mathematic reasoning in ways that were not required of them in the past.  This year's program most accurately aligns with state standards of mathematical practices and end-of-year SBAC assessments.  This can be a difficult adjustment as students learn and grapple with math in new ways.
     
     
    Q:  My child's test scores were low. How will this be reflected in the grade?
     
    A: Students will take a final test for each unit of study.  The design of this unit test resembles the state SBAC assessments students take at the end of the year.  These tests consist of questions that measure if students are below, meet, or exceed grade level standards. Students are not expected to be able to answer every question on these end-of-unit tests, since some questions correlate with challenge problems that not all students will-or are expected to-complete as part of class.  Based on these tests, teachers receive accurate information about how students are performing so they can tailor instruction to meet all ability levels and needs. 
    Please note that students' grades will reflect their knowledge with regard to grade level standards; grades will be higher than the raw test score.
     
    Q:  How are students' grades determined?
     
    A:  Grades are based on scores on tests, quizzes and projects in which students demonstrate their understanding and application of math concepts learned in class.    Teachers are designing additional summative assessments to complement the end of unit test that is part of the Pearson program.  Having multiple data points will provide a more accurate and fair picture of student achievement and progress-one big end of unit test will not be the sole or primary source of a student's grade.
     
     
    Q: Why is homework assigned if it is not being graded? 
     
    A:  Homework provides an opportunity for students to practice a skill they have not yet had the opportunity to master.  It is unfair to grade a student for something s/he is not yet expected to know or master.
     
    It is important, however, for students to be in the habit of practicing, and completing and turning in their work on time.  Teachers check that work is completed, that students understand the material, and indicate that students are doing their homework in the Power School grade book.  We want to provide feedback to you, as parent, that your child is (or is not) staying on top of schoolwork.  Your child's second report card grade is a scholarly work habits and citizenship grade which reflects responsibility, independence, perseverance, respect, collaboration-traits we value and that are indicators of academic success. 
     
     
    Q:  My child is finding use of iPads make it difficult to take notes.  Shouldn't there be use of paper and pencil for math work?
     
    A:  All students use both tools-iPads -and- paper/pencil-in mathematics class.  Students have math notebooks; use scratch paper to solve problems, and sometimes use handout worksheets instead of, or in addition to, using iPads.
     
    Green Transportation Wednesdays

    Reed School District supports ways to reduce congestion and promote active and "green" transportation. Wednesdays are Green Transportation Days in Marin county and in many other places around the country. Ride the Bus, carpool, walk or bike to school. Lets see how much of a difference we can make!
     

    PTA Updates 

     
    Thankful Thursdays - 
    Please help celebrate our 42 wonderful teachers by volunteering this week on Thankful Thursday.

    Join PTA for the 2016-2017 school year and enjoy this Parent Ed event tonight!
    "Raising Kids in a Digital World," with Todd Sarner, MFT
    Wednesday, November 2nd 7:00pm-8:30 pm
    Del Mar School gym 
    This session is appropriate for parents of kids at all three schools! No RSVP necessary.
     
    Upcoming Events:

    Nov 11 - NO SCHOOL  - Veteran's Day
     
    Nov. 16 - "Raising Resilient Girls"
    Wednesday, 7-8:30 pm
    Edna Maguire Elementary School
    80 Lomita Drive, Mill Valley
    Co-sponsored by the Reed Union School District PTA and It Takes a Village, Mill Valley
     
    Nov 21 - Turkey Trot at 11:21am

    Nov 29 - "Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age; Screening and Discussion"
    Tuesday,  7:00-8:30 pm
    Marin Country Day School
    Sponsored by the MCDS but open to the RUSD Community (Parents Only)
    Open to all, no registration required.

    Save the Date: Friday, Dec 2nd - 
    Winter Wonderland Dance - 7pm-9pm

    PTA membershipplease click here
     
    ChoiceLunchplease click here
     
     
     
     

    Foundation Updates 

     
    You can still order a 2016-2017 RUSD Directory and Smartphone App on-line for in class delivery. 
    Go to www.FoundationForReedSchools.com to buy your RUSD Directory & Smartphone App. The Smartphone App is ready to download and you will receive an email with secure login information when you purchase the Directory App.
     
    Grandparents/Special Friends Day at Reed and Bel Aire! 
    Reed will host its Grandparents/Special Friends day on Monday, November 21st and Bel Aire will host its Grandparents/Special Friends day on Tuesday, November 22nd. Please ask your loved ones to RSVP to their invitation by November 16th with the name of each attendee and include your child's name and grade. Click here  for more information about this fun-filled event!
     
    The Foundation's Pledge Day is November 17th. Support our efforts to raise $2 million! More than 1,500 students at our three schools count on The Foundation to ensure funding for teachers and programs in Art Education, PE, Music, Technology, Libraries, Spanish; a school psychologist, a Math TOSA, and more! Every Donation Counts - Help us reach our goal!
     
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  • October 19, 2016

    Posted by Peggy Riley on 11/3/2016

    Del Mar News

    October 19, 2016
     
     
    Dear Del Mar Families:  
                                                                 
    Monday's Staff Development Day - Del Mar staff had a successful day of working and learning together.  Math teachers received training on the implementation of our new math program with time to discuss assessment and grading. Other staff devoted time to discussing new grading criteria. 
     
    Assessment and Grading - In our efforts to provide the most accurate feedback about students' progress, we are clarifying what students' grades actually mean.  Students will receive two grades as they have in the past. One grade will be solely devoted to students' progress toward content standards as evidenced by their accomplishments on tests, quizzes and projects in which students demonstrate their knowledge and skills. 
     
    The second grade reflects citizenship and scholarly habits.  Referencing attributes of our district vision, this grade is based on students' demonstration of responsibility, being self-directed/independent, perseverance, collaboration and respect.
     
    Parent Education on Math - Mark your calendars: Please join us on Wednesday morning, November 9 at 8:30am to learn more about our new mathematics program.
     
    Halloween - We look forward to a safe and festive Halloween day.  While this is still a day of classroom learning, we will be celebrating in the following ways: students may dress in costume .  However, no masks, clown costumes,  or costumes with violent and offensive themes  will be allowed.  We are also planning lunchtime activities in the gym.  
     
    Basketball Coach needed - Basketball season is rapidly approaching  (begins end of November and runs through the first week of March).  Please let Athletic Director Gary Oefinger know if you are interested in coaching a teamgoefinger@reedschools.org
     
    Lastly, we are partnering with local community health coalitions and the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services on a healthy lifestyles project. We hope that you can help us by sharing what you know about underage alcohol and marijuana use.
     
    Next week we will send you a link to a 10 minute online survey. This survey is anonymous and confidential. We believe that by capturing parents' perceptions we will better understand the reality of the scope of underage substance use in our community. Help us continue the conversation in our community!
     
    If you have questions or require assistance with the survey do not hesitate to contact our partner at Health and Human Services, Kristen Law (klaw@marincounty.org/415-473-4230).
     
    Best regards,
     
    Alan
     
    Alan Vann Gardner, Ed.D.,
    Principal

     
    Please stop by Del Mar to check the lost and found.  All items will be donated on Friday, October 28th.

    PTA Updates 

     
    Save the date -  RUSD Book Fair: October 24-26 at Bel Aire & October 27-28 at the Del Mar pop-up.  
    For more information, please click here.  If any parents or Del Mar Students who would like to volunteer at the book fair, please see the attached link for the time slots available: RUSD Book Fair
     
    Join PTA for the 2016-2017 school year and enjoy these upcoming free Parent Ed events!

    Dr. Gold Step Parent Meeting, Bel Air MPR
    Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 8:30am - 10am 

    "Raising Kids in a Digital World," with Todd Sarner, MFT
    Wednesday, November 2nd 7:00pm-8:30 pm
    Del Mar School gym 
    This session is appropriate for parents of kids at all three schools! No RSVP necessary.

    "Raising Resilient Girls"
    Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 7-8:30 pm
    Edna Maguire Elementary School
    80 Lomita Drive, Mill Valley
    Co-sponsored by the Reed Union School District PTA and It Takes a Village, Mill Valley

    "Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age; Screening and Discussion"
    Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 7:00-8:30 pm
    Marin Country Day School
    Sponsored by the MCDS but open to the RUSD Community (Parents Only)
    Open to all, no registration required.
     
     
     
     

    Foundation Updates 

     
    There is still time to order your 2016-17 RUSD Directory online!!!  The deadline has been extended until Friday, October 21st to order your Directory and Smartphone App for classroom delivery!  Order today:  www.TheFoundationforReedSchools.com
     
    Thank you to all our families, volunteers, teachers, staff and sponsors for supporting the Run for Reed 2016!
    Save the Date for Pledge Day, November 17th and support The Foundation's efforts to raise $2 million! More than 1,500 students at our three schools count on The Foundation to ensure funding for teachers and programs in Art, PE, Music, Technology, Libraries, Spanish; a school psychologist, a Math TOSA, and more! Every Family Counts - help us reach our goal!
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  • October 5, 2016

    Posted by Peggy Riley on 10/20/2016

    Del Mar News

    October 5, 2016 
     
     
    Dear Families:
     
    Here are some notes from our September 23 Parent Education meeting.
     
    Home/school communication:
    The Del Mar Middle School website has important information which includes:
    1. Student/Parent Handbook which contains information about cell phone use, homework policies and much more.
    2. Teacher websites which have course tabs that list students' homework assignments with other course information and links to curriculum resources.
     
    PowerSchool grades provide information about students' work habits and performance.  Many assignments are "checked" to track whether students have completed assignments on time, indicative of motivated, responsible students committed to their learning.  Other assignments are graded to provide information whether students are understanding the course work and meeting standards. 
     
    Grades are offline during the school day, except during advisory class periods.  Students and families will have access before and after school.
     
    We recommend that you:
    1. Check sporadically, one time per week at the most. Regarding homework and other work habits, trust your child, And use this online tool to verify!
    2. Focus on aspects of "motivated learners, " i.e.: is work completed and turned in on time.
    3. Talk with your child-inquire about what your child is curious about and what she is learning.
     
    Supporting middle school students is a balancing act. Remember "SCALE": 
    Support them in your role as consultant vs. problem-solver;
    Celebrate their accomplishments, progress, and process as motivated learners, 
    Ask and Listen so they reflect, speak and arrive at game plans and solutions,
    Encourage them to persevere, conveying your confidence they will succeed with proper focus and effort. 
     
     
    Upcoming Parent Education: Mark your calendars--"Raising Kids in a Digital World, " sponsored by RUSD PTA will be held Wednesday, November 2nd from 7-8:30 pm at Del Mar. 
     
    8th grade students and their parents are invited to a presentation by the Redwood High School Principal, David Sondheim, on October 19th in the Del Mar gym at 6:30pm.
     
    Best regards,
     
    Alan
     
    Alan Vann Gardner, Ed.D.,
    Principal, Del Mar Middle School
      
    For 7th and 8th grade families:  
    Attached is a letter from Dr. Gold regarding the 

    PTA Updates 

     
    Join PTA for the 2016-2017 school year and enjoy this upcoming free Parent Ed event!
     
    "Raising Kids in a Digital World," with Todd Sarner, MFT
    Wednesday, November 2nd 7:00pm-8:30 pm
    Del Mar School gym 
    This session is appropriate for parents of kids at all three schools! No RSVP necessary.

    Save the date -  RUSD Book Fair: October 24-26 at Bel Aire & October 27-28 at the Del Mar pop-up.
      
    For more information, please click here.  If any parents or Del Mar Students who would like to volunteer at the book fair, please see the attached link for the time slots available:  RUSD Book Fair
     
    For PTA membership, please click here

    To sign up for ChoiceLunch, please click here

    Don't forget to order your Spirit Wear online
     
    Thankful Thursdays are back!  Interested in making our teachers feel special?  Please join the PTA in recognizing our teachers by providing great snacks and treats every first Thursday of the month.  To help out this week, click the following link:  Thankful Thursdays at Del Mar
     
     
     
     

    Foundation Updates 

     
    Last Chance to pre-order your 2016-2017 RUSD Directory and Smartphone App for in-class delivery. Go to www.FoundationForReedSchools.com by October 7th  to buy your RUSD Directory & Smartphone App. You will receive an email with secure login information in early October if you also purchase the Directory App. After October 7th, the directories will be available for purchase in the school and Foundation offices.
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  • September 21, 2016

    Posted by Peggy Riley on 10/11/2016

    Del Mar News

    September 21, 2016 
     
     
    Dear Families:
     
    Back-to-School Night:  It was wonderful to see everyone at last week's Back-to- School Night event. As you can see, we have been working hard on designing and implementing programs that are rigorous, aligned and engage students in critical thinking, creative problem-solving, collaborating, and effectively communicating their ideas and insights.
     
    Upcoming Parent Education:  New and returning families are all invited to join us this Friday, September 23rd,  at 8:30am in the Information Media Library for a follow-up to Back-to-School Night Parent Education meeting. 
     
    Meet with Janet Cerni (Information Media Specialist), Drs. David Kover and Allan Gold (School Psychologists), David Sawyer (Assistant Principal) and me for a two-fold presentation on Staying Connected and Connecting with Your Child about School.
     
    Part One will provide important information about how to navigate the school website to gather information about grades, homework, and other school policies and logistics.
     
    Part Two will be an open and informative forum in which we will address ways to most effectively raise successful middle school students amidst the challenges of busy schedules, work loads, high expectations, peer pressure, hormones, and more.
     
    Online Grades:  Grades are now online before and after school hours. Log-in information has been sent home so you can access your child's grades.  If you are new to the district, your log-in information will be sent home soon. 
     
    We 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.  The online grades provide feedback (recommended viewing: once a week or less) about whether students are: a) completing assignments on time (are they being motivated/responsible learners committed to excellence) and b) meeting standards (are they demonstrating ability to solve problems, think critically, and communicate in effective ways).
     
    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.
     
    Best regards,
     
    Alan
     
    Alan Vann Gardner, Ed.D.
    Principal, Del Mar Middle School

    Make-up picture day is Tuesday, September 27th.  If your student missed the original picture day or you are unhappy with their picture, please tell your child to listen for announcements on Tuesday. We'll let them know when and where to have their picture taken.  If you were unhappy with their original order or proof, please have your child bring those to school to turn into the photographer.

    Parent Education Opportunity:
     
    Protecting Those You Love:
    How to Keep Your Children Safe in the Cyber World and Your Own Community
     
    Come and get your questions answered, or just listen.
     
    The Belvedere/Tiburon Library Program Committee is offering a presentation, important to all parents, grandparents and friends of Middle and High School age students, on ways to recognize the signs of cyber and trafficking crimes against young people.
     
    The presentation will take the format of an interactive panel discussion in the quiet setting of the Library's Founders Room. The 4 panelists are all law enforcement officers who are actively involved in working these crimes in Marin County and, equally important, are parents themselves. They offer expertise and empathy. The panel is moderated by Linda Witong, recently retired Marin County District Attorney, and herself, actively involved in bringing these criminals to justice.
     
    The event takes place on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 7:00 p. m. at the Belvedere/Tiburon Library, 1501 Tiburon Blvd.  Parking available around the building and the Town Hall.   Handouts will be available.  The event is free.
     

    PTA Updates 

    CASTING CALL- Attention all families:  Interested in the Del Mar Play?  Seeking two co-producers to assist for our Spring production.  We need your support to raise that curtain!  Please contact Taissa Cherry - cherryt@comcast.net to secure your audition.
     
    Parent Education Night: "Staying Connected to your Teenager  - How to Keep Them Talking to You and How to Hear What They're Really Saying",  featuring award winning author and teen expert Mike Riera, Ph.D.
    October 4th 7:00pm-8:30pm
    College of Marin Theater - James Dunn Auditorium
    Great for parents of teens and TWEENS 
    RSVP HERE
    This event has sold out but add your name to the waiting list or keep checking because they may add seats.
    October 5 is the 20th Anniversary of International Walk to School Day -- Safe Routes to Schools Parent Volunteers will be handing out prizes to students who WALK, BIKE, BUS, CAR POOL, SCOOTER, or SKIP to school on Wednesday, October 5.  For more information, please contact: matinaseremetis@gmail.com or  angelamcinerney@mac.com

       
    The RUSD Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is a membership-based organization that brings together parents, teachers and staff to coordinate parent volunteers and special programs like Field Trips, Assemblies, School Plays, ChoiceLunch and much more.  Please join us! https://www.mypaynetapps.com/pay.php?mip=645712513538293956425430470
    ChoiceLunch - Jamba Juice is back!! Be sure to sign up for hot lunch and get your Jamba every Wednesday:  http://www.choicelunch.com
    Spirit Wear - Show your Spirit and order online now:https://www.schoolpay.com/parent/mip/645712513538293956425430470
     
     
     
     
     

    Foundation Updates 


    Order the RUSD Directory before October 7th for one-time in classroom delivery!
     
    Find your friends and classmates from Reed, Bel Aire and Del Mar easily with the phone numbers, cell phone numbers, and email addresses in the Directory. The Directory also includes school site information, PTA information, as well as teachers' email addresses and class lists. Many local businesses advertise in the Directory so let's support those who support our schools! 
     
    For NEW Families, if choosing to "Opt Out" of being listed in the Directory please respond to:  RSFoundation@reedschools.org  "Opt Out" no later than Wednesday, September 21st.
     
    Click Here or go to www.FoundationForReedSchools.com to buy your RUSD Directory & Smartphone App. Order before October 7th for the one-time classroom delivery.  You will receive an email with secure login information in early October if you also purchase the Directory App. 
     
    Run for Reed Schools - Early Registration ends September 29th at 10pm! The Foundation's 4th annual Run for Reed Schools will take place at Blackie's Pasture on Wednesday, October 5th (3:30pm for the 1 mile run and 4:15pm for the 5K run). This year the entire family can run, walk or join us to celebrate our school community! Last year we had over 500 students participate! Go to www.runforreed.com and register your family today.

     
    The Foundation for Reed Schools funds teachers, aides, music, art, PE, Library Science, Spanish, iPads, Laptops and more! Go towww.FoundationForReedSchools.com for more information. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @ReedFoundation and Twitter@FoundationReed.

     

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  • September 7, 2016

    Posted by Peggy Riley on 9/23/2016

    Del Mar News

    September 7, 2016
     
    Dear Families:
     
    Back-to-School Night:
     
    We are looking forward to seeing everyone at next week's Back-to-School Night (Thursday, September 15).  This year's program begins at 5:45pm in the Del Mar gym with a brief presentation about our math program.  The first period class presentations will begin promptly at 6:15pm in your child's first period classroom.
     
    Your child will provide you with a copy of his/her schedule; extra copies will be available in the school office.  You will be following your child's schedule in which you will spend ten minutes with each of your child's teachers to learn more about the program, methods of instruction, and logistical information. 
     
    Please note-this is a general information meeting for adults only, and not a time to engage teachers in specific questions about your child's progress. 
     
    Upcoming Parent Education:
     
    Mark your calendars: Our first Parent Education meeting of this year is scheduled for Friday, September 23 at 8:30am in the Info Media Library. Drs. Kover and Gold, Mr. Sawyer and I will engage interested parents in a two fold presentation: 1) Back-To-School Night follow-up with information and tips about navigating the school website and online grades; and 2) Parenting for middle school students' success: fostering a growth mindset and keeping lines of communication open amidst the exciting developmental stages of these young adolescent years.
     
    This year's Challenge Success conference entitled Media Rules: Healthy Connections in the Digital Age is Friday, September 30, 7:00pm at Stanford University-www.challengesuccess.org\ Tickets are required for this interactive session with keynote addresses by a panel of distinguished educators and psychologists on raising healthy, balanced, motivated, successful kids.
     
    See you next week at Back-to-School Night!
     
    Best regards,
    Alan
     
    Alan Vann Gardner, Ed.D.
    Principal, Del Mar Middle School
     
     

    PTA Updates 

     
    Join the PTA - Your participation is key to ensuring the success of programs such as Enrichment Programs in the Classroom, Parent Education and much more.  Sign up for 2016-2017 school year PTA Membership, Yearbook, Birthday Books, - all in one place online here. 
     
    Don't forget to order Hot Lunch with ChoiceLunch (our lunch service provider).  September brings back Jamba Juice on Wednesdays - order your Hot Lunch here: http://www.choicelunch.com
    SpiritWear - 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.  Please see the flyer to order yours now!
    Have more questions? Visit our PTA Contacts page and email any one of us.
     
     
     
     

    Foundation Updates 

    Order and Participate in the RUSD Directory Today!
    Find your friends and classmates from Reed, Bel Aire and Del Mar easily with the phone numbers, cell phone numbers, and email addresses in the Directory. The Directory also includes school site information, PTA information, as well as teachers' email addresses and class lists. Many local businesses advertise in the Directory so let's support those who support our schools!  Also, you can place a Family Ad in the Directory.  Including a photo with your Directory listing is a great way to share and get to know your classmates! 
     
    Click Here to buy your RUSD Directory & Smartphone App. Order before October 7th for the one-time classroom delivery.  You will receive an email with secure login information in early October if you also purchase the Directory App. 
     
    Last Chance to include your Family Photo in the Directory! It's easy to place a Family Ad.  Just email your art, photo and/or your special message with payment info by September 9th to RSFoundation@reedschools.org - We'll do the rest!  For rates and size information, contact Michele Fuegner at 415-302-3119.
     
    Run for Reed Schools - Early Registration! The Foundation's 4th annual Run for Reed Schools will take place at Blackie's Pasture on Wednesday, October 5th (3:30pm for the 1 mile run and 4:15pm for the 5K run). This year the entire family can run, walk or join us to celebrate our school community! Early Registration ends September 29th at 10pm. Last year we had over 500 students participate! Go to www.runforreed.com and register your family today.
     
    The Foundation for Reed Schools funds teachers, aides, music, art, PE, Library Science, Spanish, iPads, Laptops and more! Go to www.FoundationForReedSchools.com for more information. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @ReedFoundation and Twitter@FoundationReed.
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