• 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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  • February 15, 2017

    Posted by Peggy Riley at 3/9/2017

    Del Mar News                                                 February 15, 2017 

     
     
    Dear Families:
     
    Mix-it-Up!
    The following was written by Del Mar students who took a leadership role in producing a school-wide lunchtime activity last week.  As you are aware, one of our district-wide areas of focus is on creating a more inclusive community where everyone belongs. 
     
    Last week on Friday, February 10, Del Mar hosted a "Mix-It-Up Day" when students of different grade-levels and social groups were invited to "Mix-It-Up" and make new friends by sitting in random groups at lunch. Students had ice-breaker type activities and games to play during this time, and lunch was slightly extended so that students got a little extra time to know each other.
     
    This activity was part of the nationally celebrated "No One Eats Alone Day," and students all over the country connected with others and expanded their social horizons. A Bay Area newspaper recently covered the event; the story can be found here. http://www.sfgate.com/visionsf/amp/Bay-Area-students-led-social-10798769.php
     
    "Mix-It-Up Day" was sponsored by the TEA Club (Teaching Equity and Acceptance), and the event went well. One 7th grade student remarked that "'Mix-It-Up" was awkward at first, but hey, it was kinda fun, too." Staff noted several sweet moments and look forward to hosting a similar event again soon!
     
    There is a prevalence, across so many schools especially at middle school age levels, of students saying and doing mean and hurtful things.  I am hoping that events such as this one, along with some of our recent and upcoming social emotional learning programs, advisory class meetings, and assemblies, make a difference in how students feel connected and safe at school.   Join me in being proud of the student leaders and staff who planned and facilitated this school-wide event.
     
    Keep it Safe!
    Please be mindful of driving safely when dropping off and picking up students at school.  Some important reminders:
    • The parking lot is for staff and for buses only at drop off and pick up time.  Please have students walk to and from the street. 
    • Students must use cross-walks when crossing the street (even, or especially on rainy days).
    • Drive safely, slowly and park in ways that allow traffic to flow as freely as possible.
    Our students' safety comes first.  Thank you for your attention and care.
     
    Best regards,
     
    Alan

    Alan Vann Gardner, Ed.D.
    Principal, Del Mar Middle School
    Workshop  during the February break for teens interested in filmmaking.

    PTA News

     
    PTA Nominating Committee 2017
    Congratulations to Victoria Camelio, Aimee Lapic, Sherrill Lybrook, Dana Swanson and Sara Tamer for being elected to this year's PTA Nominating Committee!  The Principal-Advisor for this year will be Lexie Cala.  

    The Nominating Committee will meet over the next few weeks to develop a slate of PTA officers for the 2017-2018 school year. Open positions include District President, Secretary and Treasurer, as well as Bel Aire Treasurer and Del Mar Treasurer.  If you are interested in a PTA leadership position, please contact any of the Nominating Committee members or katiseymore@gmail.com

    Upcoming Parent Ed Events:
    March 22, 7-8:30pm - Mill Valley Middle School

    How to Raise Resilient. Gritty, and Passionate People
    From grade school to the years beyond college, life is a series of transitions for children and parents alike.  Today's parents hear more, know more, and are more involved.  Technology has made it easier than ever for parents to solve, fix, and manage problems.  As a result, many students leave high school without the grit, resilience, and ability to navigate the challenges awaiting them in college and life beyond.  Parents are faced with new questions: Can fixing what's broken today make it harder for my child to fix what's broken tomorrow?


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


    Choicelunch:
    Spring Menu - Choicelunch will offer new menu items starting March 6. Please see the attached flyer.

    Lunch Credit - Choicelunch will credit anyone that ordered a lunch last Thursday, February 9th due to the school closure. 
     

    Foundation News


    Join the Foundation Team! Thursday, February 16th 8:30am- 9:30am join us to learn more about volunteer opportunities on our board and meet current board members. Please RSVP to RSFoundation@reedschools.org.
     
     
     
    Check out our new website.
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  • February 1, 2017

    Posted by Peggy Riley at 3/9/2017
     

    Del Mar News                                                                              February 1, 2017 

     
    Dear Del Mar Families:
     
    How is my child doing in school? An important component of our Strategic Plan is to find the most productive ways to communicate with families about students' progress at school.  No one forum provides a complete and accurate picture and all the information you may need.  As we begin the new calendar year, here are some notes and reminders about how to stay abreast and partner with us in supporting your child at school:
     
    Teachers' websites provide information about the overall curriculum and upcoming assignments. You can these individual sites through the DM Homepage:http://delmar.reedschools.org/domain/280
     
    Students file their work in online folders. Ask your child to show you their work.  Many work samples include teacher comments and feedback.  Students should have copies of rubrics and can reflect with you on how their work meets grade level standards and expectations. You can also ask your child to show you their assignment calendar (they may use iCal, google calendar, or a hard copy planner). In these ways students take active ownership of their assigned projects; they can share this work with you at any time upon your request.
     
    Student Portfolios:  Last month students began selecting samples of work from each class to upload on their digital portfolio site.  Ask them to show you this work of which they are most proud.  Student portfolios provide evidence of progress students are making, their habits of learning, and how they meet standards and embody our vision.
     
    Online Grades are available before and after the school day. If you are curious or have concerns, check occasionally to see your child's current grades.   By clicking on the live links, you can receive more specific information about specific assignments.
     
    Talking to your child can be helpful in getting a sense of his/her subjective experience at school.  Remember that asking questions and listening is often the best way to get a middle school student to speak.  "What did you find most intriguing today?"  "What good questions did you ask in class?"  "How did you lend a helping hand?"...are some questions that both reinforce positive values and may facilitate conversation about academics and social life.
     
    Contact teachers directly when you have a specific question or concern.   Student-led conferences occur only one time per year and the middle school model prohibits adequate meeting time with each of your child's teachers.  While we encourage students to speak directly to teachers and advocate for themselves, please contact individual teachers if you need more specific information. 
     
    Remember the acronym "SCALE," with regard to your critical role as middle school parent, which can truly be a balancing act:
    S = Support students by being more of a coach than a manager.
    C=Celebrate accomplishments and the progress they make.
    A=Ask questions to guide them in arriving at their own answers and solutions.
    L=Listen.  The more you listen, the more they will talk. 
    E=Encourage them to persevere, try new approaches, ask for help, advocate so they learn to solve problems and communicate effectively, by themselves, and with your support.
     
    Best Regards,  
     
    Alan
     
    Alan Vann Gardner, Ed.D.,
    Principal


    A Message from Dr. Gold:
    I would like to offer a support group for Bel Aire and Del Mar students who have siblings with special needs.  Because much attention in a family goes to children with special needs, siblings often have feelings and experiences that they are reluctant to express, for example, most attention going to the special needs sibling, feeling guilty, or taking on adult roles to help out in the family.  Special needs may include any physical, academic/learning, or emotional/behavioral challenge.  The special needs child can be of any age.  If you are interested in having your child participate in this support group, please contact me at agold@reedschools.org.  I am planning to meet with the group once a week for a few weeks to discuss topics, and then meet every other week for a few months, if needed.  We will focus on identifying issues and feelings, communication, and problem solving.  If you are interested, contact me at the email provided above and I will send you a written permission form for your child to participate in the group.  There will be one group at Bel Aire and one group at Del Mar.  If you have any further questions, please contact me.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Dr. Allan Gold
     
    Do you have an 8th grader who will be attending Redwood High School next year?  Redwood PTSA is looking for a Freshman class parent for the 2017/2018 school year.  If you're interested, please call Julie Cooke (415) 279-0218 for more details.

    PTA News

     
    PTA Members, Click here to vote for your 2017 PTA Nominating Committee Candidates by tomorrow, February 2: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VRDDRT6

    Thank you to the following candidates for stepping up to serve:
    Victoria Camelio
    Kathryn Ellman
    Aimee Lapic
    Sherrill Lybrook
    Kim Pewitt
    Juliette Rodenbeck
    Dana Swanson
    Sara Tamer
     
    Once confirmed, the Committee will nominate candidates for open 2017-2018 PTA Executive Board positions, such as District President, Secretary, Treasurer, Bel Aire Treasurer and Del Mar Treasurer.  You may vote for up to 5 candidates - one vote per family please.  
     
    Parent Education Event Tomorrow!
     
    "Understanding Difficult Behaviors and What to Do About Them"
    Thursday, February 2, 2017, 7:00-8:30 pm
    Bel Aire Elementary School
    Sponsored by the RUSD PTA
     
    This session, suitable for parents of kids from K-8th grades, will focus on understanding difficult behaviors and how to respond as parents.  The speakers are Stacey and Noah Kempler, RUSD parents and licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in private practice.  The Kemplers work with kids with a variety of behavioral and developmental issues and focus on helping all family members develop the skills to get along better.  Noah is the author of the book Better Behavior: Helping Kids Create Change and Improve Relationships and also the Better Behavior Blog, a blog and website dedicated to providing parents with information and support for a wide variety of parenting issues.  
    Please RSVP: jasims@pacbell.net

    For notes from the recent event, "Cybersafety - Protecting Those You Love" and additional Parent Ed information, please click here: https://www.reedschools.org/Page/170
    Dear 8th grade parents:

    We are looking for pictures for the 8th grade class of 2017 graduation slide show. Specifically we are looking for K-8 Group pictures of the kids with their classmates. These can include school events as well as extracurricular activities. 

    Some ideas:

    Reed K-2 assemblies and field trips, or other classroom activities
    Gold Country
    The Bel Aire Plays
    Outdoor Ed
    The Del Mar Plays
    Sports or other activities

    If you have pictures you would like to be considered for the slide show please email them todelmargrad2017@gmail.com.

    DEADLINE TO SUBMIT PICTURES IS 2/28/2017.

    Photos submitted will be included as deemed appropriate by the slide show producers.

    Thank you and please email Mary Bender atmarymobender@gmail.com if you have any questions.

    Foundation News


    Support The Foundation and help us reach our $2 million grant commitment to RUSD! Your donations pay for the valuable educators and programs that give our children access to the highest quality public education. Your gift is 100% tax deductible. Credit cards accepted and installment payment plans also available.
     
    A Big Thanks to our Districts Dads for being a part of the Foundation's Dad's Phone Bank. The event was a great success - thank you to the families who pledged or donated. We still need YOUR help to get to 100% participation! Every Family Counts and Every Donation Moves the Needle!
     
    Check out our new website and make your donation today athttp://www.foundationforreedschools.com.
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  • January 18, 2017

    Posted by Peggy Riley at 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 at 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 at 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 at 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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