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\ 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 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:
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 - 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 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 for more information. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @ReedFoundation and Twitter@FoundationReed.