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 Vann Gardner, Ed.D.,

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!