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 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 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!
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Best wishes for a happy and safe holiday season!