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 Vann Gardner, Ed.D.,
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! 
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