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We had a preview of St. Patrick’s Day at school on Friday, with everyone wearing their spectacular green outfits and Leprachauns running wild on both ECDS campuses. We hope you have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday!

Principal’s Message

WIth WASC behind us, the teachers are busy in their classrooms and parents are busy getting ready for Spring Break. I just want to remind all the parents that the SAT-10 testing dates for grades 1-8 will be from Monday, April 16 through Friday, April 27. During this time period, it will be very important for your child to arrive at school on time, as the tests are all done during the first part of the day.

Spring Sport Teams

There will be a meeting after school on Monday, March 19 at the ampitheater for anyone in Grades 4-8 interested in joining the Boy’s Volleyball team, the Girl’s Basketball team, or the Boy’s and Girl’s Track Squad. Games start before Spring Break, so practices will start on March 20. See you there.

— Mr. Lehmunn

Encinitas Blvd. Director Message

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I don’t know if the children told you but we had a visit from the Leprechauns. The children really enjoyed their fun-filled day of mischief. The next big upcoming event on the calendar to keep in mind will be the Spring Festival on Friday, March 30, which is also the last day of school before Spring Break. We will have daycare available at this campus during the Spring Break week of April 2-6. I hope that everyone has managed to keep up with the time change. Have a great weekend.

Thanks,

— Ms. Safarik

ECDS PTO “Hawk Tawk”

Thanks to everyone who supported our March Dine-Out event by ordering food from the New York on Rye food truck on Thursday! We appreciate your support.

A Family Hoedown Event

The PTO’s annual spring fundraiser “A Family Hoedown” will be on April 28, and we’re asking for your help! This event is our key fundraising benefit event, supporting our year-round activities and providing items for your children’s classrooms. We’re asking our ECDS families to help support this event in the following ways:

  • Purchase a ticket - tickets will be on sale the week of April 16, or you can visit the ECDS PTO website to purchase tickets.
  • Become a sponsor - great opportunities for visibility for your business!
  • Contribute an item for our auction, such as timeshare, tickets, airline miles, gift certificates, service, themed baskets, sports memorabilia, etc.

If you’re interested in helping out, please fill out the Auction Item Donation Form and drop it in the PTO mailbox by April 8. Contact Donna Spiegel, Event chair, at 760-522-9110 or dvspeigel@gmail.com.

Photo of the Week

New York on Rye Food Truck

The “New York on Rye” Food Truck was parked on campus on Thursday, providing delicious soup, sandwiches and deli items for the PTO’s March Dine-Out event.

This was an exciting week at ECDS, starting with the WASC team’s visit and our three sports teams in the playoffs, and ending the week with our heartwarming Jog-A-Thon event on Friday. Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead this weekend, so everyone shows up for school at the right time on Monday!

Principal’s Message

This week marked a major milestone for our school, as the WASC Accreditation Team finished their visit and presented their findings to our parents, staff, and students on Wednesday afternoon. Their findings were in a word, amazing. I have never heard a school community described with the types of superlatives that this team used to describe what we have built here together. Parents should pat themselves on the back, as the team was very impressed with our students and how well they treated each other, how much they valued their educational process, and how respectful and understanding they were of each other. They were also very impressed with our unique blend of using Montessori instructional methods with the traditional curriculum overlay. They felt that we had captured the best parts of both styles and even recommended to us that we contact universities that have teacher credentialing programs so they can study what we do at ECDS to see if it can be expanded into other school communities. They were also impressed with the high level of positive involvement by our parents. I would like to thank every part of our school community for everything you all did to make this event go so well, from the parents who have believed in their children and in us and have worked so hard to make the school better, to the staff and teachers who worked so hard over the past three years during this credential process, and especially to our students who we all know are so very special in so very many ways. We all look forward to the next steps we will implement to continue to grow our school, not just in numbers, but also through the changes we will continue to put into place to make our wonderful school even better. The team will be sending us a finalized hard-copy of the report next week, and as soon as we get it, we will make copies and place them in the office for anyone to read.

ECDS Sports Teams

Congratulations to our Boys Soccer team for their excellent showing in winning the regular season and finishing in 2nd place in the end of year tournament. They won their first playoff game on Tuesday in an exciting penalty shoot-out tiebreaker, and they performed very well in a heartbreaking 1-0 loss in the tournament final on Thursday. The Girls Soccer team played well in their playoff game on Tuesday, losing to Horizon Prep’s team in a hard-fought battle. The Boys Basketball team also lost their playoff game on Tuesday, after a valiant effort by this small but determined team. All 3 teams are still young teams with most of the team members returning next year, so we look forward to watching them amaze us next year. We’d also like to thank Coach Bishop (Girls Soccer), Coach Freeman (Boys Basketball), and Coach Piazza (Boys Soccer) for all of their efforts in coaching our winter sports teams this year.

Gift of Life Jog-A-Thon

On Friday, we were treated to seeing our kids at their best as they ran with determined smiles to raise money to help other children in need. It is always so heatwarrming to see our kids at this event helping those unable to help themselves. The kids’ energy at this event is exactly what impressed the visiting Accreditation Team so much this past week, and we look forward to building on it. The results about how much money was pledged at the Jog-A-Thon will be announced as soon as all the pledges are tallied based on the number of laps each student ran. Thanks to Mrs. Shannon Everett and Mrs. Joty Vallandingham for running the Jog-A-Thon again this year, to all the parents who cheered and tallied laps at the Jog-A-Thon, to all the teachers who helped their students make special t-shirts, bandannas, or hats, and most of all, to all of our students who raised so much money towards lifesaving heart operations for 10 children in El Salvador.

— Mr. Lehmunn

Encinitas Blvd. Director Message

Hello Everyone! Can you believe how fast this year has flown by? It’s already time to reset the clock for Daylight Savings Time this Sunday. Next Friday, March 16th will mark our annual St. Patrick’s Day fun-filled day. Also, on Tuesday, March 20, Rada Rabbit will be returning to our campus to educate the children on the importance of eating healthy foods and taking care of your teeth. Spring Festival is coming up at the end of this month on Friday, March 30. Please be sure to ask your child’s teacher for more information regarding times, dates and activities that will be available that day.

Summertime is coming up just around the corner, and it’s usually a busy time for all families. If you are interested in summer programs, please feel free to ask the office at anytime. Also, in case you were not aware, we are available year-round at both Encinitas Country Day School campuses from 7:30am - 6:00pm. Have a great weekend!

— Ms. Safarik

ECDS PTO “Hawk Tawk”

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Jog-A-Thon event on Friday, with special thanks to Shannon Everett and Joty Vallandingham for running the Jog-A-Thon event. It’s always a heartwarming event for our many parent and grandparent volunteers, and you should all be very proud of your children because they ran so many laps on a hot day because they wanted to make a difference in the lives of those 10 children in El Salvador.

March Dine-Out

Our March dine-out event will be on campus featuring the “New York on Rye” Food Truck next Wednesday, March 14 from 3-5 pm. We are excited beacuse New York on Rye is an ECDS family business, owned by Jay Margolin (Dad of Michelle in Mrs. Herriges’ class). You’ll be able to order sandwiches, soup, and other delicious items on their menu, and you’ll be supporting an ECDS family business as well as the PTO because the PTO will receive 15% of all sales. You can find out more at the New York on Rye website .

Spring Hoedown Event

Save the date - our ECDS PTO Spring Hoedown event will be on Saturday, April 28 from 4-7 pm. We’ll have fun for the whole family at our Family-Style Hoedown hosted at our beautiful Manchester Avenue Campus. So, mark those calendars, dust off those cowboy boots, and plan to bring the whole crew! We need volunteers to help with this fun event, and we also need auction items from ECDS family businesses. If you have a business and you would be willing to provide an item for our auction, this is a great way to get exposure for your business to all of our ECDS families. Please contact Donna Spiegel if you can volunteer for the event or if you would be willing to provide an auction item.

Spirit Wear

You can purchase ECDS Spirit Wear for your students at any time through the school year, so your student can show off their ECDS spirit! To see what’s available and place your order, go to the Spirit Wear website. The clothing is produced by a local Encinitas company and the PTO receives a percentage of sales, so you can help your child show their ECDS spirit while supporting our school and a local business.

The WASC team will be on campus next week (see Mr. Lehmunn’s message for more information). Parents are invited to come to the WASC Parent Meeting at 9 am in the Library. Soccer and Basketball playoffs are next week - go, Red-Tailed Hawks! The ECDS Jog-A-Thon is next Friday, March 9, and Pledge Sponsor Sheets are due on Wednesday. Please help your child collect pledges, and sign up to volunteer for your child’s classroom if you’re available. It’s a very special event because your students will be helping children in El Salvador who need lifesaving operations. See the PTO section below for more details.

Principal’s Message

Spring is almost here and the Manchester Ave. campus is looking very nice, especially the lower elementary gardens. Parents of our Kindergartners through second grade have been pulling, cutting, digging and planting the past two weeks and we have some amazing gardens to show for it. Last fall our parent volunteers put in some amazing gardens as well, and I would like to thank ALL the parents who worked so hard this year to give our students these very special places to share and take care of.

WASC

I know that everyone has heard a lot about WASC by now, but next week is the big week. The Accreditation Team will begin meetings on Sunday afternoon with school staff, then it will be the parents turn on Monday at 9 am in the library. The kids will meet with the team on Tuesday morning, and on Wednesday afternoon the Accreditation Team will read their report to the assembled staff at 3:30 in the Library. In between, the team will be observing classrooms, talking with assorted teachers and staff, and working together to write their report. These team members come from schools in southern California and give up four days at their own schools to be with us and help us become a better school. We are very thankful to them for their time, efforts, and helpful input.

Winter Sports Teams

Congratulations to our Girl’s Soccer team for winning against Grauer 3-0 this week. These young ladies have worked very hard this year and don’t be surprised if they pull off a big upset during next week’s tournament. The very young Boy’s Basketball team has shown a lot of progress and a “never say die” attitude, and their hard work this year will pay off in future years as they mature. The Boy’s Soccer team had a huge victory yesterday in a 6-1 win over Grauer, and they are currently tied for first place in their league heading into next week’s tournament. We’re very proud of all three teams.

GO, RED TAILED HAWKS!

— Mr. Lehmunn

Encinitas Blvd. Director Message

Happy Friday once again! The children are getting excited about the new month of March. It is a busy month indeed, filled with many upcoming events. St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. Rada Rabbit will be coming back to visit the children and talk about the importance of brushing your teeth and eating healthy foods on Tuesday, March 20. The Dance Recital will be Friday, March 23 at 9:30 am on the stage at the upper playground. We will be having a Spring Festival on Friday, March 30. If you would like to volunteer for this event, please talk with your child’s teacher. Also, a friendly reminder that we spring forward our clocks on Sunday, March 11. For those parents deciding where to send your child for Kindergarten, I would encourage you to schedule a tour of the Manchester Ave. campus. Happy March and have a great weekend.

Thanks,

— Ms. Safarik

ECDS PTO “Hawk Tawk”

Jog-A-Thon

The annual ECDS Jog-A-Thon is next Friday, March 9. This is the biggest service project of the year for students in Kindergarten through 8th Grade, benefitting the “Gift of Life” charity which will be providing lifesaving heart operations for 10 children in El Salvador. You and your children can see photos of these 10 children on posters in the Library. All parents received the Jog-a-thon Announcement Letter in your mailbox, as well as a Jog-A-Thon Pledge Sponsor Sheet for each child. Please help your children collect pledges from family and friends. The pledges can be an amount per lap or a flat pledge. This is truly a heartwarming event, so make plans to volunteer for your child’s classroom that day if you’re available. The Jog-A-Thon Schedule is taped to each classroom’s door, and you can sign up on the signup sheet next to it. Each classroom needs 2-3 volunteers to help. You don’t need to be there the whole day - just plan to be at the school 15-30 minutes before your child’s class starts and leave 30 minutes after your child’s class ends their Jog-A-Thon run. Contact Shannon Everett, the Jog-a-thon Chair, if you have any questions about the Jog-A-Thon.

March Dine-Out

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 14 for our next dine-out event. We’re excited that we’ll be featuring an ECDS family business named “New York on Rye”, owned by Jay Margolin (Dad of Michelle in Mrs. Herriges’ class). They will be parking a Food Truck on the campus where you’ll be able to order sandwiches, soup, and other delicious items on their menu. Check out the New York on Rye website to see their entire menu and find out where their food truck will be parked until then. We’ll put more information in parent mailboxes next week, so stay tuned!

Everyone is invited to our Open House on Sunday from 1-4 PM, where there will be lots of fun activities for the whole family (see Mr. Lehmunn’s message for more information). One of the activities we’ll be offering will be guided hikes in the Conservation Area, every half hour during the Open House. If you plan to go on one of these hikes, please be sure to dress appropriately with long pants, closed-toed shoes, sunscreen, and a hat.

The ECDS School Calendar has been updated to include all of the upcoming events that are currently scheduled from February through June, so you can click on the blue link to download and print it for your reference.The calendar is also located on our website under the “ECDS Calendar” link at the bottom of the page, or on our Edline home page.

Principal’s Message

I want to encourage everyone to come to this Sunday’s Open House from 1-4 PM, and bring along a friend. I know that you have all received a flyer in your boxes describing all the events that will be going on that afternoon, and it is a great chance to have your child show off their classroom to you and chat with your current teacher. In addition, this is a great opportunity to go to your child’s next year’s grade teachers and talk to them face to face. At this time of year, a lot of chatter is going on about this teacher or that, or rumors about what is or isn’t taught at different grade levels, but nothing takes the place of going to the teachers and looking them in the eye and getting information about next year first-hand.

WASC

March 4 is rapidly approaching, which is the beginning of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation team visit. WASC is the highest level of accreditation a school can achieve, and a term of accreditation from this group stamps your child’s education with a high degree of credibility when your child moves on to another school. On Monday, March 5 at 9 AM in the Library, the accreditation team would like to talk to parents about their experiences at the school. We invite any parent to attend and let your voice be heard. The team will be on campus until the end of the school day Wednesday, and they will be talking to students, visiting classrooms, talking to teachers and staff, and writing their report to the WASC Central Committee while they are here. Parents and students are also invited to the Library at 3:30 on Wednesday to hear a summary of the team’s report. Final word on the team’s recommendation will be sent to us after the Central Committee meets in June.

Library Closure

Due to the WASC team’s visit and the need to provide them with a quiet, confidential place to write their report and meet with the various groups, the Library will be closed for use from Monday, March 5 until after the team reads their report to us on Wednesday afternoon, March 7.

— Mr. Lehmunn

Encinitas Blvd. Director Message

Welcome Back Everyone! We hope you all managed to take advantage of the four day weekend. February is almost over, if you can believe that. This year has flown by so quickly, and it has been a pure joy to watch the children grow up so fast. There are only four more months of school left, and summer is just around the corner. Hopefully, those of you who have children graduating have checked out the Manchester Ave. campus. If you have not, I would definitely recommend visiting that campus during their Open House on Sunday afternoon from 1-4 p.m. The teachers will all be in their classrooms that day so you will be able to get a good feel for what life is like at that campus.

Oral Hygiene

Rada the Rabbit will be visiting our school on Monday, February 27, to show all the children the importance of dental hygiene and eating healthy foods. It is always a great time when he teaches us to brush our teeth and have a healthy smile. Also, even though the sun has been out, it is still quite chilly in the mornings and late afternoons so please remember to pack something warm for your child to wear. Have a great weekend.

— Ms. Safarik

From the Manchester Office

Admission Agreements

The Admission Agreements for the 2012-2013 school year are available to be signed. Parents, please stop by the front desk to sign your agreement and complete your student’s enrollment. You may stop at the desk any time between 7:30am and 4:00pm on any day.

Lost & Found

Please check the Lost & Found rack for any of your child’s belongings. The rack is located by the back door of the office. Everything that is left in Lost & Found will be donated next Friday, March 2.

ECDS PTO “Hawk Tawk”

Stop by our PTO Lounge at the Open House on Sunday, to chat with some of the PTO Board members and other parents! We also welcome you to attend our Open Forum PTO meeting next Tuesday Feb. 28 at 9:00 in the Library. Every parent is a member of our PTO, and we’d like to talk with you about your experiences at ECDS and how we can make our PTO the best it can be.

Kids Korps - Food Bank Event

Our third ECDS Kids Korps service project this year is at the San Diego Food Bank next Saturday, March 3, 2012 from 9:00-11:30 am. Join other volunteers in packing, sorting, taping and labeling food for over 7,000 people who count on the San Diego Food Bank for their meals. The minimum age for participation is 5 years old (Children under the age of 5 will not be allowed in the warehouse). Space is limited, with a total of 30 spaces including Adults & Kids. Please “RSVP” to Leila Ghaemi as soon as possible if you are interested in participating. Parents must accompany their children. Adult supervision is required. *All volunteers must wear closed toed and closed heels (no flip flops, no heels, tennis shoes are best!) Please do not bring valuables to the distribution center. The distribution center is sometimes cool, so please dress appropriately and bring a sweatshirt. The Project Address is 9850 Distribution Avenue, San Diego, CA 92121. When you arrive, take the stairs or ramp up to the patio and enter through the double doors on the right side of the building. Contact Leila Ghaemi by email or (760) 845-9371 if you have any questions about this event. Thank you for your participation in ECDS Kids Korps Chapter.

Jog-A-Thon

The annual ECDS Jog-A-Thon is coming up on Friday, March 9. This is the biggest service project of the year for students in Kindergarten through 8th Grade, benefitting the “Gift of Life” charity which will be providing lifesaving heart operations for 10 children in El Salvador. You and your children can see photos of these 10 children on posters in the Library. All parents received the Jog-a-thon Announcement Letter in your mailbox, as well as a Jog-A-Thon Pledge Sponsor Sheet for each child. Please help your children collect pledges from family and friends, and the pledges can be an amount per lap or a flat pledge. This is truly a heartwarming event, so make plans to volunteer for your child’s classroom that day if you’re available. The Jog-A-Thon Schedule is taped to each classroom’s door, and you can sign up on the signup sheet next to it. Each classroom needs 2-3 volunteers to help. You don’t need to be there the whole day - just plan to be at the school 15-30 minutes before your child’s class starts and leave 30 minutes after your child’s class ends their Jog-A-Thon run. Contact Shannon Everett, the Jog-a-thon Chair, if you have any questions about the Jog-A-Thon.

Please plan on attending the ECDS Open House next Sunday, Feb. 26 from 1-4 pm. See more information about the Open House, as well as the upcoming WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) visit to ECDS, in Mr. Lehmunn’s message this week. Don’t forget to take a few minutes over this long weekend to send in your recipes for the ECDS Cookbook (see more information in the PTO message below).

Principal’s Message

There are two important events coming the school’s way over the next two weeks. The first is the ECDS Open House on Sunday, Feb. 26 from 1-4 pm. This is a great chance to see what your child has been doing in their classroom for the past several months, as well as an opportunity to talk with the teachers at your child’s next grade level. In addition, there will be an Art Show in the Library, Science Fair projects from grades 6-8 on display in the Science room and the Art room, and performances in the amphitheater.

WASC Visit

Starting on Sunday, March 4, we will host a four person team representing the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). These individuals will be evaluating our school for accreditation. This is important to both the school’s future and the future of your child’s education. As your child eventually moves to another school, attending a WASC-accredited school brings instant respect and credibility to their educational status. I want to invite parents to attend a meeting with the WASC Committee on Monday, March 4 at 9 am in the Library. This will be your chance to talk to the committee about your child’s experience and help us with this process. None of the school’s staff will be present at this meeting, because this meeting is only for parents. In addition, on Tuesday, March 6 at 9:30 am, the committee will be talking with two students from each classroom from Kindergarten to 8th grade, where they will again be getting information directly from the students about their educational experience without any ECDS staff present. I would like to thank those parents attending in advance for your help with this process. We have been working on this WASC accreditation process for over four years, and we will be very happy to see this part of the process completed successfully.

— Mr. Lehmunn

Encinitas Blvd. Director Message

Happy Thursday everyone! I hope that you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day. All the children enjoyed the Valentine’s Day class parties. Thank you for all of your help in bringing in goodies and helping the children prepare Valentine’s for each other. The school was filled with lots of love this week!

President’s Day Weekend

One last friendly reminder to everyone that we will be closed in observance of President’s Day on Friday Feb. 17 and on Monday, Feb. 20. We hope you all are able to recharge your batteries. School will resume as usual Tuesday, Feb. 21. Enjoy your weekend!

— Ms. Safarik

From The Manchester Office

Admission Agreements

The Admission Agreements for the 2012-13 school year are available to be signed. Parents, please stop by the front desk to choose a date to sign your agreement and complete your student’s enrollment. You may stop at the desk either before or after school between 7:30am and 4:00pm any day.

ECDS PTO “Hawk Tawk”

Valentine’s Day

There were a lot of happy ECDS students at our Cake Walk and Middle School Cupcake Lounge events on Valentine’s Day. We’d like to thank event chairs Betty Jo Billick, Susan Bachand-Morone and Zina Geyser, as well as all of the hardworking volunteers who helped with the event. Many thanks to everyone who brought in the beautifully decorated cakes, cupcakes and cookies that made our cake table so spectacular! We’d also like to thank Mr. Lehmunn and the Middle School students for all of their hard work on the Candy Gram sales, because everyone enjoyed giving and receiving Candy Grams on Valentine’s Day.

ECDS Cookbook

Please take a few minutes over this long holiday weekend to submit your recipes for the ECDS Cookbook through email by Tuesday, February 21. The flyer has complete details on how to submit your recipe. We want to see your favorite recipes - give us your own spectacular creation or Grandma’s best recipe from your stash of old family favorites, and be sure to include a little story about what makes it so special to your family! We’d like every family to be part of the cookbook, so send in those recipes now!!

Jog-A-Thon

The annual ECDS Jog-A-Thon will take place on Friday, March 9. Information will be going into parent mailboxes soon and a sign-up sheet for classroom parent volunteers will be posted in each classroom. Each class will need at least 2 parents per classroom to help get the kids ready, cheer them on, and organize anything pertaining to each classroom’s Jog-A-Thon run. For any Jog-A-Thon questions, please contact Shannon Everett.

Spring Fundraiser

The PTO typically has a fundraising event in the spring, where we raise money to purchase items for the school. We had a beautiful Sunset Soiree evening event for adults for the last 2 years, and the money raised by these events allowed us to purchase the Awning over the ECDS Amphitheatre. We’d like to have an event on campus this year for parents and students, with a theme that will be fun for everyone. However, to make this event successful, we need a Chairperson and team to run it. If you’re interested in running the spring fundraiser event or participating on the planning team, please email the PTO.

School will be closed next Friday, Feb. 17 and Monday, Feb. 20 in observance of President’s Day weekend, with no daycare available. We hope you have a wonderful 4-day weekend!

Your kids will have a blast with all the Valentine’s Day fun on Tuesday! Candy Grams can be purchased through Tuesday morning. Your student can buy them for their siblings, friends and teachers, and you can buy them for your kids and teachers/staff as well. Parents from both campuses can bring their Preschool & Kindergarten student to the Cake Walk starting at 2:15, and then the older kids join in when their classes end at 3:00. Middle School students will enjoy their very own “Studio 6-7-8” Cupcake Lounge in a separate area. Don’t forget to bring some money for tickets, face painting, drinks, and the Middle School students will need to bring money to school to purchase yummy cupcakes and drinks at their lounge. Parents - we do need lots of cakes to make the Cake Walk so spectacular, so please plan to bring in a cake on Tuesday morning, and drop it off at the tables outside the office.

Principal’s Message

ECDS Spelling Bee

I want to congratulate all of this year’s finalists in the ECDS Spelling Bee. Each year the skill level gets higher and higher and the competition more heated. All of the finalists received a certificate of commendation at today’s First Friday Assembly to honor their achievement. In Division I, made up of the 2nd and 3rd grade class representatives, Baylor Pond took First Place followed by Rob Shield in Second Place. In Division II, composed of the 4th and 5th grade class representatives, Sofia Lyon was the Champion with Shayna Glazer taking Second Place. In Division III, made up of the class representatives from 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, Connor Oxenhorn was the champion and Dane Hoffman finished in Second Place. Dane will be representing us at the San Diego County Spelling Bee on March 21, as he was the highest scoring 7th or 8th grade student in our bee, and students must be in 7th or 8th grade to go to the San Diego Bee. Everyone worked very hard at the bee, and I know that there are many students out there who are looking to take home one of these championships home next year.

ECDS Open House

Mark your calendars now for the ECDS Spring Open House, which will be on Sunday, February 26 from 1-4 PM. Current and prospective parents are encouraged to attend, so please invite friends and family who might be interested in coming to visit ECDS. Come and talk with the teachers at your child’s next grade level, as part of your decision process of which teacher to request for next year. All the teachers will have classroom projects and artwork displayed in their classrooms. Mrs. Wheeler and Mrs. Daly, our ECDS Art teachers, will display spectacular artwork created by your children in an Art Show in the library. Middle School Science Projects will be displayed in the Science room. We hope everyone will make time in your schedule to come to the school and let your children show off the work they have been doing inside the classroom, as well as in the Performing Arts area.

— Mr. Lehmunn

Encinitas Blvd. Director Message

Happy Friday! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! I hope you all have wonderful plans to celebrate. The children are looking forward to their parties next week. Hopefully you’ve all had a chance to stop into your child’s classroom and looked to see if there are any goodies you can sign up to bring! As a reminder, Friday Feb. 17 and Monday, Feb. 20 the school will be closed in observance of President’s Day Weekend. As usual the weather has managed to stay consistently sunny. However, please remember to pack a warm item of clothing for your child as it does still get cold and windy even with the sunshine!

— Ms. Safarik

ECDS PTO “Hawk Tawk”

Valentine’s Day

We still need some parent or grandparent volunteers to help with the Valentine’s Day Cake Walk on Tuesday. We need help with Setup starting at about 1:00 PM, during the event from 2:15-4:00 PM, and with Cleanup after the event. It’s a really fun event to volunteer for, and please contact Betty Jo Billick if you’re able to help. It takes a village and a lot of elbow grease to put on each of these fun events for your children, and it really helps to have lots of volunteers to spread out the workload.

ECDS Cookbook

Please submit your recipes by next Thursday, February 16 for the ECDS Cookbook. We want to see your favorite recipes - give us your own spectacular creation or Grandma’s best recipe from your stash of old family favorites, and be sure to include a little story about what makes it so special to your family! We’d like every family to be part of the cookbook, so send in those recipes now!!

Spring Fundraiser

The PTO typically has a fundraising event in the spring, where we raise money to purchase items for the school. We had a beautiful Sunset Soiree evening event for adults for the last 2 years, and the money raised by these events allowed us to purchase the Awning over the ECDS Amphitheatre. We’d like to have an event on campus this year for parents and students, with a theme that will be fun for everyone. However, to make this event successful, we need a Chairperson and team to run it. If you’re interested in running the spring fundraiser event or participating on the planning team, please email the PTO.

Congratulations to the ECDS Soccer Team on their first victory this week, with a final score of 1-0 in their game with the San Diego French American School!

It’s Spelling Bee time! Classroom spelling bees will be held in every Grade 2-8 classroom next week, with 2 finalists from each classroom competing in the All-School Spelling Bee on Thursday, February 9. Parents are welcome to attend the All-School bee. Contact Mr. Lehmunn for any questions about the spelling bee.

Principal’s Message

This week marks the halfway point of the year and this is also the time that parents begin to visit the classrooms of the teachers in the next grade. This is also the time of year that rumors about who is teaching what grade, etc. begin to buzz around the campus as well. I want to put an end to some of these rumors by stating very clearly that we do not even begin to look at who is teaching at which grade level until the April/May time frame. That is the point in time when we have a much clearer idea of how many students are enrolled for next year at each grade level. To try and do it now just invites a great deal of speculation and hurt feelings when it is later discovered that a certain favored teacher is not going to be at a grade level.

Classroom Assignment

I would also like to make sure that everyone is clear on how and when students are assigned to classroom for next year. I do not even begin to look at classroom assignments until after school is over for the year. I do talk with the teachers in each classroom and ask for information about who is at which academic level, who does not get along with each other (both kids and parents), who gets along too well with each other, and teacher recommendations for next year. As we form the class assignments, we try to balance the classes academically, boy/girl, and numbers, as well as the prior year teacher comments and recommendations. Parents can make a request for teacher assignment, and that is thrown into the mix. If all things are equal, and a class has 19 assigned with room for one more, and there are 2 or more students left who have requested that teacher, the final deciding factor is the date of re-enrollment. I would ask that parents not make too many requests for classroom assignments. Every year I get some parents who may ask for 5 or more other students to be with their child AND 4 or 5 other students not be in the class. Please be aware that requests like this are simply not possible to completely fulfill as other parents get to make requests too.

— Mr. Lehmunn

Encinitas Blvd. Director Message

I hope everyone is enjoying the warm weather and sunshine that has continued this January. Next week will be the last week for early re-enrollment (February 3rd, 2012). This means that as an enrolled family you are entitled to re-enroll your child/children at 2011-12 rates. We offer this early re-enrollment discount in order to encourage you to make your decision to enroll for the next school year before we open enrollment to new students on Monday, February 6th, 2012. As always, early re-enrolling students will be placed prior to admitting any new students, therefore there is no cause to be concerned that you will not be able to re-enroll successfully. Please come and see me in the office for any assistance. Have a wonderful weekend.

Warm Regards,
Joanna Safarik

From The Manchester Office

Remember to check the Lost and Found for any missing items. Anything not claimed is donated to charity at the end of each month, and the end of January is fast approaching. The Lost and Found is located next to the office in the area where Ki’s Lunch is served.

Music & Drama News

Middle School Performances

Mrs. Crawford and Ms. Colby would like to invite parents and grandparents to their Middle School Music and Drama Performances, which will be on Friday, February 10 at 2:00 pm in the Amphitheatre. Your 6th, 7th and 8th grade students have been working hard to prepare for their performances, so be sure to mark your calendars now so you can be in the audience for their show!

Auditions for “Music Man”

Students are invited to come and audition for “The Music Man!”, directed by Ms. Colby. Auditions will be on Saturday, February 4 from 8:30-11:30 am, and call backs will be on Sunday, February 5. Sign up to audition by sending email to rstars.sd@gmail.com. See Ms. Colby’s Rising Stars website for more information on the audition process and answers to all your other questions.

ECDS PTO “Hawk Tawk”

Middle School Q&A

Parents of 5th and 6th grade students will be receiving an Evite invitation for a Middle School Q&A event, to be held at ECDS on Wednesday, February 8 from 6-8 PM. The event is targeted at 5th and 6th grade parents because we know that parents in these grades are currently evaluating Middle School options for their children. We’d like to invite these parents to come and hear more about the ECDS Middle School program, and we’ve invited Mrs. Porterfield-LaBerge and Mr. Lehmunn to come and answer any questions you may have. Free childcare will be provided. Please RSVP to the Evite invitation to let us know whether you will come to the event and if you’ll need childcare.

Valentine’s Day

We need parent and grandparent volunteers to help with the Valentine’s Day Cake Walk, as well as Valentine’s Day activities for Middle School students. If you’re interested in helping plan the Valentine’s Day events or if you can help on the day of February 14, please contact Valentine’s Day event coordinators Betty Jo Billick or Susan Bachand-Morone.

Congratulations to the ECDS Girls Soccer Team for their tied game with St. Joseph Academy yesterday, with a final score of 1-1. Go, Red-Tailed Hawks!

Check your mailboxes for the Fall edition of the ECDS Connections Newsletter, covering the events of October and November at both ECDS campuses. The newsletter has information about all the educational and fun activities that happened in every class, as well as lots of photos from each class and around the campus. ECDS was a busy place in October and November!

Principal’s Message

Thank you once again to the PTO for their very generous Teacher luncheon on Thursday. It means so much to the teachers to have one lunch a month where they can just sit, relax, and chat with their fellow teachers.

Spelling Bee

It is time for the 3rd Annual ECDS Spelling Bee. Every class will have their classroom spelling bee the week of Jan.27-Feb. 2. Two finalist from each classroom in grades 2-8 will participate in the all-school Spelling Bee on Thursday, Feb. 9 in the library. There will be three divisions this year. Division I will be the students from grades 2 & 3. Division II will be the students from grades 4 & 5, with Division III being the students from grades 6, 7, & 8. THe student from 7th and 8th grade that finishes highest will be the school representative to the San Diego County Spelling Bee in May. Last year’s school champion, Maddy Gardner, is back to defend her title, after finishing in a tie for 5th place at the county spelling bee last year. Words for the spelling bee will be taken from the grade level books for grades 2-5. The words for the school finals for grades 6, 7, & 8 will come from the list of words found on the national spelling bee websites at www.spellingbee.com and http://myspellit.com . Good Luck to everyone!

Thanks,
— Mr. Lehmunn

Encinitas Blvd. Director Message

I hope that everyone had a wonderful 3 day weekend. It has been quite brisk in the morning and afternoons this week. Please remember to bring weather appropriate clothing with your children to school for their spare change of clothes and sweaters and jackets. Our Lost and found is again overflowing. Come in to the office to see if you can find some of your lost belongings.

Early Re-enrollment

Another reminder that if you would like to re-enroll for the 2012-13 school year before our rates go up on Feb. 3, you will need to turn in your paperwork to the office before Feb. 3. We offer all currently enrolled families the option of keeping the 2011-12 rates through next year if you re-enroll before the due date. The classes are filling up quickly. If you have any questions or concerns regarding re-enrollment please do not hesitate to call the office. I will always be glad to answer any questions that you have.

Thanks,
— Ms. Safarik

From the Manchester Office

Drivers for Field Trips & Sports Teams

If you will be driving for any of the school events, please come to the office well before the date of the event so that the office can make copies of your current driver’s license, car insurance and vehicle registration. We would like to avoid any last minute delays and have all the trips run smoothly. Thank you.

ECDS PTO “Hawk Tawk”)

ECDS Cookbook

Due to many other activities going on at ECDS, we realized that we needed to allow more time for everyone to submit recipes for the ECDS Cookbook (click on the underlined link to see the revised flyer). You can now submit your recipes by February 16, and the cookbooks should be ready sometime in April or May so they will make great Mother’s Day gifts. We apologize for any confusion with the date changes, and we hope you’ll find your best recipes to submit for the Cookbook!

Rubio’s Dine-Out

Thanks to all the families who participated in the Rubio’s Dine-Out yesterday! The food was great, and we hope you had fun meeting friends from ECDS at Rubios. Your support makes our monthly Teacher Lunch possible, and our teachers truly appreciate it.

Valentine’s Day

We’re starting to plan our Valentine’s Day Cake Walk event, and we’re also planning to include some new Valentine’s Day activities for Middle School students this year. If you’re interested in helping plan the Valentine’s Day events or if you can help on the day of February 14, please contact Valentine’s Day event coordinators Betty Jo Billick or Susan Bachand-Morone.

Don’t forget - No School on this upcoming Monday, January 16 for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday!

Tickets are still available for the 2 shows of “School House Rock Jr.” this weekend - Sat. at 6:00 pm, and Sun. at 2:00 pm. You can purchase tickets outside the office this afternoon, or at the door 45 minutes before the show. The show’s talented cast, including many ECDS students, is shown in the photo below. Ms. Colby and her cast have created a fabulous show, so don’t miss your final opportunity to see it this weekend!

Principal’s Message

Although every year is important at ECDS, this year is especially so because this is the year we will be visited by a four person team from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Accreditation by this association is very important to the future of the school and it also sends a message to the community at large that we are doing what we do very well and are moving in the right direction when it comes to the education of your children. For the past 18 months, the teachers, staff, students, and parents have all been busy writing our self-study report. That report is being finalized and will be sent to the accreditation team in the next week. In addition, I had a preliminary meeting with the head of that group this week and was able to finalize the plans and procedures that they will use when they visit us from March 4-7. During that time the team will be visiting all the classrooms, and will have meetings with both parents and students, as well as with the faculty and staff. As we lead up to that time, I will be sending information about the parent meeting as to its time and location.

Head Lice

I know that this is not a happy subject but the good news is that so far this school year we have had relatively few cases. I know that this is not the most enjoyable activity, but I just want to encourage parents to keep checking your children and continue to be proactive and we will also continue to do the same so that we can keep the impact as small as possible.

Thanks,

— Mr. Lehmunn

Encinitas Blvd. Director Message

I just want to remind everyone that the school will be closed Monday, Jan. 16 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. School will resume Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Early Re-enrollment

I hope that everyone has received their re-enrollment packets. If you have any questions or concerns, please fell free to contact me as we will only be offering the early re-enrollment until Feb. 3. After that, anyone who signs up for the 2012-13 school year will be paying the new rates. During this re-enrollment month, currently enrolled families are offered an opportunity to re-enroll for the next school year at the 2011-12 rates. We offer this early re-enrollment discount in order to encourage you to make your decision about next year before we open enrollment to new families on Feb. 3.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Conferences will be held Jan. 17-Jan. 31. Please sin up in your child’s classroom if you would like to have a conference.

Thanks,

— Ms. Safarik

PTO “Hawk Tawk”

ECDS Cookbook

Submit your favorite recipes now for the ECDS Cookbook, through email to bmstudio@cox.net or on a Flash Drive or CD to Susan Morone’s mailbox. We’re planning to have a Tasting Party afterschool on Wednesday, so make your favorite recipe and bring it in so everyone can have a fun time sampling these great recipes. Recipes must be submitted by next Friday, Jan. 20, and you can submit up to 3 recipes per family. You can also use the form to place pre-orders for the cookbook. We can’t wait to taste your delicious recipes!

Dine-Out at Rubios

Our PTO Dine-out for January is at Rubio’s, located at 252 N. El Camino Real in Encinitas. You can dine there for Lunch or Dinner, or take food home for your family and get a break from cooking! Kids love their Cheese Quesadilla plate, and Rubio’s signature Fish Tacos are delicous. All proceeds benefit our PTO “Teacher’s Fund”, which we use to provide a monthly lunch for the teachers on Dine-Out days. Look in your mailbox for the flyer next week, and be sure to bring the flyer to Rubio’s so the PTO will receive a percentage.

Don’t miss all the holiday events in the next 2 weeks, and remember that school is closed for the Holiday Break from December 19 through January 2, with classes resuming on January 3.

Principal’s Message

I want to thank all the parents, students, and the PTO Board for all the help and support they have shown for getting our float and kids ready for the Encinitas Holiday Parade (pdf). Special thanks go to Mrs. Bachand-Morone, Mrs. Gardner and Brian Porterfield for making the vision come to life. I encourage everyone to either show up Saturday at 4 PM at Cardiff Classics to be a part of the parade, or show up at 5:30 to watch the Parade. We will have chairs set up in front of Cardiff Classic as well as the New York Pizza Truck and the Student Council selling hot chocolate, hot apple cider, candy, water, and popcorn. We’ll see you there.

Encinitas Holiday Parade

Your child can still come and represent ECDS at the Encinitas Holiday Parade on Sat. Dec. 3 (tomorrow). You can ride your Beach Cruzer bike in the parade too! Come to Cardiff Classics at 1049 S. Coast Hwy. 101 by 4:00 PM, and join the ECDS float as we march in the parade for ECDS!

First Friday Assembly

I want to congratulate all the First Grade students and their teachers for a job well done. They did a great job in presenting their character attribute “Relationships”. This was also a special assembly as we were also able to recognize all the athletes from our three fall sports teams, as well as give a special recognition to both the Girl’s and Boy’s Cross Country teams winning trophies for each finishing in second place in the league. Good job to the runners and to Coach Janine Daley for a job well done. Both the Girl’s Volleyball team and the Flag Football teams showed good improvement through the year and we can’t wait for next year.

Thanks,

— Mr. Lehmunn

Encinitas Blvd. Director Message

Welcome back everyone! We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Break. December is already upon us once again. What a busy month this will be. There will be a ton of important information for December activities in your mailbox. Please be sure to read all of it. The Encinitas Holiday Parade on Coast Highway 101 will start at 5:30 PM this Saturday, December 3. Parents and children are invited to represent our ECDS float by coming out to Cardiff Classic on Highway 101 to join with other ECDS families to cheer our group on.

Events

The EB campus Dance Performances will be on Friday, December 9 @ 9:39 AM on the upper playground stage. Be sure to check your parent mailboxes or front desk board for the classroom schedules for the Holiday Program/parties that will be held on Friday, December 16. Winter Break will start on December 19 through January 2. We will be available for daycare at this campus during those two weeks. Please be sure to sign-up at the front desk if you will be wanting this service. We will be closing early at 3 PM on Friday, December 23 and will be completely closed Monday, December 26 and Friday, December 30. The following Monday will be our last daycare day with regular school resuming on Tuesday, January 3, 2012. Please contact the office anytime you have any questions. Have a fantastic weekend!

Thanks,

— Ms. Safarik

From the Manchester Office

Daycare will be available over the winter break at the Encinitas Blvd. campus only. Sign up sheets will be available on Monday Dec. 5. Manchester staff will be scheduled to work at the Encinitas Blvd. campus to accommodate the Manchester students, so please sign up for the days your child will actually attend. Billing will be based on the sign up sheets, not on attendance. The Manchester office is open during the winter break, but the school is closed.

FYI

If you need to speak to the classrooms directly, please call the schools main line at 760-942-111. If you are returning a call and hit “reply,” there are some lines that cannot be transferred to a classroom.

ECDS Kids-to-Kids Program

It’s time again for our annual ECDS Kids-to-Kids Program! The holidays are a time of year to realize how much we have to be thankful for, and to remember those less fortunate than ourselves. ECDS families have helped many local children through this special Kids-to-Kids program since our very first holiday was celebrated in 1988. Your child can participate by preparing a gift package for a child their age and gender, containing necessary items and a gift. Bring in the gift package to the ECDS Library by Friday, December 16, fill out a gift tag, and place it under the tree in the library. Your child’s gift will be distributed through Interfaith Community Services, to help another child in need this holiday season.

Holiday Programs - Pre/K, Grades 1-5

Mrs. Crawford and Ms. Colby would like to invite you to attend their Manchester Avenue Holiday Performances, showcasing your child’s musical and dramatic talent! Performances for Grades 1-5 will be on Weds. Dec. 14 in the ECDS Amphitheatre. The 10:00 am show features Mrs. Carp’s 2nd Grade, Mrs. Dattaray’s 3rd Grade, and both 4th Grade classes. The 12:00 pm performance features Mrs. Bremermann’s 1st Grade, Ms. Mulligan & Mrs. Rowe’s 3rd Grades, and Mr. Abraham’s 5th grade. The 2:00 pm show features Mrs. Hacker’s 1st Grade, Mrs. Herriges’ 2nd Grade, and Mrs. Mason’s 5th Grade.

Preschool and Kindergarten performances are on Thurs. Dec. 15 in the ECDS Library. Performances are at 9:30 am (Ms. Tabitha’s Preschool class), 10:30 am (Miss Lise’s Kindergarten class), 11:30 am (Mrs. Fleming’s Kindergarten class), and 12:30 pm (Ms. Maggie’s class). Don’t forget to bring your cameras!

Kids Korps at ECDS

Your kids can still sign up for Kids Korps, so they can participate in the upcoming Kids Korps events at ECDS and around San Diego. The next event at ECDS is a Farm Gardening project on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10-am to Noon at River Road Farms in Oceanside. Please read the flyer for complete details, and contact Leila Ghaemi for any questions.

ECDS PTO “Hawk Tawk”

Holiday Shopping Extravaganza

Come to shop and have fun at our Holiday Shopping Extravaganza in the ECDS Library, next Weds. Dec. 7, from 8:30-10:30 am, and from 2:00-4:00 pm. Bring your list, check it twice, and finish up your holiday shopping while supporting our school. You’ll find gifts for your family, friends, teachers, and maybe even something for you!.

ECDS Thanksgiving Feasts at both campuses will be next Weds. Nov. 23. These feasts are a reverent reenactment of the first Thanksgiving by ECDS students and teachers as a longstanding special tradition of the school. Each class makes soup with their teacher, and the older students help with setup and serving the younger children. Parents can volunteer to help in accordance with what your classroom teacher needs. This is a student event rather than a parent event, so we ask you to be guided by your teacher. Don’t forget that school is closed next Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25 for the Thanksgiving holiday!

Principal’s Message

This school year has really flown by and will continue to do so with all the events scheduled for the next month. Tonight, we have the Family Movie night, next week are the Thanksgiving Feasts and Thanksgiving celebrations, and we are already getting started on building our float for this year’s Holiday Parade which is Saturday, Dec. 3. Winter sports season is starting next week with the Girl’s soccer team, Boy’s soccer team, and Boy’s basketball team each having their first practices. The Boy’s soccer team will practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the Girl’s team will practice on Mondays and Wednesdays. Boy’s Basketball will practice on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Don’t worry if you were unable to come to the tryouts last week. Stop by the office anytime to complete the sign up form, then just go to the soccer field or basketball court ready for practice at 3:20.

Moms and Dads will shop until they drop at the PTO’s annual Holiday Shopping Extravaganza to be held in the Library on Wednesday, Dec. 7. All of the Preschool through Grade 5 classrooms are starting to get ready for the Holiday programs that will be held the week of December 12, followed by the class parties that week as well. Finally, everyone gets to take a deep breath and begin their final preparations for your own holiday family celebrations. With all of these events happening, I encourage everyone to take time to make sure that our children are getting good, healthy meals and are getting to bed on time for a good night’s sleep. I would hate to see anyone get sick and miss any of these wonderful events.

I wanted to thank all of the PTO Board members and members at large who worked so hard to help make the Family Movie Night possible. It is always so nice to see parents and kids having a good time together. In addition, the faculty and staff would like to thank the PTO for the wonderful lunch they provided for us on Thursday. You spoil us all.

Thanks,

— Mr. Lehmunn

Encinitas Blvd. Director Message

Thanksgiving is almost here! All of the children are finishing up making their Pilgrim and Native American Indian outfits for our upcoming Feast. They are looking forward to preparing the ingredients for the stew. If you were kind enough to donate any ingredients, please bring them to your child’s classroom either Monday November 21st or Tuesday, November 22nd, depending on what day you attend. Please bring all items in the morning so the children can start cooking. If you signed up for pies, corn bread, whipped cream or juice…these items can be brought into the office in the morning of the Feast, Wednesday, November 23rd. If you are a volunteer for this event, we will be meeting in the office @ 9:15. We will be closed next week on both Thursday and Friday November 24th & 25th.

Have a wonderful week next week and a warm and Happy Thanksgiving with your families.

— Ms. Safarik

ECDS Days at Barnes & Noble

When you are out holiday shopping, please plan to drop by the Encinitas Barnes & Noble bookstore on Sunday, December 11 and Monday, December 12. These are ECDS-sponsored days at Barnes & Noble, and our library will receive a percentage on anything purchased those days (except for gift cards). We will also be doing gift-wrapping on Sunday, so bring the kids in, do some shopping and once again, help support our Library. Online shopping will also get credit December 11 through December 14! Ms. Marasco, our ECDS Librarian, will be providing more information after Thanksgiving, and please talk with her if you have any questions about this event.

ECDS PTO “Hawk Tawk”

Thanks to everyone who participated in our Dine-Out event at Souplantation this week! We provided lunch to all the teachers on the dine-out day, so they enjoyed eating a nice lunch in the company of all the other teachers. Special thanks go to Rachel Hell and Jennifer Levine for setting up this wonderful lunch for the teachers.

Encinitas Holiday Parade

Sign up now to participate in this year’s Encinitas Holiday Parade on Saturday, Dec. 3! Our ECDS parade float’s theme will be “Encinitas or Bust”, and students and parents of grades 1-8 are invited to walk with the float to represent ECDS in the parade. Parents of students in grades 1-5 must accompany their student the whole time of the parade. We need Middle School students to ride and dance on the float and walk beside the float. They’ll be dressed in swimsuits or surfer outfits (rash guard shirts and swim shorts) worn over other clothes so they stay warm during the parade. Students in grades 1-5 and their parents will be wearing blue shirts (worn over other clothes to stay warm), to represent a continuation of the wave design from the float. Sign up by sending email to ecdspto@ecdschools.org with your student’s name and grade. We also need help painting and decorating the float, so come and help us up behind the amphitheater after school every day through Dec. 2.

Holiday Shopping Extravaganza

Come and shop during our Holiday Shopping Extravaganza on Wednesday, Dec. 7 in the ECDS Library from 8:30-10:30 am, and 2-4 pm. You’ll find teacher gifts, gifts for family, girlfriends and maybe something for yourself, too! Visitors will enjoy vendors that will be featuring hostess gifts, jewelry, children’s fashions, spa & bath items, stylish ladies fashions, and more. Twenty percent of the sales from the event will benefit the ECDS PTO.

PTO Open Forum Meeting

Our November PTO Open Forum meeting is next Tuesday, November 22 at 9:00 AM in the ECDS Library. Everyone is welcome to come and meet the PTO Board, hear about upcoming events, and talk with us about any ideas or suggestions you want to discuss with us.

Grades 1-8 Parents: sign up now for Parent Teacher conferences on Thursday. PLEASE NOTE - school ends at Noon on Thursday for Grades 1-8, while Preschool and Kindergarten have a normal schedule on Thursday. School is Closed on Friday for the Veteran’s Day holiday. Also, don’t forget to set your clocks back this weekend.

Principal’s Message

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences for grades 1-8 are being held this Thursday, Nov. 10 from 12:30-4:30 pm, with school letting out at 12:00. If you have not already signed up with your child’s teacher, please do so early in the week. In addition to talking to your teacher about your child’s progress, the teachers from grades 1-5 will be giving out the first Progress Report and the grades 6-8 teachers will be able to go over the second interim report with you. Childcare will be provided for parents during their conferences at no cost. Parents are reminded that if children are left here at 12:00 that they will either need to send a lunch with their child or order one from Ki’s. Parents can begin to sign up for conference times at their child’s classroom beginning next week. If you are unable to come on Nov. 10, please see your child’s teacher to set up another date to go over your child’s progress.

Orientation for grades K-5 and 6-9

We hope to see you all at our School Orientations this Sunday, Nov. 6. These orientations explain our programs from Kindergarten on through Lower and Middle levels. 1:00 PM - Entering Grades K - 5 next year. 3:00 PM - Entering Grades 6 - 9 next year. Presentations and tours will follow the Orientations. Childcare will be provided.

Eighth Grade Food Drive

Mr. Byrum’s 8th grade Character class is very pleased to announce that over 290 pounds of food was donated to the North County Food Bank as a result of their Food Drive, which is enough to provide meals for more than 233 people. This is a great way for kids to learn that they can make a difference in the outside world. The 8th grade students wanted me to pass on their thanks to all the parents and students who donated food to the drive.

Thanks,

— Mr. Lehmunn

Encinitas Blvd. Director Message

Hopefully, everyone is fully recovered from our big Halloween event, recharged and ready for more fun! Our next big event will be our Thanksgiving Feast on Wednesday, November 23. We will need ingredients for the stew and parent volunteers to help set-up, serve, and clean up. Limit of two volunteers per class please. This is a child-only event! Be on the lookout for a sign-up sheet on the parent bulletin board in your child’s classroom for items to bring to the event.

Fingerprint Safety Program

The fingerprint safety program, Permanent Impressions, will be here November 7 & 9. It is not too late to take part in this program.

November 11, Veteran’s Day

The school will be closed on Friday, November 11 for Veteran’s Day. We will also be closed on November 24 & 25 to observe Thanksgiving Day. Thank you for all your support and positive energy!

Thanks,

— Ms. Safarik

From The Manchester Office

Please remember to order Ki’s Lunch the day before your child will be getting it. Ki’s brings only a limited amount of extra meals each day.

The Lost and Found is full again. If you are missing a jacket or lunchbox, etc. please check the Lost and Found. It is located beside the office just inside the PreK/K area. Any leftover items are donated at the end of each month.

ECDS PTO “Hawk Tawk”

Halloween Festival Thanks

Our Halloween Fall Festival last week was a huge success, thanks to all the parents and grandparents who volunteered at the event! Special thanks go to the hard work and creativity of Jodi Queen, Festival Chair, for organizing the event logistics and all the volunteers, and to Susan Bachand-Morone, who designed and created our wonderful Haunted House. We’d also like to thank Mrs. Porterfield-LaBerge for purchasing all of the prizes and generously allowing the use of all the facilities; Mr. Lehmunn for helping with every aspect of the event; all of the teachers who helped their class design and create their classroom booths; Stephanie Bristol and Liz Spaulding for creating a fantastic Pre-K/K area; the entire team who worked so hard with Susan Bachand-Morone to create the Haunted House - Donna Bachand, Pat Amtower, Bill MacConnell, Craig Sturges, Diana Fields, Paula Besset, Jodi Queen, Jennifer Levine and Peggy Gardner; the ECDS Facilities staff who helped us so much; and the entire PTO Board Team who helped run the event. This is always one of the best events of the year, and we truly appreciate the effort of everyone who made it so special for all the ECDS students!

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars now for these upcoming events and activities: - ECDS PTO Cookbook - get your best recipes ready now to submit for our cookbook! - Family Movie Night, Fri. Nov. 18 - we’ll show a fun family movie on the soccer field for all ages, as well as a different movie inside the library for older students. - Encinitas Holiday Parade, Sat. Dec. 3 - students and parents can walk with the ECDS float to represent ECDS in the parade. - Holiday Shopping Extravaganza, Weds. Dec 7 - you’ll be able to purchase great holiday gifts for your family, including jewelry, clothing, and small gifts for kids to give to their parents and teachers.

PTO Fundraising

We are looking for someone to help our PTO team with Fundraising activities. This person would work with our VP of Fundraising, Rachel Hell, on our current fundraising activities (dine-outs, eScrip, Box Tops, etc.) and they would also help to evaluate new fundraising ideas. If you’re interested in helping with PTO Fundraising, please contact Rachel.

Halloween festivities on Monday, October 31 will include the Halloween Parade and Assembly. We can’t wait to see all the colorful and creative Halloween costumes that our ECDS students wear on Monday!

Principal’s Message

Middle School Canned Food Drive

Community Service is one of the areas being emphasized in the 7th & 8th grade Character classes this year. In addition to each student being required to perform 10 hours of community service, the 7th and 8th grades are also hosting a Canned Food Drive until November 3. Please bring non-perishable food items and place them in the food collection box in your student’s classroom. The food that is collected will be taken by the Middle Schoolers to the North County Food Bank. The students will also get a tour of the facility and learn exactly what goes on there and who receives help from this food bank.

Fall Festival

What a great time was had by all! I am again amazed by all of the excitement and energy that is generated each year by our amazing PTO. Thanks to ALL!!!!!! the parents who contributed their time, effort, and incredible imagination to making this year’s festival the best yet. Special thanks to Mrs. Susan Bachand-Morone for her hard work and vision in creating the newest addition to the festival, the Haunted House. It is just so heartwarming to see so many of us pull together to create a fun, exciting, and memorable day for our children. Thank you!!!

Thanks,

— Mr. Lehmunn

Get All Your Questions Answered…

We know you all have questions concerning early re-enrollment and your student’s placement for the next school year. We’ll be here to answer those questions and tell you about our programs and our future plans at our First- Sunday Orientations on November 6th. Orientations will provide an overview of our Lower and Middle School programs and a glimpse of Encinitas Country Day School’s exciting future. Each presentatoin will be followed by a Q & A period and an opportunity to tour lower, middle and upper grades with Mrs. Safarik, Mrs. Hayes, Mr. Decking and our middle school faculty. All are welcome to attend.

Presentation Times
1:00    K - 4th grades
3:00    5th - 8th grades

Encinitas Blvd. Director Message

The Encinitas Blvd. Halloween Parade and the Fall Festival were a big success. Thank you to all the parents that volunteered their time for these events. We appreciate you very much. Some upcoming dates to remember…Manchester Ave. Campus Orientation will be Sunday, November 6 from 1-4 pm. This will be a great chance to view the other campus and meet some of the Kindergarten and Elementary teachers. Remember, this month is early re-enrollment discount month for the Manchester Ave. campus only. Our re-enrollment at the Encinitas Blvd. campus will start January 2012. Permanent Impressions, a child safety company, will be at our campus on Nov. 7th & 8th. Please see me for details. Have a safe and happy Halloween weekend!

Thanks,

— Ms. Safarik

From the Manchester Office

Permanent Impressions is offering a comprehensive child safety and indentification packet for all of our students and siblings. There are several packets available which include proffessionally done fingerprints, medical alerts, dental impression cards, DNA samples and more. Please see the Permanent_Impressions flyer (pdf) for detailed information and registration. There is also a poster in the office with samples.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences for Man. Ave. grades 1-8 will be held on Thursday, Nov. 10 from 12:30-4:30 with school letting out at 12:00. After-care will be provided for any parent unable to pick up their child for no cost until 3:30. Parents are reminded that if children are left here at 12:00 that they will either need to send a lunch with their child or order one from Ki’s. Parents can begin to sign up for conference times at their child’s classroom beginning next week. If you are unable to come on Nov. 10, please see your child’s teacher to set up another date to go over your child’s progress.

This is our first newsletter with a new HTML graphics-based format. If your email program is not set up to view HTML messages, you’ll receive a Plain-Text version and you may want to change your email program to allow you to view HTML graphics so you can see all the new features. This new format has underlined links that you can click on to easily download event flyers and get to other websites referenced in the text. There is a table of contents in the right column, which allows you to see at a glance what is in the newsletter. We hope you like the new format!

Principal’s Message

October and Fall are here, and with it comes cool nights and hot Santa Ana conditions. We will continue to encourage the students to drink lots of water while they’re at school, and we ask that parents also make sure their children are drinking extra at home and bringing full water bottles to school. This way, we can make sure all of our students are happy and COOOOOOLLL!

Student Council

After several meetings and negotiations between the Student Council and I, they have been able to convince me that we should have Free Dress Fridays on the second and fourth Fridays of each month. Parents, please make sure that your children abide by the following rules: No vulgar or offensive language or images on clothes, no ripped or torn clothes, no spaghetti straps or tank tops, no midriffs showing, and shorts can be no higher than 6 inches above the knee.

Parking Lot

In order to keep traffic moving and our students and parents safe, please abide by the following: keep your speed down even after dropping off your child. When dropping them off, please have your child exit the car quickly so that traffic does not back up behind you, and don’t stop with your car in both lanes so cars can still get around you as you drop off your child. I know that as you come down the hill and see an open spot, it is very tempting to go opposite the traffic flow to get that spot. Please do not do this, as it endangers parents and children who are not looking in your direction to cross the traffic lanes. Thank you for your help in this area. If we all stay calm and patient, our families, and especially our children, will be safer.

GO, RED-TAILED HAWKS!

— Mr. Lehmunn

Encinitas Blvd. Director Message

Fall is upon us and Winter is quickly approaching. All of the children are excited about the Fire Department coming to visit this upcoming Monday and Tuesday the 17th & 18th of October. We had our first school-wide practice emergency fire drill this week. You should all be very proud of your children as they did an excellent job. Be sure to ask your children about everything they have learned so far in regard to fire and emergency safety. This Saturday the 15th is the Harvest Dinner on the Patio a Firenza Trattoria. Also, the Halloween Parade Parade will be held on Friday, October 28 at 10 am. We kindly ask that this be a children only event, unless the 28th is not a normal day for your child to attend. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to call the office anytime. Have a wonderful weekend!

— Ms. Safarik

From The Office

The Library will be closed next week on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and the following Monday; Oct. 19, 20, 21 and 24. There will be a book drop outside the Library for your convenience. Anne Marasco, our librarian, will be gone to attend her daughter’s wedding.

If you are registering for any of the special programs, please note that your registration and payment must be received in the office prior to your child’s first class.

ECDS PTO “Hawk Tawk”

Harvest Dinner & Kid’s Night Out

Don’t miss our “Parent’s Night Out” event this Saturday, October 15 at 6:30 PM! The Harvest Dinner at Firenze Trattoria includes food, wine, tax and tip, for $75 per person. Come enjoy a classic Italian Al Fresco Dinner, with 4 fabulous courses of Tuscan cuisine on the heated patio at local favorite Firenze Trattoria. The meal will be accompanied by fantastic wines from Meritage Wine Market, which is owned by ECDS parents Mark and Patty Davidowski. Everything is included, so all you have to do is call Meritage at 760.479.2500 or send email sales@meritagewinemarket.com to RSVP. Come and have a wonderful dinner and support the PTO, because 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the PTO. We’d like to thank the Davidowski family for setting up this wonderful event!

Your kids can have a really fun evening this Saturday at the Kid’s Night Out at ECDS in the ECDS Library from 6:15PM - 9:45 PM, whether you’re attending the Harvest Dinner or having a nice evening out elsewhere. This event is run by ECDS staff members, and they’ll be showing different movies based on the age level of the kids, along with lots of games, food, and FUN!!

Halloween Fall Festival

Our Halloween Fall Festival event is coming up on Friday, October 28. It’s one of the best events of the entire year, so mark your calendars now so your ECDS student can be there for all of the fun! Moms, Dads, and Grandparents - please consider helping at the Halloween Fall Festival if you haven’t already signed up to volunteer. Here’s how you can help: Preschool & Kindergarten Parents: Email Liz Spaulding at knoxgrad@hotmail.com to help with the Pre & K Section at the Festival. Grades 1-5 Parents: Sign up in your classroom for a shift at the Class Booth. Middle School Parents: Email Diana Fields at dianahfields@hotmail.com to help with the Haunted House, on Fri. 10/14 from 3-5 PM, Fri. 10/21 from 3-5 PM, Thurs. 10/27 from 5-7 PM, and Friday 10/28 during the event. All Parents: Email Jodi Queen at jodiqueen@me.com to help the PTO with Wristband Sales, Setup for the event, Running PTO Booths during the event, and Cleanup after the event.

Haunted House

The Middle School will be presenting an exciting Haunted House at the Halloween Fall Festival! We would like to request Donations or Loans of the following spooky items to decorate the Graveyard and Mad Scientist’s Lab. Contact Susan Bachand-Morone at bachandsusan@yahoo.com if you can donate or lend items, and be sure to put your name on any items that you’re lending.

  • Large Glass Jars
  • Fog Machines
  • Black Hanging Lanterns
  • Flashing or Blinking Light
  • Large Cauldron
  • Crows, Rats, Body Parts
  • Sound Maker for Spooky Sounds

PTO Dine-Out at Noodles

Our October Dine-Out event is next Thursday, October 20 from 12:00-7:00 PM at Noodles, which is located at 260 N El Camino Real # C by the intersection of Mountain View and El Camino Real. Your kids will love the food at Noodles, and you can dine at Noodles for Lunch or Dinner, or take food home so you don’t have to cook that night. All proceeds go to the PTO “Teacher’s Fund”, which is used to give the teachers a lunch every month on the dine-out day and for the Teacher Appreciation Day event in May. Our teachers truly appreciate your support of these Dine-Out events!

Special Programs

Kids Korps - Sign up Now

It is time for another exciting year with Kids Korps at ECDS! Kids Korps is a volunteer organization that provides opportunities for young people ages 5-25, to experience community service in a safe environment. Students participate in projects both at school and out in the community helping at food banks, cleaning beaches, graffiti removal, and visiting the elderly. We look forward to working together with you in Kids Korps at ECDS to enrich your child’s volunteering experience! Our new membership year (September 2011-August 2012) is now kicking off. However, it won’t be the same without YOU! It’s time to register and get ready for another season of wonderful service opportunities. In order to become a member of Kids Korps at ECDS, parents must register their kids (ages 5-25) online at www.kidskorps.org. The annual cost is $28/child or $56/family. Once they are registered, the ECDS Chapter Leader will contact you about upcoming projects. If you have any questions, please contact Leila Ghaemi at ghaemifamily@yahoo.com.

Drama

After School Drama is back! The Playhouse class for 1st and 2nd grades is the perfect class for beginning to intermediate students. The 3rd - 5th grades can sign up for Improv and Acting Games class which is geared for all levels, beginning to advanced students. Plus, students can audition for School House Rock, a high energy show filled wih favorite songs form the Saturday School House Rock cartoon series. Registration forrms with detailed information are available in the office.

Chess Academy

The Chess Academy will be giving classes agan starting next week for grades 1st through 8th. Chess is an excellent way for getting kids to focus, concentrate, anticipate and evaluate. Registration forms with detailed information are available in the office.

Lego Builder’s Club (Grades 1-4)

ECDS will be starting a Lego Builder’s Club for ECDS students in Grades 1-4. The club will meet every Tuesday from 3:20-4:30 PM, starting on November 1. Club members will complete a Lego-based educational activity every week, followed by Free Play during the last part of the meeting. Donations of Lego bricks would be appreciated. You can get more information and sign up for the club at tables outside the office next Tuesday, 10/18 and Thursday, 10/20.

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Picture of the Week

Max (5th grade) running with the football in Tuesday’s Flag Football Game against Horizon Prep

Mark your calendars now for the Halloween Fall Festival on October 28, from 2:30-4:30 PM!

Principal’s Message

I want to thank all the parents who worked so hard in the Library this past week helping to make this year’s Book Fair a rousing success. Every time I was in the library, there were smiles galore from parents and children, with wonderful helping hands from the parent helpers. Remember, our children are the ones that come out ahead on this event. First, they have plenty of new books to read at home, and second, all the proceeds from the event are put right back into new book purchases for our library.

Fall Festival Planning

I noticed that the Fall Festival planning committee was busy this week getting ready for the Fall Festival on Friday, Oct. 28 from 2:30-4:30. These folks do an amazing job putting on a first rate event for our families to enjoy. Just a reminder that this event is becoming more and more popular so make sure that you plan ahead and CARPOOL as the parking lot will be full.

Middle School News

Middle School parents of 6-8th graders should check their mailboxes as the first Interim Reports have been placed in your boxes. This is a computer generated listing of your middle schoolers’ grades in every assignment so far this year. Parents of 7th & 8th grade students can also access these Grade Reports on Edline using the information sheets that were put in your mailboxes this week, and 6th grade will be up and running with grade reports on Edline soon. The First Student Council meeting was held this past Tuesday, and one of the first items on the agenda was Free Dress Days. They are busy putting together a proposal for me, and as soon as we iron it out, they will publish the dates for Free Dress. Until then, every day is still a regular uniform day. (AAWWWWWW) Today was a First Friday Assembly day and it was our 8th graders’ turn to teach us all about “RESPECT”. The students did a great job and thanks to their homeroom teacher, Mr. Byrum for a job well done.

GO, RED-TAILED HAWKS!

— Mr. Lehmunn

Encinitas Blvd. Director Message

I hope everyone is holding up well under this rapidly changing weather. We are gearing up here at school for a few upcoming fall activities: On Saturday, October 15th is the ECDS PTO Harvest Dinner on the Patio at Firenze Trattoria. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to support the activities of the ECDS PTO. See flyer in your parent mailbox for details. On Monday October 17th and Tuesday October 18th, the Fire Department will be making their annual visit to the school for the children. This event is specifically for the children only (thank you for understanding).

Please be aware that this publication of the ECDS Weekly Connections Newsletter will become paperless after this week and will be emailed to you weekly. If you do not receive this email blast, please come see me in the office. Happy Fall!

— Joanna Safarik

Scholastic Book Fair

Ms. Marasco would like to thank all the families who shopped at the Book Fair this week. You purchased great books for your families, and you also contributed to the purchase of many new books for the Library and the teachers. We appreciate your support of our Library!

ECDS PTO “Hawk Tawk”

Planning is underway for the Halloween Fall Festival on 10/28. We’ll need lots of parent volunteers for many jobs - selling wristbands, decorating the school on Mon. 10/24, selling popcorn and drinks during the event, setup before the event, and cleanup afterwards. If you can volunteer for a timeslot, contact Jodi Queen. Parents in Grades 1-5 can also sign up in their classrooms to volunteer for a shift in their booth. We’re also planning to have a Haunted House in the Library for the first time, if we have enough Middle School students and parents volunteer to help. The Haunted House team will have work meetings on Friday Oct. 14 and Friday Oct. 21 from 5-8 PM, as well as setting up the Haunted House on the evening of Oct. 27. Contact Susan Bachand-Morone if you can help with the Haunted House.

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Manchester Campus

  • 3616 Manchester Blvd
  • Encinitas CA 92024
  • Ph: 760-942-1111

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  • 2155 Encinitas Blvd
  • Encinitas CA 92024
  • Ph: 760-942-2224
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