ECDS serves up amazing week-long Summer Campz, beginning Monday, July 9th and run for four consecutive, fun-filled, action-packed weeks! Variety Campz is for students entering Kindergarten or 1st in the fall. RadCampz serves students headed to 2nd or 3rd grade. And, Odyssey Campz is tailored to challenge and exhilerate campers in 4th though 7th grades.

Come join the fun, discovery and adventure awaiting you at Variety Campz, RadCampz, and Odyssey Campz.

The public and current families are invited to the Spring Open House event at the ECDS Preschool campus from 1:00 to 4:00 pm on Sunday, April 15.

Classroom teachers, as well as special class teachers in music, dance, gymnastics, and art, will all be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate unique features of the ECDS Montessori preschool curriculum.

There will also be face painting, storytelling, a Book Fair, and so much more!

Encinitas Country Day Preschool is located at 2155 Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas, 92024

Enrollment for the 2018-19 school year has begun! Early decisions are encouraged, as classes reach capacity in particular grade levels, prospective students in those grade levels will go on a wait list and the school will determine if and how the additional students will be accommodated.

All are invited to join us for the annual Encinitas Country Day School “Open House Event” on Sunday, Jan. 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

Join us for a fun-filled afternoon that will include classroom visits, teacher discussions, student performances, Art Show, Science Fair, grade-level demonstration booths, giant inflatable obstacle course, and much much more.

ECDS K-8 Campus 3616 Manchester Ave, Encinitas.

Join us at our “Fall Fun Play Day” event for Preschoolers and Kindergartners on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 9:45 to 11:15 am at the ECDS campus located at 3616 Manchester Avenue in Encinitas. It’s an opportunity for parents to get a glimpse of the beautiful ECDS campus and spend time observing experienced Kindergarten teachers in action. It’s a chance for kids to have fun!

At least one parent must stay with their child throughout this event. See you there!

Looking at schooling options for your child or moving into the area? Schedule a tour today and view ECDS students and its unique curriculum in action.

WELCOME — New and returning students and their families are invited to “Meet Your Teacher” Day on Friday, Sept. 1 in preparation for the first day of school, which is Tuesday, Sept. 5

There’s still some space left in the ECDS Summer Campz and Polestar Musical Theater Workshops, so why not join the fun!. For details:,,,, or call 760-942-1111

The current school year is winding down quickly, so we encourage families thinking about touring our campus or having their children visit one of our classrooms for a day to call and schedule their tour or visit.

We still have room for a few more students in most grade levels for the 2017-2018 school year.

The public is invited to a fun-filled Spring “Play Day” for children entering Pre-K or K in the fall. The event is on Saturday, April 29 from 9:45 to 11:15 am at the ECDS campus located at 3616 Manchester Ave in Encinitas. Join us to meet new friends, hear a story, create a craft, and eat a snack — all based on a Springtime theme. We plan to have loads of fun, so bring your smile! We hope to see you there!

Daily tours at 9:30 am every weekday on both ECDS campuses. Come see our classrooms and students in action! No appointment necessary. Serving toddler to eight grade students.

Enrollment is now well underway for the 2017-2018 School Year. Don’t delay, as classes are filling and will wait-list at 16 students per classroom.

The public is Invited to the ECDS Open House on Sunday, Jan. 29, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at our 3616 Manchester Ave. campus. There will be fun and enriching activities for Preschool through 8th grade students.

Join us for a “Kindergarten Orientation” meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 10, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. Attendees will gain valuable insights into topics such as Kindergarten “readiness” and finding a suitable K environment for their child that strikes a balance between academics, play, and character development from our experienced teachers and administrators

Entering kindergarten and pre-kindergarten children and their parents are invited to visit our campus for a “Winter Wonderland Pre-K/K Play Day,” from 9:45-11:15 Saturday, January 7th. If you are examining options for your child’s kindergarten year, or just curious about our school, join us for some “Wintery” themed activities, and an opportunity to meet our teachers, see our classrooms and outdoor environments and share some Saturday morning fun with other moms and their children.

A time to count our blessings and give thanks! Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving, filled with the love and warmth of family and friends and gratitude for our many blessings.

Entering kindergarten and pre-kindergarten children and their parents are invited to visit our campus for a “Kindergarten Play Day,” from 9:45-11:15 Saturday, November 19th. If you are examining your options for your child’s kindergarten year, or just curious about our school, join us for some kindergarten themed activities, and an opportunity to meet our teachers, see our classrooms and outdoor environments and share some Saturday morning fun with other moms and their children.

ECDS Students attend a Performing Arts Workshop performance and after-school Fall Festival and Middle School Haunted House this Friday afternoon beginning at 2:00 p.m. Annual Fall Festival in-school and after-school activities include booths prepared by parents of each grade, a pumpkin walk, a silent auction of scarecrows created by each grade, Haunted House performances (if you dare), and of course the opportunity to dunk a few faculty members… all for a good cause of course! Thanks to our PAC (Parent Action Committee), chairs, parents, Middle School and performing arts students, resource, design, and performance directors, and support staff for their tireless efforts to make the day memorable and fun for the entire school community.

Join us for an afternoon of fun and learning at our Preschool Back-to-School Open House on Sunday, September 25th, from 1 to 4 p.m., at our Encinitas Boulevard Preschool.

FREE “Mommy & Me” classes offer moms and their toddlers weekly Music, Fun and Friendship any Tuesday or Thursday morning, 9:45-11 a.m., at Encinitas Country Day Preschool!

Encinitas Country Day School Opens its 28th school year on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. We are still accepting new students in certain grade levels, so call the office (760-942-1111) for availability and campus tour information.

The ECDS Preschool campus located at 2155 Encinitas Blvd. serves children aged 2 to 5 in an array of Preschool classes. In addition, this campus hosts FREE “Mommy & Me” classes for children aged 1 to 3 years old every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:45 to 11:00 am. You’re invited to join us for a morning of music, fun and friendship!

The ECDS Elementary and Middle School campus is at 3616 Manchester Ave, Encinitas, 92024, serving students in Kindergarten through 8th grade.

Our remarkable Odyssey of the Mind team has advanced through the local, regional and state tournaments and are now off to the World Tournament after winning first place at the state!

Parent coaches Laura Rivard and Erin Smith are so proud as this is the 2nd year in a row that ECDS has had a team go to the World’s!

Fifth Graders were challenged with team-building, hiking, exploring and learning activities during their three-day visit to AstroCamp at Idyllwild, Calfornia.

ECDS students ran with heart to benefit Gift of Life, a non-profit organization that provides free life-saving cardiac surgeries to children in need around the world. In restoring children’s health, Gift of Life also brings new hope to their families and the joy of meaningful service to our students.

Enroll your pre-kindergarten child in our four-month “Jump-Start Kindergarten” program that begins February 1st and continues through mid-June. The class is designed to prepare pre-k’s for kindergarten success through hands-on reading and math readiness exercises and fun learning activities that build skill and confidence.

Moms and their toddlers are invited to join us for free Mommy and Me music, fun, and friendship from 9:45 to 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

Encinitas Country Day School families and friends brought all things Encinitas to life with their 2015 student-animated Peanuts comic strip float.

There was Snoopy, dreaming of catching the perfect wave at Swami’s and Lucy advising Snoopy in proper yoga technique. And Lucy, holding a VG’s donut for Charlie Brown and before long the whole gang wants to join in. They’re surfing the Cardiff Classic, hiking lagoon trails, strolling through Quail Gardens, watching a Moonlight sunset, and dancing down Mainstreet in the Holiday Parade.

That’s Encinitas Life… a call to action to join the fun, to improve ourselves, and reach out to do our part for our community and our world; and the ECDS Peanuts Gang are all in for answering the call and wishing Encinitas children of all ages a joyful and holy holiday season and the best of Encinitas in the year to come.

1st Grade students had their annual “Parts of A Plant” lesson last week. They learned how people can eat different parts of plants, including roots, seeds, leaves, and fruit. They also learned that many different things we use every day are made from plants. Their favorite part of the lesson was eating samples of all of the different parts of plants.

Ms. Reeves 4th Grade students worked in teams to uncover the mysteries of Advanced Numeration this week. The mathematical concepts the students used to solve the numeration problems included expanded notation, greater and less than, converting a number from words to numerical format, standard notation, and place value. This work helped the students review concepts they have already learned, as well as expand to a deeper level of understanding when they had to resolve problems that were presented in a different format than they had seen before.

We need lots of help, but if everyone pitches in just a little, our Halloween Fall Festival will be the great event that it always is. We need helpers for the event itself, and also in your classroom booths. Look for sign-up sheets in your classrooms for helping out in your classroom booths. Contact Mrs. Marasco or stop by the library to sign up for helping with event setup and cleanup. Middle School parents - we need your help to pull off a fun Haunted House experience for all of our kids.

The Kindergarten students had a visit from the Encinitas Fire Department last week. The firefighters described each of their jobs on their 3-man crew, and talked with the students about how to be safe in a fire by staying low underneath the smoke. Then, the firefighters showed the students their firefighting equipment that they carry on the fire engine, and they even let the students look inside the fire engine to imagine what it would be like to drive it.

5th Grade students are beginning their studies on Human Anatomy by learning about fingerprints. Students took their own fingerprints, learned which of 3 types of fingerprints they have, and created impressive spiral artwork with text describing themselves inside the whorls of a fingerprint drawing.

Kindergarten students in Ms. Maggie’s and Mrs. Fleming’s classes learned how to take care of their teeth this month during a visit with Flossie the Rabbit from Davis Pediatric Dentistry. Flossie shared the importance of brushing and flossing your teeth.

The Fall Open House at the Encinitas Boulevard Preschool campus on Sunday, September 27, was a lovely day for everyone who attended the event. Many families came to visit the classrooms and hear the teachers present their plans for the new school year. Children were able to spend time taking family members on a tour of their classroom. Mrs. Crawford gave us a beautiful continuous music demonstration all afternoon on the upper outdoor stage. Erich & Lise, from Erich’s Mobile Gym, were available to work with children on their gymnastic equipment. This gave the children an opportunity to share what they are learning in their weekly gymnastics class. Ms. Maggie, one of our Kindergarten teachers from the Manchester Avenue campus, came to read with children. Ms. Jane was also available to make crafts on the upper level playground. If you were unable to attend the formal Open House, please know that the office staff and your child’s teacher are always available to visit with you before and after school each day during drop off and pick up times.

Mrs. Carp’s 3rd Grade class is learning about money through a classroom project. Each student received an amount of classroom money to start the project. They can pay rent for their desk or choose to buy the deed to their desk so they don’t have to pay rent. They can earn bonus money through completing classroom projects or from good behavior with other teachers, and they can receive fines if they didn’t finish their work or other projects. After paying their money and receiving any bonuses or fines, some of the students were excited to bid on items during their first classroom auction last week.

The 1st Grade classes are learning about the 5 Classes of Vertebrates, which are Mammals, Birds, Fish, Amphibians, and Reptiles. On Friday afternoon, students in Mrs. Bremermann’s class cut out pictures of creatures representing each of these classes from magazines. They glued the pictures to paper plates to make collages for each of the classes, and their vertebrate collages will be displayed in their classroom.

At last Friday’s monthly Kindergarten Assembly, Ms. Maggie gave a presentation on the topic of “Friendship” to both ECDS Kindergarten classes. Ms. Maggie read a story and told jokes about friendship, and then everyone sang a friendship song together. All of the Kindergarten students also signed a Friendship poster, which is displayed in the Library for everyone to see.

Ms. Maggie’s and Mrs. Fleming’s Kindergarten classes did many fun “Apple Week” activities to learn about apples last week. Some of the activities they did included tasting apples and apple pie, learning about the colors and different types of apples, measuring apples, creating apple artwork and poems, and watching a movie to learn all about Johnny Appleseed and how he grew apple trees throughout the country.

The “Odyssey of the Mind” program for 3rd through 8th Grade students kicked off with a large turnout of interested students and parents at an information meeting last week. As a result, there are currently 3 ECDS “Odyssey of the Mind” teams forming: 2 Elementary teams for Grades 3-5, and 1 Middle School team for Grades 6-8. There was interest in forming another Middle School team, but there weren’t enough students were at the meeting to form a full second team. If your Middle School student is interested in joining a team, please contact the office.

ECDS Kids Club is a teacher-supervised program that provides an array of activities for students in Room 115. The morning Kids Club runs between 7:30-8:30 am. The afternoon Kids Club begins at 3:15 pm when teachers bring students that have not yet been picked up by a parent, and it continues until 6:00 pm. Students have a snack and free play from 3:15 to 3:30 pm. At 3:30 pm, they are encouraged to make a choice from the various options available that day including Homework Club, Sports, Open Art Room, Open Technology Room, Cooking, and Free Play with puzzles, games, and art activities. Kids Club time is billed by the hour, and is invoiced at the end of each month.

Your student can sign up for a series of weekly after school Arts Workshopz classes. You can find all the specific details about the classes, ages served, days of the week, and cost on the printed flyers located in the brochure rack in the Manchester Ave. office. One of the exciting highlights of this session is the Digital Arts workshop where Mr. Carmichael will work with students to create their own Apps. The Arts Workshopz programs that are offered during the Fall Session are: • Actor’s Workshopz - Grades 1-3 - Thursdays - 10/29-1/21/16 • Artist’s Workshopz - Grades 1-8 - Wednesdays - 9/30-12/9 • Dancer’s Workshopz - Grades K-3 - Mondays - 9/14 to 1/25/16 • Digital Art Workshopz - Grades 4-8 - Mondays - 9/28-12/7 • RockBand Workshopz - Grades 3-8 - Private Weekly Lessons - 9/28-11/23

Individual Portrait Photos and Class Photos of your students in Kindergarten through 8th Grade at the Manchester Avenue campus will be taken on September 28 through October 1. Your child will have their photo taken on 2 different days - their Individual Portrait Photo will be taken on Monday 9/28, Tuesday 9/29, or Wednesday 9/30, and every class will have their Class Photos taken on Thursday 10/1. Please ensure that your student dresses according to the ECDS School Dress Code on both days. There will be a Makeup day for individual portraits only on October 15, for any students absent on their scheduled Individual Portrait Photo day. You will receive instructions for viewing proofs and ordering photos as soon as the photos are ready.

ECDS celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the opening of the Manchester Avenue campus on Monday, September 14. Students gathered in the Amphitheater, and they enjoyed a dance presentation from the Polestar theater company to start the celebration. Then, Mrs. Kathleen Porterfield-LaBerge gave a presentation to describe the ribbon cutting ceremony that took on the campus opening day in September 2005. Students in Kindergarten through 8th Grade had written prayers in preparation for the anniversary event, and Mrs. Porterfield-LaBerge chose one student from each grade to come on stage with her and release a dove while she read their prayer. The special event concluded with a ceremonial release of doves and birthday cake for everyone.

“Welcome Back! First day of school at ECDS is Tuesday, September 8. This September marks the 10th year of operation at our K-8 Manchester Avenue campus, and the 27th year at our Encinitas Boulevard campus.”

5th Grade students presented their Science Projects to classmates last week. Each student’s presentation board documented their hypothesis, introduction, materials, procedures, results, and conclusions. Science Project topics included thermohaline circulation, fabric insulation, soil fertility and electrical conductivity, acid rain, brittle bones, evaporation and desalination, concentration of Vitamin C in fruit juices, acid pollution, effect of temperature on air in a rubber ball, water currents, acid reactions with baking soda, and many more.

Mrs. Livingston’s 3rd Grade class created Fish artwork as one of the final activities for their studies on fish and invertebrates. Each student made up a fish, and then drew a picture and wrote a 3-paragraph description of their fish. They also had to determine if their fish would be able to live in the real world or if it would go extinct, which was an interesting lesson on the characteristics that help species survive.

You can still sign your child up for any of the ECDS Summer Campz programs! These week-long, teacher-supervised, action-packed, themed Summer programs start on July 6, and they are open to the public. You can learn more about them by visiting the ECDS Summer Campz website at Registration forms can be downloaded from the website, or you can stop by the ECDS office to sign up in person. Contact the office at 760-942-1111 if you have any questions.

Last Friday morning, the 1st and 2nd Grade classes competed in their annual Field Meet event, assisted by their 7th and 8th Grade team leaders. The Field Meet stations included hula hoops, frisbee tossing, jump ropes, Gaga court, relay races, soccer kicks, bean bag races, obstacle course, and Simon Says. Every student received a medal that acknowledged their accomplishments at one of the events, and the teams displayed their medals at the Closing Ceremony with their Middle School team leaders.

The Kindergarten classes at the Manchester Avenue campus divided up into 4 teams to compete in the annual Country Olympics event last Thursday. The teams were the Orange Kitties, Green Turtles, Yellow Cheetahs, and Blue Dolphins. At the Opening Ceremony, students passed along an “Olympic torch” to start the games. They competed in fun events including races, throwing bean bags, soccer kicks, hula hoops, and more. Every student received a medal that acknowledged their accomplishments at one of the events, and each team proudly displayed their medals and banner at the Closing Ceremony.

6th Grade students went on a field trip to the Disneyland California Adventure Park on Wednesday. They participated in a Disney Youth Education program called “Energy and Waves Physics Lab”. Their educational tour guide helped them explore and see the basic principles of physics, such as Newton’s First Law of Motion, in action at California Adventure Park. They did hands-on experiments to learn about the fundamentals of acoustics and optics, and the different mediums that affect the transmission of light and sound waves. They also learned how these physics principles came into play when the Disney Imagineers created the rides at California Adventure. After their educational lab was over, the 6th graders were let loose to enjoy California Adventure and everyone had a great time.

3rd Grade students went on their annual field trip to SeaCamp on Fiesta Island to wrap up their studies of fish and invertebrates. At SeaCamp, students dissected fish, learned about sharks, learned how to classify fish, and went seine fishing* using a large net to capture and examine ocean life. [*A fishing seine is a horizontal net that has floats holding the top line of the net at the water’s surface. The net extends down in the water due to weights placed on the net’s bottom line. The weighted line can then be pulled, so that the net acts like a purse.]

2nd Grade students went on a field trip to the Natural History Museum in Balboa Park on Wednesday to supplement their studies on the Timeline of Life. Highlights of the trip included visiting the dinosaur exhibit, viewing a 3-D educational movie with 3-D glasses, and exploring all the displays and hands-on exhibits to learn more about the Timeline of Life.The students received a number of compliments from the docents on how well informed they were, the pertinent questions they asked, and how well they behaved on their tour of the museum.

Remember, FAME! The feeling of “I’m going to live forever!” IMAGINE! It’s “PA”; the High School of Performing Arts in New York City at 120 W. 46th Street. This summer, Encinitas Country Day School and Polestar Lifetime Learning Foundation recreate a new Performing Arts program offering workshop participants from ages 8 to 15 years of age the opportunity to study drama, voice, dance and instrumental music on the mock set of “NYC School of Performing Arts”. You can find the Summer Performing Arts Workshop Flyer and registration forms for for more information in the ECDS office.

Congratulations to the ECDS Odyssey of the Mind team for competing at the 2015 World Finals Competition with more than 850 teams from around the world at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. The ECDS 4th and 5th Grade team members gave their best performance yet and tied for 18th Place out of 66 teams in the Silent Movie Division I category. Special thanks to their team leaders, as well as to all of the team members’ families for supporting the team in their competitions this year.

The ECDS 2014-2015 Yearbook will be a wonderful keepsake for your student and your entire family. As you turn the pages, you’ll see thousands of photos representing all the of the educational activities and special events that happened at ECDS during the school year. Yearbook Order Forms are in parent mailboxes as well as in the office on the display rack. The yearbooks are scheduled to be delivered sometime during the final week of school.

Kindergarten students had a special visit to the 1st Grade classrooms last week. The Kindergarten students were paired up with 1st Grade students, who gave them a tour of the classroom and showed them some of their 1st Grade work. Both grades shared a snack and then went for a run on the track together. The Kindergarten students were very excited to see what they will be doing next year in 1st Grade.

4th Grade students presented their California History projects to classmates. The study of California history in 4th Grade is part of the state standards, as well as the ECDS curriculum, so these projects are very important milestones for 4th Graders to show what they have learned this year. Each student traveled with their family to a historical landmark, and they created their presentations using a variety of materials including posters, models, digital slideshows, and photo albums. Presentation topics included Rancho de Guajome, the Santa Fe Depot, the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, Yosemite National Park, San Luis Rey Mission, Old Town San Diego, the Hotel Del Coronado, Mission San Luis Obispo, La Brea Tar Pits, and the Chinese Telephone Exchange.

4th Grade students went on a Field Trip to Old Town San Diego. They saw the history of early San Diego come to life as they toured all of the historical buildings in Old Town with docents. The program covered the history of San Diego from the mid-1700’s through the Mexican period in the 1800’s and the Gold Rush, ending when San Diego was an early frontier town. Students also got to wear period costumes to experience what people would have worn at the time.

ECDS Manchester Avenue teachers had a wonderful time at their Teacher Appreciation Day event on Friday, May 15. We would like to thank Teacher Appreciation Day coordinator Alexis Garrett for the spectacular event that the parents presented to make our teachers feel so special and appreciated. Thanks also to all of the generous parents who donated gift cards and other gift items that were raffled off to the teachers at the event, as well as to all of the parents who watched students in classrooms so the teachers could enjoy their special event.

It is our pleasure to announce that this year’s Encinitas Country Day School Student of the Year is 8th Grade student Mona Miraftab, and our Teacher of the Year is Mrs. Rebecca Carp, 2nd Grade teacher. Both of these individuals epitomized excellence in action every day throughout the entire school year. Please join us in congratulating both of our award winners! They will be honored by the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce at a special “Salute to Education” dinner event on Tuesday, June 2.

The Spring musical production of “The AristoCats” was presented last week, with much applause and enthusiasm from the audience for Duchess, Marie, Thomas O’Malley, Edgar the Butler, and all of the other amusing characters in the show. The sold-out audiences enjoyed the show’s lively songs and funny jokes, brought to life by the cast of talented ECDS student performers, who are shown in the photo above. The show’s orchestra, composed of ECDS staff members Mrs. Crawford, Mr. Piazza, Ms. Andrea, and Mr. Jesse, displayed their impressive musical talent during the show. The magnificent costumes, the staging, and props also added dramatic flair to the production. Congratulations to the show’s directors, Mr. Kraig Kidd-Dragula and Ms. Deb’bora Imani and the entire cast and crew on a fabulous show!

We’d like to thank the parents who attended the ECDS Volunteer Appreciation breakfast event this week. At the event, Mrs. Marasco, Mr. Lehmunn, and Mrs. Porterfield expressed their appreciation of the volunteers who have done so much to enhance the experience of our students this year. We appreciate every parent and grandparent volunteer who took the time to volunteer, whether they helped in the classroom, drove on field trips, assisted with school events, took photographs of their classrooms and at events, or helped in some other way. All volunteers will be receiving a succulent plant in a bucket as a “thank you” gift. If you weren’t able to attend the breakfast event, please stop by the Library to receive your gift from Mrs. Marasco.

Tickets are on sale now for the exciting musical production of “The Aristocats”. You can purchase tickets before and after school at the tables outside the office. Tickets are selling fast with one show already sold out, so be sure to purchase your tickets soon!

ECDS students were given a special presentation of Classical Indian music from the country of India during the week of March 23-27. A guest musician demonstrates the Sitar instrument, and he was accompanied by Mr. Jesse on Drums and Mrs. Crawford on the Harmonium while they played a classical Indian song. The musician explained the difference between Indian music and Western music to the students. He also explained how the Sitar is constructed and played very differently from a guitar, and Mr. Jesse explained how Indian drums are constructed and played.

Spring Festival day at both ECDS campuses was on Friday, March 27. The day was filled with fun and exciting activities in celebration of the Spring season. There was a wide variety of activities for students at the Manchester Avenue campus, including egg hunts, creating washcloth rabbits, face painting, creating clay animals, easter egg relay races, scavenger hunts, gardening, and much more. ECDS was visited by Sam Bearpaw, an Apache Native American, during the Spring Festival. He told the students about the elaborate yellow and black regalia that he wore, and he explained why his regalia was decorated with eagle feathers and bells. He also performed a warrior’s dance, and then he invited ECDS teachers, parents, and students to do a traditional Friendship dance on stage with him. Spring Festival is always a great way to end the week before Spring Break!

This year’s ECDS Yearbook Artwork contest theme for Kindergarten through 8th Grade is “Becoming the Artists, Scientists, and Leaders of Tomorrow”. Artwork must be horizontal on the page, with no words on the artwork. The size should be 8 1/2 x 11, and white cardstock is available in the ECDS office to use for the contest entries or you can use white cardstock that you have at home. Entries are due by Friday, April 17. Please be sure to read all the rules on the second page of the flyer, so your student’s artwork will be in the right format for the contest. We can’t wait to see the creative entries from all of the ECDS students who enter the Artwork contest!

Mrs. Carp’s 2nd Grade class presented Biography Book Reports last week. They brought in presentation boards and other materials from home to present information about their biographical subjects to their classmates. Some of their subjects included Walt Disney, President Barack Obama, Daniel Boone, Steve Jobs, Roald Dahl, and George Washington.

Students in many classrooms celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by wearing green and doing lots of fun activities. The St. Patrick’s Day leprechauns “decorated” the Kindergarten classrooms with lots of glitter, colored streamers, and green footprints, and they left gifts for each of the students. 1st Grade students worked on a fun activity packet that included math, reading, counting exercises, and games related to St. Patrick’s Day. 4th Grade students put their knowledge of Simple Machines to create Leprechaun Traps composed of Simple Machine parts, and they enjoyed “Shamrock Shakes”.

2nd Grade students went on their annual field trip to Miner’s Gems and Minerals in Old Town last Wednesday. The 2nd Grade is learning about rocks and minerals in their Earth Science studies, and this field trip enhanced their studies with information about rocks and minerals found in San Diego County. The students enjoyed panning for minerals just like the miners did in the California Gold Rush, and they were excited to find many colorful rocks in their pans.

5th Grade students went to AstroCamp in Idyllwild for 3 days last week, where they learned about astronomy and performed a variety of interesting science experiments. They also had lots of fun rock climbing, hiking, “vinewalking” between pine trees, and ziplining on the Sky Coaster.

Students from Kindergarten through 8th Grade ran hard in the Jog-A-Thon last Friday, motivated by their desire to help other kids. Each class ran for a half-hour with their laps being tallied by parents and teachers, and every student worked hard to complete the most number of laps they could run. It was heartwarming to see students who were waiting for their Jog-A-Thon time cheering for the last class of students who were finishing up their time. After running their laps, all of the students enjoyed an iced popsicle treat to cool them down. Thanks to all of the parents and other family members who came out in the heat to cheer on your children and their classmates in the Jog-A-Thon. It was a very successful event, and we couldn’t have done it without all of you!

Ms. Mulligan’s 3rd Grade class continued their work on the 6+1 Traits of Writing by writing stories using 2 specific traits last week, which were Organization (making sure the writing grabs the writer’s attention and follows a logical sequence) and Conventions (capitalization, punctuation, proofreading, and editing). The students were given a story prompt to take a fairytale and make it their own, and their story needed to have a beginning, middle, and end. Their stories and accompanying artwork are currently displayed on their bulletin board.

There’s still time to qualify for Early Enrollment Discount pricing on ECDS Summer Campz programs. Take a look at this summer’s catalog and build your summer vacation around your child’s favorite camp weeks! The camps are open to the public, so pick up an extra catalog or two in the office and share them with your child’s neighborhood friends.

A big THANK YOU to all of our ECDS students and families who collected pledges for the Jog-A-Thon, as you helped to make it a very successful event! Your student brought home a large manila envelope after the Jog-A-Thon containing their yellow Pledge Sponsor Sheet, and all of the pledge totals have been calculated on the sheet according to how many laps your child ran in the Jog-A-Thon. If your child forgot to complete a Pledge Sheet, you should have received a Pledge Sheet showing how many laps they ran and it’s never too late to make a donation. ECDS students need to collect the pledge money from their sponsors in their manila envelope over the next 2 weeks, and the Pledge Sheets and pledge money should be brought back to your teacher or the office by Friday, March 27 in the manila envelope. Please remind all of their sponsors that “Gift of Life International” is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization under Tax ID #56-2322626, and all donations are tax-deductible.

On Friday, the 5th Grade classes went on an exciting “Voyage to Mars” in the Nierman Challenger Learning Center at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park. The students worked in teams and followed detailed step-by-step instructions to simulate replacing a crew working at Chryse Station, a permanent research base on the Martian surface, in the year 2076. In addition to doing research on Mars, students calculated trajectories for entering and exiting Martian orbit and launched probes to the Martian moons of Phobos and Deimos. Each team of students performed specific jobs during their mission, including weighing components needed to build a probe and calculating its mass, recording the vital signs of other astronauts, determining the nutritional value of foods on the spacecraft, and exploring the planetary geology of Mars.

On Friday, Ms. Maggie presented a Kindergarten assembly about the character values of Honesty and Patience to the Kindergarten classes. The Kindergarten students watched a Berenstain Bears video about telling the truth, and then Ms. Maggie presented different scenarios to the students and asked them to tell her what would be the right thing to do in each of the different situations. These monthly Kindergarten assemblies give ECDS Kindergarten teachers the opportunity to focus on specific character traits and reinforce the character-building activities their students do in class every day.

Mrs. Rowe’s 4th Grade class has been learning about Simple Machines in their Science lessons. Simple machines are mechanical devices that change the direction or magnitude of a force, and the six most common simple machines include the lever, wheel and axle, pulley, inclined plane, wedge, and screw. Students were able to create their own simple machines in class, using different parts from a Simple Machines kit.

The National Education Association’s 18th annual “Read Across America Day” celebration of reading and Dr. Seuss’s birthday was on Monday, March 2. Ms. Maggie’s and Mrs. Olson’s Kindergarten classes celebrated on Monday with lots of fun activities, and the celebration continued all week with special guests reading Dr. Seuss books to the Kindergarten students each day. Guest readers included Mr. Lehmunn, ECDS Principal, Mr. Rowe, ECDS Middle School English/History teacher, and Mr. Kraig Kidd-Dragula, ECDS Drama teacher. Mrs. Bremermann’s and Mrs. Herrschaft’s 1st Grade classes also celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday with lots of fun activities related to Dr. Seuss including word searches, artwork, games, and reading Dr. Seuss books.

5th Grade students in Ms. Hayes’ and Mrs. Dattaray’s classes created spectacular miniature “Wonders of the World” projects, which are on display in their classrooms. For their Literature studies, students read the book “The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs” together in class. Then, they created their miniature projects depicting either wonders from the book or real wonders in the world, including the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Great Barrier Reef, Easter Island statues, Great Pyramid of Giza, Great Wall of China, Stonehenge, and many more.

“Odyssey of the Mind” is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. A 7-member team of 4th and 5th Grade students represented ECDS at an “Odyssey of the Mind” competition in San Diego in February. Their team won 2nd Place, and they will be competing in the California State Tournament at UC-Riverside on March 28. The ECDS team chose to solve a “Silent Movie” problem, so their team created and presented a performance depicting a Director character that produces and presents a silent movie featuring a humorous villain character that commits three silly acts of villainy. The characters couldn’t speak since it was a silent movie, and the team had to use music played on a team-created instrument and use creatively displayed subtitles to convey their story to the audience and judges. Congratulations to all of the ECDS Odyssey of the Mind team members!

4th Grade students in Mrs. Rowe’s and Ms. Reeves’ classes demonstrated the character trait of having a “Positive Attitude” at last Friday’s assembly. Their entertaining performance included a series of amusing skits written by Mrs. Rowe. Each of the skits first showed the students doing an activity with a poor attitude, and then showed the students doing the same activity with a positive attitude after using a product that improved their attitude. The students ended their entertaining performance by singing “Changes in Attitude”, with lyrics written by Ms. Reeves. Students who participated in the Winter Sports teams received certificates and team photos at the assembly as well. The teams included the Boys Basketball, Girls Soccer, Boys Junior Varsity Soccer, and Boys Varsity Soccer teams.

We Need Your Photos! If you have taken any photos this year at school events, on field trips, or in your child’s classroom, please share them with the Yearbook team. If you only have a few photos, you can email them to Peggy Gardner (ECDS Yearbook Editor). If you have more than a few photos, please save the photos onto a Flash Drive or a CD, and drop it at the front desk (let us know if you need to borrow a Flash Drive). We need high-resolution photos, so please make sure they are the “original size” photos and do not reduce the size of the photo files. Please submit all of your photos by March 20, and thanks for sharing your photos!

The Kindergarten classes went on a Field Trip to the Natural History Museum in Balboa Park last Friday. In their “Cetacean Sensation” workshop, the Kindergarten students learned all about whales at different exhibit stations, including whale chatter, comparing their teeth to whale teeth, and putting their hands in “blubber” to feel how it insulates and protects whales from icy cold waters. One of the students’ favorite stations a demonstration of whale blubber insulation, where the children got to feel how blubber insulates and protects whales from cold waters.

Ms. Mulligan’s and Mrs. Nelson’s 3rd Grade classes presented Biography Book Reports on people who were important figures in American history last week, to enhance their current unit of study on United States History. Students created colorful presentation boards with photos and information about their subject, and many of the students also dressed in costumes to represent their subject. The Book Report subjects represented a wide variety of historical figures, including Henry Ford, Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony, President Barack Obama, Helen Keller, Bill Gates, Louis Armstrong, Cesar Chavez, and Clara Barton.

The 4th Grade classes went on a field trip to the Star of India Maritime Museum in downtown San Diego last Thursday. This is one of their most exciting field trips of the year, where they learn about California history from the perspective of sailors during the time of the California Gold Rush. During their tour of different sections of the ship, they learned about the tasks that sailors were required to perform and what it was really like to live on the ship during that time period.

Last Friday marked the conclusion of an 8-week cultural and educational enrichment visit to ECDS by five elementary age students from South Korea. Each visiting student served as an ambassador, providing a bridge between peers in their home country and their ECDS classmates, with both groups of students exchanging valuable insights into their respective lives. The exchange program required each of the South Korean students to give a series of presentations to their classmates over the 8-week period, and they gave their final presentations last Wednesday. Each classrom also had a party to say goodbye to the South Korean students last Friday.

Mrs. Carp’s 2nd Grade class sold lots of vegetables to their families at their Garden Sale last Tuesday, including arugula, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, curly kale, dinosaur kale, swiss chard, and herbs. Some of the produce was grown and harvested from their classroom garden, and families brought in additional items from their home gardens for the sale. The students took turns being cashiers to enhance their lessons about money, using cash registers to figure out the total cost for their family’s order and give change back.

Last Friday, the Kindergarten classes had a visit from a volunteer who works for the The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, to enhance their Botany lessons. The volunteer explained all about seeds, flowers, and bulbs/tubers and how plants grow, as well as how the staff at the Flower Fields harvest seeds from the ranunculus plants to plant for each year’s flower crop.

5th Grade students began their unit of study on the Solar System last week. This photo shows some of Ms. Hayes’ students researching the planets on Thursday. The 5th Grade has several exciting activities planned for March where they will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of the solar system, including a “Voyage to Mars” at the Nierman Challenger Learning Center in the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, as well as their annual 3-day trip to AstroCamp in Idyllwild.

Many classes celebrated the Chinese New Year last week. Parents gave presentations to explain the history and traditions of the Chinese New Year, and they brought in banners, traditional clothing, gift token envelopes, tangerines, and delicious food to accompany their presentations.

Mrs. Carp’s 2nd Grade class recently completed beautiful portraits of students in their class, which are currently on display in their classroom. Each student also wrote a poem about themselves to accompany their portrait that was created by a classmate.

Mrs. Fleming’s Transitional-K/Kindergarten Class at the Encinitas Boulevard campus surprised their parents by mailing Valentine postcards to their family in the mail last week. This is a fun way for the children to go through the steps of the Postal system including writing and addressing their valentine, putting a stamp on their envelope, and going to the mailbox and mailing it. They were so thrilled to surprise their parents with this fun job. They also delivered their Valentines to each other in our classroom in their personal Valentine boxes, and ended their fun day with a freeze-dance ice cream party.

3rd Grade students went on a Field Trip to the Discovery Center at Aqua Hedionda Lagoon in Carlsbad last Thursday. They attended a workshop called “Adaptations: Live and Learn”, and students rotated through 5 different stations to learn why natural adaptations are important to plant and animal wildlife. At the “Bird Beak Buffet” station, which highlighted different bird beak shapes which helped students understand the food that is the best fit for each bird, one of the activities required students to practice to be a woodpecker by using chopsticks to mimic the actions of a woodpecker’s beak.

Ms. Reeves’ 4th Grade class found educational value in their Valentine’s Day heart candies last week. They sorted their Sweethearts candy hearts to determine which color Necco, the candy company that creates the candies, thinks is most appealing to their customers. Students charted the frequency that different colors occurred in their candy boxes on individual graphs, and then they used a large bar chart on the white board to tabulate the results for the entire classroom. The results showed that Yellow was the winner with 85 occurrences in 15 boxes of candy, followed by Pink, Orange, White, Green, and Purple in order of the number of occurrences.

It was all about the number 100 in Kindergarten and 1st Grade last week, as the students celebrated the completion of the 100th day of the school year with lots of fun activities. Some of the activities included creating “100” artwork with 100 colorful decorations, counting how many students they could jump up and down in 100 seconds with some impressive jumpers who were able to jump more than 100 times in 100 seconds, and arranging snacks on counting sheets to make an impressive display of 100 things!

Thank you to all of the wonderful parents who stepped up to help with the annual Valentine’s Day Cake Walk and Cupcake Lounge. We would like to thank all the generous families who brought in delicious cakes and baked goods on Wednesday, which were used as the prizes that made the Cake Walk event so exciting for the students. If you saw all the happy faces dancing around the circles and carrying off their sweet prizes, you know how much fun we had! We cannot do these kinds of events without volunteer help and they are the kinds of things that foster our wonderful school community. The Middle School Student Council would also like to thank everyone who purchased Candy Grams last week. The students earned over $500 through the Candy Gram sales, which will be used for their end-of-year trip.

Mr. Kraig Kidd-Dragula and Ms. Deb’bora John-Wilson are excited to announce that the spring musical, The Aristocats, has been cast and the cast list can be seen on the large marque outside of the Library. Congratulations to everyone who auditioned for the show! Mark your calendars to attend one of The Aristocats performances on May 14 through May 17.

February is “Dental Awareness Month”, and the Kindergarten students are learning how to take care of their teeth this month. On Thursday, Flossy and April from Davis Pediatric Dentistry came and shared the importance of brushing and flossing your teeth.

1st Grade students went on a field trip to the Children’s Museum in downtown San Diego last Wednesday. They toured the museum and tried out many of the museum’s interactive exhibits, including creating seed balls, blowing bubbles, constructing shapes with wooden pieces, jumping in a jumpy, and climbing on a rope structure.

The students who are visiting ECDS from South Korea gave presentations to their classes last week as a cultural exchange activity. The students chose different topics about their country to present to their classes, including the food they eat and how it compares to American food, the geography of South Korea, and their culture and customs. The students will be leaving ECDS and returning home to South Korea in the next few weeks.

7th and 8th Grade students read with their Reading Buddies in Kindergarten last week. The Reading Buddies program is beneficial to both groups of students, as the Middle School students fulfill their Character class requirements while helping the Kindergarten students improve their reading skills. Everyone enjoys this activity because they get to make new friends in a different age group and wave to their new friends when they see them around school.

The library was full of excitement and excellent spelling on Thursday during the annual ECDS Spelling Bee. All of our contestants came well prepared and did a great job. Kaushik Prabhu was the winner of Division I, with Rhea Kerwin and Jack Shaewtz tied for second place. Miles Pulvers and Sean Oxenhorn tied for First Place in Division II, with Alexandra Kidd-Dragula finishing in second place. In the Division III category, Jakob Abraham was the overall winner, with Koosha Tabrizi coming in second. Congratulations to all of the contestants who worked so hard to make it to the finals.

3rd Grade students gave a presentation about the character value “Respect” at February’s First Friday Assembly. Many students wore colorful costumes representing people from all over the world. The 3rd Graders started their presentation with a slideshow that they had created in their Technology classes. The slides showed images that the students had selected to demonstrate the Fundamental Needs of Humans, including shelter, nutrition, physical health, religion and philosophy, social acceptance, communication, transportation. The final slide summed up their presentation with the words “We are all Different, We are all One, Respect Everyone”. Then, the students sang and danced to the song “We Are One (Ole Ola)”, which was the official song for the FIFA World Cup 2014 event. It was a very colorful and moving presentation that was greatly enjoyed by family and friends in the audience.

Dancer’s Workshopz classes offer a wonderful way for students to begin their exploration of body movement to music. In addition, they are introduced to traditional Ballet and Jazz techniques. The Spring Session of the Dancers Workshopz classes at the Encinitas Boulevard campus begins on February 12 and continues through May 8 (no classes on February 13, April 2 and April 3). There will be a dance recital in full costume at the end of the session for family and friends. You can sign your child up for the class by filling out the enrollment form and submitting it with your payment to the office.

Last Friday afternoon, 3rd Grade students took over the lower field with a number of fun activities to celebrate the character value of Respect. They played a Flag Football game at one end of the field and a Soccer game at the other end of the field, and all of the students did their best to play respectfully with each their classmates. Students also took part in fun activities including making Respect posters and bouncing balloons.

Kindergarten students have been learning about whales this month, as part of their research on mammals. To help the students understand the comparative length of the different whale species, the students used string to measure out the length of the different whales last week. They started with the common dolphin (9 feet long), followed by the killer whale (30 feet long), humpback whale (40 feet long), gray whale (45 feet long), sperm whale (60 feet long), and the blue whale (100 feet long).

Mrs. Livingston’s 3rd Grade class presented Biography Book Reports to their classmates last week. Students brought posters and other materials to illustrate their biographical subject. The Book Report subjects spanned a diverse group of historically famous people, including Paul Revere, Squanto, Sally Ride, Amelia Earhart, and Mark Twain. Some students even dressed up in period costumes to represent their subject.

Ms. Mulligan’s 3rd Grade class has been practicing their 6+1 Traits of Good Writing, which include Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, Conventions, and Presentation. Ms. Mulligan supplies the students with a prompt to get them started, and then the students use the writing traits to write a paragraph and create artwork to accompany their paragraph. The work currently on display in their classroom starts with the prompt “If I could have any pet…”. Some of the pets that students wrote about included a dragon, a panda, a unipeg (a combination of a unicorn and pegasus), a turtle, a python, and many more.

ECDS Summer Campz are week-long, action-packed, age-appropriate, teacher-supervised, educational summer programs filled with fun, discovery and adventure. Catalogs for the 2015 ECDS Summer Campz programs are now available in the office. Now is the time to make your summer vacation and camp plans so that you can sign-up your child in time to qualify for Early Enrollment Discounts. The camps are open to the public, so please pick up a catalog for family and friends who might be interested.

NOTE: In 2015, all Campz run in six (6) weekly segments, beginning July 6 and ending August 14. Enroll your child today in the Summer Campz Kids Love!

The ECDS Spring Musical will be “The Aristocats”, directed by ECDS Drama Instructors, Mr. Kraig Kidd-Dragula and Ms. Deb’bora John-Wilson. The Aristocats is an old Disney classic that is the story of Madame, a retired opera singer living in Paris, who is planning to leave her entire estate to her beloved cat, Duchess and her three kittens, Marie, Toulouse, and Berlioz. However Edgar, the butler, is upset that her fortune is not being left to him and he comes up with a scheme to get it. Will he succeed? The Aristocats is a musical filled with a lot of action and a wonderful story for students of all ages.

Students can schedule an audition for the show on Monday, February 9 OR Tuesday, February 10 from 3:30-5:00 pm. All students should come in comfortable clothes for movement and be prepared to sing a song of their choice. Parents should attend one of the Production Information Meetings scheduled for Tuesday, February 3 from 3:15-4:30 pm OR Wednesday, February 4 from 9:15-10:30 am. A description of the show, detailed outline of the expectations and rehearsal schedule and associated cost will be presented at the meeting. Sign-up sheets for the auditions and parent information meetings are in the school office.

3rd Grade students in Mrs. Livingston’s class were working on 3-Dimensional Biome Maps of North America last week. Their map projects go through several phases before they are completed - the first phase of the project is to draw the map of North America and add the mountain ranges using clay models, and the second phase is to paint the map using different colors to depict different biomes.

4th Grade students presented Book Reports on Fiction books last week. Each student used materials they had created to illustrate their presentations, including posters, dioramas, presentation slides on a computer, and other materials.

Mrs. Carp’s 2nd Grade class harvested the vegetables from their classroom garden last week. Their harvest included swiss chard, cabbage, kale and lots of other vegetables, and the students were excited to take vegetables home to share with their families.

4th Grade students went on a Field Trip to the Natural History Museum in Balboa Park last week. The students toured the King Tut exhibit to learn more about Egyptian history that they’ve been studying in class this year. They also visited all of the other exhibits in the museum.

2nd Grade students went on a fun and educational Field Trip to Balboa Park last week. The students toured the Botanical Garden building, where they completed botanical research on some of the unusual plants they found in the garden. They also went to see a play called “Dinosaurs Before Dark” at the San Diego Junior Theatre, and they had lunch in the park before heading back to school.

1st Grade students created Prefix Animals artwork last week to show what they have been learning about prefixes in their language studies. One of the projects showed a Hepta-Tailed Seahorse, and the student who created it added text to explain that the seahorse has 7 tails so it can swim fast. Other artwork created by the students included a Penta-Armed Monster, a Hexa-Winged Fairy, and a Penta-Eyed Snake.

2nd Grade students presented their Book Reports to their classmates last Friday. Students created elaborate posters, dioramas, games, and other materials to illustrate their book reports. The students were very excited to share what they learned from their books, as well as to give their opinions on whether they would recommend the book to their classmates.

At the January First Friday Assembly last week, 2nd Grade students gave a presentation on the character attribute of “Courage”. The students recited a dramatic choral reading from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech, explaining courage by describing the events of the Civil Rights movement. They sang the song “Stand Up” which asked the audience to stand up and use their voice to make a change in the world. Parents and students in the audience applauded their touching performance enthusiastically. Mr. Peter Carmichael, ECDS Science Teacher, also presented all of the ECDS Science Fair winners with their medals and trophies at the Assembly.

5th Grade students will be creating a display of the Elements of the Periodic Table for the ECDS Open House on January 25. As part of their studies on elements, the students created their own elements by drawing a picture and writing a description of elements they created themselves. Their elements have very creative names, including Airtonium, Kittytonium, Rainbonium, Phoebium, Unicornium, Fashionium, Fluftonium, Gastromon, and many more.

The Winter Session of the Arts Workshopz program begins this week. You can find enrollment forms in the display rack in the office. You can still sign your child up for these fun and educational after school classes by filling out the enrollment form and submitting it with your payment to the office. There are 5 different Arts Workshopz to choose from in the Winter Session:

  • Artist’s Workshopz (Grades 1-8)
  • Ceramics Workshopz (Grades 1-8)
  • Dancer’s Workshopz (Grades K-5, Classes begin in February)
  • RockBand Workshopz (Grades 3-8)
  • Singing Workshopz (Grades 3-6)

We’re pleased to announce that this year’s ECDS parade entry featuring a “Nutcracker Ballet” theme won a 2nd Place Award in the “Best Use of Lights” category. Thanks again to everyone involved with making our ECDS parade entry such a spectacular success.

For the next 2 months, we have several students from South Korea who will be studying alongside our ECDS students in Kindergarten, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grade. Students in South Korea are off school in January and February for “Winter Break”, and their families often use this time to travel and experience other cultures and countries.

The 4th Grade classes started working this week on the projects that they will be displaying at the ECDS Open House on January 25. The students in one of the 4th Grade classes assembled and painted their California Mission model, and then they added fountains, shrubbery, walkways and other features. They will continue adding many more elements through the next few weeks, and it will be a spectacular display when it is shown at the Open House event.

The Holiday Program at the Encinitas Boulevard campus on Friday, December 19 was a delight for the children, their families and the staff. Each classroom’s program started with our Music teacher, Mrs. Crawford, leading the children in music, dance and songs, embracing the spirit of the season. For the finale, the children sang Jingle Bells, and Santa appeared with a pack upon his back and an elf by his side! Eyes were wide with excitement as Santa sat down in his special chair and warmly greeted the children one by one, sweetly giving them each the gift of a book and a candy cane. After Santa and his elf departed, all the families had a chance to mingle and enjoy some festive treats together.

Students in many classes had Hanukkah celebrations on the first day of Hanukkah in December. Parents who celebrate Hanukkah came in to their children’s classes to explain the history and traditions of the holiday to the students. Students celebrated with their classmates by lighting menorahs, playing the Dreidel game, and eating traditional Hanukkah food including potato latkes.

The annual Kindergarten Holiday Programs at the Manchester Avenue campus were held on Wednesday, December 17. Students sang and danced together while Mrs. Crawford played a variety of festive holiday songs on her keyboard. All of the Kindergarten students were excited by a special visit from Santa Claus at their performances. Santa made a big entrance as he came into the library and greeted all of the students, and then he danced with his elf to the song “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” to show his holiday spirit. After the Kindergarten performances, Santa brought smiles to all of the students’ faces when he visited the classrooms and playgrounds at the Manchester Avenue campus.

5th Grade students went on a Field Trip on December 17 to sing a variety of holiday songs to seniors at a local retirement facility, which is always a big hit with the seniors who reside there. The 5th Grade students finished their day of fun with ice skating at the Iceoplex in Escondido.

Thank you to all of our ECDS families who contributed gift bags and backpacks full of gifts and necessary items for the annual ECDS Kids-to-Kids program in December. The brightly wrapped packages made a beautiful display under the tree in the Library, as shown in this photo. All of the packages were delivered to Interfaith Community Services on December 18. The Interfaith staff distributed them to families in need, and your generous gifts brightened the holidays for many children in North County.

On Thursday, December 18, ECDS students in 1st through 8th Grade put on a series of special Holiday Performances that brought smiles to everyone in the audience. Music, singing, and acting were all showcased by our talented students, who were directed by ECDS Drama Instructors, Mr. Kraig Kidd-Dragula and Ms. Deb’bora John-Wilson, and ECDS Musical Director, Mrs. Nicky Crawford. Thanks go to all of the Music and Drama staff in the ECDS Performing Arts Department for their hard work in setting up and running the shows, as well as to the parents and teachers who helped to get all our of students ready to perform.

Thanks to all of the ECDS students, parents, and staff members who participated in the Encinitas Holiday Parade on Saturday, December 6. This year’s exciting ECDS parade float design featured a Nutcracker Ballet theme. Students who walked in the parade were dressed as colorful characters from the ballet, including Snowflake Ballerinas, Nutcracker Soldiers, and Mice. Older students who rode on the float were dressed as the primary characters in the ballet, including Clara, the Nutcracker, the Mouse King, the Sugar Plum Fairy, a Nutcracker Soldier, and Snowflake Ballerinas. We invite you to view this video showing the ECDS parade float at the Encinitas Holiday Parade, so you can see our ECDS students in action!

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1st Grade students are displaying timelines of their students’ lives on their classroom bulletin boards. The timelines show photos and text from different important events for each student, starting from when they were babies and continuing through this year. Creating a timeline of their own life helps the students understand how they fit into the bigger picture of the Timeline of Life, which is an important Montessori concept that they will build on in older grades.

There will be NO SCHOOL from Monday, December 22 through Friday, January 2 for the Winter Break. Classes will resume on Monday, January 5. Daycare will be available at the Encinitas Boulevard Campus ONLY during the break (except for December 25-26 and January 1-2). Please contact the EB office at 760-942-2224 by end of day Friday, December 19, if your child will need Daycare during the break.

At last week’s First Friday Assembly, 1st Grade students gave a presentation on the character attribute of “Friendship”. They sang two songs with lyrics describing how ECDS students show friendship to each other every day. The first song was “ECDS is a Friendship School”, and it included the lyrics “on the playground, we all play together”, “at the lunch tables, we all use kind words”, “we remember to use the golden rule”, and “we are friends when we play and work”. The second song was “We’re Going To Be Friends”, with lyrics about making friends at school. Parents and students in the audience applauded their performance enthusiastically.

Last Tuesday, Manchester Avenue students celebrated Thanksgiving with their Thanksgiving Feasts. One of the special traditions of the annual Thanksgiving Feast is that older students help set up and serve the feast for younger students. In preparation for the feast, students chopped vegetables and prepared soups and other delicious food in their classrooms. At the feast, Kindergarten students dressed in colorful Native American and Pilgrim hats, and enjoyed delicious squash soup, bread, and pie.1st and 2nd Grade students enjoyed turkey rollups, fruit, vegetables, and pie at their feast. 4th through 8th Grade teachers served the special food items their classes had created for their feast, includinga variety of vegetable soups, fruit, bread, and pie. 6th Grade students also prepared several traditional Native American dishes to illustrate what they’ve learned about Native American food in their class this year, including butternut squash and Wampanoag Nasaump (cornmeal with maple syrup, pumpkin seeds, and raspberries).

Last week’s Thanksgiving Feast was a warm, loving, and peaceful event in which the children experienced a bit of our American tradition by taking a moment to give thanks for all that we have. It all started the week before Thanksgiving with the preparation of a Friendship Stew, the creation of unique and individual Native American and Pilgrim hats, and an abundance of stories and art revolving around the first Thanksgiving. On Tuesday, the day of the feast, parent volunteers donated pies, juice, and corn muffins to accompany the stew, and then prepared the tables for the children. The children were called to the table and led in a prayer by a Native American and a Pilgrim. Then they got to eat the much anticipated Friendship Stew! All in all, it was a special and fantastic day.

After school Arts Workshopz are open to the public and begin their Winter Session of weekly classes in January 2015. Enroll now!

3rd Grade students went to the San Diego Zoo last week. This annual field trip supports their studies of Primates and the Timeline of Humans. The 3rd Grade students visited all of the Primate exhibits, and their favorite exhibits were the Bonobo exhibit and the Orangutan exhibit because the animals were curious and interacted with all of the students.

Kindergarten classes from both campuses went on a Field Trip to Birch Aquarium last week. They participated in the “Fascinating Fish” workshop program to learn about the vertebrate class of fish. The Kindergarten students investigated the unique characteristics of fish and learned how shape, size, and movement help fish survive in their ocean habitat.

ECDS enrollment is now open to the public for Kindergarten through 8th Grade for the 2015-2016 school year. Let your family, neighbors, and friends know that we offer daily tours at 9:30 am, so they can view our campus and see our students in action!

It was wonderful to see the interest in ECDS Kindergarten classes at the informative “Preparing for Kindergarten” presentation last week. As you continue the process of evaluating options for your child’s Kindergarten year, we encourage you to take advantage of the specially tailored tours of the ECDS Kindergarten through 8th grade campus at 3616 Manchester Avenue. Campus tours take place at 9:30 am on most weekdays - no appointment is necessary. This is a great way to see what is in store for your child in Kindergarten and beyond, and get answers to any outstanding questions you may have. If you were unable to attend Kindergarten presentation this week, a similar one will take place on January 15, 2015 at the Manchester Avenue campus.

The 3rd Grade classes are conducting in-depth research on the continent of Africa this year. Mrs. Livingston’s 3rd Grade class has been researching how African people live, including the types of dwellings they live in. Students wrote paragraphs about African houses based on their research, and then they created detailed models of round African houses with straw roofs to show what the houses look like. The students also created detailed relief maps of Africa. Ms. Mulligan’s 3rd Grade class is displaying an impressive variety of work they’ve completed on their bulletin board, including research papers on African countries, African flag posters, and African maps detailing specific geographical features. The students also created a colorful variety of African mask artwork.

Mrs. Carp’s 2nd Grade class discussed Fundamental Needs of Humans last week. To understand the difference between “needs” and “wants”, they made a list of what they would take if they were going on a camping trip, and divided the list between things they would really need for the trip versus things they might want to take. They also created a Fundamental Needs poster to distinguish between Spiritual Needs and Material Needs. Students brought in small items from home to put in the pockets of the chart.

Mrs. Rowe’s 4th Grade class gave presentations to their classmates about “The Fundamental Needs of Aztec People” last week. The students paired up in teams and chose their topic from a hat, choosing between Gods & Goddesses, Food, Arts & Crafts, Clothing, and more. The student teams researched their topic and created posters, PowerPoint presentations, and other materials to present their topic to the class.

Mark your calendars to take your family to the annual Encinitas Street Faire on the 101 Coast Highway in downtown Encinitas on Sunday, November 23. Be sure to visit the ECDS booth while you’re there!

Parents of students at the Manchester Avenue campus - check your email for a message with the password you’ll need to access the photos for your child’s classroom. The email message also contains the School Photos Information Flyer as an attachment, and the flyer has all the details about how to view and order your child’s school photos online. Please note that the passwords for every classroom are case-sensitive, so we recommend that you use the copy/paste function on your computer to copy the password from the email and paste it into the password field.

In their Science Lab on Thursday, 5th Grade students created models of Beryllium Atoms using balloons, pipe cleaners, and beads. The balloon represented the atom structure, with 4 Proton beads and 5 Neutron beads in the Nucleus inside the balloon. The 4 pipe cleaners were used to show the much smaller Electron beads on the outside of the atom. The students also completed a worksheet to learn more about Atoms and Elements.

5th Grade students presented Book Covers that they created to their class this week. The students decorated the cover with a colorful depiction of the book, and they included information about the characters in the book and a review of the book on the side panels of the book cover. The colorful and creative Book Covers are currently on display in the 5th Grade classrooms.

4th Grade students went on a field trip to the Mission Trails Regional Park last week for an educational presentation on the Kumeyaay people. The students went on a one-mile interpretive walk with a guide, where they learned about about the Kumeyaay uses of native plants and wildlife resources, cultural and social customs of the Kumeyaay, and their basic way of life. The guide also showed them a unique Kumeyaay dwelling site with a granite bedrock area that has depressions worn into the rock’s surface from hundreds of years of grinding acorns and other foods, and he demonstrated how to grind acorns in one of the rock’s depressions.

The Encinitas Holiday Parade is an annual tradition for our school - not just participating, but winning! We have another amazing design this year, and we will all be able to help it come to fruition. We will start having some creative sessions over the next few weeks, with sessions in the mornings for adults and in the afternoons for students. No talent is necessary, just a desire to have fun! The parade date is Saturday, December 6. Everyone can be in the parade, and easy, inexpensive costumes will be assigned to all parade participants.

On behalf of the faculty, we would like to thank all of the parents who came to their Parent/Teacher conferences last week, as it is so important to keep the lines of communication open between all of our families and their children’s teachers. If you were unable to make an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher to set up an alternate date.

Students on the Fall Sports teams were presented with certificates and photos at November’s First Friday Assembly on Friday, November 7. The 7th Grade class also gave a humorous presentation about the character value of “Time Management” at the assembly. The presentation began with a 7th Grade student having a bad year in 2014 because he had no Time Management skills. He used the “time machine” propelled by another student to travel back in time to 2001 to learn how his lack of Time Management skills caused the problem. Then, he traveled forward to 2018 to learn that his life would be very bad if he didn’t improve his Time Management skills because he wouldn’t have money to buy food. Finally, he returned to 2014 vowing to improve his Time Management skills to create a better life. ECDS students in the audience really enjoyed the presentation and the acting skills of the 7th Graders, judging by the amount of laughter from the audience!

The Halloween festivities at the Encinitas Boulevard campus on Friday, October 31 were enjoyed immensely by everyone. All the children and teachers were dressed in their finest Halloween costumes, and one by one, each classroom joined together and created a parade around campus. The parade ended in front of the stage where a large black cauldron awaited. Ms. Chanel, dressed as a witch, Ms. Traci dressed as a Princess Bunny, and Ms. Julia dressed as Princess Elsa performed a little skit about friendship. They poured liquid Love, Honesty, Cooperation, Gentleness and Kindness into the boiling cauldron (along with a few spiders and snakes!) to create the perfect Friendship Brew. The children also received an apple from the witch and a magic ring from Princess Elsa, after which they went back to their classrooms for some Halloween treats. It was a delightful day, and a very exciting one for the children.

4th Grade students presented Book Reports on biographies to their classes last week. Their book reports covered a wide range of interesting historical figures, including Benjamin Franklin, Steve Jobs, Queen Elizabeth I, Harry Houdini, Susan B. Anthony, Bill Gates, Milton Hershey, Princess Diana, Cleopatra, Walt Disney, and many more.

Permanent Impressions is a child-safety company that creates a confidential identification packet of your child, so that you have accurate identification of your child in the event of an emergency. On Thursday, November 13 and Friday, November 14, a former law enforcement professional will come to both ECDS campuses. If you choose to have an identification packet created for your child, please return the completed form and payment to the office.

The annual Halloween Parade and Assembly were held at the Manchester Avenue campus on Friday, October 31. The 5th Grade classes led the Halloween Parade as it wound through all the classrooms, with students from each classroom joining the parade after it had gone through their room. The parade route led to the amphitheater where the students enjoyed a special Halloween Assembly. The highlight of the assembly was a funny dance performance by ECDS teachers and staff members to the song “What Does the Fox Say?”. The teachers and staff wore costumes to portray different animals, and they danced a routine led by Coach Enrico Piazza (the Fox) and ECDS Drama Instructors Mr. Kraig Kidd-Dragula and Ms. Deb’bora John-Wilson (the narrators). The finale of the show included displaying words about character attributes and traits on stage, to show how important all of these character values are to the ECDS community.

There will be NO SCHOOL on Tuesday, November 11, in observance of the Veteran’s Day holiday.

Talented student artists created and entered an amazing variety of decorated pumpkins in the Pumpkin Decorating Contest last week. Many of the pumpkins entered in the contest were donated to be prizes in the Pumpkin Walk event at the Halloween Fall Festival, and all of the students who went home with them were thrilled with their pumpkin prizes. Thanks to all of the students and their families who took part in this beloved annual ECDS activity!

First Grade students had their annual “Parts of A Plant” lesson last week. They learned how people can eat different parts of plants, including roots, seeds, leaves, and fruit. They also learned that many different things we use every day are made from plants, and they enjoyed eating many of the delicious “parts of plants” that they learned about.

The annual Halloween Fall Festival event on Friday, October 24, was a spectacular success. Students and their families enjoyed playing fun games at the classroom booths, winning lots of prizes, and eating delicious food at the event. Students of all ages especially enjoyed dunking Principal Lehmunn in the Dunk Tank booth and being scared in the spooky Haunted House presented by Middle School students. Thanks to all of the parent volunteers and school staff who made this event so special for all of our students!

Firefighters from the Encinitas Fire Department came to campus last week and gave the Preschool and Kindergarten children at the Encinitas Blvd. campus a friendly, valuable lesson on how to behave in case of a fire. The firemen talked about calling 911, and most importantly, they showed the children what a fireman looks and sounds like when wearing all his gear. The children got to touch, talk to, and give high-fives to a firefighter wearing his gear. They also learned that in a fire, this man would carry them to safety. It was a great success!

The Kindergarten classes went on a fun Field Trip to Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center last week. They learned about the lifecycle of a pumpkin, went on a hayride, petted animals in the petting zoo, and saw lots of pumpkins.

The Scholastic Book Fair is a fun annual event that we hold every fall. Thank you to all of our families who made this year’s Scholastic Book Fair such a success! We reached our goal and exceeded last year’s Total Book Fair Sales by 15%! Proceeds from the Book Fair will allow us to purchase new library books, materials and programs.

Kindergarten students had their annual visit from the Encinitas Fire Department on Thursday, Oct. 9. The firefighters described each of their jobs on their crew, explained the difference between a firetruck and a fire engine, and talked with the students about how to be safe in a fire by staying low underneath the smoke. Then, the students went outside to see all of the firefighting equipment on the fire engine. The students even got to sit inside the fire engine and pretend to drive it, which was very exciting for everyone!

Current ECDS parents are always welcome to join one of our daily campus tours at 9:30 am. The tours are a great way to see what the future holds for your child by viewing ECDS classrooms in action - especially for your child’s next few grade levels.

Parents should have received a “Halloween Happenings” Special Edition email newsletter on Friday, Oct. 10, which will help you make the most of the Halloween events that are planned for ECDS students during the month of October. These fun activities are beloved annual ECDS traditions that are fun for the whole family, so be sure to read the newsletter to find out all the information you need so your family can join in the excitement.

One of the first activities for this year’s Student Council was to set the schedule for Free Dress Fridays for the school year. Each month starting with October, the 2nd and 4th Fridays are set aside for all students to wear Free Dress. There may be some additional Free Dress days granted from time to time for special events, such as allowing everyone to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day, for example.

On Sunday, September 21, we held our annual Fall Open House event. All of the children enjoyed showing the school to their parents, siblings, and grandparents. Proud smiles were abundant as children showed off their knowledge of how to do Montessori work. Teachers presented Classroom Orientations to tell parents about their plans for the unfolding school year in their classroom. Laughter and joy filled the air as families watched the children participate in the Special Programs activities on the upper playground. The Book Fair was a huge success, as children and parents enjoyed perusing the books and selecting their purchases carefully. ECDS Kindergarten teachers were on hand to give information about the Kindergarten through 8th Grade programs at the Manchester Avenue campus. All in all, it was a beautiful Fall day filled with fun and learning.

Volunteering is a great way for parents and grandparents to become a part of our School Community. If you’re interested in volunteering at ECDS this school year, please come to to a Volunteer/Room Parent Orientation on Tuesday, September 16 in the Library. Join other parents and hear more about the events and opportunities for volunteering at ECDS. If you have any questions, see Mrs. Marasco.

Sign up now for one of the exciting After School Workshopz programs available during the Fall session. Flyers with complete information and schedules are available in the office. After School program options include: • Artist’s Workshopz - 1st Grade & above • Ceramics Workshopz - 1st Grade & above • Dancer’s Workshopz - Enc. Blvd. Campus • Dancer’s Workshopz “Jazz Team I” - Kindergarten • Dancer’s Workshopz “Jazz Fusion” - Grades 1& 2 • Dancer’s Workshopz “Hip Hop” - Grades 3-5 • Digital Art Workshopz - 1st Grade & above • RockBand Workshopz - 3rd Grade & above • Singing Workshopz - Grades 3-6 • Keyboard & Piano - Group & Private Classes - Kindergarten & above

Our annual Jog-A-Thon will be held Friday, March 14. ECDS students in Kindergarten through 8th Grade will be running laps on the track to raise money for the “Gift of Life, International” organization, and the money that is raised will provide lifesaving heart operations for children in El Salvador, Kosova, The Phillipines, and Uganda this year.

We offer campus tours every school day at 9:30 am. Just drop by to see why Encinitas Country Day School is the school you’ve been dreaming of…

Congratulations to the ECDS Girl’s Volleyball team on their wonderful season. At the end of the regular season, our team had a record of 7 wins and 3 losses. In the end-of-season playoff tournament, they lost their first game and won their second game to end the season in 3rd place in the Independent Middle School League. This was a very impressive season for the team!

SAVE THE DATE! The Encinitas Holiday Parade will be on Saturday, December 7, from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. Preparations are underway for another fabulous ECDS Float Entry. Elves of all ages are needed to bring the float to life on Tuesday, the 19th, Wednesday the 20th, and Thursday the 21st, we welcome parents and kids to put on their work clothes and wield a paintbrush. We will be working from 3:00 to 5:00 and can use all the help we can get. Please meet us at the top of the amphitheater and get ready to have some fun!

Boys in 4th to 8th Grade are welcome to join the Boys Soccer and Boys Basketball teams. Practices for both teams start will be on Monday, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 3:30 pm, starting on November 18.

Congratulations to our Girl’s Volleyball team for sweeping their final two regular season games to secure the 3rd Place seeding for the playoffs on Thursday, November 21 at 3:00 pm. We want to wish all of them the best of luck at the tournament.

Parents of students at the Manchester Avenue campus - check your email for a message with the password you’ll need to access the photos for your child’s classroom. The email message also contains the School Photos Information Flyer as an attachment, and the flyer has all the details about how to view and order your child’s school photos online.

The newest after school offering at ECDS is Singing Workshopz, which is a series of small group singing classes for students in grades 3 to 6. Singing Workshopz will focus on voice training, with students learning individual songs of choice, as well as group ensemble pieces. Voice training includes exercises and techniques that are practiced both in class and at home, all designed to help students develop their own individual ability, range and style.

Your ECDS student can enter the ECDS Pumpkin Decorating Contest by creating a decorated pumpkin and bringing it to school by Wednesday, Oct. 23. Pumpkins can be real or artificial and they can decorated however your student wants. Please do not carve the pumpkins. We hope to have a lot of creative entries to use as fabulous prizes for the Pumpkin Walk at the Halloween Fall Festival!

The library was a fun and busy place this week while our annual Fall Book Fair was underway. All net proceeds go toward buying new books and research materials for our students to use. If you weren’t able to make it to the Book Fair, you can still order online through October 22, and we will get credit for our school library.

Parent and grandparent volunteers are needed for the Halloween Fall Festival. The PTO needs volunteers to help with wristband sales, decorations, and with activities/booths on the day of the event. This is a very fun event and it’s a great way to meet other parents!

During the afternoon of Sunday, September 29, current ECDS families and staff attended the school’s 25th Birthday party. Numerous ECDS alumni students and staff also attended, going back to their roots to help celebrate the event. Prayers and poetry, dance and music, doves and birthday cake, were enjoyed by all. Everyone relived memorable moments in the school’s history when they viewed photos and memorabilia on the ECDS Timeline displays.

Hundreds of students and staff, families and friends, supporters and well-wishers gathered at the Manchester campus late in the school day on Thursday, September 26th, to celebrate ECDS’s 25th birthday, as the School’s Anniversary Year draws to a close. The gathering included poetry written by last year’s fifth graders and a dance performance by last year’s Dance Express team, and a rousing rendition of “We Are the World” performed by RockBandz staff and students. Middle School students led a procession, moving flags and the entire assemblage to positions along the central Promenade for the much anticipated dove release ceremony. Mrs. Porterfield-LaBerge reminded the assembled student body of the pebble in a pond work of the past week and the thought students had given to document the choices they would make in their own lives, now and in the future, along with their personal prayers for the world. She’d selected a student prayer to represent the prayers of each grade and proceeded to call each grade’s representative up, to have the honor of releasing a dove as she read that student’s prayer. Onlookers cheered and marveled as each successive bird joined the other members of its flock circling to the north, as they were forced by the wind to move student prayers out into the world. Following the ceremonial portion of the celebration, everyone enjoyed birthday cake, sparkling apple cider and fellowship.

School Photos are scheduled for September 24-27 at the Manchester Avenue campus and October 1-4 at the Encinitas Boulevard campus. Please make sure your child dresses according to the ECDS Dress Code on their photo days.

Congratulations to the ECDS Boys Soccer Team on winning the Interscholastic league championship! They won the game against San Diego French-American Academy in a 2-0 shutout. Our ECDS Hawks had lost in both previous matches against the French-American team this season, which made our upset victory in the Finals even more exciting. Congratulations, Red-Tailed Hawks!!

Mark Your Calendar! Encinitas Country Day School will celebrate its 25th Anniversary Open House on Sunday, January 27 from 12:30 - 4:30. This is an event not to be missed! Exhibits, presenters, performances, as well as the school-wide art show and science fair, will help make this an event to remember. You will see how much our school has grown and what the future holds. Families, friends, neighbors and the general public are welcome.

ECDS-Rising Stars Production of Alice in Wonderland opens Saturday at the Roger Rowe Theater in Rancho Santa Fe. Shows at 6:00 on Saturday and 2:00 on Sunday, this weekend and next (November 3rd through 11th). Tickets available at the door or on-campus Monday through Friday.

Encinitas Country Day School is now fully “accredited” by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. WASC Accreditation is the highest standard available for a school in the western United States. Thanks for all the effort put forth by our administration, professional staff, parents, students and friends to provide the WASC Visiting Committee with a clear view of our school and programs. We can all be proud of our school and our well-deserved success.

Summer Campz Kids Love are based at ECDS beginning June 25, running weekly through August 17. Enroll now for summer fun & adventure!

Click on “Enrichment” then “Summer Camps” for Info and Video or click on the image links below to go directly to the summer camps websites.

VarietyCampz LabCampz Actors Workshopz

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!

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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!

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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.

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Congratulations go to our Boys Soccer Team for their 6-1 win over The Grauer School last night. Way to Go, Red-Tailed Hawks!

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.

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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).

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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.

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Auditions for “The Music Man” are tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 4. Contact Ms. Colby at to sign up for an audition. Don’t miss our big events next week - the ECDS Spelling Bee on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 9:15 am in the Library, and the Middle School Music & Drama Performances on Friday, Feb. 10 at 2:00 pm in the Amphitheatre.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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We’re excited to announce that ECDS has a beautiful brand-new website! The new ECDS website reflects all of the academic and enrichment programs at ECDS in a dynamic and stylish format, and it includes many beautiful photos of our campus, students, and staff. We’d like to send special thanks to our talented website developer, Rick Bychowski (Rose and Lily’s Dad), for all of his hard work and dedication towards creating this new website for ECDS. We invite you to take a digital tour at, so you can see why we’re so proud of our new website!

Don’t miss the exciting production of School House Rock, directed by Ms. Colby and starring a lot of talented ECDS students! Shows are Sat. 1/7 at 6:00 pm, Sun. 1/8 at 2:00 pm, Sat. 1/14 at 6:00 pm, and Sun. 1/15 at 2:00 pm, and you can buy tickets at the table outside the office.

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This month’s First Friday Assembly will be held on January 13th at 9 a.m. Don’t miss our second grader’s inspiring performance about the benefits of having a “positive attitude.”

We are very pleased to announce that the ECDS entry in the Encinitas Holiday Parade was awarded a total of 4 awards. We were awarded 1st place in the “Community” category, 2nd place in the “Most Unusual” category, and our students tied for 2nd place in the “Best Performance” category. Our float entry was awarded 3rd place in the “BEST Overall” category out of more than 80 parade entries, which is a huge award that acknowledges how special our parade entry was. Thanks to Susan Bachand-Morone (Float Designer), Brian Porterfield (Float Builder), and all of our families and students for making this the best Holiday Parade ever for Encinitas Country Day School!

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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.

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All students are invited to join us as we catch a wave down 101 Mainstreet this Saturday. We’ll meet at Cardiff Classic Cars at the south end of Mainstreet at 4:00 p.m.

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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!

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Take your family to dinner at the PTO Dine-Out event at Souplantation on Thursday 11/17, and be sure to bring your flyer. Everyone from both campuses is invited to the PTO Family Movie Night on Friday 11/18, and students in grades 5-8 can enjoy their own movies at the Middle School Movie Night . Also, don’t forget that ECDS Early Re-Enrollment ends on Friday 11/18.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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

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Manchester Campus

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

Encinitas Blvd Campus

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