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Weekly Connections 03/02/2012

Mar 02 / 2012

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

Principal’s Message

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


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

Winter Sports Teams

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


— Mr. Lehmunn

Encinitas Blvd. Director Message

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


— Ms. Safarik

ECDS PTO “Hawk Tawk”


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

March Dine-Out

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

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