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Weekly Connections 11/04/2011

Nov 04 / 2011

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

Principal’s Message

Parent Teacher Conferences

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

Orientation for grades K-5 and 6-9

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

Eighth Grade Food Drive

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


— Mr. Lehmunn

Encinitas Blvd. Director Message

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

Fingerprint Safety Program

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

November 11, Veteran’s Day

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


— Ms. Safarik

From The Manchester Office

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

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

ECDS PTO “Hawk Tawk”

Halloween Festival Thanks

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

Upcoming Events

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

PTO Fundraising

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

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