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Weekly Connections Newsletter 10/14/2011

Oct 14 / 2011

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

Principal’s Message

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

Student Council

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

Parking Lot

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


— Mr. Lehmunn

Encinitas Blvd. Director Message

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

— Ms. Safarik

From The Office

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

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

ECDS PTO “Hawk Tawk”

Harvest Dinner & Kid’s Night Out

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

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

Halloween Fall Festival

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

Haunted House

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

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

PTO Dine-Out at Noodles

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

Special Programs

Kids Korps – Sign up Now

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


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

Chess Academy

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

Lego Builder’s Club (Grades 1-4)

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


Picture of the Week

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

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