Welcome to Del Sur
Doug Johnson , Principal
Office Hours: M-W & F, 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
School Hours: M, T, W, F 8:30 a.m. - 2:50 p.m.
Thurs: 8:30 a.m. – 1:10 p.m.
December 2, 2013
Greetings Explorer Families,
I hope all of you enjoyed the Thanksgiving vacation. It is
always a wonderful time to be with family and friends. This week is the last
week of the fall Principal’s Reading Challenge. We have great news to report
concerning the challenge. A great majority of our students have met or exceeded
their individual goal. However, if your child has not completed their goal,
please support them. For those students who have met their goal, they will be
invited to a special assembly next Wednesday, December 11th.
Evening Principal’s Coffee – Wednesday, December 4th beginning at 6:30 pm
Plan on joining me at my next Principal’s Coffee, Wednesday, December 4th beginning at 6:30 pm in the multipurpose room. This is a very important meeting for all of our parents from preschool through grade 5. The Director of Technology from the Poway Unified School District, Robert Gravina, will present information concerning how technology is being used to enhance and personalize learning throughout the district. Following his talk, I, along with some Del Sur teachers, will be speaking about where Del Sur is heading in terms of technology integration in our educational practices. It is my desire to have a conversation with a large group of parents on this topic. It would be great to have parents represented from all grade levels including preschool. Additionally, I will be addressing some questions that have been coming up concerning our approach to teaching in the primary grades. I have had many parents inquiring as to our approach to educating students in the K and 1 grade levels. Parents are seeking this information in order to help them in their decision making concerning where to have their child attend school next year either at Del Sur or Design 39 campus.
Del Sur Foundation
Auction Chair wanted: Plan 2014 Del Sur event of the year! Casino Night at the Ranch House 2014. The foundation is currently looking for an Auction Chair. Be the point person for our school. Plan a great party, pick a theme, raise money for your kids’ school and know you’re the person who makes Del Sur Elementary an extraordinary school.
CONGRATULATIONS TEAM DEL SUR
Congratulations to all of the Explorers and their families on a successful Thanksgiving Thank You Run! We had over 100 Team Del Sur members representing Del Sur Elementary. Looking forward to our next run in the spring!
Volunteers for the Scholastic Book Fair and Holiday Boutique
Del Sur PTA is sponsoring a book fair Friday, December 6 through Friday, December 13. In order to accommodate all of our students and their families, We have chosen to be open during all school hours for this time as well as an early morning "Breakfast and Books" on Tuesday, December 10 and an evening "Book Fair and Holiday Boutique" on Thursday, December 12.
This event is fundraising to supplement our library and add books in the classrooms to support the influx of students and changes in standards requirements.
If you are able to volunteer for this event, please see the link below and add your information to a shift or two.
Thanks, as always, for your support!
Looking for Vendors!
Del Sur Elementary PTA is currently accepting applications from vendors to participate in our first annual Holiday Shopping Boutique at the book fair. We welcome franchise vendors (we’re accepting only one vendor per franchise) as well as handcrafted artisan goods. If you have unique, fun, interesting, or useful items to sell, we want you! Please see the flyer.
Del Sur Elementary is holding a food drive with the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank! Your wonderful efforts will go a long way to help us feed the hungry in San Diego County this holiday season. This is also a great opportunity to teach our children the importance of giving.
We will be collecting non perishable food items starting December 9th, 2013 and ending December 20th, 2013. Attached is a list of most needed items as well as information about the food bank and its mission.
After school Mandarin update:
Enrollment to start soon as we aim for a late January start date!
We attempted to get a Mandarin program started in October and although we had lots of interest, we didn’t have the minimum numbers as many were already committed to other activities. The program is through All About Mandarin Academy, a local business that serves over a dozen elementary schools in Carmel Valley and Del Sur. If you remain interested or have any questions, please contact parent Chad Givens at email@example.com (415.595.5720).
Our 2nd Box Tops and Labels contest has begun. Students will be "Raking in Box Tops and Labels" in a class vs. class contest. All sheets must be turned in by Wed. Dec 18th, and winners will be announced on Fri., Dec. 20th. The top 3 classes who turn in the most will receive a teacher's choice gift card of $50, 40, and 30, respectively. New collection sheets are in the attachment above.
HOLIDAY SHOPPING AT AMAZON
Shopping at Amazon.com is an easy way to earn $$ for Del Sur Elementary! Click on the link below, and a percentage of your purchase will go to support our school. There is no sign up, and you don’t need to register a credit card. Access Amazon.com through the link below and shop as you normally would. It is that easy! Del Sur will only benefit from purchases if you go through our link below, so click on the link and
SUNNY D LABELS
The Sunny D Book Spree is ending on Nov. 30th. For every 20 Sunny D Labels we submit, a teacher can receive 20 FREE books, valued at approx. $140. We have awarded 3 teachers so far this year at Friday Flag Raffle drawings, and almost have enough labels for another drawing. If you have any Sunny D labels sitting around, please send them in as soon as possible. Note: Attach them to a collection sheet and they will count toward your class for the contest.
IMPORTANT CHANGES FOR VON'S SHOPPERS
If you are a Von's shopper and enrolled in the e-scrip program (where a percentage of your shopping order is returned to DSE), please take note. As of November 1st, your grocery order will no longer earn a %-back if you charge your groceries to a credit card! Earnings will only continue if you make your purchases with cash, check, or a DEBIT card. This change is unfortunate, but we hope you can adjust your shopping payments to continue this important give-back to Del Sur.
Thank you for all of your support of these programs! Our first contest brought in over $800 in 8 weeks! Please keep collecting and watch your class' leaf pile grow.
Foundation Make an Impact Campaign
Support your school by participating in the Del Sur Foundation’s Make an Impact
campaign. Mr. Johnson and the Foundation Board are challenging every family of
Del Sur Elementary to give to this campaign. Our goal is to get up to at least
50% participation from our Del Sur families by January 1st. If we make our goal,
the students of Del Sur Elementary will participate in an amazingly fun event in
their honor after the new year. Your generous donation is necessary to fund the
salaries of our music and art teachers, as well as Impact Teachers, electronics
and supplies. We need to raise at least $80,000 this year to cover these
costs…and your donation will help us get there! Remember, we’re a registered
501(c)3 and your donation could be tax deductible. If you prefer to donate
online with a credit card, you may do so by going to our website at DelSurFoundation.org,
and click on the donate button.
Continue to make Del Sur elementary an extraordinary school.
DEL SUR BUMPER STICKERS ARE HERE!
To offset some of the costs of 5th grade projects and promotion, the 5th grade class is selling Del Sur Bumper Stickers as a fundraiser. The 5.6" round stickers are made of vinyl
with a "no residue" tac. They are perfect for your car's bumper or window, or students may decorate their notebooks with them. The stickers will be available for sale Friday, November 8th after school, as well as next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday after early release. Please look for the poster display outside the gates. The decals will continue to be sold until the inventory is depleted.
In addition, you may also see me in room 211 to purchase your very own decal. The stickers are $3 each, and 100%of the sales go toward 5th grade projects.
We can't wait to show our Explorer Pride! We thank you in advance for supporting the fifth grade class. :)
The Fifth Grade TeamMrs. Abboud, Mrs. Epperson, and Mrs. Lorimer
H2O for Life Update --
Wow, Del Sur families! We are so amazed by all the generous giving. You have donated an incredible amount of change and have collected tons of water bottles for our partner school in Kenya. Each of our classrooms took in the change you donated this past weekend, and our total from all these coins was $1027. Incredible! Through your online and check donations, we have now collected a grand total of $2326 for Lusigetti Primary School. We will not stop there. Please continue to collect your water bottles and send in your loose change. We are global citizens, and we will make a difference for the students in Lusigetti!
Please send a bottle of water and make sure to apply sun screen to your children on the days they have PE.
See you on campus,