3/7 Chelsea's Run - Balboa Park

3/11  Minimum Day/ Dismissal at 12:15pm - Professional Growth Day

3/12  ELAC Mtg 6pm DS Library

3/13 Friday Flag

3/13 Science Career Day

3/14 Super STEM Saturday at CSUSM

3/17  St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun Trap Competition

3/25 Science Family Night

3/25 or 3/26 5th Grade Parent Night at OVMS 6-7:30pm OV MPR

3/27 Friday Flag 8:30 am

3/27 Science Day

3/28  Foundation's Night at the Ranch - Havana Nights 5-10pm at the Ranch House


All visitors to our campus must check in through the Administration Office at the front of the school.


Please take a few minutes at home to carefully check your child’s health before he/she leaves for school each morning.


A student’s absence should be reported before 9:00am on the School Absence Hotline by calling: (858) 674-6200 x6303.

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.

Health Notification Regarding Pertussis 8.29.14

Principal’s Message
March 2, 2015

Greetings Explorer Families,

I would like to thank the many parents and students who attended last Thursday’s PTA/Foundation General Association Meeting and my yearly State of the School Address. I always look forward to these meetings as it gives me a chance to share all of the amazing things that are occurring on our campus. I would like to thank the many students who shared their thoughts on our art, music, PE, and our STEAM program. Their representative student voice was a wonderful addition to the conversation. I also so appreciate our parents’ suggestions and comments in helping us refine our vision. One suggestion provided by a couple of parents is to form a parent Science/Technology Advisory Committee. The role of this committee would be to serve in an advisory capacity to help us formulate a focused vision for science and technology on our site. If you are interested in participating in this committee, please email me.

Our Superintendent, Dr. Collins, sent a PUSD Family message last month about four upcoming Community Forums the District is holding over the next several weeks to receive input on developing a vision for “Personalized Learning.” Read this important message by visiting our District website at www.powayusd./depts/Super/messages.shtml. I hope our Del Sur community will be an active part of this process. I will be attending the Community Forum on Wednesday, April 1 at Oak Valley Middle School. I hope you can join me at this Forum and help ensure the voice of Del Sur is part of the conversation. Thank you in advance.

Parents, please note that on Wednesday, March 11th our students will be on a minimum day schedule. They will be dismissed from school at 12:15 pm. This is a day that the teachers and I will be involved in some professional development.

It is quite amazing that this coming Friday will be the last day of the second trimester. On Friday, March 13, students will be carrying home with them their second trimester progress report card. Our students are making tremendous progress and as a school we would like to thank our parents for your support in making sure homework is completed and that our students are reading and practicing their math facts on a nightly basis.

March is a very important academic month. There are no vacation days during the entire month. Please do your very best in making sure that your child is at school on time and ready to learn. It is extremely important. It is the collective home school effort that yields successful students. Thanks for all you do.

On Saturday, March 14th, from 10 am to 4 pm Cal State San Marcos will be hosting a Super Stem Saturday. This is a great opportunity for you and your students to participate and explore over 75 interactive demonstrations and hands-on science activities. This event will include: rocket launches, build-a-robot stations, model displays, scientist chats and animal encounters. The event is FREE and open to the public. For more information please visit

Finish Chelsea’s Run – Saturday, March 7th at Balboa Park
Join team Del Sur Explorers to support Chelsea’s Run. All grades pre-k to 5th are welcome to participate. Our goal is for 100 students to register. Please help us reach our goal.
As a reminder, this is not a school sponsored event. Therefore the school is not responsible for the students at the event. A parent or responsible adult must be present with the student the duration of the Finish Chelsea's Run. There will be over 100,000 people at this race and your child's safety is a priority. We highly encourage that you sign-up and register as a team member, however, understand that your child may want to run with his peers or realistically out-run the adults, in general. Please ensure that you communicate with your child your meeting place after the race.

Click on this link for more information and registration.

Student Council Leprechaun Trap – Saint Patrick’s Day 3/17
The DSES Student Council is hosting a leprechaun trap competition on Saint Patrick's Day. This will be open to grades K-5. We are also encouraging students to wear green on Saint Patrick's Day. We hope that a lot of students participate!
A detailed flier on how to participate in the St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun Trap contest is attached.

5th Annual Science Fair – Friday, March 27th
It is Science Fair time once again at Del Sur. Parents, I invite you to involve your student in completing a science fair project. This is an optional project and not a requirement. This year’s fair will take place on Friday, March 27th. The Science Fair projects will be on display for parent viewing in the afternoon from 2:00pm to 4pm. Students may take their projects home on Monday, March 30th.

Art Room News
Thank you so much Del Sur Families for your continued support of the Art program. It is wonderful to see all the volunteers and the many, many items that have been donated.
Del Sur has participated in two different student art contests this year. The first was Youth Art Month. This is a program put on by the San Diego Art Educators Association. Currently, four Del Sur Artists have their artwork on display at the Rose Gallery at Francis Parker School: Daniella Johnson, Grade 4. Stephen Castaneda Grade 3, Mia Dyer, Grade 1 and Eric Liu, Kindergarten. They will be on display at the Rose Gallery until March 22. Daniella and Stephen received Honorable Mention for their artwork and Mia's art received a First Place honor. Because of Mrs. N’s CAEA affiliation, Mia’s work will go on to Whittier College to represent Del Sur at the Southern Area YAM show.
Student work was also submitted to the San Diego Museum of Art’s Young Art: Making Music program. Six Del Sur students will have their work on display at the San Diego Museum of Art beginning Saturday April 11 through Tuesday May 26, 2015: Drew Quanstrom, Grade 1; Isabella Bayus, Grade 1, Eli Naval Grade 5, Chloe Fritz Grade 5, Thomas Grothe Grade 5.
Additionally, thanks to your purchases, comments, and participation, Del Sur is currently ranked #2 in the state for Artsonia! All money generated from Artsonia goes directly back into the art program. Our gallery is at
If you need more information about any of these programs or have any questions please contact: Alyssa Navapanich at

PTA DINE OUT EVENT AT THE GREEN SPOT SALAD COMPANY!!! - Mark your calendars for WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18th for a Dine-Out at GREEN SPOT SALAD COMPANY. This is a new restaurant in 4S Ranch Village Center. It is located across from Starbucks and in the same center as Fresh & Easy. This dine out will be ALL DAY!!! Green Spot will donate 20% of your bill to the Del Sur Elementary PTA.  A physical or digital copy must be presented on 3/18/15 for the donation. Come out to support your school and enjoy a night of friends and family!

DSE Foundation's Night at the Ranch - Havana Nights
Throw on your tropical whites, grab your fedoras and dance the night away at this year's Night at the Ranch - Havana Nights, held on March 28 from 5pm to 10pm at the Ranch House. Tickets are $50 per person (includes entrance, food and 1 drink ticket). ALL PROCEEDS benefit Del Sur Elementary School's Art, Music and Technology programs. The evening will include casino tables, live & silent auctions, food, libations, entertainment, raffles and more! Casino chips and additional drink tickets will be available at the event. For more info and to purchase your tickets, go to:

Del Sur Elementary PTA
The Nominating committee met on February 26, 2015 to consider all eligible candidates for the 2015-16 term of office. On behalf of the nominating committee I, Julie-Anne Zimmer, present the following slate of officers for the association’s consideration:
Position Name
President Dena Di Sarro
Vice President, Services Kelly Marshall
Vice President, Programs Ana Rubio
Secretary Skye Goulart
Treasurer Jen Lin
Auditor Tiffany Link
Membership Julie-Anne Zimmer
Communications OPEN POSITION
Vice President, Volunteers Karina Jundt and Sam Shalon

For more information please contact Julie-Anne Zimmer at

Pre-order Your Yearbooks Now!!
The 2014-2015 school yearbook is now available for pre-order. By pre-ordering your yearbooks, you guarantee that your child(ren) will receive their yearbook delivered in classroom the last week of school. There will be a very limited amount of yearbooks available for first-come-first-serve sales the last week of school for $30 CASH ONLY. We will not be accepting checks for yearbook sales or pre-orders. Pre-ordering starts NOW and goes through Friday, April 3. You can order your yearbook ONLINE ONLY at - Enter your pay code 74002 and click next

Please tape or glue (NO STAPLES! Please) 10 unexpired Box Top or 10 points worth of Labels for Education UPCs to the St. Patrick's Day sheet attached. Each filled sheet will earn you a coupon for a free Otter Pop, a raffle entry for your teacher, and fill your class’s pot with gold. All sheets must be turned in by Friday March 20th. The top 3 classes with the most submissions will win gift cards for their teacher. Happy Clipping!

Ralphs Card Linking
It's not too late - Please re-link your Ralph's card to Del Sur today! Earning over $12,000 last year, this income is vital to the "extras" your children enjoy, such as guest speakers, special projects, field trip off-sets, etc...
Re-link by:
1) Visiting to renew your contribution
(Detailed step-by-step instructions with screen shots can be found on the PTA website
2) Taking the scanbar code from your "Free Fundraiser" flier with you on your next shopping trip, and give to the cashier at checkout.
Are you linked? The bottom of your receipt should say "You have designated to support Del Sur Elementary PTA". If you have issues trying to complete the process, please call Ralph's Customer Assistance at 1-800-660-9003. Thank you!

Looking for Part-time employment?
Want to work in our schools?
Become a member of the PUSD Team!

Poway Unified is continually hiring Instructional Assistants for Special Education and ESS
and has an immediate need.

Go to the PUSD website (
and click on the briefcase icon
at the top of the page or
call 858-521-2794 for information

See you on campus,

Doug Johnson