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2014 - 2015

The Foundation Thanks YOU!!
By The Painted Rock Foundation
April 28, 2015

Thank you to all of the sponsors, parents, volunteers and participants that have made the 2014-2015 school year a HUGE success!

The level of support from our families and staff donating items, creating class baskets, bidding on items, purchasing raffle tickets, attending our events and making direct donations to our Fund-A-Need program was INCREDIBLE. Thank you to each of you who participated in Foundation events in any way.

There were so many ways to participate and you all rose to the challenge, the call! We are thrilled to report that through your participation in our fundraisers this year (252, Class T-Shirts, Time with Teacher and the Auction Events), the Foundation budget is now fully funded for this school year.

We have had amazing support from our all of our event sponsors, as well as community partners!

The Painted Rock Foundation thanks YOU for all of your support!


Top 10 Reasons to Participate in the 2015 Foundation Auction Week
By The Painted Rock Foundation
March 23, 2015

More than $42,000 worth of products and services have been donated to Painted Rock by our community - local businesses, organizations, parents and staff. Even better? All of the proceeds from Auction Week go directly to Painted Rock!

The auction dinner is THIS weekend! Have you purchased your tickets for the 2015 Foundation Auction Night?

Top 10 Reasons You Should Participate in the 2015 Foundation Auction Week

10. Auction Night. An adult-only evening on March 28th-- need we say more?! We're teaming up with Uber so you can ride with ease to and from the Auction Event! To get your first Uber ride free (up to $30), sign up at or download the app, and enter the promo code VIPSTATUS.

9. Did you know 8 out of the 10 most wanted employees are employees with degrees in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)? Auction Week proceeds are used to support Painted Rock's STEM program.

8. Enter to win a parking spot that's yours for ALL of the 2015-2016 school year. Imagine never having to battle it out for a space for an entire year! Drawing is open to everyone and tickets will be pulled on March 28th. Need not be present to win. If you don't win the raffle but still want a spot, you will have a chance to bid on a second spot in the Live Auction.

7. Music curriculum in elementary school is not only just plain ol' good fun but has been found to increase intelligence, develop spatial intelligence, supports language development and better study skills. Auction Week proceeds are used to fund our music program (30 minutes per week, per class).

6. Did we say Auction Night is March 28th? Don't miss out on a chance to relax and enjoy the great community we are fortunate to have at Painted Rock. Mingle with old friends, meet new parents and chit-chat with your child's teachers OUTSIDE the circle!

5. Class sizes are BIG! Impact Teachers provide students small group instruction in reading, writing and math. Impact helps not only those kids who need assistance but also the teacher to keep the entire class continuing on track of grade level. Auction Week proceeds are used to fund more than 400 hours of Impact teaching hours.

4. With more than 200 items in the online and silent auction, there's something for everyone. And, for our Auction Night attendees, you'll have the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind experiences and items during the LIVE auction. Can't find something you have to have in the online auction and can't make it to the Auction dinner but still want to donate? Consider a cash donation to our Fund-A-Need program by selecting "donate cash" at

3. We listened to you when you ranked Science as your second priority in use of funds in a survey conducted last spring. The science pilot funded by the Painted Rock Foundation will get underway in April and we hope, with your support, to expand the program in 2015-16!

2. Teachers in the United States spend billions, yes billions! of their own money on classroom supplies. The Foundation helps our teachers equip our students' classrooms for learning. Proceeds from Auction Week enable the Foundation to continue to provide our teachers with classroom supply allowances. Our teachers are grateful for your support.

1. Don't miss Painted Rock's BIGGEST fundraiser and social event of the year! Click here to choose your way to participate!


By The Painted Rock Foundation
March 16, 2015

We all need an adult-only night out every once in a while. The 2015 Painted Rock Foundation Auction Dinner on March 28th is the perfect opportunity to get out with your date or a group of friends and enjoy a night with the Panther community. Enjoy cocktails, dinner, a silent auction and live auction to support the enriched educational experience our children are so fortunate to have at Painted Rock.

This year, the event will be held right down the street at the newly-renovated StoneRidge Country Club. You won’t have to drive far – in fact, we're teaming up with Uber so you can ride with ease to and from the Auction Event! To get your first Uber ride free (up to $30), sign up at or download the app, and enter the promo code VIPSTATUS.

As a fundraising organization, the Foundation’s goal is to offer a variety of opportunities for our families to participate in and enjoy. If you like to socialize, shop and have access to unique experiences, this is YOUR event. Please join us! You will certainly receive as you give.

Speaking of giving – Painted Rock has the most incredible group of families who consistently spend their time and contribute financially to ensure that our kids are receiving an education that goes above and beyond what many schools are able to offer. You will see this commitment when you look at the selection of baskets that our classes put together for the online auction. They are so creative and we can’t wait to see the bidding get going in our online auction which runs from March 20 – March 27.

Thank you for your support, and we look forward to seeing you on March 28th!


By The Painted Rock Foundation
March 9, 2015

Who is ready to support all the invaluable programs at Painted Rock like software and computer lab expenses, the iPad program, a science lab pilot program, music, impact teachers and classroom supplies for all the teachers?

The month of March = Activity-packed opportunities!

The Painted Rock Foundation is bringing our Painted Rock community together in several ways. Here's a sneak peek into these great Foundation fundraising events.

Mark your calendars for two evenings this month and online bidding throughout the week:

Mark your calendars for two evenings this month:

  • Fri. March 20 - Gather the family and attend Family Night from 4-7 pm. The sports-themed night includes black-top activities, the movie Big Hero 6 and delicious food trucks including dessert. Spend time looking at the incredible baskets our classrooms have assembled, not to mention the countless auction items beyond the baskets. RSVP Today!
  • March 20 - 27 - You have one week to bid for hundreds of online auction items. (Catalog of items will be available via email and sent home on March 20.)
  • Sat. March 28 - Enjoy a well-deserved, adult-only night out for the silent and live auction excitement presented exclusively at this event. Order your tickets today before they sell out!
Hundreds of unique items will be available online from March 20 - 27 OR at our March 28 event. Special auction items include but are definitely not limited to:

—A private tour and dinner for 8 at Stone Brewing Company
—A two-night stay in a deluxe view guestroom at The Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona
—A handmade quilt from our beloved, Dori Greenan
—A week-long watersports summer camp at Mission Bay Aquatic Center
—A handmade garden bench (from Ms. Rios’ uncle)
—A private San Diego Bay boating trip — winner can choose deep sea fishing or cocktail cruise
—Sign your child up for a 2-hour clinic with Kraig Chiles (Poway High grad) from the San Diego Sockers at the San Diego Sockers facility

The Painted Rock Foundation thanks you for your continued support. We are fortunate as a school community to have incredible financial and volunteer support from our families and local businesses. This support allows us to continue to implement important educational enrichment opportunities for our children. We look forward to seeing you during Auction Week!

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By The Painted Rock Foundation
January 12, 2015

The Painted Rock Foundation's Time with Teacher Online Auction is just around the corner! Carve out January 26-February 2 to bid online on special group and individual experiences that your child can share with their teacher and staff of Painted Rock outside of the classroom.

Group experiences include:

  • Bowling
  • Pump It Up
  • Laser Tag
  • Rock Climbing
  • Floaties Swim parties
  • Get Air
  • Clay ‘n Latte Ceramics
Individual experiences include:
  • Lunch with the Principal
  • Coach for a Day
  • Librarian for a Day
  • Cooking with Miss Marianna
  • Lunch with Office Staff and lots of fun opportunities!
Don't miss a chance for your child to spend some fun time with our awesome Painted Rock Staff! More details to follow in the coming weeks!

Save the Date for Auction Week: Friday, March 20 – Saturday, March 28

This year, we will celebrate the Painted Rock Foundation’s auction week Friday, March 20 – Saturday, March 28. We will kick off the event with Family Night on Friday, March 20, followed by the online auction, ending with an adult-only live auction event on Saturday, March 28 at Stoneridge Country Club! Stay tuned for more details. Want to help this year’s auction committee? Or, do you, your employer or someone you know have a product or service to donate to the auction? Please contact us at for more information. We’d love to hear from you!

Your Donation Dollars @ Work

The 2015 year is off to a great tech start! The iPad cart is now equipped with the Popplet Lite and Scratch Jr. apps! Popplet Lite (by Notion) is a visual concept mapping and collaborative brainstorming tool. And Scratch Jr. (by MIT Media Lab, Tufts University, and Playful Invention Company) is a tool that introduces students to basic computer science/programming concepts.

In addition, BrainPop is now available for use 24/7! As of 1/1/2015, students can now take advantage of BrainPop’s resources anytime, not just during the school day!


By The Painted Rock Foundation
December 18, 2014

The end of the year brings opportunities for reflecting on all for which we are thankful and opportunities to share. The Painted Rock Foundation is appreciative for our Panther family that has so graciously helped us pursue our 2014-15 fundraising goals. Your charitable donations have helped fund PE, music, supplemental math and reading instruction, ongoing technology innovation, including the iPad Program, and a diverse set of student enrichment programs that enable your child and many others to receive the best possible education.

As this year comes to an end, the Painted Rock Foundation encourages you to consider a donation to our Annual 252 Campaign. These gifts not only provide immediate benefits to our students at The Rock but can also help you achieve your philanthropic goals while providing tax benefits.

Please help us achieve our 2014-2015 fundraising goal by making a donation today! Donations can be made:

May your holidays be merry and bright! As always, thank you for our continued support!

Your Donation Dollars @ Work

Did you know that the Foundation supports the day-to-day operations of our school by funding a classroom allowance for each teacher? Some examples include:
  • Subscription for Jr. Scholastic magazine
  • Printing of classroom materials such as math, reading, writing and song books
  • Reading Olympics medals
  • Classroom camera
  • Classroom storage
  • Basic supplies such as paper and writing instruments
  • Specialized curriculum purchases
  • Apps for classroom iPad cluster
  • Educational games
Thanks to the generosity of our Panther family members, this classroom allowance assists our teachers in ensuring each classroom has the items that are necessary to provide a complete and engaging learning experience for each student.


By The Painted Rock Foundation
December 3, 2014

The holiday shopping season is upon us! Attention Amazon, Target, Vons and Ralphs shoppers, WE NEED YOUR HELP. Each of these merchants donates a portion of your purchases to Painted Rock – for free. However, YOU MUST REGISTER/RENEW your cards annually and use the Painted Rock Amazon link EVERY TIME you shop at Amazon.

To date, Painted Rock has received more than $15,000 from these programs, but that pales in comparison to other schools. We know you are busy as we head into the holiday season, but if you can give us five minutes to follow these instructions, we can dramatically increase the money Painted Rock receives.

BONUS MONEY: If you have friends or relatives (think of your relative that does all their holiday shopping on Amazon!) that can support us, share this email – anyone can support The Rock. Best of all, there is no cost to Painted Rock or the shoppers to participate and DONATE. Just like you, all we need them to do is enroll and bookmark.

AMAZON: With cyber shopping on the rise and holiday shopping in full effect, this program has become increasingly valuable. Best of all, IT IS EASY. Simply Bookmark this Amazon link and use it every time you shop at Amazon. If you lose your bookmark, you can also access the link on the Painted Rock website.

Everybody has to eat! For those of you that shop at these stores, let your appetites help fund programs for our kids. Simply link your Vons, Ralphs, and Target REDCard to Painted Rock and a share of your purchases is given to our school. The steps below provide enrollment and renewal instructions for each merchant. Existing members for Vons and Ralphs, please note that you MUST RENEW ANNUALLY for Painted Rock to receive benefits.


  • Painted Rock Ralphs Group ID: 91655
  • To Register:
    o   Click “Create an Account” in upper right-hand corner
    o   Follow 5 steps thereafter
    o   After confirming registration, link your card (see below).
  • To Renew:
    o   Click “Sign in”
    o   Click on “My Account”
  • To LINK Your Ralphs Card:
    o   Click “My Account” and then “Account Settings”
    o   Select Painted Rock 91655 as your Community Rewards Organization


    Bring this letter with you the next time you shop at Ralphs and hand to cashier at checkout.
To date, Painted Rock has received close to $13K in donations from this program!
Your Donation Dollars @ Work

Our students are in excellent hands with the new Impact teachers at the Rock. Amy Shireman and Debbie Thomas support Painted Rock students five days a week in math and reading. Their passionate and positive attitudes they share with first through fifth graders is definitely catching.

Mrs. Shireman’s detoured path led her into education where she is dedicated and committed to students feeling a sense of accomplishment. “Liking school at the elementary level so students can carry the ‘I can do it’ attitude throughout their education is my priority,” explained Mrs. Shireman who witnessed her own son reaping the benefits of reading support which gave him the tools to meet and exceed his academic goals.

Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Mrs. Shireman received a Bachelor of Science in biology with a chemistry minor from Illinois State University. After she moved to San Diego in 2003 and worked in the business development field, she realized her heart really laid in education. Returning to earn a teacher credential from San Diego State, she utilized her newfound knowledge to teach in the Cardiff School District and Rancho Santa Fe School District.

Equally motivated is Mrs. Thomas. “Asking questions is the first step to learning,” said Mrs. Thomas. “Questions show me that children are listening and thinking about thinking.”

A graduate of Chico State with a Bachelors of Arts in liberal studies and teaching experience at Cupertino Union School District provided her the foundation to make her job at Painted Rock a perfect fit. Her family moved to Poway in 2007 and she stayed home to raise her children. Don’t miss the chance to say “hi” to Mrs. Shireman and Mrs. Thomas as they are always on campus working with students or volunteering in their own children’s classrooms. These energetic individuals are a valuable asset to the school and are grateful to be a part of the change for students. The Foundation is so excited to have Mrs. Shireman and Mrs. Thomas join our teaching staff and continue to be so proud of our Painted Rock families for providing our school with these services.


By The Painted Rock Foundation
November 12, 2014

Time is flying by at the Rock! Can you believe there are less than 8 weeks left of 2014?! Certainly with Conference Week (1/2 days), Thanksgiving Week (off) and Winter Break (2 weeks off), the next two months are going to be busy! Before you know it, February "Ski Week" will be here and then...AUCTION WEEK!

This means, auction planning is in full swing! For those veterans of the Rock, you know Auction Week is a major fundraiser for the Painted Rock Foundation and we rely heavily on securing donations for our online, silent and live auction from not only our community businesses, but from you – our Panther family. We are officially open for business and ready to receive your donations and sponsorships. Donations can be any size, shape or amount but we ask that you please save your gently-used donations for the Spring Garage Sale!

Need ideas for donations? Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

  • Promote Your Business - Donate an item or service from your business
  • Creative & Crafty – Have a crafty talent? Donate a homemade item for that added personal touch -- sewing items, wreaths, picture frames, etc...
  • Keep it Simple – Do you have extra gift cards sitting in a drawer that are unused? We’ll take them! These are always a big hit!
  • Adventurous Items – Consider donating your timeshares, vacation rentals or day excursions. These items always make for a FUN live auction!
  • Write a Check – Not really sure what to donate but want to help? We have a variety of sponsorships that help keep auction costs down so more money goes back into the school!
Would you like to channel your inner Martha Stewart? We can always use help with graphic design, party decorating, soliciting for donations and much more. Consider helping our Auction Committee as we plan and prep for a week of fun and fundraising to enhance the educational experience of every student at Painted Rock.

To offer a hand, please contact

Save the Dates:
  • Friday, March 20: Family Night at Painted Rock
  • Saturday, March 28: Auction Event at the newly-renovated StoneRidge Country Club
Your Donation Dollars @ Work

We are thrilled to report that the iPad class and grade-level clusters are now in the hands of our students. In addition to our mobile cart of 20 devices, we now have devices accessible to our classes on a daily basis. Grades TK-3 now have four devices per classroom, while grades 4 and 5 have a cluster of 17 devices per grade that travel from class to class.

The Kindergarten and 1st-grade classes are using their iPads during center rotations, enabling students to work individually on spelling and phonics with apps such as Hooked on Phonics, Spelling City, Word Magic and Howie Builds Words. First-grade students are currently writing narratives, creating iBooks and filming the reading of those narratives to improve fluency. In Ms. Mcmenamin's class, volunteer Zeke Kruglick (pictured above) used the classroom's newly-installed Apple TV to present a lesson in Scratch Jr., an app that introduces and teaches students about programming.

For grades 4 and 5, the 17-device cluster allows a class of 34 students to work on projects in a 1:2 device-to student ratio. If used with the cart, these students can work 1:1. For example, Mrs. Popovich's 3rd-grade class is making Videolicious videos of their "All About Me" information. They practice math facts with Math Fact Master, locate states using Stack the States and practice grammar in the Mad Libs app. The 5th graders are also using the iPads often. In Ms. Schrepferman's class, students support their science curriculum by logging onto Discovery Learning to access video segments, interactive boards, illustrations and other supplemental materials.

As technology deepens the learning experience for all our children it will be exciting to be a part of the ride of how our educators will utilize these valuable tools so students will exceed in the middle and high school years ahead of them. Thank you for valuing the future of our Painted Rockers.


Welcome to the 2014-2015 School Year!
By The Painted Rock Foundation
September 10, 2014

Here we go! Another year at Painted Rock with our Panther Family is under way and the Painted Rock School Foundation welcomes you. From time to time, you will receive this blog to keep you updated on the programs and services we are funding at our school. Our blog will also provide information on our fundraisers so you can determine how and when you wish to participate. The Foundation is a 501c3 organization with a Board of volunteer parents and staff. We determine what is funded by listening to YOU! We work with our staff on an ongoing basis to determine what needs are not being funded by the district or the state and we FUNDRAISE our hearts out to fill those gaps. Our goal is simple: to enhance the educational experience of every student at Painted Rock.

Our fundraising efforts are off to an INCREDIBLE START! The 252 Campaign has already brought in $30,230 in donations and over $5,000 in pledges from over 100 Painted Rock families. Thank you to everyone who has donated. But we aren't there yet! Our goal for this fundraiser is $50,000, which makes up almost HALF of our annual budget. So, please consider making a tax-deductible donation. And this year, we have made it even easier to participate by offering a 10-month payment schedule – that’s $25.20 per month — so we all can help make Painted Rock an extraordinary school! Any and all donations are greatly appreciated. Oh, and don’t forget to check to see if your employer will match your donation.

In case you missed it during registration, you can find our 252 flyer in the school office with information on how to donate. This flyer and our Foundation website also provide information on what we fund.

If you have any questions or concerns at any time, please email We welcome and appreciate your input.

Your Donation Dollars @ Work

Your Panther(s) may have already shared the exciting news that we have a new music teacher on staff at Painted Rock. Lauren Long will be working with each class 30 minutes per week. Ms. Long is a native San Diegan and attended school in the Poway Unified School District. She is a recent graduate from Pepperdine University with a B.A. in Music with a focus in Education. She has performed in professional vocal and instrumental ensembles and has appeared on stage in multiple regional musical theater productions. As the music teacher, she believes a fine arts education is essential for student development; providing students an outlet for creativity and expression while developing self-esteem and skills such as time management and self discipline. As the music teacher at Painted Rock Elementary School, her goal is for students to learn and experience music through dance, games, songs, and instruments.

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This issue can also be viewed at the Painted Rock Web Site.
Editors:  Mary Hill, Courtney Klepsch, Amanda Skellenger and Debra Surber.