painted rock foundation

2015 - 2016

Open Your Heart
By The Painted Rock Foundation
September 24, 2015

WOW! Thank you to everyone who has already donated to the 252 Annual Fund Campaign. We have raised $37,313 so far to help fund our music program, impact teaching, over $25,000 in classroom supplies and our new STEM education program! But, we aren't done yet. We need a total of over $100,000 to fund this year's budget.

Let's keep it going! Every family that donates to the 252 Annual Fund Campaign before October 25th will be entered once into a raffle to win two tickets to the Madonna Rebel Heart Tour concert at Valley View Casino Center on October 29, 2015! Families that have already donated to this year's campaign will also be entered into the raffle. The raffle will be held on Monday, October 25th at 9am.

Please consider making your tax-deductible contribution today via:

Your Donation Dollars @ Work

We are so excited to announce an amazing addition to the Painted Rock teaching staff - April Palluconi! Mrs. Palluconi has joined Painted Rock as our STEM teacher. Our school is like home for April as she has a deep-rooted Panther history as a Painted Rock student and a substitute teacher. Mrs. Palluconi began teaching in 1998, primarily in Poway, teaching Kindergarten until her children were born and continuing to substitute teach as she raised her family. When she is not busy with her childrens' activities, she loves leading a Cadette Girl Scout Troop, reading, planting flowers and playing with the family's new golden retriever puppy.

Mrs. Palluconi brings an abundance of science and technology experience to our school. As a Tierra Bonita substitute and parent volunteer, she is well-versed in their science education program and will utilize this knowledge to create a grade-level, curriculum-based program that will provide organized, forward-thinking STEM education to every single one of our students. And, of course, a bunch of fun, messy experiments!

Starting in November, Mrs. Palluconi will begin teaching 8-10 science lessons to each class. Depending on the grade level, these lessons will cover biological, physical, chemical, life and earth sciences, as well as computer science and engineering.

This program will incorporate everything our special campus has to offer from all of our new technology to the garden. One of Mrs. Palluconi's goals for this year is to use the new technology in the classrooms to expose the students to the latest scientific information. The iPads and Chromebooks will allow her to access up-to-date information in a new and exciting way for the students. She plans to use the school garden to explore the life cycle of plants and to examine seeds, roots and leaves up close to explore the differences between varieties.

Mrs. Palluconi is especially looking forward to teaching about space exploration and the solar system. Her family has over sixty years of experience in the space industry and her husband and father-in-law both worked on NASA's Curiosity Rover, currently exploring Mars.

If you see her on campus, please give her a warm welcome and thank her for helping us provide STEM education across every grade and every class at Painted Rock!


Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year!
By The Painted Rock Foundation
Monday, August 17, 2015

Another year at Painted Rock with our Panther Family is right around the corner, and the Painted Rock 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 the fundraisers happening throughout the year so you can determine how and when your family wishes to participate. The Foundation is a 501c3 organization with a board of volunteer parents and staff. We determine what is to be funded by listening to YOU! We also 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 2015-2016 252 Annual Fund Campaign is currently underway and we are off to an INCREDIBLE START! Thank you to all who have already donated - past and present. This year, our goal for the 252 Annual Fund is to raise approximately $50,000, which makes up almost HALF of our annual budget. So, please consider making a tax-deductible donation. We will continue to offer 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 online and in the school office with further information on how to donate. Our Foundation website also provides information on what we fund.

Your Donation Dollars @ Work

Thanks to the generous support of our exceptional families and corporate sponsors, we are excited to share that we will have a new science teacher on staff this year, bringing science instruction into every classroom as a part of our new STEM program. Painted Rock's STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program will be curriculum-based by grade level and include all aspects of science, including computer science. Stay tuned for more information about our new science teacher and STEM program in our next blog!

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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.