painted rock foundation blog
2014 - 2015

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.