painted rock foundation blog
2014 - 2015

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.