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Monterey Ridge Elementary Greens It Up! It came with a hefty price tag, but the 20,000 square feet of solar panels that decorate the hillside behind Monterey Ridge Elementary School are well worth the cost. The benefits are meaningful on many levels - most notable being the fact that the school is using clean renewable energy versus producing tons of carbon dioxide.
Annual 4S Ranch HOA Spring Egg Hunt The 4S Ranch HOA is teaming up with Ranchland Church once again for the annual 4S Ranch HOA Spring Egg Hunt! On Saturday, April 23, join in a scrumptious pancake breakfast complete with pancakes, syrup, orange juice, milk and piping hot Starbucks coffee. Breakfasts are made to order by San Diego’s finest Rancho Santa Fe firefighters and will be served from 9 am until 11 am.
What Our Kids Say About Going Green Since our world today is all about conservation, going green and being healthy, the future of this attitude will depend on our children. We decided to find out what kids think about the whole concept so we asked, “What does going green mean to you and what are you doing to help?”
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What does going green mean to you? Can you imagine what our parents would have thought when they were our age if asked to make their family home green? They would have said, “Well, the kitchen is a lovely shade of avocado green along with all the appliances. We can paint your room green if you’d like.” We’re in the 21st century and we’ve realized how important it is to change our lifestyle to benefit the environment. Going green is a conscious decision and one that has a positive impact on global warming, pollution, loss of animal habitats and more. It also saves us money and promotes a healthier lifestyle, which in the end benefits you and your family as well. Most “go green” initiatives involve steps to save energy, including taking shorter showers, installing fluorescent light bulbs, using less fossil fuels by taking public transportation or walking to work, and recycling household waste. Read the article in our On Your Doorstep section about simple ways to go green and save money, too. Hopefully, it will either jump start your family’s green efforts or help you add more ways to your current “green” list. Most people probably start their green efforts by recycling their household cans, plastics and bottles. At first in our house, it was so exciting to collect all those items and my kids would run to add each and every bottle
or can that was empty into the recycle container. Later, it evolved into my kids fighting over who would have to bring the recyclables out to the recycle container and now, happily, it has settled into a routine. Another way families have easily transitioned into a greener lifestyle is by limiting their use of natural resources and increasing self sufficiency. Translated: turn off the darn lights and walk to school! Seriously though, turning off lights not only saves you money, but it cuts down on resources needed to power those lights. Walking instead of waiting to be driven somewhere is healthier for the individual and it saves gas! People are also going green by buying and using only environmentally-friendly products--such as recycled paper products, non-toxic household cleaners and personal products. It’s an uncomplicated solution and environmentally-friendly products have become so much easier to find. What I find interesting and infinitely exciting is that all this recycling, turning off lights, and using nontoxic containers is becoming our children’s way of life. They no longer have to think about turning off a light or recycling a plastic bottle, they just automatically do it. Even the Disney Channel is encouraging kids to work towards a greener world. The message is loud and clear that working together, we really can save our planet.
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on your doorstep Monterey Ridge Elementary Greens It Up! It came with a hefty price tag, but the 20,000 square feet of solar panels that decorate the hillside behind Monterey Ridge Elementary School are well worth the cost. The benefits are meaningful on many levels - most notable being the fact that the school is using clean renewable energy versus producing tons of carbon dioxide. Even though it will take years to pay off the cost of the panels, the ultimate “payoff ” is that students are learning priceless lessons about energy conservation and renewable energy. These lessons will be carried forward, which ultimately benefits generations for years to come. Also notable about the panels is that quite frequently they produce more energy than the school can use! The excess energy is not wasted; it simply cycles back into the grid. Monterey Ridge had a head start on the concept of going green, but Principal Richard Newman has laid down the gauntlet and is taking no prisoners in his efforts to transform the school, staff and students into lean green eco-friendly machines. Dr. Newman feels that “being ecofriendly helps connect the students to the world they live in and helps them realize that resources are finite. This sort of character education teaches students to give back, pay it forward and help one another. It’s a win-win for everyone.” Two years ago Dr. Newman and his staff made a conscious decision to do away with the tremendous amounts of paper that was filtering through the school. They began their e-packets which completely eliminated the need for paper, dramatically cut down the amount of labor required to produce paper packets, made it easier for parents to read about what was going on at the school (no more smashed flyers at the bottom of backpacks), and created more direct communication between the parents and the school. Here are more actions taken by Monterey Ridge to go green and become Earth partners: Recycling is big at Monterey Ridge. Collecting bottles and cans is a simple concept, but effective, and is yet another way for students to stay connected to their world.
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The Wheel of Experts (GATE Students) allows older students to go into 1st grade classrooms and share the information they have researched regarding the environment. It gives the Gate Students the opportunity to be leaders and it gives the younger students an opportunity to learn about green concepts from their older peers. Compass Learning is a computer-based and eco-friendly learning tool incorporated into the everyday routine of the school. There are no paper worksheets and the lessons are all individualized to the student. No keeping track of a sea of paperwork, no trying to keep up with a worksheet designed for the masses, just a simple, direct connect with each and every student at the school. From the tilling of the soil to the building of the fences, the school garden located in the front of the school was another conscious effort to connect students to the earth. Student gardeners were thrilled when they recently harvested lettuce and carrots and used it all for school lunches one day! Where can students grow seedlings and test science experiments? Why, in the miniature green house, of course. Yes, the school even has a small green house located behind the “C” village where students can learn about trapping heat from the sun and creating microclimates. Coming soon to Monterey Ridge will be the first ever school orchard in the district. The school recently received a grant which will enable them to literally build a small orchard on the northwest corner of the school. Each grade level will be allowed to custom select several types of fruit trees. These trees will line the circumference of the designated orchard area. The vision is to have an outdoor living classroom, complete with flourishing fruit trees, benches, and shade structures. Monterey Ridge is on a mission to defend our precious resources, captivate young minds and teach children to use the Earth with love and respect. Many schools and businesses are following similar paths. If each individual joined in with similar efforts, we would ultimately preserve a world that could be passed forward with pride.
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on your doorstep Annual 4S Ranch HOA Spring Egg HUNT The 4S Ranch HOA is teaming up once again with Ranchland Church for the annual 4S Ranch HOA Spring Egg Hunt! On Saturday, April 23, join in a scrumptious pancake breakfast complete with pancakes & syrup, orange juice, milk and piping hot Starbucks coffee. Breakfasts are made to order by San Diego’s finest Rancho Santa Fe firefighters (served from 9 am until 11 am). The event includes jumpies, fun games, music by DJ, Photos by Suzanne (available for purchase) and, of course, the long-anticipated egg hunt! The Egg Hunt begins promptly at 10 am so arrive early, have breakfast, and enjoy the morning! The 4S Ranch HOA Egg Hunt is reserved for 4S Ranch residents. Resident IDs are required at the gate or you can pre-register online at www.4Sconnect.com.
Pre-order Pancake Breakfast Tickets Order online by April 19 for discounted prices: $2 per person / $5 for family of four. (Day of event pricing: $3 per person / $10 per family.)
Del Norte High School 1st Annual Pancake Breakfast
4S Ballet Academy Changes Name to 4S Dance Academy
Continuing the journey to create traditions at Del Norte High School, the first annual Pancake Breakfast will be held on Saturday, April 30 from 8 am to 11 am. Breakfast is “all you can eat” pancakes, sausages, orange juice and Starbucks coffee.
4S Ballet Academy, in order to better identify its dance offerings, announced recently that it has changed its name to 4S Dance Academy. At the same time, the company unveiled a new website, www.4SDance.com. The new site prominently features a video with the co-directors talking about their vision for the studio.
Ticket prices are $6 for adults and $3 for children under 8. Advance tickets may be purchased at event sponsors’ locations beginning April 1. Stop by Shay & Associates Realtor’s kiosk at 4S Ranch Village Retail Center or Pacific Trust Bank on 16536 Bernardo Center Drive. Tickets may also be purchased at the gate. Although it’s the second year of the DNHS Lacrosse program, this is the first year for a Varsity team, which is being coached by Karin Eddy and Caroline Yeatman and the JV team welcomes their new coach, Vicky Trinh. Proceeds from this community event will benefit both DNHS Girls Lacrosse teams. The teams’ operating expenses are not supported by PUSD, so the program is funded directly by team members, as well as their fundraising efforts. For more information about the event, please contact Marika Szoke – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moms In Touch Moms in Touch International started right here in the Poway Unified School District and is established in every US state and 120 countries around the world. It is a network of Christian moms that meet together in area homes once a week to cover each school in prayer. Each meeting is based on an outline consisting of praise, thanksgiving and prayer for the needs of each school, its staff and each others’ kids. Moms from any denomination are welcome. Currently, each school in 4S Ranch has an active Moms In Touch group. If you would like more information or to be contacted by a local group leader, you can go to their website at www. momsintouch.org and click on “groups” to find your school. w w w.ba cka tth e ra n ch - o nli ne .co m
Ben Houk, co-director of 4S Dance Academy enthusiastically states, “We work with some of the top people in the ballet and contemporary field. 4S Dance Academy offers a high level of dance classes to North County Inland and brings technique, artistry, strength, flexibility, coordination, poise and confidence in a positive, creative atmosphere in Jazz, Lyrical, and Hip-hop in addition to Ballet.” 4S Dance Academy has built a solid reputation as a premier dance studio in the North County Inland area. Lauri-Michelle Houk, co-director adds, “We want to ensure that our image and name accurately reflect what we do. The Academy’s ownership, excellent faculty, and strong fundamentals have not changed. Our new name now communicates we have a contemporary offering, too.” 4S Dance Academy is a sister studio of San Elijo Dance & Music Academy. The company’s previous website (www.4SBallet.com) will forward to the new site, as will all e-mail addresses. To sign up for classes or learn more about San Diego’s dance academy specializing in ballet & contemporary dance, call 858-385-1999 or visit 4S Dance Academy, 10804 Willow Court, 4S Ranch or on the web at www.4SDance.com. You can also visit them at Facebook.com or follow twitter.com/4SDance.
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