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Graduation Time! Congrats to all the 8th graders as they graduate from middle school and look ahead to high school. Oak Valley Middle School graduate, Emma Schmitt, shares some of her thoughts as she closes this chapter of her life and moves into a new one.

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Movie Night is Back! The County of San Diego Parks & Rec will once again host the Movies in the Park at the 4S Ranch Community Park.  Mark your calendars now and plan to enjoy these fun summer nights here in 4S Ranch.

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Splash Park Opens Pioneer Park is open and the splash pad up and running for the summer. Jump in and make a splash!

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june 2011 editor’s corner

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Even though for me school is a thing of the past, I can still bring myself back to that magical moment minutes before the last bell of the year rings. That delightful anticipation makes me tingle even now. Whether it be elementary school, middle school, high school or even college, there is little that compares to the feeling of massive contentment when school first lets out for the summer! I love summer; it’s my favorite season! It’s all about the ocean for me. I never make it to the beach as much as I would like, but I do try. I think kids love summer because it means no studying, but honestly, what compares to the freedom of summer - running around in bathing suits, jumping in back yard pools, spraying siblings and friends with the hose, impromptu water balloon fights, making sand castles, riding the ocean waves. There are so many exciting activities for you and your kids right here in 4S Ranch -- from the community pool and splash park to Movies At The Park and Boys & Girls Club Camps.

Debi Renken We hope you enjoy the articles inside these pages that are designed to help parents keep their kids moving in a forward direction this summer. Learn some great tips from Krista Hahn, School Psychologist at Monterey Ridge Elementary. You might also be inspired to do some gardening with the kids after you read Katie Seidenwurm’s article. Of course, June doesn’t just ring in the beginning of summer; it also hosts a few other very important events: Father’s Day and Graduation! Both are very special in their own way. Dads deserve to be recognized, so from all of us at Back At The Ranch - Happy Father’s Day! Graduation Day means different things for different families. You’d be amazed at how many varieties of graduations are going on -- college, high school, middle school, elementary school and even pre-k! If you know a graduate, give them a high five. They’ve worked hard and achieved success! Let the summer fun begin! See you at the beach!

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on your doorstep Graduation Time! Congrats to all the 8th graders as they graduate from middle school and look ahead to high school. Some are looking at it with trepidation and some will waltz right in seamlessly. We wish you all the best in your journey to high school in the fall. For now, CONGRATULATIONS and enjoy your summer. We’ll leave you with some inspiring words from Emma Schmitt, herself an eager yet nervous new Del Norte Freshman. This is her Oak Valley Middle School 8th grade speech which all 8th graders were expected to write.

in the road surrender or give up to a small bump I have learned that you should never you get past it. because it will only take you further if started ’t come here as prepared as I wanted and So, on the first day of 6th grade, I didn times. Where my parents and I had gone over a million freaking out because I blanked on what questions I supposed to be for first period? These am re Whe her? teac my ’s Who es? class are my in circles looking never ending racetrack while I walked went through my head as if it were on a the bell rang, me where to go. But finally, right when for someone - ANYONE - that could tell . Later, my e place and we walked to the class together I found a friend that was going to the sam er. en’t the only ones that had gotten lost, eith friend and I found our class and we wer a step forschool, I thought of each achievement as As I went through my years in middle inuously makat the bottom and are gradually and cont ward or up the stairs to success. We start le down so get back up and recover the lost time whi t mus we fall, we If top. the to way ing our We can never the journey to the fullest of our ability. that we can move on and continue with inue to grow ng for as long as we can, so that we cont stop trying, stop achieving, stop prosperi and be the best that we can be. getting up test glory is not in never falling, but in The wise Confucius once said, “Our grea to you, the best e means that if something bad happens every time we do.” This inspiring quot before. Use it by working even harder than you had thing that you can do is come back from t make a sports ol in case you receive a bad grade or don’ scho high for ion irat insp an as e quot this ng once, it will er on the next test or tryout. After faili team to keep trying and work even hard be happy for what you have succeeded in. push you to try harder the next time and ng when dle School have taught me right from wro My three years here at Oak Valley Mid Wiesel that taking. But, I’ve also learned from Elie it comes to friendship, studying, and test if you fall, just the worst defeat because it doesn’t matter “the best victory sometimes comes after as long as you get back up”.

What’s Happening in 4S Ranch

Remember FOBs are Necessary to Use Pioneer Park

Splash Park Opens Pioneer Park is open and the splash pad up and running for the summer. Jump in and make a splash! Remember, FOBs are required for entry to the park: members may order FOBs at www.4Sconnect.com. If you would like to authorize a visiting relative, nanny or caregiver to purchase FOBs, please download the Non-Member Application, also via www.4Sconnect.com. Primary or first FOB are $10 each Additional FOBs (limit 4) are $40 each Family Photos may be added to FOBs!  

Gazebo Area Reservations 4S Ranch Master Association is now accepting reservations for the Gazebo Area at Pioneer Park. Members in good standing may submit a reservation application plus the reservation fee of $50 and deposit of $100 to 4sranch@prescottmgt.com. For details, please visit the Parks and Trails page at www.4SConnect.com.

Get Ready For Fourth of July Fun! 4S Ranch HOA Presents the July 4th Carnival This event will take place July 4 from 1 to 4 pm at

Springtime Means Paint Touch Ups Now that the rainy season is passed, members may notice that shutters, trim, garage and entry doors - not to mention their home’s exterior - may need some sprucing up. 4S Ranch Master Association is pleased to announce an exciting new vendor for the Paint Discount Program. Interested members may email info@4sconnect.com or visit www.timlongpainting.com.

4S Ranch Community Garage Sale Don’t miss the 4S Ranch Community Garage Sale on June 4 from 7 am until 2 pm. The 4S Ranch Master Association will place ads online and in the local newspaper. Garage sale signs are available through the date of the event! Pick up your sign at the Prescott Companies, 16880 West Bernardo Drive #200. For more information, call 858-946-0320 or email: AskEmma@4SConnect.com.

4S Fireworks! Once again the night skies in 4S Ranch will be lit up as the 4S Ranch HOA presents 4th of July Fireworks hosted at Del Norte High School. Gates open at 7 pm and

Linear Park. This year’s theme is “A Day at the Beach!”

fireworks start at dusk. Firework display is open to the community. If

Water slides will entertain the kids along with games,

you park at Del Norte High School there is a suggested $5 donation.

jumps, food, DJ and LOTS of fun! Residents can pre-pur-

Parking donations benefit the Del Norte Athletes. NO Chairs, NO pets,

chase tickets for $6 per child online at www.4SConnect.

NO alcohol and NO tobacco products allowed on school grounds.

com. Tickets will be $10 per child the day of the event.

Bring your resident ID for resident specials during the evening. Don’t

Adults & children 2 & under free. Don’t forget to bring

forget the Del Norte Athletes will be selling food and glow items to

your resident ID for a special treat during the event.

benefit their teams so bring some cash!

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on your doorstep School’s Out For Summer!

4S Ranch Fire Station Spaghetti Dinner The 4S Ranch Fire Station (Rancho Santa Fe Station #2) on 16930 Four Gee Rd in 4S Ranch will soon be the scene of a wonderful community event you won’t want to miss.

One of the great dichotomies of life is this time of year. The good news: the kids are out of school. The bad news: the kids are out of school. The kids are overjoyed and the parents, well, let’s just say, we reserve the right to withhold our opinion on the matter. The contradiction of views is quite humorous, but in the end, everyone adjusts and the summer routine soon becomes very comfortable. Since summer is about getting out of school and fun in the sun, we asked a group of Oak Valley Middle School students what summer meant to them. Their responses were fairly predictable and for the most part very similar. Karli Renken, Haley Schmitt, Val King, Kourtney Jacobowski, Nathan Judd, Nathan Dybczak, and Kyle Joyce all agreed that summer is about having fun and hanging out with friends. Karli, Haley and Val link summer to going on a great vacation. Nathan J. likes going to the beach to meet girls while Kourtney and Val are clearly hoping they’ll run into Justin Bieber at the beach. Karli is looking forward to a fun camp, whereas Nathan D, Kyle and Val like the idea of relaxation! However you look at it, summer is here!

Who Says Outdoor Movies are a Thing of the Past! County of San Diego Parks & Rec will once again host the Movies in the Park at the 4S Ranch Community Park.  Movies start at dusk.  Shay & Associates and the 4S Ranch HOA are back for more as your co-sponsors for the event. The Little League snack bar will be open for snacks!  Don’t forget your blankets and chairs, as it gets pretty cold in the evening! Below are the dates and movies scheduled. It’s an exciting line up, so get ready for some fun Saturday nights this summer! June 18 - How to Train Your Dragon; July 23 - Despicable Me; August 20 - Tangled; September 17 - Toy Story 3

On Saturday, June 18 from 4 to 7 pm, the fire station will host a fun evening for the entire family. The fire station will have several live demonstrations including Auto Fire / Extrication as well as Rescue Repel Rope Systems off of the Training Tower. An antique Fire Engine will also be on display as well as the chance for the community to view the Fire Station. To top it all off, a spaghetti dinner will be served! The cost is $6 for adults and $4 children. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation as well as Firefighters Cancer Support Network. Tickets can only be purchased the night of the event. Our wonderful 4S Ranch Firefighters are planning on cooking for a large crowd so make sure to support their efforts! If you have any questions, you may contact Acting Captain, Brian Slattery at 858-756-2109 or slattery@rsf-fire.org.

10-Year-Old 4S Ranch Resident Performed at Carnegie Hall Soon after spring break, Andrew Zhao, a 5th grader at   Monterey Ridge Elementary, was on board a flight across the country. His destination? The Big Apple, New York City! This wasn’t your ordinary trip to visit landmarks; this was something special. On the flight over, Andrew’s mind was definitely not on the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building, it was instead on a music score filled with pencil marks and indications. Andrew had just won the gold medal from the 2011 International Music Festival by the American Association for the Development of the Gifted and Talented (AADGT). As part of the recognition, he was invited to perform Bartok’s piano piece “Six Romanian Folk Dances” at Carnegie Hall. His performance on April 17 won praise from Elena Rossman, President of AADGT, saying that “all three professors of our jury loved his interpretation of Bartok.” Andrew started learning piano at the age of 4 and his current teacher is Mrs. Inessa Litvin. He has been quite successful in several piano competitions, including second place of the MTAC San Diego piano concerto competition, finalist in San Diego Symphony’s Hot Shot Competition, and the Southern California Bach Festival. In addition to piano playing, he is an active participant in community service and was elected president of the Student Council at Monterey Ridge Elementary in 2010. Andrew also has won first place in the San Diego Chinese Essay contest. In his leisure time, he likes to play computer games on his iPad with his younger sister Dora. Andrew shared, “I enjoy playing piano. I practice 1-2 hours each day. Whenever I play piano, it seems to me as natural as speaking. This is probably one of the most important parts - you shouldn’t force yourself to do something that you don’t like.”

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on your doorstep 4S Ranch Resident - Making a Difference in Kenya Twenty-one year old 4S Ranch native and graduate of Westview High, Liz Martin, never imagined she would dedicate her life to helping the poor and oppressed through mission work. She attended college at San Diego State for a few semesters. However, she knew there was something more. She went to Kenya, Africa for a threemonth mission trip and Kenya stole her heart.

begins at 8:30 am and the race begins at 9:30 am. Go to kenyainitiative.org and click on the link to register. Kenya Initiative is also hosting Auction for Clean Water. The auction is June 5 at 6:30 pm at LifeBridge Church. There is a spaghetti dinner with a suggested donation of $5. Items for bid include a car, vacations, timeshares, spa treatments, and more. If you are interested in donating an item for the auction, please use the contact information below.

Coming back to the United States in May of 2010, Martin’s heart was broken for the poor in Kenya. In October, she and three others from her Kenya trip became part of a team of three men and three women all under the age of 28 who have committed the next two years of their lives toward remedying injustice in Kenya, Africa through a project called the Kenya Initiative. The Kenya Initiative, which is part of Adventures in Missions, a Gainesville, Georgia, non-profit organizationl The organization focuses specifically on the Internally Displaced People (IDP) of Maai Mahiu in Kenya who have been refugees in their own country since the 2007 presidential election. These people lost everything they owned in the violence of the elections, and now live in man-made tents and are lucky to eat one meal a day. Martin and the three others on the team ministered to the IDP every Saturday, and their hearts broke for the situation. “We have spent time at the camps and have seen the desperate need there,” Martin said. “These people live in conditions that are unacceptable for anyone to have to endure day-to-day. We have stared into the eyes of hungry children and mothers who cannot feed them. After seeing their situation, we were changed forever and compelled to action. The people in the camps have become our friends, and now that we have seen their need, we are responsible to help them.” This team of six has worked at the AIM offices in Gainesville, Georgia developing a strategy to bring self-sustainability by focusing on five main needs: water, land, community center, business for men, and business for women. They will implement these projects toward rebuilding this community and are moving to Kenya in July and committing to live there for at least a year and a half. To raise money for this project, Kenya Initiative is hosting an event called 5K for Kenya. They will road trip around the United States and host a 5K race in each of their hometowns. They are hosting Martin’s hometown race in San Diego on June 4 at 4S Ranch Community Park. Registration

The Kenya Initiative is currently seeking supporters. For more information about this event, visit the team’s blog at www.kenyainitiative.org. To schedule an interview, contact Liz Martin at 858-248-7006 or email the team at kenyainitiative@adventures.org.

5K Kenya Run, June 4 Support The Kenya Initiative Project “Everyone knows Kenyans run fast, not everyone knows 90% of Kenyans live on less than $1 a day.” Race Day is Saturday, June 4 LOCATION: 4S Ranch Community Park, 16118 4S Ranch Pkwy, San Diego TIME: 8:30 am – Registration Opens, 9:30 am – 5K Run/Walk Begins CAUSE: All proceeds go directly to the Kenya Initiative Project. The Kenya Initiative is working to bring clean water, food, employment and self-sustainability to refugee camps in Kenya, Africa. All additional donations are tax-deductible. AWARDS: Immediately following the race – Awards Ceremony Overall top 3 male and female runners. Top male and female in the following age divisions: 20 & under, 21-30, 31-40, 41 & over. REGISTRATION: Go to: kenyainitiative.org to register online. Registration is $25 online or $30 at the race. The first 100 people to register will receive a free T-shirt. For more information visit: www.kenyainitiative.org or call 858-248-7006

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on your doorstep Call or visit the 4S Boys and Girls Club for more information including rates and fees. We are located at 16118 4S Ranch Parkway, San Diego, 858-676-2230. Site Supervisor is Jack T. Nguyen. If you would like information on fall or winter sports programs or about coaching a team, please contact Nate Fenlason, Sports Coordinator - 4S Ranch Branch, 858-676-2230, nfenlason@sdyouth. org, www.sdyouth.org.

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Exciting Summer Day Camps

Summer Camps!

 The Fun Begins June 10 with a variety of Theme Weeks at 4S Ranch Boys & Girls Club.

Activities Include...

¡ Wk #1 - Super Heroes

¡ Arts & Crafts

¡ Wk #2 - Game Shows

¡ Wk #3 - You Can’t Stop the Beat ¡ Wk #4 - Star Spangled

¡ Contests, Games & Parties ¡ Computers

¡ Gym & Outdoor Sports ¡ Cooking Classes

¡ Wk #5 - Survivor

¡ Swimming & Water Slide

¡ Wk #6 - Go Green!

 

¡ Wk #7 - Wacky Holidays

¡ Wk #8 - Sports of all Sorts

¡ Wk #9 - Under the Big Top

¡ Wk #10 - Wild & Wacky Water  

¡ Field Trips

Basketball Leagues begin Saturday, June 18.

Summer Volleyball registration begins in early July.

For more information, contact Nate Fenalson—Sports Coordinator at 858-676-2230 or nfenlason@sdyouth.org.

CAMP VELOCITY [ K-5th Grade ]

Day Camp Hours

(Includes 1 trip & 1 pool day/week)

(Members must be signed up for summer camp to be at the club before 1pm. All morning day campers may stay till 6:00pm for no extra charge.)

$90 per week/first child

Registration includes summer camp t-shirt. 20% discount for each additional child ADVENTURE CLUB [ 6th-8th Grade ] $100 per week/first child

 

Drop In Hours

(includes 3 trips & 2 pool days/week) 20% discount for each additional child $10 Camp Registration Fee $60 Membership Fee

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1 pm - 6 pm [ M-F ] (No extra fees for current members.) SPACE IS LIMITED, DON’T MISS OUT!

Membership valid July 1, 2011-June 30, 2012

*Scholarships available for those who qualify*  

4S Ranch Sports Park Sports Leagues Youth Roller Hockey Clinics

Saturdays – 8 am to 12 pm Ages: 5-18 Cost: $25 Session: 10 Weeks - Clinics are on-going Summer 2011: Jun. 25 – Sept. 10 Youth Roller Hockey Saturdays are hosted by volunteer coaches who have a passion for teaching young athletes the sport of roller hockey. Catering to both total beginners and the very advanced, the hockey program focuses on the importance of skating and puck handling. They encourage all young skaters to join various leagues throughout the County of San Diego to progress their skills further.

Adult Roller Hockey League Mondays 6 pm to 10 pm Ages: 18 and Above Cost: $700 Team Fee Session: 10 Weeks + Playoffs and Championships Summer 2011: Jun. 13-Sept. 12

Monday Night Roller Hockey is designed to provide a league for those who wish to play at a level that is less competitive and is geared more to those who wish to better their skills through games. All teams play each other throughout the season. Team standings divide the teams into two divisions for playoffs and championships. The league

consists of 10 weeks with playoffs and championships to conclude the season. Free agent players are welcome. Tuesdays 6:30 pm to 10 pm Ages: 18 and Above Cost: $700 Team Fee Session: 10 Weeks + Playoffs and Championships Summer 2011: Jul. 5-Sept. 13 Fall 2011: Sept. 20-Dec. 6 Tuesday Night Roller Hockey is designed to provide a league for medium skilled players to the slightly higher skilled players. This league is meant for those who wish to play at a level that is more competitive and geared more for those who wish to have a more competitive game. All teams play each other throughout the season. The league consists of 10 weeks with playoffs and championships to conclude the season. Free agent players are welcome. Wednesdays 7 pm to 9:45 pm Ages: 30 and Above Cost: $60 Player Fee Session: 10 Weeks + Playoffs and Championships Summer 2011: Jun. 22-Aug. 31 Wednesday Night Roller Hockey is geared for players that are 30 years of age or older. This is a recreational league in which many players throughout other leagues come to play and

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have fun. Players are required to pay a player fee of $60. Skill levels of the players vary and are balanced amongst the teams. They encourage players to move teams to help balance out lopsided teams to make the game fair and fun. The league consists of 10 weeks with playoffs and championships to conclude the season. Free agent players are welcome.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR OF EVENTS June – August - 4S Ranch Parks and Rec – Various Roller Hockey and Basketball programs, 858-673-3900 or www.4sranchrollerhockey.net. June – August - Boys & Girls Club Summer Camps, www.SDYouth.org. June – July - DNHS Basketball Camps, www.delnortehoops.com. June – August- Del Norte Aquatic Program, http://www.powayusd. com/pusddnhs/athletics/Aquatics/ June 1 – Summer Reading Program, 4S Ranch Library, 858-673-4697. www.4sranchlibrary.blogspot.com June 4 – 5K Kenya Run, Registration Opens, 8:30 am, 5K Run/Walk Begins, 9:30 am. Visit www.kenyainitiative. org or call 858-248-7006.

Adult Men’s Basketball League Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays 6 pm to 10 pm Ages: 18 and Above Cost: $425 Team Fee Session: 10 Weeks + Playoffs and Championships Mondays Summer 2011: Jul. 25-Oct. 17 Tuesdays Summer 2011: Jun. 28-Sept. 13

The adult men’s basketball league is the talk of the town. They currently have 3 nights of basketball being played on Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays and allow for a maximum of a 12-man roster. There are 10 games plus playoffs, team and individual stats that are posted weekly on the league website. For more information, please visit www.4sranchrollerhockey.net or contact the 4S Ranch Recreation Office at 858-673-3900.

June 4 – 4S Ranch Community Garage Sale, 7 am until 2 pm, 858946-0320 or AskEmma@4SConnect. com June 7 - Healthy Home/Healhty Family Presentation at Kids Care Club, 6 pm, contact Cindy Posa, 858863-3612. June 9 - A Little Taste of Summer at Sweet Things Frozen Yogurt, 12-5pm June 18 – 4S Ranch Fire Station Spaghetti Dinner, 4 pm, Contact Acting Captain, Brian Slattery, 858756-2109 or slattery@rsf-fire.org. June 18 – Movies at the Park at Dusk, How to Train Your Dragon, Visit www.4SConnect.com. June 27-July 1 – Musical Workshop, 9am-2pm, Cost is $275, www. thechurchatrb.org.  July 4th Fair at Linear Park and Fireworks at Del Norte High School, visit www.4SConnect.com.

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Highlighted Events and Classes for June www.4sranchlibrary.blogspot.com | www.4sranchlibraryteens.blogspot.com Knitting with Allison Saturday, June 11 at 10 am; basic knitting class for adults and older teens.

Adult Programs 4S Ranch Mahjong Club   1st Monday of the month at 9:30 am; learn to play mahjong with experts in the community.

Friends of the 4S Ranch Library Meeting 4th Wednesday of the month – June 22 at 6:30 pm.

4S Ranch Adult Book Club   Wednesday, June 15 at 4 pm; call to reserve a copy of the book.

Children’s Program Play to LearnTime with Teacher Lee Thursdays at 10:30 am & 12:30 pm; Music, Stories, Art and Fun! For children 5 years old and under. www.teacherlee.com

Baby & Me Fitness   1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 10:30 am – June 1 & June 15; personal trainer Andrea exercises with moms while entertaining babies 4 weeks to 1 year. ESL English Class with Mrs. K 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 10 am – June 8 & June 22; open for English learners interested in practicing English conversational skills. Basic Computer Training in Farsi every Tuesday at 9 am; open for Farsi speakers interested in learning basic computer skills. Citzenship Class every Monday at 6:30 pm; open for all interested in taking citizenship tests. Knitting Circle every Wednesday at 5 pm; join your fellow knitters by the fireplace every Wednesday evening and knit for fun.

Kids Fitness 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 9:35 am – June 1 & June 15; personal trainer Andrea exercises with kids ages 18 months to 5. Crafts for a Cause Thursdays at 4 pm; arts and crafts for K-3rd grade students. Sign up at circulation desk. Homework Club Fridays at 4 pm; students from Del Norte High tutor children from Kindergarten through 9th grade. Registration required. Chess Club Saturdays at 3 pm; for children and teens.

Summer Reading Program begins on Wednesday, June 1, first day to sign up online. Paper logs will be available in all branches on June 13. Reading goals for this year’s Summer Reading, Babies (Birth-Age 3)

10, 20, 30 activities completed

Kids (Age 4-2nd grade)

5 hours, 10 hours, 15hours

Tweens (3rd-5th grade)

10 hours, 20 hours, 30 hours

Teens (6th grade and up)

10 hours, 20 hours, 30 hours

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“Activities completed” for babies and toddlers means babies and toddlers reach a reading goal after completing 10 activities. The activities include “Read to Your Baby” and other literacy-based activities, such as playing peek-a-boo, singing a song or playing Itsy-Bitsy Spider. Summer Special Family Reading Program Wednesday, June 29 at 1 pm and 3 pm John Abrams Animal Magic

Wednesday, July 20 at 1 pm and 3 pm Swazzle Puppet Show

Wednesday, July 6 at 1 pm and 3 pm Amazing Dana Magic Show

Wednesday, July 27 at 1 pm End of Summer Reading Party

Wednesday, July 13 at 1 pm and 3 pm Senorita Carmelita Tangerine with Mary Beach

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  A fun-filled summer is planned at the Del Norte High School Aquatic Center. Online registration is open for:

Don’t miss this one-week workshop for Junior High, High School and College students interested in guitar, bass, keyboards, drums/percussion and vocals. You’ll learn and perform rock music and be taught the basics of the music business, publishing, songwriting, recording, and sound/technical. 

• Learn-to-Swim classes for K-6th graders • ENS/Swim PE Readiness Camp for 7th, 8th and 9th graders • Tri-Athletes Camp for 9th-12th graders • Water polo/ Intro to Competitive Swim/ Spring Board Diving   Registration is available at www.powayadultschool.com.  (Click “Classes”, “Classes for Adults” then “Aquatic Classes”, to see what classes and camps are still available.) For more details, please email: nnaiman@ powayusd.com or aavila@powayusd.com.

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school news Monterey Ridge Elementary 2011 – 2012 Enrollment New Student Registration for Grade Levels 1 – 5: 9:30 am – 2:30 pm until June 19. Please check the MRES website for detailed information.

Important Dates: June 7 June 9

5th Gr. Promotion 10-11 am Last Day of School, Dismissal Time, 12:45 pm

Excellence in Special Education Award Each year, the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) and Special Education Foundation (SEF) host an Excellence in Special Education Awards ceremony to honor teachers, staff members and other professionals who work with our Special Education populations. This year for the first time ever, a principal - our principal - has been selected to receive this award. Join us in celebrating Dr. Newman and the excellence he brings to all of our work, and especially the work he does with the special education population at Monterey Ridge. Congratulations Dr. Newman! The staff and community are so proud of you!

MRES Awarded CA Business for Education Excellence Award Monterey Ridge was once again awarded the prestigious California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE) Honor Roll Award. The award is given to schools across the state who have “demonstrated consistent high student academic achievement and making significant progress toward closing achievement gaps among all their students” as Kirk Clark, President of the CBEE stated in the press release, “These schools are the bright spots of excellence in efforts to raise student academic achievement and close persistent achievement gaps. By highlighting them, recognizing their achievement and giving them a voice, we hope other schools can learn from these proven practices and we can begin to duplicate their success to scale throughout the state.”

MRES Talent Show, June 3 Make sure make room in your schedules for the 3rd Annual MRES Talent Show. It will take place on Friday, June 3 in the MPR. Please contact Jennifer Roa with any questions at jennroa@yahoo.com.

Del Sur Elementary School The Kindergarten Tree The Premiere Party of “The Kindergarten Tree”, a film made by Mrs. Power’s Kindergarten class, was a huge success! Mrs.Power’s Kindergarten class arrived in true Hollywood style…..a stretch limo! After walking the red carpet, the Congrats to Mrs. Powers and her Kindergarten class then described how class! Power Premier Night. they made the movie with effects such as the chroma key and stop motion technology. After the movie premiere, families enjoyed a dessert reception. If you want to see the video, visit Mrs. Powers Blog at http://blogs.scholastic.com/top_teaching/2011/05/ red-carpet-movie-premiere-the-kindergarten-tree.html#more. Mrs. Power announced the exciting news that “The Kindergarten Tree” has been nominated for an iVIE award! The iVIE award ceremony was May 24 at the Civic Theater downtown with red carpet ceremonies! All the little wonderful future movie producers are as follows: Mina Brogdon Jacob Dagan Jack Diego Dibie Carlo Esparza Maddox Halls Nikki Hekmat Sarah Hekmat Katie Hickman

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The best videos are also nominated to be shown at iVIE’s featured events: the iVIE Festival and the iVIE Awards. The iVIE Festival is a one day event where all nominated videos are shown in a real movie theater. The iVIE Awards are presented at a glamorous, Oscar-style, event attended by over 1500 students parents and teachers. All iVIE nominated videos are shown on ITV Cable 16 (http://www.sdcoe.tv) in a series called “The Best of iVIE” and are also available on Time Warner’s On Demand channel.

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Preschool Promotion, 10 am                                     Kindergarten Promotion, 11 am Kindergarten Parent Orientation, 6 pm Friday Flag, 8:30 am MPR Field Day, 9 am 5th Grade Promotion MPR Last Day of School

Ralphs Rewards Be sure to link your Ralphs cards to DSES before school lets out. DSES still collects a percentage of your purchase even over the summer!  This money will fund Classroom Curriculum Enhancements.  If you haven’t linked and would like to (it’s never too late), please check out www.delsurpta.com for more information or ask at Ralphs.

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school news Stone Ranch Elementary Enrollment Information For complete information about Stone Ranch enrollment procedures and forms necessary, please visit the Stone Ranch website at http://www. powayusd.com/pusdsres/.

Cinco De Mayo The Cinco De Mayo Celebration was a huge success!  Despite budget cuts eliminating the SRES traditional open house (this was cut at all schools in the district), parents at SRES were still invited on campus to view and enjoy their student’s accomplishments in the fine arts. This was a night for families to come together and enjoy the great sense of community we have here at 4S Ranch. This event was not a fundraiser, but a free event sponsored by the SRES PTA. Art work from every student at SRES was displayed. Volunteers sifted through every students work, picking their best piece to be displayed. The volunteers cut paper to mat the work, covered walls and boards with paper, and hung every piece of work for an amazing, professional looking display.

The Cinco de Mayo theme was chosen not only because the event was held on May 5, but also as an expression of our culturally diverse community The family dance was a hit! The brightly colored decorations shouted ‘Viva El Arte!’. The students danced to a live DJ playing clean tunes that were enjoyed by all ages. Other favorites from the dance were the piñatas – one for each grade level dumped out candy. The family photo booth was decorated with a Mexican theme. Families gave their email address, and the pictures were emailed to them for free. Thank you so much to the PTA for this wonderful school event – what a great way to showcase the wonderful work our students do with the support of PTA’s Art Corp program!

Stone Ranch Young Writers Camp Sharpen up your pencils and join us for two weeks of rocking, writing and sharing stories. The Stone Ranch Camp begins July 11- 22 from 8:30 - 11:30 am and is for students entering 2nd – 6th grades.  The Oak Valley Camp begins June 20 – July 1 from 8:30 – 11:30 am for students entering 6th – 10th grades.  This year we also have two one-week camps designed for High School Students entering 9th through 12th grades. The first one is July 25 – 29 and the second one is August 1 – 5 from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.  For more information, contact dmikkonen@powayusd.com or call 858-4878474 x4307. 

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TENNIS CAMPS June 20 – August 18

Available all summer 11am3pm, Mon - Thurs Ages 6-15, skill level beginner to advanced Camp is held at RB Westwood Club (non-members welcome) Group lessons are available year around

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school news Oak Valley Middle School Casino Night Raises More than $10,000

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Oak Valley Middle School Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising additional funds for Oak Valley Middle School, raised more than $10,000 recently during its first annual “Casino Night” fundraiser. More than 100 attended the April event at the Del Sur Ranch House. The Ranch House was transformed into a Casino, featuring gaming, entertainment, dancing, and a silent auction. Proceeds from Casino Night will go toward technology upgrades and other support for Oak Valley Middle School. Special thanks go out to the Board of Directors: Kirsten BlackPresident, Nancy Kane, Kris Meyers, Mylissa Niznik, Kelly Munro, Jane Mcguire, Karen Peterson, Sharon Seikkula, and Sue Otto. The Foundation is already planning their next fundraiser -- Oktoberfest on October 1. They will also host the second annual “Holiday Boutique”, which was a big hit last year. If you are interested in getting involved with the Foundation, it is a great way to get involved with the school and make new friends. For more information, contact Oak Valley Middle School.

The San Marcos Writing Project, in partnership with the Poway Unified School District, is sponsoring a two-week writers’ camp for students entering grades 6 – 10.  The camp, which will be held here at Oak Valley, will run from June 20 through July 1.  The flyers and registration forms are available through your child’s teachers, the Oak Valley Welcome Center, and the Oak Valley website.  Please contact Jeannine Ugalde if you have any questions at jugalde@powayusd.com.

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Future Nighthawks

OVMS is introducing an opportunity for parents to lessen their August registration wait time by completing the 2011 registration paperwork in the spring. All forms can be accessed from the OVMS website: http://www. powayusd.com/pusdovms/. No partial packets will be accepted; all forms must be submitted. Parents who complete paperwork before June 8 will then be able to use our Express Registration line; bypassing the first two

The Del Norte PTSA Board needs YOU! There are several open board positions just waiting for your enthusiasm and expertise: President, VP Membership, VP Ways and Means, Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer and Financial Secretary.  Please click on the PTSA tab on the Del Norte website for job descriptions and more information about these positions. Several committee chair positions are still available and are also listed on the Del Norte PTSA home page. Please contact Debbie Ludwin, Del Norte PTSA President 2010 – 20011, with any questions. She can be reached at dludwin@hotmail.com.

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ESS Summer Pilot Program This ESS program is open to Oak Valley students entering 7th or 8th grade and will run from July 1- 29 on Oak Valley’s campus. Enrollment will be limited to 75 students and is on a first come basis. Visit the OVMS website for a sample daily schedule. There are two options regarding the hours: 1. Regular – 9 am – 4 pm 2. Extended – 6:30 am – 6 pm Fees will be $700 for the regular hours and $800 for the extended day. There will be a non-refundable enrollment fee of $50. Tuition fees must be received by July 1. Enrollment is for the entire month and is not a dropin program. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Johneen Gregg at jgregg@powayusd.com or 858-521 -2850. You may also contact dkirchmeier@powayusd.com.

Del Norte High School Del Norte Track & Field Teams Full Of Potential The Nighthawk Track & Field Teams have shown great promise this season. The boys won their first dual meet April 28 at Canyon Crest, while the freshmen girls took first place at the Dick Wilkins FroshSoph Invitational meet April 30 at El Capitan High School. Freshman Caitlin Cole was named the female athlete of the meet. For the team’s complete results history, including best performances for each event visit: http://www.athletic. net/TrackAndField/EventRecords. aspx?SchoolID=31013 Like most sports at Del Norte, Coach Chris Ruff is faced with pitting his inexperienced freshman and sophomores against seasoned juniors and seniors. There were only 7 juniors on the track & field squad, while the team roster was mostly filled with 135 sophomores and freshmen. Still, the girls team was 4-2 overall and 3-1 in league.  The girls team is full of talented freshman, espe-

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cially in the 400 with 3 girls under 62 seconds, including: Caitlin Cole, Peyton Howard, and Katia Huracha.  Together with Jamie Gross, those girls set the meet record for the Frosh Girls 4x400 at the Dick Wilkins Frosh-Soph Invite. Their time of 4:09.37 also ranks as the best 4x400 time in the league this year and puts them in the top 5 division 2 schools in the county.  Against heavy odds, the boys finished a respectable 2-4 and 2-2 in league.  “They are growing quickly, but with the boys the maturity difference between freshman and sophomores compared to teams that have full classes of juniors and seniors is sometimes a bit too much,” said a supportive Coach Ruff.  “We lost a nail biter to Orange Glen (3 Points).  Our boys team is very talented at the freshman level and will compete very well over the next few years.”

Summer Basketball Camps Have kids that love basketball or have been wanting to try some hoops? Sign them up for the summer basketball camps at Del Norte High School. All of the camps will be run through the Nighthawk Youth Basketball Club (NYBC).  DNHS boys coach Bob Spahn is the club director and will be overseeing the youth camp and Coach Jake McNeely will be conducting the girls camp.  Both camps will be held in the Del Norte Gym. Please visit www.delnortehoops. com for more details on cost and registration information.

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people in your neighborhood The Dilts Family Chuck and Julie Dilts live a lifestyle that is a little removed from what we are all used to in our little suburban neighborhoods. Some of you may already know them, but the reason we are featuring them here is because they are wonderfully giving people and they are able to provide services that might be of use to some of the families in our community. And, well, Chuck is the preeminent Daddy, which fits in nicely with Father’s Day this month. Chuck is originally from Cuba, Illinois and Julie from Tulsa, Oklahoma. When Chuck was young, he worked on a pig farm and helped with the church youth there in Cuba. He was invited to come out to California to work as a youth leader at the then brand new Green Valley Church, where he remained as the youth leader for many years and is currently still very involved. Julie, also very involved with the church, moved to San Diego as a child and was one of the original students to open Rancho Bernardo High School. Julie became an Emergency Technician and helped with her family’s business. Chuck and Julie met at Green Valley Church. They were married 10 years ago on the property they now call home: Buckheart Ranch (www. buckheart.org). Chuck and Julie have 4 children, Charlie 8, Jasper 6, Ruby 4, Joseph 2, and a new baby due this month.  Even after a hard day working Chuck still finds the energy to play with the children or read them a story.  He often shares fun stories with them about his childhood memories. He faithfully corrects, disciplines, and

encourages the kids to do what is right.  Chuck enjoys taking the children on “Daddy Days.” Every once in a while, each of the children individually get a chance to go with daddy for a whole day!  Charlie and Jasper enjoy being on baseball teams and playing catch with dad.  They ride their bikes around the ranch and have fun jumping on the trampoline.  It’s always a highlight to visit Grandparents - they love spending time with them swimming, playing games, or gardening. Ruby loves babies, dolls, and pretending.  She seems to always have a song on her heart and a little dance in her steps.  Life on the ranch is about pitching in, so each child has their chores to do each day.  They help around the house and take care of the chickens and their pet dog Daisy. Buckheart Ranch serves as home for not only the Dilts family, but also for many wayward boys who have lost their way. Chuck and Julie along with a string of other volunteers help get these boys back on track by teaching them life skills, academics, and how to work hard. The Food Bank selected Buckheart Ranch as a distribution center, so every Friday they load up a truck with food staples; milk, eggs, bread, etc. Everything is placed out on tables and 30-60 families show up, grab a box and shop for free.  Anyone in need is welcome. Visit www.buckheart.org or call Helen at 760-738–8878 if you wish to help or donate.

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t is fair to expect that some academic regression can occur over the summer when our children are not attending school, but it is preventable. Research indicates that on average students spend the first six weeks of a new school year revisiting skills taught the prior year. From an educational standpoint, the objective during summer is to ensure a child maintains his current academic skill level while reinforcing previously taught concepts. Fortunately for parents, there are many fun-filled ways to engage children in the learning process without needing a teaching credential!

For children in primary grades, try the following suggestions: • “Painting” letters and words on the sidewalk with ice or water and a paintbrush. • “ Tracing” letters, words or numbers in shaving cream (this is particularly fun in the tub or on shower walls). • Use wet spaghetti noodles to make letters and words. • “ Write” letters, words, numbers or simple math calculation problems in the dirt or sandbox. • Count and sort items such as coins, buttons, beads, and cereals--use these items to describe differences and similarities, and teach patterning. • Label items/objects in your home with index cards to teach vocabulary words, including antonyms and synonyms. • Play board games designed to enrich language skills such as Apples to Apples or Zingo. • Plant seeds, flowers, herbs, etc. to reinforce following and executing multi-step directions. • Teach your child to cook using a simple recipe, preferably one with pictorial directions, to reinforce following multi-step directions and introduce measurement concepts. • Download audio books or borrow them from the local library and have your child listen to the story while following along with the print. • Download math flashcard & phonics applications to your phone for time sitting in the car or waiting in a line, store, office, etc. • Access free educational websites for math and reading skills such as Starfall.com. • Access free keyboarding websites to encourage typing such as Dancemat Typing or Animated Beginning Typing. • Play board games that require problem solving skills such as Clue Junior, Monopoly Junior, Connect Four, Uno or Memory. • Visit the 4S Ranch Library.

Ideas for upper elementary and middle school-aged children include: • Introduce more elaborate recipes in which the child must plan a grocery list, shop for ingredients, prepare the food, and measure using fractions. • Determine a weekly summer allowance and help your child decide what percentage to save and spend. Have your child open a savings account and keep record of funds. • Ask your child to help plan and organize a garage sale, vacation, family bike ride, or neighborhood carwash. • Have your child keep a daily summer journal; also, have your child write a summary of special summer activities, vacations or visiting guests. • Help your child estimate and calculate the mileage and gas needed for a road trip. • Have your child find the lyrics to her favorite song then write her own added verse(s). • Create a summer video montage and write a script for it. • Add a chapter(s) or different ending to a favorite book and send it to the publisher. • Write a story from the perspective of the family pet. • Download applications and audio books to personal phones or other electronic devices to reinforce math reasoning and calculation skills • Enroll your child in musical instrument lessons. • Access free educational and keyboarding websites. • Visit the museums in Balboa Park and write a summary describing each type of museum there. • Visit the 4S Ranch Library. Parents may also choose to employ a tutor to maintain or improve academic skill level. A good tutor should possess the necessary education, experience, and teaching strategies to help improve a student’s performance in any or all core subject areas (reading, math, writing). Given that the summer is roughly 8 weeks, parents should set realistic goals with a professional tutor and efforts should yield measurable changes in the child’s academic performance. Tutoring sessions should be fun, engaging, varied, and tailored to meet the individualized needs of each student. An experienced tutor considers developmental appropriateness, purpose, curriculum, and teaching strategies. If interested, please contact me for local recommendations. Krista Hahn is the School Psychologist at Monterey Ridge Elementary School and has been employed with the Poway Unified School District for over 12 years working with families and children of all ages. Mrs. Hahn resides in 4S Ranch with her husband and two children.

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t never ceases to amaze me how much kids love gardening. The tasks of gardening seem so simple and pedestrian, but yet, perfect for kids. Watering, weeding, digging and watching are all tasks that are easy to teach and hand off. It’s one place where mistakes are easy to correct or to clean up. Pots or In-Ground? We have a small backyard with limited open soil, so our garden is in pots. Planting in the ground is preferable since pots are subject to weather extremes and because the pot is essentially an island, it has no way of getting any nutrients except for those that come from rain or the potting soil. Remember to apply vegetable fertilizer regularly. Be sure to choose one that is specifically for vegetables since others may be toxic. What to Grow? I first found a chart that shows what month to grow what vegetable or fruit. Don’t be confused with harvest lists as those show when fruit and vegetables are harvested as opposed to planted. There are several on-line, such as: http://www.digitalseed.com/gardener/schedule/vegetable. html. I let my 8-year-old son choose what he wanted to grow based on the month. This was a good exercise in reading a chart and started the excitement for the process. In April, there weren’t many seedlings available, but there were a ton of seed packets. The kids loved examining each one with the

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botanical illustrations on the covers. After some parent-child negotiation, we choose some seedlings and some seeds. We brought them home along with our pots, potting soil, and hand shovels. In less than an hour, we had our vegetable garden planted. Seeds or Starters? I found that it was beneficial to grow some vegetables from seed and others from starters (small plants). Planting a seed is simple enough, but bare soil in the early stages of seed growth is not very exciting for the younger crowd. The kids water and wait – sometimes a few days to a week for that first leaf to sprout up. Though their enthusiasm may wane, the day the first leaf bursts though the soil to spout, watch out, because your kids will be doing a happy dance. (I joined in.) My kids were talking to the sprouts like they were new puppies. Adventures in Sunflowers: The most exciting plant we selected was the “Mammoth” sunflower seeds (Girasol gigante ‘Mammoth’). The package boasts that the sunflower plant could reach 12 feet tall with large flowers packed with edible seeds. When my kids heard this description you would have thought the circus was coming to town. “How are we going to reach the flowers if they are 12 feet tall? Will we need a ladder? Can we climb the beanstalk?” This is when we had to have the serious talk of gardening reality. We had to talk about the all the things that could go wrong with these sunflowers – lack of water, too much sun, they would be planted in a pot and likely wouldn’t grow to full height, a bird could eat the sprouts, etc. As grim a picture that I painted, the kids were determined to give it their all to get a tall sunflower. Sure enough, within a few weeks, we had 18” tall sunflower plants. Unfortunately, they have since stopped growing and we don’t know why. We have had many discussions about the sunflowers and what to do with them. I will take these dinner discussions any day. Speculation, hypothesis, trial and error are all things that the kids have learned from the $1.79 seed packet. Although the sunflowers have not been fully successful, we have had some victories. We planted Arugula, which forms seedlings in less than a week. Just when my kids were losing their patience with looking at bare soil, the arugula sprouts popped up and offered some salad greens soon after. I love to ask the kids to go pick out some arugula for our salad at dinner. Similarly, we have had success with carrots, strawberries, cucumbers, lettuce and blueberries. Although we have had equally as many failures in the garden with lost plants and seeds that never sprouted, it has been an adventure for our whole family. Every day offers a new glimpse at what has changed and what has stayed the same. Who knows, maybe tomorrow we will have 12-foot tall sunflowers. Written By Katie Seidenwurm, Landscape Designer and Owner, Zinnia Design, 858-705-4975, katiezinnia@gmail.com, www.designbyzinnia.com

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