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Del Norte Sophomores Had A Dream‌‌ Armed with over 200 supporters and an eleventh hour discovery of an unforeseen funding source, the School Board reversed their decision and decided to allow sophomores to attend Del Norte in the fall. Congratulations to all who effected this tremendous turn of events. Following the triumphant victory, a celebratory picnic was held at 4S Community Park.

Del Norte High School Class of 2012 makes its mark in 4S Ranch.

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Local Eleven Year Old Hikes Grand Canyon - Rim to Rim! The Grand Canyon is visited by millions of visitors each year. However, only a select few will ever attempt the Rim to Rim hike. With this accomplishment, Jordan Khodabande is in a league of his own at the age of eleven.

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Jordan Khodabande hiked the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim (21.7 miles)

4S Ranch GO SKATE DAY Gets A Huge Thumbs Up!

Kids of all ages were treated to an afternoon of fun when the 4S Ranch HOA presented 4S Ranch residents with our first ever GO SKATE DAY! Guests enjoyed hot dogs grilled by Barbeques Galore and Cold Stone ice cream while skating ramps and rails in the parking lot of Pioneer Park in northern 4S Ranch.

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Celebrating Freedom July is a great month for the United States of America. It’s the month we declared our freedom. Yes, 233 years ago, people just like us stood up for their rights and won! Well, it didn’t all happen on one day, but through the years, July 4th has become our traditional day of celebration. The legal separation of the American colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776. Congress then turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence which was, after much debate and numerous revisions, finally approved on July 4, 1776. So what are you doing to celebrate July 4 - picnic, party, barbeque, concert, parade? Whatever you do, take two seconds to salute our forefathers for laying the groundwork for our freedom. We tend to take these kinds of holidays for granted as just a great excuse for a day off. Believe me I am right there with you on the day off thing, but if we don’t stop and help the kids understand why we are celebrating, we are, quite frankly, being disrespectful. I’ll go so far as to suggest that everyone get up on that Saturday morning, gather the kids around and all sing “The Star Spangled

Deb i Renken Banner”. JUST KIDDING - but hopefully you can all gather around in the morning and at least acknowledge the history behind the holiday. 4S Ranch recently had its own “revolutionary war” of sorts when several hundred concerned parents and future sophomores fought for their right to attend Del Norte High School. They emerged victorious and walked away from the “battle” with a wonderful feeling of accomplishment. They did in some respects lay the groundwork for the future of our high school. You can read the complete article and see a few photos in our Community News pages. If you’re looking for fun things to do in 4S and around the county, read more in the Community News Section. There’s a HOA sponsored 4th of July Carnival at Linear Park and fireworks at dusk! Summer ‘Movies at the Park’ start on July 25. Of course, you’ll also need to know that July is National Hot Dog month. During the July 4th weekend alone (the biggest hot dog holiday of the year), 155 million will be consumed! Have fun this summer, let us know what you’re up to and be safe! Enjoy your freedom!

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on your doorstep 4S Ranch HOA Hosts A July 4th Carnival Join the 4S Ranch HOA on July 4th for a spectacular day of events!  The HOA will be hosting their annual carnival from 1 to 4 p.m. at Linear Park (north side of Camino Del Norte). Guests will enjoy unlimited games, jumps, music, a dance performance by Danceology (2 p.m.) and a Karate  performance from United Studios of Self Defense at 3 p.m.  Tickets are $10 per family (residents only) when purchased in advance online at www.4SConnect.com until July 1.  (Tickets purchased after July 1 are $20 per pack.) A family pack of tickets is up to four people.  Each additional ticket is $5. Yes, friends are welcome…non-resident tickets are also available for purchase. Food, snacks and beverages will be available for purchase from Barbeques Galore, Cold Stone, the 4S Ranch Falcons, and

4S Ranch ~ Del Sur Community Foundation News On June 5, 4S Ranch ~ Del Sur Community Foundation had its Grants Celebration where members awarded four local schools several grants. The Foundation was honored to welcome Doug Johnson, Principal of Del Sur Elementary School, Rich Newman, Principal of Monterey Ridge Elementary School, teachers Jeremy and Shelly Vincent, Beckie Stellar and Chris Holmberg representing Stone Ranch Elementary School, as well as Jackie Marcum who represented the Oak Valley Music Boosters. At the event, Del Sur, Monterey Ridge, and Stone Ranch Elementary Schools also received funds that were raised from the businesses that participated in the ‘Girls Night In the 4S Commons’ event held in December 2008. In addition, an unexpected grant was generously donated to Stone Ranch Elementary School by Foundation business member Civil Disobedience. The money for this grant was raised during a Girls Night Out event in May 2009. The Foundation Board selected Stone Ranch as the recipient based on overwhelming support of the Foundation membership for Stone Ranch’s grant application. Other highlights of the night included an opportunity drawing for a Sony Vaio laptop computer. The drawing raised $420 which will be added to next year’s grant funds. Adriana and Jeffrey Amon were the lucky winners of the laptop. Sony generously donated five laptop computers to the 4S Ranch ~ Del Sur Community Foundation.

Summer Fun with Frozen Ropes Frozen Ropes offers several Day Camp programs this summer. Full Day Camps run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $250 and is available for ages 7-12 for both baseball and softball. Half-Day Camps have the choice of 9-12 Hitting or 12-3 Pitching. The cost is $150 and is available for ages 7-12 and 13-18. High school players should check out College Baseball Coaches Camp at www.collegesportsexposurecamps.com. Space is limited so call 858-485-9399 or email sandiego@frozenropes.com for registration details. pag e 6 : ba ck at th e ra n ch

the Cyclones.  Oak Valley Band Boosters, the Cyclones and Grace Church will also be hosting carnival game and craft booths! The HOA has paid Pacific Swim (formerly Boys and Girls Club Pool) to open their doors for FREE to the 4S Ranch residents on the 4th. Guests accompanied by a resident are $5. The pool will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. And for the FINALE…the HOA has lined up FIREWORKS!  Yes, fireworks will be launched from Monterey Ridge Elementary at dusk. Great places to view the fireworks: Linear Park, Pioneer Park and Patriot Park or anywhere in between. We hope you join us for this fantastic day in 4S Ranch!

FCSD Sockers Program Has Openings If you are interested in playing for FC San Diego and you missed your scheduled tryout date, don’t hesitate to contact the assigned coach or the coaching directors Brian Quinn (quinn@fcsandiego.com) and Raffi Rutolo (ruotolo@fcsandiego.com). Several teams were looking for additional players when we went to print.

Volleyball At The Boys & Girls Club The Boys and Girls Club 4S Ranch will be running a Fall Volleyball League. Spring Volleyball was a huge success and the club is expecting volleyball to grow.  Sign-ups are ongoing and end August 14. Please sign up early and tell all your friends. For more information, contact Alex Adams, Athletic Director, Boys and Girls Club 4S Ranch at aadams@sdyouth.org or 858-676-2230.

Wrangler Square Dance Club Raises Funds The Wranglers Square Dance Club recently hosted a benefit dance at the Poway Community Center that included a silent auction, bake sale, and plant sale. They raised $2,365 for North County Interfaith Community Services while having fun square dancing. Shown in the picture are Lou Harris (club president) and Diane Hillman (benefit dance chairman) presenting the donation to Mary Ferro, Faith Liaison Coordinator at the Interfaith Community Services in Escondido. The Wrangler Square Dance Club is 35 years old and has club members from Poway, Escondido, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Penasquitos, and Ramona. Anyone interested in learning to square dance can attend the club’s beginner classes starting Wednesday, September 9 at Rolling Hills Elementary School, from 7-9 p.m. Beginner classes are open to couples, singles, families, and kids (10 & over). No experience necessary. Attire is casual. For information, go to www.thewranglers.org or email president@ palostarsda.org. www. backattheranch-online.c om


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on your doorstep 11 Year Old 4S Ranch Boy Hikes the Grand Canyon – Rim to Rim! Jordan Khodabande hiked the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim (21.7 miles) with his mother in one day on May 15, 2009. The Grand Canyon is visited by millions of visitors each year, however, a very small percentage ever hike into the Canyon. Only a select few will ever attempt the Rim to Rim hike which puts Jordan is in a league of his own at the age of eleven. When Jordan was asked what part of the hike was his favorite, he said, “The waterfall in the Canyon because it allowed us to escape from the 100 degree heat and we met a nice couple from Holland.” Jordan is not new to hiking. He has hiked in Alaska, Glacier National Park, Grand Teton Mountains, Yellowstone National Park, Costa Rica and many Southern Californian locations. He dreams of someday hiking Mount Kilimanjaro and Macchu Pichu.

movies At The Park is Back For The Summer San Diego Parks and Rec has teamed up with Shay & Associates of RE/MAX and the 4S Ranch HOA to present Movies at the Park once again! Kung Fu Panda (PG) will be shown on Saturday, July25. Hotel for Dogs (PG) will be shown on Saturday, August 22 and Night at the Museum II (PG) will be shown on Saturday, September 26. Movies are shown at the 4S Ranch Community Park (baseball fields) at dusk. Come early to enjoy the Oak Valley Middle School Student Jazz Band. They will be performing before the August and September movies. Remember to bring chairs, blankets, etc. It can get chilly out there! Make sure to stop by the snack shack run by the 4S Ranch Little League. A special thanks to Dr. David Li of Li Orthodontics, Dr. James Padilla of The Spine and Wellness Center and the owners of Project Clean Water. Their sponsorships help make this event possible. Need more information? Visit www.sdparks.org, www.4SConnect.com or call Ray Shay at 858-449-4970.

RB Noon Rotary Club Awards $1,000 To interfaith Community Services

The RB Noon Rotary Club recently presented a grant for $1,000 to Suzanne Pohlman, Executive Director of Interfaith Community Services (ICS). The donation received from Rotary will be applied to the ICS “Make it a Home” project. The RB Rotary Club, which meets at noon on Thursdays at the Bernardo Heights Country Club, can be found online at www.rbrotary.org. Prospective members are always welcome. For more information, call President Dan Malloy at 858-245-2412.

4S Ranch GO SKATE DAY Gets A Huge Thumbs Up! Kids of all ages were treated to an afternoon of fun when the 4S Ranch HOA presented 4S Ranch residents with our first ever GO SKATE DAY! Guests enjoyed hot dogs grilled by Barbeques Galore and Cold Stone ice cream while skating ramps and rails in the parking lot of Pioneer Park in Northern 4S Ranch. K-5 provided goodies for the kids while professional skateboarder, Patrick Melcher, skated with the kids. Patrick brought friend, Josh, to help teach the kids tricks. Afterwards, Patrick and Josh put on a “little” show. Kids and parents alike watched in awe as the skateboarders jumped unimaginable obstacles. The HOA presented a raffle which included ice cream from Cold Stone and swim passes to the 4S Pool, as well as a complete skateboard from K-5! A special thanks to Brian at Barbeques Galore, Randy at Cold Stone RB, and Bethany at K-5 for helping the HOA hold such a ‘skatastic’ event!

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on your doorstep barbeques galore supports breast cancer walk CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Jeffery Sears, CEO of Barbeques Galore, has a vested interest in supporting the 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk. His beloved mom fought a valiant battle with cancer for many years. Now, his wife Geri is doing the 3-Day Walk with her team “The California Melons”. Barbeques Galore is donating a 38” Grand Turbo grill as a raffle item for donations to the team. The drawing will be hosted at the 4S Barbeques Galore store on September 5, 2009 at 1 p.m. Suggested donations are $25 each or 5 for $100. You can read more about Jeffrey’s mom and Geri’s efforts by visiting the event website. Just go to www. the3day.com - click on Donate, then search for participant: Geri Sears or team: California Melons. Support Geri and The California Melons by purchasing some raffle tickets or making a direct donation. Your support not only helps breast cancer research, but you could go home with a brand new grill!

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July 4 – HOA Hosts 4S Ranch Carnival at Linear Park, Pool open from 10 am to 3 pm – www.4SConnect.com July 18 – Friends of the Library Book Sale, 9:30 am – 5 pm in the Community Room, Contact 4sranchfol@gmail.com. all July - Summer Reading Program continues throughout all of July at your 4S Ranch Library – also lots of fun events.

Friends Of The 4S Ranch Library To Host July Book Sale The Friends of the 4S Ranch Library raise money to support a number of library activities including bilingual programs and children’s reading programs. Book sales are an excellent way to help raise these important funds. They will have a wide variety of books (close to 2,000) for sale including children’s, adult fiction and nonfiction, and self help. The sale will be held on Saturday, July 18, during normal library hours: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Community Room of the library. The library is located at 10433 Reserve Drive in the 4S Ranch Commons Town Center. If you have any questions, please contact the Friends of the Library at 4sranchfol@gmail.com.

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Ongoing through aug 14 Signups for Fall Volleyball League – Tryouts August 27 & 28, Alex Adams, 858-676-2230

Danceology Studio in 4S Ranch, under the direction of Nicole Lucia, has opened their summer enrollments with an exciting addition to their schedule. This summer, Danceology will offer a Special Needs class free of charge! This class is specially designed for students who need more one-on-one attention. With a 4-1 student/teacher ratio, teachers will be able to fulfill each student’s needs. Danceology will hold this class on Saturdays over the summer from 1 to 2 p.m. beginning July 18, 2008. Danceology Studio is located in 4S Ranch. For more information, please call 858613-1155 or visit www.danceology.biz.

august 22 - movies in the Park Hotel For Dogs (PG) www.sdparks.org, www.4SConnect.com or call Ray Shay at 858-449-4970. 4S Ranch Community Park (baseball fields) at dusk.

Saundra Toor, owner of “Tour of Elegance”, recently co-hosted a bridal show downtown at the Westin Emerald Plaza. Saundra has been in business for over 16 years providing everything from wedding dresses to tuxedos to wedding coordination. She can even custom design wedding gowns and prom dresses! The bridal show was an opportunity for brideto-be’s to peruse wedding gown displays, caterers, music and more. During the course of the show, several mock weddings were put on, complete with brides, grooms, junior bridesmaids and flower girls. The junior bridesmaids and flower girls were none other than several 4S/Del Sur residents: Valerie (11) and Gracie King (8), Ashland Howell (5) and Karli Renken (11). The girls looked beautiful and had a wonderful time sharing in the celebrations. Ashland was quoted as saying the day compared to “a day at Disneyland!” Tour of Elegance is located at 11315 Rancho Bernardo Rd., Suite 130 (by appointment only). Visit www.tourofelegance.com or call 858-613-3663.

July 25 - movies in the Park Kung Fu Panda (PG) www.sdparks.org, www.4SConnect.com or call Ray Shay at 858-449-4970. 4S Ranch Community Park (baseball fields) at dusk. Ongoing through august 14 Additional Pre K-only weekly session August 17-21, Helen Woodward Critter Camp, www.animalcenter.org/education/critter_camp_summer.aspx

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What’s Happening at Your 4S Ranch Library Special Classes for July The Summer Reading Program continues throughout all of July. Come in any day and register or register online at www.sdcl.org. Patchwork Players ‘Bringing Art to Life’ - July 1, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.   Craig Newton One Man Band – Wednesday, July 8, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Discover the magic of music.   Clay Sculpture Arts and Crafts for Kids. Ages 6 + – Tuesday, July 14, 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.   Wild Wonders “Creatures in Disguise” – Wednesday, July 15, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Experience the hidden adventures of real animals.   Athena the Grecian Muse - Discover the secrets of the Ancient Greeks with Props and Music – Wednesday, July 22, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.   Watercolors Arts & Crafts – Tuesday, July 28, 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.   Swazzle Puppet Show – Wednesday, July 29, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.   Recipe Scrapbooking Craft with Stephanie - Saturday, July 11, 10:30 a.m. Financial Choices for Your Future Sessions are a series on financial topics including education planning and retirement planning.  7/11 & 7/25. Family Film Series Join us for a fabulous film series based on popular children’s books. Space is limited. Snacks provided. (All Ages Welcome) July 7, 14, 23 & 30.

Programs for Adults: Baby and Me Yoga. Bring a baby blanket, put on your baggy clothes, pack up the diaper bag and join us for a morning escape!   Easy yoga postures designed to help gain tone and flexibility while entertaining babies 4 weeks to 1 year.  Moms, dads, grandparents - you are invited to deepen the bond with your baby and meet new friends for both the baby and yourself.  Taught by registered Yoga instructor Erin Noland who has a passion for pre and post-natal yoga. Class size is limited – call for availability. July 1 & 15, 10:30-11:30 a.m. (1st & 3rd Wednesdays).

4S Ranch Wednesday Book Club for Adults. Calling all book lovers! Join our reading group and enjoy the company of great books and people. July 15, 6:15 p.m. (3rd Wednesday) Friends of the Library Meeting. Interested community members please email 4sranchfol@gmail.com   for more information or join us at the meeting. Wednesday, June 22, 6:30 p.m. (4th Wednesday)

Programs For Children: After School Study Center. (Grades 1-8). Teen volunteers are here to help elementary and middle school children complete their homework. Mondays, 3:30-5:30 p.m. After School Story and Craft. (Ages 5-8). School age children enjoy a story followed by a creative craft. Limited free tickets available starting one half-hour before program. Wednesdays, 3 p.m. Toddler Time. (Ages 1-2). Stories, songs, and more. Limited free tickets available starting one half-hour before program. Thursdays, 10:30-10:50 a.m. Preschool Storytime. (Ages 3-5). Stories, songs, and fun for preschool age children. Limited free tickets available starting one half-hour before program. Fridays, 10:30–11 a.m.

Programs For Teens: “Teen Reads” Teen Book Club. (Grades 6-12). Food, friends, fun, & books! Let’s talk about it. All are welcome! Wednesday, July 1, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (1st Wednesday). After School Study Center. (Grades 1-8). High school volunteers are here to help elementary and middle school children complete their homework. Mondays, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Family Program – All Ages: Family Game Time. (All Ages). Spend some time at the library enjoying classic board games while spending time with the family. Call for specific dates.

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on your doorstep Del Norte Sophomores Had A Dream…………. lied together in a grassroots effort to attend the School Board Meeting and proclaim that 4S Ranch sophomores deserved the right to attend Del Norte High School!

The announcement rang like an alarm clock blaring at 4 a.m. “Del Norte would not open with a sophomore class. The request was denied.” In most other neighborhoods, the news would have been greeted with the appropriate amount of disappointment, but acceptance would have slowly set in and that would have been the end of it. However, here in 4S Ranch, acceptance was not an option. Much like the colonists of the 1700’s, the future sophomore class of Del Norte High School and their parents ral-

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The denial had been announced just days before the final rubberstamp School Board meeting was to take place. So, in less than 72 hours, students, parents, neighbors, aunts, uncles, friends and grandparents all gathered with T-shirts, name tags and signs to protest the decision. Armed with over 200 supporters and an eleventh hour discovery of an unforeseen funding source, the School Board reversed their decision and decided to allow sophomores to attend Del Norte in the fall. Congratulations to all who effected this tremendous turn of events. Following the triumphant victory, a celebratory picnic was held at 4S Community Park. In attendance was Del Norte Principal, Greg Mizel, future sophomores, siblings and parents. It was a wonderful culmination to a spectacular neighborhood mission.

important contacts: Greg mizel, Principal (gmizel@powayusd.com)

Hello Nighthawks, This is Greg mizel, Principal of Del Norte High School, with some amazing news.

in case you missed it, Superintendent Don Phillips

Kelly Burke, Assistant Principal (kburke@powayusd.com) Jocbethem Tahapary, Counselor (jtahapary@powayusd.com) Christine Biggs, Administrative Assistant (cbiggs@powayusd.com)

announced at the recent school board meeting that Del Norte High School will be opening with a sophomore class! Yes, you heard correctly…THE SOPHOmORES ARE iN! How about that? So, to all of you sophomores out there who were so disappointed that Friday, who were hoping against hope to attend Del Norte High School this next fall, who longed for a miracle… WELCOmE BACK! We’re thrilled you’ll be joining us in August and that you’ve chosen to soar with the NiGHTHAWKS! Thank you for hanging in there with us. Thank you to each one who sent text and email messages and to all of you who attended the

athletic Programs: Del Norte High School’s application for CiF membership was formally accepted in December 2008. The DNHS Nighthawks will compete in the Valley League. in march, at a special community event focusing on athletics, there was sufficient student interest to support every CiF seasonal sport – with the exception of gymnastics. We are currently looking to hire fall coaches to support the following programs:

school board meeting. You’re a small, but mighty group, and i know

Fall

winter

you’ll set a great example for our freshmen.

Cross Country - boys & girls

Boys’ Soccer

Girls’ Field Hockey

Boys’ Basketball

Football

Girls’ Basketball

away from this issue that Friday, after our announcement that the class

Girls’ Golf

Girls’ Soccer

was too small to support. They didn’t. They worked this issue. They

Girls’ Tennis

Girls’ Water Polo

partnered with your parents. And ultimately, against all odds, a solution

Girls’ Volleyball

Wrestling

was found!

Boys’ Water Polo

Please take the time to thank Dr. Phillips and the school board. They could have easily ended our recruitment campaign in April when we fell short of our enrollment goal of 275. They could have easily walked

The Future is here… and i’m glad you’re all going to be a part of it!

Partner in the Begin Here. Go AnywheresPring Program www.beginheregoanywhere.com Baseball

things You should Know about del norte:

Softball

The Trimester System: Del Norte High School is bringing a new

Girls’ Lacrosse

schedule to the Poway Unified School District. After conducting

Swimming

extensive research, we have decided to adopt the trimester schedule.

Track and Field

Students attend school the same number of days (180), but the time is divided into three distinct 60-day grading periods. The beauty of the

Boys’ Volleyball

trimester schedule is that it allows students to take 15 classes per year

Boys’ Tennis

as compared to only 12 classes under the traditional 6-period day.

Boys’ Golf

The iB Program: The international Baccalaureate Program promotes intercultural respect and understanding and infuses a global perspective throughout the curriculum. The iB program was founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1968. Today there are more than 650,000 iB students at almost 2,400 schools in 129 countries. Del Norte High School will be the first high school in Poway to offer the iB diploma. To learn more about this unique opportunity, log onto the iB website (www.ibo.org).

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Fall coaches are being interviewed now. Winter and spring coaches will be named later. Dance and Cheer will be supported as clubs. For more information about these sports and about the school in general, please visit the website which is continuously updated at www.powayusd. com/pusddnhs.

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people in your neighborhood The Tanner Family The Tanners bounced around a bit between San Diego and LA, but they eventually found 4S Ranch and are now well established. Stacy and David both went to school here in San Diego, but started their life together in Valencia. Both worked for companies in the entertainment industry - direct competitors! Stacy worked for Walt Disney Company and David for Warner Brothers. Stacy was a teacher in the children’s center where she made some lifelong friends and David was an accountant who researched royalties and contracts. David has had the opportunity to meet such celebrities as Sting and George Clooney. Although times were good and the jobs were exciting, David and Stacy were lured back to San Diego when a friend made David a job offer he couldn’t refuse. They initially found a home in PQ, but quickly became disillusioned when they realized there were no kids in the neighborhood! Within two years they found 4S Ranch, which was a

complete package: lots of kids, sports, activities and great schools. Matthew (11), Jonny (8), and Christopher (5), are all taking advantage of life in 4S Ranch. Matthew is a sports fanatic and regularly plays Pop Warner Football, Little League baseball, and basketball at the Boys & Girls Club. He will be a 6th grader attending Oak Valley this fall. Jonny, who will be a 3rd grader at Stone Ranch next year, is also an athlete. He seems to favor football, but also enjoys playing Little League baseball and basketball. Christopher, the youngest Tanner, is trying a slightly different sports path. On his agenda is soccer and karate. He did try T-Ball this past spring and will play flag football in the fall. Stacy is, like many of us, the designated taxi driver. She is always team mom, but tries to limit it to one son per season. Stacy works as the enrollment coordinator at Kids’ Care Club right here in 4S. She enjoys having “girl weekends” with her friends from the Disney Children’s Center. David now works for Entriq/Erdetto (merging) and loves to coach his boys in baseball. He, too, limits it to one son per season. He is also the treasurer for the 4S Ranch Little League Board. As a family, the thing they truly enjoy is hanging out with all the friends they have made in 4S. They have barbeques and parties on a regular basis. The Tanners are also big time Lakers and Dodger fans – it certainly is the season for both teams!

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school news Stone Ranch Elementary Greetings from Cindy Venolia, Stone Ranch Principal “One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings.  The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.” Carl Jung wrote these words in honor of teachers, and the celebration of the potential of students.  As I look back on this year, we find brilliant teachers and students who make Stone Ranch Elementary School the wonderful place it is.  As we open our doors in the fall, things may look a little different.  There may be some new faces that we will warmly greet - students and staff.   I know our Trailblazers will make them feel at home.  And as we embrace the uniqueness and gifts of these boys and girls, men and women, we will welcome them as family.  We will fondly remember the wonderful warmth of each and every person we have had the honor to work with and the amazing potential of each and every student we have taught that has moved on to a new school.  It has been my privilege to know each and every one of you and to spend this school year with our wonderful Trailblazers.  Happy summer!

Greetings from Melissa Botello-Perez, PTA President Teacher Appreciation Day year was a huge success. Thank you Lisa Bershaw and team for organizing an outstanding day. The teachers and staff really appreciated all the generosity from parents and students. The annual Art Show, Auction and Teacher Experience event was a night to remember. The theater looked amazing with the students’ art work on display. Big thanks to Lynn Aguilera and the volunteer coordinators: Carole Sandburg, Liza Book, Cindy Abell – Shepard, Julie Arnold, Joann Rockefeller and Cristina Falcon-Seymore and over 100 other volunteers that made this event possible. The live auction was kicked off by Dan Lammers. Kudos goes to Kate Kessler, Tammy Sauter, Christine Simmons, and Elizabeth Lammers for coordinating a very successful event. Thank you to the Shays who donated the very adorable little puppy and the Lammer family who donated the fast and fuzzy hamster named Rocket.  When the dust settled over $11,000 had been raised for Stone Ranch enrichment programs! The teacher experience packages were a hit again this year with over $22,000 being raised. Thanks to all the volunteers and for the generous donations that made this event so successful. May came to an end with the Annual Family Dance. Lisa Botts and all the volunteers made it a special night for the entire family. We then kicked off June with the Variety Show and over 150 students participated. Thank you to Karli Mink and Cindy Collins for the endless hours they spent organizing the show. This year, PTA helped support SRE with programs, activities, library books, Junior Achievement, teacher supplies and much more. In addition, the PTA will provide an additional $20K to the school for enrichment programs.  It takes many people to run a successful PTA. It couldn’t be done without all the many volunteers and generous contributions. The time and effort put forth by the Executive Board and Committee Chairs is invaluable! Thanks to all of you for your hard work and dedication!

Oak Valley Middle School Teen Writing Camp OVMS will be hosting CSU San Marcos Writing Project Summer Writers Camp for students entering 6 - 8th grades, July 13 - 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For more information, please contact dmikkonen@powayusd. com or call 858-487-8474 x4307.

Summer School Options Summer School options and information (including dates, locations, online courses, enrichment classes, and athletics) can be found on the district’s website: PUSD Summer School Information for 2009 - http://www.powayusd.com/ pusdaltprogs/summerschool/ Summer School options link from the PUSD homepage - http://www. powayusd.com/

Important Registration Information Flyer In preparation for our 2009-2010 registration, we sent home an important flyer with information about registration dates, first day of school, and how to register your child. This flyer was given to students to take home on Tuesday, May 26. You can also view the flyer online by using the following web address: http://www.powayusd.com/pusdovms/Registration/2009/Registration%20 Info-Families.pdf.

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Change in School Calendar On Monday, May 11, 2009, the Poway Unified School District Board of Education approved changing the school calendar for all district schools. The first day of school for the 2009-2010 year will be Thursday, August 20, 2009 at 8:20 a.m. The last day of school will be on Tuesday, June 8, 2010. This change was brought about because of the state budget cuts and the voluntary 2.7% salary rollback that all PUSD employees took. Students will still have 180 days of instruction, but all Professional Growth Days have been removed from the calendar. Thank you for your continued support.

Startalk Good Will Program This is a federally subsidized language program that will be offering a vigorous and fun Chinese Language Immersion program this summer. Classes will be offered at the beginner and intermediate levels. Students will learn the basics of Chinese Language and experience the richness of Chinese culture. For more information, please visit: http://sdccanccs.org/STARTALK.

Summer Learning Opportunities Through a partnership with Compass Learning Odyssey, a web-based curriculum system, every PUSD middle school student has been given free access to district approved curriculum activities. By accessing this web-delivered tool, students have an opportunity to expand and extend their personal learning throughout the summer break. Student login instructions are on the website. You will login using the Learning Point username and password. To learn more, please visit: www.powayusd.com/parent_resource/toolkit. www. backattheranch-online.c om


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school news Monterey Ridge School A Message From Your PTA President – Evi Haux Thank you for spending time in the classroom. Thank you for your generous donations of supplies, money and support. Thank you for helping with our PTA, Foundation and school fundraising efforts. Thank you for creating and attending our programs, performances, informational nights and family nights. You are the support structure that makes it all possible. Thank you to all the staff members and families of Monterey Ridge.

Summer Camp Information As you consider camps and activities this summer, look into some camps provided by businesses that support Monterey Ridge with their donations and sponsorships. www.scienceandventures.com – Use promo code raf002 to save money www.rancho.ymca.org – Provide Playground Partners Program www.baseballasap.com – Fun Run Sponsor www.floatiesswimschool.com – Fun Run Sponsor

Volunteer of the Year - Donita Santos

Playground Partners

Congratulations to Donita Santos who was named 2008 – 2009 MRES Volunteer of theYear. Donita was recognized at the Volunteer Breakfast on June 5 and will also be recognized at the district level during a special recognition dinner in February. Thank you for ALL you do, Donita!

Playground Partners will continue next year! This year, MRE PTA sponsored a new program called Playground Partners. Volunteers assisted a YMCA staff member in running games on our playground two days each week. We are planning to enhance the program by increasing it to three days a week next year, but we will need additional volunteers. If you are interested in becoming involved in Playground Partners and are able to commit one day (or more) during lunch, please contact Karen at ghayes01@cox.net. You will be supported by the YMCA Playground Partners training system.

Fall Festival 2009 Be a part of the first ever Monterey Ridge International Fall Festival! Contact Gigi Adaya – VP of Programs at alexngigi@yahoo.com for more information and to help plan this event. This event will replace our Spring Festival and will be held in September or October. We’ll need lots of help and suggestions to ensure the festival is fun and exciting for everyone. There will be meetings over the summer so join the fun NOW!

Use Compass Learning ANY Time From Home! There are enough licenses to allow unlimited access to all students. Log on anytime at: http://cl.powayusd.com/childu/index.html?SSL=1 or visit the Monterey Ridge home page and click “students” on the left hand side of the screen to see a list of options, then choose “Compass Learning Login”.

Save Box Tops Over The Summer – Contest In August WOW! Monterey Ridge earned over $1,200 by collecting Box Tops this year! An easy way to earn money with Box Tops is to sign up on the Box Tops website at www.boxtops4education.com. Every time someone new signs up, we get FIVE FREE box tops ($0.50)! The site has great recipes, coupons for items with Box Tops, activities for the kids and ways to help our school. Please consider signing up today and don’t forget to ask friends and relatives to save them from summer time snacks. We’ll have a fun contest in August to kick-start the collection in 2009 – 2010.

Del Sur Elementary A Message from your Principal As we close the school year, I want to thank all of you for making our first year at Del Sur a successful one. It has been a wonderful experience. What a beautiful facility that we get to call our home. Our students have firmly planted their footprints on this school. Their presence on this campus will resonate for many years to come as they have helped to establish school culture and pride. Of course, thank you parents for all of you have done in helping to establish our school. We have a fantastic PTA, Foundation, Site Council, and ELL parent group. Have a safe and relaxing summer. We wish our fifth graders much success in middle school. For our returning and new students, we will see all of you in August where we will continue to “explore the richness of the past, the opportunities of the present, and the infinite possibilities of the future.” Principal : Doug Johnson

A Note From Your PTA President I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the 2008-2009 PTA Board to THANK all of the wonderful parents, staff, community members and other volunteers who have worked so hard to make our first school year at Del Sur Elementary so successful! It has been an honor serving as your PTA President. I am so proud of us all. We sure proved that this school is small, but MIGHTY!

Del Sur PTA Thanks You So many volunteers and business partners helped us pull of our Spring programs and enrich the learning experience of our students. Special thanks to: SDGE Color Me Mine Jimbo’s Terra Firma Landscape

Lori Martin Ralphs Albertson’s

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Courtney Campbell

Marla Vandling

Kent Williams

Maria Donovan

Jillian Tribble

Karissa McKenna

Britta Skumawitz

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