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The spirit of the season in 4s Ranch & Del Sur In our community news section, you’ll find photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus that children, parents, and even pets will enjoy. In the spirit of giving, you’ll also find several community events and causes to support. We at Back At The Ranch wish everyone in 4S Ranch and Del Sur a Happy Holiday!

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Girls Golf Team at Del Norte High School Wins School’s First League Championship! Congratulations to the Del Norte High School Girls Golf Team for bringing home the school’s first League Championship! The team finished 9-0 in league, and 12-2 for the season! They captured the school’s first league title after winning the North County Conference Tournament for the Valley League on October 26. The two-day tournament was held at the Woods Valley Golf Course.

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4S Ranch Boys & Girls Club Classes and Day Camps The Boys & Girls Club is a safe, supervised environment where kids can learn and have fun whether after school or during hoilday breaks. You’ll find a list of classes and camps to consider for your children both now and in the weeks ahead.

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Dashing All the Way! How can it be December? Is it just me or does time really fly? The stores put out Christmas decorations and accessories in October, which makes Halloween a blur and Thanksgiving?...well, stores don’t really seem to embrace Thanksgiving for some reason; it’s kind of a small blip on the radar. We’re forced to start thinking about Christmas before we are really mentally prepared to do so. Oh well, whether we like it or not, it really has arrived, along with Kwanzaa and Chanukah. What are your plans for the holidays? Staying home? Visiting family? Going on vacation? I’ve always wanted to go skiing for the holidays, but it never seems to work out. I did, however, decide to do something different this year. I had a chat with the real Santa. That’s right, the one that lives at the North Pole. (No joke, really, I did. ) You can read my interview with him in this issue of Back at the Ranch. He’s a wonderfully, intelligent, articulate gentleman and I’m so glad he took the time to speak with me. Do you love Santa, too? There are several opportunities to meet him right here in 4S this month. On Sunday, December 12 at 1 pm, Santa will visit the 4S Ranch library – photos, refreshments and giveaways

Debi Renken are features of this event. You’ll also find Santa at the Del Sur Farmers Market on December 16. And, if you can’t get enough Santa, grab your pets and head over to Pet People on December 4 for Santa/Pet photos hosted by the Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue. There are all kinds of fun activities happening this month, including more 4S Library events, mixers, high school plays, baseball and softball registrations and more. Read through these pages and see what fits best into your schedule. I don’t want to close without congratulating the Del Norte Girls Golf Team for winning the high school’s first League Championship! A banner will be raised in the gymnasium in honor of the accomplishment. Also don’t forget to email your stories and photos to me for a future issue: All of us at Back at the Ranch wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season. Next month, we’ll be celebrating our 5 year anniversary of the publication, which started in January of 2006. If you have a story you’d like to contribute to that special issue, please contact us before December 10. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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MY INTERVIEW WITH SANTA By Debi Renken, community Editor It’s December, so I decided I wanted to interview santa claus. Yup, good ole st. nick - Kris Kringle. I can hear the gasps right now, “You can’t interview santa. he’s at the north Pole, and besides, it’s so close to christmas.” Yeah, yeah…north Pole…close to christmas…I get it, but interviewing santa was my priority and, darn it, I was going to get it done. I began my quest by researching phone numbers, addresses and emails, and after speaking with several frauds (it was easy to tell because they fumbled in explaining just how they got down the chimney), I finally (and this is no joke) found and spoke with the real, red uniformed, thick dough-bellied, fuzzy, white-bearded gentleman -- Santa Claus. It would have been nice to meet him at Starbucks, but being so close to Christmas, he was rather busy. So, I settled for a phone conversation (Actually, it was a Skype conversation; Santa’s very technologically-savvy). He was quite accommodating and I knew right away that he was the real deal because when I asked him to prove he was really Santa he roared with laughter. (I mean, come on, how can you fake that deep, Santa belly laugh.) “My dear young lady (I especially liked that part) you called ME, I don’t think I need to prove ANYthing.” I gasped at the rational sense this made to me, so I politely moved forward with my questions. Santa and I talked for hours. He is a delightful conversationalist, but in the end, we decided to disclose only parts of the interview. I have so much I could share, but I have been sworn to secrecy and, well, I believe in Santa so…here are just a few of the things I learned from Santa.

how the heck do you get around the world delivering millions of gifts to millions of children in such a short amount of time? (Roars of laughter) “Young lady (love him!), why do people have to challenge my ability to travel around the world so quickly? I have been doing this job for hundreds of years - do you not think I have built-in efficiencies that have evolved over time? (I felt bad that I even asked.) JK Rowling got credit for thinking up a wonderful little invention called the “Time-Turner” which enabled Hermione to attend more than one class at time – let me just say, she had help with the idea and the “time-turner” was quite basic (he winked at me). Let’s just call what I do bending the space-time continuum.” (I left it at that).

Okay, I think I understand (no, I really didn’t). here’s another question santa - Every mall, shopping center and neighborhood has a santa. children sit on your lap and talk about what they want for christmas, but how can they know if it’s really you?

“space-time continuum” theory that you really don’t understand (he saw right through me) and arranged it so that I visit each location at least once each year. This way, no parent can ever say it wasn’t the real Santa because they really don’t know whether it was me or not. Their child could very well be sitting on my lap.” (Absolutely brilliant!)

here’s a more serious question for you santa - has the spirit of christmas changed over the years? Santa got quiet for a moment and then I watched as a smile spread across his face and his rosy cheeks got rosier. “Good question,” he said and he winked at me (a wink from Santa is like winning a million dollars!). “I don’t believe that the spirit of Christmas has changed so much as people’s interpretation of how it should be celebrated has changed (Santa’s a smart dude). A long, long time ago Christmas was about the celebration itself – families and friends getting together. Over the years, it has evolved into an elaborate festival of seemingly limitless gifts (guilty as charged). Don’t get me wrong, gifts have their place – I’d be out of a job if it weren’t for gifts (he roared his Santa laugh). No, no the spirit of Christmas is very much alive. I sense the same excitement, wonder, and anticipation that comes around every year. What would be nice is for people to take less time worrying about buying gifts and instead focus on using that time to be with friends and family, to help others that are less fortunate, and to thank those that have lent us a helping hand. I would say, it would even be nice for everyone to take some time for themselves (I swear he was talking directly to me on this last one). Let’s make Christmas simple again.” He then smiled an especially sparkling smile and I asked him what he was thinking about. “Well dear, I know what you want for Christmas.” I shifted my gaze, feeling vulnerable and guilty after our last interchange. “I also want you to know it’s been a pleasure chatting with you, but I really must be going now.”

Okay santa. so long! But honestly, the pleasure was all mine!

(No laughter this time) “I have to say when I first found out there were people out there dressing up like me and pretending to be me, I was deeply perplexed (only Santa can get away with saying ‘deeply perplexed’). Once I ascertained that it was all for the good of the children, I used my

VISIT WITH SANTA IN 4S December 12 at 1 pm - 4s Ranch Library For a chance to see santa face to face, join us at the 4s Ranch library on sunday, December 12 at 1 pm. This event is hosted by the 4s Ranch homeowner’s association and the team at Back at the Ranch. come have your photo taken with santa and Mrs. claus, enjoy crafts, holiday refreshments and giveaways. We hope to see you there for a little holiday magic!

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on your doorstep Santa & mrs. Claus make a Special Stop at the Del Sur Farmers market December 16 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm - Del Sur Farmers market When you hear the jingle of bells, you will know that Santa & Mrs. Claus have arrived at the Del Sur Farmers Market. Santa & Mrs. Claus will arrive at the Del Sur Farmers Market on Thursday, December 16 and will host a sing-a-long with the kids and then pose for pictures from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. The Del Sur Farmers Marker is open every Thursday from 3 to 7 pm, on the corner of Camino del Norte and Lone Quail Rd - off of I-15, bordering 4S Ranch. Bring your CAMERAS and young and old alike can get fantastic pictures for the Holidays. There will be candy canes for everyone, a face painter, a balloon artist, and a special “Holiday Treasure Hunt” for the kids. Come early or stay late to do all of your last minute holiday shopping for gifts, pies, cakes, chocolate confections, cookies, flowers, produce and specialty foods. They serve lunch and dinner at the Del Sur market. For more information, go to or call 858-586-7933. Look for Harvest Jacks Christmas Tree Lot (behind the farmers market ) open from 11 am to 9 pm, 7 days a week. Happy Holidays from Bev & Mike Cassity, Market Managers, the Del Sur Educational Foundation, and all the vendors at the Del Sur Farmers Market.

Pet Photos with Santa The Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue, one of the largest Golden Retriever rescue operations in the United States, will host a Pet Photos with Santa Event on December 4 at Pet People located at 10537 4S Commons Drive. Pet owners are encouraged to bring their dogs and cats (or other pets) to the location for a photo with Santa between the hours of 10:30 am and 3:30 pm on December 4. The minimum donation is $15. This fun-filled day will consist of the pet photos with Santa, a raffle of gift baskets and prizes, and a meet and greet with some of our adoptable golden retrievers and committed volunteers. “It is our intention to increase visibility for the Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue and have some fun,” mentioned Stevi Martin, President. “The event is for a deserving cause that is very close to our hearts.” For more information on sponsorship or to book your photo reservation/pre-buy raffle tickets for this exciting and worthwhile cause, please call 858-472-3491.

Hope For Gavin As we continue to race against time in our mission to find the cure for Tay Sachs Disease, we are actually getting a lot closer. The NIH (National Institute of Health) has granted 3.5 million dollars to the Tay Sachs Gene Therapy Consortium (which is a group of scientists and medical doctors collaborating together) to test gene therapy on animal models with Tay Sachs. So far, up-to-date, gene therapy has proven very successful with these animal models and is very promising for human beings affected with TSD. The biggest problem right now is that the 3.5 million does not include the cost to start the phase I clinical trials on humans in which we were hoping Gavin and other kids could participate. The cost to start the Phase I trial is $3 million. $1 million has already been raised by the efforts of major organizations and efforts from families affected with TSD, but there is still a need for $2 million more. It may take an additional 2 to 3 years for help with government funding if the $3 million has not been reached. That will be too late for so many children, including Gavin, as the disease continues to progress even further. Efforts have been made to contact big names such as Oprah, Ellen Degeneres, Bill Gates, etc., but getting an actual response continues to be a work in progress. Countless fundraisers have been organized in an effort to raise the necessary funds and literally beat a race against time. No fundraisers are planned for December, but if you would like to make a tax deductible donation, you can do so by visiting Gavin’s website at , The Cure Tay-Sachs Foundation website http:// or the National Tay Sachs & Allied Diseases Organization http://www.ntsad. org. Be sure to indicate that your donation is going towards funding for phase I human clinical trials for gene therapy.

Velocity Sports Hosts Football Footwork Clinic Velocity Sports Performance will be hosting a Football Footwork Clinic the first week of Winter Break for athletes to focus on improving speed, agility, strength and power while mastering movements particular to Football. CHAMPIONS ARE MADE IN THE OFF SEASON! Monday, December 20, ages 8 – 11 Time - 9 to 11 am Wednesday, December 22, ages 12 – 14 Time - 9 to 11 am All Clinics only $30 at Velocity San Diego, 10806 Willow Court #2. For more information and the registration flyer, visit www.velocitysp. com/sandiego or call 858-592-7766.

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on your doorstep Girls Golf Team at Del Norte High School Wins School’s First League Championship! Norte did not advance to the second round of CIF competition. Their performance this year was outstanding regardless of the loss at the second round of CIF. Coach Mike Reifeiss shared his enthusiasm, “We had an awesome season; finishing 9-0 was amazing. We just overachieved all year and the results were incredible!”

DNHS Girls Golf Team Left to Right: Coach Mike Reifeiss, Bella Kim, Lauren Wendell, Victoria White, Emily Boone, Silvia Torrez, Paris Griffith, Assistant Coach Marko Nikolic.

Congratulations to the Del Norte High School Girls Golf Team for bringing home the school’s first League Championship. The team finished 9-0 in league, and 12-2 for the season! The 1st Team All Valley League Champions are: Paris Griffith, Bella Kim, Victoria White, 2nd team: Emilie Boone. They captured the school’s first league title after winning the North County Conference Tournament for the Valley League on October 26. The two-day tournament was held at the Woods Valley Golf Course. Sophomore Paris Griffith finished as the low medalist at the tournament with an impressive score of 163. Fellow teammates, Bella Kim and Victoria White also finished with notable scores of 194 and 206 respectively. Bella Kim finished in 3rd place while Victoria White finished in 4th. Their strong finish at this tournament secured the league championship and advanced them into the first round of the CIF Championships. Unfortunately, Del

Paris Griffin qualified for individual play at the San Diego CIF Sectionals. After day one, she was in 6th place out of 124 contestants with a 74 (5th best score). In a nail-biting photo finish, Paris ended Day 2 of sectionals tied for 12th (12 golfers advance to Regionals) with 3 other young ladies. The three players then moved on to a sudden death twohole playoff to determine the final qualifier for SOCAL Regionals. It was an overwhelmingly exciting finish as Paris par’ed the two holes, but one of the other players scored a birdie to grab the final spot! In addition to Paris’ high school golf experience, she takes regular lessons from local PGA professional John Darling at the Maderas Golf Club and is a member of both the San Diego and North County Junior Golf Associations, playing in tournaments throughout the year. Paris is the consummate athletic taking up golf only four years ago. She was an avid softball and soccer player, but gave it all up to concentrate on her golf future. Although painful (she loved both other sports), it was a smart move as Paris has already received several phone calls from interested colleges. Proud Dad says, “She has such a natural swing. We couldn’t be more proud to have had the opportunity to watch Paris shoot the low round of her life in the CIF sectionals.” Best wishes to rising star Paris and to the very successful 2010 DNHS Girls Golf Team.

Join Young Life and WyldLife Young Life is much more than a program and is much more than a weekly or bi-weekly meeting for middle school and high school kids.  Young Life and WyldLife is an organic ministry in many ways. Leaders share their  lives and beliefs with kids at a student’s home during Club, meeting up after school at Wendy’s or a local taco shop, at high school football games, school plays, sporting events that kids are involved in, and on campus where kids go to school. By truly meeting kids on their turf and starting a friendship, they are able to set aside all the awkwardness that comes with interacting with teenagers. In our area, Young Life has had the opportunity to work with many kids who have expressed that they would not be on their current spiritual path if it weren’t for Young Life leaders who went out of their way for them. Young Life leaders also encourage kids to attend church regularly if they don’t already have a place where their family goes. As an adult, you have the opportunity to impact the ministry in many ways: through opening up your home, supporting volunteer leaders, financially supporting the operations of Young Life, as well as many other ways. For more information on how you can participate, please contact Neal Eckerlin, Young Life Area Director at 858-207-7718 or

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Rancho Family YMCA – Teen Memberships The Rancho Family YMCA is excited to get the word out to the community that it has listened to the community and has introduced a new membership type for teens ages 14-17. For only $19 per month, teens can swim, exercise and get themselves started on a path towards a healthy lifestyle. The YMCA’s mission is to help teens realize their full potential by providing excellent services in a safe and comfortable environment. Teens will have unlimited use of the Wellness Center with trained fitness staff to engage them in a free personal fitness program. There are over 65 fitness classes to choose from including turbo kickboxing, yoga and zumba. Lap and recreational swimming is also a part of a teen membership at no additional cost. The Rancho Family YMCA teen membership also aims to get the next generation involved in leadership programs such as Youth & Government and the ever popular Leaders In Training program during the summer. Additional youth development programs for teens include Teen Trips and College Tours, a program by teens for teens; coached strength conditioning weekdays from 3:305:30 pm as well as open basketball play at the Scripps Poway Parkway facility Saturdays from 2:30-4 pm. Anyone interested in learning more about the New Teen Membership program, or any other of the many programs and services provided by the Rancho Family YMCA, can visit, stop by to visit at 9410 Fairgrove Lane or call 858-484-8788.

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Highlighted Events and Classes for December All San Diego County Libraries will be closed on December 24, 25 & 31. Library blogspots :;

Special Family Programs: Holiday in Candyland Tuesday, December 8 at 4 pm, featuring 4S Ranch Vocal Ensemble. HOA Santa Event - Sunday, December 12 at 1 pm, Annual holiday event hosted by 4S Ranch Homeowners Association and Back At The Ranch. All 4S Ranch residents welcome. Have your photos taken with Santa and Mrs. Clause and enjoy holiday refreshments and giveaways.

Adult Programs 4S Ranch Adult Book Club Saturday, December 4 at 10 am, Bring your favorite book and share with other community members. Adult Chinese Conversation   1st Monday of the month, December 6 at 9:30 am – Community members discuss topics of interest in Chinese. Baby & Me Fitness  - 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 10:30 am – December 1 & 15, Personal trainer Andrea exercises with moms while entertaining babies 4 weeks to 1 year. 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 with Allison Saturday, December 11 at 10 am, basic knitting class for adults and older teens. Family Movie Night at the Ranch - 4th Tuesday of the month at 6 pm – December 28, monthly movie night for the whole family. Friends of the 4S Ranch Library Meeting - 4th Wednesday of the month – December 22 at 6:30 pm. Beginning Yoga with Stephanie - Wednesday, December 15 at 6 pm, beginning yoga class for adults.

Children Programs Spanish Bilingual Story Time 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 10 am – December 13 & 27, Spanish bilingual story and craft for children Baby Story Time - Tuesdays at 10:30 am, pre-walking babies only. Enjoy this one-on-one lapsit activity which introduces babies to stories and songs.

Play to Learn Toddler Time with Teacher Lee - Thursdays at 10:30 am & 12:30 pm, music, stories, art and fun! Kids Fitness - 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 9:35 am – December 1 & 15, personal trainer Andrea exercises with kids ages 18 months to 5. After School Arts & Crafts  Thursdays at 4 pm, arts and crafts for K-3rd grade students. Homework Club Wednesdays at 4 pm, students from Del Norte High tutor kids from Kindergarten through 9th grade. Walk-ins welcome. Chess Club - Saturdays at 3 pm, for children and teens.

Teen Teen Time - Tuesdays at 4 pm Game Night - Tuesday, December 7 at 4 pm Tournament - Tuesday, December 14 at 4 pm Arts & Crafts - Tuesday, December 21 at 4 pm TAG Meeting - Tuesday, December 28 at 4 pm

COMMUNITY CALENDAR OF EVENTS December - Del Sur Farmers Market and Family Festival, every Thursday, 3 to 7 pm, corner of Camino del Norte and Lone Quail Rd., Bev Cassity at 858-586-7933,, or December 2-4 and 9-11, Rehearsal For Murder, Mt. Carmel High School, 7 pm, December 4 and 11 at 1 pm, or 858-4841180, EXT. 3366 December 4 - Pet Photo with Santa Event, Pet People, 4S Commons, 10:30 am & 3:30 pm, 858-472-3491. December 4 & 11 - 4S Ranch Little League Registration, 9 am - 2 pm, Frozen Ropes, December 4 & 11 - 4S Ranch Spring/ Recreational Softball 2011 Sign-Ups, 9 am – 12 pm, Coffee Bean at 4S Commons, http://4srgsl.clubspaces. com. December 7 – Big Fat Greek Fundraiser for Oak Valley Middle ASB, Daphne’s Greek Cafe, 4S Commons, event flyer at http://www.powayusd. com/pusdovms. December 8 – Holiday in Candyland, Featuring 4S Ranch Vocal Ensemble, 4S Ranch Library, 4 pm. December 12 – HOA Santa Event, 4S Ranch Library, 1 pm. December 13 – Younglife Club, Neal Eckerlin, 858-207-7718, nteckerlin@ December 14 – Wyldlife Club - Neal Eckerlin, 858-207-7718, nteckerlin@ December 14 , 5:30 - 9 pm - 7th Power Business Social Mixer & Happy Hour, Miguels at 4S Ranch, 10514 Craftmans Way, San Diego, CA 92127, Kent Georgi, Marketing/Sales Consultant, 619-962-7555 December 16, Visit with Santa, Del Sur Farmers Market, 4:30-5:30 pm.

Preschool Story Time & Literacy Craft with Mrs. Z Fridays at 10:30 & 11:30 am.

December 20 & 22 – Velocity Sports Football Clinic, 9 to 11 am, (December 20 Ages 8 – 11; December 22 , Ages 12 – 14),, 858-592-7766.

Comprehensive Eye Examination Treatment of Eye Diseases Lasik Consultation Glasses & Contact Lens Evaluations

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on your doorstep Don’t Become a Victim of Theft Let’s face it, we all leave things in our cars. We leave cups, papers, hats, etc. But more to the point, we leave appealing things like purses and phones and sunglasses. Since it’s the holiday season, we’ll start leaving shopping bags in the car as well. We must all be especially diligent to not leave these items lying around in our cars. There are always greedy thieves patrolling the parking lots ready to take what isn’t theirs. Don’t make it easy for them; a little prevention goes a long way from making you the next theft victim. Here are the top 10 items most stolen from vehicles in San Diego County. This list was compiled by the Regional Auto Theft Task Force. • GPS systems

• Laptop computers

• iPods/MP3 players

• Purses

• Wallets

• Cameras

• Cell phones

• Hand tools

• Sunglasses

• CDs

Never leave valuables in plain sight and if at all possible, take them out of the vehicle entirely. Authorities also warn against locking items in your trunk once you park because thieves could be watching. Take the extra time to drop off packages before you go out for another round of shopping or before you stop to watch your kids at their various sports events.

A Tribute to SDPD Officer Chris Wilson from Debi Renken, Community Editor Let’s all take a moment to bow our heads in sympathy and respect for slain Officer Chris Wilson. Although most of us did not know him, most of us do have a friend or a neighbor right here in 4S Ranch who is a police officer. Officer Wilson was a well-respected hero. He worked the “tough beat” for 17 years – prostitution, narcotics, gangs and drive by shootings. Last month, he was killed in the line of duty. According to Mayor Jerry Saunders he was a remarkable officer who remained a relentless optimist despite seeing the worst in human nature - “San Diego has lost an officer who dedicated his heart and soul to his profession. Nothing except his two children mattered to him more than his job.” We are lucky to live in a safe, protected community. When a burglary or assault occurs, we find ourselves feeling vulnerable and shocked. Officer Wilson worked in environments multiple times more dangerous than ours. Even so, our local police force works hard to keep our little corner of the world secure. The next time you see a local police officer, sheriff, a friend/ neighbor who serves and protects, give them a pat on the back and thank them for stepping up to one of the most self-sacrificing, thankless jobs out there. On behalf of Back At The Ranch, our most sincere thanks goes out to all of you who put yourself in harm’s way to protect the rest of us.



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on your doorstep Kids’ Care Club Child Development Center - Celebrates Four Years in 4S! Kids’ Care Club Child Development Center, 4S Ranch is celebrating its 4-year anniversary - the Center opened January 3, 2007! “We have had the wonderful opportunity to serve so many of the families in the 4S Ranch, Del Sur, Santa Luz and Rancho Bernardo areas! We want to THANK YOU for letting us be a part of your child’s education!� Kids’ Care Club Centers located in the 4S Ranch and Rancho Penasquitos communities have earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals. “The NAEYC Accreditation system raises the bar for preschools and other early childhood programs.� said Mark Ginsberg, Ph.D., Executive Director of NAEYC. “Kids’ Care Club’s Accreditation is a sign that they are a leader in a national effort to invest in high-quality early childhood education, and to help give all children a better start.� Kids’ Care Club Child Development Center offers half and full day programs for children starting at the age of 6 weeks to 5 years old. Whether it’s the Infant, Toddler, Preschool, or Pre-K class, you are sure to be excited about their programs. The professional teaching staff provides learning experiences in a nurturing environment that is safe, healthy and educational. Kids’ Care Club embraces a program designed to build self-confidence and a love of learning. The well-rounded curriculum promotes learning and literacy through letter and word recognition, phonological awareness and hands-on development activities. Their comprehensive curriculum includes: Pre-reading and writing, art, circle time, cooking, dramatic play, gardening, health & safety, language, listening centers, manipulatives, math & science, music & movement, outdoor play, quiet reading centers, wood working - just to mention a few. In addition to the Preschool program, children have an opportunity to participate in enrichment programs such as Spanish, Dance and Fitness classes. For more information or to schedule a tour, call the 4S Ranch Center at 858-675-7000 or the Rancho Penasquitos Center at 858-538-KIDS(5437).

Divas, Designs and Desserts Event Rescheduled Due to circumstances beyond the control of the Foundation, the Divas, Designs and Desserts event scheduled for November has been postponed to early 2011. The Foundation regrets the inconvenience, but looks forward to hosting an exciting event at a new location in early 2011. The Foundation is delighted to have been a recipient of funds raised at the Thanksgiving Day Thank You Run.  We look forward to this being an annual event.  Additional 4S Ranch ~ Del Sur Community Foundation gatherings are scheduled for members and those interested in getting involved throughout the year in 2011. We look forward toward presenting a schedule in January.  For more information about The Foundation, please contact Trudy Armstrong at trudy@


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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, CA 92127, 858-676-2230. Site Supervisor: Jack T. Nguyen. If you would like information on our fall or winter sports programs or about coaching a team, please contact: Nate Fenlason, Sports Coordinator - 4S Ranch Branch, 858-676-2230,,

4S Ranch Boys & Girls Club Classes and Day Camps Self Defense Class Self Defense/Safety Awareness class is offered on Thursdays from 3:30 – 4:30 pm for kids in grades 1st through 8th. Highlights of the class include: • Kajukenbo (Karate, Judo, Ju-Jistu, Kenpo, Chinese Boxing) • A complete interactive and goal oriented program • Experienced “National Champion” Instructor – Sifu Ronnie Isaguirre, a 4th degree black belt in Kajukenbo Karate & Wushu Kung Fu • Advancement in rank offered from beginner to black belt level • Competition tournaments to promote better sportsmanship This program is designed to promote a higher level of self confidence, improve self-esteem, discipline, concentration and coordination. It also improves social interactions and academic performance! ONLY self defense is promoted! Each class is 1 hour long and all children train together in a positive

Cost is $50 per month, registration due 1st week of each month.

For more information, contact Sifu Ronnie Isaguirre at 858-336-9191, email or visit his website at

Day Camps Day Camps are available for the following dates: • December 20 – 24, cost is $90 for first child, $72 for each additional child

• January 28, cost is $20 for first child, $16 for each additional child • February 14 – 18, cost is $90 for first child, $72 for each additional child • April 4 - 8, cost is $90 for first child, $72 for each additional child Payments are due the week prior to camp - Availability is on a first come, first serve basis - Sign up early to secure your child’s spot - Payment

After School Care

Dance Classes

Remember the 4S Ranch Boys & Girls Club offers after school care for kindergarteners through 8th grade.

Dance classes are held on Tuesdays:

Hours of Operation:

Mondays – 2:30-6 pm Tuesdays – 2:30-6 pm

Wednesdays – 12:30-6 pm

• Ballet/Tap Combo – 2-4 year olds (3 - 3:30 pm), 5-8 years old (3:30 - 4 pm). Students will learn technique, terminology and movement. • Hip Hop – All Ages (4 - 4:30 pm). Street dancing, move and groove to the beat.

Thursdays – 2:30-6 pm

• Musical Theater – All Ages (4 - 4:30 pm). Students will work on singing, dancing and acting.

The Boys & Girls Club is a safe, supervised environment where kids can learn and have fun afterschool and during holiday camps. They provide an afterschool homework program where tutors are provided along with daily homework checks and two week reports sent home to parents. Call or visit the 4S Boys and Girls Club for more info including rates and fees.

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4S Ranch Spring/ Recreational Softball 2011 Sign-Up Information Please note the following registrations dates: • Saturday, December 4 & 11, 9

am – 12 pm, Coffee Bean, 4S Commons

• Thursday, January 6, 5:30 – 8:30

pm, Coffee Bean, 4S Commons

Fees are $150. Sibling discount is $20 off each additional sibling. All players receive a practice shirt, a uniform and pictures. A copy of your daughter’s birth certificate is needed for registration.

4S Ranch Little League Registration 4S Ranch Little League will be holding three more Registration Days in preparation for the coming season. Additional information will be posted on the Little League website, The following is a complete list of Registration Dates for the coming season:

• Saturday, December 4 from 9 am

to 2 pm at Frozen Ropes

• Saturday, December 11 from 9

am to 2 pm at Frozen Ropes

• Tuesday, January 4 from 6 to 8:30

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Tryouts and the forming of teams will take place in January 2011 and practices will begin on January 31, 2011. Opening Day will be held on March 5, 2011. Those people who are interested in joining the Little League Board, or Managing and/or Coaching one of the teams should contact Chris Jensen at

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4S Ranch Sports Park Sports Leagues Adult Leagues Men’s Basketball

Tuesday League begins December 7

The County of San Diego is offering B and C divisions. Come enjoy one of the best facilities for basketball in the County. Bring your “A” game and see how you match up against the competition.

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Fee: $425/team + $24/game ref fee Location: 4S Ranch Sports Park (Gymnasium)

Sunday League begins February 27 Games: 4 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm

Questions? Daniel Trautner Recreation Supervisor 858-673-3900 County of San Diego 16118 4S Ranch Parkway San Diego, CA 92127

When: Monday League begins December 13

Games: 6:30 pm, 7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

Nighthawk Youth Basketball Club Winter tryouts for the Nighthawk Youth Basketball Club are coming soon. All interested players are invited to visit the Nighthawk website at For further information, email Bob Spahn, Head Coach, DNHS Boys Basketball and NYBC Director at

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people in your neighborhood The Khodabande Family Tucked away in its own private section of the 4S Ranch Commons Town Center is a delightful little place called Kids’ Care Club Child Development Center. Many of you have kids attending preschool there or use the Infant and Toddler program. The owners of the preschool are a very interesting and active family in our community. Trudy and Jeff Khodabande came to California from the Midwest and East Coast respectively. They have been blessed with two sons Conner (age 15) and Jordan (age 12) and lived in Escondido for many years before choosing to move to 4S. Even before opening the preschools and moving, Trudy and Jeff worked nearby and used to run Black Mountain and nearby fields and trails. They still laugh when they remember how bare it was. The area has changed quite a bit, but one thing that has not changed is this family’s zest for life. Trudy walks, hikes or runs on a daily basis. She participated in the 3-Day cancer walk in November and is training for the Rock & Roll Las Vegas Marathon this month and the Carlsbad Marathon in January. Jeff hikes and bikes daily. If he’s not climbing up Black Mountain with his family, he’s cycling 50-mile rides or taking cycling classes at the gym. Conner is an avid cyclist himself, frequently joining Dad. Last summer, they cycled an arduous journey from San Francisco to Santa Barbara! Conner also enjoys Lacrosse and Water Polo. He has amazing determination and drive and never hesitates to try something new. Jordan is the family news anchor;

he loves to chatter and coincidentally has an incredible endurance capacity. He even hiked “rim to rim” at the Grand Canyon and his dream is to someday hike Mt. Kilimanjaro. Mom thinks his calling is teaching - he loves bringing science experiments to the preschool and working with the kids. This family is always out for an adventure. It’s not uncommon for them to land in a foreign country with no hotel reservations and start to explore the country – always meeting wonderful people and gaining valuable experiences to remember for a lifetime. If you run into them, ask them about the black bear incident in Alaska, or the zip line episode in Costa Rica, or better still the Norway hike in which people were actually air lifted off the mountain. The Khodabande family is not introverted or boring, nor do they sit still for long. If your children attend their preschools, you can bet they are getting the best possible education and care. Owning the preschools has been one of the most rewarding careers they could have imagined. It’s always gratifying when they see confident young men and women that were once their students at the gym, stores, coffee shops and local schools. There is no greater feeling than to get a tap on the shoulder and have someone ask - Do you remember me? Children and young adults love to share what they are doing and it makes Trudy and Jeff feel truly blessed to have been part of their lives.



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school news 4S Ranch Schoolwide Update – 2010-2011 Dates of Interest: December 20 – 31 Winter Break January 28 - Professional Development Day NONSTUDENT DAY

Whooping Cough/Pertussis update Due to the very serious Pertussis (also known as Whooping Cough) epidemic in California, there is a new law that requires immunization prior to the start of the 2011-2012 school year. Every student entering 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades will need proof of a Tdap booster shot before starting school. The most common sign of Pertussis (whooping cough) among older children and adults is a mild to severe cough (often worse at night) that lasts for many weeks and can result in prolonged absences from school and work. While coughing during these weeks, infected people are also spreading this disease to others. Infants can get whooping cough from an infected adult or older child who often doesn’t even realize they have the disease. Infants who get whooping cough can get very ill and die. Sadly, in California, there have been more infant deaths from whooping cough this year than any other year ever!

Now is a good time for middle and high school students, as well as adults, to be vaccinated with Tdap. This will help to stop the Pertussis (whooping cough) epidemic, which is of great concern for the infants in our community. Children under age 10 years will have maximum protection if they were fully vaccinated (5 shots) with a vaccine called Tdap (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis) prior to age 6 years. Children 10 years of age and older and adults are best protected if they have a booster vaccine called Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis). The vaccine is safe and has been used for many years. There are several options for obtaining the vaccine. All primary doctors’ offices and community clinics offer the Tdap vaccine. In addition, County of San Diego, Health and Human Services Agency offers vaccine at their clinics which are held regularly throughout the county. Call 1-866-358-2966 or check out (click New Pertussis Information) for immunization clinic locations and more information. If your middle or high school student has already met this vaccine requirement (has had the Tdap booster at 10 years of age or older), please provide our Health Office with a copy of your child’s yellow immunization card or other written proof of immunization. Otherwise, please make arrangements for your child to have the Tdap booster vaccine as soon as possible to ensure compliance at the start of the new school year.

Monterey Ridge Elementary Recycle!


Join Monterey Ridge Educational Foundation in keeping our planet clean by recycling your empty plastic bottles and aluminum cans. Recycle the first Thursday of every month - 8:20 to 9:20 am at the flagpole and earn butterfly catches! (Please no milk cartons!) 2 grocery store bags full of recyclables = 1 butterfly catch 1 regular trash bag full of recyclables = 2 butterfly catches 1 lawn size bag full of recyclables = 3 butterfly catches

Please consider volunteering this year! We offer many volunteering opportunities that suit working parents, as well as parents with little ones. Whether you have 30 minutes or hours, we have something for you! Sign up on our volunteer interest form on at or contact An Das at We will email you and will schedule according to your availability! Involved parents help make better schools!

Foundation Pledge Drive Update

Student Directory

Thank you to everybody who has already donated to “Make an IMPACT!” We have raised over $28,000 and Dr. Newman has already been able to hire one additional teacher! So far, we have 28% participation from our Monterey Ridge families! Our goal, of course, is 100% participation. Imagine if we even had 50% participation, we could hopefully meet our goal to have an IMPACT teacher for each grade by January!

It’s finally here! Do you ever wish you had a phone number or email address to set up a play date, plan class parties, or ask homework questions? How about numbers for the school and the attendance hotline at your fingertips? Well, look no further! The Monterey Ridge Student/School Directory is here! You can find the directory on sale for only $2 during Friday Flag or by filling out an order form from the PTA website and dropping it off to your child’s teacher. Don’t Delay! Limited supply.

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school news del sur elementary school Del Sur Educational Foundation News A big thank you to Tom McCartin for organizing our first annual Golf Tournament. The event raised over $6000 and fun was had by all! Pictures are on display in the lobby of all of our golfers and volunteers. Thank you to those volunteers that made the Golf Tournament a success! Tom McCartin Sara McCartin, Charity Stone, Maria Donovan, Wendy Wheeler, Mike Gabriella, Shelley Federhart, Elisabeth Thijssen, Stacey Fletcher, Dana McCrary, Jeff Miller, Michael Vandling, Marla Vandling, Carly Marchant. Please check out our new Facebook page. “LIKE� Del Sur Educational Foundation to easily stay “in the know� on school events. Night at the Ranch Auction planning is underway! The event will take place at the Ranch House in Del Sur on March 19. We need auction donations! Vacation homes, photography sessions, restaurant certificates, rounds of golf, sports tickets, etc. What connections do you have? Contact Peter Kunowski (chairperson) at for more information or to volunteer or donate.

A Note From Your PTA President Sweet childish days, that were as long as twenty days are now. ~William Wordsworth Do you remember your second grade year of school? I do. Mrs. Sestito was my teacher, I wrote a letter to President Reagan hoping he felt better after getting shot, and I read Beverly Cleary for the first time. That was my second grade experience. I wrote last month about the impact you could have on your kid and the student population in general by volunteering in the classrooms. Heroes of the Hallway is the volunteer program geared to provide that extra help to our teachers that they need to provide our kids with the best kindergarten through third grade experience they can have. Because, budget cuts and teacher cuts and service cuts aside: this year will forever be in your kid’s memory as their second grade or fifth grade year. This is their year. So make it the best it can be. Whether your child is in preschool or fourth grade, you being at the school all day, just ONE day out of the whole year, will be one of the things they remember when they think back to the year that Mrs. Crumley or Mrs. Sullivan was their teacher. “My dad took a day off work to be the Hero of the Hallway and was at school all day.� “My mom helped us paint in my classroom and then I saw her at lunch and then again in computer lab.� Be a part of their memory of this year. Because today may be short and harried and hectic to us, but to our kids this day is as long as twenty. Visit to learn more. -- Maria Donovan,

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Our 2010 Red Ribbon Week was a HUGE success! Our kick-off campaign was a real treat when parent, Mike Arnold, along with our Cub Scouts and the USD Torero Spirit Team lead us in a RRW Cadence. The very special videos from parents, Jared Stone and Dave Fairleigh, currently serving in Kandahar, exemplified how their choices enabled them to serve our country. Thank you men! We will have an assembly in the afternoon on December 7 with â&#x20AC;&#x153;The NED Show.â&#x20AC;? Watch for more details to come. We want to thank our Business Partners: Sweet Things Frozen Yogurt and USD Toreros Spirit Team. In addition, Pam Howell & Kelly Isaacson, Co-Chairs of 2010 Red Ribbon Week, would like to thank everyone who volunteered their time and resources to make this week such a success: Janet Llamas, Dana McCrary, Cheryl Packer, Nicole DeMartini, Charity Stone, Jared Stone, Anne VonDyl, Lori Martin, Dave Fairleigh, Katie Seidenwurm, Mike Arnold, Del Sur Cub Scouts and our WONDERFUL Room Parent Committee Members and Teachers!

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Reflections Update

Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve eaten the muffins, gone to Family Night Out, supported the Dollar a Day campaign and entered the raffle for the iPad! Now, hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your chance to help guide and direct the Stone Ranch Foundation. Come and join the organization that brings Physical Education, Music, Computer Resources and more. Applicants can send their interest to Ben@ or complete the online volunteer interest form.

Wow! SRES has some seriously talented students. The Reflections submissions are amazing. Thank you so much to all those artists that submitted. We are moving onto our next round of the competition and will be in touch during the coming weeks. Again, thank you for your participation. Questions? Contact Tricia Blum at

Trailblazer Treats Every 1st Wednesday of the month, the SRES foundation provides Trailblazer Treats â&#x20AC;&#x201C; coffee and muffins - in front of the school. Come enjoy and help support the foundation!

Stone Ranch Foundation Family Night Out Plan for a family dinner out on Wednesday, January 26 at Rubios in Carmel Mountain Ranch. Whether you eat in or take out, from 11 am to 9 pm present the flyer (visit the Stone Ranch Elementary website to print the flyer) to the cashier and Stone Ranch will receive 20% of every transaction!

Show Us Your Talent! SING, DANCE, COMEDY, MAGIC and MORE! Our 6th Annual Variety Show is scheduled for the evenings of January 21 and 27. The show is open to all students in grades 1 thru 5 (no Kindergarteners). We invite our Kindergarten Trailblazers to come and watch the show and be a part of it next year. The show was a great success last year and we will be following a similar schedule this year. We will have auditions on January 5 from 12:45 to 2:45 pm for grades 4 and 5, and from 2:45 to 4:45 pm for grades 1 thru 3. At this point, depending on the number of kids participating, rehearsals for grades 1 thru 3 will be 2:45 to 4:45 pm on January 12 and 19 (Dress Rehearsal) and will be from 12:45 to 2:45 on January 12 and 19 for grades 4 and 5. Please be sure you are available for all auditions, rehearsals and performance dates and times. Due to the size of the show, we cannot make special accommodations for your schedule. If you are a 5th grader, you are welcome to apply to be an MC (Master of Ceremonies) or on Stage Crew. However, you cannot be an MC or Stage Crew member if you want to be in an act for the show. Forms were sent home to all 5th graders for MC and Stage Crew. All kids in grade 1 thru 5 should also have received the Variety Show Application. For questions, please contact Melissa Touvannas at

Recycle! Trailblazers save the Earth â&#x20AC;&#x201C; one plastic bottle at a time! Families, we have begun selling water at lunch, and are going to recycle the water bottles. You will see red bins in the lunch area. These are for PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES only. We are going to take the steps to begin a recycle program, and this is our first step. Help support us by reminding your children to put plastic bottles only (no other trash) in the red bins.

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Girls Golf Wins League Championship! Congratulations to the Del Norte High School Girls Golf Team for bringing home the schools first League Championship. The team finished 9-0 in league, and 12-2 for the season! The 1st Team All Valley League Champions are: Paris Griffith, Bella Kim, Victoria White, 2nd team: Emilie Boone. Read the complete story on page 8.

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The Del Norte Marching Band and Color Guard both took home first place trophies in Division 1A Gold Saturday competing in the 18th Annual Mira Mesa Invitational Band Review and Field Tournament! There were over 30 High Schools participating in the tournament. The Del Norte Marching Band and Color Guard is directed by Jennifer Kitelinger, and assisted by Music Assistant Kenneth Serfass, and Color Guard Coaches Jim and Melissa Barton.

In the CIF first round of Girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Tennis, Del Norte came out on top with a 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8 victory over Santa Fe Christian. This is the first victory in playoffs for the tennis program. Kylie Haviland, team captain, went 3-0 in singles and Yolanda Pham had an amazing 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5 victory at number 2 singles. Kylie was the number 1 seed in the Valley League singles championships having finished undefeated in league play this year. The girls finished their season 6-10, third place in Valley League. Yolanda Pham and Kylie Haviland qualified for the CIF individual tournament.

Del Norte Bits and Pieces White-out Warp-Out Dance - Students gathered in their finest white shorts, pants, shirts socks and shoes for the 1st ever White-out Warp Out Dance on Saturday, November 6. With black lights bouncing off the white ensembles, it was definitely a â&#x20AC;&#x153;warped-outâ&#x20AC;? scene. A DJ kept the tunes rolling while students danced and enjoyed â&#x20AC;&#x153;hanginâ&#x20AC;? with friends. Family Adoptions - Del Norte will be adopting 12 local families in need this holiday season. Wish lists are being distributed and all students will be encouraged to participate. Newcoming Week - Outgoing Week 2011-12 & Homecoming Week 2012-13 was a new experience for students attending Del Norte. Classes built floats, students enjoyed a dance, and the football game was very well attended. First Trimester - Students are in the process of finishing up their first trimester. Finals are just around the corner. Student Parking Permits - Student parking permits are available daily from 7:30-8 am. Please refer to pages 10 and 11 of the Student Handbook for details regarding parking rules, privileges, and the application process. Vehicles without a valid parking permit will be cited.


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Mrs. Battle’s class and our principal, Sonya Wrisley, have been discussing traffic safety. Many students are car riders and unsafe pick-ups and drop-offs are putting our students in danger. Please watch for students while picking up and dropping off your child. We all need to be sure ALL Oak Valley students are safe!

Pow Wow Cows Ice Cream will now be on our campus at dismissal time on Wednesdays. When you buy ice cream from Pow Wow Cows, 25% of the sale is donated to our school. Each ice cream is $2. So, bring your money for ice cream on Wednesday, enjoy a cool treat, and help our school.

Teacher Websites/Learning Point Please remember to check teacher websites/Learning Point weekly for important information from your child’s teachers, including homework, upcoming tests, grades, and other helpful information.

7th Graders Visit the Getty Villa

Four 7th grade classes visited the Getty Villa for a fun, cultural field trip. The Getty Villa in Malibu is an educational center and museum dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria. The Getty Villa is modeled after a firstcentury Roman country house, the Villa dei Papiri in Herculaneum, Italy. The Villa dei Papiri was buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 79, and much of it remains unexcavated. Because of this, many of the Museum’s architectural and landscaping details are based on elements from other ancient Roman houses in the towns of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae. Students had a chance to bring history a little closer to life and view a small slice of ancient Greece and Italy while touring the museum. Some of the more famous pieces they were able to view were “Head of a Bearded Man” and “Mummy Portrait of a Woman.” Students were expected to talk about these and other pieces with their chaperones to show what they had learned in class. Students felt it was “fun being able to see real ancient artifacts, not just pictures in a book.”

OVMS Recycling Program OVMS will be continuing its recycling program this year. If you would like to help our school raise money, please collect all your plastic bottles and cans at home (no glass please).  Securely place them inside trash bags.  On the first Tuesday of every month, students will be in the front of the school collecting these bags.  Profits from this program go to help finance school wide needs.  Thank you so much for your continued support!

Parent Volunteer Training The Power Point presentations that were used in our two Volunteer Training sessions are now posted on our website under the Parents tab. Scroll down to Parent Partners, and you’ll find both presentations!  Thank you all for attending.  We will offer these sessions again in January!

8th Grade Highlight Photo Attention 8th grade parents! Don’t forget to submit your 8th grader’s highlight photo by December 3. All 8th graders will have a picture of their choice next to their portrait picture. (This is different than the 8th grade dedications you may have purchased.) You can link directly from the OVMS home page to the 8th grade highlight photos or go to:, username:400053789,  password:yearbook. Buy your yearbook online by December 31 for the early bird price of $36, as the price will go up after the first of the year.

Distinguished Lecture Series for 2010—2011  ednesday Evenings from 7-8:30 pm W Eugene Brucker Education Center auditorium 4100 Normal Street 92103 (University Heights) J anuary 19, 2011 Dr. James Delisle - “Parenting Precocious Kids”  ebruary 23, 2011 F David Ghoogasian - “Using Your Head”  arch, 30, 2011 M Dr. Diane Heacox - “Differentiation: What is IT and What Does IT Look Like?” No Reservations Needed. Childcare Provided. Questions? Call the GATE office at 858-573-5998 or check w w cka tth e ra n ch - o nli ne .co m

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Ask the Doctor... can you explain how someone can keep the thyroid healthy? h.r. The function of the thyroid gland is to take iodine, found in many foods, and convert it into thyroid hormones. There is no known way to prevent hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism. In the united States, iodine deficiency is rare, so there is no way to prevent goiter or thyroid nodules. It is not recommended that a person take extra iodine. Instead, there is plenty of iodine in an adult multiple vitamin supplement if it contains iodine. Individuals should avoid excess radiation or unnecessary CT scans of the head and neck and use a “thyroid shield” when dental X-rays are performed. most people with either hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, and benign and malignant thyroid nodules, with proper diagnosis and treatment, can control their condition with no long-term effects and a normal life expectancy. However, those with undiagnosed disease may progress to hypothyroid coma or thyrotoxic crisis (thyroid storm) with death rates approaching 50%. As always, partner with your physician and have annual physicals.

i’ve been struggling with weight gain, especially in the past 3 years. i’m a 56 year old woman and have managed to stay at a reasonably healthy weight most of my life. My usual diet and activity level have not changed. What could be the reason? K.l. usually weight gain is the result of overeating and lack of enough activity, but in a small percentage of cases excess weight gain is a symptom of another disease. one medical cause of weight gain can include hypothyroidism. This is a condition where the thyroid gland (which is located in the neck) is not producing enough thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormone is a very important part of regulating our metabolism and if this is deficient, weight gain can occur. You should consult with your doctor so that blood tests can be performed to check hormone levels and appropriate treatment provided.

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