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Workshop set on development plans San Marcos meeting to focus on construction, including K-8 school, near CSUSM

A public workshop will be held Monday night (4.30.12) to discuss development plans for property near Cal State San Marcos.

The meeting is open to the public at 6:30 p.m. in the Valley of Discovery Room, adjacent to Council Chambers, 1 Civic Center Drive.

The area, formally known as the Hanson property, is west of Twin Oaks Valley Road, between Discovery Lake and South Lake.

Development plans include a K-8 school north of South Lake; realignment of the South Lake reservoir spillway; construction of access to the school and future South Lake Park; a rock-crushing facility for grading the school-site land; wetlands restoration; and the future extension of Santa Barbara Drive to Twin Oaks Valley Road, trail connections, the park and residential development.

The workshop is intended to explain development plans and collect public comment. No official decisions will be made during the meeting.(SOURCE SD UT)


San Elijo Elementary Spring PTO Updates

SEES Has Talent
The 3rd Annual SEES Family Talent Night will be held Wednesday from 6-8p in the MPR. Come and watch your fellow students as they show off their unique talents. Contact Lisa Volpe and Monee Gardner at

Health Office Needs Gently Used Clothes
The Health Office is looking for families to donate gently used leggings, sweats, and shorts to use when students are in need of a change of clothes.

Get Your 2011-2012 SEES Yearbook
Yearbooks for sale! Our yearbook will be in full color again this year. Preorder yours today for $20 each at Only online orders are being accepted. If you have any questions, please contact the yearbook staff at We sold out last year! Don’t wait until the last minute!

Country Fair
Check the SEES website for more information on the Fair and for ways you can help. Also, be sure to “Like” the Country Fair on Facebook. Ticket and Food Presales Please review the flyer that went home in the Wednesday envelope before break about Country Fair presales for food, raffle and games. We have made a few changes this year including a new game punch card and a Food Court with various vendors selling lots of yummy food. For the next two weeks, volunteers will be out selling food & raffle tickets and game punch cards before and after school on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Avoid the lines and save money at the fair:
Monday April 16th & 23rd at 8:15-8:45am, 3:00-3:30pm
Wednesday April 18th & 25th at 8:15-8:45am, 2-2:30pm
Friday April 20th & 27th at 8:15-8:45am , 3-3:30pm.

Volunteers Needed
We are still in need of volunteers if you can spare an hour please contact The grade level that supplies the most
volunteers will win an extra recess!

Sponsors Needed
This year the SEES PTO has been presented with a terrific opportunity to raise funds for our annual Country Fair fundraiser. Thanks to a generous anonymous donor, we are able to DOUBLE EACH AND EVERY DOLLAR DONATED by all SEES families, friends, neighbors and businesses that make 2012 the first year they participate as a sponsor. This donor will match every dollar received by NEW sponsors up to $10,000! We are currently at $4,570 in NEW sponsorships! Help us reach our goal by sponsoring one of the following Country Fair booths. Share a sponsorship with another family or with your entire neighborhood. Our goal is to raise $10,000 in new donations/sponsorships for the Country Fair, which will result in an additional donation of $10,000 for our school! Thank you to all the families and business owners who have responded to the Sponsorship Match Program already. For reservations and information please contact: Anne Browne or Nicole Apostolakos, Community Sponsorship Team at

Community Service Project
This year’s Country Fair Community Service Project is providing school supplies to students in need at all eleven SMUSD elementary schools in an effort to keep San Marcos students on P.A.C.E. for their education. We would appreciate students in each grade level bringing the following items to the collection box in the front office before the Fair or to the collection site on the day of the Fair.

Kindergarten: Crayons
First Grade: Glue sticks and colored markers
Second Grade: Highlighters and blue/black pens
Third Grade: Colored Pencils and Pencil Sharpeners
Fourth Grade: Spiral Notebooks and Index Cards
Fifth Grade: 3 ring binders

We appreciate any and all school supply donations for this worthwhile cause.

San Elijo Elementary is Awarded with California Distinguished School Honors!

San Elijo Elementary is awarded with California Distinguished School honors!  Congratulations to the staff, teachers and students of San Elijo Elementary!

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces 2012 California Distinguished Schools

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced that 387 exemplary California public elementary schools were named 2012 California Distinguished Schools for their innovative education programs that encourage students to learn and help close the achievement gap.

“The schools we are recognizing today demonstrate the incredible commitment of California’s teachers, administrators, and school employees to provide a world-class education to every student, in spite of the financial hardships facing our state and our schools,” Torlakson said. “Their dedication is inspiring, and I applaud and admire their passion and persistence.”

The list of schools may be found on the California Department of Education Web site at 2012 Distinguished Elementary Schools – California Distinguished Schools Program.

The 2012 California Distinguished Schools Program focuses on California’s students and their entitlement to an equitable and rigorous education. The program identifies and honors those schools that have demonstrated educational excellence for all students and progress in narrowing the achievement gap.

To be invited to apply for Distinguished School honors, schools must meet a variety of eligibility criteria including designated federal and state accountability measures based on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the Academic Performance Index requirements.

Once schools are deemed eligible, the CDE invites them to apply to be recognized as a California Distinguished School. The application process consists of a written application, which includes a comprehensive description of two of the school’s signature practices, and a county-led site validation review process, which validates the implementation of those signature practices.

Elementary and secondary schools (middle and high schools) are recognized in alternate years. This year focuses on elementary schools.

Schools earning the Distinguished School title agree to share their signature practices with other schools and serve as mentors to other educators who want to replicate their work. An updated searchable database of these Signature Practices will be available later this spring by the California Department of Education.

Schools selected for recognition will be honored as Distinguished Schools at award ceremonies where Torlakson will present each school with a 2012 Distinguished School plaque and flag. The event and awards are funded by donations from many of California’s most prominent corporations and statewide educational organizations.

San Elijo Elementary PTO Updates

SEES 5th Annual Country Fair, Saturday April 28th

This coming Wednesday, March 14 all are welcome to attend the next Country Fair Meeting at 6:30pm at Hometown Realty. Extra help is always appreciated and goes a long way.

Calling all Country Fair Sponsors! March 12th is the deadline to be included in the Country Fair Brochure as a Gold or Silver Level
sponsor. Please go to the PTO page to see what sponsorship opportunities are available, or contact Nicole or Anne at

  • If you can provide yummy Bake Sale contributions, please contact Juli Defilippis,
  • The auction room is collecting items for those great Auction Baskets; please contact Gail Gonzalez at for more information.
  • We are in need of fun prizes for our Prize Booths. Please contact Annette Bailey at to donate any extra
  • party favors that you have left over.
  • The Candy mine is in need of candy. If you have candy to donate, please contact Malia Goss at
  • The Maze Team needs strong men to come help with set up Friday, April 27th, the night before the fair. Please contact Erin
  • Witt at We are still looking for a person to help with Bessie the Cow. This person is responsible for advertising and selling Bessie’s Spots.
  • This year we are in need of straw hay for decor and seating, please contact Pat Sheridan at or 760-798-2086 if you have hay we could borrow or know someone who might be able to provide hay.
  • Attention Middle School Students! Have fun while you earn community service hours at the Country Fair. If you can volunteer, please contact our Volunteer Coordinators at
  • For any questions or if you would like to help in any way please email us at Thank you for your support.

Kindergarten Registration
If you have an incoming kindergartener next year please note the following. Registration packets can be picked up in the front office and packets will be accepted starting March 14th. The deadline to be included in the AM class lottery is April 26th and the lottery will be held on April 27th. Students entering kindergarten for the 2012-2013 school year must turn 5 on or before November 1, 2012.

Mark your calendars! Multicultural Night is coming to SEES
Join us for an evening of entertainment, display boards and a chance to learn about the many cultures found at our school on Friday, March 30 from 6-8p. This event is sure to be a wonderful experience for our entire SEES community! If celebrating your culture and country of origin with others is something that interests you, please consider being part of the SEES Multicultural Night!
• Is there a neat tradition your family started way back when?
• Can your family speak another language besides English?
• Do you know musicians, dancers or other types of ethnic performers to invite?
• Would your family like to put together a display board representing your country of origin?
• Are you willing to share some textiles, musical instruments, crafts, maps, flags, currency or photos?
If you would like to help, please email by March 16, 2012

San Elijo Elementary Teacher Experience Bidding Ends Friday


Don’t forget teacher experience bidding ends Friday 2/23/12 at 5:00p. The multipurpose room will be open from 8:00a – till after flag salute and then again from 2:30p -5:00p. While the bidding is taking place come enjoy Pop Corn for a $1 or Kona Shaved Ice for $3-5. Not only will your kids be occupied while you’re putting in your last bids, but you will also be contributing to SEES. Kona Ice will be donating 20% of all shaved ice sales. The Kona Ice truck will be on campus from 3:40-5:00p.

If you have any questions, there will be a PTO member in the MPR during bidding hours. Although we are all excited, please be respectful of the volunteers who are helping during the bidding closing process. Only Adults can bid. For those winners who are present, payment can be made once the bidding closes and winners are announced. Otherwise winners will be notified on Monday with a note home and payments may be left in the PTO drop box.


San Elijo Elementary PTO Reminders

Tuesday – Scrip Order forms Due in PTO drop box, located by the front office.

Wednesday – Father/Daughter Dance RSVP form due in the PTO drop box or RSVP to  Save time the night of the dance and consider purchasing your “special treat” items in advance!  Tickets for Cold Stone, Raffle Tickets, and Halo’s will be on sale before and after school Wednesday & Friday of this week.

Thursday –Dine-Out from 4-9p at Noodles & Co. in San Marcos (Best Buy shopping center). They will generously donate 25% of all food and beverage purchases to SEES on both dine-in and takeout orders. Be sure to mention SEES when ordering.

Pennies for Patients – Please continue to bring in your loose change to your classrooms.  We had our first collection on Friday, February 3rd.  Classroom totals will be reported to the teachers this week.  Remember the class that earns the most money will receive a $50 gift card.  The LLS is looking for old cells phones that can be deposited in the Cell Phone Collections Box located in the Front Office.  The campaign ends on February 16th.

San Elijo Elementary PTO update for 1/29/12

Labels for Education on Facebook!
Just go to and SEES will earn 50 points for each person who clicks the “like” button. How easy it that?  Also, don’t forget to turn in any bonus sheets before the first of March. A collection box is available in the front office.

Once Upon A Time Father/Daughter Dance Saturday, February 11, 2012 in the SEES Enchanted Forest.
K-1: 4:00-5:30
2-3: 6:00-7:30
4-5: 8:00-9:30

Each fair, young maiden of SEES is requested to come accompanied by a noble escort. Please leave all frogs at home. There will be music and
complimentary refreshments. Raffle tickets, Cold Stone Ice Cream, bottled water, and Ribbon Halos will be sold…so don’t forget to bring your pennies. Pre sales will also
take place the week of the dance. Marlo Yoshimoto Photography will be on hand to capture your magical evening, as well (order forms will go home separately). Please return the RSVP form on the flyer that went home last week (or download from the website) to the PTO box by Wednesday, February 8th, or RSVP to

Calling all Fairy Godmothers!
We need you to help transform the SEES MPR into an Enchanted Forest, and help make our Father/Daughter dance as memorable as the fairy tales of old. Please contact the volunteer coordinators at: to help

Upcoming San Elijo Elementary Events

2/6 – 6:00 pm. PTO Meeting
2/6 – 6:00 pm. Mom’s Prep Night
2/8 – RSVP’s Due for Father/Daughter Dance
2/10 – Smencils on Sale Before School
2/11 – Father/Daughter Dance

Discover the Taste Valley of Discovery Education Foundation Fundraiser

VDEF Annual Fundraiser
When a SEES parent writes a check to VDEF-SEES, VDEF stands for Valley of Discovery Education Foundation. VDEF serves as our not-for profit entity as it does for several schools throughout SMUSD. On Saturday, January 28th at 7:00 pm VDEF will hold its annual fundraiser to raise money for its beneficiary schools and its general operating expenses.  This year the theme is “Discover the Taste” and will include an evening of tasting fine wines from around the world, hosted by PRP Wine International. There will also an olive oil taste and Pitch Michael will perform music. It’s a fun community event where lots of local supporters of education come together. The cost is $45 per person and SEES will receive $25 of each ticket sold. Adults 21 and over only, please. For more information contact Kathy Gallagher at 760-500-5487. Click here for more info and to sign up WineTasteOrderPoster1 (1)

Mama Wants Her Body Back!

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Local fitness program for moms is giving back to San Elijo Hills schools! When you register before Jan 9th, San Elijo and Discovery Elementary moms can have $50 of their new client registration donated to their school’s PTO. Body Back is a fitness and nutrition program for moms of all ages. Created by local resident and Stroller Strides founding mom Lisa Druxman, Body Back is an eight week program designed to help you lose fat and gain strength, endurance, energy, and confidence.  Work out twice a week in a small group setting with a specially trained instructor. Choose between M/W 9:30 am or T/Th 6 am. Classes start Jan 9th and run through the beginning of March.

Classes include:

  • Before and after fitness assessments.
  • Meal plan and food journals
  • Two weekly workouts with your trainer and home workout DVD’s
  • Online coaching and support

“Like” us on facebook, “Body Back San Diego” or find out more at .  Space is limited to 10. Reserve your spot today! Call 760-690-4088 or email

Unleash your personal possibilities!

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