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Quick San Elijo Elementary PTO Updates

Monday: No school tomorrow in celebration of Memorial Day.

Tuesday: Orders for Padres tickets are due.

Wednesday: Last dine out of the year at Pizza Nova.

Thursday: Last day to order yearbooks and PTO meeting at 6:00 pm.

Friday: Kindergarten flag salute and flag salute for grades 1-5 to recognize students for Soaring Through Math and Accelerated Reader.

Saturday: SEES Day at the Petco Park.

For more information on upcoming PTO events, check the SEES website or your weekly Bulletin.




Howdy folks,

Just wanted to let out a big shout of thanks from all of us to all of you. This year’s “All American Country Fair – Oh The Places You’ll SOAR” was a huge success. We raised over $60,000 thanks to our wonderful community.

A special thank you to all of the individuals, families, businesses and community that supported the Fair with in kind donations, sponsorships, goods for our auction room, supplies for games and arts and crafts, time that you committed to helping set up, take down, and put on the Fair. And, for the many months of planning, a huge thank you to the Country Fair committee and their families.

Country Fair Committee
VP Country Fair Chairs – Yoli Monroy Street and Kim Witt
Advertising – Michelle Philbrick
Art Direction – Amy Falco
Arts Attack Coordinator – Dana Jenkinson
Arts and Crafts Area – Ami Manny and Sharon Kozar
Auction Room – Gail Gonzalez, Courtney Etheridge, Gwen Schvimmer
Bake Sale – Juli DeFilippis and Jodi Gallen
Bessie the Cow – Kris Harding
Button Booth – Laurie Anastasio
Cake Walk – Christina Higgins
Classroom Baskets – Kim Stamm, Lisa Gornall, Lu Flodine
Community Service Project – Stacey Hoy
Corporate Sponsorship – Anne Browne, Nicole Apostolakos, and Christine Lang
Decorations – Lisa Volpe, Katie Gaines, Kathy Taccone
Eagles Outlook for the Scarecrows – The Garden Committee
Food – Lori Hurley, Monee Gardner, and Karen Morton
Games – Malia Goss
Hay – Pat Sheridan
Maze – Erin Witt and Charlie Sheridan
Media/Historian – Amanda Prince
Prize Booths – Annette Bailey and Gina Teets
Set up take down – Malia Goss, Charles Zahl, Kim and Yoli
Sheriff’s – Gina Teets and Jodi Gallen
Stage and Entertainment – Gena Simmons and Ilana Huff
Thank you’s – Jennifer Vogel
Tickets, Presales and Raffles – Shereen Werts
Train – Rosie McAuliffe
Treasurer – Kim Isbell
Volunteer Coordinators – Jennifer Cangley and Ann Marie Gromko
And, lets not forget our SEES Eagles for the day – Jax Schluederberg and Scott Gromko
Thank you to our PTO Board that supported the Fair committee and filled in where they could to help with the planning, manning the ticket booths and auction room, pre sales, spirit wear sales, and communications.

Thank you to all of our volunteers! With over 500 volunteers helping on the day of the Fair, we could not have done it without you. An extra thank you to all of the families that helped set up the Fair on Friday night and Saturday morning and that helped Saturday night with take down.

Thank you to all the wonderful bakers that contributed treats and sweets for the bake sale, cakewalk, lollipop tree and candy mine and to those families that let us borrow their ice chests and easy ups.

We would also like to recognize the following individuals, families, and businesses that provided sponsorships for the Fair, supported the silent auction through donations of goods or services or helped in some other important way.


4th & B
Absolut Sales and Marketing
Action Sports Insurance
Adventure Cuts – Paris and Jamal Bissat
AK Martial Arts and Fitness
Amanda Prince Photography
Amber Lindsey, Your Neighborhood Realtor
AMF Eagle Lanes San Marcos
aNe Skin Therapy, Annie Enriquez
Angels Baseball
Art 4 Children
Autoclub of Southern California
AYSO San Elijo Hills
Black Box Distribution
Boys and Girls Club of San Marcos
Bushikan Karate Dojo
California All Stars
Camden Properties/
Carmen Uphoff, One Room at a Time
Carters Hay and Grain
Chase & Cooper Stearns
Chelsea Anne Photography
Chloe Casbier
Chris Cole
Cinepolis Luxury Cinema
Cirrus Jahangiri
Clae Footwear
Clark Construction
Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf
CompView/Gordon Family
Courtney Carter
Crestview Neighbors
Crust Pizzeria
Dan & Emily Palmer/Crest Funding Group
Danielle Jackola, Cookie Lee Jewelry Consultant
Deborah Street-Franko
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
DePascal Photography
Dirt Rocks Outdoor Fitness
Dovetail Marketing
Dr. Michael Brucker, Rejeuvine MedSpa
Dream Dinners San Marcos
Dylan & Kylee Molesworth
EDCO Waste & Recycling
Elizabeth Minor
European Wax Center
Falco Creative
Families of Genoa Way
FC Sol Soccer
Fish Market Restaurant
Fit Kids America
Flavor Del Mar
Flippin’ Pizza
French Nail & Spa
FroYo Love
Girl Scout Troop 4136
Greg Casagranda
Hills Family Dentistry
Hulse Orthodontics
Ignite Yoga Fusion
Ilana Huff
Invasion Laser Tag
Ivy Basinger
Jazzercise San Marcos
Jeff Lamberson & Pack 670
Jerry Adams
Jerry Michelsen, Piano Teacher
John Lynch
Karen Leland
Kerri Fox
La Costa Meadows
La Costa Orthodontics
La Costa Resort and Spa
Laundry Ladies
Lauren, Allie & Kylie Browne
Liam Weir
Lindsey, T.J., and Luke Frost
Mariah’s Westwind Restaurant
Marlo Yoshimoto Photography
Massage Envy
Melanie Flaim, Stella and Dot Consultant
Meridian Neighborhood
Mike Hovenic Soccer Camp
Moonlight Stage Productions
Mr. Taco
Mrs. Mottershaw
Nathalie Marois
Noodles and Co.
Obey Clothing
Oriana Hewa
Pacific Preschool & Kindergarten – San Elijo Hills
Paige Marvil, Jonville Team
Palomar Cleaners
Palomar Health Expresscare/Pomerado Palomar Health
Paul Walker
Phil Viani
Phil’s BBQ Restuarant
Piatti Restaurant
Players Sports Bar
re:form Yoga
Richard M. Black, DMD
San Diego Music Studio
San Elijo Dance & Music Academy
San Elijo Development Company
San Elijo Life
San Elijo Middle School
San Marcos High School
San Marcos High School Knights Regiment Band
San Marcos Key Club
Sandy Paws Dog House
Sheraton Carlsbad
Sign-A-Rama San Marcos
Sony Computer Entertainment America
Sophia and Julia Walton
Stroller Strides
Surf Camp USA
Surfin’ Fire Surf School
Sylvia Martinez, R.N., M.ed, Martinez & Associates, Health Education/Consulting for Professionals & Public
Tan @ the Islands
Taylor Made Golf/Greg Felsinger
TERMLOCATER.COM (Instant Insurance Quote)
TGA Premier Junior Golf
The Ahmad Family
The Apostolakos Family
The Bashore Family
The Beasely Family
The Belly Up Tavern
The Boysen Family
The Brion Family
The Calise Family
The Cline Family
The Conrad Family
The Fang Family
The Fernandes Family
The Flodine Family
The Fountain
The Gordon Family
The Goss Family
The Gromko Family
The Hainey Family
The Harold Family
The Hickey Family
The Houston Team
The Huy Family
The Klutz Family
The Kozar Family
The Lang Family
The Mazone Family
The Monroy-Street Family
The Murphy Family
The Phillips Family
The Rafferty/Rappaport Family
The Ramaley Family
The Sefl Family
The Sheridan Family
The Staff and Students of San Elijo Elementary
The Sullivan Family
The Tomachek Family
The Tuller Family
The Werts Family
The Witt Family
Tin Leaf Restaurant
TK Smith
Today’s Pizza
Venzano Neighborhood
Vittles Vault
Walters Management
West Coast Flooring
Wine Shop at Home
Yogurt Dream


Thank you again,

Kim Witt and Yolanda Monroy Street
VP’s Country Fair


Special Thanks to our Room Parents and Basket Coordinators
We would like to thank all of our room parents for making such special memories for all of the kids this year! Thank you for attending meetings, making directories, celebrating our wonderful staff and teachers, planning parties and making everything so special. Your role is so important and everyone notices all the work you do! Thank you!

Thank you to all of the basket coordinators! We really appreciate everything you did to create such wonderful baskets for the silent auction. Your baskets raised over $10,500! Thank you for collecting donations, finding sponsors with items for your basket and supporting the wonderful programs we have for our kids at SEES. Thank you for making the 5th Country Fair so successful! We couldn’t have done it without all your hard work!
With sincere thanks,
Lisa Gornall and Kimberly Stamm


Thank You to Our Wonderful Community

  • Thank you to Pizza Nova for hosting our May dine out.
  • Thanks to Teradata for donating $500 as an employee match.
  • Thank you to La Costa Orthodontics, Embroid Me and Blackstone Pizza for sponsoring our Running Club program all year long. Thank you to Dr. DeSantos who donated over 150 shirts. And, thank you to our parent volunteers for helping with Running Club 4 mornings a week!


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

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