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					March 28, 2008                                                                                           Vol. XVII, No.
                            Garden Road Elementary School

                      14614 Garden Road, Poway, California 92064 (858) 748-0230

          Trustworthiness      Respect         Responsibility       Fairness         Caring         Citizenship

           Principal’s Message                                                 PTA President
Jeannie Miller                              748-0230            8
                                                                Lisa Carmichael     
 Budget Reduction Impact for Garden Road and                     Education Budget
 How Parents Can Help                                            Thank you to all of the parents who returned the
 As everyone has become aware, California schools                education budget form letters for Senator
 are facing serious cutbacks due to a state budget               Hollingsworth and Assembly Member Plescia.
 deficit. While the impact on our schools will not be            Members of the PTA at all levels are monitoring
 known until the state budget is passed by our legisla-          the situation and I will continue to communicate
 tors this summer, school districts are hoping for the           with everyone as we learn about the action we can
 best and planning for the worst.                                take to support our children.
 The budget proposed by Governor Schwarzenegger                  PTA Programs
 in January, if adopted, will have serious impact at             Variety Show: Kudos to Carolyn Decker and
 every school in the Poway Unified School District               Kathleen Sampson for a successful Variety Show.
 ( Budget Updates). Potential                    Once again there were a number of kids that
 areas being considered for reduction/elimination at             wanted to participate in the show and we ended up
 Garden Road Elementary:                                         with a wide assortment of acts.
                                                                 Boys’ Night Out: Thank you to Angela Cecena
 • Reduction of up to six teachers (regular and spe-             for overseeing this two night event. I think the
 cial education)                                                 boys really enjoyed the sports theme and who
 • Possible transfer of some teachers to other PUSD              wouldn’t love an ice cream sundae bar?!!
 school sites                                                    Author’s Visit: Thank you to Kate Porter, Mrs.
 • Elimination of the Reading Specialist position                Miller, Melissa Martinez and Carolyn Decker for
 • Increase in class size for grades 4 and 5 by an               making this event happen. I think the kids really
 average of two students                                         enjoyed spending time with Caroline Arnold.
 • Increase in class size for PEPP and Kindergarten              Spring Pictures: I’d also like to extend a thank
 up to 33:1. Students would attend school half a day             you to Trish Simpson for overseeing spring
 either in the morning or afternoon. Through partner-            pictures.
 ing and/or creative scheduling, a 15:1 class size
 could be provided for core subjects for part of the
                                                                                     Calendar of Events:
 • Reduction in office and custodial support
                                                                4/3 Open House - All classrooms open 6:30 -7:30
 5th Grade Music would remain, with the cost trans-             4/7-11 Spring Break—NO SCHOOL
 ferred to categorical funds.                                   4/14-18 Lunch with Grandparents Week
 Many of you have asked how you can help our
                                                                4/18 Student Council Theme Day:” Sports Day”
 schools beyond sending letters to our state represen-          4/22-24 Book Fair
 tatives. One of the best ways everyone can help is             4/23 Evening Book Fair
 by sending their children to school every day.                 4/27 3rd Annual Silent Auction
                               Continued on back page...
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                                      San Diego Scrap Inn
                                   2 Night Retreat for 2 People
                                         Valued at $450
                       Ocean Beach Surf School & Surf and Skate
                                1 Week of Summer Surf
                                    Valued at $395
                              12” Boys Huffy Rock It Bike & Helmet
                                12” Girls Sea Star Bike & Helmet
                                    Great Meal Packages at…
               Chili’s                             El Ranchito Taco Shop
               Islands                             LePeep Grill of Poway
               Mexicocina                          Mimi’s Café
               Steakhouse                          Pat & Oscar’s
               Poway Sushi Lounge                  Rubio’s
               Soup Plantation                     Yanni’s Bistro
               Filippi’s Pizza Grotto              House on The Hill
                            And Don’t Forget These Popular Items…
                              2008/09 VIP Garden Road Parking
            Your Very Own Parking Spot in the coveted Teacher’s Lot!!! WOW!
                  You will be the envy of every Mom & Dad out there!
                                            Value - Priceless
                               5th Grade VIP Graduation Seating
                             Premium Graduation Reserved Parking
                                        Value - Priceless

Boys Night Out was another success! Everyone looked great in their sports attire! It couldn't have hap-
pened with out the help and support of: Dixie Grossman and her girls: Desiree, Jamie and Amanda,
Jackie Crotty, Susan Reetz, Anita, Bella Downs, Adrieke Osmun, Dave Paviol, Denise Kerwood,
Wendy Condor and the Bastow Family for the use of their ping-pong table. Thanks, too to all the fami-
lies who helped clean up on Thursday night. Finally, again a BIG thank you to our terrific custodians,
Wendy and Tonya for all their help! - Angela Cecena,Chair, BNO
The Gardener                                    Page 3                                March 28, 2008

                                     Top Ten Reasons to
                                Attend the Garden Road School
                                Denim & Dollars Silent Auction

   10…Get out of the house! Enjoy a little grown-up time!

   9….Eat, drink and mingle with teachers, staff and other parents (mingling not required…it
   can be Mom & Dad date time, too).

   8….Breaking your bank is NOT required. Unlike other Auctions, our items having
   starting bids as low as $10.00!!! If you’re the highest bidder when bidding ends, you get
   the item at the price you wanted!

   7….The live auction portion of the night is exciting and includes great, big ticket items
   including a Sony 40 inch TV, a week of Timeshare Property, your very own VIP Parking
   Spot in the Teacher’s lot, plus more!

   6….Plenty of delicious food, beverages and a wonderful Jazz band.

   5…Most teachers are up for auction, too! Bid on time with a teacher… your children can
   go bowling,    have a meal out or even learn to surf with one of our teachers! Your child
   will LOVE you for it.

   4….Food, drinks & entertainment in a beautiful and casual setting for only $25 a person.
   Bring your spouse and/or friends. Any adult is welcome! Bring all your friends!

   3….100% of the profits go towards the PTA budget to pay for things like: Art Classes &
   Supplies, Author’s Fair, Young Authors’ Project, Field Trips, Assemblies, fun
   Evening Family Events and other educational activities.

   2….You will have fun! This event gets bigger and bigger every year. You don’t have to
   be a social animal or rich to have fun. The atmosphere is relaxed and casual!

   However, if you just won the lottery or like to get a little crazy…
   feel free to spend a lot and go a little crazy!

   1….Grown-ups get to have fun, but it really is all about providing educational and
   community support to The Kids of Garden Road!

   Be sure to complete the RSVP and send it in with your check/cash as soon as possible!
   Your support is greatly appreciated!

Box Tops for Education Update
               Congratulations to Mrs. Tait’s and Mrs. Embry’s class for winning ice cream parties for
               Box Tops collection! Keep collecting for the Winner Take All contest to win a class
               pizza party! - Wendi Maldonado
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...continued from Principle’s Message                      ...continued from President’s Message
Daily attendance boosts academic achievement for           Rubios Fundraiser: Thank you to Shelle Tho-
students, and it is the major source of much needed        mas for overseeing this successful fundraiser and
school funding.                                            all of the parents who participated.
California determines the amount of income school          We still have a few big events before the end of
districts receive based upon average daily attendance,     the school year, if you are interested in participat-
not enrollment. Absences for any reason result in          ing, please contact us at
loss of school funding. If every child in PUSD at-         Thank you!
tends school for just one more day during the year,
funding for the school district would increase by $1       2008 Variety Show
million. So please send your children to school each       Congratulations to our outstanding performers at
day, unless they are truly ill. Thank you for your         the Garden Road Variety Show this year! What
continuing support.                                        an amazing job they did! Thank you also to the
                                                           parents who volunteered their time to ensure the
Save the Date!                                             success of this event. There are simply too many
Garden Road’s Annual Country Fair is Friday May            to mention by name! A very special thank you to
30, 2008 from 4:00 - 8:00 pm. Come enjoy the               Jill Lux of ZLux Photography for photographing
Food, Games, Prizes and Fun! Pre-sale tickets will         our acts for the yearbook, Gregg Brandalise of
be offered at a discount rate on Open House night.         Blindfold Studios for preparing and mixing our
                                                           master sound track, and Kathleen Sampson for
                                                           directing the show and writing the jokes and in-
Jog-a-thon Notes                                           troductions! We hope your children enjoyed the
                                                                           experience of performing on stage
             I’m happy to report that our Jog-a-thon                       and we look forward to seeing
             was a huge success, raising over $4,200!                      them, and hopefully many others,
              Thank you to everyone for working so                         audition again next year.
hard to get sponsors, to collect donations, and for        – Carolyn Decker, Producer
making donations!
   Congratulations to our top money-raisers who
                                                           Reading Road Trip Book Fair
were awarded some awesome prizes for their efforts.
The top prize package, a Sony mp3 player and the                         April 22 -24, 2008
Sony DVD Open Season, was awarded to Thomas                                    This spring, let’s "Take a
from Mrs. Coson’s class for raising $250! Mrs.                                 Reading Road Trip" to-
Embry’s 4th and 5th graders led all classes, bringing in                       gether. Like a road trip,
nearly $700 and earning a much-deserved pizza                                  reading can take you
party.                                                                         places you never imag-
   100 of our top runners were awarded blue eagle
                                                           ined! Look for the flyers being distributed to
tokens. From these runners, the name of Gabriela
                                                           your child's classroom schedule for a sched-
from Mrs. Glover’s class, was drawn as the winner of
a $50 Sports Authority gift card.                          ule and more information.
   Garden Road would once again like to thank all of       THE GARDENER is a monthly newsletter published during the
our fabulous sponsors who made this event possible:        school year. Information published must fall within the PTA
Sony, K. D. Stahl Construction, Michelle Porter with       guidelines of being nonsectarian, noncommercial, and
                                                           nonpartisan. This newsletter is a publication of the Garden Road
Realty Direct, Smoothie King, and Body Armor Inc.          PTA, 14614 Garden Road, Poway, CA 92064, Palomar Council,
For a complete list of winners and to read about other     Ninth District PTA, CCPTS.
exciting happenings at Garden Road, please visit our                          Principal      Jeannie Miller
                                                                              President      Lisa Carmichael
website at                         Editor         Jamie Casados
Jamie Pellegrino                                                              Publication Sandy Short
P.E. Coordinator                                           Material for THE GARDENER must be submitted to both of the
                                                           following e-mail addresses:

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