Principals Message by sofiaie


									                                          Poway Unified School District
                                               13910 Midland Road
                                                Poway CA 92064
                                               Main 858-748-0047
                                               Fax 858 748-8932
                                             Principal: Julie Lerner                         Vol. 74 No. 3
                                           PTA President: Susan Spoto                   November 2009

                                                                                  Inside this Issue:
Principal’s Message
                                                                               PTA President’s Message ...2
Dear Midland Families,                                                         Student Health ................2

                                                                               Tardies ...........................2
There is no doubt that our partnership between parents, teachers, staff,
                                                                               Turkey Bingo Night...........3
and the greater community is what supports the high levels of student
achievement at Midland Elementary. This collaborative effort serves as a       Educational Foundation .....4

model of teamwork. Every “player” is working toward the same end – en-         GATE Testing...................4
suring that each one of our students is college ready. Our school commu-       Counseling Corner ............5
nity greatly values these partnerships, and we believe that every member       Chili Cook-Off Winner .......6
plays a vital role in the learning process of our Rattlers.
                                                                               Library News ...................7

November is a great month at Midland Elementary. It is a time when every       eScrip, Labels & Boxtops ...8

teacher has the opportunity to meet in Parent/Teacher conferences with
each family to sit down and discuss their child’s progress. Please use this
conference to your advantage. Be sure to come with questions, concerns,                  Enjoy!
and compliments. Use the time to discuss things you are unsure about,
and the hopes/dreams you hold for your child. Pay attention to the infor-
mation your child’s teacher shares and commit to work together to make
this an incredibly successful year for every Rattler on our campus.

Remember, Parent/Teacher conferences will be held during the week of
November 16 – 20. These days will be Minimum Days, which means we
will NOT be operating under our typical daily schedule. Please note that all
students, in grades K-5, will begin school at the regularly scheduled 8:00      Thanksgiving Break
AM start time, but will be dismissed at 12:00 PM throughout the entire
                                                                                   November 23-27
week. PEPP hours will continue on their standard daily schedule throughout
this week (8:00-11:20 AM). Please mark your calendars to ensure we all
remember this important change… we’ll see you at your conference!
                                                                               Dates to Remember:
Toward the end of this month, as we approach our Thanksgiving holiday,         11/11 Verteran’s Day
let’s be sure to focus on the things in our lives for which we are truly             NO SCHOOL

thankful. Here are just some of the things I am thankful for at Midland Ele-   11/16-11-20 Conferences
                                                                                     12:00PM DISMISSAL
                                                                               11/19 Turkey Bingo
  I am thankful for our Rattlers who eagerly come to school on time each           MPR 6:00-7:45PM

   day to learn as much as possible.                                           11/23-27 NO SCHOOL
                                                                                     Thanksgiving Break
 Please turn to Page 3                                                         12/5     Pancake Breakfast &
                                                                                        Craft Fair 8-11AM
President’s Message
Midland is brimming with wonderful activities! The           for scheduling the Red Ribbon week assembly.
“Beauty is…” 2009-2010 Reflections Program from the
National PTA really brought out the creative talents of      Our PTA website will be “up” soon! Albert Silva and
our students, with over 60 entries! Thank you to all the     Jeanie Alford have been working towards creating this
students and their families for submitting their beautiful   fun and informative site. Let’s all say “thank you” to
art pieces. Astrid Laido and Deanna Defreitas organized      both of them.
this successful program and a “thank you” goes to them
                                                             Movie Night was a big success. I would like to thank the
for motivating the students to participate.
                                                             Pratt Family, Jerald and Colleen, for all their help. We
Our annual gift-wrap fundraiser was a big success and I      all watched Monsters vs. Aliens among the wall-to-wall
would like to thank all of the families and friends of our   crowd!
Midland students for their supporting. It is this support
                                                             Lastly, we have some wonderful upcoming events sched-
that enables the PTA to fund school activities such as
                                                             uled. On Thursday, November 19 at 6 PM in the MPR,
field trips and assemblies. A big “thank you” goes to
                                                             please join us for Turkey Bingo. You might get to take a
Bea Graytok and her team for all their hard work, and
                                                             turkey home! Also, on Saturday, December 5 from 8-
for making this fundraiser such a success!
                                                             11 AM, we will be holding our annual Pancake Breakfast
The Fun Run/Walk was held on a bright and beautiful          and Craft Fair. Come enjoy a delicious breakfast, and
Friday morning, with two lucky participants winning new      do some holiday shopping.
bicycles! Thanks to Jeanie Alford for organizing this
                                                             Best wishes on a wonderful holiday week. Have a Happy
“fun” event for our kids. Red Ribbon Week was an im-
portant time to send out our anti-drug message. I
would like to thank both Deanna Beeson and Jeanie Al-        Susan Spoto
ford for their creative ideas to engage the students each
day during that week. Thank you, also, to Astrid Laido       486-7873

Keeping Our Students Healthy
We want our students to be in school and learning every single day, but not when they are
sick. If your child has had a fever or has vomited in the past 24 hours, please keep him/her
home and contact our attendance line to provide details regarding your child’s absence. Dur-
ing this season of colds and the flu… please remember that the “best offense is a good de-
fense.” To that end, please encourage your child to wash his/her hands frequently with soap
and water, or hand sanitizer, and to cough or sneeze into their arms.

                                 Arrive Before 8 AM - Everyday
                        Although we still have more tardies than we’d like, we appreciate that families are working
                        hard to get their children to school on time. Some of you have received a letter of notifica-
                        tion for extensive tardies and/or unexcused absences. More notices will be going out soon.
                        Our goal is to completely eliminate the need for tardy notices! Thank you for working with
                        us to be sure your child(ren) arrive before 8:00 AM so that class can begin on time with
                        very few interruptions.

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Principal’s Message
Continued from Page 1

  I am thankful for being able to work at the “cutest school in the Poway Unified
    School District” where students come to learn and grow.

  I am thankful for our teachers and staff who dedicate many hours of their
    days to provide our students with the instruction and guidance needed to help
    each one achieve.

  I am thankful for you… our parents and greater school community who are
    always ready and willing to support the efforts of our school.

Truth is… this is my dream job! The opportunity to work in this truly incredible
school community - with our students, staff, and families - is at the very top of my
“What I am Thankful For” list. I hope as we begin to embark on the holiday sea-
son that you are able to make time for family events, quiet breaks, and a happy,
healthy, and safe Thanksgiving.

                                                                                       Gobble, Gobble
Julie Lerner

  A special “Thanks” goes out to:

   Poway Mobil – who presented Midland with a $750 donation as a token of            Win your Thanksgiving
     their appreciation for our valuable and endless efforts to educate children.        turkey at the annual
                                                                                       Midland Turkey Bingo
   Carpet Country Flooring - who presented Midland with a $162 donation              Night. Entry is only $1
     as a token of their appreciation for efforts to educate our Rattlers.               for a night of bingo,
                                                                                        prizes and fun galore.
   Various Midland parents who donated money to their child’s “Teacher
     Budget” which will used to purchase classroom supplies.
                                                                                        Bring a ream of copy
   The Midland PTA - and all parent volunteers - who helped to make the               paper and receive an
     annual Midland Fun Run an absolute success!!                                        extra raffle ticket!

   Sheldon Site Utilities – who donated two bicycles for the PTA Fun Run              Mark your calendars -
     raffle winners! Congratulations Chase Castleberry in Mrs. Schrag’s class,            Turkey Bingo,
     and Rocky Hughes in Mrs. Parker’s class.                                            Thursday, Nov.
                                                                                         19th from 6:00-
   The Poway Fire Department – who donated two bicycle helmets to go
                                                                                       7:45pm in the MPR!
     with the bikes for the winners of our PTA Fun Run raffle - Chase & Rocky!
                                                                                         Questions? Contact
   Mrs. Schrag for helping to organize a LARGE Midland team to walk/run in
                                                                                          Jeanie Alford at
     this year’s Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

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Midland Foundation
The Midland Educational Foundation is working hard this      We are hosting the 1st Annual Midland Reunion and
fall to benefit the students of Midland Elementary           Auction. This adult-only dessert night promises to be a
School. Our Friday popsicle sales are going great (thank     lot of fun! We’re looking for current and former adults
you Noreen Arnold), the cookbook is being published as       with a connection to Midland (parents, teachers, PTA
we speak (thank you Jeanie Alford, Charlene Sutton, and      people, anyone who loves Midland) to come and eat des-
Paula Pullenza), and the Rubio’s fundraiser made about       sert, visit, reminisce, and bid on some great auction
$350 (thank you Deanna Defreitas). Thank you to all of       items. If anyone is interested in donating items for the
you who are participating in these events. We’re slowly      auction, contact Colleen Pratt at
but surely making headway on our $15,000 goal for this
year! One milestone we reached recently is to complete       Midland cookbooks are still available for $7.00 each.
and submit the form to the IRS that officially makes us a    Look for an order form in the office or call Jeanie Alford
non-profit, tax-exempt organization. Whew! That was a        at 486-5398. 100% of the money raised for the cook-
lot of work. Thank you Laura Hughes!                         books goes to the Foundation. Finally, don’t forget
                                                             about the Chipotle fundraiser this month. We will re-
One of our jobs this fall is to begin to set goals on how    ceive a generous 50% of the proceeds. (Come on, no
we can best utilize the MEF funds. We are working            cooking……50% goes to your kids. It’s a win-win for all!)
closely with the Midland staff and will keep the Midland
community up to date on these decisions. It is our mis-      Thanks for your support.
sion to raise funds and use them to benefit all students.
                                                             Colleen Pratt
We take this mission seriously and will do our best for
your children.
                                                             Midland Educational Foundation
The MEF has an exciting event coming up in February.

GATE Testing
The PUSD Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program identifies students for appropriate differentiated
classroom instruction. The window for parents to submit request forms for GATE testing is open through November
30, 2009. The request forms may be obtained in the school office or may be completed online. Instructions for complet-
ing the online form can be found at

GATE Testing will be held on January 12, 2010 on site at Midland School.

                                                    Flip Me a Stack, Jack!
                              The annual Pancake Breakfast and Craft Fair is just around the corner - Satur-
                              day, December 5 from 8-11 AM in the outside eating area and Multi-Purpose
                              Room. Come enjoy a tasty breakfast, have a picture taken with Mr. & Mrs. Claus,
                              make holiday decorations, and do some early holiday shopping. There’s something
                              fun for every family member!

                              For more information, contact Annette Hoffard at or 748-3288.

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Counseling Corner
              Rescuing:                     your child will probably try harder to
  I thought I was being helpful             remember next time.

       by Traci Acers, Counselor            Ask yourself – will my child ever need to
                                            be able to make plans of her own and
Parents want their children to become       organize herself? The answer is –“yes”.
responsible, capable people. When we        These natural consequences help chil-
“rescue” our children we prevent them       dren learn to plan ahead and organize.
from experiencing consequences and
developing responsibility.                  In order to grow responsible and capa-
                                            ble adults, let’s allow our children to
If your child forgets their lunch, do you   practice being responsible and capable.
deliver it to school? How about home-       Let them pack their own backpacks.
work? Library books? Musical instru-        Help them find strategies to remember
ments? Jackets? Often, we do these          what they need to do to be prepared for
things because we think that bringing       school. When they forget something,
items to school is part of being a good     don’t “rescue” them. Let them experi-
parent. Instead children learn that         ence the consequences with dignity and
someone else will do many of their re-      respect. When they come home and tell
                                                                                         Calling All
sponsibilities for them and parents begin   you that they forgot something and had       Crafters!
to feel like personal assistants.           a consequence instead of saying, “I told
                                            you to put your homework in your back-
Will the world come to an end if my
                                            pack,” say, “What can you do so that
child doesn’t have his/her lunch, home-
                                            won’t happen again? What plans could
work or other items? No, instead your
                                            you make so that you can be success-
child will experience consequences, and
                                            ful? What would be some ways that you
a teachable moment. If your child for-
                                            can help yourself to remember the items
gets a lunch, he/she can eat food from
                                            that you need?”
the cafeteria. This may not be the fa-
vorite option, but he/she will learn from   Adopt a “No Rescue Policy” and allow
the consequence and probably not for-       your children to learn through conse-
get lunch again. If homework is forgot-     quences and remember - children that
ten, it can be completed at recess and      forget, have parents that remember.
                                                                                         The annual Midland
                                                                                        Craft Fair is coming up
                                                                                        on Saturday, Dec. 6th
                   Family Photo Gift Cards                                               from 8 - 11 AM. We
                                                                                        need talented crafters!
  Support the Midland Educational Foundation and get a fantastic deal on family
                                                                                         Reserve your table by
  photos at the same time! We have partnered with Photography by Lisa K to
                                                                                         Friday, November 13.
  sell photo gift cards. Each gift card costs $49 and entitles you to a professional
                                                                                         For more information,
  portrait session at the location of your choice and a 8X10 portrait. For every
                                                                                        contact Annette Hoffard
  gift card sold, the Midland Educational Foundation receives $35. That’s a great
                                                                                             at 748-3288 or
  deal for our students! Purchase a card as a holiday gift or use one for your
  family’s holiday portrait. Visit the school office to view a display of Lisa K’s
  wonderful photography. If you have questions, please contact Noreen Arnold
  at 513-6502 or

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The Country Fair Chili Cook-Off Winner Is...
And the Winner is...Julia and Justin’s Dad - Jeff DeFreitas. For the second year in a row, Mr. DeFreitas has wowed
our taste buds with his own chili creation, which he is generous enough to share it with us.

                                                    Jeff’s Blue Ribbon Chili
         8 oz bacon, diced                                             4 New Mexico chile pods, toasted, ground fine (3Tbs)

         3 Lbs. beef chuck roast cubed in 1 inch pieces                2 Tbs cumin seeds, toasted and ground

         1 large onion, chopped                                        2 tsp dried oregano (preferably Mexican)

         1 red bell pepper, chopped                                    1 large can (28oz) diced tomatoes

         1 Anaheim pepper, chopped                                     4 cups beef broth

         1 Poblano pepper, chopped                                     2 cups water

         3 jalapeno peppers stemmed, seeded & diced                    2 Tbs fresh lime juice

         2 Chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, diced                       8 oz dried pinto beans (soaked overnight)

         5 cloves garlic, minced                                       8 oz dried black beans (soaked overnight)

         3 Ancho chile pods, toasted and ground fine (3Tbs)            5 Tbs masa harina

    Soak beans overnight or for at least 6 hours.

    Toast chile pods in a 350 degree oven for 6-10 minutes until puffed up and fragrant. Once cool, remove stems and seeds and
    break the chilies into pieces. Grind into a fine powder using a coffee or spice grinder.

    Toast cumin seeds in a dry skillet until fragrant. Grind into a fine powder in a coffee or spice grinder.

    Fry diced bacon in a large Dutch oven until it is crisp and fat is rendered. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside.
    Pour off and reserve all but 2 tsp of the bacon fat.

    Season the cubed beef liberally with salt and pepper. Brown the beef in 3 or 4 batches making certain to not overcrowd the
    pot. Add reserved bacon fat as needed. Set aside the browned meat.

    Add the chopped onion and bell, Anaheim and Poblano peppers to pot and cook until they begin to soften.

    Add the jalapenos and garlic. Cook for a few minutes until the garlic is fragrant.

    Add Chipotle peppers to the pot.

    Put the chile powders, cumin and oregano in a small bowl and add enough water to form a paste.

    Add the chile powder paste. Cook for a few minutes stirring frequently to avoid burning.

    Add the bacon, beef, diced tomatoes, and lime juice to the pot and stir to combine.

    Add the beef broth and water.

    Bring to a boil and then reduce to a steady simmer. Cook uncovered for 2 hours or until the meat and beans are tender and
    the liquid is dark, rich and starting to thicken.

    Combine the masa harina and 2/3 cup water to form a smooth paste. Slowly add the paste to the chili stirring constantly.
    Continue to simmer for about 10 minutes or until the liquid has thickened.

    Liberally season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately or for the best flavor cool slightly and refrigerate for a day
    or two before serving.

    Submitted by Jeff deFreitas, father of Julia (5th Grade) and Justin (3rd Grade)

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Library News
Thanks to the following for donating books through the         Thanks to the following for displaying their FANTASTIC
Birthday Book Club:                                            collections:

  Jonathan Allie - Geronimo Stilton: I’m Too Fond of Fur,        Ryan Coughlin - Toon Town Cards
  Geronimo Stilton: Valentine’s Day Disaster, & more             Shivangi Srivastava - Spiderman Comic Books
  Mrs. Anderson - A Frog Thing & The 39 Clues: The Maze          Cameron MacCollum - Shark’s Teeth
  of Bones
                                                                 Mark DeLancey - Baseball & Football Cards
  Marin Colville - Tinker Bell: Two Magical Tales
                                                                 Christian Bonner - Coins
  Anna Hartvig - Incredible Animals!
                                                                 Sarah Williams - Horses
  Jens Hartvig - Field Guide to Fantastic Creatures
                                                                 James Schmidt - Dinosaurs
Thanks to the following for donating books as a gift to the      Kyle Brenman - Legos
                                                                 Kira Escola - Horses
  Mr. Steven Anderson - Iron Hans: A Grimm’s Fairy Tale
                                                                 Jimmy Aguirre - Yu-Gi-Oh Cards
  Dylan Lawrence - Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
                                                               Carol Anderson
                                                               Library Media Technician

Reflections “Beauty Is…” Exhibition
Thank you to everybody who participated in this year’s Reflections art program! We had 67 entries, mostly visual
arts, but also photos and literature pieces! All have been judged by three independent judges from our community:
Charlene O’Keefe, Owner of the Center for Creative Arts in Poway; Lisa Koska, Interior Designer in Poway; and Car-
rol Beeson, head of our Kids College program.

Every participant received an invitation to our Art Exhibition and Awards Night on November 5th in the MPR. Every-
one had the opportunity to show off or read out their artwork and receive a ribbon. The twenty four winners will ad-
vance to the Palomar Council level and have another chance to win on a higher level!

                                  Midland Rattlers Popcorn Sale
                                Our Fifth Grade Rattlers will be holding a Popcorn Palace sale to earn money
                                for their Californian field trip. As you all know, this sea-going adventure is the high-
                                light of every 5th grader’s year.

                                Please be on the lookout for the Popcorn Palace order form that will be coming
                                home soon. For most of the popcorn products sold, the 5th grade will earn 50% of
                                the money. Orders must be returned with payment no later than Friday, Nov.
                                20th. Please make checks payable to Midland PTA.

                                If you have any questions, please call Charlene Sutton at (619) 920-4111 or email

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More Ways to Help Midland
Box Tops for Education
                                Clip Box Tops from hundreds of participating products and turn them in to your child's
                                teacher. Each Box Top coupon is worth 10¢ for Midland! For a list of participating products,
                                please visit

Labels for Education
Save UPCs from participating Campbell's products. Clip only the UPC, not the entire label and
send them in to your child's teacher. Midland earns points to redeem for supplies and equipment.
Visit for more information.

eScrip is another easy way to earn money for Midland. It’s quick and easy because there are no receipts to collect,
no vouchers or certificates to buy, no hassles for you – and every purchase counts! Register online:

                                                        Go to
                                                          Click on “sign-up”
                                                        Follow the instructions
                                            Group Name: Midland Elementary School PTA
                                                         Group ID: 6537192

After you register, shop at eScrip merchants in town or through the on-line shopping network of merchants. Check for participating merchants.

If you have questions about Box Tops, Labels for Education, or eScrip, please contact Alisa Mendenhall at

                                 Fall Coat and Book Drive
   The newly elected Midland Student Council is holding a Coat and Book Drive.
   We will have collection stations before and after school at both entrances of the school
   from November 9 through 13. Please donate new or gently used coats, jackets and
   sweatshirts, and new or gently used school-age books. The donated items will be
   given to those in need in the Midland community. Thank you!!


Midland Elementary School                                  Midland Elementary School PTA - 2009 / 2010
Poway Unified School District                              Affiliated with Palomar Council, 9th District, CCPTS, California & National PTAs
13910 Midland Road, Poway, CA 92064                        President: Susan Spoto
Principal: Julie Lerner                                    Teacher Representative: Nancy Moiseve      1st VP Legislation: Colleen Pratt
E-mail:                               2nd VP Membership: Randi O’Reilly          3rd VP Ways & Means: Bea Graytok
Office: (858) 748-0047     Fax: (858) 748-8934             4th VP Programs: Astrid Laido              Secretary: Lisa McCulloch
Absence: (858) 748-0047 ext. 2112                          Treasurer: Jennifer Chevrie                Auditor: Russ Boyer
Website:          Historian: Kristen Santiago                Parliamentarian: Noreen Arnold

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