The Acorn Sponsored by the AOE PTA A v iara Oaks Elem e n t a r y • Ca rls b a d , CA Visit AOE online at www.aviaraoakselementary.com Volume 15 Issue 3 December 2008 A Message From Your PTA President by Liz Cooke Calendar of Events We have many things to be thankful for at AOE! We have accomplished so much, so quickly this year! Thanks to our dedicated parents we have met our SOS goal, the specialty teachers are all in December place, our new music program has begun, and smart boards are up and running in all 4th and 5th grade 1 Site Council Meeting classrooms. 4 Recycling Now with the Holidays upon us, it’s a good time to turn our focus outward and give assistance and 1-5 Giving Tree Donation support to some deserving members of our extended community. Week 5 Holiday Fair Throughout the year we ask our AOE community to assist various groups by donating cash, food, gifts, and sometimes just their time and caring. 11 Recycling 18 Recycling Our Kids Korps chapter gives kids the opportunity to volunteer their time to helping others 22-1/2 Winter Break throughout the year. The Support Our Troops program gives us the chance to honor our military by providing for the military families. The Angels Depot Food Drive helps senior citizens with (school closed) limited incomes. The Giving Tree program gives classrooms the opportunity to share their holiday spirit by sponsoring families in need in our Carlsbad community. Whether our giving is just a way to say thank you, or to provide help and support for community members in need, these programs provide simple ways to express our caring. Most importantly the programs provide wonderful opportunities to teach our children the value of giving. Thank You AOE Parents, Teachers, Students and Staff for everything you do! Principally Speaking... by Kimberly Huesing, Principal Holiday Duck Sale!! The instructional year is in full swing at Aviara report that we were given great feedback for timely Look for holiday ducks coming Oaks Elementary. I feel it is important to stop and evacuation and accountability. If you are ever on mention what an extraordinary school community we campus during one of our drills, please participate soon! They will be sold have in AOE and be thankful for the safe, curriculum with us to model safety for our students. Wed. 12/17 & Thurs. 12/18 rich, and well rounded school we enjoy. Instructional Technology is a huge theme for AOE after school for $1.00 each. They this year. The implementation of SMART Boards in make great stocking stuffers! All My primary responsibility as your principal is to fourth and fifth grade classes has been so successful ensure the safety of your students while they are at that we are planning to expand their use into other proceeds will benefit school. I often review safety guidelines for traffic grade levels as funds permit. The new technology is 5th grade promotion. in the parking lot and safe play procedures for the supported by our Instructional Technology Resource playground; additionally, I am also current in First Teacher, Mrs. Jami Rushing, as well as through on-site Aid, CPR, Crisis Prevention and Intervention, and training in mid-November, (funding for which was Community Emergency Readiness Training. Teams of 100% acquired through grants and direct fund raising my teachers are also trained in the above categories events). The Instructional Technology lesson for the and together we have written a comprehensive school month of November is the use of electronic resources safety plan. As you know, we participated in the in the content area of Social Studies. Whether your “Great Shake Out” this month, which was a great child’s class has a SMART Board or not, all class- reminder for students regarding safety procedures rooms have internet accessible LCD projectors and in the event of a real emergency. After the Drop, document cameras that can help bring Social Studies Cover, and Hold earthquake drill, we practiced a fire out of books and into life! Attendance Line evacuation. Our fire drill procedure was reviewed by 760.331.6070 the Carlsbad Fire Department, and I am proud to Continued on page 2 School Office 760.331.6000 *Fr om L i t t l e A c o r ns D o Gr ea t Oa k s G row* 2 Principally Speaking... Continued from Page 1 Eagle Electives by Theresa Kirven This year AOE has been identified as a Title 1 school under the No Child Left Behind Act. Consequently, Thank you to the following parents and community members for volunteering AOE has qualified for Federal monies that will enable to teach an Eagle Elective: us to support our struggling learners. The Tile 1 pro- gram provides four more teachers on staff Monday – Kevin Lynaugh: Lego Mindstorms NXT Robotics Engineering Wednesday to work with small groups in classes during Claudia Felix: Spanish morning hours as well as one-on-one instruction in the Sachiko Suzuki: Japanese afternoon as needed. Students identified as “At Risk” Tina Wu: Chinese during conferences will receive this extra instruction Shelly Lang: Art Kimberly Huesing so that they are given directed support to meet grade Joan Carr: Design/Crafts level expectations. John Coffey: A Study of the Human Body Brad Schlachter: “The Great 8” Sports and Sportsmanship Parent/Teacher Conferences that occurred in October were instrumental in setting Maura McInerney: “Odyssey of the Mind” the tone for the academic success of all students. In grades 3 – 5, teachers dis- cussed past performance on the CSTs and planned for individual student improve- Eagle Electives will run for two sessions. Each session has 8 classes, meeting on ment. All teachers presented grade level content expectations for standards Fridays from 1:20-2:20. Fourth grade will begin with Session I on Dec. 5th and achievement as well as strategies to help students perform at their personal best. fifth grade will join in and begin Session II in March. If you are interested in I encourage all families to stay in close communication with your child’s teacher, assisting in a class or would like to teach a class, contact Theresa Kirven at keep up-to-date with weekly bulletins and the increasing demands in grade level email@example.com. curriculum. Together, we can make this year the most successful yet, by every measure! Support Our School Annual Giving Campaign SOS November Update by Vickey Syage Total as of 11.17.08 $53,700 WE DID IT! Because of your generosity, we have raised $53,700, surpassing our goal of $50,000 for the 2008-2009 Support Our School Annual Giving Campaign. Every SOS dollar collected will be used to pay for Science Teachers for grades 1 – 5; Kindergarten Karate; PE teachers for grades 1- 5; a wonderful new music program for kindergar- ten – grade 5; and classroom grants for all of our children’s classrooms. Our $50,000 goal for the SOS campaign was established to help offset the projected $83,000 annual cost of educational enrichment programs, with other PTA fundraisers (such as gift wrap sales, recycling, restaurant nights, carnivals, festivals, etc.) expected to make up the difference. With the funds we have raised through our SOS program, we are that much closer to fully funding these programs! And although our formal SOS campaign has ended, we will graciously accept any and all donations throughout the year to continue to support these important programs for our children. Every dollar counts! Thank you to all of our donors. Each and every contribution makes a difference and all of your donations were appreciated. Because of you, all of our children will receive a greatly enhanced educational experience this year at AOE. Thank You Donors! 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Please contact Oddone, Christian Evans, Jazmin Gutierrez, Justine Chen, Preston Mills, Sandi Clexton at 760.908.6009 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Ariana Ballesteros-Miranda, Ryan Martinez, Christian Santiago, Kyle Lynaugh, Mudith Mallajosyula, Julia Hayashi, Jessica Lempe The following teacher received the Teacher of the Month Award No PTA or AOE endorsement is implied. for the month of October. Congratulations! Syndi Lyon q 4 Community Outreach by Lisa Borgardt and Shelley Healy AOE Cookbook by Penni LeMasters The Giving Tree AOE is participating in the special holiday program sponsored by the The Aviara Oaks Cookbook will arrive in early December. If you have Carlsbad Christmas Bureau. Formerly called Adopt-a-Family, our program is already purchased a book, it will be delivered to your child’s classroom. now called The Giving Tree, as it gives us the opportunity to reach out to those in need in our community and to teach our children the spirit of giv- If you would like to purchase a book now, the current cost is $15; it will ing. Details about the families sponsored by each classroom were distributed increase to $20 in December. Supplies are limited so please let me know in the November 14th Eagle Express. There are boxes in the classrooms for the students to deliver their gift donations. The boxes will be in the class- if you would like to purchase one or more. For information, contact Penni rooms until December 5th. Please remember those in need in our commu- LeMasters at 602.9147 or at email@example.com. nity this holiday season. Flag Raising Ceremony Educational Enrichment by Michelle Ginn We are pleased to announce the launch of AOE’s Music for Learning and Life program beginning the week of Monday, November 17th! Music for Thanks to parent donations and Learning and Life! generous support of AOE’s staff and ~an AOE program~ administration, we are pleased to bring a comprehensive music partner -- Children’s Conservatory of Music Arts -- to AOE. Introducing AOE’s new Music for Learning and Life Team: Beth Vinas (substitute- assistant and director): Beth Vinas is the director of the CCMA, and has taught piano for more than 20 years. Her major in music placed an emphasis in theory, and she thoroughly enjoys sharing the history, setting, and makings of music. Beth has coordinated and planned dozens of fieldtrips and out- side events with students’ families to the symphony, the opera, and any live music event to which she can get people interested! Beth has produced dozens of musi- cal theatre workshops and camps, placing a strong emphasis on teamwork, and creativity. Her “no Diva zone” means everyone is important, and equal in every class. Sara Elliot (K-1-2/3 classes-drama): One of the CCMA’s favorite voice and the- atre teachers, Sara Elliot is certified in in KinderMusik and Kindermotion, which gives her great insight and background with younger children. While following the SPOTLIGHT on MUSIC Curriculum, Sara will bring additional movement, motion, Dads Club Update by Mike Barnes percussion, and singing to the K-1 classes. Her professional resume includes lead performances with Moonlight Theatre. Ms. Elliot also works as an instructor, and Thank you to all the Dads (and Moms) who helped with Hauntapalooza. We had dads help lead director at Carlsbad Community Theatre. Her experience teaching children with set-up Thursday night, the bbq on Friday and her energy during class are a strong combination that allows her to connect and then breakdown equipment, props, etc. well with children. Additionally, thank you to the Dads who came on Sunday November 9th to help start Patrick McGuire (2/3rd-4th-5th classes-choir): Patrick is a well-rounded profes- re-painting the sional who is experienced as a voice, piano and guitar instructor. His studies with main fence; Doug Hamilton, (also California Institute of the Arts have an emphasis in music performance. He is a thanks for the National Merit Participant, and has received certification in Piano at the advanced extra supplies, level. He has worked with students in general music classes, as well as in choirs water and muffins that were donated by Mimi’s and musical theatre. Café!), Rob McNiff, Mark Scaglione, Keith Jain, John Kuznik, Scott Christian, Rob Hayashi and Watch for all of the exciting programs that your students will experience with Hercson Romero. We were able to paint the portion of the fence along the main gates. Future CCMA as our partner, including: Dads Club work parties will complete the paint- ·2009 Variety Show ing of the fence around the kindergarten area. We’ll also be painting a num- ·4th and 5th Grade Musical Production – May 2009 ber grid on a four square for the 2nd graders. If you are interested in helping ·Music Field Trips please contact Mike Barnes at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you. 5 Recycling Recap by Theresa Morris Thank you... $7000 Thank you to all of our families who have participated in our electronic recycling ...to many during Red Ribbon Week! To Dr. Sheik, program. We are now mid way through our first electronic recycling contest of Dr. Coffee, Dr. Simmons, Dr. Davis, Home $6000 the school year. AOE partners with Cartridges for Kids for electronic recycling. Depot, Costco and Von’s Aviara for their gener- Cartridges for Kids will refurbish and resell or re-use components from items we ous donations! To Playwerx for donating the prizes $5000 turn in, and send cash to AOE. If there is an item that can’t be refurbished or for each class for the pumpkin contest! To Deidre reused, Cartridges for Kids will ensure that it is disposed of properly. We already Hushman, Lisa Pocock and Laurie Williams for all $4000 have more than 70 entries with more than a week left in our contest. of their time! Finally, thanks to the Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops for their help decorating the $3000 If you missed this contest, our next contest will be held after the first of the campus! year. We collect used inkjet and laserjet cartridges, cell phones, digital cameras, $2000 laptops, PDAs, GPS systems, iPods, video games and consoles, and working DVD ...to Lisa Hayashi, Suzanne Sardina and Kris movies. They all bring money to AOE. Some items are only worth a few cents, Pomerleau for baking Brownies for the teachers for $1000 while others help to raise $20 or more. Every single item helps us reach our goal Red Ribbon Week. and, more importantly, keeps toxic waste materials out of our landfills. ...to Jill and Dylan Gardner, Mykaela Barnes, Sandi Recycling Fact: Recycling all of the 100 million cell phones ready for end of life and Andrew Clexton for selling Glo-Necklaces for $3,000 management in the US every year would save enough energy to power more than 194,000 US households with electricity for one year. Cell phones are considered the 5th grade promotion“fun”raiser. hazardous waste due to their content of lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic. ...to Carmela McNiff for the Starbucks coffee dona- tion for Veteran’s Day Military Breakfast. Gift Wrap by Alicia Scaglione ...to all the AOE Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts for Our gift wrap fundraiser was a huge success this year! We made more than $10,000.00 for our participating in the Veteran’s Day Flag Ceremony. school. Thank you to every child, parent, family member and friend who placed orders and sup- ported this program. ...to the newly opened PlayWerx (a mega play I would like to congratulate the following top sellers of each grade structure owned by the Coval family) for donating Our over all top seller for AOE is Matthew Aijala!!! He sold 58 items!! CRV/CA CASH REFUND bottles and cans to the Matthew is our top seller for 5th grade. Great Job! AOE recycling program. This has been made pos- 4th Grade Top Seller is Samantha Schneider sible by Kim Austin, who sorts and transports the 3rd Grade Top Seller is Makoa Bryson items each week to school! 2nd Grade Top Seller is Nate Gardner 1st Grade Top Seller is Dharma Dorazio Kindergarten Top Seller is Sam Ginn ...to Temple Etz Rimon Religious School (929.9503), to Foam Mart (1.800.9GETFOAM) and Carol Fuller, Our Dippin’ Dots party will be held at the end of school on Vocal Instructor (721.6648) for contributing lots of Tuesday, Nov. 18th. The Hurricane party will be after school on CRV bottles and cans to our recycling program! Thursday, Nov. 20th in the auditorium. Because we surpassed our goal, the entire school was invited to watch the “Why Dogs Fly” Events You Just Won’t show on Oct 28th. The kids Want to Miss! loved seeing the flying dogs catching Frisbees. • Holiday Fair I would like to thank the following people for their help and support; Mark Scaglione, Penni LeMasters, Sharon • Giving Tree Donation Week Atanasovski, Patty Schreibman, Theresa Morris, Stacy Gardner, Liz Cooke, Britta McKesson, Kari Gordon, Maureen Goldey and Laurie Ackles. I would have been lost without all of you! I would also like “My parents did their shopping to thank John Coffey for taking the pictures at the dog show. at the mall, and not at the All the orders have been delivered. If you have questions regarding your orders, please contact AOE Holiday Fair. We missed me at 760.929.8677. out on the Holiday Bingo duckies!” SOS Tiles 2007-08 Public Notice Your 2006-07 SOS tiles have been placed! School Site Council Meeting Stop by the Flag Pole and take a look at all Monday, December 1st the beautiful family tiles! 3:00-4:00 pm We are now ready to complete the 2007-08 AOE Library SOS tiles. If you made a donation of $300 For more information, please see the School Site or more, please contact Donna Costan at Council page on our school email@example.com to get your tile kit! website at www.aviaraoakselementary.com 6 Start making your list... Holiday F2008 p air Presented by AOE PTA Friday, December 5th 12 P.M. - 6:30 P.M. AOE School Auditorium & Outside on the Lawn Join us for a fabulous afternoon of holiday shopping and festive fun for the kids! p This year our annual holiday boutique will be more exciting than ever! Not only will you find a great selection of gifts for everyone on your list, but for the first time ever, there will be lots of fun for the kids too! And remember...when you shop, a percentage of what you spend will go directly back to the school to enhance your child's education. p Come shop for an amazing array of gifts -- at equally amazing prices! More than 20 wonderful vendors have been specially selected to make finding gifts for your friends and family fun and easy. Vendors will be ready to help you complete your holiday shopping with some of the hottest toys (including THE COOLEST STYLES OF YOMEGA YO-YO'S -- currently selling out at stores everywhere), designer clothes for men, women & children, accessories, decorative home goods, trendy handbags & shoes, baby items, luxurious soaps & lotions, jewelry, gourmet items, sports gear, candles, art and so much more!! Have your children bring their lists too as there will be lots of great gifts to fit their shopping budgets. p Enter to win some fantastic raffle prizes (look for our special ticket-selling elves) and indulge in some yummy treats while the kids enjoy some FREE FUN of their own like Marshmallow Holiday Bingo with "special duck" prizes and Holiday Caroling. Then...at dusk...grab a hot chocolate and watch our holiday movies outside under the stars! p So, forget the malls...come shop while the kids are in class and then have them join you at pick-up to do some shopping of their own and enjoy the festivities! p Contact Carol-Ann Monize at firstname.lastname@example.org or Liz Sloss at email@example.com Cash, checks & VISA/MC (from some vendors) accepted The Aviara Acorn is a monthly publication of the Aviara Oaks PTA, a member of the North Coastal Council PTA, Ninth District, Inc. CPTS. Aviara Oaks Elementary, a California distinguished school, is located at 6900 Ambrosia Lane, CA 92011 (760)331-6000 Principal: Kimberly Huesing PTA President: Liz Cooke Newsletter Layout: Laurie Williams Copy Editor: Jan Porush Submissions welcome: Please submit to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 10, 2008. All articles must be accompanied with phone number for verification and are subject to approval and may be edited for content and space.