Welcome to The Del Mar Heights School PTA Website!
Del Mar Heights School is a wonderful place for our children’s education. It is the PTA’s mission is to support and inspire an enriching environment that enhances EVERY student’s educational experience. We are honored to serve this community and hope you support us by becoming a PTA member today.
Welcome back to school!
Can you believe it? Summer sure seems to go by in the blink of an eye. The great news is that we’re sending our kids to Del Mar Heights—a school blessed with outstanding teachers and staff, each of whom care for our kids in a way that makes it easy for us to send them to school each day.
I am thrilled and honored to be starting this year as your PTA President. The number of PTA programs and events at The Heights still truly amazes me. As someone who taught for 15 years, I can tell you that we are the exception, not the rule. The generosity of our families, not only during the Annual Giving Campaign, but also via volunteer work throughout the year provide an unmatched experience for our children. We couldn’t do it without you!
The Annual Giving Campaign not only funds 100% of science and library materials, but also 50+ programs and events at Del Mar Heights, including SciFri, Storytellers Club, Dads’ Club breakfasts, Robotics, Countdown to Summer, the Farm-to-Table program, music assemblies and the drama production. We’ve been working hard to refine our current programs and events and even have a few new ones in the works. I’m excited to tell you about them at the Parent Welcome Breakfast at 8:05 am Monday, August 29, in the MUR (more details about this event below).
Looking forward to a great school year!
President, Del Mar Heights PTA
First Day Flowers: Remember to Bring a Flower for Your Teacher!
Monday, August 29
The first day of school carries a great many traditions around the world. In Germany, children are given a giant cone filled with treats called a Schultüte on their first day of school to ease anxiety and share with friends. In the southern state of Kerala in India, the first day of school is called Praveshanotsavam, or Admission Day, and is celebrated with great fanfare by local government officials and celebrities. And in Russia, school officially starts on Sept. 1 and is called the Day of Knowledge. Kids dress in formal attire and bring bouquets of flowers for their teachers.
Here at Del Mar Heights, we also have a tradition. On the first day of school, each child brings a single flower for their new teacher. It doesn’t have to be fancy or store bought. You can bring one from your garden, too!
Parent Welcome Breakfast
Monday, August 29th at 8:05 am in the MUR
Start the new school year with breakfast and a complete run-down of the many great programs planned for Del Mar Heights. Come hear about what’s in store from Principal Wendy Wardlow, PTA President Amy Chelesnik, as well as members of the staff and the PTA as we walk through the various programs for your kids and opportunities for you to get involved.
Bring your questions and an appetite! We’ll provide answers, breakfast, and good company. See you there!
Safety First: School Drop-Off / Pick-Up
Pick-up and Drop-off times can be very hectic and stressful. As we all head back into the swing of school, Principal Wendy Wardlow would like to share a few important reminders to help keep us all safe.
Drop-Off: Plan to arrive before 7:50 am. Traffic is generally “clear sailing” for drop off until about 7:50 am, at which time cars start to back up. Another great reason to arrive a little early is that all children must be lined up outside their classroom doors by 8:00 am. It’s very disruptive to the class when students arrive late.
Please walk on the west side of Boquita. If you’d like to cross from the east side, please use Cordero. There is no crosswalk from the east side of Boquita onto the school site, and cars may not see you as you attempt to cross.
Pick-Up: Please tell your kids in advance what their dismissal plan will be. Too many times, we have children who are confused about whether they should walk or be picked up as car riders. During afternoon dismissal, students will be behind the fences in grade-level groups and will be escorted to their cars when they arrive.
Kindergarteners: Dismissal for Kindergarteners will be 12:30 pm for the first six weeks of school. The first time Kinders will be dismissed with 1st-6th Graders will be Wednesdays, when all grades are dismissed at 12:30 pm. Kindergarteners will be waiting in the area right outside our Health Office, so they will be easily accessible through the front gate.
Thank you for your patience!
"Back-to-School Night" is a great opportunity for you to learn about your child’s grade-level curriculum, classroom practices and instructional programs. In order to accommodate families with more than one child, each classroom teacher will make two presentations. Presentations take place in your child's classroom:
For more information, please contact Dana Arnold at email@example.com.
Wondering which supplies to buy to get your kids ready for the new school year?*
Here's a document that gives you optional suggestions by grade. The supplies you contribute will be used to benefit the entire grade.
*PS: If you've already ordered supplies through our program with Educational Products Inc. (EPI) earlier this year,you're all set—no need to get any additional supplies!
Calling All 3rd-Grade Parents!
Thursday, Sept. 1, 12:20-2:30 pm
Remember those sweet potatoes your child propagated in science class last year and then planted in our school garden a few weeks later? Over the summer, the sweet potatoes grew and are now ready to be eaten! Third grade students will harvest their sweet potatoes during their first science lab class Thursday, Sept. 1st.
We are in great need of 3-4 parent volunteers to help with the harvest. Mrs. Minarik and our garden coordinator, Stephanie Murphy, will both be there for guidance and instructions. If you are a 3rd grade parent available this Thursday from 12:20-2:30 p.m. and don’t mind getting a little dirty, please sign up here! It’s going to be so much fun!
Email Stephanie Murphy if you have any questions.
Get Ready to Audition for the Heights' 2nd Annual Musical!
Auditions for the 2016-2017 school play, Walt Disney's Aladdin Jr., are right around the corner! Join us on a magic carpet ride of fun in this second annual musical at Del Mar Heights. This production is open to students in 4th-6th grades with some 3rd grade ensemble roles for those who are eager! Here's the audition schedule:
For more information, please contact Lani Curtis.
First SciFri of the Year!
Join us for an exciting collection of scientific demonstrations that will stretch your brain. When was the last time you burnt paper and there was no ash? Levitated all kinds of balls without using your hands? You will learn how cool dry ice can be (109.5 degrees below zero to be exact!). Watch as a Mad Scientist uses dry ice to shower volunteers with clouds, bubbles and creates spooky fog. It will be an unforgettable event!
September in the garden. Ah the bounty!
Fridays, during Lunch Recess
The garden has been flourishing over the summer and students are jumping right back in after the rejuvenating summer break. On Thursday, Sept. 1st, the third-grade science classes will harvest the sweet potatoes they propagated and planted as second-graders in the Spring.
Also during September, Heights Cares will be planting crops for Feeding America! The Garden Club will be harvesting silverberries, hot and sweet peppers, lots of tomatoes, popcorn, watermelon (to include a seed-spitting event) and possibly some overeager pumpkins! They will also be tending to the remaining crops, cultivating areas for replanting and other garden responsibilities.
We invite all students and parents to join our Garden Club during lunch recess on Fridays!
For more information about our Garden Club and Programs, contact Stephanie Murphy.
How Has the PTA Supported Del Mar Heights?
Watch this video to find out what our kids have to say!
8/26 - Kinder & New Student Orientation
8/29 - Welcome Breakfast
8/29 to 9/28 - Annual Giving Campaign
9/1 - Back-to-School Night
9/5 - Labor Day (No School)
9/7-8 - School Play Auditions
9/16 - SciFri: Fire & Ice
9/19 - Towel Drive
9/21 - PTA Member Meeting
9/21 - Kinder Parent Social
9/28 - Harvest Fest
Stay in the Loop
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PTA Membership Meeting Dates
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
* Welcome New Members
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Wednesday, March 16, 2017
Wednesday, May 24, 2016
* Volunteer Thank You Breakfast
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