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We're so glad you're here. Our mission 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 member of the Del Mar Heighths PTA.
Jog-a-thon 2017: Support Our STEAM+ Teachers!
Meet Keri White, STEAM+ Art Specialist
Every week leading up to BIG DAY on February 10th, we'll be featuring one of our amazing STEAM+ teachers, so you can get to know them better and see how your contributions support our programs. This week’s Jog-a-Thon STEAM+ star is Keri White, our brand new Art Specialist! Keri comes to the Heights from Oklahoma, where she spent nine years teaching art. “I am very passionate about art, and I love teaching because creativity gives kids an alternative outlet to express themselves,” Keri said. “Art was a gift that saved me many times in my childhood, and it is amazing to witness children experience that as well. Creating things, anything, is therapeutic and emotional and confidence building! It’s the best!” In her spare time, Keri likes to draw and paint, read psychological thrillers, practice yoga, and hang out at the beach with her husband and three boys. She’s also learning how to surf! Help bring great teachers like Keri to Del Mar by setting up your Jog-a-Thon page and pledging now!
January is Understanding Differences Month!
Understanding Differences Month continues this week, with an ear towards hearing. Fifth Grade students this coming week will learn what it’s like to have hearing impairment. Through a partnership with Deaf Community Services and the UCSD/SDSU Graduate School of Audiology, students will use sound blocking headphones while trying to communicate and learn how to compensate with adaptive technologies and through the use of basic sign language. Meanwhile, third graders will learn about autism, role playing different scenarios of how to respond when communicating with someone with autism. Students will create “constellations” of themselves to obtain a better understanding of what Autism is and how they can help.
Questions about the program? Contact Dana Arnold or Alexa McGuire..
The Great Kindness Challenge: Are You Ready?
The Dolphin Leadership team is sponsoring The Great Kindness Challenge, a positive and proactive bullying prevention initiative. The program was started by a mom in Carlsbad several years ago and is now reaching millions of students each year as a national event. The Dolphin Leadership will be challenging all students and staff to perform as many kind deeds as possible during the week. Each classroom has an “Act of Kindness Checklist” for kindness suggestions. Please encourage your child to proudly participate in helping to create a culture of kindness at our school!
Questions? Please contact Gail Moran.
SciFri: Movie F/X
Friday, Jan. 27th, 6:30-7:15 pm
All Grades Welcome
Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of effects directors use in movies! Families will learn about chemical reactions, polymers, and air pressure as they get a backstage pass to see how special effects are created. Learn about the science behind magic when we make things appear and disappear before your eyes. Give us a standing ovation as we melt our special Styrofoam guest star with a unique chemical. For our finale, we’ll create a gigantic dinosaur sneeze straight out of Jurassic Park!
Limited Seating. Sign up here. Email Amy Chelesnik if you have any questions.
Save the Date: Camping at the Heights + Movie Night
Friday, March 3rd
The Del Mar Heights Dad’s Club is excited to announce the first ever camping in the school field! We invite all parents and siblings of current DMH students and the DMH staff to camp in the Del Mar Heights Field the night of March 3 in conjunction with Movie Night. Mark your calendars now! Camping sign-up will begin Feb. 13th and close March 1st at Noon (sorry, no exceptions). Pre-registration for camping is a requirement due to safety planning and meal preparation. Watch this space for more details — coming soon!
Questions? Contact Gordon Fletcher.
Support The Heights While You Shop!
All it takes is 5 minutes to register for Amazon Smile and the Ralphs Community Contributions Program and voilà! You can start generating money for Del Mar Heights student programs just by doing what you already do. The difference is that 0.5% of your Amazon purchases and up to 4% of your Ralphs spending are donated to the Del Mar Heights PTA.
Farm-to-Table: Calling Heights Families Who Like to Eat!
We are looking for parents & students who are interested in our Farm to Table (FtT) program, which is meant to encourage healthy, delicious eating from locally grown food. Our events will include working in the Heights gardens, touring local gardens that supply restaurants, and both on- and off-site events featuring local chefs preparing dishes using ingredients our children have grown in the Heights Garden. Learn more about the FtT program here.
Want to be informed of upcoming events? Sign up here.
Questions? Contact Toya McWilliams or Mike Tanghe.
This Week in the Garden: The Winter Garden
Garden Lunch Club: Fridays 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
As Understanding Differences Month continues, we thought it would be fun to extend the learning into the garden! This week, as students worked with partners to plant potatoes in The Patch, one student wore a blindfold while another instructed their partner on how to plant the seeds. Blindfolded students had to select the proper color of potato (red, gold or blue) based on a representative shape they could feel, then find a plant marker in the correct row, dig a hole, place the potato seed (sprout facing up), and cover it with dirt. Working blindfolded, students also tasted multi-colored potato salad (get the recipe here), then located the sink and rinsed off their spoons. Wow, that was hard! And fun!
Join us next Friday, Jan. 20th, when we will be transplanting a myriad of vegetables, weeding and discussing what to grow next. If you can't make it, feel free to send your "what to grow next" input via an email to Stephanie Murphy.
For details about our Garden Club and Programs, contact Garden Coordinator Stephanie Murphy.
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