Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)


A Student's View

SRHS senior Becky Berg is writing a monthly column to give the community a student's view of what's going on at SRHS. This month, she looks at a special presentation given at the school regarding bullying. We wanted an extended article on this important issue. Therefore, you can find Becky's article in our Spotlight on Scripps Ranch on page 47.

SRHS Foundation

Thank you so much to the parents, students, and community members who volunteered to be on the panels for the Senior Exhibitions. It is inspiring to see the results of all the students' hard work.

I am pleased to announce the elected Foundation Board for next school year. We are so fortunate to have such a high energy and qualified group: Chris Grint, chair; Shana Smith, vice chair; Keith Eshelman, treasurer; Kimberly Meyer, recording secretary; Ruth Braun, eScrip; Angela Michael, funding requests; Christina Koohmarey, scholarships; Chris Eshelman, financial secretary; Sue Pauley, corresponding secretary and family donations; Jim Peterson, parliamentarian; Randy Saffel, Old Pros liaison; Awilda Parada, Legs vendors; Michelle Smith, volunteer coordinator; Renee Babbush, PBO liaison; Julie Bushman and Judy Roitz, communications co-chairs; Aree Burke, hospitality; and, principal Donna Campbell.

We still need your help to fill two key positions: Legs for Literacy chair and Taste of the Ranch chair. Together, these two events raise about $50,000 for SRHS. The funds are needed now more than ever! Both events have a strong group of volunteers and community support. Also, the previous chairs, Laura Swartz and Sandy Price respectively, are available to mentor. If you can take on one of these roles, please let me know.

Please join me in thanking the board members who are "graduating" with me this year: Shannon Alatorre, Carol Buckley, Chris Johnson, Anna Lee, Mary Rea, Karen Sloan, Richard Virgallito, and Karin Whitely. Their enthusiasm, knowledge, and hard work will be missed.

To get involved, get your name on our volunteer list by emailing Michelle Smith at [[email protected]]. Also, attend this year's final Foundation meetings on Monday, May 19, and Monday, June 9, at 7 pm in the faculty lounge.

For more information, please contact Laura Swartz at [[email protected]].

PBO Class of 2008

Grad Night-2008: Two hundred and thirty-eight tickets have been sold to this fun event on Monday, June 16, at Dave and Buster's. Tickets can be purchased for $150. For those who have purchased a ticket, please return your permission slip. For more information, please email Sue Pauley at [[email protected]].

Senior Brunch: The Senior Brunch is on Thursday, June 12, from 12 to 2 pm in the quad at school. The event is free to all graduating seniors.

Opportunity drawing: Win six front row seats to the 2008 Commencement Ceremony. You can purchase five tickets to the drawing for $20. The deadline is Wednesday, May 7. Contact Marilyn Kinze at [[email protected]].

Senior recognition pavers: Get permanent recognition of your student's graduation. Purchase engraved bricks that display the student's name and graduation year for $100. Contact Karin Whiteley at [[email protected]].

Flock a Friend: The infamous flamingos are back! "Flock" your special someone for a birthday, anniversary, or other special event for only $25. Contact Traci Sackett at [[email protected]].

For information, go to the SRHS website at []. Go to the "Parent Booster Organization" link and then to the "PBO 2008" link. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, May 7, at 7 pm in the SRHS staff dining room. We hope to see you there!

PBO Class of 2009

Calling all parents of current juniors: we are planning our Grad Night party for June 2009 at Dave and Buster's. Tickets are on sale now! We need to know whether we have enough participants. Purchase your ticket by Sunday, June 1, 2008 and have your name entered in a drawing! Go to [] to download a form and for information.

Our next meeting is on Wednesday, May 28, at 7 pm in the SRHS staff lounge. If you would like to volunteer or would like more information, email Chris Eschelman at [[email protected]].

Marshall Middle School (MMS)


From the Principal's Corner

Dear Scripps Ranch Community,

As I reflect on the few months that I have been at Marshall Middle School (MMS), the staff and teachers have worked diligently to provide a rigorous, nurturing learning environment for all of our students. Along with the many classroom opportunities, there have been additional experiences for our students.

This year we have had many of our students participate in Science Olympiad, Science Fair, Junior Model of United Nations, band and orchestra festivals, intramural sports, and the play Aladdin Jr., just to name a few of the opportunities. Our students have reached challenging expectations and are prepared for their future academic work in high school and college.

In April there were a couple of "meet and greet" opportunities where I was able to meet parents and discuss public education and initiatives at Marshall. I want to thank those of you who supported these opportunities by providing the treats and those parents who attended. I appreciate your support for public education!

Although MMS is a new school, we still are working on various school improvements. We anticipate our PE fields to be ready for use in late May. We also plan to install a surveillance system within the next several weeks. The Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) and the Scripps Ranch Civic Association have financially supported the installation of the surveillance system.

The system will record all activity and allow us to view MMS 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We can monitor the school on campus, and the San Diego Unified School District School Police also will be able to monitor all activity. This surveillance system will allow us to ensure a safe campus every day! On behalf of Marshall, I want to thank both the PTSA and the SRCA for their continued support. Sincerely,

May Events

  • Wednesday, May 7--Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA), 12:30-2 pm, lounge; Site Governance (SSC/SGT), 6:30 pm, lounge;
  • Friday, May 9--Progress reports distributed;
  • Wednesday, May 21--Jazz and Dessert Night, 7 pm, auditorium; and,
  • Monday, May 26--Memorial Day, no school.

Marshall Band News

The Marshall band and orchestra are doing great things this spring! The Advanced Band and Advanced Orchestra participated in Disney Magic Music Days, an opportunity to learn about recording music for Disney movies. Our students had the chance to rehearse and record part of a film score. Both groups participated in a festival in Lake Elsinore and received "excellent" and "superior" ratings for their performances.

The Cadet Orchestra and Intermediate Band will compete at a Forum Music Festival at Fullerton College, followed by a day at Knott's Berry Farm. The Cadet Orchestra, Advanced Band, and Advanced Orchestra performed at the Scripps Ranch area concert at SRHS in April. This is one of the band and orchestra's favorite events of the year!

The Jazz Band, Lab Band, SRHS Jazz Band, and a professional big band, the Ira Liss Band--featuring Mr. Steinberg on tenor sax--will perform at Marshall's 5th annual Jazz and Dessert Night on Wednesday, May 21. Come on out and enjoy the great jazz and sweet desserts!

Finally, all the bands and orchestras will be featured in an outdoor spring concert on Tuesday, June 3! Join us!

Choir Notes

Marshall's outstanding drama and choir students performed Aladdin, Jr. to four nights of sold-out crowds in April. Congratulations go to the students, teachers, parents, and staff who supported these great productions.

Students in Ms. Palmer's choir classes are busy polishing their concert repertoire for the Forum Festival and Disneyland trip on Friday, May 23. The students will perform for adjudicators and will receive detailed evaluations and a rating. Marshall choirs have earned gold--the highest--ratings for the past seven years, and are anxious to uphold their reputation for singing excellence.

MMS Revisits Fairy Tale Land

Whatever happened to Dorothy and her friends after their adventures in Oz? Was Goldilocks convicted of trespassing on private property? What about those princesses--weren't they all dating a guy named "Charming"?

All these questions and more will be answered in Fairy Tales: The Real True Non-Fantasy Story presented by our two theatre classes on Wednesday, May 21, at 7 pm in the Marshall theater.

The showcase is a culmination of character study, script-writing, and improvisational work performed in class during the spring semester. It features one-act plays, original student-written scenes, and monologues all with a slightly twisted fairy tale theme.

Tickets are $3 and will be available beginning Wednesday, May 14, and at the door. For more information, contact Mrs. Joyce Sullivant, theatre teacher.

Library Media Center

The Marshall Library Media Center (LMC) sponsored a Book Fair in April, and parents were invited to visit during the Open House/Curriculum Fair. Your support allows us to purchase each of the books displayed at the Book Fair for the Marshall library. The theme for April's National Library Week was "Join the circle of knowledge @ your library."

Many of our 8th graders entered the Library Essay Contest sponsored by the San Diego City Public Library and the Library Media Teachers. Some of the essays are on display in the LMC. Our finalists included Ben Yu, Ryan Seo, and Thomas Ryan. Ben Yu also was named the overall 8th grade winner for Scripps Ranch. Congratulations to all!

As we approach the end of the school year, please make sure that your student clears any library fines. Students need to be cleared before they can purchase tickets for end-of-the-year activities.

"Libraries allow children to ask questions about the world and find the answers. And the wonderful thing is that once a child learns to use a library, the doors to learning are always open." (First Lady Laura Bush, June 2002). Check out a book, use your imagination, and who knows where you might travel!

More Important Dates

  • Friday, May 9--2nd progress report for spring semester distributed;
  • Thursday, June 12-- 8th Grade Awards Assembly, 6:30-8 pm, MMS theater;
  • Thursday, Sept. 25--Current 6th and 7th Grade Awards Assemblies, Marshall theater, times to be determined;
  • Monday, June 23-Friday, July 18-- Summer school for current MMS 6th and 7th graders, at Wangenheim MS. Applications were mailed to parents of eligible students; and,
  • Monday June 23-Friday, July 18-- Mandatory summer school for 8th graders who receive two or more Fs in core classes on their second semester report cards and are "at-risk" of retention, Standley MS.

Summer Reading Programs

San Diego State University (SDSU), College of Extended Studies, is offering seven summer reading programs. Classes range from beginning readers to speed reading for adults, and are being offered in Rancho Bernardo and Rancho Penasquitos. For more information or to register, call 800-978-3532. Inquire early, as classes fill up quickly.

Day at Petco Park

Take the family to a Padres game on Sunday, June 8, at 1:05 pm. We have reserved tickets in Section 300, the upper infield right behind home plate. The best part is that seats are only $20! Send a check payable to "MMS PTSA" for the number of tickets you want. Include your student's name and advisory teacher. We will send the tickets home through your child's advisory class.

Last Chance to Purchase 8th Grade Promotion Party Tickets

Eighth grade promotion tickets will be on sale on Tuesday and Thursday, May 13 and 15, during lunch.

  • Party date: Friday, June 13
  • Time: 4:30-9:30 pm
  • Location: San Diego State University's Aztec Center

Tickets are $30 and that includes pizza, drinks, dancing, bowling, billiards, ping pong, bus transportation from MMS, and a souvenir photo by Grins2Go.

Signed permission slips are required to purchase tickets. Please make checks payable to "Marshall PTSA." For more information, contact Leslie Henger at 586-9285 or [[email protected]].

Elementary Schools

Dingeman Elementary


Spring Carnival--May 4th

Don't miss this year's Wild West Spring Carnival on Sunday, May 4, from 12 to 4 pm at Dingeman Elementary School. Colonel Bob Dingeman will join us for all the fun. There will be new carnival games and exciting activities for the entire family. The silent auction and opportunity drawing have fabulous offerings, including a 50" plasma HDTV donated by Hitachi and a Chargers autographed football and football jersey. Bring your appetite and enjoy lunch prepared by the Hamburger Factory!

Tile Project Update

Students have another opportunity to purchase and decorate ceramic tiles that will be used to beautify our school. Stop by the Dingeman courtyard on Thursday, May 15, from 12:50 to 2:50 pm to participate in this fundraiser and create a lasting memory. The cost is $20 for one tile and $10 for each additional tile. The tiles will be installed on planter boxes.

Many, many thanks go to the following parent volunteers who installed our first batch of tiles: Joe and Anna Calini, Rocco Greco, and Ed Walton. If you have any questions, please contact me at [[email protected]].

Surf Into Art 2008!

Dingeman's 10th annual Student Art Show, presented by the Dingeman Art Corps program, runs from Monday, May 19, through Thursday, May 22. This show is open to the public and features an impressive display of 700+ pieces of artwork created by each Dingeman student, as well as creations from our Art Corps parent volunteers and teachers.

Your entire family will enjoy viewing the various creations and see our Art Corps program come to life as our multipurpose room is transformed into an indoor "Surfin' Safari" adventure! We are proud to be supported by our Family Faculty Connection (FFC) and to have such an amazing volunteer art program!

The Art Show is open to the public during the following days and times:

  • Monday-Wednesday, May 19-21, 9 am-2 pm;
  • Thursday, May 22, 9 am-12 noon; and,
  • Thursday, May 22, 5:30-7:30 pm.

Note: the Thursday evening times coincide with Dingeman's Open House Night, which will be from 6 to 7 pm.

More volunteers--and sponsors!--are always welcome! If you are interested in helping with this year's show, please contact our Art Show coordinator, Susan Klug, at 578-5831.

Casino Royale Night

Here's a fun way to support Dingeman! Come to our brand new Casino Royale Night on Saturday, May 31, from 7 to 10 pm. This adults-only event will be at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club. Your ticket includes delectable hors d'oeuvres from the French Gourmet, and you will receive "fun money" to use at the casino-style tables.

We have a great selection of opportunity drawing prizes, including a live band for your own party or event. Please check your mailbox during the first week of May for your invitation. A limited number of tickets are available! If you have any questions, please email Annette Radogna at [[email protected]] or Becky Walton at [[email protected]].


Jog-A-Thon--A Big Success

Thank you to all the students, teachers, staff, and parent volunteers for making our 2008 Jog-A-Thon a success. We raised almost $7,000! It was quite a sight to see more than 700 students running with Marines (above), teachers, our principal, and vice principal. Colonel Bob Dingeman also came out to join the fun.

Many thanks go to our sponsors:

  • Best Buy
  • Coldwell Banker, Scripps Ranch
  • Concrete Sealant Systems, Inc.
  • Costco
  • Vons
  • Wells Fargo Bank, Scripps Poway branch

Their generous support helped make this a huge success. A special thank you to: MGySgt. Hughes and the VMGR-352 squadron; SSgt. Berdugo from the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323; and, all the Marines who sang their cadences and kept students motivated.

Also, thank you to Dave Wootten for coordinating with the Marines, Joy Schumacher for setting up the sound system and fields, Joye Heller and Debbie Wick for helping us bag more than 7,000 grapes, and Graham Powers for delivering 23 cases of water to the school.

Dates to Remember

  • Monday-Friday, May 5-9--Teacher Appreciation Week;
  • Thursday, May 15--Tile Project, 12:50-2:50 pm, courtyard;
  • Monday, May 19, through Thursday, May 22--Art Show;
  • Thursday, May 22--Open House Night, 6-7 pm;
  • Monday, May 26--Memorial Day, no school;
  • Wednesday, May 28--FFC meeting, 6:30 pm, staff lounge;
  • Saturday, May 31--Casino Royale Night, 7-10 pm, Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club.

There are many opportunities this month to appreciate those who make a difference in our lives. Teacher Appreciation Week starts Monday, May 5. And don't forget Mother's Day is Sunday, May 11. Let us also take time to remember those who died serving our country--Memorial Day is Monday, May 26.

Jerabek Elementary


Recorder Concerts and FFO General Meeting

The 3rd grade recorder concert will be held in conjunction with the Family Faculty Organization (FFO) general membership meeting on Tuesday, May 6, at 6 pm. Meet the 2008-2009 candidates for the board of directors, then enjoy the concert. The 4th grade recorder concert is on Tuesday, May 20, at 6 pm.

Spring Picture Day

Please remember to have your student dress nicely on Tuesday, May 13, for spring picture day. All students will go by class to have their pictures taken. Siblings can be photographed together from 8:30 until 9 am only.

Family Math Night--Grade 2

Second graders, grab your parents and bring them to Family Math Night on Tuesday, May 13, from 6:45 to 8 pm. Play fun math games and see how your parents do in the student-parent relay!

Band/Strings Concert

Everyone is invited to attend the Jerabek Band and Strings Concert on Wednesday, May 14. The band concert is from 6 until 7 pm, followed by the strings from 7 until 8 pm.

Field Days

Field Days will be on Tuesday, May 20, for grades K-2, and on Wednesday, May 21, for grades 3-5. The teachers' relay is back by popular demand! Parents are welcome to come watch the classes compete in the standing long jump, target throw, and class relay race. Check your student's folder for the exact times. Please remember to have your child wear the appropriate shoes and sunscreen.

Thank you to FFO volunteer chair Dave Raydar for organizing this event and to the FFO for financial support. Dave needs volunteers. Please contact him at [[email protected]] or 695-0998 if you can help with organization, setup, or as a scorekeeper.

Show Your Talent!

Calling all talented Jerabek students! Come perform at the Talent Follies at Ranch Round-Up on Friday, June 6. We are looking for two to three minute performances of any talent including musical, dancing, comedy, gymnastics, and martial arts. Look for details in your child's folder or contact the FFO office.


This year's Jerabek yearbook is at the publisher. Copies are limited, so reserve a copy now. Order forms have gone home already. See the office for additional forms, or contact FFO volunteer yearbook editor Beth Reiter at 232-4580 or [[email protected]].

Registration/Boundary Change

Kindergarten registration will be on Thursday, May 22 and 29, from 1:30 until 3:30 pm. Open enrollment for all grades will be on Thursdays, June 12 and 26, and July 10 and 17, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Registration packets can be picked up at the front office beginning Monday, May 5, between 8 am and 4:30 pm.

In addition to the completed registration papers, these original documents must be brought in: an official birth certificate; an immunization record, signed by the physician; and, proof of residence: a utility bill less than 30 days old, or proof of title or lease agreement. For questions, call the office at 578-5330.

The school board is expected to make a decision on Jerabek's boundary changes no later than Tuesday, May 13. We will post their decision on our website at []. We also will explain what to do if your area has been rezoned. This only affects the registration of new students with no siblings currently enrolled in K-4 at Jerabek.

Ranch Round-Up

Howdy partner! Come on down to the fun at this year's Ranch Round-Up on Friday, June 6. The festivities begin at 4 pm. While the kids are having fun, the adults can peruse the farmers boutique and silent auction. Activities close at 7 pm, but stick around to finish your dinner, watch the Talent Follies starring Jerabek students, and discover if you are a silent auction winner!

Order tickets early for a discounted price! The community is welcome. Volunteers are needed for this fundraiser. To help, email FFO volunteer chair Donna Cleary at [[email protected]].

Miramar Ranch Elementary (MRE)


Jog-a-Thon MMVIII

Our 19th annual Miramar Ranch Jog-A-Thon was held in April. All the money earned will help offset the ongoing state budget cuts. Without the hard work and dedication of Lori Erlenbach, Tamrin Gorham, and Michelle Ebright, this two-day event would not have been such a huge success! Thank you! Also, thank you to our generous sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor

  • Independent Financial

Silver Sponsor

  • Dick Logan and Friends, Inc.

Bronze Sponsors

  • Grondin Construction, Inc.
  • House to Own Reality/Financial
  • Anthony J. Scoma D.D.S., pediatric dentistry
  • San Diego National Bank
  • Scripps Poway Orthodontics
  • Christopher Maulik, DMD, MDS
  • Scripps Ranch Family Dentistry
  • Scripps Ranch Old Pros
  • Community support
  • The Big Chill
  • Champion T-Shirts
  • Cozymel's
  • Pazzo's Pizza
  • Play It Again Sports

The FFA Needs You!

Volunteer positions for the Family Faculty Association (FFA) Board and the Halloween Carnival need to be filled for next school year. Some positions only require a few hours! If you can help in any way, please contact Debbie Kutyla at [[email protected]] or Heather Woodie at [[email protected]].

Spring Gala

Save the date of Saturday, May 17, for our 3rd annual Spring Social at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club. There will be plenty of food, entertainment, and silent auction baskets! If you have any questions, please contact chairs Debbie Kutyla at [[email protected]] or Stefanie Starr [[email protected]].

Send Letters of Concern

It is not too late to contact state and federal officials voicing your concerns over the budget cuts. The FFA needs to raise $80,000 to cover the cost of vital programs and supplies for next year. Check our website and [] for information. We are not asking for money; we are asking for your voice.

An Event Not to Be Missed!

Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 22, for our annual Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner/Open House and Art Show. Come join many eager talented MRE students as they welcome loved ones to see the projects and artwork they have been working on all year! Open House is also a great opportunity for incoming kindergartners and their parents to explore the school.

Kindergarten Playgroup

If you are interested in meeting new friends before school starts, a playgroup is forming now for incoming kindergartners. For information, contact JoAnne Bernabe at [[email protected]].

Save the Date

Come support the San Diego Padres as they go up against the New York Mets on Sunday, June 8, at 1:05 pm at Petco Park. It also will be Padres Batting Gloves Giveaway and Kids Run the Bases Day. Tickets are $10 a seat. There are a limited number of seats available. Please contact Lori Erlenbach at [[email protected]] for information.

March ACE Awards

Maddie Allen, Cameron Battaglia, Michael Bellosa, Alex Bernabe, Juliana Brozio, Alec Candib, Nathaniel Chua, Mingyu Cho, Nicky Alfaro-Colindres, Annabelle Baker, Cody Cline, Cody Cline, Gavin Dawson, Alec Dettman, Colin Diehl, Danielle Dixon, Matthew Donaldson, Sophia Fan, Julia Folkl, Brian Friedenberg, Justin Gadalla, Nolan Garcia, Jared Giguere, Nikitha Gopal, Noah Greenfield, Selijah Grondin, Belle Holder, Parker Huffman, Taylor Gray, Elijah Javier, Katie Jewell, Matt Keolanui, Antawn King, Alexis Laudenslager, Lauren Laudenslager, Isabel Lee, Olivia Lehman, Hayley Lewellen, Jessica Lim, Katherine Lim, Giselle Machuca, Karlos Machuca, Caitlyn McAllister, Osman Mohamed, Katie Montgomery, Keely Moy, Rebecca Mueller, Jordan Nguyen, Tiffany Nguyen, Mikaylah Perez, Noah Powers, Rayna Prieto, Maddie Rackers, Mia Radici, Kyler Sakumoto, Taylor Shelton, James Shin, Anna Stein, Jessica Stevenson, Rachel Tahmassebi, Joshua Taylor, Travis Taylor, Mylien Thai, Darin Truong, Tracy Tuong, Jennifer Werwage, and Aike Woods.

April ACE Awards

Allen Abutin, Anthony Abutin, Sarah Allison, Victoria Booth, Evan Caplinger, Sarah Chadwick, Allie Chazen, Noah Christensen, Emrys Cutter, Assal Daryaie, Ali Dawley, Bethia Dinning, Jared Ellis, Izabella Estrella, Cam'ron Fambro, Ryan Farmer, Madison Friedl, Chip Gorneanu, Leandro Gueco, Krystal Guzman, Carter Hass, Sean Heising, Alyssa Helsel, Matthew Herich, Catherine Holland, Baron Huang, Samantha Ivison, Joshua Javier, Dorothy Jones, Nikhil Kalita, Jakob Kinsella, Eunice Lai, Ananya Madabushi, Kaila Marcus, Bruce Markman, Thomas Mc Callum, Kaaya Minhas, Tyler Moua, Isabelle Norconk, An Nguyen, Kiana Olow, Cierra Proctor, Hannah Qin, Drew Rains, Diana Ramirez, Mateen Raza, Nathan Rosete, Tatum Scarfe, Trevor Scarfe, Josh Schaefer, Jake Schumacher, Logan Spangenberg, Deine Shin, Jai Sisodia, Aleena Smith, Tricia Sugatan, David Tan, Austin Tong, Kalena Van den Bergh, Michael Vilke, Wilson Vo, Austin Watts, Emilee Wiges, Richard Xu, and Mona Zia.

Congratulations to our March and April recipients! Keep up the great work!

MRE Teachers are the Best!

Thank you to all our devoted, hardworking teachers who go on each day inspiring our children to put their best effort forward. They share with us a dream to do the best that they can for our children and hope it will be enough for tomorrow!


Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth.


Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary (EBS)


Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, May 6--Character Education meeting, 5:30 pm; Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) meeting, 6:30 pm;
  • Monday-Friday, May 12-16--Teacher Appreciation Week;
  • Monday-Friday, May 19-23--Classified Employee Appreciation Wk.;
  • Wednesday, May 21--Instructional music concert, 6:30-7:30 pm;
  • Thursday, May 22--School Site Council/Site Governance Team/English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) meeting, 1 pm; and,
  • Monday, May 26--Memorial Day, no school.

AFP President's Message

Our Operation Top Gun, aka EBS Spring Gala, soars into the wild blue yonder this month. The committee looks forward to bringing us an incredibly fun night, as well as some much needed capital for our school. Don't be the one hearing about the the one talking about it. Thanks to Danielle Hale, Tracy Leeper, and their awesome committee for bringing this all together. A special thanks also goes out to Bill Menish for his extraordinary auctioneering skills.

The new board will be voted on at Open House later this month. We have another wonderful group of parents on board for next year. Teacher Appreciation happens this month as well. Thanks to Tracey Hazeltine and Nancy Shute for organizing another great event. We have such incredible teachers at EBS.

Speaking of incredible, we live in such a great community. The minute the budget cuts were announced, Scripps Ranch parents banded together to fight these cuts. I hope the school board and state are listening. Our children should not suffer because the state can't balance its budget. Hopefully by next month, we will see positive change come our way.

Honor Band

EBS's own Nathan Collins (pictured above left) and Jimmy Manso (right) were selected to participate in the San Diego Unified School District's Elementary Honor Band. Along with students from schools throughout San Diego, they rehearsed in February and performed in a magnificent concert at Point Loma Nazarene University's concert hall in March. Congratulations, Nathan and Jimmy!

Have You Checked Out Our Farmers Market Lately?

Bev and Mike Cassity have worked really hard to bring in exciting new vendors each week. We now have 60 to 75 vendors weekly! Please take the time to support your child's education by supporting our market. It is open every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm.

It's Not Too Late to Register!

Please bring the following:

  • Original birth certificate;
  • Immunization record;
  • Current photograph of your child;
  • Proof of residence: recent utility bill, rental agreement, house deed, escrow papers, property tax receipts, or mortgage documents.

To enter kindergarten, a child must be 5 years old on or before Dec. 2, 2008.

For kindergarten immunization requirements, please visit [].

EBS Spring Art Show

The Fine Artists second annual Art Show will be held during Open House on Thursday, May 15. We will display one piece of art from each EBS student. Due to budget cuts, we will take this opportunity to ask parents to help fund the Fine Artists program for next year.

We will participate in the "Kids' Best" art exhibit at the Del Mar Fair for a second year. We want to extend our congratulations to Lauren Zhu who was awarded honorable mention at the Southern California Youth Art Month Exhibition in Pasadena. She was selected from entries from all over Southern California!

Celebrating Earth Day

EBS celebrated Earth Day with a spectacular Earth Day performance by the five 2nd grade classes. Students (above) have been learning about "Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling" to make the world a better place for all of us. Dr. Linda Lungren used those ideas to help write a script and original music so that all of us will understand the importance of taking care of our earth. Students sang songs and played "recycled" instruments--detergent containers as drums, kitty litter drums, magazine maracas, newspaper drum sticks, and vegetable can "bells."

EBS has been so involved in Earth Day this year that two of our movies were entered in the San Diego County Innovative Video in Education Contest: The Earth Day Band and The Neither Generation. Good luck, moviemakers!

Other Schools

Chabad Hebrew Academy

May Calendar

  • Sunday, May 4, through Monday, May 12--7th and 8th grade New York/Washington, D.C., trip;
  • Friday, May 9--Preschool Mother's Day picnic, 11 am-12 pm;
  • Friday, May 9--Mid-marking period progress reports;
  • Friday, May 16--Preschool progress reports go home;
  • Monday-Friday, May 19-23--Standardized testing;
  • Friday, May 23--Lag B'Omer Field Day;
  • Wednesday and Thursday, May 28 and 29--5th grade Presidential Libraries.

Poetry, Prose, & Authors Day

All students in the elementary school were part of our special day of poetry and learning. Students were divided into groups and given a writing prompt to work with. Twelve unique poems were created. Here is one:


What Does a Goldfish Say?

Why am I called a goldfish?

Being made out of gold is my wish.

Why am I stuck in here?

In the ocean I'd rather be there.


Why are people stuffing me with crumbs?

I'd rather eat candy. Yum, yum!

Blurp, blurp is the only sounds I make

To moo like a cow I wish for goodness sake!

How come I swim when people walk

I'm stuck in this bowl with no one to talk.

Still this is the way Hashem made me

So that makes me very happy!


The day ended with everyone in the shul where group poems were shared on stage (pictured above), and 6th graders from Morah Anat's class shared poems written in Hebrew.

Science and Engineering Fair

Zach Smith, Gabe Venditti, Estee Grifkin, Sharon Levin, and Josh Lampert represented Chabad in April at the 54th Annual Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair. Congratulations to the following students:

  • Second place winners: Josh Lampert and Estee Grifkin; and,
  • Third place winners: Sharon Levin, Zach Smith, and Gabe Venditti.

Alliant International University

Commencement Ceremonies

Commencement ceremonies will be held on Friday, May 23, at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center in Fashion Valley. Ceremonies begin at 11 am and guests may arrive at 9 am. Seating is available on a first-come basis.

New Criminal Justice Program

Alliant announces a new bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, with classes beginning in August. The undergraduate program will emphasize cutting-edge approaches to understanding and preventing crime. A strong approach to curriculum, combined with flexible scheduling, will combine to form a program that's ideal for many police and correctional officers and other criminal justice practitioners.

Applications are being taken now on a rolling admissions basis. To learn more, contact Susan Topham, director of marketing and community relations, at 635-4885 or [[email protected]].