It’s the Little Things

November is the traditional time of year to think about things we are thankful for, and I finally realize it’s the little things in life that can make a big difference. Just a couple for me recently: my son’s smile as he meets up with longtime family friends near his college; and the kind comment a friend made on Facebook about my other son that brought me to “mama tears.” Yes, you, Julie Perry! Those “little things” warmed my heart for days.

While we have big stories in this issue, I would like you to take a look at the “little” stories and pictures—in full color! They are the stories that may not affect the entire community, but they are important and may bring a smile to your face.

There are the photos of Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary’s Mr. Tom and Miss Dee, two beloved unsung heroes at our schools. They help the kids and parents with pretty much everything—from the little to the big things—and do it with a smile. If you have an unsung hero at your school, email me at [email protected] so we can honor them.

Another picture I really liked shows Pack 615 cub scouts who were learning about disabilities. They have huge smiles on their faces as they show the sign language sign for loyalty.

Then there’s the picture at the top of the next column. At Scripps Ranch High School seniors can “buy” parking spaces and decorate them. Sarah Christano and Sidney Cotton painted the New York City skyline across both of their spots. Isn’t it amazing?! Sarah’s dad is from New York and her dream college is NYU. I’ll bet she gets there!

On to other news. As the cover mentions, there are big changes coming to the Alliant International University site. Check out the Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG) article on page 17 that shares who is under contract to purchase the site and what it may mean to the community. We’re glad the SRPG and Scripps Ranch Civic Association are working with the potential developer to decrease any impacts to residents.

There have been a number of home burglaries in the last month. Our Neighborhood Watch chair, Cheryl Shaw, has more information on this on page 13. She points out it’s the little things you can do that will make a big difference in making your home safer.

Our Scripps Ranch schools work together to ensure the highest level of education for our students. The Scripps Ranch Schools Committee, which is under the SRCA umbrella, is one place they meet each month with parent representatives and other community groups. Read more about this important organization on pages 28 and 29.

We want to welcome two new principals to Scripps Ranch: Maria Montgomery, who now leads Dingeman Elementary; and Angelia (Niecy) Watkins, the new Jerabek principal. We are so glad you are part of the Scripps Ranch family!

One more note about our schools. If you don’t have a child or grandchild in Scripps Ranch schools, what happens on our campuses still affects you. Education excellence helps keep home prices strong.

Finally, it’s a sad day for the community. The Scripps Ranch Farmers Market’s last day is Saturday, Oct. 27. It has been a labor of love for 17 years for managers Bev and Mike Cassity. See the article on page 14. We thank them for all the little—and big things—they did to make the market a special place for the community.

Enjoy the little things this Thanksgiving!

Gloria Tran, Editor