Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Why Join the PTSA?

Simply put, we need you. The PTSA is a fundraising organization supported primarily by parents like you. According to PTSA guidelines, with a focus on literacy, the funds that are raised are distributed based on teacher requests. Some approved requests to date include: a class set of AP Environmental Science Field guides, money to enhance classroom libraries, and a set of Illustrated Word Smart, and new screens and screen printing materials for the Graphic Arts Department. The requests we receive range from $250 to $1,000. Unfortunately, this year some requests will not be approved due to lack of funds.

You can help. It is not too late to become a valued member of the PTSA. Out of approximately 1,700 families and 120 staff members, we presently have only 238 members. With a current balance of $7,910 we are far below our goal of exceeding last year’s total of $10,000.

Thank you to all our current members. We appreciate your membership, as do the teachers, staff, and students of SRHS. Your tax-deductible donation of $20-$100 will help ensure the enhancement of your child’s education. Checks made payable to SRHS PTSA can be mailed to the school or dropped off in the office.

Also, look for us on the web! As early as late February, the PTSA will have a link on the high school website []. Go to the information area and look for SRHS PTSA. We will offer information on upcoming events, fundraising, service programs, and much more!

Foundation Makes a Difference

The Board of Directors for the SRHS Foundation extends to you our wishes for a happy, safe, and fruitful New Year. Last year’s events, particularly Sept. 11, has made most of us rethink our priorities and reaffirm that the most precious gift we have is family and friends. The SRHS Foundation members feel very strongly that our students must be a priority for all of the community whether a family member attends high school or not.

High school students are at an important threshold of their lives; their education and extracurricular activities play a crucial role in the level of achievement beyond high school. Many requests for financial assistance from the Foundation have come in recently; the requests come from a wide variety of programs including the Mathematics Department, Journalism class, the Academic League, cross country teams, water polo, roller hockey, and the Drama Club.

The Foundation needs contributions in order to help these programs and others to continue at their current levels of operation. Scripps High has a strong reputation for academic excellence as well as extensive opportunities for extracurricular experience. Without the additional financial support of the community, these programs either may not maintain their strong caliber or may not be offered at all.

As we settle into 2002, please invest in our future leaders. Contributions can be mailed to: SRHS Foundation, 10410 Treena St., San Diego, CA 92131. The Foundation would like to thank those of you who have already made a donation this school year; a formal thank you with individual acknowledgement will appear in the April SRCA Newsletter. If you have any questions or would like to help in any way, please contact Rebecca O’Brien at 536-1203.

Golf and Garage Sales

The SRHS Parent Booster Organization for Class 2003 is pleased to announce that we are holding a golf tournament on Monday, May 13, to raise money for Grad Night! Chairpersons Susan and Hersch Hendrickson have made arrangements for the tournament to be held at the Stoneridge Country Club golf course located in nearby Poway.

This fundraiser always proves to be a successful one for Grad Night as well as a fun event. We, therefore, are encouraging all you golfers, serious or not, to get a foursome together and participate. The golf course is absolutely beautiful and can accommodate up to 144 players. We also are planning an awards ceremony and the cost, $150 per person, will include food and refreshments. A raffle and silent auction offering exciting prizes is being organized.

Look for additional information regarding registration in the PTSA newsletter Footnotes and the SRCA Newsletter. Sponsors also are needed, and we welcome any donations. If you would like to help with the tournament, please contact Susan Hendrickson at 689-8146.

Gearing up for some spring cleaning? Please don’t throw anything away! Remember the slogan “One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure” and save your items for a Class 2003 garage sale sometime in April. Cindy Illeman, the “Queen of Garage Sales,” has volunteered to head up the sale at her house and we will be informing you as to the date and times and logistics.

It’s sad to report but our participation in the Pat & Oscar’s 1st Tuesday of the month for PBO 2003, is not attracting a good response. The restaurant has agreed to give 10% of whatever sales they make between 5 and 8 pm to our Grad Night. I know everyone has been busy with the holidays, but here’s an idea to boost participation: Ladies Night Out! Because everyone has such busy schedules, it’s sometimes difficult to get together with friends and neighbors.

Why not call some of your friends and ask them to meet you every 1st Tuesday of the month. No one will be stuck with the burden of cooking, and you will have an opportunity to socialize on a regular basis. If the guys and kids want to tag along, all the better. They can have their own table. So, come on ladies! Get with the program!

Just think of that old song by Cool & the Gang, “It’s Ladies Night”: Boom, boom, boom, boom. Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom. Oh, yes it’s ladies night. The feelings right, to have a great grad night…Think Pat & Oscar’s! See you on there on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

P.S. There is still time to join the Parents of PBO 2003 with a donation. Contact Amy Patasnik at 578-4141 if you have any questions.

More Garage Sales

Plans for participation by the Class of 2004 PBO during the spring Scripps Ranch Garage Sale are progressing well. We will be happy to collect any usable or thrift items that you are willing to donate. This is traditionally a good fundraiser so we will be very appreciative of any and all donations that come our way. Please be in touch with either Kim Molina at 271-7630 or Joanne Gimbel at 586-0330 to arrange details.

Members and parents will be kept informed of PBO activities through this newsletter, the SRHS newsletter, and via email. If you are interested in receiving email pertinent to the PBO, please notify Marsha Szafraniec at [[email protected]].

Drug Culture and Raves

Special Agent Rodrigo Vargas will deliver a presentation for parents concerning the current drug culture affecting our youth, stemming from Rave parties. Mr. Vargas is a special agent for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and because of his youthful appearance, has worked as an undercover agent purchasing drugs such as Ecstasy, Ketamine (Special K), and GHB at Raves in San Diego. Vargas was named Agent of the Year for NCIS and was the recipient of the National Narcotics Enforcement award in 2001.

Agent Vargas will show parents current drug paraphernalia associated with Rave drugs, and popular substances used by young adults. He also will discuss the pharmacological aspects of these drugs and the effects upon our youth. His experiences purchasing substances first-hand and penetrating the Rave culture will provide an informative forum, enabling parents to become educated about this popular, yet dangerous fad sweeping the nation.

The time and date of the presentation in March or April will be announced. The event is free of charge and open to all parents.

Marshall Middle School


  • Friday, Feb. 1: First semester report cards distributed;
  • Wednesday, Feb. 6: Governance meeting, 6:30 pm, Lounge;
  • Thursday, Feb. 7: PTSA meeting, 3:00 pm, Lounge;
  • Feb. 12-13: Stanford Diagnostic Reading Test;
  • Feb. 15 and 18: Holidays;
  • Tuesday, Feb. 19: Staff Development Day; no classes;
  • Thursday, Feb. 21: First semester awards ceremony; grade 8 before lunch; grades 6-7 after lunch; and
  • Friday, Feb. 22: Spring pictures will be taken.

Staff Highlights

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Also, Sharon Clause is one of four teachers from San Diego City Schools who were selected to present on the topics of “Developing Listening Skills” and “Teaching Students to Read Non-Fiction” at the National Middle School Association’s annual conference. This four-day conference was held in Washington, D.C., during the peak of the anthrax scare. The Clark Foundation sponsored these teachers. This was an incredible honor for Ms. Clause.

Nancy Retter and Brian Finley are to be commended on their achievement of National Board Certification. Mr. Finley is now certified as an Early Adolescence/Science Specialist, while Ms. Retter’s certification is an Early Adolescence/Generalist–currently the only one in the state of California. They both endured a year-long process involving intensive testing, portfolio development, videotaping, as well as implementation and demonstration of innovative teaching strategies and concepts.

Melissa Jeffers is the new Vice Principal at Marshall. She has been in the classroom teaching history and English for the past 3 years. Susan Kent will be leaving at the end of the semester to become the new Math Administrator at MacDowell Elementary. She has been a valuable member of the math team here at Marshall.

Ms. Allison’s class collected 1,000 letters to send to New York City firefighters after the 9/11 attack. This was an enormous task, but they were rewarded with heartfelt thanks and letters from the firefighters in response to their support. Ms. Middendorf recently presented at a District math conference for teachers in the district.

Science Fair

Science Fair projects were on display at school in January. The winners will advance to the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair City competition. The displays are incredible and show hours of diligent effort in a multitude of science fields.

Geography Bee

Matt Collado was the winner of this year’s Geography Bee. He received a $25 cash award along with a certificate, a tee shirt, and a medal from the National Geography Bee. Matt will be tested for the state bee, to be held in April. Second place went to George Joang, and Jacob Ayres placed third. Honorable mention awards went to seventh graders Paola Adler, Tracy Han, and Dhruv Gopinath, and to eighth graders Shamayel Daoud, Erin Gable, Ryan Mulvey, and Larissa Truitt. A special thank you to Ms. Ruark who administered the qualifying tests and ran the school Geography Bee.

Library Read-In

The Library Media Center will be sponsoring our annual Read-In some time in April. This is an event in which community members can volunteer to read a selection to a class and discuss the importance of reading in their lives. If you are interested in participating in this event to serve as a role model to our students, please call the school or email the librarian at [email protected]

PTSA Parent Seminar

Do you have a self-reliant and responsible child? Would you like one? Wouldn’t we all? You can have one! The Marshall Middle School PTSA, in conjunction with the Scripps High School PTSA, is sponsoring a four-part parent seminar lead by national known consultant Fred Becker titled “How to develop a Self-Reliant and Responsible Child.”

This event will be held at the Scripps Ranch High School theater on Tuesday, Feb. 18 and Wednesdays, Feb. 27, Mar. 6 and Mar. 13, from 7 to 9 pm. The cost is $15 per person and $25 per couple for the entire 8-hour course.

Mr. Becker is an educator with over 30 years experience. He was named “Outstanding Educator” by the San Diego business community and “Educator of the Year” by the San Diego Chamber of Commerce. He has developed and implemented programs in the areas of substance abuse, violence, parent involvement, and adult/child relationships. To register send a check to PTSA Parent Seminar, c/o Marshall Middle School, 11778 Cypress Canyon Road, San Diego, CA 92131. Please make the check out to “Marshall Middle School PTSA.” Please include a note with your name(s) and address and phone number or email address, so you can be contacted if necessary. For further information, call Holly Gray at 586-1554.

Spirit Competition

Congratulations to Jennifer Steiger, Lindsey Wrape, Breanna John, and Kristin Harkey. The Mira Mesa Scripps Ranch Pop Warner Junior Pee Wee small division placed 3rd at the Pacific Southwest spirit competition held in December at the San Diego Convention Center.

Dance Team

The Marshall dance team has been hard at practice to prepare for two competitions that they will be attending in February. The COA winter invitational will be held on Saturday, Feb. 9, in Mission Viejo. On Saturday, Feb. 23, they will compete in the USA dance/drill regional competition at San Pasqual High School in Escondido.


In December, Ms. Carambas and Ms. Wood took their students to the musical adaptation of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” This was a wonderful way for students to see literature come to life. The students are currently working on drama and will be writing their own original scripts. Many students were surprised by the quality of acting and many students had expected the play to be geared for small children, but they found out that it appealed to people of all ages.

Islamic Visitor

Ms. Albon’s seventh-grade class is studying Islam and had Ms. Alia Khan, a guest speaker from the San Diego Islamic Speakers Bureau, share a slide presentation that brought the history and culture to life. She also spoke about how Islam does not condone terrorism.

The Shoe Fund

For the second year in a row, the Thurgood Marshall Middle School PTSA has donated $500 to support the Union-Tribune Shoe Fund, which is maintained by such donations. The fund began more than 70 years ago as means of providing disadvantaged children with shoes so they could go to school; unfortunately the need persists today. Once the need criteria is met, parents receive vouchers–$45 for upper grades, $35 for lower grades–to purchase shoes at Mervyns. For more information about donating to or accessing the fund, you can call the Ninth District PTA office at 268-8077.

ASB News

On Jan. 18, the ASB hosted a great dance at the Scripps Ranch Recreation Center. The extra special part about this dance was that the 6th graders from Dingeman Elementary were included. From Feb. 19 through Mar. 8, students will be asking for donations for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This is the “Pasta for Pennies” project in which we raised $3, 000 last year. All proceeds go toward the fight for blood related cancers. This will be an advisory competition, and the winning class will win a lunch, compliments of the Olive Garden Restaurant.

Elementary Schools

Dingeman Elementary

Here at Dingeman, we are very proud of a special group of kids who grace our campus everyday. These are the preschool kids from Joe Marsella’s class. Joe Marsella is a Pre-K SEEC (Special Education Early Childhood) teacher. He and two assistants, Maria Wong and Phyllis Daniels, work with ten 3- and 4-year olds with various special needs and who learn in non-traditional ways. There are also eleven preschoolers who come between one and four times a week and join “Mr. Joe’s” class as a part of a reverse mainstream program. They are role models for class participation and teamwork.

The moment you walk into Mr. Joe’s classroom, you immediately see how busy his kids have been. His room is an array of colors, characters, letters, numbers, and artwork. His class follows a regular preschool curriculum adapted to fit his students. They have read aloud, shared reading and calendar activities, and have learned their ABCs and numbers. Last year, for each letter of the week, they learned about a different place from around the world. This year they are learning different nursery rhymes for each letter of the week.

At Thanksgiving, the parents in Mr. Joe’s class were treated to a Mother Goose Review where the students acted out nursery rhymes and sang songs. They also participate in Dingeman’s wonderful Art Corps program and have their works displayed alongside other fellow Dingeman artists at our spring art show.

Last year, Joe received the “Sunflower award” from the Special Education Department for his leadership and outstanding performance. Parents of children who participate in Mr. Joe’s class have commented on how far their children have come in his class. As one parent put it regarding Mr. Joe and his assistants, “The patience, compassion, love, and persistence shown by these teachers toward their students is unparalleled. Tirelessly, they give to these children from energy sources unknown to most mortals.” We are very proud of Joe and the things he does for our children!

Jerabek Elementary School

Winter is here, and Jerabek is back in full swing after our holiday break. Here are some dates to look at for February. Jerabek will be having the 2nd book fair in the auditorium during the week of Feb. 25 through Mar. 1. This is a wonderful fundraiser. October’s book fair brought in a $3,600 profit plus $784 in book-purchasing money for the teachers.

The annual Dr. Seuss’s birthday book fair celebration will be on Thursday, Feb. 28, in the auditorium from 6 to 8:30 pm. Come join us in the classrooms, and enjoy good cake and good fun while listening to guest readings by local celebrities.

On Friday, Mar. 1, Jerabek will be having story teller assemblies throughout the day in the auditorium. Family Science Night for 5th grade will be on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 6:45 pm in the auditorium. Family Math Night for 3rd grade will be on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 6:45 pm in the auditorium. It is now time for the “I’m curious about….” question of the month.

What are Family Math and Family Science Nights? Family Math Night began at Jerabek in 1986. It is based on a program developed by U.C. Berkeley to get children, especially girls, interested in math. The program uses common household items and games to teach math concepts while having fun.

Georgia Critchlow has been certified in the U.C. Berkeley math program and now uses her knowledge to run the Family Math Nights at Jerabek. With the help of her husband Dave, students are able to enjoy a night of math-related games and activities. Each grade level has one math night per year. Math nights are funded entirely by the FFO and use only volunteers. Thanks to both Georgia and Dave for continuing this wonderful program.

Family Science Night was developed 4 years ago by myself Vicki Conlon. I approached the FFO asking them if I could help out with science education at Jerabek. It was Holly Gray, a past FFO president, who thought that a program similar to Family Math Night could also work for science. I thought it was a great idea and offered to start up the program.

The first year was a little nerve-wracking and a lot of hard work, but with the support of the FFO board and the principal Rosalie Fisher, the program and I made it through the year. The experiments are revised periodically, hoping to improve the program each year.

Each Science Night features 6 stations representing 6 different areas of science. The students are given a science booklet, which tells about each experiment. Everyone rotates through all 6 stations. At the end of the night, the children have the opportunity to win a prize by playing the science trivia game, which has been generously sponsored by Learning Express for the last four years.

The turnouts have been great and all the work is worth it when I watch the looks of amazement on the students faces; I think the parents get some of those looks too. This program also is funded by the FFO and uses only volunteers. Again each grade level participates in one science night per year. I hope this program has succeeded in sparking an interest in the field of science for our students at Jerabek.

Miramar Ranch Elementary

We’re revving up again after the winter break, some of us taking a little longer than others on these cold winter mornings with January turning out to be a wonderful month at our school.

Our January flag assembly was awesome! It began with the fifth-grade students launching their homemade hot air balloons. The Marine Corps Color Guard was in attendance. One of the Marines sang the national anthem, a cappella. Students from Ms. Weiss’ 4th grade class recited their poems on our most recent character skill, caring. The next character skill of focus is citizenship.

The fourth graders also enjoyed their trip to Old Town. It is a wonderful experience provided for all fourth graders in our school district. For some, the best part was not being at school until 8:30 am. But most enjoyed learning more about their San Diego heritage and finding out how they would have lived during the earliest days of San Diego.

We also found out that our December Scholastic Book Fair was a huge success! Our school collected over $10,000! We thank the FFA, and especially chairperson Pat Hinck, for organizing such a successful event. Thanks also to all those who volunteered to help the students choose books and manage their money during library time and/or at the Thursday Book Night. Your enthusiasm and assistance helped things run most smoothly.

The FFA also sponsored a “Physics is Fun” assembly in January for the entire school. The fourth-grade students were able to participate in hands-on physics workshops, experiencing first-hand why physics is not only fun, but also fascinating. Students rotated among five physics stations devoted to, among other topics, sound, static electricity, and gravity.

Well, it is already February, and the students at Miramar Ranch are busily making valentines for their teachers, parents, and friends in anticipation of Valentine’s Day this month. Most classes will have a valentine exchange and a short party. Thanks to all the teachers and room parents who help make this happen.

The fifth graders will experience all that Balboa Park has to offer the week of Feb. 4. The zoo and all of the museums will be their classrooms for one week as part of district-wide program. The fifth grade will begin their D.A.R.E. program in February. Officer McKinney will again be teaching the fifth-grade students about the dangers of drugs.

Remember there are several easy on-going ways to help earn donations for Miramar Ranch. We are still participating in the Earning for Learning program at the UTC Westfield Shopping Center. Any receipts you may have for purchases at UTC dated September 1, 2001, or later are worth points to our school. Just take the receipts to the UTC Information Center located in the middle of the UTC mall near the fountain to have them logged in. Your receipts will be stamped and returned to you immediately. There is nothing additional to buy or do!

Also, if you haven’t already, consider signing up for the eScrip program. Your everyday spending habits can turn into a substantial donation to the school with no additional effort. Finally, we wish everyone an enjoyable long weekend Feb. 15-19. There will be no school on the Friday, Feb. 15, and Monday, Feb. 18, due to the observance of Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthdays, respectively. Then, Tuesday, Feb. 19, is a staff development day with no students in attendance. So have some fun!

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School

As principal, whenever I speak or write about our school, I feel like clicking my heels and beginning with the words, “There’s no place like Ellen Browning Scripps!” It is a rare privilege to be surrounded by members of a school community that live, dream, and work alongside one another to support this remarkable schoolhouse.

I also feel privileged to have the opportunity to work with so many exquisite teachers; teachers who have given top priority to crystallizing their instructional thoughts, ideas, and plans for the new year ahead. During the next six or seven months, we at E. B. Scripps will continue to lead scholarly lives weaving our work around building a strong curriculum in each academic discipline.

In January, numerous happenings at E. B. Scripps made our school life special and wonderful. We introduced a new food services program called “Offer versus Serve” in our cafeteria. The program is a method of serving lunch that allows students to select from the daily menu and, at the same time, practice decision-making skills for healthy eating. Mascot Day began promptly at 9 am. “Black and white” students, faculty, and staff members (Penguins, too!) gathered on the playground for a memorable school-wide photograph for our upcoming yearbook!

The focus of our parent academy this month was on visual and performing arts. A panel of arts educators, including student and teacher representatives, discussed the philosophy, principles, and characteristics of our arts learning program. In January, city, community, and school district dignitaries visited our schoolhouse to participate in the Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School Dedication Ceremony. What a celebration!

Also in January, School board member Sue Braun visited us. She accompanied me on classroom visits during the morning hours. Later in the month, students across the grades read The Honest-to-Goodness Truth by Patricia C. McKissack. This seasonal choice for our “Everybody’s Talking About….” program gives students an opportunity for shared conversation around a common read-aloud book.

Also in January, we added Spanish to our extended day enrichment program. Buena Suerte estudiantes con su nueva aventura en aprendizaje! Other instructional enrichment programs available to our students include academic chess, martial arts, dance, clay bus, mad science, and literacy book clubs. Teaching and learning never stops at E. B. Scripps!

As February begins, we start a new cycle of exciting events beginning with the AFP cookie dough fundraiser…so loosen your belts and fire up the ovens! And don’t forget to visit the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market each Saturday, rain or shine, from 9 am to 1 pm right here on our campus!

E. B. Scripps School Community Coalition (SSCC) Update

Parents and teachers of the evolving SSCC met with faculty members of Alliant International University (AIU) in December to begin developing an innovative partnership between E. B. Scripps and the School of Education. The project, Partners for Success: A Learning Community, has the following preliminary goals, to:

  1. Foster academic excellence within AIU and E. B. Scripps through identifying Educators in Residence who will serve as resources to School of Education students, teach appropriate methodology courses, and engage in cutting edge research; and
  2. Offer professional development on education-related topics of interest to both schools’ faculties, students, parents, and community members.

Teachers Holly Mills and Dennis Slotter have been appointed as the first adjunct instructors to teach in the new partnership. Principal Rich Cansdale and SSCC members will work with AIU professor George Stamos to design “lab settings” on our campus for visiting School of Education students.

The SSCC is an expanded “partnerships-in-education” structure of business/community and educational organizations who meet to identify school issues and needs, and to set goals for problem solving by focusing efforts and resources.

Other Schools

Alliant International University (AIU)

New Mental Health Facility

Alliant International University (AIU) has been awarded $400,000 toward construction of a new state-of-the-art clinic and research facility on the Scripps Ranch campus, announced AIU president Judith E.N. Albino. “The need for innovation and advances in behavioral, mental health, and alcohol and substance abuse treatment and prevention is widely acknowledged to be critical and growing,” Albino explained. “We owe special thanks to Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham and his staff representing the 51st congressional district for their dedication and hard work in leading the charge on our behalf,” she said.

The $4 million Center for Behavioral Health will offer expanded community services and will be housed in a 40,000-square-foot building as part of an academic building complex planned at AIU. The building will include a series of treatment rooms for traditional and innovative approaches, including 12-step programs; biofeedback for chronic pain and other medical conditions; virtual reality treatment for fears and phobias; and telemedicine equipment.

“Because our focus is international, we have a series of specialty behavioral health service programs that also would be housed in the new facility,” said Albino. “Services for example, for East African refugees and immigrants, American Indians/Native Americans, children with autism and related programs, people who are deaf or hard of hearing, and for families experiencing child custody disputes.” This is the first new building on the former United States International University (USIU) 60-acre campus since 1998 and only the second new building since 1978.

San Diego-based Alliant International University is a worldwide community of scholars and practitioners, who are educated to ensure the acquisition of knowledge and competencies essential to live, lead and solve problems in a global society. AIU was created in 2000 as a merger of United States International University (USIU) and California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP), the largest provider of doctoral clinical psychology training in the nation and educator of more than half of the practicing clinical psychologists in California. In addition to San Diego, AIU has campuses in San Francisco, Alameda, Sacramento, Fresno, Irvine, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and Nairobi.

Chabad Hebrew Academy

We are now accepting registrations for the school year 2002-3. Chabad is proud of its many innovative and exciting programs. Students have won many prestigious awards, including participating in the National Geographic Geography Bee, Bar Ilan University’s Jewish identity contest, and many others. Chabad believes that a solid education touches the core of the child and empowers the individual to better the world around him or her.

Chabad also is proud of its state-of-the-art computer lab with Internet capabilities, 5-days-a-week physical education program, and full immersion Hebrew language lab. For more information or to arrange a visit, please call the school at 566-1996 or visit the school website at [].

The holiday of Purim is always celebrated in style at Chabad Hebrew Academy. On Sunday, Feb. 24, there will be a Purim carnival with games, food, rides, a masquerade parade, and much more. On Tuesday, Feb. 26, there will be two public readings of the Megillah, the Scroll of Esther: one at 8:30 am, and one at 9:15 am. Following the Megillah readings, there will be festivities throughout the day. Many of the classes will be visiting hospitals and senior centers. Mishloach Manos, the traditional presents that given to family and friends, also are available at Chabad.

The 5th grade recently traveled to Palm Springs in honor of the holiday of Tu B’shvat, Jewish Arbor Day. In Palm Springs, the children hiked and learned about the different flowers and plants of the desert. They also went on the aerial tram and learned about the history of the tram. At the top of the mountain, the students spent the afternoon tubing in the snow.