President’s Report

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!

November is a special month as the weather starts to change and as we give thanks for all we have. We hope each of you is able to share a wonderful turkey dinner with family and friends. Thank you for helping make Scripps Ranch the best place in the world to live. We can’t do it without you.

Wow! Our Schools Rock!

Scripps Ranch High School does amazing work. The effort of teachers, students, and parents working together can produce great accomplishments. One measure of success is the Academic Performance Index (API) test score, and SRHS has reached 900! That places us second in the entire county among all public comprehensive high schools.

Success doesn’t happen overnight. We have tremendous feeder schools to SRHS that in their own right have done extremely well. In a rare occurrence for school clusters, all our public non-charter schools have APIs over 900. Check out the amazing scores on page 23.

Good News on Crime

It has been a quiet–knock on wood–month or so for residential burglaries in Scripps Ranch. There was a commercial burglary where a witness called police while the burglary was occurring, and the police swooped in and made an easy arrest! Read about protecting yourself and your home in our Neighborhood Watch article on page 13.

A Great Way to Give Back

Are you retired and looking for a way to give back to our community? Have you considered joining the Mira Mesa-Scripps Ranch Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP). This group of volunteers helps keep our community safe.

It’s easy to get involved. Please contact John Sunde, RSVP administrator, at 538-8156 or [[email protected]] for more details and to join this important community organization.

Kids Write the Cutest Things!

In our Kids Korner section you can read about how a Jerabek 2nd grade class wrote the most adorable book about a surprise visitor to their class. Flip over to page 41 to read it. This is truly a "don’t miss" item!

What is That?

Ever wonder what that mural on the apartment parking structure off I-15 in Mira Mesa is all about? Find out what it portrays in the Scripps Ranch Planning Group report on page 17.

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

The SRCA…Online!

Did you know that the SRCA is online? Think of it as the electronic counterpart of the SRCA Newsletter. Visit [www.scrippsranch.org] and you will find lots of information that we simply don’t have room for in the Newsletter. In addition, since the Newsletter has a lead time due to printing deadlines, if there are updates on important Newsletter stories, we put them on the SRCA website.

Other information you will find there includes:

  • Details about the SRCA, its meetings, and actions
  • Communitywide activities and nonprofit organizations
  • Government activities including city, county, state, and federal offices
  • School events and activities
  • Amateur sports
  • Local religious organizations
  • Local public facilities, including parks and open space
  • History of the community
  • Links to other sites with information about the above items

During emergencies the SRCA website provides immediate information on what you need to know. If you recall during the devastating 2003 Cedar Fire, the website was the place to go for the very latest on what was going on in our community. So, visit the site often, especially after you read the Newsletter and want more information about Scripps Ranch.

Stay Connected to Community News

Want to stay connected and get community information to your email, phone, or via Twitter? It’s simple. Just visit [www.scrippsranch.org] and click on the "Stay Connected" box on the right-hand side of the page.

Newsletter Notes

2013 Submission Deadlines

The SRCA Newsletter appreciates all those who send in articles and pictures each month, and we welcome information from the community. Please make note of the 2013 submission deadline dates below. The dates also are listed each month in the calendar on page 4. To submit an article, please send it to us at [[email protected]].

The advertising deadline is the 10th of each month for the following month.

Scripps Ranch 50 Plus

397-5747 or [[email protected]]

Aging Successfully in SR: Do you Wanna Dance?

On Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 10 to 11:30 am there will be two presentations. First, Kristi Fenick, supervising recreation specialist for the San Diego Park and Recreation Senior Activities Department, will present entertaining and educational opportunities offered by Senior Services. There are biweekly dances in Balboa Park, monthly out-of-town day and overnight trips, and bimonthly special events.

Senior Services also provides social service referral information, legal assistance, HICAP, and "Are you okay?" daily phone calls. Their quarterly newsletter, The Scroll, promotes these and many other community activities.

Then, Carolyn Collins, program manager for North County OASIS, will speak. OASIS is a unique educational program for mature adults who want to continue to learn and be productive during the best years of their lives. Membership is free and open to anyone 50 or older. Members receive a catalog of opportunities three times a year.

Carolyn will tell us about OASIS’ broad range of stimulating, educational classes–from the arts and humanities to wellness, fitness, and travel. Pursue an old or new interest, learn how you can stay healthy and active, and make new friends through OASIS.

Senior Living

There will be no facility tours in November or December

PAWS

The Pet Advice for Wise Seniors (PAWS) Club meeting for November is on Monday, Nov. 5, at 4 pm at the Poway Dog Park, 13094 Civic Center Drive. The December meeting is on Monday, Dec. 3, at 4 pm at the Scripps Ranch Community Park at 11454 Blue Cypress Drive.

SRECA sponsors

Special thanks to the businesses that sponsored our "Unique Taste of Housing" fair or have provided other support:

  • Age @ Home Elder Care Management
  • Bella Reflections
  • Casa de las Campanas
  • Fronch Porch Communities
  • Gateway Gardens
  • Heritage Senior Care, Inc.
  • Olivenhain
  • Seacrest Village
  • Sunshine Care
  • Synergy Home Care
  • The Vi
  • The Patrician
  • Collins Family Jewelers
  • Independa
  • Reverse Mortgage West
  • Ron Greenwald and Associates
  • Scripps Ranch Mobile Notary
  • Serendipity House
  • The Meridian at Lake San Marcos

Sustainable Scripps Ranch (SSR)

[www.scrippsranch.org/ssr]

Great Food and Less Stuff

  • Event: Food Truck Extravaganza, 6 pm;
  • Movie and Discussion, 6:30 pm
  • Date: Thursday, Nov. 8
  • Place: Innovations Academy, 10380 Spring Canyon Road

This month we shake it up temporarily with a new night–Thursday–and a new location–Innovations Academy Charter School on Spring Canyon Road. Come at 6 pm to pamper yourself and support Innovations Academy with delicious food from almost a dozen of San Diego’s finest food trucks. Choose from a variety of foods as you enjoy a dinner with your friends.

Then at 6:30 pm we’ll help you envision a quality life with less "stuff." We’ll watch the classic short film, The Story of Stuff, which uses great graphics to lay out the costs of extracting, producing, distributing, consuming, and disposing of all that stuff we think we have to have.

Then, Sustainable Scripps Ranch and our eco-partners at Innovations Academy will lead a group discussion about living happily with "enough." Also, Suha Chari of SSR will introduce our Green Living workshop series.

For more about SSR, visit our website at [www.scrippsranch.org/ssr], then get involved!