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SMUSD Attendance Boundary Committee Update

SMUSD Attendance Boundary Committee Update

On October 19th, the District’s Attendance Boundary Committee held its first meeting.  The meeting is comprised over more than 100 individuals, with representation from each school in the District.

The Committee is tasked with providing two recommendations.
  • Recommendation #1:  Propose adjustments to current attendance boundaries to optimize student at capacity at each school.
  • Recommendation #2:  Propose an implementation plan / schedule for the Board-approved attendance boundary adjustments.
At the first meeting, the Committee heard presentations from District staff and its demographer (Davis Demographics) regarding the following topics:
  • Current District and School attendance boundaries;
  • Historical and projected enrollment growth;
  • Residential development and student generation rates;
  • Criteria for school boundary planning;
  • The role of the demographer; and
  • Next steps.

On November 9th, the District’s Attendance Boundary Committee held its second meeting. During the first part of the meeting, Davis Demographics provided information about factors that impact attendance boundaries and how adjusting boundary lines impacts available capacity at each school.

Davis Demographics also shared an elementary scenario, middle school scenario and high school scenario to consider regarding possible adjustments to the current attendance boundaries.  These scenarios are NOT official recommendations from the District Board, staff or Davis Demographics.  But, rather, they were something to consider in order to foster dialog and conversation.

Following the presentation by Davis Demographics, Committee members had an opportunity to work together to provide their own possible recommendations.

The recommendations submitted are being examined for common themes.  Draft maps will be generated and shared with Committee members at its next meeting on December 7th.

As a reminder, these meetings are closed to the public.  However, if you have any specific questions or concerns regarding the Attendance Boundary Committee, you may submit them HERE.

Solar Project at San Elijo Elementary-Parking lot will be closed

Solar Project at SEES

Here are the details regarding our Solar Project:

The SMUSD Solar Project is ahead of schedule which means that our SEES construction for solar panel installation in our parking lot will begin this weekend, October 21.  The solar panels will be installed in our parking lot along with shade structure in front of the school at the student waiting area for drive up. There are several benefits coming both to SMUSD and SEES. If you haven’t had an opportunity to look over the resources provided by the District on our solar initiative, I encourage you to CLICK HERE to view the information on the website. You will find a short, overview video, along with more information on the process and FAQ’s.

Our parking lot will be closed for staff and visitors for 6-12 weeks.  We will need your support and patience during this time. The front of our school will have a construction fence as well for the installation of solar panel shade structure in the student waiting area.

We are working closely with Tesla, the installing solar company, to ensure that all safety precautions are

in place during construction. Our site will be staged with temporary fencing for the construction zone

prior to work commencing. All material and equipment deliveries will be coordinated to minimize impact during drop off and pick up times.

Parking:

All staff and visitors will need to park off site. There will be handicap parking available by KOC buildings.  You will need to enter from the drive up lane to access these spots.  We ask for your patience when visiting our campus during construction and parking off site. There will  be increased foot and construction traffic, and we want to make sure that everyone moves about the campus safely. Please park in designated parking spots and always use crosswalks.

Drive-up Drop off/Pick-up:

Drive up will be available for drop off and pick up for students in grades 2-5 as usual. Morning Drop-off for first grade will still be available.  There will be no drop off available for kindergarten during construction.

AM Kindergarten

  • Drop Off:  Students will enter through the KOC gate, hang their back pack up and line up by their classroom door. Students in room 601 will wait at their recess spot which is by room 103.
  • Pick-Up: Parents will enter through the KOC gate and meet their child’s class on the kindergarten playground.
  • There will be no curbside drop off for kindergarten families during construction.
  • Please leave strollers outside the kindergarten playground.

PM Kindergarten/Transitional Kindergarten

  • New Drop off time for PM only: 11:40. Please arrive prior to 11:47am for PM Kindergarten.
  • Drop Off:  Students will enter through the KOC gate, hang their backpack up and line up by their classroom door. Students in room 601 will wait at their recess spot which is by room 103.
  • Pick-Up: Parents will enter through the KOC gate and meet their child’s class on the kindergarten playground.
  • There will be no curbside drop off for kindergarten families during construction.
  • Transitional kindergarten will have regular drop-off with playground time at 11:40-11:50

1st Grade pick-up

  • First Grade families will still pick up near rolling gate. Please look for first grade pick up area which has been moved to just outside the rolling gate near the office.

Grades 2-5 pick-up

  • All students will exit to the rolling gate.
  • The back gate is still an option for those who would like to use the trails.
  • Drive-up will proceed as usual.  Drive up students will wait by the rolling gate.
  • Parents who meet their students outside the gates need to wait for students in waiting zone near kindergarten.

We anticipate taking a few days to get our new routines in place. Please allocate extra time for this transition as everyone learns our new routines.  We ask for all adults to think safety first by using crosswalks and driving cautiously.

We are excited to be part of a project that will provide savings, lesson plans, and educational materials

for all grade levels, as well as help our district go green. We will be sure to keep you updated on the

progress of our construction, but, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email

solar@smusd.org.

San Marcos goes back to school -Traffic delays expected during daily commute

Traffic delays expected during daily commute

As the summer winds down, San Marcos students are headed back to school. With elementary, middle and high schools along with California State San Marcos and Palomar College back in session this week, I-15 and SR-78 travelers can expect increased traffic delays during their daily commute.

While the increase in traffic congestion is familiar to city residents, students and commuters alike, the City of San Marcos is pleased to report that continued relief is on the way. In the city’s ongoing efforts to get motorists moving and improve traffic flow, several roadway improvement projects are lined up over the next five years.

Planned projects include Improvements to the intersection of Las Posas Road and Mission Road near Palomar College and the transit center; Construction of two new bridges to replace Bent Avenue and Via Vera Cruz between San Marcos Boulevard and Discovery Street; San Marcos Boulevard and Discovery Street intersection improvements; and construction of Twin Oaks Trail north of Borden Road.

During the school year and periods of roadway construction, motorists should drive with caution in and around work areas, and provide ample time to reach destinations safely and on time.

To learn more about capital improvement projects in San Marcos, visit www.san-marcos.net/cip.

2017 San Elijo Elementary & Double Peak Country Fair

Yee-haw! Dust off your boots because The Country Fair is coming and it going to be an amazing experience for the whole family!  Presented to you by San Elijo Elementary and Double Peak School, this is an event you will not want to miss!!  This much anticipated volunteer run event brings people from the community together to build camaraderie and create memories while raising money for education.

This year’s shindig will be held:

 Friday, May12th from 5pm – 8pm and Saturday, May 13th 11am – 5pm 

at the San Elijo Elementary School (SEES).

Friday Night festivities will include food, a live DJ  and plenty of fun while you seek thrills on your favorite carnival rides like the Zipper, Crazy Plane, Umbrella Cars, Cycle Jump, Alligator Alley and more.  Saturday will feature the all of the rides plus other fun activities including Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, games, prize walk,  and so much more!!!  

Do you have a business you would like to promote?? The Country Fair committee needs new ranchers (Sponsors) and ranch hands (volunteers for the committee) to help make their biggest fundraiser of the year a good ole-fashioned success.  If you would like more information on how to become a sponsor or volunteer; please contact TheCountryFair2017@gmail.com.

This is a PTO sponsored event and all proceeds go to support and supplement educational programs within San Elijo Elementary and Double Peak School.  Both schools are a 501c3 and all donations are tax deductible.

San Elijo Hills Community Association March 2017 HOA Updates

Please see below for the most recent San Elijo Hills Community Association HOA Updates:

Save the Date-BunnyPalooza!

The San Elijo Hills Community Association is having its Annual BUNNYPALOOZA on Saturday, April 8th at the Hilltop field of San Elijo Hills Park.
This year’s event will include an egg hunt, bounce houses, face painting, crafts, photo ops with the Easter bunny, light refreshments, and more! This year we added a DJ! They will provide music, games, and an obstacle course so parents and kids of all ages can enjoy some friendly competition!

BUNNYPALOOZA will begin at 9:30AM and run until 12:00 PM. The Egg Hunt will be split by different age groups in 10 minute increments beginning at 10:00 AM.

Don’t forget to bring your own basket to collect your eggs and a camera to take pictures with the Bunny! Hope to see you there!

For more information please call 760-798-9015 or email sehstaff@waltersmanagement.com.

Community Garden Lottery

It is time for our annual community garden lottery! Grow your own flowers, vegetables and herbs!

Plots will be available from 4.1.17– 3.31.18. The cost of a yearly lease is $50.00 plus a $25.00 key deposit (pre-paid).

All existing lessees must reapply for the lottery. If you would like to participate in the lottery to lease a space in one of the community gardens, please submit your application to the onsite office no later than 3.14.17.

For more information please call 760-798-9015 or email sehstaff@waltersmanagement.com.

Paint Policy

It’s always a great time to paint your home! Many of the homes are reaching that age for a fresh coat of paint. The first indication we typically see are on wood elements such as shutters, garage doors, fascia, etc. However, we also have stucco fading and staining.

Homeowners request to either paint the original colors or change to a new color scheme. The original colors we have on file are provided by the Builder and often outdated or incomplete. Some neighborhoods we have no corresponding information on which home each scheme applies to.

In an effort to simplify the process and assist homeowners in making successful requests, the Association connected with Dunn Edwards who have created color matches to the original colors for each neighborhood.

The Board of Directors recently met and approved the color books along with a new paint policy.

If you are painting any portion of the home, approval is required. Even if it is to another scheme in your neighborhood or the original color.

There are no “pre-approved” list of schemes for any neighborhoods, however, we may have the color match to the existing color scheme provided by the prospective builders for each neighborhood.

If you are planning on painting, please provide the Home Improvement Application, paint samples identifying the specific locations they will be applied, and a photo of your home. The Architectural Committee considers the existing color themes of the neighborhoods and how the new colors are consistent to the existing schemes.

If you have any questions, please email sehstaff@waltersmanagement.com or call 760-798-9015.

Hops in the Hills
Hops in the Hills Beer Festival will be held March 11, 2017 from 1pm – 4pm @ the Hilltop Field of San Elijo Hills Park! All Proceeds go to SEES and DP K-8 PTO!

20+ Craft Breweries-Music and Food
$40 tickets (10 3oz tasting with souvenir cup)

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hops-in-the-hills-tickets-31080078351. Facebook: SEH Hops in the Hills Website: www.hopsinthehills.net

San Elijo Hills Onsite Office

Liz McCardle is currently on maternity leave. The office will remain open during this time. For any questions involving community events or architectural matters, please continue to call the onsite office at 760-798-9015 or email at sehstaff@waltersmanagement.com.

Should you need to submit a work order request, have questions regarding your account, enforcement matters or any other management related matters, please contact Becca Warrillow at 760-431-2522 or by email (bwarrillow@waltersmanagement.com).

Questhaven Park

While turf repair is a normal part of maintenance, the rate of deterioration of grass is accelerated when the park is used for commercial purposes or when residents heavily use the grass when it is wet. The Association will close off sections of the park when it rains until the grass is dry.

Groups have continued to use the field on these closed areas.

Please refrain from use of the turf areas when the grass is wet, and please report commercial use to Walters Management. If you are able to provide us with the business contact information, we will be happy to follow-up with the commercial entity in order to protect our parks while suggesting alternatives within the city for their use.

The goal is not to take away opportunities for residents to stay active within the community—we simply want to ensure our parks are readily available for use and enjoyed by all residents without excessive damage and unnecessary closures.

The Board of Directors feels strongly that we must continue to work together to ensure that San Elijo Hills is well maintained and continues to be a premier community in North County. Thank you for your cooperation and for doing your part to help maintain our community.
San Elijo Hills Association Board of Directors Meeting

The next Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 6:00 pm at the San Elijo Hills REC Center (1105 Elfin Forest Rd., San Marcos, CA 92078).

**Since 2006 SanElijoLife.com provides community news, photos, videos, and a directory of resources for residents of San Elijo Hills. The site is independent from the developer and the HOA and is run by local homeowners.

9th Annual San Elijo Elementary Country Fair

CF 2016 Flyer-1

SEES PTO Proudly Presents the 9th Annual SEES Country Fair

Friday, April 15, 5 – 8 p.m. AND

Saturday, April 16, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Pay it Forward

The Country Fair draws more than 8,000 people from San Elijo Hills and surrounding areas. We need your help to make sure every booth, game and attraction is up and running the day of the Fair! Please sign up to work a shift or two during the event, or to help with set-up or take-down before or after the Fair. With less than a month to go before the big event, we still need volunteers for almost 500 shifts for both days. If every SEES family commits to working just ONE shift, we would easily make our goal! This is SEES largest fundraiser of the year and we really need you to keep it going! Parents, grandparents, friends, neighbors and older siblings are all invited to help! Don’t forget that Middle and High School students can use their volunteer hours for community service credit at their schools too.

To sign up for volunteer shifts, please go to http://sanelijoelementary.org/site/default.aspx?PageID=3922 and look for the Country Fair sign-up link.

Every hour counts! This year the ENTIRE school will be awarded music at lunch with “Mix Master Miringoff” when we fill all of our volunteer slots (and the volunteer commitments are carried out) at the Country Fair. Sign up to volunteer and help your kids in more ways than one!

We thank you in advance for helping to make the Country Fair such a tremendous success and for creating such a memorable experience for the SEES community! For more information about volunteer opportunities please contact Hilary Devrome and Jennifer Green at: SEES.Volunteers@gmail.com

Hitch Yourself to This Here Wagon

There’s still time to sponsor a booth! See your family, neighborhood or business name on one of our Country Fair attractions! You can even combine with a friend to sponsor a booth. We have sponsorship opportunities for every budget level! Please see below for available booths and pricing, or contact Christina Solomon at sanelijocountryfair@gmail.com, or Karen Morton and Monee Gardner at seesptopresident@gmail.com.

San Elijo Hills Fourth-grader a global micro-lender | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

SAN MARCOS — After school on Monday, 9-year-old Amara Kirkpatrick did a little online shopping on her dad’s laptop computer. But the San Marcos fourth-grader wasn’t buying lollipop hammers for Candy Crush. She was making microloans to women in Lebanon, Peru and Tajikistan.Over the past two years, Amara has made 45 loans totaling $1,125 to entrepreneurs, students and needy mothers in 18 countries. The precocious grade-schooler pays for the loans with a few hundred dollars she raised at a lemonade stand and by recycling cans, as well as $1,000 her father, David Kirkpatrick, won at a charity auction.

READ MORE VIA Source: Fourth-grader a global micro-lender | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

San Marcos goes back to school after winter break

San Elijo Middle Traffic
Traffic delays expected during daily commute
After a winter break, San Marcos students are headed back to school. With elementary, middle and high schools along with Cal State San Marcos and Palomar College back in session this month, I-15 and SR-78 travelers can expect increased traffic delays during their daily commute.

While the increase in traffic congestion is familiar to city residents, students and commuters alike, the City of San Marcos is pleased to report that continued relief is on the way.

In the city’s ongoing efforts to get motorists moving and improve traffic flow, several roadway improvement projects are lined up over the next year. Planned projects include resurfacing of Rancho Santa Fe Road and annual pavement repair work throughout the community. Intersection safety upgrades throughout the city that have highest collision rates will receive safety improvements this spring. This summer, residents will also see a new traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of South Santa Fe Road and Smilax Road to make it safer to cross through the intersection.

During the school year and periods of roadway construction, drive with caution and provide ample time to reach your destination safely and on time.

For the latest traffic and road work updates, visit www.san-marcos.net/roadwork or sign up for automatic traffic email alerts by visiting www.san-marcos.net/alerts.

Update sent to San Elijo Elementary School Families

This email was sent to San Elijo Elementary School Families Today

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Hello SEES Families,

Thank you for your quick response to our incident on Monday morning on the trails.  With the help of several parents, we have been able to identify the person who was offering our students candy.  Our school resource officer visited his home and spoke to him and his family about stopping this action immediately.  The man does live in our community so you may encounter him on the trails. We have no further information to believe that there is any further concern.

Please continue ongoing conversations with students about stranger danger as well as keeping the school office informed of any situations.

Thank you for your support!

Carolyn Kalicki and Jimmy Miringoff

SEES Administration

Keeping Families Informed about School Safety

This message was sent to San Elijo Elementary School Families this afternoon. 
A message from SAN ELIJO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Hello SEES Families,

Today just before school started one of our students was approached by a stranger and offered candy multiple times on the trails near our back gate. The man did not touch the student but did interact with the student. The student’s parent was with the student the entire time. Both parent and student safely walked to our office to notify the office and call the sheriff.  At that time the school also called the sheriff and the entire campus went on a soft lockdown.  All doors were secure and instruction continued as the sheriff walked the trails.

Unfortunately, the man was not located.  He was identified wearing a light blue/gray t-shirt with plaid shorts. The man was medium height and built with graying hair.

All staff members were informed and put on alert today.  All classes had an age appropriate conversation about stranger danger and walking home with a buddy. This is also a great time as parents to have that conversation about stranger danger at home.  You can even have your students role play the actions that they would take.  Research indicates that students need to practice a scream so they can recognize how loud the scream should be.

The trails were walked multiple times by many staff members prior and during dismissal today to ensure students safety.

We are fortunate to live in a community with many adults walking to and from school to keep an eye on all of our children.

Thank you for your support!

Carolyn Kalicki and Jimmy Miringoff
SEES Administration
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Here is a link to 911 Dispatch posted by SEH 911 (Reposted here)
INITIAL DISPATCH AUDIO–Note: Click “DISPATCH AUDIO” below to hear. Audio is time compressed to remove dead air).
http://seh911.com/pbmedia/CANDY_SEES-091415.mp3
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