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Volume 15, Issue 33                                         June 11, 2014bLine

Dear Parents,

Set some goals for the summer for reading, fitness, AND family fun! The best way to meet goals is to have a “family meeting” and write down your goals. Weekly “checks” to see if the family is staying the course will keep those goals moving forward all summer. Soooooo…
1. Start a journal and write a little bit each day – if you go someplace special (San Diego has LOTS of wonderful places to go!) write a bit and add a postcard to make a special journal of memories!
2. Visit the library…every week!
3. Read a newspaper article with your child and circle all the nouns…all the proper nouns…all the adjectives…
4. Write in your journal all the words that you can think of that describe “summer”…
5. Take a walk after dark away from lighted areas and just look at the stars and constellations…
6. Create a flag for your family and explain what each symbol means…
7. Plant a vegetable garden and enjoy watching it grow…
8. Turn on the sprinkler and run through it with the kids…
9. Help your children set up a play “store” and set the prices and count out change…
10. Check the Carmel Creek website on the Internet – any news???
11. Visit some of the local farmers’ markets – choose a new and different veggie or fruit to try…
12. Make a dictionary of new words and try to add to it every day…
13. Talk about the safety signs you see on the road when you are traveling…
14. Write 20 math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) then set the timer and have the kids solve them…
15. Have a contest (do it on the 4th of July!) and see who can make the most words from the letters in INDEPENDENCE…
16. Look at old family photos – have the children write a story about one of the old pictures…ie. when I was only 3…
17. Have your child put an ice cube outside then observe (like a scientist!) how long it take to melt and then how long it takes to evaporate…
18. List your child’s favorite animals – look them up and learn more about them – write about one of them…
19. Learn a tongue twister and have a contest – who can say it fastest…
20. Make a collage from things you find around the house – strings, buttons, ribbon, photos, etc…
21. Hide a “treasure” and make a map so the kids can have a treasure hunt and find it…
22. Play “Concentration” matching pictures, letters, numbers, even easy addition and subtraction problems…
23. Use old socks or paper bags and make puppets – put on a puppet show…
24. Have a geography challenge name the states and learn the capitals…
25. Make a timeline of when some inventions were first discovered…
26. Ask your child what “being responsible” means…
27. Plan a NO TV night – play games instead…
29. Cut an apple or orange (or pizza) into equal pieces and talk to your children about fractions…
30. Have the children read a favorite recipe while you prepare it…
31. Review math facts by playing “baseball” – each correct answer is a base hit…
32. Watch the moon and record changes in the shape and color on the calendar…
33. Give the kids a bucket of water and a paint brush and let them “paint” on the driveway or patio…
34. Have everyone bring a favorite poem to the dinner table – share them…
35. Help your child decorate a shoe box to store treasures in
36. Organize a neighborhood “book swap” for your children and their friends…
37. Buy great post cards of San Diego and have the children send them to friends/relatives who live in other parts of the country…
38. Look for a free concert you can attend as a family…
39. Have a backyard “Olympics” – create your own “events” and give medals to everyone…
40. Help your children see the difference between “wants” and “needs”…
41. Look in the newspaper for math symbols or charts or graphs…
42. Listen to a piece of music that has no lyrics – write your own words to the song…
43. Write an amount of money – say $1.23 – then have your child count coins to match the sum…
44. As you shop for school supplies, have the children read the ads to find the best buys…
45. Encourage every family member to memorize a short poem…
46. See how many body parts you can name and then list what each does…
47. Have your child give directions about how to make a sandwich and follow them exactly…
48. Look at a map of the world – name a continent or a country and see who can find it first…
49. Ask your child to use a ruler to measure some things in your house…
50. Make a “time capsule” of things you did this summer – save it and open it in a year or two or five…

HAVE A TERRIFIC SUMMER

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2013-14 has been a great year at Carmel Creek!
It’s also a landmark year as the school is celebrating its 20th year and it’s the only year where we have Grades TK to Fourth. Come next year and we will be a TK through Grade Three school.

I feel honored to be PTA President of Carmel Creek this school year. Personally, it has been a year of immense learning. The PTA has had some fun interventions like the International Potluck, Assemblies, Bingo, Cougars in Motion, and Science Fair among many others. It has also made large contributions to learning, Technology and Safety expenditures.

I would like to extend my gratitude to our very dedicated PTA Board members, Committee Chairs and volunteers for their passion and time in crafting fond memories for our children. And on the same note I’m proud of our families, teachers, students and School administration who equally contribute to making school a rich experience.

Last but not the least special thanks to our Principal Terri Davis and the office staff for being a great support. As I move on to another school with my soon to be 5th grader, I wish Carmel Creek the very best. I will cherish this experience forever.

Warm Regards,
Ditaa Hegde
PTA President 2013-14

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From the SBFL

Dear Carmel Creek Families,

The 2013-2014 school year is coming to an end. It was an amazingly successful year for the Solana Beach Foundation for Learning. We raised enough funding to support all of our pull out programs.

The ‘Fun Run’ event was a blast. Children walked and ran 1,417 miles, which is farther than the distance from San Diego to Seattle, Washington! ‘Fun’Raiser’ events created the opportunity for the children to spend fun time with their friends and teachers at the ‘Pancake Breakfast with the Principle’, ‘CCN Breaking News’, ‘Outta This World’, ‘Karaoke’ and the movie events.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all families and volunteers for your generous contributions throughout the year and for supporting the Foundation. I would also like to thank all wonderful Carmel Creek teachers and staff, especially, Mrs. Terry Davis, Mrs.
Margaret Kuski and Mrs. Paula Sommerfeldt, for their leadership, hard work and unconditional love of our children.
I would also like to acknowledge Mrs. Julie Park for managing the Foundation’s articles in the Cougar Clips weekly newsletter.

You all made Carmel Creek school a wonderful place for our kids.

It was a great privilege and rewarding experience to serve as the Foundation president and to work with the Carmel Creek teachers, staff and parents. Thank you for this opportunity.

I am confident that what we all created as a community contributed to the education of our children and impacted their lives in a very positive way.

Warm Regards,
Atousa G. Salemi
Solana Beach Foundation for Learning, Carmel Creek

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