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Family Guide

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This Family Guide has been created to help you understand the daily operations of the school, as well as the many programs and special engagements offered to you and your child(ren) throughout the year. We believe effective parent/school/teacher/student relationships depend upon quality communication. As always, should you wish to gain additional information or share comments/concerns, we encourage you to contact your child’s teacher or the office.

Welcome!

On behalf of the entire Rancho Santa Fe School District, welcome back to school! We look forward to welcoming all of our families back to school on August 28th at 9:10 a.m. Please join us in the courtyard to the east of the PAC for coffee. We will move into the PAC for a few brief comments and introductions of our staff at 9:10 a.m.

Your child’s academic achievement, social development, athletic experiences, and community involvement are always at the top
of our minds. We believe each child deserves an opportunity to be all they can be via innovative, stimulating and growth-oriented programs. We are excited to embark upon the upcoming journey with you and your child(ren)—a time of incredible growth and enlightenment for all of us.

This Family Guide has been created to help you understand the daily operations of the school, as well as the many programs and special engagements offered to you and your child(ren) throughout the year. We believe effective parent/school/teacher/student relationships depend upon quality communication. As always, should you wish to gain additional information or share comments/concerns, we encourage you to contact your child’s teacher or the office.

Please remember to refer to our website at http://rsfschool.net to find the most up-to-date information and to view calendar updates.

School Logistics

ACADEMIC HONESTY

We believe that academic honesty and personal integrity are fundamental components of a student’s educational experience. We expect that students will demonstrate academic honesty at all times by:
•    Completing their own homework
•    Writing their own essays and research reports
•    Citing the source of information when they use the words, ideas, opinions of another person, or resources
•    Relying on their own preparation and knowledge when taking tests

We expect students will not participate in the following:
•    Cheating on tests
•    Fabrication/falsification
•    Forgery (including parents’ signatures on notes or forms)
•    Unauthorized collaboration
•    Plagiarism
•    Theft/alteration of materials or equipment

In addition, we expect students using the District’s computing and network resources will use such resources responsibly, ethically, and in compliance with usage agreements outlined in District policy.
Disciplinary actions for violations of the rules may range in severity and will be appropriate to the situation. Disciplinary actions may include, but are not limited to, the following:
•    Parent-student conference with teacher
•    “0” on the assignment or test
•    “Unsatisfactory” grade in citizenship for the remainder of the progress notice or reporting period
•    Referral to the office
•    Assignment to the Respect Room
•    In-School Suspension/Suspension
•    Prohibited from co-curricular/extra-curricular activities (i.e. sports, dances, field trips)
•    Removal from any and all elected or appointed leadership positions
•    Parent-teacher-student conference with principal

ATTENDANCE

Attendance is taken every morning at 8:00 a.m. (9:10 a.m. on late start Mondays). Please contact the school at 858-756-1141, extension 144 by 8:15 a.m. on the day of each absence or late arrival. Excused absences or late arrivals recognized by the State of California are illness, medical appointment, religious holidays, active duty family members welcome/farewell, or a death in the family. All other absences and tardy/late arrivals are considered unexcused. Our attendance system and your child’s tardy slip will reflect the State of California guidelines. Please call the school office within three days to prevent your student from being truant. Once a student is marked truant it is very difficult to make any changes to the student file.

Please plan to arrive on time to school each day. Critical instructional minutes are lost each day when children arrive late. All late students must be signed in at the office by a parent/guardian, and a tardy slip must be handed to the child’s teacher for the late period. Students who are late to school with an unexcused tardy will attend the Responsibility Room (K-5) or the Respect Room (6-8) at lunch. Repeated unexcused tardies and absences will result in the principal following up on attendance through phone calls or a letter sent home addressing concerns.
We ask that families plan vacations to match the school’s ample holidays. Dental and doctor appointments should be made after school hours.
Perfect attendance is awarded at a School Board Meeting in June to students who arrive to school on time daily, attend a full day of school not leaving early and have zero absences for the entire year.

BACKPACKS

The teaching staff is aware of the heavy load that can be contained in student backpacks. We encourage our teachers to be sensitive to this problem by assigning a reasonable workload and without having the students
carry all of their books back and forth to school each night. Please encourage your children to carry only what is necessary in their backpacks. Zuca backpacks are discouraged due to their size.

BIRTHDAYS/PARTIES

We love to celebrate milestones at R. Roger Rowe School, but ask that you keep the celebration simple and healthy.  Please make special arrangements with you child’s teacher beforehand, considering allergies. The teacher will determine the appropriateness of the snack and will determine how and if it will be handed out. Snacks and treats must be appropriate in size and nutritional value.

BLOCK SCHEDULE (GRADES 6–8)

Middle School students participate in a modified block schedule. We know that a block schedule supports the District vision of “Inspiration through revolutionary education.” The modified block schedule contributes in inspiring and engaging students in curriculum and instruction that is rigorous. By providing an increase in instructional time through fewer transitions between classes there are increased opportunities for teachers and students to delve deeper into curriculum, engage in active learning, and participate in authentic assessments.  In addition, the schedule supports Columbia’s Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop Model, allows for longer and more in depth Science labs, enhances differentiated learning opportunities within Math classes, and provides Enrichment opportunities as documented below.
Our teachers continue to build their repertoire of instructional strategies for large blocks of time, develop pacing guides, and plan lessons to make teaching in the block effective. We continue to be pleased with the expanded opportunities for inquiry-based learning, cooperative learning, hands-on projects, simulations, group discussions, and more student choices that the modified block schedule affords.

CARPOOLS

We encourage parents to set up carpools as a way of cutting down on traffic and encouraging socialization skills.

CELL PHONE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE USE

Students are expected to refrain from cell phone use during school hours (8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
◦    Classroom and office phones are available for students in case of an emergency.
◦    Turn off all phones when entering campus.
◦    Cell phones are allowed in class only with direct supervision (calculator, voice recorder, photos, notes, etc.)
◦    Cell phones will be taken away if used during school hours for any other purpose. Parents will need to pick up the phone from the principal.

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

Having an updated Emergency Card on file in the School Office is the best way to ensure quick communication in the event of an emergency. The Rancho Santa Fe School District participates in the ConnectEd emergency communication system provided free of charge by the San Diego County Office of Education. Access to the ConnectEd system enables the District to place up to 25,000 calls (six contact numbers per family) in approximately fifteen minutes. The telephone message will provide parents with updated information regarding the emergency itself, and the location and safety of students. If your number happens to change mid-year, or you change those authorized to pick up your child, please stop by the office to update your Emergency Card.

DRESS CODE

The R. Roger Rowe School administration believes students, parents, and staff members share responsibility in contributing to students’ success, and that includes how a student dresses for school.  Students need to take personal responsibility for their appearance. Parents have the responsibility to promote mutual respect, which includes reinforcing the school’s expectations. Please know that there are no warnings for inappropriate dress and students not following the dress code in grades 6-8 per Board Policy 5018 will be asked to call home to have appropriate clothing brought to school before being allowed to go to class.
 Board Policy 5018 reads as follows:

  1. The Board encourages pupils to dress appropriately for school. The Board believes that pupils should be neatly and cleanly dressed.
  2. The Board acknowledges that pupils have legal rights to freedom of expression, but the following limitations on appearance shall apply:
    1. Pupils must dress safely. For example, appropriate footwear must be worn at all times. Footwear must be safe and not limit participation in school activities or permit the spread of contagious conditions of the feet. Thongs, flip-flops, or thin-strapped sandals or shoes without backs may not be worn for outdoor play (including recess), athletic or other activities for which unsafe. Cut-offs are prohibited.
    2. Pupils must dress appropriately for educational activities in which they will participate so as not to endanger their health, safety or welfare or present a substantial threat of disrupting the educational process.
    3. Ornamentation or jewelry which pose a safety hazard shall not be worn such as studded cuffs and hanging chains, or bandanas or sweat bands. The Board recommends that pupils not wear jewelry in pierced tongues, faces or body parts other than ears, and that jewelry in multiple pierced ears not be worn because of the threat to the health and safety of the pupil. Students with pierced portions of their bodies may be required to remove jewelry during activities in which the wearing of such jewelry may endanger their safety.
    4. Pants and shorts must reasonably fit the pupil with the waist size not exceeding the pupil’s waist size by more than two inches. Webbed belts or letters or insignias on belt buckles or “saggy or baggy” pants without an appropriate inseam are not allowed. Coaches and teachers may adopt reasonable additional rules to assure the health and safety of students participating in particular classes or athletic events.
    5. Pupils must be cleanly dressed so as not to promote unhealthy or unsanitary conditions. Torn or frayed clothing is not recommended.
    6. Hair shall be clean and neatly groomed. Hair may not be sprayed by any artificial coloring that would drip when wet.
    7. Makeup should not be brought to school and should be applied at home. Students should refrain from wearing excessive make-up at school.
    8. Fake fingernails can inhibit a student’s ability to perform functions related to school functions and should not be worn at school.
    9. Pupils shall not dress in an obscene manner or display obscene material on clothing or on personal items such as backpacks, fanny packs, gym bags, water bottles, etc.
    10. Pajamas/sleepwear are prohibited unless special permission is given by the administration.
    11. Extremely brief garments, such as very short skirts, skorts or shorts, and too-revealing garments, such as plunging necklines, see-through shirts or blouses, halter tops, off the shoulder garments, spaghetti straps (less than 2” wide) or tank tops and clothing which reveal underclothing, breasts, buttocks, or midriffs is prohibited.
    12. Skirts, shorts and skorts shall be no shorter than mid-thigh. Capri pants are acceptable. A good standard of measurement is to make certain the clothing garment is longer than a closed-fist when the arm is held straight down at the student’s thigh.
    13. Pupils must not wear clothing that is too revealing or skin tight over parts of the body that should not be exposed in an educational environment.  For example, skin tight pants made of light-weight stretch material such as leggings, tights, jeggings and yoga pants are prohibited unless covered by additional clothing which makes the overall appearance appropriate for an educational environment.  A good standard of measurement is to make certain the outer clothing garment is longer than the pupil’s closed fist when the arm is held straight down at the pupil’s thigh.
    14. Pupils shall not display any material on clothing or personal belongings which advertises or promotes an unlawful act such as the consumption of alcoholic beverages by minors, the possession, sale or use of controlled drugs or substances, violence, or discrimination on any grounds prohibited by state or federal law.
    15. Pupils shall not display any material which is libelous or slanderous.
    16. Pupils shall not display any material which so incites pupils as to create a clear and present danger of the commission of unlawful acts on school premises or the violation of District policies or rules.
      1. Pupils shall not display any material which so incites pupils as to create a clear and present danger of a substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the school or the educational process.
      2. Pupils may wear sun-protective clothing, including but not limited to plain baseball caps or hats of any color, and sunglasses for outdoor use only. Caps with bills must be worn with the bill forward. Sunglasses must be removed immediately when asked to do so by a staff member. Bandanas, visors, scarves or sweat bands shall not be worn.
      3. Gang apparel and gang-related apparel is hazardous to the health and safety of the school environment. The Superintendent is authorized to meet with law enforcement and other knowledgeable persons in the community to identify gang activity, gang and gang-related apparel, and to provide notice to parents, guardians and pupils of such prohibited items if gang activity is present. Pupils wearing or carrying overt gang paraphernalia/clothing shall be referred to the Superintendent or designee. If necessary, the pupil’s parent or guardian shall be contacted and the pupil sent home to change clothes.
      4. No pupil may be suspended because of a violation of Section B of this Board Policy unless:
        1. Other means of correction fail to bring about proper conduct;
        2. The pupil has been given adequate notice of the violation of this Board Policy; and
        3. The pupil has been given an adequate opportunity under the circumstances to comply with the direction to cease violating this Board Policy.
      5. This Board Policy shall not be interpreted so as to limit any efforts by employees to have pupils voluntarily dress in a manner which promotes a better learning atmosphere.
    17. Legal Reference:
 Education Code sections 35183, 35183.5, 48907, 48900, and 48900.5
Date Policy Adopted By The Board: September 6, 1990
Dates Policy Revised By The Board: January 13, 2005; June 5, 2008; February 5, 2014

DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP

Morning and afternoon traffic congestion can try the patience of all drivers as hundreds of parents converge on our campus in a short timeframe. We have developed and implemented drop-off and pick-up patterns and need your support to make them effective.
▪    Supervision begins on Monday at 8:40 a.m. and Tuesday–Friday at 7:30 a.m.
▪    Please DO NOT use your cell phone when dropping off or picking up children.
▪    Always pull forward as far as possible along the red curb before dropping off your child.
▪    Please remain in your car and allow our school staff to assist your children.
▪    Our pick-up and drop-off location is a fire lane and is a no-parking zone.
▪    PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CAR RUNNING OR UNATTENDED CURBSIDE before, during or after school hours.
▪    Please observe “No Parking” “Fire Lane” and “Handicapped Parking Only” signs at all times.
▪    Please park in marked parking stalls when signing out a student.
▪    Any cars parked illegally run the risk of being ticketed/towed.
▪    Please do not use the Community Center for pick-up or drop off. They run programs during our scheduled pick-ups, and we often interfere with their patrons when we use their parking area.
▪    For the safety of all children, do not pick up or drop off students on the streets or street corners.
▪    Please advise your child’s teacher if someone other than a person on your child’s Emergency Card will be picking up your child; a note to the teacher is the preferred method of communicating this information.

EMERGENCY CARDS

Emergency Cards are critical in day-to-day school operations and in the event of an emergency. Occasionally, we need to phone parents, and we must have the most current contact information.
▪    Please fill out or update your child’s Emergency Card via your “Registration Packet.”
▪    Please add all parent e-mail addresses you would like to have receive school information.
▪    Throughout the school year if your information changes, please stop in our school office and update your child’s Emergency Card.
▪    NOTE:  You will not receive a class placement/schedule of classes for your child until the office has received your updated emergency card.

GRADING SCALES

Grades K-5

Students are expected to be proficient in all subject areas.

4 = Exceeds: 
Student performance exceeds grade level expectations for this trimester with consistent accuracy and a high level of quality.
3 = Secure
: Student performance is secure and meets grade level expectations for the trimester.
2 = Developing: 
Student performance is developing steadily toward grade level expectations for this trimester.
1 = Beginning
: Student performance is beginning to progress toward grade level expectations with additional time and/or support.
District expectations are that each child is Secure in his/her mastery of and progress toward grade level standards.  Students will receive an Exceeds only when performance consistently exceeds grade level expectations for the trimester with consistent accuracy and a high level of quality beyond what is expected at a grade level during a given grading period.

Middle School (Grades 6–8
)

A+: 97-100
A:   94-97
A-: 90-93
B+: 87-89
B: 83-86
B-: 80-82
 C+ 77-79

An Honor Roll Luncheon is hosted for grades 6-8 students that have a 3.5 GPA or higher on their Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 report cards.

Academic Performance Level For Citizenship/Effort

Grades K-5: C = Consistent/
I = Inconsistent/N = Needs Improvement
Grades 6-8:
O = Meets or Exceeds Standards/S = Generally Meets Standards
/N = Needs Improvement

*
A Perfect Citizenship Celebration is hosted for grades 6-8 students that receive all “O” on their Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 report cards.

Citizenship Grade Associated Behaviors
Outstanding (O) ·      Student’s behavior is exemplary.

·      Student’s behavior has never resulted in disciplinary action (including, but not limited to changes in seating, verbal warnings, Respect Room, and/or administrative level discipline).

·      Adjectives used to describe this student: helpful, on-task, prepared, attentive, contributing

Satisfactory (S) ·      Student’s behavior is acceptable.

·      Student’s behavior has occasionally results in disciplinary action (including, but not limited to changes in seating, verbal warnings, Respect Room, and/or administrative level discipline).

·      Adjectives used to describe this student: sometimes helpful, largely on-task, mostly prepared, mainly attentive, sometimes a contributor

Needs Improvement (N) ·      Student’s behavior is often unacceptable.

·      Student’s behavior frequently results in disciplinary action (including, but not limited to changes in seating, verbal warnings, Respect Room, and/or administrative level discipline).

·      Adjectives used to describe this student: disrespectful, off-task, unprepared, inattentive, and distracting

HEALTH INFORMATION

Confidential Health Information Forms are needed for each student, and will be kept in the nurse’s office in case of emergency.  It is important to keep the school nurse informed of any medical issues or allergies, as well as any changes regarding your child’s health throughout the school year.


MEDICATIONS AT SCHOOL:

▪    If your child requires ANY medicine to be given at school (including asthma inhalers, headache, cold, allergy medicine or over the counter medication) a Physician’s Statement authorization form MUST be signed by BOTH the physician and the parent
▪    A new authorization form is required every school year
▪    All medications must be brought in original packaging (no pills in ziplock bags), and prescription medications must have the child’s name, physician’s name, and prescribing information on the medication package

STATE MANDATED IMMUNIZATIONS

Kindergarten or first year in public school:
▪    5 DTaP
▪    4 Polio
▪    3 Hepatitis B
▪    2 MMR
▪    2 Varicella or documented history of chicken pox

7th Grade:
▪    Proof of Tdap booster shot before starting school in August.STATE MANDATED HEALTH SCREENINGS:
▪    Vision and hearing screening will be conducted throughout the school year for grades K, 2, 5 and 8

FEVERS, ILLNESS

▪    If your child has a fever of 99 degrees or higher, you must keep your child at home for 24 hours from the time the temperature returns to normal
▪    Please alert the nurse’s office if your child is diagnosed with:
▪    Strep throat
▪    Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
▪    Impetigo (a rash around the nose or mouth that is caused by staph bacteria)
▪    Or any other contagious illness
▪    If your child comes to the nurse’s office during the school day and isn’t feeling well, the nurse will assess his/her condition. If the child has a fever of 100 degrees, severe nausea or vomiting, or an extremely red throat, you will receive a call from the nurse’s office requesting that the child be taken home. Please call the nurse’s office at (858) 756-1141, extension 109 with any questions or concerns.

HOMEWORK

The purpose of homework is to reinforce concepts taught in class and to practice skills introduced during the school day. All students are expected to read nightly. Independent reading outside of school is highly correlated to academic success in all subject areas. Practice of math skills and problem solving are also completed on a nightly basis to reinforce class content.
 While each grade level has unique homework expectations designed with the developmental needs of students in mind, a general timeframe for nightly homework is listed below:
Homework should:
▪    Be based on the core objectives of the curriculum
▪    Be individualized with respect to abilities, needs, interests and resources
▪    Be done at a time when the student can practice what was learned in class independently
▪    Have a clear purpose—be structured
▪    Be within the capability of the student without adult assistance
▪    Be meaningful and worthwhile
▪    Be reasonable in length and of high quality
▪    Be assigned Monday through Thursday, and include long-term projects and nightly reading (Grades 6 – 8 will be assigned homework for classes that meet on Fridays)
▪    Below are the R. Roger Rowe School guidelines for time spent on homework each night.

Kindergarten… 15 minutes per night PLUS nightly expected reading
Grade 1………. 15 minutes per night PLUS nightly expected reading
Grade 2………. 20 minutes per night PLUS nightly expected reading
Grade 3………. 30 minutes per night PLUS nightly expected reading*
Grade 4………. 40 minutes per night PLUS nightly expected reading*
Grade 5………. 50 minutes per night PLUS nightly expected reading*
Grade 6………. 60-90 minutes per night PLUS nightly expected reading*
Grades 7/8….. 90-120 minutes per night PLUS nightly expected reading*

*Advanced Math classes and Spanish classes may require more time.

Please contact your child’s teacher with any questions or concerns, or log in to our learning management system (Canvas) to see class-specific homework information.

LOST AND FOUND

The school Lost & Found is located by Room 503 under the stairs. All items unclaimed will be donated to a charity at the end of each month.

LUNCHES AND ITEMS DROPPED OFF TO THE OFFICE

Roger Rowe School encourages students to be active participants by being responsible for their school experience. Students are responsible for their homework, lunches, athletic gear or even remembering to ask what the plans are for after school activities before they leave home. If necessary, late lunches, assignments or equipment can be dropped off at the office, please mark the item with your child’s name and grade and leave it on the appropriate shelf in the reception area. All teachers will instruct students to visit the office to check for forgotten items at recess/break or lunch to avoid interrupting instructional time.

At lunchtime our paraprofessionals will take K-3rd grade lunches/items left in the office to the appropriate lunch tables where they will announce the child’s name for pick up at the tables. 4th – 8th graders may visit a self-serve table outside the school office to pick up their lunches/items left at the office. If it is lunchtime and they still do not have a lunch, Ki’s School Lunches will supply them with a lunch and email you to let you know so you can login to your account and pay for their emergency lunch.  (Please enroll with Ki’s for this emergency backup plan).

LUNCH PROGRAM

The school does not have a cafeteria but offers an alternative to packing a lunch every day.

Visit Ki’s School Lunches at  www.kisschoollunches.com order before noon the day before. In cases of last minute plans you may order before 8:00 a.m. the same day with an additional fee. If lunchtime arrives and your child does not have a lunch they may visit Ki’s for an emergency lunch, Ki’s will email you to let you know so you can login to your account and pay for their emergency lunch.  (Please enroll with Ki’s for this emergency backup plan).

Ki’s offers over 25 entree selections each day using all natural and healthy ingredients. In addition, your child can choose their favorites each day from the Fresh Fruit and Veggie Bar. Parents can purchase by the day, week or month. Normal orders must be submitted by noon the day before the school lunch is needed, late orders (with a late fee) are accepted on the website up till 8:00 a.m. the day of.  Cancellations can also be done online for full in-store credit up till 8:00 a.m. the day of. The lunch program begins on the first day of school (August 29 for grades 1-8, and September 19 for Kindergarten).

Introducing Ki’s Grab & Go lunches for middle school students starting this year.  Middle school students may place an order for a quick sack lunch pick-up, which you can choose from subs, sandwiches, wraps and salads.  Each lunch will come with a cookie and a choice of chips, additional purchases are available online to add drinks and additional sides.  Please visit Ki’s website to see all the new options.

MEDIA CONSENT

Rancho Santa Fe School District and Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation love to recognize our students for their accomplishments such as Honor Roll, Contest Winners, Perfect Attendance, Student Council Officers, Community Service, Rotary Students of the Month, etc. by posting content on our website/social media. The local newspapers also generally want to include a photograph of the student(s) with the article. Most newspapers now have online versions, which means that your child’s photo would also be posted on the newspaper’s website.

Depending on the newsworthiness of the story, broadcast media may also be interested in doing a story. When we have such an event, we will check in advance for the students who have permission to be photographed/named/posted and will only include those students with media consent in the photo. Make sure to pay close attention to this section on the “Signature Form” that comes in your Registration Packet. Thank you for understanding our responsibility to protect your child’s privacy.

PLAYGROUND AND STUDENT CONDUCT STANDARDS

The purpose of the playground standards is to create an environment that encourages students to interact in a respectful and positive manner.  These standards will provide the guidelines for students to resolve their own conflicts, support one another, and assist in creating their own physically and emotionally safe environment.
▪    I will wait patiently before going to the playground areas until adult supervision is visible
▪    I will walk to and from the playground
▪    I will participate in all activities in a respectful and safe manner, while keeping in mind the consequences of inappropriate behaviors
▪    I will use respectful language
▪    I will resolve my problems using good character
▪    I will only use equipment provided by the school
▪    I will use all playground equipment and materials appropriately
▪    I will include all students in playground games and activities
▪    I will only eat food in the designated areas, and I will be responsible for throwing away trash even if it is not mine
▪    One of my responsibilities during recess time is to use the bathroom and get a drink

PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT USE STANDARDS

PLAY STRUCTURES:
▪    Walk on or in the play structure area. Running can be dangerous and cause injury.
▪    Use the play structure appropriately. Climbing on top of the play structure or monkey bars, or jumping off the play structure or slide can result in serious injuries. Slide down the slide one at a time, feet first in a seated position, and make sure that the bottom of the slide area is clear. Only one person at a time may be on the monkey bars or rings, traveling in the designated direction, one bar at a time.

SWINGS
▪    Take turns on the swings and be respectful to those who are waiting. (You may count down from 100.)
▪    When waiting a turn please stand to the side of the swings. Standing in front, behind, laying underneath a moving swing or jumping off the swings can cause serious injury.

FIELD RULES
▪    No food or drink (except water) on the field
▪    Play in the designated areas without climbing on the retaining walls or fences
▪    Tackling is not allowed in any field sport
▪    Tag is allowed on the field only

LUNCH TABLES
▪    Sit in one spot while eating lunch, keeping lunch trash, recyclables and compostables with you until you are finished
▪    Raise your hand to be excused to use the sorting cart
▪    All food is to be eaten at the lunch tables
▪    Sharing or trading food on campus is not allowed
▪    When lunch is over and your ENTIRE table is clean, you will be dismissed by an adult

SORTING CARTS
▪    The Sorting Carts help us with recycling and reducing the amount of trash we send to landfills.   Students recycle all plastics, #s 1-7, aluminum, paper and cardboard, and have an area to stack their dirty or clean lunch trays.  For more information please contact Roberta Dean at [email protected]

RANCHO SANTA FE EDUCATION FOUNDATION (RSFEF)

Created by parents with the belief that the Rancho Santa Fe School District should be extraordinary despite declining state funding, The Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation (RSFEF), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community driven organization that provides a means for parents and community members to invest in the District through Annual Giving, Parent Volunteer efforts, and Endowment campaigns.

Funds raised through Annual Giving are essential to the continuation of small class sizes, focused academics and robust enrichment programs. 200+ parent volunteers help coordinate activities throughout the school year and new volunteers are always welcome. The Endowment provides long-term security for the District.

Please make your contribution to the Annual Giving Campaign and help us reach our $1M/100% Participation goal in 2017-2018. A contribution in any amount is greatly appreciated.

We are looking forward to another extraordinary year!
 For more information on RSFEF please visit www.rsfef.org or call the Foundation Office (858) 756-1141 x208.

ROOM PARENTS

Every classroom will have a parent who has kindly volunteered his/her time to assist the teacher with class organizational needs. If you have any questions pertaining to your child’s classroom needs/activities, please contact your room parent. Room parents will be selected by the classroom teacher at the beginning of the school year.
K-5 Room Parents support the classroom and RSF Education Foundation by:
▪    Organizing volunteers for special projects, field trips, and school programs identified by the teacher
▪    Organize grade-wide coffees the first few weeks of school
▪    Collects class dues and keeps a log of class expenditures
▪    Work with the teacher throughout the year on classroom activities
▪    Middle school parents will have an opportunity to sign up for various committees as well.

Room Parent Sign Ups:
 Please watch for the “Welcome to my Class” email from your child’s teacher, which will include a request for room parent volunteers. If interested, please let the teacher know by replying to the email. This will be your only opportunity to sign up for a room parent position. The teacher will select the room parent by Friday, September 1st.

SIGN-IN/SIGN-OUT

STUDENTS
There is a sign-in/sign-out log in the office for anyone bringing a student to school late or taking a student from school early. Office personnel will issue a pass for the student to be admitted to class. Please do not take a student directly from class without signing him/her out in the office. It is extremely important to follow this procedure in order to maintain student safety.

VISITORS
There is a visitor’s log located in the office for any individuals (guests, parents, vendors) coming onto campus during school hours to sign-in as well as sign-out. This procedure is in place to provide safety to all students and staff members. Visitors will be given a “Visitor’s Badge” when arriving and will be asked to return to the office to sign out when leaving.

SKATEBOARDS/WHEELS

Skateboards/wheels are not allowed on school grounds at any time. Those brought to school will be collected by staff members and kept in the office until a parent is available to pick it up.

SPIRIT DAY

Fridays are Spirit Days and your child is encouraged to wear a RSF School shirt or school colors (red, white and blue). The last Friday of each month is College/University Spirit Days.  Show your spirit by donning a T-shirt, sweatshirt, or hat (worn outside only) with your favorite college/university! The Student Council will plan other spirit-related days and activities announced throughout the school year.

SPIRIT SHOP

RSF spirit wear can be purchased through our online spirit shop found at the Education Foundation web site – www.rsfef.org.  If you have any questions, please contact Brenda Hand ([email protected]) or Katrina Stainton ([email protected]).

STANDARDS FOR PARTICIPATION IN SCHOOL, EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND ATHLETICS

As stated in the Rancho Santa Fe School District Board Policy 5009, all students participating in extracurricular or co-curricular activities must demonstrate satisfactory educational progress in the previous grading period. Participation in school activities (i.e. athletics, field trips, assemblies, special events, end of year activities) is a privilege earned by students in good standing.  We believe that participation in these activities enhance children’s educational experiences and work closely with parents to help children maintain good standing.  We recognize the diversity of our learners and strive to meet their developmental needs.  We appreciate parental support in helping us hold children accountable for their behaviors and efforts.  Appropriate conduct in all school, extracurricular activities and on field trips is expected of all students.

ACADEMIC STANDARDS

Students must be passing all classes
▪    5 or “C+” grade point average for grades 6-8
▪    A “satisfactory” grade in citizenship in all classes
▪    No “D” or “F” in any subject to participate in school and extracurricular activities and end-of-the-year activities

Academic Probation if a student’s grades fall below satisfactory
▪    The student will be monitored on a regular basis and expected to have a daily or weekly progress report completed and signed by each of his/her teacher
▪    Your child will bring his/her progress report home every day or week for you to review, discuss, and sign
▪    The student may also be assigned to a tutorial class in place of an Enrichment or Elective class until appropriate progress is achieved

Moved to Practice Only Status if grades don’t improve
▪    Re-evaluated at the end of another three weeks to determine if sufficient progress was made to retain the “practice only” status or if the student could move to “practice and game status”

Exclusion from Extracurricular Activities
▪    If sufficient progress is not made at the end of six weeks, the student will be declared ineligible to participate in extracurricular or co-curricular activities for the remainder of the grading period
▪    Multiple discipline referrals, a grade that is unsatisfactory (i.e. Grades 1-5 “Below Basic”, Grades 6-8 Grade Point Average below 2.5) or two consecutive “N’s” in Citizenship will exclude students from extracurricular activities or student recognition assemblies

Parent/Student conference
▪    A conference will be held to discuss your child’s potential ineligibility to participate in school activities

BEHAVIORAL GUIDELINES

Be on Time

Students are required to get to class on time during the school year. Excessive tardiness within any trimester will result in disciplinary action, and may result in exclusion from that trimester’s activities.

Loss of Privileges
Failure to display appropriate behavior at school or any school-sponsored event will result in a loss of privileges for future events. Any suspension will result in loss of privileges for activities (i.e., field trips, Field Day, graduation ceremony, yearbook signing, and pool parties) at the discretion of the Principal.

Ineligibility Based on Citizenship

Any suspension or “N” in citizenship received on a progress notice or report card immediately preceding an event will make the student ineligible for that activity. Activities include end-of-the-year activities (i.e. yearbook signing, parties, field trips, dances and other special events). Verification of progress and eligibility for participation will be confirmed prior to each event.

Parent/Student Conference
A conference will be held to discuss your child’s potential ineligibility to participate in school activities.

STUDENT DIRECTORY

The directory is produced by the RSF Education Foundation (RSFEF), and one copy is free for every enrolled family. Additional directories may be purchased for $25. Anticipated release of the directory is at the end of October. The Student Directory is a compilation of information regarding students and programs at the R. Roger Rowe School and is strictly used for informational purposes and shall not be reproduced, distributed or used for business purposes. Several advertising options are available in the directory. Please contact Jeff Symon ([email protected]) or Lea Park ([email protected]) for more information on our robust Community Partner’s program.

STUDENT-LED CONFERENCES/PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

In support of students taking responsibility for their own learning, we use the format of student-led Parent-Teacher Conferences. Grades K-5 will conduct traditional Parent-Teacher conference in October and will incorporate the students in March. In 6th-8th grade, both October and March conferences will be student led.  Students and teachers spend time preparing goals, reviewing assessments, and analyzing strengths and areas of growth in preparation for these conferences. We appreciate the support of your child in this process and ask each family to work with their teacher in setting up only one conference per family. We realize that occasionally parents will want a few minutes of the teacher’s time alone. Please contact your child’s teacher ahead of time to arrange for some 1-to-1 time during the student led conference.

STUDENT PHONE USE

In case of emergency, please speak to an appropriate adult on campus so s/he can assist you (i.e. sick/nurse, homework/teacher, lunch/office).  R. Roger Rowe School encourages students to be active participants by being responsible for their belongings, assignments, and upcoming events. Teachers and the receptionist at the front desk will determine if a child can use a school phone to call home.

STUDY TRIPS

Study trips are organized by the classroom teacher and are limited to three per year. Teachers will organize study trips that support and relate to the curriculum taught at that particular grade level. Parents are often recruited to drive their own child and other students. These parents offer valuable assistance in chaperoning students. Due to the demanding nature of this responsibility, please adhere to the following guidelines:
▪    Parent drivers must complete the Private Vehicle Transportation Form yearly and provide current insurance declaration page showing the amount of coverage meeting district requirements (Please submit paperwork a minimum of TWO WEEKS before the trip, form is available in the office and/or the website).  If any paperwork is incomplete the study trip may be canceled a week prior to the scheduled time.
▪    NO younger siblings are allowed to attend school study trips.
▪    Parent volunteers must abide by the California hands-free law. This law prohibits all drivers from using a handheld wireless device while operating a motor vehicle.
▪    Parents of children who require car seats must provide a suitable car seat for field trips.
▪    All field trip drivers must participate in a mandatory meeting at the beginning of the year.
▪    Study trips farther than 40 miles from the school require a parent-paid bus to be used. The cost of the bus will be added to the cost of the study trip.

TECHNOLOGY SERVICES

ELECTRONIC DEVICES
In kindergarten through fourth grade, students have access to iPads in each classroom for personalized learning, creativity, and collaborating.  In grades 5-8, each student is issued a device for use during the school year.  The devices are used both at school and at home.  See Technology tab on the District web site for policies, frequently asked questions and usage agreements.

STUDENT INFORMATION SYSTEM (Illuminate):
The Illuminate student information system is where you will find information regarding your child’s schedule, attendance, and report cards. Once you have provided a valid e-mail address on the emergency card to the school office in person and completed all enrollment requirements, an activation code and instructions will be provided to you for to create your Illuminate account.  Please note that initial account creation is intended to be completed on a desktop computer, not a mobile device.

CANVAS LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM:
Students, parents and teachers use Canvas as our learning management system.  Canvas serves as the primary communication and learning tool for students.  Teachers post announcements, homework, calendar items and online learning assignments on Canvas.  Parents can receive class announcements and news through Canvas via email, text message, Facebook or Twitter.  Canvas also provides an app for iOS and Android available in the iTunes store and the Google Play store.  After obtaining your child(ren)’s user name and password from the school office, you can create your Canvas account, from a desktop computer, by going the “For Parents” menu on the school web site and selecting “Canvas LMS”. From there select “Parent of a Canvas User? Click Here For an Account”, and follow the on-screen instructions. PLEASE NOTE: you will set up your Canvas account with only one child. A second child is added FROM WITHIN YOUR NEW CANVAS ACCOUNT by going to “Account”, “Settings”, “Observing”, and adding your second child.

Illuminate and Canvas both have mobile apps in the iTunes and Google play stores. For Canvas search for “Canvas Parent” and for Illuminate search for “Illuminate hc”.

COMPUTERS
Recognizing that technology is an integral component in education and contributes to and promotes life-long learning, the RSF Education Foundation and the School District sponsor our educational technology program. Each classroom is equipped with hardware and software that enables teachers and students to share and have access to electronic resources. Student computer skills such as keyboarding, word processing, online safety, multi-media authoring, and project-based learning are taught at every grade level.
In addition to computers in the classrooms, our Computer Labs are comprised of current computer technology. Students use the labs for individual and collaborative writing, developing and creating electronic projects, whole-class instruction, and publishing activities related to curriculum concepts for audiences inside and outside the classroom. Through the use of the Internet, multimedia authoring, and curriculum-based software, students will be better prepared for the challenges they will face in secondary education and beyond.  Student use of technology is determined by their compliance with the “Acceptable Use Policy for Technology.”

ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
Students must comply with the “Acceptable Use Policy for Technology.” They are responsible for using appropriate behavior in the Computer Lab, just as they are in a classroom or any other school setting; general school rules for behavior apply. Students are advised never to access, save, or send anything they would not want their teachers or parents to see. In order to access technology at school, all students must abide by Board Policy 5028. Please review this policy on the district website under Technology and in the Board Policies.
For more information about our school and our ed-tech program, please visit our web site at http://rsfschool.net or contact Ben Holbert, Director of Technology by using the “About Us” menu on the District website.

TECHNOLOGY SERVICES FOR PARENTS

▪    Please see the Parent Information link in the Parents menu at rsfschool.net
▪    Use the Illuminate student information system to see information for your child
▪    Use Canvas on the Web or via the app to see class-specific information regarding your child.
▪    Download the new RSF school app from the iTunes and Google Play stores to stay updated on school events and information on your child.

TESTING

The Rancho Santa Fe School District enjoys a long-standing tradition of excellence in education and high-test scores. The State of California requires each student in grades 3-8 to be tested through the CAASPP program. CAASPP measures mastery of Common Core State Standards. Students will participate in Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) tests in the Spring trimester of each school year. SBAC tests are computer administered and results will be shared with parents as they become available. In addition, Rancho Santa Fe continues to administer Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) twice a year to measure continued growth and attainment of skills over time.

YEARBOOKS

This book contains fun-filled memories for all students and may be ordered through the front office. Parents may also submit dedications on the backside of the yearbook form. Dedications will be due by the end of March 2017. Yearbook order forms are included on the district website menu “For Parents”/”Registration Forms”. You may purchase yearbooks online at http://payments.rsfschool.net/all-products/ or with cash/check. Please keep the cancelled check as a form of your receipt of purchase or contact Jackie Mendez from the district website from the menu bar “For Parents” / Staff directory”.

SCHOOL PROGRAMS

ART

This year students will enjoy a wonderful opportunity to develop and learn about a variety of art media. Art will be part of the rotation in grades K-5. Students in grades 6-8 may sign up for Art as an elective. The Art Program is based on the California Standards for the Visual and Performing Arts and is integrated with classroom curriculum. For more information, please contact our art teacher by using the “ARTS” menu on the District website.

ATHLETICS

Rancho Santa Fe Athletics has been a source of great success and pride for both our students and community. The goals of the athletics program are to promote exceptional educational instruction, emphasizing participation, sportsmanship, teamwork, leadership, self-confidence, and respect, preparing students for a life-long appreciation of sports and physical fitness.  Please see the athletic portion of the school website for more information.

ATHLETIC PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Sixth, seventh and eighth graders have the opportunity to be enrolled in Athletic P.E. during each trimester when they are involved in one of the below mentioned sports.  All students have completed their registration process prior to summer. If your child did not sign up and would like to be enrolled or you would like more information, please contact our Athletic Director.  Some sports team coaches will be using the Team Snap app for iOS and Android to keep parents informed of changes in game and practice times and locations.  For more information please contact our Athletic Director from the athletic portion of the school website.

1st Trimester (September/November)
Flag Football (Co-ed) Gr. 6-8
*(5th Grade Team if numbers dictate)
Volleyball (Girls) Gr. 4-8
Cross Country (Co-ed) Gr. 6-8
Golf (Co-ed) Gr. 6-8
2nd Trimester (November/March)
Soccer (Boys) Gr. 7-8
Soccer (Girls) Gr. 7-8
Basketball (Boys) Gr. 6-8
Wrestling (Co-ed) Gr. 5-8
3rd Trimester (March/May)
Volleyball (boys) Gr. 6-8
Basketball (Girls) Gr. 6-8
Track & Field (Co-ed) Gr. 6-8
Tennis (Co-ed) Gr. 7-8

 

ATHLETIC PARENTS’ AND PLAYERS’ CODE OF CONDUCT:

Athletes and their parents represent our school and community and demonstrate pride by honoring the Athletic Code of Conduct.

– If an athlete breaks the Athletic Code of Conduct, disciplinary action will be taken. Consequences may include loss of playing time, suspension from practice and/or games, and dismissal from team.

– Parents who are not conducting themselves in an appropriate manner may be asked to leave or not to attend practices and/or games.

SPORTSMANSHIP:

  1. Players and parents will demonstrate exemplary sportsmanship by:
    1. Showing respect for self, opponents, officials, coaches, teammates and spectators
    2. Showing respect for the rules of the contest and judgment of game officials
    3. Exercising self-control at all times
    4. Refraining from the use of foul and/or abusive language at all times
    5. Winning with character; losing with dignity
  2. Rancho Santa Fe students/athletes are expected to successfully manage their academic and social responsibilities:
    1. Players will maintain good academic standing with a minimum 2.5 Grade Point Average and a minimum grade of “S” in citizenship
    2. The Athletic Director will notify students and parents of the student’s ineligibility status
  3. Display good character at school:
    1. Players will display good character in class, on the playground, and at practices and games
    2. Players may be removed from practice and/or games due to improper conduct as determined by coaches, teachers and/or administrators
  4. Practice and Game Attendance:
    1. In order to participate in practices and games, players must be at school for the majority of the school day.
    2. Absences must be reported to the coach before noon on game days
      1. Student athletes are expected to attend all practices and games unless sick or injured, putting forth their greatest effort
      2. Take your child’s after-school schedule into account when signing up for an RSF Athletic team (contact the Athletic Director via email if your child will be missing practice or a game)
    3. Dressed and Ready to Play:
      1. Players will be equipped and wear appropriate attire while attending practices and games, or they will not be allowed to participate that day
      2. Required attire includes school appropriate shorts, shirts and shoes.
      3. Game day attire includes Rancho Santa Fe team uniform, appropriate footwear, and mouth guard.
    4. Resolving Problems:
      1. Players should discuss any issues or concerns with their coach after practices and games prior to parental involvement
      2. If necessary, parents and players will meet jointly with a coach to resolve problems during a scheduled appointment
      3. If a situation is not resolved with the coach, then parents may meet with the Athletic Director and Principal
      4. Players, parents, and coaches are expected to uphold the Rancho Santa Fe School District’s Athletic Code of Conduct. In the event that an athlete breaks the Athletic Code of Conduct, disciplinary action will be taken. Consequences may include loss of playing time, suspension from practice and/or games, and dismissal from team.  Parents who are not conducting themselves in an appropriate manner may be asked to leave or not to attend practices and/or games.

INDEPENDENT STUDY PHYSICAL EDUCATION (I.S.P.E.)
We support and appreciate after-school activities, and encourage students to participate in them. For the most part, however, these outside sports do not take the place of the regular physical education class, which offers an introduction to diverse sporting activities in the context of a cooperative classroom environment. Students are encouraged to participate in the on-campus physical education program, especially at the 6th-8th grade levels. Only students who compete in athletic activities at a high level of activity and competition will be eligible for I.S.P.E. Students accepted into the I.S.P.E. program will be held responsible for maintaining their programs and keeping up communications between their individual coaches and the Independent Study Coordinator/Athletic Director.

The I.S.P.E. Contract is available on the website or at the school office; it explains the criteria to qualify for the I.S.P.E. program and includes the dates that each assignment must be submitted to the Coordinator. Please note your child will not be enrolled in the class until the contract has been submitted and approved. Students that have not turned in their contract or made an athletic selection will be assigned to General P.E. until it is submitted, approved and their schedule changed. The District believes that accountability for meeting agreed-upon objectives is of prime importance. Individuals are selected based upon their ability to handle the individual responsibility.

Please understand that due to the independent nature of the program, a large part of the grade that your son/daughter receives will be based upon his/her accomplishments of the agreed objectives, and his/her communicating this information to the I.S.P.E. Coordinator in a timely fashion.

CHOIR

Choir is open for students in Grades 1 through 8. It meets on Friday mornings at 7:00 a.m. in the band room (702). Choir is under the direction of RC Haus at [email protected]

CLUBS

The Lunch Clubs program allows students to learn, to grow, and to flourish in an environment that is both comfortable and nurturing, as they are run by our teachers and parent volunteers. Students are encouraged to bring their lunch to the club at their designated time and spend the period in that location.
What Lunch Clubs Do:
▪    Reinforce academic skills
▪    Engage students in activities that develop excitement and purpose for their learning
▪    Provide hands on activities in a relaxed environment
▪    Encourage a sense of belonging in the learning community
▪    Boost confidence and curiosity
▪    Help students explore their potential

Examples of clubs from 2016-2017:
▪    Origami
▪    Gardening
▪    Go Green
▪    Chess

Club sign-ups happen the second week of school and there are always options for every grade level. For more information, please contact Stacey Halboth, Media Center Director, at [email protected]

DRUMS & PERCUSSION

This will be an early morning school program where the participants will learn about  musical drumming techniques in a relaxed friendly environment. As various percussion instruments are introduced and played, students will also be learning about the cultures and time periods from where they originated.

Instruction includes  fundamental to advanced percussion techniques, practical warm ups, rhythm studies, rudiments of drumming, and musicianship. Additional benefits to students can include the development of more self confidence, teamwork, individual discipline, and focused concentration while playing.

Classes will be taught by percussion specialist John Hall. Students in grades 4-8 with no experience necessary are invited to join. Class size will be limited to 14 students. For more information, please contact John Hall by using the “ARTS” menu on the District website.

KIND TO THE CORE

“I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion then it will start a chain reaction of the same.” – Rachel Joy Scott
Our philosophy is to combine strong academic performance AND strong character development in order to instill a culture of respect, love, kindness, compassion, leadership and responsibility throughout every element of the educational mix.

Programs that support our Kind to the Core Initiative are:

POSITIVE DISCIPLINE (K-5):
A program designed to teach students how to have a sense of significance and belonging (www.positivediscipline.com).  The program’s goal is to teach young people to become responsible, respectful and resourceful members of their school and community.

SECOND STEP CURRICULUM (K-5):
Each grade level focuses on developmentally appropriate ways to foster social-emotional skills such as empathy, emotion management, and problem solving. Additionally, students have the opportunity to learn more about self-regulation and executive functioning skills.

BUILDING LEADERS FOR LIFE (Grades 6-8):
Educational programs/speakers/and hands on events that ignite healthy inner growth and support the positive identity of young people.

THEMED SERVICE LEARNING BY CLASS (Grades K-5):
Each grade will be assigned and take ownership of a particular theme of community service.  By the time your child completes the 8th grade, they will have worked with Seniors, Animals, Rady Children’s Hospital, Military, helping local families in need, helping others globally.
Supported through:
▪    Class Activities: 2 grade level events throughout the year
▪    Student Council: Plan and lead several philanthropic events to help those less fortunate (e.g. Canned Food Drive)

SERVICE LEARNING MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 6-8):
Lead and Participate in a variety of philanthropic activities in collaboration with local non-profit organizations and “The Philanthropy Club Foundation.” http://thephilanthropyclub.org/

DRAMA PROGRAM

The RSF Theater Arts Program focuses on a wide range of drama activities and performances to help all students. Through theater students gain:
▪    Knowledge and skills needed to express their ideas in a positive and creative way
▪    Develop their ability to communicate their thoughts and feelings
▪    Gain understanding concerning the world around them
▪    Relate confidently with others in collaborative drama activities
▪    Build confidence performing and speaking in front of audiences

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL students learn:
▪    The basics of role-playing
▪    Body movement
▪    Characterization
▪    Performing for audiences
▪    Beginning scriptwriting

MIDDLE SCHOOL drama program offers year-long elective classes for students wanting to further their performance skills.

Middle School students will learn and develop the following skills:
▪    Gain a knowledge of theater throughout our history and everyday lives
▪    Creation and analysis of characters and their motives
▪    Create stories, scripts, improvisations, and skits
▪    Learn the elements that comprise the backstage process of organizing theater productions
▪    Perform for audiences
▪    Develop skills in giving and receiving positive feedback and critiques

THE RSF PLAYERS
An after school Drama Program for all 5th-8th graders interested in being a part of a unique theater family that works on various theater productions to be performed for the school and community. Students will audition for the various productions and will meet two days a week after school from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.  The RSF Players is a dynamic and creative environment for students to further their acting skills, learn the basics of teamwork, positive feedback, self-reflection and to build confidence through rehearsals and performances. If your child loves entertaining and being in the spotlight or prefers to work backstage on the technical crew team, then the RSF Players is the place to be.

EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY

Technology has become an integral tool in education and preparedness for success in the 21st century.  Our students are provided with computers and tablet devices in every classroom as well as various programs that help build skills in the educational technology area and in core curriculum.  We encourage both students and parents to utilize technology systems to enhance learning, collaboration, and communication for school-related activities.

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC PROGRAM

The RSF Education Foundation and the Rancho Santa Fe School District offer many opportunities for students in grades 4-8 students to grow as a musician.*

We offer:
▪    Beginning Band
▪    Intermediate Band
▪    Advanced Band
▪    Beginning Strings
▪    Intermediate Strings
▪    Orchestra
▪    Students will learn:
▪    To play a variety of instruments
▪    Study theory
▪    Read music
▪    Perform in various concerts and festivals

Band and Orchestra meet before school in the mornings at 7:00 a.m. or 7:45 a.m. two to three times a week, depending on which group your student joins. Middle School students may enroll in additional band electives during the school day. In addition to the weekly practices and periodic performances, the band/orchestra is a great place to make friends and learn many skills (i.e. listening, teamwork, on-stage performance, etc.). Students will need to purchase/rent their instruments and pay for additional private lessons on their own.

Students will have the opportunity to sign up for band/orchestra as well as try out different musical instruments. Parents can attend an informational meeting on Tuesday, September 5 at 6:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.

For more information, please contact our band teacher by using the “ARTS” menus on the District website.

*  Some 3rd grade students may be accepted into the band program following an interview with the parent and student to determine readiness.  First grade students may apply to enter the strings program.

LIBRARY SERVICES

Students in grades K-5 have a scheduled library time. Students at every level are provided the framework to become efficient and effective users of ideas and information and are also encouraged to become enthusiastic readers by engaging in literature through “read-alouds”, genre studies, and book-talks.
The R. Roger Rowe School Library Media Center program supports 21st-century learners by encouraging all students to use our electronic and print resources to:
▪    Investigate research projects that support classroom learning
▪    Cultivate curiosity and learn about our world
▪    Create new ideas and projects
▪    Develop a lifetime love of literature

LOAN POLICY
Students, staff, faculty, and parents are welcome to use the library resources, including checking out books, seeking research and media assistance and reading a good book in a quiet, comfortable place.
▪    Each student may check out two books each week and keep them for two weeks
▪    Kindergartners and First graders are asked to keep the books in their classroom
▪    Books must be returned or renewed before checking out new one

Misplaced materials, must be replaced or you may compensate the library for the lost item.Students and families can access our library from anywhere by clicking here. For more information about the library, please contact Stacey Halboth, Media Center Director, at [email protected]

MUSIC CLASSES

Music is part of the K-5 elective rotation, with students rotating through during the school year. Students in grades 6-8 may elect to participate in a variety of music electives, such as Choir, Instrumental Music, Drama/Music Theatre and Keyboard and Composition.  If you have any questions, please contact our music teacher by using the “ARTS” menus on the District website.

OCEAN WEEK AND SCRIPPS OCEAN PARTNERSHIP

The RSF Education Foundation funds additional science programs, including one that has been ongoing for 20+ years, providing year-round ocean literacy culminating in an annual Ocean Week.  The Scripps Ocean Partnership (SOP), led
by Roberta Dean, co-author of UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science MARE (Marine Activities Resources & Education) Program, brings the study of ocean and environmental science to the District.  SOP brings guest speakers, including research scientists from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, and regional marine and environmental specialists, who expose our students to cutting-edge science and relevant conservation issues.  Ocean Week culminates a year of marine and aquatic studies, showcasing student research and special projects, art, music and drama inspired by our one world ocean
.

ROBOTICS PROGRAM

(Grades 1-8):
Students will:
▪    Master the principles of robotics as they learn to build and program autonomous robots at their suited grade level.
▪    Examine the mechanical and programming aspects using Lego Education’s We-Do, NXT, EV3 and Tetrix kits.
▪    Learn to program with graphical software developed by National Instruments using We-Do, NXT-G, EV3 and Labview languages progressively from grades 1-8.
▪    Advanced students learn to build more powerful robots made with pre-fabricated metal components and custom designed components, while programming with sophisticated languages such as ROBOT-C developed by the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon and JAVA, this text-based language is similar to ones used in the robotics industry today.

JUNIOR FLL ROBOTICS (Grades 1-3):  For more information, contact Jen Olson at [email protected]
▪    In this weekly, after school, hour long class, students will be using different Lego “We-Do” kits for each grade level as they assemble a variety of age appropriate robots and learn the basic principles of computer programming.  This is a curriculum designed class taught by a certificated teacher and not an after school drop off program.  Students may not miss more than 2 classes or they will be removed from the roster.  Parent assistance is encouraged and needed.
▪    1st grade introduces simple machine principles using fun build activities that revolve around playful animals with an introduction to computer programming. Each activity takes ~2 weeks.
▪    2nd grade focuses on similar build and program activities as 1st grade, but in real life applications such as cranes, drawbridges, and racecars. Each activity takes ~3 weeks.
▪    3rd grade delves into more complex simple machine principles and more technical builds.  Each activity takes ~3 weeks

Exposition
▪    Grade level teams may enter the Junior First Lego League Expo held at Legoland in Carlsbad in late January.
▪    Each team is coached by parent volunteers.
▪    At the expo, students share their ideas and creations with other schools and clubs according to a specific theme or topic.
▪    All teams are recognized by Legoland judges and awarded ribbons and a certificate at the end of the day.
▪    Students will learn how to calculate gear ratios and determine the mechanical advantage of simple machines using levers, pulleys, incline planes, and screws
▪    These principles are an essential foundation for FLL Robotics grades 4-8.

INTRO to FLL (Grade 4+, a prerequisite for FLL Robotics)
For more information, contact John Galipault at [email protected]
▪    This weekly, after school, hour long class is designed to meet the needs of students beginning their path to FLL by mastering the programming principles of the EV3 and NXT Mindstorm Robots.
▪    Students are paired up and follow a prescribed video trainer to teach them the following: How to turn on their robot, How to update Firmware, How to turn, How to use a command switch, How to use touch, light, ultrasonic sensors and more.  Once student groups finish a lesson then they will have to demonstrate their learned knowledge in a challenge before advancing to the next lesson.
▪    Small informal in-house competitions are created throughout the year for students to compete.
▪    Students do not have an opportunity to free build until the end of the year.  This is to discourage “battle bot” play and to focus on learning the programming and mechanical integrity of their robots.

FLL ROBOTICS (Grades 5-7 after school club)
For more information, contact John Galipault at [email protected]
▪    Grade level teams, coached by college students and with assistance from parent volunteers, enter into the First Lego League Contest where they compete with clubs and schools throughout Southern California in three different disciplines.  Teams of up to 10 students program an autonomous robot, using either an EV3 or NXT Lego Mindstorm, to score points on a thematic playing surface, create an innovative solution to a problem as part of their Project, all while guided by the FLL Core Values. These three elements – the Robot Game, Project, and FLL Core Values – make up what we call our yearly Challenge. See more at: http://www.firstlegoleague.org/parents/fll-basics-abcs-fll#sthash.d4htrNAB.dpuf
▪    Students will program autonomous robots using components from the NXT and EV3 kits to accomplish a number of missions on a thematic 4’ x 8’ game table.
▪    Students will develop a sense of teamwork and camaraderie as they refine both their robotic and presentation skills to meet a variety of challenges.
▪    There are three seasons of competition.  We suggest students participate in all three, but may not be able to due to other co-curricular conflicts.
▪    Fall Season is August to December (depending how far a team advances)
▪    Winter Season is January to February
▪    Spring Season is late April to June
▪    Students need to be able to dedicate two days a week after school to their team in order to participate, totaling ~ 5hrs a week.

FTC Robotics (Grades 7-8)
For more information, contact Dave Warner at [email protected]
▪    Students who join an FTC team should be prepared to dedicate ~12-15 hours a week to their team.
▪    Students design and build a metal robot that could weigh 40-50 lbs and that can navigate a 12’x12′ arena to accomplish a number of tasks, while working alongside a similar robot, and in competition against another team of two robots.
▪    In the past, the FTC league used Robot-C and Lab View programming languages, but now are using Java.
▪    Students can play any of the multiple roles that consist in a team: designer, programmer, builder, public relations liaison, community outreach liaison, web/app designer, recorder, and more.
▪    Three Qualifier competitions take place in December and January. Teams that advance to Regional Championships in February are among the best teams in San Diego.  The lucky few will make it to Super Regionals in March, which consist of the best teams in the Western U.S.

SPANISH

Grades K-5
Elementary Spanish is designed to expose students to the Spanish language through the K-5 elective rotation, where students will rotate through the school year between Spanish, Art and Music. The students engage in Spanish lessons twice a week during their rotation. TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling) is the primary method used in the elementary program. This involves a mixture of reading and storytelling to assist students in learning Spanish in an engaging way in a classroom setting.  In addition, students will explore the language by learning vocabulary, expressions and culture through songs, interactive activities, writing, and the TPR (Total Physical Response) method, which involves the combination of language and physical movement.

Grades 6-8

Students may select Spanish as an elective course.

Students in grade 6 will have one option for Spanish:

Option 1:  Spanish 1

Students in grade 7 will have two options for Spanish:

Option 1:  Spanish 1

Option 2:  Spanish 1.5

Students in grade 8 will have three options for Spanish:

Option 1:  Spanish 1

Option 2:  Spanish 1.5

Option 3:  Spanish 2

STUDENT COUNCIL

MIDDLE SCHOOL:
The Middle School is looking for strong leaders to help lead our entire student body. Under the advisory direction of Mrs. Kelly Stine, elections for the following Student Council Officers will be held in May:
▪    President (8th grader only)
▪    Vice-President, Secretary
▪    Treasurer
▪    Activities Director
▪    Philanthropy Commissioner
▪    Environmental Commissioner

Phone: 858-756-1141