9/5 Labor Day Holiday - No School

9/9 Friday Flag 8:30am Blacktop

9/22 PTA/Foundation Association Mtg. 6pm MPR

9/30 No School/Pro Grow Day



All visitors to our campus must check in through the Administration Office at the front of the school.


Please take a few minutes at home to carefully check your child’s health before he/she leaves for school each morning.


A student’s absence should be reported before 9:00am on the School Absence Hotline by calling: (858) 674-6200 x6303.


Welcome to Del Sur

Doug Johnson , Principal
Regular Office Hours: M-W & F, 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
School Hours: M, T, W, F 8:30 a.m. - 2:50 p.m.
Thurs: 8:30 a.m. – 1:10 p.m.

Principal’s Message

August 29, 2016

Greetings Explorer Families,

I was delighted to see so many parents at our Back to School Night meetings during the first and second weeks of school. This was a great evening where our teachers were able to meet parents and discuss the curriculum and classroom structure for the year. We thank you for your support and look forward to working together on your child’s educational journey this year.

During the month of September, our school will be focusing on the character pillar of “Responsibility”. Through a variety of discussions and lessons, we share with our students that it is following The Explorer Way when students do what they are supposed to do, work hard and try to do their best, and think about how their actions will affect others. Parents, thank you for supporting our work with this character pillar at home with your children.
We are looking for one additional parent to serve on this year’s Del Sur Site Council Committee. The responsibilities of serving on our Site Council is to serve as a representative of our parents with meeting with myself and other staff members approximately five times throughout the year to help create our school-wide goals, review academic achievement data, and serve on our School Safety Committee. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please call me or email me.

X-Ploration at Del Sur
Poway has created a fabulous new district-wide program for all the elementary schools. Thirteen times a year (once or twice a month), a team of highly qualified and trained Poway teachers will arrive at Del Sur including our own Mrs. Whitehouse and Mrs. Lorimer to teach grade-level lessons in P.E., visual and performing arts, STEM, and coding. The X-Ploration student time will be an hour and 45 minutes with the X-Ploration teacher while the Del Sur teachers are released to collaborate in grade level teams. The time with the X-Ploration teacher will begin in the regular classroom and then different activities will take the students to the field, MPR, and/or computer lab.
Why this new program?
Meet District LCAP goals in…
1. Supporting high quality teachers in their implementation of standards-based curriculum, instruction, and assessments
2. Create systems and structures that provide multiple pathways of learning and engagement…
3. Strengthen and maintain a safe, healthy, positive and attractive learning environment for all learners.
4. Increase parent and student engagement in learning though involvement in the education of our students.
5. Develop, implement, and embed collaboration learning structure and system for adults and students to increase student achievement.

PTA News

College T-Shirts - Show Your Class Pride!
The college t-shirt store is now open! College t-shirts will be available for online ordering only this year, and the cost of each college t-shirt is only $10! Order yours today to show your class pride on Fridays! The college t-shirt store will close on Friday, September 9th, and purchased items will be delivered to your child’s classroom. The online store can be found at: There will also be a donation box in the lobby if you’d like to donate last year’s college shirt.
Del Sur Spirit Wear Store - Now Open!

The Del Sur Spirit wear store is also open! Spirit wear Mondays are back! Show your school spirit by ordering some of DSE’s awesome new spirit wear gear. Please check out samples of the new gear on the PTA bulletin board in the school lobby. The store is only open for a limited time, so order yours today! The store will close on Monday, September 12th, and purchased items will be delivered to your child’s classroom. Flyers will be sent home with students, and the online store can be found at

PTA Membership Drive
DSE’s PTA Membership Drive will kick off on Monday, August 29th. Support DSE programs and activities such as Running Club, the Principal’s Reading Challenge, student assemblies and more by becoming a PTA Member today! The cost of a membership is $10, and anyone can join. The PTA will be hosting a contest and will be awarding prizes to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place classes with the highest percentage of PTA Memberships. We will have a membership sign-up opportunity at the Friday Flag on September 9th, and forms are also available on the PTA Membership bulletin board in the school lobby. Join the DSE PTA today!


Del Sur Cub Scout Pack 594 invites all Boys in 1st- 5th Grade and their families to our New Family Information and Open House to be held on Tuesday, September 6th at 6:30 pm at the Stone Ranch Elementary School's Multi-Purpose Room.

Cub Scouting is a year-round, family-oriented program for boys in 1st - 5th grade.
When you sign up your son for Cub Scouts, you're signing him up for much more than an after-school activity. Whether he's camping for the first time or you're helping him catch his first fish, your son will be taking part in activities that are fun, as well as building his character and starting him on a path to success. While there are lots of cool badges to earn, the experiences you both have along the way will be the true rewards!

For more information contact:
Laura Scheid, District Executive, 858-382-0887

Attention: TK Parents

The California Department of Education approved a request from PUSD to waive Education Code Section 37202(a) allowing Transitional Kindergarten (TK) students to attend school for a half day program. The waiver, # 14-3-2016-W-06, was approved at the July 13, 2016 meeting and is in effect from June 30, 2016 to June 30, 2017. The rationale behind this request rests on several points:

1. TK is intended to be the first year of a two year Kindergarten experience. PUSD believes it is in the best interest of TK students to attend school within the required number of instructional minutes for Kindergarten, which is 180 minutes, of a half day.

2. TK students participate in an intensive language arts and math curricula aligned to the California State Standards (2010) in ELA and Math. They also experience instruction in other core areas during this time, as well as support for behavioral, social and emotional development. This structure ensures that our TK students are fully prepared to meet the academic rigor in the second year of the Kindergarten sequence.

3. TK teachers in PUSD are fully credentialed educators who provide intervention and enrichment support to other primary classrooms in the afternoon portion of their daily schedule. This structure collectively reduces class size for our primary students in grades K-2, and ensures high quality teachers are working with students needing additional supports or enrichment.

Box Top Contest

Box Tops are Treasure for Del Sur Elementary!!
Welcome Back Explorers. Our first contest of the year will be an individual contest with the top 3 classes winning gift cards for their teachers. We will also be having raffle prizes that include free books and Staples Rewards for teachers.
Each class’s treasure chest will earn a jewel/coin for every 50 points by sending in their Box Tops, Sunny D, Prang Power, Tyson A++, ink cartridges and My Coke Rewards points. This contest will be a class contest, with each teacher of the top 3 classes winning a gift card. All points must be turned in by Wednesday November 4th in order to be counted. We will no longer be using collection sheets. Please submit your Box Tops, Labels for Education, Sunny D, Prang Power, My Coke Rewards points, etc… in an envelope or plastic bag. Don't forget to put your teacher’s name on the outside as well as how many items are in your bag/envelope.
REMINDER: Expired Box Tops do not count!
Thanks for all your support and Happy Clipping!

See You on Campus,

Doug Johnson

The Poway Unified School District (PUSD) is an equal opportunity employer/program and is committed to an active Nondiscrimination Program. PUSD prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. For more information, please contact the Title IX/Equity Compliance Officer, Associate Superintendent of Personnel Support Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128-3406, 858-521-2800, extension 2761.