9/28 Dine Out at Miguel's

9/30 No School/Professional Growth Day for Staff

10/5 Math Olympiad Orientation meeting 6pm

10/7 Author Salina Yoon Visits

10/13 All You can Read Diner


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

September 26, 2016 

Greetings Explorer Families,

I would like to thank the many families who attended our first PTA/Foundation General Association meeting last Thursday evening. Parent voice and participation in these two vitally important parent organizations is the cornerstone of building a successful school for our students.  Also, I would like to thank our amazing art teacher, Mrs. Navapanich, for leading the many families in attendance through an incredible art project.  All in attendance had a wonderful time at our annual PTA/Foundation sponsored Family Art Night.

Parents, please note that this coming Friday, September 30 is a nonstudent day. The staff and I will be participating in Professional Learning on this day. We will be excited to see all of our students once again on Monday, October 3rd. This also the day that our kindergarten students will begin to all day.  

Parents, when driving through the traffic loop, please pull all the way up to the sign that says “Stop Here” which is located near the double gates. This will allow the traffic to continue to move smoothly through the loop. With more students on our campus this year, it is important that we all think safety at all times when driving around and into our campus. I thank you for your help in keeping our traffic flow safe and efficient.


Way to go Explorer Families!

Thank you so much to all of the families who have made a donation in the first three weeks of our Del Sur Foundation Green Envelope Campaign!  We are excited to share that we are on the way to our $95,000 goal at over $20,000.00 so far!

Please take 2 minutes to go online at and use the DONATE link to make your $250 donation per student or drop your envelope off at the front office!



Children's author Salina Yoon will be visiting Del Sur on October 7th for two in-school assemblies!  Barnes & Noble is offering a special discount off her titles for your purchase.  Salina Yoon will personally sign each book purchased. 

Our annual All You Can Read Diner is just around the corner.  Now in our fourth year, your teachers are pleased to offer you a menu of books to satisfy any palette.  You order from our Library's finest literary cuisines and the teachers serve!  It's a fantastic night as teachers, Principal, Assistant Principal, and our wonderful librarian dress to impress in their best fifties outfits.  The All You Can Read Diner will be held on October 13th from 5:30-7:00pm with food truck options for dinner beginning just before 5pm.  In addition, the Scholastic Book Fair will be open for your shopping convenience. Hope to see you all there!!!


The Math Olympiad is back for its second year at Del Sur, this time under our own local direction. Please mark your calendars and come to the initial orientation meeting on

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 at 6pm in the MPR at Del Sur Elementary.  

To make the Math Olympiad fun for everyone on their terms, we are planning to offer a variety of preparatory and coaching opportunities that will accompany the Math Olympiad contests. Math is much more than just mulling over numbers and geometry, though even that can be exciting at the Math Olympiad. The contests are a great exercise in logical reasoning and train the clarity of thought. In the contests, there is never just one way to the answer, so the Math Olympiad fosters creative thinking and encourages every young mathlete to approach novel problems with clear eyes.

The Math Olympiad is an international event ( During five contests, held on the same Tuesdays throughout the world, students solve five succinct math problems (a total of 25 problems over the year). There will be one contest per month between November

2016 and March 2017. At Del Sur Elementary, the contests will be held on the respective Tuesdays in the afternoon between 3pm and 3.45pm. The recommended grade levels are 3rd through 5th grade.

We encourage parents and their prospective mathletes to attend the orientation meeting on October 5 together. School representatives, prospective Del Sur coaches and parent organizers will present the plans for the year. If you are interested but unable to come to the meeting, please contact one of the Del Sur Math Olympiad parent volunteers: Hakan Lindestaf <>, Marc Muendler <>, Laura Neely <>, or Abby Xu <>.

We strive to get as many of or Del Sur explorers as possible to put their reasoning skills to work and become mathletes.

Example of a Math Olympiad problem:

The members of a school club attend a movie. They pay a total of $100 for 15 tickets. Two members are adults and pay $11 each. The other members are all students. What is the price of a student ticket? (See for August's solution)




Please join Del Sur Elementary in a community outreach! One of our teachers, Mrs. Schroeder, and her team of 17 amazing Del Sur women, will be participating in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Breast Cancer walk happening on November 18th-20th.  15 of these women have children here at Del Sur Elementary! This group of women have been affected by cancer in some way or form and are walking to support research, prevention, and resources for the fight against breast cancer.  They have hosted many different fundraising events for the community to participate in and so far have raised $30,000 towards their $40,000 goal.  They have created donation jars for each of the classrooms and are asking if they can have support in filling them up with change and donations.  This will help them reach their goal and raise awareness about breast cancer.  If anyone is able to do any company donation matching that would also be appreciated. The team will be at the next Friday flag asking for support and be asking the students to wear pink on a designated day before the big event. If you see them walking in the community with their pink outfits on, please honk and wave to show support! Any donation is appreciated and thank you for your help and feel free to email Mrs. Schroeder with any questions.  Here are the women participating in the walk:

Milena Schroeder 

Teresa Lohman

Colleen Connery

Jen Tullius

Dena Desario

Corie Wightlin

Jen Klotzkin

Tina Zubrod

Kathryn Matthews

Mochi Tran

Cherie Pham

Monique Torres

Michelle Chesire

Trina Leonard  

Phillipe Wilkes

Christina Sanders

Sheri Goldman 


Come join our Garden Club where we learn about plants and get our hands dirty doing it! Our first Garden Work Day will be Thursday, October 6th, 1:15-2:15pm. It is open to all Del Sur students, grade 1-5. Kinders and Preschool students will need to have an adult with them. If your child is in ESS and would like to participate, please notify the ESS staff and they will bring your child over to the garden boxes on Garden Days. The ESS kids will be escorted back to ESS after the garden activities. We also welcome parents to the garden. No experience necessary. Garden Club will continue to be on occasional Thursdays after school.  We do have a New Shutterfly page where we will post the calendar. If you would like to be added to this page, please email Ana Rubio at we hope to see you at the garden! 


Our PTA Membership Drive is off to a good start, but we’d love to see more of our Explorer Families join the PTA.  A PTA Membership is $10 per person, and the money that Del Sur receives from these memberships pays for great events and activities for our students, like Running Club items including scanners, student badges and student prizes, the wonderful Student Assemblies that we hold after each of the Principal’s Reading Challenges, the student-loved Family Dance, the upcoming Family Art Night put on by Mrs. N, participation in the Reflections Program which encourages students to explore their artistic creativity, new playground equipment and more.  The PTA would love to see an increase in membership this year to match our increase in students!  

You can join the PTA online this year!  The link to join online is:  On behalf of the PTA, we thank you - your participation truly is what makes Del Sur such an amazing school for our students!


Running Club will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00am - 11:10am.  We have introduced a scanning system, so volunteers will be scanning students’ ID cards as they complete laps.  Because we have more students this year, we will need 4 volunteers every Tuesday and Thursday in order to hold Running Club.  Please sign up to volunteer through the Sign-Up Genius link below.  Thanks for supporting Running Club! 


We are looking for a volunteer to facilitate basketball and soccer games from 1:30pm to 2:30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays!  Please contact Assistant Principal Lisa Wilken at if you are interested!


Mark your calendars for THIS WEDNESDAY, September 28th for our first Dine-Out Event of the year at Miguel’s in 4S Commons.  Miguel’s will donate 15% of your food and beverage orders from 4pm to close (for dine-in orders only).  The flyer is attached and must be presented on Wednesday in order for Del Sur Elementary to receive the donation.  Dine out with friends and family while supporting the Del Sur Elementary PTA! 


Our fall book fair will be taking place the week of October 10-14.  This is a great opportunity to support your child’s reading interests!  Our book fair will be open the following dates and times:

Monday, 10/10: 8:00am to 3:30pm

Tuesday, 10/11: 8:00am to 3:30pm

Wednesday, 10/12: 8:00am to 3:30pm

Thursday, 10/13 - 7:30am to 1:30pm and 5:30pm to 7:30pm

  • Join us for “Moms and Muffins” - invite a Mom, Grandmother or loved one to have a muffin and shop the book fair with your child in the morning.
  • “All You Can Read Diner” - come back in the evening to attend our Literacy Night and get a head start on your holiday shopping!

Friday, 10/14 - 7:30am to 4:00pm

  • Join us for “Donuts and Dads” - invite a Dad, Grandfather or loved one to have a donut and shop the book fair with your child in the morning. 

We also need volunteers to help at the book fair!  The assistance from our wonderful volunteers is what makes this event so successful and profitable for our school.  If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up here:


Gals, get your saddle shoes on!  And, gents, slick your hair back because our annual All You Can Read Diner is just around the corner.  Now in our 4th year, your teachers are pleased to offer you a menu of books to satisfy any palette.  You order from our Library's finest literary cuisines and the teachers serve!  It’s a fantastic night as teachers, Principal, Assistant Principal and our wonderful librarian dress to impress in their best fifties outfits.  The All You Can Read Diner will be held on October 13th from 5:30-7:00pm with food truck options for dinner beginning just before 5pm.  In addition, the Scholastic Book Fair will be open for your shopping convenience. Hope to see you all there!!!  


Calling all Explorers!  This year’s Reflections Contest has begun.  The new theme is “What’s Your Story?”  Everyone has a story...what makes you YOU?  Do you have a special talent, skill or hobby?  Are you a dancer, a gamer, a story writer or teller?  Maybe you’re a rock collector, skateboarder, Pokemon player or an expert jump roper…and maybe you’re a little bit of a lot of things.  Everybody has a story… What’s yours?  You can share your story in one of six ways for the Reflections Contest.  The six categories are:  visual arts, literature, photography, dance, music composition and film.  You can find more information about each category, contest rules and entry forms on bulletin boards at the bottom of the stairs and by the glass doors leading to the main hallway.  Deadline for submissions is October 18th.  Sooo, WHAT'S YOUR STORY???


It's time to re-link your Ralph's card to Del Sur Elementary!  Everyone must re-link their Ralph’s card to DSE as of 9/1.  Your purchases will NOT earn money for Del Sur until you re-link!  It’s quick, easy and this program earned over $10,000 last year for our school!  This income is vital to the “extras" your children enjoy, such as guest speakers, special projects, field trip off-sets, etc.  Please re-link today! Don't forget to remind your friends and family too!

NOTE: We have a secured website, these procedures will apply to everyone who has not
entered their email address and assigned a password.
1. Log in to
2. Click on ‘No Account’ Register
3. Follow the easy steps to create an online account
4. You will be instructed to go to your email inbox to confirm your account
5. After you confirm your online account by clicking on the link in your email, return to and click on 'Your Name’.
6. View all your information and edit as necessary
7. Link your card to your organization by clicking on:
a. Community Rewards - Enroll
b. Type your NPO number or Name of your Organization
c. Remember to click on the circle to the left of your organizations’ name
d. Click on Enroll to finish your enrollment process

(This means that you have already entered your email address and assigned yourself a password)
1. Log in to
2. Click Sign In
3. Enter your email address and password
4. Click on ‘Your Name’ (In the top right hand corner)
5. View all your information and edit as necessary
6. Link your card to your organization by clicking on:
a. Community Rewards – Re-Enroll
b. Type your NPO number or Name of your Organization
c. Remember to click on the circle to the left of your organizations’ name


Calling All Nominations For The Next EXPLORER SPOTLIGHT!  Do you know of a Del Sur Elementary student or teacher who has done something INSPIRATIONAL recently or over the summer? If so, we want to know about it! He or she may be our next Explorer SpotlightDon't be too shy or humble : ) Your nominee doesn't need to belong to the Peace Corp, speak 5 languages, or have saved the Black Rhino from extinction… although all noble endeavors,  a very simple ACT OF KINDNESS, ACCOMPLISHED GOAL, CREATIVE SOLUTION or PURSUIT OF PASSION is enough

What exactly is the EXPLORER SPOTLIGHT program?  The Explorer Spotlight is a single individual or small group who is nominated by a Del Sur Elementary staff member, teacher, parent, or fellow student, for being inspirational for one reason or another. An Explorer can be nominated as a "Spotlightee" by demonstrating exceptional and inspiring TRUSTWORTHINESS, RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, FAIRNESS, CARING, CITIZENSHIP, CREATIVITY, or EXTRACURRICULAR ACHIEVEMENT. A featured Spotlightee is highlighted once or twice a month with a photo and their short inspirational story on the Spotlight Wall on campus and DSE online media.

What is the purpose of the EXPLORER SPOTLIGHT Program?  The purpose of the Del Sur Elementary Explorer Spotlight Program is to highlight and support our amazing school, it's staff, and it's student body, as well as help strengthen the general sense of connectedness in our community and between our student body and staff. The Explorer Spotlight Program aims to enable students to see and be inspired by what their peers and teachers are up to, what interests them, what makes them unique... potentially creating a respect and tolerance for all shapes, sizes, colors, ages, genders, backgrounds, behavior spectrums, etc. 

How to nominate an EXPLORER SPOTLIGHT?  Talk to your friends, neighbors, children, their friends and teachers for nomination ideas. Then email Erika at or go to and click Make a Nomination in the menu bar. Fill out a Nomination Form with your contact information and a brief paragraph outlining your nominee's inspirational story and why they would make a great Explorer Spotlight. Then hit submit! 

  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.