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North County School News, May 30


Grant helps revamp summer program

The Carlsbad Educational Foundation has revamped the curriculum and activity schedule for its summer childcare program to address concerns about academic and social-emotional learning loss caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to a grant of $18,000 from the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation. The Carlsbad Kids Care Summer Adventure sessions start June 14 and run through Aug. 20 at Jefferson Elementary and Poinsettia Elementary schools, for TK-6 students. The schools are open for drop-off and pickup from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Cost is $199 per week (early bird sign-up through Monday) or $225 per week for signups June 1 or later. Carlsbad Kids Care Summer Adventure features thematic activities that engage students socially, creatively, and academically. Lessons are age appropriate and designed to incorporate STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) and literacy curriculum with fun and interactive crafts, games, and outdoor recreation. Students enroll one week at a time and themes change every two weeks. Students outside the Carlsbad Unified School District may enroll in the summer program. Register at


Two principals named for district

Jason Jacobs

(Courtesy photo)

Kristin Burch Kalish

Kristin Burch Kalish

(Courtesy photo)

The Escondido Union High School District board recently appointed two new principals: Kristin Burch Kalish at Del Lago Academy, and Jason Jacobs at Escondido High. Each will begin their new role July 1. Kalish will assume the responsibility after Del Lago Academy principal Dr. Ruth Hellams retires at the end of the school year. Jacobs has been acting as the interim Escondido High principal since April and will be replacing Dr. Adriana Lepe-Ramirez, who was recently named Director of Assessment and Accountability for the district.

Operation School Bell adapts to pandemic

Through its annual Operation School Bell program, the Assistance League of Inland North County has provided new school clothes and supplies to more than 1,000 students in need. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, families couldn´t shop in person with Operation School Bell, so Assistance League members did the shopping for them and delivered it to their schools. Using a fitter form with sizes, favorite colors and preferences, volunteers bought shirts, pants or shorts, a hooded sweatshirt, socks and underwear selected especially for each student. In addition, an age-appropriate book, encouraging notes from members, a jump rope, pencil and sharpener were added to the reusable bag. School districts in North San Diego County also received laptop computers, school supplies and gift cards to help students in grades K-12. Visit


Preschoolers celebrate Earth Day

Students at Discovery Isle Preschool in the Scripps Ranch-Poway area recently celebrated Earth Day by releasing ladybugs throughout the schoolyard and back into the environment on plants, flowers and trees. Leading up to Earth Day, the students learned that ladybugs are a natural pesticide because they eat insects that could otherwise harm gardens, trees and shrubs. Discovery Isle Preschoolers explore nature at an early age. The preschool is part of Spring Education Group, a multi-school network of private schools. Visit; call (858) 536-1400.


Back2School program receives grant

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside recently received a $19,599 grant from Las Patronas for its Back2School program. Support from Las Patronas has allowed the club to buy much-needed equipment, including computers, handwashing stations and flex seating. The Back2School program provides wrap-around support for at-risk youth to succeed academically while attending virtual classes. The club also provides youth in the Back2School program with a quiet, supervised environment to focus on classwork, high-speed internet access, academic support, nutritious lunches, and daily fitness and recreation. Many of the youngsters would be otherwise unable to afford the equipment needed to successfully take part in virtual learning. For more about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside, contact Rhonda Guaderrama at, call (760) 433-8920, or visit

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