Student Programs and Services sponsored by the FFO
- Art Corps
A structured program of eight lessons each year, Art Corps uses a “corps” of approximately 80 volunteers trained in workshops to teach students in the classroom. Lessons are taught on the fundamentals of line, shape, space, value, color, and texture, which are then used in the composition lesson and a lesson featuring a famous artist. Each child has one piece of art matted and displayed at the Art Show set up in the auditorium during Open House in June. The licensing and training fees for the program and the high quality art supplies are all financially supported by the FFO.
- Family Math and Science Nights
Each grade has a Family Math and Family Science night. At Family Math, parents play math games with their child including the ever-popular math relay. At Family Science, students and their parents move from station to station, doing a different science experiment at each one. Whether it’s viewing brine shrimp under a microscope, piercing a balloon with a skewer without popping it, or doing a mock crime scene investigation, everyone has fun learning. Supplies and prizes awarded are all sponsored by the FFO.
- Running Club
This popular program instills fitness as well as helps to get the extra energy out before school starts. Students are encouraged to run laps on the field before school and during recess. Miles are tallied, and students running at least 25 miles receive a medal, and those running at least 50 miles receive a trophy. The upper and lower grade classes with the most combined miles gets a pizza party. Past individual runners have logged more than 400 miles in a year!
- Dr. Seuss Night
Celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday in conjunction with the national Read Across America event, this evening event is the highlight of many a student. Many teachers and guest readers read aloud—and sometimes play-act in costume—a favorite book during three rotations, followed by a giant sing along of happy birthday before serving birthday cake and punch to a crowd of more than 500. Guest readers have included authors, TV news personalities, and even Chargers.
- Red Ribbon Week
A national event to discourage drug use, the FFO hosts an assembly as well as gives all students a token red item to encourage them to pledge to a drug-free life. Past assemblies have included the Marine Corps Band and a junior “Stomp”-like band.
- Character Counts
This program encourages the positive character traits such as caring, fairness, and respect with “Caught Being Good” tickets that are drawn at assemblies. Winners are given a FFO-sponsored prize.
- Enrichment Funds
District funding cutbacks have eliminated the school site funding for Gifted and Talented Education. The FFO has provided $1,500 per grade level for enrichment programs such as onsite educational assemblies.
- School Supplies
The FFO provides the calendars for grades 3 – 5 and green Koala folders free of charge to all students, at the request of staff.