School newcomers get special welcome

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe School District and Education Foundation will host the annual Newcomers’ Welcome barbecue and orientation from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 3 to introduce all new families to the R. Roger Rowe School. The event starts with a 10:30 a.m. welcome, an 11 a.m. tour and an 11:45 a.m. barbecue.
Attendees will be among the first to see the newly renovated school. This is an opportunity for new parents and students to get an overview of the school and its history, meet the school administration and staff and make new friends prior to the start of school.
Parents will be welcomed by the district superintendent and introduced to the teaching staff. The role of the school’s Education Foundation will be explained, and parents will be provided information about the specific programs for the upcoming year, the benefits of contributing early, and encouraged to participate in activities throughout the year. On the orientation tour, new students can become familiar with the school campus before the first day of school.
Staff members from the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center volunteer their time to direct games and activities for the youngsters. This year’s event is sponsored by Wells Fargo, The Private Bank, and food is provided by Joey’s Smokin’ BBQ. Newcomers’ events are organized by parent volunteers and made possible by donations through the RSF Education Foundation. Newcomers Co-Chairwomen for 2010-2011 are Tiffany Catledge, Alexandra Coe and Catherine Fox.
During the past 14 months, with Proposition E and Proposition K, state matching funds and private donations, the R. Roger Rowe campus has been upgraded, replacing all portable classrooms and restrooms with three new two-story permanent buildings. In addition, the work renovated or replaced five aging permanent buildings to bring them up to modern standards, built a new performing arts/multi-purpose building with two learning courtyards and a new technology center, science labs and music rooms. It also upgraded utilities, equipment and furnishings, replaced the existing administration building for both district and school administration staff, improved traffic circulation around the school, added additional on-campus parking and renovated playgrounds and the sports field.