St. Pat’s Angels, an initiative created by St. Patrick Catholic School in Carlsbad, will be holding a food drive for Got Your Back San Diego and the Bread of Life organization. Students from the school will be collecting a variety of foods for the organizations. The drive will run from September 30 to October 2, 2015. The public is welcome to participate by dropping off items at the school’s front gate off of Pio Pico Drive today or tomorrow.
“The Got Your Back San Diego Program has found that there are many kids who often have nothing for breakfast, snacks or dinner and are often hungry over school holidays and weekends,” stated Ramsey Barcik, St. Pat’s Angels Founder. “I’m pleased that the St. Pat’s Angels can help out.”
Ever wondered what’s behind those massive berms on the North side of Palomar Airport Road just northeast of the Carlsbad Costco parking lot? Well, it’s a theme park called Legoland and thanks to exorbitantly expensive tickets few of us have ever seen what’s behind those berms up close and personal.
But do not fear! Our time in the dark is nearly over. The Carlsbad Education Foundation has a solution. Together with Legoland they are presenting the annual Celebrate Carlsbad Day on April 25, 2015. On that day (beginning at 1 PM and not when the park opens) park guests (who purchase tickets ahead of time) will be able to explore Legoland for the much more realistic price of $25 per person.
LEGOLAND will donate a portion of the event proceeds to the Carlsbad Educational Foundation (CEF) to support district-wide science initiatives for students at all Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD) Schools. LEGOLAND will also donate hundreds of free field trip admission tickets to Carlsbad students for hands-on science field trips.
Get Legoland tickets at a reasonable price and help Carlsbad Schools at the same time? That’s a win-win for everyone. For all the official details (including exactly how and where you can buy these properly priced tickets) please follow the jump, or click here to purchase your tickets online. [click to continue…]
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad have named their Youth of the Year for 2015 and it is Vanessa Garcia.
Well deserving of this prestigious award, Vanessa has a remarkable work ethic and sets a great example for her peers. At Carlsbad High she takes three AP classes, plays on the junior varsity basketball team, and dedicates her weekends to the Young Marines. She dreams of attending medical school and becoming a surgeon. . . “Vanessa is a true representation of our Club. She grew up here – she’s been a member for four years – and has blossomed into an amazing young woman,” said Teen Program Director Abby Snyder. “Her dedication and motivation to be the best she possibly can be is remarkable. Vanessa is on the way to a truly bright future.”
Samantha Bowen and Marcos Faust were named runners up. For the official word from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]
Thinking a good, solid Catholic school education might be right for your kids? If so, Carlsbad’s St. Patrick Catholic School has just the K-8 institution for you and they’re having an open house on Sunday, January 25, 2015 from 10 to 11 AM you can check it out and meet the staff.
The event, which marks the beginning of National Catholic School’s Week, will provide the public with an opportunity to meet teachers and administration while visiting the campus. During the open house, baby items for mothers in need will be collected for the school’s Birth Choice Drive. The public is welcome to drop off donated items during the open house. . . “We are excited to meet new prospective families at our open house,” said Denise Nelson, St. Patrick Catholic School Principal. “I think they will be pleased with the warmth of our staff and all of the excellent educational choices that we have to offer.”
It’s also a great chance to check out St. Paddy’s plans for the future as seen in the above graphic. For more information on St. Pat and the open house, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]
The Carlsbad High School Lancer Dancers plan on attending the Universal Dance Association’s National Championships in Orlando, Florida and to help them fund the trip the Dance Team Boosters are holding a golf tournament on Monday, October 20, 2014 at the El Camino Country Club in Oceanside, California.
[The tourney] will include the popular “Chopper Ball Drop” raffle event. Prior to tee-off, 1,000 golf balls will be dropped from a helicopter to a temporary golf hole. Each numbered golf ball is like a raffle ticket, carrying a chance to win $2,500. The first golf ball that goes into the hole or ends up closest to the hole will win the cash! . . . Chopper Ball Drop tickets may be purchased through the Dance Team Boosters and directly from the Lancer Dancers at a cost of $10 each. Winners need not be present, but must be 18 years of age or older to participate in the raffle.
The Dance Team Boosters are still looking for sponsors and donated items for the silent auction and raffle prizes. For more information follow the jump or Greg Crump at (760) 519-5844. [click to continue…]
Local 15 year-old Carlsbad singer song-writer Cody Lovaas will headline the event with Valley Middle School band, Caution, as the concert openers. Doors open at 4:00 p.m., concert at 5:00 p.m. Food and beverage will be available for purchase from local Carlsbad restaurants. General admission tickets are only $25 ($30 after June 10th) or enjoy the event as a VIP guest for $50 (pre-sale only until June 10th) with front row seats, a special gift bag and a meet and greet with Cody!
To purchase tickets (and help support music in Carlsbad schools), or for more information click here for the Carlsbad Education Foundation.
Those who have children, siblings, or are themselves students in the Carlsbad Unified School District know that when the Poinsettia Fire broke out on the morning of Wednesday, May 14, 2014, the school district immediately began communicating with the community at large. It was great to see how quickly and efficiently the district could make sure the kids were safe and communicate that information with anxious parents and family members.
Now, CUSD Superintendent Dr. Suzette Lovely (right) recounts the details of May 14, 2014 in an open letter to the community giving us all a better idea of exactly how decisions were made as the day progressed.
Here it is:
Wednesday, May 14th began as a normal, albeit hot, day in CUSD. Then at 10:43 a.m. everything changed!
As we now know, the fire broke out near Poinsettia Lane and Alicante Road just east of El Camino Real. As Poinsettia Principal, Margie Giordani, watched the flames grow south of her campus, she called the District Office. Principal Giordani reported that School Resource Officer, Malcom Warfield had just arrived on scene and they would be sheltering in place. We immediately activated our EOC (Emergency Operations Center).
Ms. O’Connell and I tried to reach Poinsettia School to assist the principal. As we drove south on El Camino Real it was mayhem. Cars were stopped in the middle of the street, people were standing in the median taking pictures, and fire trucks were screaming by. We watched in horror as a huge plume of black smoke followed by a wall of flames arched over El Camino Real just north of Cassia Rd. When we finally arrived at Poinsettia Lane we were turned back by police. At this point the fire had not yet jumped El Camino Real – but within seconds it would.
At approximately 10:50 a.m. Ms. Giordani and Officer Warfield informed the EOC that due to the fire’s proximity to the school (and lack of foreseeable containment) they should begin evacuating students. Simultaneous to this – and unbeknownst to anyone at the EOC – burning embers had blown across El Camino Real. Dry brush in the canyons east and north of Aviara Oaks Elementary and Middle School had caught fire. Homes and businesses in the surrounding area were directly in the fire’s widening path.
The Youth of the Year program recognizes superior leadership skills, academic achievement, obstacles overcome, and outstanding service to Boys & Girls Clubs and the community. Thanks to the generosity of Julie and Matt Harelson and Dawn and Keith Blackburn, Jonathan will receive a $10,000 college scholarship and Asia will receive $1,500 for higher education purposes. . . “Jonathan is a fine representative of the Club; he has been a member for ten years and participated in so many of our programs,” said Club CEO Brad Holland. “He has struggled in the past, and is now making great choices. We are proud of the progress he has made, and that he was selected as our Youth of the Year.” All finalists were interviewed by a community panel including the Harelsons, Patsy Bock of Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, Allison Tarter of Toyota and Lexus Carlsbad, and John Cottingham formerly of Life Technologies.
Congratulations, Mr. Miller. Nice work! For the official word from the Boys & Girls Clubs, follow the jump. [click to continue…]
Sure it’s golf, but Carlsbad’s kids are important and the work the Carlsbad Education Foundation does for city schools is epic. Click here for all the information. And lend a hand. . . even if it is golf.
The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency is reporting that five children and one adult have come down with Chicken Pox. As you might expect the four of the children had not been properly immunized, yet one who was still came down with Chicken Pox. Here’s what the health professionals have to say:
“Chickenpox is a preventable disease,” said Eric McDonald, M.D., M.P.H., county deputy public health officer. “By having their children immunized with the recommended two doses of the vaccine, parents can help their children avoid chickenpox and prevent it from spreading to others.” . . There have been eight cases of chickenpox reported in San Diego County so far in 2013. Chickenpox is not reportable to the County Public Health Department unless it occurs in an outbreak or results in a hospitalization or death.
A nice little reminder to make sure your kids are immunized. For the official word from the San Diego HHSA follow the jump.