Schools across the country are challenged with a major transition to the new Common Core State Standards this year. In a letter to parents Superintendent Lindy Delaney wrote, “These standards reflect a high level of rigor, focus and coherence. They are a substantial step up from the 1997 California State Content Standards.” Many schools must take already strapped resources to transition to the new standards. At R. Roger Rowe School (Ranch School) we are fortunate that we are not an ordinary school. We were able to add teachers and programs this year that will enhance our children’s education and help ease the transition. This is largely due to a generous grant from the Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation (RSFEF).
The Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation (RSFEF) is proud to recognize its corporate sponsors for the 2013-2014 school year. Since 1997, the RSFEF has been a source of vital funding that enables the extraordinary education experienced by students at R. Roger Rowe School. The cornerstone of the RSFEF is its Five Star Education Program, which focuses on small class size, specialized teachers, literacy excellence, integrated science and differentiated mathematics.
Throughout the state and the country class sizes are on the rise. Classes of 30 or more are normal. Educators are stretching already taxed resources to transition to new standards. At the R. Roger Rowe School (Ranch School) average class sizes remain at 18 students per class. The difference here is the school’s unique partnership with the Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation (RSFEF), which has increased its grant to the school to $1.1 million for the current school year.
The Trails and Recreation Committee will be looking for new members whose three-year term begins in January 2014.
Since June 30 is the end of the 2012-2013 Rancho Santa Fe Association’s fiscal year and, therefore, the RSF Golf Club’s fiscal year, I am writing this letter to all of the members of the Association to help them become educated on the state of the membership of the Golf Club. As such, here is the letter from the Membership Committee that is being presented at the annual meeting of the Golf Club on Wednesday, June 26, 2013:
The sale of the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club property to the RSF Association makes a lot of sense; however, the devil is in the details.
Covenant members recently received correspondence from the RSF Association regarding its proposal to purchase the Garden Club. Likewise, members of the Garden Club received a letter and documents from the club regarding this proposed sale. The Association sent property owners within 500 feet of the Garden Club a letter from the RSF Association regarding a Covenant modification affecting the Garden Club’s southern lot parcel seeking to change the current Class “A” Single Family Dwelling to Class “H” Public and Public and Semi Public Uses. A separate RSF Association Explanatory Letter will address the adjacent northern lot, which contains the Garden Club building. These proposed changes of land uses will affect the value of the property current owned by the RSF Garden Club.
Mr. Pitman’s letter published in the March 21 edition of the Rancho Santa Fe Review was not accurate. Mr. Pitman’s headline was incorrect regarding the number of trees; there will be a net loss of 101 trees, not 200. Many trees will be replaced with a more suitable species than the trees that will be taken down. To address Mr. Pitman’s points:
One thing I know for certain is that I was not prepared for what I experienced in Africa. Ghana is so different from the life we live here. When I arrived, I was really shocked, but what surprised me the most is how shocked I was when I came home.
Becoming your parents’ parent conjures up pictures of “tangled apron strings.”