Rancho Santa Fe School to hold 22nd Annual Ocean Week


RSFEF_Oceans wLogoRSF-ED-logoThe Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation is proud to support the R. Roger Rowe School’s annual Ocean Week to be held May 16 through May 22. Each year R. Roger Rowe provides a stimulating, educational event showcasing many ocean-themed classroom activities presented by experts and researchers in their field.

Ocean Week is the culmination of ocean study that has taken place throughout the school year, and is the result of a partnership between the school curriculum and the Birch Aquarium at Scripps, as well as the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. This dynamic science program where students explore earth, life, and physical science, integrating language arts, music, and visual arts through the lens of marine science, has been at the core of the school’s Ocean Week program for the past 22 years. Roberta Dean, a co-founder of the program, and former education specialist from the Birch Aquarium at Scripps, coordinates the Scripps Ocean Partnership.

This year, the R. Roger Rowe is proud to be hosting an array of speakers who will showcase the wonders of ocean life and what it means to our environment and our world.

On Friday, the week will kick off with a presentation from Diane Castaneda from WiLDCOAST, an international, nonprofit environmental organization, as well as field trips for 6th graders to Birch Aquarium, and 7th graders to SeaWorld. Monday, Maureen Cassarino will be leading 8th grade students in a play performance titled “Graspar, the Story of a Young Crab.” Cassarino has been a staff member of R. Roger Rowe School for 27 years, and the director of over 20 Ocean Week plays in the last 22 years! Tuesday activities will include presentations on the American Albacore by Jack Webster and “Light under the Sea” by Dr. Demitri Dehavn. Wednesday will include a presentation about the beach by Summer Martin, and “Antarctica” by Dr. Ron Kaufman. 4th grade classes will enjoy a field trip to Birch Aquarium as well. Thursday will be a presentation for K-8th grades by Tierney Thys, marine biologist and filmmaker from National Geographic, and students will participate in a special activity planned by Ms. Thys. The Door Decorating contest will also be held on Thursday, the last day of the event.

Don’t miss the Sands of the World activity that will be held in the school library, showcasing sands collected from around the world by families and teachers, as well as Ms. Dean’s personal collection. Sand is the world in miniature and can be formed from animals, plants, rocks, or minerals. It comes in many different sizes, shapes, and colors, and students will have the opportunity to investigate where the sand comes from and how it gets to the beach.

The Scripps Ocean Partnership is supported by the Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation through the generous contributions of parents and community partners. Ocean Week is an exciting and dynamic experience for students, staff, and volunteers, and is an excellent example of how the RSFEF contributes to the superior educational experience of the students of R. Roger Rowe, by integrating informative science curriculum into their day-to-day educational experience.

For more information, please visit the school website:, or contact Roberta Dean at

— By RSF Education Foundation