An open letter to Del Mar Union School District parents

By Chris Stevenson
President, Del Mar Schools
Education Foundation

We are writing this open letter with a real sense of urgency in our ongoing appeal to help raise funds for our extended studies curriculum (ESC) including music, art, science, technology and physical education.

To date, only 30 percent of our parent community has donated to help raise funds for our ESC programs. As of Dec. 31, we’ve raised approximately $500,000, which is just about one-quarter of our $2 million goal. The Del Mar Schools Education Foundation is working diligently with all eight principals and district staff to formulate a plan for what programs we will be able to save should we fail to reach that goal. Please know that all donations, large and small, increase our ability to continue the great success that we have had with our ESC programs.

Based on last year’s experience and this year’s budget crisis, we have asked each family to contribute $800 per child to help cover the expected costs of our ESC programs for the 2010/2011 school year. This $800 donation is far less expensive than a year of private lessons in science, music, art, technology or sports programs. Our credentialed ESC teachers have developed highly enriched programs that rival the area’s private schools, and this is unique to our academically high-scoring district.

In December, the parents of each school received letters that were written by the staff of each individual school detailing how the ESC programs contribute so significantly to the quality of education received in the Del Mar Union School District.

Without your contributions, these programs will be cut.

We have until Feb. 15 to raise the funds necessary to keep these exceptional programs in place. The district is obligated by law to communicate teacher layoffs to affected teachers by March 15. Unless we raise the money by Feb. 15, teachers will receive layoff notices.

Please consider contributing either again or for the first time to DMSEF during our Challenge Week, Jan. 19 to 22, so that we can continue to offer the most unique educational curriculum in public education. Go to

Please STEP UP and GIVE to your child’s education.

Related posts:

  1. Fundraising going strong in Del Mar Union School District
  2. An open letter to the Del Mar Union School District board
  3. Del Mar Union School District gets heat over resignation
  4. Del Mar foundation raises money for school district
  5. Del Mar Union School District board of trustees lacking in leadership

Short URL:

Posted by on Jan 7, 2010. Filed under Archives. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply



Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6



  • Let’s Review: ‘Ether Dome’ takes the lid off story of anesthesia at La Jolla Playhouse
    The traumatic experience behind performing amputations, tumor removals and vasectomies without anesthesia is immediately intriguing when Playhouse patrons view the incredible set design by James Youmans, representing the real ether dome at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1886. Below a well-lit dome, images of these crude medical procedures are projected on […]
  • Stone fruits are in now season!
    Sadly, summer’s stone fruit growing season is way too short, but oh so sweet! Did you know: • Plum trees are grown in every continent except Antarctica. • The peach has a poisonous pit containing hydrocyanic acid. • On average, there are 44 cherries to the pound. […]
  • La Jolla’s Best Bets for events July 24
    La Jolla Music Society’s nationally recognized chamber music festival, SummerFest, kicks off 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 30 with its annual, free Concert Under the Stars at Scripps Park, La Jolla Cove. […]