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Rancho Penasquitos Neighborhood Hosts Festive Homecoming for Man Hospitalized During Holidays
I was wondering why the decorations were still out on Christmas Card Lane in Rancho Penasquitos…
This is a wonderful heartwarming story.
From NBC7 — It may already be the first week of February, but on Christmas Card Lane in San Diego’s Rancho Penasquitos neighborhood, it is still Christmas – and with good reason. Each year, the homes in the famously festive community along Ellingham Drive go all out with holiday light displays and decorations. The displays typically stay up through the end of the holiday season but, this year, many residents kept their decorations up well into the New Year for one simple reason: to bring happiness to a neighbor who missed Christmas due to severe illness.
On Dec. 12, 2018, Ryan Caine, 24, was rushed to a local emergency room with flu-like symptoms. He was diagnosed with pneumonia. Ryan Caine’s illness quickly took a turn for the worse. His pneumonia turned septic, and he went into cardiac arrest. Ryan Caine slipped into a drug-induced coma that lasted six-and-a-half weeks. He was placed on life support, with his chance of survival meager.
Ryan Caine spent the holiday season in the hospital, with his family by his side, including parents Russ and Janet Caine. Janet Caine told NBC 7 those days were dark. “You don’t want to eat; you don’t want to do anything,” she explained. “You just want to function because you feel so helpless and you feel like you can’t do anything for your baby.”
While Ryan Caine was in the hospital, Janet Caine set up an online global prayer network. At one point, Janet Caine said there were 15,000 people across the world taking part in the coordinated prayer session for her son. Slowly, with round-the-clock medical care and determination, he grew stronger.
Parents Call on Community for Help Funding Son’s Pricey Procedure On Jan. 24, Ryan Caine miraculously awakened from his coma. He turned to his mom and asked, “Did I miss Christmas?” “We said, ‘No, Christmas can happen anytime, and it is waiting for you at home,'” Janet Caine recalled. The Caine family is big on Christmas. Each year, they join their neighbors on Ellingham Drive by decking out their home in elaborate holiday decorations inspired by the characters from “Suzie’s Zoo.” Sure, Ryan Caine had missed the festivities in real-time but thanks to the spirit of his neighborhood, family and friends, his Christmas would still come — only a little bit late.
After nearly two months in the hospital, Ryan Caine was discharged Wednesday. As he arrived home to Ellingham Drive, he was met with posters, signs and balloons made for him by neighbors, and, of course, holiday decorations. Neighbors gathered around him, singing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” Christmas Card Lane rallied to give Ryan Caine the Christmas party that he missed. With neighbors lining the street and cheering, Ryan Caine rode into his driveway in a truck accompanied by his family. The truck was covered in bright-pink, handwritten signs that read, “Thank All of You for Your Support and Prayers.”
Ryan Caine wore a black shirt that read, “Our Miracle Man Ryan.” Like a kid on Christmas morning, Ryan Caine’s face lit up as he walked into his home. Inside, holiday garland covered the staircase banister and a trimmed Christmas tree stood in the living room with wrapped gifts underneath it. “Merry Christmas, honey,” his mother said. “Look at all those presents.” “Oh my gosh,” Ryan Caine said. “This is amazing!” “Merry Christmas, honey!” Janet Caine said to her son, Ryan Caine, who came home to his Rancho Penasquitos neighborhood on Feb. 6, 2019, after nearly two months in the hospital.
Ryan Caine, who is on the autism spectrum, is described by his family as having the exuberance of a 10-year-old. He was overwhelmed with joy as he finally got to celebrate Christmas with his loved ones. “I’m just so blessed to have Christmas still here. We can do it all year round, too,” Ryan Caine said, beaming. The Caines credit doctors at Scripps Health and the incredible power of prayer for Ryan Caine’s recovery. “We’re back here today because of all of you supporting him, and supporting us,” Russ Caine said at Ryan’s homecoming. “We can’t thank you enough.” His family said the plan is for Ryan Caine to spend the next three to four weeks undergoing a health rehabilitation program at home on Ellingham Drive — a place where true magic is possible, no matter the time of year.https://twitter.com/i/status/1093250233436233728
If you or know someone who wants to live in this heartwarming neighborhood, give me a call. I live down the street from Christmas Card Land and know Rancho Penasquitos like the back of my hand. It’s a great community all year long.
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Mandarin Chinese Dual Language Continues at Adobe Bluffs
Adobe Bluffs Mandarin Chinese Dual Language continues at Adobe Bluffs Elementary School in Rancho Penasquitos.
Adobe Bluffs Elementary School recently started its new Dual Language Mandarin Chinese Immersion Program, this past fall. Currently the program is just in kindergarten and plans to expand each year until there is an immersion class for every grade level. The long-term goal of the program, in which the class spends half the day learning in Mandarin and the other half in English, is to teach grade-level content standards in both languages so that students are academically proficient as they reach the upper grades. The school’s current Foreign Language in Elementary School program (FLES) will continue alongside the new program, providing students in kindergarten through fifth grade with language and cultural learning opportunities. The program is part of Poway Unified School District‘s Superintendent Marian Phelps’ ongoing effort to increase foreign language pathways for PUSD students. If you want your incoming Kindergartener to attend the Adobe Bluffs Mandarin Chinese Program, you must attend the Informational Meeting on January 24th at 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM in the Multi Purpose Room. For more information about the school, please contact Adobe Bluffs Elementary school. For neighborhood information about the other schools in the area, homes, or community, please contact Nancy Bergman (Realtor at Windermere Homes and Estates – DRE. Lic #01893550). She is the local expert Realtor the neighborhood.
Today I had the privilege of showing a home in my neighborhood of Rancho Penasquitos, San Diego. The address looked familiar to me and couldn’t understand why. Then I realized that I knew the previous owner.
However, they sold it in March to a new couple. It was listed $150K more than it was 9 months ago.
Why is it $150K more? It was completely remodeled and it didn’t really need it. Clients loved the location but the house didn’t “feel right”. Maybe it was the price – more per sq ft? May be the upgrades? Whatever the thought may be, your home needs to me priced correctly.
Here are five things you should know when your pricing your home to sell:
When you put your home up for sale, one of the best ways to determine the asking price is to look at comparable sales. There’s rarely a perfect apples-to-apples comparison, so a pricing decision often relies on comparisons to several recent sales in the area.
1. Location: Homes in the same neighborhood typically follow the same market trends. Comparing your home to another in the same neighborhood is a good start, but comparing it to homes on the same street or block is even better.
2. Date of sale: It varies by location, but housing markets can see a ton of fluctuation in a short time period. It‘s best to use the most recent sales data available.
3.Home build: Look for homes with similar architectural styles, numbers of bathrooms and bedrooms, square footage, and other basics.
4.Features and upgrades: Remodeled bathrooms and kitchens can raise a home’s price, and so can less flashy upgrades like a new roof or HVAC system. Be sure to look for similar bells and whistles.
5. Sale types: Homes that are sold as short sales or foreclosures are often in distress or sold at a lower price than they’d receive from a more typical sale. These homes are not as useful for comparisons.
If you are looking for an honest price on your home, give me a call. I will price your home competitively to sell in the San Diego market and give you my best price and opinion.
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Rancho Penasquitos – Open House
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San Diego In November
Calendar of Events
Dia de los Muertos Guest Chef Dinner Nov. 1
This year we’re inviting 8 guest chefs to join our own chef de cuisine Christine Rivera in the kitchen. We have an epic night of food and celebration planned. This event will sell out!
Time/Place: 6-10pm / Galaxy Taco, La Jolla
Escondido Día de los Muertos Festival Nov. 1
Guests are invited to create altars to remember and honor their loved ones in a special area outside of the Center’s museum; the event also features live music, traditional Mexican fare, sugar skull decorating, and more.
Time/Place: 5-9pm / California Center for the Arts, Escondido
Contact: 800-988-4253 / www.artcenter.org
California’s American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival Nov. 1-3
Will highlight current films from American Indian filmmakers, producers, directors, and actors.
Time/Place: CSU San Marcos & Pechanga Resort & Casino
Chula Vista Veterans Parade Nov. 2
A ceremony recognizing veterans and military families will immediately follow.
Time/Place: 8-11:30am / Magdalena Avenue to Santa Venetia Street – Veterans Elementary School
Old Town San Diego’s Dia de los Muertos Nov. 2-4
The spirits of loved ones who have died return to earth to celebrate with friends and family, during this happy, festive and very artistic time. Arts & crafts, music and food.
Time/Place: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
Fall Home Decorating/Remodeling Show Nov. 2-4
Hundreds of exhibitors for all of your home Improvement needs from decorating/remodeling, home additions and landscaping.
Time/Place: Fri & Sun 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-6pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
Contact: 800-999-5400 / www.homeshowsusa.net
San Diego Beer Week Nov. 2-11
A 10-day celebration, promoting more than 130 independent craft breweries in San Diego County. Join the San Diego Brewers Guild and more than 60 independent breweries for 2018 Guild Fest, taking place at Embarcadero South in Downtown San Diego on November 3.
Contact: 858-581-7368 / www.sdbeer.com
Escondido Tamale Festival Nov. 3
A celebration of all the great Latin foods that have become iconic staples of California’s culture. Best Tamale Contests. Grande Stage featuring Mariachis, Folklorico, Aztec, Latin Dance Performances. Activities for the kids.
Time/Place: 11am-5pm / Grape Day Park
Contact: 760-839-4777 / www.escondidotamalefestival.org
Kids Care Fest Nov. 3
This community-oriented event is open to the public and features free health screenings for children and their families.
Time/Place: 9am-1pm / Lemon Grove Recreation Center
Contact: 619-825-5050 / www.kidscarefest.org
Bike the Coast Nov. 3
Experience riding on the Southern California coast with 100, 50 or 25 mile routes on Highway 101. Everything starts and finishes at the Oceanside Pier with food, music, expo, shopping and fun!
Time/Place: 8am / Oceanside Pier
6K Veteran Walk/Run Nov. 3
All proceeds benefit the Veteran’s Home in Chula Vista.
Time/Place: 8:30am-1pm / Chula Vista Veteran’s Home: 700 E Naples Court
Contact: 619-392-6333 / www.theveteranswalk.org
Trout Opening Weekend Nov. 3-4
2,500 pounds of Rainbow Trout with large fish up to 12 pounds will be stocked for this upcoming event!
Time/Place: 6am-5pm / Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve
Contact: 619-258-4785 / www.santeelakes.com
Carrera de los Muertos San Diego Nov. 4
You will experience a great sense of community through a little exercise, music, dance, face painting and a lot of fun.
Time/Place: 6:45am / Embarcadero Park South
Carlsbad Fall Village Faire Nov. 4
Take in the beauty of our seaside city while browsing through unique booths, indulging in delectable eats and enjoying family entertainment at the largest one-day street faire in the nation.
Time/Place: 8am-4pm / Grand Avenue
Fallback Festival Nov. 4
A Children’s Historic Street Faire. Travel back in time to enjoy our old west town! Pan for gold, saddle up on pony rides, and enjoy live entertainment.
Time/Place: 11am-4pm / Gaslamp Quarter
Coronado Island Film Festival Nov. 9-12
Parties, panels, exhibits, workshops, celebrities, live performances, new films, filmmakers, interesting venues, awards, tributes, blooming gardens, beach walks, sunsets, shops and restaurants for every taste, along with a wide variety of films by filmmakers from every level of the craft, from emerging student to seasoned pro.
Ride the Point Memorial Charity Bicycle Ride Nov. 10
Ride the Hidden, Unridden, and Forbidden Point Loma in San Diego, CA on EXCLUSIVE routes open once a year!
6am-12pm / Liberty Station www.ridethepoint.org
San Diego Veteran’s Day Parade Nov. 10
See over 4,000 Veterans, Active Military, Bands, Floats and Civic Groups celebrate Veterans Day.
Time/Place: 11am-1pm / San Diego Embarcadero
Silver Strand Half Marathon, 10 Miler & Veterans Day 5K Nov. 11
Run along the “Silver Strand,” from Coronado to Imperial Beach! Enjoy the post race Beach Party and Beer Garden.
Time/Place: 7-11:30am / Sunset Park, Coronado
Contact: 858-268-1250 / www.silverstrandhalf.com
Tribute to Veterans – Showcase Concert Nov. 11
This special performance will include patriotic repertoire as well as classical selections.
Time/Place: 1pm & 6pm / California Center for the Arts, Escondido
Contact: 619-233-3232 / www.sdys.org
UH Arts Open/Taste of University Heights Nov. 11
Stroll through the quaint neighborhood sampling delicacies from University Heights’ diverse restaurants and enjoy a free self-guided tour of the arts.
Time/Place: 11am-4pm / University Heights, San Diego
Fallbrook Veteran’s Day Parade & Celebration Ceremony Nov. 11
Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard, military vehicles, Fallbrook HS Marching Band, Boy and Girl Scout Troops, Fallbrook HS Marine Corps JROTC, Naval Sea Cadets Gunfighters Squadron and more! Ceremony in Village Square and free lunch at VFW post 1175 S Old Stage Rd.
Time/Place: 10am-1pm / Main Avenue
Contact: 760-728-8784 / www.fallbrookvfw.org
San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival Nov. 11-18
Featuring dozens of events, hundreds of domestic and international wineries, the celebration of craft beer and spirits, local culinary legends and nationally recognized celebrities, and a Grand Tasting Finale on the stunning Embarcadero.
Breast Cancer Cheering Station Nov. 16
We will have a water, music and cheer station to root on the walkers, who will start their journeys at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and receive a huge show of support as they enter the Del Mar Village – the first city on their journey!
Time/Place: 7:30-9:30am / Del Mar Village
Contact: 858-735-3650 / www.visitdelmarvillage.com
Tree Lighting and Santa’s Arrival Nov. 16
Entertainment provided by local choir and dance groups throughout the evening. This free event is open to the whole family and a great way to kick off the holiday season.
Time/Place: 6:30-8pm / Carlsbad Premium Outlets
Contact: 760-804-9045 / www.premiumoutlets.com
Victorian Country Christmas Nov. 16-18
Support veterans and children in our local area! We will be kicking off the annual Toys for Tots drive so be sure to bring an unwrapped toy to help out! Crafts, high tea, silent auction and more!
Time/Place: 9am-4pm / Chula Vista Elks Lodge
Contact: 619-240-0098 / www.chulavistavcc.com
Del Mar Antique Show Nov. 16-18
One of the largest indoor shows in California, regularly averaging 100+ exhibitors from all over the United States.
Time/Place: Fri & Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 11am-5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
Contact: 727-423-0187 / www.calendarshows.com
Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day Nov. 16-18
A 60-mile walk for women and men who are ready to end breast cancer forever.
Time/Place: 6:30am-5:30pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
Contact: 800-996-3DAY / www.The3Day.org
Star of India Companion Sail Nov. 17-18
Five years have elapsed since the last time Star of India sailed, so the opportunity to join her under sail this November makes this an a more unique experience!
Time/Place: Maritime Museum of San Diego
Contact: 619-234-9153 x111 / www.sdmaritime.org
Encinitas Holiday Street Fair Nov. 18
450+ booths, dozens of unique downtown retailers, music of popular local bands and Kidz Zone.
Time/Place: 9am-4pm / Coast Highway 101
Contact: 760-943-1950 / www.kennedyfaires.com/encinitas
Mother Goose Parade Nov. 18
San Diego’s East County’s annual holiday kick-off celebration featuring whimsical floats, clowns, bands and equestrians.
Time/Place: 1-3pm / El Cajon Blvd & W Main St
Contact: 619-333-0771 / www.mothergooseparade.org
San Diego Jazz Fest and Swing Extravaganza Nov. 21-25
A variety of traditional jazz music, from ragtime to hot jazz to swing to rockabilly. Jazz bands and musicians from across the U.S. will perform.
Time/Place: Town and Country Resort & Convention Center
Contact: 619-297-5277 / www.sdjazzfest.org
Father Joe’s Villages Thanksgiving Day 5K Run & Walk Nov. 22
Generates awareness and funds to help support Father Joe’s Villages’ efforts to provide and serve close to 1 Million Meals each year!
Time/Place: 7:30-10:30am / Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park
O’side Turkey Trot Nov. 22
Pacific Marine Credit Union O’side Turkey Trot 10k Run, 5K Run/Walk and Senior 1 Mile. Event offers a costume contest, largest teams competition, fabulous live entertainment on the course and finisher medals for all participants.
Time/Place: 6:45-11:30am / Oceanside Civic Center
Contact: 760-434-5255 / www.osideturkeytrot.com
Waddle and Trot 5K and Kid’s Fun Run Nov. 22
All proceeds benefit Santee Santa’s, Santee Lakes Foundation and Santee Food Bank. All participants receive a T-shirt and an online finisher certificate.
Time/Place: 6-11am / Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve
Thank You Run 5K/10K and Kids Run Nov. 22
Let’s have another fantastic Thanksgiving morning with our family and friends while we raise funds for Helen’s Closet and San Diegans suffering with ALS.
Time/Place: 7-10am / 4S Ranch Community Park
Contact: 858-449-1101 / www.thankyourun.org
San Diego Run for the Hungry 5K & 10K Nov. 22
All profits from this race are donated to the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank.
Time/Place: 7-10am / Westfield Horton Plaza Mall
Fallbrook Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot Nov. 22
Our goal is to raise funds for the Fallbrook Land Conservancy, Fallbrook Animal Sanctuary and the Fallbrook Community(s).
Time/Place: 8-10:30am / Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens
Contact: 760-468-0322 / www.fallbrookturkeytrot.com
SD South Bay Turkey Trot & Food Drive Nov. 22
Run or walk San Diego’s only Turkey Trot that has 3 distances to choose from: 15k (9.3 miles), 10k (6.2 miles), 5k (3.1 miles).
Time/Place: 8-10:30am / Rohr Park, Bonita
Coronado 5K Turkey Trot Nov. 22
Move Your Feet Before The Feast and support mental health initiatives at Rady Children’s.
Time/Place: 8-11am / Tidelands Park
Julian Country Christmas & Tree Lighting Nov. 24
Julian kicks off the holiday season with the annual lighting of the town’s huge living Christmas tree, presented by the Julian Merchants Association. Meet Santa!
Time/Place: 2-7pm / Pioneer Park
Contact: 760-765-1857 / www.visitjulian.com
Enjoy your month! Explore San Diego…
Adobe Bluffs in Poway Unified School District is making headlines again! This time, Adobe Bluffs Elementary announces the first Mandarin Chinese Class at Poway Unified. The school has been working on this for the past 2 years. It is a huge accomplishment.
This is the article that came from the UT.
During the first week of school, a group of kindergartners at Adobe Bluffs School started the morning, as so many of the youngest students do, singing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” This class, however, sang it in Mandarin Chinese, cheerfully belting out the lyrics with their teacher, Penny Wang. The 26 students are the first class to enter the school’s Mandarin Immersion program, which will provide bilingual instruction in English and Mandarin, starting with the earliest grade. Half the class consists of native English speakers, while the other half are what the school calls “heritage speakers” whose families communicate in Mandarin at home.
“The philosophy is that the interaction with the students will elevate the language in English and in Mandarin,” said Principal Eddie Park. The school had about 200 applicants for 26 positions, Park said, and interviewed families to determine their interest and commitment to the program. Among the students they enrolled are children learning a third language, whose families also speak Spanish, Korean, Russian or French at home. Mandarin is the official language of China, the native tongue of roughly a billion people, and a key language of the Pacific Rim. It’s a tonal language, where rising and falling tones impart different meanings to the same sounds. Those nuances are easiest to hear and pronounce for younger learners, so the earlier students start, the better, educators say.
Adding the language to their education will enable these students to study internationally and afford them an advantage in college and beyond, Park said. “In business, it’s huge,” he said. “More and more, they have to be culturally sensitive and aware and efficient in order to understand the nuances when you’re doing business.”
Park started at Adobe Bluffs, in the Poway Unified School District, in 2015, and came to the campus from Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy in the San Diego Unified School District, where he also served as principal and oversaw a Mandarin immersion program. Shortly after he took over at Adobe Bluffs, the school introduced Mandarin instruction through twice-a-week lessons in Chinese language and culture, with the goal of expanding to a full immersion program.
They reached that milestone this year, when the campus welcomed the first kindergarten class to begin the bilingual program. Adobe Bluffs Elementary School in Poway kindergartner Jett Lo, center, joins his classmates in a Mandarin immersion program at the school Thursday. (Bill Wechter) On Thursday morning, students stood on mats facing Wang, following as she schooled them in the Mandarin words for directions. Reaching toward the ceiling, she recited the word “shang” for up. Pointing toward the rug, she led them in repeating “xia” for down. The program involves little translation; students absorb the words through practice and context, much as they learned language as toddlers. “She tries very hard to make sure they are immersed in the language by not saying anything in English,” Park said. After recess, the students returned to trace Chinese characters for the words they had learned.
When Park asked one of the English speakers, Conner Gardner, if he knew “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” Conner confidently sang the tune in Mandarin after just a few days of practice. Later in the school day, they’ll switch over to instruction in English, and will continue alternating between the languages every day throughout the year. Adobe Bluffs Elementary School in Poway kindergartner Serena Tran works with Chinese characters during a Mandarin immersion program at the school Thursday. (Bill Wechter) The first weeks of class will focus on establishing classroom routines, much as any kindergarten program would do, Wang said. In this case, however, they’ll learn daily routines in both English and Mandarin. To that end, they practice the words for drinking fountain and bathroom, and sing another song that recites the parts of the face. “
They’ll practice those really basic skills like how to sit down and stand up,” Wang said. After they settle into school, Wang and her co-teachers will start teaching them subject matter — math, social studies, science — in both languages. They’ll use the calendar to practice counting, and will complete social studies lessons on early social skills, Wang said. “In the first lesson on building community, we will understand how to be nice to each other, how to listen to each other and make new friends,” Wang said. This group, or cohort, of students, will progress through elementary school together, building their academic and language skills simultaneously.
The rest of the schools’ classes will continue to study Mandarin through the twice-weekly lessons, but the immersion students will get an intensive course in the language. By fifth grade, said Julie Li, the teacher on special assignment who coordinates the program, the immersion students should be able to read, write and converse proficiently in Mandarin. Park aims to develop sister school relationships with campuses in China and Taiwan, and to organize trips to those schools for students and families in the program.
The district also plans to add a Mandarin pathway that will continue through middle and high school, so they can continue to build those language skills throughout their education. “I am very proud that our students are having this opportunity to build our pathways,” Park said.”
The school had about 200 applicants for 26 positions, Park said, and interviewed families to determine their interest and commitment to the program. Among the students they enrolled are children learning a third language, whose families also speak Spanish, Korean, Russian or French at home. Mandarin is the official language of China, the native tongue of roughly a billion people, and a key language of the Pacific Rim. It’s a tonal language, where rising and falling tones impart different meanings to the same sounds. Those nuances are easiest to hear and pronounce for younger learners, so the earlier students start, the better, educators say.
Adding the language to their education will enable these students to study internationally and afford them an advantage in college and beyond, Park said. “In business, it’s huge,” he said. “More and more, they have to be culturally sensitive and aware and efficient in order to understand the nuances when you’re doing business.” Park started at Adobe Bluffs, in the Poway Unified School District, in 2015, and came to the campus from Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy in the San Diego Unified School District, where he also served as principal and oversaw a Mandarin immersion program. Shortly after he took over at Adobe Bluffs, the school introduced Mandarin instruction through twice-a-week lessons in Chinese language and culture, with the goal of expanding to a full immersion program. They reached that milestone this year, when the campus welcomed the first kindergarten class to begin the bilingual program.
Adobe Bluffs Elementary School in Poway kindergartner Jett Lo, center, joins his classmates in a Mandarin immersion program at the school Thursday. (Bill Wechter) On Thursday morning, students stood on mats facing Wang, following as she schooled them in the Mandarin words for directions. Reaching toward the ceiling, she recited the word “shang” for up. Pointing toward the rug, she led them in repeating “xia” for down. The program involves little translation; students absorb the words through practice and context, much as they learned language as toddlers. “She tries very hard to make sure they are immersed in the language by not saying anything in English,” Park said. After recess, the students returned to trace Chinese characters for the words they had learned. When Park asked one of the English speakers, Conner Gardner, if he knew “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” Conner confidently sang the tune in Mandarin after just a few days of practice. Later in the school day, they’ll switch over to instruction in English, and will continue alternating between the languages every day throughout the year. Adobe Bluffs Elementary School in Poway kindergartner Serena Tran works with Chinese characters during a Mandarin immersion program at the school Thursday. (Bill Wechter)
The first weeks of class will focus on establishing classroom routines, much as any kindergarten program would do, Wang said. In this case, however, they’ll learn daily routines in both English and Mandarin. To that end, they practice the words for drinking fountain and bathroom, and sing another song that recites the parts of the face. “They’ll practice those really basic skills like how to sit down and stand up,” Wang said. After they settle into school, Wang and her co-teachers will start teaching them subject matter — math, social studies, science — in both languages. They’ll use the calendar to practice counting, and will complete social studies lessons on early social skills, Wang said. “In the first lesson on building community, we will understand how to be nice to each other, how to listen to each other and make new friends,” Wang said. This group, or cohort, of students, will progress through elementary school together, building their academic and language skills simultaneously. The rest of the schools’ classes will continue to study Mandarin through the twice-weekly lessons, but the immersion students will get an intensive course in the language. By fifth grade, said Julie Li, the teacher on special assignment who coordinates the program, the immersion students should be able to read, write and converse proficiently in Mandarin.
So, what are your thoughts about the new program? If you want to learn more about the program, the school or the neighborhood, I am a good resource. I happen to be a parent and a Rancho Penasquitos Real Estate Expert.
If you have any questions, please contact me. Nancy Bergman, Realtor Windermere Homes and Estates,
DRE Lic #01893550
MISSION VALLEY – 2224 River Run 148, San Diego, CA 92108
So, a few months ago, I got this call from a business acquaintance saying that her best friend is frustrated. Frustrated because they have a condo that they can’t sell. The listing agent, is not doing anything. They don’t know what to do. They have already tried to sell it twice in the past few years. Why won’t it sell?
I knew that the condo has an HOA litigation and the owner occupancy rate is at 51%. So, FHA and VA buyers were out of the running for this property. FHA and VA usually are most of the pool for first time buyers. I decided, what the heck. It’s an investment / first time buyer’s perfect price point. Why? What’s wrong with it? Investment properties are my speciality. I need to see why won’t this place sell.
So, I went, met the owners. They told me the agent, didn’t want to do any marketing, no opens, no Facebook, nothing. Why? I ask… They didn’t know. After about two hours meeting with them, they agreed to allow me to try to sell it. I got the home prepped. Staged, professional photographed, pre-marketed, etc.
We went live. After one week, I noticed a few more properties that were the same model and price point in the complex. At first, I was like okay. We got some competition, here. Waited a few days, it was slow. Open house weekend, rain. Some showings.. Another week of opens. People were saying it needed some TLC. Okay. 14 days on the market, no offers… Great… nothing.
Then all agents have to say, is the words… VACATION. In the middle of Mexico City on vacation, I got a call from an agent anxiously wanting to see the property. Sure, go ahead. I can’t hear you that well. My phone isn’t working, but you can view it. That night, we had an offer. I negotiated it from my AirBnB in Mexico City and by the next morning, we were in escrow.
I was afraid it was too good to be true. However, the escrow was solid all the way through. No repairs, no problems… Talk about a smooth escrow. We even closed a few days early. Congrats to my sellers. They couldn’t be more relieved.
Nancy S Bergman Realtor – Cal BRE #01893550 Windermere Homes and Estates – San Diego/ Palm Desert
16783 Bernardo Center Dr. San Diego, CA 92128 Cell (858) 617-9449 Email – email@example.com www.sandiegohomesbynancy.com https://www.facebook.com/nancybergmanrealty
Fall Fest – New Blood, New Goals
A New Beginning at Black Mountain Middle School Raises $35,000
When I was given the task of Chair of Fall Fest at Black Mountain Middle School, I didn’t know what to think. Yes, I love Halloween. My kids love Halloween and I love being involved with my kids’ school. For the first few months, I was just trying to figure out what I got myself into. Finding chairs to run the different jobs, finding auction items, finding sponsors… It was a part time summer job when my business was somewhat slow.
Then school started. We had no one to help in the key areas. I freak out. Finally, I found a blessing – a group of people to help me create games, marketing and above all keep my head on correctly. For a while in August, I doubted myself and the future of Fall Fest.
For those of you that don’t know what Fall Fest is, it’s the annual community / school event for Black Mountain Middle School in the Poway Unified School District. The event raised funds that were cut due to the state’s budget cuts. Fall Fest supports those “extra things” in the classroom when there are no funds: Chromebooks, science labs, field trips, etc. Teachers are asked to create a wish list and asked to participate in the event. All the funds raised for the event are used within that school year. Last year’s the event raised $50,000. That was my hope, but with everyone new assisting me on the event, I was sure.
Three weeks until the event, we had things coming along. Tons of auction items, few sponsors, but the buzz what out there. Everyone was on board helping, but we lacked volunteers and some sponsors.
At this point, my theater directing background kicked in. Go with the flow, and make it work. The show must go on.
Day of the event. We are guessing we had 1500 / 2000 people attend. Kids loved the all new Raiders’ Scream Lab. This year we had a professional design the Mad Science Lab / Haunted Scream Lab. 10/12 brand new games, and tons of kids having fun. We did it… As of now we are estimating we raised almost $35,000. Not bad for a new crop of people and “new blood” to an annual tradition.
We are now taking a break and in the spring, we are at it again. Prepping for Fall Fest 2018. Nancy Bergman, is the Chair of Fall Fest / Black Mountain Middle School, a Poway Unified School which is a division of the Black Mountain’s Education Foundation. Nancy is also a local Rancho Penasquitos Realtor with Windermere Homes and Estates. She assist people buying and selling property in Rancho Penasquitos (92129), Rancho Bernardo (92127 and 92128), Poway (92064), Carmel Valley (92130) and San Diego. If you are looking for local information about the Poway Unified Schools or anything in the 56/15 corridor, contact Nancy, CA BRE #01893550, at www.sandiegohomesbynancy.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or 858-617-9449