The Raptor Report
Rondo School of Discovery's Community Newsletter
Season’s Greetings Raptor Family,
No matter what types of things are happening in your home this time of year, it is a season to sharpen the saw and spend time with loved ones. As we often do at the end of every year, we look back on 2020 and look expectantly to our future. I don’t need to tell you that looking back on 2020 can be a trying experience, but there were also some highlights. Rondo School of Discovery opened in 2020, and as it has not been the opening we envisioned, we have seen some amazing things coming from our students. The STEAM instructional framework featuring Project Based Learning has already taken root here at Rondo and our students are thriving with the hands on, inquiry based learning opportunities. Also, 2020 saw the Lakers and the Dodgers win championships, so there’s that. As we look to the future, 2021 promises to bring great things. We will finally have students on this amazing campus for hybrid instruction, and hopefully, eventually, prayerfully, have a full return to “normal” education in 2021. So as you spend time this holiday season ending one year and starting the next, remember to be proactive, and stay positive as even though the world is in a terrible place, we still have many blessings to be thankful for. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Rondo School of Discovery.
Trevor Dietrich, Ed.D.
Return to School
Below are two informational videos for parents and students to watch with important information about our return to school on January 5, 2021.
COHORT A - Monday through Thursday
TK, Kindergarten, & Grades 1st - 6th
8:25 AM - 10:55 AM
COHORT B - Monday through Thursday
TK, Kindergarten, & Grades 1st - 6th
12:25 PM - 2:55 PM
COHORTS A & B - Friday
Remote Learning from Home
Mrs. Rice graduated from El Cajon Valley High School in East San Diego County in 1990 and from the University of Nebraska, Omaha where she earned her BA in Broadcast Journalism and then went on to earn her MA in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, and Reading Certificate. Mrs. Rice was the 2009 CNUSD Teacher of the Year and has been featured in two National Publications for implementing the Family Learning Friday Initiative at Rosa Parks Elementary School in 2007. Her passions include teaching and children, but she also loves God, her church, dogs, family, live theatre, the beach, and lately, the simple act of floating in her pool (which she rarely gets to do!).
Her favorite of the 7 Habits is Seek First to Understand and Then to be Understood: She thinks it is the Habit she most needs to grow in personally, but also the Habit she thinks most people in general struggle with. Mrs. Rice believes if people would try to do this more, there would be less conflict in every aspect of our lives. She constantly trying to grow myself in Habit 5. Something interesting about Mrs. Rice, she is a citizen of both the United States and Canada. Something she is very excited about is MEETING HER STUDENTS IN PERSON.
Mr. Thompson's favorite habit of the 7 Habits is Be Proactive. He believes making this change in one's mentality is key to being happy and successful. Did you know Mr. Thompson's family lived in Germany when he was a toddler? They lived in Germany because his dad was in the Army and they were stationed there. Once while he lived there, he left his house all by himself by somehow unlocking the door. He walked down the stairs and out into the streets on a journey to find his mom who was at work. Luckily he was found on the streets and returned to his parents. He is quite the adventurer.
Something Mr. Thompson is very excited about is coming back to school with students doing live instruction.
Rondo School of Discovery
The school opened on July 6, 2020.