Pepper Drive Family News

January 13, 2023

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

In honor of Doctor Reverend Martin Luther King Junior, his life and accomplishments as a civil rights activist, there will be no school on Monday, January 16th.
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Calling all Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and other kinship (relative) caregivers!

Kinship caregivers are invited by Live Well San Diego to the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park for a FREE family fun opportunity to enjoy quality time with their families! Register today by January 18, 2023! View the English and Spanish flyers for more information.

WHEN: Saturday, February 11th from 8:15 AM – 5:00 PM

WHERE (pick one): San Diego Zoo – 2920 Zoo Dr., San Diego, CA 92101 OR San Diego Safari Park – 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd., Escondido, CA 92027

Nominate Yourself for the 2023-2024 PTA Board

Click Here to Nominate Yourself. All nominations must be submitted by February 1, 2023.

Order 6th-8th Grade Yearbooks Today!

Click this link to order yearbooks for 6th-8th grade students. Also, families of 8th graders can purchase Yearbook Dedications through this link. ONLY 8th GRADE DEDICATIONS are accepted. We don't sell yearbooks at the end of the year, so you must order now. The price is $30, but it increases after March 1st, so order right away!

ELAC Meeting - January 19th @ 8:45 AM in the MPR

Parents and Guardians of English learners, please join us for our ELAC meeting on Thursday January 19th at 8:45 AM in the Pepper Drive Multipurpose Room. We will be discussing ways you can continue to support your student's education.

Spring Break Camp Registration is Open

The Out-of-School Time Programs department is offering traditional and specialty Spring Break camps for preschool through 8th grade. Visit for more information. Space is limited, so sign up soon!

Keeping our Kids Safe Online

The Santee School District is hosting a parent training for Cyber Safety on January 19th at Rio Seco School. The presentation will be hosted by Cyber Education Consulting and will cover questions like:

  • How do I check privacy settings on my child's profiles?
  • How do I set up boundaries in the digital world?
  • What are the latest tech trends and what might my child be up to?
  • Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, Discord, Twitch, Roblox, BeReal and many more applications explained

The event flyer is attached below.

If you plan to attend, here is the link to register: registration link Spaces are limited, so register today!

Help Spread Kindness

The Santee Collaborative is shedding a light on what makes Santee so wonderful by sharing stories of kindness from our schools, community members, businesses, and organizations. Join the effort by sharing a story of kindness, requesting a kindness sign for your yard, or sharing the graphics on social media. Learn more at

Traffic Reminders

One of our students created this poster and delivered it to Mrs. Bradbury to share with our parents. Please remember that our students are watching and learning about responsibility and integrity from us, even when we are in the parking lot.

  • Slow down
  • Watch for students and families crossing the streets
  • Be considerate of others
  • Only drop off in drop off zones
  • Park in marked spaces
  • Do not turn right or left on Marlinda if the light is red (there is a sign)

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Pepper Drive Spirit

On Fridays, we wear RED to show our Pepper Drive spirit. Today's classes with the highest percentage of students showing school spirit are...

Ms. Mowrey (8th Grade)

Mrs. Sullivan (4th Grade)

Mrs. Bakke (1st Grade)

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TIGER Expectations

This week, your student(s) reviewed how they can show all of the TIGER expectations at school.

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6th Grade Camp

Our Pepper Drive 6th Graders will be attending Camp Cuyamaca January 30th - February 3rd, 2023. The total cost of camp is $350. Payments can be made by Cash or Check (no credit) until May 2023.

COVID Testing (IMPORTANT – Action required)

All students must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before arrival at camp regardless of vaccination status, except in the following case:

• Student has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days. If this is the case, please be prepared to provide proof of a positive test, including the date, so the school can verify.

COVID-19 tests may include:

• PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival at camp (approx. 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Monday 1/30)

• Rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours of arrival at camp (approx. 10:30 a.m. to 11a.m. on Monday 1/30). Home antigen tests are only accepted if administered at school and results verified by school staff.

Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test include:

• Legible, printed copy of the email from the testing facility/laboratory OR

• Legible photocopy of negative result from the testing facility/laboratory OR

• Pre-Camp COVID Screening Checklist completed and verified by school staff

Any student who does not have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test or proof of COVID- 19 in the last 90 days may not attend camp until they can provide that proof.

*Pepper Drive will be conducting antigen testing on Sunday 1/29 from 8:30 - 9:30 AM at the front of the school. Please plan on bringing your student to be tested during this time if you don’t plan on getting them tested via a PCR test.*

8th Grade Parents-High School Registration Open

If your child is planning to attend high school in the Grossmont High School District next year, the window is now open (Dec. 1-Feb. 28) for requesting School Choice (attending a school that is not within your address boundary) and for general Registration. Click here for more information on how to complete the School Choice Requests, and more information about the Grossmont High School Boundaries.

Creative Camp @ Granite Hills (Grades 6-8) FREE

The 2D Art Teacher from Granite Hills has passed along the flyer below to share with our students.This is an amazing opportunity for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. They are offering a 1 night visual and performing arts camp to showcase what Granite Hills has to offer. Any 6th-8th grade students in our district are welcome to attend free of charge. The event will run 5:30-8:30 pm on the GHHS campus, and each child will have the opportunity to participate in 2 arts sessions.
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Upcoming Dates


1/12 Parent/Staff Thrivers Book Study Meeting 5pm

Week of 1/16 Progress Reports go home

1/16 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (No School)

1/19 PTA Art Night (in Person) & Association Meeting

1/25 Tiger Awards

1/27 Middle School Activity Day

1/30-2/3 6th Grade Camp


2/22 GHHS Creative Camp Workshop (6th-8th Grades) See flyer above

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