IB Parent Group

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WELCOME TO THE IB PARENT GROUP - A COMMITTEE OF THE PTSA
 
 
MYDONSLIFE - PARENT EDUCATION AND STUDENT SUPPORT
 
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myDonsLife is a program which hopes to help Del Mar's Community of Parents, Guardians and Students enjoy an educational experience that is more amazing and memorable by offering parent education and student support.

Parents want to learn more about their students' lives at Del Mar, and Dons may want a little help along the high school way.  That's where we come in!

myDonsLife offers seminars/workshops to parents, students and the community during the school year. myDonsLife will also provide a few valuable resources (articles, videos, webinars, digital presentations, etc.,) that we hope will help the DM Community better understand our school's academic programs, life at school, the health and wellness of students, enrichment beyond textbooks (yes!) and more.

Further below are summaries of our 2017-2020 seminars . . . please click on the title to expand and view all events.

 
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New this year is a "myDonsLife cares" series, where we will share helpful information on various topics of interest to our families. 
 
December 2019
 
This month, we care if you're feeling a little stressed!
 

Exams are almost over and the stress that comes along with them. Stress is always in our lives and not necessarily a bad thing. We care if our students are stressed and offer some helpful information to counter this uncomfortable feeling and a few tips on how parents can help their children thrive through tough times.

Dons - you can have your cupcake and eat it too. :)

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October 2019
 

This month, we care if you're feeling anxious!

As we reach the halfway mark of the fall semester, as students' schedules fill with academic assignments, IB assessments, college applications, sports, music, clubs, work and family commitments, it is normal for students to feel a little "anxious" and experience anxiety.  We want our students to know we care because anxiety is real and common.

We gathered some valuable information from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Mayo Clinic, and the Children's Mental Health Division of the Center for Disease Control, and we are offering it to our school community as reference.  Our hope is that families find some of this information useful, and maybe it can help parents and their students work through anxiety symptoms and challenges.

In addition to the information below and the mental health resources found on the Del Mar website, students are always welcome to speak with Del Mar's caring team of Guidance Counselors and CASSY Therapists.  Sometimes a hug does wonders, or a coffee with a good friend, and other times, yoga or a good cry with someone who cares (like a sister, pet or Mom).

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September 2019
 
This month, we care to share our concern about Vaping & Waxing.
 
Together with the PTSA, we plan to address this in the near future with a parent education/student support event, but until then, we want to share some information and facts that may help parents when speaking to their students.  Based on a recent survey of middle and high school students conducted by the Santa Clara Public Health Department, and in collaboration with the Prospect High School PTSA who shared with us an informative presentation on controlled substances, made by 2018-19 PHS Assistant Principal Jeff Arnett, the following information is being offered to our parents and students.  We hope this helps families learn a little more about vaping and waxing, how to recognize these and other controlled substances, and understand the danger and health impacts that may affect our students.
 
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THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING "IF THE COLLEGE FITS" - FEB 5, 2020 
 
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The Del Mar IB Parent Organization was pleased to host "if the college fits," on February 5th, 2020 for Del Mar's students and parents.
 
The talk was presented by Margaret Dunlap - School Program Director at Challenge Success.  Ms. Dunlap offered an insightful perspective on college admission and planning - what students think, what parents worry about, what students stress about and their consequences, what does success mean to college kids, and more. The event was an informative and interactive discussion for parent and student participants, on college fit vs. rankings, and what matters most in college selection, so each student can find the school best-suited for her/him, and one where the student is mentally well and has a “personally successful” education experience. 
 
The overall message appreciated by participants was: it’s all about FIT and engagement - doesn’t matter “where” you go, it’s “what” is there to make you happy.
 
This presentation is based on Challenge Success' white paper, "A Fit Over College Rankings - Why College Engagement Matters More Than Selectivity."  To read the full paper and learn how Challenge Success helps schools and their students thrive, please visit https://www.challengesuccess.org/resources/research/white-papers/.
 
We would like to thank our Junior Dons - Yadira and Kevin - for providing Spanish translation during the event.
 
Thank you for attending "if the college fits," and for sharing this information with your family and friends.
 
 
THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING OUR 3RD ANNUAL IB NIGHT!
 
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Always our favorite event of the year, as we hear from our IB Students about their experience being IB course and diploma candidates.  Also great to see and hear from our IB Alumni on how IB has helped them success in college and university.  We're very proud of you, Dons!

 

If you would like additional information about IB at Del Mar, please contact Del Mar's IB Coordinator, Jessica Olamit at [email protected].

 

 

THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING "like.post.share.repeat.LIKE" - DECEMBER 10, 2019
 
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If you missed the event, we have the event handout available with some helpful tips on how to self-regulate and keep teens safe on social media.  Feel free to view/download the handout at: bit.ly/likeatdelmarhandout.

 
THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING OUR VAPING INFO NIGHT - OCTOBER 29, 2019
 
If you missed the event, please feel free to review/download the County presentation and resource handouts at: bit.ly/delmarvapinginfonightsummary2019.  Below you will also find a list of helpful resources on how to get more information and where teens get help.
 
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Our role at Del Mar has been:
 
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2018/19 Events:
 
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"ROBOTICS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE" - MARCH 14, 2019
 
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We were proud to host, "R O B O T I C S - More than Meets the Eye!" on March 14th.  It was a sold-out event and everyone enjoyed the interactive workshop and building a kinetic light project!

 

Many thanks to our presenter - Jim Burnham from SVCTE, our inspiring robotics team - the Blender Bots,  Mario Flores from Mission College CSIT & STEM Outreach, and the attendance and support of our Administration and Board Trustees - Jennifer Baldwin, Laura Hallinan, Stacey Browne and Kiki Arrasmith.

 

If you enjoyed this workshop and would like to learn more about robotics at Del Mar, please feel free to reach out to our robotics team at [email protected] - the team meets weekly on Fridays from 3-4:30pm.  We'd love the support of the community with mentorship and monetary sponsorship.

 

Until next time, #OMGROBOTS!

 

 

 

"STRESSED DESSERTS: MANAGING STRESS & THRIVING" - JANUARY 31, 2019
 
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Thank you Robin for speaking to our families!  It was great to hear helpful advice and tips on how students (and parents) can manage stress in their own way.  There is no one solution, and there is no one type of stress. And together we can help each of our students to #losethestressnotyourmind.  To subscribe to Robin's newsletter and for more advice, feel free to visit www.robinmassey.com.

If you missed the event, you may view Robin's informative presentation at bit.ly/stresseddesserts2019, and download the event handout at http://bit.ly/stresseddesserts2019handout that offers some every day things we can choose to do to help us survive stress and smile. :)

 
"CAN IT BE THAT IB IS FOR ME?!" - DECEMBER 6, 2018
 
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myDonsLife was pleased to offer this IB event once again and welcomed a great group of current Del Mar students, and prospective students and their families from our middle school community!

 

The seminar included helpful information about the IB Programme, and a panel of Del Mar's Junior and Senior IB Students who offered their individual experiences and advice to prospective students.  Our panel was well received and the audience enjoyed engaging with the students during and after the seminar.

 

Further to our Organization's goal of keeping the community informed about IB at Del Mar, below is a document outlining important information with respect to questions/concerns raised around IB exam fees, IB recognition and the DM IB Parent Organization's role at DM:

 

Supplemental Information regarding IB exam fees, IB recognition & the DM IB Parent Org’s Role at DM.

 

If you would like to learn more about IB, you're invited to view the video of the presentation below or visit bit.ly/canitbethatibisforme2018.  Many thanks to Del Mar Senior, T.P., for recording and producing this video!

 

We are thankful for our Panelists, proud to be in IB, and invite you to be a part of this exciting Programme!

 

 

 

"LET'S TALK ABOUT ANXIETY, BECAUSE IT IS REAL: ANGST" - NOVEMBER 6, 2018
 
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myDonsLife was pleased to host a screening of "Angst" - a documentary raising awareness about anxiety.  The event was well attended, and after viewing this eye-opening film, parents and students were able to engage with a panel of mental health experts on ways to deal with this confusing and scary feeling.  Anxiety is common and treatable.  Del Mar High School offers support to all students via our Guidance Counselors, Cassy Therapists, and thru outside supporters such as NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness.)


Our sincere thanks to Campbell Union High School District for sponsoring the screening, our Parents and Safeway (Willow Glen) for sponsoring snacks and refreshments, and County Supervisor Dave Cortese for his attendance and welcoming address.

 

 

"YOU ARE COLLEGE & CAREER BOUND" - OCTOBER 16, 2018
 
 

Thank you CUHSD families for joining our College and Career Planning Talk on October 16th.

We were pleased to see students and parents participate in this forum discussion, beginning with a lobby exploration of myths and truths surrounding education after high school.  A panel of College and Career Specialists - Jay Ehret and Evelyn Beas from Del Mar, and Katie Bennett from CUHSD - provided valuable insight and information on the college application process, financial aid, career technical education, career readiness, and more.  Students and parents were able to ask questions, hear three perspectives to one question, and take home some helpful information.

    

It was great to see parents and students talk about the myths & truths posted in the lobby. The results of the wall are accessible via the link below, as well as the "Common Myths and Truths in College & Career Planning" (in English and Spanish.)

If you missed the presentation or have any questions, please feel free to contact our Panelists or Jessica Olamit at [email protected], our IB Coordinator, who also assisted and provided great information to our families. We are pleased to have Jay, Evelyn, Katie and Jessica at our school site and district, and they are happy to provide assistance to all families.

1) Common Myths and Truths in College & Career Planning - English: bit.ly/collegecareermythsenglish

2) Common Myths and Truths in College & Career Planning - Spanish: bit.ly/collegecareermythsspanish

3) College and Career Myths & Truths deMYTHified - Participant Feedback: bit.ly/collegecareerbound2018mythsurvey

 
"BALANCING ACT" AS PRESENTED BY CHALLENGE SUCCESS - MARCH 13, 2018
 
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Many thanks to our families at Del Mar, CUHSD and neighboring school districts who attended our Parent Ed Talk on the importance of the well-balanced student. Challenge Success presented an informative, interactive and light-hearted talk on how we can help our students thrive while accomplishing academic and personal goals each day.
 
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If you missed the presentation and would like to view a video version, please feel free to preview and rent a viewing at Challenge Success.
 
"IS THAT REALLY CAS?" - A WEBINAR ON A CORE COURSE OF THE IB DIPLOMA
 
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As a compulsory part of the IB Diploma Programme, students consistently engage in Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) experiences for 18 months alongside their academic studies. CAS allows students to develop their creative and physical interests while also becoming global citizens through serving the local and global community.

During this 18 months of CAS, students are required to undertake a one-month long CAS Project, which challenges them to show initiative, demonstrate perseverance, develop skills such as collaboration, problem solving and decision making. Students investigate a need, plan and document their effort and reflections on learning in a CAS portfolio.

While there are some requirements and rules for CAS experiences, students are treated as individuals. The hope is that students will step outside of their own comfort zone and push themselves to engage in experiences they have not tried before and grow new skills in more familiar arenas.
 
To learn more about CAS at Del Mar we invite you to review and download Del Mar's CAS Handbook by visiting bit.ly/delmarcas.

And now, myDonsLife is proud to present a video from Del Mar’s IB Diploma student, Diego Cruz, where he perfectly explains CAS and how it is the everyday fun part of IB! 
 
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https://youtu.be/Oupu-AaGZ5s

If you have any questions about CAS, please feel free to contact Del Mar’s CAS Advisor, Ariel Dukellis, at [email protected].

We hope our IB students will always be creative, active, and community-minded citizens!  Thank you for sharing this seminar via our posts on Twitter and Facebook.
 
 
"CAN IT BE THAT IB IS FOR ME" - OUR FIRST MYDONSLIFE EVENT - NOVEMBER 28, 2017
 
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Del Mar High School and the IB Parent Organization were pleased to see over 120 people attend the IB Seminar on November 28th, 2017!  We hope everyone found this seminar informative and the presentations from current IB students exciting for your prospective IB students. IB is an option for every student. :)
 
We appreciated your enthusiasm and support of our great program. Should you have additional questions, please contact our IB Coordinator, Jessica Olamit at [email protected].
 

To view a few past issues of the Monthly IB Newsletter, please click on the links below.