A community-wide chess tournament for youngsters is scheduled for Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School on Thursday, Feb. 28.


Scripps Ranch Chess Tournament
Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School is hosting a community-wide chess tournament for youngsters on Thursday, Feb. 28.

All students in Scripps Ranch in kindergarten to sixth grade are welcome to enter this informal tournament. Cost is $20 per competitor, and a sibling discount is available.

The event is open to players of all skill levels.

The Scripps Ranch Chess Tournament will be held at Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary, 11778 Cypress Canyon Road, in the Multi-purpose room starting at 6 p.m. and ending at 8:45 p.m.

Pizza and Refreshments will be on sale. Trophies will be awarded to the top four players in each age group.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Games begin at 6:30 p.m. and the awards will be presented at 8:45 p.m.

Pre-register online at

For more information, email or call (858) 461-8616.

Students celebrate Kindness Week at Jerabek Elementary School. (courtesy of Laura Stephens)

Jerabek Elementary makes kindness cool
Jerabek Elementary School celebrated Kindness Week Jan. 14-18 with the goal of creating and sustaining a culture of kindness in which students treat themselves, peers, teachers, their families and the environment with kindness, care and compassion.

Teachers provide tools for classroom activities stressing the theme of kindness. “Get Caught Being Kind Cards” were available around campus and students could be caught being kind and given a card. The cards could be redeemed for items such as Kindness Jelly bracelets, a kindness coin or temporary tattoos.

The week culminated with a Kindness Rally with a DJ and also special guest Greg Camarillo, a retired NFL player, who spoke with the kids about the importance and impact of kindness.

MRE’s Spring Social scheduled for April 27
The Miramar Ranch Elementary Family Faculty Association (FFA) invites parents to join in an evening of Greek decadence at the annual Spring Social and Fundraiser. Enjoy dinner and dancing with parents, faculty and friends of the school at Mission Trails Regional Park, 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail.  All proceeds will benefit the students of Miramar Ranch Elementary School. Adults only. The Spring Social is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 7-10 p.m. Visit for more information and to buy tickets.

Bees were buzzing at St. Gregory’s
St. Gregory the Great Catholic School welcomed many visitors to its recent Open House, which kicked-off the school’s annual celebration of Catholic Schools Week. Students showed their Guardian spirit and hospitality, welcoming more than 200 guests to Lunch with a Loved One; demonstrated their creativity in designing and painting a tile for the 10th Anniversary Legacy Tile Project; celebrated diversity by sharing their heritage and traditions during Cultural Heritage Day; and supported the American Heart Association by raising funds through the Kids Heart Challenge.

In addition, “bees” were buzzing as students participated in the school-level Scripps National Spelling Bee. Eighth grader Patrick O’Leary won by spelling the word “gondolier” correctly. Other winners include National Geographic GeoBee, fifth-grader Luke Parker; and the school’s Religion Bee, sixth-grader Adriel Reomales controlled the board for first place.

Congratulations go to Patrick O’Leary who also won the Chapter, and beat out 10 other chapters, to win the District XIV level in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) essay contest with his essay based on “The Women’s Suffrage Campaign.”  O’Leary has also been busy as captain of the Academic Decathlon team.

Congratulations also go to kindergartener Isabella Coombs, who placed first in the Diocese of San Diego’s Catholic Schools Week Coloring Contest.

Enrollment in all grades, preschool through grade 8, for the 2019-2020 school year has begun. For information about preschool, call (858) 397-1291. For K-8 school, call (858) 397-1290.

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