The official e-newsletter of Corona Elementary
April 6, 2022
In this month’s message I want to emphasize how important it is for our teachers to be able to maximize every instructional minute possible by minimizing, or eliminating, classroom disruptions. Unfortunately, classrooms are interrupted unnecessarily when students are late to school, forget items at home (i.e. homework, sweaters, water, glasses, lunch, etc.) and the classroom needs to be called. These interruptions stifle learning and place a burden on the teacher to have to pause instruction. These pauses in instruction and learning cause a loss of momentum, loss of student focus, and overall loss of very valuable time that we can’t afford to lose. Our students need every minute of their instructional time to be prioritized and protected if we expect them to be at grade level and above. With all that being said, please support our goals to have all our Corona Eagles learning at their full potential by minimizing said disruptions and planning accordingly. As a result, together we will celebrate the benefits that will come from having our students prepared for what comes after high school… college!
Dr. Sal Flores
Principal, Corona Elementary
Take Me Out to the Ballgame
Join fellow Corona parents, students, teachers, staff and families on Thursday, April 28th as we take the Corona show on the road to Quakes stadium.
Tickets are the same as the general admission cost, a portion of ticket sales benefit our Corona Eagles PTO.
Corona Eagles SOAR to Excellence
Safety—follow school rules and directions given by adults
Organized—have assignments, agendas, and school supplies organized
Accountable—accept responsibility for your actions, learn from mistakes
Respectful—treat others the way you want to be treated, be kind and considerate
Remember to follow the SOAR guidelines in the classroom, restroom, computer lab, library,
office, on the playground and all areas of the campus.
Eagle Eye On...
Mr. Daniel Salcido
The Story of Mr. Salcido.
I was born In Baldwin Park, California to my mother, Gladys Lorena Schnacker/Shaw and my father, Arthur Quihius Salcido. I was raised in El Monte, Hacienda Heights, Rowland Heights, Claremont, City of Industry and Bassett California. My parents separated when I was 8 years old and I did move to Roosevelt Lake, Arizona with my mom and step dad John Pistol Jr. for a short period of time during high school, but returned to Rowland Heights, California to live with my father and continued to attend Bassett High School, where I graduated in 1979 with the “Mighty Fine Class of ‘79”!
I started playing in Band when I was in 7th Grade at Torch Jr. High School. I actually played the baritone horn that was lent to me because my mother could not afford to buy one for me. At the end of my 7th grade year, my music teacher asked if I was interested in playing the trumpet. I really wanted to play trumpet in the band, but I needed to borrow a trumpet and my middle school didn’t have one to loan me. My music teacher was so cool and he actually lent me his own personal trumpet for all of my 8th grade year. I loved learning to play music on the trumpet and really tried hard to do well, because I figured that if my music teacher believed in me enough to loan me his own personal trumpet, then I should show him respect and do well in learning how to play it.
At the end of 8th grade I had to return the trumpet to my music teacher because the next year I would be attending Bassett High School. Interestingly enough, I was not going to play in the High School Marching Band because my mother could not afford to buy me a trumpet as she was a single mom raising three boys and a daughter. So, I played football and was on the wrestling and track team during my freshman year.
Surprisingly, in November 1975, my best friend Alfonso came running over to me one day and said that the new Band Director wanted to talk to me. He said he might be able to loan me a trumpet. I went with Alfonso and met the new music teacher and we talked. He told me that all my friends were telling him how good I played in 8th grade and he really wanted to hear me play. I was so humbled by what he told me about the other students' comments that I asked if he had a trumpet I could use to play for him. He gave me a trumpet and I played…
When I was finished, I mentioned to him that I did not have a trumpet of my own. He looked at me and said; “You are holding your trumpet now and you got to join the band, TODAY!”. WOW !!! I was so happy and I could not wait to tell my mom! I was in, and from that day on, until I graduated I was playing in all types of music groups at Bassett High School.
My mom was so happy for me and gave me so much support during my high school years. One thing that I noticed was that she started working a lot of overtime during the week and Saturdays for a few months after I was able to join the music program. In March of 1976, I came home and my mom said: “I got you something and it is on the dining room table”. I looked over and there was a beautiful tan case with a brand new Olds Superstar Trumpet in it! I was overwhelmed with emotions. I could not believe it was for me! My mother had been working all that overtime and Saturdays in order to buy me an awesome silver trumpet! She paid close to $200.00 for it. (about $1,000.00 in today's money) I still have that wonderful trumpet and it has been played at some really cool music gigs over the last 45 years.
After high school, and living with my father, I wanted to join the United States Navy and be assigned to the SEABEES structural steel ironworkers group. You see, I come from a family of Blacksmiths and Ironworkers. Unfortunately, I could not join the SEABEES due to the fact that the US Navy was not accepting sailors for the SEABEES and I was not interested in any other position except for trying out for the Navy Band which was very hard to get into as well. I ended up going to work at a manufacturing company that made tech boards for the United States Air Force and NASA from 1979 to 1980.
During that time I was overwhelmed by the understanding that this would not be a life for me and that my heart and soul needed to be involved in the music world. I spent that year trying to enroll and be accepted into the Universities at USC, UCLA, and California Polytechnic University, Pomona. I was accepted into Cal Poly Pomona for the following year in 1981, and I continued to work the rest of the year to save money to pay my tuition, as scholarships and grants were not as abundant and accessible as they are today. I had to pay for my tuition every semester and work full time in order to fulfill my dream.
Music education at the University level was so interesting, fun and at times challenging beyond what I was prepared for at Cal Poly Pomona. Because I started one year after most of my friends, I was really behind and had to work so much harder to get caught up. But, because I was living my dream, I did whatever it took to succeed.
I begin my music studies by playing my trumpet in the Cal Poly Pomona Marching Band! We were a small group of about 60 students from all walks of life and studying majors of so many different types. Actually, one of my favorite band friends is even a teacher here in OMSD at Howard Elementary and is on her way to retirement this year!
Everything was going so great as I made my way through Cal Poly. I loved being a music student there and I loved playing in our marching band at Cal Poly football games where Roman Gabriel was the Head Coach! (Roman Gabriel was the starting quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams before he took a coaching job at Cal Poly). The Marching Band was AWESOME and we were proud of our super strong band and the crowds loved us. I also played in the Concert Band, Symphony and the Orchestra as a string bass player, pep band which played at Basketball games and even in one of the Jazz Bands we had there. I was on my way to becoming a professional trumpet player and planned on teaching high school music when I graduated in 1986.
Then, during the summer before my junior year, I was working at a pizza place as a delivery driver. One day, I was asked by my manager if I could go to one of our workers' houses to see if she could come in and talk to the manager about something very important. Instead of driving the company delivery car, I jumped on my motorcycle and took off to her house to see if she could swing by the manager's office for a good conversation. Back then, there were no cell phones and sometimes people didn't have phones at their home as well, that’s why my manager asked if I could go to the employee’s house and let her know that she needed to come to the restaurant.
On my way there, a young boy around 8 or 9 years old, ran out into the street chasing his basketball right in front of me! I wasn’t going very fast, but I had to swerve to get out of the way in order NOT hit him. What happened next changed my life forever. I missed the boy but hit the curb and crashed. I sustained several tough injuries and was taken to the hospital for many days. Because of this accident, I was unable to return to Cal Poly in the Fall to start my Junior year. My dream of becoming a professional musician and teacher was put on hold.
Over the next 5 years, I continued to keep my dream alive in my thoughts and prayers but because I was now an adult at 21, I had to go to work. Because my second love was working in restaurants, I became a manager at a small company called “EL Pollo Loco”. When I started there, they had only 19 restaurants. I worked as a “Training Manager” and opened several new stores as they grew over the next 5 years. I even opened the El Pollo Loco in Ontario on Holt and San Antonio Ave. When I left “El Pollo Loco”, they had grown to more than 200 restuarants worldwide and I had opened more than 8 restaurants, trained many store managers, and even trained the group of managers that opened the first restaurants in Japan.
It was because of the entrepreneurial spirit I learned there, I moved into the next part of my journey and opened a new Structural Steel Business with my Father and Brother. We were known as the “Salcido Iron Works” and we had our shop on State Street in Ontario. Over the next 10 years we grew and became a successful company with 15 employees. We did work for many contracting companies and even the US Government. We were on our way to becoming a well established company in our industry, when the recession of the 90’s hit and we had to close the company due to the contracting business being hit so hard during that time.
Something that I always lived by was what my father and mother always said to me throughout their lives, “Everything Happens for a Reason” and “Never-Ever Give Up” and to “Always Move Forward” These three powerful statements have helped me get through some very tough times in my life.
After we closed our business, I said to myself that it was time to go back to College and finish my degree and fulfill my dream of becoming a music teacher. Unfortunately, I could not get back into Cal Poly. So, I decided to attend a private college at Devry Institute of Technology and work toward getting a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business and continue in the business world. I worked full time to pay for my school and by that time, I also had my two wonderful children, Danny and Diego.
When I graduated from Devry with my Bachelors Degree in Business , I worked for a cool company called “Custom Chrome”. This company was the world's largest aftermarket Harley Davidson motorcycle parts manufacturer in the world and what a time I had working there! During this time I continued my education and received my dual Master Degree in Business and Master In Project Management, (MBA/MPM) from Keller School of Management. It was during that time that I kept thinking of what my mom and dad always told me, “Never-Ever Give Up”!
I worked for this awesome company for 5 years and experienced so many cool things that I could write a book about it too.
One day while working for Custom Chrome, I received an email from the Los Angeles Unified School District.They asked me if I was interested in teaching mathematics in a program that took Business Executives and brought them into the teaching world to help out the needs of students . Since both my boys were all grown up and working. Diego as a counselor in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Danny working as a Journeyman Iron Worker in Los Angeles, I thought this would be my chance to fulfill part of my dream to become a teacher, not of music, but to help students who needed extra help. So I left Custom Chrome, and entered into the teaching program in LAUSD and finally started to fulfill part of my dream!
After working at High Schools in LAUSD and Middle Schools at Etiwanda and OMSD as a substitute teacher, I finished my teaching credential at the University of Phoenix and finally landed a full time teaching position at Montera Elementary here in OMSD. I was at Montera for a few years and then I was hired at Mission Elementary, where I taught 6th grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade over the next 7 years. During my time at Mission, I met my good friend from the music department Mr. Askren. I told him my story and how it was my dream to one day become a music teacher, but I was also very happy teaching my students at Mission.
One day, Mr. Askren asked me if I was interested in doing an after school music program called the “OMSD Elementary Honor Band”. Mr. Askren was the Director of the Honor Band at that time, but had to leave because he received an evening teaching position at Cal State LA. Mr. Askren was kind enough to offer my name to the music department leaders and I was invited to interview for the position. A few days later, the department head called me and offered me the position as the Music Director of the OMSD Elementary Honor Band. I was so happy that I was fulfilling some of my life long dream all thanks to Mr. Askren believes in me as a teacher of our great students.
A few years later, I met and married my wonderful wife Alison Boag-Salcido. Mrs. Boag-Salcido is a 3rd grade teacher at Buena Vista Arts School in OMSD. I continued thinking about and acting on my parents' two most important sayings to me. “Everything Happens for a Reason” and “Never-Ever Give Up”! I added a Music Supplemental Degree to my credential and applied for the IB Music Teacher position and accepted it. My Dream finally came true! I was now a full time IB Music teacher and the Honor Band Director in OMSD.
After 5 years as the IB Music Teacher at Bon View, Howard and Arroyo IB Schools and helping to develop the IB Music program in our district, I asked to be transferred to a position as an OMSD Music Instrumental Music Teacher. I was given the position and I have been teaching as a Music Teacher for many years. I am still teaching the OMSD Elementary Band and now working with students to become part of a Philharmonic Orchestra as they move towards Middle School at De Anza Middle School.
So what is really the story of Mr. Salcido? Well, it is one about Never-Ever Giving Up and always remembering, Everything in our life happens for a reason and most of all, no matter how good or tough things are, one must Always Move Forward in order to fulfill the dream of our lifetime.
Thank You for reading my story!
Mr. Salcido - Music Teacher
Ontario Montclair School District
Congratulations to our March Reading Counts Leaders!
Mojica Garcia, Citlali
March Reading Counts Report
Year-to-date Reading Counts Report
Corona Total Words Read: 13,728,396
April Calendar of Events
- 4-8 - National Library Week/Book Fair
- 4 - National School Librarian Day
- 4 - TED-Ed Club @3-4pm
- 6 - Track & Field Practice @2:40-3:40pm
- 6 - Coding Club @3-4pm
- 7 - Robotics @3-4pm
- 7 - Chess Club @3-4pm
- 7 - California Science Center Field Trip (5th)
- 7 - Promise Scholars Virtual College Field Trip (5th)
- 8 - Afterschool Music @2:45-3:45pm
- 11 - Track & Field Practice @2:40-3:40pm
- 12 - SBAC Testing Begins (3rd-5th)
- 12 - GATE Parent Meeting @3-4pm
- 13 - Track & Field Practice @2:40-3:40pm
- 13 - Coding Club @3-4pm
- 14 - Track & Field Practice @2:40-3:40pm
- 14 - TED-Ed Club @3-4pm
- 14 - Chess Club @3-4pm
- 14 - Robotics @3-4pm
- 15 - Afterschool Music @2:45-3:45pm
- 18-19 - Preschool Parent Conferences
- 18 - Track & Field Practice @2:40-3:40pm
- 18 - TED-Ed Club @3-4pm
- 20 - Track & Field Practice @2:40-3:40pm
- 20 - Coding Club @3-4pm
- 21 - Track & Field Practice @2:40-3:40pm
- 21 - TED-Ed Club @3-4pm
- 21 - Chess Club @3-4pm
- 22 - Earth Day
- 22 - Afterschool Music @2:45-3:45pm
- 23 - OMSD Track & Field Meet
- 25 - TED-Ed Club @3-4pm
- 27 - Coding Club @3-4pm
- 27 - Administrative Professional's Day
- 27 - OMSD Poetry Day @5-6:30pm
- 28 - TED-Ed Club @3-4pm
- 28 - Robotics @3-4pm
- 28 - Corona Night @Quakes Game @6pm
- 29 - Afterschool Music @2:45-3:45pm
April's SEL Theme
RESPONSIBLE DECISION-MAKING: Identifying and Solving Problems
During the month of April, your child’s SEL instruction will focus on Responsible Decision-Making learning how to identify problems, analyze situations, and solve those problems. Students will develop strategies to make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety concerns, and social norms.