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February 18, 2022

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Principal's Update

Dear Paularino Families,

Today we welcomed back parents to Flag Deck. Our Friday morning Flag Deck ceremony is a place for the whole school to gather, celebrate student accomplishments, hear school announcements, and build school spirit. Thank you to all the parents who came - we appreciate you! If you would like to come to our Flag Deck celebration they are every Friday morning. Parents will wait outside the front office gate until 8:05am at the start of school. Once the bell rings parents are welcome to stand in the VIP section, Very Important Parent. At the conclusion of Flag Deck parents exit through the front gate. There are no requirements for masking, vaccination or negative tests when attending Flag Deck. As a parent observer we just ask you stay in the VIP section.


Mrs. Schwartz

Presidents Week - No School

No school Monday February 21 - Friday February 25 for Presidents Week. All students and staff back to campus Monday February 28.

NMUSD Parenting Class

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Spanish Active Parenting Class through Olive Crest

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Community Resources

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Community Health Initiative of Orange County

Click attached fliers for more information.

PTA Fundraising

Help the Paularino PTA raise funds for our students!

Sign up for AmazonSmile, Box Tops, ShopWithScrip, Ralphs, Food4Less, MyCoke Rewards,

USAgain, and Benevity.

Click this link for more information.

Amazon Smile

Please consider signing up for Amazon Smile. Once you sign up for Paularino to be your charity, Amazon Smile will donate proceeds to our school every time you shop! Click here to sign up.

The Good News Club

The Good News Club, hosted by St. James Church is free and will meet every Tuesday from 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm at the Paularino lunch tables. Students K-6 are welcome to join. Please click to see the English flyer or Spanish flyer or pick up a copy at the Paularino front office. Questions? Call Linda Fleming at (949) 929-2907.

Safety Reminders

Many parents have been walking through the parking lot to drop off or pick up their students which is very dangerous for pedestrians and drivers. Please use the sidewalk for the safety of all students, staff, and parents.

When in the car line please remain in your car. This will help the car line to move faster with children getting in and out on their own. A staff member will be there to assist if needed. Please use kindness and patience when waiting for your student.

Thank you for your cooperation to keep all students, staff, and families safe.

Daily Schedule

Grades TK-6 Daily Schedule:

7:35 am - Gates Open

8:05 am - School Starts

2:20 pm Dismissal Monday through Friday

Masks are required indoors and good hand hygiene (sanitizer/washing) will continue to be practiced daily.

Arrival procedures

  • Gate assignments: TK-2 by the front office and 3-6 by the marquee. Bus riders and walkers will use the side gate on Coolidge.

  • All parents/guardians will remain in their cars while students unload and walk through the gates.

  • Gates open at 7:35 am

  • Free breakfast is served daily and available for all students.

  • Students who arrive after 8:05 am will be marked tardy.


  • Students and staff are required to wear masks indoors at all times.


  • Supervision will be provided to support and reinforce recess and lunch expectations.

  • Students will wash or sanitize their hands before they go to play, and will wash or sanitize their hands when they return to the classroom.


  • Free school lunch is available for all students. If your child does not want a school lunch, please pack them a lunch.

  • Supervision is provided to support and reinforce recess and lunch expectations.


  • Monday through Friday dismissal is 2:20 pm.

  • Gate assignments: TK-2 by the front office and 3-6 by the marquee. Bus riders and walkers will use the side gate on Coolidge.

  • All parents remain in their cars.


  • If your child is feeling ill or has symptoms such as cough, stomachache, fever or chills please keep them home and consult your physician.

  • If your child will be absent, please call the attendance line at (714) 424-4742 and leave a message with your name, your child's name, reason for absence, and a phone number.

Dress code

  • Please send your student to school with appropriate clothes and shoes for the school day. Per our dress code, flip flops are not permitted on campus and are a safety concern when students play at recess and lunch.

  • As the weather gets warmer please make sure your child is wearing school appropriate clothing.

Thank you for your continued support.

COVID-19 Updates

Our goal is to keep students and staff in school, while maintaining a safe learning and working environment. You may learn more about NMUSD’s response and protocols through the district’s COVID-19 Resources for 2021-22. I would strongly encourage you to read through these resources. It contains A LOT of information about volunteers, outside events, masks, testing, healthy precautions, and field trips. Information is regularly updated.

Additionally, please familiarize yourself with the updated Student Covid-19 Flow Chart. If you are in doubt if your child should come to school, please refer to this document and/or contact our health office.

Thank you for your continued trust and patience as we continue to navigate this pandemic with your child's health, safety, and education as our priorities.

COVID-19 Dashboard

In an effort to continue to provide accurate and up-to-date information related to COVID-19 in our schools, a District dashboard was created that identifies the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases by school. The number listed includes current positive cases of staff and/or students within the past 14-day period. This information is updated daily and is located on the District webpage for COVID-19 Resources for 2021-2022.

There is no need to be alarmed or wonder if your child has been exposed when you see a positive case at your child’s school site. The District follows protocols which includes collaboration with the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA). In the event of a positive case in our schools, as appropriate and under the direction of the OCHCA, the school nurse, principal, or District staff will notify any staff or students who are considered to be a close contact (less than 6 feet apart for more than 15 minutes) with a COVID-19 positive person. Each case is unique and in some cases notification to low risk contacts may be necessary, based on the direction from the OCHCA. If you do not receive notification regarding a COVID-19 case, we do not believe your child has been exposed. Due to privacy laws, we cannot provide names or any other information about the people who test positive or those who have been in close contact.


Attendance is taken each day. If your child will be absent, please call the attendance line at (714) 424-4742 and leave a message with your name, your child's name, reason for absence, and a phone number.

Paularino Elementary

1060 Paularino Avenue

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Phone: (714) 424-7950 Fax: (714) 424-4741

Attendance Line: (714) 424-4742

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