AHES Panther News

2021 Connection: August 17, 2021

Panther Families,

We are all looking forward to seeing your children tomorrow for the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!!

Here is (yet again) more information for you to review!


Nicole Van Wilgen Moore


Mark Your Calendars

  • August 17th - TK & Kinder Meet Your Teacher Optional Drive-Thru
  • August 17th - TK & Kinder Virtual Back to School Night
  • August 18th - First Day of School
  • August 26th - Picture Day
  • August 26th - 1st-6th Grade Virtual Back to School Night
  • 2021-2022 District Student Calendar

First Day of School

I am sure your AHES Panthers are anxiously awaiting their first day of school! Here is some additional information to help them be prepared...

  • Check the parent portal for your child's classroom placement tonight.
  • Show up during the arrival window for your oldest child if you have more than one child.
  • Parents need to remain in their cars or at the designated drop-off walking zones.
  • Students will head back to the blacktop when they arrive and wait on the dots with their class. (We will have lots of adults available to help them find their way!)
  • Please note that we start on a Modified Wednesday and the bell schedule is pictured below.
  • Masks are required indoors for all, and optional when outside. Please share your outside mask-wearing expectations with your child.

(Additional information regarding arrival and dismissal procedures are located below)

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COVID-19 Protocols

Guidance continues to change over time...please see the protocols currently in place for the 2021-22 school year.
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The District is pleased to begin offering all students COVID-19 testing weekly to all interested. The next student COVID-19 testing event is scheduled for August 18th at the District Office located 1401 N. Handy St. Orange, CA 92867.

All students are strongly urged to participate in the District COVID-19 testing program. This type of surveillance testing program is recommended by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to mitigate spread of COVID-19 in the school community. The OUSD COVID-19 Testing Program is intended to continue maximizing the good health and safety of our school community.

General information for the student testing event is below and further details can be found on the attached flyer. Students are encouraged to make an appointment between 2:30pm-5:00pm as to not interfere with instruction. Please keep in mind that when completing the online form to make an appointment, all required fields must be completed to take advantage of this testing opportunity. It is also important that accurate insurance information is provided if applicable. All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 2:30pm-5:00pm at the District Office.

To complete the medical survey and schedule an appointment for August 18th at the District Office: Click Here

The schedule for the next two testing events is below:

  • August 25, 2021 (2:30pm-5:00pm) at the District Office
  • September 1, 2021 (2:30pm-5:00pm) at the District Office

Participation in testing events is for District students only and is voluntary. As a District approved provider, Living Fit Nation will work with the District to verify the eligibility of participants prior to the event. This partnership, as part of the OUSD students COVID-19 Testing Program, will further strengthen the health and safety measures established in the Safety and Health-Driven School Reopening Plan.

Make a Pick-Up/Dismissal Sign for First Day of School

Please help us keep our first day dismissal a success. Please make a pick-up sign for your car and for you to hold at the walking zones, so our supervisors can get your child to you quickly.

On your sign, please include your child's last name, first name, and teacher's name. You can do this on a plain piece of 8 1/2 X 11 paper or what will work for you. We will give your child a car sign on the first day to use for the rest of the year.

Thank you for your help!

Arrival & Dismissal Procedures

Like last year, parents will be asked to remain in their cars at arrival and dismissal. Walking parents need to stop at the walking zone when dropping their children off at school.

Please refer to this document, for details on arrival and dismissal.

Important: Please make sure to have a paper displayed for pick-up on the first day with your child's first name and last name, and teacher's name. This will help us get your child quickly to you after school.

Class Placements

Your child's teacher will send you an email by 4:30 PM on August 17th. You will be able to view final class placements via Parent Portal that same evening.

OUSD Devices - First Day of School

  • If your child has one, on the first day of school, please have your child bring their charged OUSD device.
  • Please label both the device and charger with your child's name.
  • If you still don't have an OUSD device, your child will let their teacher know.

Submit Your First Day of School Photo to Our Yearbook

Don't forget to take a picture of your Panther's first day of school and upload it for the yearbook HERE. Please remember to include your child's name in the caption.

AHES PTA Information

You can find the latest PTA newsletter here. Please consider joining our PTA to support our school.

OUSD Superintendent Communication

In case you missed it, you can find Dr. Hansen's latest communication here.

Reminders - Please Review

AHES Field Renovation & Closure Starts Monday August 16th

I am happy to announce that AHES has been selected by the City of Anaheim and the Angels Baseball Team to have our field renovated for our students.

The work of this project will start Monday, August 16th, and will take about four months to complete. As a result, our field will be closed to student access during that time. Recess and activities will take place on the blacktop, and practices have been created to continue recess play by grade level.

Thank you for your understanding as we pivot our normal practices due to this amazing opportunity for our students and community.

TK & Kinder - Optional Drive-Thru Meet & Greet Your Teacher - Tuesday, August 17th

TK & Kinder - Drive-Thru Meet & Greet Your Teacher - Tuesday, August 17th

Ms. Chavez 9:00-9:30 AM

Ms. Zuidema 9:45 -10:15 AM

Ms. Grassbaugh 10:30-11:00 AM

This Drive-Thru event is optional. Students and families will remain in the car for the duration of the event. Please come at your assigned time for your child's classroom teacher.

You will learn who your child's teacher is by 4:30 PM on Monday, August 16th. If you are donating suggested supplies, you can bring them to this event so your child doesn't need to carry the supplies with them on the first day of school. You can find the suggested supplies list here.

Virtual TK & Kinder Back to School Night 6:00-6:30 pm on Tuesday, August 17th

Virtual TK & Kinder Back to School Night will take place on Tuesday, August 17th starting at 6:00 PM.

Save the date and time. The link to the live virtual back-to-school night for TK & Kinder will be emailed to you prior to the virtual event.

First Day of School - August 18th

First Day of School for Students is Wednesday, August 18

Remember all Wednesdays follow our modified Wednesday schedule:

TK-K: 8:20 AM-12:15 PM

1st-2nd: 8:15 AM-12:25 PM

3rd-6th: 8:10 AM - 12:35 PM

Important: Please make sure to have a paper displayed for pick-up on the first day with your child's first name and last name, and teacher's name. This will help us get your child quickly to you after school.

AHES 2021-2022 Suggested Supply List

Many of you have asked for the suggested supply list for 2020-2021, you can find it here. Teacher bins will be placed outside on the first day of school for students to drop them off as soon as they get out of the car, so they don't have to carry them.

AHES Bell Schedule 2021-2022

Data Confirmation Due August 18th & Immunizations

Data Confirmation - Due August 18th

Please check the parent portal and complete your data confirmation. This process will confirm all of your student's current data and will also allow you to submit all required documents for your student for the 2021-22 school year. All data must be completed prior to the school beginning on August 18th. Part of the Data Confirmation Process includes submitting forms via Informed K-12. If you have any questions, please contact the front office.


California schools are required by law to check the immunization records for all new student admissions at TK/Kindergarten through 12th grade and all students advancing to 7th grade before entry. Students meeting all immunization requirements will be unconditionally admitted into the school. Students may also be unconditionally admitted if they have a permanent medical exemption in accordance with Section 6051. Your child may receive the necessary vaccines from his/her primary care practitioner or pharmacy. It is important to get your child vaccinated early so there will be no issue with school entry

Inclement Weather - Recess & Lunch Procedures

When we experience inclement weather or conditions that require us to eat and play inside. We will be implementing practices to align with CDPH and OCHCA guidelines which recommend distancing students as much as possible in these circumstances. As part of this process, we will be using social distancing dots within our classrooms for indoor recess and lunchtime, and allow students to picnic on these dots. If you want to send your child with a hand towel or beach towel to sit on during this time you are welcome to.

Virtual Back to School Night - 1st - 6th Grade - August 26th

We are excited for our Virtual Back to School Night for 1st-6th grades on Thursday, August 26, 2021:
  • 5:30 PM - Principal’s Message Live

  • 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM - Session One Live

  • 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Session Two Live

Links to the Principal's Message and sessions with teachers will be provided via email prior to the event.

August 26th - Picture Day

Picture Day is coming. Lifetouch will be taking out pictures. A flyer will go home the first week of school with instructions.
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I am so excited about our partnership with Sports for Learning this year! Every week, our students will receive 50 minutes of instruction from Sports for Learning Coaches.

Sports for Learning

The purpose of the Sports For Learning curriculum is to use fun, physically active games and sports as a vehicle to engage students in social & emotional learning. The curriculum is aligned with the National Physical Education and Health Standards.

They use the CASEL wheel as the framework for our Social Emotional Learning curriculum. Each lesson focuses on a specific SEL skill and is based on one of the 5 core competencies. Throughout the course of the program, the goal is for students to practice and gain proficiency in a range of new SEL skills.

The experienced coaches make learning fun, through interactive and social activities. Based on the CASEL methodology they provide a positive learning experience. Some key aspects include:

  • Social emotional learning
  • Positive role models for students
  • Academic success
  • Meets PE requirements
  • A mentor students can trus

AHES Handbook 2021-2022

Parents please review our AHES Handbook for the 2021-2022 school year, and review important information with your child prior to the first day of the school year. You can find out AHES handbook here.


As we approach the new school year, there will be many updates and changes as we continue to receive new guidance. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding!

Face Coverings

  • Students and staff will be required to wear masks indoors.
  • Students and staff will be permitted to remove their masks outdoors.

Physical Distancing

  • Physical distancing requirements are no longer in place.
  • Desks/tables inside the classroom may be closer than 3 feet.
  • Designated seating charts by class will be implemented outside at the lunch tables.


  • Individual desk/table guards will be removed from the classroom.

Additional information and updates will be provided as the information and guidance become available.

Campus Volunteers

Unfortunately, at this time parent volunteers are not permitted on campus. I am hopeful that this restriction is lifted in the near future. When that is the case, we will be sure to let you know!

Alternate Funding Application - Please Complete

We are encouraging all families, regardless of income status, to complete the application linked below to maximize funding for our students.

Alternate Funding Application - English

Alternate Funding Application - Spanish