The Panther Press

September 18, 2022

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Family Information

Please fill out the Google Form to share your contact information with your class room parent. This email will be used by the room parent to share classroom and schoolwide information. If you fill out the form, your email address will be shared with the room parent. Room parents have been contacted and are eagerly awaiting to reach out to you. You can find the form here:

Smencils and Air Dough Fundraiser

Starting this Friday, students will have an opportunity to buy Smencils and Air Dough to help 4th, 5th, and 6th-grade students fundraise. We will be selling during lunch every Friday (while supplies last). If your student would like to purchase items please send them with cash on Fridays. For TK and Kindergarten, you may put the money in an envelope with the child's name and have them give it to the teachers. We will pick up the envelopes from the teachers and let the students choose their items.

Smencils - colorful and fun-smelling pencils for $1. These come in many flavors and colors.

Air Dough - small dough set to create different cute animals for $2. These are adorable animals your child can create with all the needed dough and instructions. These will be taken home to create because the dough dries quickly and helpful videos can be found online.

These items are while supplies last, but if there is a lot of interest we hope to keep this going with additional orders. Thank you for your help supporting our upper-grade fundraiser!

Emergency Drills

This week, we practiced our second emergency drill of the year. The first drill was our fire drill. During this drill, we practiced quickly evacuating after we heard the fire alarm and were alerted that we needed to leave the classroom. Students then gathered on the blacktop by class. The second drill was our lockdown drill. During this drill, a long bell is rung. This bell alerts the students to quickly enter a classroom if they are outside, move away from the windows, and turn off the lights. Also, the door is pulled closed if open. Our doors remain locked from the outside at all times. All of our Panthers did an awesome job practicing these drills!

English Learner Advisory Committee Meeting

All parents of English Language Learners and parents of students who have been redesignated are invited to attend our English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) meeting on Tuesday, September 27, at 8:30 AM. We will also be sending an invitation through email to all families with English Language Learners and redesignated students.

Elevo PE Program

This week’s games of the week are Bear, Salmon, Mosquito and Lawn Bowling, and the focus is integrity. Integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. Having integrity means being honest with yourself and others, and always keeping your word. Integrity is a highly valued trait because it helps us gain others’ trust, but more importantly, it’s what helps you love and respect yourself. Integrity means focusing on being the best version of yourself you can be.

Important Dates

Monday, September 19: Meaningful Monday

Tuesday, September 20: PTA Meeting, Virtual at 7 PM

Friday, September 23: Wear green to promote unity and inclusivity

Monday, September 26: Picture Day

Monday, September 26: School Site Council Meeting, Virtual at 3 PM

Tuesday, September 27: English Learners Advisory Committee Meeting at 8:30 AM

Monday, October 3: Meaningful Monday

Monday, October 3 - Friday, October 7: Parent Conferences, MINIMUM DAYS

Community Events

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Paper Education - Online Tutoring

We are so excited to offer our 4th-6th grade students access to Paper Education. Paper allows students to receive live tutoring in any subject, 24/7. Paper can also provide essay writing support by reviewing essays and providing feedback on how to improve your grammar, content, and structure.

Running Club Returns

The Panther Running Club will begin on Wednesday, September 7. Students are welcome to join our Running Club on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings to work toward running 100 miles. Students must be on campus by 7:35 AM to participate. The gate will open at 7:30 and close at 7:35 for those students participating in Running Club. After 7:35, our athletes will not be allowed through the gate.

PTA Events

PTA Membership and Spirit Wear

Please visit our PTA webstore to purchase your PTA membership, donate to our enrichment fund, and order yearbooks.

A portion of the PTA membership income helps to fund local Panorama PTA programs, while the remaining dues portion funds PTA activities and the member's representation at the Orange County Council PTA, Fourth District PTA, California State PTA, and National PTA levels.

PTA Reflections Contest: "Show Your Voice"

Calling ALL artists... "Show Your Voice" is the 2022-2023 school year's theme for the annual National PTA Reflections Contest. Explore the arts and express yourself by entering this contest. You can enter projects in the following areas: dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts. Entries will be due in mid-October. Please email Kristin Cowan at with any questions.

PTA Social Media

To keep up to date with PTA news and events, be sure to follow us on social media.

FREE OCTA Bus Passes

Youth (ages 6-18) can ride all OC Bus fixed-route buses for free beginning this month with a new promotional pass offered by the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA). There is no criteria to receive a pass, though an application is required.

The Youth Ride Free program is offered by OCTA. The passes will be valid through September 30, 2023. For more information, please visit or stop by Panorama with any questions.

Wednesday Schedule and CARES

On Wednesdays, brunch is served during recess instead of lunch at the end of the day. Due to this, students attending CARES will need to pack a lunch, if the snacks served are not sufficient. Picking up lunch from nutrition services will not be an option on Wednesdays. Please contact CARES with any questions about the snack schedule.

usagain Clothing Drop

On our campus, we have an USAgain drop-off bin. This bin is for used clothing, footwear, cloth accessories, and linen. Our school receives a small amount for each pound collected and USAgain plants a tree for each bin filled.

Lost and Found

Please be sure to label all lunchboxes, sweatshirts, and jackets. Items are already beginning to appear in our lost and found! If your child is missing an item, please remind them to check the lost and found outside of the office.

Nutrition Services

Breakfast and lunch will continue to be provided to all students at no cost this school year. Breakfast is served before school starts, beginning at 8:00. Please be sure to have your child here at 8:00, if you would like them to eat breakfast before school starts. This ensures they have enough time to finish.

You can find the breakfast menu here:

All students need to be sure they let their teacher know the day before they are buying lunch. We may not have enough lunches if they do not request one. Also, please remind your child that they should not be getting lunch if they are bringing one.

You can find the lunch menu here:

COVID-19 Procedures and Safety

Individuals who are sick or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should contact their healthcare provider and stay home. If your child or a member of your household has tested positive or is awaiting COVID-19 test results, please follow public health guidance.

If your child tests positive for COVID-19 or experiences COVID-19 symptoms, please contact the school and/or email me at We will gather information from you and provide you with your options.

If a student tests positive, they are required to isolate. The isolation guidance requires 10 days without testing from when symptoms began or a positive test (whichever comes first). The student can return to school on day 11; however, if a student tests negative on day 5 using an FDA-approved antigen test and all symptoms have improved that student is able to return to school on day 5. If a home test was used, students will need to bring the attestation form to the office upon their return. The student must be fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.

Please refer to the OUSD Safety and Health Driven Plan and the County of Orange Health Officer’s Orders directly for more information.

The Orange Unified School District will be offering COVID-19 testing Monday through Thursday at the comprehensive high schools and the district office from 2:30 - 5:00.

See the flyer below to register for testing. You MUST register prior to arriving to test. Scan the QR code in the flyer or click here:

Parking Lot Procedures


- Students may be dropped off as early as 8 AM.

- Enter the parking lot in the inner and outer lanes only. DO NOT ENTER THE PARKING LOT IN THE MIDDLE LANE FOR SAFETY REASONS, even if you see space in the front.

- Stay in the inner and outer lanes, until you are ready to exit the parking lot. You may use the middle lane to exit.

- Pull all the way forward and drop off your child.

- Please help your child quickly exit by having all supplies ready to go. If you need to help your child out of the car, please wait until you are able to stop after the crosswalk.

- Do not leave your car unattended at any time.

- A staff member will be outside to direct students through the front gate until 8:15 AM.


If you need to enter the school, please park your car in a designated parking spot and come to the office. Never leave your car in lanes unattended or parked along the side wall.


- Place your placard in your window. You will receive the placard at Back to School Night, arrival, or dismissal. We will have them available in the parking lot and the office during the first two weeks of school. This placard should include the name of your child(ren), grade(s), and teacher's name(s).

- Enter the parking lot in the inner and outer lanes only. DO NOT ENTER THE PARKING LOT IN THE MIDDLE LANE FOR SAFETY REASONS, even if you see space in the front.

- Stay in the inner and outer lanes. Pull all the way forward and your child will be called to come to your car.

- Your child will enter the car.

- Do not get out of your car or leave your car unattended at any time.

Please be patient as families learn this system. This system keeps everybody safe and efficiently moving forward. Thank you very much for your cooperation and efforts to keep all of our Panthers safe.

Medication at School

Some over the counter medications, such as lotion and petroleum jelly, are available at school. If you would like your child to have access to these, please fill out and send in the Over the Counter Parent-Guardian Authorization Form found below.

If your child needs medication at school, please bring the medication and the Parent-Physician Medication Form attached below to the office. If we do not have the Parent-Physician Medication Form, the medication cannot be kept or administered at school.

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