Panther Planner

Week of January 17 - 21

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Monday, January 17th, is a school holiday ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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Qualtrics - Health Screening

Please be sure to complete the Qualtrics Health Screening for your child each school day BEFORE they come on campus. An email is sent each morning to your child's school email address with a link to the health screening, you can also access it here: QUALTRICS link ~ OR we have the QR code posted at each of the entrance gates that you can scan with your phone to complete the survey. Thank you so much for helping us keep our students safe and healthy.
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TVUSD At-Home Test Kit Distribution

TVUSD has received our shipment of iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid At-Home test kits for students. These test kits have been provided by the State of California to ensure each student within the state has access to at least one. These tests can be used to report to TVUSD Health Services if your student is Covid positive but we recommend that PCR-antigen tests or those performed by TVUSD Health Services or medical professionals be utilized for return to school clearance. (See guidelines here)

Directions for administering the iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid at-home test kits are on the back of the kit. Scan the QR code and download the app for detailed instructions for the test kit.

Your student test kits will be sent home with your students today, Friday, January 14th. Please be sure to check your child’s backpack when they get home to collect his or her test kit. CLICK HERE for additional information about the home test kits.

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The California Department of Public Health has issued new guidelines for students.


  • ANY STUDENT that has ANY symptoms will be sent home from school and should not return until symptom-free for 24 hours without medication. Testing is recommended.
  • TVUSD offers free testing 951-294-6050

PLEASE CLICK the LINK BELOW to read the new guidelines. Thank you!

CLICK HERE for the most up-to-date information from CDPH regarding COVID exposures and COVID positive results.

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Coming home this week (January 18 - 21) ~ iReady Report for Families

This week teachers will be sending home (either via email or in paper form) your child's iReady Report for Families sharing the growth that your child has made on the iReady Diagnostic.

This report identifies the areas of strength your child demonstrated on the assessment as well as areas to develop.

Please review these results and take time to praise your child for their progress. We are so proud of the successes we have seen in our students this year. We will be celebrating their success here at school and encourage families to do the same at home.

This video provides additional information about the iReady Diagnostic and how to interpret the iReady Report for Families.

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Virtual Literacy Night!

Paloma Elementary School is proud to announce our virtual
"Warm Up With A Good Book" Literacy Night!

When: Wednesday, January 26th
Time: 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Online @ Zoom

This event will focus on all aspects of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. Teachers will be sharing some of their favorite winter books and then students will do Stem activities that promote Literacy.

Please RSVP by January 21st to secure your spot by filling out this Google form. This event is for ALL Paloma students.

Click here to RSVP ----

Space is limited and spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Materials and the Zoom link will be sent home the week of the event.

We are so excited for you to join us!

If you have any questions about this event, reach out to Mrs. Polhill at

Thank you!

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School Ipads

Parents, we are asking for your help in reminding your students to PLEASE not change their passcode on their Ipads.

When students change their passcodes and then can't remember what they changed it to, the Ipads become disabled. To make them usable again, teachers must submit a ticket to our IT department which means someone from the district must come to school to fix the problem. All the while....students are not able to use their Ipads which have become an essential classroom tool. Thank you for your help with this matter. Passcodes are to remain 1234.

Also, continue to remind your child to fully charge their devices daily. Many students are coming to school with little to no battery left on their device.

Thank you in advance for helping our school days go more smoothly. :)

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Looking for Donations

We are looking for donations of items that we can use in our Friendship Room. We are interested in puzzles, games (with all the pieces), gently used toys, playhouse items, perhaps a foosball table?

If you are clearing things out for the New Year and no longer need an item that other students may enjoy, please consider donating them to Paloma.

Please contact the school by calling, 951.302.5165 or emailing to arrange for a drop-off. Thank you for your consideration!

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Thrivers ~ Self Control

Paloma families ~

During the month of January, we are learning about the Thriver trait of Self-Control. In her book, Thrivers, Dr. Michele Borba explains that Self-Control is "one of the most highly correlated strengths to success and is a surprising untapped secret to helping kids bounce back and thrive."

The good news...self-control is extremely teachable! Parents can instill this trait in their children at any age.

Last week we shared ways to reduce attention robbers.

Here are some additional ways to help your child develop self-control.

Stretch 'Wait Times' ~ Time your child's current waiting ability, or how long he can pause before an impulse gets the best of him. Slowly increase that time and stretch self-control over the weeks by teaching ONE waiting strategy and then practice until automatic.

  • Freeze ~ "Tell yourself: 'Freeze'. Don't move until you're back in control."
  • Distractor ~ " We'll play the game when you read three pages."
  • Use phrase ~ "Say 'One Mississippi, Two Mississippi' three times, then take a bite."
  • Count ~ "Count slowly from one to twenty and then it will be your turn."
  • Sing ~ "Hum 'Frere Jacques' two times and I'll be done and can help you."
  • Timer ~ "Set a timer for twenty minutes and work until the buzzer goes off."

Next week we will share more tips from Dr. Borba's book, Thrivers, to support self-control.

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Please LABEL student items

As the weather turns colder we are seeing an increase in the number of sweaters, sweatshirts, and jackets that end up in our lost and found bin. If the item has a name on it, we return it to them, but there are many items without a name.

PLEASE PUT YOUR CHILD'S NAME ON JACKETS, SWEATSHIRTS, AND SWEATERS in addition to lunch boxes and water bottles.

Thank you!

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Safety at Arrival and Dismissal

We need your help to keep all Panthers safe at school!

If you are dropping off or picking up students in the school loops, it is important to always be focused on safety.

  • Please remember to stay in your car, be alert.
  • Please move forward as directed by the school staff.
  • Students have been instructed to move forward and look for their rides. Pulling all the way to the front of the line without leaving gaps is the best way to ensure that all students are dismissed in a timely manner. We will make sure that your student finds you as soon as possible.
  • Please proceed through the loop in a line. Going around the line and cutting into empty spots is dangerous as we have students entering and exiting cars all throughout the loop as well as students and families who are using the crosswalks.
We appreciate your continued cooperation and patience.
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Birthday Celebrations

At this time, we cannot permit food to be brought in to share with classmates as part of a birthday celebration. We absolutely wish to recognize and celebrate our students' birthdays!

If you would like to send something in to celebrate your child's birthday, please consider non-food items such as bookmarks, pencils, shape erasers, or another non-food item. Please keep in mind that deliveries of balloons or flowers to students, while they are at school, are not permitted as this is very distracting to the learning environment. Special deliveries such as these are best kept for the home. Thank you!

Additionally, we do have a Birthday Book donation program. You can read more about it here:

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Masks and Water Bottles

Please remember to send your child to school with a mask and a water bottle each day. We have some replacement masks but are going through them at an exceptionally quick rate. It is recommended that students come to school with a mask to wear that day as well as a backup mask in their backpack that they can use should their mask become soiled or lost.

Also, all water fountains are closed at this time due to health and safety concerns. Students have access to faucets to fill their water bottles as needed.

Thank you in advance for your help in sending your children to school with masks and water bottles each day. Thank you!

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Pets Not Permitted on Campus

Dogs, cats, and other pets are not permitted on campus. We are sure that your dog or other furry or feathered friend is very sweet, :) however, we do ask that you please leave your pets at home. Thank you.
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Upcoming Events

Monday, January 17th - Martin Luther King Jr Day - No School

Wednesday, January 26th - Elder Day (Dress like you're "old")

Thursday, January 27th - Yearbook Make-up Picture Day (for students that were absent for fall picture days or students that enrolled after fall pictures were taken)

Friday, February 18th - President Lincoln's Birthday (Holiday) - No School

Monday, February, 21st - President Washington's Birthday (Holiday) - No School