The Panther Press

February 21, 2023

Kids Heart Challenge

Kids Heart Challenge has kicked off! Our goal is to have 100% of our families learn Hands-Only CPR by completing Finn’s Mission. Help us save lives and Be the Torch that will light the path of hope in the fight against heart disease and stroke! If you haven’t yet, join our team TODAY!

  1. LOG IN/SIGN UP at and take the challenge to Be Kind or Move More!
  2. SEND 10 emails or texts to family and friends through the Kids Heart Challenge App for Apple or Android
  3. COMPLETE FINN’S MISSION in your HQ to learn Hands-Only CPR, how to spot a stroke F.A.S.T., and how you can help kids with special hearts! Students who complete Finn’s Mission will earn Finn’s Lifesaver Award!

Special School Incentives:

The classroom with the most students registered gets a POPSICLE PARTY!!

Every student who completes Finns Mission will get a special lunch!

Click here for your Virtual Envelope to meet the Heart Heroes and see the cool thank-you gifts your student can earn! Be sure to talk with your student about their favorite Heart Hero and heart healthy message from today’s kick-off! Thank you for supporting our school and the American Heart Association!

Running Club

All Running Club members, please wear your green shirts on Wednesday, February 22, to Running Club.

Calling all Panorama Alumni

We are planning on celebrating Panorama's 55th Anniversary on 5/5/2023. We would love to have alumni in attendance at our assembly. Additionally, we would like the alumni to speak to the classes regarding their time in elementary school, schooling, and current career. If you know a Panorama alumnus, please fill out the form here:

Please fill out one form for each alumnus.

We will be reaching out with details as the event gets closer.

Emergency Drills

This month, we have practiced two emergency drills. 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 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!

Elevo PE Program

This week’s games are Capture the Ball and Lava Game! and the focus is optimism.

Optimism is an attitude reflecting a belief or hope that the outcome of something will be positive, favorable, and desirable. Words similar to optimism are hope and positivity.

Optimism builds resilience. It strengthens us to try again rather than give up. It allows us to keep our goals and dreams in play so we can act on the motivation to keep working toward them. For more information about optimism, please see the attached flyer.

Important Dates

Tuesday, February 21: PTA General Meeting, 7 PM

Wednesday, February 22: Running Club wear green shirts

Thursday, March 2: Read Across America

Tuesday, March 7: End of 2nd Trimester - MINIMUM DAY

Friday, March 10: Kids Heart Challenge

Monday, March 13: Meaningful Monday

Monday, March 13: School Site Council @2:45 PM

Tuesday, March 14: Spring Pictures

Monday, March 20: Meaningful Monday

Friday, March 24: 2nd Trimester Awards

Monday, March 27 - Friday, March 31: Spring Break

6th Grade Dedication Page

If you would like to order a 6th Grade yearbook dedication ½ page, please have your payment and half page turned into no later than MARCH 1st. Please be sure to include in the subject of your email your student’s full name and teacher. The dedication page is $30. (This is in addition to the cost of your yearbook. This does not include the price of the yearbook itself.) Payment can be made online on the PTA website. Please include your student’s name and teacher at

Student Dedication Page - ½ PAGE (4 ½” tall x 7” wide) - $30

6th grade Dedications due March 1st. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Please see the flyer attached below for more information.

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.

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 breakfast and lunch menu here:

usagain Clothing Drop Fundraiser

Don't forget to place your donations in our usagain container. We receive a small amount of funds each time we fill the collection bin in our parking lot. Please deposit any unwanted clothing items in our bin. You can see the items accepted in the image below.
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Preschool Information

The Early Learning office is currently creating an interest list for their preschool program this year. Please see the flyers below for more information, if you have a preschool-aged child.

Volunteering Incentives

Does your company offer donations to schools for volunteer hours? Disney offers grants to schools for each hour volunteered, including transportation. If you work for Disney or another company that provides this, we can help you with the process. Please reach out if you need support.

Community Events

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Literary Book Club

The Literary Book Club is a program that helps replenish books in the school library. This program allows the child’s name to be permanently placed on the inside cover of the donation book, or they can be “dedicated” in honor of a teacher, staff member, friend, etc. If you are interested in joining the Literary Book Club, please fill out and return the form below. This form has also been sent home with your child from school.

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.

PTA Social Media

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

Access Your Child's Report Card

To access your student’s report card, go to the Orange Unified School District website.


From the OUSD homepage, click on Student and Parent Portal.

- Enter your email as your Username.

- Click on NEXT.

- Enter your password

- Click on SIGN IN.

To view and print your student’s report card.

- From your portal homepage, click on Grades.

To access an Elementary Report cards –

- Click on Standard Based Report Card.

To print your student’s report card

- Click on either the word Print or the printer icon.

- A PDF of your student’s report card will come up,

- You can now print your student’s report card.

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 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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