The Panther Patch

Auburn Elementary School Newsletter

Week of October 18, 2021

The Panther Way: We are SAFE!

It's important to remember that we all practice safety. One way we are practicing safety on campus is ensuring that we have coverage for our lunch times.

We are grateful for our parent volunteers, substitute noon duties, and noon duties/cafeteria staff that have stepped up to keep our panthers safe!

Shout out to Paige Knuth, Jessica Landreth, Stacie Kerr, Ali McKibben, and Jenna Clifton for your support during the school day!

Drop Off & Pick Up

Drop Off

Students are not allowed on campus until 8:30 AM. With that said, there is no supervision prior to 8:30 AM. Let's practice keeping our panthers safe by not dropping off students until 8:30 AM.

Pick Up

Panthers have expectations that they are to wait at car pick up for parents to drive thru. This is a drive thru. Please remember that that this drive thru is for drop off and pick up only -- not for families to wait for students to exit campus or for families to drop off items in the office. Let's practice being respectful to other families by parking on the street or the parking lot.

Questions or suggestions? Contact Principal Fischetti or The Panther Hub.

We raised over $10,000!!

Thank you Panther families! We raised over $10,000 from our Jogothon!

Your support will help pay for

  • Playground improvements
  • Shade structure
  • Art Docent Program
  • School community events

Upcoming Events

Site Council - Monday

For our October Site Council, we will be reviewing

  • Site Council Training
  • Electing officers

As always, Site Council is open to the community!

Preview the agenda here

Monday, Oct. 18th, 3:30pm

11400 Lariat Ranch Road

Auburn, CA

Come join us in Room 25 for in person or online!

Google Meet joining info

Video call link:

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 774-512-2453‬ PIN: ‪321 101 875‬#

Hearing Vans - Tuesday

Are you curious about your child's hearing? Our hearing vans will be available all day on Tuesday!

The Hearing Van is coming to Auburn Elementary on Tuesday, October 19th. The van will be parked at the bus loop and will be practicing social distancing and implementing COVID precautions. The technicians on the hearing van will be screening the following students: Kindergarten, 2nd grade, 5th grade, and all special education students per Education Code

If you would like more information or have any questions, please reach out to Mia Towle, our District Health Services Coordinator at:

Trunk or Treat

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Panther Culture

Wellness Update

In light of the holiday season, we are sending a reminder regarding the AUSD Wellness Policy.

Please note that due to COVID, we not accepting or partaking of outside food in the classroom.

To support healthy food choices and improve student health and well-being, all food and beverages outside the reimbursable school meal programs that are sold to students on the school campus during the school day will meet or exceed the USDA Smart Snacks nutrition standards. These standards will apply in all locations and through all services where foods and beverages are sold, which may include, but are not limited to, à la carte options in cafeterias, school stores and snack or food carts.

Celebrations and Rewards

All foods offered on the school campus will meet or exceed the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards including through:

1. Celebrations and parties. The district will provide a list of healthy party ideas to parents and teachers, including non-food celebration ideas. Healthy party ideas are available from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and from the USDA. Due to COVID, we are not accepting outside food in the classroom.

2. Classroom snacks brought by parents. The District will provide to parents a list of foods and beverages that meet Smart Snacks nutrition standards. Due to COVID, we are not accepting outside food in the classroom.

3. Rewards and incentives. The District will provide teachers and other relevant school staff a list of alternative ways to reward children. Foods and beverages will not be used as a reward, or withheld as punishment for any reason, such as for performance or behavior. [Meets Healthy Schools Program Silver-level criteria]

For more leisurely reading, you're welcome to access the entire document on the district website here. Please understand that this is AUSD Board Policy.

If you have questions or suggestions, contact April Mackill, Director of Student Nutrition, at the district office.

Lost & Found

Does your child have missing items? Do you feel like it's crawling around at AE? Well, come check the lost and found during school hours in front of the MPR.

Red Ribbon Week

The week of October 25-29 will be Red Ribbon Week. The following is a list of activities we will be doing at Auburn Elementary that shows our support for Red Ribbon Week and Spirit for our school.

Red Ribbon Week Spirit Days

All Classes will decorate their door to say we are drug free and make healthy choices here at Auburn Elementary.

Mon 10/25 - Stay Colorful and Say No to Drugs - wear bright colors, tie dye, sparkles

Tues 10/26 - All of Your Dreams Can Come True - Disney Day - wear Disney characters

Wed 10/27 - Have a Drug Free Future - dress for your future career

Thurs 10/28 - Be a Drug Free Team - wear your favorite sports team or school shirts

Fri 10/29 - Don't pretend, Drugs Are Scary! - wear your Halloween costume (no mask, no accessories or inappropriate attire please)

During this week we will also be collecting cans for our annual food drive. The class with the most cans by Friday, Oct. 29 will win a special treat.

Let the collecting begin!

Stay Updated

EVERY Monday Early Release!

Remember that every Monday is early release at 2:15 PM for grades 1-5.

COVID Testing

Remember, we have COVID Testing every week at AE. If you need testing, visit the picnic tables outside ARD on Lariat Ranch Rd on Wednesdays between 1-3 PM.

Note: we changed the location to maintain student, staff, and community safety. ARD is keeping the kids safe and isolating from the community during this time.

Crossing Guard Support

As you know, safety is key at AE, and we know safety is important to families. We are seeking volunteers to keep our community safe at the crossing guard area.

We still need a crossing guard!! Our office staff is stretched and could use the help!

Days: Monday - Friday

Hours: 8:20 - 8:50 AM; 3:00 - 3:30 PM

You can select the days and hours! We're just thankful for your assistance!

If you're interested in volunteering, pick up a packet! Or, the position is available online if you would like to apply. Click here to apply online through Edjoin. Contact Ms. Shelley for more information!

Calling All Volunteers!

Panther Families,

On Friday, we were short-staffed for the cafeteria and playground during lunch time. Principal Fischetti sent out a message asking for volunteers, and she was flooded with calls and texts to support our kids and make sure they were safe.

And then she discovered that ALL volunteers need to complete a Volunteer Form, fingerprinting, proof of TB test or TB risk assessment, and show proof of vaccination or undergo testing.

See Ms. Shelley in the Panther Hub SOON!!

Family in Need?

Do you know a family in need? Check out the Food Distribution agency list from Placer Food Bank.

Weekly COVID Testing Available at AE

Ultimately, our goal is safety: for the students, staff, and community. But, sometimes it's a battle to try to find a location for COVID testing.

Every Wednesday, AE is providing on site COVID Testing from 12:00 - 3:00 PM for your family's convenience. We have moved the testing site closer to road to ensure family safety.

Contact Ms. Raylin in the Health Office for more details.

If you would like a different date for testing, click on the links below. Everyone is welcome at all school sites for testing.

Wellness Referral Form

Does your child need additional social-emotional support? Contact Wellness here.

Principal Fischetti

Feel free to connect! I am always looking forward to meeting families. Thank you for your support.