The Panther Press

October 2, 2022

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. Please email Kristin Cowan at with any questions.

Entries are due October 19. To participate in the Reflections Contest, fill out the entry form here:

Panther Fun Run is Coming

Our Panther Fun Run kicks off tomorrow, and we are thrilled about this year’s program!

This year, our entire school is raising funds for Music/Art/Engagement activities, classroom resources, school beautification projects, buses for field trips, and playground/P.E. equipment. Our goal is to raise $35,000, and, if you’d like to, we are inviting YOU to help!

Here’s how you can support Panorama Elementary:

  • 1. Register on tonight. It’s so easy!

  • 2. Share about our fundraiser with your family and friends using the SHARE BUTTON on

  • 3. Give a donation, if you are able.

Thank you for supporting our school! We can’t wait for the Panther Fun Run happening on 10/12/2022!

Tile Painting

All families are invited to paint a tile to be placed on our school to commemorate Panorama's 55th Anniversary. Tile painting will be available immediately after your parent-teacher conference until 5 PM. Parents must attend the conference first, while the students play on the upper playground with PTA adult supervision. After the conference, head over to the lunch tables to check in, pick up your tile, and receive your instructions.

If you have a morning conference or cannot stay after your conference, feel free to come by with your student(s) any time during the week of conferences from 1:30 - 4. We will also schedule one evening opportunity to paint the tiles. As a reminder, it is one tile per family.

Minimum Day Schedule and CARES

All of this week, 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. Please contact CARES with any questions about the snack schedule.

Elevo PE Program

This week’s games of the week are Pyramid Game and Giggle Game, and the focus is social intelligence. Social intelligence is a difficult skill that requires you to master several other skill sets. To be socially intelligent, you need to be able to accurately identify what you or someone else is feeling, and then you need to know how to respond appropriately. Social intelligence is fundamental to forming and maintaining successful relationships, understanding expectations, being able to navigate group dynamics, and adaptability.

Campus Security

In an effort to strengthen the systematic and integrated approach of our OUSD EDGE Strategic Plan’s Focus Area 3.0 —Genuine Wellness & Safety, we utilize the Raptor System. Raptor is a visitor management system that enhances school security by comparing information on a visitor's driver’s license (or other approved government-issued ID) against a sex offender database and alerts school administrators and the Office of Student & Community Services if a match is found. Once cleared through the system, a visitor badge is produced that includes a photo, name of the visitor, date & time, and destination. This is especially useful during emergencies to know who is on campus. If you plan on volunteering on campus, please be sure you have your driver's license the first time you volunteer. The safety of our students, staff, and community is our highest priority.

GATE Testing and Parent Referrals

OUSD 3rd grade students testing: 1/30/23-2/3/23 No referral needed

  • Universal Screening

  • All 3rd grade students tested in their classrooms unless parents "opt out "of testing.

  • Students who have been previously qualified may retest at parent request.

OUSD 2nd and 4th-6th grade: By request, referral deadline 12/16/22

  • Small group testing at the school sites, by referral.

  • Parents, teachers, and or school administrators may refer students.

  • Students will be tested between 1/30/23 and 3/3/23.

Screening Referral Form CLICK HERE

Would you like to learn more about our Gifted Education screening process and elementary GATE programs? Join one of our Parent Information Sessions

Click on the link below for each virtual meeting. Microsoft Teams Meetings

Oct 13, 2022

12:00-12:45 PM


Microsoft Teams meeting Join on your computer, mobile app or room deviceClick here to join the meeting Meeting ID: 288 201 683 80Passcode: RFJpa8

Oct 19, 2022

6:00-6:45 PM


Microsoft Teams meeting Join on your computer, mobile app or room device Click here to join the meeting Meeting ID: 241 137 692 897Passcode: 6ww4Wc

20 de octobre, 2022

12:00-12:45 PM

En Español

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Haga clic aquí para participar en la reunión Meeting ID: 210 325 662 736 Passcode: 78qajo

Important Dates

Monday, October 3: Meaningful Monday

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

Monday, October 3: PTA Panorama Fun Run Fundraiser Kick-Off

Monday, October 10: Meaningful Monday

Monday, October 10: Art Masters Parent Training

Tuesday, October 11: Art Masters Student Assembly

Wednesday, October 12: PTA Panorama Fun Run Event Day

Friday, October 14: Smencils and Air Dough Sales

Monday, October 17: Meaningful Monday

Tuesday, October 18: PTA Meeting, Virtual at 7 PM

Friday, October 21: Smencils and Air Dough Sales

Monday, October 24: Meaningful Monday

Monday, October 24: School Site Council Meeting, Virtual at 2:45 PM

Monday, October 24 - Friday, October 28: Red Ribbon Week

Friday, October 28: Smencils and Air Dough Sales

Friday, October 28: PTA Trunk-or-Treat

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

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!

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.

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:

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.

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.

Running Club

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.

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.

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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