AHES Panther News

2022 Connection: February 4, 2022

Panther Families,

This week at the OUSD Board of Education Meeting, Anaheim Hills Elementary School was honored by the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) for our National Blue Ribbon Schools 2021 recognition. The Superintendent from OCDE, Dr. Mijares, presented our school with an award that night. You can see some pictures from that meeting below!

I have had a few families ask about their child's room numbers, since the COVID notifications now include room numbers. Teacher's names are unable to be added to the COVID notifications, so I have added the teacher names and room numbers below for your reference.

K1 - Grassbaugh

K2 - Chavez

Room 1 - Zuidema

Room 2 - Shepherd

Room 3 - Win'E

Room 4 - Starkweather

Room 6 - Munro

Room 7 - Dunwoody

Room 8 - Erickson

Room 9 - Mrs. Hawley

Room 11 - Rotsios

Room 12 - Martin

Room 13 - Morgan

Room 14 - Mr. Hawley

Room 15 - Tanioka

Room 17 - Shutler

Room 18 - McEvilly

Please see below for this week's updates.


Mrs. Van Wilgen Moore


Mark Your Calendars

Kayla Grassbaugh - Named as an OC Top Teacher Finalist 2022!

Our very own, Ms. Grassbaugh, was selected as an OC Top Teacher Finalist 2022 by OC Parenting Magazine. As you will see by the video below, Ms. Grasbaugh is adored by her students for the top learning experiences she provides to them each day.

Congratulations, Ms. Grassbaugh on this well-deserved honor!

Anaheim Hills Elementary teacher is nominated for Parenting OC's "Top Teacher" Award

Saturday Enrichment Academies - Time to Sign Up!

We are offering at least one Saturday Enrichment Academy each month: February, March, and April. Please see our four offerings below, and use the link to sign your child up: https://tinyurl.com/AHES2022SEA
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February 14th Spirit Day - Wear Red, Pink, or White

Show your school spirit and wear Red, Pink, or White on Monday, February 14th.

Big A Field Opening Ceremony - Student Opportunity

The City of Anaheim and the Angels Foundation have identified a new date for the Big A Field Opening Ceremony - February 17th at 3:30 PM. They are asking for ten of our students to participate in this ceremony. If you are interested in your child participating, please fill out this new form to show interest. A raffle will be held next Wednesday and you will be notified if your child is selected. Thank you!

iReady ELA & Math - Resources for Home

iReady Overview

Schools throughout OUSD, have implemented iReady as a way to identify students' levels and support needs in Reading and Math. Three times a year, students participate in a diagnostic assessment in both Reading and Math. From that diagnostic assessment, a score and information is provided to the classroom teacher and within the student's iReady account.

iReady Diagnostic Assessment Results

When reviewing diagnostic assessment results, it is important to remember it is one piece of data from one assessment that we provide to students to give us more information. In addition to iReady Diagnostics, our teachers also look at how students are progressing in the classroom in accessing and mastering grade-level content standards. We use the score from iReady as a piece of the puzzle but do not judge a student's progress or mastery of content from this one score alone. Scores can be affected by things like stress, distraction, taking the Diagnostic in a different setting, and receiving help. This can be particularly common when students are learning in different environments and under unique circumstances. Teachers take this into account and use the data from i-Ready as one of many tools to understand our students' unique needs and progress.

Our district office sends home automated emails to parents with their children's iReady Diagnostic results. Diagnostic #2 results have not been emailed yet, but should shortly. You can also view your child's progress in iReady through their iReady account, under the My Progress Tab. When viewing the Diagnostic Results or report, you can also use this tool to get a better understanding of what these scores mean.

iReady Resources - Classroom Intervention & Support

iReady Reading and Math lessons are a great resource for students. What is great about the program is that from how the students perform on the assessment, it puts them on a personalized pathway with targeted lessons based on the areas of need or growth. Each grade-level builds in time in class for iReady lessons in Reading and Math as a way to provide personalized targeted intervention and supports for each student.

iReady Resources - Home

The iReady lessons in Reading and Math can also be used at home too. It is important to note that it is essential that students do not receive support on completing the iReady lessons as this will negatively impact the personalized pathway lessons provided to the students, and provide inaccurate data to the teacher. You can check your student's progress on the iReady lessons via your child's iReady account, and click on the My Progress tab.

Want to learn more about iReady?

Please complete this parent survey regarding iReady Parent Education support needs.

Valentine's Grams Fundraiser for our 5th Grade Class

Please see below as well as look for a flyer coming home for a way to send your child a Valentine Gram.
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COVID-19 Student Testing Opportunities

Voluntary, cost-free COVID-19 testing is available four times per week to all interested students. This type of surveillance testing program is recommended by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Event Time: Monday to Thursday 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Event Locations: Canyon High School / El Modena High School Orange High School / Villa Park High School 2:00 - 2:30 is reserved for HS staff/students

Please follow the below steps to schedule your COVID-19 test:

1. Use the Registration Link or QR Code to access registration for the event

2. Complete the COVID-19 questionnaire, including all consent forms, and time slot selection for each patient that will be tested

3. Bring a copy of your insurance card and state issued ID with you to the event

4. Expect to receive your results within 2 days from the date of testing via text message or phone call from the doctor. If you have not been contacted by us within 2 days, please email us at testing@onehealthtelemedicine.com. We will reply to your email with your results

Registration Link: https://apps.livingfitnation.com/covid/registration?q=ZC128mzcc9lFeeoTzoXp3w%3D%3D

AHES PTA Information

You can find the latest PTA newsletter here. Please consider joining our PTA to support our school.

OUSD Superintendent Communication

In case you missed it, you can find Dr. Hansen's latest communication here.

Reminders - Please Review

2022-2023 Kindergarten/TK Enrollment begins January 19, 2022.

If your student is NEW and has never attended schools in OUSD,the enrollment link will be available on January 19, 2022 here: https://www.orangeusd.org/enrollment/transitional-kindergarten

You will need to enroll at your home school or nearest elementary school.
If you are not sure which school your address pertains to,
you may use the School Site Locator by CLICKING HERE.

For more information or questions, please contact the registrar at your home school or
Student & Community Services - 714-628-5424

How Do I Know When My Child Can Return to School?

Please see the reminders below of what you can do to help and when not to send your child to school.

How you can help:

1) Please communicate to your student(s) the importance of wearing a mask as required, encourage them to wash their hands often or use hand sanitizer, and remind them to cover their noses and mouth when coughing or sneezing.

2) It is critical that parents and guardians keep their students home when they are sick and report all absences, positive cases, exposures, and illnesses to their child's school immediately. Please make sure that your student does not attend school and gets tested as soon as possible if they have symptoms associated with the coronavirus.

The following is a list of reasons that students should not attend school, and the school’s office should be contacted:

● Has tested positive for COVID-19

● Is awaiting COVID-19 test results

● Has been identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or has had possible exposure to someone with COVID-19

● Is experiencing any symptom(s) of COVID-19, including:

  • Fever of 100 degrees or higher
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, or abdominal pain
  • Runny nose, congestion, itchy or red eyes, or chills
  • Persistent cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Loss of taste or smell

● If a student is unvaccinated and traveled out of the country over the break, the CDC recommends self-quarantining 7 days after return from the international destination, with a COVID test on day 3-5 upon return (or 10 days without testing).

  • An individual is considered vaccinated two weeks AFTER their second vaccination in a two-dose series (such as the Pfizer or Moderna) or two weeks AFTER receiving a single-dose vaccine (such as Johnson&Johnson/Janssen).

If in doubt, please keep your student home and contact the Anaheim Hills Elementary School staff by emailing AnaheimHillsPrincipal@orangeusd.org and someone from the office will be in contact with you as soon as possible to advise you on next steps and to help identify the soonest return to school date.

3)For information on free at home COVID-19 test kits and in-person COVID-19 testing options, please see this communication from our Superintendent. If your child is placed on quarantine or isolation and you are having trouble with test access, please contact the front office.

Thank you for your continued commitment to keeping our students, staff, and school community safe and healthy.

Please use the following student symptom decision tree from the Orange County Health Care Agency, when determining if a child can return to school after exhibiting any signs of sickness. Please reach out to the school front office to assist you in identifying your child's return to school date.