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February 6, 2023

Valentine Grams

This week, our fourth grade will be selling Valentine's Grams before and after school on Wednesday and Friday. These will be $1 each or $25 for a class set.

Parking Lot Reminders

Thank you to all who follow our parking lot guidance. If somebody new is picking up your child, please share the procedure with them. I wanted to remind families of a few important parking lot procedures.

- Pull all the way forward and drop off your child. Please do not stop at the crosswalk if there is room in the front.

- Please help your child quickly exit by having all supplies ready. If you need to help your child out of the car, please wait until you can stop after the crosswalk. When cars stop before the crosswalk, traffic flow slows down.

- Do not leave your car unattended at any time. Do NOT park your car along the curb in line and come to get your child. Please wait patiently for the line to move forward.

If we follow the guidance above, pick up and drop off run much smoother.


Attending school is very important for consistency and student learning. Unfortunately, last year Panorama fell into the high category for chronically absent students, and we continue to have a large number of absences. Students are chronically absent when they miss 10% or more of the school year. When students miss a large number of days or have many tardies, a letter is sent to the family. If the tardies/absences continue, a meeting will be scheduled to discuss ways we, as a school community, can support increasing attendance. If this does not cause an improvement, we begin the attendance review process with the school district.

Please make every effort to bring your child to school each day on time. If your child is going to be out for three or more days, you can choose to have them complete a student contract. If they choose this option, their absences do not count, and the student will receive credit for the work completed. If you plan on your child being absent and you wish to discuss a contract, please contact the office.

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.

El Modena Community Showcase

On February 8th, we extend a warm welcome to the El Modena Community Showcase of 2023! All current students as well as any potential future student of all ages and their families are welcome. Join us for an evening of food, fun, music, and celebration of the incredible academic, athletic, artistic, and extracurricular programs that El Modena has to offer.

In the 5:00-6:00 pm hour, our Elementary and Middle Schools will perform a variety of offerings and have representatives available for table visits in the El Modena Quad. The High School event will kick off at 6:00 pm with a welcome reception in Quad to be shortly followed by classroom and campus visits. The evening will conclude at 7:30 pm. Come and enjoy! We look forward to seeing you there.
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Elevo PE Program

This week’s games are The Matrix and The Maze Game, and the focus is creativity.

Creativity is your ability and willingness to generate new ideas, use information in new ways, and have an active imagination. Creativity goes beyond art projects or creating new things. Creativity is at the center of being a good thinker. Creativity helps us be better problem solvers, more motivated, more in touch with ourselves, and less stressed.

Important Dates

Monday, February 6: Art Masters Parent Assembly at 8:15 AM

Tuesday, February 7: Art Masters Student Assembly

Wednesday, February 8: El Modena High School Showcase, 5 - 7:30 PM

Thursday, February 16: Kids Heart Challenge Kickoff

Friday, February 17: Lincoln's Birthday Observed - NO SCHOOL

Monday, February 20: Presidents' Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, February 21: PTA General Meeting, 7 PM

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.

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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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.

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.

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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