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January 23, 2023

Great Kindness Challenge

This week, we are participating in the Great Kindness Challenge. Each day, we will focus on growing kindness at our school with a daily kindness activity. For additional ideas, see the link below with the Great Kindness Challenge checklist. Be sure to ask your child how they grew kindness each day.

Bricks 4 Kidz After School Program

Beginning Tuesday, January 31, from 2:30 - 3:30 PM, for seven weeks Bricks 4 Kidz will be offering STEM Learning with LEGO for $120. A message and flyer went home digitally last week, and a paper flyer will be going home today. The class is for first through sixth graders and will focus on transportation. Register online at If you have any questions, please contact Bricks 4 Kidz at or call (657) 234-5439.
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Saturday Gaming Academy

The Orange Unified School District Educational Technology Department is supporting the last Gaming Academy for the year. Don't let your students miss out on this great opportunity. Please register for the Saturday, February 11, Academy being held at Canyon High School in the new science center here: More information is available on the flyer below.

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Elevo PE Program

This week’s games are Rainbow Relay and Trivia Relay, and the focus is energy.

A person who has energy, or zest, is one who approaches life with excitement and enthusiasm. Having energy will help you be a happier, more optimistic person. It will help you overcome obstacles so you can keep working towards your goals. Energy is part of what makes life more colorful, exciting, and busy- the good kind of busy! Without energy, you may find yourself unable to finish your tasks, not willing to try new things, and not finding joy in your daily life.

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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.

Important Dates

Monday, January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, January 17: 6th Grade Outdoor Science School Information Meeting at 5 PM

Tuesday, January 17 - Tuesday, January 31: Open Enrollment

Applications are available online. As a reminder, all students currently attending Panorama on open enrollment need to fill out the open enrollment application available online. Please visit the district website for more information:

Wednesday, January 18: Kindergarten and TK Registration Begins

TK and Kindergarten registration begins. Please visit the district website for more information:

Monday, January 23: Meaningful Monday - wear clothes with positive messages

Monday, January 23 - Friday, January 27: Great Kindness Week

Monday, January 23: Kindness Challenge - Smile at 25 people

Tuesday, January 24: Kindness Challenge - Compliment 5 people

Wednesday, January 25: Kindness Challenge - Pick up 10 pieces of trash at school & in your community

Thursday, January 26: Kindness Challenge - Draw a picture or write a kind note to someone and give it to them

Friday, January 27: Kindness Challenge - Help someone today

Tuesday, January 24: PTA General Meeting, 7 PM

Friday, January 27: VAPA Showcase for 5th and 6th grade at 8:30 AM

Friday, January 27: PTA Glow Dance at Santiago Charter Middle School, 6 - 8 PM

Monday, January 30: School Site Council Meeting at 2:45 PM

Monday, January 30: Meaningful Monday - wear clothes with positive messages

Tuesday, January 31: Raising Cane's 4th Grade Fundraiser, 11 AM - 9 PM

Monday, February 6: Meaningful Monday - wear clothes with positive messages

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, 6 - 7:30 PM

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

Monday, February 20: Presidents' Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, February 21: PTA General Meeting, 7 PM

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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