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October 8, 2021

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Principal's Update

Dear Paularino Families,

At Paularino we utilize Character Counts - a program to promote positive character traits. The Six Pillars of Character are trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. Each of the Six Pillars of Character help instill a positive school climate and a culture of kindness, making schools a safe environment for students to learn.

For the month of October we are focused on the character trait of Trustworthiness.


  • Be honest in communications and actions.
  • Don’t deceive, cheat or steal.
  • Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do.
  • Have the courage to do the right thing.
  • Build a good reputation.
  • Be loyal to your values.
  • Keep your promises.

Teachers will be on the lookout for students who are showing these traits. At the end of the month teachers will award a student in each class with the character award of Trustworthiness.


Mrs. Schwartz

Walk to School Day - October 13

In partnership with the city of Costa Mesa, we will be having a Walk to School Day on Wednesday October 13!

The meeting point will be at the cul-de-sac of Paularino Avenue and Helena Place at 7:40am. There will be policemen, firemen, and other city members walking the route with our students. Students will be walking on the sidewalk and obeying all traffic laws. Safety is our priority!

Please wear your Paularino spirit wear or Paularino blue!

We hope you join in this fun event!!

Upcoming Information

Conference Week: October 25, 2021 - October 29, 2021

Early Dismissal at 1:20pm for all students Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Wednesday October 27: No School for all students

Monday November 1: No School

Tuesday November 2: Make-up Picture Day

Amazon Smile

Please consider signing up for Amazon Smile. Once you sign up for Paularino to be your charity, Amazon Smile will donate proceeds to our school every time you shop! Click here to sign up.

The Good News Club

The Good News Club, hosted by St. James Church is free and will meet every Tuesday from 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm at the Paularino lunch tables. Students K-6 are welcome to join. Please click to see the English flyer or Spanish flyer or pick up a copy at the Paularino front office. Questions? Call Linda Fleming at (949) 929-2907.

Safety Reminders

Many parents have been walking through the parking lot to drop off or pick up their students which is very dangerous for pedestrians and drivers. Please use the sidewalk for the safety of all students, staff, and parents.

When in the car line please remain in your car. This will help the car line to move faster with children getting in and out on their own. A staff member will be there to assist if needed. Please use kindness and patience when waiting for your student.

Thank you for your cooperation to keep all students, staff, and families safe.

Daily Schedule

Grades TK-6 Daily Schedule:

7:35 am - Gates Open

8:05 am - School Starts

2:20 pm Dismissal Monday through Friday

Masks are required indoors and good hand hygiene (sanitizer/washing) will continue to be practiced daily.

Arrival procedures

  • Gate assignments are the same: TK-2 by the front office and 3-6 by the marquee. Bus riders and walkers will use the side gate on Coolidge.

  • All parents/guardians will remain in their cars while students unload and walk through the gates.

  • Gates open at 7:35 am

  • Free breakfast is served daily and available for all students.

  • Students who arrive after 8:05 am will be marked tardy.


  • Students and staff are required to wear masks indoors at all times.


  • Supervision will be provided to support and reinforce recess and lunch expectations.

  • Students will wash or sanitize their hands before they go to play, and will wash or sanitize their hands when they return to the classroom.


  • Free school lunch is available for all students. If your child does not want a school lunch, please pack them a lunch.

  • Supervision is provided to support and reinforce recess and lunch expectations.


  • Monday through Friday dismissal is 2:20 pm.

  • Gate assignments remain the same: TK-2 by the front office and 3-6 by the marquee. Bus riders and walkers will use the side gate on Coolidge.

  • All parents remain in their cars.


  • If your child is feeling ill or has symptoms such as cough, stomachache, fever or chills please keep them home and consult your physician.

  • If your child will be absent, please call the attendance line at (714) 424-4742 and leave a message with your name, your child's name, reason for absence, and a phone number.

Dress code

  • Please send your student to school with appropriate clothes and shoes for the school day. Per our dress code, flip flops are not permitted on campus and are a safety concern when students play at recess and lunch.

  • As the weather is warmer please make sure your child is wearing school appropriate clothing.

Thank you for your continued support.

COVID-19 Updates

Our goal is to keep students and staff in school, while maintaining a safe learning and working environment. You may learn more about NMUSD’s response and protocols through the district’s COVID-19 Resources for 2021-22. I would strongly encourage you to read through the FAQ. It contains A LOT of information about parent involvement, outside events, masks, contact tracing with quarantine options and isolation. This document will be updated regularly on the district COVID-19 page.

Additionally, please familiarize yourself with this Symptom Decision Tree and note that it is different from last year’s Symptom Decision Tree. This year’s decision tree is the main reference point when determining if a student needs to be sent home and for what length of time. If you are in doubt if your child should come to school, please refer to this document and/or contact our health office.

While social-distancing is no longer a requirement under the CDC K-12 School Guidance, it is still relevant when conducting close-contact tracing. A close contact is someone who has been within 6 feet of a COVID-19 infected individual for a period of 15 minutes or more during a 24 hour period regardless of masking. In the event a student or staff member tests positive, our health office staff will conduct close-contact tracing and notify those affected.

Thank you for your continued trust and patience as we continue to navigate this pandemic with your child's health, safety, and education as our priorities.

COVID-19 Dashboard

In an effort to continue to provide accurate and up-to-date information related to COVID-19 in our schools, a District dashboard was created that identifies the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases by school. The number listed includes current positive cases of staff and/or students within the past 14-day period. This information is updated daily and is located on the District webpage for COVID-19 Resources for 2021-2022.

There is no need to be alarmed or wonder if your child has been exposed when you see a positive case at your child’s school site. The District follows protocols, which includes collaboration with the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA), who assist with contact tracing and help identify students or staff who need to quarantine. In the event of a positive case in our schools, as appropriate and under the direction of the OCHCA, the school nurse, principal, or District staff will notify any staff or students who are considered to be a close contact (less than 6 feet apart for more than 15 minutes) with a COVID-19 positive person. Each case is unique and in some cases, while uncommon, notification to low risk contacts MAY be necessary, based on the direction from the OCHCA. If you do not receive notification regarding a COVID-19 case, we do not believe your child has been exposed. Due to privacy laws, we cannot provide names or any other information about the people who test positive or those who have been in close contact.


Attendance is taken each day. If your child will be absent, please call the attendance line at (714) 424-4742 and leave a message with your name, your child's name, reason for absence, and a phone number.

Paularino Elementary

1060 Paularino Avenue

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Phone: (714) 424-7950 Fax: (714) 424-4741

Attendance Line: (714) 424-4742

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