The Panther Press

August 2, 2022

2022 - 2023 School Year

We look forward to the beginning of a wonderful school year! If you are receiving this newsletter and are no longer planning to attend Panorama Elementary, please contact our office immediately.

If you are planning to attend Panorama Elementary, but you will not be present on the first day of school, please contact the office immediately.

Crawford Canyon Road Work

Currently, the Water District is performing construction on Crawford Canyon. At this time, if you need to come to Panorama, you will not be able to turn on Crawford Canyon from Chapman Avenue. It is quite possible this construction will not be finished once school starts. Please take some time to determine your route to Panorama, so you are prepared for the first day of school. We understand the inconvenience, so please be patient.

Data Confirmation & Teacher Assignments

All families must complete Data Confirmation each year to verify and update student information. Data Conformation is our electronic emergency card and data collection for both new and returning students. It allows parents to update contacts, identify medical conditions, view and agree to school policies/documents, and update authorization information.

This year we have added two new questions to Data Confirmation. When you complete these questions, your family may qualify for free programs and perks. See the attached flyer below for more information.

  1. How many people are in your household?
  2. What is your total monthly household income?

Please complete this NOW! Login to the Parent Portal and complete this for each child. Log in HERE

You will also find your teacher assignment on the Parent and Student Portals on Tuesday, August 16, after 5 PM. Teachers and administration work together to create dynamic classroom instructional groups. This process takes into consideration academic achievement, social-emotional components, and group behavior dynamics. The classes are still being formed now. Please do not submit teacher requests or classroom request changes. No changes will be made to classes until two weeks after the beginning of the school year.

Each teacher and classroom support our scholars in developing a resilient growth mindset to confidently learn, purposefully adapt, and empathetically lead in our evolving community and world.

OUSD Safety Community Forums

In an effort to strengthen our EDGE Strategic Plan’s Focus Area 3.0- Genuine Wellness & Safety, District Leadership and Educators Coop will be hosting OUSD safety community forums for each of our four Orange Slices. Please see the flyer below that includes dates, the forum’s purpose, and a QR code that allows community members to provide feedback if you’re unable to attend. Our goal is to gather community stakeholder input and coordinate a District Safety Task Force that will develop recommendations to be presented to the OUSD Board of Education.

August 3 at 5 PM at Canyon High School in the Multipurpose Room

August 4 at 5 PM at McPherson Magnet in the Cafeteria

August 10 at 5 PM at Orange High School in Room 905

August 11 at 5 PM at Cerro Villa Middle School in the Cafeteria

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Smarter Balanced Score Reports

If your child was in third through sixth grade last year, they completed the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments. You can access your child's score report in the Aeries Parent Portal under "Test Scores" and then "State Electronic Score Reports." These results will also be discussed with you at parent conferences in October. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office.

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. Entries will be due in mid-October. Please email Kristin Cowan at with any questions.

NEW Tentative Bell Schedule

Please be sure to note the new beginning and end times. The campus will open at 8 AM for student arrival.
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Tentative Grade Level & Teacher Wish Lists - Check for Updates

Click on a grade level below to see the wish lists. If it is a teacher list only, you will need to wait until the evening of Tuesday, August 17.

Section 5 of Article IX of the State of California Constitution guarantees students a "free public education." The State Supreme Court concluded in the 1984 case of Hartzell v. Connell, "that all educational activities carried on by public school districts, extra-curricular as well as curricula, must be without cost to the students who participate in such activities." This same ruling found that "mandatory fees for participating in such extra-curricular activities as drama, music, and athletic competition were illegal under the State Constitution." Furthermore, they also rejected the argument that "fees could be charged so long as the district waived fees for students who were financially unable to pay." Recent proposed legislation includes reimbursement with interest for any illegally-collected fees as well as a district sanction.

Transitional Kindergarten


First Grade Oliver

First Grade Woodward

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

Sixth Grade

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.

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:

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.

Important Dates

NOW: Complete Aeries Data Confirmation

Tuesday, August 16: TK and Kindergarten Meet the Teacher for STUDENTS ONLY, 1:15 drop off - 2:00 pick up. TK and Kindergarten parents will be notified by their teacher prior to Tuesday, and we will also have the list available at drop-off.

Tuesday, August 16: PTA Back to School Social, 4:30 - 6:30 PM

Tuesday, August 16: Teacher assignments for students available on Aeries Parent Portal after 5 PM

Tuesday, August 16: TK and Kindergarten Back to School Night @5 PM

Wednesday, August 17: First day of school, Modified Day Schedule (bell schedule found here)

Tuesday, August 30: Back to School Night for 1st-6th grades @5 PM

Monday, September 5: Labor Day, No School

Monday, September 12: Meaningful Monday

Tuesday, September 20: PTA Meeting

Monday, September 26: Picture Day

Monday, September 26: School Site Council Meeting @3 PM

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

Panorama Elementary

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