AHES Panther News

2022 Connection: February 11, 2022

Panther Families,

We have some upcoming events in the spring that will be in-person this school year:

  • Open House
  • Panther Picnic - Lunch with a Loved One

We are working as a school site to finalize these details and will share them with you as soon as possible. Thank you!

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

  • February 17th - PTA Meeting @ 6:30 pm via Zoom(see PTA newsletter)
  • February 17th - Fire Drill
  • February 18th & 21st - No School President's Weekend
  • 2021-2022 District Student Calendar

6th Grade Outdoor Ed Update

6th Grade Families, please look for the email communication from Mrs. Van Wilgen Moore and the 6th-grade teachers regarding Outdoor Ed updates and options. Please complete the survey in the email no later than Sunday, February 13th at 11:59 PM.

February 14th Spirit Day - Wear Red, Pink, or White

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

Valentine's Exchanges Reminders

For classrooms that are doing valentine's exchanges in class, paper-based valentines are permitted, anything attached needs to be store-bought, individually packaged, and follow our AHES Food/Treat/Celebration Guidelines above. Any valentine's candy or other items that do not meet the AHES food guidelines, that is brought as part of the exchanges must go home and not be opened or consumed at school. Please remind your child of this expectation. Thank you!

Classroom Volunteers - Now Approved

Are you interested in volunteering in our classrooms? Classroom Volunteers are now approved by our district office. If you are interested in becoming an approved volunteer, please contact our Office Manager at ADiSciullo@orangeusd.org. She can provide you with the electronic volunteer approval process.

Once you are an approved volunteer, you will need to work with your child's teacher on when they need your support, so they can add you to our volunteer calendar. Thank you!

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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OUSD School Wellness Council Meeting Feb 23

OUSD Nutrition Services is reconvening School Wellness Council Meetings this spring. Our first meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 23rd at the District Office (Board Room 2) from 2:30-3:30 pm. See attached flyer below for more details and future meeting dates.

RSVP is not required to attend but will assist in determining the best table set up and the number of agendas to print. RSVP Link

Who can participate?

· Anyone that is interested in enhancing the health of our school community is welcome to attend.

· The School Wellness Council is open to teachers, administrators, PTA members, school nurses, school support staff, community organizations, parents, and more.

What will be discussed?

· Review and refresher on OUSD’s School Wellness Policy (BP 5030 Student Wellness Policy).

· State and Federal regulations pertaining to nutrition and school wellness.

· Triennial School Wellness Policy assessment requirements.

· Brainstorming Session on the following topics:

·How can we grow our School Wellness Council to best serve the community of Orange USD?

·Parent survey questions regarding school menus

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CARES (Childcare) Enrollment Flyer for 2022-2023

Attached you will find the 2022/2023 CARES ENROLLMENT FLYER for your families. The CARES program will begin enrollment for the 2022/23 school year on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at 7:00am. Please feel free to contact the CARES office with any questions you may have at 714/628-5412.

Not Returning to AHES for 22-23?

If your child is in grades K-5th and you are not returning to AHES next year for the 22/23 school year, please fill out the following form. Please DO NOT fill out the form unless you are NOT returning to AHES next year.

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

Testing next week is normal (Monday-Thursday 2:00-5:00); however, testing for the following week 2/21-2/25 will have some changes:

· No testing Monday, 2/21 due to the holiday

· Testing at El Modena will be suspended 2/22 and 2/23 due to their building opening/showcase (this is due to the location of the testing on the ELMO campus)

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

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.

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.