WO Warrior Family Newsletter

Week of August 6th

Welcome Back to West Orange

On behalf of the West Orange Elementary School staff, I welcome you to the 2023-2024 school year! We look forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our Warriors can achieve and exceed their highest potential.

We have so many great things planned for this school year. Primarily, we are thrilled to report that we increased our growth with state assessments above our pre-covid scores- We ROCKED the test! This school year, we will be working towards continuing to improve our mathematics instructional focus, develop critical thinking, and ensure all warriors are meeting their individual target goals.

Please consider joining our school WOSA organization, as our students can greatly benefit from your involvement and contributions to the school’s program and operations.

In addition, we seek volunteers to help us out with school-wide events. We will send out the district volunteer form at the beginning of the school year. Please take a few minutes to complete. Every family needs to assist us with at least 10 hours of volunteer service this year.

West Orange Staff

Our excellent WO staff and I feel privileged to be a part of this school family:

Teachers and Support Staff:

  • TK: Mrs. Lewis and Mrs. Medina
  • Kindergarten: Mrs. Smith, Ms. Williams, and Mrs. Estrada
  • First Grade: Mrs. Corpus, Ms. Lonergan, Mrs. Estrada, and Mr. Briseno
  • Second Grade: Ms. Krueger, Mr. Mayfield, and Mr. Briseno
  • Third Grade: Mrs. Davis and Mr. Maxwell
  • Fourth Grade: Mrs. La Morte and Ms. Wong
  • Fifth Grade: Mrs. Owens and Mrs. Wagern
  • Instructional Specialist: Ms. Johnston
  • Resource Teacher: Mrs. Schaack
  • Counselor: Mrs. Banuelos, aka Mrs. Maggie
  • SPED Team: Mrs. Craig, Mrs. Sabatucci, Mrs. Ramirez, Mrs. Hain, Mrs. Ayala

Front Office Team

  • Office Manager: Mrs. Boyd
  • Attendance/Health: Mrs. Bailey
  • Community Lead: Mrs. Cindy
  • Community Liason: Mrs. Ferrer (Translation support available)
  • Librarian: Mrs. Cox
  • Custodian: Mr. Cardenas
  • Noon Supervisors: Mrs. Yaneth, Mrs. Raquel, Mr. Allen
  • Principal: Dr. Murray

We thank you for your support and look forward to working with you this year!

First day of school: Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Weekly Announcements

Ready, Set, Go TK and Kindergarten

As parents/guardians, you play an essential role in developing your child's fine motor skills. The most crucial thing you can do at the start of the year is to provide fun and interactive opportunities for your child that address these skills. Here is a list of a few activities you can do at home:

  • Hold a pencil, crayon, or a paintbrush
  • Practice opening a zip lock, bags, containers, and a lunch box.
  • Have your child snip or cut index cards in half with child-size scissors. Once they know how to use scissors, have them cut along a line on paper.
  • Sort buttons or coins
  • Be able to build and take apart Legos
  • Unbutton large buttons or unzip zippers on clothing. Rebutton and rezip after.

These skills, although simple, can help your child be better prepared for school.

August Calendar Snapshot

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Back to School Night

There are two Back to School Nights: Tk and Kinder on Monday August 14th and 1st to 5th grade on Tuesday August 22nd

Welcome Back Bookfair

Bookfair Information

Our book fair starts on August 20-25th! You can buy books online or in person. The book fair is open 30 minutes before, during, and after school for parents/students. You can visit and purchase books during our Back to School Night on Tuesday, August 22nd.

How do I buy books online?

Go to http://scholastics.com/fair . In the search button, type in "West Orange Elementary." Next, select our school from the options listed (address 243 S. Bush street). You will be guided to our Scholastic Bookfair page! If you need help, call our front office or stop in person!

Uniform Support

Need help with uniforms? Please come to our front office to complete a free uniform application through the Assistance League of Orange.

Parents Right to Know

As a parent of a student in the Orange Unified School District, under the Every Student Succeeds Act, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the teachers who instruct your child. The Every Student Succeeds Act gives you the right to ask for the following information about each of your child’s classroom teachers:

  • Whether the teacher has met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas where the teacher provides instruction.

  • Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived.

  • The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree.

  • Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

If you would like to receive any of this information, please get in touch with Principal Murray at (714)997-6283.

Warrior Handbooks

Need information regarding our bell schedule, birthday celebrations, and school information? Check our our Warrior Handbook:

English Warrior Handbook

Spanish Warrior Handbook

Volunteers Needed

Be a Warrior Parent Volunteer Today!

Volunteer Options:

1. 5 hours or LESS per week (recommended): https://app.informedk12.com/link_campaigns/volunteer-packet-23-24-5hrs-or-less?token=UMxwfLvZehSAqgzhmjL7vbko
A Megan’s Law registered sex offender check will be completed for volunteers who work less than 5 hours.

2. 5 hours or MORE per week link: https://app.informedk12.com/link_campaigns/volunteer-packet-23-24-more-than-5hrs?token=12FNw1uTfDLLQs9pvs2s8np9 - Volunteers who work more than five hours per week must obtain a fingerprint clearance through the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigations and submit to a tuberculosis (TB) risk assessment/examination. Volunteers are responsible for all associated costs.

Need Morning Daycare or After School Support?

Please stop by our front office to discuss morning and after-school daycare options. We have a pamphlet available for you.