Weekly News from the Ranch

Tustin Ranch Elementary

A Message from Mrs. Denny

January 15, 2023

Happy 2023 from the Ranch (Tustin Ranch)...

I hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend and took some time to reflect on why we have this holiday. Martin Luther King Jr. made a positive difference for all Americans through his civil rights activism. Students had the opportunity to learn about MLK Jr. in class last week.

It's going to be very cold this week. Please be sure your child dresses warmly. We don't want anyone to get sick.

Our life skill of the month this month is Self Control. Self-control means being able to resist immediate temptations and avoid acting on impulse in order to achieve more important goals, such as learning or being kind. When our students have better self-control, they do better in school and get along better with others. We will celebrate one student in each class that has displayed self-control throughout the month at our next month's Friday Flag ceremony.

Next Thursday 1/19 we will have school tours in the library at 9:00 and 11:00 for prospective Tustin Ranch families. Be sure to tell your friends and neighbors with preschoolers to come and join us!

5th Grade Families: Don't forget about your Outdoor Science School payment reminder. If you'd like to pay it now please drop it in the PTA box in the office. All payments need to be turned in by April 10th.

Reminder, there is NOT supervision in front of the school before 7:55 AM. Please do not drop off your child before 7:55 AM. School starts for TK-3rd grade starts at 8:10. The gates open at 8:00. Please be sure to enter the parking lot by 7:55 AM to ensure your child is not late. 4th and 5th grade starts at 8:20, and gates open at 8:12 AM. If you are late often, try waking up a few minutes earlier, packing backpacks the night before, and/or picking out outfits for the day the night before.

Students will not be released during their lunch.

Please plan ahead and if you must leave early do it before or after lunch.

1st-3rd lunch: 11:55-12:40

4th-5th lunch:12:25-1:10

Emails and phone messages: Please note that our staff will return emails and phone messages within 24 hours of receiving the message, during school hours, or the following workday after a weekend.

Mrs. Denny

Proud TRE Principal

Upcoming Important Dates

January 16: No School (MLK Day)

January 19: School Tours at 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM

January 20: Laps with Loved Ones at 7:00 AM

January 20: Last day to purchase Daughter and Loved One Dance Tickets (see below)

January 23-27: KINDNESS WEEK

January 27: 8:15 AM PTA Meeting in the library (Meeting will be live-streamed): Come meet some new friends at our PTA Meet and Greet after drop-off. The meeting will start at 8:45 AM.

January 31: 100th Day of School and School Site Council Mtg. at 3:00 PM (virtual)

January 27: Dad's Recess: Come join the TRE Dads and play with your child and their friends during recess! K & 1st recess is from 12:00-12:25, 2nd-3rd 12:20-12:45, and 4th-5th is 12:45-1:10 PM

February 3rd: Daughter and Loved Ones Dance (Midnight Masquerade) at Pioneer Middle School. Doors open at 7:00 PM

Kindness Week Activities (January 23-27)

Monday: Give your teacher a note with a kind message
Tuesday: Write something kind on our Kindness Wall by the library
Wednesday: Wear a t-shirt or sweatshirt with a kind message
Thursday: Say something kind to at least five people at school.
Friday: Put a Kindness Heart on your teacher's door (get a heart from Mrs. Denny)

Lexia Challenge!!!

It's time for our Lexia Challenge!

Every week that students complete 15 units or more they receive a raffle ticket. We will have weekly raffle drawings and a grand prize raffle at the end of the 2nd Trimester (conference week) for a child's electric scooter.

A Message From our PTA

TRE's Daughter And A Loved One Dance

Daughter and a Loved One Dance
SAVE THE DATE: Our Daughter and A Loved One Dance –

Themed Midnight Masquerade

Friday, Feb 3rd 7-9pm Gates open at 7pm.

Pioneer Middle School

2700 Pioneer Road, Tustin.

$40 per couple +$15 for additional daughters who attend TRE. Tickets are limited to 125 couples. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to dance the night away with your daughter. Complete the request form and place it in the PTA box with payment in the office by Friday, January 20th.

*If you are inclined to help, PLEASE reach out and volunteer your time, extravagant crafting/decorating abilities, or logistical / vendor prowess into this event and still be able to slip away or be 'out of sight' so they can dance away and still give you all the juicy event stories afterward.

Contact: Amanda Gilbert - Preslee & Lia's Mom @ a.gilbert1009@gmail.com

Art Masters:

Our first Art Masters for 2023 is in full gear. We had our first Parent training session this Thursday. Our lesson this month is on Joseph Raffael! Here's the list of dates and corresponding artists for the remaining parent training sessions for this school year.

February 16, 2023 – African American Legacy

March 30, 2023 – Roy Lichtenstein

April 20, 2023 – Frank Lloyd Wright

Lastly, next year (2023-2024) will be Mrs. Ellie Ng’s final year here at TRE. She is looking for someone to co-chair Art Masters with her next year. Please consider volunteering for this wonderful art program for our students! Please let the PTA know if you are interested.

Cool Coyote Store:

Our 1st-5th graders have been LOVING shopping at the Cool Coyote Store this semester and it's time to release the Spring semester dates! The Cool Coyote Store is open on Friday's at lunch by the Snack Tree.

The 2023 Cool Coyote Store dates will be as follows:
January 20

January 27

February 10

February 24

March 3

March 17

March 31

April 14

April 28

May 12

May 19

May 26

Parents, help our students spend their Cool Coyotes by running the 'store' via our rolling kiosk by the snack tree facing their lunch tables. If you have never done this before, it is a fun & great way to 'surprise' your child while interacting with other TRE Parents. Fridays during their lunch 12pm - 1:15pm.

Sign up to volunteer here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4caaa92ca13-cool

Want to Join the PTA?

We are always looking for participants to join us as we prepare for more fun events at TRE. Want to be part of the PTA? Don’t have time to be on-campus? You too can help us from afar. There are plenty of opportunities to be involved without being on campus. Email us at: trepta@gmail.com

PTA Meeting
The next General PTA meeting will be on January 27th, 2023. Meet and Greet will begin at 8:15. Our meeting will begin at 8:45 AM. Join us for another informative, fun, and enlightening meeting. We will host another raffle. Who will be the winner?


So do we! Join, follow, and like our Facebook Page. Frequent updates, events, and news is also shared on the page: Tustin Ranch Elementary PTA

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Tustin Ranch & Pioneer Middle School Cell Phone Policy

CELL PHONES/SMART DEVICES: To ensure student safety and exposure to unmonitored internet contact directly, or through friends, cell/smartphone use is not allowed on school campus by students (including field trips). Cell phones and smartphones that must be stored in the owner’s backpack and powered “off” during the entire school day. Students are not permitted to keep their cell/smartphone in their pockets or desks, or otherwise “on their person” while at school. Smart devices such as watches are not to be used during school in any capacity that mimics a cell or smartphone.

Use of a watch or activity tracker is permissible. If students violate the cell phone policy or are found to have a smart device in their possession that is not stored and in the ’off’ position, it will be confiscated and held until a parent or guardian can pick it up.

Tustin Ranch is not responsible for items that have gone missing during school. While we are sympathetic to items that are missing please remember that it is our endeavor to focus as much time as possible on refining our programs and instruction to maximize student achievement, and time taken to look for these items hinders these efforts. A licensed physician and surgeon may direct a student to use an electronic signaling device if carrying such a device is essential for the health of the student. Use of the device by the student is limited specifically to the health of that student.

If a student needs to call their parents they may call from the school office or classroom.

If a parent needs to give their child a message they may call the front office at (714)730-7580. We will be sure the student receives the message.

Tustin Ranch Dress Code

Education Law does allow public schools to establish a dress code.

Student Dress Codes are established to:

● Promote a climate and culture where scholar focus is on learning

● Promote a productive safe instructional environment

While society reflects a wide range of personal expression in clothing, grooming, and accessories, the quality of scholar work and behavior is affected by personal appearance. Scholars are expected to wear clothing that is clean, neat, appropriate, and safe.

TUSD Dress Code:

To eliminate misinterpretations of the dress code, the following dress standards shall be enforced:


· No tight/revealing shirts (workout tops, undergarments showing, see-through, low-cut, etc.)

· Undergarments must not be visible (including sports bras)

· No bare midriff/crop tops (If skin shows when arms are raised the top is too short.)

· No spaghetti straps, bare shoulders, or shirts with less than one-inch straps

· No halter or swimwear tops

· No tube tops

· No “underwear” style tank tops

· No shirts with oversize armholes showing torso area

No hood from hoodies worn at school unless it is raining


· No short-shorts or micro-mini skirts (minimum 5” inseam)

· No excessively loose or baggy pants/shorts

· Pants/shorts must be worn at the waistline

· Hems must be sewn; no frayed, split, or pinned legs

· Pants may not drag on the ground, or have rips or holes.

· Pants/shorts may not allow undergarments to be exposed

· No excessively long, untied, or dangling belts

· Overall straps must be worn over the shoulders and buttoned


· Footwear which is safe for school activities must be worn at all times

· Footwear must be closed toe and closed back

Dangerous Jewelry/Objects

· No chains, or sharp dangly earrings

· No dagger style ear plugs

· No riveted dog collars or raised rings

· No chains for wallets or on masks

· No laser light pens (Scholars shall be cited as per Penal Code Sections 417.25 and 417.27.)

Other Inappropriate Attire

Clothing, apparel, and jewelry shall be free of writing, pictures, or any other insignia that is crude, vulgar, profane, demeaning, sexually suggestive, or which advocates or promotes racial, ethnic, religious, sexual prejudice or strife, or which relates to the use of tobacco, drugs, or alcohol.

· No sex/sexual comments/innuendoes

· No drugs or references to drugs (blunt, 13, hemp, marijuana leaf, 4:20, etc.)

· No tobacco product names or trademarks

· No liquor products or bar names or trademarks/logos

· No depicting a person engaged in illegal activities (tagging, weapons, etc.)

· No hats/caps/hoods indoors, and must follow the guidelines above.

· No visible tattoos

*No hats/caps/hoods worn in the classroom. No hoods unless raining.

*Teachers and staff may have students remove or put away non- essentials items (ie: hats, jewelry, personal items, accessories, etc.) either in or out of the classroom if they are causing a disruption or are distracting other students.

*Please label all water bottles, lunch boxes, jackets, and removable clothing items with your child’s name. These items are commonly left on the playground, and as we do our best to return labeled items to the proper owner, unlabeled items will be placed in the Lost & Found located outside the Multi-Purpose Room.