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May 28, 2021

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Principal's Update

Dear Paularino Families,

I am proud to announce the award winners from the Daughters of the American Revolution Colonel William Cabell Chapter in Newport Beach. The Excellence in American History Award is given to students in the 5th grade who have been selected by their teachers for their achievements in American History studies throughout the school year. It is available to one 5th grader in each class in participating public, private, and parochial schools in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach. I am proud to announce Hely Hernandez and Ha Mi Nguyen as our Paularino winners for the 2020-2021 school year. Congratulations!!


Mrs. Schwartz

No School

Reminder: Monday May 31 is No School for Memorial Day.

PTA Executive Board Elections

Have great ideas about how to support students? Want to make a difference at Paularino? Join the PTA executive board. Special Elections will be held Wednesday June 2 at 4:30pm via Zoom at our last Paularino PTA General Meeting of the year. All board positions are available. You must be a current PTA member to be nominated for an executive board position. Go Panthers!

Upcoming Spirit Days

Tuesday June 1: Crazy Hair

Wednesday June 2: Sunglasses

Thursday June 3: Crazy Hat Day

Friday June 4: Paularino Blue

Student Intent To Return

Please complete the Student Letter of Intent for the 2021-2022 school year. Please complete one form per student. If you have already completed this form, thank you. We appreciate your help as we plan for our next school year.

Last Day of School

Our last day of school is Friday June 11. This is a minimum day for students. Dismissal is 1:20pm.

Safety Reminders

When dropping off and picking up your students all adults and children over the age of 2 must wear a face mask. This is for your safety and the safety of others. It is also the law. Please remember to keep a social distance from others outside your household as well.

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.

If walking or parking to pick up your child please wait by the sidewalk of the MPR or the sidewalk by the exit driveway. With added adults on the sidewalk of the car line it is difficult to maintain a social distance and keep all children safe near moving vehicles.

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

Dress Code

As the weather gets warmer please remember students need to adhere to dress code with school appropriate clothing and shoes. Students are playing during recess and lunch and we need them to stay safe with closed toed shoes.

Full Day Instruciton

Level 1 Updates

Grades TK-6 Bell Schedule:

7:50 am - Gates Open

8:05 am - School Starts

2:20 pm Dismissal Monday through Friday

Masks, social distancing, and hand sanitizer/washing will continue to be required at all times, except when students are eating and drinking.

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 7:50 am.

  • All students will walk to their classrooms and should be at their desks by 8:05 am.

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


  • Classrooms have been arranged with multiple protective measures for students and staff.

  • All desks continue to contain the plexiglass barriers.

  • Students are seated with 6 feet distancing when possible, but no less than 3 feet.

Specialist Classes: Science, Music, P.E.

  • We are SO excited for NO more Zoom Specialists classes!!!

  • Students will receive instruction within the specialist’s classroom/outdoor space.

  • Students will be separated from one another with 6 feet distancing when possible, but no less than 3 feet from person to person.

  • Cleaning will be conducted in between classes.


  • The field, playground, and blacktop spaces have been divided into areas by grade level.

  • Grade levels will be assigned an area each day, and a rotation will take place for students to experience all areas each week. Suggested activities and appropriate equipment will be provided for each area for students to participate in a safe, socially distanced manner.

  • 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.


  • Lunch schedules have been modified so that we have three lunch periods (grades
    TK, K and 1, grades 2 and 3, and grades 4, 5 and 6).

  • Only 3 students will sit at one table at a time.

  • Students will be 6 feet apart from another at the same table and from table to table.

  • Students will eat at the tables and we will also have “picnickers” spread around on yoga mats to keep socially distant while eating.

  • Students will have a cold Grab & Go lunch available to them each day. If your child would prefer something different, please pack them a lunch and send it with them to school.


  • 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.

  • Grab & Go breakfasts will be available at dismissal for the next day.

  • 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 gets warmer please make sure your child is wearing school appropriate clothing.

Thank you for your continued support and trust.

Upcoming NMUSD Summer Sessions

Information was sent out earlier this week about the upcoming NMUSD Summer Sessions. More information on how to apply or register for each program will be available in coming weeks. Information will be posted on the NMUSD Summer Programs page.

Additionally, the Special Education department offers an Extended School Year Program for qualified students For more information please visit the NMUSD Special Education page.

Food Distribution

Please click for more information about free produce distribution.

Virtual Wellness Center

Please click to access our new virtual Wellness Center. You can also find it on our Paularino website.

Student Symptoms

As we approach flu season and the winter months, please be checking your child for any of these symptoms before you send them to school. If your child has two or more of these symptoms, they need to be seen by a medical professional before returning to school with a note.

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 (

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.

Please see page 18-21 of the NMUSD School Reopening Plan for additional information.

Time For A Flu Shot!

Click for important information about the flu shot.

The Good News Club

The Good News Club is being hosted by St. James Church weekly. See flyer for more information or click to sign up.

Need a Device?

For students still in need of a chromebook or the chromebook is not working, please contact the front office (714) 424-7950. We now have chromebooks available at the site. You will make an appointment with the front office to pick up a device. We want to ensure each student has a working device for Distance Learning.


Attendance will be taken each day at the beginning of the cohort sessions. If your child will be absent, continue to call the attendance line at (714) 424-4742.

Paularino Elementary

1060 Paularino Avenue

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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

Attendance Line: 714-424-4742