August 2021 Parent Newsletter

San Onofre School- Lillian Perez, School Principal

Welcome Back to School!!

I am so honored to be starting my 8th year at San Onofre School and look forward to all the amazing opportunities that we will create for students!! Mandy Jackson continues as our amazing Assistant Principal at San Onofre. We have added back our wonderful Middle School staff, we have new teachers and new positions, see below. Please join me in welcoming them to our school:

Middle School Staff:

English Language Arts- Sydney Phillips

Social Studies- Elizabeth Bartilloni

Physical Education- Nancy Wood

K-5 Staff:

1st grade- MacKenzie Cairncross

3rd grade- Catherine Shabestari

4th grade- Tiffany McMahon and Sierra Hamilton

5th grade- Karen Cooper

6th grade- Amani Browne

New Positions:

ELA Coach- Allison Gunzelman

STEM Coach- Brittni Rudolph

Reading Teacher- Debbie Ralston

MFLAC- Erica Owens

Our school mascot is the Panther and we celebrate our school spirit every Friday by wearing our Spirit-wear. We also host school-wide Flag Ceremonies every 1st Friday of the month. Our PTA has done an amazing job in keeping our school spirit-wear well stocked and available for purchase.

In 2016, San Onofre became the 9th school in California to become a Lighthouse School. But what does that mean? That means at San Onofre School, we believe every child is a leader and we are teaching and learning about the " 7 Habits of Effective Leaders," which is based on Steven Covey's Leadership Traits. This is just one of the exciting movements we have at San Onofre School.

We have some important information below on Morning Drop Off Times and Release times, Schedules and Back to School Night. Hope to see you soon and look for our monthly school newsletter. We will also be sending COVID guidelines that need to be followed this year, all students will be required to wear a mask. For more information on our Safe School reopening plan visit San Onofre School 21-22

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SOS Arrival and Dismissal Procedures at San Onofre School

Students should not be dropped off before 7:40am when supervision begins. Students are expected to walk safely onto campus immediately upon their arrival. When loading and unloading in the Car Drop off area, please stay in your vehicle. If necessary for you to exit your vehicle to assist your child, please park in a designated parking spot. In an effort to expedite the pick-up and drop-off lines, please remain in line and continue to pull forward. Only load your child once you are in the designated loading spots indicated on the ground. Please continue to pull forward if the spot ahead of you is empty or pulling away prior to loading your child. When available our staff will support with loading and unloading curbside only. We do not encourage loading/unloading on the traffic side of the road due to safety concerns for all parties. Please watch this presentation for easy directions.

Important Dates:

August 13th-Class lists posted at noon and

Meet n Greet the Teacher/PTA Membership Drive 1:00-2:30pm

August 16th- First Day of School

August 26th- Back to School Night (Virtual Only)

5:00-5:45- Session I K-5 Teachers classrooms

5:45-6:15- Session II K-5 Teachers classrooms

6:30-7:00- Middle School

September 6th- Labor Day

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A Message from your PTA!!!

Your PTA is so excited for the upcoming school year! Please consider joining PTA and help support our wonderful San Onofre kids. We have so many exciting things planned for the school year, and we can’t do it without all of you. For more information on PTA and volunteer opportunities, please email us at

Thank you,

San Onofre PTA

PTA Membership Drive

Friday, Aug. 13th, 1-3pm

200 Pate Road

San Clemente, CA