Weekly News from the Ranch

Tustin Ranch Elementary

A Message from Mrs. Denny

February 24, 2023

Meanwhile, back at the Ranch (Tustin Ranch)...

Thank you to everyone for your kind birthday messages, notes, flowers, and for joining me for my virtual birthday baking bash! It was so fun. Thanks again to our wonderful PTA for supplying the mix and frosting!

This school year is flying by! Teachers are finishing up 2nd trimester report cards, getting ready for our statewide assessments (3rd-5th), and working incredibly hard to be sure your child will be ready for their next grade. Please be sure your child comes to school everyday, unless they have had a fever or vomiting in the previous 24 hours. We start our March Attendance Madness on Monday (see flyer in the Friday Folder).

Read-a-Thon Kick-Off! Our annual Read-a-thon will kick-off on March 1st! PTA will be sending out a link for families to sign up soon! Keep an eye out. Lots of great prizes will be awarded! You can find more information in your child's Friday Folder.

Save the Date: Saturday, March 11th from 9:00AM-12:00PM - School Beautification Day! We will be building new planter boxes for our school gardens, and cleaning up the TK and kindergarten existing garden, as well as building and painting trash separation containers, and composting bins, power washing, weeding, etc. If you can help out for any of the time we would greatly appreciate it! You might even make a new friend!

Our life skill of the month this month for February is Curiosity. Curiosity is having a strong desire to learn or know something. Students who are curious often don't "need" the information they inquire about they just want to know! We will celebrate one student in each class that has displayed curiosity throughout the month at our next month's Friday Flag ceremony.

Please see all the great information below, including:

1. PTA News

2. 5th Grade Corner

3. February 27th College Dress Up Day

4. March 2nd is Read Across America

Mrs. Denny

Proud TRE Principal

Read Across America - March 2nd

Read Across America is March 2nd. We will have several guest readers throughout the day, including the Tustin Police Department, Letcia Clark (Tustin Major Pro-Tem), our very own Tustin City Manger, and Dr. Villegas TUSD's Assistant Superintendent. If you would like to be a guest reader in your child's classroom, please email your child's teacher and set up at time. We'd love to have you!

Your Voice Matters!

Dear Parents,

Please participate in the LCAP Survey for Tustin Unified School District.

LCAP for Parent/Community: https://www.parentsquare.com/feeds/18287581

We want your feedback. Your opinion matters! This is a survey to help guide the District in distributing money to our programs.

Just a few minutes of your time can make a big difference. This survey will help us better serve our educational community.

Please complete by March 15, 2023

Thank you very much!

Mrs. Denny

Upcoming Important Dates

  • Feb. 27: College T-shirt /Sweatshirt day: February is CTE Month (readying learners for college and career success)

  • March 1st: Read-a-thon kick-off

  • March 2nd: Read Across America Day - Pajama Day

  • March 11: (Saturday) Family School Beautification Day

  • March 12: Daylight Savings Begins

  • March 13-17: Spring Conferences

  • March 17: St. Patrick’s Spirit Day

  • March 20-24: Spring Break

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.

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5th Grade Corner

Outdoor Science School: Please remember to pay the balance of your OSS payment by April 10th. The 5th graders attending camp will leave Tustin Ranch in a luxury coach on Apriil 25th and return on April 28th.

Students not attending camp will still come to school every day. We will be sure to plan some fun learning activities for them here as well!

Math Placement Exam: Our 5th graders will take the Math Placement Exam the week of April 17-21.The math placement exam plays a role in what math class your 6th grader will be placed. They also look at several other factors to determine the best fit.

5th Grade Physical Fitness Testing: This test will be completed throughout the month of April.

Promotion will be held in the late morning on June 2nd. Each student may have up to 4 guests attend the promotion. Seating will be by lottery. We will also livestream the event.

A Message From our PTA

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

Yearbook PHOTOS needed

Ms. America needs your photos! Please send in your photos for the 2022-2023 yearbook. There is a flyer in the office next to the PTA box with details of which event photos are needed. The last day to submit photos is March 24th. Please email yearbooktre@gmail.com

Book Fair: We are so excited about our book fair starting next week, but in order to run it, we need volunteers!

Teachers will be bringing their classes to shop throughout the week and the students will be able to stop in during their recess and lunch breaks as well as after school.

This event is run solely based on parent volunteer help. Please consider signing up for one (or more!) 2 hour time slots. For your generosity in volunteering, we will give you $5 in Scholastic dollars to shop the book fair.

Click the link below to see the available time slots from March 6-10. Thank you!


Angels Baseball School Fundraiser ProgramTustin Ranch Elementary Baseball Night at Angel Stadium! We have chosen the 6:38pm game on Monday, May 8th, 2023 against the Houston Astros as THE night to have our school out in force at Angels Stadium.

Why that particular Monday? The whole month of April is very full of activities: CAASPP Testing, 5th grade Math Placement for Junior High, our 5th graders will be at Outdoor Science School the last week of April. And our annual celebration of Secretaries Day… Need to show our support for the front office staff.

The 8th of May lets us evoke an almost to the end of the school year (mini) celebration via a baseball night, PTA fundraiser for programs and events at our school, AND allows us to cap off a great Teacher Appreciation Week. (See the PTA Calendar for other events happening)

Tickets range from $16-46 with $6 from each ticket donated back to the TRE PTA by Angels Baseball.

Would your family like to see more than one game? You can select ALL 16 games in the package if you wanted to. Make sure you designate Tustin Ranch Elementary when prior to completing the transaction.

Rocky’s Read a thon: March 1st through March 31st. Our PTA will be hosting the annual Rocky's Read-a-Thon to help fundraise for the installation of our marque, library books, STEAM Lab, and more! Here is the link: https://app.99pledges.com/fund/RockysReadathon2023

Book Fair: We are so excited about our book fair starting next week, but in order to run it, we need volunteers!

Teachers will be bringing their classes to shop throughout the week and the students will be able to stop in during their recess and lunch breaks as well as after school.

This event is run solely based on parent volunteer help. Please consider signing up for one (or more!) 2 hour time slots. For your generosity in volunteering, we will give you $5 in Scholastic dollars to shop the book fair.

Click the link below to see the available time slots from March 6-10. Thank you!


Want an old yearbook? For those of you who have misplaced or totally missed out on yearbooks from a few years back. Especially that yucky .... (Covid) year... YOU ARE IN LUCK!!!

The PTA found inventory for the below years that we will be selling for cheap.... Like we are practically giving it away cheap, but not yard sale cheap.Today, February 16th after school in front of the Marquee.

Hard Covers = $10

Soft Covers = $5.

Cash Only, Cool Coyote (dollars) is not valid tender.

First come, first serve... limited supply.

Art Masters:

the list of dates and corresponding artists for the remaining parent training sessions for this school year.

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.

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. .com/go/10c0b4caaa92ca13-cool


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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Health Guidelines

In order to provide as healthy a school environment as possible for all children and staff, the following guidelines have been prepared to assist you in decisions relating to your child's health and school attendance. If your child is not feeling well and you are uncertain about sending him/her on any given school day, it is best to keep your child home and observe him/her for worsening symptoms. If a child is too ill to attend school in the morning, it is recommended that he/she stay home all day.

When you make the decision to keep your child home, please notify the school secretary or attendance line that your child will be absent and state the nature of your child's illness.

Please see guidelines below.

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Tustin Ranch Parking Lot Map

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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.