Heritage Weekly News - September 22, 2019

Dear Aviator Families,

Next week is our Fall Conference Week. Please be certain you attend your child’s parent-teacher conference to learn valuable information about your child’s goals for the upcoming school year. Grades K-5 are on a minimum day schedule this week. Transitional kindergarten will remain on their normal schedule.

Conference Week Dismissal Schedule:

  • Kindergarten: 12:57

  • Grades 1-5: 1:14

*Transitional Kindergarten is on regular schedule

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It’s Book Fair Week!
The Book Fair is open Monday-Friday for students shopping!

  • Monday: 8:00-2:45

  • Tuesday-Thursday: 7:45-2:45 and

  • Friday: 7:45-2:45 and 5:00-6:00

Students will visit the Book Fair with their class to shop. The Book Fair is also open during recess and lunch for students to make purchases, as well as before and after school. Thank you to Ms. Hudson, book fair coordinator, and all the parent volunteers for running our wonderful book fair!

Don’t forget, Friday is our Fall Festival from 5:00-7:00! I hope to see you there. We are unable to use the back gate path to campus for the Fall Festival, as the path is not lit. Please access campus from the front.

See you tomorrow,
Mrs. RB

Heritage Weekly News - September 15, 2019

Dear Aviator families,

Our students participated in International Dot Day on Friday, based on the children's book The Dot by Peter Reynolds. Dot Day, and the book The Dot, celebrate creativity and expression. This is the fourth year that Heritage students have celebrated Dot Day, and it is one of our most precious traditions. Students in all classes created dot art and "made their mark" through artistic expression. Students also learned a song about making their mark, engaged in school wide sing-alongs of the Dot Song with Mrs. Gibbs and their teachers, and enjoyed dot inspired learning throughout the day.

Click here to hear "The Dot" song
Listen to the "The Dot" Story

Each year we use dots from this day to create a work of public art to brighten our campus. This year, each child and staff member painted a rock to be placed in our garden. The rocks will be temporarily displayed in one of the planter beds in the plaza as they await their permanent garden home. Previous art displays include the flower near Miss Debbie’s desk, the tree in the MPR, and the art along the walls in the main hall of the office.

See you tomorrow,
Mrs. RB

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Heritage Weekly News - September 8, 2019

Dear Aviator families,

Regular attendance is essential to your student’s success in school and a priority at Heritage. Prompt arrival at school is expected of all students; children should arrive at school between 7:45 and 7:55, as school begins at 8:00. Late arrival disrupts class and causes loss of instructional time. Any student who arrives at school after the starting time is considered tardy and must be admitted through the office. Early release of students is disruptive to the learning environment and is acceptable only in the case of illness or a medical appointment.

To support excellent attendance, Tustin Unified is partnering with Data Impressions & Microsoft to highlight students who model outstanding attendance. Data Impressions and Microsoft have generously donated 30 Microsoft Surface Go (or similar) devices to continue the TUSD attendance incentive program into a fifth year! One computer will be given away at the end of the school year at every school site in TUSD. All students who maintain outstanding daily attendance at TUSD’s schools will have a chance to win! See the attached flyer at the bottom for details.

Reminder: Please do not send your child’s food to school in glass containers. We have had a number of containers shatter at lunch which creates a safety hazard for our children. Thank you for your support to keep all our students safe.

See you tomorrow,
Mrs. RB

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Heritage Weekly News - September 1, 2019

Dear Aviator families,

We have some exciting news: Heritage Elementary was selected as a California PBIS Gold Award School. This is the highest honor a school in Tustin can receive for PBIS implementation. You may ask what is PBIS? PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Intervention Systems and is a method of schoolwide behavior support that originates out of the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!). Using this method, we teach positive behavior and reinforce it through praise and SOAR cards. We also have a system to support children when they are struggling to learn school appropriate behavior and a series of interventions. Our school was recognized for its outstanding and rapid implementation of PBIS, its strong intervention system, and its overall high levels of expectations and behavior. A special thank you to our 18-19 PBIS team of teachers: Mrs. Tran (PBIS Lead), Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Melcer, Ms. Petta, Ms. Posavec, Mrs. Lindsay, Mrs. Fitch and Mrs. Martinez (our school counselor).

We celebrated the award through a surprise unveiling Friday morning.

See you Tuesday,
Mrs. RB

Birthday Book Club Sign-ups are now due. See Mrs. Del for more information.

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Heritage Weekly News - August 25, 2019

Dear Aviator families,

Thank you to all our families who attended Thursday’s Dinner Night Out! A special thank you to Chick-Fil-A and all our restaurant partners. A portion of the proceeds from food sales during Dinner Night Outs support the enrichment programming at Heritage brought to us by the PTA.

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SOARing Scholars: One of our goals this year is to encourage student responsibility. Developing independence and responsibility is a developmental milestone for all children. I suggest you have your child pack their backpack, put away their book bag, and set out their school clothes the night before school. In the hustle and bustle of the morning, children may forget certain items at home. We cannot interrupt instructional time to deliver these items, with the exception of glasses and medication. Late lunches left at the designated lunch spot will be delivered to the lunch area. Please know that reinforcing that children are capable of being responsible for their items promotes their own personal growth.

Birthday invitations: We have received a number of questions regarding distribution of birthday invitations at school. Students will not be able to pass out invitations to students. As you can imagine, this can cause very hurt feelings for the students who do not get invited or cannot attend the birthday event, and serve as a distraction to learning. Additionally, teachers cannot pass out invitations or facilitate this process. Thank you for your sensitivity to this matter.

See you tomorrow,
Mrs. RB

Heritage Weekly News - August 18, 2019

Dear Aviator families,

Thank you to all our families who attended Wednesday’s Back to School Night. Your support of the students and school curriculum is impressive. Also, a big thank you for all your support during arrival and dismissal. The parking lot and campus are running smoothly with the support of all our parent community. A special thank you to the parent ambassadors, Carline Crew, and fifth grade ambassadors who are helping before and after school!

Did you know that Heritage has a PE teacher on Wednesdays? Coach Steve Kelly is an elementary PE teacher who rotates between five schools in Tustin Unified. Thank you to our PTA and all our parents who have supported PTA Fundraising efforts-- the Heritage PE program is funded completely by our PTA. Please be sure your scholar wears sneakers on Wednesdays. Students are welcome to wear hats as well. Our Aviators are loving PE Wednesdays!

*Please let your child know if they will be picked up in the car line, back gate, or walking gate daily. It is helpful if your child has a consistent pick-up location and eases their stress after school.

See you tomorrow,
Mrs. RB

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Extended day kindergarten provides our young students time to grow socially in a developmentally safe setting. This week our students began “purposeful play” which are play-based exploration stations, such as blocks, art, housekeeping, and hands-on creative play. In these pictures, Mrs. Franco (right) and Mrs. Johnson (left) are supporting play and language development with their kindergarten friends.

Heritage Weekly News - August 9, 2019

Welcome to a new year of learning at Heritage Elementary, a community dedicated to creating enriching and engaging learning experiences for all students. Teaching and learning is our highest priority at Heritage, along with ensuring a safe and nurturing environment where all students have access to high quality, engaging learning.

We pride ourselves with having an outstanding partnership between our families and school community. To streamline our communication efforts this year, you will receive a weekly email that combines school and PTA information. Be sure to check your email on Sundays and review this message. I encourage you to also follow Heritage on Instagram @HeritageSteam and like our page on Facebook @HeritageAviatorsPTA for pictures, updates, and reminders. The Heritage PTA website will also be updated with the latest news and events so be sure to bookmark this page and stay connected. You will still receive a weekly Thursday folder and grade/teacher specific communication. It is vitally important that you review all school communication and empty the Thursday folder weekly.

Welcome to another wonderful year of learning at Heritage Elementary!

Mrs. RB

Thank You for a Wonderful First Day!

It was a great day at Heritage Elementary!  Thank you all for your positive support of our Heritage community.  A special thank you to PTA for hosting our first day coffee Meet and Greet!  

Back to School Night

Back to School Night is Wednesday, August 15 from 6:00-7:00pm.  This evening is for parents only, and is an opportunity to hear about the instructional program at Heritage.  Teachers will present two sessions, one at 6:00 and then will repeat the session at 6:30.  This allows families with siblings to attend multiple sessions.

Drop-off and Pick-up

Please review your after school plans with your child each morning.  This will help our children line-up in the correct area after school.

As you can see, we have a very high volume of vehicles at our arrival and at the first through fifth grade dismissal.  We encourage you to utilize our drop-off line and pick-up line or the back gate, rather than parking in the morning.  There is no parking along the east side of Lansdowne (near the park) or in the lot of the complex next to Heritage.  

  • When you arrive at Heritage, please pull as far forward as possible along the drop-off line.

  • Your child should exit the vehicle on the right side and walk directly to their lines.

  • Drivers may not exit the vehicle; this slows our line and causes unsafe situations.

Welcome Back to School!

Welcome back families!  School begins in just a few days.  We are excited to welcome our Heritage Aviators for an outstanding year of learning.  Please be sure to mark your calendars for the following events, including Back to School Night and TK/Kindergarten orientation.

TK/Kindergarten Orientation

Please join us on Monday, August 12 from 2:00-3:00 for Kindergarten Orientation. Please bring your TK or kindergarten student to this event; we request no siblings attend as this orientation is for the parents and students.  During this event we will review valuable information regarding the school program, drop-off and pick-up procedures, and the first day of school.  Class assignments will be shared on this day as well, and families will have the opportunity to meet teachers. 

Teacher Assignments Posted at 4:30 Monday

This year we will be using the Aeries Parent Portal to share your child’s teacher, rather than posting class lists.  We hope this change is more convenient for parent work schedules.  To see your teacher, log-in to your Parent Portal account today at 4:30.  The office will not disclose teacher names over the phone; you must utilize the Parent Portal.

No Emergency Kits

Great news parents: you do not need to send in emergency kits this year!  Our emergency shed is fully stocked with water, emergency rations, and emergency supplies.  However, if your child has an allergy you are encouraged to send a small sealed plastic tub with non-perishable foods, labeled with the child’s name and teacher.  This tub will be stored in the emergency shed along with the school rations and will need to be replenished annually.

First Day Information: Who is my teacher and where do I go?

Teachers will welcome children at their classroom on Tuesday and Wednesday prior to the start of the day.  When your child arrives at Heritage, please send them directly to their classroom.  Your child is welcome to bring their school supplies with them Tuesday or Wednesday.

*The back gate will be open for parents; we STRONGLY encourage the use of this pathway, as there is limited overflow parking at Heritage.  You are welcome to park on Severyns Road to access campus (Attached is a handout about the gate).

For your convenience, below are the teachers and classroom numbers for all classes. 

Transitional Kindergarten

Mrs. Pauley

609

Kindergarten

Mrs. Johnson

300

Kindergarten

Mrs. Franco

301

Kindergarten

Mrs. Gause

604

1st Grade

Ms. Holcomb

406

1st Grade

Ms. Petta

402

1st Grade

Mrs. Melcer

401

1st  & 2nd Grade

Mrs. Lee

409

2nd Grade

Mrs. Gibbs

502

2nd Grade

Ms. Posavec

408

2nd Grade

Ms. Patterson

501

2nd Grade

Mrs. Bunge

503

3rd Grade

Mrs. Tran

509

3rd Grade

Mrs. Shmuckler

507

3rd Grade

Mrs. Kaplan

508

4th Grade

Mrs. Davidson

603

4th & 5th Grade

Mrs. Lindsay

602

5th Grade

Ms. Catron

601

Resource Teacher

Mrs. Fitch

407

Speech

Ms. Denoewer

505

PreKindergarten

Miss Paloma

608

Physical Education

Mr. Kelly

 

All class placements are final; no change requests will be accepted.

First Day Parents Meet and Greet

Please join the PTA us for a cup of coffee and an opportunity to connect with families at the MPR at 8:00 am on 08/13.  The back gate will reopen at 8:30 for parents who attend the Meet and Greet.

Back to School Night

Date: August 14

Time: 6:00-7:00 pm

Join us for an important informational meeting in your child’s classroom to learn about curriculum and classroom expectations. There will be two identical sessions offered, one at 6:00 and one at 6:30.  You only need to attend one session.

*This event is for adults only as we do not provide supervision during the presentations or on the playground.  Please arrange for childcare for your child(ren).

*The back gate will be open for parents for Back to School night; we STRONGLY encourage the use of this pathway, as there is limited overflow parking at Heritage. 

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Heritage Elementary Drop-Off Policy Change

The following information pertains to a change in our morning drop-off policies and procedures to improve campus safety.  Please note, the first two days of school we will utilize a classroom door drop-off; parents may walk their children directly to their class these mornings. Parents are expected to depart from campus no later than 8:00 Tuesday and Wednesday.  As of Thursday, August 15 we will implement a closed campus before school.

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Dear Heritage Families,

Heritage Elementary is known as an open and friendly campus where parents are always welcome. We truly value you and want you to continue to feel welcomed when you come to participate in school activities or volunteer in your child’s classroom.                      

However, due to recent tragedies in schools around the nation and increased worries within our community regarding school safety, we have reviewed some of our safety procedures and with teacher, parent, and PTA input, decided to make some changes.  Heritage will be implementing a Closed Campus procedure so that we can more easily identify adults on our campus and their reasons for being here. Having a closed campus increases the safety and security of your child by minimizing the amount of people on campus.                   

Our campus will be closed before school. (It is already closed after school and during school hours). Students will continue to enter campus through one of the 3 gates; the front entry gate by the office, the MPR gate at the parent drop off line, and the back gate near the sports park and our field.  

  • To keep all children safe, only students are allowed beyond the gates before school, during school or after school. This means no one is allowed to stand in line or wait in front of the classrooms prior to school or to be on the playground area before, during, or after school.

  • Volunteers who are helping that day will sign in at the office and report to their volunteer duty.

  • Anyone on campus during this time who has not properly checked in through the office will be asked to report back to the office to check in. A volunteer badge must be visible.

  • Helpers will be available to walk our younger children to their lines in the morning, particularly at the beginning of the school year.

The reason for this change is to ascertain that the people who are on campus are authorized to be here, and to reduce the possibility that a stranger could slip onto the school grounds without notice. Some of you are probably wondering if something happened to initiate this change and the answer is no, we are strictly being proactive in keeping our students safe. I appreciate your understanding and cooperation with this important modification of our school security plan and I realize that it is a big change. We will continue to have conversations about keeping our children safe, and your ideas and suggestions are always appreciated.       

We encourage parents to volunteer in an official capacity before and after school.  We currently have a small, but mighty, team of parents who help direct traffic and support our dismissal process.  If you are available from 7:45-8:00 or 2:28-2:45, we would love your support.  Volunteers are encouraged in the following roles:

  • Parent Ambassadors: Walk our younger children to their lines in the morning

  • Drop-off and Pick-up line: Open car doors and help children load and unload

  • Crosswalk support: Direct traffic in the parking lot

The more parents who are able to help in our parking lot, the more efficiently we can get our day started.

Thank you for your support as we implement this important change.  We must always make decisions that prioritize student safety. 

Kind regards,

Beth Rabel Blackman, Principal