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



Mrs. Johnson



Mrs. Franco



Mrs. Gause


1st Grade

Ms. Holcomb


1st Grade

Ms. Petta


1st Grade

Mrs. Melcer


1st  & 2nd Grade

Mrs. Lee


2nd Grade

Mrs. Gibbs


2nd Grade

Ms. Posavec


2nd Grade

Ms. Patterson


2nd Grade

Mrs. Bunge


3rd Grade

Mrs. Tran


3rd Grade

Mrs. Shmuckler


3rd Grade

Mrs. Kaplan


4th Grade

Mrs. Davidson


4th & 5th Grade

Mrs. Lindsay


5th Grade

Ms. Catron


Resource Teacher

Mrs. Fitch



Ms. Denoewer



Miss Paloma


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. 


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.


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


Heritage Summer Notes

Happy Summer Aviators!

We hope everyone is having a summer filled with play and fun!  See below for a few summer notes from Heritage!


Let’s celebrate a summer of fun! Send pictures of our Aviators playing, creating, and enjoying a good book to Mrs. RB at Please include what your Aviators are up to so we can share our summer adventures.  All images will be posted on our school Instagram page: find us @HeritageSTEAM.

Not following Heritage on Instagram?  Be sure to follow our account for easy updates and pictures of the learning happening at Heritage.

Aviator Summer Reading Program: Avoid the “Summer Slide”

The best way to grow as an Aviator is to read, read, read!  Over the summer, all students are encouraged to read for 20-30 minutes daily.  Be sure to take part in the Aviator Summer Reading Program, brought to us by our awesome librarian Mrs. Del and the Heritage PTA.  Attached are extra summer reading bingo cards, for your convenience.  Be sure to complete all three earn a popsicle party with Mrs. RB.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” -Dr. Seuss


Heritage Notes: July 25, 2019

Welcome back families!  I hope you had a wonderful summer filled with adventures, relaxation, good books, and plenty of fun.  Please review the following information to prepare for the upcoming school year.  Please review the information carefully and contact our office if you have any questions.  Supply lists, the school calendar, and other information is attached to this email.

I look forward to seeing all our Aviators in the next weeks!

 Mrs. RB


Welcome Mr. Chavarria, Mrs. Kaplan, and Mrs. Davidson!

We are pleased to announce that Mario Chavarria is our new night time custodian.  You will see Mr. Chavarria helping with dismissal and facilitating events around campus.  Welcome also to new teachers Cheri Kaplan and Susan Davidson.  Mrs. Kaplan and Mrs. Davidson are experienced teachers in Tustin Unified and served as instructional coaches for the past few years.  We are incredibly fortunate to have such experienced and artful teachers joining our team.  Welcome to Mr. Chavarria, Mrs. Kaplan, and Mrs. Davidson!

Data Confirmation

Thank you to those of you who have completed data confirmation for the upcoming school year!  All students, including those new to Heritage or Tustin Unified, MUST complete this process as soon as possible.

Over the next week you will begin to receive messages from Tustin Unified regarding data confirmation.  Data confirmation is a separate process from enrollment.  This process includes updating emergency contact information and medical records, as well as reading all handouts and reviewing district policies.  This process includes confirming the acceptable use policy, which allows your child to use iPads at school which are essential to our Heritage program.  All students must complete data confirmation annually, prior to the start of the school year.  This includes students who are entering TK or kindergarten, as well as students new to Heritage/Tustin Unified, even those who recently enrolled in school.

*More information regarding data confirmation will be sent from the district shortly. This is an annual process that ensures we have updated contact information and health information for all children. You can complete this process by logging into your Aeries Parent Portal Account.

How do I find out my child’s teacher?

Tustin Unified uses Aeries Parent Portal to share your child’s 2019-20 teacher, rather than posting class lists.  To see your teacher, log-in to your Parent Portal account on August 12 at 4:30.  We highly suggest you complete your data confirmation prior to this date, in the event you have any issues logging in.

Parking and Arrival/Dismissal Procedures

As with most schools, parking can be challenging at peak times at Heritage Elementary.  To ease our parking needs, we encourage families to use our drop-off (grades TK-5) and pick-up line (at the 1-5 dismissal only) in front of the MPR.  For families who live near Heritage, we encourage walking to and from school via Lansdowne or the back gate/walking path off Severyn’s Road.  This gate will be open daily from 7:50-8:00 and immediately after school.  The gate will also be open for kindergarten dismissal; we encourage neighborhood families to use the walking gate for all arrivals and dismissals.  **There is ample parking along the street near this gate for commuter families, if you prefer to park here during drop-off and pick-up.

School Attendance

Heritage Elementary and Tustin Unified are committed to providing a high quality education to all students.  Please carefully review the enclosed school calendar prior to scheduling appointments for your child or making any vacation plans.  Any time out of the classroom is lost learning time.  This is especially important at a project-based learning school, as all work is done in the classroom.  Students are expected to be at school on time and remain at school all day, every day.  Students who arrive late or leave school early are marked tardy, which is reflected on student report cards and permanent records, in addition to absences.


Upcoming Events

Important Beginning of the Year Dates


Stop by between 7:30 and 4:30 to drop-off data confirmation and to pick up pick-up passes.



Date: July 30, 2019

Time: Appointment times were mailed in June

If you did not receive your kinder mailing, please contact the office for your appointment time.  TK students do not come to kindergarten assessments and are assessed after the year begins.



Date: August 12, 2019

Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Incoming transitional kindergarten and kindergarten students and families are encouraged to attend orientation to learn about school procedures, visit the classrooms, and answer frequently asked questions.  TK and Kindergarten class lists will be posted prior to the event.



Date: August 12, 2019 at 4:30 pm

Class assignments posted on Aeries Parent Portal.  Log-in anytime in the evening to see your child’s 19-20 teacher.



Date: August 13, 2019

Students may arrive to campus at 7:45.  Students must be picked up promptly at their ending time in our pick-up area.  There is no supervision before 7:45 or after dismissals.  



Date: August 14, 2019

Time: 6:00-7:00 

Join us for an important informational meeting in your child’s classroom to learn about curriculum and classroom expectations.

*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 off Severyn’s Road will be open for parents attending Back to School Night.


Bell Schedule

Early Bird TK: 8:00-11:23

Later Gator TK:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 1:28 p.m.

Wednesday (early release day): 10:00 a.m. to 1:03 p.m.



Monday - Friday: 8:00-1:34

Kindergarten Minimum Days (No modified Wednesdays): 8:00-12:57


Grades 1-5

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 8:00-2:28

Modified Wednesdays (Grades 1-5): 8:00-1:14


Modified Wednesdays and Early Dismissal Days

Reminder: Every Wednesday is a minimum day for Later Gator TK and grades 1-5. School is dismissed at 1:03 for TK and 1:14 for grades 1-5. (Note: Kindergarten will not have modified Wednesdays.)

The following days are also minimum days for all grades:

  • August 30

  • September 23-27 (Fall Conference Week)

  • March 9-13 (Spring Conference Week)

  • May 22

  • May 28 (Last Day of School)